Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Lady Glass




BOOK DESCRIPTION

Theresia Dvorak has nothing left of her parents—nothing save her dowry, a priceless crystal vase stolen and sold by her own stepmother. Theresia will do anything to secure what is rightfully hers—even assume a false identity and steal her future back. When she gains entrance to a house party and has a memorable run-in with the handsome naval captain Rolland Reese, her mission is compromised. She swore never to trust an Englishman again, but when he makes a daring proposal she cannot refuse, she must work side by side with him if either of them is to achieve their aim.

Rolland is stunned when his homecoming from the war takes a decidedly deadly turn. The quickest solution is to throw a house party and invite all the suspects. With the stakes incredibly high, Rolland must root out the killer before they turn their sights to the next potential victim: his own father. The mysterious Theresia is undoubtedly the most suspicious of his guests, but against all odds, he finds himself risking everything to protect her. As Rolland unravels a tangle of clues, he faces the greatest threats of all: a heart of fire and a future as fragile as glass.


AUTHOR BIO

Anneka R. Walker is a best-selling author of historical and contemporary romance. With humor and an abundance of heart, she crafts uplifting stories you won't soon forget. She is the winner of the Swoony Award, the LDSPMA Praiseworthy Award, and various chapter contests. Her books have received praise from Publishers Weekly, Historical Novel Society, Midwest Book Review, and Readers Favorite. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in English and history and hopes to never stop learning. She is a blessed wife, proud mother of five, lover of Jesus, connoisseur of chocolate, and believer in happy endings.


MY REVIEW 

This Cinderella retelling is like no other that I have read. I loved it! Theresia Dvorak was sent away from her home and has now returned to claim her dowry, the prized glass vase her father made for her. But, her evil stepmother has made underhanded dealings and the vase is no longer at the house. Theresia’s only hope in getting it back is to attend a house party that she hasn’t even been chosen as a guest. 


I loved the fun and original twists on the fairy tale. One of my favorites was how Theresia loses her slipper. You will have your heart racing as Theresia meets Rolland on her quest to find her family heirloom. You are sure to laugh throughout the story as they spar with words. Having spies in the story was something I enjoyed that added mystery and intrigue.


I highly recommend readers of all ages to choose this book. It is a standalone, but there are also two other books that are in the series. Here are some additional things to love:

 

Spunky FMC

Thwarting a thief

Benevolent godfather

Gypsies

Climbing trellises

Banter

Humor

Secrets

Crumbling ruins


Thank you to AustenProse for the opportunity to participate in the book tour. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, July 1, 2024

The Prodigy and the Diamond





About the Book: 

When love is won by virtue of a wager, who knew it could be lost within ten days?

Oliver Fernley is a musical prodigy. After a few years of tutoring pupils on various instruments, Oliver has decided his current course has amounted to very little. He needs a change. A night out with friends at Whites seems to be the ticket to break him out of his mundane life. A wager or two seems harmless until he is deep in his cups and freely spending beyond his means.

According to the gossip columns, Hannah Anderson is the season’s diamond. The debutante to watch, emulate, and befriend. Her identical twin sister is overlooked due to scarring after a misfortunate accident and her awkward exuberance for finding a match. To bolster her sister’s confidence, Hannah enters a wager to prove that any man would take his leave for the countryside if faced with the same faux pas, even if it was Society’s proclaimed diamond.

The rules are simple. First, the other party cannot know about the wager. Second, there are only ten days to triumph. Oliver must win Hannah’s heart. Hannah must embarrass Oliver so he will leave town. But in the game of love, nothing is as it seems, and these two wagering enthusiasts find themselves fooled.

My Review: 

I have loved every one of the stories in the Fernley Family series, and this was a perfect way to end it. The secrets, the wagers, and the unexpected romance between Oliver and Hannah. I loved the ways that Hannah tries to get Oliver to stop pursuing her. I laughed quite a few times at her clumsiness and the unforgivable faux pas at the croquet match.

Things to love:  

The Fernley family

Sisters’ love

Humor

Horse rides

Defending Hannah’s honor

Sword fight

A scandalous ball

Hannah’s Ballad

Tribute to Father Fernley

Favorite quote: “Mistakes will always be made. It is admitting fault and then setting things right that will be remembered.” I highly recommend this and all of the other books in this series. Oliver and Hannah’s story can be read as a standalone too. They are clean and wholesome romances that readers of all ages will enjoy. I received a complimentary copy of this advanced reader copy through Book Sirens. I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

Sunday, June 30, 2024

When Secrets Come Calling

 



About the Book:

When former University of Alabama and Titans wide receiver Dax Carpenter learns his father is accused of a forty-year-old robbery and murder, he turns to the only person he trusts to discover the his ex-girlfriend, Caitlin Fitzhugh.

Caitlin, a cold-case specialist with the Alabama State Division of Investigations, wants nothing to do with the case nor Dax. Not only is the evidence against Dax’s father already condemning, she can’t risk having her heart broken—again.

Caitlin’s boss, however, ignores her arguments, and she begrudgingly takes the consult, convincing herself she can keep the case and her past with Dax separate. But unlike her, longings and memories don’t follow orders. While she lends her skills to the Gulf Shores Police Department in the search for the truth, Dax fends off a possibly career-ending social media hit—leading him to question everything he knows about his father and himself.

As the secrets of both their pasts unfold, they discover whether Dax’s father truly robbed and murdered a man forty years ago but also why Caitlin ended their relationship. Secrets that could drive a wedge between them, forever.


My Review: 

This is a story of a second chance at love for Dax and Caitlin. What brings them together is not something that either one of them would have wanted when Dax’s father risked accused of crimes from 40 years ago. It was nice to see that while bad things do happen, good can come from them. Letting go of the past was freeing and the best thing Caitlin could do for herself and Dax.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Launch Team Geek. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Rocky Mountain Journey

About the Book

Book: Rocky Mountain Journey (Sisters of the Rockies: Book 3)

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 18, 2024

Masquerading as a man, Faith Collins embarks on a perilous journey through the untamed wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in search of the Peigan Blackfoot woman who once saved her father’s life. She joins a group of trappers who may be able to lead her to the place the woman is hiding, but keeping Faith’s identity a secret proves more difficult than she imagined.

Grant Allen is searching for his younger brother, who was separated from him when their parents died many years ago. After receiving word that his brother went west to the Rockies, he unites with a group of trappers, hoping they can lead him to his brother’s location. Soon Grant realizes there’s a woman hiding among the men, and he’s determined to find out who she is, what she’s hiding, and how he can keep her safe in this country of wild animals and even wilder men.

In this rousing conclusion to her Sisters of the Rockies series, Misty M. Beller embarks on an adventurous journey where loyalty, love, and sacrifice intertwine amid the unforgiving frontier.

 My Review: 

Get ‘er done Faith Collins made a deathbed promise to her father to return an heirloom necklace to the Blackfoot woman who saved his life many years  before. I admired her courage and determination to strike out on her own since none of her sisters were able to help find her. She didn’t let anything stand in her way to keep her word. 


I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Faith and Grant Allen. When Faith disguises herself as a man to join a group of trappers, and Grant discovers her real identity he was admirable in allowing her to continue her quest. As long as he could protect her. The dangers they face will keep you turning the pages and anticipating a happy ending for them. 


Things to enjoy: 

Spunky FMC

Adventure

Dangerous men

Faith of the characters


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley and Celebrate Lit. All views are my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.


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 About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

More from Misty

A HEROINE DISGUISED AS A MAN

I love a heroine in disguise! It’s one of my favorite tropes, but I don’t often get to write stories with that plot. It adds so many fun and funny moments to the storyline. J

In Rocky Mountain Journey our heroine goes undercover as a “man” to travel with a group of trappers so she can reach her destination safely. Numbers meant a better chance of survival back in those days. I love that Grant, our hero, was the only man in the trapper group who looked close enough at the young “man” riding with them to realize things weren’t what they seemed at first glance.

One challenge that definitely arises in a story where the heroine is pretending to be a man is the development of the romance between her and the hero. In this case, Faith was pretending to be her (fictitious) brother Frank. Grant had met Faith in an earlier chapter before she took on the disguise, and he immediately noticed the resemblance between “Frank” and the woman whose memory still lingered with him, even days later. Every time he looks at “Frank” while they’re traveling with the trappers, he recalls the memory of Faith by the waterfall…and the attraction to that woman grows a little more every time. What a shocking surprise when he discovered she’s riding just ahead of him on the trail the entire time!

I pray you love Faith’s stint “in disguise” in Rocky Mountain Journey! J

Blessings!

Misty

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Monday, June 17, 2024

The Hudson Collection

 


About the Book: 

Step into the beguiling world of 1926 New York and discover the power of resilience, friendship, and love from award-winning author Jocelyn Green.

Elsa Reisner's lifelong dream of working as an ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History is fading as the job begins to drain her passion. But fate takes an unexpected turn when she is assigned to catalog the bequest of a recently deceased patron whose Gothic country mansion holds secrets and treasures waiting to be discovered.

As Elsa delves into her task, she forms an unlikely bond with the estate's delightful gardener and her daughter, as well as an architectural salvage dealer who still bears scars from the Great War. Together, they embark on a thrilling treasure hunt for a missing relic intended to safeguard the servants' futures before the estate is sold. At the same time, Elsa's body seems to betray her with new symptoms from a childhood disease that isn't through with her yet.

With the brooding veteran and her handsome colleague joining the search, Elsa must navigate the tangled web of secrets and hidden motives along with the changing state of her health. As her deadline looms ever closer, will she be able to secure a new life for her friends before the estate slips from their grasp?


My Review: 

Author Jocelyn Green has written a world from the 1920’s filled with such rich detail that I wish I could visit the mansion she described along the Hudson River. Choosing a the profession of an ornithologist for the main character, Elsa Reisner, was interesting. I loved the rambling home of a reknown millionaire and his wife, and the task that Elsa is given to catalog and retrieve the birds from their collection. I am familiar with many of the birds that are described and loved learning more about them as well as new ones too. 


The misperception of how Elsa’s family felt about her contracting polio and its aftereffects caused her to see things in a different manner. I loved that she was courageous and spoke with her parents about what took place. I can imagine how freeing it was for all involved to confess their feelings and move forward in their relationship. 


There are so many wonderful characters in this story. Luke, the wonderful, caring, and protective man. I wish everyone had a person in their life like him. He was the perfect match for Elsa. Danielle, a child with autism who could see things in a way that was uniquely her. Tom, a man who was carefree and loving and recovering from the horrors of war. 


The topic of eugenics is part of the story and shows the devastation that it creates. I loved how many of Ms. Green’s characters would be labeled as imperfect but how distinctive each one of them is. I could see the tapestry of  each of them fitting into Elsa’s life.


Other things to love:

Treasure hunt

Mystery and Danger

Faith of characters

Things aren’t always what they seem

Restoration


I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction. It can be read as a standalone even though it is part of the On Central Park series.  I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley and Austen Prose. All views are only my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. 

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Moonlight on the Mississippi


About the Book:

 A lost treasure, a mysterious disappearance, and a deadly family secret—but winning her heart might be the real challenge.

Steamboat Captain Camilla Lockhart discovers a handsome stranger on board with an offer he claims she can't refuse. If he thinks she will get involved in another hopeless treasure quest, he's lost his sunbaked mind. Not after what happened to her father. But with her boat falling apart and her crew about to starve, Mr. Gray's unusual proposal might be her only hope.

Daniel Gray inherited a host of problems, including a clue that could unlock old family secrets and a treasure that’s long since faded to lore. His father left him with only one name—Lockhart. But when he hires the striking, yet unconventional, steamboat captain to help him navigate the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River, he never expects his heart to get tangled in the currents. With a criminal operation’s net tightening around them, the two must battle against time to uncover a lost family treasure and solve a mysterious disappearance before the men hunting them from the shadows discover the dangerous truth.

My Review: 

This is such a fun treat to read! Camilla Lockhart is unlike any female character I have read about due to her profession. She is a female river boat captain who is skilled in navigating the Mississippi River. I loved her honesty and her faith. Camilla’s saying of, “snakes and salt water” had me smiling every time she said it. Her unique sayings and descriptions of people and circumstances really brought her character to life.

The adventure of searching for a family treasure and unraveling suspicions that both Camilla and Daniel Gray have about the circumstances of their father’s brief partnership add a tension to their relationship. As they get to know each other I was happy to see their romance develop.

Things to love:
Unique boat crew
A sweet boy
A lovable dog
The Devil’s Punchbowl
Danger and suspense
Second chances
Faith element

Favorite quotes:
“Papa always said the trials mold a man. He can be shaped into something harder.”
“What’s the difference?”
“Strong endures. It shelters others. A hard man forgets everything but the pain and builds walls to keep others out.”

This is a part of the River Romances series, but it can be read as a standalone since each book is independent of each other. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views are only my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, June 10, 2024

The Girl from the Hidden Forest

 

About the Book

Book: Girl from the Hidden Forest

Author: Hannah Linder

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Regency Romance

Release date: May, 2024

The nightmares may free her…but destroy the man she loves.

Enjoy another Gothic Style Regency from Hannah Linder.

Eliza Ellis has stayed hidden in Balfour Forest for as long as she can remember. Perhaps her only friends are the trees, or her little dog, or her story-telling father called Captain. But at least she is safe from the cruel world outside, a world Captain has warned her against and protected her from.

That is, until a handsome stranger named Felton Northwood invades her quiet forest and steals her away. Why does he tell such lies? Why does he insist that her name is Miss Eliza Gillingham, daughter of a viscount, who disappeared fourteen years ago after the murder of her own mother? A murder Eliza is said to have witnessed.

When Felton returns Eliza to Monbury Manor and reunites her with a man who is told to be her father, all she remembers are the strange nightmares that have plagued her since childhood. Why have they suddenly grown worse? Are the answers hidden inside her own mind?

As danger mounts and lethal attempts are made on her life, Eliza and Felton must work together to uncover the identity of a killer who has stayed silent for fourteen years. When she finally uncovers the horrendous memories trapped in her mind, will divulging the truth cost her the man she loves—and both of their lives?

 My Review: 

With a heart-stopping opening scene, this story kept me in its grip until the final page. Do not start reading this book at night if you want to get a good night’s rest. I wasn’t able to put it down once I started it. With rumors of murder attached to his family’s name, Felton Northwood will do whatever it takes to clear his name. As Eliza Gillingham enters his life, he hopes nothing will be the same. The build up of the relationship between Eliza and Felton was orchestrated so well and the pacing for their romance was just right. It wasn’t too fast to make it unbelievable, but not too slow either. I could write much more about this book. But, I will give some highlights instead. :) Things to love: Suspense and mystery Complex characters Merrylad the protector Dance lessons Enemies to more Plot twists, spins, and dives Vile villain God’s grace I highly recommend this story if you enjoy well developed characters and romantic suspense. I would love to see this story made into a movie. I can’t wait to read the next book that Hannah Linder writes. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. All opinions are my own and voluntarily provided.

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels filled with passion, secrets, and danger. She is a four-time Selah Award winner, a 2023 Carol Award semi-finalist, a 2023 Angel Book Award third place winner, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Also, Hannah is an international and multi-award-winning graphic designer who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestsellers. She is also a self-portrait photographer of historical fashion. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, ukulele, and banjolele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, square dancing, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse.

More from Hannah

Everyone has been asking me for years: “Can you see yourself in any of your characters?” I guess I’m in everything, interwoven in all of the sentences. Pieces of me are scattered in the settings. Traits and quirks and secret thoughts are dispersed into the minds and souls of my characters.But I always felt the need to say no. I don’t see myself in my characters.

Perhaps because, in the past, so many of my heroines have been so different than me. Ella Pemberton (Beneath His Silence)—outlandish and stubborn and daring, apt to speak her mind, bold in her manner and flawless in her dance. Nan Duncan (When Tomorrow Came)—injured and worrisome, voice like an angel, childishly sweet, yet too eager to please. Isabella Gresham (Garden of the Midnights)—spoiled and excitable, with raven black hair and an art for entering social circles with impeccable grace and exquisiteness.

I love them, sweet characters of mine.

But I don’t understand them. We’re too different. Like sand and sea, we meet, we touch, we sweep back and forth together but we’re of different substance.

But Eliza Ellis—rather, Eliza Gillingham—is the first character I truly resonate with. Not on purpose. In no wise did I pen her with conscious hints back to myself. But as the story progressed, I found my heart reaching out to her, settling into her.

Because she was the same.

The way she thought, the things she imagined, her forest and her pet and her stories. I comprehended what made her hurt. I understood the dream world she lived in, because I live in a dream world too.

So, if anyone asks me, “Do you see yourself in any of your characters?”, I’ll pull The Girl from the Hidden Forest from the bookshelf and hand it to them. I’ll tell them Eliza and I are like kindred spirits, that we’ve bridged a friendship between reality and fiction.

Whether you’re a reader or a writer, I hope you stumble upon a character one day that feels like you. It’s a strange and special feeling indeed.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Hannah is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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The Lady Glass

BOOK DESCRIPTION Theresia Dvorak has nothing left of her parents—nothing save her dowry, a priceless crystal vase stolen and sold by her own...