The Secret of the India Orchid~Nancy Campbell Allen~

The Secret of the India Orchid (Proper Romance)




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.*


The Governess of Highland Hall~Carrie Turansky~

The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #1)


Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help?

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing he needs is the distraction coming of a kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families–common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?



~My Review~


If you love Jane Eyre, then you should definitely love reading this book!


From the beginning, the storyline drew me in because the heroine,Julie, had a very interesting background story. She was a missionary along with her missionary parents fulfilling God’s work in India. I love the country India and its rich culture so to have  India included in a story is like so AWESOME!! The story is a very unique read in my opinion.

To me, the author had a very,very fresh outlook on fiction as I know it. It wasn’t cliché and I really enjoyed reading it.

I would have loved to read more dialogue between the hero and the heroine. In my opinion,I think that the hero and the heroine should have sufficient dialogue and chemistry before they decide that they love one another.  I guess I’m kinda weird in that sense because when it comes to romance in books, I want it right in the middle! Not to hot and not to cold because sometimes that’s one of the biggest elements in the story. Not all the time but  sometimes it is.

Overall, I definitely see great potential in this author’s writing. It was fresh,historical,and a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book! (5 stars)


I can’t wait to read her next book. “The Daughter of Highland Hall”.

The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #2)


Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂


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