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 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.
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.
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!
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.