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About Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg is currently a finalist for the ACFW Editor of the Year and a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Readers Choice Award.

Stars of Alabama

Stars of AlabamaStars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Sean Dietrich’s blog posts. They are insightful, touching, and well worth reading, so I was excited to be able to preview this upcoming release. It’s typical for his style of writing. While it is a full book, it reads a lot like his blog posts. It’s written from the omniscient point of view, which works for this type of book. It holds with the realism one expects from Mr. Dietrich. Not everything wraps up into a happy ending. Not everyone gets a trophy. It’s a little gritty in some areas, a little tear-jerking in some, and suspends belief in a couple of places, but that’s all good. It works.

 

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The Russia Hoax

The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald TrumpThe Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump by Gregg Jarrett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this book to see what a lawyer thought of how things happened at the beginning of the whole Russian collusion investigation. I can’t say I learned anything new – most of this has been out there for a while – but I liked seeing the legal aspect of the actions taken by the main players.

If you hate Trump, you’ll still hate him after reading this. If you love Trump, you’ll still love him after reading this. I think I’m something of a Trump agnostic. I don’t love him, I don’t hate him, and I don’t want to see anyone – president or everyday Joe – treated in such a way that our laws are bent and twisted to accommodate a love or a hatred of anyone.

After reading this, I’m very curious to see what the investigation into the investigation will uncover.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Non Fiction

 

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The Refuge

The RefugeThe Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge fan of Ann Gabhart’s Shaker books. I’ve liked them all. This one, however, might be my favorite. Ann does a great job of making the Shakers real in her stories. It would be so easy to make them cartoonish with their odd beliefs and odder ways, but she handles them with dignity and delicacy while showcasing their stories realistically.

This is historical fiction – not historical romance – but there is an undercurrent of a romantic thread in it which is touching. The Shakers believed that marriage was a sin. Yeah, I know, but they did. So the romance is all the sweeter for that background.

I enjoyed the movement and flow of the different points of view, including the young girl, Leatrice. It takes talent and attention to detail to write a child’s point of view well. Ann does. Her characters aren’t perfect (but then, who is?), but they are so realistic that you’ll be comfortable with them in minutes and involved in their lives before you even realize it.

You don’t need to have read any of Ann’s other Shaker stories to enjoy this one. But you may want to read them after!

 

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Lord of Her Heart

Lord of Her HeartLord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good medieval read! What’s more romantic than knights, fair ladies, and castles? Sherrinda Ketchersid nails all of that, plus a bit of mystery, a dash of danger, and a hearty sprinkling of humor. This is not a dark, gothic read. It’s an engaging story with characters who’ll stay with you long after you’ve closed the book. If you’re new to the medieval time period, this is a great book to start with! (Beware: this time period can be addicting.)

 

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The Noble Guardian

The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3)The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Full disclosure: I haven’t read the first two books in this series. This novel is good, but it didn’t blow me away like the author’s The Captured Bride did. It really felt like it needed a good editing job, lots of repeat words and phrases that kept jumping out at me, and the characters were a little too predictable, a little too perfect. I may have enjoyed it more if I’d started with the first book in the series. That said, it’s still worth reading for the trip back in time and place.

 

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Beauty in Battle

Beauty in Battle (Beauty in Flight #3)Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Be sure to first read “Beauty in Flight” and “Beauty in Hiding.”

Here’s the thrilling ending to the series! Harper’s secret is out and Jack is standing by her side, but Derrick is still lurking “out there” somewhere and there’s another someone from the past who could be even more deadly. You don’t want to miss this last installment of the “Beauty in Flight” series! Robin Patchen is the master of writing bad guys. It’ll keep you glued to your chair.

 

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Beauty in Hiding

Beauty in Hiding (Beauty in Flight #2)Beauty in Hiding by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Beauty in Hiding” picks up right where “Beauty in Flight” left off. Harper and Jack are thrown together more, and Jack is suspicious and intrigued by the beauty and her confused grandfather. Tensions ramp up as Derrick’s life is threatened by his evil cohorts. The race is on to find his grandfather – and Harper – and make them pay. . .one way or another. This one will keep you up past your bedtime!

 

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