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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

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Amanda Quick is Jayne Ann Krentz is Jayne Castle. She is with all her pseudonyms one of my favorite authors.  In her most recent book, she is writing as Amanda Quick, which means the book is an historical romance with some mystery (usually).  However, she threw me for a loop this time, because the book takes place during the 1930s in Hollywood, not the regency period.  

Our main character finds herself in the midst of a murder with a note left to her saying run - so she did.  She ends up in Hollywood as a reporter named Irene Glasson, who is investigating another murder, but this time at the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel run by the ex-magician Oliver Ward.  Oliver does not want anything to muck up his hotel, nor does he wish to allow a murderer to go free so they band together to find out what happened and why.  Along the way, there are explosions, more  dead women and sneaky, arrogant men.  Irene’s past shows up to capture her and everything begins to unravel. 

Oliver and Irene are good leading characters.  They both have scars and secrets, which makes it even harder for them to work together.  Irene knew too much, just she had not quite figured it out, until…

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick is a good read.

The Duke Who Ravished Me by Diana Quincy

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The Duke Who Ravished Me by Diana Quincy was an historical romance novel.  It looked like it was following traditional line. Duke becomes a guardian to two young twins.  Governess is a bit of termingine. However, there were some twists to the story that I didn't see coming, but certainly added to the plot line!

Adam Fairfax is a reprobate.  He is the Duke of Sunderford and living a life of excess, when Isabel Finch and her two little girls came to his house to live.  Neither of them enjoy the other and seem to be constantly at odds. To make it more interesting, they seems to have chemistry between them.  The twin girls slowly worm their way into Sunderford’s life. He finds himself falling for them and changing his lifestyle slowly. The Isabel Finch, the governess was still a bit mysterious as some information begins to emerge, but there is still some surprises to come.  

The characters of Isabel and Sunny (the Duke’s nickname) were fun.  The story has some interesting twists that kept you reading! The Duke Who Ravished Me by Diana Quincy was a fun read.

The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn

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The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn is the fourth book in The Worthington series.  The Worthingtons are a large family connected by love and family.  The woman are intelligent and bold.  They have the need to share their commitment to their family and causes with their spouses, but not all men are able to man up.

Lady Charlotte loves her family and is the last of the “graces” to get married.  She wants to marry someone she can love and who can love her back.  She has strong opinions about women and children and how they are stolen, kidnapped and sold… Due to her family and their work with taking down a woman who promoted women's servitude (kidnapping women and selling them), Charlotte is kidnapped off the street in front of her house. Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth was driving by her house and decided to help save her….  That’s where the story gets interesting.

Charlotte and Constantine are fun together - even when she is mad at him.  I enjoyed the story of their romance.  The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn is a fun read.

It Started With A Kiss by Ella Quinn

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It Started With a Kiss is the newest and third book in the series The Worthington by Ella Quinn.  The family is HUGE and there are so many friends and family, that I hope the series will just continue. It is an historical romance starting with the opening of “the season” for the ton.  Lady Louisa Vivers is having her season in London.  Her brother the Earl of Worthington just wants her to be happy.  She wants her soul mate.  The person who catches her attention is the Duke of Rothwell and she is sure he is the one!

Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell has to save his estate and deal with the huge scandals that could erupt from his father’s last years.  He too has fallen for the lovely Louisa, but he truly believes that he cannot offer for her until his finances are recouped.  However, things don’t go as planned and they are suddenly engaged and Gideon’s plan has not been completed.  Secrets … they compound everything and could cause all hope to collapse?

It Started With a Kiss by Ella Quinn is another great addition to the historical romance genre.  I love the Worthington Family and all the various brothers and sisters.  

The Second Time Around by Ella Quinn

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The Second Time Around by Ella Quinn is all about a second chance for love. Patience had buried her husband and dedicated her life to raising their four daughters.  Unfortunately, her husband left the guardianship to his eldest son (prior marriage) so that mean Patience would not be able to be married again and still live with her daughters.  A hard choice that was not a choice as she loved her daughters.  The choice became a double edged sword when Richard came back into the picture. He was her first love, but not her parents choice. Richard, Viscount Wolverton was not going to waste any more time, but what does that do to the life with her daughters?


The Second Time Around by Ella Quinn was a shorter novel that did not revisit the past but moved forward from where Patience and Richard met again.  It was a fun sexy novel.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is a fabulous read.  It contains a story too real to be fiction, but too outrageous to be real.   Kate Quinn introduced to us a spy network of women during WWI, the amazing work they did, and the consequences they faced. WOW.

The story is told in two different times, during WWI before Verdun in 1916  and a couple of years after WWII.  Charlie St. Clair, an unmarried pregnant college girl is on a quest to find her cousin Rose.  Her road leads her to Eve Gardiner, a woman with severely crippled hands who survives between bouts of whiskey.  Finn is her driver and looks after Eve. The three of them leave to find answers. The story moves back and forth between Eve slowly giving up answers or sharing memories and Charlie’s search for Rose.  

I loved the different voices between the times.  I loved how the tension Kate Quinn wrote in between the characters made you feel like you were there.  I found both storylines fascinating and felt so strongly about the three women - the three flowers and their strength.   I hope this story wakes people up to the sacrifices many make during war. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is a fabulous read that will stay with me for a while.  

 

Curses, Boiled Again by Shari Randall

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Curses, Boiled Again by Shari Randall is the first book in new series called Lobster Shack Mystery.  The setting is small town New England (probably down on the shore in Connecticut) on the ocean.  Allie is a dancer, but has a broken ankle that is slowly repairing itself as she stays with her Aunt Gully and helps out while healing. Aunt Gully has just opened up her own Lobster Shack, a small growing business that is gaining followers.  Aunt Gully has an invite to participate in the “Best Lobster Roll” contest when all of the judges get sick!  Aunt Gully’s food was not the culprit, but she is considered the person who has the most to gain and therefore is the chief suspect.

Allie with her sister, her best friend, and other friends work together to help solve the mystery, but as always there are many theories and no clear answers.  Aunt Gully isn’t the type to commit murder, but that is not true of some of the other contestants.  Curses, Boiled Again is a fun cosy mystery, perhaps a little too cute, but still fun to read!  I enjoyed the quirky characters and the dancing references. Curses, Boiled Again by Shari Randall is a good read.  

 

Smiling Irish by Katy Regnery

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Smiling Irish by Katy Regnery is the second book in the Summerhaven Trio.  This book focuses on Tierney Haven, the only sister in the triplets. She is content with her life as a docent and director of an historical building in New Hampshire that is open primarily in the summer.  She loves the quiet and peacefulness of the area and is near her brothers. They still do dinner most Wednesday Nights.

 

Tierney wakes up one night to banging on her door.  Thinking it is her brother after he had been drinking she opens the door.  She is met with a seemingly mad man demanding her phone and absolute agreement to not call the police as he blacks out on her bed.  That is just the beginning of Burr (great name, isn’t it) and his onset into Tierney’s life. Burr is also Irish. He seems to be a gangster and a cop, which Tierney gets is not possible.  Meanwhile, her brothers are not happy that she seems to have given Burr a sanctuary for a “while”.

 

Smiling Irish by Katy Regnery is a romance that really focuses on characters and how they interact.  I love how Tierney and her brothers argue and fight. Burr is a great addition to the family. What a great read by Katy Regnery!

 

Fighting Irish by Katy Regnery

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Katy Regnery has a new series Summerhaven Trio.  Fighting Irish is the first novel in the series. The storyline is set to follow three siblings whose family ran Summerhaven Camp, a summer camp for the rich and important children sent there.  The fact the story is set in New Hampshire just makes it more special.  

Rory Haven knew he had to stay away from the “campers” but he noticed Brittany Manion and she noticed him.  Years pass and Rory is now running Summerhaven, but it has been changed into a high end rustic resort.  Brittany came up to view the site for her wedding.  Brittany and Rory recognize each other and both admit that they noticed the other.  As things move along, the next thing you know Brittany is helping out. But there are some problems to overcome including Brittany’s fiance.

I love how Katy writes about love and how the sweetness and empowerment of being one of two is portrayed.  Fighting Irish by Katy Regnery is a special novel to read and enjoy.

Dark Sexy Knight by Katy Regnery

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Once again Katy Regnery has torn my heart right out of my chest….  Her newest story, Ginger’s Heart has mine all tied up with hers.  Through every bump, blimp, and beat.  Ginger is no one’s puppet - no matter how hard her mother pushes her to become what her mother thinks she should be and love who she should love……. But Ginger loves two men.  Cain and Josiah - brothers of the heart, cousins by birth - both in love with Ginger.  The obvious bad boy and the  good boy, however with a twist.  Both are an amalgamation of each other. Each being good and honest and loving each other and Ginger.  

I am in awe of the powerful awesomeness of Katy Regnery’s writing and story telling.  While loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood, Ginger’s Heart is a fabulous story of two cousins and one girl.  The feelings, the love, the hope and the people all rolled up into one outstanding story.  I fell in love with all the main characters.   I fell in love with the story.

Escape Claws by Linda Reilly

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Escape Claws by Linda Reilly was a fun read.  As a cosy mystery, the plot line gave us a mix of people and the small town atmosphere. The story revolves around an aunt (Aunt Fran) and her niece (Lara).  The two had been very close when Lara was young, but they had not had any contact for a number of years.  Lara came up when she heard that her aunt was struggling and discovered that her aunt was in need of help.  Aunt Fran needed to have operations on her knees and struggled with daily tasks.  She also had taken in various stray cats and was struggling with their care.  Meanwhile, a bully in town wanted her land.  All this lead to a murder and then two with Aunt Fran and Lara in the middle.

Clearly the story was set in a make believe town in New Hampshire, but the town described could be anywhere, with the variety of characters. Lara was clearly torn between staying and helping her aunt or going back to Boston and her painting.  She seemingly could not help herself as she asked questions and tried to figure out who committed the murder.  I loved the addition of Blue as a character.There were so many clues, but no solid evidence.  

Escape Claws was a fun read that kept my attention. As it is listed as the first in a series of cosy mysteries called Cat Lady Mysteries, I look forward to the next one.

 

The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn

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The Imperial Wife is a story of two women, both forced by circumstances to be strong and according to some overwhelming. The modern story is about Tanya Kagan:  A specialist in Russian art now, but an immigrant (from Russia) to the United States when she was quite young.  Her strength and purpose has helped her to rise to the top, while her marriage fails.  The second story line  is a story about Catherine the Great an empress, also an immigrant (to Russia),  a strong woman who had to trod a careful path while married to a boy who would never became a man.

Irina Reyn has managed to capture both stories and bring the readers on a journey between the past and the present.  She has told a story between two strong women and managed to tie the stories together in a surprising way. The one line that made me want to read the book was a publicity line asking if a marriage can withstand an ambitious wife.  Read the book and enjoy the stories.  The Imperial Wife brings you on two strong women’s journeys.  

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23.06 | 23:24

Great interview!

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27.05 | 23:23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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26.03 | 16:01

At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

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19.03 | 14:10

Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

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