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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A Sleigh Ride Kiss – Review

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Jen Geigle Johnson (October 26, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 196 pages
ISBN-10 : 1737592126
ISBN-13 : 978-1737592129

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A man she disdains and a man she loves. What happens when she finds out they’re the same person?

Odette Goodson lives with her grandmother in the beautiful Cheshire County. This Christmas she wishes for caroling, snow, sleigh rides, plum pudding, and a lit yule log, with friends and neighbors all around. Her matchmaking grandmother wishes for her to marry the Marquis of Wilmington. She’s heard only unflattering things about him. To her grandmother’s consternation, Mr. Wardly shows up on a country lane, a man who seems to be everything the Marquis is not.

Henry Wardlow, the Marquis of Wilmington, arrives from the East Indies in Cheshire County six months after his mother’s funeral. Mourning her loss, with a new shipping line at stake, and his own estate to salvage, responsibilities in Cheshire county frustrate him and slow his progress. But he cannot help but be jolly at Christmas time particularly after he runs into the lovely Miss Odette Goodson. Things grow complicated when she confuses him for a gentleman farmer and has shown nothing but disdain for the heretofore unknown Marquis.

Grandmother Amelie Laurent Goodson will work her matchmaking magic, but will it be enough to overcome the strong prejudice in Odette’s preconceived notions or the immediacy of Henry’s needs to be in London?


Odette lives with her beloved grandmother who wants her to have her first season in London soon. What Odette really longs for is more family and people she loves around her at Christmas time.

Henry Wardlow has recently arrived back from the East Indies. After learning that Odette already has a negative view of him, he hides the fact that he is a Marquis.

Did they fall in love fast? Yes. However, a lot of people in those days did. I liked how their relationship progressed even with the deception. The ending was also well done and not predictable.

This story had a sleigh ride, a beautiful snowing scene, skating and more. The snow always seemed enchanting and added to the atmosphere. This was a very sweet Regency Christmas story.

Blog Tour and Review: Song of Salzburg

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 2, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524417602
ISBN-13 : 978-1524417604

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When talented violinist Freya Winter is chosen to take part in a musical celebration alongside some of the best instrumentalists in the world, she is thrilled. Performing in front of royalty is a breathtaking opportunity, but her true motivation for traveling to Salzburg is to fulfill an unlikely dream: to meet and train under the renowned Salzburg Maestro, a master musician shrouded in mystery.

Freya travels aboard the Orient Express to practice with the newly formed orchestra in Salzburg, and nothing can distract her―not her mother’s illness, nor her father’s domineering ways; however, when a handsome passenger becomes a regular fixture on her journeys, Freya feels her focus blurring. Conversation with Erich is easy, and their shared love of music draws them undeniably closer. But even as they open their hearts to each other, the harsh realities of her family life intrude on the future she’s envisioned, and Freya feels her dreams slipping through her fingers, threatening to rob her of everything she cherishes most.


This was an enjoyable read about a young woman named Freya Winter who has a passion for music. Her parents see it as only a hobby and are giving her some time away in Salzburg in the student orchestra before she must give it up. On the way there she meets a young man named Erich.

Their relationship takes place mostly on the Orient Express as she travels between her school and her grandmother’s house in Paris. There are a lot of details about the Orient Express as well as the cities of Salzburg and Paris that I liked, as well as fashion from this time period.

While I like music and have an appreciation for it, I am not a musician. However, there was something so beautiful about this young couple having such a passion for music, and then how they are able to play it together as one.

Song of Salzburg is a sweet read that I would recommend.

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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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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!

Suitors for the Proper Miss – Review

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Jen Geigle Johnson
Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1734128887
ISBN-13 : 978-1734128888

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She wants to marry a Lord, as Lordly and titled as possible. He wants nothing more to do with her than saddle her horses.

Miss Lucy Standish has wanted to marry a future duke for as long as she could remember. Days in the cold, with little coal for their small cottage and little to eat, she would dream of the days she saved all her sisters with a marriage to a man of such elevated title that they would never be poor again, that her children and their children forever would be cared for.

Mr. Conor Sullivan has never overstepped the lines of propriety. He does everything he can to treat Miss Lucy with respect. But his heart is overcome with love for the middle Standish sister, and he assumes he will spend his dying breath still wishing she were his. But fortune changes for the Sullivan family. With new attention from the crown and past family secrets revealed, a path opens that just might mean happiness for Lucy and Conor. But will they be bold enough to seize the opportunity when it comes?


Lucy Standish is of the belief that she is expected to marry a Duke and secure the family line. While there is some proof in her family line of nobility, she and her sisters grew up in poverty. Lucy’s heart is clearly leading her in one direction, but the obligations she feels for her family is leading her the opposite way.

There were a lot of things mentioned at the beginning of the book that were quite a bit of recapping previous books in the series, so it took me longer to get into this book. I did enjoy the book once I got into it.

I have liked this series and the family of sisters. Each one is interesting and unique. Coming into the story, Lucy seemed like she was going to be the most predictable with her plans for life, but she threw that right out the window. This is a fun series that I look forward to reading more from.

Top 20 Books of 2020

Losing yourself in a good book was even more important this year than in previous years. I am so thankful for these amazing writers that share their work with us. Here are the Top 20 Books in 2020.

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Snow and Mistletoe – Review

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publication date : October 30, 2020
Print length : 131 pages
Publisher : Kings Row Press (October 30, 2020)

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Lady Theodosia wants more than one season before she accepts a proposal. Mr. Easton will never ask.

Except Julian must find a wife by Christmas or his brother Edmund will choose one for him.

And Dosie finds she just might need that proposal after all, not only during her first season, but her first ball.

Can they make a marriage between them? A marriage of convenience?


Julian has hit rock bottom and has been a spot upon his family name. His oldest brother forces him to either marry or get an occupation.

Lady Theadosia is recently out in society. Before she even thinks about marriage, she wants to flirt with as many guys as she can.

When Theadosia is threatened with ruination, Julian steps in to save her. However, something else is afoot and threatens to ruin everything.

Even when Julian is acting like a complete wastrel, there is a certain charm to him.

I have always loved stories when the characters knew each other as children before falling in love. I would have liked some memories or flashbacks of the two of them together.

This is a quick read. The Easton family continues in Tabitha’s Folly.