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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.


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

1.04.2017

Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung





A Note Yet Unsung releases January 31st, and you will not be disappointed.


There are so many ways that I could go with this review, but I'm just going to be completely up front and honest. I cried with this book. You made me cry, Tamara Alexander.
It was so breathtaking. The rhythm of it all flowed together to produce a beautiful, symphonic harmony.
Every book I've ever read by Tamara Alexander has held me completely spellbound; A Note Yet Unsung was no different.
Rebekah Carrington was sent abroad at a very tender age. Her grandmother sent her away so that she could escape her abusive step-father. Rebekah comes home at her mother's insistence when her grandmother dies. Rebekah decides she cannot live in the house with her stepfather and attempts to secure a job with the symphony. She is refused, because she is a woman.
The Maestro is not what she expected at all, and as life would have it she is found to be working closely with him.
I'm not going to ruin the story for anyone, because I loved it so much. This is definitely one of those books that you could read over and over again and it would get better each time you read it.
A Note Yet Unsung  is about finding out who your true friends are, being loyal, and taking chances. 
I would recommend this book to anyone! Just don't get it and expect to be a quick read. It was something that I couldn't put down, it was that good. It didn't have explicit content, or any cringe moments.
The cover is also exquisite. It makes you want to just delve right into the story.
Five star review for this masterpiece. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




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Have a wonderful day, week, and 2017!




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







12.31.2016

Book Review: The Mark of the King


The Mark of the King written by Jocelyn Green comes on the market January 3rd.
Overview:
Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption



So the back overview sounds good, the cover is pretty, what could go wrong?
 I really don't know one particular reason why I didn't care for it. I loved the idea of the story, but the ending could have been so much better. It was too sad; too much death.
So I'm gonna have some spoilers, and I don't normally do this,  but to show why I didn't like the book I'm going to need to do this.
Julianne was put into prison for a crime she didn't even commit. She was given the mark of the king (a tattoo), a lilly flower on her shoulder. It marked her as a criminal forever. Julianne finds out that there is a way out of this prison; to travel to a fledgling French colony named New Orleans. This doesn't sound all that bad to Julianne because her younger brother, Benjamin, lives there.
Little does Julianne know that she will be forced to marry another criminal before the journey even begins.
This part sounded like it could be made to work out. Sure, she doesn't know the man , or his  criminal history, but surely she could/can still fall in love with him.
Wrong.
She marries the one man that makes her feel strong and keeps eye contact with her. They reach New Orleans, a few more interesting things happen, and then Julianne begs her husband to go looking for her brother Benjamin. She realizes that she can make this marriage work and that she does love her husband, she also finds out she's expecting his child while he's gone.
And while Julianne's husband finds her brother, he also gets beaten with a hatchet, scalped, and he's now dead.
Julianne reacts by going on with life, and keeping her work as a midwife.
She thinks her brother is dead, her husband died for naught, and later gets beaten for a crime she didn't commit, and her baby dies.
Julianne remarries a prominent man, one who knew her brother before he "died." She can't have kids and she wants kids very bad.
More things that are sort of interesting happen (You'll have to read to find out.) And then her brother visits her.
Her husband isn't home at the time and he thinks she doesn't love him anymore and has found someone else, so he pouts and ignores her.
At the end of the book she find out her brother is a traitor and he dies trying to save her.
I just didn't enjoy it. It was good writing, held potential, and was correct in its facts, but I just couldn't enjoy it. There was too many deaths and too much violence.
Give it a try though, you might like it.
I am only going to give it two out of five stars, because I liked the cover, I got into the storyline well enough, I just didn't like the things that happened, or didn't happen.



If you have any comments or questions leave them below!




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



Book Review: A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night stole me away and transported me to the days of Daniel Boone, Kentucke, and gun-totin' heroes. (The heroine has my last name, which I thought was pretty cool.)
I loved it! At first I couldn't really understand what was going on and them WHAM! It was Amazing. (When is Laura Frantz not though?)
Sion Morgan is a surveyor, who is working for Temperance Tucker's enemy company.
Tempe is a back-woods girl who has previously had a chance with love with James Boone, the famous Daniel Boone's own firstborn son. Her ties with the Boone family are mentioned again and again throughout the book.
Tempe is the brave spitfire we girls always wish we were. She's the fairest shot with a gun and the prettiest girl this side of Kentucke.
The book had a unique quality; one that I haven't found in a while. It shows character, friendship, and an underlying tone of loyalty. I would recommend this book to anyone; family, friends, neighbors, strangers, dogs, etc... It's that good!  I like the fact that it can be read and you don't have to cringe because of the explicit content or cursing.
Let me also rave about that cover for a bit, isn't it magnificent?  It really is. It looks professional and interesting. The old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" doesn't apply here, because the book is just as good as its cover.
A five star review seems too low for this charmer. OH, By the way... It's available for purchase January 3, 2017.


Thank you for reading my review! It's been fun. If you have anymore questions please leave them in the comments below. I'll be happy to answer them.
Also, if you have any book/author recommendations I am open to hearing them.


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





12.17.2016

Book Review: For the Record

Thank you, Regina Jennings, for another amazing read. I was so thankful to start the book and piece together that I was reading about little Betsy. For The Record brings a down to earth calmness that warms you to your toes and makes you want to curl up with a cup of something warm on a rainy day. The setting for the book is in the Ozarks of Missouri and Betsy Huckabee is just a small town "old maid" who dreams of being a writer. Independence is her game and being single is just the gist of it. She works in her uncle Frank's printing press and stays with Frank and his wife Sissy. After sweeping over every available bachelor in town, and the surrounding areas she's perfectly fine with staying single and making a name for herself in the world of writing. Things change when the Dashing Deputy comes all the way from the plains of Texas and messes up her plans, Or it could be the other way around.
For The Record holds inevitable charm and a familiar coziness that's associated with Regina Jennings again and again. I picked up this novel and couldn't put it down. I almost cried when I realized it was over. It's that good.
If I could give it more than five stars I would, but since five is the highest then that's what it'll have to be.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the book below, feel free to leave a comment. '

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

Book Review: The American Heiress Brides

The American Heiress Brides is another romance collection of nine short stories. I enjoyed some of them very much, but I didn't like the characters in others. I know authors work really hard on getting characters and things right, but a character makes an entire story. For this reason I gave the book a four out five star review.

The first story, written by Lisa Carter,  is about a young debutante, Eugenia Rutherford, who decides she doesn't want to marry for anything but love. After rejecting man after man she takes off on her own adventure with nothing but a trunk and a train ticket. Eugenia ends up in Silver Strike, California. She ends up in the street without any food to eat and no money to spend until a man named Cort hires her to take care of his aging grandmother. This one was my personal favorite just because of its ironic twists and turns that make the story totally unpredictable and fun.

Next up Mary Davis gives us a neat spin with The Reluctant Heiress. It's a story about Victoria Dewitt, whose deceased rich uncle has left everything to Victoria-if she marries a successful man, and stays married, within the allotted time period. After having dinner party after dinner party she realizes that these men aren't what she's looking for in a spouse.
I liked it well enough, but it was a little predictable, and I didn't like her attitude about everything. I liked the storyline and the idea of the concept.

Susanne Dietze writes about Penny, an heiress that's engaged to a widowed, English Earl whom she's never met before. She's okay with the marriage and the idea of being married until she mistakenly meets the Earls brother and falls in love with him.

The next short story is about a lawyer who is working to see a heiress thrown of her title and wealth. After completing the rather nefarious tasks of his employer he falls in love with her and proves her legitimacy. It is written by Anita May Draper.
They're all great stories and you should read the book to find out the plots and other stories of the book. I just wanted to give you a little insight. In short I would recommend this book to someone if they asked, but I would also tell them about my dislikes as well.
If you have any questions, please, let me know below in the comments.


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






12.12.2016

Book Review:The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

Normally I would start a raving review about Julie Klassen. The previous books that I have read by her were different, yet entertaining. Unique, but eye-catching, and imagination stretching, but I cannot let myself say the same about this book.
I honestly did like the story itself, or the idea of the story.
Maybe it was the ending that ruined the whole story. It is a series, but I think that the ending just threw me. I probably will give the second book a try just because I'm expecting that happy ending, and the book leaves you expecting...something.
Another possibility as to the reason of my dislike for this novel is that nothing was how I predicted it to be. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone...so if you like unpredictable stories with abrupt endings, this is the story for you. If these types of novels aren't your proverbial "cup of tea" then I would recommend a completely different story.
To be perfectly honest I was glued to this book until the "ahem" abrupt and alarming ending, but as soon as I realized that I had read the last word, I wanted to throw something.
I'm not saying that this isn't a good book, because it really is a good one, but I personally didn't fall in love with this one. And while I desperately want to give it five stars, I can't.
Thus, I will dub thee, Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, with a mere three out of five stars, and hope that your sequel sister far outshines, and renews my love for you.
Okay, I'm getting a bit loopy. :)
(Sorry, long teacher day!)




If you have any questions let me know below in the comments. I'd be happy to answer anything!


In the long run Julie Klassen really is an outstanding author who is extremely dedicated to her work, this book just wasn't for me. If you're anything like me you would enjoy The Apothecary's Daughter far more. It too was written by Julie Klassen and is one of her first novels. Give her a try, she's a great lady.




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