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4 01, 2017

Review: Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Short Stories, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 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.

1 12, 2016

Review: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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portrait of emily price book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Art restorer Emily Price has spent her entire life trying to fix things, from her directionless younger sister to the priceless art she works to preserve. A new project for her insurance firm takes her to Atlanta, where she meets Joseph Vassallo, who also works in her field. He introduces her to his younger brother Benito (Ben), and sparks begin to fly. Soon Emily finds herself helping to breathe new life in to a restaurant owned by Ben and Joseph’s aunt and uncle, and falling hopelessly in love with Ben. Emily has always been the picture of responsibility, which is part of the reason that everyone is shocked by her decision to accept a quick marriage proposal from Ben and return to Italy with him.

1 12, 2016

Review: Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |0 Comments

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lady pirate book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

When Valoree’s brother, Captain Red, dies, she must continue her masquerade pretending to be his brother, and take on a new title: Captain.

However, that won’t last long. See, Valoree has been named the heir of Ainsley, and the first thing she intends to do is honor her brother’s promise to the crew; giving them a patch of land on the Ainsley estate big enough to have a cottage. After all, the crew is getting older, and the last thing they want is to wind up like their previous captain.

28 11, 2016

Review: Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |1 Comment

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recipe for love book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Chef Zoe Harper has won the opportunity to compete in a new cooking show. Zoe dreams of owning her own deli, and believes that winning the show could bring her closer to achieving her goals. But upon arriving to begin filming, she encounter Gideon Irving, one of the judges for the competition. Against her better judgment and despite their awkward first encounter, she finds herself falling for him. She’s also forced to contend with Cher, another contestant that takes competition to a whole new level with her petty jealousy and sabotage. Will Zoe be able to stay away from Gideon and keep her eye on the prize? Or will she risk everything to take a chance on love?

26 11, 2016

Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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miracle on 5th avenue book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Right from the moment Eva Jordan stepped into the scene in Sarah Morgan’s Miracle on 5th Avenue, I knew I was going to be utterly enchanted by this book. I noticed a lot of similarities between myself and Eva—we’re both hopeless romantics, often say things without thinking them through first, and have a thing for broody men.

Thriller writer Lucas Blade wants one thing this holiday season: to grieve the anniversary of his wife’s death and to finally get started on his next bestseller before his deadline runs out. He has no interest in Christmas trees or decorations, but his well-meaning grandmother has other intentions when she hires Eva to brighten up his penthouse.