Month: August 2015

Available Now: Imposters of Patriotism

Available Now: Imposters of Patriotism

***3/5 stars- liked it

An antique shop owner discovers a hidden revolutionary war-era journal that threatens to rewrite history.

Recommended readers:

  • American History buffs
  • Mystery/Suspense readers
  • Fans of alternative history

Here’s my Rankings:

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Suppose George Washington wrote a controversial secret surrender letter in the low point of the American Revolution, with implications for a modern-day presidential election.  Suppose you’re a well-meaning history type with a team of afficiandos up against a team of politicos who will stop at nothing to make sure it never comes to light, and you’ve got  Imposters of Patriotism: A nice light romp through alternative history.  If you like National Treasure and Dan Brown, this one is for you.

Available on Amazon: Imposters of Patriotism

Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Available August 25: Starlight on Willow Lake (The Lakeshore Chronicles)

****3.5/5 starsswiggs-Starlightonwillowlake

The ultimate single mom comeback story: Starlight on Willow Lake

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a single mom comeback story.
  • if you like contemporary romance.
  • And if you’re a fan of Susan Wiggs.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • Note: 2/5 some steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Faith McCallum has been a caregiver her whole life – professionally and for her mother and now two daughters. Always fighting to get ahead financially, Faith is desperate to keep from moving her two daughter yet again to a new school, when she happens upon a new job. Mason Bellamy has distanced himself from his family for years, until his father’s tragic death and his mother’s paralysis. I love an author who can write in various genres – and the Susan Wiggs, historical romance author, has the same touch in her contemporary writing.  As with all Susan Wiggs books, Starlight on Willow Lake is a romance with depth and family drama.

Available at Amazon: Starlight on Willow Lake (The Lakeshore Chronicles)

Review: The Prince and I

Available August 25: The Prince and I (The Oxenburg Princes)

****3/5 stars: Liked it

Robin Hood meets CinderellaThe Prince and I is a fun and touching, almost fairy-tale romance.

Recommended readers:

  • If you enjoy a sword-wielding heroine
  • If you enjoy historical romances with a fairy-tale quality

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Lady Murian (not Marion as in Robin Hood) is leading her band of unemployed, displaced workers to try to get back their castle, when Prince Max Romanovin comes to visit the evil interloper. Murian’s band steals from Max’s group, and he immediately sets out to discover them. A fun, somewhat light-hearted romance, there’s something so sweet and so endearing in The Prince and I that you’ll definitely enjoy reading it. A definite feel-good read with the kind of devoted love we all want!

Available on Amazon: The Prince and I (The Oxenburg Princes)

Not Always a Saint by Mary Putney

Available August 25: Not Always a Saint (Lost Lords)

****3.5/5 stars- Liked it to the edge of love- call it a stage I crush.mputney-notalwaysasaint

Love is hard when you’re always trying to escape your past.

Recommended readers

  • If you are a fan of Mary Jo Putney
  • If you are a fan of English history
  • and if you could use a little more adventure with your historical romance

Here’s my Rankings:

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Daniel Herbert is a medical doctor who’s dedicating his life to helping others, when a series of events leads to him inheriting a title and estate. And Jessie Kelham has just been widowed and must find a husband to save her daughter’s inheritance and to keep her past from catching up with her. Despite a physical attraction, Jessie wants to avoid Daniel but can’t get away. In true Mary Jo Putney style, Not Always a Saint has more action and adventure than your typical historical romance and just the right amount of passion and love.

Available on Amazon: Not Always a Saint (Lost Lords)

Historical Fiction: Golden Earrings

Available August 18: Golden Earrings

*****4.5/5 stars- Loved it!

A powerful multi-generational saga of family, love and war, Golden Earrings is a must-read historical drama.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of family dramas like The Thornbirds
  • Fans of Santa Montefiore (like me) and maybe Sara Gruen
  • If you like historical drama, especially European

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4.5/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall
  • Steaminess: 1 of 5  (see our scale here)

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Paloma Batton is a dedicated ballet dancer, training to follow in her mother’s footsteps at the Paris Opera Ballet. When a pair of golden earrings are mysteriously delivered to her, she begins to uncover the past of her family, who fled Barcelona after the Civil War, and explores her fascination with La Rusa, a popular and political flamenco dancer during the war. A tangled and complicated saga, Golden Earrings cleverly weaves a passionate, volatile and tragic story through various first person narratives and different generations of women leading up to Paloma’s current day perspective. Golden Earrings is captivating – from the political charged pre-war time, to the dangerous Civil War, to the rebuilding and scarred era that follows.

Available on Amazon: Golden Earrings

Review: The Piano Man Project

Available Now: The Piano Man Project 

****3/5 stars- Liked it

When you’re in the market for a man who’s good with his hands…

Recommended readers:

  • lovers of the anti-hero bad boy
  • fans of quirky romance

Here’s my Rankings:

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The unlikely- named Honeysuckle Jones has a failing retirement home thrift shop and all of its soon-to-be- homeless inhabitants on her hands, and something missing in her life only a piano player can rectify (or so her well-meaning friends believe).  Enter one moody reclusive neighbor with a past, and everything hits the fan, as it were. Giggles and loads of chemistry abound in this fun contemporary novel– well worth the .99 kindle price on Amazon.  Beware of sex toy education!

 

The Great Estate by Sherri Browning

Available now: The Great Estate (A Thornbrook Park Romance)

***3/5 stars – Liked it.

What happens when a marriage starts with duty?

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a Downton Abbey era drama
  • If you enjoy Edwardian English historical romances
  • If love-at-first-sight, foo-foo romances are starting to annoy you

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 1/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Many years into a confusing marriage, Sophia Thorne mades a terrible mistake, which sends he husband traveling. And she realizes that her marriage was based around one thing: Her husband’s Thornbrook Park home and grounds. Not your typical historical romance, The Great Estate has a distinct turn of the century feel as Sophia fights for a marriage in a time where property mattered more. If you’re looking for a break from your typical love-at-first-sight young love, Sherri Browning delivers exactly that (not to mention a PG rated feel).

Available on Amazon: The Great Estate (A Thornbrook Park Romance)

The Earl Claims a Bride

Available in August: The Earl Claims a Bride (The Heirs’ Club)

***3.5/5 stars – Liked it to the edge of love – a stage 1 crush.

When distance makes the heart grow fonder … or something else?

Recommended readers:

  • If you like an independent heroine
  • If you enjoy historical romances
  • If you’re a fan of Amelia Gray and the Heirs Club of Scoundrels Series

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Supremely independent Angelina Rule is not excited about marriage in any way – and neither is Harrison Thornwick. In fact, Angelina has a special man who she’s been waiting years for and continues to fight for. In typical Amelia-Gray fashion, The Earl Claims a Bride is a fun, passionate and also serious romance – with a good plot and independent characters.  With some interesting surprises, Angelina’s struggles, heartbreaks and failures carry the book from the first page to the last.

Available on Amazon: The Earl Claims a Bride (The Heirs’ Club)

Series: Deception of a Highlander, Possession of a Highlander

Available August 11: Possession of a Highlander & Deception of a Highlander

****3.5/5 stars- Liked it to the edge of love- call it a stage I crush.

Enjoy the independent characters and adventure in this Highland romance from a promising debut writer.

Recommended readers

  • If you like strong willed banter
  • If you like independent characters
  • and if you like historical romance in the romantic Highlands

Here’s my Rankings:

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Since corresponding via email with the author (and loving her excitement for her novels and her e-personality in general), I was super excited to ‘discover’ her (at least before she became a best-selling author). Both Deception of a Highlander and Possession of a Highlander exceeded my expectations – and I’ve read hundreds of historical romances. With a unique plot, plus some of the best elements expected in a historical romance: Passion, pride, independence. Definitely give Madeline Martin a try – and keep on the lookout because she’s on the verge of a 5-star read.

Available August 11: Possession of a Highlander & Deception of a Highlander

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Available this week: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

****3.5/5 stars- Liked it to the edge of love- a stage 1 crush.

Lisa Kleypas’s contemporary romance has everything you want: Clever characters, tough decisions, and heartbreaking moments.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Susan Wiggs, Jude Devereaux and Nora Roberts
  • If you like contemporary romance, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Uber-organized and type A, Avery Crosslin’s wedding planning business is about to take off thanks to her hard work. And she meets wealthy bachelor and socialite Joe Travis at exactly the wrong time. As a super-fan of Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances for years, I HAD to read at least one of her contemporary romance novels. The result: The best experience possible (and rating) with her clever characters, tough decisions, and heartbreaking moments. I gave this the highest rating that I allow myself to give in a contemporary romance. So it’s an easy 4 or 5-star read for someone who typically loves contemporary romance.

Available on Amazon: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas