My Review ~ Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Undaunted Hope
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2016
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764212390
The Story: 
Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won't be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can't help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she's the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.

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My Thoughts:
First off I'll start by saying Jody Hedlund's books have always been some of my favorites. I tend to add her books to my wishlists without even reading the cover blurbs. I just KNOW they will be that good. Her adult historical fiction books take up a large space on my rather small keeper shelf, so having to write this review is painful. Simply put, I did not care for this book.

My Review ~ The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Red Door Inn
by Liz Johnson
Copyright 2016
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800724023

The Story:
Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle's Victorian B and B--and to forget about the fiancĂ©e who broke his heart. He wasn't expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. 

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they've got--and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.

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My Thoughts:
I'm always a little nervous when I buy or review a book from an author who is new to me. Having never read a book by Liz Johnson, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Was I wasting my time or would I discover another great Christian fiction author? Hint: Immediately after reading The Red Door Inn I was searching for the next book in the series to add to my Goodreads list. So, yes, I really enjoyed this romance!

My Review~ Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bride of a Distant Isle
Daughters on Hampshire, Book 2
by Sandra Byrd
Copyright 2016
Howard Publishers
ISBN: 9781476717890

The Story:
An unforgettable romance set in Victorian England, Bride of A Distant Isle is the engrossing story of Annabel Ashton, who fights to save her family home and her mother's honor while trying to figure out if the man she loves wants her—or just wants to use her to achieve his own ambitions.

Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.

Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.

She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?

And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and 
her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?

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My Review ~ The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Story:
Introducing Poppy Denby, a young journalist in London during the Roaring Twenties, investigating crime in the highest social circles.

It is 1920. Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady. 

Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the papers hacks, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly and messily. Poppy and photographer Daniel Rokeby (with whom Poppy has an immediate and mutual attraction) begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he hasn't finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a sensation. 

The Globe's editor, realizing her valuable suffragette contacts, invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man's files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France--and abruptly into danger. 

My Review ~ The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Kate Noble
2nd in the Winner Takes All series
Pocket Books
December 29, 2015
ISBN: 9781476749396
The Story:
John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he swapped identities with his friend the Earl of Ashby. He didn’t wager on winning the fiery Countess of Churzy’s heart with his lies, or on falling for her in return. Publicly humiliated when she learned of the betrayal, the impoverished countess fled, and John thought Leticia was lost to him forever…until fate brings her practically to his doorstep. Can he regain her trust—and her heart—this time as himself?

Determined to make a new life for herself, Letty knows she must avoid Turner—and his maddening kisses—in order to survive. But some things are too intoxicating to be denied. If she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?

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My Thoughts:
Yaaaas! This book has made me fall in love with author Kate Noble! Not only is Leticia Herzog aka Lady Churzy a fantastically refreshing heroine ( a likeable gold digger...yes really!) this romance has a plot that doesn't involve the heroine melting at the feet of the first man who looks twice at her. Okay. I may have lied there, as essentially she did snatch up the first guy with deep pockets, but she actually has brains in her head through the whole thing. Yay for intelligent females! So she is a gold digger, but she's never denied that she wants a good match, so you know what to expect from her from the start. She doesn't come across as vain or snotty, just careful that she doesn't get burned by another bad marriage. 

Book Giveaway + Review: A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Sweet Misfortune
(Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 2)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2016
ISBN: 9780800722654

The Story:
Rachel Matthews isn't one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch--even if she's forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel's brother, who is away mining for gold, sends a friend to rescue her. 

Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn't sure she can take one more day in John's home--especially once she discovers that he's the one who holds ransom the key to her family's future.

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.

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Romance When You Need It From Harlequin!

Friday, March 4, 2016

I don't know about you, but romance novels are one of my favorite ways to start the weekend unwind. Check out this hilarious video from the folks at Harlequin. It might just help your workday go by a little faster!

'This March, Harlequin kicks off the Romance When You Need It campaign, with the launch of an awesome video. 

Whether a reader needs an escape from her hectic day, or has some unexpected time to herself—she can count on Harlequin for romance when she needs it, wherever she is!'