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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Born Of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta



I have to say Born Of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta is one of the most suspenseful books I have read in quite a while. I was never sure which character was telling the truth, and to be honest, at times I really did not like any of the characters. The story line is strong and full of twists and turns that draw you along like a path through a Victorian maze. 17 year old Julia Elliston arrives at her friend Elizabeth's home a bitter, selfish, but yet naive, orphan. She travels by coach, without a maid or any of the trappings a young gentle woman should have. She plans to wed Edward, the younger son of a local Lord to whom she is secretly betrothed. But Edward has become a vicar and Julia is a staunch atheist. Soon Julia aligns herself with the notorious Lady Foxmore, an elderly Lady who lives as she pleases. Julia longs for independence in an era when women were property.
I enjoyed reading Born Of Persuasion and eagerly await Mark Of Distiction, the second novel in what will be a trilogy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe #NYMBeachBabe”

I recently received Beach Babe Texturizing Shampoo and Beach Babe Texturizing conditioner from @influenster.com as a complimentary testing sample. I love the product. I have fine straight hair and Beach Babe Texturizing products actually give me volume and style! I give this product my highest recommendation!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer




Nicole Renard must provide a son in law and heir for her father and is shipping business.She has a family treasure, Lafitte the pirates dagger as her dowry. Unfortunately the Jenkin family claims the dagger as their own and will stop at nothing to get it back. With her father ill, Nicole flees Galveston for New Orleans to search for a husband.
Darius Thornton, heir to a large shipping company, has retreated to a Texas plantation to study boilers following a boiler explosion on a Riverboat he was traveling on.
Can these two discover what they need in each other before another disaster occurs?
Full Steam Ahead is a thoroughly entertaining novel by Karen Witemeyer. She has a wonderful way of weaving a story with romance, some humor and faith. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to sit back and relax with a good tale.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall

Dawn Crandall's debut novel The Hesitant Heiress had a slow start, but soon became quite engrossing. Amaryllis and Nathan are an interesting couple. He spends his time trying to attract the attention of Amaryllis, the one woman who wants nothing to do with him. This story takes place during the social season in the late 1800's. Everyone is trying to make the most advantageous match in order to secure their fortunes. It is hard to tell if anyone is marrying for love or just to preserve their inheritance. I grew quite attached to the characters and look forward to book 2 The Bound Heart. I believe that we will be hearing much more from Dawn Crandall!

I was given this novel by the author in exchange for my honest opinion,but I was not required to give a favorable review.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lynne Gentry's novel, The Healer Of Carthage, is one of the freshest stories I have read this year. Lisbeth is a first year , overworked medical student. he switches patients at the request of her fiance with tragic results. At the same time she receives a letter from her archeologist father, demanding she come to him at the site where her mother disappeared many years ago. Fearing for her father's sanity , she drops everything and joins him at the Cave Of The Swimmers. What happens next is a fantastic story that will drag you in and cause the loss of sleep. I found myself stealing whatever time I could in order to find out what happens next.
Gentry's descriptions bring ancient Carthage to life, I could all but smell the horrid conditions she describes. She carefully weaves history and fiction to keep her readers enthralled. My only problem is that the book ended and now I must wait until next year to continue the adventure!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Captured By Love

Captured By Love is an excellent read. I love historical fiction and Jody Hedlund has done a wonderful job of capturing the feel of life on Michilimackinac Island during the War of 1812.She has based the story on actual events, but has added romance in the form of a love triangle. Jody is very good at drawing a person into the emotions of the characters.I found myself having a difficult time choosing if Angelique should follow her promise or her heart. To complicate matters the two men involved are brothers...so the other will always be a part of her life. Jody has also managed to share her Christian faith, without being 'preachy'. I love Jody's writings and cannot wait for her next book.

I was given this book by the author for my honest opinion.