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The Doctor and the Midwife by Sarah Alva

Back Copy: As a midwife running her own home birth practice, Audrey Novak deals with pressure like a superhuman. Until, that is, she meets her handsome and arrogant neighbor, Dr. Ammon Parker. Ammon, who believes only in modern medicine, is just as unprepared for the infuriating—and inconveniently beautiful—midwife. When the two are repeatedly called to the same labor and delivery unit, their clashing ideals and fiercely independent personalities threaten to derail both their professional goals and their pride. Outside of work, Audrey is a passionate rock climber, tantalized by a secret route she’s heard about in an online forum. Her …

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A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson

Backcover Copy: Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.  Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on …

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Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball

My Review: I really enjoyed reading Where the Stars Meet the Sea as it was set in a sprawling English castle that the author allowed her character to explore freely. So, while the main character Juliet is not sparing with the taciturn duke of Halstead she is exploring libraries, observatories, and a sunny orangery. On the surface this novel is a typical romance full of familiar regency tropes and a predictable plot but that is also part of what makes it so compelling. Kimball layers many conflicts on top of one another but expertly weaves them together in a way …

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His Lady in Hiding by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lady Elizabeth Davenport disguises herself as a maid and flees to America to accept a housekeeping position in order to escape a forced marriage. She meets Lord Barton, who sees through her disguise. His friendship provides her with the advice and comfort she needs to survive her journey across the Atlantic and prepare for her new life. When Elizabeth arrives in America and takes up her new position she discovers that Lord Barton is her new employer and he’s not so happy about the situation. I loved this book! Elizabeth has absolutely no clue what sort of life she’s thrown …

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Royal Heir by Traci Hunter Abramson

Royal Heir opens with a dramatic assassination attempt, which sets up the plot for the rest of the book. Princess Cassandra needs to go into hiding in Meridia until they find the people who want to kill her. Levi Marin a CIA agent is tasked with her security. The two fall in love while they try to find the culprit behind her assassination attempt before he strikes again. I loved the setting of this book. I love how the characters took frequent trips to the seaside and took in a view of the ocean. It was like taking a vicarious …

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The Masked Baron by Anneka R. Walker

I really enjoyed this story a lot because it explored a lot of the tropes I love so much. One of my favorite niche genres is gaslit fantasy, which is just a lighter-hearted version of gothic romance and steampunk. I feel like it is really hard to find gaslit fantasy because most writers like to embrace the dark aspect of steampunk and gothic romance a tad too much for my taste. So I loved that The Masked Baron tiptoes along the edge of the darkness cliff but doesn’t fall over the edge. It’s got some tense scary moments but never …

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Adoring Abigail by Chalon Linton

One of the funnest parts of being a reviewer for Covenant Communications is trying out an author new to me. Adoring Abigail is the first chance I’ve had to read anything by Author Chalon Linton, who debuted into the market with An Inconvenient Romance in 2017. She has three other historical romance novels and two Christmas novellas published with Covenant. You should see Adoring Abigail in stores this week!  Captain Robert Wilkins has never aspired to grandeur. So when the returned war hero unexpectedly inherits the vast estate of Cattersley from his great-aunt, he feels woefully inadequate in his new …

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Kit and Elizabeth by Karen Tuft

Elizabeth has been groomed her entire life to marry the Duke of Ashford. When he dies she’s expected to marry his younger brother. When they mutually agree to refuse the betrothal Elizabeth’s family falls apart. Kit (Lord Cantwell) and Lady Walmsley come to Elizabeth’s rescue at exactly the right moment. With time and their companionship Elizabeth comes to know her worth and decides what she wants for her future.  For the most part, this novel was a really sweet romance about Elizabeth discovering her personal worth. Lady Walmsley is an especially amusing and likable character. I really adored how the …

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The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

The crux of this book is that a Brazilian librarian recruits a team to find the unpublished works of his favorite science fiction writer, Eduard Salgado-Mackenzie. The other two people on this team are Mormons, one a professional historian excommunicated for her academic work and the other a scammed aspiring novelist. The utter absurdity of their quest and their dedication to it worked for me because I could totally see my fellow Mormons doing something like this. That classic Mormon optimism, the desire to help others on their quests, the value we place on personal and historical records gives literary …

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Maggie’s Place by Annette Haws

There is a lot to enjoy in this contemporary novel set in urban Salt Lake City: the quirky elderly main character with a secret past, a teenage homeless girl looking for a way out, a little bit of romance tangled up in choosing to do the right thing, and a gaggle of seniors outwitting the bad guys and saving the day.   The author Annette Haws is also the writer of Waiting for the Light to Change, the 2008 Whitney Award Winner in General Fiction. Maggie’s Place will please the same audience, pulling from many story types to create a tale …