Five Stars, Four Stars, High Violence, Julie Daines, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Martha Keyes, Moderate Violence, Sarah M. Eden, Three Stars, Young Adult

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Guys, I have to confess… I have favorites.

I’m a recent fan of steampunk, ever since I got pulled into Nancy Campbell Allen’s Steampunk Fairytales. And by fan I mean, when our annual Murder Mystery Dinner was coming up a year ago I purposely went looking for a Steampunk one. I love the costumes and the tech, it’s so fun…and my favorite.

But I also have another favorite. If you’ve read our review of Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson (favorite) you’ll know how much I love the Pimpernel world. The Scarlet Pimpernel just happens to be one of my favorite musicals. So when I heard there was a book that put the two together, I bought it. Straight up knew nothing about the author, I never do that. It did help that it came highly recommend by Rebecca Connolly, another favorite of mine.

The Eidolon by Tiffany Dominguez 519bHj9e88L

The book was fantastic! I was completely sucked in from page one and couldn’t put it down. It was beautifully written with fascinating characters. The story took turns I didn’t expect; and some I did, but loved. It pulled at my heartstrings, and it made me gasp a time or two.

There was a moment that got a little violent. The moment was important to the plot and handled well, but was graphic enough to make me squeamish.  (Admittedly that’s not awfully hard, but just a heads up.)

The story is written in multiple points of view and the chapter transitions were sometimes unclear. It occasionally took me a few sentences to figure whose point of view I was reading from. However, the spell the story cast was such that the transition confusion never noticeably pulled me out.

I’m going to be impatiently waiting for the next installment. I loved Alec’s character. I knew from the beginning there was more to him than meets the eye, can’t wait for his story!

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

The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden 519PjP1L+7L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Speaking of not being able to put the book down…Sarah Eden is hands down one of my favorite authors. She has an amazing talent to balance tension and humor. Every time I thought my racing heart just could’t take the suspense anymore I’d turn the page and smile at Mr. Higglebottom’s school for the Undead, or a witty remark from a character. Her pacing flows the story from one page to the next so you just can’t stop reading!

Her writing consistently impresses me. A master of character development. I’m repeatedly invested in her characters; Hollis and Ana were no exception.

There was a moment near the end of the book where I thought I knew what was coming next, and I desperately didn’t want it to. I didn’t want Ana to become the stereotypical damsel in distress. I should’ve known better. The anticipated plot point never came to be and I smiled even bigger at the strength of her characters and her ability to weave a tale.

Even her stories in a story were well crafted and had me quickly turning the page. This is quickly becoming one of my new favorite series’.

***** Low Romance, Low to Moderate Violence (the violence in this book is not often shown and mostly implied) , Low Language, Low Religion

 

It started in Budapest by Julie Daines41SCtKfB6WL

This story was beautifully written. It has it all, adventure, romance, family tension…vampires-ish :).

I must admit the premise of this story seemed completely unbelievable to me at first. However the more I got wrapped up in the beauty of Molly and Matthew’s relationship, and Percy’s character, the more believable it all became. The connection and love of the siblings and her willingness to go through any kind of adventure for him was so well written.

This being the case I almost felt like the romance between Molly and Percy was not quite as well developed. It was sweet and I loved their interactions, but it almost took a back seat to Molly’s drive and connection with her brother. Due to the nature of the story this dynamic worked well, and ultimately made Molly’s self discoveries that much more poignant.

This is the first in a multi-author series set on the Orient Express being put out by Covenant Communications, seriously so excited for the others! (Heather B. Moore, Jennifer Moore, and Jen Geigle Johnson will write the other stories….you’re excited now too huh?!)

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

 

After those tension heavy books I really needed something light and fun…

Don’t Kiss the Heartbreaker by Holly Stevenson51SXS1CxxJL

This was a really cute ya story. It had good character development and sweet moments both between the main characters and between their families. It was predictable in all the best ways with the sweetest ending.

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

 

 

Don’t Kiss in Detention by Erica Penrod51vCL2lrrGL._SY346_

Though this story was sweet and the transformation the author takes Jovi on is done really well. I had a harder time with her and Nile’s connection. It seemed purely chemistry driven and lacking substance. It was a quick sweet read

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

 

 

 

My Wild Heart by Martha Keyes41zroNv3QAL

I’m quickly becoming a fan of Martha Keyes’ Regency Romance Shakespearean adaptations. This story was based on Much Ado About Nothing. The play is best known for it’s delightful tension and playful banter, and Martha recreates both those aspects to a tea. The story though diverging a bit from it’s original in plot is just as fun and witty as it’s original. The romance of Edith and Elias builds believably with just the right amount of tension and swoon. I’m looking forward to many more of these delightful books.

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

 

3 1/2 Stars, Four Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Romance, Moderate Violence, Three Stars

I Have a Type

Life has gotten busier lately. All of us are in the throws of summer, two of us recently started new jobs, and one of us is currently exhausted from a few weeks of family celebrations. With all that we are short and sweet this week, but lucky you! You do get one review from each of us.

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Glittering Court by Richelle Mead51zt8bci8al

 

I had preconceived ideas of this book due to the title and the cover, however the direction the story line went caught me by surprise. It ended up being predominantly set in the western frontier and I did not expect that. I’m not usually one to read books about that particular setting. I liked the book, and it was well written. But for me personally having the cover and title pull me right in, then the direction of the plot not maintaining that anticipation did tinge my overall enjoyment of the book.

***1/2 Moderate Romance, Moderate Language, Moderate Violence, Low Religion

 

 

 

Coming home to Bellingham by Katie Stewart Stone52837874._sy475_

 

Robert was quite possibly my favorite character in this book and I love the friendship the author created between Anabelle and Robert. The love between Anabelle and Peter was beautifully developed as well; even still Anabelle and Robert’s interactions were my favorite. There were some other relationships in the book however that just left me perplexed. They seemed to only be there to move the plot forward with little depth and a lot of confusing interactions. I didn’t connect with Anabelle as much as I would have liked, however I did really appreciate her character growth at the end of the book. This book wasn’t exactly the historically accurate awesomeness I’m used to associating with this publisher, but it is a debut novel, so I’m hoping for only good things to come from this author.

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

 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire51viu9djjyl

 

My sis recently read the newest Cassandra Clare release (possible review coming, but fyi it’s not exactly clean). I’d never read Cassandra’s books so Mel recommend I start with Clockwork Angel. I really enjoyed it and would definitely want to read the others in this series. I loved that though I could gage mostly where she was going with the overall story, there were parts here and there that surprised me. Mel advises that this series is definitely much cleaner that some of her later series’, so just a heads up on that.

****Low Romance, Moderate Language, Moderate Violence

 

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.

Five Stars, Four Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Rebecca Connolly, Three Stars

A Little Bit of Romance

My husband took me on a quick date this afternoon. We needed to a run an errand and we used it as an excuse to also grab a treat and go for a walk while our kids were at my sisters. I made the comment that I think the last time we were out of the house, together, without our children, was pre-pandemic. It was so nice! As much as I love to read about fictional romances, everyone needs some real life romance every once and a while… even during a pandemic.

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What a Spinster Wants by Rebecca Connolly51R-AenKs5L

 

We seriously love Rebecca’s book so much! Two of us read this book this week and it may have been one of our top favorite, and that’s saying something because they’re all so good. I had actually been anticipating a romance with Henshaw from moments in the other Spinster Books, so that surprised me a little, in a good way. I love being surprised. The romance she created instead was just right for the Lady Edith we have had glimpses of and came to love in this book. Wonderfully vulnerable characters who are given opportunities to become strong backed by a compelling plot made it hard to put the book down!

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

 

The Nerd and the Quarter Back/ The Good Girl and The Bad Boy (Jackson High Series) by IMG_2839M.L. Collins

This was the first book I (Mel) have read from this author and unfortunately I cringed through most of it. However, I thought I’d give the second one a try and it was…better. A cute young adult book centered around breaking out of cliques. It was a clean High School romance and I appreciated that, but I don’t think I’ll read any more of the series.

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

 

How to Not Fall for the Guy Next Door by Meg Easton 51t31eCEFEL

This was a really cute romance. I felt like both Addison and Ian were given a history and back stories that deepened the story line. There were a few inconsistencies which pulled me out of the story, but overall It was sweet and clean, which we love.

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

 

 

 

Five Stars, Jennifer Moore, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence

Feminism for the Ages

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I love books that show that women can be feminine and strong. Strong women don’t all fit the same mold. By page 7 of Jennifer Moore‘s latest release Solving Sophronia I was already fascinated with all the future members of The Blue Orchid Society.

 

This series wont be books all about reporters, or all about nurses, each subsequent book with take it’s own unique direction and I can’t wait to get to know each of these strong female characters individually.

The tension between Sophie and Jonathan was very well written right from the beginning of the book. However I loved that it wasn’t the cliche cop versus reporter tension. Jonathan’s character definitely had the cop pride gruffness, but he also understood Sophie’s worth and quickly saw her as an asset not an inconvenience. Luckily that didn’t lesson the wonderful tension between the two, it made it more real and unique.

The book was full of delightfully written scenes, witty banter, fun character idiosyncrasies, and a gripping mystery. I could literally gush about how much I enjoyed this book.

I was interested through out the book on how the author was going to reconcile Sophie and Jonathan’s class difference. I felt a little underwhelmed with the two paragraph resolution at the end of the book. I’d be interested to know a few more details about how they merge their lives. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get glimpses of that in the subsequent Blue Orchid Society books, which by the way I’m already anxiously anticipating.

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Five Stars, Four Stars, Jen Geigle Johnson, Josi S. Kilpack, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Religion, Moderate Violence

At Home Learning

 

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I participated in my own at home learning last weekend when I attended a virtual writing conference. In my very first class I watched the amazing Lisa Mangum not just teach a concept, but then show us how to implement it by mapping it out. She had another author u the beginning ideas for a story, and it was awesome. I was just as enthralled with this new story idea as I was with the class. So I went looking for other things this author has written and I found this:

51Vw6s+8xcLI don’t do scary, I get the heebie jeebie’s just looking at that cover. However, the premise sounds amazing!

Erwin is in hell— Locked in his high school with his ex-girlfriend, her new pain-in-the-ass boyfriend, and a handful of others while zombies claw at the doors trying to fight their way in.
The bright light in the dark is Sylvia, whose strength helps hold Erwin together when everything is falling apart.
When they realize the school is no longer safe, Erwin is determined to keep the group together and get them all to safety. But he can’t save everyone.

 

I really want to be brave enough to read it, but I’m not…yet. However, I did find this too, and really enjoyed it.

Secondary Characters by Rachel Schieffelbein 51obj+FFBFL

This was a really fun quick young adult read. I think we all feel like a secondary character at some point in our lives which made Mabel extremely relatable. I appreciated getting the story from both Mabel and Lance’s point of view. His point of view created in the reader the knowledge that Mabel wasn’t a secondary character to him. Thus adding an on the edge of your seat feeling of: when is she finally going to see it and believe it too? I really enjoyed their sweet romance. **Just a heads up there was a bit of swearing in the book, they were however, all mild curse words.

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

The Earl’s Winning Wager by Jen Geigle Johnson52955109._SX318_SY475_

This is a favorite author of mine. She has such versatility in her writing with both traditionally published and indie Regency Romances under this name. She also writes contemporary romances under the pen name Sophia Summers. Her traditionally published books feel a little deeper, a little more flushed out. Her Indie books are lighter, but still delightful. Depending on what mood I’m in I can always find a good read with her. This book is the second in the Lord’s for the Sisters of Sussex series. These sisters are so fun and unique, each with their own voice. Jen has created an intriguing setting in the castle and an interesting mystery that instantly peaked my interest. There however, was so much going on with all the sisters, the love triangle and the mystery of the family’s background I had a hard time keeping up with everything.  The confusion pulled me out of the story a time or two. I loved the characters so much though and can’t wait to see where this journey takes each of them.

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

Rake and Roses by Josi Kilpack49733535

This was a beautifully written book of redemption. The first two chapters were hard to read for the fact that they were written so well you felt the desperation and the hurt to your very core. I was a little worried about how dark the book was going to get, but it never once felt heavy like that. The author handled the lowest lows and the darkness of life with a layer of hope and love. I instantly loved Lady Sabrina and the direction her goodness took the book. Harry Stillman alternately could have easily been a character I hated, but the author wrote him with such raw vulnerability that you fiercely want him to succeed. I was so invested in Harry’s growth there was a moment when his growth shown through and I felt Lady Sabrina’s response to that growth was out of character. I had forgotten for a moment that she was also broken. That moment made the story more real to me, they were both healing in different ways and their combined growth made the story honest and empathetic. I loved Daisies and Devotion so much I wasn’t sure if I could love any of the books in the series as much, but they just keep getting better!

*****Low Language, Low Romance, Moderate Violence, Moderate Religion (There was a bit more focus on God in this book, being a God fearing woman myself I felt like you couldn’t have a story of redemption with out Him. The author wove those parts in really well.)

 

3 1/2 Stars, Five Stars, Four Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Violence

New to Me

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There is so much newness surrounding this pandemic that so often I’ve reverted to familiarity when it comes to what I read. Seeking comfort in the known. Embracing our new normal I stepped out of the familiar this week and we tried a whole bunch of new to us authors, and we’re quite happy we did.

A Fall from Grace by Jennie Goutet 41STVAFy50L

I adored this book. With mulit-faceted characters and a unique plot. I honestly wouldn’t have picked up this book based on the book blurb alone, it sounds like an everyday regency romance. I however kept hearing praise about the book and author and taking advise of others I jumped right in. I was so pleasantly surprised. The details of each character and the turns in the story made for a wonderfully engaging story. I may have found a new favorite author.

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

 

The Lilac Plague by Kristin J. Dawson51TjyOAoFhL

This is the first book in a young adult, high adventure fantasy series. I felt like the language and world took a bit of getting used to, but the author builds her world well pulling you in to the fantasy and magic. The adventure and mystery were a little vague in parts, but the flashbacks given in journal form were a really good addition that keeps you guessing and engaged. If you liked Melanie Cellier’s Spoken Mage series (which we do 🙂 ), this would be right up your alley!

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

 

A Temporary Marriage by Summer Dowell51Qg1v+XoxL

If you need a light fun read, this is a Cute chick-flick with a sweet romance.

***1/2 Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Low Religion

 

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

So Little Time…

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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.

Emmeline by Jennifer Moore41jL4JnHdFL

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

 

Her Three Suitors by Anneka Walker 51cyWQIAEpL

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

Five Stars, High Violence, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Romance, Nichole Van, Three Stars

Give me a Break

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With all the changes and life adjustments happening… this week I needed something familiar. I needed something that would make me smile and make my heart happy. Nichole Van‘s House of Oak Series might just get the label of ‘my favorite series ever’. It’s high praise, but well deserved. And I read them all this week, and loved them all over again. We’ve already given you our effusive praise for this series here. house-of-oak-series-by-nichole-van-L-m199uJ

However I realized in re-reading that post that I hadn’t mentioned my most favorite book in that series, which is Clandestine (book 3).

I love Marc and Kit’s story. It makes me laugh out loud. Modern pop culture references in a regency era setting make for some fantastic moments. I remember the first time I read it, I just about dropped my phone with the twist she throws in. Intelligent, witty, emotional writing was exactly what I needed this week. I could read this series again and again and be delighted every time.

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

Aeva the Wild by Claire Marion 41hog8XXkSL

I (Aimee) had never read anything set in the viking era and it intrigued me. I should have processed however, the reality of how vulgar the vikings were into my decision to pick this book up. It is very violent, including sexual violence. And though there wasn’t a ton of language for most of the book, it oddly picked up in the last twenty percent of the book. So while the author was fantastic and the plot was very well done, the ratings are a lot higher than I’m comfortable with.

***Moderate Language, High Violence, Moderate Romance (The consensual romance was moderate. The sexual violence is categorized under the High Violence)

 

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You can find our blog tour review on this great book here.

 

 

Four Stars, Jen Geigle Johnson, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence

Freedom In Hiding

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We had spring break at our house last week, I’m not gonna lie…it was a little rough. There were sweet moments and bonding moments and moments I wished I could hide from my kids. Ok, lets be honest there were moments when I did attempt to hide from my kids. I found out my kids are really, really good at hide and seek.

There have been a lot of things I’ve wanted to hide from the last few weeks. Hide from the virus, hide from the earthquake, hide away the Easter candy before I eat it all. I wasn’t successful at that either. I’m gonna need to buy more, but I don’t want to, I’d rather hide from the craziness at the grocery stores too.

Reading has always been my favorite escape, my favorite thing to hide away with. Jen Geigle Johnson‘s newest release, His Lady in Hiding is the perfect thing to shut the world away. Romantic comedy escapism at it’s finest.

“Lady Elizabeth Davenport is desperate. Her hand in marriage has been offered to the highest bidder, a distressing proposition in and of itself but made all the more repulsive when she meets her father’s first choice for her hand: Lord Pinweather. When her parents refuse to hear her pleas, Liz is forced to take drastic measures—she will impersonate her maid and begin anew in America on her own terms.

Once on board the ship to America, another passenger, Lord Barton, almost immediately discovers her true status as a noble. After listening to Liz’s highly modified version of her life and her plans to begin again, Barton has compassion on her and teaches her how to abandon her noble mannerisms. Upon disembarking, however, Barton’s generous spirit quickly dampens when he discovers Liz has indeed found work—as his own head housekeeper. Suddenly, the tender feelings they hid from each other on the ship are inescapable, but their difference in station makes romance impossible. As misunderstandings abound and a shocking character from Liz’s past looms, she knows she can’t hide her true identity forever. But as her deception begins to unravel, will her charade cost her the man she loves?”

This book opens with the greatest hook, it will pull you in right away and make you giggle at her descriptions of Lord Pinweather and Liz’s reaction to him.

Liz is such a fun character to read. She’s the kind of character that makes you cringe just a little at her naievety when you first meet her. You start to shake your head at her fumblings, until you find yourself cheering on her successes. Liz’s character growth is what makes this book hard to put down.

The book has a fun pace, every time I felt like it slow just a little, Jen would add a new twist. She does a great job of juxtaposing characters and settings so you get a greater understanding of the characters as a whole. Miss Vincent, Miss Burchill and Lady Sariah were all really good examples of that.

I felt like Lady Sariah was a bit of an unnecessary obstacle at first, but I love the insight she gave to Barton’s background and the attitude of the ton on different levels.

Having the story take place in both London and America gave that same view, pulling out both Barton and Liz’s need for freedom in a subtle way.

The need to not hide, but to be free seemed to resonate with my soul this week. I’d read this book as a beta, but that message stuck out to me this time, where it hadn’t before. A mark of a good book is being able to connect to it again and again.

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

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