The Convict’s Bounty Bride

The Convict's Bounty BrideThe Convict’s Bounty Bride by Lena Dowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**ARC Review**
This was a nice and fast read. I love books that feature strong woman characters. The main character is a woman who wants to have a career and feels that woman should be able to choose who they marry or even if they marry. While her mother tries to show her to society, her father has different plans. In the mist of her not wanting to marry and choose a career, she learns that her father already promised her to a man. Which leads into her finding out some family secrets. I wish this book was longer than it was. Non the less, this a good book if you are looking for a quick read.

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From Goodreads.com:
Life as a convict in an Australian penal colony was brutal, but James Hunter had the advantages of raw physical strength and courage on his side. He survived, and now he is back; a self‐made man of means, determined to take the bride he was promised.
Lady Thea Willers knows nothing of the bargain her father made to save her brother, nor does she have any interest in marriage. It might be a radical idea, but what Thea wants is a career.
The revelation that her brother’s liberty depends on her marrying James Hunter is devastating. But nothing, it seems, has the power to shake Thea’s world upside down like James himself, or the way he makes her feel.

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Cards & Caravans

Cards & Caravans (Gaslight Chronicles, #5)Cards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**ARC Review**
What do you get when you mix a little Steampunk, with romance, and the supernatural? You’ll get a fantastic quick read that you don’t’ want to put down! We’ll at least for me I couldn’t put it down. This book held me captive since the first paragraph! The book starts out with a lot of action, when a woman is accused of being a Witch and is about to be hanged first thing the next morning! But who would have a guessed a Knight from the “Order” would come and save her! The rest of the pages are full of adventure and action as they both escape the accusers! I wish I can tell you more but I don’t want to spoil the fun parts of the book. Furthermore, I would have never thought this was the 5th book to a series. The book was complete by itself! But now I can’t wait to go back and read the other 4 books ;-).

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From Goodreads.com:

Belinda Danvers isn’t a witch. But that won’t stop them burning her at the stake…

Connor McKay can tell at a glance that Belinda’s magickal powers are minimal at best. She can’t be guilty of murdering village children. There’s something suspicious about her arrest and lightning-quick sentence. Unfortunately, telling anyone how he knows would mean revealing his own powers. He’s been sent by the Order of the Round Table to help and he can’t just let her die.

Escaping from jail and running from vindictive villagers in her grandfather’s steam-powered caravan is more excitement than Belinda’s had in years. And despite the danger—or maybe because of it—she loves the time spent with her sexy rescuer. But there’s more to his magick than he’s letting on…

There’s something going on that’s bigger than the two of them. It’s time for good to make a stand

Property: The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife

Property: The True Story of a Polygamous Church WifeProperty: The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife by Carol Christie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**ARC Review*
My oh my! Wow! What a heart breaking yet incredibly inspirational book! I was going into this book thinking it will be like so many other books about cults and how they escaped. But this book went into some detail on what occurred during her time in the cult. How she was forced into this religion when she was just a teenager! I cried, held my breath, found myself saying not nice words, and then breathing a sigh of relief at the end of this book. I still can’t form the words that would give this book the credit that it’s due. The only thing I can say is that even if you are not into Non-Fiction especially about religion or cults, this book is a MUST READ!!! Pick it up and you just might find yourself saying that there is always a way out even if you don’t see one! Reading this book made me feel like I was in the same room as the author telling her story. It is very well written and will keep you captivated from page 1. It’s just one of those books that is a must read even if you are not into Non-Fiction!

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From Goodreads.com:

In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous, abusive, and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet. In 2008, nearly 40 years later, she fled his religious sect.

Property is not a misnomer. It accurately depicts how the women in the sect were treated. Carol Christie reveals the degradation, abuse, and brainwashing that the Church Wives endured. She exposes the physical abuse, the mental cruelty, the slave labour, and the sexual deviance that took place near Owen Sound, a small community just a few hours north of Toronto, as well as at other locations. She describes the many opportunities that officials had to investigate but walked away from, swayed by the charismatic Prophet.

Carol is building a new life, one of freedom and options. With no money and no job she started again and is now dedicated to helping others who have escaped while raising awareness about the dangers of the cult.

 

Past Darkness

Past DarknessPast Darkness by Laurel Woiwode
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I have to say I love, love the cover! This is what first drew me to this book. There is just something about the cover that screams “Read Me!” Then I read the book synopsis and I just had to read to it. I identified with the main character and thought it was going to be an awesome read! Well I have to be honest and admit it wasn’t an awesome read, but a good read at least! The book tells a story of a teenage girl that went through a tragedy and tries to find her way in life. I did identify with her shutting people out, and closing herself off so she wouldn’t get hurt again. I love Ian and how he brings a bit of softness to the main character. Also, the descriptions of the scenery is just wonderful! I can’t wait to travel to the North Dakota! But something about the way some of the sentences ran together, or didn’t flow just right turned me off. I didn’t mind the “offensive language” since I thought it went with the character. Over all this is a good fast read.

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From Goodreads.com:

Gabrielle Larson is an average, 15-year-old girl living in Chicago when tragedy strikes. In the aftermath, she is forced to relocate to rural North Dakota and spend the next chapter of her life learning to cope with trials involving everything from family to faith. Laurel Woiwode, daughter of critically acclaimed novelist Larry Woiwode, offers here a moving story that will be appreciated by female and male readers alike. Past Darkness is not preachy or heavy-handed, but rather a touching story about the importance of family, the power of music, and the ever-present mercy of God

Brilliant Devices

Brilliant Devices (Magnificent Devices #4)Brilliant Devices by Shelley Adina

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have come to think of myself as a ghost that travels along with Lady Clare and the rest of the crew! This time we traveled from the railroad mishap to Reno, then met up with some friends from London. From there we travel to the Canada’s. Alice got to meet her father and step Mother. Also, it was nice to see Alice get out of her comfort zone. She got dressed up and went to dinner on Count Von Zeppellin’s ship. As always the Mopsies never failed at humor and roughing around! The rest of the gang was wonderful as well! This book did not fail when it came to adventure, intrigue, and mayhem! I can’t wait til the next book is out! I love this series!

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From Goodreads.com:
Brilliant Devices (Magnificent Devices #4)
by Shelley Adina (Goodreads Author)
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 · rating details · 36 ratings · 15 reviews
A lady of resources has the power to change the world—if she can stay alive long enough to do it.

Lady Claire Trevelyan had been looking forward to glittering balls, congenial society, and relief from pursuit during her stay with Lord and Lady Dunsmuir in the Canadas. Well, perhaps not entirely. Being pursued by a handsome airship captain is rather diverting, especially when it appears Andrew Malvern is becoming much too distracted by a certain blond mechanic.

But a shot fired in the night puts an end to such diversions, and instead plunges her and her orphaned band of children into a fight for their very survival. Between secret conversations at the highest levels of society and skullduggery in the diamond mines, Claire must discover who is behind a series of alarming attempts on her friends’ lives—before her mother is compelled to make funeral arrangements yet again.

“Great fun, extremely feel-good reads that make you share all of the protagonists’ journeys and victories … an excellent steampunk series.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective