Friday, April 29, 2016

Loving Leah by Lynne Larson Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:


“Promise me, Ethan, no matter what, you must stay here! You can’t make a sound! Promise me you won’t!”
Caught in the middle of a massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Civil War, Leah Donaldson, a twenty-year-old Mormon governess, must risk everything to save two children in her care—and she lives to pay dearly for the decision. Young Ethan Pace loves Leah and can hardly stay still as she is taken away by the enemy for refusing to reveal where he and his sister are hiding.
Five years later, Ethan desperately searches for her, trying to reconcile all that has happened and grappling with his feelings for her. Still idealizing Leah, he hopes she has survived and that he can help her get to Zion and her people. But after everything she’s been through since they last met, will Leah overcome her regrets and allow love into her life? Will she come to see Ethan as the caring man he has become rather than the lovesick boy she once knew?

My Review:


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Change of Heart by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

  Change of Heart

  Change of Heart by Jennifer Moore


 This summer, Nathaniel Cavanaugh vacations in Lobster Cove to spend quality time with his kids after his estranged wife’s tragic death. Successful and well-connected, he is on the fast-track to the highest legal positions in the country, but his family life suffers. After an accident throws Val nearly into his lap and costs her a job opportunity, Nathaniel surprises himself by overlooking her outlandish appearance and lack of qualifications to offer her a job as his nanny for the summer. Valdosta McKinley wishes for an internship at a Paris Art Institute to use her newly acquired art-history skills. She knows Nathaniel could never develop feelings for a girl from a trailer in a rural West Virginia holler—a lesson she learned the hard way years earlier. Will pursuit of their professional goals require Nathaniel and Val to give up the dream of being a family?


My Review:

Change of Heart

Moore has completely entranced me with this first novel in the Lobster Cove Series! Moore begins the story with a bang and it keeps the momentum going the whole way through. I really loved Val and her sweet and honest heart. Her accent made me smile and I felt like she was a character that anyone could be friends with. Nathaniel was every girl's dream of tall, dark, handsome and well being wealthy certainly doesn't hurt! I love how their friendship grows and develops naturally over time. I love this contemporary romance and I am hopeful she will write Seth's story next!


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Author Jennifer Moore

 Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. She suffers from an unhealthy addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

 


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Blog Tour Schedule

 April 18th I Am A Reader - Spotlight Julie Coulter Bellon - Review Literary Time Out - Review Cuzinlogic - Spotlight Literary Chanteuse - Spotlight Susan Heim on Writing - Spotlight April 19th Getting Your Read On - Review Tifferz and her Sisterz - Review Heidi Reads... - Spotlight Why Not? Because I Said So! - Spotlight beck valley books - Spotlight Coffee Books & Art - Spotlight April 20th My Book a Day - Review Reading List - Review Katie's Clean Book Collection - Review Bunny's Review - Spotlight LeahSay's Views - Spotlight April 21st Wishful Endings - Review Simple Wyrdings - Review Kindle and Me - Spotlight My Creatively Random Life - Spotlight Queen Of All She Reads - Spotlight April 22nd Books Are Sanity!!! - Review Bookworm Lisa - Spotlight Hearts & Scribbles - Spotlight Mel's Shelves - Spotlight BookHounds - Spotlight April 26th Singing Librarian Books - Review Rockin' Book Reviews - Spotlight Min Reads and Reviews - Spotlight Rebecca Belliston - Spotlight Diana's Book Reviews - Spotlight

Royal Brides by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway







Book Summary:

In this eagerly anticipated companion novel to Royal Target and Royal Secrets, readers are invited back to the shimmering Mediterranean paradise of Meridia, where two royal weddings in a year are more than stressful—they’re deadly . . .

Lovely Meridian native Noelle Saldera yearns for adventure, but as the daughter of palace servants, working at Prince Stefano’s royal wedding may be as exciting as her life will get. But her options change drastically when she finds herself in the unlikely position of diffusing a bomb at the ceremony and being enlisted as the newest member of Meridian Intelligence—another wedding is in the works, and there can be no more close calls when Prince Stefano’s brother, Garrett, walks down the aisle. 

The bombing attempt at the first royal wedding leaves few clues as to the assailant’s identity. Desperate for answers, Meridian officials enlist CIA agent Jeremy Rogers to prevent a repeat occurrence at the upcoming nuptials. The beauty of the plan: the bride is Jeremy’s sister, so his cover is foolproof. What no one could anticipate is the instant connection between Jeremy and Noelle. Now, with their hearts on the line, the pair must work together to stop a seemingly unstoppable enemy before time runs out.


My Review:

Royal Brides

I loved this book as much as the first two! It was action packed, full of love, romance and royalty! And did I mention spying? I love spy novels! You could totally read this book if you haven't read the prior two, it is easily understandable and the author explains what the reader needs to know! If you love LDS fiction with some suspense and romance then you will love Royal Brides!



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Friday, April 15, 2016

Lady Helen Finds Her Song by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:


Spring 1813
The exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement in the unusual locale. It is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend.

Her love, in truth, has been captured by dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier represents the embodiment of all she's dreamed of in a husband. Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?



My Review:

Lady Helen Finds Her Song

I really fell in love with this book! Helen was strong, courageous and straight forward in her opinions. I loved her zest for life and her view on experiencing a new culture; Calcutta came to life through her eyes! The Captain was the sweetest and most considerate hero I think I have read about to date. Honestly who wouldn't fall for this guy? Handsome, brave and completely selfless, Michael was quite the catch! The story plays out well and I sighed in contentment when it was over. That is so rare for me, usually I want more but Moore left me completely satisfied with the way it ended. Go buy this book, borrow it from the library, grab it from your friend...do something to get it in your hands! And start your own journey through Calcutta! 



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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Solstice by Jane Redd, Book Review




Book Summary:


Four ways to get Banished from the last surviving city on earth are: 1. Cut out your emotion tracker, 2. Join a religious cult, 3. Create a rebellion against the Legislature, 4. Fall in love.

Jezebel James does all four.

Jez is on the fast-track to becoming a brilliant scientist, with one goal—to save her city from total extinction. Her caretakers have entrusted her with a secret plan to stop the rain from flooding the rest of the earth and start civilization anew. But the more Jez learns about the price of a fresh beginning, the more she realizes that carrying out the plan will lead to few survivors, and among the dead will be those she cares about the most.


My Review:


Solstice

I am having a love hate relationship with this book! I love the dystopian setting, I love Jez, Sol, Reuben, and Chalice. I love the setting where it rains incessantly all year except for two days a year the sun comes out. I think that people from the Pacific NorthWest can commiserate somehow :) I love that I never knew quite what was going to happen, who could be trusted, what the outcome would be. I was kept guessing the entire time! But I hate that it ended. Seriously I needed book two included in book one because I cannot possibly wait however long it is going to be until the second book comes out. I am dying over here! Dying! Thus my love/hate relationship! This is my favorite dystopian to date! Seriously, it will keep you guessing, nothing is predictable and you will love every second! I couldn't read fast enough! I need book two like four hours ago when I finished this one! Hey a girl can dream right? 


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Forever and Forever: The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton by Josi Kilpack



Book Summary:

A Proper Historical Romance series
The first book in a new series which will focus on the lives of real historical figures who have intriguing stories of courtship that are recreated in fictionalized accounts based on real biographical and social history research.

"A well-researched, emotionally charged tale. A love story...fit for the ages." -Publishers Weekly.

It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of the elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to education, literature, and more intellectual pursuits.
Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Widowed while on tour, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College. When Henry meets Fanny, he sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is ten years older than she is, and from a much lower social class. How could such a relationship ever thrive?
Could a book of Henry’s poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever?


My Review:

Forever and Forever

Another addition to the proper romance series, I was very excited to read Forever and Forever by Josi Kilpack. This book is based on the actual love story of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton, which is super cool! It was really neat to read about Longfellow as a person, not just a writer and poet from the past. Kilpack really made him come to life in the book.  I have to admit it took a little bit for me to really get involved in the story, but once I did there was no stopping me from finding out if these two ever and I mean ever end up together! Come along for this arduous journey to love and be amazed at the beautiful story created by Kilpack!


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Friday, April 1, 2016

Silent Sting by Clair Poulson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!






Book Summary:

Catastrophe is looming over the Central Valley of California. The honeybees, vital to the economy of this agricultural epicenter, are dying at an unprecedented rate. The U.S. government is desperate for answers, and researchers at the University of California–Riverside are tasked with providing them. But when the professors assigned to the investigation seem to be systematically dying under mysterious circumstances, it becomes clear that there is something sinister at play. Following the murders of her mentors, it’s up to entomology student Tiana Lambrose to move forward with the research. Special Agent Stu Whiteleather, part of a team of FBI agents assigned to assist in the investigation, is immediately drawn to the lovely entomologist. Together, they discover a breed of bees engineered to be killing machines, which, despite Tiana’s expertise, are like nothing she’s seen before. The question is, who could possibly have the sophisticated technology to engineer these specialized insects and for what motive? The perpetrator will stop at nothing to keep investigators from finding the answer. As threats to Tiana’s life escalate, Stu must battle an unknown foe to protect the woman for whom he has come to care before she becomes the next victim.



My Review:


Silent Sting starts in with murder mystery mayhem right away! Immediately we are drawn into Tiana's world that has been turned upside down by the investigation into why bees are dying. Then her professor that she was working with  ends up dead! What did he know and why would someone kill over bees? What information was so vital? While Poulson keeps the reading guessing as to 'whodunnit' I felt that the conversation between characters felt a bit scripted and less real than I wanted.  I also felt that the FBI agents and police officers including a civilian in an investigation would be highly unlikely, especially letting them remain inside of an unprocessed crime scene. Those things did not feel plausible to me. I am a long time fan of Poulson and feel like this was an okay book, but not as good as previous ones. Still an enjoyable read, it just took me awhile to get through it when typically I have his books read in one day. 


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