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19 01, 2017

Review: The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |3 Comments

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fairest of them all book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

After dissolving the terms of his arranged marriage to Elin Morris because his brother, Benedict, fell in love with her, Gavin Whitridge is on the search for a suitable woman to take as his wife. However, with not wanting just a marriage of convenience, but a marriage to someone he loves and who makes his blood boil, his quest isn’t nearly as easy as it would seem–even if he is the Duke of Baynton.

Lady Charlene Blanchard is in the care of her aunt, a penniless actress and scriptwriter. Because of their struggle to survive – and because she likes the thrill – Char has been making ends meet by picking the pockets of those better off than she. However, when she is handpicked because of her beauty and bloodline as a potential bride for the Duke of Baynton, she begins to think things may turn around for her.

16 01, 2017

Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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chasing lady amelia book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Chasing Lady Amelia, the second novel in the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series written by Maya Rodale, is a tale of what happens when a lady decides she’s tired of acting like one, and when a gentlemen decides to let her.

Amelia Cavendish was thrown into a role that she never wanted to play when her brother, James, became a Duke. Now that they have traveled back to England from America, she not only has to wear uncomfortable dresses and shoes that pinch her toes, but she also has to act like a lady. She can no longer use crude language or explore places on her own…or really explore places at all. Instead, she’s stuck going to balls with the same boring men with the end goal of getting married–or being forced to get married.

11 01, 2017

Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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perilous undertaking book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Books by Ms. Raybourn are so marvelously complex that the temptation for a reviewer is to write a long review in order to do justice to the story. This is especially difficult if the reviewer is already prone to overlong reviews. Mea culpa.

In London of 1887, eccentricity meets rigid society rules and they have a great adventure. We’re fortunate to be allowed to accompany them! This is the second  adventure of Veronica Speedwell, an emancipated woman if ever there was one – prone to dashing off to exotic places in pursuit of her trade – she’s a certified lepidopterist. For this story, however, she is back in London, sharing a cottage with a fellow scientist, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, whom she calls Stoker. There is an attraction between them, but allowing It to grow would only complicate things, so it stays very low key.

8 01, 2017

Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

By | January 8th, 2017|Categories: Comedy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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bookshop on the corner book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After life throws a curve ball at Nina’s professional career, she finds herself carving out a new path. On an impulse, Nina purchases an old van and transforms it into a mobile bookshop. Nina sets out with a new career in a small Scottish town, making connections with people through book recommendations and exploring new romantic relationships in Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner.

Nina was a character I could easily identify with; I’ve held jobs at two different bookstores, a library, and now I freelance edit for independent authors. Stocking a small van with books that I’m passionate about and sharing them with eager readers seems like it would be rather enjoyable.

4 01, 2017

Review: Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Short Stories, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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paris for one book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Jojo Moyes follows the releases of Me Before You and After You with a collection of short stories that are sure to please. Paris for One is perfect for that time when you want to sit down and enjoy a story or two, but have no time for a full length novel.

“Paris for One”, the cornerstone of the book, is a different coming of age story. Nell, our main character, is twenty-six and is living life in a bubble. She is the over cautious, never adventurous girl (unless you count that annual weekend with her girlfriends) who decides to step outside her comfort zone and plan a romantic getaway to Paris with her boyfriend.

20 12, 2016

Review: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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innkeeper of ivy hill book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

When Jane Bell’s husband, John, died in a mysterious hit and run accident, Jane inherited the family business–a coaching inn aptly named The Bell. As a married woman, Jane could not own any property but her position as a widow exempted her from the restriction.

Brought up at a pampered estate and having married down with John, Jane knows nothing about running a business. Fortunately, finding out that the inn is leveraged to the hilt due to John’s unscrupulous borrowing and realizing that the livelihood of many families is in her hands spurs Jane to action. With the help of her recently returned mother-in-law Thora, her horse handler Gabriel Locke, former manager Talbot, and to varying degrees her brother-in-law Patrick, Jane works to formulate a plan that will convince her lenders that The Bell is worth another chance.

17 12, 2016

Review: An American in Scotland by Karen Ranney

By | December 17th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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american in scotland book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

How far will a woman go to protect her family? Rose MacIain, a beautiful woman with a painful past, goes from southern United States to Scotland during the Civil War to protect hers.

Rose travels to Scotland to barter with Duncan MacIaian, a distant relative of her brother-in-law Bruce, in order to save her sister and niece – and the slaves that are still left at the plantation – after Bruce leaves them to fight the Confederate cause.

Duncan owns a mill that doesn’t have cotton, and when Rose comes into his life offering just that, the last complication he needs is to be smitten with her.

6 12, 2016

Review: The Confectioner’s Tale by Laura Madeleine

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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confectioner's tale book coverReviewed by A.D. Cole

In the midst of preparing her doctoral thesis on the belle époque, Petra Stevenson stumbles across a mysterious photograph of her grandfather, the famous writer, J.G. Stevenson. At the same time, her grandfather’s official biographer has just declared his intention to reveal a scandal involving J.G. Stevenson’s early years in Paris. Now, Petra must choose between her legitimate doctoral work and her burning desire to uncover the nature of the scandal before the biographer does.

The Confectioner’s Tale is told in chapters alternating between the present (actually 1988, London) and the past (1910, Paris). While Petra is pursuing the mystery, the story is unfolding for the reader.

4 12, 2016

Review: Mistletoe Between Friends / The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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mistletoe between friends book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In the Mistletoe Between Friends and The Snowflake Inn bundle, author Samantha Chase gives us two amazing stories about love blooming during the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas!

Two best friends. One plan. When lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene hatched a plan to keep their parents from setting them up with hopeless dates, they never expected that it would end up the way it did.

Lily has had a crush on Cameron since a late night party when she was a teenager, but she’s never told him about her feelings. And when he talks to her about pretending to date to keep their parents off their backs, she jumps on the chance, hoping that her crush will turn into something between them.

1 12, 2016

Review: Snowbound at Christmas

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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snowbound at christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Usually, I really love Christmas novellas, but I didn’t find much Christmas spirit in any of this batch. Although, as the title states, there is a LOT of snow! However, I should  clarify that I don’t often read contemporary romance novels, or at least not those billed as ‘steamy’. The couple in each story had a history – or at least knew each other — before meeting up again years later. I suppose if I have to choose a favorite it would be Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates. The other stories are Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan, and Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Sometimes a childish crush can develop into something much stronger–if it’s given any encouragement. Had it not been for Faith Grayson, Mia Landry would never even have met Faith’s brother Devlin.