Romancing Daphne

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Plain Jane. That’s all she’ll ever be.

At least…that’s what she’s been told her whole life! How do you compare when your oldest sister married THE Duke and your next sister was the beautiful belle of her season? As third in line, it’s quite difficult to “come up to scratch”. Especially when you are as shy as Daphne.

As usual, Sarah M. Eden had me swept away in Regency England. Her characters are the perfect mix of depth and lightheartedness. The stories always keep me flipping pages to see what will happen next. I could not recommend this author more. She’s in my top 3 favorite ❤

Be sure to check out the stories of her older sisters too!!

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If you would like to win a copy of Romancing Daphne (and you definitely do), just check out this link!

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Thank so much for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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Victoria: The Queen

by Julia Baird

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Oh my goodness. A brilliant read. This is, as it says, an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire.

unknownWith all the rage from the fabulous new Masterpiece series, this book is sure to be a hit. It is very detailed, without being boring and dragging on. It’s so intriguing and holds your attention. I love to learn about the royals of England and this book did NOT disappoint.

Who knew that Victoria’s daughter, Beatrice, burned most of her writings to protect her mother’s image? Who knew that she had a step-sister that was her best friend? Just some of the little tidbits you will learn as you read through this amazing biography.

Please, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy (link in the pic). Thank you for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

An Uncommon Courtship

by Kristi Ann Hunter

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The latest book in The Hawthorne House series is here! woot woot! We’ve had a chance to read both of his sister’s stories and now it is Trent’s turn. Squeee!

Ok, thoughts? Loved it, of course. I know that it’s the publisher that makes the covers, but HOLY MOLY her covers are beautiful. That is, honestly, half of the battle right there. I could go on about how her characters are always entertaining, well rounded and lovable, but I especially love how they are deep. They really love God and these books are not just just clean or overall “religious”. They have true and deep relationships with God that are obvious throughout. I LOVE THAT!

Adelaide and Trent are married in an effort to protect her reputation since they were trapped alone together. As they muddle through their awkward marriage, I often times want to smack Trent in the head for being such a guy. ha! As they work through their after-marriage courtship, you will find yourself rooting for them and falling more in love with the Hawthorne family.

Pick it up! It’s a great read (but grab the others too! Link is in pics).

Thanks for this great read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

If you want to check out Kristi’s pinterest page for more pics and inspiration, just check here!

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Starving Hearts

by Janine Mendenhall

Debut author about a pre-Regency romance…Sounds interesting!

Miss Chetwynd is an intelligent girl in a world where that is not welcomed. She desires to discuss politics and real world problems instead of the normal gossip of the ton. Clergyman, Peter, has caught her eye and her heart.

A sweet story with lots of heart. It definitely read as a debut author and the characters weren’t entirely loveable. It was a sweet story and definitely worth taking a look at if you enjoy period books.

Thanks so much for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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A Noble Masquerade

by Kristi Ann Hunter

A new author to me and boy was it fun!! Miranda is a hot mess. This girl is trying to be a lady in Regency England, but every ounce of her energy is about to burst through the ladylike facade. As she tries to help the man she loves, comedy, romance and intrigue abound.

Totally fun story. The characters were engaging, the plot moved along and God was throughout the story line. (The cover is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous too). I would say that this falls into the  mystery/rom-com category. I hope you pick up a copy!! You won’t regret it.

Thank you, Bethany House, for giving me a copy of this fabulous book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

The Curiosity Keeper

by Sarah E. Ladd

Sarah has, AGAIN, hit a home run! In her latest book, there is mystery, intrigue, suspense and LOVE! Camille is working in her father’s shop when she is attacked. The thief is in search of something that she knows nothing about. Throughout the book, she learns to fight for herself, has her heart completely smashed and is shown true love. It’s quite the story!!

The characters are extremely loveable. You want to fight for them individually, as well as together. God is not constant throughout, but more of a background element. Her writing is always well done. The book will hold your attention from the first page. Highly recommend anything by this author!!

Thank you, Litfuse, for this wonderful read. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

If you would like to see my fun Face-Off with Sarah, just click HERE.

Famous Friday with Russell Brand!!

is-it-friday-yet-funny-quotes-sayings-picturesAs a blogger, you can pretty much make up or say whatever you want to. How do your  readers know if it’s true or not? *arched eyebrow for affect*

So, then I began to think (don’t get scared because of that!!). I thought to myself, I could pretend to interview ANY author and how would you know if I made up the answers myself, or plagiarized another interviewer?

Thus, Famous Friday has emerged, like a babe from the womb. I am going to pick a famous author (or celeb) and I will interview them. I will ask them my own questions, but I will take REAL ANSWERS (to who knows what) that they have said in interviews and I will insert it in as their answer to my questions.

So ***** This is fun. Not real. Yes, real quotes, but not to the original questions, or maybe they are…? *****

Today I would love to introduce you to Russell Brand. He has 10 Published books!! Russell BrandI don’t know if you have heard of this sassy brit, but you are sure to find out more than you ever wanted to know today!!!

He has the claim to fame of being ex-husband to Katy Perry. He’s also known for his comedic performances and breaking out in strange song.

Check out this HILARIOUS video with Jimmy Fallon ( ❤ ) and Russell Brand:


Charity – Hey, Russell!! I have to admit I am a little nervous about this interview! One never knows what you are going to do!!

So, I just got home from the Dr. I might be a little…Out of it. I apologize in adva…

Russell – You deserve a medal, or a holiday, or at least a cuddle from somebody.

Charity – OH! UM, well, thank you! I will certainly let MY HUSBAND know. Are you always this…friendly?

Russell – Like most of the superficially decent things I do in life, my motivation was to impress women more than to aid the suffering.

Charity – Well, that’s certainly…noble?

Russell –

Charity – Well, today is a new day! Let’s change the topic.

Russell – Every Moment is a fresh new beginning…a wonderful inauguration of the great cosmic journey through the Universe. We can do whatever we want. We can change reality at any moment.

Charity – Huh?

Russell – In the same way my cat can never accurately describe the internet, we can never accurately describe the unknowable consciousness of the Universe.

Charity – ha. Yeah, I guess so. Still a little confused, but I think you are saying that the world is vast?

Russell – Yes! Question all information when you receive it! You might not even trust me…Look at me! I’ve got a blanket over my head!!

Charity – Yes, you sure do! So, it is my understanding that you enjoy being a “spiritual leader”?

Russell – I don’t mind having the reputation as a serious and spiritual person. I think that would be a nice reputation to have.

I enjoyed having a reputation as being wild, but these days I try not to worry about what people think in the privacy of their own brain, or what they write in the bizarre publicity of their own newspapers, because all of those things are meaningless.

Charity – I absolutely agree with you. Meaningless. Everything under the sun…

Russell – As a performer, I’m very, very confident in what I do.

Charity – So, how do you like England? I mean, you’ve obviously lived there your whole life, but Americans are obsessed with the British country and culture. What can you tell us about it?

Russell – In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved.

Charity – I like that! Ok, so I know that you are extremely political.

Russell – When I was poor and I complained about inequality, they said I was bitter. Now I’m rich and complain about inequality, they say I’m a hypocrite. I’m starting to think they just don’t want to talk about inequality.

Charity – Who is “they”?

Russell –

Charity – haha 🙂 It’s been a pleasure, Russell!! Good luck with everything!!

Russell- No, no, no! Don’t think of it as “Bush being bad” or “Obama being bad”, think of it as the whole system being bad and the whole government needing to be scrapped!

Charity – Thanks!! Ok, well, I’ll leave you to figure all that out!!

Russell – Imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.

Charity – Ok, thanks!! Gets up, sets tablet down on the chair and walks out to the sound of Russell talking and not noticing I am leaving.


If you would like to connect with Russell Brand on Goodreads, just head on over HERE.

Fierce Convictions — by Karen Swallow Prior

The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

Hannah was born in 1745 and lived to be 88 years old. We don’t hear much of her, which is very surprising, due to the vast amount of change she brought to England. Born in relative poverty, she rose up to be friends with the elite. Something, I might add, that was virtually impossible in those days.

She spent her life serving God and trying to right the wrongs in the world. Friends with William Wilberforce, they fought slavery, poverty and other such evils. Hannah is responsible for much of the school systems that are in England even now.

I found this book to be very intriguing. I had never heard of Hannah More and really enjoyed hearing her story. I did find the book to be quite repetitive as it repeated the same points and stories multiple times. I also felt that it was very scattered. Instead of a timeline of her life, each chapter seemed dedicated to something she had done. It left me not really knowing where she was in her life at the time of each event. It caused a detachment from her as there was so much jumping around, it was nearly impossible to know which stage of her life she was in as the events took place.

I would definitely recommend the book. Her life and work should be recognized. If you would like to pick up a copy, just click HERE.

Thank you so much, booklookbloggers, for giving me a copy of this book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Take a Wild Guess!!!

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I had so much fun doing a Face-Off with author, Brandy Vallance, that I thought it might be fun to play “Take a Wild Guess” with author, Julie Klassen. Before we start, let me say that my love of the Regency Era is hugely contributed to her. Of course, Jane Austen set the wheels in motion, but Julie’s books have kept me waiting on the edge of my seat for her next book to come out. THANKFULLY, she will be publishing TWO BOOKS this year!

Winner of many awards, her books have covered, not just the elite and high society, but many aspects of England at the time. Here are the books she has released so far. I had to put the pictures on here because they are such beautiful covers!!!

Ok, so here it goes. The way this works is:

— I asked Julie some questions.

— I guess what her answers will be.

— I see if I am right!

— Who shall win? We shall see!

Let the games begin!!!!

1. Why Regency? (I am, personally, a part of The Regency Society of Virginia, so no complaints here!!)

Charity – My guess is because of all the amazing Jane Austen adaptations there are.  You fell in love with the movies and was curious about the different aspects of the time period.

Julie – It’s all Colin Firth’s fault. Like many women, I was smitten by him as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC/A&E adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Seeing it led me to re-read Jane Austen’s novels and in turn, to set my novels in the Regency period.

—- Ahhh. I do believe that counts as a point for me!

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2. Favorite Jane Austen character?

Charity – Tough one.. I am going to go with Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. Of course, it is probably Mr. Darcy, as he is everyone’s favorite, but I choose to go with someone less popular and with great character.

Julie – Probably Anne Elliot of Persuasion

— Man!

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3. How has God been brought glory through your writing career?

Charity – Perhaps it is because you can share the gospel within a non-threatening environment. People love Jane Austen and it is a way to reach others who wouldn’t normally listen.

Julie – My goal is to write novels that delight readers and glorify God, but I would feel presumptuous answering this one! I do hear from readers who appreciate the faith-affirming content in my books, so I hope I have given Him glory.

— I don’t think there is a clear winner. As long as God is brought the glory!! Scores stay the same.

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4. Dream vacation?

Charity – Perhaps to Bath during the Jane Austen Festival!!

Julie – Dream vacation=two weeks in the English countryside. Of course!

— Countryside! Bummer. Not exactly Bath…

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5. Have you ever been to the Jane Austen Festivals?

Charity – Not the legit, English one.

Julie – I have attended the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual conference, but not the festivals in KY or Bath, England–yet!

— Wha Wha!? Nice Call!!

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So, there you have it. My first “tie”!

Thanks, SO MUCH, Julie for taking time out to answer my questions (: Sorry you didn’t win! (Not really).

Check out her new release:

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You can pick up The Secret of Pembrooke Park. You won’t regret it!!!! Full of mystery, romance and intrigue. Check out the book trailer right here:

The Last Heiress

by Mary Ellis

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This is the first book I have read by Mary Ellis and I was enraptured throughout. Amanda Dunn travels from her homeland of England to North Carolina during America’s final days of the Civil War. She is sent to procure more cotton for their factories. Because of the war, nothing was being shipped and her father’s company was losing money.

The characters are very likeable, the history is fascinating and the storyline will keep you reading through the night. I did feel like in the last third of the book, some of the main characters changed. It seemed like they acted completely out of character and the book changed it’s course quite unexpectedly. It was still interesting and still held my attention, I just felt like it was very odd and didn’t make a lot of sense. I also felt as if the characters had no relationship with God. Surprisingly, that it never changed throughout.

I do recommend the book and hope you will pick up a copy! The link is in the picture above.

Thanks, netgalley, for the another awesome read! As always, I have given my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!