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[Book Review] The Mistress of Tall Acre

Hello readers! I would like to apologize for my long absence. I recently gave birth to my first son and my life has been full of preparing for his arrival and now of course spending time with my baby. I still make time to read but haven’t had the chance to read for reviews – mostly when I’m reading, I just try and enjoy it. I do have some old reviews that I need to post though and that is what I will be posting the next couple months. I hope someday that I will get back into blogging for books but for now, I will play “catch up” and make sure to post once or twice a month. Hope you all have read some great books lately!

The Mistress of Tall Acre

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My review:

I always look forward to any new release from Laura Frantz. She has found her way to the top of my favorite author’s list and I don’t see her leaving that spot any time soon!

The Mistress of Tall Acre was slightly different from Laura Frantz’s previous novels but that didn’t change the fact that it was still beautifully written and entrancing. Her novels have a way of drawing you in and refusing to let go until long after you’ve read the last page. I took my sweet time reading this book because I didn’t want to rush through it and miss the magic. I was glad I did because I was able to savour it more with each page.

I was a little disappointed with the description of this book because I feel like it gives too much of the story away. Especially since part of the description doesn’t even happen until the last quarter of the book! So because of that, I’m only going to give you a small description – though you’ll probably go read the book description anyway because don’t we all?

The Mistress of  Tall Acre is set in the post-American Revolution. Sophie is awaiting news from her brother as her home is on the verge of being taken from her and leaving her homeless. Her neighbor Seamus, a widower with a young daughter, takes a shine to Sophie and they both must decide what is best for their futures.

Laura Frantz created another winning cast of characters. Lily Cate is liable to steal your heart – she is so innocent and sweet, you can’t help but love her.

I’m always disappointed when I finish a Laura Frantz novel because I know I have to wait a while for the next one. But I love that for a short amount of time I can be whisked away to another time and place and be entertained for several hours. Whatever Laura Frantz writes, I will read!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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[Book Review] How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding, #3)

How to Catch a Prince

by

Rachel Hauck

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Wow, I LOVED this book! I don’t know what I was expecting but this book exceeded all expectations and made me fall in love with the characters and storyline.

How to Catch a Prince is the third book in the Royal Wedding series. I have enjoyed the first two books but neither of them caught my fancy the way this book did. If you haven’t read any of these books then I suggest that you do because they are some of the sweetest modern day fairy tale reads that you will ever find!

Once upon a time Prince Stephen and American heiress Corina Del Rey fell in love. However, pain and guilt drove them away from each other after Stephen’s tour in Afghanistan. They haven’t spoken in several years so when Stephen shows up at Corina’s doorstep and tells her they’re still married and he wants an annulment, Corina’s world goes spinning out of control. She thought she had put her past to rest so instead of signing the annulment papers, she goes back to Brighton to see if she can win back her husband. But the years have been rough on both Stephen and Corina and if neither of them are willing to put aside their past hurts, then there will be no future for them.

*Sigh* Have I mentioned I like fairy tales? Because I absolutely love fairy tales! This book had it all with a handsome prince, sweet romance and a magical feel to it. I am so glad I decided to read this book as it has made it’s way to one of my favorite contemporary novels. You’ll fall in love with the characters and your emotions will jump and slide all over with them. These aren’t just fairy tale characters that are perfect – these characters have their weaknesses and that helps them to be more believable.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Zondervan through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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[Book Review] Tears of the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall

Tears of the Sea

Tears of the Sea

by

MaryLu Tyndall

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

MaryLu Tyndall, PLEASE never stop writing. I have enjoyed every book you have written and I never want to stop being so entertained! Whether I’m reading about adventures on the high seas or about colonists braving the jungles of Brazil, I’m always swept away in the romance and adventure of MaryLu Tyndall’s novels.

 

In Tears of the Sea, MaryLu Tyndall explores new territories as she dives into the world of fantasy. Over 300 years ago, Perdita fell under a curse that turned her into a mermaid. Every 10 years she gets the chance to break the curse by becoming human for a month and trying to find true love. But after 300 years of giving herself freely to men and never finding ways to make them stay, Perdita has just about given up hope.

 

Savion is on a mission to return to his father’s kingdom in Nevaeh. But unfortunately for him, he is unsure what task he must complete in order to return. In the meantime, he tries to ignore Perdita’s constant attempts to gain his affections.

 

Tears of the Sea is a beautiful biblical allegory. Not only does MaryLu Tyndall bring this fantasy world to life, she paints a beautiful picture of Jesus’s love for us. While this was not my favorite read from MaryLu Tyndall, I still enjoyed it immensely and I know that whatever MaryLu writes, I will read it!

 

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[Book Review] The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

by

Julie Klassen

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

When reading a Julie Klassen book there is one thing I know for sure – it will not disappoint me. I have yet to read a Julie Klassen book that I didn’t enjoy. The romance, the history, the mystery, the characters – they all add up to riveting tales that will captivate your heart. I have found myself speeding through each book, wanting to find out what happens next and other times slowing savoring each sentence, not wanting the story to end.

 

The Secret of Pembrooke Park was no exception to Julie Klassen’s wonderful novels. Intriguing on every page, mystery surrounding each chapter, and I loved the cast of characters Julie Klassen created.

 

When the Foster’s run into financial problems, they are forced to sell their home and find a new home to reside in. The Foster’s receive a strange invitation to stay at Pembrooke Park which hasn’t been lived in for several years. The Foster’s accept the invitation and upon arriving realize that the house has been left in disarray and there is much work to be done to make it adequate for living in. Abigail soon hears whispers and rumors of the past occupants of the manor, including a secret room and hidden treasure. These rumors intrigue Abigail and she can’t help but search for the treasure as she helps with the cleaning of the manor.

 

But it appears that Abigail is not the only one searching for the treasure as she hears strange sounds and sees mysterious shadows at night. The local curate also seems curious about Pembrooke Park and Abigail is curious to find out what kind of secrets he and his family know about the manor.

 

Every time I read a Julie Klassen novel, I know I’m going to be intrigued through the end. Just when you think you may have figured the “mystery” out, Julie Klassen throws a wrench in the road and you find yourself on a different path. I know that when I pick up a Julie Klassen novel, I am going to enjoy it no matter what. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is no exception to the magic that Julie Klassen can create. I very much enjoyed this novel, it will not disappoint you!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Love Unexpected

by

Jody Hedlund

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I want to start off by saying that I have grown up going to Presque Isle, Michigan. My Grandparents have lived there since I was 3 and so I have literally grown up climbing the Presque Isle lighthouses summer after summer. Presque Isle is my second home and I absolutely loved reading this book and being able to visualize so much of it.

 

Love Unexpected is the first book in Jody Hedlund’s new Michigan lighthouse series – Beacons of Hope. I had a lot of expectations for this book since I am from Michigan and this is the lighthouse I am most familiar with – not to mention Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors anyway. I must say that Jody Hedlund met my expectations and more for a great story and I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

 

Love Unexpected is the story of Emma Chambers. She has never really had a place to call her home so when her steamboat sinks and she is stranded in Presque Isle, the preacher suggests she marry the recently widowed Patrick Garraty. Patrick Garraty is the lightkeeper and he needs help taking care of his young son. Emma is so excited to have her own home and family and believes nothing can make her happier. But when she hears rumors in regards to her mysterious husband, she begins to wonder who the man she married really is.

 

As always, Jody Hedlund made these characters come to life. I loved the innocence of Emma, the romantic tension between Emma and Patrick, and the mystery that surrounded Patrick’s past. And what’s not to love about sweet, little Josiah?

 

If you haven’t read Jody Hedlund’s novella, Out of the Storm, I would suggest you do so! While it will not make or break this story, it does have a special tie-in to this story that will make you appreciate it more.

 

Thank you Jody Hedlund for continuing to write wonderful stories that transport us to different times and places. I so enjoy each novel that you have written and look forward to reading many more!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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[Book Review] Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz

 

Love’s Fortune

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Ever since I read Love’s Reckoning, I have anxiously awaited each new installment of The Ballantyne Legacy. These characters have become very dear to me and I have loved being a part of their lives and entering their world. I didn’t think any of the books could be as good as Love’s Reckoning by Love’s Fortune blew me away and I think it took it’s place as my favorite book of the series.

 

Love’s Fortune follows the story of Wren Ballantyne, granddaughter of Silas and Eden Ballantyne. Wren has grown up in a sheltered home in Kentucky. She knows little of her family in Pittsburgh other than that her grandfather possesses a great fortune. When her father is called to return home, Wren is swept away into the riches and chaotic world of Pittsburgh.

James Sackett is a steamship pilot for the Ballantyne’s shipping line. He is held in high esteem by all of the Ballantyne family. When Wren rides as a passenger on one of his trips, he can’t help but be intrigued by this silent beauty.

James is chosen to escort Wren through her season in Pittsburgh but will Wren ever find a way to fit in to the high society around her?

 

Wren is such a loveable character and I couldn’t help being drawn to her and sympathizing with her as she entered an unknown world. I loved her sweet nature and innocence.

James was definitely a swoon-worthy hero. I loved his attraction to Wren and kept hoping he would voice it to her, but of course, dear Laura drew the anticipation out.

 

Ms. Frantz, thank you for creating such beloved characters. I look forward to reading these books over and over again. They have most certainly earned a permanent spot on my shelf.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

by

Lori Benton

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

After reading Lori Benton’s debut novel, Burning Sky, I knew that she was going to be an author whose books I would always want to read. I am so glad I discovered her since both her books have found their way to my favorite’s list. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn was well written, entertaining and surpassed my expectations for it. It is definitely in my top 5 favorites that I have read this year.

 

When Tamsen’s abusive stepfather threatens her and tries to make her marry a man she does not want, she escapes at the first chance with Jesse Bird – a man she has never met. Jesse takes her over the mountains to escape her stepfather, but despite his care to keep Tamsen hidden and away from prying eyes, trouble pursues. Constantly on the run, they never feel as though they can settle down for fear trouble shall find them. Though Tamsen enlisted Jesse just to take her away, it appears her heart has other ideas as she finds herself drawn to this handsome man who seems willing to stop at nothing to protect her.

 

Wow! This book was so good. I loved the storyline, the adventure, the romance, the characters, the setting. Recently I have discovered that stories about the frontier are one of my favorite genres. I loved Jesse and Tamsen as the main characters as well. Both of them were well developed and they were described perfectly. I also really enjoy frontier stories set in the mountains so this story had an easy time finding its way into my heart. As I said before, I am so glad I discovered Lori Benton and I look forward to reading each new novel as they come.

 

I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher, WaterBrook Press, through the program Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

The Ransom

by

MaryLu Tyndall

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

When I heard MaryLu Tyndall was coming out with a sequel to her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, I was ecstatic. Having greatly enjoyed the series, I was excited to see what kind of story MaryLu would come up with next. The Ransom features the son of Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde and Lady Charlisse, though they don’t make an appearance in this book. With that being said, you could totally read this book and be able to follow along without having read the entire series. However, I would highly suggest reading the entire series because MaryLu Tyndall writes the best swashbuckling romance there could be!

 

Juliana Dutton has taken over the responsibility of her family’s shipping business due to her father being ill and her brother’s foolish antics. However, no one knows that it’s a woman running the business and Juliana starts to feel the pressure as people start to question where her father is and business starts to slow.

When Lord Munthrope suggests a fake engagement that will benefit them both, Juliana agrees. At first she finds herself annoyed by this frivolous man but as time continues, she finds him making a way into her heart. However, a certain Pirate Earl, feared by many, has also been making an appearance in her life and she can’t believe she may be falling for a pirate!

 

This story will sweep you away. The words jumped off the pages as I dove into the world of Port Royal in the year 1692. MaryLu Tyndall did a great job of bringing us back in time and showing us the world of Port Royal through Juliana’s eyes. I loved the romance, I loved the humor and I loved the historical detail. MaryLu continues to outdo herself with each new novel. I can hardly wait between each release. I am so honored to be a part of her Motley Crew and I look forward to reading each new book MaryLu Tyndall writes.

 

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[Book Review] The Restitution by MaryLu Tyndall

The Restitution

by

MaryLu Tyndall

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Isabel and Kent are both characters that were introduced in the previous Legacy of the King’s Pirates books. Kent was always quite the scoundrel in the previous books but in The Restitution we find him very changed, and changing for the better! Isabel is haunted by her past. Having been ravished by a pirate and left with a child, Isabel is all but alone in the world. When her son is kidnapped, she must look to Kent, the father of the child, to help her retrieve her lost child.

This was probably my favorite of the three books. I loved the story of Merrick and Charlisse but I loved Kent and Isabel’s story just a little more. I loved that we could see the change over Kent throughout the series. I found myself being drawn to Kent, despite his past. This whole story was filled with unexpected twists and turns that you didn’t see coming. This book will bring you on an adventure that will keep you intrigued right up to the very end. It was a wonderful ending to the series and the only thing I’m disappointed with is the fact that the series is over.

 

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[Book Review] The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

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[Book Review] The Redemption by MaryLu Tyndall

The Redemption

by

MaryLu Tyndall

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Pirates and Romance and Shipwrecks, Oh My!

What better way to be swept into a book than with a shipwreck? Well, that’s the way The Redemption begins. We find Charlisse struggling to survive as her ship is overtaken by a storm and Charlisse clings to the wreckage in order to keep from drowning. She washes up on an island where she remains for three weeks before a crew of pirates arrives on the island to careen their ship.

 

Charlisse has left her past behind her in order to find her Father whom she has never known. She leaves painful memories behind her as she tries to move forward, until being shipwrecked. The pirates agree to take her to the port she believes her Father to be at. But when Captain Merrick finds out that her father is Edward the Terror, the cruelest pirate around, he is hesitant to lend a hand in helping her find her father. While Merrick is still a pirate, he has recently found meaning in life through a relationship with God and he is trying to lead a more godly life. An attraction grows between Charlisse and Merrick as they sail towards port. Despite his hesitancy, Merrick still helps Charlisse, only to find himself imprisoned, with his life on the line. Charlisse meets her father, but is he really the man she thought him to be? Charlisse has been hurt by people close to her in the past and while she holds her past in secret, she must learn to let go in order to be healed. Through the help of a pirate captain and a kind reverend, Charlisse finds a true Father.

 

This book was full of great adventures that kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out what would happen next. But of course I couldn’t figure it out because there were plenty of surprises and twists to keep me guessing! I loved the descriptions of the ship and the knowledge that MaryLu Tyndall displayed about ships and how they worked. I felt like the pirates were standing right in front of me as MaryLu described some of them, and it even made me shudder! I loved the story between Merrick and Charlisse and I loved how Charlisse learned to give everything to God. Overall this was a well written book full of adventure, romance, and faith. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an escape out to sea!

 

I bought this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] The Reliance by MaryLu Tyndall

[Book Review] The Restitution by MaryLu Tyndall

[Book Review] The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

 

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