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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Blog Tour: Heirs of Falcon Point by Traci Hunter Abramson, Sian Ann Bessey, Paige Edwards, and A.L. Sowards

Book Description:

In the early days of World War II, the Lang family lost everything. Eighty years later, it's time to take it back.

The Nazis have taken control of Austria, and wealthy widower Leopold Lang faces a difficult decision: join the ranks of the foreign power that has taken over his homeland or flee with his children to safety. Leopold makes his choice--but too late. His family is ripped apart, never to be reunited. But decades later, fate brings together the descendants of this broken dynasty in the place where it all began--Falcon Point.

Anna, Cole, and Tess have never met, each relying on fractured pieces of information to understand their Austrian heritage. But when unforeseen opportunities draw these Lang cousins to to Falcon Point, they soon discover they are not alone in their quest to claim the coveted property and the fabled treasure hidden within. Unfortunately, another claimant, one with a much darker heritage, is determined to eliminate the Lang family once and for all.

Review:

This story starts out running and doesn't slow down until the last page. The Lang family is on the run and are separated as they flee the Nazis. I admit, I was disappointed when we were taken so quickly to modern-day times. Not because I didn't enjoy that part of the story, because I really did, but because I wanted to find out what happened to each of the Langs after they were separated. Maybe that will come in future stories? (Hint, hint!!) Since I'm all about dropping hints, I wouldn't mind separate stories for Anna, Cole, and Tess either. :)

I don't think I've read very many books with multiple authors, and I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. I didn't need to be worried though, because the story came together so well, I couldn't tell it was multiple authors writing it. This story has mystery, suspense, history, and even a little bit of romance. Wonderful characters - even the bad guys - make this a winner in my book.

Tour Schedule:

Monday, October 18


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https://hollysbookcorner.home.blog

www.myboodaday.com


Tuesday, October 19


http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com

www.booksaresanity.blogspot.com

Literarytimeout.blogspot.com


Wednesday, October 20


http://BloomingwithBooks.blogspot.com

https://booklooksbylisa.blogspot.com


Thursday, October 21


www.booksandsockrock.com

http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/


Friday, October 22


https://thereadingmamas.wixsite.com/website

https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/

http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Book Review: When you Let God Prevail by Ganel-Lyn Condie


Book Description:

In his October 2020 general conference address, President Russell M. Nelson posed a powerful question to members of the Church: Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? In response to this query, popular author and Real Talk podcast co-host Ganel-Lyn Condie delves into seven key concepts that illustrate what the invitation to let God prevail; means in your life and the steps you can take to allow the will of the Lord to guide your actions day to day. Learn what you can do to more fully offer the Lord a willing heart and discover the mighty miracles that can be yours as you allow His will to prevail.

Review:

This is a short, easy to read booklet, but I don't recommend finishing it in one sitting. Books like this need to be read one section at a time, and then taking the time to ponder on the ideas that were presented. The basic premise of this book is that no matter what is going on in your life (and there is oh, so much going on out there right now!) you need only look to God to find certainty and hope.

The author breaks the book down in to seven different promises that God has made to us if we let Him prevail in our lives. If you have been religious your entire life, you probably already know all of these things, but just because you know them doesn't mean you fully comprehend them, or even feel like these promises were meant for you as an individual. I found that I marked several areas in this book that stood out to me, one of which is that I am worth saving. Me, individually. It's easy to think of God's promises as blanket statements that apply to "them" but perhaps not as easy to think of these promises as applying directly to me as an individual. It's always good to be reminded that God knows and loves me as an individual.

Title: When You Let God Prevail, His Promises Are Sure
Author: Ganel-Lyn Condie
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: August 2021
ISBN: 1524420530
Source: I received an e-copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
 
Purchase: Amazon Deseret Book

Friday, October 8, 2021

Book Review: Promises of Gold by Serena Clarke


Book Description:

When Emmalene’s father brags that she can spin straw into gold, word soon reaches the king and she is taken to him to prove she has this ability. Knowing magic is outlawed in the kingdom, she has kept her own magical ability a secret but spinning straw into gold was impossible for her to do. Now she must prove her father’s tale to be true or risk the wrath of the king.

The only person who can save her is the legendary Rumpelstilkin. When he doesn’t appear, but sends one of his followers, she is grateful for his assistance but soon finds that she is falling for the charming man. When the king begins to show interest in Emmalene, will she choose to follow her heart or sacrifice her happiness to save the lives of those she loves?

Review:

I generally enjoy fairy tale retellings, so I was excited to have a chance to read this book. I was very interested how the author was going to remake the tale of Rumplestiltskin.

I really enjoyed the first half of this story. It was a little choppy at first, but after a few chapters, I was able to engage in the story. I'm not sure what happened, but after Red came back, things got...weird. This might be a slight spoiler alert, but the whole wedding thing just weirded me out. Things were all explained near the end of the story, but I think that rather than telling the reader these important things in flashbacks, it would have been so much better to let us see them as they were happening. The story would have made so much more sense, and that disturbing factor wouldn't have been there, so at least for me, I would have been able to enjoy the story more than I did. 

Other than that, the characters were enjoyable. I think Talbot was my favorite, and I really hope he gets his own story.

Title:Promises of Gold
Author: Serena Clarke
Publisher: Independently Published
Published: June 2021
ISBN: 979-8521407729
Source: I received an e-copy from the author. All opinions expressed are my own. 
 
Purchase: Amazon

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Blog Tour: The Inns of Devonshire by Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway

 

The Inns of Devonshire: Timeless Regency Collection (Book 18) 
by Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway

Book Description:

Three novellas, three times the romance, and three times the love . . . in this brand new Timeless Regency Collection

The Seventh Star Inn, by Sally Britton

After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?

The Truth about Mr. Blackmore, by Annette Lyon

Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?

The Coachman’s Choice, by Deborah M. Hathaway

Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who's immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his perusal of Mary becomes more than just a game.

About the Series:

Since 2015, Mirror Press has been publishing the Timeless Regency Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.

Review:

Novellas are typically great for when you don't have a lot of time but want to read a quick story, and this latest addition to the Timeless Romance Collection is no exception. The characters were developed well even in the short time of each story, and the relationships didn't feel too rushed. I'm not sure if I've read anything by Deborah Hathaway before, but I enjoyed her story the most out of the three. These novellas have sweet, clean romances, and make for a nice read.

About the Authors:

Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.

Sally primarily lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, and Izzie the Aussie Shepherd. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.


Annette Lyon is a USA Today Bestselling author. She's won a Whitney Award (2010) and is an eight-time recipient of Utah's Best of State medal for fiction and short stories. She's the author of more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, and some 120+ articles. She's worked as a professional editor for publishers and bestselling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.

Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she devoured Jane Austen's novels while watching and re-watching every adaptation she could. She finds inspiration for her novels during her travels with her English husband to the United Kingdom, where she draws on the beauty of the country in such places as Ireland, Yorkshire, and her beloved Cornwall. Be sure to sign up for Deborah's Newsletter to stay updated on new releases, free and discounted Clean Romance novels, and more!
Tour Schedule:

Oct 04           Fire and Ice (Review)

Oct 04           Austenprose (Excerpt)

Oct 04           Timeless Novels (Review)

Oct 05           Lu Reviews Books (Review)

Oct 05           Beauty in the Binding (Spotlight)

Oct 05           For Where Your Treasure Is (Excerpt)

Oct 06           Probably at the Library (Review)

Oct 06           Our Book Confessions (Review)

Oct 06           Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Oct 07           Literary Time Out (Review)

Oct 07           Reading with Emily (Review)

Oct 08           Bringing Up Books (Review)

Oct 08           Gwendalyn's Books (Review)

Oct 09           Becky on Books (Review)

Oct 09           Books and Socks Rock (Review)

Oct 10           The Christian Fiction Girl (Spotlight)

Oct 10           Heidi Reads (Review)

Oct 11           My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)

Oct 11           Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)

Oct 11           Wishful Endings (Review)

Oct 12           So Little Time… (Excerpt)

Oct 12           The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Spotlight)

Oct 12           Laura's Reviews (Review)

Oct 13           Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Oct 13           Storeybook Reviews (Excerpt)

Oct 13           Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)        

Oct 14           From Pemberley to Milton (Spotlight)

Oct 14           Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Excerpt)

Oct 14           Christian Chick's Thoughts  (Review)

Oct 15           A Darn Good Read (Review)

Oct 15           Relz Reviewz (Spotlight)

Oct 15           Reading is My Superpower (Review)

Oct 15           Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Oct 16           My Bookish Bliss (Review)

Oct 17           The Book Diva Reads (Spotlight)


Title: The Inns of Devonshire: Timeless Regency Collection (Book 18)
Authors: Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway
Publisher: Mirror Press
Published: October 5, 2021
ISBN: 1952611229
Source: I received an eCopy via the Tour Host

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Blog Tour: Redemption by Traci Hunter Abramson

Book Description:

Gage Stewart has spent five years trying to overcome his past. Once an abused and troubled teenager, he has worked tirelessly to move beyond the fateful day he was manipulated into holding a group of teenagers hostage. Now, with a new identity and a college degree in criminal psychology, he accepts an unlikely job teaching others what to do during mass shootings.

At the hotel where his class is held, Gage is immediately drawn to Skyler Prescott, the daughter of the wealthy hotel owner. Gage and Skyler quickly discover a shared desire for normalcy, and their easy friendship soon develops into something more. But after a night out ends in horror when a gunman opens fire in the crowded venue, they make an alarming discovery that threatens more than their relationship. The attack was little more than a publicity stunt to draw out the real target: presidential candidate Senator James Whitmore. Unwilling to become someone’s scapegoat, Gage must now work in tandem with the very men who ended his own life of crime before it began—the Saint Squad.

Rorie's Review:

Do you ever wish that certain characters in books were real? Let me introduce you to the Saint Squad (if you don't already know them.) Every time I read one of their stories, I wish that they were my neighbors. Since that isn't possible, reading their stories comes in a close second. 

This story doesn't actually focus on any of the Saint Squad, but they do play a pretty major secondary role, especially Tristan and his wife, Riley. We even get to see Jay up in a tree again! :) This is a standalone book, but if you wanted to read Lockdown first, it wouldn't hurt. (Plus, it's a great story, so why wouldn't you?) 

This story is all about, well, redemption, and I think the author does a great job of letting the reader feel all of the emotions that the characters are going through, especially Gage and Tristan. Learning how to move past mistakes, learning how to forgive, it's all in there, and I feel like it is presented in a very real way. The struggles aren't glossed over, and they're not solved in an easy, unbelievable way. I'm happy to add this book to my (ever-expanding) library.

Tarah's Review:

Each book of Abramson's just gets better and better in this Saint Squad Series (and I'm not going to lie, I like that it crosses into her Guardian Series as well). One of my favorite things in any series is getting backstory and then to fast forward to know what happens next. We get all of this in Redemption If you read Lockdown then you know exactly what happened from Tristen's perspective, and in Redemption  you get more of Gage's perspective from back then and now, and I love that. Whoever chose the title of the book nailed this one on the head!

Skyler is easily likable, leads a crazy life that I can't relate to in many ways (but it was fun to read more about the super rich and their lifestyle...poor people) and just a good person. It's great to see her and Gage together.

I actually really liked that the story focused mostly on Skyler and Gage. A few of the books in the series I was slightly disappointed that the story didn't focus more on the main characters, and I love that the Saint Squad and Guardians were here in the book, but not the major focus. This was another win for Abramson.

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Title: Redemption  

Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant
Published: September 2021
ISBN: 9781524417529
Source: We received e-copies from the Netgalley. All opinions expressed are our own.   

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Book Review: The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

Book Description:

A romance develops as a detective partners with a lonely-hearts columnist to solve a murder mystery.

London, 1885

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple's blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe―a grieving widower and a member of Amelie's book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman's body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman's husband―Harold Radcliffe―of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe's innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

Rorie's Review:

I suppose if I had any complaint about this story at all, it would be that we don't find out what year it takes place. Maybe we do and I just missed it? That's highly likely. Yes, that is a very silly complaint, but I like the know all of the little details that don't really matter in a story. I'm weird like that. The rest of it though? (You know, like the actual story...) It was hard to put down. Really, the only reason I didn't finish this book in one day is because life is in full swing around here and I actually need to get some things done. Plus, I get up way too early, so whenever I sit down to read, I tend to fall asleep, no matter how engaging the book is. I should, perhaps, get more sleep just so I can stay awake when I'm reading. :)

The author tends to write books with strong female characters, and this one was no different. Amelie was strong-willed and independent, but she was also somewhat naive, a combination that didn't always end well for her. It did introduce her to Detective Baker though, which was definitely not a bad thing.

This story had just the right amount of romance and suspense all mixed together. I found it way too easy to read "just one more chapter" even though I really needed to put the book down and get some things done. (No surprise at all where my kids get THAT trait from.) I hope we get to read future stories with some of the side characters in this book. Winston was a strong side character, still somewhat of a mystery at the end of the book. His story would be fun to read.

Andrea’s Review:

I really enjoy the Proper Romance Line and was excited to read Nancy Campbell Allen’s latest novel. The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart is a good addition to the line, even if it isn’t my favorite of her stories. 

It was well written and I read it fairly quickly. I liked the mystery aspect and the main characters working together to solve it. I wasn’t a huge fan of Amelie though. At times she seemed so strong, and at others she came across as very young and na├»ve. Her name also bothered me, and when that happens I get hung up a bit instead of having a smooth read. 

I enjoyed the other characters and would definitely read spin offs if the author gives Amelie’s cousins their own books.

Tarah's Review:

If you are looking for a Victorian romance/murder mystery that is clean and written well, then I would definitely give Nancy Campbell Allen's The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart a try. One of my favorite parts is when Amelie and Detective Baker meet. The fun banter back and forth during the book kept me entertained and amused. 

I normally have a problem when "civilians" are helping with a case, but considering Detective Baker wasn't supposed to be working on this case and Amelie's propensity for not listening and being stubborn I had an easier time swallowing that aspect of the story.

It did take me a little longer to get into this story, but I'm not sure if that was the story or if that was just life in general. I am excited that this book also has an audio version. I just started listening to that last night and I love the reader/narrator and can't wait to listen to this while I'm doing chores around the house or driving to an fro somewhere. 

About the Author:

NANCY CAMPBELL ALLEN is the award-winning author of eighteen published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres, ranging from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her most recent books, which include Regency, Victorian, and steampunk romance, are published under Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance brand, and the What Happens in Venice novella series is part of the Timeless Romance Anthology collection published by Mirror Press. She has presented at numerous conferences and events since her initial publication in 1999.
Nancy loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She nurtures a current obsession for true crime podcasts and is a news junkie. She and her husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah, with her family, one very large Siberian Husky named Thor, and an obnoxious but endearing YorkiePoo named Freya.

Title: The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart
Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: September 2021
ISBN: 1629729272 
Source: We received copies from the publisher. All opinions expressed are our own.                                  

Purchase: Amazon Deseret Book

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Book Review: Brides and Brothers by Anneka R. Walker


Book Description:

A modern retelling of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Camille Kelly is in real danger of becoming an old maid—at least by Cherish, Montana, standards. She has all but given up on finding Mr. Right—until her broken laptop leads her to Aiden Peterson, a tall, dark, and handsome computer genius. Camille would never have believed her magic moment was right around the corner, but after two whirlwind weeks, she has a ring on her finger and has happily ever after in sight. However, she soon discovers Aiden is part of a daunting package deal . . .

As the eldest of seven brothers, Aiden has never had a problem living under the same roof as his rambunctious siblings. When he falls for Camille, he is confident she'll fit right into his family's already bursting home. He thought wrong. Aiden and Camille's storybook romance comes to a screeching halt when she discovers her new living situation. Not willing to submit to a life mothering a bunch of grown men, Camille has only one option: she embarks on a campaign to improve her new brothers-in-law and marry them off. And what better candidates for wives than her own best friends?

Review:

Let me start off by saying that I LOVED watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers when I was younger. So to have the opportunity to read a book based on that musical? Yes, please! And it did not disappoint. It's a modern-day retelling, so if you had never seen the musical before, you wouldn't catch all of the little shout-outs to it, but I thought it was really fun to pick all of those parts out. 
 
Awesome musical influence aside, I enjoyed this story. I can't even imagine getting married to someone after only knowing them for a few weeks. And then finding out that they live in a huge house with ALL of their brothers? Yeah, Camille's reaction was pretty similar to what mine might be. It was fun sitting on the sidelines and watching all 8 of them learn how to navigate this new normal. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to smack Aiden upside the head though. He thought he was doing the best he could, but boy was he dense at times! 
 
If you're in the mood for a quick, fun read, I highly recommend this one.
 
Title:Brides and Brothers
Author: Anneka R. Walker
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: September 2021
ISBN: 1524409197
Source: I received an e-copy from Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.