Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fairest One


Fairest One: A Snow White Retelling (The Fairytale Prophecies Book 2) by [Linnabary, Amy]

This is my first read by Amy Linnabary and it won't be my last, especially as this is book two in the series. That means I have the pleasure of going back and reading book one. And now you know that the books can be read as stand alones and be perfectly enjoyable reads.

Think you know fairytales? Not like this one.

Ms. Linnabary gives a refreshing take on the classic princess fairytales by turning them modern and giving a girlssuper powers. How awesome is that?

The writing is strong. The pacing is consistent. The characters are deep.
Romance is in the air, 'cause what's a princess without a prince? Even if they both aren't royalty. There are some satisfying teen kisses in the mix, along with fun side characters (Jamie!).

Can't wait for the next in the series and how the princesses will conquer the evil, wand carrying  mystery woman.


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What if fairytales weren't just stories, but modern-day prophecies?

My name is Rosa.
My parents abandoned me as a baby and left me to rot in the foster system. 
I live with seven foster brothers. 
I just wanted to disappear. 
I am Snow White.

Oh, and I have superpowers. 

I had accepted my life until my stepmom showed up and asked me to live with her. Now I can’t help but wonder what having a family might be like. Even if it means abandoning the boys that I care for. But when visions I've had start to come true, I can’t justify leaving. 

Just when I think I’m alone, a strange girl from California shows up and tells me I’m the princess prophesied about in the fairytale, Snow White.

Now I must decide to either trust these strangers to save my loved ones, or keep my secrets hidden so no one can hurt me again. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Lady Helen Finds Her Song


Lady Helen Finds Her Song by [Moore, Jennifer]

I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Moore. Her books are both swoon and sigh worthy while also being well researched and impeccably written. 

This time she weaves her descriptions of India so seamlessly that you’d almost believe you were there walking in Helen’s shoes or Michael’s boot. The development of the individual characters coupled with the growing romance makes you want to savor every word, every page, to make the tale last as long as possible. There is beauty and ugliness found in India, as there are in all nations of the world. Helen’s reactions to them and the choices she makes in response are what set her apart from so many other heroines. By the end, you’ll hope you can see your own life through Helen’s eyes, but more especially with her generous heart. 

Spring 1813 --The exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement in the unusual locale. It is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend. Her love, in truth, has been captured by dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier represents the embodiment of all she’s dreamed of in a husband. Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

All Regency Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 10)

These ladies can do no wrong. It doesn’t matter which assortment writes the current anthology, or which time period they pick, the reads are delightful, sweet, and keep the pages turning. These are perfect for the busy life as reading each mini story fits easily into stolen moments or reading. And you’ll find yourself stealing moments more often with each tale. 
All Regency Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 10) by [Elliott, Anna, Eden, Sarah M., Kelly, Carla, Kilpack, Josi S., Lyon, Annette, Moore, Heather B.]

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Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection. Readers will love this collection of six regency romance novellas.

In THE WEDDING GIFT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE STORY, an enchanting novella by Anna Elliott, the story opens two weeks before Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding to Mr. Darcy. He has given her the perfect wedding gift, and now she must come up with one for him. But what do you give a man who has everything? Elizabeth soon discovers that the gift of love is more important than any one thing.

DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON, a sweet novella by Sarah M. Eden, we meet Elizabeth Gillerford who envies her sister only one thing—that she’s been intended for Julian Broadwood since they were children. The trouble is that Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with Julian too. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce her to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself.

In THE MENDER, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don’t.

In BEGIN AGAIN, a charming novella by Josi S. Kilpack, Regina Weathers gives up on marrying for love the day that Ross Martin walks out of her life. Now, fifteen years later, Ross shows up at a ball and thinks he can woo Regina. But she is set on her lonely path and stitched-up heart, no matter the excuse Ross gives for his years of silence and neglect. When Ross insists he wrote many letters during his military years, Regina discovers a secret long-since buried by her father, and the revelation might be enough to thaw the coldness of her heart.

In Annette Lyon’s endearing story, THE AFFAIR AT WILDEMOORE, Mrs. Ellen Stanhope escorts her three daughters to a ball. As her oldest flirts with a beau, Ellen is reminded of her courtship and early years of marriage with Anthony, before tragedy struck with the death of their infant son. The marriage has faded and dulled. Not until she sees Anthony dancing with a woman he courted years before does Ellen realize how much she misses him, still loves him, and yearns for him to yet feel the same way for her.

In the delightful novella, THE DUKE’S BROTHER, by Heather B. Moore, Mr. Gregory Clark is having an awful day, and it only gets worse when he’s ran over by … a woman. Mabel Russell reluctantly visits her sister in London for the Season, even though she’d rather stay in the country cataloging insects and aphids. When she runs into Gregory Clark, quite literally, she’s afraid to show any interest, especially since he’s a member of the dreaded ton. But getting to know Gregory becomes an unexpected delight.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The {Re}Model Marriage

I’m a fan of Ms. Hoagland and this book didn’t disappoint.


Very few writers tackle the romance between husbands and wives. Ms. H. does it well and with finesse. As Kirk and Jamie renovate their home, they rekindle the love and romance which has died between them. There are no sordid reasons for them to part ways, they’ve simply drifted apart as they focused on other things or relationships they deemed more important than one another. As they peel back the layers of age and neglect in their home, they reveal the innerworkings of their relationship. Some truths are hard to swallow while other revelations bring joy. It’s a wonderful emotionally deep read that will have you turning pages and sighing. The characters are relatable and real. You’ll notice something of yourself or someone you know in each of them, and may even find yourself elbowing your spouse to indicate, “That is so us.” One can only hope that this story will encourage you to fall in love with your spouse again. 
The ReModel Marriage (Romance Renovations) by [Hoagland, Maria]

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2016 Whitney Award Finalist and awarded a Crowned Heart in InD'Tale Magazine.

From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship.

With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Ebook Sale!

Remember back in June when I published 12 Days to Love as part of the Destined for Love: Europe Collection?

Well, this week 12 Days to Love is only $0.99 as are all the books in the Europe Collection! Get them here:

Even better there are 80 books for $0.99 this week and
On the Corner of Heartache & Love  is included. Grab them while you can!

http://www.lindzeearmstrong.com/sales/september-ebook-sale/

Additionally Fallen Angel is $0.99(where you can read more about Enzo and Chiara)!

This is all in celebration of the new Destined for Love: Mansions Collection coming out later this month! I'll give you more details as they become available. But you can start preordering some of them here:

Kiss Me in the Rain by Lindzee Armstrong

Roping His Heart by Jaclyn Hardy

Love Me at Sunset by Lucinda Whitney

Saving Her Plantation by Cami Checketts

With two more titles still to come:
The Princess and the Pizza Man by Cassie Mae and Mending Fences by Lorin Grace.

Get ready for some great Fall reading!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amnesty


Amnesty by [Noelle, Jo]

Supernatural YA is a little outside my usual genre, but Amnesty, by Jo Noelle, is totally worth the read. Also, there is a romantic thread so...romance readers will be happy too.

I'm a long time fan of this writing team. They consistently deliver solid writing with emotional depth, and keep the pacing steady to keep the story moving and the reader reading.

In this one, the heroine, Cassie, takes on the afterlife in a big way. She's sentenced to the fire and brimstone, but given a chance at redemption through the Amnesty program. Her twenty days on Earth will determine if she keeps her original sentence or earns a ticket through the golden door.

Life on Earth wasn't easy the first time and isn't any easier in her twenty days. This is a novel about exploration of the soul, and who we choose to be. It's all about agency and action. Cassie still makes mistakes, gets tempted to back to her previous ways, and takes steps to go outside her comfort zone to learn about others and, in the process, herself.

Yes, there are gorgeous guys too, even in the afterlife.

Reader note: the word hell is used in context of the place, and there are a few minimal swear words in the text.

If you liked All By My Selfie, (apparently all hot guys originate in Scotland) grab this one too.

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Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days. Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven. 
No sweat.
But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school.
Oh, I’m so going to hell.
Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal.
Assignment with benefits.
_____________________ 

This young adult novel is a coming of age story with a clean romance, packed with action and suspense in this YA supernatural romance.




Thursday, July 13, 2017

My One and Only

My One and Only: Book 1 in the Love and Weddings Trilogy by [Guymon, Shannon]I do enjoy Ms. Guymon's books. Can't remember which of her others I've read but I'm a fan when I do!

I like Meredith, no lie. She is stubborn and in her own way of love. She has a good reason. She's protecting her heart. I get this heroine.
Asher is easy to like and so is Pule, though for me the triangle didn't last long. I was team Asher from the beginning. I would like Pule to get his own HEA (happily ever after.) As its a series, I bet he will, and she'll be awesome.

All the wonderful emotional roller coaster ride elements are here, along with wit, and description that gives the message without being lengthy. Well-written, unexpected plot twists, and hard to put down are part of Ms. Guymon's hallmark. Clean and wholesome through and through.

Grab a copy, and the rest of the series.

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Meredith Jensen has seen her share of ups and downs. She’s found love twice already and lost it in spectacularly traumatic ways. Now? She just wants a peaceful life, free from love and drama. Meredith’s plans for the future center around planning other people’s weddings and her new online dating website. Just because she works to help other people find love doesn’t mean she wants any part of it though. Unfortunately for Meredith’s plans, Asher Murphy is determined to get her to give love another chance. But then again, so is Pule Matafeo. Meredith has never denied that she’s stubborn and feisty so it might take the combined forces of all their friends in Fircrest to get her heart back on track in time for Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Bet


The Bet: A Snow Valley Romance by [Hart, Taylor]

This might be my first read by Taylor Hart, either way, it won't be my last. 

There's a lot going on emotionally in this tale, with every character. So if you're looking for emotional depth, you have got the right book. 

It was quite a page turner as the heroine had very opposite personality type  brothers vying for her affection. I wasn't sure which one she would pick, though I had a favorite I rooted for. Thankfully, I chose the same one as the heroine. 

Clean, sweet, a hint of spice. A definite winner. 

There's seems to be alot of things happening with all the characters we meet so I think it would be beneficial to read any of the Snow Valley Romances that may come before this one. 


Enjoy this sweet romance by best-selling author, Taylor Hart
When Destiny Morningstar gets blackmailed into spending her spring break in Snow Valley, the last thing she’s looking for is a date, especially not with Adam and Chase Moon—two attractive and athletic brothers. But soon she finds herself tangled up in a dating spree that includes a flag football game, swinging around the barn dance, and hiking to Snow Valley's romantic hot springs with the town's most eligible bachelors. At every turn she's within kissing distance of one of the delectable Moon men. When she discovers she’s been part of some bet fueled by sibling rivalry and overactive egos she has to make a decision—forgive them both or miss out on the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

This includes a bonus chapter of Taylor Hart's next book in this series, The Better Man.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride


Mail Order Bride Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 16) by [Henrie, Stacy, Holt, Kristin, Lyon, Annette, Eden, Sarah M., Moore, Heather B., Bessey, Sian Ann]

Welcome to the eighteen hundreds/turn of the century, when being a mail order bride was sometimes the only option for a respectable single lady with nowhere to go or no one to turn to. The other option was to be an unrespectable lady.

Each of the six stories is told with its own charm and voice. All the heroines head west for a fresh start with a stranger. What they end up with a man who captures her heart. The fun of each story is in the details.

Clean, wholesome, romantic, and utterly enjoyable.

I'd love to see these authors cook up a reverse romance series where the hero is a mail order groom!

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Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection, now a USA TODAY Bestseller! Six historical romance novellas set in the Old West. 

WRITTEN IN HER HEART, a charming novella by Stacy Henrie, Georgeanna is getting desperate. She can’t fund her favorite orphanage unless she marries and secures the rest of her inheritance left by her father. But her father’s financial planner, Clay, can't understand why she's not content with her current situation. Georgie determines to send out a notice as a mail order bride to attract suitors who won’t know her financial situation. Little does she know, Clay takes up the pen and sends her letters of his own under an assumed name. After years of working for Georgie’s father, Clay realizes he isn’t ready to watch her marry another, not when his heart is already claimed by her.

In Kristin Holt’s delightful novella WANTED: MIDWIFE BRIDE Dr. Naomi Thornton thinks she has it all: a beautiful house, a loving husband, and a fulfilling career. But when everything she holds dear is ripped away, Naomi has no choice but to start over. What will she find in the wild and untamed Wyoming Territory? Dr. Joe Chandler has waited years for a wife with the knowledge, skills, and tender heart he yearns for in a medical colleague and lifetime companion. When a midwife arrives with more expertise and secrets than he counted on, Joe quickly discovers there’s more to love and marriage than a simple mail order contract. 

In THE SOUND OF HOME, a captivating novella by Annette Lyon, Marilyn is given the choice of either marrying the despicable Victor or being charged with a murder she didn’t commit. Refusing to believe that either is her fate, she finds a third option: she answers a mail order bride advertisement and boards a train to Wyoming to wed a man named Harry. Moments after her arrival, she learns that Harry isn’t who he seemed to be, and the advertisement turns out to be a giant mistake. Harry’s brother Thomas agrees to let her stay until she can figure out what to do next—after all, she simply cannot return to New York—but Marilyn quickly finds herself developing feelings for Thomas.

In Sarah M. Eden’s endearing novella FOR BETTER OR WORSE Gerald Smith, on the advice of his well-meaning neighbors, has decided it’s time to change his lonely existence. Mary Hill, on the advice of her empty pocketbook and non-existent roof over her head, has decided it’s time to secure herself a future. A mail-order marriage, they both realize, is no guarantee of happiness, but it is a risk they are willing to take. However, coming face to face on the train platform, the hapless couple discovers an unexpected truth: marriage to a perfect stranger is sometimes far preferable to the prospect of a lifetime with someone you used to know.

Heather B. Moore’s sweet novella THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE sees Carmela traveling from Boston to Colorado, eager to meet the man she’s been corresponding with and will soon marry. Her brother’s new marriage leaves little room for Carmela in her old life. Upon arrival in Leadville, she faces a rude awakening, and the only one who can understand her predicament is her fiance’s brother, Samuel. But Samuel can’t possibly help her out of an awkward situation, can he? 

THE PRICE OF SILVER, an engaging novella by Siân Ann Bessey, Katie leaves New York for Idaho to marry Jake, a man she’s written to a couple of times. But when she steps off the train, his brother Caleb is there to greet her. Jake has gone to take a mining job he couldn’t pass up. Caleb takes Katie back to the family ranch to wait for Jake’s return. The more Caleb gets to know Katie, the more he envies his brother, but he can’t let his heart overrule his head unless Jake changes his mind about his intended bride.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tomorrow's Lulllaby


Tomorrow's Lullaby by [Armstrong, Lindzee]

Ms. Armstrong's follow up to Chasing Someday is beautiful.

Lots of adoption issues abound for Sienna and Aaron. There's good representation of how it is to be a birth mom and an adopted child, giving both sides of the coin so to speak.

Emotions and chemistry ride high. Have fun on the tidal wave of both.

Poor Jared. I hope he finds a happily-ever-after in one of Ms. Armstrong's books someday. He was a good guy who deserves one.

You can read this as a stand alone but I highly recommend you read Chasing Someday to better understand Sienna.

As strong as any of her other works, you can enjoy this one just as much.

My only nit pick is the cover (which is stunning btw). It doesn't accurately potray Aaron's heritage.

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Falling in love just got complicated.


When Sienna McBride placed her baby for adoption at eighteen, she never dreamed that two years later she’d find herself falling for someone who resents his birth mother for not keeping him. 

A relationship that screams “baggage” is the last thing she has time for, especially with her last-chance Juilliard audition approaching. She can’t afford any distractions if she’s going to get back into the school she turned down because of her pregnancy. But that’s exactly what Aaron is turning out to be—a devastatingly handsome, butterfly-inducing distraction. One that’s making her reconsider the importance of attending Juilliard. 

The future of their relationship rests on whether Sienna can live a lie or trust Aaron with the truth. If only she felt confident in either decision.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ultimate Life: Create a Life Worth Living in 9 Simple Steps

A non-fiction book by the talented Rachelle Christensen and her husband Steve Christensen to get your life on track. 

Ultimate Life: Create a Life Worth Living in 9 Simple Steps by [Christensen, Steve, Christensen, Rachelle]I've been interested in this subject for years and read about it occasionally. I eat well, exercise, and keep my life fairly well in balance so I was curious what additional light they might shed on the experience. 

The book is well written and an excellent starting point for those embarking on a wellness journey. There are helpful tips and stories to spur you along, and a website to check out for more information. 

As always, you can read until the cows come home, but if you don't get out of your chair/off your couch, nothing will change. You have to do the work. No one can do it for you. 

This book was a good refresher for me. As I've already incorporated the nine steps in my life, I'm looking forward to a version of an Advanced Ultimate Life. I hope they'll write one. 


Ultimate Life gives you a simple, yet detailed look at how to create a life worth living in 9 simple steps. 
In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to:
•Gain more energy and vitality in life
•Choose the right foods to help you lose weight 
•Build lasting relationships that connect at a deeper level
•Create a workout routine that produces noticeable results 
•Gain a greater understanding for your own purpose in life 

Get ready to live the life of your dreams, your Ultimate Life! Get the guide to get started at www.createultimatelife.com 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

40 Days with the Savior


40 Days with the Savior by [Sokol, Connie E.]

This one has sat on my e-reader for far too long. Every year, I tried to start it so I would end on Easter, but whenever I picked it up it always seemed to be less than 40 days before Easter and so I would put off reading it another year. This year, I read the book. I finished 5 days after Easter and didn't mind a bit.

Don't make the same mistake I did.

Anytime is a good time to pick this up and read it, Easter season or not.

Ms. Sokol delivers powerful insights and raises thouhgtful questions as to how we can individually learn from and grow to be like Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a quick daily devotional that can bring you closer to Him, then you have arrived at the right book. Start reading.

I'd love for her to do another one based on this theme, perhaps for Christmas time.

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Do you desire a more Christ-centered experience? 

You’ll experience a more fulfilling spiritual season with these positive and inspiring devotionals on the Savior. For forty days, enjoy a daily scripture and personal insight on a character trait of Jesus Christ, and how it applies to everyday living. Learn more of who He was, what He taught, and how it can bless your life. 





Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride



This is my first read by Helen Hastead.

I'm a great fan of Ms. Austen and have read many authors tales of life after Pride & Prejudice. This one may be my favorite.

All the beloved characters are back, and even some unbeloved (Lady Catherine) to share in the bliss and trials of Lizzie and Darcy as they navigate the sometimes muddy waters of marriage. There are new characters to add to the cast, Marchioness of Englebury, playwrights, wits, those who wish they were wits...etc.

The manners are delightful, the setting engaging, and the writing stunning. There are moments of both comedy and tradgedy portrayed, and, of course, romance.

The only fly in the ointment, for me, was the head hopping, though this is certainly not a deal breaker.

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IN PRIDE & PREJUDICE, JANE AUSTEN brought together one of the most beloved literary couples of all time - Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now, Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride continues the story of these passion-filled newlyweds as they enter London's glamorous high society. This page-turning novel finds Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy entangled in the frivolity and ferocity of social intrigues. Although Elizabeth makes a powerful friend in the Marchioness of Englebury, the rivalry and jealousy among her ladyship's prestigious clique threatens to destroy the success of her new marriage. Written in the style of Jane Austen, full of humor and sardonic wit, Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride brings Regency society vividly to life and continues the romantic, sometimes tragic, stories of other popular Pride & Prejudice characters including Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennet.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Meet Me at Sunrise Launch!

 Destined for Love

BOOK 2 of the Destined for Love: Europe Series is HERE! #destinedforlove
Meet Me at Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney 
When Vanessa boards her grandfather’s ship for a river cruise in northern Portugal, she doesn't expect him to ask the handsome captain to take her ashore on day trips.
But as she and the captain spend more time together, they find their assumptions of each other are wrong, and maybe eight days are not enough after all.

Grab it on Amazon! 

You can still preorder 12 Days to Love on Amazon, launching June 6th! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Duke Conspiracy


The Duke Conspiracy by [Andrews, Wendy May]

I found this book as lovely as the other I read by Ms. Andrews.

I hope she continues to write strong female characters who aren't afraid to be exactly who they are even in the face of society and its rules, though they do it very discreetly.

Lots of the conflict is based on the past and clearing the air. Thankfully, Ms. Andrews does satisfy all the necessary questions.

There was good representation of feelings from all characters, though I could have done without the head hopping (a personal preference of mine).

If only there were more Alex's in the world!

Well written, a good representation of the time, and, most of all, clean and delightful.

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Miss Rosamund Smythe, the only daughter of a baron diplomat, is finding the Season to be a dead bore. After her stint at spying while in Vienna with her father, she wants a higher purpose in life than “just” being a wife. 

His Grace, Alexander Milton, the Duke of Wrentham, wants a quiet life with a “proper” lady as his wife after the tumultuous childhood he had. His parents had fought viciously, lied often, and Alex secretly wonders if he was even his father’s son.

Rose and Alex grew up on neighboring estates and have been best friends since she was four years old but a family feud has torn their friendship apart.

At a Society event Rose overhears a plot to entrap Alex into a marriage of convenience. Her loyalty to their old friendship as well as her knowledge of the conspirator, Sir Jason Broderick, causes Rose to overcome her aversion to Wrentham in order to warn him of his danger. Alex’s complicated childhood has caused him to despise all forms of deception so Rose avoids telling him how she knows so much about Sir Broderick.

When Rose is abducted by Sir Broderick to prevent her interference, Alex must deal with his own conflicted feelings to help her rescue herself. Can they claim their happily ever after despite the turmoil?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Countess Intrigue



This is my first read by Wendy May Andrews and I'll be back for more. 

I found her regency era world quite lovely. I really liked Lady Elizabeth. She is a strong female with well formulated opinions, yet still every inch a lady of breeding. She occasionally throws the strict rules of society away for what she deems a cause more important or worthy. 



The Countess Intrigue by [Andrews, Wendy May]The fact that she finds herself comprimised is horribly ironic as she is quite proper. Her betrothed being a suspected wife killer adds a mystery to be solved, an obstacle to be overcome. It's an ingenious plot twist.

The characters are well formed, complex, relatable, and I cheered them on from page one to the end. Consistent pacing. Strong voice. The writing bar is set high. There was some repitition of certain words that pulled me out of the story occasionally.

Also, I'm looking forward to reading more about characters who appeared as side parts in this tale.

A lovely regency romance.

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During her second Season, Lady Elizabeth Castleton is found in a compromising position with Lord Justice Sinclair, the Earl of Heath. Despite her attraction to him, she is dismayed to find herself betrothed to the man who is rumored to have killed his first wife. Regardless of the rumors, she is soon married and on the way to her husband’s estate.

After an attempt is made on her life, Elizabeth sets out to find out once and for all if she is married to a murder.

Can she stay alive long enough to find her happily ever after?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Last Summer

One Last Summer by [Noelle, Jo]

I've enjoyed Jo Noelle's books before.

Jenna and Cole have emotional hangups and difficult backgrounds to overcome before they can get together for happily ever after.

Uncle Walter does his best to encourage them to chuck their barriers and let their feelings bloom. He is a welcome father figure to both Jenna and Cole.

I liked the characters. They had interesting journeys.

For me, this book didn't feel as well rounded as some of the other books I've enjoyed by the author. I found myself pulled out of the story by inconsistencies in the narrative voice occasionally and think the emotional tug of war could've been more polished. Also, the cover doesn't look like what I picture the characters.

Overall, it's an enjoyable read for a clean and wholesome novella and certainly worth the price. I do recommend joining her newsletter.


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Jenna Brennan doesn’t believe in love. She doesn’t believe in marriage, and she’s learned to only count on herself. At her Uncle Walter’s insistence, and a little emotional blackmail, she returns to Misty Harbor Cottages to help him for one last summer in a place that's really the only home she’s ever known.

Cole Zamora has worked at Misty Harbor for more than half of his twenty-three years, and imagined someday owning the place. He met Jenna when they were ten-years-old, and his young heart fell hard for her, relishing every summer she came back. That is, until two years ago, when she broke his heart and never returned.

Uncle Walter proposes a challenge between the two, with the winner becoming the new owner of Misty Harbor. Now, there’s a real chance Cole could lose his heart and his home. Jenna isn’t sure which worries her more—a summer of rivalry or romance?

One Last Summer is a 100-page novella in the clean & wholesome romance category.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Long Journey Home


A Long Way Home: A Memoir by [Brierley, Saroo]
I didn't go see Lion, the film adaptation of this book, because I was afraid it would be too emotional for me.

I chose to read the book instead.

It's an amazing true story of Saroo and his journey away from home in India, gaining a new one in Australia, and searching out his original family in India.

This work of non-fiction reads like fiction. So crazy, it must be true!

It is a wonderful tale of love, of things coming together at the right place and time, and has a beautiful straightforward spirit about it.

An excellent read. I hope there is a sequel in thirty more years.

Amazon

This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

A Long Way Home 
is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Prodigal Son


The Prodigal Son by [Palmer, Alison]

This is my first read by Alison Palmer.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this modern retelling of the biblical tale.

What I found was an emotionally deep story of a mother's dark journey. Sarah's baby is kidnapped while her other son is receiving medical attention at the playground after sustaining an injury. Talk about baggage!

Then when her son is returned fifteen years later, he's nothing like what she imagined and not likely how he would've turned out if she'd been the one to raise him.

The story is told from all the family member's viewpoints, including the kidnapping mom. Motives, fears, guilt, and regrets are all at the heart of this story. So, are love and how to find forgiveness of self and others.

This could be a good pick for book clubs.

Amazon
When Sarah opens the door, the last thing she expects to find is a lost piece of her life. Fifteen years ago her hopes and dreams were shattered and she thought nothing could be worse. Now, her missing child has been found and her life is about to change again. How can she learn to love a son her heart has longed for when he seems to be completely unlovable?

The Prodigal Son introduces a modern version of the Biblical parable. This engaging story represents an emotional exploration into the strength of love, the power of forgiveness, and the universal nature of the atonement.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Darcys Give a Ball


The Darcys Give a Ball: A gentle joke, Jane Austen style by [Newark, Elizabeth]

I love all things Jane Austen and am always intersted to pick up an author's work who has tried her or his hand at bringing to life new stories from her great works.

This is a charming read and my first one by Elizabeth Newark. I would read more by her.

A fun glimpse into the Darcys' world after P&P ends and many years later when their kids are grown and looking for their own life companions.

There's lots of characters to keep track of from every Austen tale. If I have one criticism, it would be that the author went a little overboard, and I'd have preferred a string of tales about each family instead of all at once. It kept me, as a reader, from getting to really know and love each character. A narrower focus would've served the story better. Also, there was head hopping. Still we get the drift of Austen and all her adorableness.

Enjoy all the world of Austen and Darcy. A fast fulfilling read.

Amazon

While Jane and Lizzie plan a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls in love with the Collins' daughter, first-born Juliet Darcy is almost lured into an elopement, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy is the new target of Miss Caroline Bingley's meddling.

The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and other novels, where all the young people come together for a surprising and altogether satisfying ending. Sons and daughters share the physical and personality traits of their parents, but of course have minds of their own, and as Lizzie says to Jane: "The romantic attachments of one's children are a constant distraction." 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Silver Screen Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology

Silver Screen Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology (Echo Ridge Romance Book 3) by [McConnell, Lucy, Checketts, Cami, Tullis, Heather, Rallison, Janette, Christensen, Rachelle J.]
I'm a big fan of Echo Ridge. Clean, sweet, wholesome romances. What's not to love?

Sometime, I'd like to read them all back-to-back and see how all the characters fit together. I lose the thread with the spacing between the books.

This may be my favorite one as the authors took classic romantic comedy films and gave them their own Echo Ridge twist. They picked some of my fave films from this genre, so I loved reading these stories. There are great quotes from the original movies thrown in, many of which my family quotes.

There's great storytelling, depth of character, swoony romance, and solid writing.

If you're not a fan yet, you will be. Page turning romance that will keep you up at night.

Amazon

Silver Screen Kisses is a collection of stories inspired by movies from everyone’s favorite list. Written by award-winning and bestselling authors, these contemporary romances take the reader back to Echo Ridge in the spring, when the promise of new love is budding just like the tulips around the Emerald Inn Bed & Breakfast.

My Fair Lacey by Janette Rallison
Lacey Johnson has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years. All she needs is one little loan to make it happen. But with the way Lacey talks and dresses, she looks more like someone who would hold up a bank than someone who’d ever get a loan from one. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate’s Harvard-educated brother, volunteers to change her image and teach her to speak correctly, she jumps at the chance. But she quickly finds she’s in over her head. Pretending to fit in with the town’s elite is harder than she thought, and despite her best efforts, she’s falling for Garrett. Could someone who is handsome, rich, and educated ever consider her as more than just a project? A contemporary twist on My Fair Lady, this is a story that is sure to please Echo Ridge fans.

You’ve Got Email by Heather Tullis
Maria never expected to fall in love with a man she’d never met, but she can’t wait to get to her laptop every night to chat with Bobwhite67. She would be happy to focus on getting to know him better, but her two jobs and two sons keep her ridiculously busy. Then there’s her ex-husband’s bookie, who’s impatiently waiting for the last couple payments on his debt.

Bret can’t help but notice how hard the beautiful Maria works and the similarities she has with the Zoomama he’s been talking with online. Though he really wants to make things easier for her, Bret accidentally gets her in hot water with both of her bosses. Can he get Maria to give him a chance in the real world and not just online?

The Princess Bride of Riodan by Rachelle J. Christensen
When a mysterious man offers to help Elise redecorate the old Bed & Breakfast, she gladly hands him a wallpaper steamer. After she discovers his true identity, she doesn’t know whether to curtsy or run and hide. Unfortunately, hiding isn’t an option because her heart is already tangled up with the handsome prince. At the same time, Elise’s old crush from high school wants a relationship and she’s forced to decide whether to chase after a fairy tale ending or stay grounded in reality.

My Best Man’s Wedding by Cami Checketts
Jessica Porter made a vow to marry her best guy friend, Josh, when they turned thirty. When Josh calls with the news that he's coming home to Echo Ridge for his wedding, Jessica is determined to break up the happy couple and take her rightful place as his bride. Gentry Trine, a coworker, agrees to pretend to be her fiancé to stir up feelings of jealousy. However, Jessica didn't realize fake fiancés could kiss like champions, and make a girl smile nonstop. Can she figure out which is the right man for her before she loses them both?

While You Were Skiing by Lucy McConnell
Mia Davis’s new job in guest relations at Ruby Mountain Ski Resort gets complicated when the gorgeous Ryder Montgomery falls off the ski lift, tells everyone they are engaged, and then loses consciousness. Worried about a head injury, Mia plays along, making him lunch, kissing in the front entryway and planning a future together; a future Mia wants with all of her heart. Things become all the more complicated when Ryder’s estranged family gets involved. Caught up in the fantasy and romance, Mia has to tell the truth or risk losing a part of herself and the man she loves forever.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How I Met Your Brother


How I Met Your Brother (Power of the Matchmaker) by [Rallison, Janette]

I'm a long time fan of Ms. Rallison's work. This may be my favorite book by her so far, and that's saying something!

The premise is hilarious, with a twin impersonating his brother and accidentally intercepting an old friend who wants to be more than friends with Marco.

Flynn digs himself deep holes trying to save his family. His best intentions do a lot of damage to himself, his family, and to Belle. He nearly loses it all.

There are heart, life, and family lessons wrapped up in this romantic comedy. It had me reading late into the night far too many evenings. A definite page turner.

Ms. Rallison works her writing magic again. Happy sigh.

Amazon

The best day of his life, the worst day of hers.

Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. 

Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco is divorced and vacationing with his family in an elegant Cancun resort. She’s not about to let the right man get away twice. She heads to the resort where she plans to casually bump into Marco and ignite some romantic flames.

But Belle hadn’t planned on one thing: Flynn Dawson, Marco’s handsome, charming, and determined twin brother. He thinks Marco and his ex-wife can make amends and he’s not about to let Belle stand in the way.

Part Sabrina, part While You Were Sleeping, romantic comedy readers will eat this book up!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reluctantly Married



This is my first read by Victorine Lieske (though I've been admiring her covers for a while), and it won't be my last!

What a fun fast paced story with heart! Great emotional development of the characters. The storyline was solid. The twists unexpected. I enjoyed every moment of reading as I watched Megan and Adam's story unfold.

It was clean, witty, and refreshing. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.

Amazon

Megan Holloway can't stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he's a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.
When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him - on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.
As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.
What she doesn't know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

All by My Selfie

All By My Selfie by [Noelle, Jo]

Apparently I didn't do a good job at reading the book blurb. I picked up this book based on previous wonderful reading experiences with Jo Noelle and added it to my e-reader.

I was surprised to find it was a paranormal romance with a ghost, but that wasn't a bad thing as he was a handsome warrior in a kilt!

It was a very intriguing and fun twist.

The story had me guessing on every page. Could they have a relationship? Why was she experiencing all this craziness? Was she delusional? Why did her family keep her from Scotland all these years?

I could tell you all the answers, but then it'd spoil the book for the other readers, and that would be criminal.

Loved the side characters. Well written, developed, and emotional.

Jo Noelle has one again proven they can write a romance in any genre and time period and make a heart happy.

Amazon

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. She clicks a few selfies with him in the background. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never see, taste, or feel any of it—except Gwen.

This is a 100 page ghost story romance novella in the clean & wholesome category.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Carve Me a Melody Cover Reveal!

Rachelle Christensen reveals her next book cover!!!

Last year, The Soldier's Bride won the Kindle Scout Publishing Award and that set her on the path to continue the Music Box Romance Series with characters that she fell in love with years ago.

Now The Soldier's Bride is a Whitney Award Finalist and on a special sale for $1--so all this celebration means that the next book didn't want to be left out.

Carve Me a Melody is now available for preorder and here is the absolutely gorgeous cover designed by the ultra-talented, Kelli Ann Morgan.








I can't wait to get the hardcopy, how about you?!

Here's a little about this story:

World War II has ended but the scars
of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with
two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson,
a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a
relationship. 
Leland wishes he was worthy of the
beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts
him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his
wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a
decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye.
Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for
answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.


When Sophie discovers a message
inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together.
The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she
can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can
find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood
surrounding his heart.


Carve Me a Melody will be released on May 23, 2017 and you can preorder your copy today, right here.

To celebrate, she is hosting a giveaway for a $25 Amazon or Paypal Gift card. All you have to do for entries is join the party! Please join her in sharing the good news. Thank you for your support!

Be sure to add this book to your Goodreads Want to Read list.



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Valentine Pets & Kisses 2

I was excited to try new authors and enjoy some sweet romances for Valentine's Day. It was a great deal and I hoped to add new authors to my "must read" list.

I was totally disappointed.

I read the first story by Victoria Pinder and went no further, so I cannot speak to the stories or authors that came after her.

There were typos on every page, including one ex. [insert Mother's name], grammar mistakes, plot holes, loose ends, underdeveloped characters, blocking issues, etc. It read like an unedited first draft.

I expected more from USA today and international best selling authors.

It makes me sad to leave a review like this when authors work hard to create characters and stories they hope readers will love and enjoy. I hope it was a case of an unupdated version, but that seems a big oversight on the author's part regarding a book release.

If I ever get the courage to read anymore in this anthology, and find improvement in the other stories, I'll gladly update my review.

 Amazon


Thursday, March 2, 2017

12 Days to Love Cover Reveal!!!


Do you love it? 

This has been in the works for a while now, and I finally get to share it with you!

I'm super excited to announce that 12 Days to Love will debut June 6, 2017 as part of the A Destined for Love Romance Europe Series.

You can mark it as 

More details to come!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Sale!!!




You can't beat that. Click on the underlined words above to find them all, including On the Corner of Heartache & Love

I haven't personally read all the books in this sale, but the ones I have were totally heartmelting. Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chasing Someday

Chasing Someday by [Armstrong, Lindzee]

I love Ms. Armstrong's writing. I'm a longtime fan. I adore her romances.

This book is different, but as beautiful, if not more so, for the subject matter it covers - Infertility.

While I haven't personally dealt with this challenge, my heart ached and broke for the characters in this story, who represented women who deal with this everyday, who long for a child to hold in their arms and call theirs, whether it comes to them through modern day miracle medicine or adoption.

The story follows Megan, Christina, and Kyra, who all suffer from IF for various reasons and to different degrees. They eventually become friends and strengths to one another as they cry, laugh, and rage at the unfairness of it all. A story of love and friendship, of heartache and joy, of faith and doubt.

You'll need a box of tissues handy. It's an emotional roller coaster of a ride, and worth every word.

An excellent selection for book clubs as it comes with discussion questions. I've already recommended it for my book club to review.

Baby dust for all the women out there who deal with this challenge. You are truly remakable in the face of adversity.

Amazon

Three women. One secret.


Megan doesn’t want to be bitter. But it’s hard not to be when her star teenage piano student accidentally gets pregnant. Megan’s done everything right—married the man she loves and read the parenting books. Yet after six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. 

Christina has been off birth control for more than a year—she just hasn’t told her husband. Now infertility threatens to rip their already strained marriage apart. He’s uncertain about fatherhood, but Christina will do anything to be a mother.

Kyra, the poverty-stricken mother of a precocious three-year-old, is shocked to struggle with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but try telling that to those demanding payment for the chance at motherhood.

When a school book drive brings the three women together, their uncomfortable secrets soon come to light. Can they overcome their heartache together, or will they allow their struggles to tear them apart?

Explore this emotionally charged tale of friendship and hope today!

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Golden Princess



Just in time for Valentines and for your favorite lady, a new clean, young adult, medieval fantasy romance hit the market today. "A Golden Princess," book three in A Royal Romance Series of Anna del C. Dye is a stand-alone story. You will find an array of characters, fears, love, endurance and heroes, between its pages. Enjoy!

Anna Del C.'s previous book "Kingdom by the Sea" will be on sale at $0.99 from Feb. 10 to the 16

About the book:

Small for her age, Princess Nyala is determined to be noticed and someday rule with fairness and valor in Kaloma. All changes when she looks upon the stars and they predict her accident. After she awakens to a broken body, her father takes to his goblet and she steps into power in her kingdom at sixteen.

Her father said that no man would choose a half-broken princess. Is that how Prince Nicolao sees her after the accident? Her heart is unsure and out of fear she keeps him away to avoid a broken heart.

As soon the other kingdoms in the land determine the predicament of the Royal House of Kaloma, they too will prey on her vulnerability to steal her kingdom. She will have to confront new foes or lose it all.







About the Author:

Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile amongst some of the world's most famous beaches. She grew up the middle, after her twin, Elena. Her mother died when she was six, but Anna was lucky enough to find a new mother in her husband's mother whom she loves dearly. Anna accredits her mother-in-law with teaching her many things in life.

After meeting Rodney, a native of Idaho, in her hometown, Anna traveled to Utah on Christmas Eve and married him two weeks later. An article about their love story, Why Me? was published in spring 2010 by Covenant in the book Angels Round About. Anna and Rodney reside in Taylorsville, Utah and are the parents of three princes and a princess.

Early on in her life, Anna showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, and a movie, which she enjoyed immensely. She is in charge of the costumes for the Elf Court in Utah's own Fantasy Con. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Anna is an accomplished, multi-award winning author. She received the Editor's Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. Second place for the first page of A Kingdom by the Sea. Bronze medal for Elfs in a Conquered Realm. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh Writers contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. Her article, A New American Mother, was published by Desert Saints Magazine. Other articles about family and relationships have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West.

She is the author of The Silent Warrior Trilogy and four other books in her Elf Series. Anna has also published an electronic book for sixth-graders name Emerine's Nightmare. From her new A Royal Romance Series, A Golden Princess is the stand alone book three of this series.

Anna holds a yearly Book Drive in her community and has given more that 250 books to 6 different Elementary Schools and another 1000 to 3 different Senior Centers in Utah.



The links:

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