Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen years old and has the red, white, and blue stars in her eyes of the hope life in American has to offer her. Her father pays dearly to allow her passage on the potentially perilous journey across the Mexican border and into Berkeley, California. Soli finds both love and hardship along the way and eventually arrives at her cousin’s home. Unbeknownst at the time, and completely off the charted path, Soli discovers that she is pregnant and realizes that her son, Ignacio, can anchor her in this new land, giving her an identity and purpose in an otherwise invisible and aimless life.
What happens when you save the man whom you’ve only ever admired from afar from certain death and then subsequently get mistaken for his fiancé? Flower shop girl Poppy Fairchild experiences this firsthand in While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan.
Poppy has had a schoolgirl crush on the Duke of Autenberry since he first began coming into the flower shop. Aside from the occasion polite nod or order, he hardly even pays her any attention. However, when she saves him from getting hit by a carriage, and then gets saved by his brother, Struan Mackenzie, things quickly change. She may have saved him from certain death, but the Duke is still in a coma, and when her mutterings about being destined to marry him are heard by a member of his staff, things get complicated.
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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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.