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Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

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Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh is another book in the series about the Westcott Family.  The series also intertwines with a past series, so many of the characters are known. I enjoy finding out what happens to some to the early characters from prior books as well as enjoying the new characters.  

Lady Elizabeth Overfield has survived a disaster ish marriage and is considering remarrying fi the right man can be found.  Too bad the one man she is interested in is 9 years her junior. Elizabeth known that if the ages were reversed - no one would care about it - but they are not.  So despite her interest and his, she moves on, agreeing to dance one waltz with him per ball.

Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges knows the Lady Elizabeth would be perfect for him, if she would just open her eyes.  She is stuck on their age difference even though they are very compatible. He decides to let things go as he looks at other unmarried ladies, but then circumstances take an interesting twist and suddenly some nasty rumors appear and Colin is almost tricked into marrying someone he has no interest in… that is when things change dramatically.

I enjoyed the latest installment of the Westcott Family and really liked Colin and Elizabeth’s characters.  Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh is a good read.  

The Malta Exchange by Steve BerryCoolCoolHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Cotton Malone is back… and Luke Daniels is with him.  

Cotton Malone is asked by M16 to investigate and find a set of documents written by Mussolini to Churchill. This begins the rollercoaster ride with finding the documents and then losing the documents and then finding other documents and following clues.  Luke Daniels is looking into something in Malta for his boss. Only to find that Cotton is in the middle of something and it all seems to link. Cotton wants to figure out where and why people are dying over old documents.

I love the thrill and clues.  I love how hard Cotton and Luke work to figure out what is happening. I love the twists and turns.  What I didn’t like was the long explanations about the history of the church and the long recitation of documents. I admit I did skip parts of this. However, I really enjoyed the mystery and clues laid out. I liked hearing about the the politics of the election of Popes.   Overall,The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry was a good read.

 

In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder

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Sometimes explicable, tragic events happen without any warning.  This book is just that and the what happens for the first couple of months after that accident.  In the Blink of An Eye by Jesse Blackadder is just such a book. The book is listed as fiction, however in the author’s afterword, it is revealed that the author underwent a similar experience when she was young.  The setting of the book is in New South Wales, a tropical land. The place a wonderful bright purple and red home with a swimming pool and a separate shop.

The blurb talks about forgiveness and redemption of a family.  For me, all I felt was the angst of the family, the wretchedness and horror.  No where in the blurb anywhere was the tragedy named, so I will not give it away here.  Suffice to say, that some people were determined to make the family an example of neglect.  The father willing to shoulder the blame, the mother determined to blame everyone and a son left to figure out how to be an adult in the midst of tragedy.

I was not able to put the book down.  I felt I needed to read the book and feel the pain of the characters.  I felt I was standing, showing support by continuing to read. I was so hoping for some magical ending or some surprising happening.  So, here is the hard part, I did not like this book. I hated the tragedy and I hated how people felt they need to make ‘an example’ of a tragedy to change rules and laws.  I didn’t like all the angst and I especially did not like how the teenager was forgotten in the midst of everything. In the Blink of An Eye reminds us of the fragility of life and love.

 

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman

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Sometimes when I read I laugh out loud.  That was the case with Valerie Bowman’s newest book, No Other Duke But You.  Lady Delilah Montebank is the main female character and she is often an accident waiting to happen.  Breaking things, falling, tripping - if there is a way to embarrass herself, she can do it. On top of that, her mother has decreed she must marry and the person her mother proposed is not acceptable in any way.  So Delilah in her moment of anger, tells her mother that she is marrying the Duke of Branville. Not that he knows she is alive.

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley is Delilah’s best friend and has loved her for many years. However, he has been waiting for her to realize the obvious. Meanwhile, he has helped her with all of her schemes while trying to get her to see him as he is.

The two circle around each other while putting on a play and participating in all the ton activities, but the love potion is the final straw, if only Delilah opens her eyes.  No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman is a fun (laugh out loud) historical romance!

 

More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley

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More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley is the third book in the Somerset Sisters Series.  This particular novel focuses on the youngest sister Hyacinth and Lachlan Ramsey. I loved reading about the two of them especially because they were so clueless when it came to both of them for each other.  

It is time for Hyacinth to have a season in London and despite her shyness and timidness, she is ready.  However, nothing is going smoothly, her family is so busily cosseting her that she is on her way to becoming a recluse.  

Lachlan Ramsey discovered on his mother’s deathbed that he is the brother to the Marquess of Huntington and Hyacinth's brother-in-law.  He is shocked and with the scandal that has happened to his younger siblings, leaves Scotland for England and their newfound family.  Through a series of surprises, he falls for for Hyacinth.

Neither Hyacinth nor Lachlan were  the most likeable characters. Both characters seemed to be too much - drama perhaps - into their own world.  I liked how Hyacinth became more able to stand up for herself as the book continued. I liked how Lachlan recognized how much he had to share with her.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley was a good read

Shattered by Allison Brennan

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Shattered by Allison Brennan was a great “who done it”.  I did not realize when I picked out the book that it was the latest in a series and I do not think it hindered me.  Max Revere is a nontraditional crime reporter.  She takes cold cases and works with her team to figure out what happened and who was the guilty of the crime.

An old college friend begs Max to help him prove his wife did not kill their son.  Since Max does not work on current crimes, he convinces her that his child’s death is similar to other children’s deaths, that she can investigate.  It is looking into the older crimes that Max realizes that this may be the work of a serial killer.  She is forced to accept help from  FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid, the aunt of the boy murdered twenty years ago.  Between Max’s ability to track down old information and Lucy’s ability to step into the mind of the killer, the case begins to narrow down the suspects and then they realize a young boy is soon to be the next victim.  

I was hooked right from the start and couldn’t wait to discover what was going to happen next. The characters and the twists and turns of the storyline kept me right on the edge.  I really enjoyed how all the information was laid out and how I fell totally into the story. 

Shattered by Allison Brennan was a great book to read.

 

The Liar's Child by Carla Buckley

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The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley is an unusual thriller.  The plot manages to mix the witness protection plan, a family self destructing, and a hurricane.  The story is well written as it moves between different characters and their points of view. Set in North Carolina on the Outer Banks Carla Buckley uses the weather as a character that interacts with each of the characters and turns out to be the impetus to heightening the drama.

 Sara is in the witness protection program. She was a bookkeeper to a person of “interest” and has been offered a deal intrade for her freedom, a trade she has no intention to participating in.  She is brought out the Outer Banks and given a job cleaning houses. Sara is living in a decaying apartment house next door to the Nelsons.

 The Nelsons are a family who is struggling with a mother who is unrealistic and perhaps mentally ill.  The father is willing to do anything to keep his wife and two children together, but the struggle is real.  The two kids are often left alone and seemingly uncared for, while the father scrabbles for a living after the mother leaves. 

Carla Buckley manages to build a story that includes so many elements that figuring out the finale is impossible.  The Liar’s Child is a mix of family drama, thriller, tragedy and an example of good storytelling. This is a good read.  

When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes

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When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes  is the second book in the Rags to Riches Series.  The first book focused on Quinn and Jane and the surprising rise to the ton level.  This book focuses on Duncan, who is a cousin that helped tutor Quinn’s brother Stephen and followed him world-wide.  

Duncan Wentworth’s family sent him off to try to save another estate.  Little did he expect to find poachers in his wood and even more surprising was finding Matilda Wakefield saving him from the poachers.  What Matilda was doing there and looking so starved was the problem Duncan needed to solve, because Matilda was not talking. Duncan was unwilling to let her go off (which she wanted to do) and found her something that she could do to help him, like transcribing his jibberish notes into legible prose.  Meanwhile, they both are becoming even more hyper aware of each other, even though Matilda is still not sharing who she is and the trouble she is in.

I enjoyed the book and found myself cheering Duncan on, wanting him to win her over! The plot line was a bit unreal, but if you could accept that then the rest of the book was fun to read.  When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes was a fun read, that I quite enjoyed.

 

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

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The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne was not a traditional historical romance.  One of the main characters was found half buried with bruises, broken bones and lye burns. The other has her own injuries and pains; she is always saving things. Together it might not work - or it might.  

 

Lorelei spies him and convinces her family to stop and help him.  She nurses him back, to only have her brother sell him to a ship’s captain for life.  She has waited for him to come back all her life, but he never did. Her brother continued his brutal reign of terror over her life when years later she is forced to marry a horrid older man… only she is saved at the last minute by The Rook.

 

He doesn’t know his name, where he came from or his history.  His only memory is Lorelei caring for him and he has come to finally possess her....just in time from marriage to a horrid older man.

 

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo is obviously a part of a series, but I did not find it bothered me in any way to read and understand the characters.  The story did show the brutality of the underworld of London during the industrial age, which is not for the faint of heart. The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo was an interesting read.  

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30.03 | 21:07

📚🌻📚🌻❤️... GREAT REVIEW

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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

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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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