Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Meet Me in the Margins

Book editor by day and aspiring writer at night, Savannah Cole is trying to get her own contemporary romance novel published by a different firm since hers would never publish a book like that. The fun begins as Savannah brings her forbidden manuscript to work, only to trip and have pages of it flying everywhere and right in front of her new imposing boss, William Pennington. The funny situations Savannah finds herself in and her developing attachment to the mysterious Will, made this a very enjoyable read. 

I liked that the story had more to it than just a romantic plot. Will was vulnerable and truthful, sharing his past with Savannah and she in turn was able to do the same. Savannah grows in her confidence and knowing who she is, in spite of her family’s expectation and her misperceptions of thinking she must be perfect.

I would definitely recommend this book. It was a clean read and had reminded me of one of my favorite ROM-COMS, You’ve Got Mail. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Ferguson’s books. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Release Date: 02.15.22

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


The Lost Colony of Roanoke has always held a fascination for me.  In this fictional account Ms. McNear tells an interesting story of what could have happened to the people who settled there.  Using source documents and weaving them throughout the story made this believable and interesting.  

The story centers around Elinor Dare’s experiences, her joys  and struggles as she begins her life in a very different world than that of London.  When the colony is attacked and Elinor is taken prisoner, you see what true mettle she has.  Losing her family, working in a copper mine, and becoming a slave are a few of the things Elinor endured.  She chose to trust God to see her through it all.  Elinor was an embodiment of her name, “light”, as  she shared her faith through her extremely difficult trials with her captor, Sees Far. 

I appreciated Ms. McNear’s end notes on the actual people and events that happened. It was helpful to be able to read about what was true so I can do further research myself. If you are a person who likes Early American history and Christian fiction, this will be a book for you.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher of a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

About this Book: 

In 1587, Elinor White Dare sailed from England heavy with her first child but full of hopes. Her father, a renowned artist and experienced traveler, has convinced her and her bricklayer husband Ananias to make the journey to the New World. Land, they are promised, more goodly and beautiful than they can ever imagine. But nothing goes as planned from landing at the wrong location, to facing starvation, to the endless wait for help to arrive. And, beyond her comprehension, Elinor finds herself utterly alone. . . .
The colony at Roanoke disappeared into the shadows of history. But, what if one survived to leave a lasting legacy?

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Deadly Target

Deadly Target is an exciting book with many near tragic incidents happening to the main characters, Erin and Nathan. With multiple attempts on Erin’s life, I was wondering who wants to silence her. As a criminal psychologist and a cold case podcaster it appears that she has kicked a hornet’s nest of bad guys who aren’t going to stop until she is dead. 

Erin’s ex-boyfrined, Nathan, comes back into her life as he takes her into his confidence about a cold case that his father was working on before he was shot. Together they unravel the mysterious events of the past only to find their cases are connected.  The surprising twists of events will keep you guessing all the way to the end of the book. 

If you like romantic suspense stories, then I am sure you will enjoy this second book in the Rocky Mountain Courage Series. It can be read as a standalone. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of the book. I was not obligated to write a positive review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

About the book: 

Criminal psychologist Erin Larson's dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her own life in a boating accident on Puget Sound and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job as a criminal psychologist to care for her mother in Montana. At least she is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell's father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin's help to solve the case. She's good at what she does. The only problem? She's his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted--and that the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

The race is on for the truth in this gripping and complex tale of suspense, intrigue, and murder from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard.

Monday, November 15, 2021

An Accidental Romance

Rebecca Jennings has had to delay her London Season for two years and now is her long-awaited opportunity to go! It’s too bad that two days prior to leaving she has an accident
  and cannot attend once again.  Ben Fortesque, the Earl of Winton, feels terrible that he was the cause of Rebecca’s accident and puts aside his self-imposed isolation in order to daily visit Rebecca while she recuperates. 

The betrayal that Ben has experienced from his ill-fated marriage leaves him wounded and extremely hesitant to trust another woman. Rebecca’s goodness and kindness shows him that trust and love are possible. Seeing Ben go through the healing process was well done and showed that even though horrible things happened, he became a stronger man. Ben showed his selfless nature as he insists Rebecca go and enjoy her shortened Season. I am glad he did because it brought about circumstances he needed to confront and put behind him. 

Seeing Rebecca’s transformation from being an immature young lady and somewhat self absorbed to a more mature, caring woman was wonderful to watch. As Ben becomes vulnerable and reveals details of his marriage and death of his wife, Rebecca responds with compassion and understanding.  This endeared her to me and made this a great love story.

I recommend this book for not only the story of love and transformation, but also Rebecca’s loving family. This can be read as a standalone, but it is part of the Jennings Family Series.  I thought the rest of Rebecca's family was intriguing and I look forward to finding out more about them. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

About the Book: 

Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enters the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home . . .

For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go.

With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.

The Stable Master's Son

Phillip Jenkins is a young man who is trying to provide a better life for his family and himself.  With little money, a cast-off estate, and a stableful of excellent horses, Phillip is determined to make a name for himself among the peerage as a breeder. However, he is going to need some help in keeping his name before the Ton in order to sell his fine horses. Miss Elizabeth Carter, a former Society member, knows many of the men who Phillip is trying to conclude important business transactions. It is a matter of timeliness in order to make ends meet and continue with his horse breeding. Phillip meets Elle and befriends her and what at first would have been a means to keep some of the lords interested, becomes more as he and Elle get to know each other. 

Elle was a truly giving person as she tries to help Phillip. She humbles herself and creates a way to talk to one of the lords about his interest in one of Phillip’s horses. Because of the somewhat obvious way that she bumps into him, Lord Larmont interprets this to mean she is interested in him.  As a peer, Lord Larmont uses his title and money to get everything he wants and is determined to marry Elle. He was boorish and demeaning to her, only wanting her to be an asset to him.  He didn’t really care  about her as a person, just what she would do to make him look good. Elle has a life impacting decision to make. Will she choose certain financial security and marry Lord Larmont?

Ms. Strunk wrote a heart-warming story of the working class of Society. I thought the contrast between some of the entitled peerage and those of the working class was well done. It’s unique since we get to see what it might have been like to depend upon the aristocracy for your livelihood. I recommend this book if you like historical novels and/or Regency Romance. This is the second book of the Sons of Somerset series, but can be read as a standalone. 

Monday, November 8, 2021

An Alleged Rogue

My, oh, my! This book was incredible and had so many things I loved about it. The thoroughly captivating cast of characters included these main characters. The devious, cold-hearted fiend (Freddie Payne), the hard-working, indomitable hero (Adam Norton, aka as Lord Dunsbourne), and the caring, spirited and intelligent heroine (Phoebe Hadford) made time fly by as I was totally immersed in learning about them and reading this story.

Adam Norton was so caught up in trying to bring Freddie to justice and save his family’s estate that he forgot about everything else, including his sister, Emily. Thanks to his neighbor, Phoebe, he realizes there are more important things to see to and love. He has unwittingly neglected Emily and allowed malicious rumors to abound. I loved that Phoebe could see beyond gossip and pride to be a true friend to Adam and Emily. She helped Adam with his burgeoning apple orchard and business when no one else would and helped Emily with becoming a part of the local society. Everyone needs a Phoebe in their lives.

Don’t you love it when a villain is so evil you hate them? Well, I detest, abhor, despise Freddie Payne. He was such a scum, stealing from so many people. He gloried in the fact that he swindled innocent, trusting people. His pride and greed became his downfall, and for that I am extremely glad.

The plot was so exciting that I had to put the book down, just to immediately pick it back up so that I could find out what was happening. Throughout the story I fumed, yelled, laughed gleefully, clapped my hands and cheered like I do when I am watching a movie that I love.

I highly recommend this book and think you will love it and want this for your library. It is the first book that I have read in her Georgian Gentlemen. I am definitely going to read the other two books in the series, The Noble Smuggler and An Uncommon Rogue.

Thank you to NetGalley for an electronic advanced reader’s copy of the book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Carving for Miss Coventry

Marianne Coventry was caught in a world of societal expectations that were put upon her. Her father would not let her attend any of the functions until her sister, Beatrice,  married and that didn’t look like it was going to be any time soon. Marianne had been waiting for five long years for her sister to marry. She should have been attending parties, enjoying herself, talking to neighbors and making friends, but she had to be content to be at home. I think this was especially hard on her because, “Marianne hardly cared whom she mingled with, just so long as she got to speak with someone.” 

Mr. Coventry wanted his daughters to marry a titled gentleman to prove that he was a part of this class.  He had money now from his profitable businesses and would marry his daughters to help his position. Marianne’s thoughts were more about the person. 

“What did it matter if a man was a gentleman or a member of the working class?” 

I loved that she looked beyond a man’s status to see who he was.  Marianne was a loving, forgiving person and was way beyond patient in her duty of staying home. She was forced to be a quiet recluse.  It’s no wonder she takes matters  into her own hands…

Edward Steele had to overcome the unfounded, nearly career-ending rumors concerning his father and his subsequent death. Edward is left a bitter and resentful man, trying to provide for his mother through his beautiful woodcarving skills for the very class of people who caused him such difficulty. Marianne was such a healing balm to his soul as she shared with him her thoughts on forgiveness. “But, each day, I must remind myself to forgive and move on. For if I do not, bitterness and anger will consume me until there is no longer light within.” 

I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Marianne and Edward. I thought they brought out the very best in each other. Marianne helped Edward see that he was a gifted artisan and shouldn't be bound by the past. Edward listened to Marianne, cared about what she thought, and let her be unique herself. Hurray for Marianne when she finally approached Beatrice and had the difficult conversation of what her selfishness had done to her.  This helped Beatrice to see that her unhappiness was affecting Marianne’s life. While I thought she had been terribly self-centered, Beatrice was able to help Marianne make her dreams come true. 

This is the first book in the Sons of Somerset series and was a terrific way to begin it. This can be read as a standalone, but I can’t wait to read the rest of the series if this is an indication of what the other books will be like.

Meet Me in the Margins

Book editor by day and aspiring writer at night, Savannah Cole is trying to get her own contemporary romance novel published by a different ...