Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review



Book Summary:

From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well.


My Review:

Dickerson has done it again! She magically recreates the tale of Aladdin with her own unique spin. She captures the reader from the first page and holds them captive until the very end. Aladdin is such a loving and selfless character and Kirstyn is so good hearted and kind, although a bit naive. I loved how they were friends before they ever realized they loved each other. When I thought I knew what would happen in this story, I found myself surprised at each and every turn! A delightful tale with faith and hope for all, The Orphan's Wish is a must read for any fairy tale lover!


Happy Reading!!!



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Friday, June 22, 2018

Conviction by Robbin J. Peterson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:


After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.


My Review:

I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but once I got a few chapters into it, I couldn't seem to stop reading it! Neal's mission story is unlike anything I have read or heard of ever. I was along for the journey as he flew to Ukraine and went through so many ups and downs as a young 18 year old missionary. Things were so unexpected and even harsh. How could Neal continue on while he was falsely accused and then imprisoned? How could anyone remain positive at all under those circumstances?  The storytelling kept me reading and reading until there was nothing left. This book is a journey; a spiritual journey, a journey of hope, of love, of change. I would definitely recommend this book to any LDS reader!


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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Heart of Thornewell by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway






Book Summary:

What should have been a grand adventure in Africa ends in heartbreak for Enid Hawthorne, following her husband’s untimely death. Bereft, the young widow bravely boards a ship for home with precious cargo—her unborn child. She hopes to find refuge in England in the only place she can—Thornewell Hall, the estate of her late husband’s family. But upon her arrival, she finds a bleak home in the depths of mourning. It is clear that hers is not the only tragedy, but Enid is unprepared for the hostility that meets her arrival.
Sebastian, Earl of Thornewell, is grief-stricken after the loss of his wife and child. The news that his brother is dead is simply more than he can take—and he knows who is to blame: his sister-in-law, Enid. So when she arrives on his doorstep, seeking asylum, he does his duty in allowing her to stay—and nothing more. Yet fate has other plans, and as they face joys and trials alongside each other, their broken hearts begin to heal. But there is a cloud over their future, for Enid harbors a secret that may drive them apart forever.

My Review:
I love how Stansfield wasted no time in jumping right into the story. She had me from page one and kept me until the very end. I was instantly intrigued by why a young English couple would be living in a rural part of Africa. Immediately the reader comes to know Enid and what she is made of. Which is pretty tough stuff. Not many women could have handled all that she did and do it so well. Then to come back to the only home she has to find her brother-in-law in a deep depression. Honestly, I wasn't sure if anything could or would go right! But Stansfield kept me going through all of the ups and downs that Enid experienced. At times I felt like I couldn't stand Sebastian and at others I found him so sweet and endearing. This book had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions! I highly recommend it since I could not put it down!

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady's companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.
Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters' scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he's impossibly drawn to the dowager's quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their two worlds?



My Review:

Eden has once again pulled me into a world I never wanted to leave! I was immediately drawn into the story of Linus and Arabella. Two different worlds, two different upbringings, yet they both felt so alone. I loved that Eden brought both the Jonquil and the Lancaster families together for this novel! The Dangerous Duke and so many other beloved characters made cameos, and it felt like coming home to me. Beautifully written and masterfully told, Loving Lieutenant Lancaster is one story you will not want to miss!


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