Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Love

Today’s Topic: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books (i.e. skip meals, camped outside a bookstore, broke up with someone because they don’t like books, etc.

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Even though I’m a book lover and voracious reader, I’ve never done anything crazy for the love of books. I’m a bit too practical for that. So, I decided to go a different route for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list.

I am someone who is always drawn to a book which has a stunning cover. It’s been a long time since I did a cover love post. I figured it’s time for another. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Love”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Featuring Musicians

Today’s Topic: Audio Freebie (Any audio goes: audiobooks, music, podcasts, you name it.)

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Well, I almost didn’t participate in this week’s Top Ten post. I’ve only listened to one audiobook and never listed to podcasts. So, I was stumped. But then I decided to think outside the box a bit. Since music is an audial experience, I thought it would be fun to list books that feature musicians; those who sing and those who play.

The characters in these books are not all necessarily professional or career  musicians. Some just have a personal passion for it. So without further ado…

Rose in Three-Quarter Time – This one has been on a lot of my lists lately, mainly because it is so good. But this time it is because both of the main characters are musicians. Oliver is now a conductor and Rose is a violinist with an orchestra in Vienna.

Love’s Reckoning – Silas Ballantyne may be a blacksmith’s apprentice, but his true passion is the family violin which he has brought with him from Scotland.

Infinity + One – Bonnie Rae Shelby is a famous singer in hiding who finds herself on a cross-country road trip with a stranger.

The Whys Have It – A tragic accident brings together the orphaned Samantha with pop superstar Cory Minor.

Then There Was You – This delightful rom-com set in Australia has a male protagonist who is not only the son of internationally known pastors, but also the lead in their very popular touring worship band.

Nocturne for a Widow – What happens when a sassy actress butts head’s with her dead husband’s arrogant son who is running from his past as an acclaimed violinist? Sparks, that’s what. I love this gothic-lite/comedy mashup set in the Hudson River Valley area.

The Butterfly and the Violin – This heartbreaking, well-written time-slip novel features a talented Jewish violinist who finds herself alleviating the tragedy of her interment in Auschwitz.

A Light in the Darkness – One of my favorite YA stories. I just love the main characters Tish and Sebastian so much. Tish is the sole female in a male rock band and Sebastian is the tortured newcomer.

One Night With a Rockstar – This modern re-telling of the biblical story of Esther is one of my favorites.

All She Wanted – Charlie is a pianist with a scholarship to a prestigious music school.

What are some books featuring musicians that you would recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday -Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Today’s Topic: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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I love the host of new books which get released each spring. There are so many great new titles this time of year that my TBR pile just gets bigger. Some of these on this week’s list are new releases which I haven’t read just yet. Others will be releasing later this spring. Either way, I’m very excited about the books on this list. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books On My Spring 2019 TBR”

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Today’s Topic: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

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What a fun prompt this is. It has really made me think differently about familiar and well-loved books. The great thing about a good book is that it takes you out of your own life and allows you to live vicariously through the lives of its’ characters.

Regular readers know that I adore historical fiction. However, when it came time to make this week’s list, there’s something I realized. As much as I enjoy reading about history, I don’t know that I would want to live it. That is why many of the ladies I chose for this list come from contemporary stories. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With”

Book Review – A Fallen Lady

SYNOPSIS

Six years ago, to the outrage of her family and the delight of London gossips, Lady Helen Dehaven refused to marry the man to whom she was betrothed. Even more shockingly, her refusal came on the heels of her scandalous behavior: she and her betrothed were caught in a most compromising position. Leaving her reputation in tatters and her motivations a mystery, Helen withdrew to a simple life in a little village among friends, where her secrets remained hers alone.

For reasons of his own, Stephen Hampton, Lord Summerdale, is determined to learn the truth behind the tangled tale of Helen’s ruin. There is nothing he abhors so much as scandal – nothing he prizes so well as discretion – and so he is shocked to find, when he tracks Helen down, that he cannot help but admire her. Against all expectations, he finds himself forgiving her scandalous history in favor of only being near her.

But the bitter past will not relinquish Helen’s heart so easily. How can she trust a man so steeped in the culture of high society, who conceals so much? And how can he, so devoted to the appearance of propriety, ever love a fallen lady? Continue reading “Book Review – A Fallen Lady”

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit

Today’s Topic: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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Travel is one of my passions. I love going someplace new and experiencing the culture and sights of that place. However, time and money limits the amount of travel I’m able to do.

That is one of the reason I enjoy reading. It’s armchair travel at it’s best. As soon as I crack open the pages, I’m instantly transported and experiencing that place vicariously through the characters. And of course, it also allows me to time travel, which is sadly still impossible in real life. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Love that Need More Love

Today’s Topic: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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In my own mind, I am a champion of the under-rated book or author. There’s nothing I like better than discovering a book that is under the radar and then raving about it to everyone I know. Honestly, it makes me feel “in the know.” But I also like the idea of bringing to attention authors or books who I feel deserve it.

This week’s list includes several series, as well as single titles.

 

Price of Privilege Series 

One of the most stunning series I’ve ever read. It’s also my very favorite. This historical drama follows a young woman who unexpectedly becomes an heiress and finds herself as a pawn in a game played by some very powerful men.

Carry Me Home

I’d heard about this Australian historical novel for years. It did not disappoint! I liked the marriage of convenience story line, but I really loved the hero the most. My review

 

Drawn by the Frost Moon/Creek Country Saga

This historical series set in 19th century Florida is unique in its’ portrayal of the Indian culture. I also appreciate how multi-cultural the series is.

Seeing Miss Heartstone

What a surprise, another historical fiction title makes my list! I enjoyed this sweet tale of an heiress managing her father’s empire who teaches through correspondence, a nobleman, the details of business finance. My review

 

The Girl Next Door Series

This series is contemporary romantic suspense with an emphasis on ROMANCE and SUSPENSE. I’m always exhilarated and exhausted after finishing one of these stories. Review of If Spring Comes

 

Storm and Silence Series

This series is on many of my lists. I love it so much. The chemistry and dialogue between the two main characters is just so zippy and feisty. Review of Storm and Silence and in the Eye of the Storm.

 

California Rising Series

As much historical fiction that I read, I rarely come across anything featuring the history of California. It is a fascinating time as portrayed in this series.

With This Curse

I love a good gothic-lite romance and this one features a wounded, skittish heroine and one of the most patient, self-sacrificing heroes I’ve ever read.

 

The Bridge Duo

Ya’ll, the first book in this duo only has 157 ratings on Goodreads. That is a crime! This YA/New Adult duology has heart and unexpected depth. Plus, some of its’ settings include Paris and Ireland. Review of The Bridge and The Long Walk.

 

Raleigh Harmon P.I. Mysteries

I don’t read a lot of crime drama or mysteries, but I find this one about a female forensic crime investigator fascinating. This series is a spin off the earlier Raleigh Harmon FBI Mystery series.

There you have it. My top ten underrated books (series). Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite underrated novels?

Book Review – The Matrimonial Advertisement

ABOUT THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT

As a last resort, Helena Reynolds answers an advertisement for marriage to a complete stranger. She is desperate for the security of a husband’s name and the safety of living in a remote estate in Devon.

Justin Thornhill is a former soldier still recovering from the tragedy and torture of his last assignment in India. He didn’t place the ad for a wife, but is drawn to Helena’s beauty and refinement. Something about her also draws out his prospective instinct.

These two strangers marry, but their complicated pasts will prove a challenge they must overcome before they can find love.

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