First Line Fridays – A Mother for His Family

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring A Mother for His Family by Susanne Dietze. This charming regency period story takes place in Scotland. This captivating story with it’s delightful cast of characters is one you are sure to enjoy! To read my review CLICK HERE!

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Perthshire, Scotland
July 1819

          With no warning, the rain-soaked ground underfoot gave way, and Lady Helena Stanhope slid backwards into the mucky trench.

 

That isn’t anyway to start your day! Her dress is ruined, and along with being wet, she’s now covered in mud.  You’ll want to be sure to snag a copy of this book to find out what happens next!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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Recap December 2017

As we bid a fond farewell to December and welcome in January; Let us take a brief pause to take a look back at the book fun we enjoyed in December.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

IfNotForTheeIf Not For Thee

The House on Foster HillThe House on Foster Hill

CountMeInCount Me In

Whither Shall I GoWhither Shall I Go?

AWreathOfSnowA Wreath of Snow

MotherForHisFamily  A Mother for His Family

HisForgottenFianceeHis Forgotten Fiancee

AMatchOfSortsA Match of Sorts

WrappedInRedWrapped In Red

MHBinNiagraFallsNY  My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

ALawmanForChristmas  A Lawman for Christmas

Author Interview:

MikalDawn  Mikal Dawn

Cover Reveals:

AmongstTheRosesAmongst the Roses

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts

I’d love to hear from you:

Did you have a favorite book from December? What book are you most looking forward to reading?

I will be unveiling a new site logo in January and offering a giveaway. Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss out!

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A Mother For His Family by: Susanne Dietze

Synopsis:

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth.
Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

My Thoughts:

This delightful story captured my attention and imagination right from the start and kept me greedily turning pages late into the night. With charismatic characters and an engaging plot line, this story is one that you will want to make sure to read. The mystery behind the letters kept me guessing right until the end.

At the beginning, I found myself heart-sore for Helena, for her history and for how she felt lost and alone. As the story progressed I found myself cheering for her as she grew in confidence. She was misunderstood by her peers, and early on she had allowed the opinion of others and how they viewed her, to dictate how she saw herself. Given the opportunity to have a better circle of influence she grew and flourished. It was refreshing to watch her transformation.

What a fantastic hero we find in John. He has his shortcomings, but he also grows. He isn’t too proud or stubborn to admit when he is wrong. He is strong yet tender, he is firm yet kind. John is quite the swoon-worthy hero!

Often when we look back at history and think of the dazzling parties, the impressive mansions, and beautiful dresses worn by the wealthy. We often fail to consider what it would really be like to grow up in a home where your parents did not have an active role in raising you. Children were often closer to the nanny and the servants than to their parents. More often than not Marriages were arrangements agreed upon to make money, or to gain political power and standing. Love was often a foreign concept, often thought of as a fairytale.

I loved the tender message of God’s amazing love for us and the reminder that we are never alone. God loves us beyond our wildest imagination and is always with us. You can never stray too far away, that He isn’t there waiting for you with arms open wide.

If you enjoy sweet stories full of substance and emotion, then you won’t want to miss out on reading this book. I look forward to reading more stories from Susanne Dietze in the future and I give this fabulous story 5 stars. I encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy at your earliest convenience.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

13657688  Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

 

  A Mother for his Family (expected release Jan. 1, 2018)

   The Reluctant Guardian

Recap – October 2017

As we wave goodbye to October and welcome in November; Let us take a brief pause to take a look back at the book fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

31ProverbsToLightYourPath 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

LadyJayne Lady Jayne Disappears

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

TheSecretLifeOfSarahHollenbeck  The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

ReturningHome Returning Home

image1  Charming The Troublemaker

TheRegencyBridesCollection The Regency Brides Collection

ADangerousLegacy  A Dangerous Legacy

AudreyDoll & Book Girls of Faith – Dolls & Companion Stories

 

Author Interviews:

PamHillman  Pam Hillman

SONY DSC  Toni Shiloh

 

Cover Reveals:

Dietze - Mother for his Children A Mother for his Family

WaitingForHisReturn Waiting for his Return

 

Spotlights:

God's Daughter  God’s Daughter

collage-2017-10-03   A Season of Hope & A Season of Deception

 

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in November?

 

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway – A Mother for His Family by Susanne Dietze

I’m super-duper excited to be teaming up with Susanne Dietze for the cover reveal for her latest book, “A Mother for his Family” scheduled to hit the shelves in January 2017.

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

About the book:

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth.
Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

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Susanne shared her Inspiration behind the cover in saying: “I love marriage of convenience stories and always wanted to write one! It’s always fun for me to read a book where the wedding happens at the beginning and things progress out of order with the couple: marriage first, then love.

I was able to offer three scene suggestions for the cover, and the wedding was my first choice so I’m thrilled the amazing art department at Harlequin chose to work with it. It’s a hopeful scene, since both the hero and heroine, John and Helena, think getting married will be the answer to their problems: he needs a mother for his three kids and niece, and she needs a respectable home.

However, they learn right away that saying “I do” might provide solutions to their immediate issues, but not all of them, and forging a family can be a challenge—one that both breaks and heals their hearts!

I love looking at them in this scene and knowing they have adventures ahead that will bring them closer together!”

I simply love reading Susanne’s stories, and I am eagerly anticipating being able to dig into her newest book!

For those who have read Susanne’s earlier book “The Reluctant Guardian“, you will recognize a familiar character! Click here to see my review of The Reluctant Guardian.

  A Mother for his Family available for pre-order

   The Reluctant Guardian

Don’t forget to enter to win the giveaway! 

It’s a Spa Moment (alas, a moment is all I can afford with a kid in college). You can win a copy of The Reluctant Guardian, which takes place in the same story universe as A Mother for His Family; a Beauticontrol Regeneration Pure Hydration Sheet Masque (over $10 value for this lovely masque), and a signed bookplate.

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A few blogging friends are also joining in on the Cover Reveal fun. Please be sure to swing by and check-out what they have to say!

Anita @ A.M. Heath Blog
Megan @ Faery Tales Are Real
Bree @ Bibliophile 
Cheryl @ Cheryl Book Blog
Carrie @ ReadingIsMySuperpower
Inkwell Inspirations
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