My Dearest Enemy

Here’s the latest by Jennifer Moore. I love her historical romances, and this one was set in a unique period of time. Canada. Early 1800’s when England fought against the States (again). I love learning about small pieces of history through fictional stories, and this nibble of history I hadn’t run into before, so I wanted to share. Here’s the synopsis (And don’t you LOVE that cover?):

Blurb

coverStruggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn.

After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail’s help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.

My Review

5 Yummy 2This book is absolutely decadent! I would definitely read it again. The characters are Abigail and Emmett. One is a British citizen living in the Canadian frontier. The other is an American soldier, fighting the British. They are enemies.

Abigail finds a wounded Emmett in her barn while her father and brother are off fighting and doctoring for the English. She is running the farm alone. Knowing how to suture wounds and other medical procedures from her doctor dad, she helps the cursed American, but also ties his hands apart so he cannot pull any funny business with her. But when the tables turn and Abigail becomes Emmett’s prisoner instead, she is surprised to find her heart falling for the kind, compassionate, and good leader…even though he is her avowed enemy.

This book was a treasure to read, just like the pretty, unique rocks that Emmett and Abigail both loved for their geological qualities. The qualities it had were great character depth, a cold, snowy setting in Canada that I could feel clear to my bones. Shiver. It had great plot twists, intriguing historical facts and scenes, a despicable villain, and my favorite…romantic tension. I loved it so much I inhaled it in two days, kind of like I imagine myself doing to that decadent cake above if someone was kind enough to make it for me. 🙂

This is set after the Revolutionary war when England fought with the Indians against the Americans in the early 1800s (Since I’m not a historian, you’ll have to be content with my lame description. I can’t remember which war this is. Sorry) The side characters are phenomenal. Jasper, Luke, Murphy, Barney, Abigail’s father and brother. They added lots of dimension and reality to the plot, and fleshed out the MCs. Overall, this is a great historical piece of romantic fiction about a little known time and place in the American story that I highly recommend. It’s super good (and way less calories than that cake. I promise)!!!

Favorite Quote:

Each of these armies contains noble men. And each contains men with evil hearts. Let a person’s character be the indicator of a real enemy, not the color of his uniform.” Abigail’s father, Dr. Tidwell.

Giveaway

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Have a great week. I hope it is everything lovely and of good report!

Char

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The Brothers Maledetti – Mama Mia!

hookLast month Nichole Van was featured on one of the giveaways I hosted with other authors. Her books intrigued me. So I’ve been checking a couple of her books out on Kindle Unlimited, and I’m HOOKED! Like a big fat tuna caught out at sea, baby! Seriously. I might have found a new favorite author.

Her books have everything I adore: 

  1. Great characters that I connect with (even though they’re nothing like me)
  2. Incredible plots with lots of twists and tangled turns to keep me guessing
  3. A gorgeous setting–Tuscany Italy (that’s hard to beat)
  4. Romantic tension that tugs at my heart strings
  5. Humor

Gladly Beyond

1This story was Beyond Riveting. I couldn’t put it down once I started. The premise is a family curse that has afflicted the D’Angelo family for centuries. A great-great-and-so-on Grandfather asked a gypsy for the gift of sight to turn around his family’s fortunes, and the gift became his and generations of first-born sons curse that drove them mad at the end, driving them to suicide.

Skip to modern day Italy. The curse fractures when not one son, but triplets are born. Each son has part of this gift. This is Dante’s story, but nothing will stop me from reading the other brother’s stories now too. Dante and Claire meet when a crazy old rich guy has them and Claire’s ex-fiance, Pierce, all meet to contend for the job of working for him and cataloging his art collection. Claire and Dante don’t like each other at first, but she intrigues him because he can’t see any shadows around her Continue reading

Young Adult Romances

Here are some fun YA books I’ve read. Kelly Oram writes great YA that always make me laugh out loud. She has a sharp, cutting wit about her, and it reveals itself in her character dialogue. These two books feature romance in a science squad of all places. Hee hee. Read on, and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway at the end.

The Avery Shaw Experiment

averyAvery Shaw is a science geek who is secretly in love with her best friend, Aiden. But when Aiden wants to put some distance between them and gets a girlfriend, she is crushed. Grayson, Aiden’s older brother, and the most popular senior at Spanish Fork High (hey! This is right close to me!), rushes to the rescue to keep Avery from falling apart. They strike up an Experiment to do for the science fair that Aiden’s left her high and dry without a partner for now, to see if her broken heart can be cured by going through the seven stages of grief. Grayson will act as the unbiased observer.

This cute, witty, heart-tugging romance made me laugh constantly. Avery is a cool, smart character. Grayson is the fantastic, handsome jock. He’s hilarious, but caring. Seeing Avery grow and develop confidence to stand on her own is thrilling. Continue reading

My Sister’s Intended

book.jpgI love fun books with characters I connect with. My Sister’s Intended definitely tickled my funny bone, and Prudence became one of my bosom friends (if you remember that sappy, but very descriptive phrase from Ann of Green Gables). Make sure to enter the blog tour giveaway at the end of this post. Here’s the blurb:

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either. Continue reading

Dragons, Practicalities, & Ghosts

Today’s books have some interesting features…as you can see from the title. Let’s jump right in and tell you about them, shall we?

Dragons of Alsace Farm

dragonsThis was a super cool, touching book. The characters are flawed and have (or are) overcoming incredible challenges and demons. Noah ran away from the only family he’d ever cared about ten years ago when he felt betrayed by his uncle. When his uncle finally finds him and asks him to come home so he can make amends, Noah is unsure he wants to go back to his past. But when he meets his aunt and uncle’s neighbor, 80-year-old Agnes who has Alzheimer’s, he connects. She seems to love him and see his strengths, not just his weaknesses. When Agnes’s lost granddaughter returns to care for her grandmother, Noah and her don’t like each other. But that changes.

I really enjoyed getting into Agnes’s mind as she struggles with losing her mind and keeping her dignity. I absolutely adored Noah. He was such a flawed man, but treated Agnes so perfectly. And I loved seeing how him and Tayte’s relationship developed and broke down during the time they knew Continue reading

The Smallest Part

smallGIVEAWAY ENDED: Winner is LoraDawn.

Sometimes I read a book, and it goes beyond my expectations. I want to share the wonder (which I will at the end of this post in a giveaway). I’m an avid reader and love books for the sake of a good story. So even if it’s not the best book ever written, I still appreciate the time, skill, and imagination the author put into it. Stories feed my soul. I rarely read one I don’t like.

But then there are authors like Amy Harmon. My hero. Every book she puts out is like the most divine, decadent feast I can imagine. Her stories are not just dessert. They are solid food for my heart and soul. Nourishing. Filling. I don’t finish them and hunger. They linger in my heart for weeks, months, even years. Their messages change me. Inspire me. Make me want to be kinder, stronger, braver. Continue reading

My Fav Feb Reads

GIVEAWAY OVER: Winner is Kayli Garvin. YEA!!!

It’s time to play a little catch-up (not to be confused with ketchup). Here are a few of my favorite February reads. Most of these I rated 5’s on Amazon & Goodreads, but my Sweet Scale is a little more critical, so a lot are 4’s on here.

GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away a copy of the winner’s choice among these, so leave a comment to enter the drawing for March 16th.

Blemish by Jewel Allen

blemishThis historical fiction takes place in the Philippines (early 1900’s) in the Phillipines. The heroine has lived a life of luxury and has a beau ready to propose to her. But one blemish changes everything. Leprosy! Banished to a forsaken island with other lepers, Maristella must learn how to work and live in more primitive conditions as she adjusts to losing everything she cared for—family, privilege, love. As she meets Basilio, another leper in the colony, her heart opens to him. But lepers are forbidden to fall in love and marry. Continue reading