12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep (novella review)

12daysatbleaklymanor_griepIt’s August, or as I’ve learned since becoming a book blogger, time for Christmas reading and reviewing to begin!  In advance of the second Once Upon a Dickens Christmas novella, due out in September, I decided to give the first of the series a try.

Now, I am admittedly not a fan of Dickens, so I do go into any Dickensian story with that prejudice.  Luckily for me, in the hands of Michelle Griep, this Dickensian novella is a treat. Continue reading


The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse (review)

thepatriotbride_woodhouse_barbour.jpgAfter my lukewarm-at-best response to the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower multi-author series, The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse, I was contemplating skipping this, the fourth book in the series.  So, when Barbour sent me an email with a pre-approval link to NetGalley, inviting me to read The Patriot Bride, I decided I would risk having to write another “constructive” review and take the plunge.

Happily, whether it is that the elements of the story are more suited to her writing or that her writing has progressed, The Patriot Bride left me comparatively little to dislike.   Continue reading

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep (review)

thecapturedbride_griep_barbourThe Captured Bride is the third book in the multi-author Daughters of the Mayflower series with heroines linked by a family tree, and is the reason I began reading this series.  I have absolutely loved the novels I’ve read by Michelle Griep, and this, as I expected, was no exception.

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First Line Friday: The Weaver’s Daughter

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book was sent to me for review purposes by Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild.  


This week I’m featuring The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd, a Historical Romance with a prologue set some years prior to the main story and in which the  hero and heroine don’t quite meet.  Writing that makes me think of A Rebel Heart by Beth White, the book I featured two fridays ago, and while there are similarities, this is a completely different story.  Instead of the turmoil of the American South during the Reconstruction Era, today’s featured novel is set in England during the Industrial Revolution.

Here is the prologue’s first line:

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First Line Friday: Caught by Surprise

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is from a NetGalley e-galley and may not reflect the final version.


Sometimes I don’t know how much I’ll love something until I read it.  In the case of the Apart From the Crowd series, I knew I’d enjoy the writing but I didn’t know how much I’d adore the so-nearly-awful-you-gotta-love-em names of her wallflower heroines:

Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff

Miss Permilia Griswold

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader

and now…

Miss Temperance Flowerdew

I’ve enjoyed this series so far, particularly the most recent entry, so I’m looking forward to reading Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano (available 7/31/18) very, very soon.  Here is the prologue’s first line:

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