Blog Tour and Review: Her Country Gentleman

by Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Mirror Press (March 8, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 300 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952611210
ISBN-13 : 978-1952611216

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Not all love is found in London . . .

Spring at Tribbley Hall by Sian Ann Bessey
When Charlotte’s grandmother invites her to accompany her to Norfolk, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit the sea and escape the fuss surrounding her sister’s wedding preparations in London. Lord William Cheston, on the other hand, is most unhappy when his mother informs him that her old friend and a granddaughter are coming to stay. Not only is it lambing season, but he’s also dealing with the mysterious loss of several sheep. The last thing he needs is a child underfoot. When Charlotte and William first meet, he does not realize that the lovely young lady is the granddaughter in question, and she assumes that the man dressed in work clothes in the barn is a servant. A dinner party at the house introduces Charlotte to some of the gentry living nearby but cannot compare to her experience the next evening, when she and William battle to save the life of a newborn lamb. Soon afterward, Charlotte stumbles upon a clue to William’s sheep’s disappearance. And when her life is placed in jeopardy, William is forced to choose between saving Charlotte and catching the thief.

Love of My Heart by Sarah M. Eden
Cordelia Wakefield has never lived anywhere but London and is not overly happy when her family is forced to retrench to a small estate near Teviotbrae, Scotland. An ill-fated game of battledore and shuttlecock brings her face-to-racquet with Sebastian, who runs the home farm at nearby Teviot Castle. What begins as a clash of personalities, expectations, and preferences, soon leads to a friendship neither had expected. As the magic of Teviotbrae weaves its spell, the possibility of something more than friendship begins to blossom. But what future is there for a lowly farmer and a London lady?

Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire by Rebecca Connolly
Martha Smith wants to marry for love, and will not be persuaded otherwise. She is highly sought after in Society for her beauty and status, but refuses to consider any suitor whose only claim is that his prospects meet with her mother’s approval. Her widowed mother has had enough of Martha’s romantic sensibilities, and is sending her to stay with unfortunate cousins in Wiltshire to show her that marrying for love is a risk that is too great. Benjamin Steele, Lord Hillier, is working on his new and dilapidated estate when he first catches sight of the striking Martha Smith. Becoming Lord Hillier has only brought him a house that needs significant repairs, tenant farms that had been abandoned, and only the money he’d already possessed. He wants meaning in his life, and he’s more than willing to work for it. Though worlds apart in all else, on this point they can agree: a life of meaning would change everything.


I have always loved how Timeless Collections brings together such great authors, but this book may be one of my favorites. Not only do I love the authors and their stories, but this was such a great theme. I also loved how there were different locations included in every story.

Spring at Tribbley Hall by Sian Ann Bessey

William is a Baron who is not afraid to get his hands dirty taking care of his sheep. When an unknown person threatens them, he steps in to protect his sheep and find the culprit.

Charlotte has always loved animals, but has had little chance to express that love. She has always tried to maintain a lady-like appearance, but seems to get herself in one messy situation after another since her arrival.

Spring at Tribbley Hall had scheming relations and a couple perfect for each other. I loved all the animals in this sweet story. I also liked that William allowed Charlotte to make her own decisions even if he didn’t agree with them.

Love of My Heart by Sarah M. Eden

After being raised in England, Sebastian returns to Scotland after the death of his parents to be near his only relative, his grandfather the laird. His grandfather believes that one cannot be respected unless they have worked the land and earned the trust of the locals, so Sebastian becomes a home farmer.

Cordelia loves everything about London and dreams about having a real season. Instead, her family is forced to retrench due to financial issues.

This story makes me totally want to have a pet lamb. Shadow was adorable!

I really liked learning more about the home farmers and the céilidh’s.

Cordelia’s parents were awful. They clearly don’t care about their daughters, and they spend far outside their means. It is no wonder they had to retrench.

I really enjoyed this story.

Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire by Rebecca Connolly

Martha has always wanted to marry for love. Her mother is appalled, and to punish her for her beliefs, she sends her to a cousin in the country so she can see what marrying for love will get you.

Benjamin has inherited an earldom, and the broken down estate that goes along with it. He cannot afford to hire anyone, so he must work the land himself.

Neither Benj or Martha is what one would expect the upper class to be. They have no problems fitting in with the rest of the locals.

Having lived in London her entire life, I love how wide eyed and excited Martha got about everything in the country.

I also loved the scene with the little piglets and the epilogue. This was a great story.

Enchanting the Heiress – Review

by Kristi Ann Hunter

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235273
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235276

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Miss Harriet Hancock enjoys playing the role of eccentric heiress, using her wealth and influence to cleverly and anonymously better the lives of those in Newmarket. Though she keeps people at a distance to protect a years-old secret, when her friend pleads for help on a personal project, Harriet can’t resist.

Stable hand Jonas Fitzroy would do anything for his twin sister, even if it means seeking out the woman whose meddling ways have made him wary and suspicious. The last thing he expects is for Miss Hancock to request his help in writing a book. Intent on revealing her underlying plan, Jonas agrees.

As they work together, an unexpected friendship forms. But when things for once don’t go according to Harriet’s plan, she’s left wondering if good intentions might not be enough. Is there a way to mend the broken pieces of her life? And will Jonas give her another chance at his heart?


Jonas is a man who firmly believes that your yes means yes. He may be aloof, but he is entirely truthful and trustworthy. I loved him in Sophia’s story. He would do anything to take care of his sister, and I’m so glad he got his own story. Though sometimes he uses them randomly, Jonas’ memorization of the scriptures is impressive. I loved the way he learned more about himself throughout the story.

Harriet really does have a good heart, and she tries so hard to help people, but she goes about it the wrong way. She ends up lying and orchestrating so many events. The cover photo seems very appropriate, because it looks like she is up to something. Due to her lies to her father, she has been in a sort of holding place for much of her life and has not been able to experience it for herself.

I’ve been in the unusual circumstance of being in the shoes of both Harriet and Jonas. I started out like Harriet (without the lying), but people think that everything you do has an ulterior motive, or you are just trying to control their lives. Their reaction made me more like Jonas, where now people think you live your life on the outside and you aren’t living the life they think you should. I felt for both the characters.

Harriet did put herself in a lot of her circumstances by lying, but in general she only wanted to help people. Jonas had always lived his life protecting Sophia, so once she marries, he loses his only purpose. However, the way people push him around to try to get him to be who they think he should be is sad. It reminds me of when extroverts want to make everyone like them, because they think an introvert cannot possibly be happy.

I did like Jonas and Harriet as a couple. They challenged each other and made each other see what they were missing.

I liked that so many previous characters were in this book, like Sophia and Aaron who I love. While the book can be read as a standalone, I think that you will appreciate it more if you have read the previous ones in the series.

Blog Tour and Review: Summerhaven

by Tiffany Odekirk

Publisher : Covenant Communications (February 14, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 274 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524421464
ISBN-13 : 978-1524421465

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Hannah Kent and Oliver Jennings pledged their hearts to each other as children. Now, years later, Hannah is thrilled to receive an invitation to spend the summer at Oliver’s family’s country estate. The path to wedded bliss is clear―so long as Oliver’s highbrow older brother, Damon, has ceased his juvenile antics, Hannah’s future looks bright indeed.

But from the moment Hannah arrives at Summerhaven, nothing is as she expected. Oliver seems disinterested in renewing their acquaintance, and Damon is not the brutish boy she remembers but a man intent on avoiding marriage. Although she has loathed Damon her whole life, when he contrives a ruse designed to win them both what they desire, Hannah warily agrees. All she has to do to reclaim Oliver’s attention is pretend to be madly in love with Damon. But when Damon is surprisingly convincing in his role as a suitor, it proves difficult to discern the line between pretense and true love.


Damon Jennings, Oliver Jennings, and Hannah Kent grew up together. At age 12, Oliver and Hannah promised to get married, and Hannah has loved him ever since. Damon and Hannah had always had a difficult relationship, with Hannah hating the tricks he played on her. Years later, she still considers him her adversary.

Oliver comes off as the fun loving brother, but he is often putting his own wants above other people. Damon doesn’t want to only be wanted for his future title, and he hides who he really is from others.

I love Damon and Hannah’s relationship. I adored their sweet moments and their funny moments, and I love their deeper moments. This book was really hard to put down. I love finding new authors I love!

Summerhaven is a twist on my favorite trope of childhood love, and I love it even more for the twist.

The main characters were strong and fully developed, and I felt a connection to them. I also liked the side characters. I really look forward to reading more from this author.

This book releases on Valentine’s Day, which is the perfect date for it. It’s the exact kind of romance I love.

P.S. There was less than an hour to go before my alarm would go off when I finished the book. Summerhaven 1 Sleep 0. I regret nothing.

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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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