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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Reading Round-Up

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.

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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

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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

 

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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…

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

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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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

 

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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

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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

 

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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, Joanna Barker, Josi S. Kilpack, Nancy Campbell Allen, Rebecca Connolly, Sarah M. Eden

Know what you Like

It’s common knowledge that one of us is a sucker for a good historical fiction romance. Therefore it comes as no surprise that my favorite reads of 2019 that were released in 2019 looks like this….

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**This doesn’t include books I read in 2018 that we’re released this year or books I read this year that we’re released previously.

In no particular order…

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower: https://bookconfessionsblog.com/2019/08/05/dream/

A Tip of the Cap: I read this book right at the height of my house saleing month and I didn’t realize until now, thought I grammed about it, I never blogged about! So here you go: Rebecca Connolly is one of my favorite authors not just for her stories and characters, but the whit and charm that suffuses each of them. The London League is possibly my favorite series by her and it was a huge toss up between this one and By Hook or By Rook, but may I remind you, this one made me cry… in public. So take that for what it’s worth.

A Song for the Stars: https://bookconfessionsblog.com/2019/04/26/youre-welcome/

Daisies and Devotion: https://bookconfessionsblog.com/2019/05/13/1733/

The Heart of a Vicar: https://bookconfessionsblog.com/2019/08/08/shattered-notions/

Secrets and Suitors: https://bookconfessionsblog.com/2019/10/01/best-kept-secret/

Here’s to another year of amazing reads!!

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Sarah M. Eden

Shattered Notions

About 12 years ago my sister and I decided we wanted to learn something new, so we went to our local rock climbing gym and got belay certified, thus began a love affair with rock climbing. We found we love to go in the mountains far more than in the gyms. We love the nature and the challenge. We especially love that since we have the gear, it’s free. I must admit though, I had no idea about the history of rock climbing, or how far back it went.

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I have looked forward to Holy Harry’s book for far too long, and it did not disappoint. Not only was the history of rock climbing fascinating, but making Harry a rock climber just fit so well. However I would have never thought, oh I bet Harold Jonquil likes to climb things. That sounds ridiculous. Which is why Sarah Eden is such a phenomenal writer.

From the first few pages of the book every preconceived notion I’d ever had about Harry were cracked in two. Then, the more I learned about him, the more I loved him and rooted for him to become the man both Sarahs new him to be.

This story is not just a beautiful character journey. Harold’s journey was enveloped in a tender second chance romance. As well as complex family dynamics that draw you further and further into the arms of the Jonquil family. This may have been my favorite Jonquil book yet.

With that in mind, switch gears with me to Sarah Eden’s upcoming release The Lady and the Highway Man.

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From the first page this book shattered all my preconceived notions of Sarah Eden’s writing. If I hadn’t been fully aware that the book I was reading was a Sarah Eden book, I never would have guessed it.

The writing and the plot were so very different from the Sarah Eden I was used to, and yet wholly delightful. The story was incredibly quirky and a little on the dramatic side, both of which fit the whole perfectly.  I was entirely entertained and captivated.

The two stories within the story pulled me out a little the first time or two, but the more I was pulled into the characters, the more I loved the added character development they provided.

This is why I love Sarah Eden’s writing, it continually surprises and enchants me. Every, single, time.

Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Moderate Violence, Sarah M. Eden

Faint of Heart

Sarah Eden’s newest book,  Healing Hearts  takes us back to Savage Wells. I have to admit that westerns aren’t really my thing, but I fell in love with this town and the people in it in “The Sheriff’s of Savage Wells.” I was so excited to be back in their world again, and loved every second of it.

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Miriam steps off the train looking for a job not a husband. She refuses to be wed, and Gideon is unspeakably embarrassed by the misunderstanding. Stranded in Savage Wells, Miriam has nowhere else to go and a secret that she’s determined to keep from everyone. She has epilepsy, a condition that other doctors had claimed was symptomatic of madness, a diagnosis which prompted her family to have her committed to an asylum. Miriam is afraid that if Dr. MacNamara finds out the truth, he will send her back to the asylum a place that is little better than a prison.

But Gideon is not like the other doctors she has encountered, and he offers Miriam the nursing position anyway. When illness sweeps through the town, Gideon and Miriam work together to care for the growing number of sick people. As they do so, their relationship slowly grows into something deeper. When Miriam’s former doctor arrives in town to take her back to the asylum, Gideon, along with some familiar faces in Savage Wells including Cade, Paisley, and Hawk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. And for Gideon, it might mean risking his heart one more time for a chance at love.

This is a beautiful novel showcasing excellent character development and intriguing story lines. Sarah Eden has an amazing grasp of human nature and it makes her novels shine.

The book centers on a common mail-order bride trope, but Sarah Eden shifts it into something creative and unconventional. Then she uses that unconventional relationship to pull out our greatest anxieties about relationships and confront them.

Sarah Eden has no pretense of what should and is awkward and difficult, and is willing to write about it in beautiful stories and settings that are both entertaining and edifying.

The history of the struggles women faced during this time are fascinating, but it was more than beautiful historical fiction. Through Miriam’s condition she reflects our own worst personal fears and brokenness back at us and then gives Miriam powerful moments to succeed. Giving us the power to see more into the hearts of each characters and in ourselves.

I have a dear friend whose two year old started having seizures last year, out of the blue and with no apparent connection. Even with a team of doctors and medical experts at hand, it has been a scary process for their family. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to deal with unexpected medical conditions with out the medical knowledge or the freedom to pursue it. I loved how this novel opened my eyes to the gratitude I have for both those things.

 

3 1/2 Stars, Heather B. Moore, Jen Geigle Johnson, Sarah M. Eden, Timeless Romance Anthologies

Tradition!

I love the holiday season, the music, the decorations, the traditions. I love creating new traditions in my littles and watching the season come alive in their eyes. Books have always been a part of our traditions and I love a good holiday story to get me in the Christmas spirit.

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ALWAYS KISS AT CHRISTMAS by Regina Scott
Mary Rose has one goal for her mother’s annual Christmas Eve party: convince her childhood friend Julian Mayes to marry her. She has always admired Julian. Surely one moment under the kissing bough will convince him they were meant to be together. Newly hired by a prestigious London law firm, Julian is ready to shake the dust of the countryside off his polished boots. But he’s always had a soft spot for Mary. As the danger to her future becomes clear, will one kiss be enough to prove to him how far he will go to protect her?

The Plot was cute and the characters were endearing but there was something lacking in the natural flow of the story.

A YULETIDE MATCH by Sarah M. Eden
Famed matchmaker to the ton, Adelaide Northrup cannot imagine a more perfect way to spend Christmas than answering the desperate call of Mr. Porter Bartrum: widower, young father, dunderhead. The young gentleman’s first marriage was an arranged one and he hasn’t the first idea how to find a wife on his own. His dear friend, Chloe Munson, has watched his attempts with amusement and finds this latest approach, the clandestine hiring of a matchmaker, his most entertaining yet. If Adelaide plays her cards right, and she always does, she might very well manage to secure two happy endings.

I mentioned on Social Media how excited I was to hear more from Mrs. Northrop and she did not disappoint. Using Mrs. Northrop to guide the two characters to a realization of their feelings worked so well and made the story nothing short of adorable.

THE FORBIDDEN DUKE by Jen Geigle Johnson
They weren’t supposed to meet, but now that they have, nothing will ever be the same. The Duke of Salsbury blames her family. Lady Catherine blames his. Will an age-old dispute between the Salsburys and Asters rip apart any hope they have to be together? In this game of secrets and lies, can their love for each other conquer even the most tightly held family prejudices?

This nod to Romeo and Julie, but with a sweet ending had my favorite meet cute of the anthology. The author did a beautiful job with the romance balancing their attraction with the struggles in their background they needed to over come.

MISTLETOE AT WILLOWSMEADE by Annette Lyon
On Christmas Eve, Eleanor Hadfield, who works as governess at her childhood home of Willowsmeade, is stunned to learn that the love of her youth, Julian Phillips, is coming back after a decade’s absence. Once the gardener’s son, he has elevated his station to navy captain. Making a match with a mere governess would lower his position, if he were to still love her as he did as a young man, which is unlikely. Unable to bear the idea of noble Julian keeping an old promise out of obligation or pity, Eleanor decides to leave the only place that has ever been a home.

In this second chance love story it was easy to connect with the emotions of the two characters and the author’s slow build from both points of view until they finally were brave enough to express their feelings created a good tension and satisfying ending.

FOLLOW THE RIVER HOME by Krista Lynne Jensen
With her beloved home entailed away to a wealthy cousin, spirited Arabelle Hyatt has resigned herself to marry the arrogant man, if only to save her family from destitution. But before an understanding is reached, a childhood friend returns from war, wounded in more ways than one. With Christmas coming—what may be their last at Hybrigge—holiday traditions are celebrated, memories are revisited, and Arabelle learns what lies in a man’s words is not always what lies in his heart.

I liked the way the author set up the characters for this story, but they seemed to get a little lost in the plot. There was a little too much going on. It would’ve worked great in a flushed out novel but made the short story feel disconcerting.

THE NEW EARL by Heather B. Moore
Celia Thompson knows she can’t live with the new earl who’s come to take her brother’s place. Before she can pack her belongings and reconcile herself to a fate of living as a spinster in her aunt’s home, the new earl arrives. Yet, Aaron, now Lord Banfield, is not the pompous, arrogant man she’d imagined. In fact, he’s quite . . . interesting and handsome. Celia decides to help the man acclimate to his new role. But the longer she stays on at Banfield, the more she realizes the new earl might be the answer she’s been looking for.

I really like the set up of Heather Moore’s  story and the banter back and forth between the two characters. The clandestine meetings and the way they came to respect each other made for a good romance, but for some reason the ending left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

One of my favorite things about reading Holiday themed books from the Regency era is the traditions. I loved learning how they celebrated and the little things they did to make the holiday special. It was obvious all these authors did their research bringing something new and interesting to my holiday tradition repertoire.

 

3 1/2 Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Sarah M. Eden, Timeless Romance Anthologies

Something Old, Something New

I have to confess the first time I saw the cover for the newest Timeless Western Collection, Calico Ball, I had no idea what one was.

Now that I’ve learned something new about something old, I keep thinking, why don’t we do stuff like this anymore? It sounds charitable and delightful, and something I would definitely attend.Calico Ball (Timeless Western Collection Book 1) by [Kelly, Carla, Eden, Sarah M., Holt, Kristin]

This collection contains three short stories set in The West and each about a Calico Ball.

“The Keeper of the Western Door” by Carla Kelly has a slow but budding tender relationship. The be true to your roots message was sweet. However I felt like the conversations were a little stilted.

“A Convenient Arrangement” by Sarah Eden like most of her writing is an emotionally driven story. It’s one of the reasons people connect to her stories and her characters. Her descriptions of the characters and their reactions to each other made an already delightful tale, adorable.

“Isabella’s Calico Groom” by Kristin Holt was probably my favorite of the three stories. It took me a few pages to place the other characters in the book as stories I’d already read. The characters from Sophia’s Leap Year Courtship a Timeless Romance Single and “Wanted: Midwife Bride” from the Mail Order Bride Collection appear briefly in this story. Kristin Holt combined a story of independence and being who you are with a heart warming romance. I particularly appreciated that she created in Isabella a woman not afraid to speak up and communicate through misunderstandings, it was refreshing.

Overall I really enjoyed this Collection, I love learning about new things and felt pulled right into the excitement of the Calico Ball. The next time someone wants ideas for a fundraiser, a Calico Ball will be on the top of my list…but then I might actually have to learn how to sew…

 

4 1/2 stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Sarah M. Eden

Fly on the Wall

Confession: I’ve always secretly wished I could be a part of a regency house party. They sound entertaining and dramatic and just the sort of craziness I would love. Sarah Eden’s latest novel, Loving Lieutenant Lancaster, takes place at such a setting. But it gets better, what could be better than a regency house party you ask? A regency house party in which both the Jonquils and the Lancasters have been invited, genius! Oh to be a imagined fly on that fictional wall!

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“Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.

Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella.”

As excited as I was to dive into a book where the Jonquils and the Lancasters collide, I could not anticipate the awesomeness that would ensue when you but Philip Lancaster and Adam Boyce in the same location, for an extended period of time. I have this image of Sarah Eden sitting at her computer drumming her fingers together with a conniving, but smug look on her face, at the prospect of writing such scenes. They did not disappoint, they were fantastic and quite hilarious.

The beautiful thing about Sarah Eden, is the seamless way she combines both the humor and the deeper beautiful messages of love, and trust, and family.  Of acceptance and fear, and a need to belong. Each emotion is potent and makes the words on the page become more than just a story, but a connection.

Sarah has taken us on a journey with these two families for so long, it was nothing but delightful to get to see them collide and can I just say, I am so incredibly excited to hear Charlie’s and Artemis’ respective stories, or story?? You can see how much they are both hurting, and yet wanting. Now that would be the best, right? A permanent joining of the two families. A girl can dream. –N.C.

 

PS- The one thing I was confused on, some one help me out here…did I miss something? Dr. Scoresby just shows up at Linus’ house, like that was normal and acceptable? Yet they were all out of beds and Linus is sleeping in the office. Where did he sleep and why was it generally acceptable for him, who was no relation and not invited, to just be there?? Help a confused girl out here…

 

 

 

Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Sarah M. Eden

No one’s more surprised than m’self

Wow, I loved this book. I was not expecting too since I didn’t love the first two in the series. Which is surprising since I think Sara Eden is a fantastic author. I still can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about the first two, but this recent release in the series, blew me away. 

“For nearly a year, Tavish O’Connor has carried the crushing weight of his family’s future on his shoulders. He has taken on the care of his youngest brother, Finbarr, who lost his eyesight in a terrible accident. But the lad needs more than Tavish can provide. Finbarr needs hope.

Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family—and the other Irish townspeople—are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven.

Cecily’s only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil’s brother, Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic and quite possibly the most frustrating man she’s ever known.

For Finbarr’s sake, Tavish and Cecily forge an uneasy alliance that, as the weeks pass, tiptoes toward something deeper than either dares admit or face, and toward a future they know to be impossible. There can be no hope of a happy outcome for an Irish man and an English woman amongst a people reeling from violence and centuries of hatred between their two homelands.”

Love Remains made me laugh, made me cry, (not in a bad way) and made me feel a deep connection with the characters in this story. One of the things I love about Sara’s writing, is how you can have no idea what it is like to feel something having no experience in that area, and then finish the book feeling more compassion and understanding for something you’ve personally never experienced.

I loved how she wrote Cecily’s character. I loved how she withstood so much heartache and trial in life and yet still rose above all that and was kind and loving. And Tavish *sigh* love his humor and his love/willingness to do anything for his family. That is what family is to me, and it really stuck a cord.

It was hard to read about the O’Connor’s stubbornness and attitude to Cecily. Especially with all they had gone through I honestly expected better from them, but through it Sara made it more realistic and brought out those prejudices, recognizing that everything is not always peachy keen.

Finnbar… Can’t wait for his story!

And can we talk about how much I loved the moment between Cecily and Tavish at their pond when he describes everything around them that she can’t see. I don’t know why but that made me tear up. That’s love right there, a love that will remain. –M.V.