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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] A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

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A Love Like Ours

by

Becky Wade

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

The Porter family has certainly made their way into my heart. Becky Wade is one contemporary author who has made me fall in love with contemporary. While I still prefer Historical Fiction, I will still venture outside that genre to read a Becky Wade novel!

Jake Porter is an ex-Marine who suffers from PTSD. His childhood friend Lyndie James has moved back to Holley, Texas but he sees no good in opening up to her. Lyndie is determined to find her way back into Jake’s life. She wrangles a job out of him and is determined to become the jockey for a new horse at the ranch that has great potential. But Lyndie’s determination goes far deeper as she seeks to heal Jake from his emotional scars. Lyndie soon realizes that without God, it will be impossible for Jake to heal.

Not only are Jake and Lyndie fantastic characters, but Becky Wade has created a loveable cast of other characters. From Lyndie’s ill sister Mollie, to Amber’s adorable son Jayden, all these characters come together to create a touching story of healing and redemption. I’m not sure if this is the last we’ll see of the Porter’s (there’s still sister Dru!!) but either way I look forward to reading future novels from Becky Wade!

I received a 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] From the Start by Melissa Tagg

From the Start

by

Melissa Tagg

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

What do football and romance movies have in common? Well, you’re probably thinking absolutely nothing! But Melissa Tagg has combined two complete opposites to make an endearing story that will touch your heart.

 

Kate Walker has been wounded by love yet she spends her life writing tv romances. When she hits a slump, she heads back home to see if she can figure out what’s next for herself.

Colton Greene was a star quarterback in the NFL but when he is left with a permanent injury, he’s unsure what’s next in his life. He decides to hide away from the media in one of his friend’s hometown while he decides what’s next.

When Kate and Colton’s lives connect, they find themselves working on a project that they both hope will lead them onto whatever is next for their lives. But what they don’t expect is to make such a huge impact on each other. However, past hurts make it difficult for them to move on.

 

I really enjoyed Melissa Tagg’s first series so I was really excited to dig into this novel. You should plan on reading Melissa Tagg’s free e-novella Three Little Words because it will open up the scene for From the Start as well as provide you with an entertaining read! The characters that Ms. Tagg has created are so lovable and they become your family as you dive into their world. If you like contemporary romance novels then you will definitely enjoy From the Start!

 

I received a 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] Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

Here to Stay

by

Melissa Tagg

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

I absolutely loved Melissa Tagg’s debut novel, Made to Last. I think most of us readers can agree that Blaze was a favorite character so I was excited that Ms. Tagg gave him his own story in Here to Stay.

In Here to Stay, Blake, “Blaze,” returns to his hometown. Having left town several years earlier due to a traumatizing event, he is unsure of what kind of welcome he will receive.

Autumn has been running the family inn for several years. However, she has a dream job opportunity in Paris. Not wanting to leave the inn in shambles, she does what she can to fix it up for a potential investor.

When Blake is offered the job of coordinating the Christmas festival, he knows he can’t do it alone, so he enlists the help of Autumn in exchange for some handiwork around her inn.

Blake and Autumn’s families have not gotten along for several years. In a race to make everything perfect for the Christmas festival, the two of them must put their differences aside and learn to work together.

As I said before, many readers became endeared to Blake in Made to Last. Ms. Tagg only increased our love for him in this novel. Autumn was a believable character – big dreams, big hopes, big disappointments. Ms. Tagg did a great job of creating these characters and bringing them to life.

I received a free ecopy of this book through NetGalley 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] Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

Truth Be Told

by

Carol Cox

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

I love the mysterious aspect to Carol Cox’s novels. Mysteries have always intrigued me but for some reason I don’t read a lot of them.

In Truth Be Told, Amelia is arrives in Arizona for what she thinks will be a nice visit with her father. But what she doesn’t expect is to arrive and find her father on his deathbed and the newspaper now left in her hands. Amelia is determined to fulfill the motto of the newspaper in only telling the truth. What Amelia soon finds out is that she’s been left with a big mess with the Great Western Investment Company. Her father wrote some articles that the company did not appreciate and now they want Amelia to print a reprieve. This sets Amelia off on the quest for the truth of what’s really going on with the Great Western Investment.
Benjamin Stone has been tasked by the Great Western Investment to keep tabs on Amelia. As Amelia uncovers revealing facts about the Great Western Investment, Benjamin questions whether he is really loyal to his company.

An intriguing novel that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages until you know what’s going to happen. The author did a great job of drawing you in. I have enjoyed Carol Cox’s novels and look forward to seeing what novels she writes in the future.

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[Book Review] An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

An Uncertain Choice

by

Jody Hedlund

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

I know whenever I pick up a Jody Hedlund novel that I am going to be in for a treat. An Uncertain Choice is her first dip into the Young Adult genre and if you ask me, Jody Hedlund did a fantastic job!

 

In An Uncertain Choice we are transported back to medieval times. Rosemarie is preparing to become a nun on her eighteenth birthday due to the vow her parents made before they passed away. Rosemarie has come to peace with her fate so when the duke shows up with three handsome knights and proclaims that if she falls in love and gets married before she turns eighteen that she does not have to enter the convent, she is shocked.

 

So Rosemarie starts to court three of those most handsome knights in the land. They all have unique traits and talents that make Rosemarie instantly drawn to each of them. But when danger starts to arise and the knights are put in danger, Rosemarie begins to think that maybe it is her destiny to join the convent after all and give up the idea of marriage.

 

I love the medieval time period and it is so wonderful to have one of my favorite authors dive into that era! I love the ideas of knights and a pretty princess and it is interesting to read about how different things were back then. I would highly suggest buying Jody Hedlund’s prequel novella The Vow and reading that before An Uncertain Choice. The Vow opens up the setting and will help answer a few questions that may arise in An Uncertain Choice. Either way just read these books because they are wonderful!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Zondervan through BookLook 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] Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Like a Flower in Bloom

Like a Flower in Bloom

by

Siri Mitchell

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Each Siri Mitchell novel brings a variety of entertainment. I love that all of her historical novels are based on different time periods. I have enjoyed her books very much and always look forward to her new releases.

 

Like a Flower in Bloom follows the story of Charlotte Withersby. She has assisted her botanist father for as long as she can remember and she absolutely loves her job. However, when her uncle and father decide that Charlotte needs to find a suitable husband, they hire a replacement for Charlotte. Charlotte is infuriated with not only her uncle and father, but also her father’s new assistant who seems so intent on changing up everything. Charlotte and a friend come up with a plan to get her job back but her plan seems to backfire and Charlotte finds herself with a mess of potential suitors. But who truly holds Charlotte’s heart?

 

This was not one of my favorite books by Siri Mitchell. Some of the characters kind of annoyed me – including Charlotte. However, it was very interesting learning about some of the history of botany and how so many people enjoyed it as a hobby. I loved the pictures this novel created in my mind as the flowers came to life and the smells invaded my senses. If only I had a bouquet of flowers sitting next to me as I read it!

 

Like I said, not a favorite, but this won’t turn me off of Siri Mitchell’s novels.

 

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] Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

Lizzy and Jane

by

Katherine Reay

My Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

My Review:

Oh the feels this book can give! Katherine Reay has produced another winner and I suggest that if you haven’t yet read one of her books then you find time to do so!  Katherine Reay has a unique voice in the contemporary world. I love the way her books have a Jane Austen theme to them.

 

Lizzy and Jane is the story of two sisters living worlds apart. After their mother died of cancer, they have become estranged. Lizzy – now Elizabeth – lives in New York where she is the top chef for a small restaurant named Feast. When Elizabeth starts struggling with her cooking, her boss brings in another cook to share the kitchen with her so Elizabeth decides to take some time off to rediscover herself. Elizabeth finds herself returning home to Seattle where Jane lives. Jane has been diagnosed with cancer so Elizabeth decides to stay for a while and help cook meals for Jane that she will be able to eat – and hopefully rediscover her magic with cooking. Not only does she help cook meals for Jane, but she starts cooking meals for other cancer patients as well. Elizabeth also meets Nick – the handsome family friend – and can’t help opening up to him and his son, Matt. But Elizabeth is determined to return home and and follow her dream, but something about Seattle has gotten a hold of her heart and she is faced with the hard decision of whether or not to stay.

 

Not only does Katherine Reay write captivating reads, she creates loveable characters with real problems. She grasps the readers attention and doesn’t let go until every word had been read. I also love the covers to her novels. It gives the characters a mysterious aspect since they are not shown on the cover. I highly suggest you enter the world of Katherine Reay. She is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading whatever magic she produces in the future.

 

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[Book Review] Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After

by

Rachel Hauck

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Imagine this, one day you’re working in a mechanic shop restoring classic cars and the next day you’re swept away to a new country where you’re told you’re a princess and you have all these new rules and regulations to uphold.

 

Such is the story of Regina Beswick. She is so excited about the beginnings of her new mechanic shop that focuses on restoring old classic cars. Then a handsome stranger named Tanner Burkhardt shows up claiming she’s a princess and wants to whisk her away to some strange new country. Regina decides to give it a try – after all, what girl doesn’t want to be a princess? However, when challenges arise, Regina isn’t sure she’s really up for this job and she dreams of returning to her home to pursue her mechanic job.

 

Who doesn’t love modern day fairy tales? I’m a sucker for fairy tales so of course I have absolutely loved the Royal Wedding series by Rachel Hauck. Each book gives you a warm feeling and sucks you right into the story so that you don’t want to leave. The characters Ms. Hauck has created are so loveable and they make you feel welcomed into the story. I love how each story represents separate couples but all the books are connected in a small way. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series – How to Catch a Prince. All the books have such fun titles as well!

 

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[Book Review] The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

 

The Princess Spy

by

Melanie Dickerson

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I have been a fan of fairytales for a very long time. When I heard about Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale retellings, I knew I had to check out her books. I’ve read all her books to date and have enjoyed them each immensely. I do believe that The Princess Spy was one of my favorite ones.

 

The Princess Spy is based off The Frog Prince. I am not very familiar with this story so I could not say how many things were similar in this book. The Princess Spy includes several characters who we have met in previous books. The Princess Spy tells the story of Margaretha. Margaretha has rejected several suitors but Lord Claybrook seems to be making progress in wooing her. However, when a stranger named Colin shows up and warns her about Claybrook, she finds herself and her family are in extreme danger.

 

Strap yourself in for an adventure because that is what you are about to embark on when you open this book. You’ll feel the frustration of Colin as he tries to communicate in another language. You’ll feel the fear of the family as they are put in danger and are unsure how to resolve everything. You’ll feel the romance. You’ll live the adventure. If you like fairytales, you will love this book!

 

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher 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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