Books on My Fall TBR Pile

Now that the busy days of summer are winding down, I’m anxious for the cooler weather so I can finally put my garden to sleep for another year. With a little more time on my hands, I hope to curl up in my chair in the sunroom and catch up on my reading as autumn leaves drift by.

Since I adore World War II novels, I found a couple to put on my to-be-read pile. The first one on my list is The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. The publisher’s blurb reads:

Distant HoursNew York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

The second book on my TBR pile is The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. The publisher’s blurb reads:

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden mesmerizes readers with this haunting tale of long-buried secrets and the twists of fate that can alter lives forever.

It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives caring for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie searches for her mother’s past but soon learns there are other secrets hidden in its walls. The truth of what happened in “the distant hours” has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. In this enthralling romantic thriller, Morton pays homage to the classics of gothic fiction, spinning a rich and intricate web of mystery, suspense, and lost love.

Falling for Fall Books

How high is your TBR? For those unclear of what that means, TBR stands for To Be Read, and we readers always have a stack or two–or three–or ten.

With autumn releases as colorful as the leaves on the trees, that TBR pile is sure to grow. Don’t be afraid. This is good. Very good. Winter is right around the corner, and if you get snowed in for a month, you’re going to need those books to keep sane.

So, in an effort to help you keep that TBR pile high, the Inkspers are going to share what is on the top of their own piles, including some of the fall releases we are anxious to get our hands on. Join us each day this week to make sure you aren’t missing our on some great reads.

To celebrate TBR week, we’re giving away a two copies of Judith Miller’s The Brickmaker’s Bride, book 1 in the Refined by Love series (Bethany). This one isn’t on my TBR pile because I’ve already read it, but here’s a little about it.


Brickmaker's BrideIn the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

Click to order it here on Amazon or here for By the way, don’t miss the gorgeous dress on this cover model. You can see the whole dress on the back cover. It’s the perfect fall dress!

My TBR Pile

As I said, my TBR pile is overflowing, but the one that has risen to the top, of course, is that of my dear friend Laura Frantz. Her book, Love’s Fortune (Revell), is a must read. I would have devoured it already if I hadn’t been in full wedding frenzy this last few weeks. (In case you missed it, Dawn’s son married my niece on Saturday.)

“Laura Frantz surely dances when she writes: the words sweep across the page with a gentle rhythm and a sure step. Her characters in Love’s Fortune are sympathetic, yet flawed, making them oh-so-easy to care for, ache for, cheer for. Her historical details are well chosen, and her sense of time and place rings true. Above all, it’s Wren’s journey that engages our hearts and makes the pages turn. Well done, lass!”–According to Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times best-selling author

Love's FortuneWant to dive in yet? Well, let me give you a bit more. RT Review writer Patsy Glans said, “In this final chapter in the heartwarming Ballantyne Legacy series, characters are well defined with a mix of sweet charmers and scoundrels. The storyline is believable and flows evenly throughout the book. Frantz does an outstanding job on the historical details without going over the top and distracting from the plot.”

Here’s the back cover blurb if you still need more.

 Pennsylvania seems so far away to Rowena Ballantyne. She has lived a sheltered life in Kentucky until her grandfather Silas summons her family to New Hope. The attention the extended family bestows on Wren makes her uncomfortable. James Sackett is a pilot for the Ballantyne shipping line. He has been given the task of being Wren’s escort while she is with them. Wren’s aunt decides to introduce her to the local high society, which means going to teas, afternoon gatherings and balls. Wren makes private plans to go back home and forget about all she has learned and to also forget about James. She believes this is the right course of action, so why is her heart breaking in two? Will Wren find her true happiness back home or will the lure of first love be the victor of her heart? 

You can purchase Laura’s Love’s Fortune on Amazon here or on here.

So, how tall is your TBR pile? What’s on the top? Let us know.

Book Giveway:  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to receive one of the two copies of Judith Miller’s Brickmaker’s Bride. Every day you leave a comment in the next two weeks, you will be entered. Winner will be chosen by on Fri., Oct. 10 at midnight, central time zone.