A Sleigh Ride Kiss by Jen Geigle Johnson

About The Book:

Odette Goodson lives with her grandmother in the beautiful Cheshire County. This Christmas she wishes for caroling, snow, sleigh rides, plum pudding, and a lit yule log, with friends and neighbors all around. Her matchmaking grandmother wishes for her to marry the Marquis of Wilmington. She’s heard only unflattering things about him. To her grandmother’s consternation, Mr. Wardly shows up on a country lane, a man who seems to be everything the Marquis is not. 

Henry Wardly, the Marquis of Wilmington, arrives from the East Indies in Cheshire County six months after his mother’s funeral. Mourning her loss, with a new shipping line at stake, and his own estate to salvage, responsibilities in Cheshire county frustrate him and slow his progress. But he cannot help but be jolly at Christmas time particularly after he runs into the lovely Miss Odette Goodson. Things grow complicated when she confuses him for a gentleman farmer and has shown nothing but disdain for the heretofore unknown Marquis. 

Grandmother Amelie Laurent Goodson will work her matchmaking magic, but will it be enough to overcome the strong prejudice in Odette’s preconceived notions or the immediacy of Henry’s needs to be in London?

My Thoughts:

A sleigh ride kiss by Jen Geigle Johnson was a sweet holiday novella featuring a mistaken identity trope. The characters likable and the Christmas preparations mentioned throughout this story added a Holiday feel. I loved the fact that at a certain point in the novella another character is brought into the truth of the circumstances and advice is granted. Mistaken identities can be tough to navigate without copious amounts of lying, however this author handled things well and I was happy with how Henry conducted himself in the situation. This book had a few moments of conflict before it’s happy ending, but I won’t give spoilers! It was sweet, clean, and Regency! Also, the cover is so pretty!

*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review.

The Debutante’s Code by Erica Vetsch

About The Book:

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love.But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission?

My Thoughts:

I love the combination of Regency and mystery! I felt like this story had a lot of compost that I look for in a great read, however I found myself not as invested in the mystery or characters as I wanted to be. The secret agent angle was really fast and I wanted to see more development of skills and the Juliette as a character in order to really get behind her new clandestine occupation. I had a hard time accepting Juliettes swift ability to decipher codes and solve puzzles. I really enjoy a hero who is an underdog and I appreciated Daniel’s hard work ethic. The characters were likable and there is a mystery thread in the book that holds a certain amount of intrigue. I would have loved more character interaction from Danielle and Juliette earlier in turn book. This one is an easy read that ticks several boxes for fans of historical with a bit of mystery!

*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review.

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