Tuesday, August 25, 2020

It Started in Budapest by Julie Daines, Blog Tour & Givewaway!!!






Book Summary:

Molly Cooper is haunted by one simple fact: it is her fault her twin brother, Matthew, has spent his life trapped in a frail body while she has thrived. Deep in her heart, she knows he can’t hold on much longer . . .

In her desperation to save her brother, Molly finds inspiration in an unlikely source: the newly published novel Dracula. When her family embarks on the Orient Express to seek treatment for Matthew in Bulgaria, Molly is prepared to set her plan in motion: she will sneak away from her parents and journey alone to Transylvania, where she will seek a vampire, whose blood can make her brother immortal. Molly’s rash plan is going flawlessly—until she encounters Percy Hunt, a handsome American traveler running from the shadows of his own past. When he discovers Molly’s plan, Percy’s concern for the naive young woman leaves him no choice but to accompany her on her strange quest. But neither Percy nor Molly is prepared for the feelings that quickly grow between them or for the death-defying escapade that awaits.


My Review:

I enjoyed reading this book so much! The journey on The Orient Express was enchanting and mysterious. I could see the details of the train and feel the rocking of the car. I loved the descriptions of not only the train but the people Molly encountered. Nicholas was such an intriguing  character and I will remember him for a long time to come! Percy was a great companion, champion, and steady presence. Everyone needs a Percy in their life. I loved the vampire theme and analogy throughout the story, it lent a feeling of mystery to the book! I felt like I was there with Molly while she went on a physical and emotional journey. Her love for her brother was so deep and I hope we all have someone who loves us as much as Molly loved Matthew. Daines wonderfully weaves a tale of faith, love, and hope that will stay with you long after you have read the last page! I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, August 24, 2020

Her Lady's Whims and Fancies (Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #3) by Jen Geigle Johnson



Book Summary:

She has a secret to hide. He has a hurt to cover. But they both start having too much fun to notice.

Miss Kate is full of spontaneity and dreams of fashion. Put her in a room with Ackerman's fashion plates, the makings of a new bonnet, and a strong cup of tea, and she would be happy for hours. But she is not your typical Regency miss. No one knows that she is the designer behind London’s famous fashion section, the woman who knows every fashion trend before it happens.

Lord Dennison, the ton’s best most brightly dressed dandy, the prodigy of Beau Brummel himself, is often the subject of Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies, a gossip column in the Morning Star newspaper. He moves in circles with the most fashion conscious set. But he hides a deep hurt and doesn’t plan to ever ask another girl to marry him…ever again.
 

My Review:

I fell into this story so easily and I never wanted to come back to reality. I loved how both Kate and Logan loved fashion and the details of their outfits made me want to see them in person. Kate was such a fashion paragon and her love and concern for her sisters made her so beautiful inside and out. The castle is such an intriguing piece to the story and I want answers! The chemistry between Kate and Logan sizzled off the pages and made for one amazing wholesome romance. All the sparks yet it doesn't go over the line! If you want a fun and easy to read story, then you will love Her Lady's Whims and Fancies. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, August 17, 2020

The Peasant's Dream (Hagenheim #11) by Melanie Dickerson, New Release Book Review!



Book Summary:

In this reverse Cinderella story, a poor farmer’s son, who dreams of using his talent as a woodcarver to make a better life for himself, falls in love with a duke’s daughter and must fight for a chance to win her heart.

Adela is the youngest daughter of Duke Wilhelm of Hagenheim and is never allowed outside of the castle walls. She loves her family, but she sneaks away one day to the market in the town center. There she meets a handsome young man and wonders what it might be like to fall in love with a poor farmer with a kind heart instead of marrying the man her family is suggesting for her.

Frederick earns the income for his family and defends his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He also uses his talent and creativity to carve figures, animals, and scenes into wood, and he's asked to carve these scenes into cathedral doors when his talent is noticed. Frederick is inspired by the sweet and beautiful Adela, but he has no knowledge of her true identity. When he gets swept up into a plan to kidnap the duke’s daughter, both are shaken by what they learn about the other.

With the heartbroken Adela resigned to an arranged marriage with her noble suitor, Frederick must decide what he’s willing to risk for love.


My Review:

In this last installment in the Hageinheim series, Dickerson once again weaves her magic with words. She pulls you in to the lives of Adela and Frederick and tells their story in a beautiful and emotional way that only she can! I found myself cheering, crying, and smiling throughout the story. Always a success, Dickerson once again masterfully paints a story so real, you will feel like you are right there watching it unfold in front of you.  

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, August 14, 2020

A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!






Book Summary:

A ROYAL REGENCY ROMANCE

Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.

Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?



My Review:

Aribella and Layton’s story is one for the books, *sigh*. A Foreign Crown is full of hardship and a love that seems impossible to succeed. Throughout the book I wondered if Aribella and Layton would choose love or loyalty to their countries. It really made me think about the historical time period and the pressures that nobles and royalty faced when pursuing a match. What is more important, your heart or your duty? I really felt for Aribella and Layton as they each tried to figure out what was most important. It kept me guessing, which is always a plus for a book!

I loved the royalty and prince aspect of the story. Layton’s brothers had me laughing and smiling;  I am hopeful that they will get their own stories. Aribella serving as a lady-in-waiting to the queen was a unique perspective that I have not read before. The struggle to know who to and to not trust was a dilemma all its own. The beautifully described details of the castles and homes each person hailed from had me envisioning the beauty in my own mind. I want to see Layton’s castle by the sea! Fans of historical fiction, romance, and fairy tales alike will enjoy A Foreign Crown! 


Happy Reading!!!


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