Thursday

This book review is for the lovely novel "When I fall In Love" by Susan May Warren.

Let me just start off by saying how much I love the cover art for this book! It is so cute and summery it really does a good job of making me excited to pick up the book and see what kind of world awaits between its pages.

Susan is always a good story teller and this book is no exception.

So be warned, I'm thinking that not only will this book make you hungry but will make you itch to sink your toes into that amazing Hawaiian sand!

The book is not all sunshine and rainbows (pun intended) though as both our main characters have their own personal struggles. I like, though, how Susan threw them both out of their comfort zones and just maybe something beautiful can come from that.



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Grace Christiansen loves to cook. Ask anyone who even knows her a little and they will probably rave about her kitchen skills. And her family has just the thing to help her kick it up to the next level...a surprise trip to Hawaii for a cooking retreat!

Leading man Maxwell Sharpe may be a star on the ice but the kitchen is where he warms back up.
Cooking is a passion and a distraction from his life on ice. A three week annual cooking vacation in Hawaii is just what he needs.

What he doesn't know is that a certain beautiful fellow chef may be what he needs even more.
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Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!
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  One grand prize winner will receive:
Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!


Make sure to get your entry in to win! And my personal recommendation is to check out the other books in the series to read about the other Christiansen siblings!
I have really enjoyed every single one that I have read and look forward to hopefully more adventures about them!


Jenny



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere. 

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There is also a UV filter to help prevent yellowing and staining!

That is just one great reason why I love their polish. I have used several of them myself and have ordered more!

Happy manicure day lovely readers!
Jenny


Saturday

Princess Ever After Blog Tour!

This book review is for the novel "Princess Ever After" by Rachel Hauck.
It is the second book in her "The Royal Wedding Series".


I cannot even tell you how excited I was when I saw this book come up for a review opportunity.
For one, what girl never dreamed of being a princess no matter how far fetched the idea may seem???

The cover on this book alone will make you sigh in pure romantic happiness and gives you the nicest feeling.

There is something so beautifully delicious about a good Princess book!

Rachel Hauck is a master when it comes to making royalty come to life on the pages of her novel.

And fear not, my princess loving friends, you can read this book as a stand-alone! Although I do highly recommend the first one in the series as well!

Rachel is a princess genius!


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Regina "Reggie" Beswick has quit her high paying job and is determined to make a go of running an auto restoration shop with her buddies.

Reggie is somewhat lost in herself without even truly realizing it. But a destiny awaits her in a faraway land that she never even dreamed was possible.

What she thought was fanciful fairy tales spun by a beloved grandmother was really clues given to her eventual call to action.

A kingdom awaits their reluctant princess with baited breath. The fate of whether this nation will be dissolved and become no more their own principality rests in Reggie's extremely reluctant, grease covered hands.

The man sent to convince her of the need for her presence as their ruler may find himself at a loss for words when he meets the enigma that is his "princess".
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Check out what other readers thought of this awesome book! HERE

Learn more about Rachel at: http://rachelhauck.com

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/tk6Wt


I cannot say how much I not only LOVED this book but how much I LOVE the series! I await *hopefully* for the next book in this series!


Jenny




Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.





Friday

Julie Klassen is back!

This review is for "The Dancing Master" by Julie Klassen.

I don't know about you guys but I get super excited when I see that Julie has a new novel it! She is one of my top favorite authors and I look forward to her new novels so much and eagerly agreed to review this one!

Once again she did not disappoint! One of the things that I love about her work, besides that they are Regency fiction is the fact of how long her books are. I love picking up that thick book and cracking open the first page on one of the new adventures that she has penned for us all.

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Julia Midwinters life is full of secrets. She knows it but doesn't know what to do about it.
A mother whose lips are sealed and a feeling of restlessness and generally not belonging in the lifestyle she is forced to lead has Julia feeling out-of-sorts.

When Alec Valcourt shows up in town with his mother and sister, his presence promises to shake things up in a very small town.

For Alec is a dancing master and dancing has long been banned in the sleepy town of Devonshire.

Julia would love to learn to dance but a big problem stands in her way. Her mother, the town matriarch, is the very one who banned the dancing in the first place.
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Will love win out in the end of this story or will Julia and Alec's past both hold far to many terrible secrets to make their love feasible. Will Alec's love of dancing be able to survive the restrictions unfairly placed on his new town? Will Julia ever learn the secrets that cause her sadness?

You will have to read it to find out!

See what other readers though of this book HERE!


What did you think of the book?
Jenny




 Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.

Sarah Ladd's "The Headmistress of Rosemere"


This review is for the novel "The Headmistress of Rosemere" by Sarah E. Ladd.

Fans of Jane Austen sit up and take notice! Sarah is back with book 2 in her "Whispers on The Moors series!" :)

I love regency fiction and Sarah is a great writer. I don't think you will be disappointed if you pick up this read!

Even if you haven't read the first book you should have no problem with reading this one by itself.

Sarah is good at pulling you right into important moments in the book even from the very first page or even the first sentence of the first page!



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William Sterling was irresponsible in his life and now it is catching up with him at a rapid pace.
When said complications arise and cause him pain, he ends up on the doorstep of his tenant in desperate need of  her help.

Patience Creighton is constantly busy. She runs a successful girls boarding school and cares for her mother. When the knight on a white horse never rode up to the door for her, Patience resigned herself to being a spinster and took the school over.

She never quite anticipated the surprise that would end up being William Sterling.

But will he be any good for Patience or is he the last complication that she needs in her life?
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Check out what other readers thought of this book HERE!


Be sure and enter the contest too!


Enter Today - 1/17 - 1/28!
Sarah Ladd The Headmistress of Rosemere



Pick up a copy of the book and sit down with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa! Great read for all these freezing days that we have been having lately!

Stay warm!
Jenny





 Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.

A Blog Tour "Carolina Gold"

This book review is for the novel "Carolina Gold" by the talented Dorothy Love!




I have really enjoyed all of the books that I have read by Dorothy!

She has a talent for making the story leap off the pages and really pull you into the tale that she is weaving.

This particular adventure is set in the South Carolina Lowcountry and is a very descriptive read.

I think anyone that is a fan of Dorothy's previous novels will be a fan of this one as well!



Don't miss Dorothy Love's latest historical novel, Carolina Gold. Fun news: The release of Carolina Gold coincides with Dorothy's birthday. Celebrate with her by entering the Southern Essentials Giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on January 14th!

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Between January 3–14, visit Dorothy Love's Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day and be entered to win the $100 Visa Cash Card grand prize. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on January 14th! (Don't have a Facebook account? Enter here.)

RSVP today for Dorothy's Carolina Gold Author Chat Party on Facebook.

 During the party Dorothy will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Southern Essentials Giveaway, and giving away books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving partygoers an exclusive look at her next book!
So grab your copy of

Carolina Gold and help Dorothy celebrate her birthday on the evening of January 14th! (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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Charlotte Fraser finds herself quite at loose ends with the death of her father.

Returning to his rice plantation in Fairhaven, she finds that the war left its definite mark upon the families holdings. Being alone but with a backbone of steel, Charlotte determines that she will make the rice plantation whole again.

Having no real income until making this dream a reality she agrees with some hesitation to be a tutor for two young girls that belong to her widowed neighbor.

However their father has a quest to prove the claim he holds on Willowood Plantation.

His quest however doesn't just endanger himself.
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You have to read to find out what happens!

Check out what other readers thought of this novel HERE

Go along with Charlotte on her harrowing journey and enjoy the beautiful Lowcountry that Dorothy describes so beautifully!


In Him,
Jenny





Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.


Monday

Join me for Dear Mr. Knightley!

This review is for the incredibly well written novel "Dear Mr. Knightley" by Katherine Reay.

For the first part of this I just have to commend Ms. Reay on an exceptionally well written and witty debut novel.  I have been super busy with the holidays so I still have about a quarter left to read of the book but I LOVE it.

I think that ANY fans of Jane Austin will get into this book just as much as I have. Don't get me wrong however it is NOT a period piece. It is a modern day, unique take involving Jane's voice, or those of her characters, so to speak.

I was expecting a completely different novel when just reading the title but I found to my delight that I was not at all disappointed with the story that was unearthed as I cracked that first page open.

I know I will definitely be reading more of Katherine's work if it is anything like this first undertaking.

And by the way, Katherine, if you read this I want to tell you Congratulations! and amazing job on your first novel! Such a huge accomplishment to get your book published and a dream come true that I hope I can have in common with you some day!


Join me fellow readers in this heartwarming story.

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Samantha Moore has lived her life with her nose buried in books. She has taken her Austin approach to life to almost an extreme. It seems that Sam wouldn't even know how to be herself with out hiding betwixt the pages of Jane Austin. She has incorporated so much of it into her daily life as a means of hiding. Austin makes sense to Sam, others do not.

What Sam doesn't realize is that her own life might be a story waiting to be told.

This 23 year old orphan is about to get an amazing shot at an excellent education.

But in order to claim this blessing, Sam will have to step out of her comfort zone, out of her shell, and learn how to speak without all the Austin era dialog.

Finding her own voice might be just what Sam has needed all along.
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Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Enter Today | 11/14 - 12/3!
Dear Mr. Knightley Katherine Reay
 
Also check out what other readers thought of this novel as well by going HERE.


One of the major things that I love about this book is how different it is. It is written as a series of letters and Katherine has an extremely unique voice when it comes to writing.

The tone of this book is almost hard to put into words since it is so different from everything else I have read but I very much enjoy it! If you are a fan of reading, a fan of Austin and a fan of Unique then pick up this debut novel by Katherine Reay. There is so much story here it's delicious!

Hope you all have had an amazing Thanksgiving!
Jenny




Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.