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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First Line Friday: Lord of Her Heart

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid. This story whisked me away to medieval times! Right from the first page, I was enveloped into this page-turning story. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Lomkirk Abbey, England
1198 AD

          “I tire of this endless cleaning.” Jocelyn Ashburne sat on the cold stone floor of the cellarium and put a hand to her aching back.

 

I’m sure many of us can identify with that first line. If you are tired of endless cleaning, then this is the perfect time to take a break with a good book! Click on the title below to pre-order your copy today!

  Lord of Her Heart

 

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Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid

Synopsis:

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.

Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for. Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite of her conniving ways.

Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only way either of them survives.

My Thoughts:

This story whisked me away to medieval times! Right from the first page, I was enveloped into this page-turning story. I found myself emotionally involved in the lives of these characters and holding my breath to find out what would happen next. As truths are revealed and a tender love blossoms, the mystery of who is behind Lady Jocelyn’s troubles slowly comes to light. But will it be too late?

I look forward to reading more books from Sherrinda Ketchersid in the future! If you enjoy Medieval fiction, then you won’t want to miss out on adding this delightful story to your collection. Fans of Tamara Leigh are sure to find a new favorite to add to their list of must-read authors!

(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.)

  Lord of Her Heart

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About the Author:

SherrindaKetchersid From an early age, books have been a part of my life. Trips to the library were a grand adventure where new worlds opened and new journeys began. My dream has been to weave stories that will bring as much joy to my readers as books have brought to me.

The road to publication is a wild ride and I’m relishing every step. Writing historical romance is what I love to do, with medieval being my era of focus. There’s nothing I like better than a warrior hero who is made weak in the knees by a feisty heroine who has the strength to stand on her own. (sigh) My first book will be published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May 2019.

I’m the wife of a minister and mother of three sons and one daughter. When I’m not writing or dreaming of knights and their ladies, I can be found painting in my Bible, reading a variety of romances, and binging on Netflix.Thanks for stopping by!

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  Lord of Her Heart

 

A Musket in My Hands by Sandra Merville Hart

Synopsis:

Callie Jennings reels from her pa’s demand that she marry his friend, a man older than him. Her heart belongs to her soldier hero, Zach. Pa won’t change his mind, and Callie has nowhere else to go. Then her sister, Louisa, proposes a shocking alternative.

Zach Pearson still hears his pa’s scornful word—quitter. He’s determined to make something of himself as a soldier. He’ll serve the Confederacy until they win the war. If they win the war.

Callie and Louisa disguise themselves as soldiers and muster into the Confederate army in the fall of 1864. Times are tough and getting tougher for their Confederacy. For Callie, shooting anyone, especially former countrymen, is out of the question—until truth and love and honor come together on the battlefield.

My Thoughts:

War changes things, and for two sisters living in Tennesse during the Civil War, the changes were monumental. This sweeping historical romance is unique in that it focuses on the lives of two women who set aside the expected convention of the day, to join the Confederate army as soldiers.

With vivid, lively characters, and a unique plot this story had me eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the intimate look at what everyday life was like for the typical soldier. With little food, little to no supplies, the harsh realities were dismal at best.

Experiences on the battlefield change their future, but will both sisters make it out of this war in one piece? Pick up a copy of this book today to find out!

(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.)

  A Musket in my Hands

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About the Author:

SandraMervilleHart
Sandra loves to visit places where significant historic events happened. These places and the people who lived through the events often inspire her and spark her imagination. She most often writes inspirational historical romances and especially loves the American Civil War period. In fact, her debut novella, A Stranger On My Land, is set on Lookout Mountain where the Battle Above the Clouds took place. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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A Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart

Synopsis:

Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.

When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?

My Thoughts:

This short story leaps off the page with vivid characters and an imaginative setting. I often imagined what it would be like to sleep overnight in a cave. This story finds a family living in a cave to hide from Union and Confederate soldier’s alike. The historical details and research really helped bring the story to life.

I enjoyed reading this short story. The characters are realistic, the setting imaginative. While I did wish the story had been a bit longer, as it felt a bit rushed at the end to wrap things up. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give this story 3.5-stars. If you enjoy reading Civil War period stories, I’m sure you would enjoy reading this fun short story that is sure to spark your imagination.

(I purchased a copy of this story. I was not required to write a positive review.)

About the Author:

SandraMervilleHart  Sandra loves to visit places where significant historic events happened. These places and the people who lived through the events often inspire her and spark her imagination. She most often writes inspirational historical romances and especially loves the American Civil War period. In fact, her debut novella, A Stranger On My Land, is set on Lookout Mountain where the Battle Above the Clouds took place. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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  A Stranger on My Land