March was a good month for reading. As I said last month, I’m determined to read 100 books this year again and joined the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (MMD) to help motivate me.
In January, I read 8 books. In February, I read another 10 books. You can see those books with summaries and recommendations here. In March, I read 12 books. Amazingly, I only read 1 book over our Spring Break. Even though we spent 10 hours in the car driving each way to Atlanta, I spent most of my time between the kids, reading to them and keeping them entertained. When we arrived, my sister’s 5 children and our 2, didn’t leave much reading time either. Ha. It was a lovely Spring Break…just not a reading one!
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Here are the books I read in March.
- The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff – Another read by Pam Jenoff, to start counting as my three books by the same author, for the MMD Challenge. I haven’t read much about WWI so it was good to branch out a bit in my historical fiction.
- One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James – When I saw that the Christian singer from my teenage years had written a book, I was intrigued. It was a fascinating and well written fiction book about an engaged couple and the things we don’t always address in our homes or churches.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – This was a WWII book that had been on my reading list for a long time. The story went back and forth between two friends who are spies. While it was slow going at first, the pace picked up and lead to an unexpected ending. A good book but I don’t think I’ll read the next book in the series.
- Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy – A frugal book that had been unread on my shelf for much too long. I didn’t learn much new but it was good to be reminded of how and why I’m saving money.
- The Marriage Wish by Dee Henderson – I love Dee Henderson and thought I had read everything she wrote until I stumbled upon this book by chance. It was a Christian romance with real-life sprinkled throughout.
- God’s Gift by Dee Henderson – This was paired with the other book and I enjoyed it as well. There were were lots of ups and downs and second chances in this story. It was another well-written book by Dee Henderson.
- Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse – This book counted as a book I chose for it’s cover in the MMD Challenge. Another interesting WWII read, written as juvenile fiction. A fascinating look into the resistance and black market of Holland during the War. I really enjoyed this book and will count it as my favorite this month.
- Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck – After reading so many WWII serious books, I needed a break with a nice happy ending series. This trilogy by Christian author Rachel Hauck was nice light reading that I thoroughly enjoyed. The first book tells of a Southern girl who meets a Prince on vacation and what happens after he returns to his country.
- Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck – The second book tells of another American who finds out she is the only remaining descendant of a small foreign country and needs to be made queen within months.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – This book was recommended by another blogger and counted as my choice for an ambiguous narrator in the MMD Challenge. It was interesting in a futuristic / Lord of the Flies type of way. Not my typical choice but it did make me think.
- To Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck – The final book in the trilogy tells of the King in the first book’s younger brother. I enjoyed seeing all the characters again and loved another happy ending.
- Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson – I love Tracie Peterson and was excited to read her newest book. Full review below.
Treasured Grace is the story of Grace Martindale and her two sisters, heading west on the Oregon Trail. The story begins with the death of her new husband and continues with them adjusting to life on the Whitman mission, as they wait for Spring to continue traveling.
Grace uses her midwife skills to help the other settlers. After meeting a fur trapper, Alex Armistead, she also starts helping the local Cayuse tribe. While her medical help angers Dr. Whitman, Grace is determined to help wherever she can.
The story takes an unexpected and tragic turn when the massacre at the Whitman Mission occurs. The Cayuse tribe believe Dr. Whitman is posioning their tribe and seeks revenge on him and his wife, as well as all the others living at the mission. The story continues as the girls come to terms with all that has happened to them, even as it threatens their faith.
Alex and Grace develop a friendship, but Grace can’t understand why he is so reluctant to share his past with her. When he finally does open up to Grace, their relationship deepens.
I enjoyed this book (as I do all of Tracie Peterson’s books) but I must admit this was a sad and (at times) difficult book to read. I didn’t know much at all about the Whitman massacre, and reading it through the eyes of the sisters made it very real. For that reason, I will say that this is not my favorite Tracie Peterson book. Treasured Grace was well-written but quite sad and one I will not be rereading.
I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
There you have it. Those are the dozen books I read this month! My husband in a week, which is highly unusual for him, so I promised that this one will go at the top of my reading stack for April. Anyone else always have a stack of books at their bedside and on their Kindle? Did you read any good books this month I should add to my list?