The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel by Jude Deveraux

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The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel
Author: Jude Deveraux
Publisher: Ballantine Books, May 3, 2016
384 Pages
Kindle, Audio, Paperback, Hardback
Romance

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Description from Goodreads:

The first book of a new contemporary romance series set in the mountains of Virginia in a town with full of family legends, romance, and secrets from New York Times bestselling author of the Nantucket Brides trilogy.

Sparks fly as fiery Casey Reddick and brooding Hollywood actor Tate Landers clash in the Virginia summer heat. A chef who puts her career first and her love life second, Casey doesn’t see what every girl in town is swooning over. She made up her mind the moment she met Tate—he’s gorgeous, but stuck-up, nothing like his ex-brother-in-law, Devlin who’s playing the Wickham to Tate’s Darcy in local production of Pride & Prejudice. Casey makes the perfect Elizabeth Bennett—how could she be star-struck when she’s heard Devlin’s damning stories about Tate? As they rehearse together, however, Casey finds herself attracted to Tate—he’s much more down-to-earth than she expected and any physical contact between the two of them literally gives her a tingling, electric shock. As opening night draws near, Casey has some difficult decisions to make. Whom should she believe? The seemingly sincere, slighted Devlin or Tate, whose rough, arrogant exterior may only be skin deep. She’s come to love that jolt she gets when they touch—but will she get burned?

My thoughts:

Whenever anyone asks me for a book recommendation, without any hesitation I guickly reply,
“Anything by Jude Deveraux.”If you’re a fan of Jane Austen you’ll love The Girl from Summerhill.
I’m not particularly a fan of Jane Austen, but I still really enjoyed this fun-loving romantic
treat. I enjoyed the compelling characters, the delightful dialogue and the sweet storyline. As in
her other novels Deveraux teases us with her constant culinary references.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by Ballentine Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other Jude Deveraux books I have read:

Twin of Fire ♥♥♥♥♥
Twin of Ice ♥♥♥♥♥
Highland Velvet ♥♥♥♥♥
Velvet Angel ♥♥♥♥♥
The Velvet Promise ♥♥♥♥
The Black Lyon ♥♥♥♥
Sweet Liar ♥♥♥♥♥
Wishes ♥♥♥♥♥
A Knight in Shining Armor
An Angel for Emily ♥♥♥♥
Legend ♥♥♥♥♥
Ever After ♥♥♥♥

About the Author:

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Jude Deveraux

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A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne

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A Cold Creek Christmas Story
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin, November 2015
240 pages
Contemporary Romance

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Description from Goodreads:

Celeste Nichols has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho…until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children’s stories becomes a major success, she’s suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy…but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer?

Flynn Delaney has moved back home for his daughter’s sake. Yet all the millionaire’s resources can’t help the little girl heal from the tragic loss of her mother. Shy librarian Celeste and her stories do hold some indefinable magic, though. Flynn came home looking for support—can he find that, and true love, in the one who got away?

My thoughts:

The spirit of Christmas unfolds in this delightful romantic novel by RaeAnne Thayne. I enjoyed the setting of Pine Gulch, Idaho and the sweet characters within this book. Although it was quite predictable I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will be seeking out more Cold Creek stories.I hope all her bachelors are as dreamy as Flynn Delaney.

About the Author:

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RaeAnne Thayne

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Luther and Katharina – Jody Hedlund

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Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: WaterBrook Press, October 6, 2015
400 pages
Historical Fiction

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Description from Goodreads:

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

 

My thoughts:

This is the first time I have read a book by Jody Hedlund. I enjoyed her style of writing; the words flowed fluently. I thought the book was very well researched. It isn’t just a historical fiction book about Martin Luther and his wife Katharina, there is also the ingredients of mystery, romance and adventure.

I delighted in reading how the main characters developed just as their romance developed.

Although raised as a child in the Lutheran faith, I had never read anything about Martin Luther. This was a good book to start with. The author made his story interesting and not bogged done with boring elements. It sparked an interest in reading more about this duo. I’d also like to read more from Ms. Hedlund.

I requested a copy of this book because I thought the story looked compelling. I was not disappointed.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

About the Author:

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Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling author of ten books. Her first novel, The Preacher’s Bride, won the Reader’s Choice Award as part of the RWA Faith, Hope, and Love contest. Hedlund revels in bringing forgotten historic women to life and can usually be found with a book, a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate. She lives in Midland, Michigan with her husband and five children.

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Ever After by Jude Deveraux

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Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel
Author – Jude Deveraux
Ballantine Books, June 23, 2015
368 pages
Kindle, Hardcover, Audio CD
Some sexual content

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From Goodreads:

Jude Deveraux, the New York Times bestselling contemporary romance author known for her incredible storytelling, spirited heroines, and sexy heroes, returns with her most enchanting novel yet: a love story set on Nantucket, featuring the Montgomerys and the Taggarts and filled with secrets and surprises.

My thoughts:

This is a very busy book.

I love reading about the Montgomerys and the Taggerts. Maybe someday I’ll get ambitious and
make a genealogy chart.

I enjoyed most of Ever After. I didn’t care for the token sex scenes though. I think the book
would have been much better without them.

I always enjoy seeing how Deveraux has her characters grow. This was no exception. There are
lots of characters with potential for other stories.

This is my favorite in the Nantucket Brides Trilogy and a quick read.

It was interesting how Deveraux included a story line concerning PTSD and I loved the sweet
atmosphere of the sister ghosts.

An advance reader’s copy of this book was given to my by Ballentine Books through Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Other Jude Deveraux books I have read:

Twin of Fire ♥♥♥♥♥
Twin of Ice ♥♥♥♥♥
Highland Velvet ♥♥♥♥♥
Velvet Angel ♥♥♥♥♥
The Velvet Promise ♥♥♥♥
The Black Lyon ♥♥♥♥
Sweet Liar ♥♥♥♥♥
Wishes ♥♥♥♥♥
A Knight in Shining Armor ♥♥♥♥♥
An Angel for Emily ♥♥♥♥
Legend ♥♥♥♥♥

About the Author:

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Jude Deveraux

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Friday Finds – September 5, 2014

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Our friends at Should Be Reading hosts the meme Friday Finds. It displays any book you have
found and added to your To Be Read list. I’ve been looking for books that I hope will help me
through a difficult time of reducing some medications, but I’ve added a couple fun books too.Thanks also to Should Be Reading for the new photo.

Yes You cana reason to livea new york christmasThe art of eating

 

Yes, You Can! by Sam Deep

A Reason to Live by Melody Beattie

A New York Christmas by Anne Perry

The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse by Lauren Wilson and Kristian Bauthus

A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon

When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God–And Joy by John Piper

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

How to Get Motivated and Stop Procrastinating: 51 Ways to Overcome Aniety,Depression, Fear, and Lack of Moivation by Ashley Rosebloom

 

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Special thanks to Tara who recommended some of these books!

Aqua – Alaskan Nights – Book Review

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Rating: ♥♥♥½

 

NetGalley Description:

After losing her job, Hayley struggles to make ends meet and allows her career status to define her. She finds inspiration in successful photographer Trevor Tott, but their professional aspirations clash when she experiences his questionable ethics along with unwanted advances from her overbearing boss. With the help of the ship’s crew, stunning Alaskan backdrops and a leap of faith, they might find business can be mixed with pleasure.

My Thoughts:

I read this book because reading about Alaska is one of my favorite pastimes.

I loved the way the author described the wildlife and scenery in Alaska. Her descriptions were like the palate of an artist. I could easily picture myself there enjoying the sights and sounds. Jones must have done an incredible amount of research to come up with all the natural resources she did.

Unfortunatly I wasn’t as excited about the romantic elements of the story as I was with the rest of the book. I thought Trevor was a weak character and at the beginning I was confused whether he was suppose to be with Amber or Hayley.
However, a pleasant added bonus was the character of Amber. Amber was the ship’s chef and she makes up dishes using fruits and vegetable indigenous to Alaska. Her menu’s were out of this world and mouth-watering. I would recommend this book to readers who like Alaska. The romance was boring.

This book is part of the Aqua series and will be published around June 30, 2014

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Blue Moon Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

OTHER BOOKS BY AMANDA S. JONES

Aqua – Venetian Nights

Aqua – Mediterranean Nights

Links to Author:

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Delectable – Romance Book Review

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Delectable: Big Sky Pie #1
Author: Adrianne Lee
Publishers: Forever, September, 2013
273 pages
Kindle, Paperback
Content: Strong language, sexually explicit

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From Goodreads:

Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It’s a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he’s away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that’s not the only surprise in store for him.

On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .

My thoughts:

The story was kind of cute but overall I was disappointed in the book. One of the first things I
encountered was strong language. It seemed it was strong language just so there would be strong language, I don’t think it helped in defining the main male character. There were also several passages that were sexually explicit. I tried to skim over these parts as best as I could. They were not why I read the book. I read it because I like pies and thought it might make a different romantic storyline. The storyline was predictable as were the characters. There was one secondary character that I did get interested in, Jane Wilson. She will be featured in the next Big Sky Pie book, Delicious. There were a few parts that were well written so I may read Delicious just to see if it’s better (and skip over any sexually explicit parts again). I did, however, get some great tips on making pies.

I received this book from Forever Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

OTHER BOOKS BY ADRIANNE LEE
Delicious: Big Sky Pie #2
Delightful: Big Sky Pie #3
Decadent: Big Sky Pie #4 (available June 3, 2014)

Adrianne Lee’s website: adriannelee.com