Friday, August 28, 2020

Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere

Line by Line by Jennifer DelamereLine by Line by Jennifer Delamere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description: Alice McNeil resolved at a young age to travel through life unencumbered by love or marriage, free to make her own decisions. A seasoned telegrapher, she's recently acquired a coveted position at an important trading firm, but when the company's ambitious junior director returns to London, things begin to change in ways Alice could never have imagined.

For Douglas Shaw, years of hard work and ingenuity enabled him to escape a life of grinding poverty. He's also determined to marry into high society--a step that will ensure he never returns to the conditions of his past.

He and Alice form a friendly relationship based on mutual respect, but anything deeper is not in their plans. However, when Alice accidentally raises the ire of a jealous and vindictive coworker who's intent on ruining her life, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to risk finding a better way?

My thoughts: This is a series that I want to continue reading. Of course, I'll have to wait for the next book for a while...

Alice McNeil is a forward-thinking young woman. She is positive that the way she wants to live her life is as an independent spinster. She has goals in her career as a telegrapher. She is quick and smart. The future is waiting for her until she meets Douglas Shaw.

Douglas has decided that the way to get ahead in life is to marry money. He began his career as a telegrapher and now is the right-hand man to the owner of the company. Now, he has set his sights on woman of society! Too bad that she's not everything he thought she would be and not as intelligent as Alice.

This book is well-paced and a fantastic read. I loved the relationships built between the characters. There is chemistry, both the good and the kind that rubs you raw. That is evident between Alice and her co-telegrapher, Clapper. He is the kind of man that doesn't like to be proven wrong or have another employee excel at their position. Alice quickly makes him an enemy and the story gets very interesting from that point.

I enjoyed reading this book. I'm just sorry that I have to wait for the next one to come out.

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Jennifer DelamereAbout the Author:  A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and of new beginnings. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was an RWA RITA® award finalist, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson #giveaway #regencyromance

A Foreign Crown (Royal Regency, #1)A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance


Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.

Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?

My thoughts:  Oh my goodness! A Foreign Crown was a fun book to read. I loved that the book was based primarily in the royal court before the Regency of Prince George became King. I was fascinated with the intrigue and the illness of King George III.

I really liked Lady Aribella. She was a down to earth lady and was kind to everyone, including the servants. She was put in a hard position as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. But somehow, she remained an example of grace and integrity.

Prince Layton was also a man of honor. He worked hard to help his country and wrangle his way through the social structure of the Royal Court of England. I loved the banter and the attraction that he and Aribella shared. With the setting, they had to be careful to not cause some sort of scandal or political faux pas. It was interesting to see how they were able to circumvent expectations while remaining true to each other.

This is the first book in a series and I can't wait to see what Jen Geigle Johnson will come up with next!

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Jen Geigle JohnsonAbout the Author: Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

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