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!!

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

by Julie Klassen

The much awaited, new series by Julie Klassen is finally here! Well, it was here before Christmas, but I have been a bit behind…

If you have read much Klassen, you will want to know that this book is significantly different than her others. All of her books have basically stood alone while this one is absolutely part of a series. The book didn’t really end at the end of the book. That being said, it was a great read. Her writing style has really deepened and grown since her debut novel, The Lady of Milkweed Manor.

Overall, I felt it was very well written. There were a lot of people to keep up with instead of the average handful you have in a novel. The point of view would switch from character to character rapidly and I would find myself confused at times trying to remember which person it was. I believe that it was just preparing the reader for the following volumes to come. So, if you don’t have severe brain trauma as I seem to have, you should be just fine! I definitely recommend this book (and anything by Julie!). She is a truly gifted writer!!!

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

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A Place for Miss Snow

by Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is always an author I look forward to reading. She always finds a new and interesting historical slant to write her Regency based books.

Miss Snow is an extremely proper chaperone that falls for an undercover spy. The setting is beautiful Greece and much intrigue abounds. Her characters are always full of life and fully developed. I definitely recommend anything by Jennifer Moore!

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The Elegant Façade

by Kristi Ann Hunter

Let me start by saying that this is my favorite book I have read this year. There is so much that is GREAT about this story, I don’t even know where to begin!

After reading about Georgina in Miranda’s story,  A Noble Masquerade, the stage was set. Georgina is exactly the kind of girl you love to hate. While Miranda was soft and kind, her sister, Georgina, is cruel and heartless…or so it would seem.  In An Elegant Façade, we learn the reasons behind Georgina’s actions.

I love how the books run parallel to each other. I found myself reading them both side-by-side and enjoying the first all over again. How fun to go back and read the perspective of everyone else watching the hilarity of Miranda and Ryder’s story play out while seamlessly intertwining Georgina and Colin’s. Beautifully done!

Depth is another thing that is not lacking. There are layers to the characters. Yes, it’s light and fun reading, but there are real life things here and they are all beautifully written. You won’t be able to put this one down. Full of witty banter, a strong sense of Regency history and a whole lot of grace. Don’t miss out!

Thank you, 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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The Heir of Brownlie Manor

by Anita Stansfield

Ahhh…Regency novels. You know I love it! (Well, ALMOST Regency. 1808 is close enough)

Anita is a new author to me and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is from the point of view of both Thomas and Ruth. They are heavy thinkers and a considerable amount of their thoughts are written. That was a little difficult to me as I like to get to the point of things, but, overall, it was really well written.

Thomas has been raised by aristocratic parents that have trained him to treat others well and not to follow the snobbery of their peers. When he comes along a girl that is in desperate need, he can not help himself but reach out to her and become her savior. What he doesn’t fully expect is that she became his.

This is a really sweet book with characters that are probably nicer than anyone you will ever meet in real life! haha. It’s a beautiful love story with some surprising twists and intrigues. I definitely recommend!!!

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The Earl’s Betrothal

by Karen Tuft

When Anthony, the heir to the earldom, returns home from war, nothing is as it was. He was thought to be dead, leaving the estate without an heir. Now that he is home, and ALIVE, he must step up, take responsibility and find a wife so that there will never again be the chance of no heir to inherit. The ladies are quick to oblige and will not stop swooning over him. He takes refuge in the peace that surrounds his mother’s companion. Amelia lets him be himself and does not look down on him for the PTSD he is suffering from the horrors of war.

This is such a wonderful read! I love Regency novels, first and foremost. This is well written and the author has a decent knowledge of the time period. Of course, a lot of the language is more modern, but the heart of the story is there. It’s well written, holds my attention and makes me love the characters. I highly recommend!

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Helen Finds Her Song (w/Face-Off and GIVEAWAY)

by Jennifer Moore

Can you say, “WELL RESEARCHED”??? I was blown away by the amount of historical information coming to me in this fabulous, little, Regency tale! As a lover of all things Regency, I knew I would love this book (Besides, what’s not to love when the fabulous Jennifer Moore is authoring a book!?).

This story takes place in India as Helen has just moved there with her mother and step-father. With so many beautiful sites and strange customs, she is overwhelmed and fascinated. She quickly becomes friends with her step-father’s right hand man, Captain Rhodes, and turns to him for protection and advice in this foreign land.

Everything moves along at a great pace. It’s so well written and the characters are very complex. You will fall in love with so many of them. As far as religious content goes, I was not thrilled with one line in the book where it says how all the different religions pray to the same god. I definitely do not agree with that. However, it was just a passing statement and was not part of the content as a whole. I still highly recommend this clean read. It’s so well done.

Thank you for this wonderful book in exchange for my review! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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Dawn at Emberwilde

by Sarah E. Ladd

Oh how I love Sarah. She is such a fabulous writer. Her final romantic endings are always perfectly written! *swoon*

Dear, innocent Isobel has suddenly been removed from her life-in-training as a governess. Found by her long-lost aunt, she’s thrown into life as an upscale lady. She quickly finds that the luxury and prestige come at a great cost and must decide what is the best life for her and her sister.

There are many elements to this story. You’ll find mystery, intrigue, love, lessons, broken hearts, greed, manipulation and much more. What you won’t find is much about God. It could easily sell under a non-christian publisher. Still, it is clean, well written and kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend anything by Sarah E. Ladd!!!!

Thank you for this amazing book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Face-Off with Susanne Dietze!!

**Stay Tuned Below For A Big Announcement from Susanne Dietze!**

8511498According to Susanne Dietze, she began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of over half-dozen new and upcoming historical romances. A pastor’s wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

She has co-written multiple historical fiction books with some of the best Christian authors out there.

One of my favorite things about this fabulous lady is her love for all things Regency! That’s something we have in common ❤

You can check out some of her great Austen retellings here! They are such a good price!! Keep an eye out for my review of her book, Austen in Austin.

If you want to learn some fun Regency cant, check out her article! You might be buffle headed, or think she is dicked in the nob, but this is NOT a faradiddle! I daresay, you shall enjoy it! 😉

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The rules are simple:

I ask Susanne some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have you ever had a tire blow out or something crazy like that happen while driving?

Susanne – Plenty of scary things, but the wackiest was one holiday weekend when I drove home from college. I had two passengers and had just dropped one off when I got back on the freeway, hit my turn signal switch to change lanes, and the switch literally broke off. It’s not like I’m the Hulk or anything–it just broke! The headlight controls on my ’85 Accord were on the turn signal switch, too, so when the switch detached from the steering wheel column, the headlights went out. It was night. In Los Angeles. I was hours from home and maybe 20 years old. I am so glad I wasn’t alone! The girl I was with helped me use a pencil to get the headlights back on, and we made it home safely, but of course the next day I learned I couldn’t just fix the switch. I had to replace the entire steering wheel column. The whole thing was nuts.

Charity – 😯 Now, that is what I call a debacle! What in the world. haha. I love that you needed to clarify that you aren’t the Hulk. ha!

I was driving along back in the early 90’s when all of the sudden, my car started making a horrific noise. I pulled over to the side of the ride and a policeman PROMPTLY pulled up behind me, jumped out of his car and started spraying the mess out of my car with a fire extinguisher! I was like, ????? He said that I had huge flames coming out of my hood! hahaha. Natural blonde here…

— Tie

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2. Who was your biggest childhood celebrity crush?

Susanne – My first was Luke Skywalker. Not Mark Hamill, mind you. Luke. Maybe it was his swooshy blond hair, I don’t know. I was 6, maybe, and wrote Susie Skywalker on a piece of paper. As I grew older, I transferred my Star Wars-actor-affections to Harrison Ford. I had a poster of him as Indiana Jones on my ceiling.

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Charity – That’s great! Those were the days…I was so in love with Atreyu from The Neverending Story. hahaha. He looks like a BABY!!! That is really bonkers. hahaha

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— Who was YOUR celeb crush in the 70’s/80’s? (or even 90’s) I will leave this one to a crowd vote!!! Which one were you in love with as a kiddo?

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3. What’s your favorite Regency adaptation?

Susanne – I can’t choose between the BBC Colin Firth P&P and the Keira Knightley P&P. nickel-fig-2They are both utterly enjoyable in their own ways. To be honest, every version of P&P is highly enjoyable because I get to spend time with Darcy and Lizzie. Did you ever watch “Wishbone” in the 90’s, that PBS show? I mean, look at this picture from the episode “Furst Impressions”… Mr. Darcy is a Jack Russel terrier!!! How could you resist him?

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Charity – lol! hahahahaha. That is so frightening! SO frightening! Ok, I need to tell you that there is NO WAY I can give you that point if you even compare Keira to Colin Firth. No comparison in the two.

–I get it!

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4. Which Jane Austen heroine is your favorite?

Susanne – Ack! This is hard! Can it be a tie?Elizabeth-and-Mr-Darcy Lizzie Bennet, because she’s Lizzie, but Emma makes me laugh because, like me, she thinks she knows what’s what, and half the time she’s wrong. I love how Austen heroines have weaknesses, just like real people, and they grow and learn through their mistakes and problems.

Charity – I agree!!! haha. I love Marianne and Emma. They are so much like me and are seriously the luckiest in their men. Nothing is as dreamy as Colonel Brandon or Mr. Knightley!!!! ❤ ❤

–Tie

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5. Can you tell me what is in bologna? (Sorry about this frightening pic…I couldn’t help but use it once I saw it…)

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Susanne – My guess is “meat” and “parts” of “stuff.”

Charity – hahaha. I can’t even guess…*shudder*

–I will give it to you!

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6. What’s the best kind of potato chip?

Susanne – Right now I have an affection for Baked Lays. They taste like Pringles. They are so light and crunchy, it’s easy to pretend they aren’t bad for me. Give me a bag and I’m like Cookie Monster. Nom nom nom.

Charity – Girl, I’m right there with ya. Chips are my downfall. I could go my entire life without chocolate, but….a bag of chips? I don’t think I could live without!!!!!! I pretty much love all kinds. Salt and Vinegar & Cool Ranch Doritos are probably my favorite.

–Tie

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7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Susanne – The short answer is by striving to be obedient, to serve Him, and to acknowledge Him as the source of every grace and blessing in my life. However, I struggle with obedience sometimes. One place I’ve found encouragement and challenge is in the writings of Therese of Lisieux, a 19th C. French Carmelite nun. She died when she was 24, and outside of her nunnery, she was unknown and unimportant–her world was very small. (But now she’s quite famous and Mother Teresa took her name from Therese.) She said something that’s stuck with me: “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

Therese used every single thing in her life to as a vehicle through which to praise God and thank Him. Sweeping. Putting up with an annoying person. Having insomnia. Dying of tuberculosis. It’s challenged me to change my outlook and give Him glory through all things, big or small.

Charity – Love it!! That’s a beautiful truth ❤

–God Wins!

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8. What’s your biggest fear?

Susanne – Something happening to my kids. That is hands down the thing I struggle with most, when it comes to handing my worries over to God.  I surrender them to Him, then I take them back. Sometimes within five seconds.

But I am also afraid of rats.image005 When my husband was in seminary, we discovered we had a rat problem when we woke up one morning to find something had crawled atop our kitchen table and eaten a candy bar, leaving a several-inches-thick swatch of grime and filth so we knew exactly where it came from and where it went. So. Gross. We lived in townhouses, and one of our neighbors woke up with a rat on her bed with her. Ewwwwww!!!! In our current house, a rat got into the attic and chewed through the hot water PVC pipe. Caused water damage and we had to replace part of the ceiling and some kitchen lights. It’s like we attract them–wait, don’t respond to that. Anyway, I am not kindly disposed to rodents.

Charity – ew. That is so awful!

This is my biggest fear:

 

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–Tie

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9. Do you have any super weird habits?

Susanne – Do you count being vigilant in making sure rats can’t get in my house? Because there’s that.

Charity – Hmm. Yes, but I can see your need to do that. I find that I can only eat candy and mints in even amounts. Even chips. Odd.

–Tie

Final:

Charity 6 / Susanne 6

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This third Austen in Austin novella is based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

“Urged by her family to marry for the sake of their dwindling finances, Eliza Branch prefers to pay for the remainder of her time at the Austen Academy by writing for the local paper. There’s plenty to write about now that railroad baron William Delacourt has come to Austin. His proposed northbound line may be good for local business, but she’s still stinging from his terrible first impression. If the rumors about William are true, then he deserves to be skewered in print. But when Eliza’s pen gets ahead of her conscience, it’s William who makes everything right—and the reasons behind his sacrifice just might be the story of Eliza’s lifetime.”

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PicCollage(1)Susanne is releasing a NEW REGENCY BOOK. It was sold to Love Inspired Historical and will be due in early 2017!

Congratulations, Susanne!!! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to hold this fabulous book in my little regency loving hands!!! ❤ ❤

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Face-Off with Jenny Moore

DSC_0061Hello, Jenny!! I am super excited to have this amazing lady on the blog today! Woot Woot!!

Jenny Moore is an award winning author with 7 books in print. She’s the winner of both the Golden Quill2015-08-29+20.17.08 and the Whitney Award in 2015. Winner+parchmentCheck out some of her books here:

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The rules are simple. I ask Jenny some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Favorite Regency Adaptation?

Jenny – As far as a period movie, my favorite is the BBC Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I especially appreciate how it remains true to the book—and ya know, Colin Firth. I also love Clueless, a modern adaption of Emma.

Charity – Ok, I love you. So many people have said the new Pride and Prejudice and I want to shudder. Rest assured, I never grant them a point for such a blunder.

— Jenny gets a point for answering correctly! ha 🙂

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2. Favorite place to travel?

Jenny – Anywhere around the Mediterranean. I love Southern Spain, Greece, Italy. The people are beautiful and friendly and of course the weather’s warm. Turquoise blue water, rich history and delicious food. I could live on feta cheese, tapas, and black olives. Mmm…

Charity – ❤ Oh my word. You are well traveled, missy!! I really love the Mediterranean too. I spent some time in Israel and fell absolutely in love.

— Tie

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3. Perfect Picnic?

Jenny – When I was a kid, my parents would go out of town and leave me and my siblings overnight with my grandparents. We had a fun tradition of driving through Wendy’s and going to Sugar House Park in SLC.SugarHousePark There was a place we found between a cluster of pine trees that we were sure nobody else knew about. My grandma brought blankeys to spread out, and in my memory we stayed for hours. It was like our own little world, shady, quiet, and just thinking about those times makes my heart warm.

Charity – Ok. I have no chance. That’s beautiful!!

— No contest.

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4. What is your favorite cereal (yes, the one that you shouldn’t eat or ever admit to liking…)?

Jenny – Count Chocula!chocula People assume it’s the same as Cocoa Puffs, but that could not be farther from the truth. The marshmallows make it more chocolately, and the cereal is less crunchy, since it doesn’t have the same coating. I don’t like it too crunchy. My favorite way to eat it is with chocolate milk. Let the milk soak in and make the marshmallows soft and the cereal a little squishy, but not too soggy. And when the cereal’s all gone, you have extra chocolatey chocolate milk. Good think it’s not available all year or I’d probably have diabetes or weigh a thousand pounds.

Charity – Girl, you don’t have to sell me! I grew up eating that! yum yum! I really like Golden Grahams ❤

— Tie

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5. Have you ever been scuba diving?

Jenny – Nope—too clausterphobic. Plus, I don’t want a fish to touch me. Have you? And if you have, I hope you took lots of pictures. It sounds awesome—but scary.

Charity – Absolutely not. The ocean terrifies me. Although, I might do better if it was clear water. We live on the east coast (Virginia) and the water here is basically black. yuck. Can’t see what’s swimming around your legs!!

— Tie

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7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Jenny – First and foremost, I’m a mom to four boys. Teaching them good principals that will make them into God-fearing, righteous men is my highest priority. I also feel a huge responsibility to write books that uplift. Books that I wouldn’t feel embarrassed to have my grandma or a young kid read.

Charity – Nice. I hear ya. I am a mom to three boys and my goal is to win their hearts to God.

— God wins!!

Charity 3 / Jenny 5

8. What is your favorite clothing store?

Jenny – My favorite is, of course, Nordstrom. And if I could afford it, I’d have an entire wardrobe from there. But since I can’t, the one I shop at most often is probably Down East Clothing. I love their cute skirts and cardigans, and their jeans fit like a dream.

Charity – Ohhh…I love Charming Charlies because their stores are color coded ❤ ❤ And, to make it ever better, SUPER CHEAP!!

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— So pretty, huh? I have to give myself that point. haha

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9. Funniest movie?

Jenny – I don’t watch many movies. I’m more of a reader. But the first one that came to mind was The Mummy with Brendan Frasier. I love that show. Super cheesy and romantic and adorable. Plus, isn’t he so handsome?

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Charity – I do love Brendan Frasier. He’s such a goober and adorable. One of my favorite movies is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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— Mummy isn’t very funny…So, taking it!

Final:

Charity 5 / Jenny 5

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Jenny – Ok, my turn.

What’s your worst fear?—and not a real, legitimate fear like a loved one being in a car accident. One of those that makes no sense, and you have no reason to actually worry about it, like a zombie apocalypse or Big Foot, or something.

 Mine is bears. When I was about 12,  I heard a man speak about being attacked by a grizzly bear and ever since, I’ve had nightmares about bears. When my family went to Yellowstone, I turned into a psycho. I was so scared that a bear would jump out of the woods while we were hiking. I drove everyone crazy, freaking out at every single noise. And it’s gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. My kids go to scout camp and before they leave, they say, “Yeah, mom, we know…Watch for bears.” And so far none of them have ever seen one. EVER. And neither have I. Except at the zoo.

Charity – haha! Oh, man! That’s a great question. Hmm. I guess mine is pretty funny too. When I was little, it was during the cold war and my mom was always talking about Russian Spies. I thought that they were everywhere. She told us that they had the names of all Christians and wouldn’t hesitate to take us out. hahahaha. Oh man. I am still scared of Russia to this day!!!!!! 😮


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