This post may contain affiliate links. They don’t cost you anything, but earn me a small commission. Thank you for supporting Becoming Bailey!
With it being so cold here in Iowa lately (yesterday was a -25 wind chill!), all I’ve wanted to do is cuddle up with my blankets and a good book. Today I’m recapping what my January reads were. If you have any suggestions on what I should read in the future, send me a comment or an email!
No matter how hard women work or how much they accomplish in a day, there’s lingering anxiety and guilt over what they didn’t do. We just wish the world would stop for a day so we could catch up. Glynnis Whitwer has identified what makes us feel so overburdened–and it’s probably not what you think. Taming the To-Do List exposes a seismic shift in our society: from one in which most of us were proactive toward one where we now carry the burden of having to respond–to every email, text, tweet, and message we receive. This major shift creates a cycle where everyone else sets the priorities for our days, rather than us designing our own lives.
Rachel Stanhope tries to see the good in everyone. But Josh Reegan tests even her good graces when they meet outside her Arlington, Virginia, dance studio in 1951. He’s attractive, yet his cynicism and cockiness are hard to tolerate. A journalist and former World War II Air Force pilot, Josh considers ballroom dancing a frivolous waste of time. Although Rachel’s confident nature is a refreshing challenge, he wouldn’t tangle with her if his newspaper hadn’t assigned him to cover her studio’s competition in New York City. Between the melodrama of ballroom antics and the real drama of political corruption, Rachel and Josh have their hands full. The last thing either of them expects is mutual need and support. But once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable.
Following my goal of reading all of the books I currently own before I buy new ones, this is one I had on my bookshelf for a few years. You’ll notice in previous book reviews that I don’t tend to read a lot of fiction books, but that’s because I struggle in finding fiction books that I enjoy and aren’t full of smut. (I bought this one at LifeWay, so it meets my standards!) This was a light, fun read that took me a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, yet I still enjoyed this book. If you’re looking for a Christian historical romantic fiction book, this is a great pick! It would have made a great choice for a “beach read”…. you know, if it were actually warm outside! 😛
What did you read in January?
Do you have any book recommendations for me?