Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge Begins!
I decided to go with a conservative number for this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge, and if I do well, I can always up my pledge 🙂
Do you participate in the reading challenge? Do you aim high, or lean toward safe instead of sorry?
Instead of posting reviews for each book, I’m going to change over to the once a week format and see how it goes. Click the book cover to go to Amazon for more information on the titles.
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First is The Song of David by Amy Harmon
Second in The Law of Moses series, The Song of David is the story of MMA fighter, David (Tag) Taggert, an adrenaline junkie who lives for his time in the ring.
That is until he meets Millie.
Millie Anderson wasn’t born blind, but it’s all she remembers. After her father walked away from the family and her mother passed away, Millie is left to raise her younger brother, Henry, a sensitive young teen on the autism spectrum. Millie takes a job as a pole dancer in a local bar owned by Tag, and so their relationship begins.
The story opens with the disappearance of Tag. Frightened, Millie calls his best friend, Moses (from The Law of Moses) and they find a box of cassettes Tag created for Millie- a journal of their relationship and his growing love for the Anderson Siblings.
I’d never met anyone like her, yet I felt like I’d known her forever. And since the moment I’d looked down into her face and felt that jolt of ode-to-joy-and-holy-shit, I’d been falling, falling, falling…The Song of David- Amy Harmon
Just when Tag is about to declare his feelings, a crisis occurs that turns his world upside down. Knowing Millie’s caring nature, he decides it’s best if he disappears from her life before he hurts her.
Talking to God felt a little like having a conversation with myself, the inner me. I’d always believed God created that inner me, so talking to him was a bit like having a heart to heart with myself. No, I don’t have a God complex. I just think most people make too big a deal about God, fighting wars to defend him or staging protests to deny him. He just seems like a good guy to me. I like talking to him.The Song of David- Amy Harmon
There are so many magical moments in this book; such as when David takes Millie to listen to the Tabernacle Choir and the simple joy of flying kites. She teaches him to slow down and listen, really listen.
You can’t see a song. You feel a song, you hear a song, you move to it. Just like I can’t see you, but I feel you, and I move toward you. When you’re with me, I feel like I glimpse a David nobody else knows is there. It’s the Song of David, and nobody else can hear it but me.”The Song of David- Amy Harmon
The POV told through the cassette tapes is both intimate and heart-wrenching. There’s moments when I couldn’t go on because it was just too hard. Yes, this book is that good.
Amy Harmon is truly a must-read author. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
It’s a Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey
When veterinarian Rush Rushford gets a call to Judge Tracy’s house to care for a stray cat she found, who turns out to be pregnant, he is captivated by the beautiful woman.
Tracy is recovering from the death of her husband and isn’t looking for a relationship, but has to admit the vet is a handsome man.
Rush is carrying heavy burdens of his own. His wife divorced him and to add salt to the wound, informed him his daughter is actually another man’s offspring. When he’s given the chance to care for Clara over the holidays, he jumps at the chance.
Soon, the three become inseparable, but the dark cloud of Clare’s mother’s return and Tracy’s loss hang over the happy group.
Will a holiday miracle occur?
I’m a long-time fan of Janet Dailey. Her Calder series are some of my most-read books and hold a place of honor on my library shelf.
This is a sweet holiday story that will make you believe in HEA’s and features a beautiful old dog, Bucket, that will melt your heart.
Two wonderful reads to start out the year. I can’t wait to see what comes next!