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Underestimating Miss Cecilia - book review

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Underestimating Miss Cecilia  holds a good premise, and even though the characters didn’t capture me in the beginning, they grew on me. Especially Edward. He is flawed, yet redeemable, and his actions felt authentic. Cecilia’s younger sister, Verity, also adds a spark to the story. I enjoyed the struggles and the spiritual aspects. My fondness of Regency stories has grown over the past few years, but this one didn’t pull me in as much as I’d hoped. I found the wording and sentence structure a bit difficult to read at times. I suppose it felt a bit flowery to me, which distracted me (numerous times) from the plot. I’m wondering if I’d be more captivated with an audiobook version. This is a good story, but not a Regency favorite. I was entertained, but not wowed. I’ll certainly read the next book in the series (hopefully Verity’s story) and hope I’ll be more versed in the verbiage by then so I can fully sink into the reading. Quotes from the book: It was, perhaps, th

Giveaway & Grand Finale - Love's Remains

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Love's Remains By  Jacqueline Simon Gunn We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Author Interview What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it? I hope that readers will find something of themselves, something relatable within each character that will offer insight into their own relationships and choices and/or the possibility to think about their relationships differently. So many people find themselves in difficult relationships, holding on when it’s painful, staying when they want to go, being pulled toward the wrong people, not loving those who love them. The answers to these questions are complicated and not the same for everyone. That’s why I chose a fictional format as opposed to non-fiction. Instead of telling readers what they should do or advising, I wanted to give them the op

Giveaway & Grand Finale - Reunited With the Cowboy

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On Tour with  Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Reunited with the Cowboy By Claire McEwen We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author This story was a joy and a challenge to write. It’s a big emotional mix of wildlife and ranching and what happens when the two intersect. It’s also a story of forgiveness and healing and, of course, love, in all its forms. I hope you enjoy the excerpts and reviews, and the chance to meet the characters, human and otherwise, who live in the Northern California ranching town of Shelter Creek. . . Thoughts of a Blonde - Excerpt Except lately the mountain lions in this area had been attacking livestock on local ranches. And people definitely noticed that. That was why Maya was here, in the coastal hills surrounding her hometown of Shelter Creek, on a two-month assignment for the Department of Wildl

Giveaway & Cover Reveal - Blackbriar Cove

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On Tour with  Prism Book Tours Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Blackbriar Cove By Jennifer Silverwood Coming in 2020... (Borderlands Saga #2) Contemporary Fantasy, Magical Realism Paperback & ebook 2020 by SilverWoodSketches In a single night of madness, Amie won the battle, and lost the two people she loved most. As she struggles to be the queen her people need, her family band together against the hidden threat at their borders. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, Amie strikes a pact with an ancient being called The Storyteller. In order to see Emrys again, they must put aside their blood feud, and cross the veil to a place of spirits and monsters. Blackbriar Cove is a land where superstition and chaos reign, and spirits plague dreams. A dark curse has twisted the Unseelie who once lived in the home the Blackbriar twins vowed never to return. But death is not the end in Silver Hollow, and the war for the Borderlands has only begun. Goodreads │

Hidden Among the Stars - audiobook Review

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The blade of a shovel, cutting through frosted grass. That’s what she first remembered most from the spring of 1938. In the year that followed, on the darkest of nights, she could almost hear the whisper of digging again.  ~First lines I really like the opening of this story, and the smooth audio narrator’s voice adds much. Sometimes, an audiobook narrator speaks so slowly that I wish to speed them up, but not in this story—her speech tempo matches the pacing. The cover art is interesting but doesn’t grab my attention as much as some of the author’s other stunning covers (e.g.  Catching the Wind .) I love time-slip novels, allowing me to follow two different time periods and stories that are entwined together and give a satisfying end. Though I enjoyed both time periods (WWII and Contemporary) the war-time era intrigued me more. I love when a story causes me to experience a time and place so clearly. No one else could steal her heart because it had already been stolen.

Giveaway & Grand Finale - Sweet Home Alaska

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Sweet Home Alaska By Beth Carpenter We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author Welcome to the tour for SWEET HOME ALASKA. If you read AN ALASKA PROPOSAL, you might remember Volta, Leith’s sister. This is her story. Although part of the Northern Lights series, all the books are stand-alone, so feel free to jump in anywhere. . . Red Headed Book Lady - Review "I loved this book. A sweet, clean read at it's best!! . . . I truly enjoyed this author's story and her writing is wonderful!! I love trying out new authors and this wasn't disappointing. . . . I strongly recommend this book for people who want a sweet and clean read. . ." It's All About the Romance - Excerpt Volta headed toward the exam room, but before she reached the door, another voi

The Express Bride - Book Review

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I believe I’ve read all of the  Daughters of the Mayflower  series (so far) and this one is one of my favorites. I love when a story teaches me something new, and prior to reading  The Express Bride , I knew very little about the Pony Express. And how fascinating! I’d never really thought about how much work went into the Express or the dangers the horse-mounted riders were subjected to. And though I’ve learned that this mail delivery service was highly unprofitable, it certainly was innovative. Another thing I enjoyed about this story was the slow-building romance. It is off-putting to me when two characters fall for each other too quickly, feeling a little grandiose and unauthentic. Although Jacqueline (Jack) and Elijah’s attraction happens quickly, their friendship grows into something more at a nice stride, and has me rooting for them the entire way. This story is multifaceted. It’s a mystery, suspense, and historical romance wrapped into one. The pacing works. I wasn’