Blog Tour and Review: A Foreign Crown

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by Jen Geigle Johnson

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 3, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524413666
ISBN-13: 978-1524413668

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Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.

Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?


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Lady Aribella Bardsley and Prince Layton Wilhelm of Oldenburg are often thrown together at the Palace. Lady Aribella knows that the Queen wants her daughter to marry Prince Layton. As the Queen’s lady in waiting, she must always follow orders. Aribella and Layton must decide whether their hearts or duty will win out in the end.

I hadn’t known much about English ladies in waiting or their court in general and found so much of this fascinating. People often look at royalty and think they just live a life of luxury (Prince George certainly did) but this book will feel like a behind the scenes raw look into their real lives.

Aribella and Layton seemed a little over infatuated with each other upon first meeting, and their relationship came off as superficial. While this can be realistic, it is not my preference. I did like them together once they got to know each other.

Jen Geigle Johnson’s books are known to have a lot of rich historical information. While this is a fictional story, a number of the characters were based on the real royal family. I knew about some of their situations going into the story, but seeing the types of things they had to go through made them even more real to me.

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Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Review: The Gentleman Spy

gentspyby Erica Vetsch

Series: Serendipity & Secrets (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 082544618X
ISBN-13: 978-0825446184

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He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?


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“He supposed that someday he would have to forgive the child for being a girl.”

From the first line of the book, I was drawn right in.

Marcus Haverly never wanted to be the next Duke of Haverly. He is coerced into marriage and the chosen bride is Lady Charlotte Tiptree. Charlotte is not one to simper in the background and soon she is completely changing Marcus’ life.

I loved that the heroine is described as plain. So many books have the heroine be unbelievably gorgeous. I also love that she has a brain. Marcus and Charlotte have so much in common and can have intelligent conversations.

Fans of Rebecca Connolly’s London League Series and Kristi Ann Hunter’s Haven Manor Series will love The Gentleman Spy.

Between the characters, the mystery, and the pace of a good plot, it kept me from wanting to put the book down.

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Letters for Phoebe – Review

lettersphoebe by Sally Britton

Series: Promise of Forever After (Book 1)
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: Independently published (July 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8663964449
ASIN: B08C97THHM

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When Phoebe starts receiving anonymous letters, she never once thinks the most irresponsible man in London is her correspondent. Or that she will fall in love with him.

Phoebe Kimball grew up believing in love, but after failing to find a gentleman capable of capturing her heart, she has turned more practical than romantic. She is determined to find a husband in London this Season. If only the annoying Mr. Fenwick would stop appearing every time she sets her cap at someone! When an anonymous letter arrives warning her that her current target is unsuitable marital material, Phoebe begins a relationship with the letter writer that promises something more than a practical alliance.

Griffin Fenwick does not usually care for women on the hunt for a husband, but Miss Kimball’s quick wit and refusal to admit she enjoys his company intrigues him. When he realizes the gentlemen on her list of eligible bachelors is full with scoundrels, he warns her the only way he can – through a letter. As he comes to know Phoebe better, he soon realizes he wishes to put his own name on her list. If only she liked Griffin as much as she liked her anonymous correspondent.

When Phoebe realizes its been Griffin writing her all along, will she put aside practicality for love, or spurn Griffin for even trying to woo her?

Letters for Phoebe is the first in a series of books about five friends. The next four novellas will be written by authors Joanna Barker, Megan Walker, Heidi Kimball, and Arlem Hawks. 


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The Promise of Forever After collection of stories is about five girls who attended school together and feel the bonds of sisterhood. A beautiful bracelet is passed around the group, and it is expected to bring them good luck and help tie each of them together.

When she was younger Phoebe Kimball always liked to go on adventures and often got herself into trouble. As she grows up and has to face serious issues she becomes more somber and loses her more daring side. Griffin Fenwick lives for fun. He loves to make people laugh and distract them from any issues they are facing.

Phoebe and Griffin meet while he is participating in a dual using dough. This certainly was a unique and funny way to bring the reader into the story.

Phoebe wants to marry someone her equal and when she pursues a relationship with a man that Griffin considers problematic, he takes it upon himself to secretly warn her through letters.

Letters for Phoebe is a Regency take on The Shop Around the Corner (You’ve Got Mail) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I loved this story and I look forward to reading about the bracelet passing on to the other friends.

Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies – Review

whims by Jen Geigle Johnson

Series: Lords for the Sisters of Sussex (Book 3)
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Jen Geigle Johnson (July 9, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1734128860
ISBN-13: 978-1734128864

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Miss Kate is full of spontaneity and dreams of fashion. Put her in a room with Ackerman’s fashion plates, the makings of a new bonnet, and a strong cup of tea, and she would be happy for hours. But she is not your typical Regency miss. No one knows that she is the designer behind London’s famous fashion section, the woman who knows every fashion trend before it happens.

Lord Dennison, the ton’s best most brightly dressed dandy, the prodigy of Beau Brummel himself, is often the subject of Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies, a gossip column in the Morning Star newspaper. He moves in circles with the most fashion conscious set. But he hides a deep hurt and doesn’t plan to ever ask another girl to marry him…ever again.


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This series is fun and has some unique characters. I have always enjoyed reading a series where we get to follow characters through multiple books. While this book can be read as a standalone, it’s so much nicer to read at least The Earl’s Winning Wager before this one. When this book first started I already felt like I knew the sisters so well.

Kate Standish and Lord Dennison are both Paragons of fashion, and both are hiding their secret reason why. They have some really great interactions together.

I made the mistake of looking up the next book in the series (Suitors for the Proper Miss) and now I am having a very real problem with trying to be patient. February 9th 2021 is a long time away!

The Last Eligible Bachelor – Review

eligible by Ashtyn Newbold

Series: Seasons of Change (Book 3)
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 25, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8662720541
ASIN: B08C8YKCVX

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A ruse can only last so long…

Tillie Sherbrooke was born a lady, but lost her place in society by her father’s folly. Quiet, resourceful, and loyal, she now makes the perfect lady’s maid for her mistress Sophia. When Sophia’s parents give her no choice but to travel across England to be matched with a mysterious young bachelor, Mr. Hill, she has no interest, especially since there are several other ladies vying for him. Who better to send in her place than Tillie? What gentleman would notice a maid, even one disguised as a lady? So when Sophia asks this favor of Tillie, or rather—threatens her into it, Tillie must rely on her past, the life of a proper lady, if she hopes to keep her position at Sedgwick Manor.

Disguised as her mistress, Tillie takes a coach across the country to a new place, one both unfamiliar and frightening. With so much at stake, she does all she can to stay quiet and invisible. But when she inadvertently catches Mr. Hill’s attention, she realizes she may have more to lose than her livelihood. She may very well lose her heart.


I loved this book so much. It was just what I needed to read right now.

Tillie Sherbrooke and Mr. Hill are one of my favorite couples. I loved them together. They had the best banter and the sweetest moments together.

A house party is always fun but this was a great take on one with it being a matchmaking party for Mr. Hill.

The end also had a few twists I liked that kept it from being predictable.

Read this book! It’s fun, and sweet, and so worth your time and money.

What a Spinster Wants (The Spinster Chronicles, Book 6) – Review

spinsterwants by Rebecca Connolly

Series: The Spinster Chronicles, Book 6
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Phase Publishing (May 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1952103096
ISBN-13: 978-1952103094

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Lady Edith Leveson has lived her young widowhood in shadows and secrets, not even revealing the truth to family or friends. That, it seems, is no longer an option, and she must act quickly to avoid being ruined entirely and forevermore. A handsome but reserved rescuer comes to her aid just in time, and their paths begin to entwine more than either of them expected.

Graham Hastings, Lord Radcliffe, is no hero. He isn’t brave, bold, or in any way noble, yet the striking Lady Edith seems determined to paint him so. One dance with her, and he seems unable to avoid finding her in need wherever he goes. The more involved he becomes, the more his heart begins to open, and he finds himself more than willing to become a hero. Hers.


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Those of us who have been reading the Spinster Chronicles series have been waiting for Lady Edith Leveson’s story. Edith had been harder to get to know in previous stories because she was such a closed book and didn’t want to talk about her past.

Graham Hastings seems pretty smitten with her right away and very protective. He is fairly introverted and Edith has a way of drawing him out.

I like the addition of Molly in this story and I like that we see a different side of Edith and Graham when they are with her.

Since there is a reappearance of a lot of characters in previous books I found myself wishing for a chart to keep track of them. I know of the main characters but there seemed to be some side characters that I was unsure of.

I’m hoping we have Charlotte’s story soon. I have been really looking forward to it.

Reforming Lord Neil (Inglewood #5) – Review

neil by Sally Britton

Series: Inglewood (Book 5)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Blue Water Books (May 16, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1947005243
ISBN-13: 978-1947005242

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An arrogant lord cut-off by his family. A penniless widow in desperate need. In their reduced circumstances, can love save them both? 

Lord Neil Duncan, third son of the Marquess of Alderton, finally angers his father enough to be cut off from the family. Neil believes it is only a matter of time before he is reinstated, but time is passing slowly and he needs to eat. His so-called friends have abandoned him, no one else trusts him, and it is not until he comes upon a young widow that he finds someone who needs his help as badly as he needs hers.

Teresa Clapham has been without a husband’s provision and protection for over a year. Supporting her mother and daughter on the pittance her brother-in-law provides has required her to stretch every farthing. When Lord Neil arrives at her doorstep proposing he work for her to earn his keep, she sees possibility in the man everyone else has deemed an arrogant good-for-nothing.

As Lord Neil works for the first time in his life, Teresa sees in him a tender heart long repressed by his family’s expectations – a heart that causes her own to open once more. But her brother-in-law Frederick Clapham is less charmed by Teresa’s new servant. When Lord Neil discovers the secret Mr. Clapham has been keeping, he must decide whether to embrace the man Teresa believes him to be, or fall back on the privileged lifestyle he’s always known.


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Lord Neil Duncan grew up in a family where they all had their secrets and were never close. He lived a life of privileged luxury and thought nothing of making selfish decisions until out of nowhere his father cuts him off and banishes him. While being a rich, handsome, charmer earns him many friends, when he is cast out he realizes how superficial these relationships really were.

Teresa Clapham is a strong woman who has had to go through a lot after losing her gentlewoman way of life when her husband gambles away her fortune. While a likable character, she does seem a bit naive at times.

Neil is a unique sort of rake. Here is a charmer and makes poor decisions but has a soft heart and doesn’t seem malicious. Considering where he came from and knowing of some of his past from a previous book in the series Rescuing Lord Inglewood, it is surprising to see Neil’s gentleness with children and dogs. He is also a hard worker and can be incredibly vulnerable.

I enjoyed that the scenes take you to a different location than you often see during this time period. I also loved how the different animals played a part in the story.

I have been loving this series. While Reforming Lord Neil wasn’t my favorite in the series, it was a great addition. I really liked finding out more about the real Neil.

Reviews on the Inglewood Series

Rescuing Lord Inglewood

Discovering Grace

Saving Miss Everly

Engaging Sir Isaac

An Earl for Edith – Review

earledith by Tammi Lee Bird

Series: A Wary Widower Romance (Book 1)
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Independently published (May 19, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8646672538
ASIN: B088SYT83T

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Edith Wilson is twenty-two years old, has never had a London Season, and suspects she never will. Limited finances mean Edith is left ignored while her beautiful younger sisters receive every opportunity. Longing for her mother’s approval, Edith agrees to trap an earl against her better judgment, hoping for a chance at the loving marriage she’s always desired. Yet once she meets the handsome earl, she doesn’t have the heart to ruin his happily ever after.

Miles is extremely wealthy, titled, and single with no intention of ever falling in love again. His first wife taught him how horrible a one-sided marriage could be. When a young woman appears at his hunting lodge set on ensnaring him, he will do anything to keep her away, including lying and betting with a disreputable rogue. But when she walks away from a chance to force him to propose, he regrets his actions. Will he be able to right his wrongs before Edith falls prey to the rake he set on her path?


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Miles was married to a gem of a woman who wanted nothing to do with him and would insult him. She was only after his title and money. He doesn’t want to marry again but eventually considers it so his young daughter can have a mother.

Edith Wilson meets Miles when she accidentally gets herself drunk while following one of her mother’s many schemes. She ends up spilling far too much information to the earl.

I like that the book starts right in on an interesting scene. The stuff the mother had her daughter do is so messed up.

Edith and Miles at times have some nice moments and discussions but at other times act completely childish regarding their relationship.

“The world was only as big as her blanket, and nothing outside could enter her little sphere of peace.”

Miles has this cute scene with Grace when she has a nightmare. But when he leaves for London there is no mention of her. Miles already spends more time with Grace than was usual during this time, but I still would have liked at least a mention that he wished her farewell.

There were some twists I didn’t see coming and a lot of the side characters interested me. I find myself wanting to know how the lives of Lucy, George, and Archibald turn out.

“Open your heart, and who knows what will happen”

An Earl for Edith is a strong debut novel and I’d like to read more from Tammi Lee Bird.