November – 2018

What books have you read during the month of November? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in November.

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

Books Reviewed:

AHolidayByGaslight  A Holiday By Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

EnchantingNicholette  Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

ChasingSomeday Chasing Someday by Crystal Walton

DeckTheShelves  Deck the Shelves by Toni Shiloh

AMusketInMyHands  A Musket in my Hands by Sandra Merville Hart

SoBrightAHope  So Bright A Hope by Amber Lynn Perry

TheLibertyBride  The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

UTSS  Under this Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer

BenjyAndTheBelsnickel  Benjy and the Belsnickel by Bonnie Swinehart

SearchingForYou  Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

Character Interview:

ALoveRestored Benjamin Coulter with Kelly Goshorn

 

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 December?

 

 

 

First Line Fridays: The Liberty Bride

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

Today I’m happy to be featuring The Liberty Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower) by MaryLu Tyndall. With lively, dynamic characters, and a fun story plot of spies and secrets, I was eagerly along for a fun adventure both on the sea and on land! CLICK HERE to read my full review.

 

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The Atlantic Ocean off the Cost of Virginia,
August 6, 1814

          What would it feel like to drown…to float listlessly down…down…beneath the chilled waters of the Atlantic? To feel salty fingers wrap around you, their deadly talons tugging you farther into the murky darkness, your lungs burning until they screamed for air that would never come…until finally, cloaked in a silent, peaceful tomb, you floated into eternity…

          Emeline Baratt pondered these things as she gazed upon the dark waves from the larboard railing of her father’s merchant brig — or rather, privateer — Charlotte.

 

Yes, I shared a little extra today! It still leaves questions… Is there a storm brewing? What happens next? Does Emeline end up in the ocean?

The Liberty Bride is scheduled to release on December 1st.  But good news, you can pre-order your copy today!

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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.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

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More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimerley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country. 

Synopsis:

Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?

A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

My Thoughts:

With lively, dynamic characters, and a fun story plot of spies and secrets, I was eagerly along for a fun adventure both on the sea and on land!

Emeline didn’t plan on becoming a spy, however, when she finds herself a captive on a Brittish warship, it becomes clear that her best option of survival is proclaiming herself a loyalist while secretly helping the cause of liberty. The lie she’s forced to tell eats away at her, and she struggles to be good, and follow the rules.

Emeline’s father once told her that God blesses and loves those who are good. Yet, as Emeline see’s the effects of this war she has a hard time understanding how a loving God could let bad things happen to good people. While Emeline comes to have a stronger faith in God, and she learns to trust in Him. She never really seems to understand why bad things happen. While this question wasn’t a main thread of the story, it was a minor thread left undone.

I don’t know if MaryLu Tyndall has ever sailed a ship, but her intimate knowledge of all things dealing with sailing shines through and adds authenticity. I felt like I was standing on the bow of the ship along with Emeline. The salty brine heavy in the air and the sound of the sails snapping overhead in the breeze while the boat gently rocked side to side with the pull of the tides.

While this is this 6th book in The Daughter’s of the Mayflower series, each book stands on it’s own with a unique voice and a window into American History. The tie-in for the books is a family history. A family tree is located at the beginning of the book showing the family ties.

(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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Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

MaryLuTyndall  A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

 

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimerley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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The Reckless (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #6) by MaryLu Tyndall

Synopsis:

Captain Reena Charlisse Hyde always gets what she wants. She wanted to be the best female pirate on the Caribbean and she is. She wants to find the mythical Fountain of Youth and she knows the location of the map. And now after searching across the Caribbean for the man she intends to marry, she has found him. There are only two problems. He doesn’t want to be found, and he’s on board a Royal Navy frigate—the last place a pirate should venture.

Frederick Carlton thought he was finally safe from the woman who held his heart. But her attempt to rescue him labels him a deserter from the Royal Navy. He’s turned his life over to God and plans on being a preacher, but every moment he spends with Reena drives him deeper into a past he longs to forget.

Mutinies, deserted islands, treasure maps, battles, traitors, and villains send the couple sailing on a tsunami of adventure throughout the Caribbean in search of the Fountain of Youth. Frederick longs to escape the lure of the woman he loves. Reena longs for Frederick to love her again. But in the end, they will both have to choose between eternal youth or the lives of everyone they love.

My Thoughts:

Come an enjoy an adventure on the high sea’s with Pirate Captain Reena Hyde, an independent, feisty young woman. Reena knows what she wants and she doesn’t let anything hold her back from going after it.

A multitude of exciting adventure to enjoy in the pages of this story! From the expected sword fights and a treasure map to villains, traitors, and mutinies. You are sure to enjoy this exciting, fast-paced tale of adventure.

Will Reena find the mythical Fountain of Youth or will she find something even better? If you enjoy Pirate stories and adventure you won’t want to pass up this exciting story from Author MaryLu Tyndall.

As much as I enjoyed the pacing, the characters, and the adventure, there were a few areas where I personally was a bit uncomfortable. There is the occasional mention of encounters the characters have with demons or evil spirits. This may or may not affect anyone else’s opinion of the story, but for me, I would have enjoyed the story more without those parts.

With plenty of swashbuckling adventure to enjoy, and excitement on every page I give this story 4 stars. If you enjoy reading stories with high adventure, you will want to snag a copy of this newly released story for yourself!

(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.)

Pick-up your copy:

 The Reckless (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #6)

About the Author:

MaryLuTyndall  A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

Don’t miss the other books in this series:

The Redemption (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #1)

  The Reliance (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #2)

The Restitution (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #3)

  The Ransom (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #4)

  The Reckoning (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #5)

 The Reckless (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #6)

The Regency Brides Collection

Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England…
Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love….

Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago.

Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism.

Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans.

Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret.

Esther is empowered to choose between two men.

Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash.

Jamie and William face a daunting London season together.

Will their faith grow and love prevail in a time when both were considered luxuries the elite could not afford?

My Thoughts:

With a star-studded group of talented authors, and a central theme of love during the regency period, you can’t go wrong!

If you enjoy reading sweet love stories set during the Recency period then you will not want to miss out on picking up this wonderful book. Two of the authors in this collection were new to me, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed their stories as much as the stories written by my favorites.

Each story has it’s own dynamic cast of characters, with their own set of challenges, and a tender love story. Several of the stories I wished had been longer. But of course, there are limits to how long a story can be when it’s in a novella collection.

I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who enjoys reading stories set during the Regency period.  I give this collection 4.5 stars.

(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 Quotes:

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About the Authors:

Clicking on the Author’s name will take you to their web page.

2754194  Michelle Griep

AmandaBarratt  Amanda Barratt

Angela Bell  Angela Bell

SusanneDietzeHeadshot  Susanne Dietze

NancyMoser  Nancy Moser

MaryLuTyndall  MaryLu Tyndall

EricaVetsch Erica Vetsch

 

Click on the title below to add this wonderful book to your collection:

  The Regency Brides Collection