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Thread the Halls by Lea Wait

Thread the Halls by Lea Wait🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Mainely Needlepoint Series by Lea Wait has added another book!  Thread the Halls is about Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine including a side of murder and snowstorms.  Needle pointing plays a part in all these novels, but not to the extent that it is burdensome.  I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

The story begins when Angie Curtis was having a small Christmas party for the Mainely Needlepointers and a couple of others. Patrick’s mother calls and drops a bombshell! She and her castmates are coming for Christmas and could Patrick arrange a couple of things.  By the end of the phone call, the reader knows it is going to be a complete assault on Haven Harbor and its resources. Angie and others chip in to help Patrick and the house is completely transformed into a Christmas Dream.  Within hours of their arrival, there is a murder and fingers are pointed every which way.  Angie and Patrick do not get a break as the situation gets even dicier with confusion and mix-ups.  

Thread the Halls by Lea Wait is an entertaining, cosy mystery.  


Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir

Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir is a novel about the fifth wife of King Henry VIII.  I don’t ever remember reading or hearing much about her whenever I read about the Tutors, so I was curious.  I have enjoyed Alison Weir’s novels in the past, so I decided to dig in.  What I found both surprised me and reinforced the mercurial level of the king.

Katheryn was born poor with a father who gambled constantly.  Her mother was the key figure in her life who kept her children fed and clothed.  When she died Kathryn was passed on to other relatives and then to others.  In each place she was looking to be loved and adored.  Much was made of her beauty and her vivacity. She ended up in a household with the Dowager Duchess.

She caught the eye of the King while he was married to Anne of Cleves. Her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk encouraged the King’s interest and counseled Katheryn on her behavior and demeanor.  What was not known was that Katheryn did have an amorous past with other lovers, which continued to haunt her, even while married to the King.  Katheryn was young and foolish with her actions which led to her demise.

I have always found that the history books are rather critical and unforgiving of Katheryn’s  character.  Alison Weir’s portrayal of Katheryn has reminded me that history is almost always written by the winners.  I found Katheryn to be more complex and while she was indeed capricious and flighty, she was also a teenager who thought more about herself than others.

I did enjoy the book, although it seemed long, but thorough.  I found the characters well drawn and felt immersed in the politics and political intrigue at the time.  Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir was a thoughtful read about a time in history of political upheaval and intrigue with a mercurial man as king.


The Memory of You by Catherine West

The Memory of You by Catherine West🙂❤💔👍

The Memory of You by Catherine West reminds us of how tenuous life is at times.  It is hard to move forward and become who you are meant to be.  Catherine West’s book is poignant and emotional.  

Facing the past is always always hard.  Natalie Mitchell has to go back to the Winery that her family owns in Sonoma.  Her father asked, really demanded, she go back and shut the place down.  He felt it was time and needed since they were losing money.  Natalie had not been back since her twin had died.  Memories and a case of PTSD swarmed her at every turn…

The story was heart wrenching with all the horror of the loss and the memories, nightmares and panic attacks.  Natalie has much to do to move forward and figure out her next mood.  Having an old friend Tanner Collins the vintner does not help, but Natalie is the main shareholder and she needs to move forward.  The story is listed as Women’s Fiction but a better description is that of a contemporary Christian romance.  

Dreams of Falling by Karen White

Dreams of Falling by Karen White🙂🙂❤❤👍👍👍

Dreams of Falling is like a slow reveal with details eeking out at intervals allowing the reader to slowly put together a story of a night long ago where everything changes.  Karen White’s newest book brings us back to the south in Georgetown, South Carolina to a family in need. The mother, Ivy is in a coma and her daughter, husband, and best friends are all trying to help.  Ivy was found at the family’s mansion dilapidated and ruined from a fire long ago. As Larkin (daughter) returns to a place she worked so hard to leave, she begins to unwind the her past and her family’s past.  

I love reading Karen White’s books.  There is always a twist that you may or may not expect. There is always family, whose decisions might not be the best, but it wasn’t for lack of caring. The families are always imperfect and bumpy - just like reality. I like how Karen White makes the climate and southern location almost another character with her love of the natural beauty of the area.  And I love the slow but sure drawing back the curtains of time reminding us how the past and the future connect. Mostly, I love her understanding that, “love is messy.”

Dreams of Falling by Karen White was a great read.


Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey

 Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson is so well written that you could feel the gloomy atmosphere and you expected creepy things to happen. . This book is a gothic romance with gloomy buildings and secret passageways, romance with a hero and a heroine who is in trouble and lots of intense emotions.  

Elizabeth Cantrell and her son Issac were on their way to a friend’s home to be a housekeeper despite an illegitimate child.  On her way to a new opportunity, her coach is held up and she wakes up to Lord Torrington’s saving her, but she knows he was the person who held up the coach.  They ended up married and that is when things get even more interesting!   

Adrian and Elizabeth start their marriage with his two almost adult children (one on the verge of getting married), her son (another secret), his ex mother-in-law, and a murder in the first week.  Then it gets even more interesting.  Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson is a good read. 




Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs

Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs reminds us about the importance of following your heart.

Caleb had left the community and was not baptised in the faith.  He knew was going in a different direction. His brother stayed in the faith, married and had two children.  One night, he and his wife were murdered. Caleb knew he had to come home and take care of his niece, Hannah and nephew, Jonah.  As the story progresses more information leaks out explaining many of Caleb’s reasons. A shocking accident happens and Caleb needs to make decisions about treatment and saving his nephew’s life.  This adds a new strain onto the family.

Meanwhile, Caleb meets Dr. Reese Powell in the emergency room.  She helps him understand a bit of what is happening and helps him find a place to stay.  As Jonah needs time to heal and rehab, Caleb gets closer to Reese. She introduces him to new things...and new experiences.

As much as Caleb and Reese have feelings for each other, life continues to intrude. Caleb is forced to bring Jonah home as the Amish community does not hold with too much new fangled things.  Meanwhile, there are more secrets brewing and both Reese and Caleb are forced to make decisions about what love and family means. Does the tenants of a community or the needs of the family supercede?

Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs is a great read.  


Playing His Way by Erika Wilde

Playing His Way by Erika Wilde🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Playing His Way is the fourth book in the Player’s Club series.  It is not for everyone, as it is unabashedly erotic. The storyline is about a “Player’s Club” were all sorts of kink occurs.  It has been bought by Mac and is being refurbished by Stephanie.

Stephanie is hired to make several guest rooms into “fantasy” rooms.  She is quite excited by the project. The problem is that Stephanie has a thing for Mac thinks he does not.  Mac thinks she is hot, but wants nothing long term and Stephanie is long term. That is before they decide to “check out” each of the fantasy rooms with the deal that when the rooms are done - they are done…  Right. HOT HOT HOT

Playing His Way by Erika Wilde is hot, hot, hot.


Night Furies by CC Wiley

Night Furies by CC Wiley 🙂🙂❤❤👍

Night Furies by CC Wiley is the fourth book in her series Knights of the Swan.  I have read the previous books and generally found them interesting. The books are set in the medieval age in England.  The land is still a wild and open place where Lords and Ladys rule over the people in their villages. Serf work the field and other jobs.  Lawlessness and theft are common place. It is into this world that CC Wiley has introduced the reader into. The king is in France, but has sent his knights (part of a secret sect) to England to help bring the king’s law to the area and reward his knights with land and brides.   

Sir Nathan Staves is a wounded man, not his body but his mind.  The torture that was inflicted on him left lasting scars (PTSD medieval style).  He has been instructed by the king on a quest to Fletcher’s Landing looking for a treasure.  What he finds is Meg. Lady Margaret Grace is the lady of Fletcher’s Landing. She is desperately holding the land and people together, as she is being shaken down, blackmailed and thieved upon.  She does not trust the knight who has “shown” up and has a number of secrets to keep.

This book, I felt was the best yet in the series.  The story line was clearer and the characters more interesting.  While I think the Knights of the Swan plotline is a twist, it is the knights and their brotherhood that makes the plotline stronger.  I think it this is a series that benefits from having read the prior books. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. Night Furies by CC Wiley was a good read.  

An Earl in Wolf's Clothing by Emily Windsor

An Earl in Wolf's Clothing by Emily Windsor🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

I love finding new authors that I can enjoy!  The newest find is Emily Windsor and her book An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing.  I enjoyed the book. This is the first book in a series Rules of the Rogue and I am looking forward to reading more books in this series!  

Miss Sophie Beckford has put up with six seasons in London and she is done.  The noise, confusion, and pretenses have driven her mad. She is ready to leave London and has decided on marrying Bram, Earl of Kelmarsh.  She feels for him as he seems to be always laid back, sleepy and doesn’t seem to be present, but he too longs for the country.  Sophie is hopeful until she needs to find him and overhears a conversation that she misinterprets, and so the story begins.

That is when things get complicated.  Bram, the Earl of Kelmarsh is a spy. He is from a family of spies and it is all he knows.  What is overheard is Bram attempting to avoid a certain spy trying to force him back into her net.  Sophie leaves and suddenly Bram is left behind. A year later, when Sophie returns Bram, with the dubious help from friends and acquaintances tries to get Sophie to trust him and marry him.   

Having well rounded and delightful characters just made the story better. I was glad that Sophie had the gumption (and family backing) to stand up for what she wanted.  Sophie’s cousin Aideen was a hoot. Bram’s background really made opening up a hazard, so watching his character grow (and grovel) made him more likable.

An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing by Emily Windsor was a fun read.  

Marquess to a Flame by Emily Windsor

Marquess to a Flame by Emily Windsor🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Emily Windsor’s newest book, Marquess to a Flame is the third book in the Rules of the Rogue.  I have to start with stating I really enjoy her Emily Windsor’s stories! I find her characters interesting and her plotlines are not run of the mill.  This historical romance focuses on Marquess of Winterbourne, another man that follows the rules of the rogue.  He also is a man on a secret mission to help find a murderer. He is sent to Cornwall to find Miss Tamsyn Penrose and what happened to her when she was 16.   

Miss Tamsyn Penrose, after a tragic incident when she was 16, has recovered her voice and is beginning to regain her confidence.  After all it has been over five years, since the incident, and then the Marquess of Winterbourne appears. Tamsyn is finds the complex Jack  intriguing and before she knows it, they are intertwined in the mystery from the past and the present.

I enjoyed this book even more than I did the prior books.  I think the plotline and the characters were fun to imagine in a story.  I liked how the story slowly revealed both of the love stories, as well as the mystery from years past.  Marquess to a Flame by Emily Windsor is a great historical romance read.


Let Sleeping Dukes Lie by Emily Windsor

Let Sleeping Dukes Lie by Emily Windsor🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Emily Windsor’s second book in her Rules of Engagement Series is called Let Sleeping Dukes Lie. The common core of the novels are a group of men who work for the British Government as spies during the time of Napoleon.  Each seems to have the idea (for various reasons) that they should not marry and put a woman in danger.


The Duke of Rakecombe, Alexander Westhide can freeze out everyone with the best of them.  He is positive that Aideen Quinlan, the irish lass can be forgotten with enough cold showers.  The problem is - he is wrong. Aideen can’t seem to quite fit into the ton and not just because she is irish.  She is young, beautiful, brash and intelligent. One kiss by Alexander and no other man can possibly ever match up.  However he disappears after that one kiss for over a year and makes no attempt to seek her out upon his return, until they met again in the garden and sparks light up the night.  Alexander can’t afford to put her at risk, so he keeps her at arm’s length, so he thinks.


Let Sleeping Dukes Lie by Emily Windsor was the perfect read for this late summer afternoon. Alexander has met his match in Aideen, if he can just take a chance. Let Sleeping Dukes Lie by Emily Windsor was a good read.

Merry Christmas, My Viscount by Emily Windsor

Merry Christmas, My Viscount by Emily Windsor🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Merry Christmas, My Viscount by Emily Windsor is the next book in the new series I discovered, Rules of the Rake.  Mrs Lily Mereworth is a widow whose every breath was dominated by her husband.  She never did anything correctly and was advised to follow Miss Pikesworth’s Guide to Etiquette precisely.  After he died, Lily with the help of friends set out to remake her life. A complete list of things she needed to do, to be the “new Lily” was written up.  She only had a couple of items left on her list including a night with a rogue.

Viscount Asher Rainham is a spymaster. He has no time for games and Mrs. Lily Mereworth, but he can’t seem to stop thinking of her any more than she can stop thinking about him.  Their friends manage to throw them together at every step and give them lots of advice - not all good.

The novella was a fun, quick read that warmed my heart.  Merry Christmas, My Viscount by Emily Windsor was a fun read.  

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate checked all my boxes: great characters, interesting plot line, a little mystery, and lots of questions. I was not prepared for the anger I would feel toward one of the characters, nor was I prepared for how much I would care about the other characters. The story is well written and planned. Quite frankly the idea that the story is based on a what really happened in Tennessee makes it feel even more important of a read. The story is told a series of chapters back and forth between the older story and the newer story.

The Foss children in 1939 living with their parents a subsistence life on the river were happy, loved and cherished. A cruel twisted reality had them kidnapped and forced away from their family. The modern day story introduces us to Avery Stafford, a young lawyer engaged to a long time friend living at home and slowly being indoctrinated into the life in the public eye as a Senator.

One day, she meets an older woman at a nursing home and Avery’s journey into the past begins. She finds herself wanting to discover who the woman really is and what if anything does she have in common with Avery’s grandmother. Clues are slowly revealed and Avery’s need to understand, just might take her political future away.

A wonderful book! Inspiring and full of emotional highs and lows! A top read for the summer! Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a fabulous read!

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear is the15th book in the series about Maisie Dobbs.  It is hard to believe I have been reading these books for so long, but the main character is such an important person to me after all these years. Maisie has grown over the years and it feels like she is a friend that I would love to have a cup of tea with.  She is bold, determined, intelligent and inquisitive.

In this installment, Maisie is helping Britain, by driving an ambulance at night helping saving people.  She is still running her investigations, but with the war and the child she wants to adopt back home, she is picking her assignments.  Until she is pressed into service again by the government to help investigate a death of a young woman with ties to the United States. Between the blitzkrieg and US Department of Justice agent Mark Scott - who is supposed to be helping her, things are moving slowly.  

Worried about Anna has her heart and the probability toward the adoption going through is weighing her down. To have Mark Scott back and secretive is also daunting especially with the feelings that are swirling around her.  Figuring out the mystery, is her focus right now. And what a mystery - who wanted Catherine Saxon dead and why….

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear is a great read. Maisie is such a fabulous character.  


Shade's Lady by Joanna Wylde

Shade's Lady by Joanna Wylde🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde is the newest of the Reaper’s MC series.  Shade is the president of the Reaper’s MC - not just the regional chapter - but the whole club.  He is presently hanging out with one of the smaller chapters when he meets Mandy.  He wants her, but is not a settling down guy.  Mandy is trying to help her sister and her nieces survive and get out of probation safely. Then things get twisted up even more.  Shade gets what he wants - mostly - Mandy doesn’t want a relationship or even Shade - who is HOT.

LOVED Shade’s Lady.  I bet Mandy is thankful for dropping her phone in the toilet….

Great read - more hot MC!

Rome's Chance by Joanna Wylde

Rome's Chance by Joanna Wylde🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde was a fun visit with the Reapers.  The Reapers live in Hallies Fall where there was a large wildfire and many people in the town left after all their homes and possessions burned.  That is what Randi’s family did. Rome had one date with her and recognized her innocence and wanted to take it slow. Then they left. Randi came back for her 10th class reunion to find her mother and younger siblings in need and Rome.  He ran into her at the grocery store and asked her out. Only to have so much happen… and then a second date and even more happened… The story was a great short read and I really really liked Rome. He made a great book boyfriend.


Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde was a great read, but short :(

Earl of Darby by Aubrey Wynne

Earl of Darby by Aubrey Wynne🙂👍👍

Earl of Darby by Aubrey Wynne is part of the series called the Wicked Earls’ Club.  The novels focus on a group of Lords who joined a club called the Wicked Earl’s Club.  The rakes are determined to stay single and maintain their bachelorhood. The Earl of Darby’s sister is coming out as his friend’s sister that he agrees to help chaperone.  Little does he know what is going to happen.


Hannah Pendleton is excited about her coming out.  Her brother has left her with her Aunt Bertie and asked the Earl of Darby  to help chaperone the ladies. She has always thought she was in love with her brother’s other friend only to find out his has fallen in love with another person already.  So she has decided to just have a fun time with Matilda and all the opportunities available, only the Earl of Darby seems to be more fascinating and interesting. Maybe this is the one.  


I enjoyed this novel.  Aunt Bertie was a fun character who added some humor to the story and made me laugh. There is a suicide that starts the book, so it was hard to believe that book would be positive and a fun read, but it was.  This is the first book I have read in the Wicked Dukes Club and I did not feel I was missing information to enjoy the book. The Earl of Darby is an interesting historical romance with some thriller elements.

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18.05 | 09:26

If you want a REAL macabre horror story do some research on how black flies actually "bite you." Just a hint it involves saws and tongues, stay inside and read!

30.03 | 13:05

Nice thoughts, yes, hope and grace. I am appropriately reading Gentleman in Moscow who is confined at the Metropol Hotel. Eery coincidence!
Be safe and well.

23.03 | 10:13

Kurt Vonnegut I think? In an insane world a sane person will appear insane....

16.03 | 11:36

LOL, serious , but a run on toilet paper?
Guess we missed Bojhalian.
Be well! Happy reading!

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