Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sophia's Leap-Year Courtship by Kristin Holt, Book Review



Book Summary:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line. SOPHIA'S LEAP-YEAR COURTSHIP: A brand new historical romance novella from USA Today bestselling author Kristin Holt. 

Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.

Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.


My Review:


This is a fun twist on a mail order bride book! I really liked Sophia; she was a confident and capable woman, who had no problem running her own law practice even when there were those who opposed her. Sweet Chadwick who got swindled by a fraudulent mail order bride company, he meets up with Sophia because he needs her representation. The two begin a tenuous friendship and with help from their mutual friends, perhaps they can become more. I really enjoyed the leap-year aspect to the book, I never knew of the tradition of women being able to pursue men during leap-year. It was a fun and unique part of the book that I have never read in any other. This is a wonderful clean romance that I enjoyed and it was a quick and easy read!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Mormon Girl Incognito by Kari Iroz, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway


Book Summary:

Hilarious heroine Jacklyn Wyatt is back—this time in a dicey Vegas adventure! Jacklyn “Jack” Wyatt is just your average Mormon girl—other than her brief stint with the FBI, her subsequent brush with death, and her dreamy boyfriend, Special Agent Damon Wade. But in the eight months since she helped save a kidnapping victim, Jack’s life has returned to its mostly stagnant state. She’s still trapped in a dead-end job, and even her relationship seems to be stuck in a rut. These days, adventures are few and far between. So when Damon heads to Las Vegas on assignment, Jack sees the perfect opportunity to surprise her boyfriend and rekindle the spark in their relationship. But the surprise is on her: she has just landed herself in the middle of a high-stakes operation involving Russian criminals. Unwittingly drawn undercover once more, Jack is all too aware that the survival of Damon and his associates depends on the success of her charade. In the unfamiliar world of luxurious limos, exclusive nightclubs, and gambling, Jack must convince the high-rolling hustlers that she is a terrifying international arms dealer. If only she knew anything about poker. Or guns . . .


My Review:

This book was awesome! I love, love, loved it!  Once again Jack is back at it again, this time she literally walks right into trouble. From her hilarious personality to her insecurities, and then to her unfaltering faith in her Heavenly Father, you will want to be best friends with Jack! She has a charismatic and fun personality! And then her sweet and handsome boyfriend Damon, he seems to good to be true! The entire story swept me away into an undercover FBI world that was scary yet exhilarating at the same time. I found myself not being away to tear myself away from the book until I was done! If you have not read the first book, I believe you would be just fine reading this one on its own, it references a few things from the first book, but explains enough you would understand. Overall an excellent book and I would give it ten stars if possible!!!


Rating: Sweet/clean romance/LDS/some mild violence


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Source:  Publisher for review


Friday, June 16, 2017

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Rhys Solario has a secret—one he plans to keep: he's a non-Mormon attending Brigham Young University. With only two semesters left before graduation, he just wants to keep flying under the radar. Then he meets Emmy in a Book of Mormon class, and for the first time, the idea of keeping to himself doesn't sound so appealing.

Emmy Jennings feels confident only when she's dancing ballet. With every plié and chassé, all her worries fade away. But when she fails to earn a coveted solo, her confidence on the dance floor disintegrates, and the future she's worked so hard to earn stands in jeopardy.

Assigned to be study partners, both Rhys and Emmy face initial anxieties regarding who they really are. But slowly, their tentative friendship evolves into something more. Yet even as love deepens, the pair is faced with a disheartening truth: Rhys can't take Emmy to the temple, and the promise of eternity is not something Emmy's willing to give up. With everything on the line, the couple must decide if they're prepared to reshape their hearts—and their lives—for the promise of forever.
 


My  Review:

I fell in love with the cover and just as easily I fell in love with Rhys and Emmy. Two completely different people, different backgrounds, cultures and religions yet they were so drawn to each other. Seeing the LDS church's perspective from someone who is not a member was a great way to parallel Emmy's perspective as a church member who wanted to marry someone she loved in the temple. I was drawn in hook, line and sinker into this story. I just had to find out how it would end. And I never ever in a million years saw what happened coming. A mark of a great author, Odekirk doesn't give anything away and you have to find out for yourself how it all ends. An emotional and beautiful journey, Love on Pointe keeps reading until the very end.


Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Book Review



Book Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.



My Review:

I was seriously intrigued about this book that has the setting of a doll store, for certain that is not your typical setting for a YA novel! Right away I like Caymen and her sarcasm that could not help but just come out of her mouth whenever she spoke. I loved her drive to help her mom and her willingness to help her family. And Xander, he was so cute and so sweet!  Book boyfriend material! I enjoyed watching their relationship grow organically and easily. Of course nothing is as easy and simple about falling in love. And the drastic difference in their lifestyles is no small hurdle to overcome. There are secrets, ones I never even saw coming that had me frantically reading to the very end. I am a new fan of West and have read everything I have been able to get my hands on that she has written! She is talented author and I am anxious for whatever she will write next!


Happy Reading!!!



You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Romancing Daphne by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour & Giveaway





Book Summary:

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.


My Review:

Eden has masterfully crafted a beautiful regency story that you will not be able to put down. I love the Lancaster family already and this time I got to learn more about Daphne and her quiet yet thoughtful personality. Once again the Dangerous Duke is a part of the story and also his wife, Persephone, Daphne's sister. I loved Daphne's story! I fell in love along with her, I hoped along with her, and I dreamed right along with her. James was perfect for her, or was he? Would she be able to truly let her heart love and trust him? With the beautiful love story along with the antics of the Dangerous Duke and Daphne's brother Linus, this is the perfect combination of love and wit. With Eden's ability to draw the reader in and hold them until the very end and still leave them wanting more, you will be left satisfied and searching for another book she has penned so you can experience the magic once again!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Check out these sites for other reviews of Romancing Daphne:


*June 5th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/http://www.kindleandme.com/https://atransparentmom.com/http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/,  http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/ 
*June 6th: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/http://readingismysuperpower.org/https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/
*June 7th: http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/http://www.iamareader.com/
*June 8th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.comhttp://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/http://www.wishfulendings.com/
*June 9th: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/http://thethingsilovemost.com/http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/http://www.iamareader.com/http://sweetlymadejustforyou.com/ 


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Green, Book Review



Book Summary:

To keep a devastating family secret from being revealed, a young mother’s desperate lies could end up destroying everything, and everyone, she loves. The Memory of Butterfliesis a poignant story of family and forgiveness—of knowing when to let go and when to hold each other close.

Hannah Cooper’s daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn’t eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she’s determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen’s high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it’s time to return to her roots in Cooper’s Hollow along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.

With the help of longtime friend Roger Westray, Hannah devotes her energies to building a new house on the site of the old family home, destroyed in a fire more than a decade ago. But Hannah’s entire adult life has revolved around one very big secret. And her new beginning comes with unanticipated risks that will cost her far more than she could have imagined—perhaps more than she can survive.

When a confrontation forces Hannah to expose her secret, the truth may destroy her beloved daughter. Hannah is prepared to sacrifice everything to protect her family, but can their lives and their bond withstand the seismic shift that’s coming?


My Review:

The Memory of Butterflies is a unique and hauntingly beautiful story. I was slowly drawn in and the details put me straight in the Hollow along with Hannah. I could picture the house, the cabin where she did her sculpting, and the river that flowed out back. Hannah and her grandparents led a pretty secluded life out in the Hollow, I could hardly imagine living so alone and away from everyone and everything. And the secrets that are hidden, there were so many secrets! Greene took me on an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the book, from the highest highs to the lowest of lows; I have not felt so many different emotions while reading a book in a very long time. There were points where I would question decisions she made, I felt so completely a part of this story. This is not your typical book at all. If you want something that makes you feel and think, then this is definitely the book for you.


Happy Reading!!!


You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Netgalley