Book Review -Seeing Miss Heartstone

SYNOPSIS

Miss Belle Heartstone—heiress and savvy businesswoman—needs a husband. Immediately. As in, yesterday would not have been soon enough. Her mother’s attempts at matchmaking have been disastrous. So Belle decides to solve the problem her way—survey the market and purchase the best groom available.

 

Colin Radcliffe, Marquess of Blake—debt-ridden and penniless—needs a large infusion of cash. Desperately. Preferably cash that does not come with a wife attached. It is no surprise, then, when he receives Miss Heartstone’s brazen proposal—her cash, his title, their marriage—that he politely declines.

But before he leaves her, Blake suggests something truly radical: Maybe before finding a husband, Belle should find herself.
His simple words send them both on an unexpected journey, spanning continents and years, entwining their lives in ways neither could have foreseen. Can two lonely souls move past societal expectations and forge a unique life together? Continue reading “Book Review -Seeing Miss Heartstone”

Top Ten Tuesday – New to Me Authors I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2019

Today’s  Topic: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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I covered this topic just recently in my book year review for 2018. So instead, I thought I would share new to me authors that are on my TBR shelf OR who have new releases coming out this year that I want to read. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – New to Me Authors I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2019”

Top Ten Tuesday -Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Today’s Topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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Well, it’s that time again. Time to ignore reality, the constraints of time and budget and add to my TBR list all the new books I want to read while blithely ignoring all the lonely titles sitting on my shelf crying out for attention. But, hey, I believe in dreaming big people!

There are many books I can’t wait to read this year, but I’ve brutally cut my long list down for the sake of this top ten.  Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019”

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Fictional Heroes in 2018

Today’s Topic: Best Books I Read In 2018

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Well, originally I thought to stick to today’s prompt. However, I am covering my favorite books of 2018 in another post. So, instead I decided to make a list of my favorite fictional heroes of the year. You know I can’t resist a well written romantic leading man. It was extremely hard to narrow them down, but I did my best. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Best Fictional Heroes in 2018”

2018 Book Year in Review

Whew! Another (reading) year has passed. I set a goal to read at least seventy-five new books and I far exceeded that. Somehow, I read over 110. This does not include titles I re-read. I was very happy with the books I chose this year. The majority I rated four stars, but around 40 percent of them earned five stars from me.

READING GOALS

At the beginning of this year, I set some reading goals for myself. Honestly, I didn’t do as well with these as I would have liked. The two goals I did manage to accomplish were to quit more books and to read more non-fiction. My non-fiction consisted mainly of biographies and film history. I read about the friendship between James Stewart and Henry Fonda, interviews with classic film stars, books on costume design, biographies on Jean Arthur, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Ava Gardner and one about the last years of Bette Davis’ life. Continue reading “2018 Book Year in Review”

Book Review -Little Women

I think I’ve seen just about every film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s book that is known to man. No matter the version, I’ve always loved the March family and their relationships with each other and those they adopt into their circle. But, I’ve never been happy with the romantic relationships as portrayed on screen.

After watching the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder again recently, I decided it was high time I finally read the book for myself. Especially since my strategy for reading more classics is to tackle the novels of film adaptations I really enjoy. And that is how I finally found myself reading Little Women.

The story of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is so well-known that I hardly think I need to summarize it here. Suffice it to say, that at over 500 pages long, the book gives much more time to developing and detailing these beloved characters, their relationships, their personal growth, their trials and triumphs.

You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone. Meg is the turtledove, and Amy is like the lark she writes about, trying to get up among the clouds, but always dropping down into its nest again. Dear little girl! She’s so ambitious, but her heart is good and tender, and no matter how high she flies, she never will forget home.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Winter 2018 TBR

Today’s Topic: Winter 2018 TBR

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My winter TBR list consists of books which I really want to read, but which I haven’t gotten around to yet. With the holidays upon us, I don’t have as much time to whittle away at those lonely titles that are waiting to be read. But, I am resolved to make the effort.

Here are a few that I’ve decided to make top priority. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Winter 2018 TBR”

Book Review – Falling for You

SYNOPSIS

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again. Continue reading “Book Review – Falling for You”

Top Ten Tuesday -Fictional Marriages of Convenience

Today’s Topic: Freebie (Make up your own topic, or use a previous TTT topic you might have missed.)

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Do you ever feel like you are slow to learn certain things about yourself? I sure do. It’s only in the past year that I have discovered that I actually enjoy reading stories featuring the marriage of convenience trope. Although, I’ve read many such books over the years, it’s only recently I realized my own reading pattern in choosing these types of books.

There’s just something about two people who aren’t initially in love making a lifelong commitment that fascinates me. Many times, they are strangers, sometimes they are known to each other. But either way, I love “watching” them discover each other in a new light as they work to combine their lives.

Although this trope is easier to write into a historical fiction story, there are also several well-written contemporary tales of these marriages on this list.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Hallmark Christmas Movies Adapted from Books

Today’s Topic: Cozy/Wintry Reads (Make this prompt suit your current season if needs be.)

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Well, I decided to tweak this week’s prompt a little bit. To me, cozy /wintry = Christmas! And what Christmas would be complete without Hallmark’s sappy/sweet holiday films? With that thought in mind, I thought it would be fun to list holiday titles that were adapted into Hallmark Christmas films. You’re welcome!

With the exception of one, I’ve not read any of these books. But I have seen the movies. So, now I just need to set aside some time for some holiday fiction. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Hallmark Christmas Movies Adapted from Books”