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

Jane Austen~A Lady Who Believed in Happily Ever Afters!~


Jane's philosophy about her books:  "You go Jane Austen!!" :)

  Jane Austen–  Born on December 16 December 1775.~ Birthplace: Steventon Rectory,Hampshire,England~

  Her parents were George and Cassandra Austen. Jane Austen had 6 brothers and one sister also known as her closest friend,Cassandra.

                                        ……JANE AUSTEN, A LADY WHO BELIEVED IN HAPPILY EVER AFTERS….

Jane Austen was truly a lady who believed in happily ever afters and as far as I can see she wouldn’t take less than that. Something that is very admirable.  She always believed in true love  no matter what the cost would be. She believed that true love should always and would prevail. A belief commonly expressed in her many loved novels. Of course that belief wasn’t the popular way for  young women to be thinking  back then because back in the times of Jane Austen, if you weren’t married you didn’t have a chance of making a good way in life because the women were mostly expected to bear and raise children. Not being married  at a certain age

meant that you were an old maid or you were pretty much on way of being in impoverished if you were not a part of a rich family. Men in those times had a greater chance at succeeding  in life because more pathways in life were opened to them. Men also had more opportunities to gain a profitable  and sustainable income.

Jane Austen blew many people’s minds away with the idea of love conquering all no matter how unequal a hero or heroine might have been in the story. No matter how it seemed as if all was lost for the main characters she always managed to bring about a *sigh* worthy happy ending. Which is why I love  her quote above which says,

   “My characters shall have after a little trouble, all that they desire”-Jane Austen.

I think she did a very good job doing just that!  Jane Austen also did a very good job of giving us a glimpse of what regency life was all about.Whether it was the speech or describing manners of how some things were done. I would so love to go to England to see the many places in her novels! Her novels have been an inspiration for many spin-off variations of her stories,movies,plays,etc.

Though sadly to say she didn’t experience the happy ending that she gave to so many of her characters in her own life. She and her sister Cassandra never married. Knowing that fact, I’m glad that she didn’t give up her dream of being a successful writer or we would have never experienced knowing the stories of her many characters in her novels, or enjoyed the vast variety of movies based off of her books today. She is truly an inspiration to me.

Austen followed the tradition of other female novelists of the time by signing her books, ‘By a Lady,’ or ‘By Lady A.’.

I love Jane Austen

“Incline us oh God! to think humbly of ourselves, to be severe only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness,and to judge of all they say and do with that charity which we would desire from ourselves.” -Jane Austen

“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”-Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice

but for my part,if a book is well written,I always find it too short.”-Jane Austen

“What are men to rocks and mountains”-Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice

“To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry the right man will come at last..”-Jane Austen

a truth universally acknowledged

~WHY I LOVE AND ADMIRE JANE AUSTEN~

I was very young when I first discovered Jane Austen and then I didn’t understand the language the regency and their ways. Let’s just say I’m

just now discovering the light! lol! It all started with watching all of the Jane Austen based movies I could find. After that, I decided to read Pride and Prejudice which has now become one of my favorite books by Jane Austen along with her book,Persuasion. I do aim to read more of her works but what I have read so far I have enjoyed!

I do admire Jane Austen’s books because even though the main characters suffer through many calamities  throughout the story,she still managed to give her characters that happily ever after. Many of her heroines are so easy to relate to and the heroes are to die for! I wish all the time for her heroes to be real!

                                                                                        ~JANE AUSTEN’S HEROINES~

I just love reading about Jane Austen’s heroines! Also watching the movies based off of her heroines. Many of her heroines were not perfect in their character in the beginning but in the end they were just became spectacular! Beyond words! Jane Austen just knew how to do it! Like in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet she and Mr. Darcy were not getting along at all and in the end both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were two completely different people and it turned out to be very good thing!

It is so hard to pick a favorite from Jane Austen’s heroines, I love  the characters of Elizabeth Bennet,Jane Bennet, and I absolutely love Marianne Dashwood,Elinor Dashwood, Anne Elliot oh and Catherine Morland! (Which is just about all of them lol!) Maybe I’ll truly make up my mind when I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s novels. Oh bother!

I had read Sense and Sensibility this year, and to me Marianne Dashwood’s story reminds me so much of what  Jane Austen went through in her life so far as her disappointment with Daniel Lefroy.

I admire her heroines because they have their standards and morals and they wouldn’t stand for just anything.Which I think would have  probably given us some insight about Jane Austen’s character Like for example, Elizabeth Bennet wanted her marriage to be one of love which was very rare back then because everything depended on status and how much money you had in the bank or would inherit. Character and love for a marriage was the  last thing on the list. That very thing would probably give us some insight about Jane Austen’s character.

With Jane Austen, it was ALL about the character!! How the character acted and what their opinions were. I love how Jane Austen’s characters had  so much depth of character. Many of heroines were not perfect in the beginning in their character. They had their flaws and mistakes and  I like to see the transitions of a certain heroine or hero in the story and in the end they were just perfect!  Jane Austen just tried to drive this point home, “always judge and watch a person’s character before marriage”. I think that was a punchline in her books. It didn’t matter whether they were rich or poor but that person’s character is what mattered the most. Which is what we as Christians should still keep in mind today especially young singles. It’s not about how many muscles he has  or how good-looking a young man is it’s all about the character. The important thing is does he have the character of Jesus Christ? Likewise for us young ladies. 🙂

Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy) & Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Bennet) - Pride & Prejudice (2005) #janeausten #joewright #fanart

Marianne: Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your <3? Elinor Dashwood: What do you know of my <3? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations .. Sense and Sensibility (1995) #janeausten #emmathompson #katewinslet

felicity jones as catherine morland in northanger abbey

Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot in "Persuasion"

                                           ~JANE AUSTEN’S MOVIES THAT I HAVE WATCHED~

Since I never could understand the language of Jane Austen’s novels until I grew older, I watched almost every single movie based off of Jane Austen’s novels. Many of them I still watch over and over again! I believe that sometimes the movie can bring to  light some of the things Jane Austen talks about in her novels. Like for me being in America, I wouldn’t know half of the things that she was talking about because our worlds are so different.! So let’s talk about Jane Austen! What is your favorite Jane Austen book or movie? I’ll try to talk about my favorite books,characters and movies down  below!  So I love the movies even though some may have some differences than in the novel. Here’s a list of movies that I’ve watched and enjoyed,

Pride and Prejudice . . . THIS version with Colin Firth!

I’ve also watched some of the variations of Jane Austen’s  movies. Especially the Indian variations! They are different I warn you but the Bollywood versions have somethings in common with Jane Austen’s novels because girls and women in those countries still go through many of the situations that Jane Austen wrote about. But again if want the movie to be true to Jane Austen then you should stick to the other ones. 🙂 Which I do now. I watched Bride and Prejudice a long time ago.

Bride and Prejudice - Thank you Dr. Ljungquist for introducing me to this masterpiece

Image Credit: Google

Also I’ve Watched Becoming Jane the movie based off of Jane Austen’s life. Very interesting. 🙂

Death comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley - novel & film - quote from Mr. Darcy

Just recently finished watching the movie! Well most of it and I really,really enjoyed it! I loved this quote! I’m reading the book now!

Pride & Prejudice

I love Jane Austen’s comedy and wit! I think the most comical of her characters is Mr. Collins he is so hilarious in both the book and the movies! Especially  the time when he proposed to Elizabeth Bennet! lol.

Also, ever since recently reading Sense and Sensibility, the characters of Mrs.Palmer and her  husband Thomas were very hilarious! I really loved how she combined comedy into her stories. I find myself laughing out loud many times when reading her novels!

She knew how to have that balance where she wrote about the most lovable characters and the other ones you just despised! Like Anne Elliot’s sister and father in Persuasion. Oh they got on my last nerve!  Also in Emma, the preacher in his wife! I won’t begin to explain how annoyed I was! What are some of her characters you just loved and disliked?

  ~JANE AUSTEN’S HEROES~

Jane Austen’s heroes have been my book crushes like since I’ve read them! Mr.Darcy anyone? My favorite heroes, are Mr.Darcy, Mr.Knightly, Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, and Henry Tilney. (Of course I haven’t read all of her books just yet but I have watched the movies for the books I haven’t read) I’m glad that she gave a voice to what the hero would think about certain situations. I think Edward Ferrars is the only hero as far as I know that didn’t really talk in the story. I liked Colonel Brandon better than Edward Ferrars  in Sense and Sensibility.  It is my opinion that the hero should talk and have the depth of character just as much as the heroine. Otherwise how am I supposed to like him in the story? Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth are the perfect examples of what a hero should be in a book. I do  think that Jane Austen’s heroes  are quoted just  as much as the heroines. She did know how to put feeling into a proposal! Oh my goodness! Read Pride and Prejudice with Mr. Darcy’s proposal and you’ll fall head over heels in love with Mr. Darcy  and his proposal! lol! WHY ISN”T MR. DARCY REAL!! lol!

"Oh, dear, I cannot tease you about that. What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh."

Darcy, Darcy, Darcy...

Captain Wentworth's letter from my favorite Jane Austen book Persuasion.

Persuasion (2007) - starring Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot + Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Frederick Wentworth

Just for the record I loved the other Edward better in the Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Emma Thompson. Just sayin’ 🙂

Jane Austen Men

"Emma by Jane Austen. Mr Knightley is second only to Mr. Darcy" For me, it's hard to choose between the two. Maybe because I'm much more like Emma than Lizzy. :)

 

 

Now for the part all Jane Austen Fans have been waiting for!   Jane Austen & Clean Christian Regency Era Books.

I’ve  only read four novels by Jane Austen so far and I can’t wait to finish reading the rest! 

~BOOKS BY JANE AUSTEN~

Pride and Prejudice        Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)  Emma Persuasion Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics)Northanger Abbey

Sense and Sensibility

Pride and Prejudice

Emma

Mansfield Park

Northanger Abbey

Persuasion

It is so amazing to see that the characters and the situations that she wrote about are something that I and millions worldwide  can relate to her stories. She was truly an author before her time.

I really want to read Northanger Abbey! Love the movie with JJ Feild! 😉

I have read,

Pride and Prejudice,Emma, and Persuasion,Sense and Sensibility. By far my favorites are Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion,and Sense and Sensibility. 🙂

Now, for Part 2!….drumroll….:)

The books below are Jane Austen Inspired (THE ONES I’VE READ ARE: BLACKMOORE,HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD,A CHANGE OF FORTUNE,EDENBROOKE AND THEY WERE VERY AMAZING READS!!) I really look forward to reading more Jane Austen variations!

I haven’t read as many Jane Austen inspired books that I would like. I wanted to read the original first before I could read a Jane Austen inspired one.  Below  are some of the  books that my friends have read and have enjoyed. Also I have included my good friends’ reviews of many of the books below and you can click on the books under “JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS” and it will carry you to their blog to read their reviews on the books below! (All except Heiress of Winterwood. That would lead you to my 2013 list of best books.)     🙂 Enjoy!

 

Also be sure to visit my friends’ wonderful blogs below to read their book reviews and more!

I would also like to give special thanks to my friends,

Areykah-HERE-She has a very fun blog and I love visiting her blog.  Her pictures are amazing! Go check it out! It really captures the moment. Love!  She has a really fun blog with many various interests. She also posts  book reviews on her blog as well.:)

Soph-HERE -A true Janeite! Her blog is a wonderful place to visit for all things Jane Austen! You name it, whether it’s Jane Austen inspired book reviews, movies, to Jane Austen variations and giveaways she has it there!

Alice-HERE– Oh my goodness! She has this “Alice in Wonderland” theme going on! It’s so awesome! I wish I had some kind of theme going on as well! lol. She also has book reviews from Jane Austen,Georgette Heyer, and also various Christian fiction authors. There’s also Christian author interviews as well which are really fun to read. 🙂

lick on the books below, and they will lead you to their full book review!  They’ve made me so excited to read them myself! Most of them are on my TBR list! 😉

Thank you soooo much Areykah,Soph,and Alice for letting me use your book reviews for this post! Love y’all! 😉

 

                                                             ~JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS~

BlackmooreThe Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors, #1)Edenbrooke

Dear Mr. KnightleyBluebells in the MourningMy Own Mr. Darcy

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1)

Falling for Mr. DarcyDarcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

Mr. Darcy's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #1)Mr. Knightley's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #2)Captain Wentworth's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #3)

Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of Pride and PrejudiceBefore the Season EndsMr. Darcy's PromiseHenry Tilney's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #6)

 

Here’s some other new releases or upcoming releases that I’m so excited about! These are either Jane Austen inspired or clean regency novels. You can look them up on Goodreads to find out more about them. I probably will also be including them in my future posts as well. 🙂

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors, #3)Prelude for a LordThe Secret of Pembrooke Park

A Lady of Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, #1)The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors, #2)

The Kiss of a Stranger

Lizzy and JaneTree of Life by Ginger Monette

Reforming Lord RagsdaleAs You Are (The Jonquil Brothers #3)

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Jane Austen quote: "I declare after all, there is no enjoyment like reading"

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to post more Jane Austen posts in the future or more posts like this or whatever! What are some of your favorite Jane Austen books or movies? (I will be traveling for the weekend! I will try to get to your comments as soon as I can!) 🙂

 Love,Peace, and Blessings. 🙂

 

 

                                           ……….Jane Austen, A Lady who believed in happily ever afters………..