The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski

About this book:

Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.

As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?

My Thoughts:

Page-turning adventure and drama await you within the exciting pages of this story set in war-torn Paris. Every scene is vivid and realistic, and brings you right into the front of the action. I was pulled into the story so completely that I frequently found myself holding my breath and calling out warnings more often than I can count. I didn’t want to put the book down for a moment.

If you enjoy stories that are set during World War II then you won’t want to pass up the chance to snag a copy of this latest book from author J’nell Ciesielski. The characters in this story will linger in my memory for a long time to come!

(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:

 

About the Author:

J'Nell Ciesielski  With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.

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TheSocialite  The Socialite

Also by J’nell Ciesielski

  Among the Poppies

  The Songbird and the Spy

  The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

 

First Line Friday: The Socialite

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski. I’m really enjoying my time in the pages of this story. I feel like I’m right there in the thick of the action. Paris, France during the German occupation of WWII. Watch for my review next week!

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Paris
1941

          “Bloody lipstick.” Kathleen Whitford yanked a handkerchief from her handbag and rubbed off the uneven line of Sequin Red curving over her lip. Angling her gold compact mirror to the streetlight, she swiped the red tube over her mouth again. “Can’t meet the Nazis with smeared lips.”

 

Yes, I couldn’t help but give you just a little more than one line. I wanted you to see that right from the beginning we are in the thick of the action and off on an adventure! Grab your copy today!

 

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First Line Friday: The Highlanders

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Highlanders (Smitten Historical Romance Collection). Never underestimate the heart of a Highlander in these four romantic novellas set across two centuries from 1715 to 1915. CLICK HERE to read my review.

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Night Fox by J’Nell Ciesielski
Scotland, 1717
Another Carriage on parade, another plump pheasant ripe for the plucking.

 

A Tender Siege by Naomi Musch
His Majesty’s Forces at Bushy Run, Pennsylvania  August 6, 1763
Lachlan McRae pressed his chest to the earth behind a fallen chestnut tree.

 

The Year Without Summer by Janet Grunst
1816
Cold wind blew off the loch as Grant Cummings headed toward Loch Ness Tavern, one of the inns in Fort Augustus that catered to the men working on the Highland’s Caledonian Canal.

 

The Violinist by Jennifer Lamont Leo
Sandpoint, Idaho  May 1915
Callan MacTavish never saw it coming.

 

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  The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

 

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The Highlanders (Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

Never underestimate the heart of a Highlander

Synopsis:

Night Fox

After the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, war-weary Deven McLendon returns home to discover a thief creating chaos on his lands. But this thief isn’t like any other. When Rooney Corsen sets out to steal jewels to repay her family’s debts and keep a roof over her little sisters’ heads, never does she imagine snagging the laird’s heart instead.

A Tender Siege

Pontiac’s War, August 1763: “I beg Ye to take me.” Wounded in battle in the American wilderness, Lachlan McRea of His Majesty’s 42nd Highlanders pleads with God, yearning to be reunited with his lost wife and child. As death hovers near, he is discovered by Wenonah, a native widow doing all she can to survive alone while avoiding the attentions of a dangerous Shawnee warrior. In aiding one another, their perils increase. If Lachlan can let go of the woman he once loved, he might find healing for both body and soul.

The Year without Summer

Shoved off his family’s land in Scotland in 1816, Grant Cummings looks for work in Ulster, Ireland. He needs money and a home to raise his young brother. Molly MacGregor loses her father and his income, but she has no time to grieve as she sews and spins to earn enough to keep her and her young brother alive. Renting out the hut on their land might be the answer, but only if she can overcome her prejudice against the handsome Highlander who moves in. Her heart might soften toward him, but not when he plans to set sail for America.

The Violinist

In 1915 Idaho, homesick lumberjack Callan MacTavish despairs of ever seeing his Scottish homeland again. With kindness and patience, music teacher Rose Marchmont reaches a part of Callan’s heart he’d long ago locked away. She sees beyond his rough exterior to the artistic heart beneath. He longs for more than he can offer her, but she doesn’t know about the secret trauma that keeps him from crossing the sea.

  The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed my time reading this fun collection of stories, each with its own braw Scottish Highlander! From a mysterious thief causing chaos and keeping the local laird on his toes, a wounded soldier who faces his past in the most unlikely of places, a young man who’s life is richly blessed by unexpected changes and a homesick highlander with a secret so deep it will take a tender heart to help him open up and move beyond his past.

If you enjoy historical stories with handsome Scottish Highlanders, then look no further! This book is sure to entertain and charm you right from the very first story, all the way to the last. I would have happily enjoyed reading more of these stories!

Each author brings her own unique writing style, and they blended together well with this overreaching theme of love and handsome Scottish Highlanders.

(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.)

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About the Authors:

 J’Nell CiesielskiWith a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
Learn more at www.jnellciesielski.com.

Naomi MuschNaomi loves stories rich in American history, but occasionally writes in other genres as well. She pens stories from the pristine north woods, where she and her husband live as epically as God allows near their five adult children and passel of grandchildren. She has worked as an editor for a small press, a staff writer for an EPA award-winning newspaper, a ghost writer, and has published dozens of magazine and internet articles for the encouragement of homeschooling families and young writers. Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Lake Superior Writers, and the Wisconsin Writers’ Association. She loves engaging with others and always discovering kernels of a new story. She is available for speaking and book groups. Her newest novel is Mist O’er the Voyageur, and she anticipates re-releasing several of her back-list novels in 2019.
Connect with her through her website:
http://www.naomimusch.com

Janet GrunstJanet is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her debut novel, A Heart Set Free was the 2016 Selah Award winner for Historical Romance. The second book in the series, A Heart For Freedom was released 2017. A lifelong student of history, her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith, as well as entertain, bring inspiration, and encouragement to the reader.
Visit her at:
https://JanetGrunst.com

Jenifer Lamont LeoAuthor of You’re the Cream in My Coffee and Ain’t Misbehavin’. With a passion for all things historical, Jennifer Lamont Leo captures readers’ hearts through stories set in times gone by. She is also a copywriter, editor, and journalist. An Illinois native, she holds a deep affection for Chicago and its rich history. Today she writes from the mountains of northern Idaho, where she shares her home with her husband, two cats, and abundant wildlife.
Visit her at A Sparkling Vintage Life (
http://www.JenniferLamontLeo.com/blog)

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  The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

First Line Fridays: The Songbird and the Spy

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Songbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski. This story has something for everyone! A tender romance, a suspenseful, page-turning adventure, drama, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters that will charm you from the beginning! CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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May 1940, France

Claire Baudin jittered with excitement as she checked her stocking seams. One final tweak to her new red straw hat and she slid out of the cramped ladies’ water closet. Tottering her way along the swaying railcar’s aisle, she bumped three elbows before falling into her seat.

 

Okay, so I gave you a little more than one line. I just couldn’t help myself! Trust me when I tell you that you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic story! This new story from J’nell Ciesielski comes out early February, but you can pre-order your copy today!

  The Songbird and the Spy

 

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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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The Songbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski

Synopsis:

As shells explode over Nazi-occupied France, American music student Claire Baudin is trapped behind enemy lines, struggling to protect her identity. Singing as a barmaid while she plans her escape, a handsome Third Reich captain threatens everything she knows to be true about the enemy.

Nazi Captain Michael Reiner isn’t who he claims to be. A British language expert turned spy, he discovers the truth about Claire, but he knows the importance of a secret. Struggling to resist his attraction to the songbird, he’s determined to complete his assignment, no matter the cost. His cover is threatened when a ruthless female Gestapo officer arrives, hunting Resistance fighters. The raid forces Michael’s hand: complete the mission or save Claire.

As the war threatens to tear them apart, they must rely on each other for survival. Is there hope—and a future—for an American songbird and a British spy?

  The Songbird and the Spy

My Thoughts:

From the first chapter to the last, I was transported back in time. I more than read this story, I experienced it! With vivid details and lyrical prose that both envelope and welcome the reader to be a part of the unfolding drama. I didn’t want to look away for a moment!

Claire has a gift for music, she traveled to France to attend music school and ends up trapped in Nazi-occupied France.  She must keep her true identity a secret while trying to find a way out of France. However, keeping secrets and trying to escape is increasingly more difficult than she first thought.

Captain Michael Reiner has his own secrets that he keeps. He has more to lose than just his position with the Nazi army. But when his cover is threatened and he’s backed into an impossible decision, what will he choose?

This story has something for everyone! A tender romance, a suspenseful, page-turning adventure, drama, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters that will charm you from the beginning!

I give this story 5-enthusiastic stars. Be sure to snag a copy of this newest story from J’nell Ciesielki!

(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:

J'Nell Ciesielski For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a book in my hand. When other girls went to the library to look at the Babysitter’s Club books, my mom found me sitting in the history aisle with a stack of Civil War books, and autobiographies of legends long gone. I loved being transported to other places and times, where men are chivalrous knights to the rescue and women wear big frilly dresses. I’ve always believed I was born in the wrong time period … but I digress.

With my natural curiosity of all things old-fashioned and love of happily ever afters, it was only natural I decided to pen a few of my own.

Born in Florida, I spent the many happy days of childhood running around our large backyard and splashing on the sugar white beaches known only to the Sunshine State. Just before high school, my dad got a job transfer to Texas and a whole new life began. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology the summer of 2005.

Not knowing what else to do with my life, I joined the Air Force. Stationed in Germany I was able to travel to places I’d only dreamed of: France, Austria, Netherlands, England, and my favorite Scotland. I also met my awesome husband while over there. I consider him my consolation prize for the years being forced to wear camouflage and combat boots.

After serving our four years, we now live in Virginia where we’ve been blessed that I can stay home and write all day. Yay! When I’m not writing you can find me baking something with chocolate, making my baby girl laugh, or giving belly rubs to our beagle Daisy.

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

Pre-order your copy today!

  The Songbird and the Spy

Also by J’nell Ciesielski

  Among the Poppies

 

 

 

 

June 2018 – Month in Review

There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in June.

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

Books Reviewed:

TheOrphansWish  The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson

WhereTheFireFalls  Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

AmongThePoppies  Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski

TheLoveLetter  The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

ADaringEscape  A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer

MoreThanMeetsTheEye  More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

TheHopeOfAzureSpringsThe Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

EnduringLove  Enduring Love by Toni Shiloh

 

Author Interviews:

InterviewKarenWitemeyerKaren Witemeyer

InterviewTaraJohnson  Tara Johnson

 

Cover Reveals:

BetweenTwoShoresBetween Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in July?

 

First Line Fridays: Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski

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

Today I’m featuring Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski. This captivating story set in World War 1 is sure to find its way onto your heart and on your “keeper” shelf. This is a story that you will not want to miss. CLICK HERE to read my review.

 

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Great Malvern, England 
1915

          “No, no. Like this. You must tie it off with a bow.”

 

 

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Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielki

Synopsis:

The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never under any circumstances fixes her own automobiles. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps for the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer’s daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. Rambling over bomb blasted roads is far from the exotic travel she had in mind, but not even a handsome captain can distract her from the purpose at hand. Most of the time.

Slogging through mud and a despair that no man should have to witness, Captain William Crawford stumbles over a woman—quite literally—who has the ridiculous notion to enter a man’s fight along the Front. Why can she not sit patiently at home like all the other complacent women?

Bound together by circumstances beyond their control, Gwyn and William must fight to survive the battle raging all around them. Can their love survive or will it become another casualty of war?

My Thoughts:

History comes to life! From the very first chapter I was captivated. This story took a hold of my imagination and wouldn’t let go! The characters easily found their way into my heart. I enjoyed the feisty Gwen and her best friend Cecelia, and of course the dashing yet stoic Captain William Stewart, who won me over with little effort. The writing is so smooth and seamless that the images popped off the page and into my imagination with ease.

Gwen Ruthers is a young woman ahead of her time. Not willing to merely look pretty sitting in fancy drawing rooms and sipping tea. Gwen is happiest when she is in her father’s garage, under the hood of the newest automobile getting greasy and making the engines purr. Gwen has big dreams to see the world and she not going to sit back and wait for opportunities to come knocking on her door, she is going to go after her dreams!

I was given a front row seat with the vivid descriptions of a war torn France during World War I and kept on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next! Full of emotion and tender romance you are sure to enjoy this exciting story!

(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:

J'Nell Ciesielski For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a book in my hand. When other girls went to the library to look at the Babysitter’s Club books, my mom found me sitting in the history aisle with a stack of Civil War books, and autobiographies of legends long gone. I loved being transported to other places and times, where men are chivalrous knights to the rescue and women wear big frilly dresses. I’ve always believed I was born in the wrong time period … but I digress.

With my natural curiosity of all things old-fashioned and love of happily ever afters, it was only natural I decided to pen a few of my own.

Born in Florida, I spent the many happy days of childhood running around our large backyard and splashing on the sugar white beaches known only to the Sunshine State. Just before high school, my dad got a job transfer to Texas and a whole new life began. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology the summer of 2005.

Not knowing what else to do with my life, I joined the Air Force. Stationed in Germany I was able to travel to places I’d only dreamed of: France, Austria, Netherlands, England, and my favorite Scotland. I also met my awesome husband while over there. I consider him my consolation prize for the years being forced to wear camouflage and combat boots.

After serving our four years, we now live in Virginia where we’ve been blessed that I can stay home and write all day. Yay! When I’m not writing you can find me baking something with chocolate, making my baby girl laugh, or giving belly rubs to our beagle Daisy.

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

Preorder your copy today!

  Among the Poppies

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February 2018 – Month in Review

February is a short month, and it sure has passed by quickly! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in February.

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

Books Reviewed:

A Refuge Assured A Refuge Assured

UntillWeFindHome Until We Find Home

TheSeaBeforeUs The Sea Before Us

What-Dreams-May-Come What Dreams May Come

TheLostCastle The Lost Castle

MyHeartBelongsInSanFrancisco,CA My Heart Belongs in San Francisco California

 

Author Interview:

JocelynGreen Jocelyn Green

 

Cover Reveal:

HourUnspent_comp An Hour Unspent

AmongThePoppies Among The Poppies

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in March?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in March! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

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