Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Grand Tour (Timeless Victorian Collection)

A Grand Tour (Timeless Victorian Collection Book 2)A Grand Tour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Victorian Romance Novella's

Book Description:  From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series, comes our new Victorian Romance collection: A GRAND TOUR. With three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Anthea Lawson, Jennifer Moore, and Heather B. Moore. 


My thoughts; Three fun novella's in one book! This novella collection is set during Victorian times while the characters are experiencing their "Grand Tour". I was pleased that not all of the characters were wealthy. There were the working class as the main characters.

I had always considered a Grand Tour to take place in Spain, France, etc. The countries in Europe that were near England. I was surprised and pleased to have stories in the Mediterranean and Egypt.

I was impressed that characters did not go on their adventure looking for love, but it found them anyway. As always, you can never go wrong with a Timeless Romance Collection. This is a great book to pick up and read.

The book is clean with kissing. One story has an intimate proposition that accepted.





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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's a Cover Reveal! ~ Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

VEINS OF GOLD

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.
Release date: July 17, 2018




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Other Books by Charlie N. Holmberg:



The Paper Magician
The Glass Magician
The Master Magician
The Plastic Magician
Followed by Frost
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
The Fifth Doll


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#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

 “You’ve done better.”

 With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

 Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…

 When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?

 



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 “You must be Zoe Miller. I’m Chase. Covington.”

 He added on his last name like I wouldn’t know who he was. It was kind of endearing. I stared at his hand until the girl on my right nudged me and I gave him mine. A zap of raw electricity sparked at his touch, his hand warm and strong and big. It shot up my arm and spread all throughout my body making every part of me tingle.

 “Hi Chase Covington.” I don’t know how I was able to form words. Or how I hadn’t dissolved into an incoherent, blubbering pile of Zoe goo.

 “Hi Zoe Miller.”

 We were still shaking hands, which was basically holding hands at this point as it had gone on for so long. He was just grinning at me, like I was some long-lost friend he was excited to catch up with.

 I didn’t want to imagine what my slack-jawed, overwhelmed face looked like. He would probably think I was an idiot.

 A guy with dark brown hair and wearing a Bluetooth device in one ear came over. “Chase, Marty wants a word.”

 Chase finally let go of my hand. “Thanks, One-F. Stick around Zoe Miller. There’s more to say.” He walked backwards a few steps, like he didn’t want to stop looking at me. With a wink he finally turned and headed over to the director.

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Author Sariah Wilson Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane or climbed Mount Everest, and she is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soul mate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romances like The Royals of Monterra series. After growing up in Southern California as the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a semiuseless degree in history. She currently lives with the aforementioned soul mate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster who is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).


 


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Monday, January 15, 2018

A Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie Griggs

A Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie GriggsA Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie Griggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I requested a copy from Netgalley.
Genre: Old West Romance



Book Description From Bachelor Sheriff to Family Man  
Tired of pining for handsome sheriff Ward Gleason, seamstress Hazel Andrews plans to head East for a fresh start—until Ward finds an abandoned child. Hazel can't turn down his request that she watch the little girl while he investigates a spate of crimes. But spending time with Ward is sending local gossips—and Hazel's heart—into turmoil. 
Nothing in Ward's world is the same since he took charge of orphaned Meg…and that includes his growing feelings for Hazel. A fake engagement will allow them to care for the child together until Hazel moves away and finds someone more worthy. But with little Meg convinced she's already found her forever family, can Ward and Hazel dare to make her dreams come true, along with their own?

My thoughtsA Tailor-Made Husband is set in the Old West. Ward Gleason is the sheriff of a small town and finds himself unexpectedly the foster father of an adorable four year old girl. He needs help, and finds it with Hazel, the girl who has been pining for him for years. Sadly, Hazel determined before he came home with Meg, that it was time for her to move to New York and her time to help him is limited.

This is a cute story with great characters. I enjoyed them. I particularly loved Meg and her innocent matchmaking. The romance has many moments that made me chuckle. Ward and Hazel are both unwilling to acknowledge and act upon their feelings for each other. It leads to awkward and entertaining moments. The town is made up of the usual kind of characters: the gossips, the troublemakers, the busybodies, and a few lawbreakers.

The book contains a bit of a mystery. Someone is causing mischief and making life hard for Ward. I figured out who it was and a motive early, but it was interesting to see him put the pieces together and come to the same conclusion.

This book is clean with a little bit of kissing. There are religious references and a smidgen of violence.



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About the Author(Taken from Goodreads)  Winnie Griggs grew up in south Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the very back of beyond. With her two younger siblings and another family of two siblings for playmates, she spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou. 


Once she ‘grew up’ she found other outlets for dealing with all those wonderful, adventurous imaginary friends by filling notebooks with their stories. And somewhere along the way, those scribblings gave way to full length stories.

Eventually she found her own Prince Charming, a rancher whose white steed takes the form of a tractor and whose kingdom is situated in a small rural community that she loves to call home, and together they’ve built their own storybook happily-ever-after. Their lives together expanded to include four now grown children who share Winnie’s vivid imagination and her husband’s steadier influences and are now out in the world pursuing their own adventures.

Winnie shares her stories with readers through her writings for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Historical books. You can learn more about Winnie at www.winniegriggs.com


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir by Frank L Cole



The Eternity Elixir (Potion Masters, #1)The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher for review.
Genre: Middle Grade/Tween Fantasy



Book Description:  Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making. 

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as “The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.  

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.



My thoughts: This book is perfect for a young reader. The main character is a 12 year old boy who gets to be the hero. He has amazing abilities at making potions and saving the day. Fortunately, he gets a lot of action from point "A" to point "B". He also has two sidekick friends that add a great aspect to the book. One is too curious and causes a little bit of chaos and humor.

The book is well written and flows well. I love the writing style and as I stated above, it's great for children. For most children, it will keep their interest and want them to turn the pages. I plan on having my reluctant teen read this for a book report coming up soon. He may just finish this one!



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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 45,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment.  You can learn more about his writing at franklewiscole.blogspot.com.




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank ~ Blog tour with a giveaway!


Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede FrankHeart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Historical Romance/Fiction

Book Description:  Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.
Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.




My thoughts: I am awed by women who faced adversity and stuck to their convictions in history. Kate moved to the Western Frontier in the 1800's wanting to follow her passion of being a Doctor. This was not a popular time for a woman to be in the profession. The men were hesitant and defiant to have women outside of the home serving as a wife and mother.

This is a fictional book, but gives a glimpse as to what life could have been life for a woman in these circumstances. I love that Kate is strong, smart, and compassionate. She wants to help. She comes to the West from a life a privileged. Her goal is to help those who need her, rather than those who want to use her for her families wealth.  Her opposition doesn't come only from the townspeople, but the one's who should encourage her goals, her family.

Craig, Colorado has quite the assortment of characters. There were some that I loved from the moment they were introduced, and others that I could have done without. They all add personality to the town. I loved that they weren't all thrown at me at once. It helped me keep better track of where each person belonged in the story.

This is a romance. I really liked the character of Lucas. He is a man of integrity. He is helpful and kind.

The book has a great voice and pacing. It is clean with kissing.



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Carolyn Twede FrankAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  About my writing: I don't like to write candy for the brain. But I do like to try to make my books not only fulfilling, but entertaining. Candy is nice, but a meal of meat, potatoes, and veges can leave you more satisfied. My books give the reader a good taste of history and/or science along with a dash of mystery folded into the story.

About me: I've always loved writing, but haven't gotten serious until the past seven years. When I'm not writing, I like to garden, sew, fix up old houses, or anything else creative. My favorite movies are ones about history.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough (Blog Tour post with a giveaway)

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Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

My thoughts:  Getting past tragedy and grief is a hard thing to do.  It becomes harder when children are involved and the parent has to be there for their child.  both Jerrod and Dawn know what grief feels like. They know loss and bottle their emotions inside.  They also both have amazing children who pull the book along in some instances.

Virginia McCullough does a wonderful job at describing the emotions of the characters.  She makes them very believable and personable.  It was easy to get to know them and like them.  I enjoyed that she doesn't rush her story, she moves it along at a great pace.  This made it easier to connect with the characters and become invested in their story.

This is a great story about overcoming and learning to open oneself to possibilities.  It's a journey that I am grateful I was able to take part in.  The book is clean!




Rating:  4 of 5 stars
Source: Received an electronic copy for review.


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Girl in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Double Booked by Emily Debenham

Double Booked (Ranchette Station, Book 2)
Double Booked by Emily Debenham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Author to Review.
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella



Book Description:  Eve Matthews is in charge of the biggest event of the holiday season—a charity Christmas Ball. Her planning committee is charging full steam ahead to throw the most romantic party of the decade until she discovers that her boyfriend Janus Clairbourne, head of Ranchette Station's Woodworkers Association, has double booked his tradeshow with her Christmas Ball. This misunderstanding could destroy a century-old charity organization and Eve's hopes for a romantic Christmas proposal.


My thoughts: This is a short and sweet novella. Sometimes misunderstanding can happen in a relationship. One can make plans without letting the other know in advance. Usually, it's not a big problem. In this book it is a HUGE problem. Both have scheduled large events on the same day at the same venue.

Fortunately, this does have a HEA, but I'm not going to tell you how it happens, you will have to read it to find out. The book is told in the third person and follows the couple during a short span of their courtship. There isn't a lot of opportunity for character development because it is a novella. It is great for the intent and length of the book.

The book is clean with some mild kissing.



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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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On Thin Ice (Ranchette Novelette, #1)On Thin Ice by Emily Debenham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Novella, Contemporary Romance


Book Description Professional ice skater, Holly Opland is cut from a popular reality TV show Skating with the Stars, due to an old knee injury. When the media gets wind of her career-ending medical issues, Holly decides she needs to disappear. She flees to the small town of Ranchette Station, which also happens to be the hometown of Colden Holt--her skating partner from season one. When their old chemistry returns Holly has to decide whether an entire lifestyle change is worth the price of love.



My thoughts: On Thin Ice is a cute story told in the third person.

Holly is at the end of her career as an ice skater. She is young and still has a passion for her sport, but an old injury makes continuing a problem. The book is more about her coming to terms with her new reality and deciding what she really wants to do with her life.

An "old flame" comes back into her life. I enjoyed them trying to figure out how to start over with a past that fizzled in it's infancy.

For me, the story would have been better if it were a little longer and there was more a build up in their relationship. It's a great story for times when you need a romance story without a lot of time investment.

It is clean with kissing.



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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Blog Tour ~ The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez (with a giveaway)


The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Historical WWII fiction



Book Description:  Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.
In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.


My thoughts: War. It's a hard subject to think about. The suffering of a nation under the rule of a conquering nation is difficult. While the subject matter can be difficult, the thing that I love is that people rise up and work to help their neighbor and end the domination that armies inflict upon people.

This book takes place during the German occupation of Italy. The Italian people felt betrayed by Mussolini, who basically handed the country over to the Germans. Young men are forced to fight for the Nazi's, families are homeless and hungry, and homes and assets are seized unfairly by soldiers. This is the climate of the book, The Fisherman's Daughter.

The book is well written and has great pacing. I enjoyed the characters. They are strong people who are determined to make a difference. I enjoyed how Melinda Sue Sanchez was able to make me feel as if I were watching the events of the story. I could visualize the people and places because of her descriptions.

I highly recommend this book to any and all readers.  This book does contain mild violence, descriptions of suffering, and kissing.



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Monday, January 1, 2018

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation, #3)To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: For Review from Netgalley
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction



Book Description:  With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn't tear them apart first. 

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.

Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. But he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra's fiancé and shattered her world.

Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family—and Nashville society—do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.

Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for?

Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
 

My thoughts:  "When one door closes, another opens..." (Alexander Graham Bell) That is the phrase that stuck with me while reading this book. Alexandra is living in the past and not moving forward. She lost her fiancee in a terrible train accident, and hasn't been living life to it's potential.

I loved the messages in this book. One is that life goes on and that there is love and joy around the corner. It comes when you least expect it. I also loved reading about the plight of the freed slaves in Nashville. Tamera Alexander does an amazing job at describing the political and social climate after the slaves were freed. I felt empathy for them and was astonished at their treatment. I knew it happened, and still does today, but to read about it and feel the emotion behind the words is a blessing for me.

If you love historical Christian fiction, you should put this book on your list. It is well worth the time and effort to read.



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About the Author (Taken from Goodreads)  Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.


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