The Light at Wyndcliff (Cornwall #3) by Sarah E. Ladd

About this book:

In the third book of this sweet Regency Cornwall series, one young man must search for truth among the debris of multiple shipwrecks on his newly inherited property.

When Liam Twethewey inherits the ancient Wyndcliff Hall in Pevlyn, Cornwall, he sets a goal of fulfilling his late great-uncle’s dream of opening a china clay pit on the estate’s moorland. When he arrives, however, a mysterious shipwreck on his property—along with even more mysterious survivors—puts his plans on hold.

Evelyn Bray has lived in Pevlyn her entire life. After her grandfather’s fall from fortune, he humbled himself and accepted the position of steward at Wyndcliff Hall. Evelyn’s mother, embarrassed by the reduction of wealth and status, left Pevlyn in search of a better life for them both, but in spite of her promise, never returns. Evelyn is left to navigate an uncertain path with an even more uncertain future.

When the mysteries surrounding the shipwreck survivors intensify, Liam and Evelyn are thrown together as they attempt to untangle a web of deceit and secrets. But as they separate the truths from the lies, they quickly learn that their surroundings—and the people in it—are not as they seem. Liam and Evelyn are each tested, and as a romance buds between them, they must decide if their love is strong enough to overcome their growing differences.

My Thoughts:

Come away to the sea-swept coast and the wild moor’s of England in this enchanting story of mystery and secrets. Steeped in history and shrouded in secrets this exciting story is sure to pull you in and keep you turning pages late into the night. Who needs TV and movies when you have this delightful book to keep you entertained?! Your imagination is sure to run wild as you cozy in with this truly engaging story.

I found myself talking to the characters in the story while I read, as if they could hear me. This story so captured my imagination that I felt like I was in it with Liam and Evelyn. On more than one occasion wishing I could give a good shake to one or a friendly hug of encouragement to another. By the end of the story I was both satisfied with the outcome and heart-sore to leave the Wyndcliff Hall, Liam, Evelyn and the others behind.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

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Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.

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The Masked Baron by Anneka R. Walker

About this book:

Andalin is accustomed to her father’s frequent travels—and to being left behind. So when he returns home and instructs her to pack her belongings, she is bewildered—but there is no time for questions as she is whisked away on a mysterious journey under the cover of night. When their tense flight leads them into the forbidding Black Forest, the pair quickly finds themselves in great peril. With little hope of escape, father and daughter are spared when rescue appears in the form of the mysterious Dark Rider, a notorious deadly highwayman feared by all he meets. But his assistance does not come without a price: he is taking Andalin with him. Now her fate rests in the hands of the enigmatic masked man whose secrets are inescapably tied to the beautiful young woman now in his charge. 

My Thoughts:

There is so much to love about this fabulous story. It has something for everyone. Mystery, a dash of fantasy, sigh-worthy romance, page-turning drama, dynamic characters, and an engaging plot, all set in the forested English countryside.

This isn’t your typical Regency Romance, it is filled with twist and turns that are sure to keep your attention and reading long past your bedtime. I really enjoyed reading this story from Author Anneka Walker and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

(I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own)

About the Author:

Anneka Walker was raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor’s degree in English and History. When she isn’t dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she’s busy living her own together with her husband and adorable children.

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First Line Friday: If I Were You

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Today I am excited to be featuring If I Were You by Lynn Austin. This book released earlier this month and what a page-turning story it is! If you haven’t yet picked up a copy, do yourself a favor and grab this one!

London, November 1945
Eve Dawson bolted upright in bed. Someone was pounding on her door.

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First Line Friday: Lakeshire Park

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Today I am excited to be featuring Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker. I just recently started reading this book, and I am really enjoying slipping back in time through the pages of this story and getting to know these delightful characters.

Lakeshire Park

Brighton, England, 1820

          My fingers held the last chord on the pianoforte a beat longer than necessary. 

 

 

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First Line Friday: The House at the End of the Moor

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Today I am excited to be featuring The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep. I loved reading this newest book! An exciting page-turning adventure you won’t soon forget! Be sure to snag a copy to enjoy!

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March 1861
Dartmoor Prison, Devon, England

Death prowled the cell block like a dark animal seeking prey–especially the weakest.

 

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A Life to Live by Toni Shiloh

Synopsis:

Mia is headed to the famed Nottingham for a month-long vacation. She never imagined she’d run into her high-school sweetheart thousands of miles away from her home town. Why would God throw them back together?

Caleb always regretted the way things ended with his high-school girlfriend, Mia. After a chance encounter in the streets of Nottingham, Caleb feels God is giving him a second chance to right the wrongs he committed. Unbeknownst to him, Mia has secrets that may require his forgiveness.
Will her past overshadow his wrongs?

As Mia and Caleb work through old hurts and broken hearts will they let the blessing of forgiveness redeem their relationship?

  A Life to Live

My Thoughts:

One of the many things I love about Toni Shiloh’s writing is how seamlessly she incorporates scripture into her writing. Her writing doesn’t come across as preaching, it simply flows out of the story. If you were to pull out all the Bible verses, the story would just fall flat.

These two main characters, Mia and Caleb are flawed, just like we all are. They have some hard lessons to learn. Shiloh invites us into the lives of these characters and I felt like I was right there in the story, walking through the events with close friends.

This book may be just over 100 pages, but it leaves a strong impression and gives us an important reminder of the importance of forgiveness. I highly recommend this fantastic story to anyone who enjoys reading sweet love stories, with a strong element of faith!

(I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading enjoyment. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian ​Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the president of the ACFW Virginia ​Chapter.

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  A Life to Live

 

 

First Line Friday: On Wings of Devotion

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Today I am excited to be featuring On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers #2) by Roseanna M. White.  This fantastic story released earlier this week and I recently started reading it. Friend, let me tell you, right from the very first pages I’m hooked and can’t put the story down!  Check out the first line below and snag a copy for yourself!

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Charing Cross Hospital
London, England
1 February 1918

          A stranger stalking down the street shouldn’t make her hands tremble in anticipation.

 

On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers #2)

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The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2) by Sarah E. Ladd

In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?

Synopsis:

Cornwall, England, 1818

Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. The manor is located at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks within the home’s ancient halls.

As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and that of the people around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made clear his intentions to court the lovely visitor. And Isaac knows his place.

When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and valuables go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.

Sweet Regency Romance
Full-length novel, approximately 90,000 words
Second in the Cornwall series, but can be read alone

Perfect for fans of Poldark, Sarah Ladd’s latest Regency romance, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor, explores Cornwall, England, and the secrets within one of its historic manor houses.

 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)

My Thoughts:

What a fantastic story filled with unexpected twists and turns. I was kept on the razor edge, turning pages expectantly to find out what would happen next and kept guessing until the end! I’ve read and enjoyed many of Sarah E. Ladd’s books, but this has got to be my favorite.  If you enjoy regency period stories with mystery and intrigue, then do yourself a favor and snag a copy of this book to enjoy!

While this is the second story in the Cornwall series, it easily stands alone. There are a few refrences to characters we previously met in book one. But you could easily jump right in with book two if you so wish. Fans of Poldark and Jane Austen will be blissfully enamored with this new story! A rumored treasure, shadowy figures, whispers in the walls. Secrets abound and surprises await!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

About the Author:

S.Ladd   Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

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 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

 

 

 

 

First Line Friday: The Painted Castle

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Today I am excited to be featuring The Painted Castle (The Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron. I fell into this book, and I didn’t want to leave! I loved every moment I spent in the pages of this captivating book! CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Present day
O’Connell Street, Lower Dublin, Ireland

          “Who is that, an’ why does he keep comin’ in here night after night, ooglin’ ye from across our pub?”

 

What do you think reader friends? Is it love at first sight? or a crazy stalker situation? Hmm.. I’ll never tell!!  Do be sure to snag a copy of this fantastic book!!

 

  The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3)

 

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The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron

Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.

Synopsis:

It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.

Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

  The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3)

My Thoughts:

I fell into this book, and I didn’t want to leave! I loved every moment I spent in the pages of this captivating book! Resplendent with vivid imagery, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters all brought this story to life in my imagination.  I equally enjoyed all three of the story-lines and thought that Kristy Cambron tied them together quite brilliantly!

These characters pulled me in and invited me along the journey. I felt every heart-pounding moment right along with them. The mystery, the tender romance, and even the heart-breaking moments that had me reaching for the tissue box. A Christmas dance in stocking feet to the sound of a crackling fire, and many other tender moments that had me holding my breath in anticipation of what would be said next. Intense, and searing the story held me in its grip.

Each of the three time-lines equally captivated my imagination and griped my heart in unexpected ways. Each left indelible marks on my heart that shall stay with me long into the future. I give this book 5-enthusiastic stars and encourage you to enjoy this story yourself at your earliest convenience!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

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About the Author:

KristyCambron  KRISTY CAMBRON has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. The Lost Castle (HarperCollins, series debut in 2018) is her fifth novel. Her first Bible studies (DVD + study guides), The Verse Mapping series, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has 15 years experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She lovesstorytelling from the stage and travels to teach about the intersection of story roads, faith-following Jesus, and her affection for Bible Verse-Mapping. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

The last and most important thing? Jesus Christ is everything — let her tell you about Him sometime.

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  The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3)

Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2)

  The Lost Castle (Lost Castle #1)