Monthly Archives: August 2016

Romance and Refuge in War

Hi everyone. I hope y’all are having a good start of the week, or at least a good weekend. Did you enjoy my marathon last week? I certainly enjoyed writing it, and I’m in a bit of a medieval mood thanks to it. (Might expect some more medieval reviews in the upcoming weeks… 😉 ) But, for today, I realized I had a wonderful series that I never finished reviewing! A while ago, I reviews Carrie Turansky’s A Governess at Highland Hall  and The Daughter of Highland Hall (You can read it here.) But, I never reviewed the final book in this trilogy! So, today I plan on rectifying that little mistake as I bring you my thoughts on A Refuge at Highland Hall.

51y2op1odglPenny Ramsey has always considered Highland Hall her home, but when Britain becomes involved in World War One she travels to London to assist her sister Kate with the eight orphan children she and her husband Jon have taken into their home. Doing her part for the war effort takes priority over Penny’s dreams of romance until she meets Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.
 
Alex is determined to prove his worth and do his part to defend his country. Knowing he is heading off for the dangerous assignment of  chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, he feels it’s unwise to form any romantic attachments. But he can’t help admiring the pretty, warmhearted Penny and wondering what it would be like to find her waiting when he returns home from the war. 
 
As Penny writes to Alex, their friendship blossoms, and she becomes his tie to home and normalcy as he faces the hardships war. But being an RNAS pilot means confronting the enemy, and the fallout form those experiences push Alex beyond Penny’s reach. Can God mend the brokenness left by the losses of war? Will faith and forgiveness bring them together again?

My thoughts?

What a wonderful conclusion to this awesome series! Carrie Turansky once more creates a beautiful story as the Ramseys are placed in the middle of WWI. Penny is a bright character, kind and friendly, always willing to help whoever needs it. With the war beginning, she doesn’t expect to find romance, but also didn’t expect to meet Alex. Alex wants nothing more than to serve his country as a pilot, but can’t help but enjoy his correspondence with Penny. But, as their feelings grow, can their relationship survive the tragedies of war? Can the refugees at Highland Hall? This is a great Edwardian tale, and one I highly recommend to fans of Downton Abbey.

You can get this wonderful tale on Kindle and NOOK. And check out Carrie Turansky’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news. And I’ll see you all next week with something extra special!

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Medieval Saga Pt 5

Hi all! Thanks for joining me on this fun escapade, especially since I actually kept up with it! (Kinda proud of myself right now. lol). Anyways, here’s the last post for this week, and starting next week I should be back to my regular weekly reviews. 🙂 But here it is, book 5 in the Age of Faith series, Tamara Leigh’s The Longing.

51k5zdpqdhlTHE ONE HE CAN NEVER FORGIVE
For years, Lady Susanna de Balliol has borne the blame for betrayal—well-earned, though not as believed by the man she can never forget. Now her nephew must prove his legitimacy or lose his claim to his father’s lands. When Susanna is forced to flee with the boy following an attempt on his life, will the one man who knows the truth of her nephew’s birth grant them sanctuary within his walls? More, will he aid the woman whom he believes cost him the love of his life?

THE ONE SHE CAN NEVER FORGET
Eleven years—a long time to have loved and lost. Certain he will not love again, Everard Wulfrith has committed his life to the command of Wulfen Castle. But when the girl whose betrayal he can never forgive appears to him as a grown woman and demands he atone for his sins, can he lay bare his past to aid her nephew? And what of his unexpected feelings for the scandalous Susanna de Balliol whose indiscretions may very well put his own to shame? 

And, of course, my thoughts:

This is a wonderful book, and a wonderful tale for the final Wulfrith sibling. It is filled with intrigue and deception, and no small amount of danger. The language is lovely to read, both in dialogue and description, and the story line had me hooked from the first page to the last. And the romance! Oh, these two had probably the most beautiful romance of all the Wulfrith siblings. Susanna is considered a spinster, living her life raising the son of her sister-in-law, attempting to shield him from danger, and knowing she’ll be unable to have a family of her own. Fiercely loyal and protective, she’ll do almost anything to keep him safe. Then there’s Everard. Like his brothers, he’s a warrior, and trainer of warriors, and has no place in his life for a woman who he blames for his bachelor’s life. But while all he sees is the woman who once wronged him, she can’t help but see the man she once loved, and might still love. To say sparks fly between these two is an understatement; the romance and tension between them is lovely to read. All together, this was a wonderful conclusion to the Wulfrith family’s tales, and one I recommend, along with the rest of the series.

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 4

Hello! And now for part 4 of my reviewing marathon, Tamara Leigh’s The Kindling.

51wpj8ppeil“’TIS SAID FAMILY CREATES A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”

Helene of Tippet is not her father or her brother’s keeper. Yet when she is enlisted to use her healing skills to aid a fallen knight, the secret she holds close threatens to visit her family’s sins upon her. Now she is in danger of loving where she should not—a man of the nobility, and one who has cause to despise her if ever he learns of the blood that courses through her veins. Dare she reveal herself? Dare she trust a warrior so bitter and intent on revenge? Dare she love?

Sir Abel Wulfrith, a man bred to battle, has the scar to prove one should never trust a woman. But when he is wounded by his family’s enemy, he finds himself at the mercy of one who could prove his undoing. Now he faces a battle against which no strategy can prevail, no blade can defend, no heart can escape unscathed. Can he forgive Helene the sins of the father—more, the sins of the brother? Can he reclaim his faith? Can he love?

My thoughts?

Yet another wonderful book in the series. While more introspective than the others, the internal struggles were a nice reprieve for me, though there are quite enough battles in this one as well. Like the others, the language is well used, and the settings well written. And it was fun watching the characters fight falling in love. First there’s Helene, a very gifted healer, but one who has to hide her past, not for anything she had done, but due to her family’s choices. She can’t help but care for the man who saved her from death, and who was kind to her son, but as her family’s the cause of his suffering, she knows that he could never care for her in return. Abel is a warrior who lost his ability to fight, and who believes there is nothing for him if he cannot protect others, especially not the woman whom he can’t seem to let go of. Can the two learn to forget the sins of others, escape the past, and embrace the future? Or will those same ghost forever haunt them and take away their chance at happiness? A well written tale about inner struggles and self worth, this one also has a bit of adventure and a wonderful romance.

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 3

Hello! Welcome to day 3 of my reviewing marathon. 🙂 Today’s book is Tamara Leigh’s The Redeeming, third in the series, and one with probably the sweetest message of them all. But before I get into the details, here’s a little on the story line.

51upz6eelrlIN THE EYES OF THE CHURCH AND MEN, HERS IS NO SMALL SIN

Lady Gaenor Wulfrith is a woman scorned. And King Henry’s pawn. After three broken betrothals, she is ordered to wed her family’s enemy, a man she has never met and has good reason to fear. Faced with the prospect of an abusive marriage that will surely turn worse when her sin is revealed, she flees her family’s home with the aid of a knight—a man who could prove her ruin.

Christian Lavonne, the only remaining heir to the barony of Abingdale, has thrown off his monk’s robes—and God—to minister his lands. Determined to end the devastation wrought by his family’s feud with the Wulfriths, he agrees to marry his enemy’s sister, a woman no man seems to want. When he learns she has fled with a knight who has broken fealty with the Wulfriths, he pursues her, knowing that when they meet his own sin will be revealed and he will be as much in need of redemption as the woman who may carry another man’s child.

My thoughts?

This third book is a wonderful addition to the series, adding yet a little more depth to the family’s struggles. The language is beautiful to read, easy enough to understanding without tripping, but immersed in an old style that makes the setting feel even more real. Even more than the first two, this one is filled with adventure, and danger, not only continuing the wonderfully written individual combat scenes, but also true battles. But in the midst of this small war, there’s a greater tale of redemption that was so heart-warming as the characters struggle to find it. First, there’s Gaenor, the oldest daughter. She’s super tall, towering over most men, and not the beauty of her sister, and has had her heart broken several times. She yearns for a true family of her own, but fears her careless mistakes could ruin everything. Then there’s Christian, whose family has feuded with hers, and who carries his own burdens. They are broken characters, skeptical, and mistrusting, but they are both hopeful for something better. Their relationship is so wonderful to read, the strength in both making some wonderful dialogue. But with death threats hanging over their heads, can they learn to let go of the past, to truly forgive, before their pasts kill them? Like the others, it is a well written story, a tense adventure, a beautiful romance, and a wonderful story of redemption, and a lovely addition to the series. 

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 2

Hello again! As I said, I’m doing one book per day this week. Today’s is The Yielding by Tamara Leigh, and before I get into my thoughts about the second book in the series, how ’bout a little more info on the story.

51x5mo9c03lSHE HAD KILLED A MAN. OR SO IT WAS SAID…

Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family’s enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.

Lord Michael D’Arci is a warrior and a womanizer whose foul mouth and impatience bode ill for all who trespass against him. Falsely accused of ravishment years earlier, he refuses to believe Lady Beatrix’s accusations against his deceased brother. However, when he finds himself at the mercy of that same woman who clings to her convictions and faith even when it threatens to prove her undoing, his quest for justice wavers.

And now for my thoughts:

The second book of the Age of Faith series boldly follows the first, continuing the family saga with yet another delightful adventure. Just as the first, Tamara Leigh is brilliant in her language choices, keeping it easily readable but archaic, helping the reader immerse into the world. The adventure continues, filled with heart-pounding action scenes mixed in a political struggle between two powerful families. Beatrix is a gentle girl with a good heart, more than willing to help her family, but also quite intelligent. I love how smart she is, working hard to figure out the truth of the man whose death she caused, even if she doesn’t know it herself. Then there’s Michael, also fiercely loyal, but wary of women, and an intellect rarely challenged by anyone. I enjoyed reading their interactions, the intelligent banter and attempts to outsmart the other, especially when their animosity slowly recedes. But, even as Michael sets aside his vengeance, there are more powerful forces who’d love nothing more than to destroy the Wulfriths. Can Beatrix learn the truth in time, or will she still be doomed to die? This is a wonderful tale of adventure and danger, an enjoyable romance, and a great continuation of the Wulfrith clan’s tales.

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 1

Hello everyone! This week is going to be something special, because I’m doing a post every day! *fingers crossed* lol. A while ago, I entered a drawing for paperback copies of the entire Age of Faith series by Tamara Leigh, and lucky me, I won! I’ve read a couple of her stories before, and I thoroughly enjoyed them, so getting an entire series, especially one with five books? Score! lol. So, this week, I am spending the whole week on the series, doing one book per day, starting today with the beginning of this wonderful series, The Unveiling. 

51l2bjuintdl-_sx322_bo1204203200_12th Century England. Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper, and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made. For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all. Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

And now, for my thoughts:

This is a great first book of a wonderful series. Set in medieval England, Tamara Leigh does a wonderful job at the setting, giving vibrant details without slowing the story, and her language is beautifully archaic, enough to make the reader feel immersed without tripping over the words. There are wonderfully written action sequences, along with court intrigue, both shining in their own way. And I just adore the characters! Annyn is brash, headstrong, and determined to avenge the unjustified death of her brother. She works to become strong, to hold her own in a world where women are only seen as men’s property to be used as needed. But, her courage and strength are tempered with deep kindness and intelligence, both of which help temper her revenge and search the truth of her brother’s death. Then there’s Wulfrith, a true warrior, who eats, sleeps, and breathes training other warriors as well, anything else, especially women, are just distractions. But, when Annyn challenges his beliefs, a part of his heart opens up to the possibility of allowing others in. As expected, these two fight more often than not, and makes for a very enjoyable read. Even as they learn to understand each other, the ghost of the past seem to still hang over them. Can they learn the truth of her brother’s death in time to save Annyn from a similar fate? All together, this is a wonderful story, a fun-to-read romance, and a nice introduction to the Wulfrith clan.

You can find this wonderful tale available for Kindle and NOOK (Though paperback was super fun to read.) And, be sure to follow the Tamara Leigh on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention check out her website, where you can find news of upcoming releases, and follow her fun blog where she shows how her covers come to be. 🙂

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Continued Princess Adventures

Hi everyone! Okay, so this summer’s been crazy! I don’t know about y’all, but it’s been packed full over here. So, I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting lately. Honestly, I haven’t even been able to read a lot either. But, since summer’s slowing down, I’m finally able to take the time to read and get these reviews written. Today’s is going to be short, though, I hope y’all don’t mind. However, I’ve got some excited plans for the next few weeks, so I hope it’ll make up for my slight disappearance. 🙂 Anyways, today’s post is a series continuation, Anita Valle’s Briette. (You can read my review of the first three stories here
.) But first, a little bit about the story itself:

What kind51drvn0tywl of girl doesn’t want to be a princess?

Briette never asked for any of this. She wasn’t meant to be a princess. She refuses to wear a crown, doesn’t care for fancy dresses, and going to balls is a punishment. If she hadn’t been adopted by the king, none of this would have happened.

Then she discovers that the Duke of Merridell is in need of a chambermaid. And though it seems crazy, Briette decides to disguise herself as a servant and take the position. It will give her a chance to try life as a commoner, a life where she can be invisible. She doesn’t tell a single soul, not even her eight sisters.

But as Briette adjusts to heavy chores, rude remarks, and prickly straw beds, she is shocked to learn that someone else is working undercover. And his plans are much more sinister. Furthermore, she is troubled by a haunting dream that seems to come from her childhood. All Briette wanted was a vacation from being a princess. But if she doesn’t act soon, she may never be a princess again.

My thoughts?

What a fun fourth book to this wonderful series! Briette is certainly an interesting character. From the beginning, she doesn’t seem to fit in with her sisters, and yearns for a simpler life. But when she’s given her dream, she realizes it’s not as nice as she expected it to be. And when her family is in trouble, she has to decide to remain in the one place she feels she belongs, or to embrace the person she was brought up to be. This has a fun character arc for the fourth princess, and I love the new additions to the mystery and intrigue surrounding the entire series. I can’t wait for book five!

Interested? This wonderful book is available for Kindle (and paperback), and check out the author’s website and well as follow her on Facebook for upcoming news about her other projects, and the next novel!

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