Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Wish For Home By Jo Ann Brown & GIVEAWAY

A Wish For Home JustRead Blog Tour 

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A Wish For Home

Title: Mountain Survival
Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #1
Author: Jo Ann Brown 
Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Genre: Christian contemporary romance/Amish

Caught between who she is…and who she was. 

Lauren Nolt hasn’t forgiven the Amish community of Lancaster County for shunning her parents. But returning as a successful Englischer working for large developers is just what she needs to get a promotion and give her parents the life they deserve. Coming face-to-face with her childhood bully, Amish widower Adam Hershberger, is the last thing she wants. Yet when her world’s shaken by a shocking discovery, Adam’s the only one she can confide in… 

Adam’s never forgiven himself for the part he played in Lauren’s past, nor what drove him to do it. But as developers threaten his great-grossdawdi’s farm, she’s the only one who can help. And with his little girl determined to bring him and Lauren together at every turn, keeping his distance is impossible. Now they must learn to trust each other—even as their secret feelings grow stronger. But is love enough to bridge the gap between their very different worlds?

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My Review:

I actually didn't think I'd have time to read this book, but I'm sure glad I did! Amish novels always seem to refresh my reading palette. There's just something about them that draw me in!

Having never read any books by Jo Ann Brown and not really having read a lot of Amish, I was really impressed by this author. I felt like I was transported to Bliss Valley... in Ringo! I'll tell you what, this should definitely be a Hallmark movie! It had everything you would expect and more. Actually, it would be on the Movies & Mysteries channel.

I was actually surprised at some of the twists and turns in the story. There's definitely a couple of mysteries that need to be solved and it sure doesn't seem like Lauren is up to it once she ends up in the town her family fled from years ago. It was easy to imagine how uncomfortable it would be to immediately run into the person who made your life miserable as a teen. You could've cut the tension with a butter knife. Lauren has a job that she's protecting from another woman who would like to grab the promotion she's hoping for on top of important meeting she has to oversee. Wouldn't you know, those meetings are ones Adam is utterly against!

While I really loved the main characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters of Lauren's great-aenti Sylvia and Grossdawdi Ephraim. They were seriously adorable, especially when they were together. We can't forget Adam's daughter Mary Beth. Now that was a little girl with a lot of spunk!

The main aspect of this story, the fact that people can and do change, and are we willing to offer forgiveness really resonated with me. Like the scripture says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." Of course, a couple of the characters made choices as adults that made it hard to see how forgiveness would come soon or easily.

Now, you might not expect a "fan yourself" moment in an Amish novel, but lemme tell you, there's one in here that will knock your socks off. I was like, "Now this is a kissing scene!" It was just sweet and powerful, but unexpected. hahahaha

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to more. I do have some questions lingering from this book, so I may have to reach out to the author to see if there might be a follow up story! :)

Here is an excerpt from the book:

She pulled off his gloves and tossed them next to his hat on the counter. She sneezed, and her hood flew back to reveal her face. All color washed from it as his gaze crashed into hers as he was about to say, Gesundheit.

The word shriveled on his tongue, and he couldn’t look away from her oval face. She was pretty with delicate features. Her light brown hair streaked with blond fell forward over eyes that were an amazing light purple.

Purple eyes, blond hair, headstrong, correct in everything she did and said.

His own eyes widened. Was it possible? Could the Englischer standing in front of him be a former classmate at Bliss Valley School?

Knowing he’d feel like a dummkopf if she said no, he asked, “Are you Laurene Nolt?”

She flinched, but replied, “Yes, but I go by Lauren now.”

She didn’t add more. She didn’t need to. He could hear her accusing thoughts as if she screamed them. This beautiful woman standing in his friend’s shop was the adult version of the young girl who’d been given the task of trying to tutor him when they were in their final year of school. She’d been cute as a fourteen-year-old, but time had enhanced the golden sheen of her hair and deepened her eyes’ rich shade.

Scene after scene exploded out of his memory as he recalled the hours he’d spent with her. Each one buffeted him like a fist, more painful and humiliating than the previous one. Back then, the humiliation had been heaped on her. He’d made sure of that, but now regret threatened to drown even the simplest thought as he recalled what he’d put her through when she’d been trying to help him. She’d done her best, and he’d ridiculed her for it.

He’d thought that part of his past was dead and buried, but now it stood in front of him. Not it. Her. With her chin raised and cold disdain in her eyes, she was a living tribute to the foolish things he’d done in his life.

He guessed she wouldn’t be leaving soon. Not when it would have been dangerous for her to try to drive her car with compromised struts. The storm would have the roads closed soon, if they weren’t already. She was stuck in Bliss Valley at least for tonight, and he couldn’t leave her stranded in the shop.

He owed her at least that much.

The urge to laugh clawed at his throat. He owed her so much more, but the best thing he could do for them—and for his family—was to get her somewhere safe tonight. Somewhere he could avoid her and the past she’d brought to life.


Jo Ann Brown

Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jo Ann Brown has created characters and stories for as long as she can remember. After college, serving as a US Army quartermaster officer, getting married and increasing her blessings with three children, she sold her first book in 1987. Since then, she has sold over one hundred titles.  RT Book Reviews called her “a truly talented author.” She loves teaching and established the romance writing course at Brown University. She divides her time between Florida and Massachusetts with her husband of over forty years. Find out more about Jo Ann and her books at www.joannbrownbooks.com.



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Monday, March 29, 2021

Still With Us by Regina Walker

Still With Us
by Regina Walker
Publisher: Independent
Series: Then Comes Hope Collection
ISBN: 979-8595405010

Last year I was introduced to Regina Walker. In June I read book one in her series, We Go On. Not an easy book as it dealt with suicide and how a family survives and goes on in the aftermath. Well, she reached out to me and asked me to review Still With Us. What a powerful story!


Worthless. That’s how Ella feels every time she wakes up. But when meth jolts through her veins, the ugly voice that tells her she isn’t enough goes quiet. She thinks she has the energy she wants and she struggles to break free from the draw the drugs have on her.

Torn between blaming herself and her ex-husband, Tammy desperately wants to find a way to get her daughter away from drugs and the abusive men preying on her. But nothing Tammy says seems to make a difference with Ella. Will she be able to reach her daughter before it’s too late?

My Review:

Ok friends, I'm not going to beat around the bush with this review. While this is a powerful read, it's also extremely edgy for Christian Fiction. We Christians tend to like the fluff of our genre's selections. Still With Us doesn't have fluff.

I will warn you, there's one chapter that will make you uncomfortable if you're not used to the rawness of the world and in your reading. What I appreciate about Regina's writing is that she's blunt and honestly writes like she has experience with the content. I was able to tell my husband that from my past experience she either has dealt with this in the past or has close people in her life who have. That, of course, makes this story even stronger. I could be way off base and she's just read book, too. hahahaha

Anyhow, Ella. The central character of this story is dealing with a LOT! We meet her as she's coming out of the hospital from being on a suicide watch after taking too much drugs. This 16 year old girl is a hot mess. It was SO difficult to read her story because I know it's just all too common. Her anger, her lack of self worth, her world is so off kilter that the drugs she's been taking numb it all.

All too often drugs come with a high price that most people wouldn't normally be willing to pay, but an addict does what they "need" to do for that next high. Unfortunately, it's to her detriment. The abuse she suffers, in more ways than one, crushed my heart. As a reader, you will want to skip those pages because it's so painful to read for many reasons, but please don't. There are too many of us who live in houses with white picket fences and stick our heads in the ground so we can avoid the reality of world around us.

My two cents is this. If you have never been personally affected by someone addicted to drugs or know much about what people go through when loving someone who is addicted, this book is just what you need. It's raw. It's base, but it's SO necessary because in our Christian world, we need to know what's going on. How those who don't know Jesus and are suffering need us to be compassionate and loving, especially when we don't understand what they're going through.

And yes, the Lord is a huge part of this story. Liz from We Go On, her husband, and son play an integral part of Tammy and Ella's lives. Tammy's ex and his wife make me want to go on a tirade. They're sorry excuses for humans in my estimation. Trust me, when you read this you're going to want to pop both of them in the mouth like I did. hahaha I was more like Liz's husband when it came to Tyler getting involved with Ella. I was very guarded to say the least. I mean, we have to remember, she's still 16 and an active addict.

I loved how once again the horses in the story play an integral part of all their lives. I know that during some of my darkest days my horse, Winston, was a comfort to me.

Now, there is one thing that did irk me about the story. There's one situation where honestly, Ella should've been tested for drugs and arrested. The fact that she only ever had close calls with police really bothered me, especially with the last incident. I think with everything that surrounded the incident, a drug test definitely would've been done and she'd have had a huge price to pay. As it was, there was no legal reckoning and I was disappointed in that.

Take a chance on this book. I believe that in the end you'll have a better understanding of addicts, especially young ones. Book three of this series will be coming out next month and it's going to be another tough topic. Going to have to hunker down to read that one, too. Oh, and by the way, I read Still With Us in about 4 hours. It sucked me in and wouldn't realize me until the last page.

About the Author:

Regina Walker was born in the beautiful state of Colorado. She moved to Oklahoma in her late teen years, where she has resided ever since. She likes to curl up on the couch and binge-watch crime shows with her hard-working husband. When she's not wrestling with a writing project, she can be found wrangling their children, riding their horses, or tending the garden. Along with finding horses on their small farm, chickens, dogs, and cats can be found at nearly every turn.

Regina crafts compelling characters facing some of life's hardest challenges. Her heart's desire is to always point toward Jesus through the way her characters face challenges, relationships, and adversity.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Indebted Early By Erica Vetsch & Giveaway

The Indebted Earl
by Erica Vetsch
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Series: Serendipity & Secrets
ISBN: 978-0825446191

I'm so excited for the third installment of the Serendipity & Secrets series! Thankful to have been on the tour for all three books with Audra Jennings PR. She sent me the book for review.


Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

My Review:

Show of hands for who isn't prepared for The Indebted Earl because we know the series is ending! I know I'm not the only one who's sad. I thoroughly enjoyed this series as well as this final book! And go figure... I have ALL three books. hahahaha This is a rare occurrence around these parts.

There's so much to write about this story, of course without giving anything away, but there's a lot I want to talk about. I should probably start groups for people who have read books so we can discuss them. Anyhow, I digress...

As Julie Andrews would say, "let's start at the very beginning..." We meet Captain Charles Wyvern who is recovering from a run in with a French ship. He's made a promise to his right hand man to make sure his fiancé is ok. That springboards us into returning to the people we've come to know through the series.

Marcus' sister, Sophie, was engaged to Rich, but with him gone now she and his mother, Mamie, have their world turned upside down. The upheaval in their lives made me want to throw my book across the room. Just wait until you read it.

Captain Wyvern, who's lived his life on a ship since he was 12, knows how to run a tight ship, but it also means the crew sticks together and not only does his commitment to Rich make Sophie and Mamie part of his crew, but something unexpected happens once they reach his new home that expands their crew. Sometimes I didn't know if I should laugh or cry for these poor souls. In the midst of the craziness is the ever steady Mrs. Chapman. I seriously loved her. We all need someone like her in our lives! Her  and Partridge!

And yes, we get to spend a bit of time with Marcus and Charlotte. Oh, and their mother is just as obnoxious as ever. That woman would drive anyone crazy! hahaha Once Rich is out of the picture she's ready to go back to controlling Sophie's life. I just loved Sophie. You can tell what she's been through has dulled her spirit, but underneath the sadness her sass is still there. She needs it to protect Mamie as well as not to let her mother run her life.

I can understand the Captain's deep desire to head back to the sea and his ship. It's all he's ever known. Sophie's kindness and sweetness lure him to stay, but the sea is calling. The pull (which neither sees happening) of their hearts is so subtle because of everything they're going through. Not even they can see it. Sigh... seriously, so sweet!!!

I've already expressed to Erica Vetsch about my hope for a book series and here's to fingers crossed that it will happen!

Enter the Giveaway:

About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota.

Learn more about Erica at
www.ericavetsch.com or find her on Facebook 
(@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Friday, March 19, 2021

Present Danger By Elizabeth Goddard

Present Danger
by Elizabeth Goddard
Publisher: Revell
Series: Rocky Mountain Courage
ISBN: 9780800737986

I'm ALL for adventure, especially when it involves being in National Parks! There's always something exciting happening. I was happy to be on the launch team for Elizabeth Goddard. I received an ARC for my review.


Hidden crimes. Open threats. Long-buried secrets.
They'll be fighting for the truth--and their lives.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before. 

If he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

My Review:

If you're looking for mystery and some suspense, Present Danger is a good bet! Elizabeth Goddard always pulls some punches and the amount of surprises at the end had my head spinning!

Now, I would recommend pre-ordering her book because you'll get a notebook and it'll come in handy while you're reading this book. There are twists and turns that you'll want to keep track of and try connecting the dots. I certainly wasn't able to and thought about the notebook AFTER I had finished the story (of course).

I really liked Jack Tanner. He was fighting an inner battle throughout the entire story... oh, as well as solving murders and taking care of his aunt who has dementia. This guy is a man's man, no doubt about it. And then there's Terra (hello, love her name) who is also battling her mom's legacy and living in her shadow. Not only that, they have to deal with their shared past.

This storyline was so fascinating to me because I don't know anything about the laws surrounding taking things from National Parks. You learn a lot from the author about what's illegal. Things most of us wouldn't even consider, but wow, this was eye opening.

One of the aspects I like of this story was that Liam and Rae from Uncommon Justice series made an appearance. That was unexpected. You don't need to have read that series to understand their short stint in Present Danger

There was a lot going on in this story and towards the end it was a bit hard to keep track of things. My mind was definitely swirling to keep up. I'll be interested in book two because I'm not sure if it'll have all new characters or if there's someone from this story who could appear in it. Honestly, I'd love for Terra's brother, Owen to get a story!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Goddard has sold over one million books and is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery The Camera Never Lies--a 2011 Carol Award winner. She is a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense finalist for her Mountain Cove series--BuriedBackfire, and Deception--and a Carol Award finalist for Submerged. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at www.ElizabethGoddard.com.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

My Dear Miss Dupré By Grace Hitchcock

My Dear Miss Dupré
by Grace Hitchcock
Publisher: Revell
Series: American Royalty
ISBN: 9780764237973

Anyone else ever won over simply by the cover of a book? That's how it was for me. I didn't even read the summary (once again) because the cover grabbed my attention. Thank you to Bethany House for sending me my copy.


Thirty suitors, six months of courting . . .
would it be enough time for her to fall in love?

Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, she is forced into a different future. The shareholders are unwilling to allow a female to take over the company without a man at her side, so her parents devise a plan--find Willow a spokesman king in order for her to become queen of the business empire.

Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society's elite group called the Four Hundred. She has six months to court the group and is told to to eliminate men each month to narrow her beaus until she chooses one to marry, ending the competition with a wedding. Willow reluctantly agrees, knowing she must do what is best for the business. She doesn't expect to find anything other than a proxy . . . until she meets a gentleman who captures her attention, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.

My Review:

This was such a fun read! A clever Regency era take on The Bachelorette! I've never read any of this author's books before so the cover totally sold me.

Just like in the TV show, Willow is presented with men who her parents think will make good matches. Unlike in other stories where children are forced to do their parents will, Willow joins in their quest. As the future sugar queen of Ducré Sucré, she knew that she had to make hard decisions in regards to her future.

I loved the variety of men, except for the shysters, of course. I thought the activities Mrs. Dupré thought up were cute. It gave them all the opportunity to learn more about the character of each man.

I think readers will have their favorites to root for. I know one of mine, but can't tell you his name or if he makes it to the end (although I want to)! I felt for Willow as she tried to be honest and up front with her feelings toward each man. I also liked that for the most part we could read her thoughts for each of the men and her decisions. The emotional hills and valleys Willow has to go through exhausted me on her behalf. I couldn't imagine being in her shoes.

One of the men's faith becomes real to him and you can see his spiritual growth through the story. The same goes for Willow in her reliance on His and not herself.

I'm not sure if book two will introduce us to some other "American royalty" or if maybe Flora, Willow's best friend will get her own story. I'm hoping so because of her part in My Dear Miss Dupré.

About the Author:

Grace Hitchcock (www.gracehitchcock.com) is the author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a master's degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history. Grace lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dakota, and their son and daughter.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Facing the Dawn By Cynthia Ruchti

facing the dawn
by Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800737290

I haven't read a Cynthia Ruchti book before, can you believe it? So, I figured since it was available for review, why not give her a try. Oh boy, I had NO idea what I was in for. hahaha What an introduction to an author. Thank you to Revell for this story to review.


While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she's supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is eight time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone and needy kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.

Then Liam's three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.

My Review:

Facing the Dawn was brilliant! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.

If you'd like a book that wrecks you while you also laugh in spite of yourself, welcome to your next read. I'm not kidding though, have your tissues handy.

When I first met Mara, she made me chuckle and groan. Poor woman could NOT catch a break, but she uses sarcasm to get through each issue that reared its ugly head. She has two teenagers on the brink of disaster and a preteen who is the helpful one. It seemed like just as Mara was about to take a breath, she'd get another phone call or letter, and I would be like, "NO!"

This woman, this family, goes through SO much. Thankfully "Miss Independent" has people around her to help her through the muck and mire. They continually turn her toward God. That is the deep driving force of this story. And Mara (which means "bitter"), her conversations with God give me a chuckle because I could hear myself saying the same things. There is also so much beauty in the story, especially her relationship with her forever friend, Ashlee. Ashlee plays such a pivotal role in Mara's journey throughout the story. We all need an Ashlee in our lives... or maybe we are an Ashlee. 

What I also liked about this story is that we don't get all of the answers. I mean that on a more personal level. I was wondering about the thoughts one of the characters had. What was their emotions? What were they going through over the past few years? It's frustrating as all get out, but true to life.

I honestly can't recommend this story enough.
I do have a content warning, but it gives away a piece of this story that you might not want to know about. So read ahead only if you want to truly be warned. If you can read about difficult topics without reading the warning, I would encourage you to not read any further. There's nothing descriptive in the story, but it IS a topic that is covered.
*The topic of accidental suicide is covered in this story. It's not graphic or descriptive. It is a piece of this story though and wanted to warn people who have dealt with this tragedy. I want you to know that the author covers the topic with grace and dignity. It's a powerful piece of the story and you feel God's presence all the way through.

About the Author:

Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the novels Miles from Where We StartedA Fragile HopeSong of SilenceWhen the Morning Glory Blooms, and They Almost Always Come Home. Her books have been honored with more than 40 awards, including Romantic Times' Inspirational Novel of the Year, two Selah Awards, and three Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and she has been a finalist for many others, including the Carol and the Christy. Former president of and current professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Cynthia lives in Wisconsin and can be found online at www.cynthiaruchti.com.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Philippa Holds Court By Jennie Goutet

Holds Court
by Jennie Goutet
Publisher: Independent
Series: Claverling Chronicles

I was so surprised when Jennie's team reached out to me to see if I'd be willing to review her newest release. It's book 2 in the Claverling Chronicles. Of course, I said, "yes," and then I grabbed book 1 on sale in the audiobook version.


At the start of their London Season, Philippa Clavering discovers her friend, Susan, is being pursued by the wrong gentleman and decides to turn Susan’s head to a worthier suitor. Not one to shrink from what she views as her duty and gift, Philippa sets plans in motion to bring about the happy ending her friend deserves. What she does not expect is to have Susan’s older brother watching—and criticizing—her every move.

After a respectable number of years on the town, Jack Blythefield is at last contemplating the idea of settling down. What he seeks is a compliant wife to provide him an heir or two and make his home comfortable while he spends his evenings at the club, where a man can get some peace. What he does not need is a termagant who sets his life on end with madcap schemes, which invariably involve his unwilling assistance.

However, when the reputation of Jack’s family is threatened, Philippa is the one he turns to. And as her most determined suitor grows assured of his conquest, Jack must decide if a comfortable and docile wife is truly what he seeks, or if he should throw down the gauntlet of his heart before Philippa closes court.

Philippa Holds Court is the second in the Clavering Chronicles series, after A Fall from Grace, and it is a clean & wholesome Regency romance, written in the traditional style. ♥

My Review:

I think Jennie has lured me in to clean, Regency fiction! With Philippa Holds Court I was introduced to a new family and fell in love with them.

I think if I were to ever embody a character from the Regency era it would be as someone like Philippa. She has her own mind and isn't afraid to use it. I just wish the people around her appreciated it more. I mean, her brothers do, but they're practically no help for much of the story. Ugh, MEN! And of course, the one man who is after her makes all of us shudder.

And then there's Jack. I wanted to poke him in the eye when we first meet him in this story. The way he sums up what he's looking for in a wife is probably exactly how men of his station were eyeing women in that day. I love that Philippa is thrown into his path and he has zero chance of avoiding her. hahaha See what I mean about Jack:

Philippa is such a wonderful friend to Jack's sister, Susan. I love how Philippa overlooks their family's quirky ways and helps them out however she can. She inadvertently displays all of her abilities of running a household with all of the help she gives Susan and their family. Philippa does this all while trying to avoid the schemes of her sister, Maria. I say we call her Maria the pariah. She and her husband are quite the pieces of work. After book one and not being able to keep Lucius from marrying Serena, why does she think she can control Philippa?

I really liked Jack's transformation throughout the story. Philippa's take on him made me laugh. At one point she thinks, "The man needed to unbend. Philippa would help him along." With no one doing a great job at protecting Phillipa from the advances of other men, I appreciate how he begins to see her discomfort... to an extent. lol When it comes to Mr. Thackery, (shiver) Jack seems to not be able to see the forest through the trees. Of course he's also incredibly focused on the making changes to the Corn Laws, which I had no clue about.

This was a wonderful book. It also helped that I was listening to A Fall From Grace at the same time so I was taking in both books in the series at once. I'll have to be sure to do a review of that book as well since I enjoyed it so much.

*I know that some of my readers want to be given a heads up on certain things, so I want you to know there is one use of "Oh my G**." in the story. As I'm not a fan of that phrase I wanted to be sure that it was pointed out to those who might take offense to the use.

About the Author:

Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile, who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her Clavering Chronicles and Memorable Proposals series are set. Jennie is author of the award-winning memoir, Stars Upside Down, and the modern romances, A Sweetheart in Paris and A Noble Affair. A Christian, a cook, and an inveterate klutz, Jennie writes about faith, food, and life—even the clumsy moments—on her blog, A Lady in France. You can learn more about Jennie and her books on her author website, jenniegoutet.com.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Fall From Grace By Jennie Goutet

Fall From Grace
by Jennie Goutet
Publisher: Independent
Series: Clavering Chronicles
AISN: B08QL53L13

When I got started reading book two I hadn't read book one yet. I didn't even know there was a book one until I got started with book 2. The great timing was that book one was on sale on audiobook so I nabbed it for .99! I listened to this in tandem with book 2.


She needs a champion. He needs one less person to worry about.

Selena Lockhart comes with neither fortune nor connections, and she knows better than to expect Society to give her a welcome—especially after her father gambled away his fortune, precipitating the family’s sudden fall from grace and Selena’s betrothed to break off the engagement. It therefore comes as no surprise that her new neighbor, Sir Lucius, treats her with disdain. Why should he look beyond appearances when her own promises so little? 

Sir Lucius Clavering is not married, but he may as well be, considering he is expected to escort his widowed mother to watering holes, round out the numbers at his married sister’s dinners, and come to the aid of his scapegrace younger siblings. It doesn’t help that single women and matchmaking mamas jostle each other for his face, fortune, and title so that he’s left without a moment’s peace. 

When Selena shows up at Lucius’s doorstep looking for help, he is sure it’s another ploy aimed at cutting up his prized bachelor existence. Although his prejudice does not last long, Lucius fears his first reaction might have ruined his chances with her. How can he save her from Society’s teeth when she continues to hold him at arm’s length?

My Review:

This was such a great story! The way the story begins had me chuckling. Poor Sir Lucius. All the ladies want him, but he's just not interested. Must be nice, eh? Then there's Serena. Who I just loved. Her job as a governess to a 16 yr old brat, Rebecca, who is the ward of Lady Harrowden. Woo, there are a lot of rude, uppity people in this story including the 2 I just mentioned.

It's so interesting to me how the ton so easily turns on one of its own when even just one family member, in this case Serena's father, has a fall from grace. How everyone treats her now that she has to live as a governess is so annoying and I felt for Serena throughout the whole story. Of course it endeared me to her easily. The nonsense she had to put up with Rebecca as well as the men around her was frustrating!

Lucius seems to have his interest piqued by Serena, but Rebecca has made a bid for him. The way he is constantly putting Rebecca in her place cracks me up. I love that the author doesn't have him shy away from being direct! Lucius' sister, Maria is also a piece of work. Whew, she and her husband only care about appearances and climbing the social and economical ladder. Let's just say Lucius and Serena both have their hands full!

About the Author:

Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile, who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her historical romances are set. Jennie is also author of the award-winning memoir, Stars Upside Down, and the modern romances, A Sweetheart in Paris and A Noble Affair. A Christian, a cook, and an inveterate klutz, Jennie writes about faith, food, and life—even the clumsy moments—on her blog, aladyinfrance.com. You can learn more about Jennie and her books on her author website, jenniegoutet.com.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Instagram March Challenge

Did you know I do a monthly challenge with another book reviewer? Kelly-Ann and I have been doing the Inspired Book Challenge for a year now and thought I should start sharing it here in case anyone wants to join us.

How does it work? Well, there are all kinds of ways for you to participate!

  1. You could join us every single day using the prompts we have to post to Instagram aka bookstagram.
  2. You could join us when you feel like it. Sometimes there are other things you want to post on Instagram other than the prompt. No sweat! Hang out with us when the mood strikes or the prompt really grabs you.
  3. When you see the prompt you can take it literally or creatively. There's room for interpretation with our prompts. We try to make them so you'll have to put your thinking cap on some days while on other days it's super simple.
We change them every month and we're always trying to come up with something new. If you can think of any prompts that would be fun, leave a comment and let us know!

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