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

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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! 😉

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. 😉

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.*

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.*

A Noble Masquerade~Kristi Ann Hunter~

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

~Synopsis~

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men–one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

~My Review~

As always I’m very excited to have read a fantastic book from a new author. I thought the writing flowed very nicely and the characters were all wonderful! This book was AWESOME!!!
The main character,Miranda, was very easy to identify with. This novel was based around the time were it was so important for a woman to be a lady. I found it very interesting read about the different society rules and such. They were so proper back then!
I must say that this novel was original and out of the box. It was a masterpiece!!
The hero,Ryland,whoa,whoa. Swoony much! I thought that he a very good character as well.
There was also plenty of times where I laughed my head off and I think that it’s always a relief to have an author include humor along with a wonderfully written story.
The romance,drama,and adventure were well worth losing some sleep over! I have no regrets. I loved reading this nove
l and I am in high expectation to see what else this author has in store! I highly,highly recommend this book! 🙂

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

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