I really started to get involved with the characters until the book just ended suddenly. I somewhat liked the first book in the series and in this book I really started to get involved even though the plot aggravated me as a reader. Lonnie and Gideon had a horrible start in the first book and then things started getting better. I really liked them in their happy place so to say and then bam! there was a plot twist. I found myself mad at Cassie and just about everyone else in the book. It think I would like the book more if it was one giant book instead of 3 volumes. The whole book was just put on hold. I guess that means I will have to read the 3rd book though so maybe that was the writer's point. Just so much waiting!
I looked forward to this book for a long time because it is written by some of my favorite authors. I wasn't disappointed. I liked each story. Even though they were short they were well developed and independent. It was nice to sit a spell and finish a story and feel like it was complete and that you weren't cheated. I am always a sucker for a mail order bride story and this was no disappointment. None of the stories were connected in any way except by the mail order bride catalog's owner. Robin Lee Hatcher's story including characters from Heart of Gold, but they were minor characters. I think I liked David and Megan's story best, but then Mary Connealy is my favorite author. This is definitely a book I would share!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
I was excited to read this novella because I really enjoyed the previous books by Mona Hodgson. I liked the characters. I was intrigued by them. I just wanted more. I think the storyline was good though a little predictable. I wanted there to be more to it. Maybe reading the following novellas will help, but I don't think that the story was long enough to truly get to know the characters and see a relationship develop. I like where it was going. Maren and Wooly made for an interesting match and old Elsa had more stories to tell. I can tell by reading that the sub-stories will continue, but I don't know that we will hear much more about Maren and Wooly. I enjoyed the writing, it just felt a little rushed, but then again this isn't a novel. I will read the novellas to follow because I feel the need to complete the series, but I don't know that I would recommend it. It is not a book that I desire to read again.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.
This is only my second Coleen Coble book. I liked the first book in the
series and was happy to be able to read about Margaret. One of my
favorite things about this is that it is a historical/ suspenseful /
romance. There are many aspects to the book and the story line keeps
you wanting to read. I liked Daniel from the beginning and his
character was intriguing. He is mysterious and she doesn't want to trust
him. She has always been the strong one and doesn't want to depend on
anybody so she tries to take down a bank robbery, by herself. She
finally finds safety and comfort in his arms. Coble's books are always
great. I love a good series! The element of mystery to her books make
them enjoyable and easy to read!
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the copy to review!
I loved Short Straw Bride and was so glad to know that Crockett Archer
was getting his own story! I also enjoy that this is a stand alone
book. Crockett is finally getting the chance to be a preacher to more
than his family. Joanna Robbins prays for a preacher to revive her
little church. With a little prayer, the help of her father and
something criminal, Joanna has her preacher. Crockett and Joanna form a
friendship out of an unusual circumstance. It is another wonderful
Karen Witemeyer read. I highly recommend it!
Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for my copy to review!
Super fun! Keeps you reading! Can't wait for the next one! This is a continuation of A Change of Fortune
with Theodore Wilder tracking down and protecting Arabella Beckett,
sister to Hamilton Beckett we met in the first book. Theodore and
Arabella are both very strong, independent characters who really have no
need for the other. They have differing views on the roll of women.
As the two continue to cross paths and need the help of the other a
peculiar relationship begins. There is an energy to the book that comes
from the mystery and romance. I really enjoyed the book and look
forward to more by Turano!
Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for my review copy!
This is something different. Regency era fiction is not my usual, but I
have recently become a fan of a popular TV show of set in this era so
this book intrigued me. I wasn't disappointed by any means. When you
read alot the plot of a book often seems familiar like you've read it
before, but not this book! I would think I had it figured out and then
something would change. I didn't want to put it down. Amelia was a
fabulous main character. She had spunk to say what she wanted and was a
devout loyal friend. She made true sacrifices in this book. The
character of Captain Graham was also very likeable and a sweet father! I
love the relationship that they formed out of necessity and then
becoming more. There were many other characters that I wanted to know
more about and can only assume we will learn about in the following
book. I was glad to know that this is the first in the series because I
have questions and want to read for the answers. Great job Sarah Ladd!
MaryLu Tyndall's books always surprise me. I don't know what I
originally expect, but they always blow my expectations and this book is
no different. It is set after the Civil War and is about people
escaping the South trying to build a new south so to speak. They are
heading to Brazil to build a new life trying to escape different
Colonel Blake Wallace is trying to escape the Yankees
who want him dead. He has nothing left in the his southern home, no
family, no plantation and no hope of a future as long as he is always
looking over his shoulder.
Eliza Crawford, a former Civil War
nurse, has nothing to call her own after to war tore apart her family.
She longs to begin fresh where no one knows her past.
numerous other characters from all walks of life that make up this
voyage to Brazil. Each one has his or her own purpose in the new colony
that Wallace is heading up. The different personalities and roles make
for some very interesting story lines.
The main story is the
back and forth between Eliza and Blake. Can they look beyond their
pasts and the deep rooted loyalties to find a true love.
think the part that fascinates me the most about this story is the true
historical aspects of it. Southerners really left the South and fled to
Brazil because they refused to live under the government of the United
States of America. I never learned that in history class. I learned so
much reading this book and really enjoyed this book too! I look
forward to the next book and am curious who the story will be about.
Good job MaryLu!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my review.
I love Mary Connealy and will read everything she ever writes! I can
always count on a good fun read full of surprises and a sweet romance. I
was so excited to start a new series! I don't know how I missed it but
this is somewhat of a spin off of the Kincaid Brides Series. It is a
totally stand alone series, but I find myself wondering if there will be
a series connecting the two series like Mary has done in the past.
Luke Stone is a former Civil War soldier who is headed
home to reclaim his family's ranch that was stolen. He has carefully
plotted and planned with his war buddies how to regain control of the
ranch. He has to be smart and maintain his long running plan.
McNeil is swept away from her wagon train by the rushing river, but she
is not sad to lose the family that has took her in years ago. They
never treated her as family and took advantage of her. Luke happens
upon Ruthy and can't just leave her there, but his plan can't be changed
or delayed. He had to take her with him.
Luke heads home to
town and meets up with his buddies "the Regulators". They have a plan
to take back his ranch and its a good thing Ruthie is there to help them
This is another winner by Mary Connealy. I liked the
book and look forward to her other books. I laughed outloud as always
and the romance was sweet. It's not my favorite Mary Connealy book, but
is a great start to a new series. I look forward to the continued
development of the other characters.
I was given this book for free by NetGalley in exchange for my review.
This is a fabulous book! It's funny, the characters are enjoyable and it makes you want to keep reading. I have a hard time believing that this is Jen Turano's first book. The story is original. There is a novella that accompanies this book called Gentleman of Her Dreams. It is not something that you have to read in order to follow A Change of Fortune, but it briefly introduces the main characters in this book.
The story is about Lady Eliza Sumner who has come to New York in search of her missing fortune that was stolen once her father passed away. She is left in London with no money, rumors of her father swindling their money, and an ex fiance that became an ex when she told him all her money was gone. Liza comes to New York alone and poses as a governess while she is searching for the couple who stole her money. Eliza becomes a governess for the Watson family where she is thrust into filling in at a dinner and ball for their daughter Agatha. Agatha is quite the character! She wants to be a journalist and has no intention of making a match with a man anytime soon.
Hamilton Beckett is a wealthy, young widower with two small children and is the man that all the mother's have picked for their daughter to make a match with. Hamilton however has no intention of becoming anyone's match. He and his brother Zayne are trying to determine who it is that has been stealing business from their family's company.
Eliza and Hamilton along with Zayne and Agatha find themselves in quite a few predicaments that will make you laugh out loud. Their paths continue to cross in unique circumstances and there is a common thread in both of the investigations. They work together to uncover the truth that they are both looking for.
It is a delightful read. It is a little far fetched but that is part of its charm. I would absolutely recommend it. I look forward to more books by Jen Turano!
Thanks to Bethany House for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
I am a Christ follower. I am wife to a wonderful husband. I am mom to three loving and energetic little boys. I teach music and chapel at my boy's preschool.Somewhere I find time to sew and do machine embroidery and applique. Despite all of those other things I still find time to keep my nose in a book!