Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Anne strikes a deal: if she cannot secure a man for herself, she will agree to marry the husband her parents approved. She soon finds herself in the last place she would every choose—that stifling parade of etiquette, the London Season. Anne's plan is in motion. Now all she needs is a man willing to masquerade as her fiancé.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Ailish has always dreamed of being a bard, but there’s just one problem: women aren’t allowed. Determined to follow her heart, Ailish has fooled everyone into thinking she’s a boy—everyone, that is, except for Dillon. He’s agreed to keep her secret in exchange for her help in finding his way home to his own time. Despite the impossible barriers between them, feelings beyond friendship soon blossom. But more than just their budding romance is in danger. Ailish isn’t the only one who recognizes the dagger’s druidic significance, and there are those who would stop at nothing to harness its time-bending powers.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.
Sensing his wife's unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn't bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle's opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.
This tender story of growing love in the face of tragic and difficult circumstances touched my heart in a lot of ways. Isabelle knows little about her new husband other than that he runs a successful mill and there marriage will benefit both him and her father. She hopes over time that she and Alexander can form a good relationship. What she didn't expect was his cold politeness and feelings constantly alone in a polluted and unknown city. Her only solace is the friendship she strikes up with the wife and daughter of one of Alexander's business managers. But after a trip to the countryside results in a terrible accident that leaves him unable to move much things get even more complicated. Isabelle's efforts to help to husband as well as find a place for herself in her new home made for compelling reading. Isabelle's goodness made her easy to cheer for as she tried to establish a relationship with her husband. Alexander is hard to connect with at first until, through Isabelle's eyes, I started to see the reasons for his behavior. The couple's struggles with both Alec's injury and the other consequences of it made for a thoroughly engaging read. I appreciated the details about Manchester and the mill business as well. Those kind of historical details helped the story come to life in a vivid way. All in all a delightful, sympathetic romance with the kind of details and emotion that I enjoy.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
His scandals were right on track until she derailed everything.
As the successful owner of multiple railroad lines, Diana Barton is all too accustomed to fending off suitors seeking to stake their claim on her wealth. In order to keep the wolves at bay, Diana has contrived the perfect plan: appeal to the most notorious rake in London, the Baron Lord Bryant, to ruin her reputation and scare off the worst of the time wasters. The ruse will be no hardship she's secretly been fascinated by the man for years.
Lord Bryant is well aware of his questionable reputation. Indeed, he has cultivated the image carefully, and the last thing he wants is a wife. But when he's approached by the younger sister of a business associate, he tells her in no uncertain terms that he cannot help. However, when he sees for himself what she is up against, Bryant grudgingly offers his assistance. Faced with his most complicated entanglement yet, Bryant is firm in his conditions and Diana knows that to get romantically involved with Bryant would spell certain heartbreak. But as the counterfeit couple grow ever closer, the line between truth and lies becomes blurred, threatening both Lord Bryant's well-laid plans and the future of Diana's railroad business.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
At the dignified age of eighteen, Phoebe Jamison knows she should behave in a manner befitting her station, as her three loving elder brothers often tease. Unfortunately, the lively young woman has a personality every bit as fiery as her red hair, a fact brought to her attention in the criticism made by the gentle man she has long pined for. But not every man is of the opinion that a woman should be decorous above all else. The newest resident of Somerset, Mr. Franklin Everly, is considered a most eligible bachelor, and he is immediately drawn to Phoebe's spirited nature as he becomes acquainted with the delightful Jamison siblings of Primly Park.
Franklin embarks on a friendship with Phoebe that quickly deepens into a warm and thrilling connection. But even as he fights for Phoebe's attentions, a very real danger is revealed: girls in neighboring villages have gone missing, and the kidnapper is moving ever closer to Primly Park. Despite the guard of her fiercely protective brothers and Franklin, Phoebe must rely on her own strength when she finds herself in the sights of the Bride Snatcher.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The guardians, an elite team of undercover agents, have one job: safeguard those under their protection. As a new guardian, Nolan has just received his first solo assignment to help a young woman who just survived an assassination attempt. Within minutes of making contact with the beautiful journalist, however, their location is discovered. Thus begins a game of cat and mouse spanning the globe as the two work to stay ahead of a determined assassin. Nolan fights to buy Elle time to complete her investigation, and what she discovers is a plot that threatens the very fabric of America. In a desperate race against evil, Nolan and Elle are the only ones who can prevent global catastrophe.
As in her other Guardian novels, Abramson tells a tale of suspense and romance. This book in the series of novels about a secret organization whose job is to protect the United States and its governmental entities, tells the story of an investigative journalist who is sent undercover by her general uncle and stumbles on a plot to steal and use a stealth drone. After an ally is murdered, Elle goes on the run where she meets up with Nolan, a guardian whose identity has been erased. As the two struggle to stay alive and unravel an increasing complicated conspiracy, they develop feelings for each other. Can they accomplish their mission and foil the plot or will their lives be forfeit? And even if they survive what kind of life could they hope to have together? Abramson has done a fine job creating interesting characters and a compelling plot. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages while I found it easy to empathize with the characters. A fine read for those who enjoy a nice dose of romance with their suspense.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
From prophets to pioneers, from songwriters to scientists, Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World presents the fascinating true stories of twenty women and twenty men from Church history. Each one-page biography describes impressive achievements and shares stories of great faith. Readers will encounter well-known and beloved Saints such as Joseph Smith and Eliza R. Snow along with lesser-known heroes from around the world such as Hu Wei-I, who miraculously translated the Book of Mormon into Chinese, and Mere Mete Whaanga, a prominent Maori woman who helped the Church spread into New Zealand. In addition, Standout Saints includes uplifting quotes, a Church history timeline, and resources for further study.
The courage and faith of these Saints made them stand out from the world, and this educational and inspiring book helps young readers know that they too can stand out.
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