As Easy As Riding A Bike by Bell Renshaw

Summary:

Emma Holland is almost finished with the renovation of The Brown Bear Lodge nestled just off the Pacific Coast 101 Highway in picturesque Justin Harbor, Oregon. Being a business owner in a small town isn’t easy, but Emma’s got more than enough determination—not to mention an excellent eye for interior design. There’s only one problem. One of her first guests of the season is someone she hoped she’d never see again.

As a famous landscape photographer, Connor Pearson has traveled far and wide following his dreams at the cost of losing his first love. Now, back in Justin Harbor, Connor is looking for more than just a place to stay. He’s looking for himself.

As Emma and Connor rediscover their lost friendship and seek to find common ground in the present, Connor feels the tug of his small town roots. Is it possible that a man who’s traveled the world could find his home where his dreams began? Can Emma come to terms with the fact that self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Will their bonds from the past weather the storms of the present?

As Easy as Riding a Bike will introduce you to the salty air and calming waters of Justin Harbor, the first novella in a series featuring small town women business owners.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love a sweet romance story that effortlessly keeps me turning the pages and wanting more. This latest novella by Bell Renshaw does just that! This is the first novella in the Justin Harbor series and we are introduced to the charming town of Justin Harbor. I loved this story! For the longest time I was skeptical of novellas. I thought they were too short, lacked character development, and rushed through a story. If you have ever been disappointed by a novella, then please, please pick up one of Bell’s. She has a way of crafting a story that draws you in as a reader, allows you to get to know her characters and their personalities, while at the same time weaving in a well thought out plot that flows easily and never feels rushed. Now, I am not going to say that I have never been left wanting more…but that’s in a greedy–this is so good–I don’t want it to end–kind of way. I thought Emma and Connor’s story was so sweet. There were glimpses of past hurts that shaped their views and thoughts which really brought depth to their characters. I felt like this was more like a true to life love story than a fairy tale one, which is refreshing. Emma and Connor did not simply meet up and instantly fall in love. They had their pasts, their futures, and other obstacles to confront which made this story feel very genuine instead of unrealistic and forced. This story’s conclusion was perfect in my opinion. It gave me all the feels and smiles. No spoilers here! Anytime you you end the last page with a sigh and a smile you know it was a good read. I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series! And, how fun is that? A novella series? I love it! I definitely recommend this novella for fans of contemporary romance or anyone who wants a quick sweet read that will give you the warm fuzzies! Planning my next fictional vacation to Justin Harbor!

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*I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Summary:

Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

My Thoughts:

I am so excited about this new series! First of all I love the cover of this book. I confess that I have gotten on Goodreads and taken a peek at all the covers in this upcoming series, and they are all incredible! A good cover of a book can make me impulse buy every time! Back to the story! This book was loaded with history. I mean really jam packed. I wanted to fall in love with this book, and the characters because I just love historical fiction as a rule. The descriptions in this book really do transport you to another time and place. I am just not sure its a time and place I want to visit for long. This book was a difficult read for me. Now, don’t get me wrong, the author did a wonderful job describing the life and trials of the time period, but it was very heavy and heartbreaking subject matter for most of the book. I do realize that intent was to provide a more historically accurate viewpoint of this time and setting, but I wanted some relief. The sickness, the death, and the hardship left me feeling hopeless for most of the book. I truly enjoyed Mary and William’s character’s. Their friendship and romance was a tiny bright spot in a very tragic story. Williams coming to his faith was another thing I really loved about this book. All in all I can not say that I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, but it was full of history and well written. I would have loved to see a bit more romance, or lighthearted conversation, even the tiniest bit of humor in the characters to offer a bit of a break from the rough situation they were going through. I am still excited to read this series and will definitely be grabbing up each book as it comes out!

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A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

Summary:

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I–to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won–until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t–that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

My Thoughts:

This book was excellent! I was hoping to love this book as much as the first book in the series, and it was just as good. I just love this family of thieves! And these story lines are so intriguing and filled with danger and suspense that you are invested in the story from start to finish. I absolutely love a heroine with personality and a quick wit and Willa delivered on both counts. The chemistry between Willa and Lukas kept me coming back for more. Their relationship was so enjoyable to read. Lukas was devilishly charming and I loved every minute of him! This book gave me all the emotions! Oh my goodness, page 312. The last sentence, I felt like someone had crushed my heart into a million pieces. Read this book! When you get to page 312, I will be ready with ice cream and two spoons for comfort. Ok, not really… I am just loving this new series by Roseanna White. The characters have such unique stories and backgrounds and the plots are so exciting and provide plenty of twists and turns. I love how there is a story of redemption woven into these books and that Willa truly grows as a character throughout this story. This series has been fabulous and I cannot wait for the next one! Counting the months!

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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

Summary:

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. It kind of snuck up on me. I expected to enjoy reading about this group of friends, but these characters were so genuine they felt real. It was so easy to get engrossed in this story and I feel like I was emotionally invested in what was going on. I loved that this book shows all aspects of life. The good, the messy, the hard. I never felt like this story was heavy or dramatic. There were definite moments that were serious and life altering for these characters, but the story flowed effortlessly. This was such a true to life story that had a lot of depth and truth, and so well written. I was invested in this story from start to finish. I had no idea how this story would conclude but I was happy and satisfied with the end of this book. This was one of those books that even a few days after reading it I kept thinking on it and my appreciation for this story and this group of fictional friends just grew. I definitely recommend reading this one! Looking forward to reading more from Brandy Bruce!

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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Summary:

Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

My Thoughts:

Delightful, charming, hilarious, romantic…gush, gush, gush. This book had a little bit of everything I enjoy in a contemporary romance novel. I loved Eisley! She was so kind hearted and down to earth and just so funny! I loved that she said whatever came to mind! Wes was the perfect swoon worthy hero! How can you not fall for a handsome BBC actor? I loved that these characters were both flawed and had personal things to overcome during this story. I felt like the growth in these characters was gradual and natural and just made them so much more genuine. I enjoyed the added interest of the mystery of Eisley’s ancestors. It was like a treasure hunt with a few twists and turns. Also my hatred for Vivian runs deep. If you have read this book you know what Im saying, if you haven’t, read it and we’ll talk. This was charming from start to finish and I love a book that is loaded with humor. Anxiously awaiting the release of the second book in this series (fingers crossed) in the Spring! I highly recommend you grab this book, clear your evening and binge read it cover to cover. Caution, it will likely cause a book hangover and you will need a few days to move on.

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Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

Summary:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

My Thoughts:

This book was action packed from start to finish. Troubled Waters is the 4th book in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This book continues the story line of the previous books in the series, however there is enough explanation that it can be read as a stand alone book if desired. This story was fast paced and full of danger and surprises. While the story and characters were well written I tend to gravitate towards storylines that have more realistic plot lines. There were quite a few life or death scenarios that popped up in this book, and while entertaining, it made the story a little larger than life and hard to connect with. I did enjoy the continued story lines of several of the characters and there were several things left open ended for future books in the series. There were also several sweet romantic moments that fans of this series have been waiting for! I like how each book in the series allows the reader to learns a little bit more about the situations in the characters pasts, like finding missing puzzle pieces. All in all it was a fast paced and entertaining book that will keep the reader on their toes from start to finish.

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*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Beneath A Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Summary:

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness.

My Thoughts:

The story line of this novel caught my attention. I thought the premise sounded fun, perhaps humorous and a little bit of a twist on the usual mail order bride scenario. I have to say that I was disappointed with the characters and the development of the plot in this book. There was very little humor, which surprised me given that the novel seemed to have a somewhat unrealistic storyline. I felt as though things were very slow to develop and there was very little about the Abigail that I connected with. She was rude, condescending, and unwilling to admit faults. It seemed that someone in her position would have recognized her position and been a bit more humble, however, she continued to be abrasive to those around her. I found it odd that everyone kept saying that the men of the town were good men, but the ladies needed an escort to walk up the street to the church or post office because there was a possibility of them being attacked. I also found it hard to believe that teaching the men etiquette training made them prepared to take a wife. I think instead of being taught dancing lessons and talked to in a condescending manners by two strange women, I would have just asked for my money back and found another company to sponsor a mail order bride. Mack was the only redeeming character in this book in my opinion. He was cautious but kind and was always willing to help anyone in need. All in all there were just a lot of holes in this story and it wasn’t my favorite.

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*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.