About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection
ABOUT THE BOOK

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection 


By Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

9780825446696 | $16.99 | Paperback | 336 pages

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors


In Joy to the World, three popular authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas in one book have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

"Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome their obligations and fears to find their way back into each other's arms?

"Far as the Curse is Found" by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

"Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter with a hidden identity finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.



MY THOUGHTS.....

Just looking at the beautiful cover of this book makes me happy! Joy to the World is a delightful collection filled with great characters, inspiring messages, and a look at Christmas in early 1800 England, and the three stories inside are such a treat to read.

A Christmas house party is the setting of Carolyn Miller's contribution and it is our first lovely view of a Regency Christmas, with its mention of mistletoe, kissing balls, wreaths, and of course, Christmas carols. Heaven and Nature Sing showcases a love that seemed lost until a second chance is offered.

Far As the Curse is Found is a moving reminder that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Amanda Barratt reminds us that hidden hurts and wounds that we carry inside are just as debilitating as the physical scars that are visible for all to see. Jenny and Dwight help each other find healing and possibly, they can experience a future together.

Can a Scottish painter assigned to paint royal portraits help an unhappy widow find a reason to be happy again? Will their different social classes prevent them from pursuing a relationship together? Author Erica Vetsch gives us their wonderful story in Wonders of His Love.

This is certainly a book to read and savor and I loved that the three story titles reference the lines of the beloved Christmas carol, Joy to the World. I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian romance and holiday stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications. A favorable review was never required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Carolyn Miller is an Inspirational Regency romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with her husband and four children. She loves reading especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. She also "really enjoys creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love."


You can read more about her here. Website Facebook Pinterest Twitter Instagram





ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She's the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love.


Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Visit her Website or follow her on Facebook    Twitter     Instagram



Erica Vetsch 
is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. 

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Besotted (The Fairest Maidens #3) by Jody Hedlund

Besotted (The Fairest Maidens, #3)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Besotted by Jody Hedlund


In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A young queen trying to stay alive until she comes of age to rule, and a prince turned into a pauper.


Queen Aurora of Mercia has spent her entire life deep in Inglewood Forest, hiding from Warwick’s Queen Margery, who seeks her demise. As the time draws near for Aurora to take the throne, she happens upon a handsome woodcutter. Although friendship with outsiders is forbidden and dangerous, she cannot stay away from the charming stranger.

Only two months away from completing his royal testing, Prince Kresten of Scania is ready to be finished with the poverty and hardships of being a woodcutter. When he meets a beautiful peasant woman, he doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially when he must soon leave and return to his homeland.

As Queen Margery’s forces close in, Aurora finds herself in mortal danger. Kresten knows a future with Aurora is impossible, but he is desperate to save her and bring an end to the queen’s threat. To do so, he joins the ultimate battle against the evil queen, risking everything, including his chance at true love.

The real Sleeping Beauty story.

The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)

MY THOUGHTS.....

Jody Hedlund has given readers a fantastic book to conclude her Fairest Maidens series. Besotted is a re-telling of the beloved fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and Hedlund has been able to add some surprising twists while still remaining true to the original story. Soon-to-be Queen Aurora (Rory) and Prince Kresten are two young people who face evil and danger at the hands of the evil Queen Margery and their efforts to stay safe enable both of them to become stronger, better people. They also find a special connection that has nothing to do with their royal status. In fact, neither of them knows who the other truly is! Their initial attraction deepens into friendship and then love, and their romance will simply take your breath away! Besotted has intrigue, deception, and a touch of humor, but it also has wonderful supporting characters and, yes, the famous "true-love's kiss".


Besotted
is the third book of this series and I highly recommend it. The romance is clean and the themes of kindness, loyalty, and self-sacrifice provide inspiration for all ages. Hedlund has once again proven her exceptional writing abilities!

I received a complimentary digital copy from the author. There was no obligation to write a positive review. These are absolutely my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jody
 Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  

Learn more at Jody's Website     

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