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The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport

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Author: Olivia Newport
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Avenue of Dreams – book 3
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: Sarah Cummings has lived the only life open to her ever since she lost her parents as a young girl. Left an orphan, she grew up at St. Andrew’s and immediately went into service at the age of sixteen. Living on the prestigious Prairie Avenue at the home of the Banning’s, Sarah’s plans for a better more prestigious life is fueled by the parties and fine gowns she sees on a nightly basis – and getting the hand-me-downs from Mrs. Banning has honed Sarah’s skill with a needle. On a chance meeting with a recent Chicago transplant – Miss Lillie Wagner, Sarah invents a mysterious, Chicago socialite named Serena Cuthbert, and is put on a whirlwind of possibilities, one that involved a wealthy, politically ambitious suitor and possibly, the man who can give Sarah the life she wants to make for herself. But will the cost to Sarah and her real friends be worth compromising her values to achieve that success? Continue reading “The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport”

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Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

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Author: Julianne Donaldson
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: 2013
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Genre: Fiction; Historical
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Review: Kate Worthington is ready to break free of her trappings – her mother is a stern woman whose appalling public displays and flirting has been inherited by her daughters. Her eldest sister has already sullied her name, and Maria is well on her way to following suit. This leaves Kate, the one daughter who wants nothing more than to escape the life her mother wishes for her daughters. The place she wants to go to is, Blackmoore, the seaside estate of her dearest, childhood friends, Henry Delafield and his sister, Sylvia. When her mother reneges on permission for Kate’s stay at Blackmoore, in desperation, she strikes a bargain – if she receives and rejects three marriage proposals, Mrs. Worthington will give in to Kate’s greatest wish; to travel to India with her aunt. With high expectations, Kate finally sees her long-held hope realized when she arrives at Blackmoore. Things go array when her heart realizes that she cannot give up everything she knows… and loves. Continue reading “Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson”

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The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson

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Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Weddings by Design – Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Being able to start her business on the upscale end of downtown Galveston is all Scarlet Lindsey has ever wanted. Aligning herself with Galveston’s most prominent businesswoman, Bella Neeley seemed like a good idea at the time only now Scarlet begins to wonder if she’s up to the task. When Bella’s wild brother, Armando Rossi breezes into town, Scarlet finds herself being thrown together with him for the betterment of various projects – everything from bringing up to code outdated soundboards for a church program to a baking contest – which ever so slowly reveals that there may be more to Armando than parties and wanderlust. Much as she loves creating the perfect confectionary delight at her business Let Them Eat Cake along with her trusty assistant, Kenny mounting pressure from her aunt – who has funded Scarlet’s venture, and the impending nuptials of her best friend, Scarlet soon finds herself battling her own dreams at the cost of a love that may be right in front of her… and her health. Continue reading “The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson”