Blog Tour and Review: A Proper Scoundrel

by Esther Hatch

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 10, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524416983
ISBN-13 : 978-1524416980

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His scandals were right on track until she derailed everything.

As the successful owner of multiple railroad lines, Diana Barton is all too accustomed to fending off suitors seeking to stake their claim on her wealth. In order to keep the wolves at bay, Diana has contrived the perfect plan: appeal to the most notorious rake in London, the Baron Lord Bryant, to ruin her reputation and scare off the worst of the time wasters. The ruse will be no hardship she’s secretly been fascinated by the man for years.

Lord Bryant is well aware of his questionable reputation. Indeed, he has cultivated the image carefully, and the last thing he wants is a wife. But when he’s approached by the younger sister of a business associate, he tells her in no uncertain terms that he cannot help. However, when he sees for himself what she is up against, Bryant grudgingly offers his assistance. Faced with his most complicated entanglement yet, Bryant is firm in his conditions and Diana knows that to get romantically involved with Bryant would spell certain heartbreak. But as the counterfeit couple grow ever closer, the line between truth and lies becomes blurred, threatening both Lord Bryant’s well-laid plans and the future of Diana’s railroad business.


In my review for A Proper Scandal, I wrote: “Speaking of side characters, I don’t usually like stories where the hero is a rake, but I would love a redeemed rake story for Lord Bryant. He seems like he has a great sense of humor and despite being a rake, I liked his character. He seems to have a good heart underneath it all.” In my review for A Proper Charade, I wrote: “Lord Bryant stood out to me in A Proper Scandal and I loved seeing even more of his real self in this book. I can’t wait to read his story.” To say I was excited about Lord Bryant’s story would be an understatement. I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved him!

Lord Bryant is all the things you think a rake would be. He’s exceedingly handsome and knows it, he’s charming, and he’s a little too free with his kisses. However, he also really cares about other people and tries to help them; all while he has a difficult past he is trying to overcome.

Diana Barton is an owner of two railroads which demand much of her time. She would be more successful if she could free up the time wasted with would be suitors who are really only interested in controlling her business. It was hard to imagine a person for Lord Bryant, but Diana is so perfect for him. I adored her strong, independent, yet fun character.

Esther Hatch continues to show why she is one of my favorite authors. She has characters I love, and they stick with you long after you finish reading. Her writing is superb and always has the perfect pacing. Her stories draw you in, and you never want to put her books down.

5 stars for Lord Bryant!

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Blog Tour and Review: A Torn Allegiance

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 5, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524418684
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418687

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When the man she must spy on becomes the man she loves…

Peace is tenuous in the small kingdom of Oldenburg, and the looming threat of invasion from Napoleon weighs heavily on the royal family. Their country’s best chance for safety lies in strengthening their alliance with the English. So it is that Prince Hayes Wilhelm finds himself returning to England, where he hopes a prominent duke can help him protect his country.


Lady Elsie longs to make a difference in the world, but spying was not quite what she had in mind. So when her father, the Duke of Shelby, approaches her about keeping a close eye on the visiting crown prince of Oldenburg, she reluctantly agrees. But the outspoken young woman did not anticipate finding in Hayes a man who shares―and respects―her progressive ideas. Their mutual attraction is undeniable, but Elsie cannot forget her charge to spy on the man who is quickly stealing her heart. With the threat of war looming ever closer, Elsie and Hayes must consider carefully whom to trust―before their secrets tear them apart.


The Royal Regency series continues with A Torn Allegiance now focusing on the eldest brother. Prince Hayes Wilhelm has the concerns and responsibilities one would expect of the heir. However, he also has the added issues of being from a small country surrounded by the war with Napoleon. I found Hayes to be a strong and interesting character. He really had a lot to work through in his position and handled it like a true future king.

Lady Elsie was asked to spy on Hayes by her father. During her time with Hayes she finds herself drawn to him for other reasons. Elsie seemed quite immature. She was so proud of herself for being a bluestocking and able to have intelligent conversations, but her emotions with Hayes changed five times every conversation. She was also jealous of every interaction he had with another woman.

This book discusses the connection that people have with their homeland, and there are some beautiful descriptions in it. I also liked all the historical information that went into the book.

It took me a little bit to get into the first 50 pages of the book, but then I read the next 200 in one sitting. It left me wanting to read the next in the series right away.

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Something Old – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Phase Publishing (April 27, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 282 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952103258
ISBN-13 : 978-1952103254

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From this day forward…

Thomas Granger has been married to his wife Lily for five years. The marriage has been proper, but without much affection, and the fault for that lays squarely on his own shoulders. He married her for her fortune and has hidden his true feelings until he felt redeemed enough to truly love her. Now his fortunes have been salvaged, so he aims to take the next major step in his life: wooing his wife.

Lily has been living with a broken heart from the day she married Thomas. What hope she had for a marriage of love has long faded, and she sees no reason to dream otherwise. When Thomas asks that she come with him to Cornwall to try a new adventure together, she takes the chance on one last hope in finding love in her marriage. Wrapped in the beauties and magic that only Cornwall can provide, she finds new life breathed into her, and into her feelings for her husband.

When their walls come down, when their pretense is gone, will they find the love each of them has sought? Or will the life they have known be all that remains?


Something Old was a unique read for me. Often times marriages during this era were either arranged or due to a love match. This book had a twist on that.

Thomas Granger had feelings for Lily but before he could begin an official courtship he loses his money in a bad investment. Since he was a friend of the family, he asks Lily’s father for her hand so he can use her dowry to repay the losses.

She refused to be a bluebell on the moors, blooming for only a short time and trampled into nothingness.

Not telling Lily what is going on was bad enough, but Thomas decides it is his penance to live without Lily’s love until he can earn back her dowry, and they are financially stable.

While still a closed door book, there was a lot more of the physical side of their relationship in this book. While this is understandable since they are a married couple, I would have liked some more meaningful conversations between them.

She had always been whole as herself, but now she was more. Thomas, and loving Thomas, had given her wings, and now she was learning to fly.

After they learn to communicate with each other, they are able to grow a lot closer. Though there are still sometimes they seem more comfortable confiding in their friends.

Speaking of those friends, I loved Thomas’ group of friends and how they tried to “help” him.

But in her own chambers, she did not want something so perfect, so fine, so cultivated. She wanted the delicate, the wild, the underappreciated, and the natural. She wanted the fragrance that captured being out on the moors and hills, perhaps even standing on the beach with the waves rolling in. She wanted to capture Cornwall in flowers and have a portion of that in her chambers.

Cornwall is a very important location in this book, and I love all the descriptions of it.

I also loved the appearances of some favorite characters from previous books. And there were some new characters in this book that I hope get their own story.

*This book is clean, however, it does have some cursing.

Blog Tour and Review: Isabelle and Alexander

by Rebecca Anderson

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (May 4, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629728470
ISBN-13 : 978-1629728476

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Manchester, 1850

Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills. Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.

However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.

Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.


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This book was really an emotional one for me. It is told from the point of view of Isabelle, and you are able to feel connected to her right away. However, it was Alexander that really drew me in.

Alexander and Isabelle have just had an arranged marriage and barely know each other when Alexander suffers from a tragic accident. Isabelle is trying to find where she fits in with this new situation, and we see her many struggles. Alexander is very quiet and can come off as moody and cold. It was finding out who the real Alexander was that I really loved.

I also loved how raw and realistic this book was. Everything wasn’t daisies and sunshine. Bad things happened and people’s lives changed because of it. However, there were also tender moments that helped bring them together as a couple and everything they went through made them stronger.

I look forward to reading more from Rebecca Anderson.

Blog Tour and Review: An Uncommon Earl

by Sian Ann Bessey

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 5, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524414719
ISBN-13 : 978-1524414719

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Alexander Allerton, the Earl of Bloxley’s, greatest desire is to alleviate the suffering of the poor and less fortunate of England. So when his hackney carriage is involved in an accident that results in the death of one of those he is determined to help, he is devastated. Alexander vows to keep the promise he makes to the injured woman as she takes her final breaths: he will not rest until he finds her young son.

After a crippling accident years ago, Jane Hadford is accustomed to being largely ignored at social events. But being overlooked has allowed her to hone her observational skills and she quickly perceives that all is not well with the handsome Lord Bloxley. When an unexpected opportunity arises to talk to the earl, he surprises them both by sharing with her his fruitless search for the child. Touched by Lord Bloxley’s story and by his desire to make things right, Jane determines to help him fulfill his promise. What she cannot anticipate, however, is that the quest she has chosen to undertake will bring into her life a small boy who will steal her heart and a gentleman who might well do the same.


Jane Hadford has not only had to adjust to life after an accident, but her parents treat her from both sides of the extreme because of it. Her father treats her as entirely too fragile and doesn’t want to allow her to do anything on her own. While her mother acts like her injuries shouldn’t be a hindrance at all.

I always like when people aren’t perfect, and they have flaws. It is far more realistic. As someone who suffers from a number of chronic diseases, I also feel drawn to characters who are considered “broken”.

Alexander Allerton really is an uncommon earl. He fights for causes he believes in rather than just looking good for appearances. He also sees a person for who they really are. His scenes with Asher are some of the sweetest. Asher is just too cute!

I had mixed feelings about the end. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it seems to take away from things when there is a quick fix or everything works out so well in the end. It left me a little disappointed.

I love the historical details in this book about the chimney sweep act and the founding hospital. I also liked how the hero and the heroine are brought together by such a worthy cause.

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Winning the Gentleman – Review

by Kristi Ann Hunter

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (April 20, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235265
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235269

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Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together–against all odds?


Hunter always writes unique story-lines with characters we fall in love with. However, this story was especially unique with the main characters a female circus performer turned jockey and a man born on the wrong side of the blanket.

Aaron Whitworth was a fan favorite from his previous appearances, but this book can be read as a standalone. The situation of Aaron’s birth was far more common than it should have been, and it was interesting to see the child’s point of view in this situation. On the outside Aaron is very quiet and standoffish, but there is an endearing quality about him.

Sophia Fitzroy has had to spend the last few years taking care of herself and her injured twin brother. Her situation has made her more independent and determined. I liked how she was such a strong female lead and different from the typical aristocrat.

I really like that this book was different from any other book I’ve read from this time period. And I’ve read a lot of books from this time! If you’ve read previous books by Hunter, be on the lookout for some fun cameos in this one.

Pining for Lord Lockhart – Review

by Jen Geigle Johnson

ASIN : B08TV55VQ9
Publisher : Kings Row Press (April 1, 2021)
Publication date : April 1, 2021
Language : English

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Charity watches each of her sisters make plans to marry, one by one, and she is overjoyed for their happiness, but she doubts she will ever feel much of the same. She is busy in her causes, in her book groups, in her thinking bluestocking ways, but she has a secret. And no one knows, not even the man himself. But through all of her forward thinking ways, she is pining for Lord Lockhart.

Lord Lockhart is the wealthiest man of any of their acquaintance. He recently received yet another inheritance when an old eccentric uncle passed on and he seeks for ways to use his money responsibly. Charity is a good resource for him in this regard. And he just might have secrets of his own where she is concerned.


I have been looking forward to Charity’s story since beginning this fun series of sisters. I always liked how different she was. She doesn’t care what other people think, and if there is a cause she believes in, she makes sure things happen. I felt like Charity lost some of the personality I love in this book. While she still cared about her causes, she got too caught up in shallow things.

Wilfred (yes Wilfred – not Andrew) was always there for Charity in previous books but hadn’t declared himself yet. In this book we find out why.

Wilfred has such fond childhood memories of growing up near the Westchester family. When they come to him for help, he is too good and noble to turn his back on them. However, helping them could put his relationship with Charity in jeopardy.

One of the things I love the most about the hero and heroine is that Wilfred doesn’t just support Charity, he believes in the same things she believes in. I love the way they worked together and how excited they got about their projects.

I also liked seeing the small appearances by the Standish sisters. This book is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone. I can’t wait for Grace’s story!

Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Review: The Indebted Earl

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (March 23, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825446198
ISBN-13 : 978-0825446191

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Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiancée and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.


Captain Charles Wyvern has grown up on the sea and never felt like anywhere else could be home. He has become serious and can come off as gruff. His world changes when after a serious injury he no longer is captain of his ship, he loses his best friend, and he receives some unexpected family news.

Before Lady Sophia Haverly had her happily ever after snatched away with the loss of her fiancé, she was animated and always looking for the good.

Sophia is young and Charles is older, and sometimes they seem like opposites. However, they are exactly what each other needs.

This felt like a different kind of romance than a lot of the ones I read. I like that the hero and heroine did not instantly fall in love with each other. I also like the age gap which was more realistic during this time, and it worked out perfectly in their relationship.

I absolutely loved Thea, and I really want to know what happens to her when she grows up.

This has been such a great series, and there are so many more characters I want to see again. However, each book can be read as a standalone.

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