Anneka Walker, Five Stars, Four Stars, Heather B. Moore, Jennifer Moore, Julie Wright, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Melanie Jacobson, Rachael Anderson, Sarah M. Eden, Three Stars, Timeless Romance Anthologies

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Weekly Reading Round Up

I find myself intensely jealous of all those talking about all the reading they’re getting down during their stay at home….my reading opportunities have significantly decreased.

Between five people stuck in the same house and schooling at home, I’m loving our time together, but it’s hard to really get into a book when you’re interrupted every five minutes. I’ve found a new love and appreciation for novella’s, for just this reason.

My favorite novella I read this week is a prequel to Jennifer Moore’s new series, The Blue Orchid Society. Book One releases May 1st.

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I really enjoyed the depth of the characters in this story. That can be a hard thing to manage in a novella. Both Arthur and Emmeline were very well written. The very first scene drew me into the story and I was hooked all the way through. I admit I was a little thrown by the interesting use of psychic abilities in the novel, but it didn’t detract from the story in anyway and made me interested to see if that plays a part in the series to come as a whole. I’m so very excited to dive into Solving Sophronia this weekend.

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

 

A Monumental Love by Susan Aylworth 41X6TWrTLfL

This story was set in the Navajo Nation, a new setting for me. You can tell the author either has first hand knowledge or has definitely done her research. The knowledge of the land and culture was very detailed. I however felt those details and the over all plot didn’t flow together well. The story itself was sweet, but I didn’t ever feel a connection to the setting, plot or characters as I would have liked.

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

 

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I love fairy tale re-tellings and was very curious to see where the author went with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  It is obviously not a well used fairy tell as far as romance authors go. I was impressed with the subtle nods to the fairy tale. The plot was a little heavy on the drama and angst, but the relationship between the three friends (bears) was done really well and fun to read. Sophia’s character seemed a little flighty and rash. I would’ve liked a little more depth to her and her family, something that can be hard to achieve in a novella. 

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

Love at the House Party by Kasey Stockton51V2sJeRaCL

This was the only full length novel I’ve read recently. Mowing the lawn today while I left the kiddos inside with daddy was a much needed break and allowed me to finally finish it.

This is the first novel I’ve read by this author. Originally I had a hard time getting into the story because of how similar it was to other stories I’d read lately. While not wholly original, the story was really well written. The characters were engaging and had good dimension. I felt connected enough to the story to know I was missing some subtleties as far as side characters went and found myself looking for other books the author has written. Happilly, this is book 3 in the series, looks like I just upped my growing tbr pile.

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

 

Summer Wedding Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 3)51OTcGq0cxL

This collection has stories from some of my favorite authors: Melanie Jacobson, Julie Wright, Rachael Anderson, Annette Lyon, Heather B Moore and Sarah Eden.

I don’t always love every story in these collections, but with a line-up like that you can bet I loved them all. This was actually a re-read for me, and just as good the second time around!

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

Four Stars, Julie Wright, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Proper Romance

‘Wright’ from the Heart

There’s a line in the 90’s romcom “Never been Kissed” where Josie Geller says, “Someone once told me to write well, you must write what you know.” I often thought of this line while reading Julie Wright’s  recently released, “Glass Slippers Ever After and Me.”

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Charlotte Kingsley loves to write and dreams of having her reimagined fairy tales published, but she keeps getting rejected over and over. And to top it all off, her best friend, Anders, gets engaged, making her realize she s going to lose the Prince Charming who lives next door. After another rejection letter from a New York publisher, Charlotte decides to switch gears. What if she wrote a book about celebrating women for who they really are instead of trying to create a fantasy world for them to visit? She could call it The Cinderella Fiction, fill it with practical advice for living authentically, become ridiculously successful, and then find the confidence to tell Anders how she feels before it s too late.

Encouraged with her plan, Charlotte s new book practically writes itself and incredibly a small boutique publisher makes a quick offer to publish it. At first, Charlotte is excited to enter this fantasy world and play dress up, and Anders reluctantly agrees to go along with it, even though it means he’s largely out of Charlotte’s social media life and hidden from her public life entirely. 

The toll of her new life soon proves exhausting. Charlotte needs to decide what she believes in: the fairy tale persona, or the woman Anders has always loved before he’s gone forever.

At a conference earlier this year I had the privilege of taking a class from Julie Wright and her quirky and loveable characters began to make so much sense. Charlotte is eccentric, but instantly relatable. Julie wrote her in a way that allows you to see Charlotte’s growth and internalize it.

The relationship between her and Anders was more of a plot motivator than a driving force and that worked really well for this story. I especially appreciated the completely lack of cattiness between the two. The relationship supplemented the story without overwhelming it.

The author states in the acknoledgments that the book is not autobiographical, however “there were times where it felt like it might be a smidge more true” than any other book she’d written. I have to admit there were times while reading that I felt the author was talking more than Charlotte was and it pulled me out of the story.

However Charlotte’s emotions were tangible and real allowing the reader to be pulled right back in. I freely admit it wouldn’t have been so poignant if the author hadn’t spoken from experience and from the heart.

 

Five Stars, Julie Wright, Low Language, Low Violence, Moderate Romance

I’m Possible

I have a confession I really didn’t like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the first time I watched it. Audrey Hepbrun is iconic and I loved her in Sabrina, but when I watched her as Holly Golightly I was frankly confused most of the movie, and probably just too young to understand. However that did not change my admiration for the actress. Her china doll face and her big brown eyes were only wrappings for the beautiful person underneath. Julie Wright’s newest novel shows how not just Audrey, but every woman should be valued for who they are, and what they accomplish, much more than how they look.

“The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.
 
The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?”

It’s easy to describe things: my computer is ancient and black, my children are mischievous and adorable. Usually if you give enough detail to an object, your recipient can see exactly what you see. However, it is much harder to describe emotions.  Julie Wright does a beautiful job of describing emotion well enough to convey to the reader not just the feeling of a scene or a setting, the but the emotions of her characters. Enough so that you draw a connection emotionally to the characters in the book, making them come alive.

This is the second book where Julie Wright has taken an iconic woman and used them to not only motivate her main character, but to motivate us; to change our hearts and inspire our minds. By the end of the book I wanted to go rent “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to see what I missed as a young 14 year old. Then I wanted to go rent a biography on Audrey Hepburn and learn all I can about this woman who was a revolutionary in her time. I want to be strong enough to say, “I’m good at what I do and I will not be undervalued.” Good literature motivates us to do and to become, our best selves.

Five Stars, Giveaway, Julie Wright

Lies and a Giveaway

We loved “Lies Jane Austen Told Me.” You can see our review here. Also look for our five star review of “Lies, Love and Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the beginning of November.

 

 

 

 

Author Julie Wright

Julie Wright (1972-still breathing) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don’t ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she’s written twenty three novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney award for best romance with her books “Cross My Heart” and “Lies Jane Austen Told Me” and has also won the Crown Heart award. Her book “Death Thieves” was a Whitney finalist for 2016. She is agented by Sara Crowe.

She has one husband, three kids, two salamanders, one dog, and a varying amount of fish (depending on attrition).

She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

 

 

 

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Ends 10/1/18

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4 1/2 stars, Julie Wright, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence

“If A Book is Well Written I always Find it Too Short” – Jane Austen

Confession: I love Jane Austen. Not really a true confession for a romantic. The confession comes when I tell you that “Pride and Prejudice” is not my favorite. As far as writing goes, it is genius. The character development the story arc the detailed understanding of familial and romantic relationships. But, as far as my personal favorite goes that would have to go to “Sense and Sensibility.” If you haven’t seen the 2008 BBC version with Hattie Moran, Charity Wakefield and Dan Stevens, you really should!

In Julie Wright’s latest book Lies Jane Austen Told Me, her character Emma (yes that’s her name- I liked the intended pun, it totally worked for her.) She commented on Austen‘s writing saying, “she understands the subtleties of humor and people and how they work together to make reading an enjoyable experience.” I thought It was a beautiful description of great writing. And one Julie Wright herself is able to pull off quite well.

Lies Jane Austen Told Me: A Proper Romance by [Wright, Julie]

“Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him.”

Julie gives her characters depth, and darkness to deal with. However, she also gives them light and hope. And through their story we are given the same. We are shown that darkness and struggles can define us and sculpt us, but they don’t have to limit us. “Shown” being the optimal word because Julie uses beautiful imagery to to express the character’s fears and hopes. Case in point: “I had to force them back so no one would see my eyes leaking out the flood of my heart.”

Not only did this book speak to my love of all things Austen, it was also a beautiful reminder of hope and light, and love. For “If Jane teaches us anything, it’s that we have the right to choose our own loves in life.” – Lies That Jane Austen Told Me. –N.C.