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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller Review

The Captivating Lady Charlotte

The Captivating Lady Charlotte
by Carolyn Miller

Book 2 Regency Brides- Legacy of Grace Series

About This Book:

Her heart is her own--but her hand in marriage is another matter

Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.

William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.

Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean, and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Lady Charlotte, just old enough to be presented as an upcoming available bride by her parents, she has the desire to find her one true love and marry, but her parents want her to marry the title and forego the idea of marriage being about love but about a contract. Charlotte toys with this decision to honor and respect her parents and her desire to have love in her future marriage.

Duke Hartwell has seen nothing but tragedy in his life and couldn't think that any woman in his future could love him unconditionally. After finding hardship in his first marriage he doesn't know if he should seek marriage again, until he sees Charlotte. Her parents desire their marriage but out of contract, not love and he doesn't want to marry without love again. Can he convince her that she can marry him and love him too?

Carolyn has become one of my top authors recently. This is the 2nd book in the series. The first I read back in March and loved it. You can read my review HERE. The characters once again come to life throughout the pages of this book and you feel like you can connect to them. I loved this book and can't wait to read the 3rd book in this series...


About the Author:

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer Review

Heart on the Line

Heart on the Line
by Karen Witemeyer
Ladies of Harper's Station Novel


About this Book:

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Second book in the Ladies of Harper's Station, you will find this book full of adventure, drama, love and friendship. I was drawn in from the first chapter. I love Karen's writing style. Starting of the book tragedy strikes Grace and her father. She travels to TX to live at Harper's Station, a community of women helping women. As she continues her daily life as their Western Union Operator, she meets Amos, call sign A through the wires and becomes fast friends. After he overhears that something is wrong with Grace he travels to Harper's Station to help in anyway he can.

Can an over the wire relationship turn into something real during a time of turmoil? Will Grace finally find peace after witnessing her father's death? Will she finally find love after hiding her life and feelings? You will enjoy this wonderfully written story from page one. I couldn't put this book down until I was done. One day read and now can't wait to pick up Karen's next book.

About the Author:

Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer, a 2014 Christy Award Nominee, two-time RITA finalist, winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Texas with her husband and three children.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Friday, June 30, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade Book Review

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True to You
by Becky Wade
A Bradford Sisters Romance

About this Book:

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.

John enlists Nora's help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side by side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I fell in love with this story the instant I started reading it. Nora was quaint, charming and relatable. The beginning of the story shows how John and her met. Nothing like a little emergency to make a heart go pitter patter. As you learn more about these two characters, you fall more in love with them.

Nora's sisters were great to get to know. The way the three interact was a delight. Finding out that John's adopted was easy to hear for Nora as she too was adopted after her mother passed away when young. As she helps John locate his birth mother they find the perfect dynamic. She falls for him but does he fall for her? The story takes you on a journey of discovery for both Nora and John. You don't want to miss this book in the Bradford Sisters Series.. What a treat!

About the Author:

Becky Wade

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and an INSPY Award. Learn more at www.beckywade.com.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Graduation Decorating & Gift Idea

I had fun decorating for my son's high school graduation. We decided to hold it at the same location I had my daughter reception back in 2013. I booked two days for the room so I could set up the day before and just come the day of and put out food. Since the ceremony was that morning and I didn't get out until after 3:30pm and the reception started at 5:30pm, I am so glad I did that!

I made my son a little gift since his main present from me was his class ring and party! I found a cute idea of giving lottery tickets as a gift. I found this cute 2017 grad bag and some skewers and attached 10 lottery tickets and two gift cards to the skewers with paper clips. I lined the bag with grad tissue paper.

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A party wouldn't be a party without a PHOTO BOOTH! Well at least for me!!!

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I decided to order cupcakes and a mini cake instead of trying to make one with all that was going on. Since I was also coordinating the graduation I seriously had no time.. The cake was decorated in my son's favorite color.. YELLOW!

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Thought it would also be fun to add some other sweet treats as well as the cupcakes.. Nothing like some graduation  Ho Ho "DIPLOMAS".. Some "SMARTIE PANTS" Smartie candies, "CLASS RINGS" Ring Pops, and Some "BOOK WORMS" gummy worms.

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I did some simple table decorations since my son didn't want anything fancy or splashy.  I took 6 of his favorite senior photos that I took of him back in March had them printed out and double backed them onto skewers. I then added felt cap stickers onto the top on both side to give them a topper. I bought the containers they were in from the Dollar store and crinkle paper in black/white/yellow to fill them.

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I found the yellow paper placemats at Party America to give the table some yellow splash since it was my son's selected color.. I found the black cap/gown centerpieces at Party America as well for just a couple bucks..