A Change in Tune

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Change in Tune by Ashley Rescot, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Change in Tune

Series: The Strings of Sisterhood #1

Author: Ashley Rescot

Publisher: Rescot Creative

Release Date: September 15, 2021

Genre: Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Music Fiction

Violinist Victoria Pearson dreams of attending Johann Conservatory of Music in New York City for graduate school. As the oldest of five sisters, she hopes to escape her Midwestern college town and hectic family situation to fulfill her passion in life—music. But when she decides to participate in Belton University’s Concerto competition to bolster her chances of acceptance, Victoria finds herself competing against her sister Adrienne and lifelong cellist friend Jerry Chang. This sets in motion a rivalry that questions the roles of sisterhood, friendship, and maybe love.

Victoria wants to maintain the rigors required of a professional classical musician without losing her family and friends, not to mention her sanity, in the process. The demands of her large family might hinder her ability to achieve her dreams. What sacrifices will she make to reach her goals, and are they worth the cost?

A new, twenty-first-century generation of little women takes the stage in A Change in Tune.

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Book Review:

This was a fun book, and it painted a beautiful portrait of music, romance, and sisterhood. This drew on books like Pride and Prejudice, with the Bennet sisters, and Little Women, with the March sisters. I have sisters of my own, so I love to read books about them. While these sisters had more challenges in their relationship, I did enjoy watching them interact.

Violinist Victoria Pearson’s dream is to be admitted into the Johann Conservatory of Music in New York City for graduate school. She can’t wait to be away from her hectic family of five girls and finally fulfill her passion in her life, music. But as problems with family, friends, and her music arise, she’ll have to ask herself what sacrifices will she make for music and is it worth it?

Victoria was an interesting character. While there were times that I didn’t really like her, I did understand her. Her passion for music was super admirable, and reading about music from her perspective was beautiful! I could feel the music impacting her. I was a little bit disappointed in her relationship with Adrienne, her sister, though. There were times when they were so unkind to each other that it just made me sad. However, I understood the need for it in the storyline, and I know that some sisters have that kind of tumultuous relationship.

Jerry was a total sweetheart! I loved how kind and caring he was. His parents wanted him to pursue medical school instead of being a musician. He was trying so hard to obey his parents, but he had to learn how to stand up for himself. I loved how complex his mother’s character was as she strived to protect her son. She didn’t want him to have the mental and financial problems that come from being a musician. 

I don’t know a lot about the life of a musician, so it was interesting to learn about some of the mental health issues they face. It was definitely heartbreaking to read about it, and there are mentions of sucide, racism, and drugs. It was all brief though, and the author always pointed out that this type of behavior is not healthy. So this book is probably for teenagers and up.

There were some slow parts, but I enjoyed reading about the struggles and joys of being a musician. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves music! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Rescot

Ashley Rescot is a professional violinist, educator, writer, and Fulbright Scholar. An aficionado of music, pedagogy, family, faith, and language, she writes about her life as a musician. With degrees in both music and literature, she hopes her stories will inspire the next generation of musicians, encourage music professionals, and educate others about the exciting world of music.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(4) winners will receive a print copy of A Change in Tune plus ONE of the following stories featuring a violin: The Main Dish by Victoria Kimble, A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander, A Song Unheard by Roseanna White, or Night Song by Tricia Goyer.

A Change in Tune JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 21, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 28, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Silver Dollar Duke

About the Book:

Silver Dollar Duke: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 1) by [Sally Britton]

Title: Silver Dollar Duke
Series: Hearts of Arizona #1
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: March 1, 2020
Genre: Western Romance

The last thing Dannie needs is a Victorian gentleman on her ranch, playing cowboy while she’s trying to save her family’s livelihood. Will high stakes and high emotions lead to heartbreak?

Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg. 

Daniella Bolton’s fiancé left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life. 

Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancé’s flight return tenfold. 

Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?

Book Review:

I will be honest, I had no idea what to think when I started this book. A mix of Victorian  and western? I was intrigued, but not sure how to feel. However, I have loved Ms. Britton’s books in the past, so I was ready to read it. And I really enjoyed it! Evan has dreamed about the wilds of America. As the second son of a marquess in England, he is expected to marry well, tend to his brother’s lands, and be a credit to the family. However, he wants to make something of himself, to prove himself, and America is the place where anyone can build a life for themselves. When he comes to Arizona to work on one of the ranches and he is met by the young Bolton’s of King Bolton’s ranch, Evan is excited for the opportunity to pursue his dream. Danniella Bolton, or Dannie as everyone calls her, is less than impressed with the proper English gentleman who appears in the nearby town. He is much too smooth, much too charming, and much too green. He has no idea what he is in for when he asks her father for work on the ranch. But Evan’s work ethic and character soon prove her doubts wrong, he is honorable and willing to get his hands dirty. However, as respect turns into something more, will their differences keep them apart?

I thought Evan was so sweet. He wanted to do something with his life and he left to prove himself. Even though he came from a world of luxury and convenience, he worked on the ranch and started at the bottom. He was truly a gentleman towards Dannie and admires her greatly. Dannie had past trouble with love and was suspicious of Evan at first. She had to get over her fears and past hurts to truly see him. She was so tough and capable, but she had walls up too. I admired her abilities, she could do so much! She truly had a heart for the land and loved the work they did on the ranch. It was also amazing to see the world of Arizona in that time period. Silver Dollar Duke is the first of the Hearts of Arizona series, so I am excited to see how the world is developed. The Bolton family was lovely to read about and those who worked alongside them were like family too. I am excited to read more!

Watching Evan prove himself on the ranch, as he learned the workings of the ranch, he was discovering what he really wanted in life. What did he really want? Just to show that he could work on a ranch? Dannie had to also see what she really wanted, to get over her past. The struggles facing the ranch and those on it would test them and their relationship.

Overall, this book exceeded my expectations! It was leaning more towards western, but it was really cute. It was a sweet clean romance, with the adventure and excitement of living in the wilds of Arizona! Anyone who enjoys adventure, westerns, and clean romance will enjoy this!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart

About the Book:

The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart (Proper Romance Victorian Series)

Title: The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart
Author: 
Nancy Campbell Allen
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain
Release Date: 
September 7, 2021
Genre: 
Historical Fiction

A romance develops as a detective partners with a lonely-hearts columnist to solve a murder mystery.

London, 1885

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe―a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband―Harold Radcliffe―of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

Book Review:

Wow, this book was so interesting. It was really good and different than I had expected. The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart is the first book that I have read written by Nancy Allen Campbell, however I have loved all of the Proper Romance books so I wasn’t worried. 

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic and she loves answering the lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and partner died. He knows that his job offers no promises and so he decides to never love or marry. However when a woman’s body is pulled from a river, Michael suspects that the husband, Mr. Harold Radcliffe is to blame. Amelie, knowing Mr. Radcliffe from a book club, refuses to believe that Mr. Radcliffe was capable of such a feet, but she agrees to help in order to prove Michael wrong. However as Michael and Amelie spend time together and investigate Mr. Radcliffe, they soon learn that something is terribly wrong. 

Amelie was such a fun character, I really liked her little quirks. She was kind, but she was also kind of oblivious. I also liked how although she was kind of naive, she did her best to learn and to be helpful. I loved reading about her falling in love with Micheal. She thought the funniest things about him, but as she spent time with him she began to fall for him. But Amelie would have to learn that all is not as it seems, and how to trust Michael.

Micheal was such a sweetheart, he was a little rough around the edges but he was kind. Life had not been easy for him and he was jaded but he truly cared for those around him. I liked him from the beginning and it was always so much fun to read about him interacting with Amelie. However Micheal would have to learn to let Amelie in, and that love was worth the risks.

Micheal and Amelie were such a lovely couple, I liked reading about their interactions. I was pulled in by the storyline and I wanted to see what happened, was Mr. Radcliffe truly who he said he was? I also liked the side characters, Amelie’s two cousins and Michael’s partner. I am excited to see if they have their own books

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart was a wonderful book. I would recommend it to those who like historical books with a hint of suspense. The characters were really fun! I was so engrossed in the story, I wanted to see how it would end. It was such an interesting blend of mystery and falling in love. I wouldn’t have quite pegged this book as a mystery, but let me say that it was quite good!

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart is a clean historical romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Winter

About the Book:

Title: Winter
Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. 

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend―the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? 

Book Review:

I love this book and the series. Winter is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, a sci-fi retelling of fairy tales full of excitement, danger, and romance! Winter is probably my favorite of the series, maybe because you already know the characters and the storyline. Everything is set up, you can really get to see character interactions and development! I also have a love-hate relationship with endings. I love conclusions, seeing the problems solved and the characters being able to move forward. However, that end also usually means no more books and there are always still loose ends. Nothing ever really ends, so there are all these questions left unanswered! 

A book like Winter exemplifies both parts of this argument, at least for me. It was an amazing conclusion, so exciting and suspenseful. I was glad that the characters could take a breather and so many were able to reconnect. However, there were so many questions still left and so far that the characters still had to go. Thankfully, there is a short story that follows giving some more insight into their lives and two graphic novels following Iko, but I digress. 

Going back to Winter as a reread. I was much less nervous in rereading this. I knew that things would work out. I could take my time a little more, instead of frantically trying to figure out what would happen next. It was great to read and see all the characters again. It was just as good the 2nd time around. Winter is probably my favorite character and I love being able to see her story connect with the other characters. Also her relationship with Jacin!  🥰 Winter and Scarlet were also really funny! Additionally, the group interactions were hilarious. Honestly, I just love the characters! 

This is an amazing book and I totally recommend it! It does have some heavy issues, so I think it is for older teens. Also it is the last book in a highly connected series, so you really should read the other ones first!

Hangin’ by a Moment

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Hangin’ by a Moment by Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Hangin’ by a Moment

Series: Deep Haven Collection #5

Author: Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

He just wants to erase his past. She can’t seem to escape hers. But facing it might put their future in jeopardy.

The day Jack Stewart walked out of jail, he vowed to keep his conviction a secret. The whole thing was just a terrible mistake, and he did his time. Now he wants a new life in a sleepy town where no one knows his name. Deep Haven is the perfect place to start over as a chef. The last thing the former pararescue jumper wants is to get involved. But when Boone Buckam—the guy he owes for getting him out of the slammer—asks for help, how can he refuse?

Colleen Decker has already escaped evil once—as a teenager, she was kidnapped by a murderer. But she’s put all that behind her as a trauma nurse in Minneapolis. Or maybe not, because a freak mistake in the ER sends her past crashing down on her. She needs a timeout in her hometown of Deep Haven. She doesn’t plan to stay—even when she’s roped into the job of flight nurse for the town’s Crisis Response Team chopper. Colleen’s not sure why she’s drawn to danger, but she’ll be safe enough—after all, she’ll need training, and her teacher is a handsome former pararescue jumper. What could go wrong?

When Jack said he didn’t want to get involved, he especially meant his heart—but being with Colleen feels like a fresh start. He’ll even climb aboard a chopper again, despite his vows.  They’re headed for a happy ending…

But secrets never stay buried in a small town. And when disaster strikes one snowy night, they’ll both have to decide if the past will destroy them…or if it just might lead them home.

Cozy up to this perfect Deep Haven drama about discovering a season of second chances.

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BOOKS IN THIS SERIES


Book Review:

We get another book in the Deep Haven series! Another mysterious stranger is coming to Deep Haven, and another small town girl is going to learn how to put down roots. This book focuses on Jack-formerly Winston Stewart-, a friend of Boone’s, and Colleen Decker, the daughter of Annalise Decker. Annalise got her own story in You Don’t Know Me which is the 6th book in the original Deep Haven series. I actually haven’t read that book, so it was added to my growing TBR! One of the things I really like about this series though is that it actually can be read stand alone. I have not read any of the original Deep Haven series, and I have not read the first 2 books in this series either. But I can still enjoy the characters and the story without being confused 🙂

Jack is just trying to find a safe place. After a terrible mistake that ended with him in prison, he needs to get his life back together. He has no desire to get involved in anything permanent though. But when his friend Boone asks for a favor, he can’t refuse. So he finds himself training Colleen Decker to be the newest flight nurse. No matter what Colleen does she can’t seem to escape from her past. After a freak mistake in her job as a ER nurse, she’s forced to take time out in Deep Haven. She ends up getting roped into the flight nurse job, and there she meets Jack. As Jack and Colleen start to fall for each other, will they be able to put the mistakes of their pasts behind them?  Or will it follow them into their future?

This was another wonderful book in the Deep Haven series! Jack is an adorable main character, and I love how Boone pulls another new guy into Deep Haven. Jack  had to conquer a lot of demons though. He was filled with guilt over what he had done, and he didn’t want to accept God’s forgiveness. I loved how compassionate he was, and he was incredibly heroic in all of his actions. He and Colleen were so cute together too!

Poor Colleen had gone through a lot in her life, and she was still struggling with all the trauma. She wanted to prove to everyone that she had changed from who she was as a teenager, but she felt stuck. She had to decide whether or not she could trust how God had made her. And whether or not the path He took her was the right one.  

This was such a wonderful book! I would recommend it to anyone who likes sweet Christian romance. There were a few moments where the plot dragged a bit, but it was still a lot of fun! It’s a perfect, clean, fall romance!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Author Interview:

What first made you start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed making up stories, creating something out of nothing. After dabbling in the craft for a long time, about ten years ago I decided to take it seriously to see if I could really succeed. I’m so glad I did! I encourage all aspiring authors out there to keep at it. I’d love to see your book on the shelf someday!

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

Writing about all of the good food! Ha! Seriously though, this book had me researching so many things I never expected to become an expert at! The research was fun, but not knowing whether I was doing these situations justice was the hardest part of writing this book.

How did you come up with the story?

I wanted to write a story with the theme of Aladdin in mind. I liked the idea of exploring what it would look like for someone to hide their true selves and how God could break through that barrier. I wouldn’t say there are any overt Aladdin references in Hangin’ by a Moment, but the idea of God knowing you and loving you for who you are certainly remains.

Which was your favorite character? Is it the one you most related to?

This is a tough one. I don’t think any of them stood out as a favorite. I loved Colleen’s tenacity, and Jack’s creativity. I appreciated Colleen’s desire to figure out what she wanted in life, which I think is a common struggle. What a relief to discover that God loves us no matter what we do or say!

How did you meet Ms. Warren?

I’ve known of Susan May Warren for years. She’s long been a superhero of mine. I “met” her online while taking some of her classes and then was thrilled to meet her in person at a writer’s conference a few years ago. I’m not ashamed to admit that I totally did not play it cool. Ha! I fan-girled like crazy. My heart is full of gratitude that I can now call her a friend.

Did you have this story in mind from the first book?

No! This story came as a surprise. I’d actually intended to write a different story, but then Colleen seemed so forlorn there in her apartment in Minneapolis. I needed to redeem that bratty, confused kid from Warren’s You Don’t Know Me. She’d grown up now, and I wanted to give her a chance to prove it.

Do you think that the cover matches the story and what was your favorite part of the cover?

I love the cover. The fall theme makes me think of cozy coffees and crisp evening walks. The unpredictable nature of fall weather on Minnesota’s North Shore is definitely an element to the book, so I think the cover is a great fit.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

CONNECT WITH ANDREA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.

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(1) winner will receive 3 Hangin’ by a Moment ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

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To Marry an Earl

About the Book:

To Marry an Earl by [Karen Thornell]

Title: To Marry an Earl
Author: Karen Thornell
Publisher:  Covenant Communications
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

Katherine Cartwright knows through bitter experience that true love is fiction and trust should not be bestowed easily. Now, after two unsuccessful London Seasons, her atrocious father has decided to marry her off to the highest bidder to pay for his gambling debts, ridding himself of the daughter he never wanted. A profitable deal is struck, and Kate is packed off to the home of her betrothed, an earl she has never met. Or so she believes.

When James Fenwick, the new Earl of Bowcott, learns that the girl he’s loved since childhood is being sold off like chattel, he’s determined to step in and save her. He makes an offer her father cannot refuse and insists on a proper engagement. But when Kate meets James again, her old friend cannot bring himself to admit it is him whom she is to marry. Soon, an intricate charade and a past that cannot be escaped jeopardize James’s chance at rekindling their friendship, to say nothing of winning Kate’s heart. Can love truly conquer all, or was this a match doomed from the start?

You can read the first chapter here:

Book Review:

I have been eagerly waiting to read Karen Thornell’s newest book! I found her through the bookstagram community and I was so excited to read To Marry an Earl! It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I started truly reading I was hooked. The storyline was really engaging and the characters were lovely.

I felt bad for Kate, Katherine Cartwright, her father seemed like an impossible man who made life horrible for her. She was desperate to find a life that she could call her own, however her plans were once again disregarded when her father married her off to the highest bidder, an earl. Things start to look up when she is reunited with her old friend James Fenwick. But as she spends time with him, she finds herself falling for this man. However when the truth around her engagement comes to light will their relationship last? Will Kate be able to trust James after all he had put her through? 

Kate was an interesting character, she was trying to protect herself from more hurt. However, she also found herself falling for James and that made her conflicted because she wasn’t sure how she felt about him. He had hurt her before, so she was wary. I liked reading about her growth as she learned to trust herself and gain confidence. I learned to like her more and more as I read more about her. I also liked how she was a strong character, as she learned to overcome the obstacles that were thrown into her life. 

I liked James from the beginning but I also wanted to bash him over the head. He made so many silly mistakes with Kate, but he was trying his best. I liked how James tried his best to care for Kate and put her first. He truly did love her in his own way, but he was struggling to figure out how to show her because of how tentative she was. He was trying to learn how to love Kate and figure out what it meant to be an earl. He was kind and willing to help those around him. 

The side characters were also fun, I really liked James’s friends Lucas and Henry. I hope that they get their own books! Julia was also sweet. These characters really helped make the book. I loved reading about their interactions. The servants were sweet, especially James’ cook. James and Kate had to learn how to make a relationship work with each other. They also had to learn to work through the truth. 

To Marry an Earl was a lovely book! I would definitely recommend it, especially to those who like regency romances! I can’t wait to see what else Thornell writes. To Marry an Earl is a clean Regency romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

About the Author:

www.karenthornell.com

Karen Thornell grew up reading when she should have been sleeping, but it wasn’t until 2019 that she started writing. Tired of ending books and saying ‘goodbye’ to beloved characters, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters that lived in her head always. It was probably a mark of sleep deprivation that she wanted people living in her head, but the idea was planted regardless. 

Karen lives in Utah with her husband and kids. When not writing contemporary or regency romance, she spends her free time doing endless loads of laundry, playing board games, and, yes, talking to those characters in her head.

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Falling for Prince Charming

About the Book:

Title: Falling for Prince Charming
Series: That Wilson Charm #1
Author: Sophie-Leigh Robbins
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Falling for your best friend’s brother is tricky… unless you’re keeping it a secret.

Elle

I never thought I’d be serving hotdogs dressed as an actual hotdog at the local amusement park. Not at twenty-five anyway. I know desperate times call for desperate measures, but come on… Do you know how hard it is to look good when you’re squeezing yourself in between two brown buns every day? That’s right, so hard that I’ll never get Prince Charming’s attention.

Not that it matters. He’s my best friend’s brother aka completely off-limits. But the way he looks at me makes me weak in the buns.

Colton

All I want is to get through the summer and save up some cash by playing Prince Charming at the local amusement park so I can get out of Summerville Creek before I turn thirty or – even worse – before I turn out exactly like my dad.

Falling for my sister’s best friend isn’t part of the plan, though. She’s all red hair and curves, and she’s driving me crazy in that adorable hotdog suit of hers. I try to avoid her as much as I can, but when my boss asks her to play the Princess to my Prince Charming, all bets are off. We’re park royalty now and I want the happily ever after too.

This romcom has all the laughs and sizzle but no explicit content.

Book Review:

Rom coms are so much fun! I love this genre, and Falling for Prince Charming did not disappoint. This is the first book I read by Ms. Robbins too, so I was a little bit nervous. But it was really good! I love the banter between the characters, and I was able to fall in love with them quickly. 

Elle’s life is not going according to plan at all. She’s just been dumped by her ex boyfriend, who stole all of her money, and now, she’s moving back to her old town. But things start to look up when she connects with her best friend’s brother, Colton. Except for the fact that she’s dressed up as a hotdog at their local amusement park while Colton’s Prince Charming. Can the hotdog and Prince Charming find their happily ever after?

Elle was a really fun character! She was quirky, lighthearted, and a bit awkward, so to summarize she was super relatable. There were some parts with second hand embarrassment, but overall, it wasn’t bad at all.  I loved how she had some struggles with her looks too. It wasn’t a story about her learning to be okay with who she is, but she still had some insecurities. I think that’s more realistic though, so I appreciated how Ms. Robbins incorporated that aspect of her without letting it take over her character.

Colton was adorable! He was such a sweetheart, but he was also going through some soul searching. He was desperate to leave town, and he had to dig deep to figure out if that was what he actually needed. While he was a bit of an idiot at points, he always tried hard to make up for his mistakes. I loved how kind he was to everyone, especially his coworker. It was really cute!

The story was a lot of fun. I actually laughed out loud a couple times. There were some parts that felt a little bit too cliché or a little bit rushed. But it is a rom com, so I’m okay with some clichés. This is a clean read too which is always nice.. This was an excellent story, and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh or loves rom coms!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

It All Comes Back to You

About the Book:

Title: It All Comes Back to You
Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Author: Farah Naz Rishi
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Genre: YA

Two exes must revisit their past after their siblings start dating in this rom-com perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon and Morgan Matson.

After Kiran Noorani’s mom died, Kiran vowed to keep her dad and sister, Amira, close—to keep her family together. But when Amira announces that she’s dating someone, Kiran’s world is turned upside down.

Deen Malik is thrilled that his brother, Faisal, has found a great girlfriend. Maybe a new love will give Faisal a new lease on life, and Deen can stop feeling guilty for the reason that Faisal needs a do-over in the first place.

When the families meet, Deen and Kiran find themselves face to face. Again. Three years ago—before Amira and Faisal met—Kiran and Deen dated in secret. Until Deen ghosted Kiran.

And now, after discovering hints of Faisal’s shady past, Kiran will stop at nothing to find answers. Deen just wants his brother to be happy—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Kiran from reaching the truth. Though the chemistry between Kiran and Deen is undeniable, can either of them take down their walls?

Book Review:

It All Comes Back to You is a YA novel following Deen and Kiran, exes who have to face their past when their siblings begin dating. Kiran needs to keep her family together after the death of her mom. However, her sister Amira’s announcement that she is dating someone shakes her world. Deen is thrilled that his brother, Faisal, has an amazing girlfriend. It is the least Faisal deserves after all he has done for Deen, as Deen is the reason that Faisal needs a clean slate. As the families meet, Deen and Kiran are faced with their unresolved past. Three years ago, Kiran and Deen dated, secretly until Deen’s ghosting ended any semblance of a relationship. With hints of secrets in Faisal’s past, Kiran is determined to find the truth and protect her sister. Deen wants happiness for his brother and if he has to stop Kiran to do it, he will. Will Kiran and Deen be able to take down their walls and truly understand who they are?

Oh my goodness! This book so pulls at the heart-strings! Coming into the story, I did not realize all that would go on. Both Kiran and Deen are struggling with where they are in life. They are on the cusp of adulthood, trying to find their way distinct from their families while still being so entrenched in the culture that they were a part of. They were both sort of floundering, not sure what they really wanted out of life. Unfortunately, the circumstances that bring them together only exacerbate the struggles they both face. Kiran is desperately trying to keep her family together and keep her dad and sister safe. Amira’s boyfriend is not part of that plan. Convinced that Faisal is not what he seems, she is trying to find the truth. I felt for Kiran. While I often did not agree with her choices in her quest, I understood her feelings. She and her family were in some ways still dealing with her mother’s death. They were a bit adrift and Kiran was struggling with it. Having to deal with Deen just brought up all the feelings she had from that time, they irritated one another, in part because they still knew each other at least somewhat. Deen, oh that boy! He had so much guilt about all Faisal had gone through, especially the parts he was involved in. In quite a few ways, he was just getting through life. 

I loved how we got to see into both of their lives. This story is told in a mix of past and present, slowly unfolding the story. Both of the characters had a lot of pain in them and though they had good intentions, spent a lot making things difficult for themselves and those around them. At times, it was a little painful to watch. I almost wanted to cover my eyes sometime, because of either Kiran’s plan to find the truth or Deen’s attempt to protect his brother. I will admit that I had some trouble getting through this book, I had to pause a few times to compose myself and reset from it. Overall, I enjoyed the story and felt like I could connect to the characters. I was a little thrown off by the language, but that is a personal preference. This is definitely a book for older teens, it includes drug abuse, alcohol use, death, innuendos, and language. The characters are Desi and especially in this story have a lot of references to their culture and religion. If you are okay with all of the content warnings I mentioned and a little bit of heart-tugging, I would recommend this to you!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Brides and Brothers

About the Book:

Title: Brides and Brothers
Author: Anneka R. Walker
Publisher: Covenant Communications 
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

A modern retelling of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Camille Kelly is in real danger of becoming an old maid—at least by Cherish, Montana, standards. She has all but given up on finding Mr. Right—until her broken laptop leads her to Aiden Peterson, a tall, dark, and handsome computer genius. Camille would never have believed her magic moment was right around the corner, but after two whirlwind weeks, she has a ring on her finger and has happily ever after in sight. However, she soon discovers Aiden is part of a daunting package deal . . .

As the eldest of seven brothers, Aiden has never had a problem living under the same roof as his rambunctious siblings. When he falls for Camille, he is confident she’ll fit right into his family’s already bursting home. He thought wrong. Aiden and Camille’s storybook romance comes to a screeching halt when she discovers her new living situation. Not willing to submit to a life mothering a bunch of grown men, Camille has only one option: she embarks on a campaign to improve her new brothers-in-law and marry them off. And what better candidates for wives than her own best friends?

You can read a preview from Amazon here: https://a.co/8rbj0bK 

Book Review:

This was a cute fun book, that concept sounded really interesting so I was excited to read it. Brides and Brothers is a retelling of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers written by Anneka R. Walker. I hadn’t heard of the musical before, but the retelling was super good. Brides and Brothers is a fun rom-com story!

Camille Kelly has kind of given up on love, and she is in real danger of becoming an old maid. But then a broken laptop leads her to Aiden Peterson, a tall, dark, and handsome computer genius. Before she knows it, she finds herself married to the love of her life. However, she soon learns that Aiden is part of a package deal. Aiden has been living and leading his seven younger brothers ever since his parents died. When he falls for Camille, he knows that she is the perfect fit for his family. But marriage takes a lot more work and having seven grown men living in the same house makes things difficult. Camille wants her brothers-in-law out, and the only option is to marry them off. Who better to marry her brothers-in-law then her best friends. 

I liked Camille, she tried her best to make the most of her situations. She was a hard worker, but she was also tired of doing everything herself. She was such a mother figure and she did care about Aiden’s brothers, but she also wanted to spend time with her husband. However, Camille had to learn how to talk to Aiden and not just let her feelings lead her. She was strong, but she also had to learn how to let others help her.

Okay, so I did like Aiden but he also got on my nerves. He didn’t understand women, but he was trying his best. He was a sweet guy, who had been shouldering the burden of caring for his brothers for a long time. He loved Camille from the beginning, but he didn’t know who to best show her his love. He needed to learn how to put Camille and their marriage before his brothers. I liked reading about Aiden grow, learning to talk to Camille and how to lead her. 

Camille and Aiden were super sweet together. They loved each other from the beginning, but making a marriage work is very difficult. There were a lot of obstacles in their path that they needed to learn to overcome together. As Aiden and Camille learned how to be married, life keeps on throwing them loops. However, with the help of their brothers and friends, they may just make it work. 

It was fun to read about Aiden’s brothers and Camille’s friends. They were perfect for each other, but they also had their differences. I liked how Aiden’s brothers came to care for Camille and how they looked out for her. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, but they tried their best. Camille’s friends were so funny and they were so loyal to Camille. They wanted her to find her happiness. I loved reading about them all together, and read as Camille tries to match up her brother-in-laws with her friends.

Brides and Brothers was a lovely book and I would totally recommend it! It is a clean, contemporary, inspirational romance. I would recommend it to those who like some faith, Christian aspects, but not a lot. The characters were engaging and the story line was fun!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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The Mistletoe Countess

About the Book:

Title: The Mistletoe Countess
Author: Pepper Basham
Publisher: Barbour Fiction
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future. 

Book Review:

This was so much fun from the start and I am so glad that I got the chance to read it! The Mistletoes Countess is only the second book that I have read by Pepper Basham but I greatly enjoyed this book. This book was so much fun!

Grace was a joy to read about! She was a young girl, but she was so full of life. I liked reading about Grace as she learned how to be the wife of an earl and how to love her husband. She knew that love at first sight wasn’t really real, but she wanted to grow a relationship with her husband. She also wanted to help him find peace from his past. However helping her husband wasn’t without troubles, there were times where Grace felt so alone. But Grace had to learn how to trust that God had a plan for her and rest in his kindness. She had to learn that God would be with her even when she felt alone. 

Frederick was a kind man, but he had grown up with so many doubts. He didn’t know how to believe in himself or really trust those around him. He had fallen so many times. It was sweet to read about Frederick falling in love with Grace and growing more hopeful as he saw the good in her. He wanted to protect his sweet little wife, and help her feel loved. However, Frederick will have to learn what it means to have Grace by his side and protect her, while they fight to uncover the secrets of his home. Frederick will have to learn that sometimes God gives gifts in the most unlikely of places. 

Frederick and Grace had to work together to make their marriage work and protect each other. I was so intrigued by the plot and I didn’t want to put the book down. It had a lovely mix of romance and mystery. I adored the literary easter bunnies in this book. They were a wonderful addition to the story. The side characters were a lot of fun, Blake was such a good friend to Frederick. 

The Mistletoe Countess was a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it! The characters were engaging and the storyline was so interesting. I can’t wait to see what else Basham writes!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.