Monthly Archives: June 2016

Adventure and Romance in the Old West

Hey everyone! Sorry for the late post. It’s been a crazy few weeks. However, I did get to enjoy a wonderful new novel, which of course I get to share with you. 😉 So, if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll learn that I’m not a big Western fan, I usually prefer really early American history or European. However, I absolutely adore Karen Witemeyer’s novels. She manages to write Western novels with that European feeling (or, if you read Head in the Clouds, the hero actually is British.) And her newest novel, No Other Will Do, does not disappoint!

Men are optional. T512b6e5az98l-_sx322_bo1204203200_hat’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

My thoughts?

This was such a fun read! Emma is a strong woman, owning and running her own back, along with founding Harper Station. She has a kind heart, a willingness to bring in the downtrodden, and an inner flame to fight for those same people. But when her ladies are threatened, even she understands that she needs some help, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an excuse to see her childhood friend and crush. When Mal receives her telegram, he’s instantly on his way to save her, since she once saved him. Now together, they have to work to figure out who’s behind the threatening notes, while fighting off the newest, and growing even more dangerous, attacks. Their relationship is adorable to read, the companionship that comes from being childhood friends, but also the awkwardness that comes from growing feelings that are much more than friendly. This was such a wonderful read, a great mystery with growing tension, wonderful adventure sequences, and a romance that’s sure to warm to heart. I especially love that it’s a story about women who run their own lives, own their own businesses, are strong and capable in their own right, but it doesn’t diminish the strength of the men in their lives. It’s really refreshing to read a story with both, and I’m very much looking forward to more stories of Harper’s Station’s ladies.

So, interested in this fun read? You can pick up a copy for Kindle or NOOK
, and of course the good old fashioned paperback. And do check out the author’s website, and follow her on Facebook for news of her upcoming fun. 🙂

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Exquisite Love Story

Hi all! So, I’ve got yet another Regency tale for you this week. Yes, it is one of my favorite genres. I can’t help it! There’s something beautiful about a well-written Regency novel, and Jenni James’s newest, Lord Romney’s Exquisite Widow, is a very well-written story. But, before I get into my thoughts on it, here’s a quick premise.

61fsbbdhpfl-_sx355_bo1204203200_Four years ago, in order to save her family, Miss Catherine Poleton wed an earl old enough to be her grandfather. In doing so, she cast aside the advances of Lord Hamson, the only gentleman she had ever loved, and to the delight of her mother, became Lady Romney, the Countess of Huntingdon. However, she soon learned that it was not easy being married to someone so much older than herself—so much so that when Lord Romney died, Catherine vowed she would never wed again.

Lord Hamson believed he had moved on and was courting another when Lady Romney returned to town. Suddenly, his life was at sixes and sevens, and he could not deny that he felt the same for Catherine as he had before. But was it worth breaking his heart once more to renew his attentions, especially when the lady was determined not to have him? Or should he do what society expected and marry the girl he had nearly promised himself to?

What did I think of it?

This is yet another charming Regency by Jenni James. The characters are so much fun to read! Lord Hamson is an adorable character, fun loving, but has a bad habit of saying things before thinking them through. Even while his heart can’t let go of the girl he fell for four years prior, he keeps being reminded of society’s expectations, namely that he must marry a debutante, and not a widow. Catherine may be a widow in the eyes of society, but her marriage was certainly in name only. Humoring a friend, she returns for the London season, and immediately reconnects with the man she still harbored in her heart. But while her heart still longs for Lord Hamson, and she enjoys their easy friendship, she doesn’t believe she could ever be worthy of marriage. Not only is this a fun story to read, and the connection these two have is so enjoyable, their banter witty and fun, while also showing their deep connection, but my favorite is the deep message in this book. Catherine is a woman whose past haunts her, who has slowly become what others told her to be. It’s a great message for anyone who’s had a difficult past, that anyone can be redeemed, and everyone can find love.

Interested in this beautiful read? It’s currently available for Kindle at a very reasonable price (not to mention free for those with Kindle Unlimited). And feel free to check out Jenni James’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Kindle for news of upcoming releases.

In full disclosure, I did received a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Double Medieval Romances

Hi all! So, I missed a week, again. Sorry about that. So, to make up for it, I’m doing two novels this week! From the wonderful author, Jody Hedlund, this week I’m looking at her YA novel A Daring Sacrifice, and the beginning of her new series, Luther and Katharina. And, without further ado, let’s dig in!

Let’s start with A Daring Sacrifice, the second novel in her YA series (You can check out my review of book51dphzuh6sl-_sx332_bo1204203200_ one here).

In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise.

My thoughts?

The second book in this wonderful series is just as enjoyable and fun as the first. Jody Hedlund once again visits her medieval knights, this time following the story of Collin Goodrich. As the new lord of his family’s estate, he finds himself lost in trying to understand his new identity and position of power. What he didn’t expect was to find an adventure wrapped up in a fiery red-head from his past. Juliana Wessex must live in hiding, knowing she would have a death sentence on her
head if she was known to be alive. However, that won’t stop her from fighting to take care of her people, even if it means breaking the law a bit. When Collin shows back up in her life, and seems to whisk her off her feet, giving her a chance to remember what it felt like to be a true lady. But with several lives at stake, can she afford to put her trust in a lord who seems to enjoy what she considers frivolities? And can Collin learn to look past the annoyance of his position to truly do some good for those who need it? Add to this a villain who would do anything to gain and keep power, and whose ruthlessness is disguised by his charm. Filled with sweet romance, adventure, and a wonderful message about having faith in God, this is truly a story I highly recommend.

Aside from paperback, this wonderful story is also available for Kindle and NOOK.

And the second book I have today is Luther and Katharina.

She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther. 51iwqdkk1zl-_sx336_bo1204203200_
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.  
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.  
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.  
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

My thoughts?

The story of one of history’s most notable couples is well written by Jody Hedlund. Not only does she capture the danger and turmoil of Reformation Germany, but she also manages to capture the essence of these people, and weave it into a fun to read romance. Luther carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, and has a target on his back. While he supports marriage, he knows anyone he marries would carry that same target, and he can’t bring himself to put any woman in that position. Katharina longs for a family, and a home to call her own, but she’s unwilling to accept anything less than an equal union. But when these two meet, sparks fly, and they can’t seem to stop pushing each other’s buttons, showing just how stubborn each of them were. She brilliantly weaves together historical facts with her own spin on the romance. The research put into this novel is evident in the well-described settings, and the supporting cast of characters are fun to read. All together, this is a great novel and quite an enjoyable read.

You can get a copy for Kindle or NOOK, or paperback.

Both these books were enjoyable to read, and I look forward to the continuation of both series. The links for the books are above, but feel free to check out the author’s website, to learn about her other series, and follow on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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