The Foibles and Follies of Miss Grace – Review

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Jen Geigle Johnson (February 6, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 268 pages
ISBN-10 : 1737592134
ISBN-13 : 978-1737592136

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A woman who can’t trust herself to make a good marriage choice asks for an arranged marriage, but then falls in love with someone else.


Grace standish is the youngest of the Standish sisters. Years ago, she became flattered by one of the men of the ton, only to find herself rescued from a carriage ride that could have ruined her forever. Since then, and watching each of her sisters marry, she isn’t confident in her ability to know what would be best for her. She trusts her eldest sister June completely and knows that she and her husband Morley, will help her. But a new, young, Vicar enters the scene and she finds herself so incredibly curious about him. He’s obviously handsome. But he’s so much more. Is she correct in her thinking? Her family talks of titles and wealth and security. They seem to overlook the excellent Vicar until it’s almost too late.

Lord Stewart has long since tired of the ton and their selfish ways. Though he’s only participated in two seasons, he’s watched brother after brother have their seasons. Nothing about the elaborate gowns, the entire waste of money on lavish balls, and the backbiting, gossiping ton appeals to him. And so he decides to do everything he can to steer clear of the lot of it. His family is in great need and so he takes a position as a Vicar and dedicates himself to his work. He does nothing to try to appeal to anyone socially, and even still, women are always near, their mothers, guardians and grandmothers as well as the new debutantes. As he attempts to navigate these new relationships while remaining single, he notices one woman who stands out in every way. As they find themselves thrown together, and he at last finds his heart yearning to make her his, he learns she is about to be betrothed to another in a match most anticipated by her entire family.

Enjoy this final book in the Lords for the Sisters of Sussex series and introduce yourselves to a new family of BROTHERS who might just might steal your heart.


After leaving London, Oliver Stewart lives a content but lonely life as a vicar taking care of his flock. He has always admired Grace Standish from the background. They work well together helping the poor, but she has only ever thought of him as her vicar.

Grace went through a traumatic experience years ago, and it has led her to believe that she does not know the true character of people. Rather than risk getting hurt by falling in love, she asks her family for an arranged marriage.

This book was a sweet, quick read, and I always like visiting the Standish family.

Grace and Oliver were so naturally perfect for each other. Grace seemed made to be a vicar’s wife and easily cared for her neighbors.

While clearly not right for Grace, I liked Lord Featherstone, and I’m glad he’s getting his own story.

Beyond the Lavender Fields – Review

by Arlem Hawks

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (February 1, 2022)
Language : English
Hardcover : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629729353
ISBN-13 : 978-1629729350

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1792, France

Rumors of revolution in Paris swirl in Marseille, a bustling port city in southern France. Gilles Étienne, a clerk at the local soap factory, thrives on the news. Committed to the cause of equality, liberty, and brotherhood, he and his friends plan to march to Paris to dethrone the monarchy. His plans are halted when he meets Marie-Caroline Daubin, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the factory.

A bourgeoise and royalist, Marie-Caroline has been called home to Marseille to escape the unrest in Paris. She rebuffs Gilles’s efforts to charm her and boldly expresses her view that violently imposed freedom is not really freedom for all. As Marie-Caroline takes risks to follow her beliefs, Gilles catches her in a dangerous secret that could cost her and her family their lives. As Gilles and Marie-Caroline spend more time together, she questions her initial assumptions about Gilles and realizes that perhaps they have more in common than she thought.

As the spirit of revolution descends on Marseille, people are killed and buildings are ransacked and burned to the ground. Gilles must choose between supporting the political change he believes in and protecting those he loves. And Marie-Caroline must battle between standing up for what she feels is right and risking her family’s safety. With their lives and their nation in turmoil, both Gilles and Marie-Caroline wonder if a révolutionnaire and a royaliste can really be together in a world that forces people to choose sides. 


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I love Arlem Hawks’ writing. Her book last year, Georgana’s Secret, was one of my favorite books of the entire year.

I just didn’t feel as drawn in to Beyond the Lavender Fields. Maybe because of everything the world is going through right now, but this book just wasn’t my favorite. I love the historical fiction aspects of what I read, but this had a touch too much of the political plotline. It seemed much more focused on the politics and less on the characters and other themes.

There were some really excellent messages in the book. It is not just about what we are fighting for, but how we are fighting for it.

This is still an extremely well written book about the French Revolution, but it just wasn’t for me.

Twilight at Moorington Cross – Review

by Abigail Wilson

Publisher : Thomas Nelson (January 11, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0785253270
ISBN-13 : 978-0785253273

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Amelia Pembroke is in a unique position in Regency England: She can obtain financial freedom. But in order to do so, she must marry one of two gentlemen. The trouble is, she might be falling in love with another man entirely.

1819, Kent, England—Everything changed the moment Amelia became heiress to Moorington Cross. A young widow and patient at Cluett’s Mesmeric Hospital, Amelia is stunned to learn that her doctor—and the only father figure she’s ever known—has altered his will naming her his primary beneficiary. Such an opportunity is beyond what any Regency-era woman could dare to dream—especially one with a sleeping disorder that finds her falling asleep at the most random of times.

There is, however, a perplexing condition attached to the will: she must wed one of two named men, wholly unknown to her. Doing so would provide her with a secure future. But how can she marry one of these men when her heart is intrigued by the charming solicitor, Mr. Hawkins?

Everything takes on a new sense of urgency—and danger—when Mr. Cluett is found dead in his bedchamber only hours after announcing his updated will. Now Amelia only has thirty days to decide which man she will marry. But she is just as determined to uncover the truth of her benefactor’s demise with the help of Mr. Hawkins. After all, this sudden turn of events couldn’t merely be a coincidence—could it?

From award-winning author Abigail Wilson, Twilight at Moorington Cross is a mysterious Regency romance full of intrigue, mesmeric treatments, and abandoned corridors that proves love is the greatest testament of all.


I love Abigail Wilson’s writing. She gives the reader a perfect combination of well written descriptions and dialogue, and her stories are always unique.

I loved learning about the treatments during this time period. I do wish there had been an author’s note to describe more about Amelia’s disease. I’m assuming it was narcolepsy, but I hadn’t known a lot of the details of the disorder.

As someone with chronic diseases, I always love when a main character has a chronic disorder. There are just some things that people who don’t have them will never understand. One way the two main characters are drawn to each other is because of what they have had to go through with their differences in life. I love how Ewan ends up growing from what he learned by having to go through what he did and how it made him the person he is.

The mystery in this story was interesting. There were a lot of things that kept me guessing, and it was not at all predictable. It did seem a touch rushed at the end though.

I also loved the romance in this book. Amelia and Ewan are so perfect for each other, and I loved their moments together.

Choices of the Heart – Review

by Sarah M. Eden

Publisher : Mirror Press (January 11, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 135 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952611237
ISBN-13 : 978-1952611230

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The paths of life that brought them together are destined to tear them apart.

Burke Jones began his life as a nameless orphan, dreaming of one day being a renowned doctor with a home and family to call his own. Sophie Kingston, daughter of an influential East Coast family, was destined to be an important and beloved part of Baltimore Society.

Life has not gone quite as either planned.

Now living in the home of a family friend, Sophie joins the lady on a journey to the tiny town of Hope Springs in Wyoming Territory. It is unlike any place she’s ever known. And the resident doctor is a mystery as well. Burke knows he isn’t the success he’d always imagined he would be, and seeing it through the eyes of this newly arrived Society lady only drives that home.

As Hope Springs begins to weave its magic, Sophie discovers more than she’d ever imagined, in both the town and its doctor. And Burke, who has always guarded his heart, begins to wonder if there might be more to life than he has previously imagined.

Their futures, however, do not lie along the same path or in the same destinations. Fate has once again proven unkind.

Can Hope Springs work yet another miracle?


Sophie Kingston’s family has moved to Boston and she’s left in Baltimore under the care of Mrs Archer. While Mrs Archer is friendly towards her, she is still often left feeling lonely since she doesn’t fit in to the local society and has to rein her personality in. In the Wyoming territory, she can be herself more, and there are less rules about being proper.

Burke Jones grew up in an orphanage and is now living out his dream of becoming a doctor. While he’s confident in his medical abilities, he’s still very insecure in everything else. The scene where he was describing himself as the little boy with no name, so he named himself Burke, was heartbreaking.

I really liked that Burke and Sophie asked each other difficult questions and because of it they ended up bringing out the best in each other.

Sarah Eden always writes the best characters, and I absolutely loved catching up with some of my favorite ones from previous books in the series.

This book can be read as a standalone, but some scenes will mean more to you if you have read previous books. The main storyline was wonderful, but it was some of the side characters that I was completely invested in. There are so many things I want to say, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

I loved revisiting Hope Springs, and I can’t wait to visit it again.

Top 21 Books of 2021

This year has been filled with so many amazing books! Every single book on this list earns a 5 star rating and comes highly recommended. Some of them are now even some of my favorite reads of all time. Thank you so much to all these authors, and all the other authors out there, for everything that goes into their books; the worlds they create for us to escape into, the characters we come to care for, the research needed for all the rich history. There is so much that I am deeply appreciative of. Thanks for an incredible year of books!

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Mischief, Mayhem, and Marriage – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

ASIN : B09M5HS5Q4
Publisher : Independently published (November 23, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 244 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8772085677

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One good scandal deserves another…

Lady Alexandrina Lawson has never minded her widowhood. After the disaster that was her first marriage, she found it rather enjoyable, despite the pity she received. What the public saw as devoted mourning to a respected man was, in fact, a complete disinterest in participating in anything Society could offer her ever again. When an invitation to a cousin’s London event proves disastrous for Alexandrina, her reputation, and that of her child, her choice becomes simple: rescue or ruin.

Enter Taft Debenham, Earl of Harwood.

Taft could not have less interest in Lady Lawson or her cold manner, but neither could he stand by and let her suffer a forced marriage to a drunken idiot. Sacrificing himself on the altar of Society, thinking how his own reputation might benefit, he provides a rather clever solution: marry the woman himself, and claim outrage for the offenses against her. Over the protests of his bride, and those of his own sanity, Taft begins the greatest scheme he could ever imagine. Nothing surprises him more than beginning to discover that his wife has a heart beneath her icy exterior.

And that he would do almost anything to claim it.


Taft Debenham (love his name!) is the extremely extroverted darling of society who loves throwing surprise house parties and thrives in the chaos. Lady Alexandrina Lawson hates society and all the fakeness and gossip that goes along with it. She has never looked favorably at Taft since he is society’s pet, but when she is caught wearing a torn dress alone in the garden with a drunk, it is Taft who steps in.

Taft wasn’t all fluff and no substance. Just mostly.

As Alexandrina points out, all people are flawed, but overall both she and Taft seem like good people. They are just so different from one another on the surface. Deep down Taft has always just been looking for love, and he surrounds himself with society just to have people with him. Alexandrina has lived through a horrible first marriage and had to fight for the right to even see her son. This has caused her to distrust people and close off from society.

“Why should I partake in Society? People as a whole aren’t worth associating with if all they do is gossip, spread lies, and judge a situation they know nothing about.”

The way that Alexandrina felt actually left me a little emotional, because I have been through a lot of that and it keeps me closed off from people and my emotions. You have to be sometimes in order to protect yourself.

Taft and Alexandrina would banter back and forth, but I appreciated that it never went over the top. Their bantering turned more fun. Taft really is a big kid at heart and having a wife and playmate in one really does seem ideal for him. They were a fun couple, and I love the dynamic that Adam added to the story.

This story was sweet, funny, and romantic, as well as thought provoking, and emotional. I totally recommend reading it!

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

Blog Tour and Review: An Accidental Romance

by Karen Tuft

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (December 6, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524420409
ISBN-13 : 978-1524420406

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Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enters the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home . . .

For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go.

With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.


After being delayed for a number of reasons, Rebecca Jennings is finally going to have her first season in London; then she is injured right before it.

Ben Fortescue feels terrible that he is the cause of Rebecca missing out, so he determines to keep her entertained even if it goes against his plans to hide away from society.

Ben would often come off as moody and abrupt, but I like that he wanted to make sure that Rebecca knew her feelings and got to experience things because she had been so sheltered and could sometimes still act immature and fickle.

There were also a lot of cliché remarks about all the couples constantly gazing into each other’s eyes adoringly that got to be a little much. The book also had a modern feel, like the immediate use of their first names.

I think my favorite part of the book were the scenes with the kids. They were adorable! I also liked Ben’s staff.

I always like when characters from past books make an appearance, and Susan and her husband the Duke of Aylesham are in it quite a bit along with a few others like Foster who I am always a fan of.

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Proposing Mischief – Review

by Regina Jennings

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (December 7, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235354
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235351

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Only one person can give her the freedom she seeks–but is it worth the risk?

Maisie Kentworth is being forced to stay on her parents’ ranch. After a short-lived relationship with the wrong man, she’s worried about inflaming things further between her former beau and her protective family. Left to rue her mistakes, she keeps busy exploring the idle mine at the edge of their property, where she discovers a great treasure.

Boone Bragg is also stuck. With his parents on vacation, the management of Bragg Mining falls on him, and one of his advisors wants him as a son-in-law. One wrong move, and Boone will end up either offending an associate or marrying a woman he can’t endure.

While closing up a spent mine, Boone gets two surprises. One is a spitfire farm girl who’s trespassing with a pickax, and the other is the amazing crystal cavern that she’s discovered. Suddenly Boone sees a way to overhaul the family business. With part of the cavern on Kentworth land, Boone makes Maisie a proposal that he hopes will solve all of their problems. Instead it throws Joplin into chaos, and it will take all of Maisie’s gumption to set things right.


Boone Bragg is incredibly business driven, and he has no time or patience for all the women who throw themselves at him. Maisie Kentworth has made mistakes with guys in the past and she doesn’t want her heart broken again. When Boone finds Maisie trespassing in his mine and she shows more interest in her surroundings than him, he believes a marriage of convenience will help both of them.

I loved Maisie’s personality. She’s so fun and real. She just has to be careful because it can get her into trouble. I have seen some authors write this personality as way over the top, and I was glad that Maisie wasn’t written that way.

Boone straight out annoyed me at times. The man could be so oblivious and tunnel-visioned on work that he ignored everything around him. I felt so bad for Maisie. However, I loved seeing how being around her charged him. They had some really great games together.

Besides the games, the scenes from the mines were some of my favorites. I loved the descriptions of the crystal cavern Maisie discovered. To find all this vast beauty that God has created so far below the surface is amazing. I would have loved to see it.

Regina Jennings’ books are different from any other books I read, and her characters are always so relatable, and the stories enjoyable. I look forward to more of The Joplin Chronicles.