Esther Hatch, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Melanie Cellier, Moderate Language, Moderate Religion, Moderate Romance, Moderate Violence, Sally Britton

Nothing Like a Fairy Tale

The world continues to turn upside down. Just when I think things can’t get any more crazy, they do. I saw a meme recently saying something like… “2020 has high jinked my fairy tale life.”

I chuckled for a minute, then thought to myself…what kind of fairy tales have you been reading? Honestly 2020 sounds exactly like a fairy tale to me. Most fairy tales are wrought with danger, suspense and pandemics from page one until the second to last page. Here’s hoping 2020 gives us a Happily Ever After sooner rather than later. In the meantime we’ll continue to get our happily ever afters vicariously through books.

Weekly Reading Round Up

A Curse so Dark and Lonely/ A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

I loved everything about this book, including the emotion evoked in the title. The author wrote the book from two perspectives and I loved how well she voiced each character. The character development was really well done and the author stayed true to the story all the way to the fantastic end. I loved it so much I immediately read the second in the series. Subsequently I found the only frustrating thing about this series, I have to wait an entire year for more!

**** Moderate Romance, Moderate Violence, Moderate Language, Low Religion (though a bit more than low on all these, only just. I was never uncomfortable with anything and I personally would feel comfortable recommending it to my young adult nieces.)

A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

This was such a cute story. I initially had a hard time believing he would be quite so familiar with a servant. But, the romance was really cute and written so well that I easily suspended my disbelief where that was concerned. The witty conversations and fun story line just made me smile all the way through.

**** Low Romance, Low Violence, Low Language, Low Religion.

Persuading the Captain by Rachel John

Rachel John does such a good job with her Jane Austen re-tellings. She gives them her own contemporary twist while still staying true to the iconic story you love. Persuasion is one my favs and this was a light and fun version with just the right amount of tension and growth.

**** Low Romance, Low Violence, Low Language, Low Religion.

The Secret Princess by Melanie Cellier

The Goose Girl is one of my all time favorite fairy tales! I loved the way this story not only set up the Return to the Four Kingdom series, but brought back characters we loved from the original. Melanie did a beautiful job with the story. Even knowing the fairy tale, there were bits of it she made her own that caught me by surprise. Her writing always pulls me right into her world of fantastic characters where I am content to stay and reluctant to leave.

***** Low Romance, Low Violence, Low Language, Low Religion.

Reforming Lord Neil by Sally Britton

I love reading redemption stories. Sally did a fantastic job of depicting Lord Neil realistically. He was a lazy lord who would need a nap half way through the day. I loved that she didn’t romanticize him right from the beginning. She did a really good job of showing his growth and the romance was sweet and genuine. I must confess as much as I loved the character growth and their connection, I had a harder time connecting to the overall plot in this one. But having watched Lord Neil’s secondary character from the start of the series I loved seeing him get his own story.

*** Low Romance, Low Violence, Low Language, Low Religion.

Annette K. Larsen, Esther Hatch, Five Stars, Four Stars, Heather B. Moore, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Romance, Nichole Van, Rachael Anderson, Uncategorized


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Weekly Reading Round-up

A Note of Change (Timeless Victorian Collection book 5)


Waiting for the Post by Esther Hatch –  A fun and lighthearted second chance romance with just the right amount of angst.

A Ring of Gold by Nichole Van – I love her writing. Sometimes while reading you connect with a character, or the plot. On rare occasions you find a writer whose writing, her words, her characters, her humor, her descriptions; the whole story speaks to your soul. Nichole Van’s writing is like that for me every single time. This one was no different.

A Rose by Any Other Name by Annette Lyon – A  cute cinderella story with sweet tender moments. I felt like the descriptions were a little wordy for me, but the romance was really well developed for a novella.

**** low language, low romance, low violence, low religion


PowerPlayHeather B Moore51ZsIjNEAJL

I’m more drawn to romances that are both sweet and realistic and this story was both. Sometimes when reading a romance the adults, don’t actually act like adults. I loved these characters and I loved their dynamic! Though I know next to nothing about hockey…it made me want to go to a hockey game.

**** low language, moderate romance, low violence, low religion


A Foolish HeartMartha Keyes50390637._SY475_

This story was absolutely delightful. As a fan A Midsummer’s Night Dream I was interested to see how she would tweak it. I loved all the subtle nods to the original and found it fascinating how she twined in the different original characters. I especially appreciated Mercy’s character development. Her grown maturity was well written. The author created really great tension and some awesome scene shifts. As a whole it was highly entertaining; a some how fanciful and yet realistic regency. (released March 3rd, pre-order now!)

***** low language, low romance, low violence, low religion


All That Stands Between UsAnnette K. Larsen 51gPBtupRLL._SY346_

A more healthy Romeo and Juliet with a Happily Ever After. My favorite thing about Annette Larsen’s writing is the emotion. As I read her stories I always feel every tug and pull of the character’s heart as if it was my own. All her stories are beautiful and this one was no different. I always come away feeling more.

**** low language, low romance, low violence, low religion


The Solicitor’s Son –  Rachael Anderson51-249QIswL

All her covers are beautiful I could just live in them. I love the familial relationships she always builds so well, they were so invested in her happiness. Rachael Anderson is a great story teller and this one is Super adorable!

****low language, low romance, low violence, low religion


Esther Hatch, Five Stars, Joanna Barker, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Sarah M. Eden

Christmas in July

When I was little my grandmother held a Christmas in July celebration. Her birthday was in July and one year she decided for her birthday, she wanted to celebrate Christmas, so she did, and I LOVED it.

When I received an ARC of  All Hearts Come Home for Christmas, in July, it wasn’t quite that level of amazingness, but it was pretty close. Though I love anthologies, I don’t always love every story in them, this one was the exception.


I had already anticipated loving “Christmas as Falstone Castle”, I couldn’t imagine a better Christmas story than one that included the danger duke of Kielder, and I did not disappoint! However, I don’t think I could pick a favorite story out of the bunch. They were all equally entertaining and heart warming.

Christmas at Falstone Castle – Sarah M. Eden – “The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two second chances for love.”

–Not only was it so fun to read about Christmas at Falstone Caslte, and I will warn you, you will fall in love with the dangerous duke all over again. However,  I loved that he wasn’t the focus. I love that we got a fresh look at the dowager duchess. This was a second chance story I could get behind. It wasn’t just a second chance at romance, but a second chance at being the mother she wanted to be, and it was beautiful.

The Heart of Christmas – Anita Stansfield – When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing.

–This story had a little bit of Cinderella magic, a little bit of Christmas magic and a whole lot of heart.

’Tis the Season to Be Daring – Esther Hatch – Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.

–I possibly laughed the most with this one. It had delightfully witty banter with just enough scandalous behavior to be both clean and entertaining.

The Christmas Dress – Joanna Barker – Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.

–If I had to pick a favorite as far as story line went this one would possibly be it. Joanna always uses pertinent metaphors to pull you right into the story.  I loved how much character development and story building she was able to connect me to in such a short amount of pages.

I’m ready for Christmas, who’s with me??

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