Vying for the Viscount – Review

8aug by Kristi Ann Hunter

Series: Hearts on the Heath (Book 1)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 7/2 edition (August 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764235257
ISBN-13: 978-0764235252

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For Hudson, the newly titled Viscount Stildon, moving to England from India where he was born and raised was already an arduous enough endeavor. When he learns the fate of the racing empire he inherited along with his title depends upon him getting in the good graces of another stable owner, he’s even more at a loss.

The stable at the neighboring estate has been Miss Bianca Snowley’s refuge for years, and when a strange man appears to be stealing the horses, she jumps to their protection without a second thought. Upon learning Hudson is actually the new owner, she can’t help but be intrigued by the area’s newest eligible bachelor.

Any thought of romance is quickly set aside, however, when Hudson proposes they work together to secure suitable spouses for each other. As their friendship grows, Hudson and Bianca begin to reconsider what they truly want in life. But will societal expectations and the weight of their responsibilities keep them from pursuing their true desires?


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Bianca Snowley dreams of marrying a man with an impressive stable of horses. When the new Lord Stildon arrives from India after the death of his grandfather, Bianca sets her sights on him. If only she hadn’t made such a bad first impression.

Bianca is a very unusual female for this time period. Most women in her position would not be able to work in the neighbor’s stable. She seems to get away with so much because her step mother only cares about her biological daughter. Though things will change when her father gets involved.

I have read about dances and assemblies so many times during this period, but I had no idea how some of the things there worked. I felt like I was reacting to them the same way Lord Stildon was.

I love how Kristi Ann Hunter always makes her characters so realistic. They all have such interesting personalities and you want to know what will happen to them. In fact, there are so many characters I still want to hear more about and know what happens to them in the future.  The next book in the series is Winning the Gentleman which is about the beloved character Aaron Whitworth.

“With one more blink of her eyes, his future went from planned to uncertain, but it also went from dull to colorful.”

To Sketch a Sphinx (London League #6) – Review

sphinx by Rebecca Connolly

Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Phase Publishing (July 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1952103134
ISBN-13: 978-1952103131

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From the Hand of Sketch…

Henrietta “Hal” Mortimer has been working with England’s operatives and spies for years, her remarkable memory and artistic talents invaluable to many missions. The last thing she expects is to be pulled into a field mission herself, and to be partnered with the most insufferable asset she has ever met. Worse, then, that she has to marry the man.

And the mind of Sphinx…

There are very few people who rattle John Pratt, gifted code-breaker for the Crown, but Hal Mortimer was one of them. Marrying her in order to go into the field for their mission in Paris would be torture, but they had no choice. Will their mutual spite doom their mission before it starts or can they set it aside and work together for the safety and security of their country?


I have found Hal an interesting character since she was first introduced in the series, and I love that she was paired with fellow agent Sphinx. Hal and John are not the typical combat operatives. They each have unique talents and serve as assets to help England. Hal has an amazing memory and can remember details and draw people with precise accuracy. John has earned his code name Sphinx because he can work out puzzles like no one else can. I love Ciphering and I found the ones John worked through incredibly interesting.

This book was another great addition to a series I always enjoy reading. I love that each book can stand alone but they also build off of one another. I can’t wait to find out what happens in Fortune Favors the Sparrow, the new Agents of the Convent Series.

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

Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Review: The Gentleman Spy

gentspyby Erica Vetsch

Series: Serendipity & Secrets (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 082544618X
ISBN-13: 978-0825446184

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He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?


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“He supposed that someday he would have to forgive the child for being a girl.”

From the first line of the book, I was drawn right in.

Marcus Haverly never wanted to be the next Duke of Haverly. He is coerced into marriage and the chosen bride is Lady Charlotte Tiptree. Charlotte is not one to simper in the background and soon she is completely changing Marcus’ life.

I loved that the heroine is described as plain. So many books have the heroine be unbelievably gorgeous. I also love that she has a brain. Marcus and Charlotte have so much in common and can have intelligent conversations.

Fans of Rebecca Connolly’s London League Series and Kristi Ann Hunter’s Haven Manor Series will love The Gentleman Spy.

Between the characters, the mystery, and the pace of a good plot, it kept me from wanting to put the book down.

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Blog Tour and Review: Coming Home to Bellingham

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bellingham by Katie Stewart Stone

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (July 6, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524413178
ISBN-13: 978-1524413170

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What begins as a pleasant holiday with a new friend in Brighton quickly turns to devastation for Anabelle Milton when she receives the tragic news: her parents are dead. Turned out of the only home she’s ever known, Anabelle is sent to live with an aunt and uncle who are strangers to her.

Heartbroken, she arrives at Bellingham Cottage, a cozy home on the sprawling grounds of the Bellingham estate, to find an unexpectedly warm welcome—not only from her own family but also from the family of their aristocratic neighbors, Lord and Lady Bellingham.

Anabelle soon attracts the attention of the heirs of Bellingham—brothers who, though connected by blood, could not be more different. As she slowly begins to distance herself from the polite and obedient young woman her mother trained her to be, Anabelle is free for the first time to choose her own path. She knows she must be true to herself, even if it means risking unrequited love—but can she trust that the gentleman who has stolen her heart will not break it?


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From the very first pages I found myself annoyed with the main character. Anabelle Milton seems superficial and judgy and the way she led Mr Timmons on only to trash him was so wrong.

Robert and Lucy are so adorable together. Robert was probably my favorite side character. Though at times he seemed older and other times he seemed very young, I loved his fun and blunt personality.

Having a large set of brothers in a story is always interesting and I love how their personalities played off of each other.

In the fashion of many Jane Austen stories, we also had a creepy clergyman.

Annabelle seemed to grow somewhat and be a little more accepting of people, but she continued to make fun of others and think too highly of herself. It seemed like everyone loved her and wanted to be with her all the time. I think it was a lot more noticeable since this story was written in first person so Anabelle was the one praising herself.

I liked the plot of this story and many of the characters. I just think that I would have liked it more if Annabelle hadn’t been so full of herself.

I also wish the epilogue wasn’t included. It just left me sad.

There’s just something about reading an author’s debut novel, and Katie Stewart Stone is an interesting voice I would like to hear more from.


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Letters for Phoebe – Review

lettersphoebe by Sally Britton

Series: Promise of Forever After (Book 1)
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: Independently published (July 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8663964449
ASIN: B08C97THHM

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When Phoebe starts receiving anonymous letters, she never once thinks the most irresponsible man in London is her correspondent. Or that she will fall in love with him.

Phoebe Kimball grew up believing in love, but after failing to find a gentleman capable of capturing her heart, she has turned more practical than romantic. She is determined to find a husband in London this Season. If only the annoying Mr. Fenwick would stop appearing every time she sets her cap at someone! When an anonymous letter arrives warning her that her current target is unsuitable marital material, Phoebe begins a relationship with the letter writer that promises something more than a practical alliance.

Griffin Fenwick does not usually care for women on the hunt for a husband, but Miss Kimball’s quick wit and refusal to admit she enjoys his company intrigues him. When he realizes the gentlemen on her list of eligible bachelors is full with scoundrels, he warns her the only way he can – through a letter. As he comes to know Phoebe better, he soon realizes he wishes to put his own name on her list. If only she liked Griffin as much as she liked her anonymous correspondent.

When Phoebe realizes its been Griffin writing her all along, will she put aside practicality for love, or spurn Griffin for even trying to woo her?

Letters for Phoebe is the first in a series of books about five friends. The next four novellas will be written by authors Joanna Barker, Megan Walker, Heidi Kimball, and Arlem Hawks. 


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The Promise of Forever After collection of stories is about five girls who attended school together and feel the bonds of sisterhood. A beautiful bracelet is passed around the group, and it is expected to bring them good luck and help tie each of them together.

When she was younger Phoebe Kimball always liked to go on adventures and often got herself into trouble. As she grows up and has to face serious issues she becomes more somber and loses her more daring side. Griffin Fenwick lives for fun. He loves to make people laugh and distract them from any issues they are facing.

Phoebe and Griffin meet while he is participating in a dual using dough. This certainly was a unique and funny way to bring the reader into the story.

Phoebe wants to marry someone her equal and when she pursues a relationship with a man that Griffin considers problematic, he takes it upon himself to secretly warn her through letters.

Letters for Phoebe is a Regency take on The Shop Around the Corner (You’ve Got Mail) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I loved this story and I look forward to reading about the bracelet passing on to the other friends.

Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies – Review

whims by Jen Geigle Johnson

Series: Lords for the Sisters of Sussex (Book 3)
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Jen Geigle Johnson (July 9, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1734128860
ISBN-13: 978-1734128864

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Miss Kate is full of spontaneity and dreams of fashion. Put her in a room with Ackerman’s fashion plates, the makings of a new bonnet, and a strong cup of tea, and she would be happy for hours. But she is not your typical Regency miss. No one knows that she is the designer behind London’s famous fashion section, the woman who knows every fashion trend before it happens.

Lord Dennison, the ton’s best most brightly dressed dandy, the prodigy of Beau Brummel himself, is often the subject of Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies, a gossip column in the Morning Star newspaper. He moves in circles with the most fashion conscious set. But he hides a deep hurt and doesn’t plan to ever ask another girl to marry him…ever again.


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This series is fun and has some unique characters. I have always enjoyed reading a series where we get to follow characters through multiple books. While this book can be read as a standalone, it’s so much nicer to read at least The Earl’s Winning Wager before this one. When this book first started I already felt like I knew the sisters so well.

Kate Standish and Lord Dennison are both Paragons of fashion, and both are hiding their secret reason why. They have some really great interactions together.

I made the mistake of looking up the next book in the series (Suitors for the Proper Miss) and now I am having a very real problem with trying to be patient. February 9th 2021 is a long time away!

The Last Eligible Bachelor – Review

eligible by Ashtyn Newbold

Series: Seasons of Change (Book 3)
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 25, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8662720541
ASIN: B08C8YKCVX

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A ruse can only last so long…

Tillie Sherbrooke was born a lady, but lost her place in society by her father’s folly. Quiet, resourceful, and loyal, she now makes the perfect lady’s maid for her mistress Sophia. When Sophia’s parents give her no choice but to travel across England to be matched with a mysterious young bachelor, Mr. Hill, she has no interest, especially since there are several other ladies vying for him. Who better to send in her place than Tillie? What gentleman would notice a maid, even one disguised as a lady? So when Sophia asks this favor of Tillie, or rather—threatens her into it, Tillie must rely on her past, the life of a proper lady, if she hopes to keep her position at Sedgwick Manor.

Disguised as her mistress, Tillie takes a coach across the country to a new place, one both unfamiliar and frightening. With so much at stake, she does all she can to stay quiet and invisible. But when she inadvertently catches Mr. Hill’s attention, she realizes she may have more to lose than her livelihood. She may very well lose her heart.


I loved this book so much. It was just what I needed to read right now.

Tillie Sherbrooke and Mr. Hill are one of my favorite couples. I loved them together. They had the best banter and the sweetest moments together.

A house party is always fun but this was a great take on one with it being a matchmaking party for Mr. Hill.

The end also had a few twists I liked that kept it from being predictable.

Read this book! It’s fun, and sweet, and so worth your time and money.

What a Spinster Wants (The Spinster Chronicles, Book 6) – Review

spinsterwants by Rebecca Connolly

Series: The Spinster Chronicles, Book 6
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Phase Publishing (May 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1952103096
ISBN-13: 978-1952103094

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Lady Edith Leveson has lived her young widowhood in shadows and secrets, not even revealing the truth to family or friends. That, it seems, is no longer an option, and she must act quickly to avoid being ruined entirely and forevermore. A handsome but reserved rescuer comes to her aid just in time, and their paths begin to entwine more than either of them expected.

Graham Hastings, Lord Radcliffe, is no hero. He isn’t brave, bold, or in any way noble, yet the striking Lady Edith seems determined to paint him so. One dance with her, and he seems unable to avoid finding her in need wherever he goes. The more involved he becomes, the more his heart begins to open, and he finds himself more than willing to become a hero. Hers.


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Those of us who have been reading the Spinster Chronicles series have been waiting for Lady Edith Leveson’s story. Edith had been harder to get to know in previous stories because she was such a closed book and didn’t want to talk about her past.

Graham Hastings seems pretty smitten with her right away and very protective. He is fairly introverted and Edith has a way of drawing him out.

I like the addition of Molly in this story and I like that we see a different side of Edith and Graham when they are with her.

Since there is a reappearance of a lot of characters in previous books I found myself wishing for a chart to keep track of them. I know of the main characters but there seemed to be some side characters that I was unsure of.

I’m hoping we have Charlotte’s story soon. I have been really looking forward to it.