February Reading Round-Up: My Book Picks This Month

As most of you know, I’m an avid reader.  I love a good novel and I’m not ashamed to admit that I stay up late many nights to find out what happens to a favorite character.  And, I also love authors and so every so often, I round up my favorite reads and share them with you.  Here’s what I read this month:

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 6.19.39 AMFlight of the Earls by Michael K. Reynolds
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this debut Irish Novel takes you from the great potato famine in rural Ireland to the great sea ports of the Irish coast to New York City at the heights of immigration.  Michael’s strong-but-flawed characters and easy-to-read style had me not only staying up late to read, but also looking up countless historical facts online because I wanted to know more about the time period he writes about.

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 6.22.23 AMThe Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport
I was chatting with the girls at my MOPS table the other day about books and one of my friends asked about our go-to authors. And Olivia Newport immediately came to my mind.  In just a short time, she has broken onto the Christian historical fiction scene as one to watch– I have been absolutely amazed by each of her releases and this one is no exception.  Think Downton Abbey meets turn-of-the-century Chicago all wrapped up with characters that you’d love to invite to your house for coffee.  I highly recommend this series as well as any of Olivia’s other books.

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 6.26.12 AMMy Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
My friend Katie Ganshert recommended this to me when I hit one of those rare moments that I had no new novels to read on my kindle.  And I’m so glad she did.  Becky’s contemporary romance was funny, light, romantic and whimsical– everything I want from a great, put-the-kids-to-bed-and-grab-a-cup-of-tea read.  I can’t wait for Becky’s next book, Undeniably Yours, to release in May.

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 6.30.17 AMLovelier Than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott
This is the third book in a series that I’ve been following for years now and I have to admit that I almost didn’t want to read the last page because I was sad to let the Hanby family go!  I’ve become so attached.  But Rosslyn Elliott is another Christian historical fiction author to watch– her carefully researched work and beautifully, descriptive prose are hard to beat– and I can’t wait to see what she turns out next.

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 6.32.41 AMNo Easy Day by Mark Owen
I confess that this book is far from my typical book pick, but a friend recommended it and I’m always willing to try new things.  And, I have to admit that I enjoyed it.  I had no idea the extent of the training and preparation our Navy Seals go through and the description of these events was gory but fascinating.


  1. Thanks so much, Erin, for mentioning My Stubborn Heart in your February Reading Round-Up. I’m honored! Have to say I love your site and I’m crazy about the packaging on your upcoming books — they look modern, charming, fun, relatable. All my best wishes with their upcoming release!

  2. What an honor to be listed on Christian Mama’s Guide! You have a wonderful website here. Thank you for your kinds words, Erin, about Flight of the Earls. They are most appreciated.

  3. I’m always looking for a good read. Thanks!



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