Monday, April 18, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review as a blogger for the Bethany House Review Program.

From the back of the book:

Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough--not for her father, not for the man she thought she'd marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she's willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena's father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she's reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she's about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

What I thought of The Reluctant Duchess:

I am finding that as I get older, I do not care for historical fiction as much as maybe I once did unless someone reads it out loud to me. I think its just my head gets boggled with so much of the facts. I am glad that the authors do their research but I am just wondering if maybe they tried to put too many story lines into one book. 

With that being said, I am a part time author and I used to do the same thing until a meeting with my sister who is my editor was like, you can tell everyone's story, just break it into several books that way its not all jammed together. I do want to say that I love the story though. I came to hate Malcolm and he made my skin CRAWL so props on creating a despicable character. 

I am glad to see that Rowena is getting stronger as a character and not just sitting back to play the victim. She had a horrible thing done to her but I am only half way through the story and I pray that she really does let Brice in. He is one of my favorite characters. As soon as I was introduced to him, I immediately thought of Prince Harry to play Brice Myerston, Duke of Nottingham. 

Thumbs up to Roseanna M. White for writing such a telling story that grips your heartstrings. Its amazing how much history and celtic knowledge she must have had to research. Kudos to you. 

My thoughts on Roseanna M. White:

She is a new author to me. Her writing style is intense and so full of such history. I can see where this series is kind of related to Downton Abbey. A show that was loved by many many millions of fans. I caught an episode or two with my mom. Never was really able to keep up with all the characters. Its more my problem than anything. I gotta say keep on writing Roseanna. You have a talent for telling a story. I would highly recommend this book to my friends who love Historical Fiction. I am just not a fan unless its read out loud. 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 STARS.

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The Traveling Gypsy

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Her Small-Town Romance by Jill Kemerer

I received this book in exchange for my honest review:

From the back of the book:

Finding Her Way Home

Cozy Lake Endwell, Michigan, seems the perfect place for Jade Emerson's new T-shirt shop—and perhaps a fresh start. After a lifetime of letdowns, she is finally ready to face the future on her own. So when local wilderness guide Bryan Sheffield offers to help Jade overcome a past trauma, she warns him they will remain strictly business. But soon, with the help of Bryan's big, complicated family and a boisterous St. Bernard named Teeny, Jade's frozen heart begins to thaw. Now Jade wonders if she can return the favor, bringing a little happiness to a man who has long kept his own sorrow under wraps…

My thoughts on Jill Kemerer

Jill Kemerer is a new author to me which made me excited especially when she was giving away books in exchange for honest reviews because I love LOVE INSPIRED books. Why you might ask? They are clean romances that are good for the heart. I am not one who enjoys smut or overly graphic sexual content. Jill is a fun-loving humble Christian writer who captures your heart from the first few pages of her book. She develops her characters very well and plants a seed for a love for them to grow in your heart without you even noticing until its too late. 

My thoughts on the book:

This book reminds me so much of me because I admit that I have a tiny fear of the woods but that might also be because I was one day out in the woods with my cousin and sister and we had gotten lost. LOL. By the way, this was supposedly right behind our house so how does one get lost, I will never fully know. Jade is such a pretty name and I am glad to see that someone used one of the less popular names. Jade Emerson also sounds a bit like me as far as starting over in her life and looking for a fresh start. I love that Jade has her own business and that she has her mind set to making it work. 

Bryan Sheffield is an amazing hero because he just helps Jade through her hard times. Sometimes we can be so blinded to when we really do need help. Having a frozen heart makes it hard to feel and to really connect, so I am thankful for a character like Bryan to help Jade become "human" again. This story made me tear up a bit because of how sweet the romance is, made me laugh because of the adventure. 

Can't wait to read more from Jill Kemerer. I highly recommend this book at 4.5 stars. 

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The Traveling Gypsy

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest interview as being on Melissa Tagg's influencer team.

From the back of the book:

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley's haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher...if only she knew who he was.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime--a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he's inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She's scrappy, but wounded. He's dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley's quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

My thoughts on Melissa Tagg:

Such a sweet author who falls in love with her characters. Got to love how excited and passionate she gets over them. I just can't help if sometimes, the biological clock is ticking though Melissa. You seem to be a little wound up when it comes to the Walkers. Melissa is a beautiful woman who seems down to earth, seems to love her nephew who is her life other than her writings. 

My thoughts on the book:

Melissa! You weren't supposed to make me fall in love with Logan Walker. How dare you?!!! Lol. For weeks, I kept saying "I think Melissa's kinda losing her mind. What is so amazing about Logan Walker?" Now I have to say that I am eating my words. I apologize Melissa. Logan is pretty amazing. Amelia is very adventurous and I can't wait to finish reading this book to see where it leads to. 

I love Charlie, Logan's adopted daughter. She is so cute. I know what its like to work with a kid who doesn't talk and actually through my patience, I got him to learn to communicate. His mom ended up crying when I showed her at parent day at the school.

I would talk to him on his level and every day I would introduce myself and then say "and what's your name?" One day he came in to the school and I asked.....then he said "Zackary!" He was so happy with himself so tears came to my eyes when I read about Charlie. This book has really touched my heart. 

I love the idea of living in a barn loft like Amelia. Thanks for touching our lives with this cutesy book. I highly recommend this book to those who love to read contemporary romance and love to go on adventures with wholesome families. Can't wait to read more about Reagen though. She totally got my attention because she reminds me a lot of me as far as the funky hair thing. 

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The Traveling Gypsy