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Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker

Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker is a wonderful “Christmasy” Cosy Mystery.  The setting is this lovely island, Charm, North Carolina, that is usually warm and inviting.  Instead this year - there is snow and ice, but the islanders are making the most of the season!  Everly Swan owns and runs an ice tea shop and makes all sorts of lovely treats. Her aunts have their own shop nearby and are her only family.   

On the night of an Open House just before Christmas, Everly’s Aunt Fran announces that she is running for mayor.  It seems to be a highly contested office and starts a series of events that include the mayor being murdered and Aunt Fran is the most likely killer by smashing him with a Christmas gnome.  Grady, Everly’s love interest and the local detective is on the case and is not willing to let her help him find the murderer. Meanwhile, Christmas is getting closer and she has some serious baking to do before the holiday!  

 

I really enjoyed the novel.  It was a fun read and the characters were certainly anyone from a small town worldwide.  I especially loved the progressive dinner idea with the whole town! Tide and Punishment is the third book in the Seaside Cafe Mysteries and I was able to read it as a standalone. (Although, I am not planning on missing any new ones!)  Tide and Punishment was a great cosy read!

Someone To Honor by Mary Balogh

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh is the newest in the Westcott Series (#6).  Harry has returned from the battles against Napoleon. He has been badly injured and his friend Gilbert Bennington helped bring him home and was staying with him until Harry is ready to be more independent.  The Westcotts descend en masse to Harry’s side including his sister Abigail. Gil, not used to members of the nobility, tries to stay away but is unsuccessful. Abigail mistook him as a servant and so the story of Abigail and Gil starts.  Two people who seemingly do not fit or even really like each other. A perfect beginning to start a romance.

 

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh is a surprising read.  I didn’t really like the main characters at the beginning of the book, but they quickly grew on me.  I understand Abigail’s desire to not be relegated to a life she didn’t want. Gil’s frustration about not having his daughter with him is another area I understood.  Those two areas helped make Abigail and Gil more realistic and open to readers.

 

Someone To Honor by Mary Balogh is a good read. 

 

First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett

First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

First Earl I See Tonight is the first book in the Debutante Diaries by Anna Bennett.  I read book two before book one and enjoyed it so much I went and looked for the prior novel.  The books can definitely be read as a stand alone, but they are great together.

Fiona Hartley needs money - fast - to pay off a blackmailer before he ruins her sister’s reputation.  She does not want to ask her parents for the money, so she figures that if she gets married fast, she can use her dowry to pay the blackmailer.  

David Gray, Earl of Ravenport is who she has decided upon.  Too bad, he is not on board with her plan. He has been jilted for lack of money and for the country estate he is trying to save.  Fiona’s money would be welcome, but he is sure she will beg off once she sees the horror of the house.  

I liked David and Fiona together.  I like how they were more focused on people that money.  The blackmailer - well I had it narrowed it down - but not the correct answer at the end.  Good story line. Good romance. Good read. First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett.

 

Lake of Learning by Steve Berry and MJ Rose

Lake of Learning by Steve Berry and MJ Rose๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค”

Lake of Learning by Steve Berry and MJ Rose is an offshoot of the Cotton Malone books.  This book focuses on Cassiopeia Vitt who is presently building an authentic French castle using 13th century techniques.  While she was having a test ditch dug, a golden box was found with an old copy of The Book of Hours. Obviously, the book is old and valuable, so it is put to the side until Cassiopeia finds out more about it. The next day is when the adventure starts, people showing up to buy the book and someone trying to steal it.  Cassiopeia has to follow the clues to find the truth.

 

Once again, I found myself reading quickly in pace so I could know what is going to happen next.  The information about the Cathars was fascinating to me. While reading, I found myself wondering where that line is between reality and fiction.  It was blurred perfectly and I loved reading the story! I liked how this book was shorter than Steve Berry’s book usually are, so I could read it quickly.  I liked how Cassiopeia searched for answers and I liked the bad guy being bad. Lake of Learning by Steve Berry and MJ Rose was a fun, hold on to your seats, read. 

In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder

In the Blink of An Eye by Jesse Blackadder🙂💔💔👍

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.

 

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond is the first book in the Ladies Wagering Whist Society Series.  The book is a historical romance with one of the major connective tissues the Ladies Whist game that happened weekly.  The other major connective tissue was the Tina Rowan, the illegitimate daughter of one of the members.  

Tina Rowan has to leave her life and start again.  She does not want to be forced to marry her cruel step brother.  She makes a bargain and sets off to take London by storm as modiste for the ton. Her mother agrees to help her and has a party for women to meet a new modiste who then start to play cards while waiting their turn.  Of course, things start off well. She begins to make headway with dresses, when the Duke of Warwick shows up insisting she dress his sister. That’s when things get a bit out of control. Everyone has secrets and slowly things start to come out.  

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond was an interesting start for a series.  I am not sure where the series is set to go and I hope the story lines tighten up a bit.  Meanwhile, it is a good book to read if you like historical romance.  

I read this book as a preview novel thanks to the Chase Family Reader’s Group.  I was grateful for the chance to read the book and provide an honest review.

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman🙂🙂❤❤👍👍🤪

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!

 

To Wed A Wild Scot by Anna Bradley

To Wed a Wild Scot by Anna Bradley ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

To Wed a Wild Scot by Anna Bradley is the second book in the Besotted Scots series.  I enjoyed the first book and was excited to read this one. Lady Juliana must marry and quickly due to her father’s worsting health and her desire to raise her niece, Grace.  She was betrothed to a man, but backed off when she discovered he was in love with another person. So she has taken a huge risk and has journeyed to Scotland to ask her best friend, Fitz, Duke of Blackmore to marry her.  

 

Logan, Laird of Clan Kinross was trying to prevent Juliana and others from getting to his brother, for reasons that make sense to him, but not to Juliana or even Fitz.  Meanwhile, Juliana follows Logan to his brother. Her goal is to have Fitz marry her and save her niece. However, that is not to be and the solution is one that is difficult to accept, but there are not a lot of solutions available.

 

Juliana is headstrong and determined.  While I admire that in a woman, I have to admit, she was in her own category, that might be off putting to some readers.  I thought Logan, once I was past his own stubbornness, was a fair match to Juliana. Of course, nothing goes easily, especially when lack of communication is a problem.  

 

I enjoyed To Wed a Wild Scot by Anna Bradley and would recommend it to others. 

 

Shattered by Allison Brennan

Nothing to Hide (Lucy Kincaid #14) by Allison Brennan🙂🙂👍👍

Allison Brennan writes a wonderful series of books about Lucy Kincaid.  Lucy is intrepid, determined, intelligent and dogged in her ability to find the truth and solve crimes.  I am late in finding these books, but I am loving the ones I have found to date. The newest one is Nothing to Hide, the fourteenth book in the series. This book can be read as a stand alone. 

Lucy Kincaid is married, has a stepson, and is an agent for the FBI.  Life for her is busy, but when she gets a new case where three men were killed and it is looking like a serial killer is on the loose, she devotes herself to the case.  She is assisting the local detective, Jerry Walker of San Antonio with the case.  Each man was treated the same way with mutlization, taser burns and eventual death.  Lucy and Jerry walk through the case step by step following the clues one by one until they think they have figured out the real killer.

Meanwhile her stepson Jesse has managed to get into his own sticky wicket and Lucy’s husband Sean has to help resolve this gang problem without losing his son or his son’s friends.  

I enjoyed the book.  I liked how Lucy and Jerry step by step followed the procedure and still managed to find some previously hidden information.  While I wasn’t as thrilled with the Jesse/Sean sections, I did find them interesting and wanted a positive resolution for them as well. I will continue to look for and read more books by Allison Brennan in this series. Nothing to Hide by Allison Brennan was a good read.

 

London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant

London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant was a historical romance.  The author was relatively new to me, so I did not expect to enjoy the book as much as I did.  I understood only too well what Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter was going through and found her to be a strong woman.

 

Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter has been taking care of her grandfather Lord Talbot.  Growing up, he took care of her after her parents died and the two of them were very close. Theodosia also is a scientist at heart like her Grandfather, but knowing the climate for women scientists, has sent in articles under her Grandfather’s name.

 

Chief Officer of the Society for the Intellectually Advanced, Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham found one of the new articles sent in by Lord Talbot did not add up.  Something about the research could not be replicated, so Matthew sets off to Oxfordshire to talk to Lord Talbot about this.  

 

The scene is set up for a clash of understandings and truths.  Theodosia’s determination to take care of her grandfather and Matthew’s realization that she is more important than any research is just one of the fundamental changes both must make. The story was well written with a well thought out plot line.  London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant was a good read.

 

Lady Sophia's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes is a fun Christmas read.  The book seems to be a reprint from 2011 with a new cover. I enjoy Grace Burrowes' books and reading about the Windham family.  

 

Lady Sophia, one of the many Windham children is feeling  sad. The Christmas season is a time of joy for most, but she is feeling betwixt and between.  She has successfully managed a few days alone only by circumstances beyond the ordinary, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and Vim Charpentier  in London during a major snowstorm. 

 

For me, the book got better as the story moved along. I really wanted to bash the Sophie and Vim together  with the stupidness that they continued to show toward each other until the end. Of course I am looking for the rest of the books to read in this series! Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes was a good read. 

 

When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes

When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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 Tornado by Jake Burt

The Tornado by Jake Burt๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

The Tornado by Jake Burt is a GREAT story about bullying in Middle School.  The story is not preachy or overwhelming with its message. The book was well written and I thought just the right length.  There is nothing like the unexpected changing the status quo of a situation.

Bell Kirby has been tormented by Parker Hellickson ever since he accidentally broke his toe before a big soccer game.  Parker is so good at bullying that he never gets caught and even when he does, his dad is the principal. Bell has put together a whole system about how to avoid Parker until the new girl Daelynn Gower moves into his school.  Suddenly Bell does not need to hide anymore when Parker starts to focus on her.  Meanwhile, Daelynn gets sadder and sadder and everything Bell does to help her seems to make it worse.  Until it is time to stand up!

 

The Tornado is a good read by Jake Burt.  The lesson, the characters and the plot line are ideal for an early Middle School reader.  It is a book that I am going to recommend to students.

Say It Again by Catherine Bybee

Say It Again by Catherine Bybee๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Say It Again by Catherine Bybee is the last of the First Wives series.  The novel follows Sasha as she tries to find her place. She is not even sure what she is looking for.  So Sasha goes back to her old school in Germany. A school that seems to specialize in turning out warriors, spies, and secret agents.  It is in Germany, where she meets AJ, a man trying to find answers to his sister’s death. He is positive it happened because of where she went to school.


The story line is fast moving with some great clandestine operations.  I enjoyed both Sasha and AJ’ s characters. I loved how AJ was not willing to let Sasha push him away.  I love how they treated Claire and helped her. The story line was interesting with how the school and the various people (met in the earlier books) were able to help Sasha and Aj solve their dilemma.  

Say it Again by Catherine Bybee is a well written book.  THe characters are solid and interesting. Sasha is just enough quirky to be funny.  I loved the various relationships and how despite those, Sasha could not just reach out. Another fun read by Catherine Bybee.

How To Love A Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

How To Love A Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne was a fun historical romance.  I found the characters interesting and liked how the story slowly evolved and grew. The novel was an interesting mystery as well as a romance.It was unclear who was trying to be murdered and why. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I felt the author had a great writing style and drew me into the story.

I liked Alexandra, she was strong and determined, yet vulnerable.  I found her devotion to her friends heart felt and allowed her to become a character to enjoy.  It is inconceivable to me how hard Lady Alexandra Lane had to work to be accepted and complete a program at the Sorbonne during this period of time. The story of Alexandra’s past and her fear only made her more appealing. 

 

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne made me laugh.  His gruff exterior and his so over the top alpha male growl made him fun.  I love how he treated Alexandra as an intelligent woman. I love how he began to understand her fears.  He was also very, very hot in a growly way.

 

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne was a great read. 

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