Review: The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection

lassoedbymarriage_various_barbourThe Substitute Bride by Angela Bell

Bridal Whispers by Angie Breidenbach

Mule Dazed by Lisa Carter

The Sweetwater Bride by Mary Connealy

A Highbrow Hoodwink by Rebecca Jepson

Not So Pretty Penny by Amy Lillard

All’s Fair by Gina Welborn

The Colorado Coincidence by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Railroaded Into Love by Rose Ross Zediker

With a subtitle like ‘9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying “I Do”‘ you know you are in for some surprises.  The biggest surprise?  That this might be my favorite collection from Barbour so far.

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Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

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The Mountain Midwife is a contemporary Christian romance with a great blend of sweet romance, mystery and suspense.

Our heroine is a midwife in a small area of the Appalachians.  Ashley Tolliver is 29 and single with cats.  She wanted to be the first woman doctor in a family with a long history of having at least one midwife in every generation, but circumstances led her to return home and complete a Masters in Midwifery at a more local university.  After having a young mother and her baby abducted right after she assists in the birth, Ashley feels she has failed a patient who was in need of hospital care.

Our hero is a recent media sensation.  Hunter McDermott is a 32 year old engineer who travels the world digging tunnels.  After an act of kindness in Lisbon goes viral, he has started to learn unexpected things about his family and his past.  He arrives in Appalachia seeking answers from the midwife who attended his birth.   Instead of the elderly backwoods woman he expects, he finds an attractive young woman who challenges his preconceived notions.  Lucky for him, she’s the midwife’s granddaughter and she is willing to help.

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Review: At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings

 

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She Sells Priceless Antiques.

He Sells Livestock by the Pound.

Is He Really the Man to Make a Bid for Her Heart?

To protect her family’s auction house, Miranda Wimplegate accompanies her grandfather from to Pine Gap, Missouri.  All she wants is to help him quietly recover a valuable painting from the auction house he’s purchased there and return to Boston and the security of working behind the scenes, unnoticed.

Wyatt Ballentine is blind-sided by the sale of Pine Gap’s livestock sales barn.   The sale ends his plans to fulfill the dream he shared with his father of owning and running the sales barn.  And the difficult new owner is making Wyatt’s future even more uncertain.

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Tuesday Talks 2/16/16: Comparative Blurbs on Bookcovers

Here’s something you might not guess if you met me – I’m a bit of a rebel. Not in any really significant way, more in that I become, at times, stubborn and resistant. If a salesperson tries to “up-sell” me, I become determined not to buy anything at all. Book hype gets the same reaction (I am still resisting reading those books by Andy Weir or Ernest Cline, though I have been assured that they are ones I should read). If a book cover touts itself as the next, for example, Handmaid’s Tale then I immediately don’t want to read it*. Not, I’m guessing, the intent of the comparison.

Where the blurbs really serve a purpose for me, is when they mention a book I have no interest in reading. Tell me a book is the next Gone Girl, and I’m grateful for the warning. It is a clear indicator that it is not the type of book I would enjoy, though I would like to experience Gillian Flynn’s writing at some point. Again, this was probably not publisher’s intent.

Conversely, if someone outside of the publishing world makes a comparison, I’m more likely to have a positive response. For example, when I heard Chris Wooding’s series The Tales of the Ketty Jay compared and recommended for fans of the TV show Firefly by someone on YouTube (I believe it was either Estelle of Audum Entha or Kitty G), I immediately wanted to read them. So far, having read the first two books in the series, they are living up to my expectations. In fact, I enjoyed them so much as library e-books that I’ve purchased the entire series in paperback and intend to read (or re-read) all four this year.

So, publishers, go ahead and continue with the comparative blurbs. My bank account will thank you.

What do you think about comparative blurbs? Do they help you find or avoid books? Do you like them or could you do without them?

 

*Exception: Archetype by M.D. Waters, read my review here.

Tuesday Talks is a GoodReads group of bloggers, vloggers and others with a new book related topic each Tuesday.

 

 

Review: Archetype and Antitype (novella) by M.D. Waters

archetype_waters_plumeArchetype is a sci-fi dystopian novel with memory loss, romance, a resistance movement, and a strong heroine. It is an excellent book and a new personal favorite.

Any review I would write at this point will not do it justice, and would be difficult to write without spoilers. So instead, here is a list of a few things I usually dislike in books and why I felt they worked in Archetype:
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Review/Blog Tour: All Things Bright and Beautiful picture book

I am very pleased to be included as part of the First Look blog tour for the new picture book from WorthKids/Ideals that illustrates a much loved hymn with illustrations by Katy Hudson.  “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances Alexander is a hymn that I have loved for many years, having learned to appreciate the more traditional hymns as a child (the church my family belonged to at the time did mix in some slightly more modern songs).

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