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In 1773 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the keturahheiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage. Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world. Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives. Set on keeping her family together and saving her father’s plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My Review:

The worst feeling when reading a book is this feeling. “I cannot get into this book.” Sadly with this one I could not stay interested. I guess I would say it was the main character that made me dislike this book. Come on Gray, you could have done better. Someone like Keturah would not have just up and left for the West Indies. I guess that was one of the biggest parts that annoyed me. Females in that time period did not do that, unless they were being kicked out of society because of a scandal. She would have had more thought for what people would have thought of her and her sisters and what her family would have to deal with after she left. Oh, and her being mad that someone told Gray to look after them, was ridiculous. She would have known that that is what was done in that time. One last thing, Keturah’s sister would not have agreed so quickly to go. There is such thing as sisterly love but then there are some limits. The two girls would not have agreed without a fight.

I am ranting and I am sorry about that, but this book was not at all believable. I have read other books by Lisa T. Bergren and did not mind them but this one let me down. Sorry for the negative review. If Bergren is your favorite author then you actually might like this book but sadly I did not. I am hoping her next books are a better. I hope this review does not discourage you from not reading any of her books because I will probably read them when they come out. I guess this one was not my cup of tea.

Title: Keturah

Author and her website: Lisa T. Bergren

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.



First Impression

First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she’s cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town’s most eligible–and arrogant–bachelor.

Both of these books are the same. The one on the left is the updated version. Instead of a palm pilot, it is a cell phone. I did not see any other huge changes. Which I am glad of since this book is super good.

This book (whether you read the new edition or the old one) is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I read this book before but when I was looking at books that Bethany House Publishers was publishing this year, I saw this one. I had to read it, again. It was just as good as I remembered. I did read the new version. With the exceptions of the minor changes I mentioned earlier, it is the same as the original version. Smith only made a few of her own changes to the story but they were done very well and fit the times.

Eddie and Dave played there role as Elizabeth and Darcy very well. Actually every character in the story was well written. The setting of the book, instead of taking place in England, took place in London, Texas. I thought that was creative on the part of the author. So, to sum everything up, I liked this book very much, the story was well thought out and the characters well written.

If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. 


Title: First Impressions

Author and her website: Debra White Smith

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold.
Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?
Rachel’s friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls’ school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what–or who–has captured each man’s attention? The truth may surprise them all.
Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return–but where is he?
As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Julie Klassen is the current queen of writing regency era novels. If Jane Austen (the all time queen) lived in this time period, she would have a worthy competitor. There are no current authors that I have read that come close to her. That is saying something because I have only read two of her books, and I have read many regency era books. So, if you are an author that wants to write a regency era novel, then use Klassen as a mentor, because she rocks at it!

This book was so good, everything about it, from the story to the writing style. I read it within a few days. You do need to read the first book (The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill) in order for this book  to make any sense. Since all of the characters are from the first book.

So back to this book. Let me just say that I liked this book so much that I cannot wait for the next one to come out. This book, like the first, changed points of view, but I got used to reading it quickly. Julie Klassen added a lot of quotes/ideas from books such as Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and pretty much any of Jane Austen’s novels. I did see just a little from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell too.

All the characters were well developed and all had their own interesting story. My favorite (in this book) was Rachel. She was the one I was most looking forward to reading about. Especially since she was based off of Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen. I am not going to tell who Captain Wentworth is in this story.

My favorite part was when Rachel received a copy of Persuasion. It was one of those moments in a book when you want to do a happy dance. Don’t worry I didn’t, my family would have thought I was super weird. But for you book nerds out there, you know what I mean.

I highly recommend this book/series and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. For Jane Austen nerds like me, this is the book for you! If you have any recommendations for Klassen’s other books, please comment.


Title: The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Author and her website: Julie Klassen

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Out of the Ordinary

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

Out of the Ordinary

I really don’t know what to say about this book. I have read many of Jen Turano’s books but this one…

It has been sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read, but since I had finals, I had to put aside all fun reading. Not any more! Well, until I have finals in the spring.

I actually read this book in one day. It is an easy read but I am not impressed with the story. I liked Turano’s novella and first book in this series. The one thing that drove me crazy about this book was the character Mrs. Davenport. I cannot explain the annoyance I had for her.  Also the story took place within a couple of days. So, half of the book was one day, which, in my opinion made the story drag out. Once I got half way through I was bored with the story. Oh, and another thing, the back of the book’s description does not happen until three quarters into the story.

I cannot say I disliked Out of the Ordinary to the point I would not recommend it but I was not a big fan. To those who have read the first in the series, I will say, give this book a try; you might enjoy it. This one did not make me give up on any of Turano’s other books, since I am already waiting for Caught by Surprise, which is the third book.  That book should be coming out on July 31, 2018!


Title: Out of the Ordinary

Author and her website: Jen Turano

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


Interested in my other reviews for the books in the series. Well, here they are:

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Deadly Proof

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits. Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

Deadly Proof

Wow! I thought I would not like this book but I was totally wrong. Filled with mystery, suspense, and just the right amount of romance, Rachel Dylan had me holding my breath, when I was reading this book. When I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be filled with to much “lawyer talk” but I was able to read and understand all of it.

Kate was a great main character, who played her part very nicely. With her soft spoken ways and kind heart she ruled the courtroom. Landon, the private investigator/ex Army Ranger, was just what this book needed to keep those who like a little romance in the books (like me) interested in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked all the other aspects of the book too. I actually did not know who the “bad” guy was until it played out in the book. I just assumed  it was the one Kate thought is was in the book, but no, Rachel Dylan surprised me.

After reading the book, I went and looked at the author bio and saw that Rachel Dylan is from Michigan. As a fellow Michigander, I am very happy that there is another good author from the Mitten state.

So, to conclude this review, I recommend this book. It was a great read and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.



Title: Deadly Proof

Author and her website: Rachel Dylan

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

Reading Resolution 35; Read a book from a genre that you typically do not read.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


Interested in this series? The next book, Lone Witness, should be hitting the shelves in May of 2018.

True to You

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry. John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side-by-side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match.  But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?

True to You

So, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is something I do not follow. As soon has this book cover and the back of the book was released, I put this on my to read list. This is my first Becky Wade book that I have tried and I liked it. The main female lead Nora was very well written. Wade made her so realistic—to me at least. When I was reading this book, I kept thinking “I am just like her, except I do not have a handsome Navy SEAL.” I loved this quote: “She was bookish! She had no experience with holding eye contact with Navy SEALs. All the practice she put in with Mr. Darcy and Rochester and Adolphus didn’t seem to be holding her in good stead.” There were many other quotes in the book that were just as humorous. Within the first few chapters, Wade has her main female lead mention Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Richard Armitage has Mr. Thornton. That is when I knew the book was good.

The huge downfall is that there is not another book in this series published yet. I will be reading the next book as soon as it is released.

This book has its good parts, its sad parts, its romantic parts and its ups and downs but it had me reading way into the night. I would highly recommend this book to mature readers since it deals with sensitive issues that happens to each of their mothers. Since this is my first Becky Wade book, I am very pleased with my first impression of her books and am looking forward to seeing what comes out next!


Title: True to You

Author: Becky Wade

Author’s Website: http://beckywade.com/home/

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group and Netgalley for this review.

Reading Resolution 55: Read a book that has a cover with your favorite color.

Reason Why: The girl on the cover is in a blue dress and to be honest dresses are my weakness.  So, I am using this book for this resolution because blue is one of my favorite colors (I have many favorite colors) and the girl is in a blue dress.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.