Monday, 2 February 2015

Book Review: Like A Flower In Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Publisher's Blurb: He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?

It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

My Review: An interesting if somewhat quirky read. Edward didn't lave a strong impression on me, he was forgettable. Charlotte, I thoroughly enjoyed.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Book Review: Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson

Publisher's blurb: Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--who is seventeen years her senior--an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...

My Review: While I enjoyed this book, I didn't think it was much about Lenore and Kolbein. It is the 1st book in the series but I was more interested in Lenore's best friend and her male friend. The story revolves more around them, I found.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Book Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage by: Regina Jennings

Publisher's Blurb: Abigail Stuart Thought She was Jeremiah Calhoun's Widow.
But Jeremiah Calhoun Is Very Handsome, Very Alive, and Very Perplexed.
Most Inconvenient Indeed.

With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he's gone--a practical solution for both of them.

After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain--until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she's never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn't trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?

My review: While I found the scenario odd, I can see, due to the times, it playing out the way it did, with Abigail marrying her patient. I think she handles the uncomfortable situation, of finding out who she married was not Jeremiah, while still putting up with his demanding sister and helping the entire family, with grace and composure. I liked this book and would recommend it to others.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Book Review: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Publisher's blurb: 1859 - Presque Isle, Michigan
What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?

All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

My review: I liked this book. It depicted a time when you just did what you had to do to survive. Most people today would consider having to marry a complete stranger absolutely barbaric, but I am sure things like this happened more frequently then we think. Emma's cooking skills add the right touch of humor to the book.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Publisher's Blurb: Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play...

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--and her dowry--Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.

As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

My review:  I enjoyed this book. As always, I got a bit annoyed at how woman were treated by men as well as other woman, for the era. I liked that I wasn't able to guess the twist as I do in many books. I'd recommend this book to others.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Book review: The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller

Publisher's Blurb: In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

My review: I liked this book. It was interesting and all the woman were not pushovers as in many books of this era are. The story flowed nicely and it had no boring spots. My only gripe is that the end seemed to wrap up too fast and leave unanswered questions that lead me to believe there is a sequel coming.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Book Review: Stolen by Katariina Rosenblatt PhD, Cecil Murphey

Publisher's Blurb: There is hope, even on the darkest of days

Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman--someone Kat wished she could be like--who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escape, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you'll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home--it's also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you.

My Review: I think the main character's parents should have been arrested for neglect and child abuse. These things would not have happened to this child if, her father had not abused her, if her mother had a backbone, if she was taught to value herself, if anyone paid any attention to her at all. Honestly, I am not sure why I requested books like this because they bother me. I dislike seeing how the situation could have been rectified but wasn't. I really can't say whether I would recommend this book or not, it isn't badly written or anything, it is just a bad story.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.