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The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd – A Review

Winterwood
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

Book Description:

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia
Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies
family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby.
She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing
to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the
child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at
her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of
their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would
normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s
forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s
strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much
respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own
discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

Review:

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book!

I have been on a historical fiction kick of late, and this might just be the best that I've read in a long time. I would recommend it to everyone!

Sarah E. Ladd was able to write a story with a goulash of genres. First off, it is a historical fiction with a little bit of romance, adventure, suspense, and faith mixed in. The characters were realistic, and most were very likable. Ladd was able to paint very vivid scenes with her words, which made me feel like I could've been there.

Beware, I am still trying to catch up on sleep after reading this book. Once you start, you will not want to put it down. In fact, this is the first in a series to be written by Ms. Ladd, and I cannot wait for the next book to come out.

I was given a copy from Thomas Nelson via booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

Book Reviews

Blame It on the Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin

 

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Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?

Welcome back to Bright 's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love.

Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis. While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright 's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

My Review:

When I was contacted to review this book I had no idea that it was the third book in a series.  No idea at all.  Even though it is in a series, it is a book that can stand on its own.  Although, now I want to go back and read the first two.

As soon as I started reading about Bright's Pond I wanted to be there.  I could live there.  It sounds like such a quaint little town.  I could even envision the town and the townsfolk in my mind. 

Griselda, the main character, can't seem to figure out if she is in love with Zeb, her on again off again boyfriend, or Cliff, her flight instructor.  She has to figure it out!  Her sister was moved to the Greenbrier Nursing Home, and that is how she learned of all of the strange happenings there at Greenbrier. 

Agnes, Griselda's sister, was moved to the nursing home via a fork lift.  She is the one that told Griselda about the residents riding tricycles down the halls, climbing trees, and making out in the crooked new gazebo.  She is on a diet, but when her sister asks her to be her maid of honor they have to have her dress custom made.

Ruth, one of Griselda's best friends, is hosting their Thanksgiving dinner this year, and she has decided to have an unforgetable luau Thanksgiving.  She is also the one that pieced together three patterns to make Agnes's maid of honor dress.  She is also the one that drags Griselda to a psychic.

Mildred Blessing is investigating the odd behavior at Greenbrier, and Griselda tags along to help. 

Griselda isn't just falling in love with two men, and trying to solve a mystery.  She is also helping with the Christmas pageant.  The Christmas pageant that involves live animals.  There are so many different storylines that it never slows down.

Who will Griselda marry?

Is there really a Fountain of Youth? 

You will have to read it to see for yourself, but I am fairly certain that you will like it.  Now, pardon me while I go download the first two books of the series.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Abington Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Giveaways

The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy – Giveaway

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I've decided to host a giveaway!  I haven't had a giveaway in a while, and I am in the giving mood.  One thing that I've learned about this book is that the blurb on the back of the book isn't the same as the one that was on the ARC.  If it had've been the same, then I might not have been as interested in reading it. 

You can read my review on the book over at ENLR.

This will be a random drawing, so please enter as many times as you would like.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I will announce the winner Monday, November 28, 2011.

Book Reviews

Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins – Review

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Book Description:

Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it's named-bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison.

In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago-a sixth murder.

Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is – someone they love. None is aware of the others' suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.

I did my review over at Everybody Needs A Little Romance today.  Go check it out!  Let me know if you would be interested in a book like this!

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews

The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy – Must Read

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The other day I wrote a review for this book over at ENLR and I thought I would share it here as well.  It was a great book!!

Here's part of that review.

Great book! 

I was instantly hooked! 

It is insanely suspenseful!

The Baker’s Wife, Audrey, formerly known as the pastor’s wife, has an accident on the way to the bakery.  It was early in the morning, and dense fog surrounded them as she turned into the intersection and hit something.  As soon as she got out of the car she slips in blood, and then finds that she hit a motor scooter, but not just any motor scooter.  It belongs to Julie, the wife of Sergeant Jack Mansfield, a detective and the member of the church that got Audrey’s husband removed from the pulpit.  They can’t find the rider anywhere, but there’s a lot of blood and Julie Mansfield is missing.

To read the rest of my review of The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy you must go to ENLR.

Let me know if you read this one, I'd love to hear your thoughts.