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
Title: The Homestead Brides Collection
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
Anyone who knows me might think that Science Fiction would be the answer to this question. But it isn’t that simple. Tastes change over the years, and where once I might have said Mystery/Detective fiction, I’m now incredibly selective in that genre as it is no longer a favorite.
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
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
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
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