Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Healing Hearts (Savage Wells #2) by Sarah M. Eden. Blog Tour




Book Summary:

Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.


My Review:

Eden has a way of drawing the reader into a new world and holding them captive until there is literally nothing left to read. I loved this book so much! Immediately I was drawn to Gideon and Miriam, they started off with a huge misunderstanding but both were willing to still work together. I was intrigued to figure out Miriam's secrets she was hiding. And how would everyone else treat her once they figured it out as well? I loved how authentic and real this book felt. I honestly find myself still thinking about this story because it really struck a chord with me. I cannot imagine all that Miriam went through and what life was like back then. The entire asylum aspect is something not usually addressed in historical novels and I found it was done tastefully and in a manner that led me as the reader to feel sympathy and horror at the same time for what people must have endured back then. One does not want to imagine and I applaud Eden for tackling a difficult subject. This book was everything you guys! It kept me up until 1am to finish reading it because I couldn't put it down. I tried ,but I had to know how it ended! I love Savage Wells and how they are not just a community but more like a family. This book is amazing!

Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Bloodline, by Kathi Oram Peterson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

France, 1371. The old Queen of France lies on her deathbed with a secret she will take to her grave: there is one true heir to the throne, one who would have the power to ally France and Scotland. But after her death, all that will be left are a few shreds of evidence revealing the stunning identity of her successor.
Flight attendant Skye Armstrong has heard the voice of warning before, and as she’s returning home from London, she recognizes the feeling of dread that accompanies her sixth sense. Walking from the airport terminal to get to her car, she pauses in the middle of the road. Her hesitation gives a Good Samaritan the split second he needs to pull her out of the path of a speeding car, saving her life. But her misfortunes are just beginning. When she arrives home, she discovers that Auntie Marjorie has been kidnapped, and cryptic instructions have been left behind: Skye must retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box and deliver it to the captors . . . No police. Her feelings of dread return.
What Skye discovers in the bank box is baffling: a single page. The ancient document is certainly valuable, and with no time to lose, she goes to the rendezvous to discover the next step. A cell phone rings beneath a park bench. She answers the call, and on the screen is a picture of Auntie, unconscious. Now the kidnapper demands Skye find two more pages or her aunt will die.
What secrets are hidden within the illuminated pages, and who believes they are worth killing for? And what role does the Good Samaritan play in all of it?

My Review:
Well Bloodline literally had me page-turning the entire time! It started out with a bang and the action and suspense never let up. I felt like it was a roller coaster ride! I never knew who Skye could really trust and I was just as confused as she seemed to be about what in the world was going on! I felt my heart-racing and pounding as she tried to find each page and know who to trust. All she wanted to do was save her Aunt, yet I wondered in the back of my mind if she cared just a little bit about the priceless pages she was finding. This book was fantastically put together and I could not stop reading it. I tried! Sleep is a necessity but reading is more important! This is definitely one to read if you are a fan of being kept on your toes and trying to figure out puzzles and mysteries. My one and only complaint, which isn't really a complaint, was the ending. I will not spoil it for you, just suffice it to say that it ended too quickly for me. I wanted more information...more something, why did it have to end?! So I am hopeful that there is a book two on the horizon!

Happy Reading!!!
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Escape to Everly Manor by Chalon Linton, Book Tour & Review



Book Summary:

Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estranged Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and diabolical Uncle Cline is determined to indulge in his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother from a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.
Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust him. Soon Lizzy realizes Mr. Barton may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .


My Review:

Ya'all this book is Ah-Mazing!!!  I started reading it at 8:30pm and I didn't stop until I had finished the very last page. IT. IS. THAT. GOOD.  Seriously, Linton just pulled me into Lizzy's world and she wouldn't let me go! I had to find out what would happen to her and Thomas. How were they going to eat, find shelter, or survive at all? And then enters Barton, cue the swooning now. This gentleman is not only handsome but he is so kind-hearted! I just wanted Lizzy to see how good he was and to trust him. Every time I felt like everything was solved and under control another twist and turn would come into play. I loved this story so much. It is all about loving someone more than yourself; being willing to sacrifice your own happiness for another. Read this book! Go forth and buy it now because this is one regency you will not soon forget!!!

Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Potion Masters 1 & 2 by Frank L. Cole, Book Review



Book Summary:

Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making. 

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as “The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.  

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.



My Review:

Potion Masters is a great book geared for children and middle graders! Honestly anything from about fourth grade on up, depending on their reading level. But kids will love this book! I mean it has this great character named Gordy who is a natural when it comes to potions. What kid doesn't like potions and magic? The book is paced well and the storyline is easy to follow. What kid wouldn't like this book? It has potions, family, villians and friends who set out to save the day!

Book Summary:

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.



My Review:

Gordy and his friends are back again in the next installment of the Potion Masters series! This is the second book in the series and it is recommended that you read the first one to understand everything in the second one. Of course all is not as it should be and there is someone wanting to overthrow and destory B.R.E.W. and this time it is Gordy's own grandpa! Everyone is at risk and it is an exciting ride to go on as Gordy and his friends try to save the day! The Transparency Tonic is a great addition to the series and any middle grade reader would love to read it!

Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, January 28, 2019

Whiteout by Brett Cain, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

Long hours of driving on the frigid interstate have taken their toll. In a split second, Frank Sawyer’s car drifts and clips a passing van on the otherwise empty Montana highway. In the aftermath of the wreck, Sawyer encounters a gruesome scene: the van’s passenger did not survive. But it isn’t the crash that took his life—he’s been shot. Before Sawyer can assess what’s happened, he’s struck from behind. When he regains consciousness, he discovers that his attacker is gone, his car is missing—and the police have named him their prime suspect in the dead man’s murder.
The harsh winter weather bears down as the chaos unfolds, and Sawyer finds himself trapped in the small town of Cluff. And law enforcement is keeping him firmly in their sights, so there’s no possibility of escape. As he struggles to clear his name, Sawyer looks to the past for answers, becoming embroiled in a decades-old mystery that may hold the key to proving his innocence.

My Review:
The story started with a bang and I was immediately hooked, wanting to know what would happen to Sawyer and his stolen car. Not to mention the dead body and whoever knocked him out! I love action and suspense stories so Whiteout was right up my alley. The story kept me on my toes the majority of the time and I couldn't help but feel cold from the blizzard Sawyer was in!  I liked the small town of Cliff where everyone knew each other and the author laid the town out so well, I could picture it in my own mind. Sawyer was a great main character; he was driven to help others. And can we mention he is this huge guy who happens to be some type of amazing fighter? Who is Sawyer really? Is he some ex Navy Seal or a former Marine? This reader cannot help but think there is more to his story! My favorite part of the story was trying to solve the mystery of whodunnit. Cain definitely kept me guessing and I was surprised when I found out who and what had actually happened. If you are a fan of action/suspense, you should give Whiteout a try!

Happy Reading!!!
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Friday, January 18, 2019

The House of Stone and Ivy, by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Orphaned as children, Hennie and Lottie share an unbreakable friendship. Together, they suffered the horrors of orphanages and the workhouse, and now grown, they continue to rely on each another. When Lottie approaches Hennie about a possible position at a manor house, Hennie is eager to work alongside her dear friend. However, to secure the positions as stable hands, they will have to undergo a bold act of deception: the women must disguise themselves as men.
Upon arriving at the manor, Hennie is stunned. Her new position is at Ivy Manor—the beautiful estate where her mother was employed long ago and where Hennie was raised until her mother’s death. Hennie has wonderful memories of her friendship with the son of the house, Jack, and is shocked and dismayed to learn he has vanished. Living in disguise at the manor allows her to gradually uncover the truth of Jack’s disappearance and eventually find him. Both Hennie and Jack are thrilled to be reunited, and their friendship is renewed. Soon, their relationship blossoms . . . and threatens their determination to remain concealed. With so much at stake, will they be prepared to risk everything for love?

My Review:
The premise of this story is completely different from another other regency romance I have read. So I was drawn to the book just from that alone; add in a great cover and an author I have read for years and I was all in. Hennie and Lottie were best friends who grew up through the most difficult of circumstances, an orphanage and a workhouse. Now they are disguised as men working as stablehands in the very home that Hennie grew up in. So my thoughts are two fold. I like the story and how different it is from any other regency I have read. However, the author did a lot of telling what happens and what the characters think, instead of showing the reader. I had to do a lot of skipping over parts because it was tedious to read. I hate to say that because Stansfield is one of my favorite authors, but it was so difficult to read through parts where we were being told what the character thought instead of getting to peer into their mind and hear their thoughts. This is still a good story, it was just a little bit harder for me to get through.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Beauty and the Horseman's Head by Holly Kelly, Book Review


Book Summary:

It’s 1792 and Hope is on the run. She finds shelter in a glen called Sleepy Hollow. Luck is with her as the town is unexpectedly looking for a new teacher and Hope is hired for the job. Unfortunately, not everything is looking up for her. Not only is the mayor out to get her fired and the local witch determined to slice her up and brew her organs into potions, but hidden under the floorboards of her quaint little cabin, she finds a man. His name is Conall. 

Conall is demanding, he’s ornery, and though he has undeniably handsome features, he is missing something of vital importance… 

His body. 


Beauty and the Horseman’s Head is a spooky, somewhat dark, twisted paranormal romance that combines the stories of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast in a way that will have you falling in love and gasping in fright. 



My Review:

When I got the chance to review this book, I jumped at it without even having read the book summary! Because you guys, it is HOLLY KELLY, and she wrote the Rising series which I LOVE! So how could I not jump at the chance to review one of her books? I should have known better, I should have known not to start the book at night....because I became so engrossed that I had a severe disregard for my sleep and my alarm which would go off for work the next morning. I read half of the book that night..it...was...that...good. You guys, the fantasy mixed with the love story and good versus evil was fantastic! Kelly kills the legend of Sleepy Hollow in a fantastical fantasy world that you cannot imagine until you enter it yourself! An added bonus is the love, the emotions, the heart pounding suspense as you wonder how everything is going to all work out! So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy of this book and enjoy your journey with Hope, Conall, and their friends! I am sure glad that I did!

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Saving Susannah Jones by Carolyn Twede Frank, Book Review & Giveaway!





Book Summary:
In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah’s older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all too soon by a series of “accidents” on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they’ve built together goes up in flames.

My Review:
I liked this book so much because Susannah was not just stronger than she thought, but willing to allow help when she needed it. Help from the doctor, help from her little brother, and most of all, help from a complete stranger, Joseph Iverson. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this book tied into a previous one I had read by Frank, so I enjoyed making those connections, but this book is fine as a stand alone as well. This book really resonated with me on an emotional level. Susannah felt all alone and like nothing could ever work out for her. Yet she persevered and amid challenges, she still remained positive. I thoroughly enjoyed this western romance novel with a touch of mystery!

Happy Reading!!!

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Christmas Break-In and The Christmas Apron DVD Review



Christmas Break-In Movie Synopsis: 
Today was supposed to be one of the best days ever for nine-year-old Izzy Rush. But now, on the last day of class before Christmas break, she has been left alone at school. To make matters worse, the biggest blizzard this town has ever seen is blowing and snowing full force. Which is why three bumbling crooks on the lam decide to take shelter in the seemingly empty school. When Izzy discovers that the criminals are holding her friend Ray, the school custodian, she decides it’s up to her to save the day. But what can a nine-year-old girl do? You’d be surprised!  

My Review:

My kids and I really enjoyed this movie. It was reminiscent of Home Alone and that was part of why we loved it so much! You will love Izzy and her tenacity and her ingenuity. I also loved the school custodian who showed such care and concern for Izzy. This is definitely a fun and feel good movie that the entire family can enjoy together!


Christmas Break-In Trailer (downloadable)


Christmas Apron:
The children in Millie’s family can’t wait for Grandma to arrive with her special Christmas apron. According to tradition, each grandchild will write down the gift he or she wants most in the world, and then slip that wish into the apron’s pocket. Then, on Christmas morning, those wished-for gifts will be magically waiting under the tree. But then eleven-year-old Millie overhears her parents: the family can’t afford gifts for all the little ones. She pictures the disappointment on her siblings’ faces: nothing to open on Christmas morning. Is Millie willing to sacrifice her own whole-soul wish so that someone else’s can come true? Full of tender emotion and delightful surprise, this story reminds us of the miracles that unfold when we think of others before ourselves.

My Review:

The Christmas Apron is one for the books! I love that a family of all ages can enjoy this one together. It pulls on the heart strings and reminds us what Christmas is all about; giving and thinking of others, not ourselves. This one tugs on your emotions and heart strings and is definitely worth watching!

Christmas Apron Trailer  (downloadable)
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Happy Watching!!!






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Monday, December 10, 2018

From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!





Book Summary:

Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. The identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.


My Review;

I absolutely loved this book! It is so completely different from anything that I have read recently. It takes place in the medieval times and the main character Margaret is unlike anyone I have ever read about! She is strong, determined, and she is bound and determined to exact revenge for her family at all costs...including her own life. It is rare that a woman, let alone any person, be willing to so easily lay down their own life in order to right a wrong. Along the way Margaret meets and unwittingly falls for Angus Robson, but he is everything she doesn't want. And she doesn't really want the complication of a relationship anyway. I loved reading this book because I was constantly trying to figure out what her next step would be and she constantly surprised me. Wouldn't she ever give up and just live an easier life? Her drive and passion were a huge part of what kept me reading and loving every minute of this book!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, December 7, 2018

My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




 
 My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson

 Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.  


Excerpt:

When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.
“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.
A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch's face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”
Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”
“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.
Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”
Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.
He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”
“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.
“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”
Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.
Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.
As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.
Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”
He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”
“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”
 

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book by Rachael Anderson, but then again, I have yet to read one of her books that I haven't loved! Anderson has a way of grabbing the reader's attention and pulling them into the characters' world. This is most definitely an unusual regency romance story. I kept thinking to myself, how can someone fall in love with their brother's bride? That seems kind of wrong! But oh my goodness, just you wait! This book is like no other and has so many different emotions going on. At times I was swooning and at others I was sad or angry, right along with Abby. I felt for all she had going through, what she was going through, and then I couldn't even begin to foresee how things would work out for her! I actually quite enjoy it when an author keeps me guessing and I cannot predict the outcome! Another hit for Anderson and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!


Praise for My Brother's Bride

 I haven't read a book by Rachael Anderson that I didn't absolutely love and this awesome book didn't fail to meet that grade. ~Vicki
 Enjoyed reading this book. The characters, dialogue, and plotline kept me entertained. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean romances. ~Michele
 This is the first full-length novel I've read by Rachael Anderson, but it definitely won't be the last. I really enjoyed the story--the writing was really good with no annoying parts or awkwardness, the plot was interesting, the characters were endearing (I loved the banter between Brigtson and Abby!), and this book was just really good. Highly enjoyable. Great choice for those who like clean, well-written Regency romances. ~AE2 
This forbidden Regency romance was excellent! Once I started, it was hard—almost impossible—to put down. The characters—Abigail and Brigston—were super well done. I became invested in their lives, their troubles, their hearts really fast, and the author did a superb job of not letting me go. The plot twist was unique. ~Charissa
 A lovely, well-written story. Highly recommended. ~Linda I always enjoy Ms. Anderson's books! This one is wonderful, filled with great story and characters. Beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. ~Nichee
I can not praise this author's books enough. I have loved every single one. I love the characters! I love the development of the romance! I love the story line. I love the fun dialogue. I know when I start one of her books I will have a hard time putting it down until I am done and then I am sad the book is over. I love that each story is unique. ~Nari

  

Author Rachael Anderson
 A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

     

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Wager For A Wife by Karen Tuft, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!


Book Summary:

William Barlow's life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William's world upside down . . .

It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal. That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.



My Review:

I really enjoyed this novel, especially because it is written from two view points! It is always a bonus to me to understand what each main character is thinking and feeling while really seeing things from their perspective. Louisa and William are in opposite situations! One is betrothed but not officially and the other is desperate to save his home and can do so by collecting on his father's old gambling debt. And that just happens to mean marrying Louisa. Thrust into an odd and unique situation, this book kept me reading, wanting to know and find out how everything would turn out in the end. I love regency novels and this one was no exception, especially because this is the first one with a wedding wager!


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Love, Lies, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Julie Wright, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.
 
The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?
 
The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.




My Review:

I don't know a ton about Audrey Hepburn or her movies, but reading this book definitely made me want to learn more about the Hollywood legend. I really loved Silvia as a main character. Not only was she strong and beautiful, but she was flawed (aren't we all, this made me totally relate to her), and she always saw the positive in people. I loved that, I want to be like that! Anyway, Silvia is this amazing film editor and she works her booty off on this movie and she thinks she may be falling for her old co-worker Ben. What really struck me was that Silvia took her time figuring out how she felt and too often in books, the love part is so rushed. It was nice to read a book where a character takes their time deciding how they do or do not feel. Ben was an awesome leading man; patient, kind, giving, and those eyes! Every female was falling and swooning over those eyes! This book was pretty dang awesome, it had so many moving parts; not just Hollywood, but love life, family life, friends, and trying to figure out how it all should work together. 


Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Truth About Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.


My Review:

This book was hands down fantastic! I read quite a bit of regency novels and this one was so unique, different, and captivating from the very start. The story pulled me in and I refused to stop reading, I had to know what would become of Juliana and her dream of an all girls' school. Would her family love and accept her? Would she let her guard down and love and accept them? Then there was the matter of Mr. Rowley...she always seemed to show her worst side when she was around him! I felt so much honesty and a gamut of emotions from Juliana. I felt like I was living it all with her! Debut author Joanna Barker has hit this one out of the park, so hurry up and read it already!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Gem Thief by Sian Ann Bessey, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Gracie Miller is a small-town girl who has landed her dream job in New York City. As jewelry designer for one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world, she completed a particularly stunning piece, a custom setting for a large pink diamond. But when her billionaire client Mrs. Katsaros comes to repair a minor issue with the setting, Gracie is horrified to realize it is not the ring she created. Someone has forged her design, and the priceless diamond is gone.

Mrs. Katsaros has no desire to bring media attention to the jewelry heist, so she recruits her nephew, Quinn, and his FBI agent friend, Steve, to do some sleuthing off the record. When they discover that the missing ring is just one of many forgeries in the widow's collection, they look to Gracie for help. They need her to act the part of Quinn's fiancĂ©e. From the lights of New York to the shimmering islands of the Mediterranean, Gracie is swept into a thrilling hunt. But amid the search for the elusive thief, she and Quinn find themselves increasingly distracted by their growing feelings for each other. What neither realizes is how close the danger lies and how serious the vendetta is—because, apparently, it is worth killing for.


My Review:

This story drew me in immediately and didn't let me go until the very end! I read it in a day and when I had to put it down for "real life" it absolutely tortured me waiting to find out what would happen next! Gracie was so sweet, kind, and beautiful and Quinn was every girl's dream if he could just speak up and say what he really felt! Aunt dorcas was one of my favorite characters and I felt like she was the grandma everyone wants in their life. The lingering mystery of who the jewel thief was completely kept me on my toes and made for one fantastic story! Bessey weaves mystery, beautiful jewels, who dunnit, and a love story all in one great novel! 


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Wedding Belles by Melanie Jacobson, Jennie Proctor, Becca Wilhite and Brittany Larsen, New Release & Review!


Book Summary:

Harper is an event planner with dreams of taking over the Charleston wedding scene . . . until she meets the biggest Bridezilla of her career. She needs the job, but the only way to keep it is to hire a temperamental chef with big dreams of his own.

Janie is a classical cellist booked to play a posh Charleston wedding. She’s excited to have the lucrative gig until the groom’s brother, Emmett, shows up and asks her to help him play a song he wrote for the happy couple. The only trouble? Emmett is her unrequited high school crush.

Lily has been Dahlia's best friend, partner-in-crime, and now her maid of honor . . . until suddenly there's no wedding, and she's left to clean up Dahlia's biggest mess of all. She's been friends with Deacon, the jilted groom, for just as long, and it's up to her rescue him after Hurricane Dahlia blows through.

Sutton is a photographer running from her past. Only the pleas from her best friend to photograph her wedding could bring Sutton back to Charleston. Her plan is to get in and get out before her ex knows she and their daughter are in town. At least it’s the plan until she meets Max, who turns out to be the safe place she didn’t know she was looking for.

Can each of these couples trust their growing chemistry, or are they on the verge of new disasters?
 



My Review:

So, let's talk about a novel in four parts...I was like, what the heck? How is this going to shake out with four parts, four authors...can this be successful and even somewhat cohesive? You guys! It was AH-mazing! Each part was one couple's story yet each story interlocked with the entire whole of the novel! How these four authors managed to pull this off, I will never know! But what I do know is that each part was engaging, interesting, and easy to read. Each part was connected to each other and the four parts made one beautiful interlocking story. As a reader I loved that I got to read four different stories that all made up one big story. For me it was a huge bonus...it was like extra helpings of dessert, you can never get enough! If you like easy reading, romance, chick lit, and all of that beautiful stuff...then you will definitely love Wedding Belles and this reader highly recommends it!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Author for review

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Christmas Courting, Blog Tour




Book Summary:

This holiday season fall in love, with heartwarming tales of Christmases past in A Christmas Courting, an enchanting collection of Regency romances. 

Love and Joy Come to You by Jennifer Moore
Lord Covington has planned a quiet holiday with his grieving mother but finds his plans rudely disrupted when lovely Cassie Weatherby and her young siblings are invited for Christmas. Despite his reservations, however, he begins to recognize in Cassie a kindred spirit.

A Christmas Courting by Chalon Linton
When obligations keep her in London, Keturah Hensley sadly anticipates missing the festivity of Christmas at her family’s country home and the company of her best friend, Christopher Shepherd. When she learns that Christopher will be joining her family in London for Christmas, she is delighted—but her elation is short-lived. Christopher is coming to Town to court the woman of his dreams, and Keturah fears she may have lost the chance to win his love.

Mistletoe Memories by Jen Geigle Johnson
From childhood, Patrick, Duke of Montrose, knew he’d found his perfect match in Lady Alice Tarrington. When he’s sent on a grand tour of the world, Patrick is confident he’ll marry his sweetheart upon his return. But when he receives word that Alice is to marry another, will he be too late to claim her heart?

Second-Chance Christmas by Heidi Kimball
Francie and Gerard have been friends since childhood, but their friendship ended when she declined his heartfelt proposal of marriage. However, when her interactions with Gerard’s holiday houseguests provoke in Francie unexpected jealousy, she realizes she must fight for Gerard’s affections or risk losing him forever. 

My Review:

I absolutely love this collection of Christmas courting stories! It was beautifully put together and gave me all the things I wanted; romance and Christmas! What is perfect about this book is that if you don't have a ton of time to read, you can read just one of the novellas and still get a good story in! Just because these stories are short, do not discount them! They are quality and just what you are looking for; a sweet Christmas read with all the feels!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.