The Nobleman's Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson England, 1819 While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton— and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other's hearts. When their crusade for London's poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.
Gladly Beyond by Nichole Van An ancient curse, fractured at the birth of three brothers. Two strangers helplessly drawn to each other. A love story two hundred years in the making. Claire Raythorn arrives in Florence, Italy, shattered, alone, and anxious to rebuild her life—preferably one without men. But she soon finds herself hunted and haunted— literally—when a mysterious stalker dressed like Mr. Darcy from BBC central casting appears in her photos. And only her photos. Who is this man? And what does his ghostly presence mean? Dante D’Angelo simply wants to safeguard his brothers, despite the family curse that hounds his vision. But then Claire Raythorn walks into his life, untouched somehow by his curse. Soon, everything Dante thought he knew about himself starts to unravel, dragging Claire down with him. Set against the lush backdrop of Florence, Italy—both past and present—Claire and Dante fight for a future together. But, first, they must uncover their shared past . . . The thing I like about Van's writing is that she builds up the love between hero and heroine in plausible increments. I think that's why I always end up reading her novels in one sitting until the early morning hours; I know that in the NEXT scene the characters are going to finally realize their love. But then you get to the next scene and you simply want more and more. And I mean that in the best possible way. I’ve always thought Italian cities are like guys I knew in college: Rome—the hot frat boy I was dying to go out with (and I did, and it was awesome). But, turns out, everyone dated Rome. Naples—Rome’s frat house roommate. The guy on no sleep and his tenth can of Red Bull. No one messed with him cause he knew people who knew people . . . catch my drift . . . Venice—the dreamily gorgeous philosophy major. Brilliantly eccentric but exotic enough that no one quite knew what to make of him. Milan—the second-year MBA student who was big on power-ties and power-lunches. Basically, the organized guy who held everyone else together. And then there was Florence. Firenze, to those who knew him. Quiet and unassuming. When we first met, I wondered what all the fuss was about. But Firenze . . . he was a subtle seducer. If I asked, he could talk for hours about art and history. But, generally, Firenze simply listened. Peaceful. Steady. Ready to shoulder my sorrows. Firenze is the guy I never got out of my system. I hit the ground floor and took two steps toward the large wooden front door. How would the next few weeks play out? Like being a contestant on Survivor? The Great Race? A male voice stopped me. “Just the person I was waiting for.” I closed my eyes. Nope. Things were shaping up to be The Bachelorette. Honestly. Pasting on my polite grin, which truthfully was more of a grimace by this point, I turned around. “Mr. D’Angelo.” “Dante, please.” He stepped out of the shadows at the base of the stairs. A window in the stairwell illuminated half of him. Even that half was huge. Whereas I looked down on Pierce and was eye-level with the Colonel, I had to look up, up at Dante. At five ten myself, it takes a lot to make me feel short. But he somehow managed it. He had to be at least six four and linebacker-wide. Did he play football in high school? His dark, wavy hair had been smoothly slicked back when he arrived earlier. But I had watched it creep forward as the morning went along until a section of it came loose, swinging down to kiss his jaw. My fingers itched to brush it back. Dante was the type of man I had always had a sweet tooth for. Until I learned, oh-so-painfully, how bad for my health they could be.
Nichole Van has hit paydirt yet again with this latest Brothers Maledetti book! Chiara's story has swoonworthy romance that is 100% clean, as well as laugh out loud humor and superb storytelling to make up this amazing, unputdownable book! Although you don't have to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one, I'd highly recommend reading them to get further backstory on the D'Angelo family and their talents. Nichole Van is one of the few authors on my "instant-buy" list and this latest installment is another reminder why. Five stars just don't seem enough.“Jack, we’re all concerned about you,” I said the words carefully, keeping my tone flat and not screechy like I felt. “We’ve been concentrating on trying to find answers for your ghost-like state, but I think the constant focus is hurting more than it’s helping. It’s like picking at a scab over and over, never allowing it to heal. Maybe it’s time to take a step back from our research.” Jack paused, giving me his best Regency-era, Lord Knight stare. I had a love/hate relationship with that stare—I hated that I kinda loved it. It was snooty with an edge of dry sardonic humor, and it challenged every womanly impulse in my body to kiss it off his face. Not that I would do that, of course, even if it were possible. But the urge was there. “Would you prefer me to continue my exploration of modern names?” he asked. I bit my lip, unsure how to reply. It was a decent threat. Jack had gone through this whole phase where he mocked contemporary celebrity names. Example: Brittany Spears. It had been days of, ‘Pardon Siri, but who are the Spears of Brittany?’ and ‘Are Brittany Spears similar to Celtic weaponry from northern France?’ “I have yet to understand why Ryan cares so much about goslings,” Jack continued. “Does he have a fetish for young poultry?” See?! Honestly.
About the Book
Widowed by war, Maura O’Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband’s family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.
Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother’s home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain.
Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end.
About the Author
Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including the 2-time Whitney Award Winner Longing for Home and Whitney Award finalist Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writing Conference and acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at D4EO Literary Agency.
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I absolutely love this series. And this cover is wonderful and I cannot wait to read it!!
Bayside Wishes by Stacy Claflin She’s guarding a family secret. He’s investigating a murder. Will a second homecoming lead to true love? Freya Hunter is living the fabulous life. The west-coast girl rakes it in as a fashion model in New York City, but everything changes after she returns home for a quick visit. The reunion with friends and family in Enchantment Bay is sweet, especially when she hits it off with Nico Valentin, a ruggedly handsome police sergeant. As Nico investigates the death, Freya learns a family secret big enough to turn her world upside down. Freya is torn between her new life and her hometown — the life she loves vs. the brother who needs her and the sergeant who wants her. When her decision doesn’t go nearly as well as she planned, she wonders if she can help her brother and keep her growing feelings for Nico at bay before they consume her. Nico put the tickets in his wallet for safekeeping. “Sounds good to me.” She took his hand and pulled him toward the stores. His pulse raced, but she didn’t seem to think anything of holding his hand. A few people glanced at them, seeming surprised. Being on the force, he was well-known and he hadn’t been on a single date since moving to Enchantment Bay. And he’d definitely never been out with someone as attractive as Freya. She stopped in front of a candle place. “You ever been in there?” Nico held in a snort. “No. The only candle I own is for when the power goes out.” Freya stared at him for a moment. “Seriously?” “Just for emergencies.” “You don’t know what you’re missing. Come on.” She yanked on his arm—she was stronger than she looked—and dragged him inside. An array of aromas hit him all at once. He couldn’t tell one from the other, but he liked the way they blended together. Almost like the unexpected pairing of him and Freya.
About the Book
Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
Release date: February 20, 2018
Genre: historical, Edwardian
Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah
Number of pages: 354
Why am I looking forward to this book?
As as one of my favorite authors writing in one of my all time favorite genres, an Edwardian historical from Carrie Turansky is a definate must read and have in my book collection. Turansky's books are always fabulous and this cover is bright blue and beautiful!
About the Book
As a victim’s advocate, Grace James is used to rushing into trouble to save her victims from abuse or assault. And with a handsome officer like Joe Hart at her side, Grace is sure there’s nothing she can’t do. But an ominous storm brewing on the Oregon horizon is about to change everything—and bring with it dangers and revelations Grace and Joe never expected.
About the Author
Shannon Symonds worked for 15 years as an Advocate. Shannon lives in a small seaside town where she works, writes, runs and paints. She believes the word can be changed one heart at a time and then even small acts can make a difference.
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Guest Post: Safe House – 5 Behind the Scenes Facts
Writing and publishing are two very different things. Writing is personal, internal, and creative. Publishing is public and to me, just a little scary. It’s like having your new mother-in-law over and giving her a tour of your soul. Safe House was written in the dark lonely winter months in my 100-year-old beach shack by the fire. Most of the time I was totally alone and even though Cedar Fort has published it, there are still many untold secrets I plan to share with you today.
Let’s start with number 5. I promise I will let you know if there is a spoiler alert.
5-Like Mabel, my mother and father live part of the year in an apartment in my house.Grace’s mother, Mabel, is patterned after many strong women in my life and named after one of my great aunts. We live in a large old house a block off the beach in Seaside, Oregon or the same neighborhood Grace lives in.
4-Safe house is fiction but based on common occurrences. Grace’s work with victims of domestic abuse is inspired by my work as an Advocate. I worked alongside law enforcement and emergency room staff for over 15 years. I responded to the scenes of domestic and sexual assaults and supported survivors at their most vulnerable moments.
I stopped counting the number of calls I had been on with law enforcement when I went past 500 domestic and sexual assault responses. After spending thousands of hours listening to survivors and running support groups, a few common themes or stories emerged. Kelly and Amber’s experiences in Safe House are patterned after those common themes.
Safe House or fiction was the only way I could find to take a reader to the heart of the experience or share what I felt. I believe stories are much more powerful than statistics.
3-The LDS Church and Safe House. Everyone tells writers to write about what they know. I know the LDS faith. However, everyone told me I shouldn’t write about my church. All my Beta readers, except my sister Stacy, said I would sell more books if I left the LDS church out of it. I thought about the advice I received. I even took a look at what I could cut out of the story.
After thinking long and hard I came to this conclusion. As an Advocate, I have been asked countless times how I do the work I do, including working with people who are murdered, physical and sexual assault victims, and children who are injured. The answer is I cope by writing, running, my passion for the work, but most of all I cope by turning to my faith.
I could have written about a generic faith, with a generic pastor, but I wouldn’t have done a good job. I don’t know a generic faith. I wrote about what I know and if I wrote about someone else’s faith, I couldn’t poke fun at it, like I do when I write about my own.
I love my faith’s quirky culture. I have seriously warm feelings for things like trek, emotional young women, relief society, and even girls camp. Church can be spiritual one minute and because we are all human, comical the next.
I like reading books like Dan Brown’s, “The Da Vinci Code.” One of my all-time favorite movies is, Joseph Stein’s “The Fiddler on the Roof.” These stories wouldn’t exist without religion.
I am not the best member of my church or the worst. The book isn’t about church; it is about people who go to church and people who don’t. I wouldn’t be the advocate I am without my faith. It is the way I cope and so it helps Grace cope in Safe House.
2-The storm in Safe House was real. HERE is the history. In December 2007, I had the strangest experience. Just like (Spoiler Alert!) Grace, I woke up knowing we needed firewood immediately. I couldn’t rest until we had it.
One night we woke to NOAA Tsunami Alarm going off. We took our little SUV and rode through downed trees, flooding water, and unbelievable wind sustained at over 100 mph to our adult son’s home. His house was out of the Tsunami Zone.
The winds continued for more than a day and were measured at over 137 mph. Water spouted up more than 10 feet blowing sewer lids into the air. I watched a metal pole barn implode and sheet metal cut tree limbs like a razor and paper. Tall metal power poles were crumpled like tin foil.
There was no Tsunami, but there was also no cell service, no power, no heat, no television, and both roads out of the area were flooded and covered with piles of downed trees. We were cut off from the outside world and would eventually be without power for 5 days.
Thankfully, we were prepared. We ended up with a ton of teenagers and a 70-year-old ward member sleeping at our house. It became a party and a good memory. Our little town and ward really pulled together.
1-Spoons (Spoiler Alert!). This part of the book is drawn from my personal experience. My family loved to play spoons with my father’s best friend, Gene Child and his family. The game of spoons in the book is very real. It was based on a family vacation to a cabin in Star Valley Wyoming where the game was hilarious and the table didn’t survive.
Check out my review of Safe House HERE.
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About the Book
Ex-FBI agent Riley Scott lives each day with the scars of her former career. After the murder of her husband and the recent attempt on her own life by the Russian mafia, her heart is irrevocably broken. Agate Island seems like the perfect place to begin building a new future for herself and her teenage son, yet even before the ferry docks at their new home, Riley realizes there will be no escape for her. There, on the boat, is mafia boss Maksimillian Petruso—the man who took everything from her. The man she killed.
Matthew Taggart knows who Riley is and understands her reaction to his resemblance to Maksimillian Petruso. But Matthew is nothing like his estranged criminal father. So far, he has been able to hide from that evil world. However, he's afraid Riley's appearance on the island may lead his family's mafia connections to his doorstep. After all, she is the agent who took down his father.
Matthew needs to leave town. Fast. Unfortunately, when the family wants to find him, there is nowhere he can hide. Now he and Riley are thrown together in a dangerous connection, and learning to trust each other is their only hope of survival.
About the Author
Kathi Oram Peterson was born in a small town in Idaho. Since childhood she has loved reading and writing stories. After raising her family, she put her writing on hold to earn a BA in English and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation she worked for a curriculum publisher writing and editing concept and biography books for children. She writes romantic suspense and young adult.
Author Kathi Oram Peterson has crafted an intense and suspenseful story that from page one will have readers on their toes, as well as the edge of their seats. Readers will immediately become invested in the characters and the events in their lives as scene after scene unfolds, some expected and some not. This story is about an ex-FBI Agent and the illegitimate son of a head Russian Mafia, which definitely puts yet another a fun twist on the story. This action-packed novel is one that readers will absolutely not want to put down. Oram has a way of writing that makes readers want to keep coming back for more.
Genre: contemporary, suspense, romance
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: February 1, 2018
Number of pages: 232
A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence, but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.
About the Author
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.
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