Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Duke's Second Chance - My Review


This book, The Duke’s Second Chance, is the first book in Johnson’s Lords for the Sisters series.  Jen Geigle Johnson has written several books, that are mostly set in the Regency period, which is one of my favorite eras to read about.  Her newest book is no exception, because it starts with focusing on a Duke and a Duchess.  Each character in this story has a connection with one another—even if they are not immediately aware of how close their relationship might be.  It is also fun to note that the next book in this series will tell the story of the Duke’s closest friend. 

This story was a fun, quick read, and I enjoyed getting to learn about the lives of these characters.  The first few pages are quite sad, but that is why the story looks at the Duke’s choices and actions.  How will he respond to great strife?  And will he be able to make proper decisions regarding his son?  At first, the Duke is quite hasty in his movements, yet his swift boldness will lead him to where he needs to be.  

The pace of the book is quite quick, and there were times I had to read a paragraph over, in order to make sure I knew who was speaking to who.  The view of each character changes quite rapidly, and for the reader, this can be a bit confusing at times.  If the formatting of the book was a bit different, I think the story would have been a bit easier to follow.  However, this does not change the main purpose, and that is this was an interesting story to tell.  

There are few surprises and twists within the book, which makes for a great read.  It is also nice to see the upper and lower classes communicating with each other—reminds me of Downton Abbey.  If you enjoy period pieces, you will love this story.  Also, make sure you check out other books written by Jen Geigle Johnson—I recommend Tabitha’sFolly.  Happy reading friends! 


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Singing Librarian Books for my copy.


Second chances often come from surprising places. Will the Duke find another chance at love when everything seems to be combining against him?

Gerald feels as though he’s lost everything when his wife takes her last breath.

Amelia’s world turns upside down when the Duke of Granbury steps into her tea shop and leaves with her heart.

But when a secret from Amelia’s past unveils possibilities, will the duke get a second chance at love from an unexpected source?

Buy this first book in a Regency romance series for a taste of deep loyal friendship, beautiful second chances, and the path to heal a heart.




Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.

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www.jengeiglejohnson.com

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Friday, November 15, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Horse and His Boy
by C. S. Lewis



And the first line is...

"This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him."  

 Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, November 1, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Happy Halloween, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz



And the first line is...

"Charlie Brown was excited.  His friend Violet had just handed him an invitation."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, October 25, 2019

First Line Fridays



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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Murder in the First Edition
by Lauren Elliott



And the first line is...

"Addison Greyborne's eyes glistened with the reflection of the glimmering snowflakes hanging from the delicate fairy lights she'd retrieved from her aunt's attic."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, October 18, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  A Rumored Fortune
by Joanna D. Politano



And the first line is...

Somerset, England, 1866

"'I say Tress Harlowe's dead.  It's the only explanation for it.'"

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, October 11, 2019

First Line Fridays

 

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  A Gingerbread Romance
by Lacey Baker



And the first line is...

"Crisp winter air greeted Taylor the moment she stepped out of the taxi and onto the sidewalk."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, October 4, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  A Provision for Love
by Heather Chapman 



And the first line is...

"Years of governesses, along with additional tutelage, served as my only preparation for the test before me.  The true sign of a refined lady rested in her ability to remain calm in the face of fire, and nothing was as fearsome as a bitter woman."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, September 13, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  An Unwelcome Suitor
by Ashtyn Newbold



And the first line is...

"It came as no surprise that when my great-aunt Augusta summoned my two sisters and me to the drawing room, she did so with the sole intention of discussing men.  One particular man, in fact."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, September 6, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Finding Lady Enderly
by Joanna Davidson Politano 



And the first line is...

I do not truly wish for all my dreams to come true.  After all, nightmares are one type of dream.  
~Diary of a Substitute Countess~   

Spitalfields, London's East End 
1871

"For one blessed moment I was beautiful."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, August 30, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Awake at Widmore Manor
by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee



And the first line is...

June 1779

"A single pea.  That was all that lay inside the pod that little Emma Widmore plucked off the vine."  

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Friday, August 23, 2019

First Line Fridays


This week I wanted to share the first line from one of my favorite books and films.  
Have a wonderful day friends!  



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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen



And the first line is...

"Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above.  There dwell the Sea King and his subjects."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, August 16, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Poisoned Pages
by Lorna Barrett



And the first line is...

"Never had 221b Main Street, Stoneham, New Hampshire, seen so many people enter its doors."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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