Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review of Josi S. Kilpack's Lady of the Lakes

Book Description:

One is his first love. The other is his best love. Which will be Walter's true love?

Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though Mina is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul.

Though Mina shares Walter's love of literature and passionate temperament, it's hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose?

But as every poet knows, "The course of true love never did run smooth," and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte.

At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home.

Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return?

My Review:

This book was a beautiful escape. In it, I discovered history, culture, and romance in perfect measures. I enjoyed each of the characters, the development of their stories, and their decisions to find joy in their lives. The author did an amazing job melding imagination and speculation with what I could only imagine was dry historical information, and spinning it into a tale I felt honored to encounter. A very pleasant read that made me re-evaluate important themes of real love, joy, patriotism, familial loyalty, romance, and art.

Lady of the Lakes is a Historical Proper Romance

by Josi S. Kilpack

and is available in Paperback, Ebook, and on Audio

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Review: The Plus One by Rebecca Blevins

The Plus One by Rebecca Blevins

Book Description:

After selling the inn she inherited from her grandmother, Rachel DeWitt moves to Kansas City to put her past behind her and realize her dream of going to art school. While at a celebratory dinner out alone, she meets Braden Easton, and due to her quick thinking, she rescues him from a terrible first date.
Rachel has sworn off romance for the foreseeable future—even if Braden’s British accent makes her swoon. So when Braden presents a plan to be each other’s “plus one” as needed, Rachel agrees. Before long, the two are spending a good deal of time together, and Rachel wonders why she hasn’t tried this friendship-dating thing before. But what she doesn’t know is that Braden has a secret that could threaten their arrangement and change both of their lives in ways neither one has ever imagined. 

My Review:

This sweet romance novella might be the best book I've read all year--certainly my favorite contemporary romance! For one thing, I'm a sucker for a book set in a real place with real landmarks that makes me want to visit. I guess I need to make a trip to Kansas City. I'm not one to include a summary of the book, but things that I liked about it--the twist on the damsel in distress, the cute banter, the British accent, but mostly, the art. I loved Rebecca Blevins' descriptions and the ideas behind them. I loved the characters and rooted for them. A beautiful way to spend an afternoon! I can't wait to read the next in this series.

The Plus One

by Rebecca Blevins

is available in Paperback & eBook

Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: Keeping Christmas by Rebecca Blevins

Keeping Christmas by Rebecca Blevins

Book Description:

On her way home for a Christmas full of Norwegian traditions, Paige Sorensen is pulled over by the county sheriff in the small town of Higgins. The town’s annual Christmas dinner is in danger of being canceled, so the judge sentences Paige to community service, putting her experience as a caterer to good use.

The one thing she doesn’t count on is working with Wes—a good-looking deputy who can’t stand the holiday season. He makes sure the less fortunate have a merry Christmas, but the secrets behind his eyes say he may never celebrate it in his heart.

Paige fears being stuck in Higgins will ruin her family holiday, but as she helps others, she begins to discover what Christmas—and love—truly mean.

My Review:

This Christmas novella is adorable--the perfect holiday escape. It was a fun situation, and sweet interaction. Wes is such an amazing guy, and I loved the loose reference to its inspiration to the song "Good King Wenceslas." Very creative! A good, clean romance that left me excited to read another by Rebecca Blevins!

Keeping Christmas

by Rebecca Blevins

is available in Paperback & eBook

You can also buy Keeping Christmas in an anthology of  eight Christmas novellas loosely based on Christmas carols. This anthology also includes my own Home for the Holidays:

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