Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Captain's Daughter & Giveaway - London Beginnings Book 1- Jennifer Delamere - Tour Hosted by Litfuse

My Rating

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

About the Book

Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he's glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can't wait to leave behind.

My Thoughts

I grew up with a deep (DEEP) appreciation for theatre. I have been in several productions personally. And musicals are my lifeblood (my hubby and I are going to see Phantom of the Opera in a couple weeks). So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is this book set in one of the most fascinating time periods, (Queen Victoria was pretty amazing! Check out the new Masterpiece Series from BBC HERE*) but that we also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the life of the theatre in 1873. An era where an occupation on the stage was heavily frowned upon. Not to mention that the operettas written by Gilbert & Sullivan** are the productions we find in The Captain's Daughter. I had the opportunity to see Pirates of Penzance, oh my lands! I adore it! By the way, for all my love of the theatre, I had NO idea why it is called "the lime light". If you don't know either, you can find out more HERE.

Falsely accused, Rosalyn finds herself in London. Without a penny to her name she makes her way to the very theatre that Nate is working at(you will understand the significance of this when you read the book). Both Nate and Rosalyn must make peace with the past in order to move on. As Nate tries to earn forgiveness for his mistakes, he learns that forgiveness can not be earned. Our Heavenly Father gives it freely. All we have to do is ask.

Swept into the sea of romance, song, lights, costumes, and scandal...I found myself dancing through the pages (or at least swaying) as the anticipation builds for the ending that I was  HOPING would play out a certain way. Forgiveness, true love, and living the life that God has called you to live are the main themes that struck my heart.

I received a complimentary copy of The Captain's Daughter from Bethany House Publishers through the Litfuse Tour.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

*Yes, I know they over dramatized some aspects in this...But it is still AMAZING...and Jenna Coleman...'nough said.

**I recently discovered that there is a Gilbert & Sullivan Society located in my state. They are preparing to perform HMS Pinafore!

For your viewing pleasure, I have included a scene from Pirates of Penzance.


Add to your TBR!

Book two in the London Beginnings Series, The Heart's Appeal, is coming March 2018! Such a LONG wait! AHHHH! BUT, you can add it to your list NOW.

About the Author

Jennifer Delamere's debut Victorian romance, "An Heiress at Heart," was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, "A Lady Most Lovely," received a starred review from "Publishers Weekly" and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Find out more about Jennifer at jenniferdelamere.com.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Favorites of 2017...Thus Far

This week...I am breaking the rules...I mean HOW am I supposed to pick only TEN favorite books that I have read so far this year??? So, there are no numbers this week. I divided it up by category though, so hopefully it is a little easier to navigate. Click on the image for more information about each book. Reviews, purchase links, etc. And there are several, SEVERAL more books that I have read this year that are FABULOUS! I decided to include those books that I have rated with a 5 star (or higher).

The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday every week. Check them out if you want to be a part of this crazy fun feature! 

What are (some of) your top reads of the year?

There you have it! (I realised this is going to make my end of the year post so much easier this year hehe!) Now, I want to hear from YOU! What books are you swooning over this year? 

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 23, 2017

First Line Fridays - Unending Devotion

Happy Friday! Happy Summer! Happy Reading!

Summer is OFFICIALLY here! And as much as I really DON'T like the heat...I do like the sun...and being able to send my kids outside to play. Check in with me about the end July and ask if my opinions still hold! Haha! I am thankful for A/C that is for sure!

Today's first line comes from a book that has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. I ADORE Jody Hedlund and can't wait to get caught up reading her books prior to the Beacons of Hope Series....Someday...

It was time. The drunk shanty boys were finally quiet

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What books are on YOUR summer TBR?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Making Waves: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers Book #1) - Lorna Seilstad

7685281My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book

Lake Manawa may mean peace, but a witty debutante finds only turmoil when Mr. Boring presses for an engagement, and she meets a intriguing sailing instructor who is everything her humdrum suitor is not.

When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's 
gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means abandoning the family she loves?

Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the Lake Manawa Summers series.

My Thoughts
Set in 1895 on the shores of Lake Manawa, Marguerite Westing has a summer she will never forget.

Her beau, Roger Gordon, is not just the boring, uninteresting man she thought he was. And her loving and caring father has a secret as well that could destroy his family. In a time when women were practically forbidden to sail...Marguerite falls in love with sailing...and the sailing instructor Trip Andrews. Her fiery spirit gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. And she has a tendency for making waves wherever she goes.

A difficult choice lays before her, will she give up all of her hopes and dreams to save her family? Or will she follow her heart and put her trust in the Lord to work things out.

This book is a very easy quick read. Has some surprises and twists. I enjoy the use of scripture, as well as the lessons of trusting the Lord. I enjoy the time period and the fact that Marguerite tends to go against the flow of what is normal and expected for women in this era.

I found Making Waves at my library. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Award-winning author Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in Education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and counter tops every day. But at nap time, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor. She is the author of the Lake Manawa Summers Series and the Gregory Sisters series, a wife, and a mother of three.

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