What I've Been Reading

This week, I, Kait, read several books that I enjoyed immensely.

Treasures of the North (Yukon Quest #1)
The first of these was Treasures of the North by Tracie Peterson, the first book in the Yukon Quest series. You can read my review HERE. It was a very sweet and charming story.
Driven by desperation, Grace Hawkins must forsake the affluent comfort of her upbringing to save herself from an arranged marriage. Disillusioned by her father's insistence, she forges a daring plan to escape the sinister hand of her intended.
Peter Colton sees the Alaskan gold rush as an opportunity to establish his family's fledgling shipping business. An unexpected partnership enables him to pursue those dreams and opens the door to an aquaintance with Grace, who has purchased passage north.

Drawn together by need and circumstance, Grace and Peter form a faltering friendship. But when her deserted fiance continues to manipulate her loved ones, can she find peace in the wake of his wrath?
Find out in Treasures Of The North! 

Ashes and Ice (Yukon Quest #2)I also read the 2nd book in the Yukon Quest series: Ashes and IceI didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I enjoyed the first. I liked the continuing story of Grace and Peter in the background of this one, but the romance was a bit more than I normally like. But, it was still a very good book I would recommend it.
When heartache and loss invade Karen Pierce's carefully ordered world, she is devastated. Her plans and dreams for the future seem distant and unattainable, and she is bound by a promise to care for two young adults who are struggling with a loss of their own. Continuing their journey north to the goldfields seems their only option, and Adrik Ivanov agrees to be their guide. Adrik longs to prove his commitment and growing love for Karen, who has pushed aside his advances in the past. As her heart begins to journey back to the core of her once-solid faith, will she dare to embrace the love offered to her? Make sure to read this book after you finish Treasure's of the North! Get it HERE!

And, of course, I couldn't NOT read the third in the series, so I read Rivers of Gold, which may have been my favorite of the three.
Rivers of Gold (Yukon Quest #3)Miranda Colton, presumed dead, finds herself under the care of a native Alaskan and a studious botanist from England, Teddy Davenport. Miranda only longs to find her friends and continue north.
She fears that her chances are diminishing with each passing day.
Teddy is deeply committed to his research of the unique landscape of the rugged Alaskan frontier. But despite his intentions, Miranda’s presence awakens a deep tenderness in his character.
As a friendship with Teddy blossoms, Miranda struggles inwardly with her earlier dreams. Then the menacing force from the past threatens to destroy everything she holds dear.... This was a really good book! I encourage you to read it! It would be best if you read the others in the series first, though, as this story builds on the last two. :-) Buy Rivers Of Gold HERE!

Another book I read was The Shape Of Mercy by Susan Meissner. This story was interesting and very unique. I hadn't learned very much about the Salem witch trials, so it was cool to learn about it.
The Shape of Mercy: A NovelAchingly romantic, the novel features the legacy of Mercy Hayworth—a young woman convicted during the Salem witch trials—whose words reach out from the past to forever transform the lives of two present-day women. These book lovers—Abigail Boyles, elderly, bitter and frail, and Lauren Lars Durough, wealthy, earnest and young—become unlikely friends, drawn together over the untimely death of Mercy, whose precious diary is all that remains of her too short life. And what a diary! Mercy's words not only beguile but help Abigail and Lars together face life's hardest struggles about where true meaning is found, which dreams are worth chasing and which only lead to emptiness, and why faith and hope are essential on life's difficult path.This book was very insightful and a pleasure to read. Go HERE to purchase it!

I had the pleasure of reading Until We Reach Home  by Lynn Austin this week. What a GREAT book!! It was a great story; the only thing I was displeased about is that it ended so abruptly I was left wondering if everything turned out as I hoped it would. But it was still a great read!
Until We Reach Home
In 1897, the promise of the gold-paved streets of America can heal the broken hearts and lives of orphans Elin, Kirsten and Sofia Carlson, if only they survive the transatlantic trip from Sweden. Family secrets—ranging from the disgrace of suicide to shameful relations—churn like the ocean itself during a two-week crossing, only to haunt the girls after they reach Ellis Island. From the first sighting of Lady Liberty through their travails to reach a newly rebuilt Chicago, the girls discover their strengths, a variety of new acquaintances and, most importantly, each other. And while they quickly experience the immigrant's harsh realities, they also find a way to make a life in their new world.I HIGHLY encourage you to read this heart-wrenching story about three sisters and their journey to America. Buy it for less than $6 HERE!

Like Dandelion DustThis week I also read Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsburyen made into a movie. It was a pretty good story!
Jack and Molly Campbell are right where they want to be, enjoying an idyllic life with their four-year-old son Joey. Then the phone call comes from the social worker the Campbells never expected to hear from again. Three states away in Ohio, Joey's biological father has just been released from prison. He is ready to start life over, but not without his son. A judge's quick decision deals a devastating blow to the Campbell family: Joey must be returned to his biological parents. The day after the ruling, in the silent haze of grief and utter disbelief, they watch their son pick a dandelion and blow the feathery seeds into the wind, and wonder is they can devise a way to disappear...Like Dandelion Dust.This was a neat story to read! If you're interested in reading a emotional drama about two families in want of custody of one boy, purchase Like Dandelion Dust HERE for only $8!

Final Touch by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins made it's way onto my reading list this week.  I read it in one sitting! Suspenseful yet charming, this story is one you won't regret reading.
Final Touch (The Rayne Tour, Book 3)
On a lavish estate in California guarded from the media, Shaley’s mom, rock star Rayne O’Connor, is marrying her teen sweetheart and Shaley’s father, Gary Donovon. It’s a dream come true for Shaley, who has always longed for the father she never knew.
But minutes before the wedding, Shaley is kidnapped.
Who is this man who has taken her—and why? As Rayne and Gary race against time to find their daughter, Shaley’s abductor eludes the FBI at every turn. Fearing for her life, Shaley wills herself to stay strong. But as the days pass, she realizes that no one can save her but herself.
This book drew me in from the first page! If you like a good suspense/drama, than this is the book for you! Buy it HERE.

Well that's what I've been reading! Are there any books that you recommend I read? Feel free to comment and tell me so! :-)


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