Monday, April 21, 2014

"Almost a Bride"

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as long as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she's returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family's ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.''

Matty's up to something~~Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he'll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what's best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can't resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos.

Maybe-just maybe-his Matty will become more to him than "Almost a Bride."

This was a free book I found on that I downloaded onto my Kindle. Now onto my thoughts...

My Thoughts...

Where do I begin?  This was just another romance-convenient marriage arrangement type of book. However, it was a long drawn-out book that kept dragging on-and-on and repeating a lot of the same silly things over-and-over. There were so many dashes (-) used in this book-it became very annoying-why the author used a dash-so often-I do not know-maybe she just found the-dash-key-and loved using it-over-and-over-whatever her reason I will never-ever- understand...

The reason I decided to read this book was it sounded interesting and at the beginning it was. But as the story continued on the story quickly lost it's charm. The story was very predictable, and didn't draw me into the story-line. 

All-in-all I really tried to like this book-but in the end-decided to award it 2 'dim-lit' stars. I just had to use that dash-key a few more times.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

"The Nine Lessons"

August Witte is firmly against having children. But after seven years of marriage, his wife is delighted when she realizes she is unexpectedly pregnant. August is terrified, recognizing he never learned the first thing about being a good parent from his father London. A widower since August was 4 years old. 

London has always valued the game of golf~~a sport August has never had any talent for~~more than his son.

In spite of how he hates the game, when August confronts his father, he finds himself agreeing to meet each month of the pregnancy for a round of golf. In exchange, London will give him the only thing that could make August agree to pick up a club again~~memories of his mother, which he has written on golf scorecards since the day he met her. But August quickly realizes that his father's motive is not to teach him about golf, but to teach him about life~~and he may discover that the old man just might know something about it worth sharing.

My Thoughts...

I wasn't sure when I started to read this book if I would like it enough to finish it, since I thought it would be about the game of golf (not one of my favorite games). Finish it I did, and really enjoyed it. It really wasn't so much about 'golf' as it was about lessons of life. It was a sweet story about father/son relationships, forgiveness, and second changes. 

This book is a part of my personal library, and I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'golf ball' stars.

Reading Challenges...
ABC Soup Reading Challenge
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"

Reasons why you should never, ever, read your best friend's diary (even if it has fallen to the floor, pages open oh-so-temptingly...): 

1. It's morally indefensible.
2. She would never trust you again.
3. You probably know it all anyway...So what harm could the tiniest peek do...?
Answer: Lots! The best reason for never reading your best friend's diary: You might just find out something you really didn't want to know! Learning her fiancĂ©, Ed - the guy she's supposed to marry this weekend! - is having an affair with her best friend, is a devastating bombshell for bride-to-be Anna.

Confused, hurt and absolutely livid, she hops on the first train to anywhere-but-here in need of some serious soul searching. Can she ever forgive Ed? Who is Anna 'sans Ed? And more importantly, should she go through with the wedding or should she just call the whole thing off?

My Thoughts...

First let me say, I love these fluffy, mind candy, chick-lit stories. I would have found this one a really cute story except...for all the whiny, self-pity party that Anna put herself through. It started off with Anna finding her BFF's diary, and finding out that her best friend and her fiancĂ©  were having an affair five days before the planned wedding.

That's when Anna decided she needed some alone time to figure out what she would do, marry the two-timing cheat, or call off the wedding. For a while it became a struggle to read all her whining and wondering what she should do. (Personally, I don't think I would have thought much about it. The wedding would have been called off right then and there.) However, this is fiction and to make a long story short...I think a lot of the repeated whining, over and over, could have been edited out of the story, and the story would have been better, at least in my opinion, anyway.

About two-thirds through the book things started to pick up and move along, and got back to being interesting again. I especially liked the ending, but that is all I can say about that without giving it away...

This book is part of my Nook library, and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 'Wedding Bell' Stars***

Reading Challenges...
Romance Reading Challenge
ABC Soup Reading Challenge
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Pressed Pennies"

Rick and Abby grew up together, became best friends, and ultimately fell in love. However, circumstance tore them apart in their early teens, and they moved on to lives less idyllic than they dreamed about in those early days. Rick has had a very successful creed, but his marriage flat-lined. Abby has a daughter, Paige, but Paige's father nearly destroyed Abby's spirit.

Now fate has thrown Rick and Abby together again. In their early thirties, they are more world-weary than they were as kids. But their relationship still shimmers, and they're hungry to make up for lost time. However, Paige, now nine, is not nearly as enthusiastic. She's very protective of the life she's made with her mother and not open to the idea of the duo becoming a trio. Meanwhile, Rick has very little experience dealing with kids and doesn't know how to handle Paige. This leaves Abby caught between the two people who matter the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?

Pressed Pennies is an intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love in its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings.

My Thoughts...

This is the third book I've read by this author, Steven Manchester, and I enjoyed this book more than the other two. This book was a fast moving story that kept me up into the wee small hours of the morning. For me it was a very thought provoking book...I enjoy that when an author can make me think about what I am reading, and the story stays with you long after you are finished reading it. 

Thought provoking part...were parts of the story that I found a bit unrealistic. Example: Abby and her daughter Paige had to move to a different home because they couldn't afford the old house. But the mother, Abby, found $300 to hire a limo for her daughter's ninth birthday party with eight of her nine year old friends! I thought that was a bit over the top. I was raised by a single mother (widowed when I was 4 years old) and there was never that kind of money just lying around for any kind of a party. Just a pet peeve of mine, I guess. Made me stop and think for a minute, anyway... 

Thought provoking part...I thought Paige ruled the household more then her mother, a bit spoiled to say the least. It seemed to me that everything had to be Paige's way or no way. (When our children are young we are not their best friend, we are the parents, we make the rules. Once they become adults, then we can become their best friends.) Throughout their formative years we should be guiding, directing, and teaching them, not the other way around. Another pet peeve, I guess...

I know this is just a story, but in this day and age I see so many families being ruled by the children instead of the parents. I guess I'm from the old school where parents were parents and children were children...

With that off my chest and being said, I have to say I really enjoyed this story. In the end, everything turned out fine and everyone lived happily-ever-after. I enjoyed this enough to award it 4 "Pressed Pennies" stars.

A big Thank You to Steven Manchester who gifted this book to me, for me to read and review, and share 'My Thoughts.' Thank you Steven for a fun filled two days of reading.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Reading Challenges...
Romance Reading Challenge

Monday, April 14, 2014

"A Mad, Wicked Folly"

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist~~a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy, Will, who may be her muse~~or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

My Thoughts...

YA genre is not something I normally read, but just the same I found this an interesting book. I never realized what the women of the suffrage movement went through to try to get rights for women of the 19th and 20th century. They were thrown in prison, force-fed, which caused some of them to die. The ghastly practice of force-feeding continued until 1913, and was a widespread method of trying to prevent women from protesting through hunger strikes. 

Edwardian women were making their voices heard through the suffrage movement, and young women were finding employment, and becoming better educated. Middle-class girls were rebelling against their parents and demanding treatment equal to that of boys. Upper-middle-class and aristocratic girls clung to tradition more than middle-class girls, but they too wanted the freedom to be more independent.

Vicky's arranged betrothal was very common for the time. People rarely married purely for love; a good match equaled marrying someone within your own class or someone who could further the interests and contribute to the betterment of the family. Vicky, as an upper-middle-class girl, would have been forbidden to date someone like Will, who was working-class.

This book is a part of my Nook library. I found this book quite interesting and decided to award it 4 Mad and Wicked stars.

Reading Challenges....
Romance Reading Challenge

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Titanic Affair"

Emilia Cavendish is given a first class ticket on board Titanic and sets out to start a new life with her godmother. The first few days aboard the world-famous 'unsinkable' liner are everything she hoped for as she enjoys the unaccustomed luxuries of the fabulous ship. She makes new friends amongst her fellow passengers-not least the darkly handsome, if somewhat overbearing, Carl Latimer. But when Titanic hits the iceberg, Emilia finds herself in danger from an old enemy on board, and as she struggles to escape him, Titanic starts to sink...

Author's Note...
This novel presents an accurate view of life on board Titanic as well as providing a detailed account of the disaster. It was carefully researched using contemporary newspaper articles, survivors' accounts and official documents. Sometimes the eye-witness accounts varied and in these cases I used the account which best fit my story. Woven into the accurate portrayal of Titanic's voyage and ultimate sinking is a love affair which transcends the disaster, providing a thoughtful yet entertaining read.

My Thoughts...
Each April I try to read something about the 'Titanic' since it is the anniversary of its ill-fated voyage. What a nice surprise when this year I found this novel by Amanda Grange, one of my favorite authors. I was not disappointed with her story. 

Stories about the Titanic always fascinate me, I enjoyed this story it was a fast moving story, and a fast read. I found it quite enjoyable. I realize many feel it followed the movie Titanic, however, only seeing the movie once many years ago, I really don't agree with those statements.

I must say I like Amanda's story much better than the movie. Amanda's story was "G" rated which I liked. No nude scenes or steamy love scenes anywhere throughout this story. It was a delightfully charming story to read. Of course the chaos surrounding the wreck and sinking of the ship wasn't delightful or charming, but the story of the "Titanic Affair" of Emilia and Carl was. 

I wouldn't say I am a Titanic Buff, but anyone who is may enjoy this story, especially if they would like some light reading about the Titanic voyage of April 1912.

You may already know that the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 13, 1912 and sank just over two-and-a-half hours later on April 14, 1912. That was 102 years ago this year on April 14, 2014. 

This book is a part of my Kindle library and I liked it so much I awarded it 4 anniversary stars.

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