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Spring reading list

By Stephanie — March 01, 2017

Is there anything more delightful than getting a big box of books delivered to your doorstep?

Well, there are a few things, but since we’re all ardent readers and writers here, book deliveries rank pretty high on the list. I know fellow InskperKav lives for the days when the postman delivers multiple packages of books, and I can’t say I blame her. Say what you will about the convenience of e-readers, but there’s just something so satisfying about getting a physical book in the mail, versus an e-book delivered to your Kindle or Nook.

I am expecting a large delivery of books this week, thanks to the wonder of Amazon Prime and a gift card that had been burning a hole in my pocket. I was able to order eight books all for myself, all for the low, low price of $6 out of pocket (thank you, Christmas gift cards!). Since spring is just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the books on my spring reading list, and books that I can hopefully recommend in just a few months. Enjoy!

A Note Yet UnsungA Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.
 
Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

You can’t go wrong with anything by Tamera Alexander, whose stories are immersive, her research impeccable, and her writing sweeping. And since this story revolves around music and an orchestra? I can’t pass this one up! (Side note- isn’t that cover gorgeous? I’d pick this book up for the cover alone!)

DelugeDeluge by Lisa T. Bergren

It’s one thing to battle for life… WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN DEATH ITSELF COMES HUNTING? The Bettarinis and Forellis have found rich fulfillment, together in medieval Italia. But after fighting off countless enemies, they now must face the worst foe of all. As the Black Death closes in upon them, threatening everything and everyone they hold dear, Lia and Gabi–and the knights they love–must dig deep within to decide how they might remain safe…and if they need to risk it all in order to truly live as they’re called. DELUGE, the finale in the best-selling, award-winning River of Time Series: #1 WATERFALL #2 CASCADE #3 TORRENT #4 BOURNE & TRIBUTARY #5 DELUGE.

Yes, I know it’s weird to recommend Book Five in a series, but man, oh, man are these books addictive! The River of Time follows two sisters, Gabi and Lia, who fall back in time to the middle ages, fall in love with knights, and must decide whether to stay out of their own time. These YA books are fast-paced adventures, and I can’t wait to read what happens in the final book!

FirstbornFirstborn by Tosca Lee

Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything—including her memory—to protect. A secret made vulnerable by her rediscovery, and so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it.

With Luka in the Historian’s custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra only has one impossible chance: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries old war between the Progeny and Scions at last—all while running from the law and struggling to control her growing powers. Love, action, and stunning revelation reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.

The Progeny was another fast-paced thriller I couldn’t put down. Full of twists and turns and unforgettable characters, it tells the story of Audra, a girl with no memory of her past, who is being hunted by unknown forces as she scrambles to figure out why they want her dead. It ended on a cliffhanger, and Firstborn, out May 2, will conclude Audra’s story.

Caramel CrushCaramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie prepares for her wedding, but co-owner, Mel, is preparing for a breakup. Her old friend, Diane Earnest, is dumping her fiancé after discovering he’s only marrying her for her money. She wants Mel to personally deliver a batch of caramel breakup cupcakes to the louse and give her a play-by-play of his reaction.
 
When Mel finally tracks the man down, the look on his face isn’t the reaction she was expecting: he’s dead. After the police arrive and see the incriminating cupcakes, Diane becomes their prime suspect. If she hopes to taste freedom again, Mel and Angie must make sure the real killer gets their just desserts…

Book 9 in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, these books are a lot of fun, with great characters, witty dialogue, intriguing mysteries, and cupcakes! This book comes out April 4.

So, what’s on your spring reading list?

About Author

Stephanie Ludwig is a former reporter turned public relations professional who loves Jesus and writing about mysteries, music, and murder. She is an avid L.M. Montgomery fan, and collects anything having to do with Anne of Green Gables.

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(6) Readers Comments

  1. Kav
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Ooohhhh.....love talking books. A Not Yet Unsung is definitely on my hit list. I requested it at my library but I'm not sure how long it will take to come in. Might just have to order it myself. :-) And the River of Time series --- love it soooo much. I have the first three books and thought the series ended there. Eeep -- just discovered my library has the rest of the books!!!!!! I love cozy mysteries too. That cupcake one sounds delicious :-) but I when I see it's #9 I get a little discouraged 'cause that's a lot of catch up to do. So...I'll give you some of my March can-t-wait-to-read list. A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd (Regency), Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish/mystery), If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (suspense), Buried Secrets by Rachel Good (Amish)....I could go on but I need to talk about something next week so stay tuned. LOL

    • Stephanie Ludwig
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      March 1, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Kav, I think the last two River of Time books were published through Amazon, not David C. Cook, so that may be why you haven't seen them. The "fourth" book is actually two novellas. As for the Cupcake mysteries-- they are fairly short, so it won't take you long at all to catch up in the series. I think I've actually devoured one in a Friday night and Saturday morning of reading. All of them are a lot of fun! Looking forward to seeing your list!

  2. Kav
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Oh -- and thanks for mentioning Tosca Lee -- I read The Progeny (first book of hers I've ever read) and was hooked but I lost track of when the next one is coming out. And yes,....I do love my book delivery days. :-)

    • Stephanie Ludwig
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      March 1, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Firstborn was actually supposed to come out in February, but was pushed to May. It will be hard to wait!

  3. Dawn Ford
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    March 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I have to catch up with the River of Time series. I stopped at 3. So exciting!! And Tosca's books are amazing as well. It will be interesting to see the twists she puts in Firstborn! The others look fabulous, as well! Great choices!!!

    • Stephanie Ludwig
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      March 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! As I said above, the fourth and fifth River of Time books are indie published, so they haven't been as visible as the first three. In fact, I believe I heard Lisa T. Bergren intended to stop at 3, but the fans clamored for more!

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