I was one of those who thought that the mail-order bride story had been done to death – but! – then came “Mail-Order Refuge” and changed my mind. I loved the humor, the spunkiness, and the bit of suspense that all rolled together in this story. The author kept tossing things in the characters’ paths that kept me turning the pages and rooting for them to win. This is the author’s first published book, but I’ll be watching for her next one.
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This is the first Barbour historical romance collection I’ve read since they’ve changed the format to just four novellas per book. While the collections have always been written around a theme, “Cameo Courtships” takes that to a whole new level. All four stories are about a single family and a special cameo that gets handed down through the generations. The authors did a bang-up job of coordinating their stories and it reads almost like one long novel. It was hard to pick a favorite, but since I always do, I’ll go with “Taming Petra” by Jennifer Uhlarik because I loved “Buckskin Pete.”
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.)
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.
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.
“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!
If you know me or follow my reviews, you know I don’t read many contemporary novels, but I *always* read them if Candice Sue Patterson is the author. And this one didn’t disappoint. Lively, touching, humorous, and heartfelt, this book is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. You’ll find yourself cheering for both Blake and Olivia as they find their way through that thing we call life. Plenty of reasons to keep turning the pages on this one!