Wish List Wednesday!

I decided to start a new feature here on Falling Into Books to highlight some of the upcoming releases that have caught my attention. Here’s what I’m excited about this week:


The Pretty in Pink vibe to this one caught my attention, and since I loved that movie as a young girl, the blurb for this book is bringing all that nostalgia back. I’m excited to read this fresh take on the whole rich boy/poor girl love story, and the hint of secrets in the blurb has me completely intrigued. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US releases July 2nd from Harper Teen.





As a fan of Food Network’s Chopped, I love the idea that this book takes place during a teen reality cooking competition. The blurb sounds really cute, and the little bit of mystery added in, makes TASTE TEST a must-read for me. TASTE TEST releases August 27th from Walker Childrens.






Shelley Coriell’s debut, WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, was my favorite read of 2012, which puts GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE at the very top of my wish list. Shelley Coriell writes with such depth and heart that I cannot wait for her new release featuring a rebel heroine on a journey to do good. GOODBYE REBEL BLUE releases October 1st (why does it seem so far away?) from Amulet Books.





And there you have it! My first Wish-List Wednesday! What books are on the top of your wish list?


Review: A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Jen Turano
Bethany House Publishers
November 1, 2012

From the back cover:

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she’s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone.

Eliza’s hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton’s path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza’s determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone’s antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence.

When all of Hamilton’s and Eliza’s best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

A CHANGE OF FORTUNE is Jen Turano’s debut, and she makes a big splash into the Inspirational Romance genre with her madcap tale of romance and mystery. There was something about this book that reminded me of the shenanigans in old Cary Grant movies — good intentions gone wrong, humorous mishaps, snappy dialogue — those much beloved movies have a kind of charm that Jen Turano has somehow captured and packaged in book form and I loved every minute of this enchanting read!

Lady Eliza is the kind of plucky heroine that every humorous story needs. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants, even when her escapades land her into trouble. And since every intrepid go-getter needs some equally fearless sidekicks, Ms. Turano has filled A CHANGE OF FORTUNE with funny, endearing secondary characters, each with their own quirky personality, that keep the book chugging along at break-neck pace.

Although the romance between Eliza and Hamilton falls into place a little too quickly and the ending is wrapped up a little too neatly, A CHANGE OF FORTUNE is an absolutely captivating book about trusting God’s plan for you even when it takes you far from the path you’ve set for yourself. I highly recommend A CHANGE OF FORTUNE for those that enjoy humorous mysteries with a hefty dose of romantic comedy.

Review: The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Tutor'sDaughter_mck.inddTHE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER
by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: January 1, 2013

From the back cover:

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?

The baronet’s older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems–and secrets–of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father’s academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.

When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor’s daughter figure out which brother to blame… and which brother to trust with her heart?

I have been a fan of Julie Klassen’s writing since her first book, LADY OF MILKWEED MANOR. Ms. Klassen always manages to draw me in with her fascinating combination of history, intrigue, and romance and THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER is no different. I absolutely loved the Gothic feel to this book. Almost immediately we are shown that all is not as it seems in Ebbington Manor. Just as we are beginning to think we have it figured out, Ms. Klassen throws another twist into the mix, and we are left wondering just who Emma can trust.

On top of that, Ms. Klassen gives us a romance that tackles the idea that preconceived notions are often wrong. Another layer of depth is added to the story as Emma falls in love with the last person she ever expected to like. This sweetly unfolding romance is beautiful and subtle and full of charm.

Tackling issues of autism, family loyalty and conforming to society, THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER manages to both engage and teach as it imparts a wonderful, timeless message of forgiveness and God’s unfailing love. If you enjoy historical mysteries with a dash of romance and secrets, you will love THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER!