An Uncommon Courtship~Kristi Ann Hunter~

An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3)

~Synopsis~

When her mother’s ill-conceived marriage trap goes awry, Lady Adelaide Bell unwittingly finds herself bound to a stranger who ignores her. Lord Trent Hawthorne, who had grand plans to marry for love, is even less pleased with the match. Can they set aside their first impressions before any chance of love is lost?

~My Review~

I can NEVER put enough emphasis on how much I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE marriage of convenience stories! I LOVE and adore marriage of convenience stories and they’ll always have a special place in my heart. So when I saw this book and read the plot, I knew I had to read it right away!

This book started out very well and it kept me up reading late into the night. I love when a book has that ability to just lift me up and take me to the place of wonder. *sigh* I loved reading about the different incidents that unfolded following the main character, Lady Adelaide and I really liked her character in the story.

The hero was ok but I wish there was “more” to him as far as concerning his character.
I really enjoyed reading this author’s the first book,” A Noble Masquerade” so I’m determined to read the rest of her series. Although this was s good book I can say it wasn’t my favorite in the series. It did have its ups and downs.
This book was full of intriguing romance and adventure something that’s always a plus in my book. 😉
I highly recommend Kristi Ann Hunter’s books. I can’t wait for more of her upcoming books.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

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Books I’m looking forward to reading!

Hello all! This is a list of books on my ever growing TBR list that I can’t wait to read. Enjoy! What books are you looking forward to reading? 🙂

Slender Reeds: Jochebed's HopeShadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)Can't Help FallingDawn of LibertyNewton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing GraceFor the Record

To the Farthest ShoresThe Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)

The Ringmaster's WifeA Portrait of Emily PriceA Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

A Worthy Heart~Susan Anne Mason~

A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream, #2)

~Synopsis~

Can an Irish Lass with a Dream
for America Find True Love?

Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

 

                                ~My Review~

This is my first book that I’ve read by this author. I did start on one of her other books which would be the first book in this series but I didn’t get to finish it. I wish that I did finish it so that I could’ve had a better understanding what was going on in this book. My advice to anyone who is planning on reading “A Worthy Heart” needs to read the first book,”Irish Meadows” in order to be up to speed to what is in this book. That’s just my opinion.
First of all, there were a whole lot more characters in this novel than what I was used to reading in a book. I did still enjoy reading this novel and I can say that it kept my attention throughout the story. If something can keep my attention as far was a book goes then it definitely gets a plus from me. Though I liked the characters pretty decently and the writing flowed well, I still felt that the story was covering the basics and not really going into the depths of the soul of the different characters in the story.
I finished this book within a day or two. I can definitely see potential in this author’s writing but hopefully in the next book there will be fewer characters to keep up with and I just need to see more life and depth in her stories so that every time I read her novels I know it won’t be cliche’.

I love stories that weaves tales of how many different cultures immigrated to America. I find the struggles that they went through and their perseverance very intriguing to read about.
The book cover is absolutely beautiful which I must confess is something that drew me to the story in the first place and also I’ve been wanting to read books from this author. I enjoyed reading this novel and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. (4 stars)

*I received this book through Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

The Painter’s Daughter~Julie Klassen~

The Painter's Daughter

~Synopsis~

Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she’ll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family’s estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

~My Review~

 

This was a very extraordinary read. I can truly say that Julie Klassen is one of my go to authors when it comes to regency fiction. I was not disappointed.
From the front to back cover I was spellbound with this novel. To me, The Painter’s Daughter seemed like a different level of Julie Klassen just waiting to be discovered.  Loved it!
The book cover is absolutely beautiful. Just saying.
Anyway, I really loved reading from the heroine,Sophie’s point of view. This was a very well written story and I don’t want to spoil it! You must read it for yourself!

I liked reading about the different aspects of art and artists. I wasn’t bored at all.
Any story that has a marriage of convenience as the main plot I know that I’m going to love reading it. As a reader, I experienced the growth of the love and romance of both the main characters . It was interesting to read about all the drama in between as well. This book was definitely a different turn of events than what I would usually expect in her novels.  This was another book by Julie Klassen that I highly recommend! (4.5 stars)

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*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley from the Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

~What I’m Reading!!~

Hi everyone! Here’s What I’m Reading this Week!

 

WHAT I’M READING…

Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters #1)Injustice For All (Justice Seekers, #1)In the Shadow of Jezebel (Treasure of His Love)The Captive Maiden

 

WHAT I’VE READ…

Friend MeRoses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Ladies in Waiting #3)Wings of Glass

A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1)The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water, #2)The Lady of Bolton HillEyes Wide Open (The Outlaw Chronicles #1) (Eyes Wide Open #1-4)

My StoryJane Austen Ruined My LifeHearts Awakening (Hearts Along The River #1)A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion, #2)

 

 

WHAT I PLAN TO READ NEXT..

 

Glittering Promises (Grand Tour, #3)Into the WhirlwindDaddy-Long-Legs & Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs #1-2)

Northanger AbbeyWedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines, #1)

I’M STILL ADDING TO MY LIST.LOL! WHATEVER I’M IN THE MOOD FOR!

 

 

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL! 🙂

 

 

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall ~Julie Klassen~

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

Period in Which the Story is Set: London,1815

Heroine:Margaret Macy ~ Hero: Nathaniel Upchurch

My Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

Book Blurb:

 

Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt–and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?

Observing both brothers as an “invisible” servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?

On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of “serve one another in love.”

 

Book Review-

Julie Klassen loves everything Jane Austen and Jane Eyre inspired! So with every story Julie Klassen has ever written, there is something that is based on Jane Austen’s work or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre intermingled into her stories.
This story has a that touch of Jane Austen because the author was really working on the character of Margaret Macy. Margaret was the spoiled girl who wanted everything to go her way.  I’ve heard that some people even compare this to Downton Abbey. So, DOWNTON ABBEY FANS THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD BOOK FOR YOU!!

From the first time it came to when Nathaniel, the hero, was introduced in the story I was like “be still my heart!” Please be the hero! PLEASE! lol! Nathaniel almost reminded me of Mr.Rochester in Jane Eyre. Very dashing indeed! 😉

I love this book cover as well. Such vibrancy! Also the detail that’s in the back of the book! It’s very rare you see anything but the book blurb in the back. To have a picture plus the book blurb is a big plus!!

I really,really,really enjoyed this book from the first time I had read it! I had re-read it again this year and it was still good! That’s the kind of books that I’m always looking forward to. A book that I can read over and over again and I loved it from the first time I set my eyes on it! This book will always be a brilliant classic that I will enjoy reading for about my whole lifetime!

This book was also a Christy Award winner! Something which is a no brainer because the book was beyond good!

I liked the setting the story was in and the characters were fully developed and had interesting background stories. They weren’t  flat or dull at all.  Both Margaret and Nathaniel were very good characters.The book was very interesting to read and  it really gave some insight into the world of masters and servants.

If you’ve never read this book, I encourage you to read it! Another thing that I thought was interesting was that Julie Klassen added quotes or just very good information about this time period by various people in every chapter. It was very interesting to read and they really added that extra touch to the story as well. This book is AWESOME!  🙂

 

~About Julie Klassen~

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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, Minnesota Book Awards, and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs at http://www.inspiredbylifeandfiction.com.
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
To Find out more about Julie Klassen, visit:
COMING SOON FROM AWARD WINNING AUTHOR JULIE KLASSEN!
The Secret of Pembrooke Park
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2,2014
(I CAN’T WAIT!)

 

*I wanted to start this random list of book reviews  because there have been some really great Christian Fiction books that have been published! There are also many newcomers to Christian Fiction and they may not know where to start.  So I’m going to try not to just stick to the new releases but also review past  book releases as well.I know you’ll enjoy them!*

 

Happy Reading Y’all!!! 🙂

 

Grace’s Pictures by Cindy Thompson (Book Review)

 

Grace's Pictures (Ellis Island #1)    My Book Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About Grace’s Pictures:    Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her. Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.          

~Review~

 

I had been looking forward to reading this book like forever! I seen the cover and I wanted to read it right away! The cover is very vibrant and beautiful.
Thankfully I did get a chance to win this book plus three other books from Onto Her Book Shelf. You can check out her blog  in the link below.  She has so many wonderful reviews you can check out there so I encourage you to go check it out! I was so excited!

So, I had never read any books by Cindy Thompson before and I’m always looking forward to reading from new authors.
I did enjoy reading this story and I was very interested with the story plot because it was different from the usual. I think that there’s really not a lot of books that are based off of the lives of immigrants who came to live in America. Also the story is set in the early 1900’s in New York .
I really liked how Grace,the heroine. was of Irish heritage. I wish that I could have an Irish accent instead of my southern twang! I love Irish accents because they are so beautiful! Okay,okay back to the book.

“Grace’s Pictures” was very insightful about how people used photography back then which was very interesting. I also did like Grace’s story how she tried to make a life in America. The hero Owen, had a very interesting story to read about as well.
My only problem with this book is that in my opinion it was missing something. I can’t really pinpoint what it was but maybe it needed more conflict in the storyline with the characters. I don’t know but it really needed more and that’s just my opinion. I really loved the plot because she was from Ireland trying to make it in America and the storyline was different from what I would regularly read. I do like to give authors at least 2 or 3 more chances before I stop reading their books completely so I am looking forward to reading more books from this author. Have you read a good book lately?

Happy Reading Y’all!!


I won this book on Onto Her Bookshelf  for a giveaway some time back. You can visit her blog here  !