The Highwayman’s Letter – Review

by Martha Keyes

ASIN : B09K2G3V3C
Publisher : Independently published (October 22, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8751282349

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He waylays her carriage and runs off with her property. Can she keep him from stealing her heart as well?

By day, Reginald Sinclair works in the post office, but by night, he is the increasingly infamous Paladin, the gallant highwayman making young women swoon all over Somerset. With a vendetta against the wealthy that spans both past and present, Reggie’s escapades allow him to take justice into his own hands while helping his uncle avoid insolvency.

Joanna Carmichael’s father has finally chosen her a husband. While she is not thrilled with her father’s selection, Joanna understands it as a business arrangement, something which suits her practicality perfectly. Her father hopes her good sense will exercise a beneficial effect upon her younger sister, Frances, who is regrettably prone to romantics. Frances’s preoccupation with reports of the Paladin threaten to overshadow Joanna’s coolheaded example, but Joanna is determined to show her sister how foolish and unworthy of admiration the outlaw is.

During their encounter, though, the maddening highwayman takes an item of Joanna’s—then has the audacity to send her a letter with instructions on how to recover it, beginning a battle of wills that brings Reggie within reach of the people responsible for his family’s ruin and forces Joanna to reconsider the desirability of her business arrangement.


The Highwayman’s Letter was clever and witty, the pacing was spot on, and the characters were perfection. It was one of my favorite reads of the year.

I loved Reginald Sinclair and Joanna Carmichael together. They had the best conversations and interactions, and some of the most romantic scenes as well.

I never really thought about the postal system in those days. I knew about letters being franked, but I hadn’t known about the widespread abuse. I also enjoyed reading the author’s note on the subject and learning even more.

As a member of Kindle Unlimited, not only do I save money on all the books I read, but I have discovered some amazing authors. I first found out about some of these authors when they did an earlier series together.

Every book in this series is excellent, but this one was my favorite. I loved this book so much I immediately had to buy the paperback after finishing the Kindle Unlimited version. I didn’t want to put it down, and I was thinking about the book when I wasn’t able to read it.

Blog Tour and Review: An Alleged Rogue

by Sian Ann Bessey

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 8, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524418994
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418991

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Lord Adam Dunsbourne is a tyrant. At least, that’s what everyone says. The tales are shocking: accounts of a man who gambled away the family fortune and keeps his younger sister, Emily, captive in their home at Dunsbourne Manor. So when Adam and his sister make an unexpected appearance at a dinner party, the scandalized whispers cannot be contained.

New to the town, Phoebe Hadford hears the condemning rumors and determines to do all she can to help the baron’s oppressed sister. Upon entering Dunsbourne Manor, however, she quickly discovers that all is not what she has been led to believe.

Adam, though unsure of whether he can trust the intentions of his beautiful neighbor, is quickly drawn in by Phoebe’s genuine nature. But even as Adam and Phoebe’s connection deepens, a dangerous enemy from Adam’s past reemerges. For years, Adam has hunted for the man who betrayed him, not realizing he had only to wait. His foe has returned, and this time, he will threaten everything Adam cherishes most―including the woman he loves.


Lord Adam Dunsbourne and his young sister Emily’s lives are first ruined by a villain who steals all their money, and then their father dies. If that isn’t bad enough, people then make up rumors and lies and turn Adam into the villain.

Their neighbor Phoebe Hadford has seen what false rumors can cause, so she is determined to make her own decision about the siblings and befriend Emily.

There were a lot of descriptions on Adam’s apple orchards and how they made cider in those days. I found it all incredibly fascinating, and it even inspired me to visit apple orchards myself while I was reading this book. I really like how Adam worked so much in the orchard because he loved it and didn’t care about his status as a Baron.

Autumn is my favorite season, and this book gives you all the autumn feels. It’s the perfect book for this time of year.

I have really enjoyed reading the Georgian Gentlemen series.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Debutante’s Code

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (December 7, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825447135
ISBN-13 : 978-0825447136

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Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission? Or will it lead her to a terrible end?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.


Sent away to school at 13, Daniel Swann is the illegitimate son of a housekeeper. After graduating, he can work in his chosen profession until his 25th birthday. At that time his wealthy benefactor will cut him off. With his birthday fast approaching, he is eager to prove himself on his first real case as a Bow Street runner.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is finally returning home from school abroad and excited to see her parents. Instead, her parents are gone, and she’s thrown into the world of spies, murder, and stolen artwork.

I absolutely loved that Juliette’s father would write to her in code, and she learned how to figure them out from a young age. Solving ciphers is a hobby of mine. I would have loved to hear some more details of the code Juliette was working on.

I didn’t like that they both constantly questioned God’s presence and thought that He was only there if He instantly helped them with what they wanted.

I liked that the Duke of Haverly from The Gentleman Spy was in this. I always like to catch up with previous characters, and I loved that book.

The combination of the Regency time period, mystery, and interesting characters made for an excellent read. This book was strong in the mystery and espionage elements, and a little more subtle in the romance. I enjoyed how the plot advanced with some added twists.

The description of Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes is very accurate, and I’m excited for more from this series. There are some questions I am very impatient to know the answers to, and I look forward to more of Daniel and Juliette’s adventures together.

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Something New – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Phase Publishing (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 290 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952103371
ISBN-13 : 978-1952103377

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Harrison, Lord Basset, wants a simple, polite marriage of convenience. Nothing emotional or dramatic, nothing that will give him any cause for concern or strife. Arranging a match with the beautiful Miss Adelaide Dyer fits his needs perfectly, and all seems rather straightforward. Until he meets her.

Adelaide has no say in this marriage her father agreed to, but that does not mean she must submit quietly. Lord Basset might be strikingly handsome, but if he thinks to have a calm, biddable wife, he is mistaken. And as for living an uncomplicated married life in the wiles of Cornwall… Well, she would see about that.


Lord Harrison Basset has been raised to be the perfect heir. He has a wastrel brother he is tired of rescuing and an illegitimate sister he loves. He thinks that he needs to keep his emotions in check in order to maintain his reputation. I liked Basset from the beginning. He and Adelaide may have bickered from the start, but he also gave her a certain level of respect that wasn’t common. I also liked how much he loved his sister even though he was expected to have no association with her.

It took a little bit for me to warm up to Adelaide. She was stuck up and had major emotional issues. However, his sister saw through this right away, and this helped me to realize everything she had been through. Women in her position are raised only to marry and have children. They are not told so much about what real life is like. Adelaide has had to leave everything she knows to follow a new husband who is practically a stranger to her. I enjoyed watching her growth and was glad that she was still able to maintain her personality and be as dramatic as ever.

In the Regency time period, there were a lot of marriages that took place among the upper class for the sake of wealth and titles. Women often didn’t even get a say in who they married. Sometimes people were even strangers. I really liked that this book showed what would happen after a couple like this married.

I think my favorite parts of the book were the hilarious conversations between Basset and Adelaide. Just be careful if you are drinking something like poor Basset, or it may come spewing out of your mouth…

*This book is clean, however, it does have some cursing.

Blog Tour and Review: Love and Lavender 

by Josi S. Kilpack

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629729299
ISBN-13 : 978-1629729299

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Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education.

Now working as a teacher in an elite private girls’ school, she is content with the way her story has unfolded. When her uncle Elliott Mayfield presents her with the prospect of a substantial inheritance if she marries, Hazel is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? Besides, she loves her freedom as a professional, respected woman. When she hears rumors of the school possibly being sold, however, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale has a brilliant mind and thrives on order and process. He does not expect to marry because he likes his solitary life, shared only with his beloved cat. When Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, presents him with an inheritance if he marries a woman of social standing, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, with the inheritance, he could purchase the building in which he works and run his own firm. It would take an impressive and intellectual woman to understand and love him, quirks and all.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, receive their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But when Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must live together as husband and wife for one year before receiving their inheritances, Hazel and Duncan reluctantly agree. Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?


Hazel is not like the rest of her family. She has a “deformed” foot and was sent away to school because of it. She never developed close relationships with other family members, and she has grown up very independent.

Duncan appears to be on the spectrum. He takes everything you say very literally and is incredibly intelligent in so many areas. He has an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Hazel and Duncan both had very difficult upbringings for very different reasons. They were not considered “normal”, and that’s what I loved about them. I adored them together. They had a very sweet, innocent sort of romance that slowly developed.

I definitely enjoyed the story, but it felt a little slow. I felt like I kept waiting for something else to happen in the story, and it never did.

I love characters who are real and not “perfect”. I also loved that this book didn’t try to fix everything and make it unrealistic. Duncan and Hazel got to be exactly who they were meant to be.

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.

A View Most Glorious – Review

by Regina Scott

Publisher : Revell (October 5, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 0800736419
ISBN-13 : 978-0800736415

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Reluctant socialite Coraline Baxter longs to live a life of significance and leave her mark on the world. When her local suffragette group asks her to climb Mount Rainier to raise awareness of their cause, she jumps at the chance, even though she has absolutely no climbing experience. If she can do it, any woman can do it. And after her mother issues an ultimatum–that Cora marry the man of her mother’s choosing if she is not successful–Cora must do it. But she can’t do it alone.

Noted mountain guide Nathan Hardee initially refuses to help Cora, but has a change of heart when he sees what is at stake. He knows enough about the man Cora’s mother has chosen to know that the headstrong young woman should have nothing to do with him, much less marry him.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora’s fortitude and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.


Nathan has left society after his father’s suicide to live a quiet life near Mount Rainier. Cora wants to reach the summit, and Nathan is hired to guide her there.

As a hiker, though on a much, much, smaller scale than those in this book, I really enjoyed a lot of the descriptions of what went into their epic hike up Mount Rainier.

I can see how a woman climbing to the top of Mount Rainier could get a lot of attention, but it seemed a little strange to me to do it because you think if a woman could climb a mountain, then she can vote. They are very different things, and I just didn’t see the connection.

Living a distance away from town, Nathan often doesn’t get to worship God in a building. However, he studies his Bible every morning, and he feels closer to God in His creation. This is one of the reasons I love being a nature photographer and finding new locations. Seeing the beauty in God’s work is inspiring and humbling.

The American Wonders Collection is a really beautiful collection of books that I have enjoyed reading.

Blog Tour and Review: Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough

by Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker, Sarah L. McConkie

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (September 20, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524419737
ISBN-13 : 978-1524419738

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We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles,’tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R. Walker

Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor̬ including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L. McConkie

In this novella inspired by the timeless taleA Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.


Meet Me under the Kissing Bough brings together three sweet Historical Romance novellas that take place at Christmastime. Grab your coziest blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and prepare to get comfortable. 🙂

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

This story is about a widow who has found love again but struggles with the fear of putting her own happiness first. I really enjoyed that the main characters were older in this story and had life experiences. Usually in this time period the heroines are half the age.

I also always love a good Regency house party, and to add the Christmas theme made it even better. There were some interesting traditions mentioned for the first five days of Christmas.

I really felt for Phillip. While Deborah was finding out what she really wanted, she put him through a lot.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R. Walker

This story can be read on its own, but it has some characters from Walker’s story “Lord Blakely’s Gift” in the book A Hopeful Christmas. I love continuation stories. This story includes multiple generations of love, and has lost love, and forbidden love.

Esmond has always loved taking care of the land. With no inheritance coming, he is expected to practice law or enter the military; both things he does not have a passion for.

Julia always wants to play the peacemaker, and she puts herself at risk because of it. I wish there were more scenes with Julia and Esmond in them. I really liked them together.

Mr Hunt bothered me because he agreed to his daughter Ivy getting married, and then cut her off from the rest of her family.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L. McConkie

I really did not have a lot of sympathy for Lady Caroline. Yes, her father treated her poorly as a child after her mother died, but she grew up to be not a very good person, and that is her own fault. Caroline is constantly trashing other people, and then she is shocked when they speak negatively about her.

Even the few times Lady Caroline has offered to help people, she has just thrown her money around, or she has never even followed through with what she promised.

John is such a kind hearted person, and is way too good for her.

John’s sisters were interesting characters, and I would love to see more from them.

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