Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Can't Wait for Rocky Mountain Journey

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Rocky Mountain Journey (Sisters of the Rockies, # 3)

By: Misty M Beller

Expected Publication: June 18, 2024 by Bethany House Publishers

272 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Faith Collins embarks on a perilous journey through the untamed wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in search of the Peigan Blackfoot woman who once saved her father's life. Masquerading as a man, she follows a group of trappers who may be able to lead her to the place the woman is hiding, but keeping Faith's identity a secret proves more difficult than she imagined.

Grant Allen is searching for his younger brother who was separated from him when their parents died many years ago. After receiving word that his brother went west to the Rockies, he joins a band of trappers, hoping they can lead him to his brother's location. Soon Grant realizes there's a woman hiding among the men, and he's determined to find out her identity, what she's hiding, and how he can keep her safe in this country of wild animals and even wilder men.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, February 19, 2024

A Daring Proposal - Review

A Daring Proposal (Memorable Proposals, # 3)

By: Jennie Goutet

Publication: February 8, 2022 by Cedar Fort, Inc.

299 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

Source: YouTube Audiobooks

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Goodreads description--She has loved him for as long as she remembers. He is fast discovering his newfound attachment. And now they may never see each other again. Phoebe Tunstall has lived her entire life in the shadow of her outgoing twin sister and in service to her maiden aunt. When she suddenly finds herself alone and free of all responsibility to others, she decides to heed the challenge thrown out by the man she has long admired-her brother's best friend, Lord Ingram. Frederick Ingram is reeling from the shock of learning that his first love has married someone else upon mere weeks' acquaintance. Filled with frustration, he is unable to watch his friend's little sister, Phoebe, living meekly and waiting for happiness to come to her. He tells her to live more boldly. What he does not expect is for her to take it to heart and travel to Brussels as Napoleon begins his march northward. Frederick arrives in Brussels for his military duty and-contrary to his expectation-does not find Phoebe cowering in fear at the threat of the emperor's invasion. Instead, she appears to be the center of Society with every male eye in the city on her. Phoebe is eager to show Frederick exactly what he has been missing out on all these years, and he is finally ready to declare his love. Then war breaks out.

I was looking forward to Phoebe's story through this series. She was the twin I could relate to between her and Anna. Phoebe has been in love with Frederick as long as she can remember. Frederick is her brother's best friend and the brother of one of her best friends. If something happened between them and that ended up ruining the friendship between their two families, Phoebe would be devastated. But what's more devastating is that Frederick never seems to see her. Not the way she wants to be seen anyway.

Frederick had his heart broken. He had an agreement with a lady who backed out of the arrangement in favor of another man. His eyes have now been opened to her true character. He dares Phoebe in passing one day to do something bold, daring, and unexpected. And she decides to take him up on it.

Phoebe decides it's time she quit pining over a man who does not see her. And she takes her friend's offer to travel with her and her husband to Brussels. Only war is heading toward Brussels, and Frederick is sent to the area, as well. Frederick expects Phoebe to rush back home, but she isn't interested in doing that. He's now there and in danger. As well as her friend's husband who is also in the military. She can't think of abandoning them.

Frederick begins to see a change in Phoebe. She isn't who he always thought her to be. She is coming out of her shell and being the center of attention in Brussels. Many of the men have their eyes on her, one in particular. Frederick and Phoebe grow closer just as war does.

A Daring Proposal was a quick listen for me. And I really enjoyed the historical facts included in the text, specifically the battle that took place. I could picture the scene so clearly. And Jennie Goutet did a great job making it feel like history was coming to life. Of course, the romance has to drive the story in most cases for me to love a book, and that didn't disappoint. A Daring Proposal was a good close to this series and gets 4 Stars from me. Have you read or listened to A Daring Proposal? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Sunday Post - 02/18/24

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Monday was a pretty normal and good day. Tuesday, we went to my parents' house so they could watch the kids while I ran to have my first mammogram. I have a family history on my dad's side of breast cancer, so my doctor wanted me to have an early baseline mammogram. All was normal so that's good. We got home, and I decided to split what we normally do for school between that day and Thursday afternoon because we've been taking Thursdays off for the last few weeks. Wednesday was Valentine's Day. My kiddos love it because Daddy gives them candy and helium balloons. It ended up being a terrible behavior day. Thursday we had a field trip to the museum of fine arts in our area. The kids ended up really enjoying it. I was worried that my boys wouldn't. My daughter was a given because she loves all things art. Then we went to my parents' house for lunch because we were so close by. Thursday night Little Girl had martial arts and Little Boy had baseball evaluations so we had to go in two different directions. Friday was also a challenging behavior day. It comes and goes, right? But I'm thankful to be home and homeschooling where we have extra opportunities to work on these behavior challenges. Saturday, the temperature dropped here. I did have to do a small Walmart run and we decided to get Chick-fil-a for lunch. The big kids cleaned their rooms which is totally noteworthy.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Regrettable Proposal (Memorable Proposals, # 1) by Jennie Goutet (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for A Provincial Peer(Georgian Gentlemen, # 6) by Sian Ann Bessey
Thursday: Review of A Faithful Proposal (Memorable Proposal, # 2) by Jennie Goutet (3 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Daring Proposal (Memorable Proposals, # 3) by Jennie Goutet
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday?

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NEW BOOKS:

The Outlaw Noble Salt

By: Amy Harmon

Expected Publication: April 9, 2024 by Lake Union Publishing

367 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--From New York Times bestselling author Amy Harmon comes a sweepingly romantic tale of risk, redemption, and what happens when America’s most famous outlaw falls in love. When infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy decides to go straight, he discovers that too many of the powerful men he crossed won’t let bygones be bygones. To have a chance at a new life, he’ll have to become someone else entirely. A brief, fateful encounter with the celebrated singer Jane Touissant on the eve of his escape offers a glimpse of what might have been, but Butch disappears, leaving her behind, until their paths unexpectedly converge again in Paris. Despite having discovered his true identity, Jane trusts the outlaw and enlists his protection on her upcoming American tour. Although Butch is reluctant to agree, fearing his sordid past may put the woman and her young son in danger, the salvation she offers is too hard to resist. As they set forth on their journey, Butch’s past and Jane’s secrets put them at risk from threats far greater than the law, and this legend of the American West will have to decide what matters most―his life, his legacy, or the woman he loves.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Thursday, February 15, 2024

A Faithful Proposal - Review

A Faithful Proposal (Memorable Proposals, # 2)

By: Jennie Goutet

Publication: July 1, 2021 by Cedar Fort, Inc.

305 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

Source: YouTube Audiobooks

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Goodreads description--She was born to lead London Society. He could not leave it fast enough.

With a few well-placed words in the right ear, Anna Tunstall can direct anyone to do her bidding, exactly the skill needed for one destined to be the wife of a man in politics. A summer visit to a friend’s country estate is the perfect distraction before the London Season begins and Anna can achieve her ambition of a perfect match.

Harry Aston has spurned the noble aspirations of his family to enter holy orders where he might make a difference in people’s lives. His mother’s untiring attempts to find him a wife worthy—and wealthy—enough to suit him only serve to set up his back. He has never been in love, and she should not think that suitable wives dropped down from heaven, especially not in the village of Avebury.

When Harry finds Anna unconscious on the road, and she awakens in his arms, his world shifts at her gaze. But before he can think that heaven has come through at last, he must convince Anna that her prolonged stay in Avebury is not fate’s way of toying with her, but rather opening her eyes to a new direction for her ambitions—and her heart.

Anna is very different from me. Sometimes this makes reading a character more fun, and other times it makes them hard to relate to. Anna comes off as shallow. She likes gossip and fashion. And she bonded with...oh shoot...what was her name?...her friend over these things before her friend married and moved from London. Anna is now on her way to visit her friend before her confinement while her husband is away at war. Anna is headstrong and often disregards logic and sense for her own whims. She's one of those people that thinks "Oh, that could never happen to me." But it seems "that" often does happen to her.

After dismissing the idea of traveling with any sort of male escort and only hiring a temporary maid, her coach is robbed by highwaymen. Anna is found by Harry, the local vicar, and deposited with her friend to recover. Harry is almost immediately taken with Anna's beauty. But he needs to know there is more to Anna than her looks.

Harry is of noble birth, but all things London and high society rub him completely wrong. Most especially, his family. He does battle with wondering whether Anna is as surface level as she gives off because as a vicar, he needs his bride to be deeper than that and concerned with more than simply herself. Anna does rise to the occasion, but I was a little disappointed that he didn't probe deeper into her faith. As a vicar, I would imagine it isn't good enough to have a kind wife. Wouldn't you need a believing wife as well? And given the main role that Harry has, I would have expected to see some deeper religious themes used throughout the book. I wasn't put off by it, but it was something I noted.

A Faithful Propopsal has a few mysteries wrapped up in the overall storyline. Who are the highwaymen who robbed Anna at the beginning of the book? Why were her possessions returned to her? Anna's friend's husband is missing. Will he return or will she finally receive news that he is dead? Or will he remain missing? This was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the overall story, and I can't spoil anything surrounding it.

A Faitfhul Proposal wasn't a perfect book for me. I had a few issues with Anna as a character, to begin with. I wanted to see a little more depth to Anna where Harry was concerned. Sure I didn't expect her to change just for his sake, but are they truly the best fit for each other? I did enjoy the side stories because they didn't take over the main plot, but I felt like they truly did add to the story instead of take away which can sometimes happen in romantic mysteries. I give A Faithful Proposal 3 Stars. Have you read (or listened to) A Faithful Proposal? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Can't Wait for A Provincial Peer

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

A Provincial Peer (Georgian Gentlemen, # 6)

By: Sian Ann Bessey

Expected Publication: May 7, 2024 by Covenant Communications

248 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Georgian

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Goodreads description--Lord Benning is no ordinary nobleman. The heir to an earldom, he feels more at home working on the farm at his country estate than socializing in the ballrooms of London. So when a mysterious, veiled woman mistakes him for a farmhand, he takes the assumption in stride. And though he is not offended, he is intrigued.

Following a devastating outbreak of smallpox, Caroline Granger and her young daughter, Meg, retreat to Caroline’s childhood home in the village of Leyfield in Gloucestershire. Left widowed and weakened by the ravages of the disease, Caroline wears a veil to hide her facial scars and to prevent the inevitable gasps of horror or murmurs of pity others offer in response to her altered appearance.

Caroline is mortified when she learns of her error in addressing Lord Benning—or Benedict, as she called him during their growing-up years—as a farmhand. But shared childhood memories and a precocious four-year-old inevitably draw Benedict and Caroline together, and it’s not long before Caroline realizes that Benedict accepts every part of her—including her scars. With newfound courage and a growing love for Benedict, Caroline feels the first stirrings of hope. But when the disease that took so much from Caroline finds its way to Leyfield, she stands to lose more than she can bear, and Benedict must decide exactly how much he is willing to risk for a chance at love.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!