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.

The Highwayman’s Letter – Review

by Martha Keyes

ASIN : B09K2G3V3C
Publisher : Independently published (October 22, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8751282349

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He waylays her carriage and runs off with her property. Can she keep him from stealing her heart as well?

By day, Reginald Sinclair works in the post office, but by night, he is the increasingly infamous Paladin, the gallant highwayman making young women swoon all over Somerset. With a vendetta against the wealthy that spans both past and present, Reggie’s escapades allow him to take justice into his own hands while helping his uncle avoid insolvency.

Joanna Carmichael’s father has finally chosen her a husband. While she is not thrilled with her father’s selection, Joanna understands it as a business arrangement, something which suits her practicality perfectly. Her father hopes her good sense will exercise a beneficial effect upon her younger sister, Frances, who is regrettably prone to romantics. Frances’s preoccupation with reports of the Paladin threaten to overshadow Joanna’s coolheaded example, but Joanna is determined to show her sister how foolish and unworthy of admiration the outlaw is.

During their encounter, though, the maddening highwayman takes an item of Joanna’s—then has the audacity to send her a letter with instructions on how to recover it, beginning a battle of wills that brings Reggie within reach of the people responsible for his family’s ruin and forces Joanna to reconsider the desirability of her business arrangement.


The Highwayman’s Letter was clever and witty, the pacing was spot on, and the characters were perfection. It was one of my favorite reads of the year.

I loved Reginald Sinclair and Joanna Carmichael together. They had the best conversations and interactions, and some of the most romantic scenes as well.

I never really thought about the postal system in those days. I knew about letters being franked, but I hadn’t known about the widespread abuse. I also enjoyed reading the author’s note on the subject and learning even more.

As a member of Kindle Unlimited, not only do I save money on all the books I read, but I have discovered some amazing authors. I first found out about some of these authors when they did an earlier series together.

Every book in this series is excellent, but this one was my favorite. I loved this book so much I immediately had to buy the paperback after finishing the Kindle Unlimited version. I didn’t want to put it down, and I was thinking about the book when I wasn’t able to read it.

Blog Tour and Review: An Alleged Rogue

by Sian Ann Bessey

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 8, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524418994
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418991

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Lord Adam Dunsbourne is a tyrant. At least, that’s what everyone says. The tales are shocking: accounts of a man who gambled away the family fortune and keeps his younger sister, Emily, captive in their home at Dunsbourne Manor. So when Adam and his sister make an unexpected appearance at a dinner party, the scandalized whispers cannot be contained.

New to the town, Phoebe Hadford hears the condemning rumors and determines to do all she can to help the baron’s oppressed sister. Upon entering Dunsbourne Manor, however, she quickly discovers that all is not what she has been led to believe.

Adam, though unsure of whether he can trust the intentions of his beautiful neighbor, is quickly drawn in by Phoebe’s genuine nature. But even as Adam and Phoebe’s connection deepens, a dangerous enemy from Adam’s past reemerges. For years, Adam has hunted for the man who betrayed him, not realizing he had only to wait. His foe has returned, and this time, he will threaten everything Adam cherishes most―including the woman he loves.


Lord Adam Dunsbourne and his young sister Emily’s lives are first ruined by a villain who steals all their money, and then their father dies. If that isn’t bad enough, people then make up rumors and lies and turn Adam into the villain.

Their neighbor Phoebe Hadford has seen what false rumors can cause, so she is determined to make her own decision about the siblings and befriend Emily.

There were a lot of descriptions on Adam’s apple orchards and how they made cider in those days. I found it all incredibly fascinating, and it even inspired me to visit apple orchards myself while I was reading this book. I really like how Adam worked so much in the orchard because he loved it and didn’t care about his status as a Baron.

Autumn is my favorite season, and this book gives you all the autumn feels. It’s the perfect book for this time of year.

I have really enjoyed reading the Georgian Gentlemen series.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Debutante’s Code

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (December 7, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825447135
ISBN-13 : 978-0825447136

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Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission? Or will it lead her to a terrible end?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.


Sent away to school at 13, Daniel Swann is the illegitimate son of a housekeeper. After graduating, he can work in his chosen profession until his 25th birthday. At that time his wealthy benefactor will cut him off. With his birthday fast approaching, he is eager to prove himself on his first real case as a Bow Street runner.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is finally returning home from school abroad and excited to see her parents. Instead, her parents are gone, and she’s thrown into the world of spies, murder, and stolen artwork.

I absolutely loved that Juliette’s father would write to her in code, and she learned how to figure them out from a young age. Solving ciphers is a hobby of mine. I would have loved to hear some more details of the code Juliette was working on.

I didn’t like that they both constantly questioned God’s presence and thought that He was only there if He instantly helped them with what they wanted.

I liked that the Duke of Haverly from The Gentleman Spy was in this. I always like to catch up with previous characters, and I loved that book.

The combination of the Regency time period, mystery, and interesting characters made for an excellent read. This book was strong in the mystery and espionage elements, and a little more subtle in the romance. I enjoyed how the plot advanced with some added twists.

The description of Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes is very accurate, and I’m excited for more from this series. There are some questions I am very impatient to know the answers to, and I look forward to more of Daniel and Juliette’s adventures together.

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Something New – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Phase Publishing (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 290 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952103371
ISBN-13 : 978-1952103377

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Harrison, Lord Basset, wants a simple, polite marriage of convenience. Nothing emotional or dramatic, nothing that will give him any cause for concern or strife. Arranging a match with the beautiful Miss Adelaide Dyer fits his needs perfectly, and all seems rather straightforward. Until he meets her.

Adelaide has no say in this marriage her father agreed to, but that does not mean she must submit quietly. Lord Basset might be strikingly handsome, but if he thinks to have a calm, biddable wife, he is mistaken. And as for living an uncomplicated married life in the wiles of Cornwall… Well, she would see about that.


Lord Harrison Basset has been raised to be the perfect heir. He has a wastrel brother he is tired of rescuing and an illegitimate sister he loves. He thinks that he needs to keep his emotions in check in order to maintain his reputation. I liked Basset from the beginning. He and Adelaide may have bickered from the start, but he also gave her a certain level of respect that wasn’t common. I also liked how much he loved his sister even though he was expected to have no association with her.

It took a little bit for me to warm up to Adelaide. She was stuck up and had major emotional issues. However, his sister saw through this right away, and this helped me to realize everything she had been through. Women in her position are raised only to marry and have children. They are not told so much about what real life is like. Adelaide has had to leave everything she knows to follow a new husband who is practically a stranger to her. I enjoyed watching her growth and was glad that she was still able to maintain her personality and be as dramatic as ever.

In the Regency time period, there were a lot of marriages that took place among the upper class for the sake of wealth and titles. Women often didn’t even get a say in who they married. Sometimes people were even strangers. I really liked that this book showed what would happen after a couple like this married.

I think my favorite parts of the book were the hilarious conversations between Basset and Adelaide. Just be careful if you are drinking something like poor Basset, or it may come spewing out of your mouth…

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

Blog Tour and Review: Love and Lavender 

by Josi S. Kilpack

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629729299
ISBN-13 : 978-1629729299

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Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education.

Now working as a teacher in an elite private girls’ school, she is content with the way her story has unfolded. When her uncle Elliott Mayfield presents her with the prospect of a substantial inheritance if she marries, Hazel is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? Besides, she loves her freedom as a professional, respected woman. When she hears rumors of the school possibly being sold, however, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale has a brilliant mind and thrives on order and process. He does not expect to marry because he likes his solitary life, shared only with his beloved cat. When Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, presents him with an inheritance if he marries a woman of social standing, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, with the inheritance, he could purchase the building in which he works and run his own firm. It would take an impressive and intellectual woman to understand and love him, quirks and all.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, receive their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But when Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must live together as husband and wife for one year before receiving their inheritances, Hazel and Duncan reluctantly agree. Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?


Hazel is not like the rest of her family. She has a “deformed” foot and was sent away to school because of it. She never developed close relationships with other family members, and she has grown up very independent.

Duncan appears to be on the spectrum. He takes everything you say very literally and is incredibly intelligent in so many areas. He has an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Hazel and Duncan both had very difficult upbringings for very different reasons. They were not considered “normal”, and that’s what I loved about them. I adored them together. They had a very sweet, innocent sort of romance that slowly developed.

I definitely enjoyed the story, but it felt a little slow. I felt like I kept waiting for something else to happen in the story, and it never did.

I love characters who are real and not “perfect”. I also loved that this book didn’t try to fix everything and make it unrealistic. Duncan and Hazel got to be exactly who they were meant to be.