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Lady In the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

Shadow Mountain released the third book in Nancy Cambell Allen’s fairytale-inspired steampunk series, Lady in the Coppergate Tower this fall. This proper romance narrates the love story between Hazel and Sam Macinnes, a brilliant surgeon. Hazel thinks a romance is forbidden to them on account of their different stations in life and the fact that she works as a nurse assistant in his office. Everything changes when her mysterious and previously unknown Uncle, Count Prescu, claims her as his niece. Petrescu insists on taking her to Romania to meet her twin sister. Both Sam and Hazel know that the Count …

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Another year older…

Yesterday was my birthday and a large amount of it was centered around books! There is a library in our county that is housed in one of those huge, old victorian homes with stained glassed windows with a classic hardwood interior. The trip was totally worth it. The library was beautiful and the walls were full of all kinds of historical photographs and local artwork. I also left with a stack of books in my arms. After we stashed our library haul in the car, we walked several blocks and visited a place called the Painted Plate. It was one …

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A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson

Jen Geigle Johnson is a relatively new writer in the market having published her first novel The Nobleman’s Daughter (currently on sale for $ 1.99) with Covenant in 2017. I haven’t read anything of hers until I was given this opportunity to review A Lady’s Maid.   A Lady’s Maid has a lot of strengths in that it brings to life a compelling historical time period, has a themes everyone can root for (women’s rights), and has an interesting cast of characters. I  sometimes found the writing quality uneven because of minor craftmanship things. When the story lacks tension because the …

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Secrets Never Die by Laurie C. Lewis

Long-time author Laurie C. Lewis (Author of historical fiction series Freeman and Dreamers) has published her most recent novel SECRETS NEVER DIE this July with Covenant Communications. Departing from her more recent romance titles, SECRETS NEVER DIE’s main draw is the governmental conspiracy suspense plot. The reader instantly roots for the emotionally neglected and intelligent Tallie Brown as she sets off to solve the mysteries of her mother’s life in a small town in Virginia.  I had a more difficult time sympathizing with Jackson James at first. The circumstances surrounding the demise of his journalistic career didn’t make him a …

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Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett The first thing that drew me to this book was that it was set in the Byzantine Empire–a medieval people that considered themselves a continuation of the Roman Empire. Christianity not only was legal but the state religion. The book centers around the historical figure Anna Comnena, the designated heir to the imperial throne and one of few identified women from antiquity who wrote history.  The author successfully transported me to the time period and kept me there during the course of the novel. I really enjoyed the storyline and felt it had an …

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Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel

This romance novel is exactly what its title advertises it to be–a second chance romance with strong themes of reconciliation both for the couple and the main love interest’s family. Porter Clairbourne falls for Holland one summer while she works for his parents at their resort hotel located on the beaches of the deep south. Porter, being the son of a rich hotel owner, couldn’t be more opposite of Holland, whose parents once to left her to die in a house fire started in their front room meth lab. Their summer romance doesn’t survive Porter’s need to get out of …

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Best Book Deals for the weekend

If you ever entertained ideas of getting started on the Sarah M. Eden backlist, this weekend is a great time to start. Kiss of a Stranger, the first book in Jonquil Family Regency series, is on sale on Amazon for $1.99. In addition, As You Are and Drops of Gold from the same series are on sale also, at $1.99 and $3.99. Love remains, the third book in Eden’s Longing for Home series is priced at .99 cents. Wedding Wagers, a recent Timeless Regency Romance anthology is also priced at .99 cents. For those in a more contemporary romance mood, …

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The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M. Eden

I adored this latest installment in the Jonquil Family series. There are so many ways in which, as a fan of these characters, the book was just perfect, but at the same time the book left me asking big questions. The main character, Harold Jonquil or often affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) called “Holy Harry” starts the novel as a well-meaning, but emotionally paralyzed Vicar. His heart is in the right place but his head is constantly evaluating every action he makes and comparing it to what he thinks a Vicar really ought to be. Obviously, he is ever …