A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

About the Book:

Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience’s elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister’s antics – but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone. 

Taken on as household staff by her brother’s former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth – and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn’t helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated that she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong – even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control.

My Thoughts:

I immensely enjoyed this delightful Regency Romance. I was pulled into the story and blissfully captivated until the last page was read, I was loathed to put it down, and actually finished the book in a day. Granted I didn’t get much else done, but it didn’t hurt the family to eat PB&J and left-overs for one day.

I enjoyed numerous laugh-out-loud moments that cased some rather odd looks from others. I have to admit that on more than one occasion I quite forgot where I was. When I finished the story I closed the book with a smile on my face and contentment in my heart. Time well spent!

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

About the Author:

Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.

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First Line Friday: The Governess of Penwyth Hall

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Today I am excited to be featuring The Governess of Penwyth Hall by Sarah E. Ladd. Set in Regency England this story has plenty to enjoy. A Mystery to solve, danger lurking around the corners, and a tender thread of romance. CLICK HERE to see my full review!

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Eastern Park, Yorkshire, 1811

          Death. It seemed to follow her, affecting those around her.

 

 

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

 

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The Governess of Penwyth Hall (Cornwall #1) by Sarah E. Ladd

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Synopsis:

Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

My Thoughts:

Set in Regency England this story has plenty to enjoy. A Mystery to solve, danger lurking around the corners, and a tender thread of romance. For those who love Jayne Eyre, and works of Jane Austen, this new story from Sarah Ladd is sure to bring you page-turning enjoyment.

Cordelia (Delia) has a shadowed past, a heartbreak that weighs heavy and marks her decisions for the future. She has a tender heart and shows a mothers’ love for the five young charges in her care. But when her past begins to catch up with her, and truths long are hidden become known, will the future she hoped for crumble to ash or be reborn with a new future, one that she didn’t even dare dream of?

I enjoyed the story, and I found the characters to be believable and likable, yet for some reason, I just couldn’t connect with them. I would have liked to have been given a few more breadcrumbs to piece together the mystery of Delia’s past a little sooner. I felt like by withholding her back story for as long as it was, that it prevented me to connect with her as I would have liked.

The mystery kept me engaged and turning pages to find out what would happen next. I appreciated the historical aspects of the story. A poignant reminder that even despite our grief and fear, our faith in God will carry us through the darkest of days. For those who love stories set in Regency England, this story is one you won’t want to miss.

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

Favorite Quote:

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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.

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  The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

Coming in January 2020

 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)

 

 

 

 

A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor #1) by Kristi Ann Hunter

Synopsis:

When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed getting to know Graham and Kit. They are unique, well-written characters that won’t soon leave your imagination.  Graham has a fun sense of humor and a playful endearing quality that draws you in and makes you want to linger. Kit is more serious. She is determined and practical. She needs a little encouragement to let down her hair and laugh. Graham is just the man for the job.

Haven Manor is a hidden gem. A safe place of refuge for those who the elite of society has deemed unworthy, and has cast aside. Kristy Ann Hunter has given us a new series of Regency-era stories to enjoy. New characters to meet and a fresh look at an often hidden side of the Regency era.

While this story deals with the delicate subject matter of the seemingly rampant indiscretions of the nobility and elite class in Regency London, it is handled with grace and points toward the importance of trusting God.

With dynamic, original characters and a vivid setting, this delightful story is sure to not only entertain but to also leaves the reader with something to think about beyond the story itself. I give this story 4.5 stars and I eagerly anticipate the next stories in this new series.

(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 Author:

KristyAnnHunter  Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

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  A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor #1)

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Edenbrooke (Edenbrooke #1) by: Julianne Donaldson

Synopsis:

Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

My Thoughts:

I have had this book in my #TBR mountain for quite some time now. I decided this week to rescue it from falling to far down the slope and becoming totally buried. My wonderful husband purchased the book for me on Audible and I was off on a delightful journey!

Reading/Listening to this story I felt like Alice who fell into another world. From the first chapter until the last, I was blissfully immersed in the lives of these characters. I laughed out-loud, I gasped in surprise,  and many times, I found myself talking out-loud to the characters, wishing they could hear me and heed my warnings!

Marianne is such a fantastic character. She is naive, yet bold with sharing her thoughts and opinions. Sometimes that gets her into trouble. She has a kind heart, she is very giving an unselfish. She quickly recognizes when someone else is in distress, and she puts aside her own hurt, to help that person.

Phillip has got to be my current favorite hero! I absolutely loved the conversations that he had with Marianne. He wasn’t put off by Marianne’s humor, or her naive misunderstandings. And the love letter he wrote… swoon!

Marianne’s grandmother is absolutely delightful. Rough around the edges with a warm, gooey heart. Her well delivered quips made me laugh out loud! She may seem put-off-ish, but it is clear that Marianne understands her prickly exterior.

This fabulous book deserves more than 5 stars! I can’t believe that I waited so long to enjoy it. I’ve already snatched up the next book from Julianne, and I’m looking forward to squeezing it into my reading schedule! Unlike my typical books reviewed, this book is listed a clean fiction. This is a light, fun read, that is sure to entertain.

(My husband purchased the audio book for me to enjoy on a long car ride)

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JulianneDonaldson  Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing. She writes historical romance when she is not busy with her four young children and husband. Edenbrooke is her first novel.

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 Edenbroook (Edenbrook #1)

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  Edenbrook & Heir to Edenbrook: Collector’s Edition

 

 

 

The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Synopsis:

Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

My Thoughts:

Cultures clash in this enjoyable regency romance. While the story is set in the Regency era in England, there are still nuggets of truth that apply today. Misunderstanding and Prejudice can easily destroy not only families but entire towns. With progress, comes change, and change can be very difficult. Especially when you are a weaver and factories are starting to take over.

For me, the story started out a bit slow, but before I knew it the characters had walked their way into my heart and I found myself not only talking to the characters but also holding my breath and rapidly turning pages to find out what would happen next.

I enjoyed the character growth, with both Kate and Henry. Watching them as they began to understand the role they played in not only their respective family, and in the community, but also in the future. With a gentle reminder of forgiveness and “Everyone makes mistakes in their life. It is how you respond to them and learn from them that matters.” This story is sure to not only entertain but warm your heart.

Fans of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South are sure to be delighted with this latest story from Sarah! I give this story 4-stars. I look forward to reading more from Sarah in the future.

(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 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.

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First Line Fridays: The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

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

This week I’m featuring The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd. This Regency romance novel was just released this week. This tender story of is sure to entertain. Be sure to visit next week for my review post!

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January 1812, Amberdale
West Riding Yorkshire, England

               Henry Stockton pulled his mare to a stop at the crest of the stone bridge and tipped his wide-brimmed hat low over his forehead to guard against winter’s icy blasts.

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First Line Fridays: A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

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

This week I’m featuring A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason. This heartfelt story of forbidden love is one you won’t soon forget. To read my full review (Click Here).

 

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Derbyshire, England
March, 1884

Nolan Price scanned the fields of newly budding greenery that stretched as far as he could see and slowly inhaled the scent of grass, soil, and freshly spread manure.

 

 

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A Most Noble Heir by: Susan Anne Mason Review & Giveaway

Synopsis:

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

My Thoughts:

Nolan Price had humble beginnings, and he had plans for his future. Plans that included purchasing a small farm, marrying Hannah, and creating a simple life. All of that changed with his mother’s death-bed confession of his paternity, and the snowball effect that information had on his life.

This “up-stairs, down-stairs” kind of romance had me eagerly turning pages to find out how the story would all work out. I didn’t want to put this book down and stayed up late into the night enveloped in the lives of these dynamic characters.  I fell in love with these characters. My heart ached for their struggles and cheered with their success. I loved the character growth and strong threads of faith seamlessly woven throughout the story.

It’s not often that the majority of the story is after the hero and heroine are married, and this makes the story all that more poignant. It is the perfect reminder that love may start out with the butterflies and all the feels, but love isn’t just about feelings. Ultimately love is a choice. A decision to give unconditionally to another person, without thought for what you might receive in return.

This heartfelt, emotional story is one that you won’t want to miss out on. I give it 4 stars and I hope that you get the chance to pick up a copy to enjoy 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.)

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About the Author:

SusanAnnMason  I have always loved to write. As a teen, I wrote my first novel, only to be politely rejected by my publisher of choice.

Life got in the way – university, marriage and children became the priority. Then once I had time to start reading again, the writing bug bit once more.

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical Inspirational romances. “Romance sprinkled with faith” describes my writing style. I love themes of forgiveness and redemption!

I am a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Romance Writers of America. My association with such amazing groups of people has been the biggest asset toward learning my craft.

Home for me is Brampton, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), where I live with my husband, our two children and two cats. My day job is a part-time secretary at a local church. In my spare time, I like to read and research our family history online.

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First Line Fridays – The Innkeeper’s Daughter

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This week I’m featuring The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep. This page-turning adventure is sure to keep you captivated! Read my full review (Click Here).

The Innkeepers Daughter

Dover, England, 1808

          Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley

 

I’m not a huge fan of number’s myself. How about you, are you a fan of numbers?

 

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