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The Twin Bargain

The Twin BargainThe Twin Bargain by Lisa Cox Carter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you like standardized Christian fiction, you’ll love this one. It uses all the catchphrases in Christian fiction today. For me, it used too many of them. But the twin girls in the story are adorable and the hero does the right thing in the end (he has to, it’s a romance) so it’s worth the time to read if you want something a little fluffy and easy on the eyes.

 

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A Rancher to Trust

A Rancher to TrustA Rancher to Trust by Laurel Blount
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances because my heart lies with the historicals, but I picked up a copy of this one and gave it a try. After all, who doesn’t like a handsome rancher hero, right? This story was fresh and engaging, not a rework of the same old tropes. The writing was very good. I had trouble putting it down!

 

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Three Little Things

Three Little ThingsThree Little Things by Patti Stockdale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book gets my #1 Best Cover award. Seriously – look at that cover! Endorsed by Debbie Macomber, received a positive review by Publishers Weekly, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s a lovely WWI romance inspired by the love letters written during that time period between the author’s grandparents. It touches on the prejudice against German/Americans at that time, as well as the upheaval of the war on the home shores. This is the author’s first book, but I’ll be watching for what she publishes next!

 

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Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! Such a great way to finish off watching the Masterpiece Theater series. There are differences between the two, most notably, there are many more characters in the book version. And – of course – no matter how Winston Graham described Ross, he’ll forever look like Aiden Turner to me. Ditto for Demelza and Eleanor Tomlinson. On to book two!

 

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The Highlanders

The Highlanders: A Smitten Historical Romance CollectionThe Highlanders: A Smitten Historical Romance Collection by J’nell Ciesielski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you enjoy stories with a Scottish tang, then these four novellas are your next “must read.” Two are set in the old country, and two on America’s shores, but all of them include a Highlander you’ll be swept away by. And the final story will throw you a curve you never see coming! If you dinna get your copy yet, you shouldna wait much longer!

 

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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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