It is rare that a story—whether a TV show, movie, or a book—takes me by surprise. I can usually guess the twists before they are revealed. Yet, occasionally, someone manages it and I enjoy the ride even more because of it.
In High as the Heavens, Kate Breslin managed to surprise me more than once. As Eve Marche navigates her job as a nurse, her duties to her family, and her secret missions for her country, she leads a full life. The first surprise comes quickly when a face from her past appears in Brussels (sorry, no spoilers but I can say I liked this twist to the story).
What a unique and fun read from Karen Witemeyer! Those who read No Other Will Do (the first book of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series) already have an introduction to many of the lovable residents of the town.
In Heart on the Line, readers get a peek into the lives of telegraph operators. And what a peek it was!
My favorite part of this book was the secret language Grace and Amos had developed in their careers. Another fun angle was that Amos isn’t your typical romance hero. He prefers riding a bicycle over a horse, wears glasses, and is mocked by women in his hometown.
The third installment of Sarah E. Ladd’s Treasures of Surrey series was a hit with me. My biggest complaint with the previous book in this series was that the hero and heroine were not together enough.
This was not an issue in A Stranger at Fellsworth. In fact, Annabelle Thorley and Owen Locke meet early in the book, and from that point forward, circumstances throw them together repeatedly.
While Owen is a gamekeeper, well below the social circles Annabelle is used to, his character stands above the majority of those in the ton. His love for his daughter and the respect of the land he works build his character as much as his desire to help Annabelle escape.
In direct contrast, Annabelle is navigating a new life, a new world. Her determination to make it work despite the obstacles she has to overcome make her loveable in her own right despite her naivety.
Add to that the search for poachers, a murder, questionable characters, and Annabelle’s scheming brother, and this book becomes one of Ladd’s best stories yet.Continue reading →
I loved the main characters of Melissa Jagears newest Teaville Moral Society book, A Love So True. From the way Evelyn Wisely and David Kingsman meet, I knew their story was a unique one. From Evelyn’s seeming unlike of David and his determination to figure out why, these two form an unlikely friendship.
But they each make the other a better person. Through Evelyn’s interactions with the lesser in society (the orphaned children and the soiled doves), David takes notice of the needs for the first time. And Evelyn learns to hope for more than the minimum help she needs to make her dreams come true. Yet she also learns she is settling for less than the best in her own dreams due to a mistake in her past.
The interactions with the children at the orphanage were spot on and it was fun to catch up with Lydia, Nicholas, and Charlie from the previous stories while getting a quick introduction to the new members of the Moral Society.
In the end, Jagears’ message of God’s perfect timing rings clear and bright. Sometimes God’s answer is “wait” for the best of reasons.
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That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.
Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons—and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough—the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.