Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book delightful. The story took me back to some of my favorite characters of all time. I liked glimpsing into the lives of of Elizabeth and Jane after they were married. The author did a good job and keeping the personalities of the original characters while adding a plot twist. Lydia is still the same child like adult most of us feel sorry for and Wickham is still his infamous, vile, slimy self, which makes this story all the better. This book has a twist that I didn’t see coming and left my jaw on the floor. So if you are a fan of Jane Austen, or just like to travel back in time this is a good murder mystery book with some beloved characters. Happy reading my friends.

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Book Summary:
The world is classic Jane Austen. The mystery is vintage P.D. James.

The year is 1803, and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, the guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth Bennet’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.

Two great literary minds – master of suspense P.D. James and literary icon Jane Austen – come together in Death Comes to Pemberley, a bestselling historical crime fiction tribute to Pride and Prejudice. Conjuring the world of Elizabeth Bennet and Mark Darcy and combining the trappings of Regency British society with a classic murder mystery, James creates a delightful mash-up that will intrigue any Janeite.

From the bestselling author of The Murder Room, Children of Men and A Certain Justice, comes a wonderful mixture of the nation’s greatest romance and best-loved crime fiction. In 2013, this novel was adapted as a miniseries by the BBC, starring Matthew Rhys as Darcy, Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Bennet and Jenna Coleman as Lydia Wickham.


Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier #2)

Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier #2)Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you just need a good old fashion heartfelt, warm your toes book. And this book delivered. It wasn’t a snuggle down, get cozy in a blanket heartfelt book though. This book delt with issues. From when a family of three sisters moved out west in with a wagon to train, to the aftermath of a massacre, to finding hope, strength, and courage to move on from the tragedies of life. The best part about this book is that it’s a trilogy and there’s one more after this! Happy readying my friends.

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Book Summary:

A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson 

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace’s new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope’s mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope’s precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she’s not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom #3)

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom, #3)Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dun, dun, duunnnnn! Wow what a ride! Well I should say what a trip! To me this book was the edgiest, more rough and tumble, more in your face with the conspiracy theory. I knew this book was about Tillie, and her situation. How she survived the trip from Ireland to America, and how she found herself in a boradinghouse living with other women, and not knowing she was invovled in a movement that could shakethe foundation of Ireland forever. For me the storyline just got better and better with each book. And to date this book is my favorite of the series! I do hope there is a fourth book, even though we finally figured out who the Celt is, I hope to find out more about Amelia, and Mae. This is a must read series!

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Book Summary:

Two years ago, her fiance perished
during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder…

Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she’s left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream–to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman’s deathbed confession reveals her fiance’s demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well–dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her na├»ve fiance.

Rebellious Heart

Rebellious HeartRebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this book! I didn’t want it to end. It has romance, intrigue, treason, murder, and mystery, everything I ever want in a book. This book takes place in the 1700’s around the time the Colonist are getting ready to revolt against the British. I honestly couldn’t put this book down. For a Christian Romance it was very refreshing and well written. I can’t wait to read another book by Jody Hedlund.

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Book Summary:

Because she’s a woman, higher learning was always closed to Susanna Smith. But her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. And she’s determined to marry well, so she’ll be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Growing up with little to his name, poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross dreams of impacting the world for the better. When introduced to the Smiths he’s taken by Susanna’s intelligence and independent spirit, but her parents refuse to see him as a suitor for their daughter.

When the life of a runaway indentured servant is threatened, Susanna is forced to choose between justice and mercy, and Ben becomes her unlikely advisor. But drawing closer to this man of principle and intellect lands her in a dangerous, secret world of rebellion and revolution against everything she once held dear.

Devil’s Kiss (The Hellraisers #1)

Devil's Kiss (The Hellraisers, #1)Devil’s Kiss by Zoe Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love when a book screams my name and I’m not disappointed that I bought it! Set in the past, this book tells the story of a gypsy girl named Zora and Lord James (Whit), the Earl of Whitney. Whit is part of a group of friends that call themselves Hellraisers. Each friend is of high society, and likes to make mischief and mayhem. When they stumble upon a gypsy camp, and Whit finds Zora, who is to read his tarot cards. There, an instant connection forms between the two. Soon afterwards the group of friends find themselves making a deal with the devil. Each deal is for their own personal gain. Zora soon finds that is she part of the deal Whit made with the devil and now she must find the strength to help Whit. This book is wonderfully written. So much so that I didn’t want to put it down. I love the characters, the adventure, and the way the scenes where described. I can’t wait for the next book!

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Book Summary:

James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger – and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends. Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey’s smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands – watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind. Zora can’t explain her attraction to the careless blue-eyed Whit. She also can’t stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts’ desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can’t save Whit, she still has to escape him.

Trouble In Store

Trouble in StoreTrouble in Store by Carol Cox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those grab a cup of coffee or two, curl up on your favorite reading spot, and just read til it’s done type of books. It’s a feel good book that has left me feeling like some of my faith has been restored. It has mystery, heartache, love, and triumph. Nothing is impossible as long you believe and have faith. I love the strong female character of this book. Some of her characteristic reminds me of myself. She is brave, loyal, kind, and is not afraid to get dirty when the need arises. Over all this is a great book if you are looking for something to uplift your spirits, even if it’s just from cover to end. I’m very glad I was able to get an ARC of this book, I honestly believe that I wouldn’t have read it otherwise, and now I’m very glad I have.

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Book Overview:

Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess up all he’s worked for. He’s determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.
The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry up with any of them. He’s drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps–and the man obviously didn’t die from natural causes–things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb’s business–and romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?


UnrivaledUnrivaled by Siri Mitchell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got this book as an ARC and I loved the book!! What drew me to it was the fact that the main character was a candy maker, and was trying to make the family company survive back in 1910, when woman where just house wives. As a fellow candy maker myself I related to her quiet easily. Lucy is a strong woman, with a strong will. She wants so very badly to save her family business from her rivals, that she will stop at almost nothing to get it. Then there is Charlie who I fell in love with. Coming from the streets of Chicago to St. Louise, made him a bit awkward and standoffish. Not knowing how to act in polite, upper class society Charlie is almost lost. However, after meeting Lucy, and finding out what his father is up to, Charlie becomes in my eyes, one of the hero’s of the book. This book is well written, and flows easily. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. Reading how things were done back then made me feel like I was with Lucy on her adventure.

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Three-Time Christy Finalist Pens Another Winning Historical Romance
Lucy Kendall always assumed she’d help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes.
St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation’s candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father’s approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?