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Duchess by Susan May Warren

DuchessAbout the Book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Daughters of Fortune” (book 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Romance, Series
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Wanting her name in lights is all Roxy Price ever wanted, which is what led her back to the man who broke her young, impressionable heart to make this happen. To do this, she leaves behind everything – her family, her child… and her name, Rosie Worth, adopting an entirely new look and becoming the blonde bombshell Dash’s studio wants her to conform to. Slowly, Rosie loses herself in the pursuit of topping the box office, and then tragedy strikes leading her to meet again with the one man from her past whom her mother, Jinx once hoped Rosie would marry. Now, fighting against the Great Depression and larger studios, Rosie takes up the challenge of saving the company Dash started but at what cost will her fame come?

If ever there were a time to describe something as “snazzy” fraught with tragic events – all in the same sentence, Susan May Warren’s historical series would be the one that could pull it off. It is meant as the highest of compliments as this three-part story has become possibly one of the greatest of its genre, judging by those I have yet to read or are currently residing on my bookshelf. The gorgeously designed cover sparkles (the only flaw is a dark-headed actress instead of a blonde) and what’s inside is just as breathtaking – a story that sweeps its reader up in the golden age of Hollywood, and an exciting, never-dull excursion in Europe. Continue reading “Duchess by Susan May Warren”

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The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

About the Book:Book - The Pursuit of Lucy Banning
Author: Olivia Newport
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Avenue of Dreams” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Series
Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Marriage may be what her mother has in mind for her but Lucy has no plans for it to happen before some twelve months. After all, she has secrets of her own – ambitions she wants to meet, ones that a husband wouldn’t indulge. Engaged to her brother’s friend, it has long been understood that Lucy and Daniel would marry between the wealthy Banning family and their friends, the Jules. Lucy has accepted that, never knowing any other man who caught her eye. Until now. It isn’t until her brother Leo comes home with another friend in tow that Lucy begins to re-think her future. Could Will Edwards be a part of that? Ambitious but of the working class, Lucy finds Will easy to talk too and a man who sees her as more than a pretty face. Continue reading “The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport”

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Cover Candy: Edition Eight

 Re-posting this from the “main” blog.

Morning, all you book-loving friends. So again, I have complied enough “new” book pretties to share yet another edition of “cover love.” Found some gorgeous ones and some that only rank “so-so.” Either way, there are some great, intriguing storylines. The greatest trend in Christian fiction that I’ve noticed is how “edgy” many of the upcoming releases sound.

You all may have seen most of these on the book “network” so many of us chat about – either on Twitter, Goodreads or our blogs, but if you spot some new ones, share what you think. Or share any other thoughts you may have.
I look forward to reading any impressions that you wish to leave.  Continue reading “Cover Candy: Edition Eight”
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Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman

Book - Love at Any CostAbout the Book:
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “The Heart of San Francisco” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Cassidy McClare is a Texas girl through-and-through. And she is done with men. Fool her once, shame on you, fool her twice… well, she isn’t about to let that happen after her heart was stomped on by the charming Mark Chancellor. Now to heal her broken heart, she is leaving behind the home she holds dear to stay the summer with her aunt Cait and cousins, Blake, Ally, Meg and Maddie. Only trouble is, escaping her past may not be so easy when she comes face-to-face with Jamie McKenna. He may have a different face but he is exactly the same as Mark and Cassie refuses to be drawn into his charm – or his gorgeous eyes. What Cassie doesn’t know is Jamie is looking for a wealthy bride to win and what Jamie doesn’t know is that the spunky Texas heiress isn’t what she seems. Continue reading “Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman”

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Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

Cover Candy: Edition FiveAbout the Book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “A Christiansen Family Novel” (book 1)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Review: Tragedy has been chasing Darek Christiansen from the moment he agreed to do the “right thing” by marrying the girl from his small hometown of Deep Haven. Instead of becoming a good husband and father, Darek was too busy travelling the country as one of the Hotshots, an elite firefighting team, leaving behind what should have been his greatest treasures. Now after a brief, tumultuous marriage, Darek’s wife Felicity died five years ago in a tragic accident and now the lovely Ivy Madison breezes into town. As the eldest in a large family, Darek’s past has become a subject no one dares to discuss. Following an awkward first impression, Darek slowly begins to open up to the assistant county attorney little realizing that the woman he is falling for and his own pasts are more intertwined than either understand. Continue reading “Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren”

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Unrivaled

Unrivaled Book ArtAbout the Book:
Author: Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction; Christian, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

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Back from a whirlwind tour in Europe where she dined with some of England’s most prominent and has trunks full of the latest fashions, Lucy Kendall can think of nothing better than returning home to her home and father. As a candy maker, Lucy grew up under his teaching and is a dreamer as a result. Upon her arrival, she is told by her mother that her father suffered a heart attack and plans are underway to sell their failing confectionary. Horrified, Lucy refuses to see her father’s business sold to his competition in Warren Clarke – the man who stole her father’s prize taffy recipe, no less! More than mere upset is setting Lucy’s heart aflutter with the arrival of the handsome Charlie. His past is shadowed in mystery and regret yet there is something kind-hearted about him. By the time Lucy finds out that he is actually her competition, it’s too late – Charlie has fallen for Lucy, and for the first time, he wants to be better. For Lucy. Continue reading “Unrivaled”