First Line Fridays - What Blooms From Dust

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Happy Friday!

Can we just take a minute to admire this beautiful cover?

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

What Blooms From Dust
James Market

April 1935
Oklahoma Plains

Old Sparky was supposed to have killed Jeremiah Goodbye.

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Caught by Surprise - Apart From the Crowd Book 3 - Jen Turano

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed. (Author Website)

My Thoughts

This story may very well be my favorite of Jen Turano's to date. Temperance is my favorite wallflower. Her artistic abilities endear her to me in a special way. But beyond that, this story is so full of plot twists you will want to read this in one sitting. (Which is easier to do on audio for me.)

Gilbert Cavendish likes order and organization. He lives by his lists and well thought out plans. So when Temperance Flowerdew comes barreling back into his life, he is shaken to his core. Temperance Flowerdew is just the slightest bit stubborn. Which I, of course, can't relate to in the slightest...*cough*cough*...😏 She has survived so much heartache. By God's grace, she is finding life and purpose again. And oh! What a life it is! Full of color, love, spirit, and confidence.

There were numerous times while reading I was found laughing out loud and then gasping in shock then next minute, it's a wonder my husband doesn't think I'm crazy (well...we won't get into that). Jen Turano is by far one of the most talented authors that I know. To weave humor, romance, subterfuge, and danger so seamlessly is brilliant! Not to mention several twists that will catch you by surprise.

If you are looking for a good story that will give you laughs while giving you a grand adventure, you won't want to miss this book.

I received a complimentary copy of Caught by Surprise from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

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Top Ten Tuesday - Books On My TBR - Fall 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

I am super excited about this week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Fall is my FAVORITE season. Crisp mornings, rain, the COLORS! Whether I will get to ALL of these this fall is yet to be determined, but I have high hopes! Some of these books are for influencer teams, some are sitting on my shelf taunting me, and some have been on my NetGalley shelf for far too long...

Are any of these on your Fall TBR?
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First Line Fridays - The Love Letter

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Friday!

I have a confession...This is the first book by Rachel Hauk that I have EVER read! 😲 And! I'm in love! With the style...the story...the hero...

So check out the first line...and then GO.BUY.IT!

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

The Love Letter
Rachel Hauk

Present-Day Hollywood

You see, love stories never worked for her.

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The Weaver's Daughter - Sarah E. Ladd

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This story, in my opinion, is very reminiscent of North and South. Granted I have only seen the movie once. But all the weavers and mills and rivalry...*Sigh*...I do love this time period. 1801, England. Can I have a time machine, please? Just to know, for a few days. This story also has threads of Romeo & Juliet as well...At least in terms of the rivalry...Don't worry...there is a happy ending to this story.

This story is such a moving example of LOVE conquering all. Overcoming offense. Breaking down the barriers of differences. A well-written story with wonderful characters. Definitely one of my favorite books by Sarah E. Ladd. I look forward to more stories like this one.

I received a complimentary copy of The Weaver's Daughter from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. She lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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