Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pearl's Promise by Edwina Kiernan


 


I am a huge fan of Regency romance and was not disappointed by new to me author Edwina Kiernan’s Pearl’s Promise. It was simply a joy to read. I am so excited that I found the series, Gems of Grace.  


The story follows our main character, Pearl, who is a kind soul who must follow her parents wishes and struggles with their life choices affecting her.  Nicholas, our hero, is a caring man who is trying to make his way in the world and find the correct guidance.  He wants to follow a path of compassion and kindness. Both characters are very likeable, believable, and engaging, and I fell in love with both of them. They have beautiful dialogue with each other and with their heavenly father in this story. 


Pearl’s Promise is a sweet Regency romance with balls, afternoon teas, dancing ,a villain, and the rules of etiquette of the time. But, honestly the story is more than that. The author is able to weave the main character’s faith naturally into the story and portrays their heart’s struggles in a very believable way.  I am now a fan of Edwina Kiernan and look forward to reading the rest of the Gems of Grace series.  


I was given the book by the author and not required to write a review. 



Edwina Kiernan is a Christian writer, and author of the well-received novel, Ruby’s Redemption

An enthusiast of classic novels and history, Edwina combines her faith, imagination and research in hope-infused tales set in times past. Her latest novel is the second in the Inspirational Regency romance series, Gems of Grace

A lifelong word admirer, with Welsh and Irish heritage, she started writing stories early in childhood. She still loves to learn, taking courses from places like Oxford University and the Beau Monde, for both fun and further education. 

When she’s not writing, Edwina loves spending time with her dashing husband and lively little son, reading and studying the Bible, getting lost in a captivating novel and drinking more types of tea than most people realize even exist. Visit her at her web site. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Blog Tour: Let It Be Me by Becky Wade Plus a Give-Away!


 

I am thrilled to be participating in the Let It Be Me Blog Tour!  Please scroll to the end of the post to see the other bloggers and for links to Becky Wade's Give-Away!  


I just finished Let it Be Me by Becky Wade. WOW!  WOW! WOW!  Let it Be Me is an amazing story.  I appreciate that our heroine, Leah, is a math genius and sees the world in relation to math concepts. Sebastian, our hero, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon and fiercely devoted to saving lives.  They both come from challenging backgrounds, but they are learning not to let that hold them back from being who God created them to be. 


Honestly, Let it Be Me has it all in my book.  It has romance, suspense, plot twists, humor, great kisses, fabulous dialogue, interesting characters, and a reminder of God’s sovereignty and goodness.  Becky Wade’s ability to craft an amazing story had me from the first page.  My biggest decision now is whether to reread it today or try to wait until next week.  Either way, this is a story I am glad I have in my library, and I would recommend you add it to yours.  


I received a copy from the publisher/author and was not required to write a review. 


Becky Wade is offering a Let It Be Me Give-Away for the below items! Don't they look amazing!   Click here to Enter to Win!  


Bloggers on the Tour--I hope you can visit each one!

May 4th

Becky's Bookshelves

May 5th

Kayem Reads

May 6th

Inkwell Inspirations

May 7th

Books and Everyday Life

May 8th

Melmo2610 A Bookish Blog

May 9th

Inside The Wong Mind

May 10th

Debb Hackett

May 11th

Kristi Woods

May 12th

All The Bookish Adventures

May 13th

Fueled By Faith And Caffeine

May 14th

Batya's Bits

May 15th

Radiant Light


May 17th

Mrs. Deaton Reads

May 18th

Blessed & Bookish


May 20th

Remembrancy


May 22nd

Britt Reads Fiction

May 23rd

Books Life and Christ

May 24th

Woven By Words




During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins.  These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending.  She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas.  It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.  She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it.  She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market.  She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, the Bradford Sisters series, and the Misty River Romance series.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, power-walking her neighborhood, carting her kids around town, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.






Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter

 


Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter is the second book in her Hearts on the Heath series, but is also a stand alone novel.  The story introduces our chatty heroine, Sophia Fitzroy, who is a circus performer turned horse jockey from Ireland, and Aaron Whitworth, our very complicated quiet hero who runs a horse stable.  Their interaction together is priceless. I smiled, reflected on God’s goodness,  and my heart was touched as I read their story.  


The secondary characters brought depth to the novel in their interaction with the main characters.  I recognized many from other novels by Hunter.   After I finished reading I could not help but wonder when I will see them again, and if they will be in the third book in this series.  


This story brought me joy!  Kristi Hunter magically weaves romance, humor, friendship and horsemanship into an amazing Regency story while gently reminding us that our God is a God who loves to redeem things.  This is a theme that I always need to remember. 


 I can highly recommend Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter.  

I was given the book through the publisher and not required to write a positive review. 




Kristi is the award winning author of Regency romance novels from a Christian worldview. Her books include the
Hawthorne House series, the Haven Manor series, and the recently published first stories of the Hearts on the Heath series. Beyond writing, she is also speaker, teaching classes in writing as well as Biblical and spiritual topics. She has spoken to writers' groups, schools, and young women's groups at churches. 

When she is not writing or interacting with her readers, Kristi spends time with her family and her church. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a computer science degree, she can also be found fiddling with her computer in her free time. A born lover of stories she is also an avid reader. From very young she dreamed of sharing her own stories with others and praises God daily that she gets to live that dream today. 


Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch


 Like many others I have been waiting for Erica Vetsch’s third book in the Serendipity & Secrets series, The Indebted Earl.  I am pleased to say that my waiting was not in vain and the book is amazing!   The story of Lady Sophia Haverly and Captain Charles Malvern is all that a Regency novel should be.  They both meet under unusual circumstances  after the passing of Lady Haverly’s fiancĂ©, Major Richardson.  Captain Malvern comes to pay his condolences and ends up taking Lady Haverly and her companion to Devon to his new estate where he is now an Earl.  The story is pure Regency with assemblies, romance, wonderful dialogue, a marriage of convenience, smuggling, a setting on the coast of England, and wards that appear out of nowhere.  Truly a delight!  


 Erica Vetsch is now one of my new go to authors  for a wonderful Regency read.  She has  all   I love in a Regency novel.  God’s sovereignty is discussed in a beautiful and meaningful way.   Truly an inspiring Regency read.  I recommend The Indebted Earl.


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.



Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!

CONNECT WITH ERICA: Website | Facebook | Instagram


Monday, April 12, 2021

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter


 “Aiden tossed his head back, laughing with abandon.  He looked much the same, just a little less boy and a little more man.  His shoulders were broader, and he sported a five o’clock shadow. “ 


Aiden and Sophie were high school sweethearts whose relationship did not end well.  They both have baggage and issues which they carry with them.  They meet again at Sophie’s sister Jenna’s wedding in Bookshop by the Sea.  Through a hurricane, family issues, and the opening of a bookshop we discover the story of Sophie and Aiden’s second chance at a future together. 


“His arms went around her, drawing her closer until his heart beat against hers. “


Denise Hunter is an expert storyteller, and the master of romance.   Bookshop by the Sea does not disappoint.   She creates excellent romantic tension with Sophie and Aiden’s story.  It was a pleasure to watch both characters learn to grow deeper in their faith, their own self-awareness, and mature into people we respect and love by the end of the book


 I really enjoyed Bookshop by the Sea, and recommend it.  


This book was given to me by the publisher and I was not required to write a positive review. 




Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 books, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. When Denise isn't orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dark of Night by Carrie Cotten JustRead Tour Giveaway!

 

Dark of Night JustRead Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dark of Night by Carrie Cotten, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Dark of Night

Title: Dark of Night
Series: Dreamwalker #2
Author: Carrie Cotten
Publisher: independently published
Release Date: March 25, 2021
Genre: Christian Speculative Fiction

A new life, a new love, and even a new name. For former secret agent Andromeda Stone – now Joanna Carter – a normal, boring life with her handsome husband was the happy ending. But an old enemy resurfaces, determined to leave nothing unfinished, and Andy must step back into the nightmares once again. Andy and Will each face their own worst fears in their search for answers. Will this new mission cost Andy more than she’s willing to pay? 

When the journey takes her to deeper and darker places than she’s ever been before, Andy discovers it’s more than just answers she’s looking for.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Carrie Cotten 

Carrie Cotten is a recent transplant to the Appalachian mountains where she and her family are trying their hand at homesteading in the tranquil community of Grassy Creek, North Carolina. By day she is a farming, homeschooling mom of four and by night, a writer of intense, emotional and intriguing Christian fiction novels.

While she has been writing her whole life, the Dreamwalker books are her first complete and published series. Her ultimate goal is to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ through her words. Her characters, though dealing with unbelievable situations experience real, raw, and believable faith.

CONNECT WITH CARRIE: Website | Facebook | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Dreamwalker prize pack including The Dreamwalker paperback book, a Dreamwalker charm, Dreamwalker bookmark, and (4) stickers!

Dark of Night JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 25, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 1, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Philippa Holds Court by Jennie Goutet



Philippa Holds Court by Jennie Goutet is the second book in the Clavering Chronicles, and is a stand alone Regency novel.   Philippa, our heroine, is a vibrant person whose intellect and skills I found endearing.  Our hero, Jack, juggles so much in his life that love has yet to come into the picture. I wanted to jump in the story and meet them both. 

This was a fascinating Regency story as it involved the attempt at repealing the corn laws in 1819, and  gave you a glimpse into the workings of the British Parliament.  Jennie Goutet research provided an excellent backdrop for a fantastic story. 


Philippa Holds Court has wonderful romance, personable characters, interesting backstory, and is a true joy to read!  As a lover of all things Regency I am thrilled to add Philippa Holds Court to my Regency Library.   I highly recommend it.  


I was given a copy by the author.  All opinions expressed are my own



Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile, who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her historical romances are set. Jennie is also author of the award-winning memoir, Stars Upside Down, and the modern romances, A Sweetheart in Paris and A Noble Affair. A Christian, a cook, and an inveterate klutz, Jennie writes about faith, food, and lifeeven the clumsy momentson her blog, aladyinfrance.com. You can learn more about Jennie and her books on her author website, jenniegoutet.com.