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Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Source: Publisher provided
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Family
Rating: ★★★★½

“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

REVIEW | Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texas, where distant relatives await. Continue reading “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’”

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 1
Rating: ★★★★

An exciting adventure awaits the reader as we journey with Sofi Snow.

REVIEW | There are two things 17-year-old Sofi Snow is good at. Keeping her guard up, and protecting her bother. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s fierce in her every day and as an online gamer. Her world is an Earth ruled by cooperation’s rather than a form of government. Her primary goal though is to keep her young brother, who is a part of the games’ virtual and physical arena fights, safe. When an explosion rocks the arena, Sofi is injured and Shilo is nowhere to be found.

Convinced he’s a alive, Sofi escapes the hospital (after overhearing the sinister plans for her) and sets about finding her brother. To enter the forbidden world where the Delonese live (the alien planet surrounding Earth), Sofi needs help. She’ll need the kind of help only Earth’s playboy, Miguel, one of the Delonese’s ambassadors, can offer. A dangerous possibility not only because ambassadors aren’t allowed on the planet, a complication further agitated because they share a history both wish to forget. Continue reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World”

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series

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Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Series: Orphan Train, 1
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | The New York streets are brutal to Elise Neumann and her young sisters. Following the recent death of their mother, the three girls are left orphaned. Housed by an uncle who cruelly demands more money from them, Elise decides she must strike out on her own before her family is torn apart. Leaving her family in the capable hands of a kind-hearted woman trying to start a mission, Elise sets out for unknown territory: Illinois.

Once there, she is hired to cook by the wealthy entrepreneur Thornton Quincy. Facing his own complicated challenges, Thornton cannot help an interest in Elise. Beautiful inside and out, Thornton begins to wonder if she’s his chance at true love – and to fulfill the challenges his father issues to his sons to marry for love. Continue reading “With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series”

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Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files

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Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction; Mystery and Suspense, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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Rating: 4 out of 5

As an agent of the Tennessee Missing Persons task force, Nikki Boyd is used to seeing a multitude of cases cross her desk. Specializing in the missing persons unit, driven by her personal past, Nikki’s latest case sends her on a search for a missing wife. With the woman’s husband dead, and a trail of men seeking her who’d do the woman harm, Nikki will have to unravel the case before someone else finds her victim. Even if that means turning the investigation on her best friend, Tyler… the man she harbors unrequited love for.

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Up until I’d read Vendetta, I was unfamiliar with Harris’ books. But it only took that one novel for me to be impressed. The style, characters and rapid pace won me over like nothing else had. Book one set up a story (about Nikki’s missing sister) that is meant to linger throughout the trilogy. While frustrating for a reader who wants answers, it’s this that keeps us up and flipping pages, all while being actively invested in this story and its characters. Continue reading “Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files”

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The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof – An Authentic Fairytale

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Author: Joanne Bischof

Publisher: Mason Jar Books

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Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Sometimes a novel comes along that delights, enchants and entertains. Sometimes a novel comes along that disappoints and ends in disaster. And then, sometimes, a book comes along that couples only good things and leaves its readers speechless. One such novel is The Lady and the Lionheart. This is the kind of novel that left me nervous to attempt a review because it’s that good. But as I sit down to write out my thoughts in what I hope is a coherent manner, I am again flooded with memories (these few days later) of how memorable this story is. Continue reading “The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof – An Authentic Fairytale”

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Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit

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Author: Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

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Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult, Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Four years ago, Ashton Keller was accused of murder. Four years ago, all Ashton wanted to be worried about was surviving his first year of high school… and girls. More specifically, his best friend Willow Lamont. Now four years later, Ashton is released from juvenile detention with revenge on the mind little realizing how his conviction altered and damaged Willow and her family.

Prepared for indifference towards everyone he once knew, nearly as soon as Ashton sets foot back in Gilt Hollow, everything changes. Continue reading “Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit”

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith – Darcy and Lizzy Fight Zombies

About the Book:Book - Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Tie In Edition

Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Quirk Books

Source: Bought

Publication Date: 2009 (Reprint 2016)

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

REVIEW: A kind of “literary mash-up” and retelling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (of a sort) is sassy, creative fiction. Ironically, I found it as relevant to today’s society (is there anything that cannot be cured by a dose of infected zombies? *sarcasm*), as it might appeal to those who admire the old literary language that Austen wrote with such class and grace.

The story is, at its heart, the same as Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. We meet the feisty Lizzy Bennet only instead of being snubbed for lacking graces, she’s skilled in the arts of weaponry. Mr. Darcy is still as proud as ever with an arrogance Lizzy cannot tolerate. Only in this scenario, they are equally matched in their skill with the sword as trained zombie slayers. With every meeting, the tension crackles as Lizzy’s disgust of the arrogant man rises and his attraction to Lizzy grows. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review ➔

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The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

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Author: Katie Ganshert

Publisher: Zondervan

Source: Publisher (BookLook)

Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Year of Weddings 2, #11

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Novella

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: As part of my mental exercise of expanding my reading palate, apparently part of my unspoken 2015 goal is to read more novellas. It seems like the past two months alone have involved paging through novellas, all of which have been amazing reads. My latest find is from the pen of Katie Ganshert and as per usual is one of the sweetest little stories I’ve yet to read. The story is simple: A young woman, Amelia meets Nate thanks to a serendipitous case of happenstance. Through a series of flubs, the pair wind up writing emails; letters that tell the other person much. When Nate eventually pursues a relationship that involves finding Amelia in person, she’ll have to admit to the one thing that might drive him away before they’ve even had a chance to begin…  Continue reading “The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert”

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Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

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Author: Jody Hedlund

Publisher: Waterbrook

Source: Author (Publisher) Provided

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Historical (Biography), Romance

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Review: I’ve never been what someone would call an avid reader of historical events or figures. Any kind of historical “biography” type story kind of scares me off. Those I do experience are exclusive to the silver screen, which we all know is often skewed to suit entertainment purposes. That is also where anything I know about Martin Luther really came from as I vaguely remember watching the film starring Joseph Fiennes in the role of Luther. When I learned Jody Hedlund was tackling the iconic figure, I confess my reaction was one of neutrality. However, it’s safe to posit I have a different opinion now I’ve actually read this nearly 400-page tome…  Continue reading “Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund”

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One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg

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Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Indie Published

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Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Christmas, Novella

Rating: 5 out of 5


REVIEW: If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll have probably recognized one of my more popular reading habits steers towards the lighthearted and happy. If ever there were a time when this would be truer than is routine, that’d be the Christmas season. It’s fortunate then that one of my all-time favorite romantic-comedy authors has written a sweet as sugar novella to pair with the holiday season. Continue reading “One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg”