Lady Jayne Disappears

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.
When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.
Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

Lady Jayne Disappears

Wow. This is a great debut novel. I will definitely be watching for more of Joanna Politano’s books!

The mystery aspect of this novel had me wondering at every turn. I had no idea of the ending which made me super surprise! And, Silas’s story was really crazy when I figured out “who” he was. Sorry! I am being really vague right now. I can’t give anything away!

The story was a little bit slow. Therefore, it took me a little bit to get into the plot. All the characters had their own little story. I felt like some of them changed their “personalities” a little too drastically between scenes. I was trying to figure out what each character was like. It was just a little bit confusing.

The cover was what intrigued me to read this book. I love the whole “feel” of the cover. The cover designer/photographer deserves 5 stars. The hairstyle and everything is so cool!

As I said, Joanna Politano is definitely an author that I will be watching for. I can’t wait to read her next books. As for this book, I will give it 4 stars. Because of the slightly confusing characters, I had to dock it one star.  But, other than that, it is definitely a good mystery/romance!

 

Title: Lady Jayne Disappears

Author: Joanna Davidson Politano

Author’s Website: https://jdpstories.com/

Reading Resolution: #2

 

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

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Newfangled

After a rocky start at a new school, Olive hopes she can find a few friends to help win her crusade to survive the most awkward years of her life. Junior high beckons. But when she angers the class bully, her transition into public school is anything but smooth.
Though Olive prays for faith, she feels betrayed by God when things go from bad to worse. Then, when good things finally happen, the mean girls dial their torture up a notch. As Olive battles self-awareness and surging hormones, will she find stability through the promises of Christ?
At home, her father’s work injury causes even more stress to seep into Olive’s life. When suspicion is confirmed as foul play, she must fight even harder to trust in a God that has promised never to leave His children.
Join Olive as she journeys through the gambit of teenagedom. Can she it make it through the semester without losing her faith?

Newfangled

I have had this book for a long time. But, I have only now just finished it.

This book is really good for all tweens. It really expresses the struggles that at tween can go through as they head into junior high.

All the characters were really cool. I can’t really pick a favorite character because they all were great.

Kristin Spencer is a good author. I hope to read her next books some time! Just so you know, this is another book in this series. It is called Flummoxed.

The cover is really creative. I love the “camera” type theme. (Olive’s mom is a photograph.) I thought that was really cool. This cover definitely deserves 5 stars.

Now, I am going to give this book 4 stars. There were only a few minimal things that I didn’t like. But, even with those, this book is worth the read for tweens!

 

Title: Newfangled

Author: Kristin Spencer

Author’s Website: http://kristinnspencer.com/

Reading Resolution: #42

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Jane Eyre

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

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Wow! After a long, long time, I have finally finished reading Jane Eyre. Seriously, it took me many months to get through this book.

The main reason that I wanted to read Jane Eyre is because I watched the movie. In case you were wondering, I watched the version with Toby Stephens. It is the TV mini series. Although it was a slow movie, it wasn’t too bad. I kind of liked it.

The main good thing was that the book was very like the movie. So, I was able to kind of follow along.

I feel so weird because I am reviewing this book. I mean, it is a classic. For it to be a class, it must be good. Charlotte Bronte was a great writer. The only thing that I can say was not my favorite part about the book was the “slowness” of it. It just was long. That is all! Everything else was great!

The cover is plain, so I am just going to stick with 5 stars.

I would definitely recommend this book for fans of Jane Austen and the other Bronte sisters! I am going to give it 5 stars also!

 

Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Reading Resolution: #3

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Brave Margaret

Margaret has a brave heart. She dreams of adventure and longs to travel to distant lands, so when a tall ship appears in the harbor, headed north to the Kingdoms of the Cold, Margaret won’t be left behind.
But adventures are perilous things. Soon Margaret must face a ferocious sea serpent and even worse dangers. And she must discover the truth about an old woman with strange powers and mysterious plans, or she’ll never find a way to bring herself and her true love safely home.
Acclaimed author Robert D. San Souci spins a tale of magic, battles, and romance in this traditional Irish story of a young woman whose courage astonishes her enemies — and even herself.

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This is one of my ultimate favorite children’s books. You know how I love Rose Red and Snow White by Ruth Sanderson? This story is close in line to that story, which is my favorite children’s book.

First of all, this is a girl power book. When I was little, Margaret was my hero. Everything about her was awesome.

Sally Wern Comport is an amazing illustrator. Every single page in the story has a beautiful picture. Even now, when I re-read this book, I still was so intrigued with the story and pictures. All kids will love this story. Okay, girls make like it a little more, but boys will too.

There are a lot of favorite kids’ books of mine but this one is on the top, as I already said. What are some favorite children’s books of yours?

The cover is awesome, just like all of the other pictures in this book. 5 stars to Sally Wern Comport!!!
And, 5 stars to Robert San Souci! H are an amazing writer. All the books that I have read by him have been great. I would definitely recommend him as an author. Also, I would definitely recommend Brave Margaret!

 

Title: Brave Margaret

Author: Robert San Souci

Illustrator: Sally Wern Comport

Author’s Website: http://www.rsansouci.com/

Illustrator’s Website: http://www.shannonassociates.com/sallywerncomport

Reading Resolution: #6

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Bonded By Battle

Dogs have faithfully followed humans into combat since the dawn of time. They’ve stood sentry as soldiers slept, attacked enemies on command, and refused to leave their masters’ sides even as they lay dying. In modern times, the bond between individual soldiers and their canine companions has transformed the roles of both.In this powerful historical narrative, Nancy Roe Pimm tells the story of a dozen remarkable friendships, from the Civil War onward, to show how together, dogs and humans changed the way America’s military operates today. Early on they were morale-boosting mascots who wandered onto the battlefield, like Jack of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, whose value to his regiment was so great that he was exchanged for a Confederate biped in a prisoner swap. But when a World War I stowaway named Stubby showed his ability to detect poison mustard gas in time to alert the soldiers around him, the role of canines in combat began to evolve. While the official military continued to frown on fraternization between men and mutts, individual soldiers found new ways to use their loyal companions’ innate skills to keep their units safe. The dog’s unmatched sense of smell and hearing proved invaluable in the jungle warfare of Vietnam, detecting booby traps and enemy movements and saving an estimated 10,000 American lives. Stories of their epic bravery circulated widely, like that of Nemo, who lay atop his wounded handler during a fierce firefight, never flinching even with one eye shot out. Finally, the top brass began to take notice, establishing a permanent training facility for military working dogs. Yet even as a new generation of highly trained IED-detecting dogs took to the streets of Fallujah, official policy continued to treat them as little more than expendable equipment. Once again, individual soldiers whose hearts have been touched — and lives have been saved — stepped up and fought tirelessly for the rights of their canine companions. Pimm, a distinguished author of nonfiction for young readers, relates this evolving relationship between dogs and soldiers up to the present day.

 Bonded by Battle

I want a dog! Well, I have always wanted a dog, but this book made me want a dog even more! These stories are so inspiring. I want my parents to read this book, so they will want to get a dog too!

The biggest question is: What was my favorite story? Because, this book was a bunch of short stories about dogs and their handler. All these dogs are amazing. My favorite was definitely Smoky. Smoky is adorable. By the way, Smoky is a yorkie! There is a picture in the book! It is really cute because Smoky is so small that she is able to fit in an army helmet!!! However, even though Smoky is just so cute, the other dogs are Awesome! My sister read this book before me and she liked all the German shepherds!!

This book deserves 5 stars—the cover and the stories! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone—dog lovers or not! Even though this book is written for younger readers, it is worth it for all ages!!!

 

Title: Bonded by Battle: The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldier

Author: Nancy Roe Pimm

Author’s Website: http://nancyroepimm.com/

Reading Resolution: #19
This review is written in my own opinions and words.

A Dangerous Legacy

Lucy is determined to keep working as a telegraph operator at a news agency, even though the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith threatens her position. When she discovers Colin’s shocking secret, she agrees to assist him if he helps her find her family’s stolen inheritance–not realizing that the trail leads into a web of treachery, danger, and conspiracy.

A Dangerous Legacy

Elizabeth Camden, what can I say? Why do I love her men? Wait! That came out kind of weird. Why do I love all her male characters? First, Bane….now Colin. If I were to have to decide (which I hope I never have to) between Bane and Colin, I couldn’t. Bane is just…Bane. He is amazing. He definitely is a book boyfriend of mine. I love him! But! Colin has a British accent. It is such a difficult decision!!!

Anyway, back to the book. Otherwise I would be ranting about Bane and Colin for pages.

If you can’t guess, I would recommend this book. Anyone who is a fan of romance and a tinge of mystery would love this book.

I cannot wait for Nick’s story. Nick is Lucy’s brother, by the way.

The cover is the best. Whoever does all of Elizabeth Camden’s covers need a raise. All the covers are so pretty. I definitely am giving this one 5 stars.

A Dangerous Legacy deserves 5 stars. The entire plot kept me intrigued from page one to page whatever-is-the-last-page. I can’t wait to read more of Elizabeth’s books!

 

Title: A Dangerous Legacy

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Author’s Website: http://elizabethcamden.com/

Reading Resolution: #4

 

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Blue Ridge Sunrise

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe–a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?

Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.

As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

Blue Ridge Sunrise

Wow! Denise Hunter does it again. Once I picked this book up, I didn’t want to put it down. Literally! Even though I had other things to do, I just couldn’t set the book down.

All right. So, even though I couldn’t put this book down, I must be honest. It isn’t my favorite Denise Hunter novel. I mean, every Denise Hunter book is amazing. My favorite book—well, series is the Summer Harbor novels. I loved every single one.

I have to say that Zoe kind of annoyed me. Cruz, however, was a good main character. I liked him. I really, really liked Hope and Brady. I can’t wait to read their story. (More on that later.)

The cover was very good. I loved the background and peaches and boots. It all fit together really well. The cover photographer/designer definitely deserves 5 stars.

All right. So, even though Denise Hunter is a great author, I have to give this book 4 stars. It wasn’t as good as some of her other books, but it was still pretty good. However, due to the few parts that I didn’t like, I have to knock it down one star.

Back to Brady and Hope’s story…Learn more about the next book in this series, Honeysuckle Dreams here.

 

Title: Blue Ridge Sunrise

Author: Denise Hunter

Author’s Website: http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

God Gave Us Family

Little Pup’s wolf family is on their way to a special reunion—with lots of cousins, games, roasting marshmallows, and fun! As the young wolf thinks about different kinds of families, it’s the perfect opportunity for Mama and Papa to teach their inquisitive child about the families that God brings together. Some families are big and others are small, some are led by grandparents or just one parent, and some families include adopted little ones– yet each family is truly special.
Even the members of Little Pup’s pack make up an important role in his family, although they sometimes pester him. Papa gently reminds his son…
“We need to love the family God gave us.”

God Gave us Family

Lisa Bergren is one of my favorite authors. Her series, River of Time, is one of my all time favorite series.

When I saw that she wrote children’s books, I was so happy. Kids’ books are the best. No judgement to anyone who still reads children’s books!
David Hohn did a wonderful job. The illustrations are adorable! It was hard to focus on actually reading the book instead looking at the pictures!

The point of the story was really cute. “We need to love the family God gave us.”

The cover deserves 5 stars. I really need to find more of David Hohn’s books!

Little Pup’s story also deserves 5 stars. This is a great story for all kids’ to read!

 

Title: God Gave Us Family

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren

Illustrator: David Hohn

Author’s Website: http://lisatawnbergren.com/

Illustrator’s Website: http://www.davidhohn.com/

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Save the Date

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year with the most unlikely bride and groom. Save the date . . . and say your prayers.
When funding for Lucy’s non-profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir to Sinclair Enterprises—the primary donor to Lucy’s non-profit organization.
Both Lucy and Alex have something the other desperately wants.
Alex has it all . . . except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancée in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn’t quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart—and her future—on the line.
Save the Date is a spunky romance that will have readers laughing out loud as this dubious pair try to save their careers, their dreams . . . and maybe even a date.

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I found my new favorite author! Wow, Jenny B. Jones is an awesome writer. Everything about her writing style is great. I didn’t ever want to put this book down.

Lucy and Alex were the perfect couple. Both were great and I really, dare I say it, “connected” with them. And, no, I do not mean the whole weird connection. I just really understood them. Jenny made them like real life people.

And, there was one really cool part about this book! Well, there was more than just one good part about this book. But, all the Star Wars references! I mean, when Lucy’s friend tells her, “May the force be with you,” you know that it will be an awesome book! And, oh my, some of the regular quotes were just as great. I was laughing so hard throughout this book!

The one negative thing about this book is the cover. I do not like it at all. Okay, so I do like the blurred guy in the background, because it doesn’t show the face, but that is the only thing I like about it. The dress on the woman is not at all flattering, definitely not for her. And, it is weird (ish) pose. It kind of overwhelms the picture. I am going to give the cover 1 star. But, oh well, the cover didn’t take away from the contents of the book.

Save the Date deserves 5 stars. I loved it!!! I will definitely be reading more of Jenny’s books! And, instead of saving the date, you will have to save the weekend. You won’t want to put it down!

 

Title: Save the Date

Author: Jenny B. Jones

Author’s Website: http://www.jennybjones.com/

Reading Resolution: #13 (I have had this on my “to-read” list for the longest time! Maybe even for a year or two.)

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace?
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?
When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?

The Dishonrable Miss Delancey 

This book was pretty good. Unfortunately, however, it wasn’t my favorite. Why? Well, because I read the second book in this series, and then I read this book. I completely missed the first book. So, it seemed like I was missing something. It wasn’t a ton (hahaha, get it?!), but it was enough for me to be a confused. What does this mean? It means I really want to read the first book in this series, The Elusive Miss Ellison. When I read The Captivating Lady Charlotte, I wasn’t at all confused because the plotline didn’t have much to do with The Elusive Miss Ellison. However, this book had quite a bit to do about the first.

The main characters were cool. I liked them. However, the relationship was a little slow. However, I really liked Benjamin’s sisters!

The cover is pretty. It really matches the plot. I mean, there are dark clouds but with a tinge of color by the water. Light is at the end of the tunnel! I am going to give it 4 stars.

Due to the reason in the first paragraph, I cannot give this book a super high rating. I am going to give it 3 stars. I will have to re-read this book once I have read the first book in this series!

 

Title: The Dishonorable Miss Delancey

Author: Carolyn Miller

Author’s Website: https://www.carolynmillerauthor.com/

Reading Resolution: #51 (I think the setting of this book would be a pretty awesome place to visit!)

 

To read my review of The Captivating Lady Charlotte, click here: The Captivating Lady Charlotte .

 

I received this book from Kregel Publications (http://www.kregel.com/) for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.