Thursday, January 19, 2023

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 1/20/2023

All things bookish!

What I Read:

What I'm Reading:


When Miss Quinn Cooper arrives in Emerson Pass, Colorado, her entire life is packed into one small suitcase. Her widowed mother and baby sister are depending upon her for their survival back home in Boston. And the self-appointed mayor of the rugged mountain community is counting on Miss Cooper to prove herself a fitful teacher for the young and old alike.

Lord Alexander Barnes is determined to bring a bit of English civility to the wild terrain of Emerson Pass. Using his own resources, the widower and father of five builds a schoolhouse and recruits a young teacher from the east to provide an education for both the adults and the children in his rapidly growing mining town. But when the lovely, and much younger than anticipated, Miss Cooper arrives to town, Lord Barnes finds himself providing more than just employment when the boarding house proves to be an unsafe accommodation for the school mistress.

As Miss Cooper takes a room in the Barnes' home, the five Barnes children are delighted. They are sure Miss Cooper is the perfect woman for their lonely father. But when a friend of the Englishman turns up dead, the hope for progress in the untamed town seems immediately lost. Can Miss Cooper and Lord Barnes bring change to the closed-minded locals? And will their endeavor open their hearts to something more?

First Lines:

"Had I known of the ways in which Emerson Pass would test my character, I might not have had the mettle to step off the train that autumn day in 1910."

56%/Page 56

(Disclaimer:  This passage is NOT from 56%/Page 56 (25) but I couldn't help but share it!)

"I gasped,then coughed so hard that my eyes watered,and I had to clench my butt cheeks together to keep from tooting.  The very last thing I needed was eruptions from my nether regions to escape in front of my new employer."


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Sam and Brody remind each other of what they want to forget—bad relationships and broken hearts.

Sam lost her career and her boyfriend on the same day. Needing an escape, she makes a radical decision—leave the big city for a small town, get a regular job, and take a break from men and romance.

Brody is picking up the pieces after divorce. He’s hoping for a fresh start in the small community of Maple Cove. Instead, he’s forced to co-manage a failing animal hospital with Sam, who seems ready to hate him on sight.

Watch two people learn to face their fears and love again in this sweet, small-town enemies to happily-ever-after romance.

Small Town Shepherd is the first book in the sweet romance series Maple Cove Dog Lover’s Society.


Book Haul:


Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  Do you use social media to keep up with your favorite authors? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

A. I do follow some of my favorite authors on facebook and also instagram.


Bookishly Yours,

Linking up to:


  1. That dog looks like a really good dog!

  2. I think The School Mistress will be a fantastic read for those who love historical fiction. I like the interesting setting.

  3. I use social media a great deal to keep up with authors and help them share their works. Here's my BBH:

  4. My first line comes from Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden:
    New York City, 1890 Lower East Side of Manhattan
    Maggie Molinaro was five blocks from the safety of her uncle’s garage when she noticed the gang of boys following her.

    I keep up with authors on Facebook and Instagram.

  5. I've got my eye on The School Mistress as a possible upcoming read, so I'm glad you shared some teasers from it! I follow a couple of favorite authors on FB as well.

  6. I use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Instagram is my #1 spot where I connect with my favorite authors, I like to find out what they are coming out with next and chatting about the books they have already published.

  7. LOL @ That 56. I can see why you shared it. Happy weekend!

  8. Hilarious 56! I'd have shared that too! Sounds like an entertaining book. Enjoy!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  9. I follow authors to help support them but, I can't really say their my favorites if I haven't read their books;

  10. Okay, that totally made me snicker!! I hope you like the book. Have a great weekend!

  11. I love that cover for The School Mistress. Hope you have a fabulous weekend. - Katie

  12. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently reading The Billionaire's Nanny by Elizabeth Maddrey. It's a good story.
    "'You're back!' Megan darted out from behind the cash register as soon as I stepped through the bookstore door, and pulled me into a tight hug."
    I hope you have a good weekend. 😀

  13. The School Mistress sounds intriguing. I hope you enjoy your books!

    My Stacking the Shelves post.

  14. I'm currently reading The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy. The first line is: "You are sure you don't want me to go with you to the station?" Have a great week!

  15. Nice looking assortment of books. Love that 56! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  16. Nice books. I like the looks of The School Mistress. I'm always glad to check out your new book hauls since I like Christian novels too. Thanks. Happy Reading!

  17. Hmm - did my comment disappear? Happy Reading!


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