All For A Story

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Title: All For A Story
Author: Allison Pittman
Published: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 354

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Monica Brisbane loves being a modem girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column takes her to all the local speakeasies in Washington D. C. and she loves dancing the night away scoping put new stories for her column. However, her future takes an uncertain turn when the owner of Capitol Chatter passes away, leaving Monica what will happen to her job and her beloved lifestyle.

Max Moore might hold the position of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s paper, the Bridal Call, but it’s clear that Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max finds out that his great uncle has passed away and left him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and moves to Washington D.C. to hopefully become a real editor-in-chief. He tries to clean up the scandalous paper and infuse it with his own values, but he’s soon bumping heads with the equally determined Monica Brisbane.

With Max’s guidance Monica goes on her most challenging assignment yet, infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Reluctant at first, Monica meets and mi goes with the girls but soon begins to doubt the wisdom of her flirtatious ways and when romance starts to blossom between her and Max, Monica must choose between the lifestyle the club chooses or the lifestyle she lived for so long.

Will Monica ever change her party and flirtatious lifestyle or will she continue down the path of destruction? Will Max trade everything for Monica or will he be able to convince Monica that there is a life without speakeasies and flirting? Will Max be able to turn the Capitol Chatter into a respectable paper or will he lose the fight against immorality? Can Monica change her ways or is she forever a party girl?
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Due to my opinion of Allison Pittman’s last novel, I wasn’t expecting much out of this book. I fully expected to struggle through this one like the last and hate it at the end. I didn’t. I actually enjoyed this one. Though my opinion of the enigmatic Aimee Semple McPherson hasn’t budged an inch, I did enjoy the plot line for this and how radically different it was from the previous book in this series. I think Allison Pittman did a much better job with this book than the last.

This book had a romance! And a fairly good one at that. The character of Monica is uniquely lovable from the get-go and Max’s serious nature didn’t seem like it would mesh with Monica’s but somehow the author managed to craft a romance that was sweet and lovable. Though it wasn’t the best romance I’ve ever read, it was definitely welcomed compared to the completely confusing disaster of a semi-romance in the last book.

Usually I don’t love women crusaders or women evangelist ever in a story, but I loved Alice Reighly and her Anti-Flirt campaign, probably because even though some of her rules are a bit stiff and outrageous, the general idea is one I follow everyday and never thought twice about it. It basically encourages women to not encourage the bad behavior of men by flirting back or making light of it. I think the idea is one every woman should consider to follow.

The story of this one was more engaging and felt less like I was watching a horrible tragedy happen right before my eyes, thankfully in that story the accident never happened but it still left a sour mark for me. In this story, there were moments of disappointment or like it might go down the disastrous path again but it pulled out of those situations and was actually a pretty nice story. I would’ve liked to have seen more of a transformation in Monica but part of me felt like this was a different look at how some people come to Christ.

This author gave me a much better story with this or and made me very glad that I didn’t throw out all hope with the last book. Though I still don’ love the radical type style that this author chooses, I think I’m becoming more accustomed to it and haven’t given up hope yet of finding an amazing book by her. This book was good but I don’t recommend it for just anyone.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot more than the previous book by her but I’ still not sold on her writing just yet. This book is perfect for fans of Allison Pittman or fans of the Roaring Twenties. Keep this book away from your children this one is definitely not recommended for anyone other than adults. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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Small Town Girl

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Title: Small Town Girl
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
Published: July 1, 2013
Pages: 400

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Kate Merritt’s life is changing. Her sister is marrying the man she’s loved since she was fifteen years old and her heart is breaking in two. Even the attentions of the best man, Jay Tanner, can’t draw her interest. But with rumors of war heating up and a warning from her brother-in-law about Jay, Kate just can’t seem to stay away. Even knowing he might leave at any moment.

Jay Tanner has never found a reason to stay in one place for long. He never gets involved and never let’s himself care, until now. Now he not only cares about an eccentric little girl with dark hair, but with her older sister that is the fixer. Despite everything Jay does, he can’t quite seem to stay emotionally uninvolved and he doesn’t know why. The last thing he wants is love but maybe this small town and the people in it will give it to him anyway.

As the two grow closer to each other, Pearl Harbor happens and their worlds are turned upside down. Jay starts contemplating joining up and begins to realize what he feels for Kate isn’t just an infatuation that will I away in time. Kate realizes that she’s ready to fall head over heels for the bad boy even if it means she might lose him to the war.

Will Jay enlist and if he does will he survive the war or will Kate lose him before she’s ready? Will Kate get over her infatuation with her sister’s husband or will she forever love him even though he’s unattainable? Will Jay and Kate find love or heartbreak? Will Kate give Jay her whole heart or will she snatch it away when he’s finally ready to grab it? Will Jay and Kate’s love survive WWII or will they lose everything including each other?
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I’ve read only one book by Ann H. Gabhart but I can tell you that I love her books. The emotional connection each character goes through but also how emotionally involved it makes the reader makes her books a joy to read and it makes me look forward to every new release she has. This one was no different. It tugged at my heart strings and was the perfect romance for me.

Having not read Angel Sister, I didn’t know if I would be able to keep up with this book, but thankfully, the author made it so that there was only a few references to the first book and I was overall able to keep up. There were a few parts where I was left behind but those parts are generally insignificant to this story. Though I must say those parts made me really want to read Angel Sister and maybe I will someday.

The romance in this novel was impeccable. It had the perfect amount of emotional involvement and physical affection. I loved the fact that they fell in love despite the warnings that he won’t stick around from Mike. I also liked the whole good girl, bad boy angle. I feel like Kate jumped to some conclusions without hearing him out in the book, but if I had grown up the way she had, I can’t guarantee that I wouldn’t do the same. Which made her character really realistic and relatable. I loved this romance.

The storyline was also spot on, along with a cast of quirky and eccentric characters. Books like this make me wish for small town living and a close-knit community. I loved the way the story played itself out, the only thing that I wish I could change would be the conversion of Jay. I wish it were a bit more dramatic or heart-tugging but even though it wasn’t I still enjoyed this story and how it played out. The characters also helped make this story into a memorable one and made me wish that maybe the author will make another sequel.

This author captured my heart with Words Spoken True and now has held my heart hostage with her line of lovable and amazing characters. This book is part of the reason I love reading so much and want to write someday. This book is amazing and I highly recommend it and this author. I will eagerly anticipating her next release and will try and snatch it up when it becomes released.

Overall, I loved his book. My only complaint involves the conversion of Jay, but that isn’t such a big detail to really hurt the story. I highly recommend this to historical romance lovers and people who love a book filled with amazingly real and quirky characters. I think this book is perfect for adults and is singly teens but younger readers should avoid it for a while. I give this book a four and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Glamorous Illusions

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Title: Glamorous Illusions
Series: Grand Tour
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Published: June 1, 2012
Pages: 416

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Cora Diehl’s life gets turned upside down when she arrives home from Common School to find out her father had a stroke. With a struggling farm and a sick father Cora knows she might not be able to continue school. She knows something is about to change but she has no idea just how much until a man arrives and says he’s her real father and the world that Cora knew changes forever.

Cora is now a Kensington and is thrust into the life of a copper king and his family. She now has to navigate Europe on her Grand Tour but also her new half-brothers and sisters, when they’ve made it perfectly clear that they don’t like her or want her around. On the journey of a lifetime, Cora realizes just how hard it is to fit into a crowd that you weren’t born into and how difficult it is to penetrate the pack, even if they are family.

In Europe, Cora begins to find herself again and figure out who she really is, not who her parents or newfound father wants her to be. She meets two men who start to change her life and open doors she thought were closed and start to show her that she’s not defined by her title or how she came into this world but rather who she is and how she lives her life. This journey will push her and her faith to the limits but it might justly her become the person she wants to be.

Will Cora forgive her parents for keeping this from her or will she live with bitterness forever? Will Cora fall in love on this journey or will she break the hearts of two different men? Will Cora find out who she is or will she go home as confused as she left? Will Cora be able to make her siblings see her as more than a nuisance or will she forever be known as the outcast?
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I’ve never read a book by this author before but I’ve always admired and been attracted to Lisa Bergren’s covers. This one was no different and it captured my attention with the stunning dress on the front with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. I found that I was just as captivated by the story of Cora Deihl once I started reading this interesting book. Though there wasn’t much excitement in this book, I still enjoyed it and the growth I saw in Cora’s character.

The story is a pretty uneventful one from the point that Cora leaves her hometown and until about two or three chapters from the end. That leaves a lot of space for basically history lessons and for Cora to be shunned by her siblings. It also leaves some space for a little infatuation to bloom. Though this book isn’t the most exciting book out there I somehow got hooked by Cora’s story and struggle to fit in with siblings and settle into a role that she wasn’t prepared for, however I would’ve liked to have had a bit more excitement throughout instead of clumped at the ends. I guess her and Will made the story worth reading for me.

This book technically isn’t a romance but it’s a precursor to one, or at least it seems that way, and Cora starts to fall for not one but two completely different men. One is a French duke and very powerful, the other is Will a guide and bodyguard and someone who always seems to make her heart flutter. There’s definitely a love triangle going on and the real question is who’s going to win over Cora’s heart in the end. (I’m thinking Will)

The author chose a rather odd set up for the writing style. Instead of making the entire book one style, like all first person or all second person, she chose to mix them up. Cora’s point of view is written in first person while Will’s and everyone else’s is written in second person. It’s a weird method and one I’m not totally sure I liked. It felt a bit disjointed at times and I’m not sure that was a good blend, but I am happy that she did write in point of views other than just Cora’s.

This author is completely new to me and I enjoyed my first book by her, but I wish there would’ve been some excitement in what can be considered a very vanilla book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series though, because now that we have some excitement going I feel like she should keep it up, but also because I want to see Cora grow into the woman she deserves to be and the only way to see that is to finish the book. I do recommend this book to select people and I think I can recommend this author.

Overall, this is a good but unexciting book. The character growth and love triangle is the only thing keeping it interesting. I recommend this to people who like continuos novels and love triangles. I don’t recommend this to younger resets but possibly mature teens and adults. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Duchess

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Title: Duchess
Series: Daughters of Fortune
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside
Published: March 1, 2013
Pages: 352

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Rosie Worth, now starlet Roxy Price, has given up everything to become an actress. And she’s found everything she’s ever wanted in the glamour. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she’s finally silenced the heartache of the past. Her future shines bright and the possibilities are endless until one Black Friday when everything comes crashing down around her feet and leaves her reeling.

The Golden Age of Hollywood is known for making stars but it’s also known for breaking them too. It seems like Roxy’s career is over and when she loses almost everything, she finds herself disgraced, penniless, and without jobs. Her only hope of survival and possibly revival is to team up with Belgian duke Rolfe Van Horne, a longtime film investor and old flame.

But just when it seems like life will once again right itself Roxy finds that Rolfe is not what he seems and that he is using his film and Roxy to support a growing unrest in Europe. His plans could break her heart and endanger her life and it’s up to her to decide which side she stands on. Roxy won’t give up without a fight but now she has to choose whether her fight will be for what’s right or for her career.

Will Roxy come back to the faith she left behind with her past or will she spend the rest of her life empty and alone? Will Roxy choose a simpler yet more fulfilling life or will she give up her chance for normal to fight retirement? Will Roxy support or disagree with Rolfe’s stand on the unrest in Europe? What will she do when she finds out? Will she leave him or will she help him?
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This is my first full-length novel from this author so I didn’t fully know what to expect or whether I would like it. The writing style and detail of the book was amazing but I felt parts drag on and in some places there too much emphasis on the setting or Hollywood background and not enough put on our heroine. Even though I appreciate this author’s efforts to make a book with a different tone, I found it hard to relate to this story and its characters.

The story is placed in the viewpoint of Rosie/Roxy only and that made it drag a bit. The majority of the story was the behind-the-scenes details of the 1930’s Hollywood scene and though that’s fascinating there tends to be a point where you want to read something other than it. Not to mention our heroine is kind of unrelatable. Her drive to get praise from complete strangers means she gives up almost everything and her choices throughout the book aren’t the best nor, for me, very understandable. Though she did a lot of growing throughout the course of the story, her constant stubborn “my way always” attitude and her wishing for what she can’t have made the book drag on for me.

The story, for most of the book, is a look into the Hollywood acting scene in the 1930s and was fascinating and somewhat appalling. It describes in detail about eyebrows being plucked to literally nothing and hair falling out because of the peroxide, age destroying a career, etc. and though it’s fascinating, and I love a lot of historical content, when chapters at a time are mostly about the historical value and not character development the story tends to drag on a bit.

The storyline really picked up after Roxy started working with Rolfe and that part of the story really saved this book from completely failing for me. I would’ve loved the beginning shortened and the ending lengthened. The ending was awesome and what I really want to read in a novel and even though it adds a bit of mystery from her viewpoint I would’ve loved to have gotten inside Rolfe’s head and been give. More details to what he was doing.

This author is really a first for me and though I didn’t love this book I feel like this author has a great writing style and maybe I’ll enjoy something different by her. This author had gotten acclaim for years on her writing skills and I loved her novella that I had the opportunity to read, so I do want to read more from her just maybe something more contemporary or something more historical. I can’t really recommend the author due to my lack of experience with her books but I don’t really recommend this novel.

Overall, the story dragged on for most of the book but the ending saved the book from being a complete disaster. This is great for people who like novels about Hollywood or novels set in the 1930s. This is perfect for adults but it’s best to keep it away from younger readers and possibly teens. I give this book a two and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

When Love Calls

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Title: When Love Calls
Series: The Gregory Sisters
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Publisher: Revell
Published: March 18, 2013
Pages: 352

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Hannah Gregory is good at a lot of things, but following rules isn’t on that list. So when she’s left as sole provider for her two sisters, she takes an unlikely job as a switchboard operator. She knows it isn’t going to be easy. The Hello Girls must conduct themselves according to strict, and often bewildering, rules. She thinks the easiest one will be the rules involving gentleman callers, until she meets a man that could change everything.

Lincoln Cole finds himself attracted to the spunky and stubborn older Gregory sister from the moment he meets her, even if it is under bad circumstances. Lincoln must show Hannah that he isn’t the guy that repossessed her family home but a man who cares. He’s given that chance when her family friend is arrested for arson and she has no one else to turn to but him. As he shows her who really is, he must combat her stubborn ways and need to be self-sufficient to get to who she really is.

As their attraction grows, so does Hannah’s desire to not lean on anyone even someone that would make her life easier and Lincoln has to decide if his choice of going into politics is what he wants or what his dad would’ve wanted. They also have to work together to clear Hannah’s friend and find out who is really sending all those fires.

Will Hannah be able to give up her stubborn ways for Lincoln or will her determination to do everything her way be the death of their relationship? Will Lincoln decide to go into politics despite the fact that it’s most likely not his dream or will he decide to stay just a lawyer and focus on building a life with the woman he loves? Will Hannah be able to keep her job as a Hello Girl or will she lose it because of her propensity to disobey the rules?
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The one thing I like about this author is her ability to put humor in her books. This is the second one I’ve read by her and just like the last time I smiled at every joke or hilarious quirk in the novel. I loved the humor but also I liked the flow of the novel and the romance in this one was great. I look forward to seeing what else the Gregory sister have for me in the future.

The romance in this one was great. It was slightly different than what I normally read, but it was also very well written. I never felt shocked or surprised by the characters’ revelation in the book and I felt like the romance took main priority over every other secondary storyline, which made this book an awesome romance.

My favorite part of this book is definitely the colorful characters in this book. Being the oldest sister I relate most to Hannah and her protective nature. Charlotte reminds me of a milder version of my sister and Tessa was by far my favorite. She had some amazingly hilarious lines and her quirky nature was just too endearing for words. Because I loved all of the sisters I can’t wait for each one of their romance novels. I particularly can’t wait to see who Tessa ends up with.

The idea for this novel is unique and fascinating. How many books do you know of that involve a switchboard operator? Obviously, I wanted to dig into this one immediately and it didn’t disappoint me. This is definitely a unique and great read that will make you smile and will definitely touch your heart. I loved this read and look forward to what else I will learn and who will make me smile next. This is a book that’s definitely worth reading.

This author gave me a taste of her potential last time but now, I’m officially hooked. I look forward to reading every humor tinged book she throws at me. I think this author is great and she shows it in this book. I loved this novel and I’m sure I’ll love every book in this series. This book comes highly recommended from me as does this author.

Overall, a really good book and a great romance. It’s perfect for lovers of historical romance and people who like their romances with a little uniqueness. This book is probably best for teen and adult readers. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

All For A Song

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Title: All For A Song
Author: Allison Pittman
Publisher: Tyndale House
Published: February 1, 2013
Pages: 360

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Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything any girl could ever want: a family that loves her, a great church, a tight-knit community, and a handsome fiancé that’s the pastor to her church. Spending time in the woods lost in her music, lifting her heart and voice in worship to God with her brother’s guitar, should make her life complete but she longs for more.

Spending a week in St. Louis looking for a wedding dress with her sister, gives her more when she discovers Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team. Given the chance to sing on stage for this powerful woman, Dorothy begins to see how dangerous stardom can be. But she reluctantly agrees to follow Aimee and her troupe to Los Angeles to find her brother and herself.

As she traverses the good and bad side of the ’20s she’s forced to consider what she wants out of life. With her engagement on the rocks because of her choices and temptation like no other rears its ugly head and innocent Dorothy must use every power in her to resist. Dorothy and her naïveté get her into a lot of trouble and temptation and it doesn’t seem like she’s strong enough to get herself out.

Will Dorothy resist temptation and sin or will she give in and ruin her life for good? How will Dorothy decide what she truly desires in life? What will Dorothy choose? Her sweet innocent life back home or a wild new world out in California? Can Dorothy win back her fiancé or did she lose him forever?
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Being me, I picked this book solely for cover and era. I’ve been a fan of the “Roaring ’20s” for a while and wanted to read this one solely for that. Unfortunately, this time my gamble didn’t pay out. This book is, for lack of a better word, boring. There was no real excitement and the storyline was actually kind of predictable. I don’t think this is the best representative of the 1920s and the views of that time.

This book was a mess. It felt disjointed and bipolar. The emotions shot all across the map, making the reader wonder what emotion we’re going to encounter next. And the fact that part of the book was from the 19 year old Dorothy and the 107 year old Dorothy really made the story jump around and though it was a good concept, it wasn’t executed very well.

One factor I really didn’t like was Aimee Semple McPherson. It was the part that the author liked the most and her admiration for the woman comes through her after note but it doesn’t resonate throughout the book. I didn’t agree with the doctrine in this book nor did I like the Aimee Semple McPherson I was shown. My view of her after reading this book was that she was haughty and in the business of saving souls just for the fame and fortune that comes with being a female evangelist. I really don’t think the author portrayed this woman, whom she really admires, in a very appealing light.

I really didn’t care much for any of the characters, except for the minor characters that only had a few lines. I felt that the heroine left her faith when she left her hometown and particularly when she needed it most, I felt that her fiancé was foolish and slightly controlling, the guy she turns to and trusts is the epitome of slimy and womanizer and not at all what a Christian should be not to mention I got the impression he was just being nice to her to make her his conquest, Aimee came off as haughty and slightly bitter, and Dorothy’s sister was overbearing. None of them were very like able and I felt greatly disappointed in that.

I didn’t like this book from Allison Pittman. I don’t think I’ve read anything from this author before and because I like to give people a second chance I do intend to read more from this author but with more of a caution. I don’t know for sure, but if I had to guess I would say that this book isn’t a proper representation of her ability. I don’t recommend this book and I can’t really recommend this author, at least not yet.

Overall, I didn’t like this book at all and I don’t really recommend this one. Some of you might like this book more than other and me, but read at your own caution. This book is best for adults only. I give this book a two out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Waiting For Spring

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Title: Waiting For Spring
Series: Westward Winds
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Published: January 1, 2013
Pages: 400

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Charlotte has had a long hard year after losing her husband and giving birth to her son. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she flees to Cheyenne and is now trying to put the pieces of her life back together. If only she can shake the feeling that her past is coming back to haunt her. As Charlotte tries to forget her past and raise her son, she doesn’t have time for romance or for the man of her nightmares to make an appearance.

Barrett Landry is a wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful and must have a sensible match if he wants to be the elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections and he finds that someone. There’s just one problem, he doesn’t love her and the one person he could see himself spending the rest of his life with not only doesn’t have connection she has a past too. But he can’t shake the feeling that she holds the key to his heart and his future.

As Charlotte and Barrett get closer, so does Charlotte’s past and Charlotte can’t help but be scared that her whole future will come crashing down around over her husband’s choices. With an engagement expected of him, Barrett must make a choice. Marry someone he doesn’t love for connections or marry someone he loves without connections. With past and present closing in on them, this couple must make a decision on what is truly important.

Will Charlotte be able to conquer the ghosts of her past or will it tear her apart? Will Barrett make a decision of love or status? Will Charlotte’s past come after her for something she doesn’t have or is she just wing paranoid? Who is the mysterious baron coming for her? Will the baron kill her and her son or will she be able to survive?
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I read the first book in the series and liked it, but I didn’t love it and though this book might not go into the “love” category, it’s closer to it than the first. I never usually say this, but I actually enjoyed this one a tad more than I liked the previous one. Maybe it was the storyline or characters, I don’t know. All I know is that this author definitely wrote tis book well and I truly enjoyed it.

The romance in this book wasn’t passionate and any kisses or such was held until the end. Normally that turns me off to books, but in this case the emotional connection between the characters kept up the romance and because of it you didn’t fully miss the kisses, etc. There was also a side romance that went on and it served two purposes. It allowed a huge conflict to be resolved and it allowed the reader to get another romance fix. This romance is what I would categorize as cute.

The storyline was awesome! A widow mother with a blind son who ran from a man who wants what her husband found and now she supposedly has meets a rich cattle baron that wants to become a senator and is willing to marry a woman he doesn’t love to do that. How awesome is that? The whole story blended well together and I never felt that one aspect was getting kicked to the curb for another one. The author made everything come in when it was supposed to and pushed things aside when it wasn’t appropriate. She definitely has an uncanny sense of timing. I loved it.

I loved the dash of suspense that was injected into the story as well. It improved the story and gave a bit of excitement and conflict. The suspense wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t really give any mystery, but it did give you some doubt as to how the book would end. Though the book didn’t end on a terribly unique way, it did end in an unexpected way and I found that I loved it.

With slight disappointment in the first book in this series, I didn’t really expect much from this book. I pleasantly surprised when I got a better storyline and romance. If this is how the rest of the series is going to continue I can’t wait to finish this series and read more from this author. I really enjoyed this book and I’m actually really excited to finish this series and read more from this author. This book comes highly recommended.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It all blended well together and is an overall good read. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical romances. I think this book is best for adults and teens and isn’t great for anyone younger. I give this book a four out of five.

* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.*

Twice Promised

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Title: Twice Promised
Series: Blue Willow Brides
Author: Maggie Brendan
Publisher: Revell
Published: October 1, 2012
Pages: 336

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Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride. When she arrives in the tiny mining town, she is excited to marry Jess Gifford, a man whom she has come to know from his kind tender letters. But, her arrival is less than what she expected. Not only does Jess not know he’s to get married, but there’s another bride vying for his attention! Now Greta must evaluate why she came and whether or not she’s willing to move on from the past.

Cora Johnson came to Central City from a wealthy family that no longer approves of her religious choices. She decided to become a mail-order bride for a change of scenery and a change in lifestyle. When she arrives and finds not Jess, but his brother, and another bride for the unsuspecting groom-to-be, she’s enraged and confused. When she starts working in the Gifford general store she discovers a freedom she never knew before and knows that whatever happens, she’s staying in Colorado.

When Jess and Zach’s grandmother, Granny, comes up with a way to solve the problem, everyone jumps at it. Jess will court Cora and his brother Zach’s will court Greta. But after a while, the lines become blurred and the couples find that they are attracted to the wrong person. Now they have to find a way to tell each other that they don’t want to marry who they’re supposed to, but instead the one they shouldn’t even consider.

Will they be able to tell each other who they are really in love with or will they do what they should and keep it a secret until they die? Will Greta and Cora’s young friendship standout against the news that they each love the other’s beau or will it tear them apart? Will Zach’s and Jess’s relationship suffer or will it improve with the lies behind them? Will Greta be able to move on from her dead fiancé and accept love or will she spend the rest of her life mourning something that will never happen?
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Having read a book by Maggie Brendan previously, I already knew what to expect as far as romance went and I knew that I loved the book that I managed to get my hands on. What I didn’t know was if this book was going to be just as good, better, or worse than No Place for a Lady. What I got was not one but two romances both as good as before.

However, I felt that because of double the romance in the same page count, the romances did suffer a bit. The revelation of love came all of a sudden and was a shock to the reader. Also up to the declarations of love there is little to no interaction between the courting couples let alone the couples that want to be together. However, once the revelations are made, the story kicks into a nice little romance that i would’ve loved to have seen throughout the book. The romances would’ve definitely been better if the author was allowed even thirty pages more.

The storyline, due to the high amount of content needed to shove into such a small amount of space, seemed kind of rushed and disjointed at times. The begin inning started at a nice reasonable pace and then around the middle, the book was kicked into hyperdrive in what felt like a rush to get the book where the author wanted it. Though the idea was fantastic, I felt like it’s a hard idea to execute and though the author tried she didn’t fully succeed with this one.

The characters, though, we’re well developed, but you didn’t really get to see who they really were due to the amount of main characters. Though I feel like this story would’ve been greatly improved with more pages, I feel like the characters were lovable and made you wish for the success of each couple despite the betrayal that takes place for it to happen. The characters in this book were a huge success and I give the author huge credit for using a condition that has affected everyone in my family and, to a lesser extent , me. Adding the ADD factor gave Jess’s character an amusing yet realistic aspect.

This author’s books are well written and she made me a fan of her with her first book, No Place for a Lady. Though I don’t feel like this book properly portrays her writing skills, I do still plan on reading the next book in the series and I still recommend this book for fans of the author. For those of you who haven’t read anything by this author previously, I encourage you to look at her Heart of the West series. I feel it represents her skill much better.

Overall, not unenjoyable, but it would’ve been better if the word count was greater. This book is perfect for those of you who want to read an innocent romance with two couples. I give this book a three out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*