Monday, April 29, 2019

A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

Hawaiian Islands, 1779
 
As the second daughter of a royal chief, Maile will be permitted to marry for love. Her fiancé is the best navigator in Hawaiʻi, and he taught her everything he knows—how to feel the ocean, observe the winds, read the stars, and how to love.
 
But when sailors from a strange place called England arrive on her island, a misunderstanding ends in battle, and Maile is suddenly widowed before she is wed.

Finding herself in the middle of the battle and fearing for her life, Maile takes John Harbottle, the wounded man who killed her fiancé, prisoner, and though originally intending to let him die, she reluctantly heals him. And in the process, she discovers the man she thought was her enemy might be her ally instead.
 
John has been Captain James Cook’s translator for three voyages across the Pacific. He is kind and clearly fascinated with her homeland and her people—and Maile herself. But guilt continues to drive a wedge between them: John’s guilt over the death he caused, and Maile’s guilt over the truth about what triggered the deadly battle—a secret she’s kept hidden from everyone on the island.
 
When Maile is tasked with teaching John how to navigate using the stars so he can sail back to England, they must also navigate the challenges of being from very different cultures. In doing so, they might also find the peace that comes when two hearts become one.


My Review:

It is interesting to me that this is based on a true story because it really felt like a Moana version of Pocahontas. Which makes the story even that much more intriguing! I really loved Maile as a character. She was strong, brave, proud, kind, and compassionate.  All of the things a woman would like herself to be. Learning about the Hawaiian culture and how different they way they not only did things but saw things was a real eye opener for me and made me feel like I was learning right along with John. This is such a unique proper romance novel, it is unlike anything that I have read in all of my years blogging and devouring books. If you want a unique story with depth, culture, obstacles that seem insurmountable, and two people that come from two completely different worlds...then this is a book you must read! It hits all the check marks and then some! This is not just another romance novel, it has substance and grit!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Plague by Gregg Luke, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Professor Mitch Pine knows all too well the history of epidemics, so the startling new information he’s discovered has him racing to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Mitch has uncovered a startling pattern: dramatic environmental changes always occurred prior to devastating outbreaks, and current climate change may be such a catalyst. But before his plane lands, Mitch’s journey takes a terrifying turn. He is intercepted by a woman who represents a dangerous faction whose interest in Mitch’s research opposes his mission to save lives. To secure Mitch’s cooperation, his research assistant is being held hostage. With so many lives on the line, Mitch embarks on a turbulent trip around the world, uncovering pieces of the puzzle until he ultimately holds the key to prevent—or precipitate—global devastation. Unless he can find a way to stop the lunatics behind his abduction, a plague the likes of which the world has never known will be unleashed.

My Review:

Luke literally pulled me into this wild ride and didn't let me off until I had finished the entire book. And it was sooooo good you guys! This is an insane ride of action and suspense like no other I have read before. I was so worried I would get bored with all of the scientific stuff that is really quite over my head, but Luke does a fine job of shelling out the info in a way the reader can understand and apply towards the storyline. And this one is a doozy! I mean, Mitch's assistant is kidnapped, he has been kidnapped...and we really are not completely sure why? It isn't all adding up and I felt like there was a key component I was missing! I liked the edge of the seat suspense and overall flow of the story. Some of my favorite characters were the ones with small parts in the book, but I would love to learn their stories as well. I am crossing my fingers for Hiru's and Sissy's stories. Hopefully Luke has more to write than just this one hurrah with these characters. This is one fantastic book and I suggest finding a comfy chair to read it in, because you won't be getting up for a long while!

Happy Reading!!!

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Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

Miss Adeline Hayes is the perfect lady's companion: pleasant, conversational, and unceasingly proper. But when her closest friend, Charity Edgeworth, breaks off her arranged marriage without explanation, even Adeline's superior skills are put to the test. Charity's father banishes the two young women to the country, sending Adeline with a charge to find Charity a husband or suffer dire consequences. 

As Adeline takes on the role of reluctant matchmaker, she discovers more than one obstacle in her path. Not only does Charity prefer escaping in books to socializing, but Adeline soon finds her own attentions distracted by the standoffish—and irritatingly handsome—Mr. Evan Whitfield. Amidst an eventful foxhunt and the unexpected arrival of Charity's former betrothed, Adeline simply doesn't have time for a battle of wits with Evan. But the two are continually drawn together until Adeline begins to question her tightly guarded convictions about love and marriage. 

However, when secrets are revealed and truths made known, Adeline must face her most fearsome obstacle yet: herself.



My Review:

Right off the bat I was pulled right into Adeline's life and her story. From her ailing father, to her friendship with her best friend Charity. Her life was intriguing and she was everything that was prim and proper. She always knew what to say and do, so when she pops off defending her friend, I was quite shocked! Then Adeline and Charity are sent off to Charity's aunt's home with Adeline being told she had better find Charity a husband or the consequences would be disastrous! So Adeline is torn between doing what is right for her friend or what is right for herself. All while she meets Mr. Whitfield, who happens to be frustrating to her and intriguing at the same time. I felt like he was a little bit reminiscent of Mr. Darcy, which made me love it all the more.  I got to a point where I could not believe what was actually happening and I couldn't tear myself away from the book....I had to finish!! I highly recommend Miss Adeline's Match to anyone who is a fan of regency romance novels!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review