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The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere September 5, 2017

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London, 1879

Forced to Leave All She Loves Behind, She Seeks a New Life in a City Bursting with Opportunity, But Fraught with Danger

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leaves Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. That is, as long as the shadows from her past don’t catch up with her.

After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India, he returns home to London, a place that holds bitter memories. He agrees to fill in temporarily as a stagehand while his brother recuperates from a broken leg, but Nate is counting down the days until he can rejoin his regiment. His future is decided–until he meets a beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate yearns to leave behind.

My thoughts:

What a great debut novel.

First, I had to love this book and the fact that much of it takes place in the theater. It was so fun to learn a bit more about Gilbert and Sullivan and how some of these musicals came to be. This was right up my alley.

For the most part this book starts with a bang and I had to see what happened next. As I read I did loose some of that sense of urgency but still enjoyed it. I would have liked to see a little more tension between our hero and heroine. There was some but I think it could have been played up a bit more.

But I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. I really did enjoy it and can only imagine that the books will get better and better.

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Review and Giveaway: An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter February 25, 2017

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Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier he is not the duke in the family. Free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, he has grand plans of someday wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he barely knows, his dream of a loving marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever.

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier when she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. But even with her socially ambitious mother’s focus entirely on her, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience before she’s been introduced to society.

With nothing going as expected, can Trent and Adelaide’s marriage of obligation survive their own missteps and the pressures of London society to grow into a true meeting of hearts and minds?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Kristi is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She is extremely talented and knows how to write a story that will capture your heart and mind.

I have read the first two books in this series and loved them both. It was wonderful to get into Trent’s life since he was present in the other books but we didn’t really get to know him.

This book starts with Adelaide and Trent’s wedding day. The distance between them is real and you can feel that. They really don’t know who to handle this new situation and what the rules are.

I read some other reviews that complained about the role of sex on this book. But they are a married couple, sex should play a role in a healthy married. Nothing was inappropriate and overly described. It was a real struggle they both had as they figured out this marriage thing.

Kristi developed each character and the growing relationship wonderfully. Even though this is a series I think you could easily read this as a stand-alone, but the first two are outstanding so why would you??

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The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White January 30, 2017

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Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough—not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar and the men who have jeopardized her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has suddenly found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of his neighbor, Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when the moody Earl of Lochabar tries to trap Brice into marrying Rowena, Brice finds he’s not as opposed to the idea as he expected to be.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to resort to marrying a notorious flirt just to gain his English home. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

My thoughts:

This book is amazing. I was hooked from the first page and never wanted to stop reading.

It’s taken me a while to get to this book. I read the first one and then the third one and have finally gotten to this one (it’s the second).

The good news is you can read them all independently of each other and still enjoy each book.

Rowena is a somewhat meek character but yet she isn’t. She does stand up for herself and tries to fight back. But she doesn’t’ think very highly of herself. I think many of us can relate to her. She believes she will never be good enough for anyone.

Brice was a favorite of mine in the first book so I was happy to be able to spend some more time with him in this book. I love his relationship with the Lord and how he hears God’s voice and is sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s nudges. We could all learn a thing or two from him.

The relationship doesn’t start off ideal at all but I couldn’t wait to see how these two very different people would fall in love.

The mystery of the Fire Eyes continues in this book as well, which will keep you turning pages.

I highly recommend this one.

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Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson July 28, 2016

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honor redeemed


Her future–and her heart–hang in the balance.

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship–and the affection–of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.

My thoughts:

Everything I have read by Christine I have really enjoyed. I had to wait a year for this book, but it was worth that wait.

She has created a wonderful story filled with tension, confusion and love.

The whole time I was reading this I kept wondering how things could possibly work out. Just when it looked like it could something new happened to cause another obstacle.

This book has a great message of forgiveness, something I believe we all struggle with in some way.

If you read the first book in this series you will happy to see Elizabeth and Rourke again and even if you didn’t read that book you will adore them in this book.

Another wonderful story by Christine.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White June 16, 2016

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the lost heiress


Sweeping Romance and Mystery in the Edwardian Era

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. When her friend Justin uncovers the fact that she is possibly a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea and the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but will their loyalty come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother?

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that their friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession–and those who can save her still aren’t sure whom to trust.

My thoughts:

I purchased this book because I had heard really good things about it and the next book in the series had come out and I was hearing great things about that one as well.

Now I can see what all the fuss is about. I loved this book. I couldn’t help but put some Downton Abbey voices to the characters in this book. Brook often times reminded me of Lady Mary from the Downton. She is very stubborn and not willing to conform to what people think she should be.

Justin was a wonderful hero, kind and strong, trying to do the right thing and loving Brook the whole time.

The rest of the characters where wonderfully developed,as well, which made this book even more rich and interesting to read, never a dull moment.

I have definitely found a new historical romance author that I will continue to be reading. And if you are having Downton Abbey withdrawal this can help feed that need 🙂

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Review and Giveaway:Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin May 19, 2016

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an anchor in the storm


In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down–not her personal challenges and certainly not America’s entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy–even if he is her brother’s best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves–and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling?

As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Fans of Sarah will not be disappointed with this newest installment. True to form she has written another great novel set in the beginning of WWII.

This is the second book in this series. We met Arch in the first book. I liked him then and come to like him even more in this book. He tries so hard to break the stereo-type of what a rich kid is. He is also dealing with the after math of his ship going down and the effects that has on him now. Will this ruin his career?

Lillian I loved. She isn’t perfect. You don’t meet too many heroines who have a physical disability. But Lillian does, she’s missing a leg. I love how Sarah portrayed her, still so strong but also dealing with the effects of her disability.

Overall, another great book by Sarah.

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The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandell April 25, 2016

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After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.

Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been “managing her life” isn’t who she thought at all.

My thoughts:

I purchased this book because I discovered Dawn was a Michigan author and I love supporting authors in my state. It didn’t hurt that her book sounded very interesting.

I would compare her work to Jessica Dotta, who I loved! Therefore, that means I really enjoyed this book.

Dawn places you in the midst of story and the mystery surrounding Amaryllis and her life story. There is something going on here and Bram Everstone definitely has a hand it, but what and why?

Then there is Nathan who Amaryllis wants to loath but I want her to give into him. I could tell he wasn’t that bad and truly cared for Amaryllis. But he was moody and made it difficult to know how he would act from one scene to the next. And then I question what made him care about it? There was something there that I didn’t see.

I will definitely be reading more of Dawn’s work and if you enjoy historical romance I highly recommend this one.

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