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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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Julia Cummings has long been acquainted with loss-her mother, her brother, her sister, her friend, all gone too soon. But the loss that pushed her grief to the limit as a young girl was that of her best friend, Lucas Jonquil, who abandoned her without looking back. Now, eight years later, Lucas has returned to Lampton Park, and Julia has steeled herself-she will never forgive the man who broke her heart.
After losing too many of his friends and family to early deaths, Lucas vowed to live life to the fullest. And after traversing the world, he has returned from his adventures to find his family and home as he left them-except for Julia. The little girl he left behind has blossomed into a captivating lady, a lady who makes it clear she despises him. With little hope of reconciliation, the former friends are blindsided when their parents make a shocking announcement. Lucas and Julia have been betrothed without their knowledge and are to marry immediately. Now Lucas must rely on the help of his closest friends to win the heart of a lady who loathes him-a lady he’s coming to love more deeply every day.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
After months of silence from her father in the Klondike, Tava Rutherford finally receives word from him. Only the outdated letter reveals that her father is ill and may be dying. Desperate to discover his fate, Tava resolves to make the journey to the wilds of northwestern Canada. But Jess Lawmen, her ranch foreman and the man who broke her heart, insists she doesn't go alone. Jess intends to keep his promise to look out for her—even if that means traveling thousands of miles with Tava, the woman he claims to feel just friendship for but has never stopped loving.
With their own ragtag group of travelers in tow, Tava and Jess confront one challenge after another as they join the hundreds of stampeders scrambling to reach the goldfields. But as the two of them come face to face with their past hurts and mistakes in their race to reach Tava’s father, they will have to decide whether to cling to safety or risk their hearts for something even greater.
9/25 - The Bibliophile Files / Kellie Dickes / Books are Sanity
Monday, August 24, 2020
ABOUT THE BOOK
Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school in 1830s Victorian London. She is also a well-respected author of ”silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories--the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Charles King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats, intelligent detectives solving grisly murders, and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.
Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin, but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Charles King started taking all of his readers. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher’s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the social and political causes of their working-class readers. The group knows King could be an asset with his obvious monetary success, or he could be the group’s undoing as King’s readership continues to cut into their profits.
Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King’s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. What neither author anticipated was the instant attraction, even though their social positions dictate the impossibility of a relationship.
For the first time Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. Its upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Thursday, April 23, 2020
ABOUT THE BOOK
When an opportunity arises to infiltrate the notorious smuggling gang he believes caused his father's death, Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, pretends to be one of them. But when he is wounded mid-charade, Jonas's life is placed in the hands of an unlikely savior: a smuggler's daughter. Forced to flee before his wounds have fully healed, he does not think he will ever see her again—until she appears on his doorstep, seeking safe haven. Divided by their social standings yet united in their mutual desire to expose the leader of the smuggling ring, Jonas and Elizabeth are undeniably drawn to each other. Neither realizes, however, that they are dangerously close to uncovering explosive secrets from the past—secrets that will alter the course of their lives forever.
Elizabeth Doyle would rather not be involved in smuggling, but as an innkeeper's daughter, she has little choice in the matter. Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, on the other hand, enters into smuggling of his own freewill. As Jonas seeks a way to overthrow the local smuggling gang and find answers to his father's death from year's ago, he's surprised to discover he has feelings for Lizzie. But Elizabeth thinks Jonas is a smuggler named Reynard and faces serious difficulties when her father pushes her toward marrying a corrupt local official. Forced to flee, Elizabeth seeks Reynard for help only to discover he isn't who she thought he was. But together they work to take down the smugglers only to realize there's a secret to be uncovered that's greater than any they have yet come across. Bessey tells a fabulous tale that I found to be a compelling read. As usual, her historical details are suburb without slowing the story. I appreciated the use of an interesting time period involving those other than just the aristocracy. An enjoyable story mixed with an intriguing romance made for a thoroughly engaging read.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
ABOUT THE BOOK
Little does she know that another guest, Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his sister. Starting with a quarrel over a glove, Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry—one that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim—her heart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MEGAN WALKER was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education at Brigham Young University, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings wouldn’t leave her alone, so she picked up a pen, and the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three children.
This absolutely delightful Regency novel follows the marriage-seeking adventures of Amelia Moore and her sister, Clara. The girl's stepfather is dying and makes it clear to Amelia that he has no intention of leaving them any sort of livelihood. When he dies they will be homeless and penniless. In order to avoid poverty, at least one of the girls must marry. Luckily they have just been invited to a house party hosted by Sir Ronald at Lakeshire Park. Amelia knows that Clara likes Sir Ronald and is determined to help her sister win him over.
What she doesn't expect is meeting Mr. Peter Wood who is out to help his sister win over Sir Ronald. In an effort to get Mr. Wood out of the way, Amelia sets out to distract him. After making a bargain where they spend every afternoon together, Amelia and Peter find themselves getting to know each other. And Amelia, who disliked Peter at first because of a brief encounter in the local town, reluctantly finds herself falling in love. But complications abound. Clara doesn't like Peter or his sister, her rival. And with Lord Grey's death imminent and Clara's relationship with Sir Ronald up in the air, Amelia must decide whether to accept a marriage of convenience or take a risk on love.
Amelia and Peter's witty and amusing relationship made for a thoroughly engaging, enjoyable read. I found myself grinning and even laughing out loud at times. Amelia's boldness and Peter's playfulness made for some truly fun reading. The romance was tender and sweet, especially once Amelia accepts her changing feelings. There's plenty of conflict with Peter's sister, Georgiana, is determined to win Sir Ronald and is willing to do anything to accomplish her goal. Amelia's worries about her and her sister's future leads her to make some interesting decisions, both good and bad. I thoroughly enjoyed this story full of humor and romance. This one is definitely going on my favorites shelf. Highly recommended.