The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz ~ My Review

Monday, August 31, 2015

The two mistresses!
The Story:
There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . . 

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre? 

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.

The Mistress of Tall Acre
by Laura Frantz
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800720445


My Thoughts:
Books like this are why I can't get things done. Each and every time I think I have received and read Ms. Frantz's books in less than a day. It's been a long while since I've been so excited to read a book and this story did not disappoint. If you've followed my reviews of this book's predecessors, you know I've enjoyed them all, but that I'm pretty much obsessed with Red Shirt the hero from Courting Morrow Little. Nobody could top him in my book - until today. Yes. It is on record, in writing, Red Shirt has been dethroned as fictional King of My Heart. Other than the fact that her latest hero bears the regal name of Seamus (I've pretty much decided years ago, if I ever have kids, one of them will have that name) he's a totally brooding dreamboat. I can't write this review without making note of the heroine Sophie's thoughts on the aforementioned dreamboat. Warning: you will swoon.

"There was an alarming lilt to his voice she'd not heard before. And that smile...It eased all the rugged, weathered lines of him, giving her a nearly forgotten glimpse of the young man he'd been. Confident, even cocky. Self-assured yet unchallenged." - Laura Frantz, The Mistress of Tall Acre, pg. 78

HAVE YOU SWOONED YET?! No? All right then. Here's more.

National Dog Day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We love our fur babies! Happy National Dog Day from Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot and resident canines, Coco and Toby! Hope your day isn't too "ruff." ;-)



Celebrating the Bachelorette, Twenties Style!

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I've been rambling on and on about my search (and discovery!) of the perfect flapper dress for my bestie's bachelorette party. Y'all are probably sick to death of the words dress and flapper just from my mentions alone! Well, I'm happy to say that this past weekend was the big day. Not the wedding mind you, but the bachelorette party in beautiful, vibrant Pittsburgh. Let me tell you, if you've never experienced the 'Burgh, you are missing out on tons of rich history and diversity.


Must-haves for any flapper -- red lipstick, red nails, beads, & feathers!

A Sapphire Season by Lynn Morris ~ My Review

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


The Story:
Lynn Morris, bestselling author of The Baron's Honourable Daughter, once again sweeps readers into the Regency era with striking period detail.

Lady Mirabella Tirel, the beautiful daughter of the Marquess of Camarden, takes a practical approach to love since a dashing captain broke her heart at age 17. Now at almost 22 years old, she has decided to endure one last London season to secure a suitable engagement and begin a simple life in the country.

Sir Giles Knyvet is Mirabella's oldest friend and her most dependable ally, and he is also secretly in love with her. Yet he knows the prospect of a relationship is doubtful: Besides being a mere baronet, he aims to settle a large family debt before sharing his feelings with her. But as Mirabella draws close to a suitable match, Giles may need to interfere to buy himself more time.

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My Thoughts:
Coming off of a hectic week of party planning and a new job, Lynn Morris's A Sapphire Season is a terrific way to unwind. A sweet, inspirational regency-set romance was indeed what the doctor ordered. This foray into regency is a sight better than the first book in the series and is reminiscent of Jane Austen's Emma.

New Doctor Who Series 9 Trailer!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Is it September yet!? Arghhhh!!!!



Litfuse Blog Tour: Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Through Waters Deep
Waves of Freedom, Book 1
by Sarah Sundin
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800723422
The Story:
War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?

 It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.

When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them.

To read more about the book and what others are saying, visit the Litfuse website.


My Thoughts:
Sarah Sundin's novels never disappoint. Her latest novel, set during the days preceding US involvement in World War II, is the start of what promises to be another great series. With a sweet, handsome hero and a shy but curious heroine with Nancy Drew like tendencies this book takes a more suspenseful turn than Sundin's previous books.

Litfuse Blog Tour: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
by Beth K. Vogt
Copyright 2015
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781476789781
The Story:
Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

 A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other. Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

To learn more about the book and to read what others are saying, visit the Litfuse website!

My Thoughts:
I just adore Beth Vogt's contemporary romances. They are some of the sweetest, unique stories I have read (my review of Wish You Were Here). The chemistry between the couples in her novels are off the charts! Crazy Little Thing Called Love is one such story. While it is probably my least favorite since her debut, it remains a worthwhile read!

Luv & Emma's Dry Pets Plus ~ Muddy Paws, Be Gone!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Coco and her Dry Pets Plus!
Any family with pets knows that it's a struggle to keep your furry family clean and dry - especially when the weather is dreary. Snow or rain, can make for some messy situations. After every outdoor adventure or potty break, paws big or small need a good cleaning. My family has always used an old bath towel to take care of the muddy situation that are Coco's and Toby's (two rough collies) paws in the mucky spring and summer and snowy winter months.

Litfuse Blog Tour: A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Bride at Last 
by Melissa Jagears
Copyright 2015
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764211706
The Story:
Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony--until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

To learn more about the book, visit the publisher's website.


My Thoughts:
As a book blogger I often have the opportunity to request books. Sometimes I like the books, sometimes I do not and sometimes I find new authors and new books to love. This is, I'm happy to say, such an occasion. I really enjoyed A Bride at Last in spite of not having a whole bunch of time to sit and savor the story. I forgot that today was my day to review this book for a blog tour! Ooops!

Unique Finds From UncommonGoods

Monday, July 27, 2015

When you're pushing 30, wedding invitations arrive pretty much bi-weekly in the post. You either dread it, being confronted by your "singleness" at every turn, or you revel in your friends' happiness. I'll admit, I'm a reveler! I love love (as you probably have noticed by the inordinate number of romance novels I have reviewed on this blog). The cool thing is, weddings give me another excuse to go shopping too. I'll admit, I'm not much for a crowded mall on the weekend (almost 30, an old fuddy duddy remember?), but I can easily get lost for hours on websites searching for the perfect gift.


Unbeknownst to me, until this past week, is an online store called UncommonGoods. Just as the name suggests they stock a variety of unique and interesting items for the home and office as well as the occasional foodie gift. The best part is that a lot of their stuff is manufactured right here in the good ol' US of A by various individuals working in harmony to preserve the environment all while keeping things cruelty free. Guys, a third of their collection is recycled or upcycled! You can check out artisan's studios here.You won't find these things at your big box store. Helping keep the American dream alive while accenting the home of a newlywed couple is a win/win situation for this shopper. One of my best friends is getting married this fall and I've already found a few items that I know the happy couple will adore. 

UncommonGoods definitely has it going on, when it comes to fabulous finds at reasonable prices. Their retail game is strong. Thanks to Tom from UG for reaching out to me with information on UncommonGoods and providing me with some cute home decor pieces for me to test out in my own home before I take the plunge for my friends' gifts. Check out my chic new candles and pillow below. 

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino ~ My Review

Thursday, July 23, 2015

To Capture Her Heart
(The Southold Chronicles, Book 2)
by Rebecca DeMarino
Copyright 2015
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800722197
The Story:
In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever

It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die--until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.

To learn more about the book and where to purchase it, visit the Revell website.


My Thoughts:
I read so many books by so many different authors each year, that I sometimes forget whose books I've read and didn't enjoy. Last year I read the first book in The Southold Chronicles series, and unfortunately, it was a story that didn't connect with me. To Capture Her Heart promised to be an an interesting tale of the earliest years of settlers and natives in what would become the United States.

Shopping for Vintage: Flapper Style (Part 2) SUCCESS!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A few weeks back, I posted about beautiful, vintage couture flapper dresses. At almost 100 years old, there are few that survived. If you're lucky enough to find something that isn't completely shattered or moth-eaten, it's more than likely a very small size. People just seemed to have thinner physiques way back when. I was not blessed with the trendy petite frame of the '20s gal, but I fit in more along the lines of the curvy 50s bombshell criteria. Searching for a flapper dress to fit a... eh hem...busty girl was no easy task. With a budget of measly $100 the results promised to be even more limited. 

One day while perusing eBay for what felt like the millionth time, I stumbled across a little gem in what looked to be a pawn shop's virtual store that was otherwise filled with video games and glassware and nonesuch. With shipping, the dress was a little over my budget, but thanks to the "Make Offer" button, I was able to get a true vintage Roaring Twenties dress with a 50" inch bust below my budget! Hello! When nearly ever dress I drooled over was a 34" max at the top or marked with a 6 thousand dollar price tag, the thought of ever finding a dress that would still give me that loose, straight silhouette without breaking the bank was giving me depression.