Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor by Sarah L. McConkie ~ Blog tour with a giveaway!




Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor
Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor by Sarah L. McConkie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description:  Wealthy socialite Christine Harrison's life seems perfect until the man she planned to marry, Mr. Davenport, proposes to someone else. Heartbroken, Miss Harrison's sure she'll never love again, and to distract herself, she sets out to rescue a fallen young woman. Little does she know that her journey will reveal more than she expected about her friends, her seemingly perfect life, and her own heart.


My thoughts: Appearances can be deceiving. That is one lesson that is apparent in this book. There are several little twists and turn that take the story in a different direction that anticipated.

This book is told from different points of view. You get the full story one piece at a time. The author does a good job at giving you a little bit, enough to make you guess, before she adds more. `Sarah L. McConkie does well at describing the social expectations and then adds the maneuvering for social gain.

I enjoyed her writing style, it seems true to the time period. It was easy to imagine myself in the ballroom or on the shores of ocean. The Regency period is one that I enjoy reading, and this one did not disappoint me.

I liked that the characters had to grow and develop. Everything did not turn out according to expectations. They had disappointments and learned from them. I love it when characters learn to look beyond themselves.



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Christine breathed deeply, circling her arms around herself. As she stood among those high, stalwart cliffs, she formed a resolution. Their presence spoke to Christine once more, reminding her that she could change. She could be more steadfast in her desires. She determined then to look outward, toward others, and stop caring about herself and her status in life. She affirmed that day that she did not need high connections to validate her existence. She did not need a man to establish or promote her social standing. And perhaps most importantly, Christine resolved to never again let these base motives stand in her way of real and lasting relationships with the people around her.

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Sarah headshotAbout the Author:  From writing an award-wining tale of a dragon falling from the stars in the 3rd grade to regency romance written at thirty, Sarah McConkie has always had a passion for creating intriguing stories. After years of singledom looking for romance (and teaching Junior High Choir to fill up real life), Sarah began a Master’s degree in Literacy. When love finally found her, she married and became a wife and eventually a mother. After tucking in her own little princess one January evening she determined to attempt her life-long dream to write and publish a novel. Using her many years of experience in the single realm, a robust knowledge of regency classics, and a love of all things old fashioned and proper, Sarah wrote Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor. She now lives with her own Mr. Right and her two daughters, and believes providing stimulating and moral stories promotes literacy in a world which needs more readers. This is her first novel.




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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Creating Your Forever Family by Rachel A. Sullivan (Blog tour with a #giveaway)


Creating Your Forever Family by Rachel A. SullivanCreating Your Forever Family: How to Incorporate Family Proclamation Principles in Your Home by Rachel A. Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Non-fiction/Religion

Book Description:  It has been decades since the family proclamation was first presented to members of the Church by President Gordon B. Hinckley. But despite the passage of time, the counsel provided in the family proclamation is ever more vital in these tumultuous last days. Creating Your Forever Family is an indispensable resource, providing practical application of the nine principles outlined in the family proclamation. Featuring counsel from Church leaders and stories of these principles in action, this book offers ways to incorporate these values into everyday life, from interview questions designed to help kids open up to the game night ideas to fun family dinner conversation starters. Families will be strengthened as each member gets involved in the discussions and applications. Now is the time to fortify families and truly embrace the principles of this great proclamation. 


My thoughtsCreating Your Forever Family takes a closer look at nine principles found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The principles are: faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

This book does a great job at discussing how to incorporate these principles in the home and gives ideas how to help children understand them. Rachel Sullivan uses quotes from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as well as scripture references to make her points. I found some concepts and quotes that I really needed and some that I shared with my son serving a mission.

I found this book to be uplifting and informative. I did do some skimming, so it didn't completely capture my attention. This book is written mainly for families with young children. I am past that, but felt that this book had information that could be utilized for all family dynamics.

This book is written specifically to members of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall In To Books Reading Challenge #Favorite Character ~ Win a pampering package provided by ME. #Giveaway



I don't know if I have a favorite character.  There are SO MANY that I LOVE.

Basically a favorite character of mine has to have sarcasm, quick whit, and be a good person.  There is no way that I can pin it down to one or ten even.

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My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

My Sister's Intended (Serendipity Book 1) by [Anderson, Rachael]My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Regency Romance



Book Description:  For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.



My thoughts: I loved this book. I read an excerpt when it was first released that intrigued me so much, that I HAD to read this book. It was just as good as I hoped it would be.

Prudence is a wonderful character. She is full of charm, whit, and genuinely wants to help her sister in her intended match. She does her best to help them kindle a romance, but it doesn't turn out the way she expected.

This book is full of humor. I loved the characters and the situations they found themselves in. The writing was wonderful, the pacing was perfect (am I laying it on a bit thick?). There is nothing left to say other than I loved this book.

Now I will anxiously await the release of the next two. I will be reading them.




Here is the excerpt that I mentioned in the review.  It is taken from a post  published March 26, 2018.


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When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”
A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?
Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.
Unbelievable.
“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.
She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”
“I’m glad I could entertain you.”
“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”
If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.
“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.
Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”
Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.
“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”
“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”
“Yes.”
She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”
Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?
“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”
Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.
He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.
“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”
“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”
“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”
It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.
“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”
“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.

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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  A USA Today bestselling author of clean romance, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

#FallintoBooks Reading Challenge (Enter the Giveaway)



I am not doing well at posting every day for this month long event.  You can always check the latest challenge and enter the giveaway by going to the LINK.  I have it bookmarked so I can find it easily.


So, my favorite books to movies would hands down be "Harry Potter".  I loved the books and I loved the movies.


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Wedding Wagers: A Timeless Regency Collection

Wedding WagersWedding Wagers by Donna Hatch, Heather Moore, and Michele Paige Holmes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance Anthology


Book Description:  Three wagers. Three couples. Three chances at love. Let the bets begin.

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Regency Romance, comes WEDDING WAGERS. Featuring bestselling authors Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, and Michele Paige Holmes.

A WAGER FOR LOVE by Donna Hatch:
For once, Phillip would like to be seen as more than the younger brother of a duke. When he unexpectedly meets the one girl in all London who doesn’t give two figs for his rank in society, she won’t give him the time of day. Determined to gain her attention, he accidentally tips over her boat and dumps her into a river. Not the best way to convince a lady of worth that he is a gentleman of promise. Frustrated, Phillip makes a rash wager with a friend: he vows he’ll not only gain her forgiveness, but her hand in marriage by the end of the Season. The stakes are high in this romantic Regency romp!

THE FINAL WAGER by Heather B. Moore:
When Victor Roland, Earl of Locken, enters into a game of twenty-one with Lord Southill, the stakes get quickly out of control. Before Victor knows it, Southill is betting the dowry of his sister. While completely illegal, Victor is mostly insulted, so he does what any gentleman of the ton should do. He punches Southill out. Problem is, Southill is in so much debt that he’d been kicked out of his townhouse earlier that day. So Victor is forced to deliver Southill at his estate outside of London . . . only to meet Southill’s sister, Lady Juliet, a woman who Victor now wishes he’d bet on.

AN IMPROBABLE WAGER by Michele Paige Holmes:
Sherborne Alexander Rowley III has come home to marry his neighbor—and solve his financial problems in one fell swoop. Love doesn’t figure into the equation, only the need to save his family’s estate. The reserved Miss Emily Montgomery seems willing enough, leaving the only possible obstacle to Sherborne’s success his childhood friend, Eli Linfield, and the wager they made long ago that Eli would be the one to marry Emily. When the timely birth of a colt, Emily’s mischievous sister Sophia, and Emily herself all conspire to ruin Sherborne’s plans, one night of mayhem unravels far more than their betrothal. Emily is not as demure as he believed, nor is Eli what he has pretended these many years. Yet the future for all may yet be bright. Sherborne might even wager on it.



My thoughts: Love is always a gamble, particularly when a wager is involved. This book has three anthologies that have a wager made about marriage as part of the plot. All three are set in England during the Regency Era.

I loved the stories. Each of the stories were written by a "go to" author for me. Donna Hatch's story is humorous. The MC's meet when he accidentally has her take is swim in the Thames. It is not a likely way to begin a courtship. It was a wonderful story to read. It had a great start, middle, and finish.

Heather Moore's story is more of a damsel in distress book. The damsel is a strong character who could find her way in the book, but having a handsome man to help her along doesn't hurt. This was another wonderful book to read. In saving her, he saves himself.

Michele Paige Holmes' story has some interesting twists. I didn't see some of them coming. I will say that both of the male MC's get what they deserve in the end. This story also has some humorous moments that made it a lot of fun to read.

All three of the stories are clean. There is some innuendo and kissing.



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack


Promises and Primroses by Josi S. KilpackPromises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions.  If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.




My thoughts: This book is about love lost, second chances, and new love.

Elliott Mayfield is fed up with his family and their scandalous behavior. He has a plan to get everyone back on the right path by offering the an incentive. This plan he calls "the marriage campaign." He will help everyone one at a time if they can make a respectable match.

His first "victim"is his heir, Peter. Peter is a widower and not inclined to participate. Regardless of his refusal, fortune finds him when he reluctantly hires Julia Hollingsworth as a governess. She is perfect for his two adorable daughters and share his love of dogs. Yes, dogs. They play an important role in the plot of this book.

You will not find just one romance, but two in this book. Elliott has his own surprises in store when he finds that Julia's mother is the woman he loved and lost in his youth. The book is told from four points of view. It is interesting to see what the principal characters are thinking and feeling. This may seem like a lot to take in, but Josi Kilpack writes it all beautifully. It is easy and interesting to follow along.

Josi Kilpack has a way of weaving humor, romance, and conflict into her stories that is amazing. She knows how to grab and hold my attention. I have enjoyed every single book of hers that I have read, and I have read several. She is a "go to" author for me.

I am excited that this is the first book of a series. I look forward to more time with the Mayfields.



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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.
Josi S. Kilpack

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