2018, Book, fiction, Historical Fiction, Regency Fiction, Thomas Nelson, Uncategorized

Freedom’s Light~Colleen Coble~

Freedom's Light by [Coble, Colleen]

 

~Synopsis~

Hannah Thomas left the South and all that was familiar to marry her beloved John. But the fact that she’s never been quite accepted by his mother and sister and that she doesn’t quite fit the strict Massachusetts Puritan community only becomes more difficult when John is killed in one of the first battles in the war for freedom. Hannah is allowed to continue to serve as lightkeeper for the twin tower lighthouses on the lonely coastline, but it is grueling work for a woman alone.

One of the first shipwrecks washes ashore a handsome captain she thinks is a Tory, but she soon finds out he’s working as a spy for Washington. Much stands in the way of their happiness including the need to protect his secret, pressure from John’s family to marry another, near-constant disapproval from the townspeople, and the appearance of Hannah’s wayward sister. Coupled with the strain of war, Hannah isn’t sure she’ll ever see the light of freedom.

 

 

~Review~

I haven’t read much by Colleen Coble and so when I saw this book, I was willing to give it a try. To say the least, the first few lines did not hold my attention at all. I always count on the beginning of the book to really pull me in so that I can have some hope of finishing the book.

It held my attention in the first chapter and then I just couldn’t finish the book. I was hoping to like this book because I love reading historical fiction but it was disappointing.

I’m not giving up on this author because I at least like to give authors two or three chances because I love reading Christian fiction. Overall, even thought the book cover was pretty amazing, this book just wasn’t my cup of tea.

 

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

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2018, Christian, fiction, Historical Fiction, Regency Fiction, Uncategorized

The Weaver’s Daughter~Sarah Ladd~

The Weaver's Daughter

 

 

 

*Synopsis*

 

Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

 

*My Review*

This novel reminded me so much of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have never read the actual novel
by Gaskell but I have watched North and South about a hundred times or more. Anyone who loves North and South by BBC
will definitely fall in love with this novel! It was lovely,dramatic,and romantic.

This novel also had some Jane Austen flair to it as well so if you love Regency and Jane Austen her books are
the way to go.

I also loved how the author portrayed the main character,Kate.

I will say that this novel was a bit different from her previous novels. I love to see when authors can show different layers of themselves in their writing.

If you love Regency/Industrial Revolution novels. Then this is definitely the book for you! Highly recommend! Can’t wait for her next book!

 

I received a free copy in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

*Coming Soon!*

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

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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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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.*

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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.*