2018, Christian, Christian Fiction, Faith, fiction, Uncategorized

The Vicar’s Daughter~ Josi S. Kilpack~

 

~Synopsis~

Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There’s only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle’s heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar’s daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?

 

~My Review~

I really,really,really wanted to like this book. I was interested in this book because it was published by the same company that published Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.
I’m always ready to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading books because I think that is the only way to find a good read.

The synopsis sounded very interesting so I decided to give this book a go. The beginning started out really well and it kept my interest at first and not to mention the book cover is beautiful. That’s one of my weaknesses is to read a book with a beautiful book cover.
As the book progressed I lost interest pretty quickly.

I was just disappointed because the plot sounded so mesmerizing but the book just didn’t do it for me. It fell flat. I’m not giving up on this author just yet but this book just wasn’t a
favorite of mine at all.

 

 

*I received a free copy 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)

2017, books, Faith, Regency Fiction, Uncategorized

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

books, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

My latest book haul! ~August Edition~

Hi Everyone!! It’s been a while since I’ve written a book related post. It’s like it’s never enough time in the day for all the things that I want to do!

I love looking through every crook and cranny for a good read. Whether it’s a good book deal on Amazon in either kindle or paperbacks I love the thrill of collecting either a new book or a book that never gets old. So here is a list of books that I bought this month!

 

 

  1. The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #2)
  2. Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar Pearl in the Sand
  3. Within the Veil by Brandy VallanceWithin the Veil
  4. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof The Lady and the Lionheart
  5. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson Blackmoore
  6. The Bride Ship by Regina Scott The Bride Ship (Frontier Bachelors, #1)
  7. Would be Wilderness Wife by Regina Scott Would-Be Wilderness Wife (Frontier Bachelors, #2)
  8. Mail Order Mix-up by Christine Johnson.Mail Order Mix-Up (Boom Town Brides #1)
  9. If I Run by  Terri Blackstock.If I Run (If I Run, #1)

 

 

Ta-ta for now! 😉

Faith, novel, Uncategorized

The Golden Braid~Melanie Dickerson~

 

 

The Golden Braid (Hagenheim #6)

~Synopsis~

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

 

~My Review~

The Golden Braid~Melanie Dickerson~

I have always been so in love with the story of Rapunzel ever since I was a little girl. I just went head over heels when Tangled came out and I still consider Tangled to be one of my favorite movies.
Anyway, I believe it was a privilege and an honor to read Rapunzel in a novel form. Rapunzel has to be one of my favorite fairy tales besides Cinderella. Just sayin. 😉
The Golden Braid’s story flowed really nicely which is always a bonus in my book. The adventure and the romance was pretty awesome as well. I think that this story brought a whole new twist to the Rapunzel story you always expect from the classic fairy tale.
From the very first page I was drawn into into this brilliant story! I recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read YA novels. Me personally I don’t read a lot of YA fiction I guess I probably wouldn’t know where to start as far as that area of fiction. I highly recommend Melanie Dickerson’s novels though because she has a magical way with words. I’ve been enchanted by her writing ever since I discovered her.
The book cover looks amazing! The long hair and all. *sigh* Though in my opinion the model looks pretty older than what I would imagine Rapunzel in the story. Other than that I love the book cover! How about you?

* I received this book from the publishers through BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Also check out her new series!

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

 

(I’m currently reading this novel and it’s pretty good so far. 😉

Bethany House, Christian Fiction, Faith, Historical Fiction, Romance, Uncategorized

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.*

Book, comedy, Romance

In Good Company~Jen Turano~

In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

~Synopsis~

After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren’t always well received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position.

Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he’s desperate for competent childcare.

At wit’s end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance–with each other. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges, Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons. But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children’s parents, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

~My Review~

It’s like an addiction! I can’t get enough of Jen Turano writing!
Though this novel did have more of a feel of the plot being inspired by Jane Eyre rather than Jane Austen’s novels. I’m okay with that though because I love both the Jane Eyre novel and Jane Austen’s writing. I think that Jen Turano did a really good job intertwining  those both together.

So,I had been looking forward to reading this novel ever since I read the first book in this series.
I loved reading about the different characters in this story.Also the fascination that Millie had with words was pretty cute and hilarious. This book also had some pretty good book quotes in here and I’ll probably be doing a post about that later on.

There was some skipping involved even though I thought that the novel was a pretty good read, it wasn’t as good as her previous books. I’m not discouraged though because I’m dedicated to her writing. I enjoyed reading about all the different characters because they were all interesting to read about.I can’t wait for her next novel. I really think that this novel set up a climax for her next novel. I’m super excited!

~Author~

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*I received this book through Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*