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27 03, 2017

Blog Tour: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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enemies of versailles book coverPlease join Sally Christie, author of The Enemies of Versailles, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

There are 5 copies of the book for grabs–enter here by 3/31!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

In The Enemies of Versailles, the conclusion to The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Louis XV’s wife and mistress – Marie Leszczyńska and Madame de Pompadour – have both passed away and the aging King is swept away by the stunningly beautiful Jeanne Becu. Jeanne is young and vivacious and the perfect antidote to the King who is beginning to feel the weight of his years.

25 03, 2017

Review: The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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last chance matinee book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

‘Blended’ families – you know, the ‘hers’, ‘his’, and ‘ours’ type of familial organization is a fairly recent invention in this country. Especially during the last 50 years or so. But in this story you get a different kind of ‘blended’ family – three daughters of one man, with two different women, and no divorce in the middle. The three daughters meet for the first time as 30-somethings after both Moms and the Dad are all deceased. Talk about a surprise!

Allie and Des are full sisters, Cara is the singleton in the batch. Allie and Cara both had unhappy marriages; Des is still single. They meet in the attorney’s office to go over the terms of the will. All three women did know the attorney as Uncle Pete, however. It seems that Dad (Fritz Hudson) came from a wealthy family in the small town of Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania.

25 03, 2017

Review: Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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why do dukes fall in love book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? is the fourth book in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series. Though I have not read the previous three novels in this series, this book seems so loosely tied to them, that it could be a standalone.

When Edwina’s husband dies, she is surprised to see that he left her, and their daughter Gertrude, absolutely no money to take care of them. In desperation to provide for her daughter, Edwina seeks the advice of her friend, Carolyn, who owns an employment agency. And luckily, Carolyn has just the thing for her.

23 03, 2017

Review: The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the housekeeper book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After a humiliating breakup, Anne Morgan disappears into herself and separates from the culinary world that she has worked in her entire adult life. Finding comfort in the words of celebrity blogger Emma Helmsley, Anne sees an ad that Emma is looking for a housekeeper. Though overqualified, Anne applies for the position and is welcomed into the private life of the Helmsley family.

Anne becomes intimately immersed in the private lives of each member of the Helmsley family, from having deep morning conversations with Rob that grow a little too friendly, to impersonating Emma at their son Jake’s school. The deeper that Anne falls, the more secrets that she uncovers—including some that hit a little close to home.

20 03, 2017

Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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elusive miss ellison book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you choose to read The Elusive Miss Ellison because you love Regency, you might wish to investigate first, then choose. On the other hand, if you want a ‘Christian’ story, this might well be just your cup of tea.

For the life of me, I can not understand why a person would choose to set a book in the Regency period, and not include any part of the glitter and glam and sparkle and above all – wit! — that made it one of the most interesting decades of all time Technically, the Regency was from 1811-1820, when Prince George served in lieu of his father, King George III, who was ill. The younger man became George IV on the death of his father, and was king until his death in 1830, so some sources extend the Regency from 1800 until 1830, when the next brother, William, became King. Still, it is not a totally elastic time frame.

18 03, 2017

Review: If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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if i only had a duke book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

If I Only Had a Duke, the second novel in the Disgraceful Dukes series by Lenora Bell, is the continuing story of Dorothea Beaumont, who ended up not marrying the Duke of Harland in the first novel in this series.

After a disastrous debut and three failed seasons, Thea is ready to call it quits and become a spinster, living out the rest of her life helping with her aunt’s bees. However, when she discovers that her neighbor’s house contains a collection of rare artwork, she begins exchanging letters with the owner, the Duke of Osborne, urging him to let her go through them.

14 03, 2017

Review: Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Comedy, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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sweet lake book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Hold on to your hats! If you don’t, it’ll surely be blown away by the eccentric batch of nutty older ladies known as the Sirens. (Nothing wrong with being a nutty older lady – I am one myself, after all) but this batch is particularly concerned (read: nosy) and active (read: fantasy-oriented), although their intentions are always good. Their motto is ‘Do kindness in secret’.

The Wayfair is a resort hotel on a lake in Mid-Southern Ohio, having been in the same family since its inception in the previous century. It has been handed down to the only child throughout its history and always a son, as the family was not very prolific until the most recent generation, which has produced a son Freddie, and a daughter Linnie.

13 03, 2017

Review: The Rage of Plum Blossoms by Christine M. Whitehead

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Amateur Sleuths, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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rage of plum blossoms book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

“Plum blossoms don’t just persevere: they bloom. I could almost hear Jordan saying, “Quinnie, don’t accept what is if you don’t believe in it. Get mad!”…And so we four had become a militia of plum blossoms. We bloomed when we were expected only to endure.”

I really enjoyed reading this book. It drew me in from the very first page, and continued to captivate me throughout. The pace was perfect, the writing was beautiful, and the story was a compelling mystery–a genre I don’t typically read, but very much enjoyed.

9 03, 2017

Review: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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mark of the king book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Julianne Chevalier is a gifted young midwife in 18th century France. When a patient dies suddenly, Julianne is considered a murderer, and sentenced to life in prison. Longing to escape her life in prison, she agrees to be exiled to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. In order to make the journey, however, Julianne must be married. Male and female convicts are paired together in marriage, so Julianne becomes the wife of the fiery and reckless, yet compassionate Simon LeGrange.

Once she is in the colony, Julianne is determined to try to make a new life for herself, but fears that there is no redemption for her past. She also hopes to be reunited with her brother Benjamin, whom she lost touch with after he became a soldier in Louisiana.

9 03, 2017

Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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someone to hold book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Continuing the Westcott family story, Someone to Hold is number two of that series. The first, Someone to Love was a nearly perfect example of the traditional Regency; wonderful characters with flaws but also values; a terrific plot a bit out of the ordinary, and a true sense of ‘Regency’ as demanded by the genre’s many fans. There was wit in abundance, much poignancy and a Society setting as well as a less grand domicile. It was, to me, an entirely appropriate introduction to a newer generation of readers of the genre so beloved by many readers.

You’ll be happy to know that book two does not deviate from those rules. There is one incident with which some might find fault, but not this reader! It fit the story perfectly, and seemed an entirely appropriate behavior by the two principals. Furthermore, it precipitated the happy-ever-after ending so beloved and necessary to us all.