Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen

The Reformer by Jaima FixsenThe Reformer by Jaima Fixsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook for review
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Book Description:  From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist moving in next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny…

Already she’s nearly eighteen. No sign of destiny yet, but Mary’s certain he’ll be handsome.

Then she meets the reformer, this Mr. Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it.



My thoughts: I have enjoyed my time with Pearl, a Chinese matchmaker who has a gift for bringing couples together. I am sad to see this series come to an end, but the books will still be there for me to re-read when I need a matchmaker fix.

This story focuses on Mary. She is the daughter of a prominent Doctor. She is sheltered an not allowed to do things that interest or enlighten her. Her father is against the English Reformation. He is very old fashioned, particularly where his daughter is concerned.

They have a new neighbor move in who is writes about the Reformation. Mary's father feels that he is a threat and takes measures to keep his daughter away from the upstart. Of course, this only fuels her attraction and attempts to catch Samuel Brown's notice. She begins to read the forbidden London Times, the paper that Mr. Brown writes for, and is drawn by his words. Her horizons expand and she joins the movement with cartoon drawings.

In this rendition, Pear is know as Mrs. Chin. She is a neighbor to both Samuel and Mary. She is able to finagle interactions between Samuel, Mary, and Samuel's friend, Niall. The trio are unlikely cohorts, but work well together. Samuel and Niall open the doors to independence for Mary and she thrives. So much so, that she becomes a problem to her father's ideals of womanhood.

This story has some twists that I don't want to get into, because they would be spoilers. I will say that I was very happy for the way everything turned out. It was just as I wanted it to be! I enjoyed the friendships, banter, uncomfortable situations, and devotion that I found in this book. Jaima Fixsen writes with a great voice. I loved the way she described the characters and the way that they were developed. This is a great addition to a wonderful series. I highly recommend every book.

This book contains a funny way that Mary learns of male/female relations. It contains innuendo.



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Jaima FixsenAbout the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Jaima Fixsen lives in Alberta, Canada with her handsome husband and clever children. Mostly, she just tries to keep up.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cover Reveal for Sarah Eden's "My Dearest Love"

I LOVE the books in Sarah Eden's Hope Springs Series.  I am anxiously looking forward to reading this novella. :)  It will be out in July!




From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, MY DEAREST LOVE is a new romance novella set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Alone in the world and far from home, Biddy holds out little hope of lasting happiness. Ian, loving her silently from afar, dreams of one day capturing her heart.



I love the images for "Condemn Me Not" by Heather B. Moore #heatherbmoore

The images for this book are hauntingly beautiful.  I can't wait to read it.



March 14th will soon be here.  You can pre-order a copy of the book today.


Book Description:  “This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I loved reading "The Captive Heart" by Michelle Griep

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description:  Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.



My thoughts: Oh my goodness, I loved this book!

This was a book that was nearly impossible for me to put down, particularly the last half. I could not read fast enough and then I was disappointed when it ended. I could have been lost in Samuel and Elinor's world for a few more days, easily.


The book is set in the America Frontier before the revolution. Michelle Griep looks at some uncomfortable social issues of the time period; the indentured servant and the white man's encroachment on Native American Lands. The book is told from the character's point of view living during the time period, living through the trials. I loved how she described the life, without passing judgement. The reader is able to make their own connections and judgement. Griep did an amazing job at describing events, people, and places.

The romance is not rushed. Samuel and Elinor grow in regard and feelings for each other as they learn of each other. They respect each other before there is romance of any kind.

This is a clean historical romance. The book does contain violence and a little bit of kissing.  She has other books written, I  must get some of them!



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Michelle GriepAbout the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper




Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn  Cooper
Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from publisher to review
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:  Water splashed on all sides then took control of the tires. The car swerved right toward the river. 
“No. NO. NO!” I turned the wheel toward the road. It didn’t work. Fast running water pulled the car into the flooded river.

Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!
 



My thoughts: When Aspen and her sister are caught in a flash flood, they rescue their two friends and discover that it was not " adrenaline" that helped them all stay alive. Their parents have kept secrets from them about their heritage. They belong to a group descended from fairies, but many of the powers were lost. They are there to protect mankind.

This revelation leads to a lot of action and danger. Trouble has been brewing in their homeland and the family must band together to stop the evil Queen.

I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of this book. This is a different kind of fairy than I usually read. The setting is new and unique and the characters enjoyable. The plot felt solid to me and had a great pace.

It seemed as if everyone accepted the changes a little too easy. Some of the plot points were glossed over, but I am not sure how Kathryn Cooper could have changed that. This book is written for the YA market and is perfect for it's readership. I think this is a solid debut and I look forward to reading more from this author. I think that this book may have more to follow, there are several places she can take it and it may delve into the fairy realm.



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About the AuthorKathryn Cooper lives in the heart of Texas with her husband and four young boys. She has read and blogged about other authors’ books for years. She is excited to finally have her own book out for readers. “Aspen Everlasting” is her first novel.

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January 10: Rachel McClellan
January 11: I Am a Reader
January 12:
January 13: Writing Worm
January 14: Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 15:
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January 17: Bookworm Lisa || Getting Your Read On
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January 19: Diane Tolley
January 20: Book Loving Mommy || Kindle and Me
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January 23: The Cover Contessa
January 24: Blooming With Books || Eccentric Eclectic Woman




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringam Tolley



Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringam Tolley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from publisher to review.
Genre: Scriptural Fiction

Book Description:  Growing up around prophets and prophecies, Hannah and her sisters are excited to be betrothed to sons of Lehi and to journey to the promised land. But now with her people dividing, Hannah must choose between her faith and her family. Should she follow Nephi again, or stay with her husband, Lemuel, and her son in sin and misery? This compelling novel tells the familiar scripture story from an illuminating new perspective. 

My Thoughts: I grew up hearing and reading the stories from The Book of Mormon.  The story found in the book Nephi  describes the struggles of the families of Lehi and Ishmael.  I know the stories well.  They have always been stories of faith.  I haven't really considered the emotional impact on the people who lived them.

Hannah is a young women of faith.  She wants to do things that are right and good.  Her hopes change when she marries Lemuel, not the man who she planned on marrying.  Lemuel is not know for being a man of faith.  The book describes what her thoughts and feelings could have been,

This is a fictional book based from  scripture. I loved the perspective of a female living the story.  Not much is know of the women and it makes me think about what life could have been for them.  This is a story that makes you think and gives a broader view of the Book of Nephi and the division of the family.  It is very interesting.  The book contains violence, but I consider it a clean read



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About the Author:  Trained in journalism and raised by a family of storytellers, Diane Stringam Tolley has spent her life writing. From her first published work, “The Scary House,” penned in Mrs. Hainsworth’s grade six class, to her tenth novel, “Daughter of Ishmael,” Tolley has dipped into every genre from sci-fi/fantasy to spiritual. Her Christmas book, “Carving Angels,” has been featured on the “best of” holiday lists for Edmonton Public Libraries since its first release in 2011. And her follow-up novel, “Kris Kringle’s Magic” (2012) is currently a standard for discussions on prejudice and bullying throughout the Black-Gold region. Drawing on her upbringing on one of the last of the great old ranches of Southern Alberta, Tolley’s stories are filled with unforgettable characters, warm, family connections, and the strength of faith and love.

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January 10: Marlene Bateman || Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 11: Heart. Mind. Soul.
January 12: Paula Kremser
January 13: Christy Monson Books || My Book a Day || Literary Time Out
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January 15: Misty Moncur
January 16: Beyond the Lake
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January 18: Ann Morris
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January 21: Marketing Mentress
January 22: The View From My Window
January 23: The Book Addict
January 24: I Love to Read and Review Books
January 25: Julie Coulter Bellon || A Bliss Complete



Friday, January 13, 2017

The Midnight Sisters by Sarah E Boucher






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Tour and Giveaway! Learn all about author Sarah E. Boucher and her exciting new novel based on the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fairy Tale

Book Description: Do no meddle with the Master's daughters.

The words rattle around Jonas’ head. What is the punishment again? Death? Dismemberment? Jonas, the newest addition to the gardening staff, can’t recall the exact penalty for breaking the rule. What does it matter anyway? He would never dream of meddling with the Earl of Bromhurst’s haughty daughters.

Until he comes face to face with Lady Ariela Spencer, the eldest of the His Lordship’s daughters.

Her elusive smile and open manner cause him to question his convictions. In no time, he’s drawn into 
Lady Ariela's world of mystery and intrigue, a world where she and her sisters will do anything— including leaving twelve empty beds at midnight—to escape their father’s strict rules.

Only Jonas can uncover the truth and save them from their father’s wrath and their own folly, if he is willing to risk everything he’s ever worked for. 

Midnight Sisters is an imaginative fairy tale retelling that promises to delight and entertain readers. 



My thoughts: I admit, I love when fairy-tales are remade into a new story. The basis of the fairy-tale remains the same, but the author adds her unique perspective and story to create something new.

This is a retake of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". Jonas is the voice of the story and he is in love with the eldest daughter. Their love is forbidden because the staff is not allowed to speak to the ladies of the manor. When something is forbidden, the more attractive it becomes.

As for another forbidden part of the story, the sisters escape in the night to dance. (If you know the original story, this is not a spoiler.) Their nightly escapades allow them to escape from their controlling father, but lead to danger that no one anticipated.

I liked the characters. I liked the relationship between the sisters. The reader gets to know them through Jonas's observations. This is a fun twist to a beloved fairy-tale. It is appropriate for teens and adults. There is some kissing, but I consider it to be a clean read.



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Meet one of the twin daughters:  Estella

Meet Estella & Frizella: 

We bent our heads together. “There has to be one someplace,” I whispered. “This place is too big.” We had been in the manor for one month. One whole month and we still couldn’t find any secret passageways. 

“It’s like a fairy tale, Essie.” She patted a well-worn book fondly, her eyes twinkling at me. “Or a mystery.”

 “And we love mysteries.” We said together, sharing identical grins. 

“If only we had a fairy godmother . . .” I mused. 

Fritz spread the handmade map between us. “We’ve looked here.” She pointed at the attic. 

“And there.” I motioned toward the servants’ staircase. 

“And in the ballroom.” 

“Remember how we almost got caught?” Her shoulders shook with silent giggles, just as they had when we ducked behind the curtains before Father strode by. 

I clapped a hand over my mouth to muffle my own giggles. 

Fritz’s grin faded as she turned back to the map. “Hmmm . . . maybe in the kitchens?” 

“Then we’d have to talk to Cook,” I replied. “She’s no fairy godmother.” 

“And we probably couldn’t talk her out of a treat.” She propped her chin on her fist. “It’s not fair. She makes the best cookies.” 

“Mmmm . . .” we said in unison, “cookies.” 

I grinned. “The pantry would be the perfect spot for a secret passageway!” 

Essie’s eyes grew wide. “Or a cookie jar!” 

“Let’s do it!” I rolled up the map and hurried after my sister. Hand in hand, we tiptoed down the servants’ stairs and toward the kitchen. We paused outside to listen and peep in the door. Kitchen girls and servants scuttled in all directions. We waited until they were all distracted. At the same moment, we looked at one another and mouthed, “Now!” Together we crept into the kitchens.

Author Spotlight:
Sarah E. Boucher is a lover of fairy stories, romance, anything BBC and Marvel, and really, really cute shoes. On weekdays she wears respectable shoes and serves as Miss Boucher, the Queen of Kindergarten. On school holidays she writes stories about romance and adventure. And wears impractical super cute shoes.

Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She lives and works in northern Utah. Midnight Sisters is her second novel. Visit Sarah at SarahEBoucher.com or connect with her on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestAmazon, or Goodreads.





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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack


The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott (Historical Proper Romance #2)The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott by Josi S. Kilpack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:  One is his first love.
The other is his best love.
Which will be Walter’s true love?

Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul.

Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and romantic temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose?

But as every poet knows, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte.

At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home.

Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return?



My thoughts: I love historical fiction. When real people in history are the focus, it makes the book more interesting.


This story is about the romances of Sir Walter Scott. I love to read, so I am familiar with his name, but I was not familiar with his life. I love that this book made him more real to me. He isn't just a name anymore. He was a man with hopes and dreams. At the beginning of the book his hopes revolve around Mina. She was from a "higher" social class than he was. She was the daughter of gentry, while Walter's father was not.

The book simultaneously tells the story of Walter and Charlotte. Walter was in love with Mina and Charlotte was trying to figure out a life that she thought would be spent alone. Both of their stories are interesting. Their struggles and dreams were brought to life for me. Eventually the stories come together as Walter and Charlotte meet and discover unexpected dreams.

This is a clean romance. I love Josi Kilpack's writing. I have loved every book of hers that I have read. I feel that I can't go wrong picking up one of her books!



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Josi S. KilpackAbout the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book)  Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.
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