Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough

About the Book:

Title: Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough
Author: Josi S. Kilpack, Annika R. Walker, Sarah L. McConkie
Publisher:  Covenant Communications
Release Date: September 20, 2021
Genre: Christmas Romance Collection

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles,’tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R. Walker

Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor̬ including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L.McConkie

In this novella inspired by the timeless taleA Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.

Book Review:

I have loved everything that I have read from Covenant Communications and these novelas were so fun! Christmas novels are always enjoyable and I was super excited to read this collection because it had some of my favorite authors. Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough is a collection of Christmast novellas by Josi S Kilpack, Anneka R Walker, and Sarah L McConkie. I have read books by Josi S Kilpack and Anneka R Walker before, but this is the first book that I have read by Sarah L McConkie. 

The first novella was Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S Kilpack. This was a lovely story about finding love after loss. Deborah Winfrey was learning to love again after the death of her husband. This was super cute and I loved reading about Deborah falling in love again. She loved her family and she wanted to be happy but she also wanted to make sure that her family was provided for. 

The Second novella was Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R Walker. This was also amazing! I adored this story about Julia and Esmond as they tried to heal their families’ broken relationships. They fell in love unintentionally but they were so cute together and fun to read about. Their conversations were a lot of fun and it was sweet to read about them coming together to help their siblings. 

The third novella was A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L McConkie. This novella was a lot of fun because it was a reimagining of The Christmas Carol. It was a new way of looking at the Christmas Carol and I loved it! The characters were awesome and I found myself cheering for them. Especially the hero of the story, John Charleston. The romance was sweet and it was lovely to read about Caroline changing and growing. 

All of these novellas were lovely books. I enjoyed them all immensely and I don’t know if I could pick a favorite, they were all that good. Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough was a sweet book with lovely characters and interesting stories. I would totally recommend this collection of novellas. And I am excited to see what else these authors write!

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.


Charming Artemis

About the Book:

Charming Artemis by [Sarah M. Eden]

Title: Charming Artemis
Jonquil and Lancaster family series
Sarah M Eden
Covenant Communications
Release Date: 
October 4, 2021
Historical Fiction

Charlie Jonquil is mild-mannered and kind—except when it comes to his one true adversary, Artemis Lancaster. Though Charlie has a brilliant mind for mathematics, Artemis poses a problem he can’t seem to comprehend: how can one be so lovely and so infuriating? A party in London brings him into the company of the maddening young lady, and it is clear that Charlie’s disdain is mutual. But when an unfortunate incident between the pair involving Charlie’s jacket and a glass of raspberry shrub leads to scandal, the sworn enemies are left with only two options: be ruined or be married.

So it is that Artemis finds herself in a most outrageous predicament: she must wed a gentleman she’s hated for years—and she pledges to avoid him at all costs. But it is only when they enter into this mockery of a marriage that Charlie and Artemis learn things are not as simple as they once appeared. As their tentative ceasefire leads to friendship, it seems their marriage born of desperation might lead them to a love that was destined to be.

Book Review:

Charming Artemis was simply stunning, it was all that I had hoped and wanted. Charming Artemis was a wonderful conclusion to an amazing series and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. It is the final book in the Lancaster family series and Jonquil family series, the 5th book in the Lancaster series and the 7th book in the Jonquil family series. I can’t believe that this series has finally come to an end. 

Artemis and Charlie were both characters who had so much hidden underneath their walls. I was so excited to learn more about them and see more about them. Artemis had been hurt before. She had suffered much loss in her young life, and she had learned to build up walls to protect herself. It was so interesting to read more about Artemis. She was kind and considerate behind her walls. Artemis had to learn how to let her family in and see that she was not alone. 

Charlie was also a lot of fun. He was used to being the youngest, and he felt ignored at times. However his family loved him, and he just needed to learn to see that. It was sweet to read about Charlie interacting with Artemis and his family. It was so cute to see how he adored children. It was cool to read about Charlie and see the bright, kind young man behind his facade. 

Charlie and Artmis were so sweet together as they fell in love. They did not start off on the right foot, but it was nice to see them try and learn to care for each other. I adored reading about their relationship and seeing them interact with their families. There were so many amazing things about this book, but I don’t want to give any spoilers so I can’t say more. I will say, though, that I loved all of the side characters. 

Okay, so Charming Artemis was just as amazing and perfect as I had hoped. I have been looking forward to this book since I found out about it and it was just a lovely book! I would definitely recommend it! It is definitely worth a preorder and binge read. Be prepared to laugh and cry with this family who we have all grown to love. 

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.

An Engagement of Sorts

About the Book:

Title: An Engagement of Sorts
Author: Alene Wecker
Publisher:  Covenant Communications
Release Date: August 9, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance

Much to her mother’s dismay, spirited Anne Fletcher spent her youth seeking her father’s approval by hunting and riding. More comfortable in breeches than ball gowns, Anne sees the freedoms she once enjoyed slowly taken from her in the name of fashioning her into an eligible young lady. When her parents try to force her into marriage, Anne makes a desperate attempt to salvage her last vestige of independence. If she is to marry, she will do so on her own terms. 

Anne strikes a deal: if she cannot secure a man for herself, she will agree to marry the husband her parents approved. She soon finds herself in the last place she would ever choose—that stifling parade of etiquette, the London Season. Anne’s plan is in motion. Now all she needs is a man willing to masquerade as her fiancé.

Book Review:

Wow, I liked this more than I thought I would. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I hoped that it would be good and it was! An Engagements of Sorts is Alene Wecker’s debut novel and it was a great book. Although it took me a little while to get into it, once I really started reading I was hooked. 

Anne wasn’t one to fit into society, she was free spirited and she would rather be hunting and riding then going to balls. However as she grows older she finds herself losing the freedom to be herself as she is fashioned into an eligible young lady. When she is forced to marry, Anne makes a desperate attempt to marry on her own terms. She strikes a bargain, if she cannot find a man to marry she will marry the man her parents chose. Anne finds herself in the London Season, looking for a way to be herself in a world that calls her to change. 

Anne was a lot of fun but it also took me a little while to connect with her. I wasn’t sure how I felt about her at first, but as I read more I started to empathize with her. She was struggling to figure out how to live in a world where she didn’t quite fit in, a world where even her own family didn’t know what to do with her. She didn’t want to change for society, but she was fitting that she was running out of options. I wanted to comfort Anne as she tried to find her place. Anne had to figure out what kind of person she wanted to be and if she would stand up for herself and love. 

Thomas was also a complicated character, but I grew to love him. He showed society one side of him, but he was actually kind at heart. He wanted the best for others, but he also wanted to protect his own heart from hearts. He was infuriating at times and yet I wanted him to be happy also. I liked his growth as a character and I adored reading about him with Anne. Thomas will have to make a choice: risk his heart or risk living a life alone unhappy. 

I really enjoyed the witty banter between Thomas and Anne. They were such a fun couple to read about and their interactions were awesome. The side characters were irritating at times because of how they tried Thomas and Anne, but they did help move the book along. The plot was really interesting and I didn’t want to go to bed because I wanted to finish the book!

An Engagement of Sorts was a lovely book and I would totally recommend it! I am excited to see what else Wecker writes! An Engagement of Sorts is a clean historical romance . Trigger warnings, attempted rape and mentions of rape/sexual assault.

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:

Alene Wecker writes because her favorite authors—Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer—haven’t published anything new in ages! Alene graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, though she rarely uses her degree. She likes to tell herself her education comes in handy as she describes debutantes who, like herself, are frequently forced to display their mediocre skills at the piano-forte. When she’s not writing or mothering her six children, she is usually reading, or can sometimes be found singing with Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. She also enjoys traveling and learning new languages. Some of her favorite haunts include: Berlin, Brașov, Bucharest, Budapest, London, Maui, New York City, Oahu, Paris, Rome, San Diego, Vancouver, and Venice


Song of Salzburg

About the Book:

Title: Song of Salzburg
Series: Romance on the Orient Express
Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: August 2, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

When talented violinist Freya Winter is chosen to take part in a musical celebration alongside some of the best instrumentalists in the world, she is thrilled. Performing in front of royalty is a breathtaking opportunity, but her true motivation for traveling to Salzburg is to fulfill an unlikely dream: to meet and train under the renowned Salzburg Maestro, a master musician shrouded in mystery. 
Freya travels aboard the Orient Express to practice with the newly formed orchestra in Salzburg, and nothing can distract her–not her mother’s illness, nor her father’s domineering ways; however, when a handsome passenger becomes a regular fixture on her journeys, Freya feels her focus blurring. Conversation with Erich is easy, and their shared love of music draws them undeniably closer. But even as they open their hearts to each other, the harsh realities of her family life intrude on the future she’s envisioned, and Freya feels her dreams slipping through her fingers, threatening to rob her of everything she cherishes most.

Book Review:

This series has been so good and I was incredibly excited to read Song of Salzburg. Song of Salzburg is the fourth and final book in the Romance on the Orient Express series. I adored the music and romance in this book. The characters were also a lot of fun,  and I loved the relationships Freya made as she studied music.

Freya was a lovely character. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. She loved music and you could tell as you read about her. I loved her growth as a character, as her music playing improved and as she learned more about herself. She had to learn how much music meant to her and what she was willing to give up in order to do what she loved. It was also sweet to read about her falling in love with someone who loves music just as much as she does. However, will the secrets he hides keep them apart?

Erich was the perfect match for Freya. I loved their relationship. They really bonded over music. He was a complex character, so it was always fun to read more about him. He really cared for Freya and he helped her stay calm as she tried to find her place. I really liked him. 

Freya made so many friends, and I loved seeing the other characters. Friendships are always so awesome to read about, and I adored the people Freya hung out with. The side characters and side stories were awesome. 

Song of Salzburg was an amazing book! Freya was trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She just never expected to find love on her journey. The plot was interesting and I couldn’t put this book down. I would definitely recommend it. I am just sad that the series has to end. 

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.