Blog Tour and Review: Healing Hazel

by Jennifer Moore

Publisher : Covenant Communications (September 8, 2022)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524422185
ISBN-13 : 978-1524422189

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A Victorian Romance


Hazel Thornton has one great ambition: to help the sick and wounded as a nurse. But that dream can never become a reality. After a devastating childhood trauma, she has spent her life battling fits of panic that make it impossible to finish her studies. Everything changes, however, when a trip to Spain takes a perilous turn that derails her plans to visit her father for Christmas and immediately plunges her into the dangers of a brutal war.


With single-minded focus, she springs into action to help her fellow travelers. To ensure their continued care, she begins work at a Spanish hospital alongside Dr. Jim Jackson, a man whose only emotion seems to be wariness of his new assistant. Armed with gifts of support from each of her dearest friends, a group that dubs themselves the Blue Orchid Society, Hazel embarks on a journey of hope and healing to battle the demons of her past with the help of the doctor who has captured her heart.

Hazel Thornton can have an unassuming personality, but she cares so deeply for others and wants to help them. She is still in training to be a nurse, but after a train accident on the way to see her father for Christmas, her skills are required in full force.

Despite the fact that Hazel suffers from panic attacks, she rarely lets it stop her from doing what needs to be done. Her profession is very high stress and every second matters, yet Hazel powers through. She also finds herself in a country where she doesn’t speak the language and her friends are incapacitated. So much is going against Hazel, yet she maintains her positive attitude and stays strong.

Dr. Jim Jackson is an American doctor working with the Red Cross. He can come across as having a gruff exterior, but he also wants to heal people.

Hazel and Jim had a slow and quiet relationship. They were attracted to each other right away, but due to the circumstances, their relationship stayed more on a professional level.

This story is much more than their romance. I really like reading about the events that took place in this story, and I love the friendship of the women in the Blue Orchid Society.

While this is part of The Blue Orchid Society series, and we get to see some scenes with the other members, this book can very easily be read as a standalone.

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Blog Tour and Review: An Autumn Kiss

by Laura Rollins, Annette Lyon, Lisa H. Catmull

Publisher : Mirror Press (September 1, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 275 pages
ISBN-10 : 195261130X
ISBN-13 : 978-1952611308

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Will one kiss change their lives?

In this collection:

THE PLUCKY MISS RUTH by Laura Rollins:
Miss Ruth Hughes is certain she’s caught in a time loop—every day she wakes to find it exactly as the one before. A thrilling prospect to be sure. If the many books she reads on time travel has taught her anything, it is that to break free she must complete an all-important task. For Ruth the task is straightforward: reunite a couple, once desperately in love but forced apart by society. Unfortunately, things are not always as easy as they first appear. Struggling, Ruth opens up to the handsome Lord Lambert and he readily agrees to help. With autumn on the brink of turning into winter, time is running out for Ruth to help the ones who need her most. And, with a bit of luck, perhaps she can even find a little time for her own happily ever after.

MR. DOWLING’S REMEDY by Annette Lyon:
Crandall Dowling’s aspirations of becoming a physician collapse when he develops symptoms that land him in an asylum. He’s been at Sherville Retreat long enough for autumn leaves to appear when Beverly Stanton arrives. She’s held under the dubious diagnosis of “hysteria” but seems perfectly sane, unlike Crandall, though his verbal and physical tics don’t seem to scare or even bother her. Beverly and Crandall develop a friendship fueled by an undeniable attraction that under other circumstances could become more. But in an asylum, one cannot plan a future, let alone one of love or marriage. Then tragedy strikes, testing staff and patients beyond anyone’s training. When the dust settles, Beverly’s diagnosis may be reversed, but if she leaves, what will become of her? What of Crandall? And what of their autumn-born love?

A RAILWAY THROUGH THE ROSES by Lisa H. Catmull:
Mr. Adrian Everard has tried everything to keep his father’s factory open, but a single solution remains. Marry an heiress before Christmas to fund the desperately needed railway. The local landowner, Lady Anne Baxter, will not agree to sell her garden—or her heart. Indeed, his childhood friend is determined to sabotage all his efforts to find a wife. As the deadline for Adrian to choose a bride draws close, one thing becomes painfully obvious. Saving the factory will mean losing the woman he loves forever.

The Plucky Miss Ruth by Laura Rollins

Ruth Hughes cares about science, books, and solitude, while she believes Lord Lambert cares for society and parties. She feels that her life is stuck in a continuous loop and the only way to break it is to reunite her cousin with her long lost love.

I found the continuous loop concept interesting. I am certainly a creature of habit, and I can see other people doing the same things over and over again routinely.

This was a sweet story, and I liked the setting of the garden and the changing of the season. I also liked the message of the quote of asking questions and listening to people.

Ruth knew, for all her book learning, she needed to do a little less presuming and a little more asking questions of people.

Mr. Dowling’s Remedy by Annette Lyon

Beverly Stanton has been committed to an asylum by her stepfather for “hysteria” as a way to get her out of his way and to make way for his daughter. At the asylum, Beverly meets Crandall Dowling. Crandall had been on his way to becoming a doctor before being committed by his mentor due to Tourette Syndrome. People believed that he was possessed by a demon.

If one was a hysterical lunatic, one wouldn’t know it, would they? How could she be sure of her own sanity? How could anyone?

I loved the point of view of Crandall the most. He was in such a dark place before he met Beverly. There were things that he couldn’t control, and instead of people being understanding, they were horrible to him. Beverly brings such a spark of light to him that is beautiful to see.

People believe that some of these barbaric treatments are a thing of the past, but a number of them are still done today. My sister is a mental health clinician. She and her company have had to work with a parent to get her child away from a local institute that still uses shock therapy. There are far more things that still go on, it is truly appalling what is still happening.

A Railway Through the Roses by Lisa H. Catmull

Lady Anne Baxter is a baroness who has had 6 seasons and is waiting for love but has only come across fortune hunters.

Adrian Everard is one of those fortune hunters. His father has threatened to disinherit him if he doesn’t marry an heiress in the next few months and secure funding for their business.

I loved this story! I always love the trope of childhood friends to more, and I really enjoyed the way their relationship progressed.

Millstone of Doubt – Review

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (September 20, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825447143
ISBN-13 : 978-0825447143

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Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill’s owner dead of an apparent gunshot–but no sign of the killer.


Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, she may be the only one. It seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can’t take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage–and his job as a runner–comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him.


Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha’s bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. But when her trusted instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation, Lady Juliette obeys. That is, until circumstances intervene, and she drops right into the middle of the deadly pursuit.


When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case–and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.

Millstone of Doubt brings back Bow Street runner Daniel Swann and Lady Juliette Thorndike as they investigate an explosion at the Hammersmith Mill.

This book continues with the genre of Sherlock Holmes meets Jane Austen with more mystery than romance. I highly suggest you read the first book in the series before this one.

The mystery in this book held my interest the entire time, and I love how there were so many layers of the onion to peel back. It was never obvious what would happen. I have also enjoyed following the characters, even the side ones.

I don’t usually think of turning books into TV shows, but I think this series would make an amazing TV show. It has all the elements you need with mystery, gripping drama, and lovable characters. I would totally binge watch it. I can’t wait for the next book!

The Bachelor and the Bride – Review

by Sarah M. Eden

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (September 6, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1639930485
ISBN-13 : 978-1639930487

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London, 1866

Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.

Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers.

But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.

When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power.

Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.

Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus―and his lonely heart.

But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.

Dr. Barnabas “Baz” Milligan is a member of the Dread Penny Society and has always felt a calling to help ever since he was a young child and watched what his mother was forced to go through. He has always been called a bachelor among his friends because he hid the fact that he had secretly been married for the last 3 1/2 years after rescuing a woman from her family.

London was no place for the faint of heart. Fortunately for Barnabus Milligan, he’d stopped listening to that organ long ago.

Gemma Kincaid grew up in an awful situation, and she didn’t follow after her family. I love that she is strong, yet she is vulnerable with Baz. She has never had anyone love her, and Baz’s distance and lack of reassuring words breaks her heart. She is not sure how much she can let him back in when she suddenly hears from him three years after she left.

“Life is often a struggle. There’s something beautiful about having someone who is willing to walk with you through it.”

I always loved this series, but this book was one of my favorites. It was so hard to put down! I love all the characters in the Dread Penny Society, and Gemma was a great new character.

I adore Moirin, and she and Parkington would make the best couple. I loved their scenes. There were so many characters from previous books I loved seeing again.

“Never you fear, Gemma,” Móirín said. “We’ve a high and mighty blue-bottle with us.” She hooked her finger in Parkington’s direction. “Never safer than when you’re with a policeman.”

“One of these days, Móirín Donnelly,” Parkington said, “you’ll confess I’m a fine person.”

“Do you mean to make the same confession about me?”

He shook his head. “I’ve a strict policy against lying.”

“And I’ve a strict policy against being too friendly with Peelers, so seems we’re at an impasse.”

As with the other books in this series, this book has the main story, and 2 penny dreadfuls weaved throughout it. I love how unique this is, and Sarah Eden is so incredibly talented in her writing. I highly suggest reading the others in the series before reading this one.

The ending of the book is so good! It is going to be brutal to wait for the next in the series.

Pleasantly Pursued – Review

by Kasey Stockton

ASIN : B0B488YSWD
Publisher : Golden Owl Press (September 7, 2022)
Publication date : September 7, 2022
Language : English
Print length : 338 pages

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Thea Northcott cannot abide Benedict Bradwell, and the feeling is mutual. Or, is it?

Thea
I would do nearly anything to avoid the lecherous advances of an eager earl, including running away from my finishing school and finding employment under a false name. The work turned out to be harder than I expected, however, and the prospect of returning to a life of comfort and a significant reduction of welts on my hands and shadows beneath my eyes just might be a temptation I’m too weary to refuse. The problem: the invitation comes from Benedict, the ultimate tormentor of my youth and brief object of my infatuation—the latter of which he can never find out.

Benedict
When I found Thea working in the belly of a grand house and did my best to convince her to return home with me where my mother awaited her, I did not expect her to agree. Our years of quarreling had solidified the woman as my enemy, and traveling alone together was a prospect that both terrified and intrigued me. Thea had only been my friend for a brief time years ago, and I do not know why she turned us against one another. But now that we’re forced together again, I cannot help but renew my determination to find out. Because a woman who would hate me with such fire was bound to love with the same fervor.

Thea Northcott has been raised by parents who had no respect for marriage vows, and she finds herself in the unfortunate position of having fallen in love with a flirt she can’t trust with her heart.

I love the banter between Thea and Ben, but I love even more how they are just drawn to each other.

Kasey Stockton is fast becoming one of my go to authors. I have been loving this series, and I can’t wait to read Henry’s book.

Blog Tour and Review: A Tenuous Betrothal

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Covenant Communications (August 8, 2022)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524422576
ISBN-13 : 978-1524422578

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Orphaned and penniless, Rhianna has no hope of a happy ending-until she learns of a generations-old connection to the royal family of Oldenburg. But marrying a prince would come with its own set of problems.

Rhianna Davies is well-acquainted with heartache after the painful loss of her parents. At the arrival of her ghastly uncle, she is brought even lower: Rhi has been banished from her family’s estate home and must rely on the kindness of her tightly knit Welsh miners for help. Without the protective love of her parents, Rhi has no illusions that hers will be a happy ending-until an addendum to her father’s will arrives in the hands of a prince.

Marc Wilhelm, Prince of Oldenburg, is in Wales with one purpose: to claim his betrothed. A long-ago promise between their fathers forges an indelible link between Rhi and Marc, but there remains just one problem: neither wants to marry a stranger. With no remaining ties to Wales, Rhi agrees to accompany Marc to Oldenburg, where he will forfeit their betrothal so she may have her pick of husbands. But their journey takes them down unexpected paths, from the depths of a Welsh mine to the marriage mart of London to a warm reception in Oldenburg. Rhi and Marc discover that their connection and their challenges run deeper than either anticipated, but whether from their own hesitations or from danger that threatens without, the couple might be thwarted before they can even begin the happily ever after they so richly deserve.


Left an orphan and with an uncle who treats her poorly, Rhianna Davies is looking for a place to call home. I liked Rhi. She isn’t weak, and she cares about the workers at her family’s mine and wants to keep them safe. She doesn’t want to rush into an arranged marriage with someone she doesn’t love.

Marc Wilhelm has become betrothed to Rhianna through an agreement with their fathers. While he feels a certain sense of duty, he believed himself unable to wed. Marc bothered me at times. He knew his feelings for Rhi but feared for her safety so he didn’t want to pursue a relationship. That was understandable. However, he still played with her feelings and continued to flirt with her. I know he was battling with himself, but he made things a lot harder on her.

I like interconnected stories, and this group of brothers is fun. These books can all be read on their own, but I find them more enjoyable when you read them in order. I liked seeing more of Henri and Kristoff in this book as well as the other brothers. Kristoff’s book should be funny, but I think Henri’s is the one I most look forward to.

I always like reading the author’s notes, and I liked the inclusion of the author’s family connection to Wales and mining in the story.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Dreaming Beauty

by Anneka R. Walker

Publisher : Covenant Communications (July 11, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524422061
ISBN-13 : 978-1524422066

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An Enchanted Regency Romance


Once upon a dream, two cursed people fell in love…


Tansy White doesn’t want to end up alone like her three aunts who raised her, but when she is betrayed by her would-be betrothed, she fears she might never change her fate. At her aunts’ suggestion, she seizes the chance to visit Rose Cottage, the country home of her late mother. For years, dreams of the cottage have haunted Tansy, and she is convinced it holds the answer to her hidden past. But after getting caught in a terrible storm, she meets a man who is just as determined as she is to learn all her secrets.


Marcus Taylor, brother to the Duke of Westmorland, is also troubled by vivid dreams. On a sleepless night, as a tempest rages outside his brother’s estate, he makes a discovery far more mysterious than any dream: a young woman, cold as ice, lies unconscious in the library, and he is sure she is the key to solving his problems. When she makes, what begins as a shared quest for information turns into an unexpected friendship. As they piece together the fragments of their past, they discover a tangled web of lies, and their feelings for each other become just as entwined. But is their love as strong as their dreams. . . or their fate?


Growing up, my favorite fairy tale was Sleeping Beauty. The Dreaming Beauty was such a great twist on this classic! I loved all the little nods to the original, but I liked the storyline and characters in this book even better. Anneka Walker is such a beautiful storyteller. This book has romance, mystery, and so many secrets.

Marcus Taylor has always had to live his life in his step brother’s shadow. His entire focus has been to help Simon with the Dukedom. Simon comes off as somewhat lazy and irresponsible, but his family are also enablers because they do everything for him and he never has a need to do it himself.

Tansy White has always been conflicted by her dreams. Her aunts have kept her parentage from her, and she feels like a large part of herself is missing.

Tansy and Marcus are both kind hearted people who struggle with finding the balance of family and putting their personal needs first. I loved them together. They had some beautiful scenes under the stars.

I loved that there were some appearances with characters from The Masked Baron. That is such a great book! I hope we have more books in this series. I would love for Simon to get his own story. The covers in this series are stunning!

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Blog Tour and Review: Where Dreams Meet

by Jennifer Moore, Renae Weight Mackley, Carolyn Twede Frank, Carla Kelly

Publisher : Covenant Communications (June 30, 2022)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524421529
ISBN-13 : 978-1524421526

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To Love a Spy
by Jennifer Moore

New York, 1781
Despite her family’s betrayal of the Crown, Susannah Partridge remains loyal to the king. But when she becomes embroiled in the treasonous activities of her charming neighbor, Eli Matthews, Susannah must determine where her allegiance truly lies.


Southern Belle, Yankee Heart
by Renae Weight Mackley


Richmond, 1861
The Union is splintering, and Northern dressmaker Rebecca Steed finds herself stuck in the South with little money and even less hope. But being stranded in Virginia comes with an unexpected silver lining in the form of Nathan Hill, a man whose opposition to slavery and determination to do what is right quickly win her affection. But how can she give her heart to a soldier who may never come back from the war?


Where Dreams Meet
by Carolyn Twede Frank

New York, 1892
When Jane O’Shea arrives at Ellis Island from Ireland, she has nothing but a desire to make her way in the world. With help from Peter Dockery, a gentle stranger, Jane embarks on her new life. As the couple faces seemingly insurmountable odds, they discover that adversity is better faced alongside the one you love.


The Sun, Moon, Stars, and You
by Carla Kelly

Washington, DC, 1905
Nothing could have prepared Lieutenant Hank Thornton for his new post in Washington, DC. As a military aide to President Teddy Roosevelt in the White House, Hank is to be nothing more than a dashing dance partner at various political events. It isn’t until he meets Minnie Gallagher, an intrepid copy corrector at a local paper, that he begins to see the possibilities of this odd assignment.


Where Dreams Meet is a collection of four stories throughout America’s history.

“To Love a Spy” by Jennifer Moore

I recently read When the Day Comes which takes place during the early days of the American Revolution, so I loved reading this time period further on in the war even more right now. It actually isn’t a period I have read a lot of books from, and between these two books, I have really been enjoying this time period.

When I had first begun reading this story, I mentioned to a family member that the story is about a Loyalist and a Patriot. We discussed what it must have been like for people during that time to choose sides. Susannah ends up struggling with that very problem. I really liked reading about her thought process behind it.

I had also heard about similar tavern situations in Massachusetts and how the British used them. I liked that this story was told from one of the points of views of the family. I had recently visited one of these taverns, and after reading this story, I visited two more of them.

“Southern Belle, Yankee Heart” by Renae Weight Mackley

Northerner Rebecca Steed is in Virginia on business buying fabric when they declare the vote to secede. This forces Rebecca to either stay in Virginia, or lose all the money she spent on her fabric. She is pretty quick to pass judgement on all Southerners. While there are some outspoken ones with very bad points of view, she attributes that to all of them. The longer she stays in Virginia, the more she learns her judgements could have been too rash.

Nathan Hill is a businessman who travels back and forth between the hotel Rebecca stays at. Rebecca declares him a fence sitter, but she is immediately attracted to him. Since he is a Southerner, she doesn’t want to develop any feelings for him.

Nathan and Rebecca have a conversation about just being an American. During this time period was the brother against brother war. Yes, there were real issues that needed to be resolved, but they decided to fight instead of resolve them properly. This is still the same case today. Instead of all being Americans (over even better – just humans), people like to divide people along political lines, or race, or income, or any number of things. People still haven’t learned.

“Where Dreams Meet” by Carolyn Twede Frank

Jane O’Shea arrives in Ellis Island from Ireland and she doesn’t have enough money to cover the train fare to her family in Missouri. Peter Dockery notices her plight and helps her out. Not only do they share a destination, but they also have something else in common.

I really enjoyed reading this story. There was a little less history than than previous two stories, and I would have liked a little more Irish background, but I loved the storyline and the characters. I read this story very quickly because I found it so interesting. I liked the message that adversity can make us stronger.

“The Sun, Moon, Stars, and You” by Carla Kelly

Minnie Gallagher is a copy editor who dreams of being a journalist. She also believes that women should have the right to vote. Minnie is very sweet and polite to people, but she is also a very strong, intelligent woman.

After insulting the President’s infamous daughter Alice, Hank Thornton is assigned the menial duty of escorting her on horse back rides and cataloging wedding gifts. Unlike his fellow lieutenants, Hank doesn’t have lofty goals. His dreams may be simpler, but that doesn’t mean he has no ambitions.

Hank and Minnie had a more quiet and sweet courtship as they got to know each other more. I also liked the supporting characters in this story. I loved all the historical elements throughout this story. It was interesting to read the author’s note at the end and find out what had really happened. This was a cute story with a lot of deeper meaning.

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