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Published April 2021 by Covenant Communications

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This is a sweet story about love, adventure, forgiveness and family.
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Georgina, aka Gigi, is invited to go on a European art tour with her aunt. Gigi plans to design clothes and works part time for a dressmaker. This would be the perfect opportunity. Aunt Rowena claims she needs a companion because she’s getting old, even though Rowena’s friends are coming. It almost feels like pity but Gigi takes it for a grand adventure.
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The professor who will take the tour to all the museums just happens to be young and single. And Gigi happens to be the only young participant in the tour. Rowena sets to matchmaking but the professor claims to be a bachelor forevermore.
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This was a fun book hearing about different places on the tour (what’s that?! Covid definitely changed that😅), Aunt Rowena and her friends totally reminded me of the Golden Girls and come on- one of them is named Blanche 😉 so that was great when they were together. I enjoyed Gigi and Clyde (prof’s name) finding time together.
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The book threw a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. There’s still the mystery of Nicholas.
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This is book 3 in the Romance on the Orient Express but they can be read as stand alones. I have not read book 1 or 2 but I plan to! Thank you to the publisher for an ebook to read and review. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

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Published Aug 2020 by Bethany House

This was such a fun book! I have read some of KAH’s work with the Hawthorne series and it was fun to see some familiar characters.
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I’ve read a lot of regencies but none that take place in Newmarket where the horse races are. At least none that immediately come to mind so it was fun being in a new place.
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Poor Hudson. He’s loved his whole life in India waiting until he can become the Viscount. Once he learns of his grandfather’s death, he’s on the first boat back. Only life on sea doesn’t agree with him. 🤢He’s happy to finally put both feet on land again and can’t wait to see the famed stables of the racehorses his grandfather raised. Only when he’s admiring the horses, he’s attacked by a petite and very real mad woman.
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Best meet cute for miscommunication! Bianca is often looked over in life. She’s okay with it until her stepmother is determined to marry her off to a man she abhors. The man in question mistreats his horses. Now she’s trying to clear her mind of her troubles when a shabby man comes to the stables. No grooms are about so it’s her job to scare the miscreant away.
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Gossip quickly buzzed that the new viscount has come to town. And to Bianca’s utter horror, she knows him. He’ll solve all her problems but he has his sight set upon another.
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This was a great friends-to-lovers, love triangle trope. It had perfect moments of happiness and banter, swoon and grace from God.
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I can’t wait for the next book to see the characters again and to see Aaron’s story. He was a perfect side character. They all are – I also need a story about Lord Brimsbane and Rigsby!

Published April 2021 by Ensign Peak

Julianne Donaldson is so talented and has a way with words. Whether it’s fiction and you laugh then cry or this book of poetry where you feel the gut wrenching pain and loneliness she mentions. Because you’ve felt it too.

This is such a beautiful book of poems of hope and to remember to rely on the Lord.

The poems and short essays make for a quick read and will make the perfect gift. Or to pull out on a hard day to remind yourself that you’re not alone. Julianne is so raw and vulnerable about her past pain. You can tell that she has wrestled with hopes, wants, needs and expectations and still she finds joy.

There were a lot of great quotes from it but this I think was my favorite

“Hope breathes on The cold embers of tomorrow Until a new fire blazes.”

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an ebook copy of the book. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

Published by Shadow Mountain Publishing in 2016

I really love this book (the whole series is so fun!!) and I loved reading it again. A few awesome ladies from #theladysliterarysociety haven’t read it yet and are doing a buddy read. Originally I was just going to be part of the fun chat but then I had to read it and I couldn’t put it down!
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If you haven’t read it yet I encourage you to! Try a new-ish genre!
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If you like:
-Fairytale Retellings
-Proper Romance/Clean romance
-A little mystery and suspense
-Victorian time period
-Steampunk/Fantasy elements
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When I first read this 3 years it was my first steampunk and it took a while to get used to the world -vampires, werewolves, magic, tablets, airships- but it was so fun and new.
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Lucy Pickett is small but mighty, she’s a leading botanist helping to unmask vampires. But she is forced to take a break from work and visits her newly married cousin Kate. Kate said she hadn’t been feeling well and soon Lucy finds her way to Blackwell Manor. Where the lord and home hold secrets, death and pain. Lucy fears for Kate’s life and she has never come across a problem she can’t fix.
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The Earl of Blackwell, Miles, doesn’t know what’s hit him when a petite young woman wanders all over his home. She’s not scared of him or his scar. But she needs to leave before she gets hurt. His life is doomed.

Independently published by the author, May 2020

This is book 2 in a 3-book series and it does need to be read in order. I read the first book a year ago, it took me a few moments to remember what had happened.

It continues with the dual timeline. Modern time – Adeline as she’s restoring a house in Charleston and tries to figure out what life was like in the 1860s. And as she tries to figure out what he wants with her life. At the end of the first book, a surprise took her and Adrian for a loop, and in book 2 they’re still finding their footing with each other and the situation. It’s a slow pace romance but I wanted a little more for book 2.

Then it flips to Shannon, as she lives during the Civil War and is in the south. She experiences a lot of sorrow and grows a lot from it. She learns to turn to God and lay it at His feet. She is full of Southern pride but certain events humbles her.

I honestly didn’t know how this book would end (I mean obviously I know the history of the Civil War 😅) but with a 3rd book I wasn’t sure at what point this book ended. And it leaves a cliffhanger for both women.

I definitely need to read the last one and see what happens to everyone!

Published 2021 as an ebook by Covenant Communications

Basically all you have to say is “Sarah M Eden” and I’m on board!
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This was a sweet novella which I was fortunate to win a paperback copy of. It’s only being sold as an ebook right now.
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Elfrida aka Ellie, has a strained relationship with her family and it’s not just because they named her Elfrida. 😅 But sadly she feels they’re never proud of her, they always scold her and she’s learned it’s easier to be quiet than be herself.
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Her family travels to Bath for some society and her parents encourage Ellie to go for the last remaining Jonquil available-Charlie. He was disinterested with Ellie’s older sister last year. Ellie becomes friends with Charlie’s nemesis Artemis Lancaster. Artemis is true to her name and protects others. But Artemis is also the Goddess of the hunt. So Artemis and her friends call each other the “Huntresses”. Which is to set up a new series!! 🎉🎉
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But somewhere along the way, Ellie finds herself in a fake courtship with Newton Hughes. And Ellie’s plan to be invisible and quiet doesn’t seem right anymore.
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In 135 pages Sarah packs a full story in here. You cheer for the hero and heroine, you can’t wait for more and it makes you want to re-read every book! That’s a special thing. 😍

Published March 2021 by Covenant Communications

I love Walker’s books and was excited for this story.
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Miranda has it all. A man on her arm, beauty and fashion and a mouth to go with it. Too bad no one else sees her charm. When Ethan, said man, takes her to a party to introduce his friends to her, she effectively puts her foot in her mouth to the point of cringeworthy. 😬 It was hard to like Miranda at the beginning. It reminds me of the Friends episode where Monica dates a man who writes a poem about an empty vessel. (Anytime a book reminds me of favorite tv shows/movies is always fun!)
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Soon her circumstances change and she is at her unknown uncle’s doorstep only to be made to earn her living there. No one to turn to except her maid Sarah. Sarah is fantastic and a hoot!
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Miranda, not happy with how life has panned out starts to see where she could’ve done better but she still misses Ethan. Fate cruelly tortures her as he appears and happens to see her in threadbare clothes and mud. Fan-freaking-tactic. And he’s paying attention to a perfect lady. Something Miranda clearly never was or will be.
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This was a wild ride seeing unlikable Miranda grow and change. It’s never easy asking for help or letting others help you without it feeling like charity. But charity is the pure love of Christ, and Miranda questions if God is aware of her. It takes true humility and action to change.
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This book has second chance romance, love triangle (square?), forgiveness, kindness, great quotes, growth and characters. I love Lady Callister.
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Thank you to the publisher for a copy of the book for an honest review. These are my own thoughts.

Independently Published 2019

This was an interesting read. Normally I don’t like split time books. This had me flip flopping, at the beginning I was intrigued with Shannon’s storyline but half way I wanted to read more about Adeline’s.

I felt the historical part, which seemed well researched, to be like “Gone With The Wind.” It has all the show of southern charm but that not everything is as perfect as it’s portrayed.

With Adeline’s storyline, it’s interesting that she’s restoring the home and uncovering some of its history. While in tandem reading what really happened in the home.

Apparently I’m not fashionable or not fashionable about shoes because I had to look up what chukka boots were and sperries. I didn’t know they had special names besides boots and boat shoes. 🤷🏻‍♀️ And for Adeline and Adrian, to have been living together for at least 4 months they would have talked a bit more. It’s all awkward. But I pictured him like a young Jeff Goldblum. This is more of a historical fiction/women’s fiction because the romance isnt coming through but I can’t wait to read the next part!

Check out the author’s website for a lot of history and details about the book. https://teaandrebellion.com

Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray (Proper Romance Regency)
Author: Julie Wright
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (March 2, 2021)
Length: (336) pages
Format: Trade Paperback, eBook, & audiobook
Tour Dates: March 1 – 28, 2021

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Regency London
Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no
marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She
suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put
off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education,
and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than
demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always
be next season to find a husband.
However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to
secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where
the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return
home.
Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one
of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the
shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to
understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total
strangers so far away.
The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s
dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political
conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated

gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her
boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.
The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds
herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers.
However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them
closer.
Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet
the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will
honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met,
thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw
convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted
by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

ADVANCE PRAISE

– “A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are
vindicated.”— Foreword Reviews
– “…a delightful, not exactly traditional Regency romance. Teen readers will
enjoy this adventurous journey with its proactive heroine and exotic
settings.”— Booklist, starred review
– “An unconventional woman finds herself at home at sea in this stirring
Regency from Julie Wright…This adventure is sure to entice fans of
historical romance.”— Publishers Weekly

AUTHOR BIO

Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over
twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with
her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown
Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.
She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs,
and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking,
playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
She hates mayonnaise.

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Romance Regency), Julie Wright’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel
March 1 – 28, 2021. Over forty popular blogs specializing in historical romance,
inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its
release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set
aboard an English ship bound for India.

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March 05 Literary Time Out (Review)
March 05 Among the Reads (Review)
March 06 Books and Socks Rock (Review)
March 07 Encouraging Words (Excerpt)
March 08 So Little Time… (Review)
March 09 For Where Your Treasure Is (Review)
March 10 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
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March 11 Heidi Reads (Review)
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March 13 The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)
March 14 Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)
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MY REVIEW

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This is the plot of the book in emoji form. 😁

Caroline Gray is desperate and finds passage to India to meet a captain there. She doesn’t have to marry him but share a few meals and get to know each other. She’s out of options so she goes but doesn’t flaunt it like other ladies on board that they’re traveling for a husband. Her blue stocking ways discouraged gentlemen in England but surely not in India too.
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Captain Scott prides himself on taking care of his crew and the passengers aboard his ship. Even if one strikes his intrigue but she’s not constant in her behavior. He can’t puzzle her out.
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I wanted more romance. They avoided each other a lot which was frustrating to feel connected to the characters. I liked how Caroline was brave during the storm. She was quirky and did her own thing on the ship, getting to know the crew. It was sweet she wanted to draw pictures of them for their loved ones.
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher and these are my own thoughts and opinions.

Self published Aug 2020

We read this for book club and it was so fun! Perfect enemies to lovers with pranks. Kind of a second chance romance too with commitment phobia. This can be read as a stand alone from “The Match”.
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June co-owns a donut shop with her bestie Stacy. Stacy is getting married and moving. So June, a tad dramatic and a flair for southern charm and sass, is the maid of honor. To her horror, Ryan aka the enemy, is the best man.
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Ryan wanted to return sooner and see June but he couldn’t face her. What if the idealized version of her didn’t hold up to the real life tiny fierce one?
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I really liked their chemistry and their struggles were realistic. A few times I was getting mad at Ryan for not listening to June when she’d say to leave. Yes she’s stubborn but he was a little too forward letting himself into her home.
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Now I want donuts and pretzels 🤤 there were swoony kisses, wet shirt/shirtless man. June was hilarious. Can’t wait to read the next book by Sarah.