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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter - Hazel Gaynor

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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

About the Book

“They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty.”

1838: Northumberland, England. Grace Darling enjoys her quiet island life at Longstone Lighthouse, at one with nature and the wild sea breezes. But her solitude is interrupted when she and her father rescue survivors of a shipwreck in a furious storm and Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, a heroine of her time. As her renown grows, so does her friendship with George Emmerson, an artist visiting the lighthouse. As George captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart, but as the accounts of her heroism escalate, Grace wonders if she has the courage to endure the relentless glare of fame.

1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson arrives in America in disgrace, sent from her home in Ireland to stay with Harriet Flaherty, a reclusive relative and keeper at Rose Island lighthouse. When a discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s past, she sets out to discover the connection between a Victorian heroine and her own family. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be forever linked by their instinctive acts of bravery and love.

Inspired by true events, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is a sweeping historical novel that explores how our past shapes our present, and what it truly means to be courageous. (from the author's website)

My Thoughts

Oh, this story! THIS.STORY!!! People...It was so good...I read it TWICE! (Ok, listened to it...but still) Cried like a baby both times...And felt the surge of the sea as the storms raged.

A beautiful time-slip Historical Fiction (*This book is General Fiction and therefore has some language. Otherwise an absolutely clean-read*) from new-to-me author, Hazel Gaynor. I have now read 4 of her books and ordered her newest release. Let's just say, she has me hooked! This story focuses on the lives of several women...all connected by a single tragedy that took so many lives and was the making of heroine, Grace Darling. The tenacity, strength (even in the face of fear), and loyalty of these women is astounding and exquisite.

This story will linger with you, speak to you, and hopefully, help you grow. I know this is true for me. I strongly encourage readers to check this one out...And while you're there grab The Girl Who Came Home and The Cottingley Secret as well!!! 😄

I listened to The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter through SCRIBD. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Photo by Deasy Photographic
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.


Giveaway & Excerpt - Evermore by Jody Hedlund - #EverTour with Prism

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Always
(The Lost Princesses #0.5)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages
August 13th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

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Evermore
(The Lost Princesses #1)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 222 Pages
August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

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Excerpt

Mitchell patted the charger one last time and whispered an endearment in his ear before going after my lance. I, too, leaned into Roland and rubbed the roan’s shoulder with affection. He nickered his response as though he sensed how much was at stake.

“We shall do just fine,” I said more to myself than to the horse. I’d ridden Roland as much as Mitchell—if not more. As a charger and medium-weight horse, he’d been bred for agility and stamina. He wouldn’t be as muscular or heavy as Lord Mortimer’s warhorse. But I’d learned size didn’t necessarily equate strength, that strength could be found in many different forms.

Mitchell handed me a lance made of solid oak and decorated with red and white to match the Langley heraldry. I braced the long weapon under my arm and against my ribs, tilting it slightly forward to maintain my balance. I pressed my thighs into Roland’s flank, needing to become one with the beast. This tournament was a partnership. I couldn’t succeed without Roland’s cooperation—his measured speed, his balance against the pressure of our opponent, and the ability to sense my needs. 


My Thoughts


You can find my reviews at the links below (spoiler: I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!)
 Always and Evermore

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About the Author


Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.


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One winner will receive the prequel and all three books in The Lost Princesses series (Always, Evermore, Foremost and Hereafter) in paperback or ebook (winner's choice, if winner is outside the US ebooks only)
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Evermore - The Lost Princesses Book 1 - Jody Hedlund

Sunday, September 8, 2019


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

About the Book

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever. 
(From author website)

My Thoughts

THIS STORY! Y'all....if you are an avid fan of medieval YA fiction...GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK! *ahem*...excuse me...What I mean to say is...You will really enjoy this one! Fast-paced with lots of adventure, sweet romance, and sacrifice, you will devour this story for sure.

Adelaide is the very image of faithfulness. Her devotion to her family and country are to be admired, while also feeling for her with all the changes when her life was tipped upsidedown. Without giving away spoilers, I want to say that this story was an emotional rollercoaster for sure! Betrayals, alliances, deceptions, and teamwork brings it all together into perfect harmony. This is the first full-length book of the series, but you will want to read the Prequel, Always (found below), to really understand the depth of this story.

Ms. Hedlund delivers a tasteful romance thread that is appropriate for the YA genre (in my own opinion). So many books these days are questionable for the YA genre and it makes me sad. SO, I am thrilled to be able to promote and point y'all to Ms. Hedlund's series. Safe, clean, and so well-written, adults and YA alike will be on the edge of your seat hanging on every word.

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

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About the Author
Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.


Always - The Lost Princesses Novella - Jody Hedlund

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


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

About the Book

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever. (From author website)

My Thoughts

Not only does Jody Hedlund write captivating Historical Romance books, but she also surpasses all expectations when it comes to Young Adult Fiction! Having read her first series, An Uncertain Choice, I jumped at the opportunity to promote her new series, The Lost Princesses!

This novella is VERY important for the background and set up for the series (think of it as the Prologue). There are so many significant events that take place that you really need to start here. Hedlund's voice is melodic and mesmerizing. If I've said it once, I have said it a hundred times...Nothing happens once I crack open the pages of a Jody Hedlund book. From the characters to the setting...The story to the faith threads...Always is a beautiful story that adults and teens will cherish. 

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


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About the Author
Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.


First Line Fridays - The Lost Girls of Paris

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Happy Friday!

I don't talk about the husband very often here, but he is pretty amazing! This weekend he took the boys out and let me have a relaxing day reading at home. And he came back with BOOKS! So I am sharing one of those with you for my first line today.

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

The Lost Girls of Paris
Pam Jenoff



New York, 1946
If not for the second-worst mistake of Grace Healy's life, she never would have found the suitcase.


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