Monday, November 28, 2016

An Uncommon Courtship

An Uncommon Courtship – Kristi Ann Hunter

            I don’t think I have every read a series book out of order that I have enjoyed this much.  I may break my habit and go back and read the rest of the books!  I did read A Nobel Masquerade and truly enjoyed it!
            An Uncommon Courtship is a GREAT READ!  I really thoroughly enjoyed it!  I always love books where the “underdog” finds his or her way!  This is the story of Lord Trent Hawthorne and Lady Adelaide Bell.  Lord Trent is basically forced to marry Adelaide to save her reputation.  Basically, her mother is a crazy woman only concerned with herself and her older daughter.  Lady Adelaide is thankfully a kind sweet young woman.  Lord Trent just wants to do what is right.
            They need to learn to love each other, and really learn what it means to love someone.  They have to humble themselves to accomplish this task.  I love how Trent’s friends point him to the Bible to learn about marriage and love.  I love how the both take their “lot” seriously.  I love how he defends her and she supports and encourages him. 
            If you can’t figure it out, I loved this book!  5 stars!

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

An Uncommon Protector - Shelley Shepard Gray

An Uncommon Protector – Shelley Shepard Gray

            The last book I read by Shelley Shepard Gray was A Texan’s Choice, and from what I can remember – and the cover helps me remember – I really liked it.  An Uncommon Protector was a good read also.  It is the story of Thomas, a man who can’t seem to catch a break, and Laurel, a woman carrying the responsibilities of a man after the Civil War.
            Thomas is serving time for an unpaid gambling debt, but was “purchased” by Laurel to help on her ranch.  He is a hard-working man with a good heart.  Laurel is sensible and believes she is destined for a life on her own.  She desperately wants to save her ranch.  There are people who want her land, and will stop at almost nothing to get what they want.  Fortunately, Thomas has a solution to the problem.  I won’t share more because I don’t like to spoil the reading for people. 
            I liked that this book looked at the heart of Thomas – not his situation.  I liked that it showed that even though society deemed him a “worthless criminal” his character showed through. 
            I did think the book was good, although it was a little slow.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Promise of Rayne - Nicole Deese

The Promise of Rayne – Nicole Deese

            Honestly,  I have never read a book by Nicole Deese.  The Promise of Rayne helped me find a new author to follow, and for those of you who are readers you probably understand the magnitude of finding a new author! 
            Rayne Shelby has grown up in an affluent family who doesn’t really care about anyone or anything other than the family name.  Her Uncle Cal will stop at nothing to protect the family image. 
            Levi was taken in as a troubled teen by Ford a man who lives his life for God in a simple way.   Ford quietly does what honors God.  Ford is also an enemy of the Shelby family.
            When Rayne and Levi were teens they started a relationship that was quickly snuffed out by the Shelby family.  A desperate situation brings Rayne to Levi’s doorstep.
            I am not going to say anymore because I don’t want to spoil the book for you.  I will be reading more by Nicole Deese.  I would recommend this book!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill - Julie Klassen

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales From Ivy Hill Book #1)  - Julie Klassen
            I love Julie Klassen!  She is one of my favorite authors.   Several of her books rate among my favorites like A Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess.  Knowing this is the truth….it pains me to say that I didn’t even finish The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill.  I did read about 50% of the book, but I never felt a connection with the characters.
            Jane Bell is a young widow who is left a coaching inn by her husband.  Her mother-in-law, Thora, grew up in the inn.  Thora knows all about running the inn.   Jane has never worked in the inn – really she has never worked anywhere.  The inn comes to her with a huge debt.  Jane does dig in and learns how to work.  Her brother-in-law is helping at the inn too.  I don’t trust him, but I didn’t care enough to finish the book.  There is a new romance on the horizon, I think, for Thora.
            I will try Julie Klassen’s next book.  I am sure I will be the only one who feels this way about this book!

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