Friday, February 16, 2018

First Line Fridays


I didn't even think to feature a Valentine's story last week, so I wanted to highlight one today--especially since I have been watching Downton Abbey reruns recently.  I hope that all of you have watched this series, but if not, I highly recommend it!  :)  Each character deals with love, joy, pain, loss, disappointment, and even redemption, which of course makes for a wonderful story.  I love period dramas, and currently, I have been watching Victoria.  What are some of your favorite literary dramas? 


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Cupcake Dilemma: A Rock Creek Novella
by Jennifer Rodewald 



And the first line is...

"Let me begin by stating this clearly.  I was voluntold."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!  

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls - My Review


I was excited to receive My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York by Amanda Barratt.  It was such a good story!  I know there are several titles in this collection, so I cannot wait to pick up the other stories in this series of books.  This particular story sets place in New York, but the main character, Adele Linley, originates from England.  She makes the voyage from her home in Great Britain to New York—in the hopes of finding a suitable husband to save her family.  Of course, the main characteristic of a proper husband is that he will be rich, and that is the only thing on Adele’s mind.  Misfortune has touched her family deeply, so she must be the one to figure out a way to save them.  Yet how much will she have to give before she can no longer sacrifice her life? 

Drew Dawson knows the meaning of the work destitute quite intimately.  He and his sister both grew up poor.  In fact, they both grew up in an orphanage.  All of his life, he has worked hard, so as to give his sister all the comforts that life can give.  However, he feels that he is miserably failing at it.  His sister needs medical attention, and Drew will go to the ends of the earth to help her—quite literally.  How long will Drew put his life in danger?  Will he even consider what it would mean to his sister if he were no longer around to protect her? 

A chance encounter between strangers is what is needed to answer the problems of so many.  Adele continues to worry about her mother and brother while Drew grows in concern regarding the condition of his sister.  Will they be able to come together and help each other out?  Will other individuals come between them to hinder instead of help?  What does Adele’s family think of her circumstances?  Each ending seems dark and unanswered, yet slowly Adele will come to understand the faith that Drew has, and in that discovery, her life choices and path she should be on will suddenly become clear to her. 

If you enjoy reading about love and faith, with a dash of unknown fate thrown in, you will love this book.  And if you love learning about two worlds that come together, which ultimately ends in an ordained purpose for both sides, you will enjoy the pages of this story.  I highly recommend checking out this book.  Happy reading! 


"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."




Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband. 

Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.

On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love.  When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?





Amanda Barratt is a historical romance author with two novellas releasing in 2015 with Barbour Publishing. She fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story - a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Since then, she's penned novels set in Regency and Victorian England, and the Gilded Age.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.

You can connect with her at: www.amandabarratt.net







Friday, February 9, 2018

First Line Fridays


My favorite author is Jane Austen, and typically I do not read the modern stories that are connected to her works.  You just cannot improve classic literature!  :)  However, I keep seeing Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge, so I finally decided to pick up a copy.  I do love the the line on the front cover: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility.  And I am excited to start reading this novel, but for now, I will just include the first line instead of my review. 

Do you enjoy reading modern works that continue where a classic author left off in their story?  Or do you prefer to stick with the classic tale? Let me know in the comments below along with any book suggestions you might have.

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Jane of Austin 
by Hillary Manton Lodge 



And the fist line is...

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."  
                                    ~C.S. Lewis~  

December 2016
San Francisco, CA 

"'So you see,' Jonathan explained, 'what you've been paying as a lease for your little tea shop--it's well beneath market value.'"  

Happy reading and happy Friday!

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Once and Future Queen - Spotlight Book Tour



The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend
by Nicole Evelina


Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Lawson Gartner Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 281 Pages
Genre: History & Criticism/Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

Guinevere’s journey from literary sinner to feminist icon took over one thousand years…and it’s not over yet.

Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than 20 authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience. Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this book synthesizes academic criticism and popular opinion into a highly readable, approachable work that fills a gap in Arthurian material available to the general public.

Nicole Evelina has spent more than 15 years studying Arthurian legend. She is also a feminist known for her fictional portrayals of strong historical and legendary women, including Guinevere. Now, she combines these two passions to examine the effect of changing times and attitudes on the character of Guinevere in a must-read book for Arthurian enthusiasts of every knowledge level.

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Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction, romantic comedy and non-fiction writer, whose four novels have collectively won over 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations (Daughter of Destiny by Chanticleer Reviews and Camelot’s Queen by Author’s Circle). Her most recent book, THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN, traces the evolution of the character of Guinevere in Arthurian legend from her Celtic roots to the present day, showing how the character changed along with the period’s views of women. Nicole is currently working on MISTRESS OF LEGEND (2018), the final book in her Guinevere’s Tale trilogy.

As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, as well as a member of the Historical Fiction Writers of America, International Arthurian Society – North American Branch, Romantic Novelists Association, Novelists, Inc., the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Midwest Publisher’s Association.

For more information, please visit Nicole Evelina’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Goodreads. Sign up for Nicole’s newsletter to receive news and updates.



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The Once and Future Queen




Friday, February 2, 2018

First Line Fridays


There are so many wonderful books coming out this season!  Where do I begin?  I'm excited to pick up several novels in the next coming months--A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot, The Heart's Appeal by Jennifer Delamere, and All for Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas of Love and Laughter are just a few I can name.  :)  What books are you looking forward to reading this spring? 

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Summer of Promise 
by Amanda Cabot 



And the fist line is...

Wyoming Territory, June 1885

"There were times when Abigail Harding wished she were an only child." 

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!