Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wild Rose by Ruth Axtell Morren



If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know I’ve raved about this author before. Now I’m going back and reading the ones that came out before I discovered her. Here’s one from 2004, Wild Rose.

Geneva Patterson has lived in the tiny harbor town of Haven’s End all her life. And all her life she’s been an outcast. Not only was her father a poor woodsman, her mother was part Indian. When Geneva’s mother dies, and then her father, Geneva is left alone to fend for herself. She takes to wearing men’s clothes to keep the bad characters of the town away from her, but her best defense is her dog, Jake. She lives an isolated existence, until Captain Caleb Phelps moves in next door.

Caleb was sent out as a boy to learn life on the sea. His rich shipping magnate father has always been impossible to please, but when suspicion is cast on Caleb, his father believes the worst—that Caleb stole a large sum of money from his father’s company. To make matters worse, Caleb’s own fiancĂ© turns against him, calling off the engagement, and Caleb is ostracized. He escapes to the tiny town of Haven’s End.

At first Caleb only sees Geneva as a farmer, hardly noticing she’s a young woman. And Geneva thinks of Captain Caleb as the ideal man, a true gentleman, but someone who would never look twice at her. They form a friendship, but what will happen if Captain Caleb’s name is cleared? Will he go back to Boston and the fancy parties and high society befitting the son of a wealthy businessman? What will become of Ginny?

As usual, I couldn’t figure out how the author was going to get these two to fall in love and get married, but as always, she did it, and beautifully. This is another wonderful love story by Ruth Axtell Morren, exemplifying the meaning of “satisfying.” Frankly, she should have won a Christy Award for this one. Hurry. Don’t wait. Get it!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winner of Living Rich for Less

And the winner of Living Rich for Less by Ellie Kay is . . .

Tracy Ruckman! Congratulations, Tracy!

If you didn't win this book, and if you've ever been called a "born spender," you need to go out and get this book. It will change the way you look at money!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Living Rich for Less by Ellie Kay


I just finished reading this book, and I recommend it to anyone trying to cut expenses or get out of debt. So if you'd like to learn how to live a good life and not break the bank, then leave a comment and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Living Rich for Less.

The author gives a lot of great advice and tips for saving money. My husband and I are both pretty frugal, so we were already doing a lot of the things she mentions. However, I did learn a lot, like why most people pay way too much (as we are) for homeowners insurance and how to cut that cost. I also liked Ellie Kay's 10/10/80 philosophy. She explains why everyone should give 10%, save 10%, and spend wisely the other 80%.

So if you're trying to turn over a new financial leaf in the New Year, you should read this book. It really inspired me to save more and stay frugal. So leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

Winner of Before the Season Ends

The winner is . . . .

Bev!

Congratulations, Bev! I just know you're going to love this fun romance! And everybody else should go out and buy it, or tell your hubby/mom/sister/best friend that this is what you REALLY want for Christmas! :-)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard



This book was released this month by Harvest House, but was previously self-published by the author. I read the self-published version and LOVED it! And now Linore is giving away a copy here! But only if at least 10 people leave a comment. So tell your friends! And if you don't win a copy, you really need to go out and buy one. It's just the type of book people love to read in troubled times like this. Such a fun book! Anyway, here's my review again.

Do you like a funny, exciting plot and quirky, memorable characters reminiscent of Jane Austen? If so, you’ll love this story, Before the Season Ends, by Linore Rose Burkard.

Miss Ariana Forsythe, a nineteen-year-old beauty, is being packed off to her wealthy aunt’s home in London to escape an unsuitable match in her little hamlet of Chesterton. Ariana, excited about this new adventure, is also wary of the lack of morality she’s afraid of meeting with in fashionable London. She must guard herself against all the blackguards and rakes, especially the infamous Mr. Phillip Mornay.

Ariana is a delightful heroine, artless and funny and worthy of her sparring partner, Mr. Mornay. The two of them are so good together, I couldn’t help being reminded of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. The story zips along and never fails to entertain and delight. The author, moreover, has obviously done her research, and the whole thing is full of authentic speech and clothing and descriptions, enough to make you feel you are right there in Regency England.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency romance from beginning to end. It’s exactly the kind of story I like to read but rarely ever find. Funny, touching, romantic--I highly recommend it.

Linore has already finished the sequel, and it sounds just as great!

Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 2008 New Releases

Hard to believe we'll soon be writing 2009 instead of 2008. Here are the final New Releases for 2008, courtesy of Jill Eileen Smith.

There is nothing like the holiday season to cause a mixture of joy and stress and the need for that take-me-away feeling only found in a good story. This month we've got six new releases to choose from designed to do just that!

Also, don't forget to check out my new Spotlight on author Siri Mitchell.

1. A Promise for Spring by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Bethany House. Can their promise of love survive more than just years of separation?

2. Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard from Havest House Publishers. A heroine who embodies "Principles" meets the man who is all "Pride." What happens when they clash in Regency London makes adventurous innocence well worth reading!

3. Deceptive Promises, Delaware Brides, book 3 by Amber Miller from Barbour/Heartsong Presents. Living during the American Revolution, Margret Scott gets involved with a spy and a life of deception that could endanger herself, her family, and the man she loves.

4. Flashover by Dana Mentink from Steeple Hill. Ivy Beria's life explodes when arson robs her of her job and the man who set it hunts her down.

5. Missouri Brides by Mildred Colvin from Barbour Publishing. Three women tied together by family find true love on the Missouri prairie of the 1800s.

6. The Owling, Shadowside Series - Book 2 by Robert Elmer from Zondervan. Life gets even more confusing for fifteen-year-old Oriannon when her former music mentor, Jesmet, miraculously returns from the dead and promises his students a special power called Numa.

Happy reading ~