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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Winning the Gentleman – Review

by Kristi Ann Hunter

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (April 20, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235265
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235269

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Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together–against all odds?


Hunter always writes unique story-lines with characters we fall in love with. However, this story was especially unique with the main characters a female circus performer turned jockey and a man born on the wrong side of the blanket.

Aaron Whitworth was a fan favorite from his previous appearances, but this book can be read as a standalone. The situation of Aaron’s birth was far more common than it should have been, and it was interesting to see the child’s point of view in this situation. On the outside Aaron is very quiet and standoffish, but there is an endearing quality about him.

Sophia Fitzroy has had to spend the last few years taking care of herself and her injured twin brother. Her situation has made her more independent and determined. I liked how she was such a strong female lead and different from the typical aristocrat.

I really like that this book was different from any other book I’ve read from this time period. And I’ve read a lot of books from this time! If you’ve read previous books by Hunter, be on the lookout for some fun cameos in this one.

Pining for Lord Lockhart – Review

by Jen Geigle Johnson

ASIN : B08TV55VQ9
Publisher : Kings Row Press (April 1, 2021)
Publication date : April 1, 2021
Language : English

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Charity watches each of her sisters make plans to marry, one by one, and she is overjoyed for their happiness, but she doubts she will ever feel much of the same. She is busy in her causes, in her book groups, in her thinking bluestocking ways, but she has a secret. And no one knows, not even the man himself. But through all of her forward thinking ways, she is pining for Lord Lockhart.

Lord Lockhart is the wealthiest man of any of their acquaintance. He recently received yet another inheritance when an old eccentric uncle passed on and he seeks for ways to use his money responsibly. Charity is a good resource for him in this regard. And he just might have secrets of his own where she is concerned.


I have been looking forward to Charity’s story since beginning this fun series of sisters. I always liked how different she was. She doesn’t care what other people think, and if there is a cause she believes in, she makes sure things happen. I felt like Charity lost some of the personality I love in this book. While she still cared about her causes, she got too caught up in shallow things.

Wilfred (yes Wilfred – not Andrew) was always there for Charity in previous books but hadn’t declared himself yet. In this book we find out why.

Wilfred has such fond childhood memories of growing up near the Westchester family. When they come to him for help, he is too good and noble to turn his back on them. However, helping them could put his relationship with Charity in jeopardy.

One of the things I love the most about the hero and heroine is that Wilfred doesn’t just support Charity, he believes in the same things she believes in. I love the way they worked together and how excited they got about their projects.

I also liked seeing the small appearances by the Standish sisters. This book is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone. I can’t wait for Grace’s story!

Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Review: The Indebted Earl

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (March 23, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825446198
ISBN-13 : 978-0825446191

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Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiancée and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.


Captain Charles Wyvern has grown up on the sea and never felt like anywhere else could be home. He has become serious and can come off as gruff. His world changes when after a serious injury he no longer is captain of his ship, he loses his best friend, and he receives some unexpected family news.

Before Lady Sophia Haverly had her happily ever after snatched away with the loss of her fiancé, she was animated and always looking for the good.

Sophia is young and Charles is older, and sometimes they seem like opposites. However, they are exactly what each other needs.

This felt like a different kind of romance than a lot of the ones I read. I like that the hero and heroine did not instantly fall in love with each other. I also like the age gap which was more realistic during this time, and it worked out perfectly in their relationship.

I absolutely loved Thea, and I really want to know what happens to her when she grows up.

This has been such a great series, and there are so many more characters I want to see again. However, each book can be read as a standalone.

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Blog Tour and Review: Refining the Debutante

by Anneka R. Walker

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (March 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 264 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524416940
ISBN-13 : 978-1524416942

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Miss Miranda Bartley is in love with the Honorable Ethan Roderick, their engagement all but official. But as she basks in the success of her London Season, her joy is cut short when Ethan ends their courtship, claiming she is too insensitive. In the wake of her heartbreak, Miranda is dealt yet another blow, one that changes everything. In a harsh twist of fate, she quickly falls from Society darling to servant in her uncle’s home.

Believing he will never see Miranda again, Ethan is shocked when he encounters her by accident. Even more surprising is her dramatic change; she is no longer the self-centered young woman he left behind. Her eyes are now open to the plight of poverty surrounding her, and Miranda has become every bit the lady Ethan once imagined her to be. As he helps the woman he once loved, their tattered relationship returns to familiarity. But Ethan is determined to protect his heart and begins a courtship with his neighbor, who is predictable and safe everything Miranda is not. Forced to perform a delicate dance, Miranda and Ethan must choose follow the rules of Society or the longing of their hearts.


Refining the Debutante instantly pulled me right in, and I didn’t want to put the book down. If I didn’t have responsibilities, I would have wanted to read this in one sitting.

Miranda is young, naïve, and shallow, and Ethan makes sure she will never forget it. While overall Ethan is an outstanding guy with a good heart, he is of course not perfect. I didn’t like that Ethan thought of himself as so much better than his charity cases. He also cared about other people’s opinions too much yet judged others.

I found this more to be Miranda’s story. She learned and grew so much throughout her experiences. So much was put on her as having all the problems when everyone struggles with something.

I loved Miranda and Ethan from the very beginning. I had already felt so invested in their relationship from the very first chapters and felt somewhat protective of it.

This was a beautiful story about relationships, growth, and of course love.

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Silver Dollar Duke – Review

by Sally Britton

Publisher : Pink Citrus Books (February 19, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 324 pages
ISBN-10 : 1947005286
ISBN-13 : 978-1947005280

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The last thing Dannie needs is a Victorian gentleman on her ranch, playing cowboy while she’s trying to save her family’s livelihood. Will high stakes and high emotions lead to heartbreak?

Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg.

Daniella Bolton’s fiancé left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life.

Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancé’s flight return tenfold.

Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?


This book has a likeable cast of characters, a unique plot, and it combines some of my favorite time periods and locations.

As the younger son of a Marquess in England, Evan Rounsevell doesn’t have a lot of focus in life. However, he does dream about life in the wild west of America.

Daniella Bolton has been burned before in love and now only wants to work hard at her family’s ranch and ignore the handsome British greenhorn.

Evan gets judged instantly for his upbringing, but he is a hard worker and a fast learner. Dannie bothered me at first with how rude she was to him, and it took a little longer to warm up to her.

I really liked the theme that in America you could choose what to make of yourself instead of just taking the path that was handed to you. This was especially the case for Evan where he wouldn’t have been given a lot of choices if he stayed in England.

I like reading Historical Westerns. I do wish there were a little more historical details added to the story from this time period.

This book, along with many others I have read, and almost every Hallmark movie, seems to think Bostonians think poorly of people from other areas, when Southerners and Westerners are the ones always saying how cold, and heartless Boston people are. Just so you know Hallmark, we like people from all areas, and while the weather may be cold, we aren’t. 🙂

I read the description for the next book in the series, Copper for the Countess, and I am really looking forward to Frosty’s story. He was one of the most intriguing characters in Sliver Dollar Duke.

Manor for Sale, Baron Included – Review

by Esther Hatch

ASIN : B08QXVHDJQ
Publication date : February 25, 2021
File size : 645 KB
Print length : 247 pages

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She has everything Lord Farnsworth wants, including his manor.

Lord Farnsworth would rather rot in debtor’s prison than sell the one place that feels like home to him—his mother’s manor. That is, until he meets the woman who wants to buy it. Sally Duncan is beautiful, intelligent, and as rich as a baron—a rich baron, not a cash-strapped one like Lord Farnsworth. She’s the solution to every one of his financial problems and is bewitching to boot. All he needs to do is sell her his beloved manor and then charm her to the altar, and the manor will be his again. Simple, right?

But nothing is simple when Sally starts tearing apart his ancestral home and renovating it in a way no one would consider tasteful. She is wreaking havoc on everything, but he cannot give up on owning his mother’s estate again, nor can he imagine anyone but Sally as his wife.

And so he sticks with his plan.

What a horrible mistake.


Low on funds, Lord Farnsworth (Jonathan) doesn’t want to sell the only place he has ever felt at home. After meeting Sally – the beautiful, hardworking, and unique woman who wants to purchase his manor – he acts on impulse and hatches a plan to get the girl and keep his beloved house.

Sally Duncan has been burned in the past by falling for a peer who only cared about having an heir. She often comes off as hard and judgmental. However, I don’t know how I would feel if I were trying to set up my house, and the previous owner wouldn’t go away.

Jonathan goes into his attempted courtship with guns blazing, and some rather comical scenes ensue. Underneath it all, Jonathan really does have a sweet personality that he has tried to hide since getting bullied as a child, and I kept wanting him to show it to Sally.

The funny gifts to each other are great, but I absolutely loved the sweet gift and note Jonathan gave Sally.

Victoria was an interesting character, and I feel for her struggles. I liked the teaser of what happened to her in the epilogue. I noticed this is a series, and I hope she is next.

Funny and sweet, this was another excellent book by Hatch. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.