Book Ramble: A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

I’ve been unable to focus on my reading lately, as I’m waiting to hear when the purchase of my new (tiny condo) home will close.  So the three – no, four (yikes) – books I have been reading, and planned to finish by today, have been left sitting with their bookmarks unmoved for the past week.  Then A Most Inconvenient Marriage showed up in my library account (loving the new auto-checkout feature on ebooks) and I found myself starting it at about 10:30 last night and finishing it around 2am.

I need to read more Regina Jennings.  Based on this book, she may become a favorite.  It has the right combination of drama, humor, romance and well integrated faith that I look for in Inspirational Romance.  The main characters are conflicted at times, which added authenticity (while sometimes being slightly annoying), and I didn’t even mind the love triangle/quadrangle thing that was going on as it was not the sole source of conflict.

Abigail is a (Yankee) Civil War nurse who has been proposed to by quite a few patients.  As the story begins, she accepts a very practical proposal from a dying (Rebel) soldier Continue reading

Book Review: The Homestead Brides Collection

Title:   The Homestead Brides Collection

Authors:         Various

Publisher:      Barbour Publishing, Inc, 2015, 464 pages (paperback)

Copy Source:  NetGalley

I find collections of short stories by a group of authors to be a bit more challenging to review than those by one. Since there are nine short stories and nine authors in The Homestead Brides Collection, I’ll give a brief idea of what each story is about (hampered by the effort not to spoil a short story) and a very brief summary of my opinion of each, followed up with my overall take on the collection as a whole (I’ll give you a hint: I really liked it.). Continue reading

Book Review: A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin

Title:  A Dance with Danger

Author: Jeannie Lin

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical, April 21, 2015, 281 pages

Copy Source: Won in a giveaway on http://www.jeannielin.com/

Jin-mei is 19 and the only daughter of the local magistrate, raised to be a proper young lady in Tang Dynasty China.  Bao Yang has wealth and status, but as the leader of a rebellion, he is an outlaw  bent on revenge against a local warlord, General Wang.  When their unplanned encounter threatens her honor, Yang asks Jin-mei’s father for permission to marry her.  So a little flirtation leads to marriage and adventure. Continue reading

Book Review: Tales of the Pirate Gospel by Andrew Moody

Title: Tales of the Pirate Gospel, A somewhat free retelling of the Gospel of Mark

Author: Andrew Moody

Publisher: Brightmettle Press, Digital Publishing, 2015, 72 pages

Copy Source: purchased as an Amazon Kindle ebook (currently published in digital format only)

I heard about Tales of the Pirate Gospel through a YouTube video, made by a friend of the author. I purchased the book fully expecting to enjoy it, and I did, though I quickly discovered that I have an unexpectedly low saturation point when it comes to pirate-ese.

There were many things to like about this retelling, including Continue reading

Book Review: Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Title:       Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)

Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

Publisher: All Night Reads, 2013, 348 pages

Copy Source: NetGalley Read Now, in exchange for an honest review

“The cloudless night whispered promises to Aniri.”

Princess Aniri is the third daughter of the queen of Dharia, and it is two weeks until her eighteenth birthday. Sneaking out of the palace to meet the man she plans to marry for love, once she is of age, Aniri longs to leave her sheltered and pampered existence to search out and kill the men who murdered her father. But the barbarian prince of Jungali has come to Dharia to broker peace through an arranged marriage. Continue reading

Book Review: The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

Title:      The Mermaid’s Sister

Author:  Carrie Anne Noble

Publisher:  Skyscape (Amazon Publishing), March 1, 2015, 236 pages

Copy Source:  I received a copy of this book for free from Amazon through the Kindle First program.  So, I really sort of paid for it as this program is part of my Amazon Prime membership.

Mermaids, fairies, foundlings, wyverns, mad villains, tinkers and traveling shows. This lovely book lies somewhere in the realm of folklore and fairy tale. Continue reading