An Unlikely Pair

About the Book:

An Unlikely Pair: (Dream’s Edge, #1) by [Traci Hunter Abramson]

Title: An Unlikely Pair
Series: Dream’s Edge #1
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 7, 2021
Genre: Clean Inspirational Romance

After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.

After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink. Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. However, competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.

Book Excerpt:

Washington, DC
January 1982
Frigid air, skates scraping against the ice, the scent of stale popcorn. Amaliya Marcell sat in one of the twenty thousand seats of the Cap Centre and laced up her figure skates before she tugged her leg warmers into place and watched while twenty hockey players worked through their last drill.

As soon as they finished, they joined her father at center ice.

The great Robert Marcell. Amaliya still missed watching her father compete, but his transition from player to assistant coach to head coach had allowed her to enjoy her routine of spending time with her dad at work. She could hardly remember a Saturday when the Washington Capitals were home and she hadn’t been here with him.

Travis, the goalkeeper, stepped off the ice and gave her a disapproving shake of his head. “You’re wearing the wrong skates again.”

“You sound like my dad.”

“Coach knows what he’s talking about,” Travis said.

“Maybe for you, but I don’t think I’m going to be joining a hockey team anytime soon.” Amaliya stepped past him. “Figure skates are more my style these days.”

“Too bad. With a bit more practice, maybe you could score on me.”Amaliya’s eyebrows lifted. “I scored a goal on you last week.”

“That was a lucky shot.”

“That’s what he always says,” her dad said as he joined them. Amaliya grinned. “Yeah, I know.”

“Travis, get some rest. It’s the kid’s turn to play.”

“Kid?” Amaliya stepped onto the ice and twirled to face her dad. “I hate to break it to you, but I’ll be an adult next week.”

“Don’t remind me,” Robert groaned.“Good luck, Coach.” Travis started toward the locker room.

“Thanks. I’m going to need it.” Robert turned his attention to Amaliya and spoke in French, his preferred language, thanks to his upbringing in Quebec. “Are you going to play a little one-on-one with your old man?”“Don’t you have to check on your players?”

“I can spare a few minutes.” He tapped his stick against the ice. “Show me what you’ve got.”

“Okay.” Amaliya combined her years of ballet training with growing up on the ice and executed a spin that resembled a pirouette.

“When you skate like that, you look like a ballerina on the ice.”Amaliya laughed. “I am a ballerina on the ice.”

“Honey, I hate to break it to you, but most ballerinas can’t do that once they put on ice skates.”

“If you say so.” She skated backward so she could still see her dad. “You’re going to let me skate while you’re in your meetings, right?”

Robert grabbed an extra hockey stick and held it out. “Play a little hockey with me first, and I might be persuaded.” Amaliya made a quick stop and returned to her father. She took the offering and grinned. “Deal.”

Book Review:

This book was just what I needed, I was in a bit of a reading slump, but it pulled me right out of it. An Unlikely Pair is the first book that I have read written by Traci Hunter Abramson, but I was really excited to read it! I had heard so many good things about Abramson books, and I have to say this one lived up to the hype. An Unlikely Pair is the first book in Traci Hunter Abramson’s new series, Dream’s Edge.

Amailya’s whole life had been turned upside down after her parent’s accident. She was such a strong character. I liked her from the beginning. She did feel a bit mature for her age, but I loved that about her. She is someone that I would have wanted as a friend and a person I would have tried to befriend.  I liked reading about her growing more comfortable and learning to live again after her parent’s accident. 

Tyler was a sweet guy. I liked how he was nice to Amailya from the beginning. He was struggling because he wanted to go to the Olympics, but it looked like his dreams were slipping through his fingertips. He befriended Amailya never knowing how much she would change his life. I liked reading about him interacting with his sister too, I thought they were cute together. Tyler had to learn what it meant to chase after his dreams and what it meant to love Amailya.

Okay, so this was just an amazing book! I loved the skating party and the relationships between all of the characters. I loved some of them and loved to hate others. Tyler and Amailya were super cute together and I liked the progression of their relationship, and that they were friends first. I also liked how well they seemed to get along, although they did have some disagreements. I loved Mike and Linda, Amailya’s aunt and uncle, and I really enjoyed reading about them! It was lovely to read about Tyler and Amailya chasing after their dreams of making the Olympics, and it was super fun to read about them practicing, and cheering them on as they worked towards qualifying. 

I loved An Unlikely Pair! I would totally recommend it! I think that teens 13 and up would enjoy it. It was super cool to me that it was set in 1982, I liked the little easter eggs like the Walkmans. An Unlikely Pair is a clean book!

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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Resisting Rose

About the Book:

Resisting Rose: A Christian Friends-to-More Romance (Bloom Sisters Book 6) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: Resisting Rose
Series: Bloom Sisters #5
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
Release Date: June 7, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Working with your best friend is great.
Falling in love with her is definitely not.

Rose Bloom has never wanted anything more than to take over the family farm and care for the animals she loves. The goats make better company than men in her experience, anyway. She’s determined prove to her father that despite being the youngest, she’s the best person for the job.

Tate Russell left Montana desperate to buck his own family’s expectations. Landing on Bloom’s Farm four years ago was a stroke of pure luck. He knows more about animals than farming, but he’s learned to love it. Plus, Rose lets him exercise the horses whenever he needed time to think. If only so much of his thinking wasn’t about her.

They want totally different things out of life, but their friendship grows stronger every day. As friendship slowly evolves into something more, they both struggle to maintain the status quo. When Tate’s past comes calling and Rose’s ambitions are on the line, will their relationship survive?

Book Review:

I have been loving the Bloom Sisters series and this was a great addition! Resisting Rose is the fifth book in Tara Grace Ericson’s Bloom Sisters series and it features Rose. The Bloom Sisters is a fun series about 6 sisters who are learning to grow up and find love. 

Rose Bloom is the youngest and all she ever wanted to do was care for animals and take over her family’s farm. Although she is the youngest, she is determined to prove to her father that she is the best person for the job. Tate Russel left Montana to find himself and get away from his family’s expectations. Finding Bloom’s Farm four years ago was a stroke of luck. Animals are his strong suit, but he’s willing to learn how to farm. As he spends more and more time with Rose on the farm, he finds their friendship growing stronger. And slowly their friender becomes something more, but when Tate’s past comes to haunt him and Rose’s ambitions and plans for life are on the line, will their relationship last?

Rose was stubborn, but she was also kind. She cared for the animals under her care and for her family. She wanted to prove herself to her family and show them that she could do great things too. It was sweet to read about her caring for the animals and interacting with her siblings. They reminded me of my own siblings. However, she also had to learn to let go of her pride and trust God. She needed to see that her family valued her and she didn’t need to earn their love. 

Tate was also stubborn, but he was a harder worker. He loved working with the Bloom family and wished that his family was more like theirs. His childhood hadn’t been easy and he was slowly learning what a good family relationship could look like. He really cared for Rose, but he was trying to figure out what it meant to love her. And how to deal with his family issues. I liked how it showed the growth in his faith, he had to learn what it meant to have a relationship with God. Would Tate be able to work out his demon or will he stay stuck in the past?

Rose and Tate were fun to read about, they liked being around each other. Their friendship was super sweet and it was lovely to read about it growing to more. I loved seeing the Bloom family pop in, their camoes always help make the book! 

Resisting Rose was a great book and I would recommend it! I am super excited for Dancing with Dandelion, enemies to lovers are always so interesting! Resisting Rose is a clean Christian 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.

Once Upon a Royal Summer

About the Book:

Once Upon a Royal Summer: A delightful royal romance from Hallmark Publishing by [Teri Wilson]

Title: Once Upon a Royal Summer
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Clean Royalty Romance

Lacey found her dream job: playing a princess character at a popular fairytale theme park in sunny southern Florida. Her diamond tiara might not be real, but the smiles of the children she meets every day certainly are. It’s just too bad that her ex-boyfriend was never impressed with her career choice.

Henry, the crown prince of Bella-Moritz, is trying to fulfill his young daughter’s birthday wish: to be a normal girl with a normal life. That’s why they’re pretending to be ordinary tourists at an American amusement park. Henry lost his wife four years ago, and he’s been going through the motions ever since. But could a meeting with a make-believe princess lead to real love?

Book Review:

This book was exactly what I wanted to read. Once Upon a Royal Summer is a Hallmark book written by Teri Wilson, and it was just like a Hallmark movie. It was super sweet and cute, and I loved the romance. 

Lacey was such a sweet character. She loved her job and the people she interacted with. I loved Lacey from the beginning. She was kind, and she was funny. I liked how she was grounded and how she cared for people. It was so fun to see her interacting with Rose and Henry. She did have her faults and she never felt like she would really be enough for Henry. 

Ohh I felt so bad for Henry, he was lonely and he didn’t know how to raise his daughter. He wanted Rose to have a good life, but he was struggling to figure out how to let her be a kid while still preparing her for the life ahead of her. He was more shy but he really cared for Rose and it was super sweet to read about him falling for Lacey.

Henry and Lacey had such a fun and cute romance. I liked reading about them falling in love and getting to know each other. They met at the theme park and as they spent more time together, they began wishing for more. Henry’s daughter was super sweet and she loved Lacey from the beginning. Books with children are often so much fun! However will Lacey be able to endure the life of a royal or is she meant to stay at the theme park for life?

Once Upon a Royal Summer was a clean contemporary read! It was just what I expected and I loved it! I would recommend this is you are looking for a light clean read. 

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.

Two Kinds of Us

About the Book:

Two Kinds of Us: A YA Contemporary Romance (Love in Fenton County) by [Sarah Sutton]

Title: Two Kinds of Us
Series: Love in Fenton County
Author: Sarah Sutton
Publisher: Golden Crown Publishing, LLC 
Release Date: June 9, 2021
Genre: YA

In a life of diamond bracelets and country clubs, I’m the perfect daughter. I get all the right grades, volunteer at all the right organizations, apply to all the right colleges.

And I hate every second of it. At the rate my life is playing out, under the strict rule of my parents, politicians and housewives will be my future.

Until I meet Harry.

Harry’s a singer in a rock band with a voice so beautiful that I actually feel hypnotized. Doesn’t hurt that he’s hot either, and with the kind, flirty personality to match, it’s the perfect trifecta. And even better, he sees the me I want to be. He sees me as the girl who can break free of the life she’s trapped in, who can control her own future.

The only problem? He knows me as Stella, my fun, carefree alter ego—so drastically different from Destelle, the girl who is trapped in the life her parents rule.

But as we get closer, I realize Harry’s keeping a secret of his own, something related to the dark past that he’s trying to move on from, and when I find out, everything we’ve built could come crashing down.

To Find Her Place

To Find Her Place (Redemption's Light)

About the Book:

Title: To Find Her Place
Series: Redemption’s Light #2
Author: Susan Anne Mason
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 8, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

In the midst of WWII, Jane Linder pours all her energy and dreams for a family into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. As acting directress, Jane hopes for a permanent appointment so she can continue making a difference in the lives of troubled children. But if anyone were to find out she is divorced, everything would change.

Garrett Wilder has been hired to overhaul operations at the Children’s Aid Society. He hopes to impress the board members with his findings and earn the vacant director’s position. A war injury ended his dream of taking over his parents’ farm, but with the security of the director’s job, he’d be able to contribute financially and help save the family business.

Despite their competing interests, feelings begin to blossom between them. But then Jane’s ex-husband returns from overseas with an unexpected proposition that could fulfill her deepest desires. Suddenly at a crossroads, can Jane discern the path to true happiness?

Book Review:

This was such a touching story about loss and learning how to live again. To Find Her Place is the second book in Susan Anne Mason’s Redemption’s Light series. This was a great book and although I didn’t read the first book, I still enjoyed it! This series is set in World War 2, with relatable characters who you grow to love. 

Jane Linder is just trying her best, she loves working with children and she wants them to find homes. Jane was a lovely character, she wanted so badly to do well. She didn’t necessarily love her job, but she enjoyed helping children. But when someone is sent to inspect the Children’s Aid Society, she fears for her position and that someone would find out that she was divorced. She was acting in place of a director and she was stretched thin. I liked Jane, she was hard working. However she was also kind, and it was sweet to see her care for the children. She longed for children of her own to fill a home, but that does not seem to be God’s plan for her. But there are children whom she holds dear, and they have a way of softening her. It was fun to read about her learning to trust God and trust Garret although they started off as “enemies”.

I liked Garret from the start. He was a kind man, who was put in an unfortunate situation. He wanted to help his parents on their farm, but because of injuries during the war he was unable. He does his best to help his parents, and a position as director would really help him send money to his family. I liked how he cared for the children. He didn’t always listen to what Jane had to tell him but he learned from his mistakes. 

Jane and Garret were perfect together, obviously. But I liked how they complimented each other, they helped each other relax and enjoy life. It was sweet to read about them falling in love and bonding over the children under their care. But when Jane’s ex husband comes back, will their relationship be able to grow or are they doomed to fail?

To Find Her Place was a lovely book, the characters were wonderful. I really enjoyed Garret’s family, they were a lot of fun. And Martin, one of the children in the Children’s Aid Society, really added to the story. I would definitely recommend this book and I am super excited to see what is coming next in this series. 

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.

In Search of a Prince Cover Reveal

Toni Shiloh is one of my favorite authors and I am so excited to be part of cover reveal for her newest book! Her books are always amazing and I can’t wait to read this one! Also the cover is beautiful!

About the Book:

Title: In Search of a Prince
Series: Redemption’s Light #2
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June , 2022
Genre: Christian Romance

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer
vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the
mother of all bombshells—Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Oloro Ilé, Africa, and she must
immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is
Distraught by her mother’s betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Oloro Ilé Royal Council
brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be
passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council’s list of bachelors, she struggles with the
decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she
must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.

About the Author:

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to
bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt
Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, and The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt
Medallion finalist.
A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to
encourage authors in the writing industry. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social
media. You can learn more about her writing at

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The Heart’s Charge

About the Book:

The Heart's Charge (Hanger's Horsemen Book #2) by [Karen Witemeyer]

Title: The Heart’s Charge
Series: Hanger’s Horsemen #2
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Members of Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he’d nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?

Book Review:

Oh, this was a lovely book! The Heart’s Charge is the second book in Karen Witemery’s Hanger’s Horsemen series. I was so excited to read Mark’s and Jonah’s books and it was even better than I had hoped. The characters gave me all the feels. 

Members of Hanger’s Housemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llamo County, Texas, expecting to help deliver a steed not expecting to help deliver a baby. With a baby now in their care, they head to a founding home, Harmony House. There Mark finds the woman he nearly married a decade before, and Jonah finds a woman who makes him want to share his heart. However when a bunch of children go missing, Mark and Jonah will have to figure out a way to find the missing urchins 

I really liked Mark and Jonah from the first book, so I was really happy to see them in this book. I thought it was so fun how Witemeyer put them together, they are kind of opposites and yet they balance each other out. 

Mark was such a sweetheart, and I really liked him. He was a hard worker and it was so fun to read about him interacting with the kids at Harmony House. He truly cared for Katherine, Kate, and I liked reading about their romance growing. They were old friends, but they had grown so much through the years. Kate was also sweet and I liked how she cared for the kids at Harmony House. They were her babies. She had liked Mark when she was younger, but as she spent more time with him, her “like” grew to love. 

I loved Jonah, he was the strong steady type. He was kind but he didn’t have a lot to say. However, he was determined to save and find the missing children, and he was willing to do whatever he had to do. I liked learning more about him and his past as he spent time with Eliza. I thought that Eliza was so much fun! She was feisty and determined, and I loved reading about her interacting with Jonah. They both had the ability to rattle each other, which I thought was cute. 🙂

It was so interesting and intriguing to read about Jonah and Mark as they tried to find the missing children. They were determined not only because of the women they had fallen for but also because they cared for kids. As they searched for the kids, they started to fall for the girls. I liked reading about their growing romance. Also, it was fun to learn about the backstories of the characters. The kids in this story were super sweet and they really added to the book. 

The Heart’s Charge was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! It is a clean, Christian historical fiction. The characters were engaging, there were cute kids, and a plot that kept you guessing. 

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.

Castle of Refuge

About the Book:

Title: Castle of Refuge
Series: A Dericott Tale #2
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

Book Review:

Okay so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book, because I didn’t enjoy the first book as much. But this book was amazing and it is a must read! Castle of Refuge is the second book in Melanie Dickerson’s Dericott Tales series. It is a retelling of the Ugly Duckling and I think it was written really well.

Audrey was a viscount’s daughter but she was ignored by her father and abused by her sister, Maris. In an act of malice, Audrey was hurt so badly that their father set Maris to a covenant but Audrey was left with scars. When her father tries to marry her off, she runs away and finds herself taken in at Dericott Castle. Lord Dericott, Edwin, is intrigued by the new, well-educated servant and the story behind her. Will he be able to break down Audrey’s walls and protect her from the horrors of her home?

I felt so bad for Audrey she had been hurt and ignored most of her life, her sister, Maris, was vicious. However I liked how kind Audrey was and how she learned to rest in God. She was really amazing and I liked reading about her finding her place in life and falling in love. She had been abused by sister and she was wary of trusting others. She tried so hard to prove her worth. 

Edwin was an awesome character! I so wanted him to find his happy ending after reading the first book, and I am so happy with the outcome. Edwin had been feeling like less of a man because of the loss of his arm, he had to learn to do most anything. But I liked how he was still kind and considered others, he was still fair. It was super sweet to read about him falling for Audrey and how he found her beautiful inside and out. 

Edwin and Audrey were super cute together and I loved reading about their relationship. They had to learn to trust each other and how to deal with Maris. Edwin and Audrey learned that Audrey’s sister was more evil then they could have imagined. Will Edwin be able to protect Audrey and those in his care from Maris?

Castle of Refuge was a great book! I couldn’t put it down! I wanted to know what would happen to Edwin and Audrey and how they would deal with Maris. I was shocked by how mean Maris was, but I also understood that there was more going on. I would totally recommend Castle of Refuge, even if you didn’t like the first book!

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.

Come Back to Me

About the Book:

Come Back to Me (Waters of Time Book #1) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: Come Back to Me
Series: Waters of Time
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Time Travel Romance

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That’s exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father’s quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He’s left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he’s crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian’s rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Book Review:

This was such a beautiful written, thrilling book! Come Back to Me is the first book in Jody Hedlund’s new series, Water’s of Time series. I just loved it! The characters were lovable and so interesting! 

Marian Creighton is a scientist, she believes in things that can be proved. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water, she is forced to learn that not everything can be explained through science. As she searches for the answers behind her father’s coma, she decides to test his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages in the midst of a dangerous peasant uprising. William Durham, a gallant knight comes to Marian’s rescue and offers her his protection under the title of his wife. As Marian spends more time with William the more she finds herself torn between staying and going back to her sister in the present. 

Marian was super strong and stubborn, and she was also led by science. She believed in things that she could see and understand; the only caveat was God. I really liked her and how she cared for those around her. It was fun to see the Middle Ages through her eyes and all of the things that you take for granted now. It was sweet to read about her with William, I thought that they were so cute! Marian will have to choose whether to go stay with William or go back to the conveniences of the present.

Will was the strong silent hero, the kind of guy who you know will have your back. I loved Will! He had so many responsibilities that it was nice for him to just be with Marian. She pushed him, and didn’t let him just order her around. However, Will had his demons of the past that he would have to face, he had to learn that he couldn’t save everyone. 

The storyline was amazing! And the characters were so well written, I loved them and I was rooting for them. I needed to know what would happen next in this book, I wasn’t sure what Marian would choose or if she even had a choice. Marian was fighting to find a cure for her sister, and serve the Middle Ages. Will was trying to keep his new wife safe and with him.

Come Back to Me was simply amazing and I am so excited for the new series! It still had all of the Hedlund writing elements, great characters, interesting storyline, and sweet romance, but was a fun new intriguing genre! I would definitely recommend this book! Come Back to Me is a clean, time travel 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.

The Sentinel’s Song

The Sentinel's Song: A Retelling of St. George and the Dragon by [Brittany Fichter]

About the Book:

Title: The Sentinel’s Song
Series: The Kingdom Chronicles #10
Author: Brittany Fichter
Release Date: May 24, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Sabra needed an army of warriors.

She only found one.

Sabra has spent her entire life studying, practicing, and preparing to become Segzein’s Crown Princess. But just as the crown is within reach, questions about her bloodline give rise to fighting within the kingdom’s clans, and the most indignant of them all gives Sabra and her father an ultimatum: Sabra must step down…or he’ll reduce the kingdom to ashes with the use of ancient forbidden arts.

Sabra wants to fight, but when the dragon brings her kingdom to its knees, she decides there’s only one path she can follow. She must find the Segzein’s eighth clan – the Defenders. Her only problem? They’ve vanished into thin air.

Against her advisers’ will, Sabra goes in search of the missing warriors, determined to stop the dragon without capitulating to his demands. And she finds…one Defender. But only one. Will the missing clan’s survivor be enough to defeat the dragon? Or will Sabra’s future and her kingdom perish?

Book Review:

It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I started I was hooked! The Sentinel’s Song was previously published as a novella but the author made it into the full length novel and added it into the Classical Kingdom world. The Sentinel’s Song is the 10th book in Brittany Fichter’s Classical Kingdom series. It is a retelling of St. George and the Dragon

Sabra has been training and studying to become Segzein’s Crown Princess for her whole life. She is ready to be the best leader she can be, but when the crown is within reach, questions about her right to be queen arise. One of the loudest naysayers gives Sabra and her father an ultimatum: Sabra must step down or he’ll reduce the kingdom to ashes with the use of ancient forbidden arts. Sabra wants to fight, but when the dragons bring her kingdom to its knees, she finds herself on a search for missing warriors. A warrior who can defend her kingdom, but will only one defender be enough?

Sabra was such a strong character, I liked how she always wanted to learn and get better. She wasn’t willing to settle for just being. I loved her growth throughout the book and how she put her people first. She was ready to sacrifice everything so that she could be a good leader. She was stubborn but she tried her best to listen and learn. I just loved reading about her with her cousin and with George. She and George were super cute together!!

George was also awesome! He was kind and I loved how much he cared for Sabra. I liked his character growth and how hard he worked. He loved his grandparents and wanted to protect them, but he also cared for Sabra. He was a warrior, a leader, and a kind person. He was human and there were points where he didn’t understand what was going on, but he wanted to do his best to help Sabra. His greatest wish was to be honorable and stay true to himself. 

The Sentinel’s Song was a great book! I was enthralled and I couldn’t put it down! The characters were so interesting and they were relatable. Fichter’s books are always great and this was another hit! I would definitely recommend this book! The Sentinel’s Song is a clean, fairy tale retelling romance book

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.