Monday, April 26, 2021

An Uncommon Earl by Sian Ann Bessey, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!





Book Summary:

Alexander Allerton, the Earl of Bloxley’s, greatest desire is to alleviate the suffering of the poor and less fortunate of England. So when his hackney carriage is involved in an accident that results in the death of one of those he is determined to help, he is devastated. Alexander vows to keep the promise he makes to the injured woman as she takes her final breaths: he will not rest until he finds her young son.

After a crippling accident years ago, Jane Hadford is accustomed to being largely ignored at social events. But being overlooked has allowed her to hone her observational skills—and she quickly perceives that all is not well with the handsome Lord Bloxley. When an unexpected opportunity arises to talk to the earl, he surprises them both by sharing with her his fruitless search for the child. Touched by Lord Bloxley’s story and by his desire to make things right, Jane determines to help him fulfill his promise. What she cannot anticipate, however, is that the quest she has chosen to undertake will bring into her life a small boy who will steal her heart and a gentleman who might well do the same.
 

You can connect with the author here.

My Review:

I loved Alexander and Jane’s stories!  The passion that Alexander had for saving the climbing boys was real and easily came through the pages. Jane’s fieryness and Alexander’s stubbornness made for a fun combination. Jane’s Aunt Millward was a noteworthy character and one of my favorites! I wish she could have her own story! She made me laugh with her rescue attempts. She was pure awesomeness. This is one of my favorite historical fiction books of 2021. It combined history, romance, and unique challenges facing women of that time period. Beautifully written and completely captivating, An Uncommon Earl had me awake long into the night to finish the very last page. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Pining for Lord Lockhart (Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #5) by Jen Geigle Johnson, New Release!



Book Summary:

Charity watches each of her sisters make plans to marry, one by one, and she is overjoyed for their happiness, but she doubts she will ever feel much of the same. She is busy in her causes, in her book groups, in her thinking bluestocking ways, but she has a secret. And no one knows, not even the man himself. But through all of her forward thinking ways, she is pining for Lord Lockhart.

Lord Lockhart is the wealthiest man of any of their acquaintance. He recently received yet another inheritance when an old eccentric uncle passed on and he seeks for ways to use his money responsibly. Charity is a good resource for him in this regard. And he just might have secrets of his own where she is concerned.

My Review:

Charity’s story is the one I have been waiting for! How would a blue stocking who truly does not care about London society and the ton, do during her season? Her bright and beautiful personality attracted many suitors including Lord Lockhart. I loved their conversations and debates they had together. They just seemed to fit; two halves of one whole. Johnson definitely pulled a fast one on me and threw in a couple of curve balls. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out and that made it even better. Unpredictable makes for great reading! I love how she brought in the kids and what they could do to help them in their lives. The historical elements brought a realistic and emotional connection to the story. I definitely recommend Pining for Lord Lockhart. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review

 


Book Summary:

Where there is wealth and power, there's always someone willing to do anything to take it.

England, 1381: Delia's idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia's seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn't stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom.

Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can't ignore the sense, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work.

Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda?

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of The Wild Swans, where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear.


My Review:

Right away I was pulled into Delia and her life. Her stepmother was so mean and cold, I wanted to understand why. Her brothers were her protectors and friends, I loved their comradery and loyalty to each other. The action and suspense seemed to happen right away and I wasn't sure how things would end up. I admired Delia's courage and willingness to adapt to new situations.  This story definitely put in perspective the challenges of the time period of those with power and those without. If you like fairy tale retellings, Dickerson is definitely the go-to! 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Danger on the Loch by Paige Edwards, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

Raised by a cold and distant mother, photographer Paisley Clark has spent her life daydreaming about the father she doesn’t remember. Paisley’s dream turns to reality when a DNA test brings her in contact with the mysterious man. With her financial situation a disaster and her childhood friend James Pressley-Coombes working across the pond in Scotland, Paisley is emboldened to accept her father’s invitation to visit him.

She arrives in the Highlands only to discover that she isn’t Paisley Clark at all but a titled lady, the daughter of a Scottish duke. Despite the warm welcome and the comfort of James’s presence, dangerous undercurrents surround Castle Rannoch, her father’s estate. Overwhelmed, Paisley takes refuge in her camera and James’s steady presence to provide a sense of normalcy in her rags-to-riches transformation. But her once-easy relationship with James is changing, deepening beyond friendship in a surprising twist of events. Before they have time to examine their feelings, Paisley inadvertently captures a shocking image in one of her photographs—a picture worth killing for.


My Review:

Edwards paints a picture of Scotland that felt like I was there with Paisley. I could see the beauty of the highlands and feel the cold sink into my bones! This mix of romantic suspense and the aristocracy of Scotland was spelling binding! Paisley’s story of finding her father was more than I could have imagined! Throw in a traitor within her dad’s business dealings and a possible terrorist organization and I could not stop reading! I loved the romance, suspense, and mystery mixed in with the aristocracy of Scotland. It was so cool! I loved this book and look forward to more books by Edwards!

Happy Reading!!!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Crown of Rosemund by Michele Ashman Bell, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Anduron, 1498

The king and queen are dead, murdered by one who will stop at nothing to rule. But the young princess—Rosemund—has survived, spirited deep into the forest by her parents’ most trusted advisor. There, she finds refuge in a small cottage and a new life, one in which she must play a role that will ensure her survival. Soldiers are combing the countryside searching for the lost princess, and they will not rest until she is found—and eliminated.

Rosemund’s strength grows as she trains for battle and endures the hardships and dangers of peasant life. When chance brings Maxwell, a young man from the nearby village, into her life, Rose finds in him an ally and a friend. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, the time has come for Rose to reclaim her birthright, and in a court controlled by a vengeful new ruler, she must play a deadly game of politics in order to seize the throne that is rightfully hers.

My Review:

The Crown of Rosemund was exciting, action packed and emotional! Rose's story drew me in immediately, with her parents being murdered and having to flee and hide for her safety. I felt like I was watching it unfold on the big screen! Jacob was one of those characters that seemed so real to me. I loved his loyalty to the crown and to protecting Rose. Watching Rose grow as a person was beautiful to behold. I loved her passion for her duty and her people! Books about royals are some of my favorites to read and The Crown of Rosemund did not disappoint! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Stella by McCall Hoyle, New Release!

 



Book Summary:

Even dogs deserve a second chance.

Ever since she was a puppy, Stella was trained to use her powerful beagle nose to sniff out dangerous chemicals and help her handler keep people safe. But during a routine security inspection, Stella misses the scent of an explosive. The sound of the blast is loud and scary. Unable to go back to work because of her anxiety, Stella is retired as a working dog.

When a young girl named Cloe wants to adopt Stella, the beagle knows this is her last chance to prove her worth. But how? When Stella smells a strange chemical inside Cloe’s body, a scent that surges just before the girl has a seizure, Stella’s nose makes the connection. But how can Stella warn her new family without them thinking she’s having an anxiety attack? How can she convince others that she can be a new kind of service dog and hopefully save Cloe’s life?

Told from Stella’s perspective, this story is about a special dog who must find the courage to overcome her fears in order to help save a young girl with epilepsy.


My Review:

Stella's story drew me in and I just had to know how her journey would turn out! I loved reading from the perspective of Stella and hearing the thoughts of a dog. It definitely opened my eyes to a different view of the world! Stella's journey was unique and emotional, I was cheering for her the entire book! I just couldn't seem to put this book down, Stella was a Rockstar!  I highly recommend this middle grade book for children and adults alike. You will love Stella and her story! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Until Vienna, (Romance on the Orient Express #3) by Heather B. Moore, New Release & Giveaway!!!





Book Summary:

Georgina Ballard has been disappointed in love more than a few times, a fact that she is uncomfortably aware of amid her sister’s wedding preparations. When her elderly aunt Rowena bids Gigi to accompany her on an art tour across Europe, Gigi hesitates but eventually resigns herself to the train journey alongside a group of aged art connoisseurs, if only to mollify her aunt.

Once aboard the Orient Express, Gigi is pleased to discover that not everyone on the tour is in their twilight years: Clyde Haskins, an energetic young art professor from the University of London, will serve as the group’s tour guide. Clyde is equally intrigued that a young lady has joined the tour, and Aunt Rowena and her friends immediately set out to play matchmaker. Clyde and Gigi both find humor in Aunt Rowena’s antics despite knowing that each is determined to keep their heart carefully guarded. Yet, the enchantment of their European exploration weaves an undeniable spell between them. When their journey ends, can their holiday love story endure the obstacles of real life?

You can read the first chapter here.


My Review:

Where do I begin with this story? I love this series and Gigi’s story is one of my favorite! She was beautiful and didn’t know it and how she interacted with others made me smile. She is a beautiful soul. Professor Haskins was quiet yet thoughtful and so handsome. I think that everyone needs an Aunt Rowena! She was bossy and pushy but with a heart full of love!  Together with her whist playing friends Blanche and Irene, you couldn’t ask for a more caring and fun group! They reminded me of premodern Golden Girls. I loved those ladies! Best of all was the journey Gigi took, not just physically but emotionally. Until Vienna surprised me in more than one way and I hope that you too will board The Orient Express and discover its secrets! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mission Stories Major Motion Picture, New Release and Spotlight & Giveaway!




New Major Motion Picture, MISSION STORIES, Launches Ambitious New Media Franchise

-Trailer Debuts Wednesday, April 7 & Film Opens Exclusively in Theaters on Friday, May 7-

Salt Lake City – Excel Entertainment announced today the creation of a new media franchise, MISSION STORIES, focused entirely on telling stories of missionaries for The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. The franchise launches with the theatrical release of MISSION STORIES, a moving retelling of three true stories of missionary work. The theatrical trailer for the film debuts on Wednesday, April 7 at missionstories.com and the feature film opens exclusively in theaters on Friday, May 7 distributed jointly with Purdie Distriution.

Assembled as an anthology of three stories told over four chapters, the project was created by the filmmaking team of Bryce Clark (writer, producer, director), Jason Allred (producer), Crystal Myler (writer) and Arthur Van Wagenen (executive producer) after meeting with a full room of former mission presidents and their companions. “We heard so many incredible stories -- story after story of events that cannot be simply coincidences,” explained Bryce Clark. “Every story shows that God has his hand in the work and people’s lives are being transformed and saved through this work.” 

“People assume they know what a “mission story” depicted on the big screen will be like,” said Arthur Van Wagenen. “Our goal in this film and the entire MISSION STORIES franchise is to tell stories from not just the perspective of missionaries, but from the perspective of people who make the radical choice to become disciples of Jesus Christ.”

The film tells three true stories, including “Hermanos” that focuses on a father overcoming a crisis of faith so that he can baptize his family. “Chuck” tells the story of a man questioning whether God truly loves him and learning to see himself as God does. Finally, “Full Circle” is told in the opening and closing chapters of the film, and shows that the power of faith applied over years or even decades can ultimately bear fruit in overcoming spiritual issues as serious as depression and addiction. 

“’Full Circle’ is an especially personal story for me because a character is based on me and the culmination of this story played out as we were developing this project,” explained Clark. “When people watch the film they’ll see when people struggle the Lord never gives up on them, and how the faith of others can help rescue them. I hope sharing this story may inspire others who are facing similar challenges.”  

 

“The MISSION STORIES film is only the first step in creating a full Mission Stories brand and media franchise,” said Van Wagenen. “We are creating an avenue where people can submit their own mission stories which can be shared with the world to help increase people’s faith and sense of worth.”

Going forward, Mission Stories will become an incubator for up-and-coming writers and directors who will continue to tell these important stories for years to come.”

For more information and to see the film’s trailer, visit missionstories.com


 Message from the Director: 

When I initially approached Mission Stories I thought I may not be the best choice to direct because I did not serve a mission. However, as I developed these stories I recognized how much missionary work has touched my life. In fact, in one of these stories a character is based on me. Through this experience I’ve learned just how powerful love, faith, and forgiveness are and that redemption is available to all of us no matter the circumstances of our lives. Everyone has a story to tell and I believe in the power of sharing stories. I hope that audiences will be touched by the themes of mercy and redemption in these stories.

- Bryce Clark


Website: www.missionstories.com




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