I had every intention of doing the thing right. Of saying my vows and walking out on the arm of Bertie Milburn. Nice, safe, easygoing Bertie. And that is precisely what I thought I had done.
But as it turned out, I'd been tricked! Tricked into marrying Bertie's twin brother Harry, the Earl of Cambourne and (as my mother would insist on reminding me at every opportunity) future Duke of Winfell! And the shocking way in which I found outâon my wedding night, no less. . . well, it doesn't bear repeating here!
And the truth is that Harry, who is my husband, but should not be, makes my hands shake and my heart pound in a way that Bertie never has and never will. Vexing, dangerously charming Harry, who won't tell me why he had to marry me, why he insists on masquerading about town as his brother, or most bothersome still, why he won't stop that annoying (and rather excitingly successful) habit of trying to seduce me!
This is the first Susan Henshaw book that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Even though it's not the first in the series (and I have no idea which book in the series it is, except that it's not the first), I had no problem keeping up with the characters or the storyline. The mystery was smart and the characters likeable, so I'm definitely going to be looking for more from this series to add to my TBR pile.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is the first book I've ever read by this author, and it sucked me in from the beginning. I kept waiting for there to be a true villain in this story, and there really wasn't one. It was a compelling read full of complex characters that kept me flipping the pages. The only issue, if any, I have is with the ending. It was a little too wonderful, too tidy. I love a happy ending as much as the next person but this one leaned more towards a fairy tale. That didn't hamper my overall enjoyment of the book, however, and won't stop me from recommending it to anyone who adores stories of long lost loves.
In 1899, eighteen year old Lucie Kolska arrives in America to live the American dream. She meets Irish immigrant Jamie Kelly and an instant attraction is formed. Achieving the American dream is not as easy as either of them thought it would be, but with their friends and family beside of them, they will not give up. While a fictional tale, this book paints a vivid picture of what life would have been like as a young immigrant to America and makes the reader appreciate life here in America today. The love story is sweet and genuine.
This was a really cute cozy mystery. It is the second book in the Aunt Dimity series, but since it was recommended that I read it first, I did. Aunt Dimity's character is not really explored much in this book, but that's okay. That characters are a lot of fun, and I loved the setting (fictional Penford Hall in England). The book was very lighthearted and entertaining. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I really enjoy Emily Giffin's books, and this one was no exception. This one was definitely more mature than Borrowed or Blue. By the end of the book it has you thinking about marriage in general, and questioning what kind of sacrifices we are willing to make for those that we really love. Emily Giffin has been labeled as a chick lit writer, and while this book has shades of that, it's a lot more. Very good read.
Back on Blossom Street is a sweet and charming addition to the Blossom Street series. The book focuses equally on new and old characters, much like the previous books do. It centers around the members of Lydia's knitting class, who are making prayer shawls.
Another fun read from Catherine Bruns! In this second Cookies and Chance Mystery, things are going pretty well for Sally. Business is good and she's happy in her new relationship. Then, like an ill wind, her ex-husband shows up in town and says that he plans on staking a claim on her business. Before Sally can figure out how to deal with this, her ex ends up murdered and her new boyfriend is arrested. She knows he's not guilty, but how can she prove it? To make matters worse, Sally has to deal with her ex's family, the madcap (but well-meaning) antics of her own family, and she and Josie are preparing to compete in a reality baking competition. I figured out pretty early on who the murderer was, although the motive wasn't revealed until much later on. Sally, Josie, and the rest of the characters are lively and fun and well developed. I enjoy the backdrop of the cookie shop and there are some good recipes in the book that I plan on trying out. Check this one out if you like cozy mysteries with humor and a little romance.
Wonderful book about a girl named Naomi and her brother Owen who live with their great grandmother in an RV park. It's a good life for them, although Naomi wonders about her past, mostly her parents. When her mother shows up, Naomi has mixed feelings, and as the situation unfolds, it becomes necessary to track down their father in Mexico before all they hold dear is lost. It's a wonderful story about finding out who you are, love, and courage, and is rich with culture and imagination. I would recommend it for anyone age 10 and up.
This was a lot better than I expected it to be. There were just enough details in the story for it to make sense but not to bog you down, and the pace was quick and suspenseful. I really enjoyed the way it ended too.
Imagine an alternative world where nursery characters really exist, and have normal lives like the rest of us. Jack Spratt is one of those characters, and he works in the Nursery Crimes Division of the police department. His current case? Find out who killed Humpty Dumpty, who was shot as he was sitting on his wall. Potential witnesses include Willie Winkie, who may have slept through the ruckus; Mrs. Hubbard, who can't stop checking the empty cupboard for bones long enough to answer questions; and Rapunzle, who left a long hair at the crime scene. It's a world where anything can happen, and often does.
I've read several Erica Spindler books over the years. Some have been great and some, not so much. This one was really good with a lot of suspense. Early on I thought I knew who the killer was, but things weren't exactly as they appeared to be. On a side note, if you love wine, you will adore this book! I learned a lot about the wine-making process and wineries, an integral part of the plot.
Three siblings, all dealing with issues in their own lives, have to come together to deal with the impending death of their father. I really enjoyed this author's writing style, and feel like she captured the emotions of the characters in a very real and subtle way.
Flaming ball of poo. I could have created a much better ending for this series in my head. The sad thing is, Eclipse is probably the strongest book in the series, and then it is followed by this. This book is not remotely similar to the first three in the series...it's like Twilight on a bad acid trip. Of course, if you've read the first three books in the series, you're going to feel compelled to finish and read this one anyway, but consider yourself forewarned.
While there were some elements of the book that were predictable, I found this to be a very good read and had a hard time putting it down. I love a story that is partly told in flashbacks and Chamberlain does that well. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is kind of a hit-and-miss author for me, but this was one of her better ones in my opinion. The ending was a little hokey, but the setting was beautiful and the secondary characters were just as interesting as the main characters were. I would definitely recommend this one.
They were married one night--and then he disappeared. Five years later they meet again, in the deep, dark tunnels of a long-forgotten cave, searching for a fabled lost city of gold. Duncan has adventure in his blood; Cairo carries a secret and a broken heart. Will their quest end with them finding treasures, or will they find something far more valuable--the love they once shared?