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Misleading Miss Verity

Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3)Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed a lot about this book. The characters are interesting and believable, the setting is beautifully written, and the writing is good. The ending, however, fell apart for me. That could very well be just a personal preference, so I’m still giving it a solid three stars, because others may love the ending.

 

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All Manner of Things

All Manner of ThingsAll Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book by a friend, so I had no expectations going into it. I haven’t read any books by Susie Finkbeiner before and didn’t even know what genre this was when I opened the cover. (I almost never read the BCC on a gifted book and didn’t this time either.)

I barely remember the 1960s, being born then, but I felt the tug of my earliest memories as I read through the book. It’s written entirely from one first-person point of view, which is not my favorite way to experience a story, but it works.

This is a tough book to review without giving any spoilers, so I’m not going to get into the details at all. If you enjoy a story that tugs at your heart, that examines the dysfunctionality of the family, that centers entirely on one character, and that pushes against the historical norms of society, then this might be your next best read.

 

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Practically Married

Practically MarriedPractically Married by Karin Beery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It’s a modern marriage of convenience story that works because the characters are engaging, practical, and have their personal issues to deal with. Loved the setting of Northern Michigan – of course! – but part of the story was set in Florida as well. Another thing I loved was that the author brought in multiple minor characters of all ages. Kids go a long way toward making a story real and relatable. I lost sleep for a couple of nights. It was very hard to put down.

 

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Legacy Restored

Legacy Restored (The Legacy Series, #2)Legacy Restored by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Classic Robin Patchen! Plenty of unexpected things happen when an ex-con and an artist team up – accidentally – to bring down a murderer. Loved the characters in this one. He’s broody and temperamental, the quintessential artist. She’s independent and insecure, an interesting combination. Together, they’ll keep you turning the pages.

 

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The Wood’s Edge

The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders, #1)The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know why it took me so long to read a book by Lori Benton. But I’m glad I finally did! This story is a rich tapestry of the era peopled with characters who will draw you into their world. Benton does a very credible job – and it’s a difficult one – of balancing the relationship between white settlers and natives. Too many authors want to make the former all evil and the latter all saints. Benton didn’t do that. Her characters are all true-to-life with warts and all. That’s what makes it easy to slip into sync with them as you read. I highly recommend this on to all readers who enjoy historical romance at its best.

 

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Fire by Night

Fire by Night (Refiner's Fire, #2)Fire by Night by Lynn Austin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always enjoy Lynn Austin’s books, so this one was no surprise. It wasn’t her easiest book to get into, it wasn’t that it started slowly, but more that I had a harder time connecting with the main heroine. She wasn’t very likable. But stick with her because her character arc is really something! I absolutely loved her by the end. The other main female character was more fascinating from the start. They are as different as chalk from cheese, but both really interesting characters. So worth reading!

 

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The Witness Tree

The Witness TreeThe Witness Tree by Denise Weimer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fascinating and engaging story about a historic time and place that isn’t often showcased in fiction. I was captivated by the characters from the very start. The lifestyle of the Moravians is something I knew just a little about. Their interaction with the natives – both positive and negative – kept me reading until late into the night. And – of course – the romance didn’t hurt either!

 

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