Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Holding the Fort Review

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out. 

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is a great start to what is sure to become a new favorite series of mine. Louisa is a character that immediately draws you into her story. The misunderstandings that this book is based on, dance-hall singer turned governess, makes for a funny, compelling read. Holding the Fort is the perfect combination of historical details, lighthearted romance, and hilarious antics. This book is sure to be loved by any fan of lighthearted historical romances 

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Lacemaker Review

It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. 
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?

Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

The Lacemaker is a great work of historical fiction by Laura Frantz. I have to say that it took me a little bit longer than normal to become really hooked on this story but once I was I finished it in one sitting. I struggled a bit on the first 1/4 of the story but after that I was fully caught up in Liberty and Noble's story. As always Laura did a great job writing with historical accuracy and transporting the reader back in time. 

4 out of 5.  

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Oath of Honor Review

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

Oath of Honor is the first book in the brand new series by the amazing Lynette Eason. In Oath of Honor we're introduced to another wonderful cast of characters that will be the focus of Lynette's Blue Justice series. Izzy and Ryan are a great couple to start on and the action/suspense in this book will keep you turning the pages deep into the night. Make sure that this book is on the top of you To-Be-Read pile this year, you don't want to miss the St. John's family and the rest of their stories that are sure to be just as enjoyable as Oath of Honor. 

5 out of 5.  

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Missing Isaac Review

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

Missing Isaac was a beautiful debut novel for Valerie Fraser Luesse. I have to admit that coming-of-age stories are hit and miss for me most of the time, I either fall head over heals or I end up setting it down and not picking it up again. I'm happy to say that Missing Isaac fell into the first category. Not only was it wonderfully written, but the characters seemed to come to life and I felt instantly transported back to the time. I feel like this book offers a little something for everyone. 

5 out of 5.  

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Out of the Ordinary Review

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. 

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is a wonderfully delightful read. Right away you start off with the signature humorous antics of Turano's characters. Gertrude is an easy character to like, their is no way that you can get through the opening scene and not be enchanted with Gertrude. Harrison and Gertrude make quite the pair, they are for sure to have you laughing out loud at the situations they get into. Any book by Jen Turano is the perfect gift for any historical fiction reader on your gift list. Please pick up this series and enjoy it as much as I do!

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lady Jayne Disappears Review

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.

Lady Jayne Disappears is the fantastic debut novel by Joanna Davidson Politano. The book has a vintage feel to the way that it's written that instantly grabbed my attention. I loved feeling like I was picking up a beloved classic every time I sat down to read. Aurelie is a sweet, somewhat naive character who's narration drives this story. I'm glad that Joanna Davidson Politano is now on my radar because I can't wait to read whatever else she comes up with in the future. Please do yourself a favor and read Lady Jayne Disappears. 

5 out of 5.  

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dangerous Illusions Review

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Dangerous Illusions is the first book in the Code of Honor series by Irene Hannon. Once again Irene gives us an amazing new series to fall in love with. Trish is a character that from the beginning my heart immediately went out to. The mystery/suspense that filled this books pages to the brim had me on my seats edge the whole time. As with past books, I love how Irene jumps from the POV of the main characters to the villain. It always make me feel more involved with the mystery. Another great book and I can't wait for the second in the series!

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.