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An Unrivaled Conclusion

Hi everyone! Okay, so I’m a few weeks late. Sorry. Kinda got a new job at a library! Of course I’d be excited for a job involving books… lol. But, it’s been a little crazy over here getting into that. I may be a little sporadic the next few weeks then, but I hope you’ll bear with me. 🙂 I do have a new review today! The thrilling conclusion to Roseanna White’s Ladies of the Manor series: A Lady Unrivaled. (I also have reviews for books one and two.) But first, a little more about this story:

51zz12vpunl-_sx323_bo1204203200_Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

My thoughts?

This is a stunning conclusion to an excellent series! Rosanna White’s Ladies of the Manor series has been an incredible adventure from the start, and this final book does not disappoint. The stakes are raised, dark pasts revealed, and those surrounding the Fire Eyes must band together or risk falling to the curse of the gems. This time, Ella is the one in the middle of the intrigue, even though everyone has tried hard to push her out. She’s bright and bubbly, but hates that most confuse her optimism with naivete. She’s in the middle of the gem’s mess, and she’s determined to be part of helping to end their hold on her family. Then there’s Cayton, who’s working on changing his life around, to no longer be the fun-loving bachelor who broke more than one heart. He knows he’s bad, and he never wants to break another woman’s heart, especially the one he refuses to acknowled that he’s falling for. The interactions between these two are priceless, both hilarious and sweet, even as they but heads. But when the danger gets closer, entraping more in its web, Ella and Cayton must push through the haze to discern the truth. Who is a friend, and who is a foe? And will they be able to escape the curse alive, or will it claim another victim? This book had me at the edge of my seat until the very end, and what a brilliant ending to such a wonderful series.

Interested? This wonderful book is available in paperback (my personal favorite) as well as Kindle and NOOK. You can also head over to the Roseanna White’s website, and 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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Mystery and Love Abound in Regency Woods

Hey all! So, this week’s post is extra fun, because I got to review a book just released this week: Sarah E Ladd’s wonderful Dawn at Emberwilde. This is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series (you can read my review of the first here), and no less amazing than the first. Before I get into it, though, here’s a little info about the story itself.

Isabel Creston nev51rotk38jbl-_sx326_bo1204203200_er dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.

At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. Perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.

At Emberwilde Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.

M thoughts?

Sarah E. Ladd has once again proven that she’s a true talent in the Regency genre. Isabel is an interesting character to read. She’s very much content in life, and has a good heart, but also has a strong personality. She tries hard to fit into her place, but never seems to be able to. Then you have her two love interests, Mr. Bradford and Colin Galloway, both of whom treat her like a true lady with their personal brand of charm. I thoroughly enjoyed the relations between the three characters, especially when Isabel’s aunt and uncle try to get involved. I enjoyed that there are almost three plots interwoven together in this novel: Isabel’s growth as a character, her romance with the gentlemen, and the mysteries surrounding the woods. Although, my favorite part about this book was that it surprised me. As an avid reader I rarely am surprised by stories’ plot twists, but this one certainly came with a few. The book was well written, the settings beautiful, and the suspense and romance so wonderful that I couldn’t put it down. While the second in the series, it’s easily read on its own, and one I would recommend to Regency fans.

In full disclosure, the author was gracious enough to provide me a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Interested in this wonderful story? You can get a copy for Kindle or NOOK, not to mention paperback. And do check out the author’s website, and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter

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Murder, Intrigue, and Romance

Hello! I am finally back, and I have a wonderful review of a recently released book! The amazingly talented Roseanna White has released the second book in her Ladies of the Manor series: The Reluctant Duchess. Curious as to what the book’s about?

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain’s High Society
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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.

My thoughts?

It’s a spectacular second book by this amazing author! The mystery and suspense continues, this time to the Scottish Highlands. Brice is a good man, always wanting to help, and especially follow that little voice he hears every now and then. But, he never expected his desire to help, or God’s call, to lead him to marry a complete stranger. Rowena may be the daughter of an earl, but all she knows is to be a quiet Highland lass, and never believed herself to be worth anything more, especially after she is viciously attacked by the one person she thought loved her. She certainly never believed she’d be saved by an English Duke when he offers to marry her and whisk her away. Complete strangers, they are both forced to try to learn about the other, and in the process, discover themselves. The banter between them is wonderful, and the romance is sweet. I especially love the message woven in about each learning to respect the other. But, whilst they try to make their marriage work, they are thrown deep into the murderous intrigue surrounding the precious items Brice now possesses. Can they learn to listen to the other, and trust each other in order to survive? Or will the curse prove too powerful and destroy a love newel formed? With wonderful twists and turns, a stunning narrative, beautiful messages about listening and following God’s direction, and of course a love story to melt the heart, this is a novel I recommend to any who enjoys a good English historical.

(In full disclosure, I received a copy of this book for my honest review. The thoughts written above are mine.)

Intrigued? You can find this wonderful book in a bookstore near you (and of course online), or you can get
a e-copy for your Kindle or NOOK. And check out the author’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for all her latest news, including the release of the third book in the series. 😉

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Double the Adventure and Romance

Hi everyone! How is your New Year going? Well, mine’s been full to say the least. lol. Busy holiday season certainly put me behind on these posts. So, to make it up to y’all, I’ll be attempting to double my reviews these next few weeks. For today, I’m bringing you a couple of my favorite authors, who are currently teaming up with a third for a blog-tour with LOTS of prizes (including free copies of their books 😉 ) Anyways, without further ado, here are my reviews of these awesome stories!

Our first acharity_ebookuthor is my personal favorite, the amazing MaryLu Tyndall, and her recent novel: Charity’s Cross. What an amazing novel by this wonderful author! Connecting not one, but TWO of her wonderful series, Legacy of the King’s Pirates and Charles Towne Belles, this story is both a wonderful stand-alone and a great connector of lovable characters. This tale follows Charity, on the run and yearning for a new start, who continues to run into Elias, a pirate-preacher from a long line of pirate-preachers, who just wants to help everyone.  The characters grabbed me from the start and refused to let go. Charity just pulls at the heart strings, knowing how much suffering she’s had in her life, and you can’t help but admire her strength and tenacity, even while her refusal to accept help can get a bit annoying. Personally, I love a character that I can yell at for a bit; it makes it so much more satisfying watching them finally figure things out. And then there’s Elias, who has such a good heart and is so kind, a real knight-in-dented-armor hero, even when he has his moments of annoyance. I love the banter between them, the equality of them from the start, and watching him slowly woo and win her just melts the heart. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true MaryLu Tyndall pirate novel without heart pounding, high-seas battles, beautifully described exotic locales, and a touch of the miraculous. And to top it off, this story is immersed with a beautiful message of God’s mercy and love. Yet another success from this wonderful author, it is a story that I highly recommend for anyone looking for an adventure on the high seas, a romance to warm the heart, and a deep message that seeps into the soul.

Our other author is the wonderful Debbie Lynne Costello, and her newest bofrontresizeok: Shattered Memories. My thoughts? What a great start to a new series! What happens when you’ve lost everything, including a year of your memories? And what if you’re torn between trusting an old family friend and a man believed to be in love with you? That’s exactly the predicament Olivia finds herself in when she wakes up after being injured in the Charleston earthquake. Drew, a doctor, is relieved when his fiancé finally wakes up, but soon realizes that she not only doesn’t remember being in love with him, but fully believes she’s engaged to another man, and a true scoundrel at that. How can he convince her that he’s the man she loves, especially when the other lathers on the charm? Things get especially complicated with her brother missing, and evidence of foul play found in her family’s company. Add to that, Olivia’s memories slowly return, and sporadically, leaving her to wonder who, if anyone, she can trust. Can these two learn to work through the difficulties and trust each other, especially when the trust is shattered? I have to say, I loved watching the sparks fly between the two of them! Their banter is enjoyable, along with watching Drew work to win back his love. Although there were moments where I wanted to knock some sense into both of the characters, to me that was part of their charm. Add to that the mystery surrounding her family’s business, and her missing brother, and this story is certainly a fun one to read. And the backdrop of the earthquake, written with amazing detail, really helps round this story out. It is certainly a story I recommend for anyone looking for a good romance and a message about learning to trust God and His plan.

These are both wonderful, and unique, stories. Full disclosure,I did receive copies of both stories for an honest review, and honestly, they were fantastic! And, as I said, both authors are hosting giveaways on their blogs, so feel free to hop on over and check them out. 🙂 And feel free to pick up either an e-book or paperback. Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

MaryLu Tyndall: Charity’s CrossWebsiteFacebook, and Twitter

Debbie Lynne Costello: Shattered MemoriesWebsite, Facebook, and Twitter

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An Heiress to Fortune and Danger

51HweGVPdzLHello everyone! I’m actually on time for once! lol. This week, I’ve got a special guest joining me. Roseanna M. White has graciously taken time out of her day to answer some fun questions to celebrate her newest release: The Lost Heiress. And let me tell you, this book was awesome! But, maybe I should save my thoughts ’til after I let you meet this wonderful author.

I love the character of Brook. She’s so headstrong and spunky but somehow manages to be graceful too. Was it difficult finding that right balance between the free-spirit and refined lady?

Brook is an old friend of mine—I first came up with this story when I was 12, and as I revised and rewrote innumerable times over the last 20 years, she grew and changed pretty organically. =) By the time I wrote her this final time, I didn’t have to put too much thought into her character. I knew her so well! I wanted someone who captured the elegance and refinement of those historical days, but who also would appeal to modern women—someone who led the way in being more than what society said was acceptable, yet did so in a way that made her beloved and not shunned.

I think the most surprising character for me was Brice. How did you manage to make him so lovable, have him fit so well with Brook, but yet manage to not necessarily make him a rival?

I wanted Brice to be a character we loved so well that we just have to read his story next. 😉 I did that first of all, I think, by making him a genuinely good guy. Someone with spiritual depths that surprise us, with charm and wit . . . but someone who has no interest in being involved in a love triangle, LOL. He knows from the moment he meets Brook that there’s something between her and Justin, so I also made him fight for them as a couple—even when they’re not fighting for themselves. Definitely something rivals don’t often do, LOL.

You’ve mentioned that this story was first written when you were really young. How does it feel having these old friends finally printed on page?

Oh my gracious, words can’t explain it! Twenty years is a loooooong time to have a story close to your heart—and while I’ve simply put aside many other stories with no intentions of revisiting them, Brook and Justin always drew me back. Sending them out into the world now is just amazing (and maybe a little scary, LOL).RoseannaWhite2014

What changed the most from the first drafts to now? Did anything remain constant through all the revisions?

Biggest change—Whitby, Brook’s father. In every version up until the final one I submitted to Bethany House, both her parents had been killed when she was a baby. I decided that just didn’t work right with the inheritance and title I wanted her to have, so I thought, “Okay, she needs a father who’s alive.” Which completely changed the course of the story, in a way I adore. Whitby is one of my favorite characters! I really don’t know how I ever wrote it without him, LOL.

As for constants. Brook has always been Brook, and Justin has always been Justin Wildon, whose home was Ralin. Brook has always had two female cousins, and one was always named Melissa (after one of my middle school friends). She always started out associated with a royal family and then came to England. There has always been a secret treasure tied to an old possession. That’s pretty much it for staying the same. 😉

And my last question, one of my favorites to ask authors, is do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there?

Absolutely! The most important thing you can do is to respect your dream—that means that you work for it, you fight for it. You put in the time it takes to learn your craft, you don’t sell yourself, your story, or your goals short by taking the quick and easy path. And you realize that if this is something God wants you to do, He has a path already laid out for you—you and only you. Your journey will be unique, unlike any other author’s. And many times, it’s a journey that’s not about how your writing will change the world—it’s about how your writing will change you. I’ve grown so much closer to the Lord because of the stories He’s given me, and even those books I’ll never publish (of which there are MANY) were worth writing, worth working on. Because they’re stories that showed me a truth about Him. Publication isn’t always God’s goal for us when He lays something on our hearts. And even when it is, that doesn’t mean it’ll all come easily. Like all good things, it requires a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (hopefully most of those are metaphorical…).

Now, for my thoughts on this wonderful novel:

The beginning of a new series, Roseanna M. White thrills with promises of a great saga. Following the path of Brook Eden, a young woman who’s lived in a family she knows she doesn’t truly belong to. She’s adventurous, strong, with a kind heart who only wants to finally feel wanted. When Justin, her best friend, locates her family she is shocked to be thrust into English nobility, and even more so to be fully welcomed by the father she never knew. Now thrust into society as equals, Brook and Justin begin to realize just how much they mean to each other, even while fighting the growing love between them. But while her return feels like a fairytale, it also thrusts her into danger and trouble. The mystery surrounding her mother’s death seems to still haunt her, and no one is certain who is friend or foe. This is a beautiful story, set in both Monaco and the English Moors. The characters warm their way into your hearts, even while being a bit idiotic at times. I have to say, as much as I loved the romance, I think the real relationship that stood out was Brook with her dad. The true camaraderie and love her father has for her is beautiful to read. The mystery is so well written, teasing hints throughout the entirety of the story, ending with a promise that the story is far from over. A beautiful Edwardian-era novel, it is one I would recommend for anyone who wants to get lost in a good book. And I must thank this wonderful author for providing me with a copy of this novel for an honest review.

So… did I peak your interest? I hope so! lol. You can find this wonderful novel on Kindle and NOOK (not to mention the good old-fashioned paperback) and feel free to check out this author’s website, along with her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. I hope you enjoy as much as I did, and I’ll see you all next week! 🙂

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Lady Maybe

Hello! So, I’m a tad late. Again. lol. But, I am posting only a couple of days late this time. And, I am back to a classic favorite author of mine this week: Julie Klassen. Her newest novel, Lady Maybe, was one of the most interesting novels I’ve read in a long time.

This novel was a shock, in the best way. I’ve been a fan of Julie Klassen for years, but this one really stood out to me. Sure, it had the classic Julie Klassen secrets, the mysteries that if released could destroy lives, but even she took a new page in the book. There were so many twists in this book that I was not expecting, which is very rare for someone who’s as avid a reader as I am. I usually see most surprises coming, but not in this book. I actually had to re-read the last few chapters twice just to let the ending sink in. Oh it was good! It was a very good ending, but also a surprising one. The beginning starts with an accident, and a lady with no memories, and it only gets better from there. A lady with no memory, a lord in a coma, a solicitor who’s inquisitive and skeptical, and a lord chasing after them makes this story rich. Add to that multiple points of view, and not the traditional hero and heroine, and this book is a great read. It’s definitely a heavier read, dealing with deeper issues, but a good one and one I recommend for those interested in a meatier story.

You can find this novel on both Kindle and NOOK, not to mention the good old fashioned paperback. Also, you can follow this wonderful author on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention checking out her website. Chat with you soon!

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Deceptions Unmasked in Thrilling Finale

Hi all! So, I’m a week off. Sorry. But, I do have some really cool things coming up in the next weeks to hopefully make up for my slight silence. 🙂 Today, I have a special guest joining us. My dear friend Amalie Vantana has graciously agreed to come join us today for some questions about her newest book, and final in her Phantom Knights series: Deceit in Delaware. How ’bout we start with welcoming our guest and then I’ll show you my thoughts on this wonderful book. 🙂

1. As the last of a series, you certainly ended with a bang. Was it difficult coming to the end of your characters’ journeys?

It was difficult because I had been working on this series for 5 years and the characters had become like family. My husband and kids spoke of them as if they were real people because of how much we all plotted this story together. For a few months I had horrible writer’s block because I didn’t want their story to end but I knew that it was time.

There were certainly a lot of twists and turns, any of those surprise you? Or were you planning on those fun moments from the beginning?

The twists and turns were certainly surprising to me. With every book my husband would read the first draft and tell me that I needed more twists. Our goal from the very beginning was to increase the twists with each book. Perhaps the greatest twist of the series, which happens in Deceit in Delaware, was planned from the very beginning and I built everything else around that twist. Some of them, like who Levi, Bess, and Freddy ended up with, were surprises to me.

As a bonus, you included a novella of how it all began. How was it writing the beginning after the ending?

Writing the beginning after the end had been my plan for a long time because I wanted to wait to see how I developed certain characters’ journeys before I created the back story. It was rather therapeutic for me because I was not yet ready to let go of the Phantoms and writing the story of William and Nell gave me closure.

Now that this series is finished, do you have plans for future ones?

I do have some plans for future works. There is currently 1 stand alone historical fiction that I am plotting which takes place in the early 1900’s. I also have plans to finish the Realm of Dreams trilogy and to release a YA series called Fear Slayers, but writing has been put on hold for a while since I am due this month with my fourth child.

And of course, my favorite question: any advice for aspiring authors?

My advice for aspiring writers would have to be to remember that any criticism that your story may receive is not a slight against the writer as a person. It is so difficult to put your heart into your work and then have it slammed. If that should happen, pick yourself up, shed some tears if you need to, and then keep moving forward. Not everyone will love every story that they read, but the fans that your story will make will be worth all of the tears, doubts, and time that the writer has invested in making their story the best that they possibly can for this time in their life.

Thanks again for taking time to join us today, and for the wonderful answers! Now, my thoughts on this book? 

Amalie Vantana has truly finished her Phantoms series with flourish. There were twists and turns, and surprises I never saw coming. I was both heartbroken and joyous as I finished this journey with the characters. Once again following this path through the eyes of Jack and Guinevere, it none-the-less brings all characters together in a battle for everything they hold dear. Devotions will be tested as deceptions are unmasked and darkness closes in. It is not a light story to read, but well worth all the tears shed with the characters. Reminding me of National Treasure, she weaves together a wonderful mystery in a beautiful time period of American History, with a fantastical treasure far greater than any gold. The settings are beautifully written, and the action-packed scenes leave your heart racing. And the ending, while bittersweet in many ways, is still beautiful. Plus, there’s the bonus of after you finish reading how the journey ended, read The Phantom Knight bonus novella, the story of how it all began. Be prepared to have questions answered in this adventure telling how the Phantoms began. This is a wonderful read, one I highly recommend, and am looking forward to this author’s future endeavors.

I hope I peaked your interests in this wonderful novel and wonderful series! You can pick it up for Kindle, and if you haven’t read any of the rest of the series, the first book, Phantoms in Philadelphia, is currently free to download. Also, feel free to follow this wonderful author on Facebook and check out her website. Hope you enjoy her stories as much as I did!

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Double Regency Suspenseful Fun

Hi everyone! Okay, so I am VERY sorry I haven’t posted in two weeks… Things got busy and the next thing I know it was almost Friday, so I decided to wrap the two books together and then it got busy again. So sorry for that! But, I am keeping my word, and today we’re doing a double book fun! 😀 As I said, I am continuing Sarah E Ladd’s amazing Whispers on the Moors trilogy, writing about her second and third books today. Let me tell you, I LOVE this series, and this author! It is so refreshing to read regency that has a lot of depth. So, without further ado, here is the rest of my reviews of these amazing books! And feel free to read my review of the first book as well.

The Headmistress of Rosemere was definitely an interesting continuation of the Whispers on the Moors series.  The very first chapter is filled with danger and suspense, giving the book a tone that’s carried throughout the storyline.  I love how it’s both similar and different than the first book in this series. It has more of an overlaying suspense and anxiety rather than an out-right dangerous situation to be fixed. And the characters are very well written. I love the focus on William. He’s a bit of an annoyance in the first book, but I love watching him change in this one, watching him grow and change, and also learning what made him the rogue he was in the first place. Then there’s Patience, the headmistress who loves the school, loves the girls under her care, and is a very capable woman. She singlehandedly runs the school even while dealing with a deeply grieving mother. The sparks between these two are quiet, but I love how there’s not just an admiration for the physical beauty they have for each other, but also for their compassion, and a mutual respect for each others’ intelligence. I really do love how William respects Patience for her mind, rather than believing her to be frail and needing to be taken care of, as most other men do. Each faces their own obstacles, and each is threatened with losing everything, and only when they turn to God and let go do they realize just what gifts are waiting for them.

The last book of the series, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is probably my favorite. While it doesn’t have the same adventure and suspense as the previous books, this one focuses on the inward struggles of the characters. You start with meeting Cecily and Nathaniel and learning each of their disgraces, the secrets that they fight from that point forward to keep hidden. I love that Sarah Ladd introduced us to the secrets from the beginning, allowing us to feel the weight of knowing what we do, even while we’re screaming at the other characters to understand.  It is interesting watching both Cecily and Nathaniel deal with the weight of their secrets, some of it being not necessarily their faults. Regret weighs both of them down, and even while they’re drawn to each other, developing a sweet romance, they push away, fearing the consequences and believing that the other wouldn’t understand. But what truly made me fall in love with this story was the feeling of redemption when forgiveness is asked, and the complete understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness that can come. It’s nice that a character that made some bad childish decisions can find peace and move on.

All three of these books carry a unique tone, even while the stories intermingle. They are all very well written and very enjoyable, and I recommend the whole series to anyone who likes regency. Both of these stories can be purchased as paperbacks, but also on Kindle and NOOK. The Headmistress of Rosemere: Kindle, NOOKA Lady at Willowgrove Hall: Kindle, NOOK. Also, feel free to check out the author’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did!

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Heiress of Adventure, Trouble, and Love

Hello! So, I’m a few days late. Sorry about that. But I do have a treat this week. By now, I’m sure you’ve guessed that I love regency, but there’s quite a bit of regency that feels flat. The stories rely strongly on the societal structure, focusing on the two protagonists being in separate classes and having to fight family expectations. There’s usually a dowager lady who’s strict and up-tight, think Lady Catherine from Pride and Prejudice, who’s the main reason that the heroine must fight for the hero. But sadly, that drama and angst carries the story, and can feel flat. So when I find a regency story that doesn’t just use the societal structures, but also throws in intriguing plots, perhaps even adventure and intrigue, and a bit of a mystery, I get very excited. Lately, I discovered one such author who’s stories have hooked me from the very first page: Sarah E. Ladd. Her series, Whispers on the Moors, is amazing, each of the books unique and wonderful to read. So, for the next three weeks, I’ll be reviewing each of these awesome books, starting with her first: The Heiress of Winterwood.

This story hooked me from the first page and would not let go. It is spun so wonderfully, weaving together the regency culture along with a heart-pounding, sit at the edge of your seat mystery adventure. Amelia is a wonderful character. Yes, she is an heiress of a large estate and fortune, but she also has a heart of gold. The beginning shows her at her friend’s bedside, caring for her just before her death, and then takes in her friend’s child, helping to care for the infant as if she were her own. She is born to privilege, but is willing to work, not to mention she has a lot of courage and spunk. That is a refreshing character trait, to see a woman actually fight for what she wants, to go after it herself rather than wait on others to do it for her. Then you have Graham, a naval captain, who is out of his element on land, and as a father. He is adorable in his slight clumsiness, but I love how he opens up to his infant daughter. And I love the interaction these two have! From the beginning that is genuine and mutual respect for each other, something that’s very enjoyable to watch, even when they beat heads a bit. And the supporting cast was wonderful as well! Each character was unique and gripping, and many held great surprises. This story just took one turn after another, dragging me along with eager anticipation. (And yes, this is one of those stories that I couldn’t put down until I finished it around 3am lol.) I loved the surprises, and the relationships between the multiple characters, not to mention the message of trusting God woven through it. This is definitely a book I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good regency-romance and adventure.

So, curious yet? You can find this book for Kindle or NOOK (along with my personal favorite: paperback), and don’t forget to check out the author’s website, and follower her on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and come back next week for the second installment: The Headmistress of Rosemere.

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