Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Eliza Woodhouse has everything a girl could want: a delightful little beachside flower shop, a loving family, and the best friend a girl could ask for. And while she suffers a chronic lack of romance in her own life, the bohemian beauty is a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, as evidenced by her recent successes. Having found a fiancé for her sister and a boyfriend for her best friend, she is now taking her lovelorn new employee under her wing. Yes, life is working out quite nicely for Eliza. Until Parker Knightley walks back into her life.

After three years in Hong Kong, Parker is in town for his brother's upcoming wedding to Eliza's sister. They've all known each other their whole lives, and Eliza will never be anything but Little Liza Belle to her handsome childhood tormenter. So the fact that their siblings are getting married simply puts Parker one step closer to becoming the big brother he and Eliza have always joked about him being. But the more time they spend together, the more confused Eliza's feelings become. Because she has come to the shocking realization that the role of brother is the last role she wants Parker to play in her life.


My Review:

I really enjoyed this fun and upbeat contemporary romance! Eliza was so spunky, positive and full of life! Her personality leapt off the pages and her need to fix and help everyone was endearing. She was truly a giving person who was always thinking of others first. Parker was every girl's dream guy and Eliza seemed to be clueless to what was right in front of her face. Was he her faux brother or could she dare hope he could be something more? She was too busy trying help and fix everyone else to truly think of her own feelings.  And besides, she wasn't ever getting married...that was for her sister and her best friend.  At times I became so frustrated with Eliza, could she really be so clueless to her own feelings and those around her? But I cheered as she matured, grew and realized what she needed to do in her life. This was a fantastic read, I didn't put it down until I had read the entire thing!


Happy Reading!!!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pretty Much Perfect by Sally Johnson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Camille Weston, a recently returned missionary, anticipates returning to college for her degree and perhaps to meet a nice guy. A sensible young woman with her future mapped out, Camille would never do something dangerous—like pick up a stranger on the side of the road. And yet, inexplicably, she does just that. This is one split-second decision that changes everything.

Determined to lend assistance, Camille gets more than she bargains for when she is roped into helping Liam, a handsome British man, with more than just a ride. As they are thrown together over the coming days and their mutual attraction grows, they realize they just . . . click. That is, until she makes a shocking discovery: the mysterious stranger is William Liam Jones, lead singer of the popular band Gear. Camille has never been one to swoon over a celebrity, and she knows her and Liam's lifestyles could never be compatible. But how can she convince her heart to listen to logic?


My Review:

Where has this book been all my life?!? It is hands down amazing and I couldn't get enough of it! Camille is a straight shooter, straight laced Mormon girl, and happens to be clueless when she stumbles upon famous rockstar Liam. It seems she is the last one to know who he actually is. And the budding attraction is too hard to ignore between the two of them. But Liam isn't a member of the church and Camille feels like they could never work....but could they? Is what is happening between them even real or is it just a fling for Liam? I absolutely devoured this book, DEVOURED it people! Johnson takes you on one heck of a ride and I was all in with my hands up in the air, enjoying every single moment! This is the book you don't want to miss out on! This is the book that will keep you up all night long and when it is over you will want to throw it (or your kindle) and demand that the author give you more because it is over!!! Buy this book, it is that simple. 


Happy Reading!!!


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Price of Jade by Liz Hastings, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

With its lush rainforests and awe-inspiring ruins, Guatemala has always played a central role in Matt Miller's life. The stunning land where he once served as a missionary is now a vital part of his importing business, and after years of anticipating a trip to the exotic country with his wife, Cathy, and teenage daughter, Melissa, it's finally happening. But what begins as a dream vacation soon spirals out of control as the Millers face every parent's worst nightmare: their daughter has disappeared without a trace.
Every second counts as Matt and Cathy throw themselves into the most urgent search of their lives—a search that becomes frantic when a ransom note arrives. As Matt traverses dense jungle and remote villages, relying on the help of an unlikely band of Good Samaritans, it is clear that Melissa's kidnapping was far from random. There is a network of greed and deceit that runs deep, and no one can be trusted. Desperate to protect his family, each step leads Matt closer to a ruthless killer. And what he discovers points to a greater deception than he could have imagined . . .


My Review:

So in full disclosure, when I picked this book up to start reading, I wasn't quite feeling it. But it didn't take me very long before I was completely out of my own world and transported to Guatemala. Cathy and Melissa were on a once in a lifetime trip and were missing their husband and father, Matt. While they were there the unthinkable happens and Melissa disappears. The action and suspense in the novel were so real my heart was pounding at times. I was trying to figure out who would do this to a teenage girl and why. Hastings did a great job of keeping me guessing until it neared the end where I figured it out. But by no means does that diminish the intensity and heart stopping moments of this book! There are so many elements and layers to this story which make it so fantastic. Faith, fear, prayer, redemption, loyalty and forgiveness to just name some. This book is a wonderful read that kept me engaged and I look forward to reading more from Hastings in the future!


Happy Reading!!!

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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!


Happy Reading!!!


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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!

Happy Reading!!!
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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!


Happy Reading!!!


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future. 


My Review:

I loved this book so much! It was easy to get into and stay into it! Books that bring you in from the first page and keep you interested until the very end are hard to find and this was one of those books! I loved Bree from the get-go, she was smart, spunky and straight forward! A girl I could get behind! And Kade was a mystery to be figured out, I wasn't sure if he was some one I was going to like or not like. I loved the pace of the story and learning more about reporters and about beach volleyball. I truly enjoyed every moment of the story and I would recommend it to any one of my friends!!!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley's life upside down in an instant, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage.

The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley's past who is in Germany on business. 
Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich's death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.


My Review:

I always love a good action/suspense novel and Unforgettable did not disappoint! I was glad to find that Hinrichsen wasted no time in starting the action and as a reader you find yourself straight in the middle of it! The back story and all of the different parts made it so interesting to read. I appreciated seeing a glimpse of the past and then being brought into the future to figure out, along with Haley, what actually happened to her great grandfather! ( I wish he had lived, but if he had then it wouldn't be the great story that it is!)Then added into the mix was Joshua and Haley had a Holmes to her Sherlock! If you truly enjoy action/suspense novels then you will like Unforgettable!


Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Miss Wilton's Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack, Blog Tour







Book Summary:

A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack's bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar's Daughter.

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Lenora's story! I remembered her from Kilpack's previous book and I was delighted that she decided to write about Lenora. Lenora is not your typical main character. She is shy and quiet, she has anxiety and moments of panic...which made her more real and relatable to me as a reader. Catherine, her new student, was such a pain in the rear! I had no idea how she was going to handle her. Then Mr. Asher appears, the uncle who has taken in his niece Catherine, and Lenora is not sure how to feel about him. There are so many twists and turns in this story and at points I felt like there was no possible way the ending could turn out happy for anyone! Kilpack kept me reading until the very last word; I could not put the book down, I tried! Hey, who needs sleep anyway? You will love Miss Wilton's Waltz, I highly recommend Lenora's story!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of their coffins unscathed. Not beheaded but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she's known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this façade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there were a time to keep her head, it is now— because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not the only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn't take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel.
 



My Review:

This is such an interesting read! Set during the French Revolution there are some ugly, gruesome, and frightening parts that I wish I didn't have running through my mind, but the stage had to be set for the Pimpernel! It was a nice twist that the Pimpernel was a woman instead of a man. It was definitely a gripping read that holds the reader captivated.
Daring and intriguing, Scarlet is a read that will keep you turning the pages until the very end of the book!

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Everything She Wants by Sarah Alva, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Lucy Kappal can't figure out why she doesn't want to marry her sometimes-boyfriend, Charles. After all, he's perfect on paper: a returned missionary, elders quorum president, a professor at BYU. Instead of giving Charles an answer to his unexpected marriage proposal, she boards the next flight to London only to fall at the feet of the handsome pilot. The encounter leaves her heart pounding in a way it never has with Charles, and she becomes even more smitten when she sees the pilot again at her hotel.

Emerson James is in London to deposit the last of his mother's ashes in Kensington Gardens. And after a fifteen-year absence, he is attempting to return to the Church as a way to find peace with his mother's death. But the Church's culture feels foreign, and he's about to give up on ever becoming a "good Mormon" when he meets Lucy in the hotel lobby.

Lucy and Emerson's new friendship opens their worlds to new possibilities and leaves them wanting more. But Lucy is torn over her feelings for Charles, and Emerson isn't sure how committed he can be to the Church, even knowing how important it is to Lucy. Inevitably, the realities of life force them apart. If given a second chance, will they have the courage to risk everything for a once-in-a-lifetime love?


My Review:

So it took me a few chapters to completely get into the story, but man, once I did, I could not stop reading! Lucy ran away from Charles, he seemed good on paper but he was just not right for her. She runs into this handsome pilot while she is in London and the sparks just fly between them. But can they make things work? Emerson isn't sure he is invested in the gospel and is Lucy just rebounding from her breakup with Charles? Fast forward six months and all chaos for Lucy begins. What decisions will she make for her future? The practical one on paper or the one that makes her heart sing? 
I really enjoyed Alva's ability to put in her novel LDS culture issues and addressing them in a direct way. It definitely added an authenticity to the story that other LDS novels lack. It felt current and it included issues LDS women face in the world today. I also want to note that the supporting characters were every bit as important as the main ones and Alva seamlessly wrote a story that addresses issues people face today. I truly enjoyed the entire book and my only complaint is that there wasn't more to read!

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Tripwire by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Jane Napierski is back at work at the job she loves—being a personal assistant to her friend Sienna Blake, a rising star actress. The duo is on location in Virginia Beach to film Sienna’s new TV series, along with costar Reed Forrester—the man with whom the world thinks Sienna is in love. Wrong.

Sienna’s heart actually belongs to her fiancé, Craig, a Navy Seal with the Saint Squad. Craig must fly under the radar if he is to keep Sienna safe from his world of terrorists and toxic bombs. And Reed has no problem pretending to date his old friend Sienna simply because it means he can spend time learning more about Jane. Making a TV series is grueling work but not nearly as difficult as the treacherous adventure that is about to begin with a simple photo taken in the wrong place at the wrong time—an image worth killing for.

When Craig returns to the United States to spend time with Sienna, he’s not expecting to spend that time protecting her and Jane. Frightening incidents targeting the two women rapidly escalate, and as Craig and his Saint Squad investigate a tangled conspiracy, they find themselves tracking, here at home, the terrorists they have searched for across the globe. But can they shut the terrorists down in time to save Jane, Reed, and Sienna?


My Review:

Abramson has done it again! The Saint Sqaud returns for another romance full of heart-pounding and action-packed moments! When Jane and Sienna accidentally take a picture with known terrorists in the background they quickly put a target on their backs, unbenownst to them! While Jane and Sienna do their best to figure out who is after them and why, a little help from Craig, Sienna's fiance and the Saint Squad is called in. Meanwhile Jane is falling in love with Reed, the actor that Sienna stars with in this new TV series. So many things happening, so little time to solve them... what will happen? Abramson has produced another winner with this next installment in the Saint Squad Series!

Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Check Me Out by Becca Wihite, Book Review



Book Summary:

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.



My Review:


I love, love, love LOVED this book! Did I mention that I loved it? First of all, Greta is just great, she loves books, works in the library and which one of us book nerds doesn't relate to that or desperately wants to work in a library ourselves? So Greta? She is AWESOME!!! And let's talk about her amazing and super hot best friend Will! Holy heck, Will is awesomeness and probably the best friend anyone could ever ask for! He was always there for Greta, always helping, always there! He was her rock and her constant! And he sent her a perfect guy for her birthday? Seriously, this cannot be real folks! Who does that? Anyhow, the story definitely has more depth than just the best friend/boyfriend/Greta trio. There is all of the library possibly shutting down issues and what Greta can do to try to save it! You do not want to miss out on this story, you NEED to read it! I loved every second and I am sure you will too!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, April 20, 2018

My Dearest Enemy by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn.

After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail’s help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.


My Review:


Moore wastes no time in introducing her main characters and jumping right into the story! Abigail is alone on her family farm while her father and brother are away fighting. And she cannot help but blame the Americans! So when she finds a wounded American soldier in her barn she finds herself in quite the conundrum! What should she do with him? The most distressing part is the fact that he is an American! Her plan for him to heal and then for her to turn him over to authorities doesn't go quite how she thought. You must read it yourself to learn all of the complexities of the relationship and the ups and downs of her life! It was a nice change to read a book from the early 1800s set in a different country than England and to have the war aspect tied into it. I haven't read many books based during the War of 1812, it was a nice change of pace!


Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!






 


  My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson


 For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved. Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either. Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.


My Review:

This book swept me away and didn't let me go until I had read the very last word! I felt so much a part of Prudence's world, it was like I was watching it play out in real time. Prudence was so sweet and kind, she just wanted to write a great story and along the way she needed to do her own research! Who knew she could misunderstand a situation completely, make an unexpected friend and confidant and maybe even fall in love along the way? She wanted so much to help her sister and do right by her family at the same time. Yet she yearned to be true to who she was! I connected to this story in a way I wasn't expecting. You will laugh and sigh right along with Prudence as she finds her true self in My Sister's Intended!

Happy Reading!!!



 

Excerpt


When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”
A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?
Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.
Unbelievable.
“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.
She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”
“I’m glad I could entertain you.”
“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”
If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.
“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.
Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”
Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.
“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”
“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”
“Yes.”
She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”
Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?
“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”
Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.
He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.
“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”
“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”
“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”
It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.
“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”
“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.
 


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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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Love's Bloom by Rosemary Danielis, Book Review






Summary:

Twenty-two year old, Marigold Matthews, can’t wait to return home to Heartland Cove County and get started on all the fabulous plans she’s made during her four long years at college. She’ll take over the family farm, start her own organic edible flower business, and hopefully find a way to help train her do-nothing brother, Ben, providing both of them with a job and an income. Then, she’ll finally marry Walter, her high-school sweetheart and live happily ever after in her picture-perfect paradise.

All her well-laid plans fly out the window when her father informs her he’s going on a surprise European vacation and leaving the farm in Ben’s incompetent hands. To make matters worse Walter can’t understand why she’s upset because, turns out he always thought she’d join him running his family-run hardware store after they were married, something Marigold has no desire to do.

The final straw shows up in the form of Mace Winthrop, an arrogant, competitive, top-of-the-class student Marigold clashed with back in college. Mace has taken a job with a huge farming conglomerate and shows up in Heartland Cove with a mission to snatch up independent farmlands, like hers and transform the beautiful Heartland Cove into a unicrop, moneymaking wasteland.

Marigold has her hands full teaching Ben the ropes, tending her own acres, trying to work things out with Walter and keeping her guard up against the charming and persistent powers of Mace Winthrop. Part of her wants to just run away and reinvent herself somewhere new but Heartland Cove has a hold of her heart that just won’t let go.


My Review:

This is definitely an easy to read book, which I love! I never want to have to try to get into a story or work to finish it. Love's Bloom flows organically and Marigold had more of the personality of a snapdragon at times! She was sweet yet a fireball who would not back down! I really liked the dynamic of Marigold and her brother as well. She had to save his rear end a time or two, and it was definitely true to sibling dynamics. And honestly,  I wasn't sure what to make of Mace, it took me a good portion of the book to understand him and his motives!  This small town farming romance was delightful and I enjoyed Marigold's story from start to finish!

Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour





Book Summary:

When Evangeline is sent to live in a small mill town in Northern England as a schoolteacher in 1871, she finds herself struggling to fit in with an unfamiliar culture. Raised with the high-class Victorian values and ideals of a sophisticated upbringing, she is unprepared for the poverty she finds in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, where the locals speak with a hard-to-understand Yorkshire accent and struggle to thrive with few resources or opportunities.

Though she has no training as a teacher, she must prove herself successful before her grandfather will release her substantial inheritance to her and allow her to be reunited with her younger sister, the last remaining member of her family after a fever claimed the lives of her parents and brothers.

Evangeline's sudden change in circumstances is complicated when her aunt—a woman who values class distinctions more than her family relationships—forbids her from acknowledging any connection to her or to her grandfather, Mr. Farr—the man who owns nearly the entire town. For the first time in her life, Evangeline is truly alone.

Heartbroken, she turns to the one person in town who has shown her kindness—an Irish brick mason, Dermot, and his son, Ronan. Despite the difference in their classes and backgrounds, Evangeline and Dermot become friends, due in part to her ability to connect with Ronan, whose behavior requires special attention. The boy is uncomfortable around strangers and rarely even speaks to the other children in town. He often fixates on details other people ignore, and he adheres to specific, self-made rules that give his life order and structure; for example, Dermot's coat must be hung on a specific peg next to the door.

Evangeline attempts to prove herself a worthy teacher and earn the respect of her hard-to-understand students. Determined to find a way to introduce them to "proper English" while still honoring their unique language and culture, she enlists the help of a local family to write down familiar stories in the Yorkshire vernacular. Because of her efforts, the students and their families warm to Evangeline and she continues to look for ways to give the children a chance to become more than factory workers in the local cotton mill.

When the town learns of her upper-class status, Evangeline must work twice as hard to win back their trust--especially Dermot's. In the end, Evangeline and Dermot discover that, even though they come from different social spheres, together they can overcome social prejudices, make a positive difference in the lives of even the humblest people, and enjoy the strength that comes when two hearts find each other.

Ashes on the Moor is the inspiring love story of one Victorian woman's courage to fight against all odds, and the man whose quiet strength gives her the confidence to keep trying.




My Review:


This Victorian novel is unlike any I have read, ever. I was immediately drawn into Evangeline's story. How could one not be drawn in when it starts off with two sisters losing their entire family at once? I was so sad for them and concerned for where they would go and who would care for them. Let's be honest, Aunt Barton was awful, cold and unfeeling so I knew she couldn't possibly care for them. Which she didn't, she sent them away and demanded that no one know they were related! It was awful and horrible! Evangeline's only family other than her little sister Lucy, and she treated them so terribly! I felt this huge weight pressing down on me while I read this book. I kept thinking that surely it was some big mistake; Evangeline being forced to care for herself and separated from her only sister. I kept thinking that surely the Bartons or her grandfather was going to rescue her from this awful situation. While I literally zoomed through the book, I was still left saddened. I think I wanted more upliftment and more triumph. I don't want to spoil it, but just suffice it to say that I wanted more happy from the book than what I was given. I love Eden's writing style, her historical aspects were spot on, I just personally wanted more sunshine and rainbows! 


Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, March 26, 2018

My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson, Book Blast & Giveaway!!!

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  My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

 For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved. Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either. Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.


 

Excerpt

When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”
A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?
Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.
Unbelievable.
“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.
She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”
“I’m glad I could entertain you.”
“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”
If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.
“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.
Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”
Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.
“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”
“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”
“Yes.”
She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”
Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?
“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”
Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.
He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.
“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”
“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”
“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”
It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.
“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”
“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.


 

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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