Friday, July 13, 2018

First Line Fridays

I'm sure most of you will figure out why I picked this particular book for this week's First Line Friday.  It has my name on it!  And yes, that is the only reason I decided to highlight this story.  Remember, last week I talked about picking out a book because of the cover--well, apparently, you can also choose a book because your name is part of the title.  :) 

I hope that all of you are having a lovely week, and that you had a wonderful fourth of July celebration.  Happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Wild Grows the Heather in Devon
by Michael Phillips 

And the first line is...

Prologue: Stormy Tryst 

"A blustery wind swept down from out of the north.  The sky steadily blackened through the afternoon hours as thick ominous clouds swirled overhead." 

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Daughter of River Valley - Spotlight Book Tour

Publication Date: July 17, 2018  eBook; Choc Lit; 313 Pages
AudioBook; Soundings
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Cornish Tales #3

Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Brought together by unknown circumstances, and fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?

Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels. 

Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award. 

Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone. 

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. 

For more information, please visit Victoria Cornwall’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Goodreads.

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a signed copy of Victoria Cornwell’s previous novel, The Thief’s Daughter! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
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The Daughter of River Valley

Friday, July 6, 2018

First Line Fridays

This book is one of the many in my Amazon wish list...mostly because I love the cover and title. :)  And I know what you are thinking--you can't judge a book by its cover, yet I have found so many wonderful books through the years because the cover caught my eye.  Haven't you ever done that before?  :)  In the comments below, let me know what cute book covers you have seen.  Happy reading! 

P.S.  Wouldn't a cupcake be the perfect addition to a cup of tea?  :) 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes 
by Betsy St. Amant 

And the first line is...

"There was more to life than vanilla buttercream.  Or at least, Kat Varland used to believe so."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 

Monday, July 2, 2018

A Rebel Heart - My Review

Beth White is a new author for me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her latest book, A Rebel Heart.  If you enjoy historical fiction, then this book is a must read for you.  I loved getting to know each of her characters within this story, because they are all so unique.  Each person has a backstory to tell.  A story that is the makeup of why certain choices are made and why certain struggles continually come to the surface. 

Selah Daughtry longs to hold onto what her family held so dear.  She works so hard to provide for those under her care, but the needs of more individuals get added daily to her already empty pocketbook.  How can she survive?  Selah’s life has already encountered so much pain, and she constantly wonders if the choices she is making will be the correct ones in the end.  What will be the proper answer in the midst of so much sorrow?  How much more can she endure? 

Levi Riggins’ motives and actions change with each turn of the page.  What he wants to do and what he has to do are two very different things.  He wants to help the Daughtry family, but he holds his own personal demons in regards to this family.  Can he ever tell Selah the complete truth?  He does not know if he can keep such a secret buried away in his memory.  The war brought so much to remember and to forget—more than it seems possible to carry.  He cares for Selah, yet will she trust him enough to rescue her family from starvation and ruin? 

This historical story does a wonderful job of highlighting various perspectives, so that the reader can gain a better idea of what each character is dealing with.  Especially, since this story takes place after the Civil War.  There is so much to consider when thinking about what each individual endured and encountered in the war.  Again, if you love history, then you will love White’s book.  Happy reading! 

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy.

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land.

Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he'll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to "supervise" while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.

Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she'd do almost anything to save her home. What she never expected to encounter was his assault on her heart.

Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican BrideThe Creole Princess, and The Magnolia Duchess.
Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award.

Learn more at

Friday, June 29, 2018

First Line Fridays

This week I thought I would share a different sort of book.  As I was "window shopping" on Amazon, I came across this text, and I think it sounds simply delightful!  It'a a recipe book, but not just any recipe book--a tea book that features Jane Austen--my two very favorite things!  :)  Raise your hand if you have either hosted a tea party or gone to one--yes, I can raise my hand to both.  In fact, I even planned a tea party event for my best friend's bridal shower.  It was so much fun!  So please, have a cup of tea for me this afternoon--happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Tea with Jane Austen 
by Kim Wilson

And the first line is...

Breakfast with the Austens 

"Jane Austen was in charge of making her family's breakfast every morning, including the most important part of breakfast: the tea."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating!