Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson

About the Book
In this new Regency romance, Elizabeth knows she must protect her heart from the charm of her new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.
When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.
Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murderer, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.

My Thoughts
I’m the first to admit that gothic regency is typically not a genre I gravitate towards but when this author’s debut came out something intrigued me and I had to check it out. I was quickly swept away and became a fan of her unique writing style! This is Abigail Wilson’s third novel and I have to say it’s my favorite so far! I somehow managed to get a good bit into the book before realizing the connection to the first novel and the fact that we had indeed met this heroine before!
Elizabeth had changed quite a bit since we saw her last and I really liked her in this book! I admired her spunk and the brilliant way she thought through things. Her love for her son was also endearing. Adrien was a hero we could all root for and the more you learned about him the more you saw just how great of a man he was!
I loved the slow build in the romance and you know I’m always here for a marriage of convenience story!
The mystery was intriguing and while I guessed a lot of the pieces I couldn’t quite figure out how they fit together!

In short this was an absolutely wonderful and enjoyable read and I highly recommend it!

Meet the Author
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter's gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA's Fab Five Contest and ACFW's First Impressions contest as well as placing as a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

A Date for Daisy by Tara Grace Ericson

About the Book
He thinks she’s the captain of the Hot Mess Express.
She thinks he’s rigid and wound too tight.
And this renovation is about to get complicated.
Daisy Bloom is determined to turn her 100-year-old house into a bed and breakfast. The only problem? She knows nothing about renovations.
Enter Lance Matthews, construction guru and business owner. He is determined to tackle this project with his usual methodical, organized approach. His only problem? The beautiful and infuriating homeowner -- deeply involved with the project and completely averse to lists, schedules, or any form of organization.

When sparks fly between these wildly different personalities, will they find common ground? Or does God have other plans for each of them?

My Thoughts
Another cute romance from Tara Grace Ericson! From the moment we first met Daisy and Lance in Hoping for Hawthorne I knew their romance would be a fun one and I was right!
They definitely started off on the wrong foot, their extremely different personalities causing more than a little frustration! But I loved watching as they started to realize how well they could work together and balance out each other’s extremes. The attraction was there from the start and it was fun to see them fight, ultimately in vain, against it!
The home renovation angle was fun and as someone who’s seen all the Fixer Upper episodes it was really easy to visualize their various projects!

It was good to see more of the entertaining Bloom family and I am looking forward to reading Poppy’s story and figuring out her secrets!

Meet the Author
Tara Grace Ericson lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She studied engineering and worked as an engineer for many years before embracing her creative side to become a full-time author. Her first book, Falling on Main Street, was written mostly from airport waiting areas and bleak hotel rooms as she traveled in her position as a sales engineer. She loves cooking, crocheting, and reading books by the dozen. Her writing partner is usually her black lab - Ruby - and a good cup of coffee or tea. Tara unashamedly watches Hallmark movies all winter long, even though they are predictable and cheesy. She loves a good “happily ever after” with an engaging love story. That’s why Tara focuses on writing clean contemporary romance, with an emphasis on Christian faith and living. She wants to encourage her readers with stories of men and women who live out their faith in tough situations.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Wrap-Up


Another great Bout of Books! I finished 20 books for a total of 6,025 pages! Didn't break my book total record but I did break the page total record! All of the books I read were rereads and it was really fun to revisit old friends!

The Books
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy
Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy
Montana Rose by Mary Connealy
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy
Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
Jennifer by Dee Henderson
Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson
The Negotiator by Dee Henderson
The Guardian by Dee Henderson
The Truth Seeker by Dee Henderson
The Protector by Dee Henderson
The Healer by Dee Henderson
The Rescuer by Dee Henderson
Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum
Paige Rewritten by Erynn Mangum
Paige Turned by Erynn Mangum

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Day Six Update


Day Six Update

Books I Read Today: 
The Healer by Dee Henderson (267 pages)
The Rescuer by Dee Henderson 275 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
The Healer by Dee Henderson

Pages Read Today: 542

Total Books Finished: 16

Total Pages Read: 5,084

My Thoughts on Day Six:
My slowest day so far. But these books are the hardest in the series to get through emotionally and I also had some plans that cut into my reading time. But overall not a bad day!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Day Five Update


Day Five Update

Books I Read Today: 
The Truth Seeker by Dee Henderson (330 pages)
The Protector by Dee Henderson (322 pages)\
The Healer by Dee Henderson (53 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
The Truth Seeker by Dee Henderson
The Protector by Dee Henderson

Pages Read Today: 755

Total Books Finished: 15

Total Pages Read: 4,542

My Thoughts on Day Five:
I think I have to accept that I just can't read this series fast lol! Still made decent progress though!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Day Four Update


Day Four Update

Books I Read Today: 
The Negotiator by Dee Henderson (296 pages)
The Guardian by Dee Henderson (275 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
The Negotiator by Dee Henderson
The Guardian by Dee Henderson

Pages Read Today: 571

Total Books Finished: 13

Total Pages Read: 3,787

My Thoughts on Day Four:
Not sure what was up with me today but I was reading a whole lot less than past days. For some reason I was easily distracted and since these books are a little more dense and detailed they just took me longer. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Day 3 Update


Day Three Update

Books I Read Today: 
Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (314 pages)
Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (315 pages)
Jennifer by Dee Henderson (154 pages)
Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson (312 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
Jennifer by Dee Henderson
Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

Pages Read Today: 1,095

Total Books Finished: 11

Total Pages Read: 3,216

My Thoughts on Day Three:
Another great day! Had a few things that took some time out of my day but I still managed to get a lot read!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Day Two Update


Day Two Update

Books I Read Today: 
Montana Rose by Mary Connealy (232 pages)
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy (315 pages)
Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy (318 pages)
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (318 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Montana Rose by Mary Connealy
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy
Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

Pages Read Today: 1,183

Total Books Finished: 7

Total Pages Read: 2,121

My Thoughts on Day Two:
Had a really great day of reading despite getting a late start due to having trouble falling asleep the night before and sleeping in a bit!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Day One Update


Day One Update

Books I Read Today: 
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy (285 pages)
Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy (284 pages)
Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy (283 pages)
Montana Rose by Mary Connealy (86 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy
Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy

Pages Read Today: 938

Total Books Finished: 3

Total Pages Read: 938

My Thoughts on Day One:
Got off to a decent start and surpassed my goal for the day!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Bout of Books 28: Sign-Up


The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Excite for another read-a-thon week! Going on a rereading binge this time!