Friday, March 17, 2017

Love, Jane by Ranee S. Clark, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Jane Reeves and Sean O'Callaghan seem to be a match made in heaven—but the timing is all wrong. Jane has her heart set on serving a mission, and she can't delay telling Sean the news any longer: not only has she quietly submitted her mission papers, but she's also leaving in a month ... for Alaska. Shocked and devastated, Sean struggles to come to terms with Jane's decision. Unable to deny the depth of their feelings for one another, Sean makes a promise to wait for her.

Life unfolds for both Jane and Sean, with communications limited to weekly e-mails. But with just a few months left in Jane's mission, Sean's messages stop. When she receives the dreaded "Dear Jane" breakup along with the news that she has been replaced by Sean's former flame, Jane knows the future she envisioned now belongs to another woman. But upon her return home, Jane quickly realizes some things are worth fighting for—perhaps, most of all, a shot at true love.



My Review:

First things first, I love this cover! It is gorgeous and made me want to dive right into the book. So the beginning of the book was a little slow for me, it took me a while to get into it. But once I got into the story, I was able to quickly read it. Jane man, what can I say about her? She frustrated me in her unwillingness to be open and speak what was on her mind! I guess for me it was hard to relate to her, because she wanted to say things but just never did! Sean was super sweet and the kind of guy any girl would fall for! Sweet, smart, handsome and more patient than most men would be! I was conflicted throughout the book more than one time, there was a lot going on.  I wanted Jane to open her eyes and realize what she was doing to Sean without realizing it! Just read it and see for yourself what you think! A couple fall in love and she leaves to serve a mission, I mean, what could go wrong? Pick it up and find out!

Genre: Sweet/LDS romance


Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London #2) by Melanie Dickerson, Review



Book Summary:

Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society’s shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She’s determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents—or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage—alone and after dark—the ensuing gossip may force them together.
Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety; his father perished in a duel with his mistress’s husband, and Edward must avoid scandal himself if he wants to become prime minister. He certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall’s coach “accident” was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged.
Can the culprit be brought to justice? Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career—and his life.

My Review:
This story really grabbed me and would not let me go. Leorah was my kind of girl; she refused to comply with society's ridiculous rules for women and she was not afraid to speak up and out. I just laughed and laughed when she and her friend Felicity were caught comparing Lord Withinghall to a pirate! The fact that Lord Withinghall and Leorah had an immediate dislike for each other made the story so much more interesting with every encounter between the two! The verbal sparring was intense and I imagined I was there watching it all unfold! Then everything cranked up a notch when the mystery, murder and secrets began! Dickerson masterfully tells a story that will draw you in and hold you captive until the very last word is read! I was completely intrigued and loved every minute of The Viscount's Proposal and you will too! I received a copy of this via netgalley and was under no obligation to review it.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Friday, March 10, 2017

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour





Book Summary:

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.

When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.



My Review:

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

This was regency at its finest! A unique setting and situation for a regency novel, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Jason Jonquil and Mariposa Thornton. Each person was a mystery waiting to slowly be unraveled. Especially Mariposa with all of her secrets! And Jason was suppressing feelings of his own! The connections that Eden made between the characters brought everyone together and full circle. I loved the Jonquil family and I am wanted to spend time with them too! By the time I was finished reading I felt like I knew an entire family, not just a few people. A Fine Gentleman is a must read for any regency and romance fan!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim #7) by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review



Book Summary:

Evangeline longs to be free, to live in the world outside the castle walls. But freedom comes at a cost.

Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.

To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.

Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn't even a servant.

Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England's monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?




My Review:

Dickerson magically transports you from your world and into a fairy tale! I felt like I was in the midst of the medieval times watching Eva and her story unfold! Captivated from the beginning, Dickerson's storytelling kept me engrossed and engaged until the very last word. Eva was a great protagonist with a fiery spirit, determination and no fear! I imagine all girls and women alike would aspire to have her qualities! A beautifully written tale about the King's cousin and her desire to choose her own groom, The Silent Songbird is Christian fiction at its best!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Netgalley for review

Friday, March 3, 2017

Be Happy by Hank Smith, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

You can be happy—solidly, genuinely happy—no matter what's going on around you, no matter what happens to you, no matter what storm comes along to batter and bruise you.
Keep reading, and I'll show you how . . .

Face it: it's not always easy to feel happy. With all of the worries and trials of day-to-day life, the cares of the world can seem overwhelming. But as popular speaker and author Hank Smith demonstrates, no matter your circumstances, you can be happy—the kind of happy that illuminates you from the inside out, a joy that does not depend on what happens to you but on what you do with what happens. With his characteristic humor, Hank offers readers a fresh perspective on finding joy in the journey with a collection of tools and strategies designed to inspire genuine happiness, such as: • Learning to develop an optimistic outlook

• Understanding how to deal with feelings of depression<

• Mastering ten simple tricks to jump-start your joy each day

Featuring an inspiring collection of real-life examples, enlightening doctrinal direction, and motivating goals, Be Happy is the guide you need to start living a happier life, today!



My Review:

Well let me be honest, I have heard so much about Hank Smith and I have heard bits and pieces of an audio book, once...maybe, but I have never read one of his books before. I was pleasantly surprised! I tend to shy away from 'self-help' books and they typically are a chore to read for me. But "Be Happy" was the opposite of the norm! Smith makes you feel like he is talking to you, not lecturing you on how to be a happier person. The book is easy to read, flows well and it read like an everyday conversation a friend would have with you. There were so many wonderful things he said as well. One of my favorites was, "Happiness is contagious! And unlike the stomach flu, it's something worth catching." This is so not your typical self-help book. It is fun yet full of useful information to help you find happiness in your everyday life!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

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