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.*

My List of the Top Anticipated Reads for 2017!

Hi! This is the list of books that I’m looking forward to reading this year! Enjoy and if feel free to share any books you’re looking forward to reading this year. I tried to post the 17 top reads I’m waiting to read first then add more because there are a lot of good books coming out this year. Enjoy!  😉

 

To the Farthest Shores

I’m always looking forward to Elizabeth Camden’s books!

 

 

 

 

The Noble Servant (A Medieval Fairy Tale #3)

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1)

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom, #3)

I’m blown away by this cover!

 

The Illusionist's Apprentice

Love this cover!

A Moonbow Night

 

 

A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3)

Shine Like the Dawn

Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station #2)

The Mark of the King

 

Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)

 

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

 

 

Bread of Angels

This book is based off of one of my favorite stories in the Bible. Can’t wait!

Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2)

Worth the Wait (Ladies of Harper’s Station #1.5)

 

Before We Were Yours

Grace and the Preacher

 

A Stolen Heart (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1)

A Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London, #2)

Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #3)

Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2)

At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd, #0.5)

High As the Heavens

A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)

Never Forget (Beacons of Hope, #5)

In the Shadow of Denali (Heart of Alaska #1)

To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation #3)

Amelia and the Captain

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)

True As Fate

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1)

With You Always (Orphan Train, #1)

True to You (Bradford Sisters #1)

A Secret Courage (The London Chronicles #1)

The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1)

Because You're Mine

So this so far is my list of books I’m looking forward to reading. I’m still waiting for some of my to-be-read books to have book covers and then I’ll try to post those too! What are some books you are looking forward to this year?

 

Anchor in the Storm~Sarah Sundin~

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom, #2)

~Synopsis~

For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges 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 for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

 

~My Review~

 I love,love reading Sarah Sundin’s novels. Every since I read her first novel, I’ve been entranced by her lively and creative writing. If you’ve never read her novels, you should because you’ll never regret it!

From the very first page in this novel, I was drawn in.
I really liked reading about Lillian’s character. I thought it was very rare to read about a pharmacist in a novel and I thought it added a nice touch to the story.
On the other hand, Arch’s character had an interesting story as well because I thought that his story is so relevant today as far as understanding or misunderstanding many of our war heroes today.

Anchor in the Storm was a pretty good read well worth my time. The only problem that I had was that it seemed like it was one of the longest of her novels. I can be pretty difficult when it comes to the length of a book. I like mine in the middle it can’t be too long or too short. I highly recommend this novel and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

“I received a free copy of this book through Revell Publishers for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.”

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PRESENTING UPCOMING NOVEL:  WHEN TIDES TURN BY SARAH SUNDIN!!

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom, #3)

The last thing naval officer Dan Avery wants to see on his radar is glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont—even if she has joined the WAVES.

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston—both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

Coming in March 14,2017

(Very nice book cover by the way. 😉

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 Sweet Misfortune~Maggie Brendan~

A Sweet Misfortune (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, #2)

                                      ~Synopsis~

Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her. Destitute and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money–even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother sends a friend–the widely admired cattle baron John McIntyre–to rescue her, then sets off to earn enough money to buy back the family ranch. But when months pass without her brother’s return, Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John McIntyre’s home–especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds the deed to her family’s ranch.

Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan’s delightful series set in the Old West.

~My Review~

A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

Well,well, this story started out with a very imaginative and interesting beginning. Though it took me a while to actually find time to read this book. I kept thinking about the plot because I really,really, LOVE to read western historical novels almost just as much as a Victorian or Jane Austen novel.
In the past I’ve read books by this author and for some strange reason her books were books were a hit and miss. Being the strange book person that I am, I decided to give this author another chance.
So, with all that being said, the story went fairly well but most of the characters were plain and one-dimensional. To be totally honest, nothing in this book jumped out at me as being a book I would want to read again. I just expected more but the further I read on, the further I noticed that certain something would never come. I was hoping to not be disappointed this time around but I was so wrong. I don’t think I’ll be reading any of this author’s books anytime soon. -( 3 stars)

*I received a free copy of this book through Revell 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? 🙂

Calico Spy~Margaret Brownley~

Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3)

~Synopsis~

Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico, Kansas, where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances. Calico’s sheriff, Branch Whitman, has never met a Pink he liked and is stunned to learn the pretty redhead’s true identity as she works undercover as a Harvey girl. A tornado hits town, and a past deception puts Branch’s eight-year-old-son in danger. Now the Sheriff has no choice but to work with Katie—or chance losing everything he holds dear.

 

My Review

I have read quite a bit of books by Margaret Brownley. I have been a fan of her writing ever since I read her first book so I always try to keep updated with her upcoming novels.
I was quite excited when I had the opportunity to review, “A Calico Spy”. I love historical westerns and romance included in the mix. I LOVE to read anything that has the Pinkertons involved and also I’ve found reading about the Harvey girls is very interesting to read about as well.

The heroine, was an okay heroine but I would have loved for her character to stand out a little but more for my taste. The hero, Branch, was swoony. 😉 Although I think that the main characters in this book were pretty okay and they weren’t shallow or anything, I just needed a little bit more from them as far as characterization wise.

The plot was interesting and it did a really good of keeping my attention. Like I said, I love anything that has to do with a western historical so I was satisfied as far as on that account.

This was the conclusion of a wonderful series and I think that each book is wonderful to read as a standalone.
It was also good to know that the author got some inspiration for this story from a new heartthrob of mine,Sherlock Holmes.
Overall, I thought that this was a pretty interesting read and a wonderful conclusion to a fantastically superb series. (4 stars)