Monday, 31 December 2012

Review: A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano


A Change of Fortune
Series: Ladies of Distinction #1
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery
Release Date: November 1st 2012
Pages:  320
Format: paperback
Source: Provided by publisher for review

Rating:

Reason chosen:

I was contacted by the publish to review multiple books and this was one of the books I chose.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she's determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone.

Eliza's hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton's path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza's determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone's antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence.

When all of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

Review:

I will admit that I read this book very fast, but I still managed to fall in love with it. From the moment she toppled over because of her extremely long/large/and ugly gown and commented on how well the floors were maintained to the very end I was laughing, smiling and my mind was working to figure everything out. I loved Hamilton and how he continues to rescue Eliza. I covered my eyes with the books when I felt embarrassed for her, and I sighed basically whenever Hamilton was around. I felt for the characters, and I fell in love with them. All of them. I also loved the mystery that surrounded the story and it kept my brain turning while giggles escaped my lips at the many funny things that both Eliza and other characters say. I was swept away into a world of humour, mystery and romance and I am completely thankful of the journey.

Good:

Eliza—You are pretty funny, and determined.

Hamilton—I don’t know how to describe you other than awesome.

Zayne—love your humour.

Bad:

Sometimes the story line was a little slow for my liking but those moments were few and far in between.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the writing style was very easy to follow, the story line was entertaining and the mystery did challenge my mind a bit. I never had to back track to read something over and there was just the right about of humour and romance.

Previously In the Series:


Next in the Series:

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (#2) ETA: June 1st 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of historical fiction, Christian romances, and just a romance in general than this is a novel for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor-Made Bride and Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer, Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria andthe Rogue by Meg Cabot

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog:
Facebook:

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".  

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Review: Courting Cate by Leslie Gould


Courting Cate
Series: The Courtships of Lancaster County
Author:  Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre:  Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 1st 2012
Pages:  341
Format: Paperback
Source: Provided by publisher for review. Thanks so much to Bethany House!

Rating:

Reason chosen:

I received a request to review multiple books and this was one of two that I choose.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty--and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County
However, the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn't have any suitors--until Pete comes to town, that is.
Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.

Review:

Taming of the Shrew…Amish style. I really enjoyed reading this novel. I kept thinking about 10 Things I Hate About You and, although Pete is not your average Heath Ledger, Cate and Betsy fit the bill of the characters pretty well. I enjoyed Cate’s hard heart and tough exterior, and, of course, that she was a book nerd. I liked that she wanted to start a business and researched things that could help out her community. Sometimes Cate was stubborn and had outrageous moments that would probably have made me disliked her, but I just couldn’t. At first I thought the language was a little difficult, but surprisingly I caught on pretty quick after the first chapter or two. I also found it odd that almost immediately after meeting Pete she found herself hoping that he liked her, and shortly after she was stating that she would never marry. It was a bit confusing at first, but the adventure of the novel really took off and the confusing stuff at the beginning ended up not really mattering. There were some confusing, and even some frustrating moments in this novel, but really The Taming of the Shrew is filled with frustration and even though I found that when Cate and Peter were in New York they both acted very differently from who they really were I loved it when the got back to Lancaster County and I loved their relationship.

Good:

Cate—Independent business woman. Extremely stubborn, but with a soft-side for family.

Pete—Man I loved Pete, he was so care-free and just going with his heart.

Bad:

Betsy—She was a brat. She was pretty manipulative, and at one point stated that Cate was in the wrong because Cate never raised her properly, so it wasn’t her fault. And, I kind of seemed like she didn’t really learn her lesson.

At different points, but Pete and Cate were confusing. Cate acted straight rude, and Pete sometimes did the same when he was in New York. I know it helped make the story, but I missed who they truly were at those time.

Also sometimes things were a little confusing. I never really understood what happened with Seth and Cate. It was explained, but I felt like more detail was needed.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the story flowed nicely, and even though the language was confusing at first it really started to flow after the first chapter or two. Although the story was one I’ve hear before I liked the new take on it, and I loved the characters…even M&M, whom I hope are going to be in the next novels in the series. I fell in love with the moments that Cate and Pete shared together and was really just falling in love with their romance.

I don’t know if I’ve ever said this, but I usually don’t like reading Christian novels. Sometimes I find that the religious aspect overtake the story, but Bethany House has yet to fail me. The authors, including Leslie Gould, manage to bring the Christian values and intertwine them perfectly into a great story that can be enjoyable to all audiences. Especially those who simply love falling in love.

Next in the Series:

Adoring Addie (#2) ETA: May 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you enjoy Christian Romance, or you just like falling in love with a good old fashion clean romance, and of course if you are friendly with Shakespeare/The Taming of The Shrew than this is a novel for you

If you liked this you'll probably love:

A Tailor-Made Bride and Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog:
Twitter:  @lesliejgould

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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Review: The Chief by Monica McCarty


The Chief
Series: Highland Guard #1
Author: Monica McCarty
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Historical Scottish Romance, Adult
Release Date:  March 23rd 2010
Pages:  320
Format: ebook
Source: Borrowed

Rating:

Reason chosen:

Well…because I love me some historical scottish fiction, and when I read the summary I almost died happy.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

AN ELITE FIGHTING FORCE UNLIKE THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN ...

Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.

The ultimate Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being drawn into Scotland’s war against the English. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one—especially not to his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his command of the deadliest fighting force the world has ever seen. The treacherous chit who made her way to Tor’s bed may have won his hand, but she will never claim his heart.

Although her husband’s reputation is as fierce as his manner, Christina Fraser believes that something softer hides beneath his brutal shell. But the only warmth she feels is in their bed, in glorious moments of white-hot desire that disappear with the dawn. When Christina’s reckless bid to win her husband’s love goes awry and thrusts them into danger on the eve of war, Tor will face his ultimate battle: to save his wife and to open his heart—before it’s too late.

Review:

I really enjoyed this novel, but I found myself frustrated. I wanted to slap Tor right all up in his face. And then probably kiss him, but still the slapping is first. He was such a jerk sometimes that I had no clue how Christina could put up with it.  But, then there were the moments that he showered tenderness. From when he first saw her, stared at her at dinner, saved her from some disgusting man, and everything past that just broke my heart. Melted it more like it. And of course, how they were thrown together was like nothing I had ever read before. That was hella crazy couple of days, and her father is a real piece of work. And the historical background to the story (which involves a certain Braveheart) didn’t hurt. There was a lot going on in this novel and it constantly grabbed at my attention, and made me fall in love with the characters.

Good:

Christina—props to her for being independent, for trying to fit in, and for trying to prove her worth. And…she’s a reader so I basically have to like her. P.s. even for your time I have no clue how you, or your brother didn’t manage to punch your father right in the face.

Tor—He made my toes curl.

Bad:

Tor-Sometimes I also wanted to slap you and had no idea how she put up with you.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I loved the novel. I loved the story that was not only filled with romance, but adventure and Scottish men being Scottish men. Ou la la. The story line was very easy to follow and kept you entertained all the way through. I loved and was frustrated with the character (like I’m sure you are suppose to) and kept wanting to know what would happen next. The story sucked me in and didn’t let me go, I definitely think this will be a series I want to continue with.

Next in the Series:

The Hawk (#2)


The Viper (#4)

The Saint (#5)


The Hunter (#7) ETA: June 25th 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of Scottish and/or historical romances than this is one you may like.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

The Highlander’s Reward by Eliza Knight, In Bed With a Highlander and Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks, The Ugly Duckling series by Manda Collins, Daughters of Glen Series by Melissa Mayhue, Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog:
Twitter: @monicamccarty

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