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June 23, 2017

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THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER
London's Beginnings
Book One
by
Jennifer Delamere 
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Warm-Hearted Victorian Romance Brings 1880s London to Life
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he's glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can't wait to leave behind.


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Biography

Jennifer DelamereJennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and of new beginnings. Her debut novel "An Heiress at Heart" was a Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist. Her follow-up novel, "A Lady Most Lovely," received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.


MY THOUGHTS
Setting: London, 1879

How tempting and yet, scary it would be to leave everything you know and love to look for a new and different life in a place that is bursting at the seams with new adventures.  But new adventures and new things bring about the possibility of trouble, of danger, some of which was never thought of.  The past can be scary but the future can be even scarier. 
The author shows reminds us that life has a tendency to step in, even when it isn't wanted and that is just what happened to Rosalyn Bernay.  Things happened, she had no say in and she was left without any money and all alone, in London.
 Rosalyn has many talents, of which being a musician and singer and she gets the chance to put those talents to use in a theater in London.  But it seems like the past is just a few steps behind her.
When backstage Rosalyn meets Nate Moran who is filling in for his brother who broke his leg. Nate was forced to leave his regiment in India with a hand injury, but is just biding his time until he can return.
The author gives the reader a good group of characters that have real emotions and those emotions stir up the reader's emotions.   We're given one person who has a new life in this theatre and we have one who wants nothing more than to leave it.  Are these two characters birds of a feather or are they total opposites?  You find yourself feeling everything the characters are feeling. You can relate since they have what the reader can feel as true emotions, true wants and needs.  They are survivors, especially Rosalyn. But can two people who want two different things in life come together and find romance?  Or will they go their separate ways?   Will Rosalyn become a theatre favorite and star?   You are drawn into the characters also because they have baggage, which we all do, but you can relate  to characters better when you can realize what demons and fears they are trying hard to face.   These characters were like regular people not just characters, you could feel like you knew them.   I found myself wanting more at the end of the book and whenever that happens to me, I know I've totally enjoyed the book.  So if  you like historical romance with a real feel for the characters than pick up a copy and try it for yourself.  

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it for  Litfuse Publicity Group.  I was under no obligation to give a positive review.

I would give this book  5 STARS. 

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June 22, 2017

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SNEAK PEEK: GATHERING THE THREADS by Cindy Woodsmall

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Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—
or completely rip them apart? After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in ...

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Title: RUNNING WITH MONKEYS: Hell On Wheels
Author: Diane Munier
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 367
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romantic



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ABOUT THE BOOK
1946. The boys are home from the war. Jules is looking for a way into polite society, but it seems like the moogs that didn’t go overseas have moved so far ahead he’ll never catch up.
His luck seems to change when he goes to the movies with his buddies Bobby and Audie, the other two monkeys. They had marched across Europe together, and now they were picking up dames, drinking too much, and generally letting off steam, which translates into trouble. Jules meets Isbe at the movies. Close dancing in a smoky club leads to love. The same night, Jules hooks up with the Irish mob. Love is thawing his hard heart, the one needed for survival in his new and violent world. Isbe vows to stand by, but Jules likes it on the edge. That’s a good thing, because Isbe’s father is chief of police and it’s a tangled gray web he’s soon caught up in.
 


 THE AUTHOR
 Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I'm a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. There is no greater honor than to hear someone's story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell...what more could I ask.

From the Author

My father is my inspiration. His era. The way love was presented in the culture and the way real people took those notions into reality. Men were distant and masculine, worried about wearing the pants, and women were the boundary makers and basically apologetic. But love was supposed to be the answer and men were knocked out by the right woman. Woman were forever fulfilled by his attention. Clothing was amazing and boldly declared what you were and who you were. Cuffed pant, wingtips, crisp white shirts, full skirts, shirt-waists, straight skirts, long hair swinging in a ponytail, high heels.
Veterans came home, and having defeated two evil regimes, the sky was the limit. Babies were booming and the frozen economic wheels were starting to turn.
I remember the feel of it, the music, the movies, magazines. I remember how crazy my mother was about my father and I remember mostly, my father's raging PTSD that he would have hotly denied and not known what to call. A real man sucked it up. Courage came in achievement, the ability to take care of your family. What you had to do to keep the bubble level was up to you. Just don't get caught.
That's what inspired me. Walking that line the way these men did, upon re-entry. Falling in love. the G. I. Bill. Signing up for the American dream. That's what I hoped to capture in this story, Running With Monkeys. You'll have to tell me if I achieved it.


MY THOUGHTS
Setting: 1946.  The war is over and Jules is headed home, hoping for some peace.   But he feels he's so far behind those that didn't go into the war.   Can he ever find a meeting ground?  He still had a couple of friends (monkeys) from the war, Bobby and Audie.  They had shared it all while crossing Europe during the war and now, they were home, trying to get rid of the stress that had built up while in Europe.  Drinking, carousing, all in excess and as always, that can mean trouble.   Now here comes the start of the romance. Jules meets Isbe while at the movies one night. In one night, Jules starts to love Isbe while dancing close to her in a night club but that same night, he makes a decision that may change his life. He joins in with the Irish mob.  Isbe is good for him. He's starting to find a bit of peace with her by his side, but how will he handle the cruelty and violence of the world he's come back to?  A problem, Isbe's father is chief of police and Jules has just joined in with the Irish mob.  That isn't going to go well for Jules or Isbe.   Jule's has been so used to living on the edge while being in Europe and he still loves that thrill, that fine line.  
The author gives us a story that brings three soldiers back from the war and three girls that brings fun and what we all love, romance.  The author puts forth some good history along with characters you want the best for. The detail the author gives puts you right with the characters. You're taken back in time to 1946.  The characters, not just Jules and Isbe, but the supporting characters are described so perfectly that you can picture these people at that time. The author puts you in the world of Jules and Isbe and what they are facing.  The romance is just part of the book. The author gives you fun, a web that is twisting and turning with every page turn.  You can't help but love Jules and Isbe.  We have a man and woman who have found each other and stand by each other. The author shows the reader that no matter the year or the war, the monkeys that come back have so much to face. In a way it's another war, a war of the will and mind.  It would be so easy for them to stay in the war, even though it's over.  There is a war still going on to them, only it's a new war.  You can't help but love Isbe who is the source of survival and change for Jules.  Sometimes that's what it takes is love, real love to come back from war and survive.  The author doesn't make it so simple, as a guy and girl meeting, falling in love.  The mob is introduced which means definite trouble?  Which way will Jules priorities go?  Will he choose the mob or Isbe?   Will Isbe's father have an influence on Jules since he is the chief of police?  Or will Jules face the strong hand of the law?  

I received a copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

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June 21, 2017

SCRIBBLE & AUTHOR

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SCRIBBLE'S JOURNEY STARTS PEACEFULLY AT
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SCRIBBLE'S  Journey starts on a peaceful shore called THE BEGINNING, continues to the rough, adventurous MIDDLE, and leads finally to THE ENDING, but it's not at all what Scribble expected...

Scribble is a scribble and Author is an author, but who really gets to tell the tale?


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Title: SCRIBBLE & AUTHOR
Author: Miri Leshem-Pelly
Publisher: Kane Miller Books
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Scribble & Author is written as a dialogue between the main character, Scribble, and the author who created her.
Scribble’s journey starts on a peaceful shore called THE BEGINNING, continues to the rough, adventurous MIDDLE, and leads finally to the gate of THE ENDING, but it’s not at all what Scribble expected… Scribble is a scribble and Author is an author, but who really gets to tell the tale?
A picture book about finding your own voice, making your own decisions, and writing your own story.
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photographer: Efrat Shine, www.studio-shine.co.il
Miri Leshem-Pelly is the author-illustrator of 14 children’s books. She’s also illustrated 14 books for other writers. When Miri isn’t writing she can be found speaking at schools, kindergartens and libraries. She is invited to do more than 200 presentations with her books per year. Miri is also a Regional Advisor for SCBWI (Society of Children’s book writers & illustrators).
Miri is represented by Olswanger Literary Agency.
Miri’s works have won awards and her illustrations have been shown on several exhibitions.
Miri lives in Israel with her husband and two children, and loves reading books and going on nature hikes.
Her latest book is Scribble & Author.

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MY THOUGHTS
This is rather a different type of book.  It's the journey of a scribble and the story is being told by the author, or I think it is.   Perhaps scribble is telling the story through the author. Perhaps scribble is the author. That's for you to find out.  It all starts with a spot, some lines and. WaLa, Scribble!    You start at the beginning and Scribble helps the reader create the journey. Where do you go next.? Maybe a friend?  The book is definitely different, but a little tale of friendship and using your imagination.  It's about challenges and over coming them.  If you have an idea, go for it.   If you have questions, and you will have many questions, then go to The River of Questions, because all questions have answers. There will be challenges and you may not think you can do it, but YOU CAN DO IT!You will have fears, but YOU CAN DO IT!  Just use your imagination and YOU CAN DO IT! 
I found the book to be mainly a reminder that no matter what you face, YOU CAN DO IT!  Not a lot of substance to it other than that.   A simple, yet informing little book that is presented in a different manner.  Since it is for the age group of 4 year olds, it is a good little book to present how not to quit, face your fears and find answers to your questions.  Teaches a lesson, YOU CAN DO IT!


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I would give this book 4 STARS.

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June 20, 2017

DEVIL'S GRACE: Renn Arelia's Story

DEVIL'S GRACE
Renn Arelia's Story
Ladie's of Mischief\Book One
by
Karen Dean Benson 

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about the book
  • Number: B013QBVQYS
  • Release: August 28, 2015
  • Author: Karen Dean Benson
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Satin Romance
On a mist-covered road bordering the Thames, a careening carriage nearly runs over a young woman escaping a forced betrothal. A nobleman jumps from the carriage and runs to her rescue; two cultures collide, England and Spain. An heirloom locket and an irresistible chemistry are the stepping-stones to destiny.  (from Night Owl Reviews)

the author
Karen decided to try her hand at writing historical fiction somewhere between diapering her first child and kissing the sixth off to college. The Dominican Nuns in the Detroit, Michigan parochial system taught her how to diagram a sentence. Foolishly believing she was armed with sufficient knowledge, she pounded out stories on a Royal Portable typewriter that bounced merrily across the desktop. The lusty voices of all those children increased her need for mental escape, and gave her plenty of fodder for storytelling.

After graduating from Northwood University, she spent the next years in the woodlands of Northern Michigan relishing the beauty of the Au Sable River as her family grew. She swapped out the Royal for a thirty-pound Olympic that stayed put when typing.

Karen loves research, history, and tales of convoluted lives. She weaves all this against the backdrop of a by-gone era and tosses in plenty of problems to solve. Her novels involve young women blundering through the social constraints of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

MY THOUGHTS
Setting 1788:   Renn Arelia Sheridan holds something dear in the pocket of her gown.   An emerald brooch, the same emerald brooch pictured in the portrait that Renn is staring at.  A portrait of the First Duchess of Chippenham.   Renn is a mere 18 years of age when her parents drown.  She is now under the guardianship of a duke and duchess.   They tell her her parents left her with nothing.  They have searched and searched for that brooch but didn't find it.  Renn is told she is betrothed to a French marquis who is a wealthy, but very arrogant man. Renn makes her escape but is almost run over by a carriage,she is rescued by a nobleman.  Thus, two different lives emerge, England and Spain together.  Is this a step in the right direction for Renn?  What is so important about the brooch?   Is the brooch a blessing from her deceased mother or a curse to haunt Renn?  It seems that trouble follows Renn as she goes from escaping the French Marques, boarding a ship, a captain who is far more than he appears. All she wants is to teach at an orphanage called Gravesend.  She holds the locket closely but she has no idea what that locket may mean in her quest for a new life. The author gives a strong character in Renn.   She is bound and determined to keep going even under the worse of circumstances.   She is strong willed.   She holds on to the brooch her deceased mother left her with all her might.  She won't let it go.  But what is the real meaning of the brooch?  The author keeps that in the back of the reader's mind as you turn the pages.     There's more to it.  The descriptions of the brooch, the portrait, the captain, the descriptions are so vivid that you can picture it all.  You want so desperately for Renn to get some happiness. It seems that she has had very little.  Where does the nobelman fit in.?  Is there a possible romance for Renn?  The story is well written and the descriptions are very good. The characters are well developed and the pace is just fast enough to keep your interest without losing you.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 3.5 STARS.




June 19, 2017

GLADDEN THE HEART




Gladden the Heart (Amish Turns of Time Book 5) by [Newport, Olivia]















GLADDEN THE HEART
Amish Turns of Time
Book 5
by
Olivia Newport

Will the excitement of a Tent Revival and Spiritual Awakening Tear apart an Amish Church?

 ABOUT THE BOOK
When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the said customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive questions: What is a genuine spiritual experience?
The question turns personal when Susanna's beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna's intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.
Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith.  Now they must grapple with whether love is possible...even if they come to different conclusions.
When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs. But can strong held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?

More in the Amish Turns of Time Series:
Wonderful Lonesome
Meek and Mild
Brightest and Best
                                        Hope in the Land

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where day lilies grow as tall as she is.


MY THOUGHTS
 Back when this novel took place was in the 1800's, the Amish weren't looked upon as different like they are now.   I believe because we are so used to all the conveniences, the clothing, the attitude and with so many straying from the faith that back then was held so dear.  I love reading Amish books and this one was a historical Amish read.   I was very interested by the history in the book.   I remember reading about revivals that were held in tents and even today there are revivals held in tents, though they are different in many ways.   I found it rather interesting and fascinating the different beliefs that were between the Amish and other denominations.   I wasn't quite sure about this Amish man who started preaching while asleep.   That seemed a bit far fetched to me.  But it did put a different touch on the Amish read from others I have read.   The question is raised, "What is a genuine spiritual experience?" that is for the Amish.  This may have been something the Amish at that time hadn't ever had to deal with.  The author gives this Amish read a different twist and also shows the struggle of some of the characters to help those they love and having to perhaps speak against what they are doing.  Family is a close knit group for the Amish and having to speak against them must be extremely hard.   When Adam, Susanna's intended is pressured by the Bishop to speak against Noah, the sleeping preacher, will their love be tested?   Will they be able to stand on different sides of the controversy and still love each other?  Can beliefs be set aside for a moment and the community come together when Noah goes missing?  This book was presented by the author with an unique basis that showed how the Amish can ban together even with different ideas on a rather difficult subject, to save one of their own.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I am under no obligation to post a review.

I would give this book   4 STARS. 
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