Rustic Studio Reads
Summer is the perfect time to unwind and read a great book
Here is a collection of books that inspire us.
I read The Nightingale in one sitting, completely transported to wartime France, completely forgetting where I was. A historical novel—built on Kristin Hannah’s proven skill with story, complex and enduring family ties, and passion—one that will captivate readers.” –Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
“A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life… I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar
What I Know For Sure
From all her experiences, she has gleaned life lessons―which, for fourteen years, she’s shared in O, The Oprah Magazine’s widely popular “What I Know For Sure” column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation.
Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme―joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.
Below is a collection of what we are reading for pleasure
Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found Lee to be a very likable character. His ability to find happiness, in spite of the obstacles he had to overcome, was inspiring. ~ Grayson Guide Melissa
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
I just started reading this book, but it has me completely enthralled. ~ Grayson Guide Melissa
Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1)
It was a hell of a long shot….
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever—in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play. Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard.
LOUISIANA LONGSHOT was a fun and feisty read. ~ NYT bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom
Christmas Bride (Hiatt Regency Classics Book 5)
Holly has always dreamed of adventure and heroics. In fact she would far rather travel to France to be a spy for the British like her twin brother, Noel, than make her London debut–until she meets the handsome Marquess of Vandover. After a whirlwind courtship and a Christmas Eve wedding, Holly’s life seems full of promise. She is deeply in love, and her new husband’s career in the Foreign Office allows her to rub shoulders with diplomats and ambassadors, feeding her love of adventure. Alas, her inept attempts to assist her husband in his diplomatic career–and become a heroine in her own right–tempt her to trust the wrong person. Suddenly Holly is plunged into a terrible conflict of loyalties, where she must choose between saving her nearly-broken marriage–and her beloved brother’s life!
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation (Dukes of War Book 1)
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time–he needs her!
Daniel and the Angel (Christmas in the City Book 1)
A classic Jill Barnett Christmas novella of love and laughter. When wealthy financier D. L. Stewart’s finds an injured woman in the snow in front of his New York City mansion, he has no idea she is the fair Lillian, a big-hearted and somewhat inept fallen angel, sent back to teach him what Christmas is really about. But Lilli has her work cut out for her. D.L. is a wounded and cynical soul, a man who is an expert at not feeling anything, and who believes he can buy anything and anyone. Can one loving, soft-hearted angel really change this damaged man who has a heart of solid stone?
The Snow White Bride (The Jewels of Kinfairlie Book 3)
The Laird of Kinfairlie has helped his sisters, each a gem in her own right, to find husbands. Now the laird himself seeks to wed, and pins his hopes on The Snow White Bride.
Lady Eleanor knows better than to dream of romance and love. Married twice to secure her father’s alliances, she has learned that she is desirable only for her fortune. When the Laird of Kinfairlie’s sisters ask her to wed their brother, Alexander, Eleanor agrees, expecting only to save herself from danger.
THE GIFT: A Highland Novella
Lily’s well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship, intending to return after Christmas celebrations calm the city’s witch fever. But when Lily lands in the wilds of Scotland, her skills for surviving in the city can’t save her.
Roderick MacDonald is on a secret mission for his chieftain when he finds a lass near death on a barren hillside and is forced to take her with him. Though this mysterious Sassenach may have The Gift his clan needs—and he burns with passion for her—he’s determined to resist the enchantment she weaves on his scarred heart.
Christmas Brides (Three Regency Novellas)
To grant her dying father his last Christmas wish, Miss Annabelle Pemberton proposes marriage to her father’s former ward, the rakish viscount Lord William de Vere. How painful it will be, though, to be trapped in a marriage of convenience with the only man she has ever loved.
Marriage to the wealthy heiress will help restore de Vere’s decaying estates, but that is not why he accepts her bizarre proposal. He has grown to love her father as if he were his own, and if Mr. Pemberton selected him for his only child’s husband, then Lord de Vere must honor the man’s final wishes. Little does he suspect his father-in-law knows him better than he knows himself.
Christmas in Duke Street, A Four Novella Anthology
Grace Burrowes/Shana Galen/Carolyn Jewel/Miranda Neville
Four fabulous holiday novellas, one each from Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville. Yuletide is a busy time at On the Shelf, a little Mayfair bookshop that caters to bluestockings and spinsters. Four couples come and go, amid literature, love, and laughter, and discover that the best holiday gift is a happily ever after.
Highland Wishes: Four Holiday-Inspired Tales: The Legend of the Spirit Waters
Kathryn LeVeque, Glynnis Campbell, Suzan Tisdale, Hildie McQueen, Emma Prince
From a legend by Kathryn Le Veque comes an anthology of new holiday stories from bestsellers Glynnis Campbell, Suzan Tisdale, Hildie McQueen, and Emma Prince—Scottish tales that are sure to warm your hearts this holiday season!