Monday, July 22, 2019

Mail-Order Refuge

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REGNIER, CINDY
MAIL-ORDER REFUGE

She needs a place to hide -- he needs a woman's touch

Rand Stafford isn't looking for true love. He'd ridden that trail until his fiancee left him with a shattered heart. What he needs now is a wife to help him care for his orphan nieces. Desperate, he sends an advertisement to a Baltimore newspaper and hopes for the best.

Fleeing her former employer who would use her to further his unlawful acts, a newspaper advertisement reads like the perfect refuge to Carly Blair. The idea of escaping the city, the intrigue, and the danger to hide herself on a cattle ranch in Kansas is her best shot at freedom.

But its sanctuary comes with a price -- a husband. While marrying a man she doesn't know or love means sacrificing her dreams, it's better than being caught by the law.

Or is it?

My Review:

Eeeepppp! Mail-Order Refuge has all the elements I love in a romance...and then some! And can we all collectively sigh over the mail-order trope? What is it about this concept that has me swooning before I even open up the book? While in real life I'd be running for the hills? But I find it so romantic and Regnier delivers all that and more.

Toe-curling awkwardness had me blushing and squirming...and hoping...right along with Carly. And poor Rand who feels "as awkward as a bow-legged buffalo in a tulip patch." Gotta love a cowboy hero so totally out of his element and the colourful way Regnier portrays that. "Mercy, the girl needed a few more potatoes in her. She was light as a newborn foal." 

As for Carly -- well, she's a woman of mystery, intent on escaping a foolish mistake from her past. She's looking for refuge not love but is on the verge of finding both. But not before the author puts Carly and Rand (and this reader) through some teeth-clenching, gut-wrenching, tear-drenching paces. And all of that balanced by laughter and heart-melts.  Happy readerly sigh!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Mail-Order Bride, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 27 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ladies of Intrigue

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GRIEP, MICHELLE
LADIES OF INTRIGUE

Ladies of Intrigue : can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?

The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady (c2017) - Cornish Coast, 1815 - When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father -- not fall in love with a smuggler. With Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton's unusual secret?

The Doctor's  Woman (c 2016) - Dakota Territory, 1862 - Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.

A House of Secrets (c2017) - St. Paul, Minnestoa, 1890 - Ladies' Aide Chairwoman Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul's ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a "haunted" house that's secretly owned by her beau -- a home that's his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city's most infamous madam.

My Review:

An alluring collection of previously published novellas. I hadn't read any of them before so I was in seventh heaven. These heroes and their heroines kept me in fits of swoons and toe-curls. High-spirited women who are the perfect match for their adventuring men. Lots of clashing wills and sparks flying! Sheer delight! And the joy of witty banter made me giddy. Have to confess that The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady is my favourite of the three stories because...well...Regency! Smugglers on the Cornish Coast! Really, do I have to say more? But the American stories are almost as good.

A perfect collection for discerning fans of Historical Romance.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:  

If you would like to win a copy of Ladies of Intrigue, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 27 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

July Giveaway - Week Three


Sorry for the late posting! It's so icky sticky hot that I crawled out of bed and took the bus to the mall and walked laps in air conditioned splendour (though horrifically boring!) and then hung out at the library (seated over a cool air vent) for the rest of the day.) This very long, very sticky, very yucky heat wave is supposed to break tomorrow evening -- for a few days at least -- and then I may be able to unscramble my brains because I totally forgot about posting the winners until just now. Oopsie!


WON BY CHANEL M.

WON BY KIM HANSEN

WON BY NICOLE SAGER

WON BY LADY SNOW ANGEL

WON BY KAY GARRETT

WON BY CC
You know the drill: winners will be contacted if they left their email address. Otherwise it's up to the winner to contact me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca with your mailing address. From time to time a winner and I do not connect so I have a one month time frame on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you within 30 days of your win, it will be forfeited. This has happened a few times now so, please, DON'T BE SHY -- CONTACT ME IF YOU DIDN'T LEAVE YOUR EMAIL OR IF I HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING YOU. Books will be ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address and I'll email you to confirm your win is on its way. Give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping time. Thank you!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Beneath an Italian Sky

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HENRIE, STACY
BENEATH AN ITALIAN SKY

A love match turns into a lonely marriage. Will Clare and Emmett reconcile their differences before it's too late?

-1908-

American heiress Clare Herschel made what she hoped was a love match when she married the handsome, witty Emmett Markham, the Earl of Linwood. A little over a year into her marriage, though, Clare finds herself wintering in Sicily -- alone. She is sure the mild climate is the answer to avoiding another miscarriage and Emmett's apparent indifference, so she's determined to remain in Italy as long as possible. the last person she expects to show up at the villa is her husband, especially when Emmett confesses he's there to convince her to return to England.

As the only surviving son of a marquess, Emmett has done everything his father has asked of him -- even agreeing to run for a seat in the House of Commons. However, this latest task comes with a nearly impossible caveat. He must convince his wife Clare to come back to England with him in order for them to appear to be a happy couple for his political campaigning. Emmett isn't confident Clare will agree to the plan, though, not when she seems to want nothing to do with him or the life they'd begun building before she abruptly left him for Italy.

When a massive earthquake strikes Messina, Sicily, claiming the lives of thousands, Clare and Emmett must set aside their mutual misgivings about their marriage in order to survive and lend a helping hand to others. But in the wake of the destruction, they begin to realize they've been given a chance to decide if their love is stronger than the upheavals of the past.

My Review:

I dove into this read not quite sure what to expect. I was intrigued by the reconciling married couple romance and the Italian setting but didn't quite have a grasp for how this story would play out. I'm the kind of reader who likes to know what I'm fictionally leaping into so I hope y'all appreciate my bravery venturing blindly into Stacy Henrie's latest. :-)

What I found was sheer brilliance! What an emotionally compelling story! Impeccable crafting blends 'present day' (historically speaking -- 1908) with flashbacks of courtship and early wedded bliss. And, oh, the waves of hurt caused by misunderstandings and plain lack of communication skewered this reader's tender heart. Clare and Emmett are barely more than honeymooners! Such a lot of sorrow to pack into their first year as man and wife.

And then the earthquake hits and that brings a whole new dimension to their story. Spellbound and breathless, that's me after devouring Beneath an Italian Sky in one sitting. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Henrie is a storytelling genius!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of Beneath an Italian Sky, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 20 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Healing the Cowboy's Heart

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HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
HEALING THE COWBOY'S HEART

A perfect match...or sworn enemies? Only time will tell at Shepherd's Crossing.

Horse breeder Isiah Woods can't believe his only ally in helping a neglected mare is the descendat of his family's bitter enemy -- veterinarian Charlotte Fitzgerald. Despite the feud, Charlotte risks everything to save the horse. But as she falls for Isaiah -- and the orphaned niece and nephew in his care -- the mare isn't the only one who needs saving.

My Review:

I have a love/hate relationship with Isiah and Char's story. Love because it's so good and hate because it heralds the end of another amazing series by Ruth Logan Herne. Sob! I so hate having to say goodbye to beloved characters and the Fitzgerald girls are among the best. Along with surrogate mom Corrie whose quiet sass and no-nonsense wisdom bring so much to these Shepherd's Crossing stories!

This time it's baby sis Fitzgerald who gets her chance at a happily-ever-after. It's a rocky road, however, so be prepared for some bumps and detours along the way. Charlotte is a woman with the strength and conviction to overcome and forge ahead and she is ready to make a new life out west alongside her sisters. Love that she's a vet and that this book is very horse-centrc.

Which brings me to a very swoonworthy hero (even though he's a major dolt at one point!) I forgive him because Corrie would want me to and because he's...well...swoony. Hard to stay mad at him for long. A rancher who raises appaloosas and takes in rescue horses. Be still my heart. Plus he's wrangling his orphaned niece and nephew. How can you not love that kind of integrity?! 

Ruthy's trademark themes of faith, family and forgiveness continue to stir this reader's heart and leave her longing for more.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Healing the Cowboy's Heart, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 20 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Noble Guardian

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GRIEP, MICHELLE
THE NOBLE GUARDIAN

Samuel Thatcher : Gynical Lawman, Mysterious Protector, Nobel Guardian

Life couldn't be better for Abigail Gilbert -- but it's been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby embarks on a journey across the English countryside to marry of the most prestigious gentlemen bachelors in the land -- until highwayman upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she's simply another victim in a job he's come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don't kill one another first -- or fall in love.

My Review:

Sqqqqqueeeeeealllll! Swoonilicious Regency alert! Third and final (sob!) book in Michelle Griep's Bow Street Runners series! And it comes complete with a cynical, brooding, taciturn hero to send readers into a rush of romantical delirium. Heavy sigh and heart palpitations. Samuel Thacker definitely possesses toe-curling qualities. His rigid sense of justice makes it impossible for him to ignore a lady in distress and Abby is definitely that. Naively so. And stubborn to boot. Love his befuddlement when she stands up to him. And then there's baby Emma, a heart stealer in every scene, especially when the stern captain falls under her spell.

Lots of action and adventure and more than a hint of danger, including some knockout fight scenes, make this a page-turner of a reader. With plot twists galore! The kind of escape read made for a lazy summer afternoon.

Sidenote: I had a bit of an issue with what I felt were inappropriate uses of the Lord's name in the beginning of the book. Not quite out right blasphemy -- like " Oh my..." but using God in the context of an exclamation, not in the form of a petition and not quite a curse, but used in a casual way. And it's strange because they all occurred within the first 72 pages and then the remaining 241 pages were perfectly fine. There were only six phrases but they jarred me out of the story each time.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Noble Guardian, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 20 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Nanny Witness

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WHITE, HOPE
NANNY WITNESS

Running for her life -- and for a child's safety.
A riveting The Baby Protector's novel

When gunshots echo through the baby monitor, nanny Carly Winslow acts fast, fleeing with seven-month-old Mia. Help comes suspiciously soon in the form of Brody "Whit" Whittaker, who says he's Mia's uncle -- and a policeman. If he's lying, he could be one of the attackers. And if he's really a cop...what will he do after he uncovers her troubled past?

My Review:

Clearly I have not read enough of Hope White's books! I intend to remedy that! What a thrill-of-a-ride read from start to finish! That cozy opening scene that quickly turns to chaos and fear as Carly desperately attempts to save her charge from abduction makes for a chilling start to a relentlessly paced suspense. The pursuit never lets up and Carly's wary of trusting anyone -- especially a cop. But Brody's determined to be there for his niece in a way he wasn't for his brother. He's just as relentless as the bad guys but for all the right reasons. Plenty of twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Especially the appearance of an unexpected secondary character (who will hopefully be featured in a future book!) An unputdownable., addictive kind of read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Nanny Witness, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 20 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Amish Outsider

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PERRY, MARTA
AMISH OUTSIDER

The Amish of River haven offer sanctuary and solace...even to those with a dangerous past.

In the wake of his estranged wife's murder, widower Michael Forester returns to the Amish community he'd left as a teen. He wants a fresh start for himself and his daughter, Allie, away from those who still believe he's guilty. In River Haven, a quieter life seems possible. If only Allie's Amish schoolteacher, Catherine Brandt, was easier to ignore.

A problem solver by nature, Cathy can tell Allie's withdrawn demeanor isn't due to shyness. But getting through to Allie also means breaching her father's hardened defenses. What starts as persistence soon grows into an attraction neither Cathy nor Michael saw coming. When the past suddenly threatens both his duaghter and the woman he loves, Michael must risk everything to save them.

My Review:

Incredible start to a new Amish series by Marta Perry. I love this author and the way she messes with my emotions! Amish Outsider grabbed a fistful of my heart and shook me to the core. I hated the way some of the characters in this book treated Michael. I agonized over his feeling of being on the outside looking in. And his desire to do the best for his daughter even though he felt inept was my undoing.

Teacher Cathy's penchant for problem-solving on behalf of her students has her plunging headlong into Michael Forester's troubled world.  He's remote and stubborn and surly and infuriating. But she sees through that facade to the hurting man struggling to make things right. Only the past won't leave him alone. And pretty soon Cathy is caught up in intrigue and danger.

Relatable struggles and the desperate hope of a chance at something new and fresh and blessed by God make this the kind of romance that spins me into a blissful tizzy. And the mystery percolating in the background all sinister and conniving just makes the HEA all the sweeter in the end.

Perry has created a captivating new Amish community with the perfect compliment of positives and negatives. Complicated families, enduring friendships wrapped up in the foundations of faith. Really excited to continue with the rest of this series though I'm gloomy despondent over the fact that the next one doesn't release until spring 2020!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Amish Outsider, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 20 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Buying Love

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RANDOM RETRO READ DAY!
SHILOH, TONI
BUYING LOVE

Will money ruin everything?

Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan -- marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money.

Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina's monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He's determined to save the legacy his dad left him,  but can he let it go to prove his love for her?

Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?

My Review:

published in 2017

A contemporary romance with a modern-day marriage of convenience angle that really works.

I wasn't sure about Nina at first...a goal-oriented list-checker determined to trust her future happiness to logic and facts rather than heart and soul. Seriously, advertising for a husband including the enticement of a dowry? Swoony in a Regency perhaps, but how would it work with a 21st century heroine? I experienced a few Nervous Nelly Reader twinges at the beginning of the story but then Dwight walked into the coffee shop and I started thinking -- Nina is onto something and where do I sign up? lol

Because I'm head over heels for Dwight. I was a goner when I met his St. Bernard, Beast. I mean, that says it all right there. Kind-hearted dog-lover who is willing to look past dog hair and drool to form a committed relationship. And if he'll do that for a dog, just think what kind of husband material he'll make. Bwahahahaha! Plus he's a chef (though I noticed there didn't seem to be any vegetarian options on the menu at The Maple Pit...but I still love him anyway!)  He's a stand up guy who is dedicated to faith and family. And rather adept at inducing toe-curls in this reader. :-)

And I love the way Shiloh gradually reveals the pieces of Nina's past that make sense of her unorthodox approach to marriage. Of course, she's still trying to manipulate her future, but I totally understood her reasoning. And I love how she seeks out the Lord with her limited understanding. There's real depth in her faith journey as she draws closer to her Heavenly Father and discovers her eternal place in His family. A  powerful reminder for us all.

This first book in the Maple Run series has great secondary characters who add lots of pizzazz and angst to Nina and Dwight's story. (Nikki just has to have her own book -- soon!!!!! Please and thank you!) And Dwight's mama -- well -- let's just say she gave me whiplash and leave it at that.

Poignant. Funny. Hopeful. Guaranteed to warm a reader's heart and fuel her faith. My first ever Toni Shiloh read but it won't be my last!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Buying Love, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 20 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

July Giveaway - Week Two


WON BY CAITLIN M.

WON BY WINNIE THOMAS

WON BY MARIAN B

WON BY CONNIE LEE

WON BY TIGHEFAN

WON BY PAM K

You know the drill: winners will be contacted if they left their email address. Otherwise it's up to the winner to contact me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca with your mailing address. From time to time a winner and I do not connect so I have a one month time frame on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you within 30 days of your win, it will be forfeited. This has happened a few times now so, please, DON'T BE SHY -- CONTACT ME IF YOU DIDN'T LEAVE YOUR EMAIL OR IF I HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING YOU. Books will be ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address and I'll email you to confirm your win is on its way. Give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping time. Thank you!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Wonderland Creek

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RANDOM RETRO READ
AUSTIN, LYNN
WONDERLAND CREEK

Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend, Gordon, breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real world. Then to top it off, Alice loses her beloved job at the library because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

Longing to run from small-town gossip, Alice flees to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the library in the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn., a place with no running water, no electricity, and where the librarians ride ornery horses up steep mountain passes to deliver books. When Alice is forced to stay in Acorn far longer than she planned, she discovers that real-life adventure, mystery -- and especially romance -- may be far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

My Review:

published in 2011

How's this for an opening line: "If my life was a book, no one would read it." Told in first-person, Alice goes on to prove herself wrong in this funny and poignant and completely spell-binding story. I bonded with Alice on the very first page -- I mean how could I resist a passionate bibliophile with a penchant for getting into trouble? Alice may live in the pages of her beloved books when we first meet her but she quickly begins writing her own absorbing story when life happens...in a really big way.

This book is full of surprises and priceless gems of wisdom and humour and tender romance, not to mention the deeper kind. It's Alice's journey out of fiction and into the real world and it's a marvel to watch her eyes open as she sees reality for the first time. She fights it tooth and nail, of course, feet dragging as petulantly as any self-centered young woman might. But her adventures along Wonderland Creek leave her transformed.

This coming-of-age story put me in mind of The Waltons. Same depression era and small-town life. Austin descriptions are rich and set the tone and setting of the rural south. Even more importantly, she manages to capture the desperation of the Depression while capturing the strength of the people. Lillie, a secondary character drew me in page after page. It's a marvel how Austin wove seemingly separate threads into a beautiful tapestry of words and emotions.

Wonderland Creek is a book of substance and beauty and well worth the read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Wonderland Creek, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 13 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Murders and Metaphors

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FLOWER, AMANDA
MURDERS AND METAPHORS

USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower is back with the third in her more-charming-than-ever Magical Bookshop mystery series. 

 It's ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region and Charming Books is hosting a celebrity book signing during the grape-harvest festival...that is until the sommelier author is found in the middle of a frozen vineyard -- with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest! Bookshop owner Violet Waverly can't help but get involved when her friend becomes the prime murder suspect. Of course, she has help from her indomitable Grandma Daisy, tuxedo cat Emerson and the shop's mascot, Faulkner the crow in the enchanting third Magical Bookshop Mystery.

My Review:

Hello! What's better than a good bookshop cozy mystery? A magical bookshop cozy mystery, that's what! Where the books choose the right readers and leave cryptic crime solving clues for Violet to find. This time the shop leads her to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (fangirling all over the place because that is one of my all time favourite childhood novels!) But cryptic is the key word here, and it's up to Violet to figure out just what the bookshop is trying to tell her. Preferably before the murderer strikes again!

Oh -- and did I mention the majestic birch tree that grows smack dab in the middle of the bookshop? With a roosting crow atop it? And a tuxedo cat with cadaver dog skills? Does this all sound zany? Well it is -- such madcap fun! Excellent mystery with lots of potential suspects. I had a great time trying to figure this one out. (I did not!...until it was nearly too late for both Violet and me!) And the romance really takes off in this one -- blasting that onerous love triangle to smithereens!

A smart and sassy cozy that ticks all the boxes!

Please note: This isn't a Christian Fiction selection but it is a clean read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is a little different so read on: 

winner will receive an ecopy of :
Murders and Metaphors 
(the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series)
as well as winner's choice of a paperback copy of either 
Book One: Crime and Poetr
OR 
Book Two: Prose and Cons

If you would like a chance to win,  leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahoo.ca If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 13 2019. Offer open to International readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hometown Hope

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BLOUNT, LAUREL
HOMETOWN HOPE

He'll do anything for his daughter...Even fight to regain an old classmate's broken trust.

In the three years since her mother's death, widower Hoyt Bradley's daughter, Jess, hasn't spoken -- until she suddenly begs him to save her favorite bookstore from closing. Hoyt is desperate to hear his daughter's voice again, but he and the bookstore's pretty owner, Anna Delaney, share a less-than-friendly past. Working together is complicated enough...but can they avoid falling in love?

My Review:

"God usually shines His light only on the next step we're supposed to take. He wants us to trust Him for the rest of it." (p 68)

Squealing with delight over this one!!!!!!! Awesome cover! Awesome characters! Awesome story! It's awesomesauce spilling out all over the place because...we get to save a bookstore, people!!!!! Nothing grips a reader's heart firmer than that kind of rallying cry!

Book loving heroines are my favourite too. And Anna aka "Brainy" Delaney has a real struggle on her hands. In fact, she's just about decided that she's going to have to close the bookstore she inherited from her father. Talk about angst in the very first chapter! And that's even before Hoyt comes crashing into the scene! And they have history, the awkward teenage kind -- book nerd tutors football star. They were opposites then and that hasn't changed. Nor has their communication capabilities -- at least with each other. Blount writes with subtle humour that kept me giggling throughout the read. At least when I wasn't all fuming indignation over a certain annoying character's antics. Gah!

In fact, this novel is pretty close to perfection except for one teeny tinsy little flaw. Gulp. The hero isn't a reader! I mean...at all! "I'm aware that reading goes against the whole caveman thing you've got going on, but you really should give it a try sometime." (p 26)  Did I mention Anna has attitude? Hoyt dubs it "Annatude" which is one of the reason I couldn't help falling in love with him despite that...er...unfortunate aforementioned issue. Plus he's protective and an active problem-solver to the point he almost bulldozes Anna down at times but in an endearingly helpful kind of way.  And he adores his daughter. I always fall hard for a besotted dad. :-)

Captivating. Heartwarming. The kind of story that wraps you up in a big ol' book hug and makes your heart sing.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Secrets of Paper and Ink

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HARREL, LINDSAY
THE SECRET OF PAPER AND INK

Brought together by a charming bookstore in England, three women fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives.

A a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn't dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer. Sophie moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature.

Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who's decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she'd be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband's dream, but the unexpected friendship with her renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them -- and Ginny's brother-in-law, William -- the bookstore might stand a chance.

Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress -- as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch.

Eager to know more of Emily's story, Sophia goes on a quest -- dragging Ginny and William with her -- to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny's need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

My Review:

Interesting to note: By a whim of library randomness, I ended up with two very similar books, both were due back in a matter of days. I had to read them right away or risk going back on a long waiting list. The books? The Printed Letter Bookshop (reviewed yesterday) and The Secrets of Paper and Ink. Now I love a good bookcentric novel but I would have ideally preferred to spread them out rather than reading them back to back. But library due dates wait for no reader so I dived into a reading marathon and was pleasantly surprised to discover two uniquely different stories that tugged at my heartstrings and gave me lots to ponder.

My heart is still in full tilt-a-whirl motion as I sit down to try to share my thoughts on The Secrets of Paper and Ink. Have to say right off that it's indefinable. As in indescribably good. Harrel breaks boundaries and barriers with this utterly compelling story! Is it women's fiction? Yes! Is it contemporary romance? Yes! Is it historical romance? Yes! So, for readers who love a little romance in their women's fiction, this author delivers that and so much more!

The bookstore angle set me into twitterpated swoons of ecstasy! And it provides the perfect backdrop for this exceptional tale of love and loss and second chances. Set in present day, but linked to the past through letters and journals, Harrel meshes three women's lives into a glorious crescendo of healing and hope.

Three heroines. Three redemptive stories. Tough issues told with depth and compassion. Sophia, Ginny and Emily are overcomers. I felt instantly connected with each of them and read most of the book with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I felt my way through pages of grief and guilt and fear but not into despair. Because...this...

"...I forge on through life, allowing my experiences and the Light within to shine ever brighter. For I am not the sum total of my experiences. I am much, much more because the Light has claimed me." (p 299)

Profound and compelling and so relevant. These characters and their stories have a permanent place in my heart and I was transformed right along with them. You can't ask more from a novel than that, can you?

"Life is more than a beginning, a middle, and an end. It's about the countless moments woven in between the lines, the growth, the pruning. Take these flowers, for example. I can't just sit around waiting for them to decide if they want to bloom or die. Growth won't happen without a little intervention. They were designed to bloom, yes, but circumstances and a harsh environment sometimes make it impossible for them to flower on their own. They can't prune themselves. And you can't prune yourself, dear." (p 201)

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If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Secret of Paper and Ink, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 13 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!