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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book: At the Water's Edge by Annette Lyon

Book Description:

Annela grew up in Helsinki feeling alone and unwanted. Now she has decided to begin a new spiritual life. In her heart, she knows that this new path will lead her to the happiness and peace she desires. But shadows from her past keep reappearing, stalling her progress and making her ultimate goal seem unreachable. First her boyfriend, Tommi, pledges his love, all the while acting in ways that destroy her faith in him. Then her mother, Helena, keeps a dark secret from her that could change Annela's life forever. Then Kenneth appears in her life, but during his brief stay in Finland, will he help her find the love and happiness she’s looking for, or will he prove to be one more complication?


Genre:  LDS Romance
Length: 208 pages

5 Star Review:

 I really enjoyed this book. It was very thoughtful and real. I thought the characters were sweet and real. Kenneth was the best hero and I enjoyed how he tried to win Annela over. Annela’s commitment to the Church was well written without seeming over zealous. The romance was great and dealt with some tough subjects like rape/assault, domestic abuse, and alcoholism very well. There were fun and romantic moments as well as serious, thoughtful choices and decisions that needed to be made. I especially enjoyed the ending (who doesn’t love a good ending). The side stories and characters were well written and enjoyable people. I especially loved Sister Henderson and her matchmaking schemes. Even the villains of the story were redeemable, and I love that theme, that they could repent and be forgiven, but it wasn’t trivialized and made to seem easy. Overall a great LDS read. (no need to say it is a clean romance, right?)


Sex: 0
Violence: 1 (rape/assualt, domestic violence, alcoholism issues are addressed/decsribed)
language: 0

Review Copy

What to read: If you like this book, you will love Annette's other books, especially "War of Hearts" and "Between the Lines". You will also like her contributions to the Timeless Regency Romance Collections.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book: Her Fateful Debut: A Regency Romance by G. G. Vandagriff

Book Description:

Classic Regency romance with a dash of suspense . . .
Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love.
In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk.
In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line.
With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?


My Review:

I really enjoyed this classic regency romance. Ms. Vandagriff is a talented writer and it shows in this sweet romance, with a little mystery thrown in for excitement. Beau is a classic hero. He is strong and full of chivalry. In fact, his chivalry is what starts the whole story going. Penolope must mary inorder to save her family’s estate. I loved the dialogue between the characters and how they interacted with each other. This is a fun and interesting story. I love a romance with a little mystery mixed in. The supporting characters were well written and provided much entertainment. Penelope is a strong, but feminine lead. She does what she must and ultimately make the best choice. I loved the book all the way through. It is definetly a must read. Clean and well written.   

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


5 Stars
PG -- Adult Themes
Sex: 0
Violence: 1 (shooting and spy dangers)
Language: 0


Other books by G. G. Vandagriff, books by Sarah M. Eden and Heather B. Moore

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book: The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson (Tanglewood Book 1)

Genre: Regency Romance, 296 pages

5 Stars

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?


This was one of the best books I’ve read by Rachael Anderson! (of course all her books are the best). This one is especially good, because I love Regency. This is classic regency as we have a sweet, sometimes rude, but redeemable hero in Lord Drayson. Our heroine is also sweet, but stubborn and sometimes naive. Just a great combination.
Lucy is lovable and completely stubborn and she is also in trouble because the Earl is kicking her out and her mother from their home so he can sell it. Lord Drayson is certainly in for a surprise when he tries to evict her. When Colin (Lord Drayson) falls and hits his head and the ladies of the  house must care for him, Lucy takes advantage and then the antics begin. Lies, lies and more lies confuse the happy couple. Of course, no one means to lie, but they just need to fix things, so more confusion results. As they begin to fall in love, Lucy tries to tell Colin but he refuses to listen. This is a fun and sweet romance, full of chivalry and all that. You will not be disappointed when you read this book. If you love regency, then you will certainly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

You will enjoy reading anything by Racheal Anderson. I'm looking forward to reading other books in this series.

About Me!

I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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