A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green (review)

arefugeassured_green_bethanyhouseSteeped in historical details, Jocelyn Green’s A Refuge Assured moves from the danger of post-revolution France to the turmoil of the newly fledged United States on the cusp of the Whiskey Rebellion.

The past suited Martine, but Vienne could not content herself on reminiscences, or even with her previous trade.  It was time to lay aside the shape of her old life. (p.103)

With the guillotine now the fate of French lacemakers, including the aunt who raised her, Vivienne “Vienne” Rivard flees France for the supposed safety of America. Continue reading


First Line Friday: Heart of Nantahala

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book was received as a NetGalley e-galley courtesy of the publisher as well as an Instagram tour copy (follow my Instagram account, @yvette_bookworlder, to make sure you don’t miss my May 1st post) courtesy of the authors and JustRead Tours.  

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor is the second of eight novellas in The Backcountry Brides Collection: Eight Eighteenth-Century Women Seek Love on Colonial America’s Frontier, available in paperback and ebook on May 1st from Barbour Books.  Along with Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s story, there are seven more novellas set between 1754 and 1792 from authors Carrie Fancett Pagels, Pegg Thomas, Debra E. Marvin, Angela K. Couch, Denise Weimer, Shannon McNear, and Gabrielle Meyer.

As I plan to spend my rainy Friday evening cozied up with Heart of Nantahala, losing myself in a story of the colonial frontier, I thought it would be the perfect first line to share today:

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First Line Friday–Where the Fire Falls

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

The book featured was received as an e-galley through NetGalley for review purposes.  The final copy may differ.

Last month I featured The Road to Paradise, the first book in Karen Barnett‘s Vintage National Parks series.  Since National Park Week (US) is from April 21-29, it seems the natural choice to feature the second novel in the series, Where the Fire Falls (out June 5, 2018 from Waterbrook).

From the covers (vintage park poster style), to the settings (Mount Rainer and Yosemite National Parks) and time period (late 1920’s), to the genre (Historical Romance with mystery and adventure), and the icing on the cake being the author herself – an Oregon resident and former Park Ranger – everything about these books is saying “Read Me!”  So to get us all started, here are the first lines from Where the Fire Falls:

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Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym

sometamegazelle_pym_openroadmediaSome tame gazelle or some gentle dove or even a poodle dog–something to love.  That was the point. (98%)

Since buying a copy of Excellent Women when it caught my eye on Book Outlet a couple of years ago, I’ve been curious to give Barbara Pym a try, though that book still sits unread on my shelf.  I recently decided that I should start at the beginning, avoiding prior reading of opinions or reviews as much as possible, which led to googling her name and finding barbara-pym.org, thanks to whom I now have a chronological bibliography and am now planning to read the posthumously published Crampton Hodnet second rather than last.

So, with very little knowledge of the author or the book, I began reading a library e-book of Some Tame Gazelle.  What I found was a bit of a delight. Continue reading

Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink (review)


This second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series definitely delivers when it comes to suspense.  Ella Cahill, a farrier, is unknowingly deep into danger from before the first word, and the action is pretty relentless once her brother’s best friend Owen Thorn becomes involved.  Or should I say, arrives to take over.

Framed for a murder, Ella is struggling to take care of her sister and pay the bills while clients cancel left and right.  Owen is struggling to come to terms with the possibility that he might not be able to return to active duty in the Marines due to an injury sustained in Afghanistan.  And both are struggling with guilt and fear of judgement over past mistakes, all while being taunted and menaced by an evil man. Continue reading

News from Thrush Green by Miss Read (Thrush Green, #3)

returntothrushgreen_read_orionAnother new neighbor is moving in to Thrush Green, and could there be a possibility for Harold Shoosmith, the new neighbor of the previous novel, to find a bit of unlooked for romance?

Now, normally if a series were to immediately repeat a premise such as “new neighbor moves in” it might hint at a lack of originality.  Allowances are easily made, though, as there was a considerable gap in time between the publications of Winter in Thrush Green (1961) and News from Thrush Green (1970).  And really, what is more newsworthy in the deceptively idyllic Cotswolds village? Continue reading

First Line Friday–Treacherous Trails

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

It’s been one of those weeks where I can’t seem to get more than a page or two read, and I am only a few pages in on Dana Mentink’s Treacherous Trails, but I’m determined to get it read before it disappears from my Kindle on Saturday (the library came through, but they will be taking it away for the next person in line).

I’ve been waiting anxiously to read this follow up to the first Gold Country Cowboys series from Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, Cowboy Christian Guardian (that the author was kind enough to send me), and if the first chapter is anything to go by then it will be an exciting, suspenseful story.

Here are the first (few) lines:

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