The Secret of the India Orchid~Nancy Campbell Allen~

The Secret of the India Orchid (Proper Romance)

 

 

~Synopsis~

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the façade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won’t confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

~My Review~

I’m always looking for something different and exciting to read. So, when I heard about this book I just knew I had to read it! Especially when I learned that the story took place in India. I’m a big fan of India and its culture. Also when I had read Edenbrooke and Blackmoore I knew I had to read this novel!

This is a new author to me so that was another plus because I don’t really like to step out of my comfort zone as it concerns authors and genres. I did decide to give this novel a try.

This book started out pretty well and it had a solid beginning. It kept my interest for quite a while. In the middle it did seem to stray a bit and after a while the novel seemed to be filler instead of the story I was hoping for.

To me, it wasn’t memorable as I thought it would be and I began to feel very disappointed. I’ll give this author another chance though because I love to read regency fiction. (3 stars)

*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

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A Stranger at Fellsworth~Sarah Ladd~

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

 

~Synopsis~

Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

~My Review~

Wow! I’ve been a fan of Sarah Ladd’s books ever since she wrote her first book “An Heiress at Winterwood” which is one of my favorite books written by her. This novel has to be one of her best books yet!

The story line was enjoyable and it kept my attention until the last delightful page!
I enjoyed the journey that unfolded in the life of the heroine,Annabelle.

Another thing was that the hero was a very likable character and swoon worthy. *sigh*
This story reminded a lot of Jane Eyre so that’s another plus!

I highly recommend this novel because it’s filled with a wonderful combination of adventure,mystery,and heartwarming romance. (4 stars)

*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

COMING SOON!!~ MAY 2018

The Weaver's Daughter

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.*

What I’m reading plus my recent book haul!!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know the exciting news! I know,know, not very big news but I recently went on a pretty big book haul which I would consider big cause I’m usually big on buying and finding great deals on e-books. I still love having a real book in my hands. So here it goes…..

 

Here’s what I’m currently reading,

A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3)From This MomentRoom for Hope

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone AwryThe Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #2)Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own #3)

 

 

Books from my Big Book Haul for this month!

Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)Words Spoken TruePrelude for a Lord (The Gentlemen Quartet #1)

Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity, #2)Love on Assignment (Ladies of Summerhill, #2)Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #2)Full Steam AheadLand of Silence

So some of these books I’ve already read but I remember loving them so much that I wanted to add them to my already overflowing collection. In my opinion, I can never have too many books. 🙂 So what books have you been reading or want to read? 🙂

The Secret of Pembrooke Park~ Julie Klassen~

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

~About~

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her–a longtime friend–has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.
When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play . . .

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem to know something about the manor’s past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure.

Hoping to improve her family’s financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

~My Review~

 

I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since I knew it was coming out! I’m always in very high expectations to read anything by Julie Klassen. If you would look at the book cover it will almost have a story to tell in itself. That’s AWESOME when a book cover can give a little glimpse into what the story would be about. To me it was like anticipating an upcoming movie!

Throughout the story there are many,many Jane Austen inspired situations and that made it even more enjoyable. There were a lot of situations that put me in mind of Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. It was truly inspiring. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue included throughout the story and it always kept me at the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. One warning though, “TRY NOT TO READ IT AT NIGHT!” In a way, it was intriguing how the suspense and the mystery really drew me in but I have poor nerves and faint of heart when it comes to suspense! That’s just how I am. So if you love reading Regency and Mystery this is definitely the book for you! In my opinion, this story had a bit of a different twist than the usual Julie Klassen book and I think that this book is an example of her talent to really push herself to the limit to spark the imagination among her fans. I loved it!

I really enjoyed reading about the heroine,Abigail. It was wonderful for me as a reader to be included in the adventure along with Abigail as she tried to discover the secret of Pembrooke Park.

Let me not get started with the hero, William! WOW,WOW,WOW! When you read this book you’ll understand. I really enjoyed William’s sermons. They were truly a blessing! It very inspiring. Sometimes there are times that I’m not a fan of reading sermons in books because sometimes it can be too preachy or it sometimes could feel like the author is pushing their beliefs on the reader. There was none of that in Julie Klassen’s story. The sermons were fantastic and I was deeply moved.

I certainly do recommend reading this well done classic by Julie Klassen. It’s absolutely a Jane Austen inspired novel with more than enough mystery to keep you awake at night wanting more! My only slight problem with this book is that it was a tad bit longer than I expected. I do love my books to be not too long or not to short but I what I cherish most is that my favorite authors pour their heart and soul into the story. To me that’s what makes it a keeper in my opinion. I hope you all know what I mean. 🙂

Last but not least, the book cover is hands down one of the perfect book covers! It was really well done. If I could, that book cover would be framed and hanged on my wall to admire its beauty. That would be so awesome! Well done Julie Klassen! I can’t wait for her next book,”Lady Maybe”.

Until next time!
Happy Reading!

*I received this free copy from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Julie Klassen’s next book

Lady Maybe

 

 

Jane Austen Ruined My Life~Beth Pattillo~

 

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

~Synopsis~

English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should — a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.

Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn’t as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma’s first love makes everything more complicated.

In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people’s expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.

 

 

~My Review~
My sister had recommended that I read this book. I can’t believe that it was actually enjoyable! It’s mainly about a 30 something year  lady who believes that Jane Austen ruined her life and so she’s basically out to get revenge on Jane Austen.(Like that is even possible. *eyes rolling*) It was a fun read nonetheless. 🙂

There’s only one seemly indecent part in this book(in my opinion). The two main characters stay in the same house but not in the same room if that makes any sense. The  heroine has a friend who owns the house and the hero are both friends of the lady and they’re just using her house while they’re visiting in England.It has no awkward parts.Nothing indecent happened between the two main characters which is very awesome.

What really drew me was how the author was talking about the lost Jane Austen letters and it really got me to thinking is could there be letters out there that may have belonged to Jane Austen? But we who love Jane Austen know that may not be a possibility because Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra burned most of her letters but it was a very interesting to read about anyway.

I think it was a pretty good and light read. The mystery really kept me interested! I think that this may be a potential book that Jane Austen lovers would like to read. I was very surprised by the ending! I hope I didn’t spoil it for you. You will be SHOCKED! lol!
The main character went to England to actually see the sights that Jane Austen lived in so that was really cool. I liked how the author took the time to talk about the different sights in England concerning Jane Austen. This is isn’t in the Christian Fiction category but it’s more like Contemporary Regency Fiction.  Again,this book was a really light, quick, and humorous read to enjoy. (3 stars)

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Happy Reading Y’all!!!  🙂

The Apothecary’s Daughter~Julie Klassen~

The Apothecary's Daughter

~Synopsis~

LILLY HASWELL REMEMBERS EVERYTHING — WHETHER SHE WANTS TO, OR NOT …

As Lilly toils in her father’s apothecary shop, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother’s disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it. All the while, she dreams of the world beyond — of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother. But will Lilly find what she is searching for — the truth of the past and a love for the future?

 

~My Review~

Julie Klassen has amazed me again with this spectacular book! My imagination was captured by storm by this wonderful regency tale. I had been reading a few books but for some reason they didn’t really have that extra something to pull me away from reality towards an evening with some well worth reading time. Continue reading