Sunday, December 29, 2013

Postal Challenge 2014-Indextrious Reader

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Challenge: Postal Challenge 2014
Time Frame: January 1st to December 31st 2014
Host: The Indextrious Reader
The Challenge: The key is to read and review books with a postal theme. These can be non-fiction on the subject of letter writing, collections of real letters, or epistolary fiction of any era.
Why I’m doing this challenge: It combines two things that I love reading old letters and writing letters.

Postcard Level:   Read and review 4 books with a postal theme.
Snail Mail Level:   Read and review 8 books with a postal theme.
Parcel Post Level: Read and review 12 books with a postal theme.
Air Mail Express Level:   Read and review 12 books with a postal theme AND commit to sending more old fashioned letters this year. At least 12 pieces of mail (or more!), and you can share numbers or even images of your mail art in the quarterly roundups.
Level I’m doing: Air Mail Express Level
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12 Pieces of Snail Mail

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Cowboy's Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown

‘Tis the season for…

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can’t wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person.
When he pulls in, there’s Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.
Lucas is unfazed. But wait…is that a BABY in her arms? (from the back of the arc)

Book Details: Title: The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, Author: Carolyn Brown, ISBN: 978-1-4022-8049-8, Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Formats Available: Mass-Market Paperback and E-book, $7.99 U.S./ £5.99 UK, Release Date: October 2013, Genre: Romance How I Read It: Mass-Market Arc from Publishers, Rating: 4 Cups

My Thoughts:

While I posted this review on Royal Reviews in October, I wanted to share it here as well because it is one my favorite Christmas reads!

Lucas Allen cannot wait to meet the woman who has been his confidant during his time in Kuwait, but when he realizes she hasn’t been exactly forthcoming, he begins to question if he truly knows her. Natalie Clark may have omitted the fact that she was pregnant then gave birth to a little boy whilst starting up a relationship with Lucas, but she’s no liar and intends to prove it. Now that he is home, even though he is a bit angry at her betrayal, neither can deny the attraction they feel for each other.

Brimming with secrets and sexual tension and characters that are delightfully flawed, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby is my favorite Carolyn Brown romance thus far.

I am normally not overly fond of Christmas books or books that center on cowboys, but this drew me in because you could take it out of the ranch setting and it would read just as strongly because of the amazing characters and the connection that you feel to them. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed both the hero and the heroine. They were both strongly created characters with these human flaws they had to work through and both had valid reasons why they did or acted as they did.

The plot was solid and fast-paced and while it was mainly focused on romance the author entwined a touch of hearth and home into the book in the form of Lucas’ family, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The only thing that was a bit off-kilter for me was the fact that all animals seemed to flock to Joshua, Natalie’s baby, as if he was St. Francis of Assisi. Other than that little oddity, the book was an intriguing little read.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Wonderland Pictures

I’ve never really been one for winter—probably because I live in Ohio in an old Victorian house where, at times, you can see your breath upstairs and the downstairs isn’t much warmer even with the fireplace roaring and the heat up to 90—but this year, I’ve been finding the snow rather enchanting—plus it gives me a chance to play with my camera. I’ll admit it; I’m a bit of a shutterbug!

So, here is a few shots I snapped in the back garden!




Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This month’s host is Rose City Reader

On Rose City Reader’s master post for Mailbox Monday Gilion asked the following question: Will you give books as gifts this year? Which ones? Please share!

I love giving—and receiving—books as Christmas gifts. It has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember to do a book exchange for Christmas, usually on Christmas Eve provided the weather is cooperating and we can all get together.

Last year I received this amazing basket filled with tea and books. So this year I thought that I would do the same and gift the person whose name I received a book basket. I think my theme will be classic books, although that is all that I am saying as the person who will be receiving the basket reads my blog.

Here is what I received in my mailbox:

 For review:

One of the many things that I received this week was a $5 Amazon gift card so I purchase the following e-books:

I also received two more Amazon gift cards ($25 and $50) which will be going to feed my book addiction! I would also like to say thank you to the anonymous person who sent me the $25 Amazon card!

What’s coming up on Simply Angela: I’ve been reading a ton of Christmas books and this week I will be sharing some of them. My dvr is practically bursting with Christmas cheer and as the weekend was filled with nothing but snow and ice, I’ve had some time to actually watch them, so I will be sharing those as well! What lovelies arrived in your mailbox?
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The Sunday Salon: Where has the creativity gone?

Oh how I’ve missed you Sunday Salon post. With my crazy schedule this year I haven’t been able blether to you like I’ve wanted! Now that I’m back on track we can share a pot of tea and have a lovely wee chat!

I have a question for all you lovelies out there in bloglandia: Is originality, creativity, and the ability to have an independent thought dead? Has it been replaced by the effortless and ignominious act of nicking someone else’s work and claiming it as your own? Have people become so lackluster in their thoughts that they have to encroach on someone else’s work? Because I’ve been seeing a horrible trend as of late where the content from one blog has appeared nearly verbatim on another nonrelated blog, sure the font has been changed, but the content remains the same, and I not going to be naming names or pointing fingers, but shouldn’t bloggers respect one another’s post and content enough not to abscond with it then claim it’s their own?

While this hasn’t happened to me, I’ve noticed it when reading other blogs. Just take this morning for instance, I was reading through a blog post that was published Friday on a blog that was less than a few months old. As I was reading through the post, I had an odd feeling that I had read this before. Having a vague recollection where I might have read it at, I searched through the archives of a rather well known blog and sure enough there was the post I had been reading. It had been published (complete with time-stamped comments that verified the post was posted on the date listed) years before the post on the newbie blog which claimed the content as their own.

And it’s not only blog posts and reviews. It’s review/blog policies, rating systems, and—my absolute favorite—disclaimers stating that if you nick this content you will be punished (but they fail to mention that they nicked it from the blog they just read).

So my final question to you my lovelies would be: If we, the readers, see that content had been nicked from another blog/website, what should we do? I’ve had numerous discussions with family and friends about this same topic and I would love to hear your answers.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Welcome to Simply Angela

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to Simply Angela!

I hope that you are all warm, happy, and healthy with a tbr pile that would make others envious!

As you may have noticed, Renee’s Reads is no more—well, at least the title and url—the blog still remains, it’s just under a different name, Simply Angela, and url. When I started Renee’s Reads my focus was solely on book reviews—and I am still going to have a wealth of book reviews as well as book/author related content on Simply Angela—but over the years my style of blogging has changed and I thought a name change for my blog was very apropos.

My posting has been sporadic and spare, but I intend for that change since I have Royal Reviews finally under control.

Now, for a bit of an update!

Winter storm Cleon has made its way to Ohio. My part of Ohio has been getting rain on and off all morning and finally gave way to snow. It’s a bit daunting when the weathermen are even afraid to predict how much ice and snow we will get. As schools in the area have already been called off, everyone is looking for things to get pretty bad fairly fast as was apparent in the craziness of the stores this morning. Apparently everyone was in a mad rush to buy the needed supplies. As long as I have a way to heat up water for tea and batteries for my reading light, I’m fine! (I know, I’m a bit odd…but as long as I have a hot cuppa—or preferably a pot of— tea and a book, I can withstand just about anything.)

In bloglandia, I recently joined two amazing reading challenges: 2014 Full House Reading challenge hosted by Book Date and Lucky No. 14 Reading Challenge hosted by Books To Share. If I find another one or two that catches my fancy, I may join—it just depends. I thought they would be a great way to cut down my trb pile, which has turned into a tbr mountain. If I’m being honest, my tbr read pile mountain has grown so rapidly pretty soon it will be getting its own zip code, and those are just the books I’ve purchased!

Next week, I will have a few Christmas related reviews, so make sure you check back to see what reviews I post and goodies I have to offer!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lucky No. 14 Reading Challenge

Time Frame: January 1st to December 31st 2014
Host: Books To Share

The Challenge:

Read 1 book in each of the 14 categories


1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination.

2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?

3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too!

4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.

5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013.

6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Angela means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count :)

7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to)

8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of!

9. Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your favorite author but you haven’t got time to read it before.

10. It’s Been There Forever: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now :)

11. Movies vs Books: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie.

12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now :D

13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem!

14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past :) Comic books or graphic novels are allowed!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Waking Up With A Rake by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe


14296888_thumb The Fate of England's Monarchy Is In The Hands of Three Notorious Rakes.

To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be seduce the dukes' intended brides. These wickedly debauched rakes will rumple sheets and cause a scandal. But they just might fall into their own trap...

After he's falsely blamed for a botched assignment during war, former cavalry officer Rhys Warrick turns his back on "honor." He spends his nights in brothels doing his best to live down to the expectations of his disapproving family. But one last mission could restore the reputation he's so thoroughly sullied. All he has to do is seduce and ruin Miss Olivia Symon, and his military record will be cleared. For a man with Rhys's reputation, ravishing the delectably innocent miss should be easy. But Olivia's honesty and bold curiosity stir more than Rhys's desire. Suddenly the heart he thought he left on the battlefield is about to surrender. (Taken From GoodReads)

Book Details:

Title: Waking Up With A Rake, Author: Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe, ISBN, 978-1-4022-7240-0, Publisher: Personal library, Format: Mass Market Paperback, $7.99, Release Date: January 2013, How I Read It: Mass Market Arc from Publisher, Rating: 4 Cups

This is the third book by Connie Mason and Mia Marlow that I have read devoured and I must say that each one I read is better than the last.

Miss Olivia Symon (both rich and virginal) has been selected to be a contender in the ‘Hymen Race Terrific’* yet certain people are not so thrilled with the House of Hanover succeeding and are willing to do anything to eliminate the duke’s potential brides.

After returning from the horrendous defeat at Maubeuge, France during the Napoleonic Wars Rhys Warrick has been content to live the life of a rake. Yet when Alcock tells him he must ruin the Duke of Clarence’s potential bride, Rhys immediately says no. However, Alcock has the power to ruin Rhys’s family, which was a rather persuasive bargaining tool.

However once Rhys meets Olivia he realizes things are not going to be as easy as he thought.

I loved this book. It had all of the right elements (scandalous behavior, a tortured hero, a heroine with moxy, drama, romance, and intrigue) and was well researched. I also enjoyed the fact that the Hymen race was brought into the story because it’s not something you see in romance novels.

Olivia was a clever mix of proper society lady and someone who is willing to push the boundaries. I found her interesting to read for the fact I was never sure what she was going to say next.

Rhys was the perfect tortured hero. From the first few pages you could see that the war, and the French, are still haunting him. Although he may be a self-professed rake, he has redeemable qualities that you can see develop throughout the course of the plot.

The plot was brilliant. I won’t get into the events because I truly believe that this is one of those romance novels that you have to read for yourself although I will say that the plot was so brilliantly developed that you will be constantly turning the page.

Lastly, I must say that Rhys Warrick is the perfect example of character development and it made one brilliant read.

This is the first book in The Royal Rakes series and I cannot wait to read the others.

* Hymen's War Terrific Race in 1818, the year Queen Victoria was conceived, to produce a future heir to the throne when George III was old and senile; his son, the future George IV, had produced one child, Princess Charlotte, but she had just died. The line of succession then passed to the siblings of George III or their heirs. The race involved three of George III’s 14 children: the Duke of Clarence (later William IV); the Duke of Kent (Victoria’s father), and the Duke of Cambridge.

Best Wishes & Happy Reading,

angela new

Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter

15805225 Instead of experiencing newlywed bliss, Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives.

When Luke Stoltzfus loses his job at a furniture store in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he is given the opportunity to learn a new trade from his uncle who lives in Indiana. Despite his wife’s reservations, Luke jumps at the chance and makes plans for a quick trip to Middlebury.

Along the way, Luck meets with tragedy, and life as he knew it will never be the same.

Despite all odds, will the faith and love Luke and Meredith share be enough to bring them back together again? Or will Meredith begin a new life with another? (from the back of the book) 

Title: Goodbye to Yesterday, Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter, ISBN: 978-1-61626-085-9, Publisher: Barbour, Series: A Lancaster County Saga, The Discovery Part 1 of 6, Format: Trade Paperback, $6.99, How I read it: Finished copy from Handlebar publishing, Rating: 3 Cups

My Thoughts:

Luke and Meredith haven’t been marriage for long, yet they find their marriage being tested when Luke loses his job. Seeing the answer to his prayers in the form of buying into his uncle’s headstone engraving business, he believes that he should travel to his uncle’s place in Indiana. Meredith knows that Luke is stressed out about losing his job so when she believes herself to be pregnant she decides to wait until Luke returns to tell him.

Leaving for Indiana shouldn’t be too much of a problem, yet with a winter storm on the wing Luke becomes the target for Alex, a homeless drug addict, who is demanding that Luke hands over his wallet. When Luke refuses, Alex beats Luke and leaves him on the bathroom floor.

Seriously! You are going end the book with the main character beaten and lying on the bathroom floor. While I wasn’t too thrilled about the cliffhanger ending, I knew given the size of the book and the fact that this is billed as part one of six, something such as that would occur.

I liked this book—even with the cliffhanger ending. It wasn’t your typical Amish book where the couple is this happy go lucky couple that makes flowers sprout on the ground each time they walk. Luke and Meredith are a couple struggling with the problems most marriages go through and that lends a realness to the story that made me want to devour the book. The book also brings the outside world in in the form of Alex so I am eager to see how this story unfold.

As this is part 1 of 6 with only 121 pages, this book has the feel of a sampler or a short story. While I am now hooked on the series, I am a bit annoyed with the format as I would rather have a complete story.

Best Wishes & Happy Reading,

angela new

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Waltz With A Stranger by Pamela Sherwood

imagesCA9ZB3R4_thumb "May I have this dance?"

Aurelia wasn't hiding exactly. She just needed to get out of the crush of the ballroom—away from the... people staring at her scar, pitying her limp. She was still quite enjoying the music from the conservatory. And then a complete stranger—dashing, debonair, kind—asked her to waltz. In the strength of his arms, she felt she could do anything. But both would be leaving London soon...

When they meet again a year later, everything has changed. She's no longer a timid mouse. And he's now a titled gentleman—with a fiancĂ©e. Is the magic of one stolen moment, one undeniable connection enough to overcome a scandal that would set Society ablaze and tear their families apart?

Title: Waltz with a Stranger, Author: Pamela Sherwood, ISBN: 978-1-4022-7322-3, Format: Mass-Market Paperback, $6.99/£4.99, Release Date: December 2012, How I Read It: Personal library, Rating 5 Cups

My Thoughts:

After a horrible horse-riding accident that left her with more than just physical scars, Aurelia Newbold waltzes with a handsome stranger in a conservatory.

A year later the handsome stranger, James Trelawney, finds himself newly titled and in need for a wife, thus he enters into an agreement with none other than Aurelia Newbold’s twin sister, Amy. Aurelia and James find themselves thrown into each other’s company as unseen circumstances cause James to confide in Aurelia.

Filled with sexual tension, honor-bound promises, a death inquiry, and a smuggling venture that places James and Aurelia in dire danger, Waltz with a Stranger has everything a good novel requires.

While the story focuses on James and Aurelia, this is Amy’s story as well and the events that unfold in each one of their lives had me continually flipping the pages to discover if they ever received their HEA.

I was a bit worried when I started reading the book that I would not like Aurelia as I found her a bit whiny for my taste but I was glad that she finally found a way to rise above her whininess. James was a very endearing character, while I was a bit angry with him for asking Amy to marry him, the author made him suffer because of his choice and it made for good reading.

Another thing that I liked was the Cornish setting as I have become addicted to books set in Cornwall. Plus, this book actually focused on a plot rather than just trying to figure out a way to get the hero and heroine in bed.

Best Wishes & Happy Reading,

angela new

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Favored Queen by Carolly Erickson

112380665-1-198x300 Born into an ambitious noble family, young Jane Seymour is sent to court as a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s aging queen. She is devoted to her mistress and watches with empathy as the calculating Anne Boleyn contrives to supplant Catherine as Queen. Anne’s single-minded intrigues threaten all who stand in her way; she does not hesitate to arrange the murder of a woman who knows a secret so dark that, if revealed it would make it impossible for the king to marry Anne.

Once Anne becomes queen, no one at court is safe, and Jane herself becomes a victim of Anne’s venomous rage when she suspects Jane has become the object of the king’s lust. But Henry, fearing that Anne’s inability to give him a son is a sign of divine wrath, asks Jane to become his next queen. Deeply reluctant to embark on such a dangerous course, Jane must choose between her heart and her loyalty to the queen. (from the cover flap)

Book Details Title: The Favored Queen, Author: Carolly Erickson, Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, ISBN: 978-0-312-59690-3, Format I read: Hardcover, $25.99, Source: My personal collection, Rating: 4 Crowns

My Thoughts:

Given the title, The Favored Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII’s Third Wife, I was expecting this to be about Jane Seymour’s life. Although rather than being an account of her life, it is Jane’s account of the happenings around her starting towards the end of Katherine of Aragon’s reign and ending with Jane’s death.

Jane is present for every argument, every birth, and every important diplomatic visit all the while falling in love twice (neither time with Henry). She gives in-depth accounts of the end of Katherine’s reign and Anne’s yet there is little about her time as queen. To my surprise, most of Jane story was wrapped up in the two men that she loved, which on occasion felt forced, and the hate she held for her father. What also surprised me was the fact that Henry took Jane into his confidence and fully trusted her.

While the novel is engaging and pulled me in, I had to ignore my knowledge of Tudor history as the author tells readers that this is a ‘reimaging of the past’ and while some details are historical accurate, most have been pulled from the author’s imagination.

Overall, I found that I could not put this book down. I was thoroughly engaged in the story that unfolded, which surprised me considering that I am a Tudor history buff. While most of the events that occur in The Favored Queen are purely fictional, some have their roots in Tudor myths giving the book an interesting turn. What bothered me the most was the fact that Jane’s brother, Thomas, was absent throughout while Edward was front and center almost as much as Jane was. Also, I was a bit irked that she portrayed Henry as having gold hair when it has been proven that he had red/auburn hair.

Read ForThe flowing descriptive story that takes you inside the intrigue Tudor court.

Overlook—The historical inaccuracy. In a note to the reader, the author does caution that reader that The Favored Queen is a historical entertainment, in which the authentic past and imaginative invention intertwine. Fictional events and circumstances, fictional characters and whimsical alterations of events and personalities are blended. Fresh interpretations of historical figures and their circumstances are offered, and traditional ones laid aside.’

If you are eager to feed your Tudor-addiction with a healthy dose of Tudor fiction, you should give this book a go.

If topsy-turvy reimagings of history drives you up the wall, perhaps you should check this out from your local library before purchasing it.

*review also posted on Royal Reviewsangela new

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Island House by Posie-Graeme-Evans

imagesCA59V2V3 In 2011 Freya Dane, a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology, arrives on the ancient Scottish island of Findnar. After years of estrangement from her father, himself an archaeologist who recently died, Freya has come to find out what she can about his work. As she reads through his research notes, she sees he learned a great deal about the Viking and Christian history of the island. But what he found only scratches the surface of the discoveries Freya is about to make.

In 800 A.D. a Pictish girl named Signy loses her entire family during a Viking raid. She is taken in by the surviving members of the Christian community on Findnar, but when she falls deeply in love with a Viking boy, she is cast out. She eventually becomes a nun and finds herself at the center of the clash between the island’s three religious cultures. The tragedy of her story is that, in the end, she must choose among her adopted faith, her native religion, and the man she loves.

Centuries apart, Freya and Signy are each on the verge of life-changing events that will bring present-day and Viking-era Scotland together. The Island House plunges the reader into a past that never dies and a love that reaches out across a thousand years. (taken from Goodreads)

Book Details:

Title: The Island House, Author: Posie Graeme-Evans, ISBN: 978-0-7432-9443-0, Publisher: Atria, Format I read: Trade Paperback, $16.00, Source: Publisher, Rating: 4 Crowns

The bones of the brothers lay in the dark. Dust thick as cloth covered them, for the air was ancient and dead.

It has been a different world then, in the days of the Wanderer. A time when people turned from the old Gods, and slaughter stalked those of the newer ways. Gods are never replaced without blood.

The younger had died for love, seeking justice. The older was cut down as he’d expected to be, surrounded by his fighters. They were both betrayed.

-Taken from page 1of The Island House

My Thoughts:

Crossing between present day and 800 AD, the story is essentially a book about relationships. The relationship between the present and the past. The relationship between Signy, a Pictish girl, and Bear, a Viking boy. Dan and Freya. Freya and her deceased father. Freya and her father’s girlfriend.

While each relationship was interesting, I felt that I couldn’t quite connect with Signy and Bear. While their story was heart wrenching and well plotted, the connection just wasn’t there. Surprisingly I felt more of a connection to Freya, Dan, and the story of the present.

I would describe this book as a cross between Susanna Kearsley and Bernard Cornwell. And like Cornwell’s novel Stonehenge, the story of the past, while entertaining, fails to connect.

Overall, I was hooked from the opening. The flowing prose pulled and kept me glued to the book until the very last page.

Read for: The amazing way Posie Graeme-Evans weaves the story of the past into the story of the present.

Overlook: The lack of regional dialect and the fact that Fraya and Dan go from chalk and cheese to sugar and spice in under sixty seconds.

angela new

*review also posted on Royal Reviews

Friday, January 11, 2013

An Amish Love By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long


_225_350_Book_317_cover Two of today's most popular genres--Romance and Amish fiction--together in one volume.

"Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman: Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn't expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he's back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again?

"What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller: A tragic accident rocks a peaceful Amish community, leaving Ellie Chupp blinded and Christopher Bender's future shattered. But they find love and forgiveness in a place they least expect.

"A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long: Rachel Yoder is tired of her Amish lifestyle and her domineering father's ways. When handsome Joseph Lambert comes back from the Englisch, she lies to force a marriage of convenience, providing the perfect means to escape her father's rule. But Rachel never imagined she'd fall in love with Joseph so quickly or irrevocably.

My Thoughts:

This book would make the perfect gift. Containing three Amish novellas penned by three different authors, An Amish Love was an enjoyable read.

Each author has a unique voice that makes each novella truly stand out. While I did not have a particular favorite, the book was amazing. I look forward to enjoying more from these lovely authors.

angela new

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

January Host is : Lori's Reading Corner

For Review:

Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester—The groundbreaking biography of one of the world’s best-loved and bestselling

After The Rain by Karen White


The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer

The Foundling by Georgette Heyer

Received as Gifts

The Favored Queen by Carolly Erickson

Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson

Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock—nonfiction

Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill by Susan Holloway Scott

Head In The Clouds by Karen Witemeyer


I received a lovely book filled gift basket, which contained the following:

Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough

Edmund Bertram’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange

A leather bound book journal

A “Keep Calm and Carry On” Ceramic mug

A Tin of Rose Petal Gypsy Tea

The 1969 Version of Jane Eyre starring George C. Scott and Susannah York

I also received numerous gift cards to B&N and Amazon.

What little lovelies arrived at your house?

Best Wishes & Happy Reading,

angela new

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge


Are you a book addict? Well, are you? Are you that person who is always seen with your nose buried between the pages and never without a book or two nearby? Perhaps, your looking for the ultimate reading challenge?

Well then, the 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge is just for you!

This is the place where I challenge you to read... -a- latte!

Here are some of the challenge details:

TIME FRAME: This challenge will begin on January 1st, 2013 and end December 31, 2013.

HOST: Kimberly’s Bookshelf

Books for this challenge can be from any genre and may include print books as well as e-books and audio books.

This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.

Choose a Level:

Latte 75 books

Cappuccino 100 books

Double-Espresso 150+ books

MY GOAL: Cappuccino—although I am hoping that I will make it up to Double-Espresso

Best Wishes & Happy Reading,

angela new