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

 

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

3 1/2 Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Melanie Jacobson, Moderate Religion

Fairy Tale Life

Fairy Tale re-tellings seem to be a really popular trope right now. I’m not complaining, I’m just stating a fact. A fact I completely embrace. I love watching how each author uses the different elements of the story to create their own fairy tale. I especially love it when it’s not obvious how they’re going to eventually pull the whole story together.

Finding Jack by Melanie Jacobson is a contemporary reverse re-telling (seems like a tongue twister) of Rapunzel.

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When smart, practical Emily finds herself in the crosshairs of an Internet prankster, her orderly world goes topsy-turvy. Instead of getting mad at the handsome stranger behind the joke, she finds herself drawn to him. But Jack Dobson, though hilarious and thoughtful, has a lot of secrets. Despite her growing feelings for her new and unexpected long-distance friend, his biggest secret of all might be the one that breaks the spell they’ve been weaving around each other.

I’ve never read a reverse re-telling of rapunzel. It just doesn’t seem feasible that a man would be trapped in a tower. Melanie Jacobson did an cute flip, and it was so fun to try and figure out how he was “trapped.” I love that she used it as personal prison not a physical one imposed by anyone else.

Melanie Jacobson’s female characters can seem almost too similar. They’re all California determined and focused girls, but I love where she went with Emily and the changes she made.

Melanie Jacobson also has a thing for online relationships. I’ve read that’s how she met her husband, which is sweet, but I keep hoping for something different. The online connection in this one was unique enough to not pull me out of the story.

The banter between Emily and Jack was highly entertaining and I liked how their connection grew and how their characters eventually encouraged each other outside of themselves.