Blog Tour and Review: Heart in the Highlands

by Heidi Kimball

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 9, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 152441882X
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418823

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An arranged marriage was never what Callum Darrington, future Duke of Edinbane, imagined for himself. But with the well-being of his uncle’s family hanging in the balance, Callum strikes a bargain with his father and reluctantly agrees to tie himself to a stranger. The reality of the lovely Lady Katherine is more than he could have hoped for, and their wedding heralds a bright new future for the couple—until Callum discovers his father deliberately deceived him. Callum lashes out, setting in motion heartbreak not even he could have foreseen.

Four years later, Callum is ready to piece together the marriage he so carelessly destroyed. But their years apart have hardened Kate: she is not the naive and trusting young woman she once was, and she has no intention of allowing Callum a foothold in her life or her heart. Despite her coldness, Callum works to regain her trust and rebuild their marriage, not realizing Kate harbors a secret that could change everything—and this time, there is much more at stake than just her heart.


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I stayed up until 4am reading Heart in the Highlands, and I regret nothing.

I did have a love/hate relationship with Callum. Just when I thought he had gotten back on my good side he messes up again, but that’s just what makes him real. I love that even though he is broken and vulnerable, he is really trying. He just needs to be shown grace for the times he messes up, and he needs to learn to bestow grace to others like his father.

Kate often acts like she was the only one wronged, and while she definitely was abandoned at what could be described as the worst time of her life, Callum did reach out to her repeatedly through letters which she ignored, making him think she didn’t want him around. However, Kate is a very strong woman who tries to do the best with what she has.

Communication is so important in a relationship, and it is often lacking. I loved how they exchanged his journal entries and her drawings from their time apart to learn more about each other.

This story was emotional and really made me think. We might easily find ourselves criticizing others, but could we really forgive someone just as easily? We also have to be careful not to hold on to anger. It can end up affecting us far more than anyone else.

Heidi recently mentioned that she had wondered during a difficult time if her passion for writing would ever come back. I am so glad it did. I would have hated to miss out on reading stories like this.

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The Ears Have It – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Phase Publishing (July 27, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 278 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952103290
ISBN-13 : 978-1952103292

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To see or not to see…

Emmeline Bartlett has a secret. By day, she is the polite, proper, sometimes teacher of writing and rhetoric at the prestigious Miss Masters’s Finishing School. But by night, she disguises herself as the mysterious Ears, exploring and investigating the darker sides of London, writing articles about her discoveries under a pseudonym and exposing scandals. When a handsome Spaniard crosses her path, Emmeline discovers new adventures in London by night, as well as new dangers.

Teodoro de Vickers y Mendoza isn’t sure what he is going to do with the title he inherited from his estranged English grandfather, but he’s come to England to find out. Meeting Ears on a nighttime walk isn’t part of the plan, nor is finding her intriguing, exciting, and beautiful. The further he gets into her world, the more he wonders about his own, and the less certain he is about everything.

Except for her.


As the offspring of an English father and a Spanish mother, Teo is torn between two countries. After the death of his estranged grandfather, he returns to an England he doesn’t know.

Emmeline has always looked for adventure and stories, and she finds it best when she silently tours the streets of London at night. Balancing her nightly sleuthing skills as Ears, her daytime routine following around her Aunt like a proper lady, and her occasional teaching position at a finishing school, leaves her days and nights busy. Yet Emmeline still wonders which identity she really is.

Teo falls head over heels really fast and his entire life and all his thoughts seem consumed by Emmeline. To me it seemed a little fast. Emmeline falls in love pretty fast as well, but it doesn’t seem to consume her entire life as much.

There’s quite a bit of Spanish in this book. I know enough Spanish, so I didn’t have any problems reading it, and it fit the character’s personalities better to use their native tongue. However, if you don’t know Spanish, you may want to have a way to translate it nearby.

Gent is in this book! I love him! If you haven’t read his book (The Lady and the Gent), you really should.

My favorite parts of The Ears Have It are the plots, mystery, and the London League. There were a lot of little connections from previous books that I loved. A major plot is also a continuation, but this book can be read on its own.

The Nabob’s Daughter – Review

by Jess Heileman

Publisher : Vagabond Publishing, LLC (June 16, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 444 pages
ISBN-10 : 1732985146
ISBN-13 : 978-1732985148

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She’ll do anything to escape an arranged marriage. He’ll do anything to help her.

Honora Crauford relishes her life in India. So when her father informs her of his latest business transaction—marrying her off to a bankrupt nobleman in England—her only hope for returning home is to convince her betrothed, by whatever antics necessary, that a marriage to her comes at a cost that not even the greatest fortune can justify. 

Graham Whitworth can hardly believe his wretched luck. It seems the only way to save his family’s insolvent estate is to comply with his father’s demands and marry the extremely wealthy, but utterly ridiculous, nabob’s daughter. But when Honora missteps, Graham discerns her farce and begins to see who she truly is—a most impressive lady. A lady likely capable of fixing his family’s financial troubles. 

Realizing they both desire freedom, Graham and Honora join forces to restore the Whitworth estate and return Honora to her beloved India. But sometimes love has its own agenda, and the revoking of a once undesirable arrangement may just prove to be the greatest sacrifice of all.  


I read The Nabob’s Daughter by Jess Heileman on Kindle Unlimited, and immediately after finishing it I bought the paperback because I loved it so much!

I seriously hated every time I had to put it down. Honora and Graham were the cutest couple, and I loved how they interacted with each other. I also loved all the rich details of India that the author included.

This book was so sweet and yet hilarious as well; the perfect combination! On top of that, it had a twist that I didn’t see coming. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it. It was one of the best releases of the year.

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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