Blog Tour and Review: Inventing Vivian

by Jennifer Moore

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (June 7, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524418943
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418946

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Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.


Vivian Kirby has always dreamed of being an inventor. Her brain seems to think differently than a lot of people, and it has caused many suitors to lose interest in her. The reader receives quite a unique introduction to Vivian in the prologue.

Lord Benedict has lived like a selfish second son until some time in China has opened his eyes.

With Vivian’s keen mind and serious nature and Benedict’s lighthearted nature and extroverted personality, they do not seem like they would make a very good couple. Yet, they make the perfect Yin and Yang.

I found this story really interesting. Besides loving the characters, some of my favorite things were the descriptions of Vivian’s invention, and the Chinese items and stories. I also liked the mystery throughout the story.

This story is a part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone. There are some side characters in this book that have previously made an appearance.

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The Heart’s Charge – Review

by Karen Witemeyer

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764232088
ISBN-13 : 978-0764232084

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Members of Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he’d nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?


Karen Witemeyer is the reason I stepped outside my Historical Regency comfort zone and started reading Westerns. Books like this are exactly why I now love Westerns!

The theme of this story was very important to me. God has called us to help the orphans no matter who they are or where they are from. Stories like the one Abner shared are so heartbreaking. Eliza’s story was also heartbreaking, and far too common.

It’s often tough to have a book written with four lead characters who are equally important and fully developed. Witemeyer has accomplished this so well. There was also a mystery and some action in this book along with the romance of the two couples.

This book can be read as a standalone, but if you read the first book in the series (At Love’s Command) you can learn more about the history of the horsemen.

I loved the plot and the characters. I read through the book at a fast pace but then read the end slowly because I wanted to savor it. I can’t wait for Preach’s story!

A Companion for the Count – Review

by Sally Britton

Publisher : Pink Citrus Books (April 29, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 260 pages
ISBN-10 : 1947005294
ISBN-13 : 978-1947005297

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Miss Emma Arlen’s position as a companion never included distracting her mistress’s suitors, but when a handsome Italian ambassador arrives determined to find an English bride, Emma happily takes up the cause.

Emma Arlen has spent a decade as a member of the duke’s family, in the position of companion to his daughter and ward to the duke himself. She would do anything to show her support to the ducal family for their love and kindness. When Lady Josephine begs Emma to distract a most determined Sicilian suitor, she agrees at once. How hard can it be to keep one man entertained for a few weeks?

Luca, the Conte di Atella, left his home in the newly formed Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under the direct orders of King Ferdinand I. Luca’s duty as ambassador to England includes everything from negotiating better trade agreements to strengthening the bonds between the two nations. If possible, by marrying a lady of high birth. When he optimistically sets his sights on Lady Elinor, Miss Arlen consistently disrupts his plans. The more time that passes, the more he realizes he does not mind at all.

Continually in the conte’s company, Emma recognizes in him a spirit of adventure and nobility like she has never witnessed before. When the time comes for him to go, will she be able to part with him and keep her heart intact? 


Emma Arlen always tries to stay happy and positive, but I felt bad that she is always being used by people who just want to get closer to the Duke’s daughter.

As someone of Italian descent, I had an extra soft spot for the character Luca and everything connected to the Italian culture. The scene where Luca and Emma make pasta is one of my favorites. It even makes me want to try my hand at making pasta myself. I also loved learning all the history and politics of Italy during this time. I am ashamed to say I didn’t know much about it.

I loved Andrew and the Duke’s daughter Josephine! They had a fun relationship, and I can’t wait to see where that goes.

This was a very sweet story, and I loved the characters and the history.

Dusk’s Darkest Shores – Review

by Carolyn Miller

Publisher : Kregel Publications (May 18, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825446538
ISBN-13 : 978-0825446535

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How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England’s beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it’s a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary’s caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer–but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he’s plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he’s also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal–and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.


I love that this new series focuses on wallflowers. Mary is an older and more mature heroine. She has been known to have an overbearing personality, and I love her dry sense of humor.

This book is also an emotional journey of Adam finding out who he is again after falling ill during the war. I really could relate to Adam. While what we each have is very different, having a chronic disease can sometimes suck you into a hole of feeling bad for yourself. And a lot of times people around you don’t know how to react to the situation. Also, having black and white puppers for buddies like Adam and I have really do help. Of course the most important thing is to rely on God and to always have faith in him even when it’s hard.

Carolyn Miller’s stories are always filled with multidimensional characters you root for. Her stories are always enjoyable to read, but they go even deeper and I feel that I learn something after reading them.

Blog Tour and Review: A Proper Scoundrel

by Esther Hatch

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 10, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524416983
ISBN-13 : 978-1524416980

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His scandals were right on track until she derailed everything.

As the successful owner of multiple railroad lines, Diana Barton is all too accustomed to fending off suitors seeking to stake their claim on her wealth. In order to keep the wolves at bay, Diana has contrived the perfect plan: appeal to the most notorious rake in London, the Baron Lord Bryant, to ruin her reputation and scare off the worst of the time wasters. The ruse will be no hardship she’s secretly been fascinated by the man for years.

Lord Bryant is well aware of his questionable reputation. Indeed, he has cultivated the image carefully, and the last thing he wants is a wife. But when he’s approached by the younger sister of a business associate, he tells her in no uncertain terms that he cannot help. However, when he sees for himself what she is up against, Bryant grudgingly offers his assistance. Faced with his most complicated entanglement yet, Bryant is firm in his conditions and Diana knows that to get romantically involved with Bryant would spell certain heartbreak. But as the counterfeit couple grow ever closer, the line between truth and lies becomes blurred, threatening both Lord Bryant’s well-laid plans and the future of Diana’s railroad business.


In my review for A Proper Scandal, I wrote: “Speaking of side characters, I don’t usually like stories where the hero is a rake, but I would love a redeemed rake story for Lord Bryant. He seems like he has a great sense of humor and despite being a rake, I liked his character. He seems to have a good heart underneath it all.” In my review for A Proper Charade, I wrote: “Lord Bryant stood out to me in A Proper Scandal and I loved seeing even more of his real self in this book. I can’t wait to read his story.” To say I was excited about Lord Bryant’s story would be an understatement. I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved him!

Lord Bryant is all the things you think a rake would be. He’s exceedingly handsome and knows it, he’s charming, and he’s a little too free with his kisses. However, he also really cares about other people and tries to help them; all while he has a difficult past he is trying to overcome.

Diana Barton is an owner of two railroads which demand much of her time. She would be more successful if she could free up the time wasted with would be suitors who are really only interested in controlling her business. It was hard to imagine a person for Lord Bryant, but Diana is so perfect for him. I adored her strong, independent, yet fun character.

Esther Hatch continues to show why she is one of my favorite authors. She has characters I love, and they stick with you long after you finish reading. Her writing is superb and always has the perfect pacing. Her stories draw you in, and you never want to put her books down.

5 stars for Lord Bryant!

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Blog Tour and Review: A Torn Allegiance

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 5, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524418684
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418687

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When the man she must spy on becomes the man she loves…

Peace is tenuous in the small kingdom of Oldenburg, and the looming threat of invasion from Napoleon weighs heavily on the royal family. Their country’s best chance for safety lies in strengthening their alliance with the English. So it is that Prince Hayes Wilhelm finds himself returning to England, where he hopes a prominent duke can help him protect his country.


Lady Elsie longs to make a difference in the world, but spying was not quite what she had in mind. So when her father, the Duke of Shelby, approaches her about keeping a close eye on the visiting crown prince of Oldenburg, she reluctantly agrees. But the outspoken young woman did not anticipate finding in Hayes a man who shares―and respects―her progressive ideas. Their mutual attraction is undeniable, but Elsie cannot forget her charge to spy on the man who is quickly stealing her heart. With the threat of war looming ever closer, Elsie and Hayes must consider carefully whom to trust―before their secrets tear them apart.


The Royal Regency series continues with A Torn Allegiance now focusing on the eldest brother. Prince Hayes Wilhelm has the concerns and responsibilities one would expect of the heir. However, he also has the added issues of being from a small country surrounded by the war with Napoleon. I found Hayes to be a strong and interesting character. He really had a lot to work through in his position and handled it like a true future king.

Lady Elsie was asked to spy on Hayes by her father. During her time with Hayes she finds herself drawn to him for other reasons. Elsie seemed quite immature. She was so proud of herself for being a bluestocking and able to have intelligent conversations, but her emotions with Hayes changed five times every conversation. She was also jealous of every interaction he had with another woman.

This book discusses the connection that people have with their homeland, and there are some beautiful descriptions in it. I also liked all the historical information that went into the book.

It took me a little bit to get into the first 50 pages of the book, but then I read the next 200 in one sitting. It left me wanting to read the next in the series right away.

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Blog Tour and Review: Isabelle and Alexander

by Rebecca Anderson

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (May 4, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629728470
ISBN-13 : 978-1629728476

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Manchester, 1850

Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills. Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.

However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.

Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.


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This book was really an emotional one for me. It is told from the point of view of Isabelle, and you are able to feel connected to her right away. However, it was Alexander that really drew me in.

Alexander and Isabelle have just had an arranged marriage and barely know each other when Alexander suffers from a tragic accident. Isabelle is trying to find where she fits in with this new situation, and we see her many struggles. Alexander is very quiet and can come off as moody and cold. It was finding out who the real Alexander was that I really loved.

I also loved how raw and realistic this book was. Everything wasn’t daisies and sunshine. Bad things happened and people’s lives changed because of it. However, there were also tender moments that helped bring them together as a couple and everything they went through made them stronger.

I look forward to reading more from Rebecca Anderson.

Blog Tour and Review: An Uncommon Earl

by Sian Ann Bessey

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 5, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524414719
ISBN-13 : 978-1524414719

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Alexander Allerton, the Earl of Bloxley’s, greatest desire is to alleviate the suffering of the poor and less fortunate of England. So when his hackney carriage is involved in an accident that results in the death of one of those he is determined to help, he is devastated. Alexander vows to keep the promise he makes to the injured woman as she takes her final breaths: he will not rest until he finds her young son.

After a crippling accident years ago, Jane Hadford is accustomed to being largely ignored at social events. But being overlooked has allowed her to hone her observational skills and she quickly perceives that all is not well with the handsome Lord Bloxley. When an unexpected opportunity arises to talk to the earl, he surprises them both by sharing with her his fruitless search for the child. Touched by Lord Bloxley’s story and by his desire to make things right, Jane determines to help him fulfill his promise. What she cannot anticipate, however, is that the quest she has chosen to undertake will bring into her life a small boy who will steal her heart and a gentleman who might well do the same.


Jane Hadford has not only had to adjust to life after an accident, but her parents treat her from both sides of the extreme because of it. Her father treats her as entirely too fragile and doesn’t want to allow her to do anything on her own. While her mother acts like her injuries shouldn’t be a hindrance at all.

I always like when people aren’t perfect, and they have flaws. It is far more realistic. As someone who suffers from a number of chronic diseases, I also feel drawn to characters who are considered “broken”.

Alexander Allerton really is an uncommon earl. He fights for causes he believes in rather than just looking good for appearances. He also sees a person for who they really are. His scenes with Asher are some of the sweetest. Asher is just too cute!

I had mixed feelings about the end. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it seems to take away from things when there is a quick fix or everything works out so well in the end. It left me a little disappointed.

I love the historical details in this book about the chimney sweep act and the founding hospital. I also liked how the hero and the heroine are brought together by such a worthy cause.

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