Thursday, November 21, 2013

Novel Wishlist

I thought it'd be fun to share some books that are on my wishlist. Cannot wait until they're released!

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A Beauty So Rare is the second in the Belmont Mansion series. I loved A Lasting Impression!

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 I'm not familiar with Victoria Bylin. . .but that cover! Oh my word, I love it!
And just so I don't sound completely silly, I'll add that the story sounds interesting as well ;-)

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 The Dancing Master is one I've been waiting on for a loooong time. Julie Klassen's books are set in my favorite time period, and I've read every one so far. And the cover reminds me of a scene from Pride and Prejudice.

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Smitten Book Club is the third in this series. I haven't read many novellas, but I love how all of these stories connect. I wish Smitten were a real town I could visit!

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And I couldn't leave off Mary Connealy's new one, Stuck Together. Needless to say, I'm a fan of hers and ready for Vince's story.

I might've forgotten some, so go ahead and tell me which new novels you're looking forward to. Maybe I haven't heard about some of them yet.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Marriage In Middlebury by Anita Higman

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The best way I can describe this story is charming. It's a sweet romance set in a small town. Honestly, this novel reminded me of a Hallmark movie, fulfilling without worrying your gut. Sam and Charlotte were likeable characters, but my favorite was probably Nelly, the cook. There were a few subplots, all easy to follow. Though not full of surprises, A Marriage In Middlebury is a positive novel that makes for a pleasant light read whenever you'd like a getaway.
I don't drink tea, but the descriptions of the different blends made me want to try some. 
And the cover. . . such a pretty picture!

I liked this one:)
4 Stars

*Thank you to the author for my autographed copy!*

Backcover Blurb:
Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with.
At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder's marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on. . .or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam's new fiancée?
A second chance at love doesn't happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Talent For Trouble by Jen Turano

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Jen Turano writes with an unique voice that I loved. I'm a fan of witty, sarcastic heroines with sass, and that is what I found in A Talent for Trouble. This being the first novel I've read by this author, I had no clue if I would enjoy the style or find it dry.
This book is, by no means, dry. I would call the writing verbose, but in a way that fits the time period. I loved that the heroine Felicia Murdock wasn't presented as perfect. There are no flawless people this side of heaven, so I appreciated Felicia's, er, "talent for trouble."
Humor is something I always appreciate in a story, and this does not lack in that aspect.
And Grayson Sumner. . .such a gentleman. Easy to like, despite his dangerous past.
Also, I did not guess the ending. Not at all.
Jen Turano will be staying on my bookshelf. Now I need to go find some more of her stories. . .
Backcover Blurb:
For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?
Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had his fill of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.
Just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia's life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping each other out of trouble.
***I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.