5.06.2017

Book Review: A Spring Of Weddings

Book: A Spring Of Weddings 
Authors: Toni Shiloah and Melissa 
                                               
Sometimes you read books that you fall in love with, and with reveiwing it's often pretty hard when you read a book and the love just didn't click. Maybe I was being a little to harsh...I don't think I was. I'm not normally like that. I just didn't enjoy myself while reading it. For you, it may be different, but while I read it I couldn't stay enthralled in it like I could other books. 
 A Spring of Weddings  isn't  getting a five star rating from me I am sorry to say. 
I know authors work doubly hard to make sure their readers fall in love with the characters, storyline, and all the other things involved in a book so giving a review that is more negative than positive is something I hate doing. 
The reason for my dislike of this book has nothing to do with the authors and everything to do with the storylines. 
The first short story, A Proxy Wedding, didn't have the oomph to make me fall in love... I had never heard of a proxy wedding before this so I was expecting something different and exciting, but the story seemed too rushed. Meet each other, fall in love, fight, fall back in love, etc... it was very traditional. If you're going for traditional than this storyline is perfect for you. But I get a little tired of the same ol' same ol'. 
The second story, Hope Beyond Savannah, was a little less traditional, but it was also more right before the wedding (they were already engaged). 
One main thing I didn't like about both books was that I learned more about the characters on the pre-read (I can't think of the right word right now...) on the back of the book than I did in my entire reading of the short stories. 
I'm going to have to go with 3 out of 5 stars for this book. Try it for yourself and let me know what your think... maybe I was just judging it wayyyy to harshly. 

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*I was given this book by CelebrateLit in exchange for an honest review.*

4.27.2017

Book Review: Behind The Scenes

Book Title: Behind The Scenes
Author: Jen Turano
Release Date: April, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance


I have always sung the praises of Jen Turano. Her poise and the graceful way she brings about the characters with just enough intrigue, mystery, and romance always make for interesting books. When I saw that I would have the opportunity to once again review her story I was beside myself with joy. I waited by the mailbox with unfettered joy and counted down the days until I could read this story.
Behind The Scenes is the story of Permilia Griswold, a timid wallflower that is ever accustomed to hiding behind anything in the available vicinity and watching others at balls, parties, and pretty much anything in the name of society. Her one problem? She can't seem to speak when she gets around most men.
Permilia is the epitome of a successful woman. She owns a newspaper column under the pseudonym "Miss Quill." The interesting thing is that no one knows she owns this column, or so she thinks. In enters Mr. Asher Rutherford. He owns a very high-scale and influential new department store. When Permilia overhears something distressing fixing to come upon Mr. Rutherford's person she can't help but intervene.

I won't say anymore, because I want to give you a chance to actually read it for yourself. You can purchase it here. on Amazon, orrrr you can win it in this GIVEAWAY! along with a 25$ gift card to Barnes and Nobles, and a few other things.

My personal thoughts on the book: It was interesting. Hilarious. Something I've come to expect from Turano. She has a way with words, no doubt about it. Every other sentence will probably have you doubled over from laughter. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the way it seemed to be like any other regency era novel. It seemed as though she ran out of ideas in which the way the story should go. I'll let you read it for yourself though and let me know what you think in the comments below. :)
I would give it a four out of five stars. Simply because even though it wasn't my most enjoyable read of the season they certainly were some of my favorite characters. I will say that this wasn't one of these books that I cried when it ended. I laughed all the way until the end. Let me know what you think!

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Check out these other blogs for a review of this same post that will be on today, if it's not already on...
 Reading Is My SuperPower
The Scribbler
Genesis 5020


Thank you to celebratelit for the copy of this book I received. This book was given to me in exchange for a review in my own words.


 

4.18.2017

Book Review: The Illusionists Apprentice

Image result for the illusionists apprenticeNever before have I been swept away with a story such as I was with The Illusionist's Apprentice. It wasn't just an interesting story, it was magical and enthralling.
It begins with the sad tale of a magician of sorts claiming he could bring a man back to life. When I started reading this I figured that this book would be a fluke. I WAS WRONG. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE WRONG!!
I learned a valuable lesson with this book, it was this: Don't give up on a book after the first chapter.
It was so much more than just magic or illusion. It's a story of trust. It has hardships, history, and Harry Houdini.
Wren Lockhart, a former assistant for the great Harry Houdini, is very private and mysterious. When the FBI starts asking for her help with investigating she has to figure out the difference between her personal life and the life she leads when she's on the vaudeville stage.
I would definitely read this book again, I would most certainly recommend The Illusionist's Apprentice, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book that Kristy Cambron chooses to grace us with. Five out of five stars for this gem!
Maybe I am a little kid at heart, but when it comes to books like this I could sit still for hours and read. Most of the time when I finish with a book that I really love I could shed a few tears at the loss of friends that I related with in each instance. Am I the only person that does this? Let me know below!
If you have any questions, comments, or you just want to chat leave a comment!
Have a wonderful day!


I was given a copy of  this book by Net Galley for an honest review.


3.02.2017

Book Review: Shine Like the Dawn

Title: Shine Like the Dawn
Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Historical

No doubt about it...Shine Like the Dawn is as good as the cover looks! Inside its pages is a thrilling adventure of finding a killer, uncovering a blackmailer, and finding unsuspected love.
Carrie Turansky is a new author for me. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of her other novels before now, but I can say with all certainty that I WILL be reading more of them.
It seemed to go a little slow at first. When it finally sped up and reached it full potential it did not disappoint at all!
Margaret Lounsbury is a young lady living in Edwardian England. She is living with her grandmother because of some tragedy that had taken place when she was seventeen. Soon into the book you will find that Margaret, or Maggie, has started to realize that there may have been more to the accident then met the eye.  Also Nathaniel. That's all I need to say. He was the perfect hero. All the way down to his helping her find out the truth.
I would have to give Shine Like the Dawn a four out five star review. It had wonderful characters, a great storyline, and a wonderful plot, I just felt that it took a little long to reach the climax of the story.
All in all Shine Like the Dawn should be shared and recommended like the gem it is. It was released February 21, 2017, and is a pretty new novel.
I know I do this a lot, but can we talk about that cover? (insert heart eye emoji here)
I LOVE it. It is beautiful, and it has just the right amount of uncertainty to keep me interested. Maggie's dress is also a plus. ;)

I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! You can have this book if you click this link here! It does take you to another website, and I am not the one that is doing this giveaway, but who doesn't like getting books?

If you have read Shine Like the Dawn, or any other interesting titles, and would like to discuss them, please feel free to comment below! I always love hearing from my readers.
I hope this review helped you in deciding whether or not you would enjoy this book!
Until next time...Have a wonderful day!



I was given a copy of this book by CelebrateLit for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, that was of my own accord.

2.18.2017

Book Review: Long Time Gone

Finally! I had time to read a book, and review it! It seems like I have been too busy to do much of anything lately besides the fact that a nasty bug has been lingering around us for way too long, but enough about that.
It is now time to rave about this beautiful book, which will be released February 28th.
Long Time Gone is the second book in a series, of which I was aware, but after being given this book to review it gave me a wonderful excuse to buy the FIRST one; a decision I DID NOT regret in the least! I would actually recommend doing this, as you would be a little lost if you read the second book before the first. These are continuations of each other, although about different people. (There is also a novella in this series available for free on amazon. You can get that here.)
Mary Connealy has a way of bringing the characters to life. When you read one of her books, you aren't just reading a story, you become part of the story.
Long Time Gone begins with a cliffhanger. I know that sounds impossible, but I promise it's true! It held me captive for way too long. I pretty much laughed and sat on the edge of my chair for the entire duration of the book.
Trust me when I say not to read this book if you are in a hurry.
Comedy, Cowboys, Connealy..., it all goes together. I give it  FIVE stars all the way.
Also, take a look at that cover! It's whimsical, but strong. It holds just the right amount of western to keep me interested.
I would recommend this book to anyone. So I'm going to recommend it to you. :)

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. I always love hearing from my readers.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Let me know!
Till next time.



1.25.2017

GIVEAWAY: WINNER ANNOUNCED

 I am extremely excited to announce our GIVEAWAY WINNER.
JENNA LOVES BOOKS, you are the winner. Congratulations on your newest acquisition! Please read the details listed below to claim your prize! If within a week you haven't claimed your prize, then a runner-up will be selected.
We have partnered with Laura Frantz to bring you a signed, paperback copy of her newest novel A Moonbow Night, which released earlier January.  
I have done a review for this book (You can read that here.) And I loved the book so much that I wanted to give my readers a chance to experience the same. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Giveaway Rules:
1. You must live in the United States due to shipping costs.
2. Follow my blog. (it's the button in the sidebar to the right)
3. Comment in the comments below.
4. Keep Checking this post, or the Contest/Giveaway page, to see who the winner is, and claim your prize.
After the winner is announced, you may contact me to verify, and give me your email address so we can send you your prize!


This contest will end February 15, 2017 at 12:00 am (CST)


A big thank you to Laura Frantz for this opportunity and to all that participate!
Let the contest begin!!





1.14.2017

Book Review: Amish Weddings


I have to admit, guys, when I read this book I was a little disappointed. Leslie Gould has done better. I have nothing bad to say about the writing, or characters, it was more the morals of some of the characters.
I also didn't realize that the book was apart of a series :(
Being about the Amish I thought the book would be like a normal Amish story. You know the type...farming, buggy rides, and courting.
Amish Weddings is a story about a girl named Rose. She has always been more feisty and festive then the normal Amish girl. She has had it in her mind that she is going to marry the Bishops son, Rueben. They are both in "love" until Rose's future brother-in-law brings a friend home, one who isn't of the Amish, and Rose suddenly gets tired of waiting on Reuben.
I don't like to spoil stories so I won't go any further with telling the storyline.
You might would like the story, so I'm not discouraging anyone from reading it. I just felt that it wasn't Leslie Gould's best. Take it from me though when I say that it isn't the usual Amish book.
I'll give it four stars. It has potential, and if I wasn't expecting a quiet Amish story I may have liked it better.
I also did like the cover. It's soft and cutesy (cutesy?) :) even if it belies the book.
Yes, I would recommend to someone, but I would also tell them the drawbacks and let them decide whether or not to read it.


If you have any comments or recommendations please leave them in the comments below, and be sure to follow!


I was given this book by NetGalley for a complete and honest review.