Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano


Summary:

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. 
When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

My Thoughts:

I am going to gush about this book.  Just be warned.  I loved it!  Each and every page of it!  This book was non-stop humor, fun, and sweet romance from start to finish.  This might be my new favorite Turano book.  I dearly love A Change of Fortune because its just so good, but this one is right up there with it! First of all I loved that the reader gets to meet up with Asher and Permilla again!  They were such a fun couple, but since their story was just a novella I almost felt cheated out of time with them.  However, they are back and just as fun and delightful as when they were introduced.  In true Turano fashion the opening chapters begin with humor and mishaps to set the story up in the best way.  Harrison Sinclair was an adorable, lovable hero.  His quirky fashion sense, cluelessness about women, and heart of gold make him perfectly endearing.  I loved Gertrude.  She was sweet, and funny, and willing to speak her mind, but never came across as rude or bossy.  One of my favorite things about this. book was reading the interactions between Asher and Harrison.  They seemed to think between the two of them and a stack of romance novels they could better understand women.  All sorts of hilarity ensues.  I could not stop laughing.  Anytime I hear of someone wanting to read a fun romance with humor I suggest a Jen Turano novel and this book was equal to all her other novels.  Definitely reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys lighthearted romance or historical romance.  I just love any and all Jen Turano books!  This book in particular is moving to the top of my faves list!  It was just so lovably fun!  
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A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden


Summary:

Lucy Drake’s mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming. 
Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin’s connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they’re wading into will take them.

My Thoughts:

Elizabeth Camdens novels always have the ability to transport me to another time and place completely.  I really enjoyed the setting and time period of this novel.  Her books are unique in that I always feel like I am learning a bit of history in an effortless way.  This story really brought two things to my attention from the time period.  The first was the way news was sent and received and how much work went into getting information to the newspapers.  It was fascinating to read about!  The second was the water system during that time period and the challenges that families living in high rise apartments faced without clean water.  Reading about these things through the life and experiences of the characters in this book was definietly eye opening.  As far as the story itself, I didn’t really connect with this story or the characters.  Perhaps it just wasn’t for me.  I feel that the book was well written, and the setting was intriguing, but I had trouble identifying with the main characters or sympathizing much with thier cause. Right and wrong was a little blurred for each of these characters and I had trouble with that. This book was however,  filled with twists, turns and excitement.  I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden and have loved most of her previous novels, so I am looking forward to checking out her next book when it releases.  
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Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky


Summary:

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
My Thoughts:

I could tell by the cover of this book that this story would be one with adventure and romance!  It was another delightful read from Carrie Turansky.  I have never read a historical fiction based around advancements in aviation and found it exciting and interesting.  I enjoyed both Bella and Jame’s characters.  I thought it was great that both of these characters were working hard towards achieving their dreams in spite of obstacles.  This book had a slight mystery element tucked away in its pages as well.  I love a little mystery in a story, and I thought it added interest and depth to the character’s story.  The historical facts about aviation and airplanes from this time period were effortlessly mixed into the story providing the reader a glimpse into the technolgies and advancements of the time.  The flights across the channel made me anxious, anticipating who would have the first successful crossing and who would fail, or crash, or give up.  No spoilers here!  This book was everything I enjoy in a historical fiction!  I love the way Carrie Turansky writes characters, and Bella and James were no exception.  Definitely pre-order this book if you are a historical fiction fan!  This book will release in February and you won’t want to miss it! 
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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


Summary:

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. 
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

My Thoughts:

If the cover of this book doesn’t suck you into this story, you might be crazy.  I have been anxiously waiting for this book to release ever since I laid eyes on this cover.  I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, however I think a fabulous cover can absolutely help entice a reader into grabbing a book and diving in.  Another reason for my anticipation is that I love historical fiction and I love mystery.  This book ticks all the boxes for me!  A split time novel, full of mystery, suspense and so many chilling scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The actual mystery in this book really had me intrigued, guessing, and turning the pages to find the answers.  I do have to say that I preferred Ivy’s parts of the book, mainly because I love all things historical fiction.  Joel was my fave.  The backstory between he and Ivy added depth and aunthenticity to their relationship. The conclusion of the mystery was chilling and shocking, I was more than satisfied!  I would definitely reccomend this book if you enjoy historical fiction with suspense or mystery!  

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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.  


An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter


Summary:

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.
Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

My Thoughts:

I have been anxiously waiting for Griffith’s story since this series began.  He has been  a favorite character in this series from the start, and I thought it was so fitting that his story was last.  Its bittersweet to see this series end.  The characters in these books really bring these stories to life, and the family dynamic of the Hawthorne’s is so fun and easy to connect with as a reader.  Griffith, the leader of the family, finally gets his own story in An Inconvenient Beauty.  This story was written with Kristi Ann Hunter’s usual blend of humor and romance.  I absolutely loved the flashback at the beginning of the book to a younger Griffith and Ryland during their school days.  Getting a glimpse of a younger Griffith and how events from his younger life shaped him as an adult was not only entertaining, it also helped explain some of his reserved nature.  There were so many fun and funny scenes in this book, and I love that all the Hawthorne siblings and spouses are prominent during this book giving advice or opinions as Griffith navigates his way to love.  I have loved this series from start to finish! Each book and character has been fun, unique and entertaining.  With the closing of this series comes a new series from Kristi Ann Hunter and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for future books and characters!  

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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.  

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Summary:

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
 When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?
My Thoughts:

First of all I just love the cover of this book!  Its so eye catching and sets the perfect scene for the first few pages of this book.  I was instantly intrigued after reading the plot of this book.  I am always fond of a book with any kind of mystery element.  This book was the first book I have read that jumped from multiple points of views and multiple periods of time.  I have read several split time novels, but this had a bit more jumping around and changing character points of view.  I absolutely saw the value that this added to the telling of all the characters stories, but at times I had a little trouble keeping up with all the changes.  It was very interesting to see as a character would have a thought or a reaction to a situation to then have a flashback to what shaped that opinion or circumstance from their past.  I enjoyed Hazel and Meghan’s characters but honestly did not connect with Diane.  I liked the journey each of the characters went through in this story and the changing and healing of their relationships as they communicated about their feelings and past hurts.  I loved that this book concluded with answers and closure for the characters and situations in this story.  I don’t want to give anything away! An enjoyable inspirational fiction!  

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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.  

Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh


Summary:

Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.

Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.

Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?
My Thoughts:

I loved this latest book from Courtney Walsh!  This story was funny, sweet, and had the slightest bit of mystery woven into it.  I loved the idea of the family fixing up the old farm and orchard.  The descriptions made me want to visit Fairwind  for apple picking! I enjoy reading a story where the characters have flaws and room for growth.  Beth  and Drew were each struggling in their own way with making peace with things in their past, letting go of guilt, and moving forward.  I loved reading the progression of each of their characters as their story unfolded.  Courtney Walsh has such a unique way of capturing such genuine feelings and emotions in her characters.  I always find myself identifying with some aspect of one of her characters.  Drew was a definite favorite for me! Quiet but kind, and can fix anything! The mystery element had me intrigued to the end.  I was glad for all the characters that there were answers and closure.  I was so sad to see this book end because I loved all the characters and am anxious to see what comes of the plans of Fairwind Farm! Hopeful to see more of these characters and story line in future books!  Sign me up!  I am a fan! 
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