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Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Freedom's Price" Review by Christine Johnson--A Book Filled with Mystery and Secrets!



"Freedom's Price" by Christine Johnson surprised me--in a good way! I am unfamiliar with Ms. Johnson’s other work, but after reading “Freedom’s Price”, the third book in her “Keys of Promise” series, I now really want to go back and read the first two books! I always have lower expectations going into a book that I don't know much about, so I was very happy when I enjoyed this so much!

Even though this is the third book in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. You do meet some characters from past books, and seeing tidbits of these character's stories left me intrigued and wanting more. The history in this book is great and I loved learning about this time period in the Southern United States in 1856. I find the story regarding the wreckers and wrecking licenses fascinating. I didn't know there are such things as "wrecking licenses" and have always have seen wrecking in other books as an illegal activity. There are also a lot of nautical and boat references and I can tell the author knows her way around a ship. It is fascinating to see the differences in the customs and social statuses between the British and Americans (our heroine, Catherine, is from Britain and travels to the Southern United States) and to see slavery from Catherine's viewpoint (as slavery is already outlawed in Great Britain). I always enjoy learning about history while reading an enjoyable story!

 I also think the characters are very relatable and Catherine is a strong female protagonist. The story switches back and forth between Catherine and Tom's (our hero) points of view. When Catherine is left alone due to hard circumstances, she doesn't take the easy way out by marrying for comfort and money. Instead, she decides to join her mother's family in America (she hasn't had contact with this family for many years and doesn't even know how they will receive her). I admire how she sacrifices the small amount of money she receives from her inheritance to give to her tenants, as they will be losing their jobs and she wants to make sure they are taken care of. Catherine and Tom both have a strong faith. I love how they pray and talk about trusting in God and His plan. Tom quotes Scripture when he's in a tough situation and doesn't know what to do, asking for God's direction. There's also some great verbal sparring between Catherine and Tom that keeps me smiling!

 This story left me pleasantly surprised. I love the concept of a run-down plantation surrounded by mystery and secrets!

 Link to purchase this book: http://amzn.to/2sZFrKA

 Link to Christine Johnson's website: http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com/

 Content and Rating: I give this story 4 out of 5 stars. It is a clean read.

 I want to thank Christine Johnson and Revell for the complimentary advanced copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

An Adventure Filled Next Installment to the Ashford Chronicles!--"True As Fate" Review by Laurie Alice Eakes

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Goodreads Blurb:  Lady Chloe Ashford detests going to balls, loathes social pretense, and finds the very idea of hunting for a husband obscene. But she has an even more scandalous secret: she once helped an American—the enemy—escape from Dartmoor Prison. Now it’s three years later, and Ross Trenerry is back—and in trouble again. So is her traitorous heart. He doesn’t know she’s the one responsible for sending him to a second prison, and she has no intention of telling him.
A former privateer, Ross’s legendary luck has finally run out. Only one woman lies between him and freedom. He desperately needs Chloe’s help to prove he hasn’t committed treason, but he’s distracted by the passion that flares between them.
They set out on a cross-country adventure together to prove Ross’s innocence, but peril soon dogs their heels. As they race to reach their appointed rendezvous on time, they must fight their growing attraction and focus on discovering who is behind this deadly plot. Will they finally admit their love and put the pieces together before it’s too late?
 My Review:  I have been reading books by this author for many years and always look forward to her next book releasing. The first book in the "Ashford Chronicles," "My Enemy, My Heart" is very exciting and left me wanting more. I looked forward to Chloe's story! This book, "True as Fate," is the second book in the series and takes the reader on quite the adventure!
"True as Fate" tells the story of Chloe, the sister of the main character from the first book in the series. I would definitely recommend reading the series in order.  The story is told from two different points of view. Chloe's view is the main focus, but once in a while the author switches to Ross's point of view (Chloe’s love interest and the other main character). This story of Ross and Chloe and their adventures together is full of rich historical detail and descriptions. Ms. Eakes obviously knows a lot about the Regency time period. She adds little tidbits here and there to really make you feel like you are transported back in time. She does use some terms that readers not familiar with the Regency era may not know, but they are used in a context where one can get the gist of what Ms. Eakes is talking about (e.g. blunderbuss and attaché). She also has a scene on a boat with a lot of ship and nautical terms that history buffs will really appreciate.
The main characters in this book are supporting characters in "My Enemy, My Heart." It is also fun to see the two main characters from "My Enemy, My Heart" make an appearance and have a roll in Ross and Chloe's story. Chloe, our heroine, is a strong female character who defies the norms of society. She loves adventure and can hold her own with any man. She drags a man to safety with the armed enemy in pursuit, escapes out of a window and climbs across a roof with an untreated wound, and she often carries a pistol. She's not afraid to help Ross even if it puts her in danger and knows it will possibly ruin her reputation.
This book is filled with mystery and adventure, privateers and possible traitors on every side. Who is guilty and who is innocent? It is an exciting read filled with secrets and travel across breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. I especially enjoy how many chapters end in cliffhangers or intense moments. It has great characters.
Finally, I would want some of my readers to be aware that this book would be on the edgier side, content wise. I did highly enjoy it and would recommend to those who love the Regency time period and history buffs.
 My Rating and Content:  I give this book 4.5 stars. It is a clean read per say, but does have some more "edgy" content. As stated above, I truly enjoyed this novel!
Link to Laurie Alice Eakes's website: http://lauriealiceeakes.com/

I want to thank Laurie Alice Eakes and Waterfall Press for the complimentary advanced copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Where Rainbows End" by AnneMarie Brear Book Blast!

 

Where Rainbows End by AnneMarie Brear


Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Choc Lit
eBook; ASIN: B071P7KBH6

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Romance/Western
Can she hold on to her dreams…?
It’s 1850 and the Noble family have travelled to the other side of the world to start a new life after scandal drove them from their native England.
Pippa Noble is determined to reclaim their honour by making her father’s plan for an outback farm reality, although her ambition is frowned upon by a society that has very set ideas about a woman’s place…
Pippa learns the hard way about the unforgiving nature of the bush, sometimes with devastating consequences. And when unfortunate circumstance leads to Pippa tending the farm alone, it is the friendship of neighbouring estate owner Gil Ashford-Smith that helps her through.
Then an unexpected visitor from England arrives, putting Pippa’s dreams in jeopardy. But she refuses to let go. She will hold onto her family’s land, even if it means losing everything else…
“A compelling story of a headstrong woman who defies the traditional female role and forages a successful life through hard work and a strong vision. Excellent descriptions of the outback and the hardships of life in Australia in the 1850’s.” – Amazon Review

You can purchase Where Rainbows End in eBook via:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Chapters | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

About the Author

AnneMarie has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!
 
AnneMarie grew up in Australia but now lives in the UK.
 
For more information please visit AnneMarie Brear’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

A Clever Fairy Tale Retelling You Won't Want to Miss--Review of the "Noble Servant" by Melanie Dickerson




Blurb from Goodreads:

She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.

Since meeting Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, at Thornbeck Castle, Lady Magdalen has not been able to stop thinking about him. She knows—as a penniless lady with little to offer in terms of a dowry—she has no real hope of marrying such a highly titled man, so it comes as a great surprise when she receives a letter from him, asking for her hand in marriage.

But all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. Steffan has been evicted by his scheming uncle, and his cousin has taken over the title of duke. Left for dead, Steffan is able to escape, and disguised as a shepherd, hopes to gain entry to the castle to claim the items that will prove he is the true Duke of Wolfberg.

Journeying to the castle, Magdalen has no idea what awaits her, but she certainly did not expect her loyal maidservant to turn on her. Forcing Magdalen to trade places with her, the servant plans to marry the duke and force Magdalen to tend the geese.

Without their respective titles—and the privileges that came with them—Steffan and Magdalen are reunited in the shepherd’s field. Together they conspire to get back their rightful titles. But they must hurry . . . or else they risk losing it all to the uncle’s evil plan.


My review:


Melanie Dickerson has been a favorite author of mine since I first learned she was going to be writing a Christian fairy tale retelling!  I love fairy tale retellings (hence my blog name) and it's not always easy to find clean ones without a lot of mature content.  Ever since her first book, I have been devouring everything she writes.  I love that young girls and adults alike can enjoy these stories.

The Noble Servant is a fun twist on two fairy talesThe Goose Girl and The Prince and the Pauper!  This is the third book in Ms. Dickerson's A Medieval Fairy Tale / Thornbeck series.  You don't have to read the first two books to understand this story.  It is fun to discover the way Ms. Dickerson weaves the traditional fairy tales into this story and then puts her own spin on it.  My favorite aspects of this story are the characters and the spiritual content.

The two main characters are both very likable and relatable.  Even though they live in medieval times I find I can very much relate to them and their struggles.  It is refreshing that Magdalen, the heroine, isn't a super bold, "kick butt" type.  I love those female characters in stories (and Ms. Dickerson does have some of these heroines in her other books), but let's be real, not everyone is like that.  Magdalen, instead, is very strong spiritually. She also has great kindness, gentleness and compassion.  She does stand up for what she believes in, like when she stands up for a mute boy.  Magdalen feels compassion for Agnes, the girl who has taken everything away from her.  Steffan, the hero, also defends the helpless when he takes the beating for a man caught stealing bread.

The spiritual aspect of this book is very well written.  I feel like Magdalen and Steffan both really learn to incorporate faith into every aspect of their life and they rely on God in hard situations.  Magdalen goes right to God in prayer when she doesn't know what to do.  She also quotes Scripture.  Both characters have their world turned completely upside down and come out of their hardships with a stronger faith.  I really love the strong faith thread that is woven into this story.

This is a great book with well written characters and a great faith theme.  It isn't my favorite of Ms. Dickerson's stories but I still love it and would recommend it!  I give this book four stars.  It is a clean read.

Releases May 9th!!

Pre-order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Noble-Servant-Melanie-Dickerson/dp/0718026608/

Melanie Dickerson's website: http://www.melaniedickerson.com/



I want to thank Thomas Nelson, Melanie Dickerson, & NetGalley for the complimentary advanced copy of this book.  I received this book for free.  No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"A Lady in Disguise" is a riveting read!

A Lady in Disguise (Daughters of Hampshire, #3)A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Sandra Byrd's historical books! This one did not disappoint. It was a perfect blend of history, suspense and romance. I really enjoyed learning a lot about the theatres and the "darker side of London" during the Victorian era. Ms. Byrd kept me guessing as to the mystery aspect and I really didn't figure it out until near the end, soon before everything was revealed. The hero was really great too. He wasn't your "typical" gothic hero, which I appreciated. I would definitely recommend this book and I give it 5 stars.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trying out Bookstagram!

.  Check out my new Instagram https://www.instagram.com/faerytalesarereal/. 

 
 
 
So excited to read Sandra Byrd's newest Daughter's of Hampshire book "Lady in Disguise." #bookstagram #books #booksoninstagram #mystery #christianfiction #bookromance #victorian #sandrabyrd
 
 
 
Perfect trip to a quaint, delightful book shop. I was able to pick up a beautiful copy of Anne of Green Gables and enjoy some gluten and dairy free pumpkin chai, brownies and peanut butter bars (I split them with my hubby 😉). 📚🍫❤ #bookstagram #booklover #wellingtonsquarebookshop #glutenanddairyfree ##chailatte #quaintbookstore

Thursday, August 30, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour--A Duke's Promise by Jamie Carie

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Duke's Promise
B&H Books (September 1, 2012)
by
Jamie Carie


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in her head for a long time, so the story went fast.
Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen -- Italy and the marble caves of Carrara -- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Duke's Promise, go HERE.

Jamie can be reached through the Contact link on her Website