Anthology Category

A Midwinter Ball (Timeless Regency Collection Book 2)

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Another Timeless Regency Collection, have you caught a theme yet? I LOVE anthologies and I LOVE regency romances!

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth

Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones may as well have the plague for as much attention as the men give her.  She sits as a constant wall flower at the dances, she’s become the running joke among the ladies, and men don’t even give her a second glance when in the same room as her.  Her plague comes with a name: Lord Northrup.  Lord Northrup has made it clear that while he is abroad traveling that Analisa is his, no man with any brains will touch her while he is away.  When he shows up unexpectedly at a party, Analisa is confused and angry.  Time may not have changed him and she’s not ready to give him a chance to prove his adoration.

SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon

Olivia Wallington lives with her sharp tongued mother and aunt, forced to endure hurtful jibes and withering glares.  Destined to live out her spinster life living in daydreams and quietly enduring the two strong women in her life, Olivia has all but given up hope.  When her brother comes home with his new wife and a promise to sneak her out of the house to enjoy a ball, Olivia feels that she may have a chance to build a new and everlasting memory to get her through the rest of her years.

AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes

Living quietly alone in her home while her father travels and her dear mother has passed away, Lady Ella spends her days outdoors riding horses and enjoying the more unladylike activities.  When a stranger shows up on her doorstep with a request from her dead fiancé asking for her to join him in London, her curiosity is more than peaked.  Packing up her meager belongings, Ella makes the trip to London only to find that the rules of stuffy society are not what she enjoys.  With the help of Alex Darling, she learns that there are ways to have fun and escape the ton.

 

These are sweet regency romance novellas.  My favorite would be An Invitation to Dance by Michele Paige Holmes, and my least favorite would be Heidi Ashworth’s Much Ado About Dancing. I found the latter dragged and I couldn’t get into the characters or the dialogue.  I enjoyed Michele Page Holmes’ tale because the Tomboy, Ella, reminded me of myself and I found myself with a smile as I read her plight.  I do enjoy anthologies, they always give you a taste of a new author if you are not familiar with them and you get a chance to read more of the authors that you have come to love.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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Make Me a Match: Baby, Baby\The Matchmaker Wore Skates\Suddenly Sophie

Make me a Match

What do you do when you are three grown men stuck in a small town in the very cold and isolated part of Alaska? You make a bet with the local bartender that you can become the town’s very own trio of matchmakers, of course! Following three rough and burly men as they take on a town of men that only shave once a year and would rather ice fish and swap stories over beers than converse with the opposite sex: Cooper Hamilton, Ty Porter, and Gideon Walker have their work cut out for them. On top of running a successful matchmaking business, they soon realize that they have problems of their own, and cupid may just have a few tricks up his sleeve. A one night stand that turns into cute cuddly baby dressed in pink, a corrupt hockey player that carries scars that hide the true secrets behind them, and surprise crushes are all stories that play a part in creating a fun, cute, Valentine’s Day romantic book. This was a cute book that took three separate stories and intertwined them. The authors did an amazing job overlapping the characters in each tale. I love books like these and can’t wait to read more.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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The Mariposa Hotel (A Tangerine Street Romance Book 3)

The Mariposa Hotel

It’s no secret that I read a lot, so when I get my hands on anthologies, I’m thrilled because I get several stories in one book; it’s like a treat to this book-a-holic.  Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson and Heather B. Moore each spin a wonderful, clean and inspirational romantic tale.  The Mariposa Hotel is a great read because it takes three separate characters and connects them in one beautiful hotel complete with a beautiful three-hundred-year-old wishing well brought from Mexico.  With a toss of a coin and a well placed wish, three couples find true love.

Ghost of 913

Mari is working as a hotel maid trying to work her way through college in order to attend law school and she gets the lucky job of cleaning room 913.  She’s lucky because it’s as if the occupant is a ghost, leaving not even a fingerprint behind.  Lucky for Mari, her “ghost” is living and happens to be a very good looking U.S. Marshal.  Grant helps protect witnesses in the Witness Protection Program; he is very organized and pays attention to detail.  When he discovers that Mari is just as detail oriented as him, and she’s beautiful, he perks up and pays attention.  Still trying to pick up the pieces from her previous marriage, Mari is a little leery of the secretive man that is working his way into her heart, and unless he starts to open up Grant will find her walking away.

Butterfly Kiss

The surfers love the waves at Seashell Beach and as a professional photographer Ridely goes where the waves are good.  He just happens to live in Seashell Beach and gets to enjoy the patrons of the Mariposa Hotel.  His friend, who runs the hotel, finds himself short a concierge, and Ridely volunteers to step in to help.  As luck would have it, a beautiful woman steps through the door and instantly catches his eye.  However, his mind becomes clouded with judgments and Ridley finds he’s making mistake after mistake with Brooke and realizes that she may be more than just a weekend fling.  Brooke is swept off her feet by the good looking concierge, as their whirlwind relationship starts to blossom it comes clear that Ridely is hiding something and he’s not just a concierge after all.

Dreams Come True

Regean holds down a very stressful job as hotel events manager, but she enjoys every minute of it and wouldn’t have it any other way.  When it’s time for a charity gala for KC Woods, a Hollywood producer, she does what she does best and prepares for it.  However, KC just happens to have a very bossy and secretive assistant who demands on chocolate covered strawberries and a shared room waiting for them.  Regean must learn to look past her preconceived opinions and open up to the possibility of dating KC Woods and maybe she’ll realize that there is more to a story that what meets the eye.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 15)

Sarah m eden british isles

A Friend Indeed
It’s no secret that the family is in dire need of money, and as the only girl in the family, Caroline knows it is her duty to be “auctioned off” to the highest bidder. She is somewhat mollified by the knowledge that she is saved from being sold to an old man that will be unkind to her when she learns she is to be married to her childhood friend, George. However, being betrothed to the family friend comes with its own set of troubles and it’s up to George to help her find peace and happiness with their agreement.

A Happy Beginning
Sophia’s family has fallen on hard times and she is forced to take a position as a governess in Scotland. This beautiful sophisticated Englishwoman struggles daily with the upbringing of two spoiled demanding children while trying to stay safely hidden away from the leering eyes of the children’s father. Her only reprieve comes from visiting the very quiet and stern stable master, Dermot. With a new friendship forming Sophia finds herself looking forward to her visits to the stables and the small talks she shares with Dermot. Those small talks and visits are quickly put to an end and Sophia’s safety is threatened. It’s up to Dermot to protect the woman who is slowly finding a place in his heart.

Road to Cavan Town
Bound and determined to win the heart of the most beautiful woman in town, Miss Kilchrest, Isaac makes the long trek every week to fight the other men for her attention. However, that trek is made quite fun by his dear friend Alice, who makes that same trek every week to help with her grandparents. Blinded by his goals and ambitions to eventually marry Miss Kilchrest, Isaac is unable to see who really has his heart. Alice is at her wits end, she has come to love Isaac and is so frustrated with the man that he can’t even see what he has in front of him. Finally ready to throw in the towel, Alice walks away and decides that it’s up to Isaac to figure it out, because it hurts too much to watch him pine after the wrong woman. When Miss Kilchrest’s true colors start to shine, Isaac starts to see how mistaken he was, he can only hope that it’s not too late.

A Christmas Promise
Anyone can read a map, right? How hard could it be? With a carriage stuck in the middle of a field and finding yourself trying to fend off ferocious man eating dogs, you’ll find that it’s a lot harder than you would think. Sean had one job, get the horses and carriage to Castle Kilkenny where he is to be a new stable hand. However, a wrong turn and a muddy field seemed to have hindered his attempts at making it to the castle. With the help of Maeve and her teasing brothers, Sean finds himself falling in love and traveling on the right road back to his original destination.

Dream of a Glorious Season
Stuck in a world of expectations thrown at her by society, Elizabeth Gillford finds herself trapped at home and forced to watch an older sister come out and enjoy her several seasons. Elizabeth is unable to make her “first bows to Society” until Mary, her mean and selfish sister is wed. Elizabeth has also found herself in love with Julian Broadwood, the neighbor, and has been since she was 8 years old. However, he has been “promised” to her sister. Heartbroken and looking as though she is to be an old maid, Elizabeth has an inviting personality and doesn’t let this break her. As a reader, I find myself cheering for her and Julian.

A Lesson in Love
Lucy couldn’t be more excited to be returning to London ready to take the Season at full speed, with her husband in tow. Last year’s Season was amazing and involved a beautiful courtship and marriage with Reed. Now married, Lucy expects her Season to be even better than before. Unfortunately, Reed has an entirely different idea of how the Season should go, now that he is an ‘old’ married man. When Lucy and Reed find their desires clashing they turn to family to help clear the misunderstanding. Then again, with the help of their well meaning family, a small misunderstanding grows into a full blown war and the couple must find it in themselves to lean on each other and remember why they fell in love in the first place.

I have been enjoying all the stories that I have read by Sarah M. Eden, and this anthology is no exception. My favorite would be A Lesson in Love, because “Happily Ever After” doesn’t truly exist and you must always work hard especially after you say “I do” to keep your marriage strong and happy. Just like the other anthologies in the Timeless Romance series, I love them. Some stories I like better than others, but that’s the joys of these books. They are short and sweet and are easy to get through. You are given a wide arrange of characters and plots with happy surprises and sweet romances.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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Cinderella Treasure Trove

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Miss Demeanor Suspense Series: P.I. I Love You, Bare, Choreographed Crime, Golden Ribbons

 Miss Demeanor Suspense Series

Four female cops are tired of not being promoted and the lack of excitement that comes from being an officer in a small town.  After they meet online in a group called “Lady Cops” they decide to start a private investigation business called “Miss Demeanor Private Detective Agency” in Seattle.  In this series we follow four strong women as they fight drug rings, murderers, kidnappers and sex rings in the Emerald City.

P.I. I Love You by Joanne Jaytanie

River Nightingale just watched another promotion pass her up.  She’s closed more cases than anybody in her town, only to watch a man with half the experience who works the least amount of anyone take the job.  Enough is enough and when the possibility of joining her new friends as a private investigator in Seattle becomes a reality she calls her uncle, pulls a few strings, and makes the move to The City of Flowers.  With their new business up and running a new client comes in asking for help with finding who murdered his parents and tracking down a long lost half sister that had been secretly adopted.  Unfortunately for River, tracking down the murderer means working with bossy and prideful Homicide Detective, Gage Hamlin and reopening his case.  He hates nosy private investigators and she hates smug arrogant policeman that look down their noses at woman cops.  They need to put their differences aside and work together to solve the cases, because it seems like someone else is on their heels ready to do whatever it takes, even kill a cop, in order to hide the truth.  This is an amazing story, the suspense dripped from each page and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  This is the first time I’ve read a book from Joanne Jaytanie, and I loved it!

BARE by Angela Ford

Shay Brooks has found that she’s hit that invisible glass ceiling, especially because she’s a female cop in a small town and not taken seriously by her partners.  Agreeing to start up the “Miss Demeanor Private Detective Agency” with her friends in Seattle, she is excited to kiss her town good bye.  Her first case has her taking an undercover job as a waitress in a gentleman’s club, where she’s trying to “save” the client’s daughter from the club’s owner.  Once inside BARE, Shay finds out not everyone is who they say they are.  I enjoyed Shay’s story and was impressed with the strong characters that were portrayed in a short amount of time.  Angela did a great job setting the scene and creating a plot that was suspenseful from the beginning.

Choreographed Crime by Jackie Marilla

When Maile Kuhiwinui decided to leave Hawaii, she didn’t realize how homesick she would be.  It seemed like a great idea at the time, join a group of female officers, and become a private investigator in Seattle, leaving behind the small town cop mentality in her review mirror.  However, she feels like she’s not being productive as she sits back and watches the other women close their cases.  Trying to get rid of her homesickness by comforting herself with food from back home, Maile meets Kalama Haleamau and realizes that Seattle might not be so bad.  However, when a murder case is brought to Maile, she finds that Kalama is right in the middle of it and he might just be a suspect.  This was not my favorite story in the book.  Maile seemed very weak and didn’t seem have to have the mentality of a cop.  She cried a lot and it frustrated me, I was happy to see this story over.  I feel like Maile is the weak link in the series.

Golden Ribbons by Lauren Marie

Cassie Holmes is spunky and tough, she doesn’t take no for an answer and she isn’t scared to tell a complete stranger- who she lovingly refers to as “Sasquatch”- to take a hike.  As tough as she is, she has a soft spot for the client who has taken what money she has to secure the aid of the private investigator.  The client’s daughter, Cami, is a fourteen year old girl who ran away and has found herself victim of a child prostitution ring, and it’s up to Cassie and Sasquatch, aka Jack Donovan to help Cami and the other girls find safety.  I like Cassie, she was my favorite character, and she is sassy and has a no-nonsense personality.  She knows what has to be done and doesn’t stop to question it.  I enjoyed Lauren Marie’s writing and will be reading more of her books in the future.

I did love this series, although I could have been happier without reading Maile’s story.  The women in this story must step aside and learn to let a man help them even after they have played hardball with the men back in their small towns.  This is about taking a big jump and changing your life when you find yourself in a rut. I will read more from Joanne Jaytanie, Angela Ford, and Lauren Marie.

*I bought this series to be a part of the Magic Books Promotions*

*This contains Adult Content*

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

Under the Mistletoe

Forgotten Kisses by Cindy Roland Anderson

When the male lead playing Sir Lancelot is fired, his costume designer Madison Taylor, couldn’t be more thrilled until she hears who his replacement is. Caleb Matthews, aka her ex-fiance is stepping in to take the roll and Madison isn’t too excited to be working closely with the man that she lost her heart to. Trying to pay the bills while helping her sister who is a single mom and her baby niece, Madison doesn’t have an option but to work alongside Caleb with a smile on her face. It doesn’t take long for Madison to realize that the feelings that she had put away a long time ago for him, are coming back and she finds herself falling in love with him all over again.

The Last Christmas by Annette Lyon

Meredith and her husband Eric are just days away from signing the divorce papers, but Meredith doesn’t want to ruin Christmas for her grown children. Meredith wants Eric to pretend that nothing is wrong while they are in town and asks him to play along. Eric is heartbroken and during a night of confessions Meredith and Eric find out what they both need to do to make their marriage work. Eric is bound and determined to show his wife that he’ll do anything to win her back.

Truth or Dare by Julie Coulter Bellon

Jonah Harrison is a wounded war veteran and has been hiding from the world in his parent’s home for the last year while recovering. A high school class mate comes to visit while chasing her love struck dog, and the night turns into a game of truth and dare, tears, and a perfect kiss. Through love and understanding Jonah learns that he can live again and find love.

Holiday Bucket List by Sarah M. Eden

Celeste Lagorio and Mike Durham are both single parents and have been next door neighbors for years. Mike has stepped in a few times to help the girls when they needed a father figure. This Christmas, Celeste will be on her own now that her kids have grown and are unable to come home for the holidays. Mike steps in and helps makes Celeste a Christmas to remember.

Christmas Every Day by Heather B. Moore

Monica had dreams, but she had to change her plans when her mother became ill and she needed Monica to care for her. In order to pay the bills, she took up a job at a mom and pop store. While on a date with her extremely temperamental boyfriend, she is trying to explain to him that she is on the verge of buying it from the owners, and he explodes. A stranger steps in and shows her the true way a woman should be treated. Little does she know that the gentleman is the long lost prodigal son of the owners and he may change her plans.

First (and Last) Christmas Date by Jennifer Griffith

Juliet Law and Tag McClintock had the worst luck on their first date back in high school and it ended in a promise that there would be a second date….in ten years. What are the chances that Tag McClintock shows up ten years later with a promise of a date and with only their luck could things go just as bad or even worse. Can Tag and Juliet get past their luck and find love?

This wasn’t my favorite anthology that I’ve read, but the stories are quick and easy reads. Couples are learning to trust again, learning to find love and willing to get through challenges for each other. They are sweet romances that show that there can be happily ever after if you only work for it. These are some of my favorite authors and I did enjoy reading some from new authors that I have been introduced to before.

*I Received a Free ECopy of This Book in Exchange for an Honest Review*

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Christmas Romance 2015 (Places to See Series)

Christmas Romance 2015 Places to See

Mr. Simon’s daughter has passed away leaving him heartbroken and determined to make sure he helps her four friends break away from their workaholic lives and live by seeing the world while they are still young.  His daughter only got to travel after she had received the news that she was dying and he didn’t want the girls that have been like daughters to him, to suffer the same fate of never seeing what the world has to offer.  For Christmas he offers them a gift to travel the world, anywhere they want to go, all expenses paid and their only requirement is to have fun.

Kisses and Strudel (Places to See Germany) by Jennifer Conner

Aubri knows she has explicit directions that she is to enjoy her vacation, but she’s unable to break away from her addiction to work.  Picking Germany, Aubri decides she’s going to do what she does best as head buyer of Christmas decorations for Simon’s Department store, and she’s going mix mostly business with a little pleasure by searching for products while in Germany.  Rothenburg, Germany has the best Christmas stores in the world and she’s going to begin with Weignachten Haus.  Mr. Frost is the store manager and Aubri is pleasantly surprised at how good looking he is and sparks immediately start flying.

In Love with Paris (Places to see France) by Sharon Kleve

Paget Murphy is in the airport on her way to Paris when she accidentally stumbles into Christopher after leaving the airport’s bookstore with a book from her favorite author in hand.  After mumbling something embarrassing about him looking like “Michelangelo’s David” they both are pleasantly surprised that they are on the same flight.  Paget can’t believe her luck when she gets to sit next to her favorite author and a gorgeous man is taken with her.  Her trip to Paris is sure to be an eventful and love filled trip.

Christmas in Tuscany (Places to see Italy) by Angela Ford

Erica runs the wine and chocolate shop inside Mr. Simon’s store and what better place for her to enjoy than Tuscany.  Not only would she get to discover new wines but she’ll also get to visit the place where her parents shared their first kiss.  Lucky enough to be able to land a spot in a very elite tour, spots availability is only open to about twenty. However, the man who runs the tour is older and has fallen ill and asked he late friend’s son, Massimo to take his spot.  Immediately Massimo and Erica are drawn to each other, but another sinister plot starts to unravel to derail the blossoming relationship.

Twice as Nice Christmas (Places to See Bulgaria) by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Jade usually isn’t one to be instantaneous, but the cute house and the late night on the internet leads her to signing the closing papers on a small fixer upper in Bulgaria.  Excited to finally have a vacation, she jumps on the plane and starts her journey to see her new “vacation” home.  On the flight, she saves a man from having to sit near a screaming toddler by offering up the seat next to her.  Little did she know that they would soon be sharing more than polite conversation when they landed in Bulgaria.  A snow storm and full motels have Jade and Damyan sharing a room for three days before they take a journey to see Jade’s new home, and during that time they hit it off and they find themselves falling in love.

This was so fun to read Christmas Romance 2015-Places to see Series.  It was fun for all four girls tied to the same beginning and each setting out for their own journey.  The series was short and fast, but the characters were strong, the images were beautiful, and the recipes found in the back of some of the stories were a delightful surprise.  It definitely is a book about love at first sight, and it doesn’t take long for the characters to exchange more than just kisses.  I enjoyed this book and the authors who wrote the stories.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

*This book does contain sexual content*

 

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Autumn Masquerade (Timeless Regency Collection)

Autumn Masquerade

A Merry Dance by Josi S. Kilpack

At nineteen years old, Lila has been living with her uncle in South Shropshire since she was six and to find a place away from everything new and unfamiliar she started hiding in her uncle’s study and for the last 13 years she would sit in her little corner and crochet while listening to the latest news.  While living with her uncle, Lila fell in love with her cousin Neville who has been away.  However, while crocheting a pair of socks she hears the worst news ever, her uncle is having Mortimer Lutherford come stay and look at property while secretly hoping there will be a match between his niece and Mortimer.  She is traumatized, and is determined to make the old man, thirty-three to be exact, dislike her by becoming the most obnoxious lady someone who he would surely run away from as fast as he can.

Unmasking the Duke by Donna Hatch

Extremely shy and a little clumsy, Hannah Palmer is forced into a Masquerade Ball by her sister.  Encouraged by the mask she hides behind, Hannah finds herself flirting with the most captivating man, after a fun game of giving out as much information about themselves without revealing their true identity the night ends in a kiss, and the revealing of the masked man who is none other than the Duke of Suttenberg, her neighbor and the man she could despise more.  The Duke must fight hard to win over the affections of the beautiful Hannah Palmer, and that’s what he plans to do.

What’s in a Name by  Nancy Campbell Allen

Persephone and Penelope or identical twins, but they couldn’t be more different.  Persephone follows all expectations set forth by society and Penelope, Penny, is everything but proper.  Scheming Persephone has set her eyes on the town Dr. and forces her sister to start writing in her place to the Duke of Wilmington.  It’s okay until Penny finds that she is falling for the Duke and a surprise visit from him has the twins scrambling to try to trade places.  The Duke of Wilmington has fallen hard for the woman in the letters and realizes right away that the girls aren’t who they say they are, but he’s willing to play along to see what the girls will think of next.

I have always loved regency and I absolutely love anthologies, so putting these together makes for a great read.  I love anthologies because you get a sample of your favorite author’s writings and you also are introduced to new authors.  The stories are quick and easy to read and you still have the same love of the characters even though they are presented to you in half the time. That’s what I like about these authors, they do an amazing job at delivering a great story line, creating amazing characters, and a smile on your face when you are done reading.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Hallow’s Eve

All Hallows' Eve Collection

Of Ghosts and Gardens by Sarah M. Eden

Enid Pryce took pride in the fact that she was undeniably Welsh; she lived in Brecknockshire, Wales with her little family.  Her home not only came with a beautifully garden, but a ghost who took great care in making sure to let would be thieves know, “You must not take what is not yours.”  Dafydd Gam, the family ghost had known to wander the garden, making sure no one would take the flowers.  After being away from home, Enid want to verify that she was indeed home and the best way to do that was to make sure that her ghost was still there, she set out to steal from the garden.  Instead of getting herself a visit from a ghost, she met Burke Kennard.  Burke, a scholar was researching the 15th-century Welsh Revolt, and who better to ask than the man who lived during that time, Dafydd Gam.  Burke and Enid set out to try to lure the ghost to visit them to learn about the revolt, but instead they learned that not everyone is who they say they are, and the same can be said about a certain ghost.  As the mystery revolving around Dafydd grows, so do the feelings between Enid and Burke.

Sarah created a lighthearted story with two characters that knew what they wanted out of life; however, being so determined to stick with their present course, they needed the help of a friendly neighborhood ghost to help them take a much-needed detour to a path of love.  This was a very cute story that I found entertaining. Sarah does a great job on creating characters and plots in a very short time.  The dialogue between Enid and Burke was complete with humor and quick wit. I really enjoy when I story has you smiling or laughing aloud.  I have always enjoyed books by Sarah M. Eden, and once again, she has come through with a great read.

It’s You by Annette Lyon

Orphaned when she was one, Anna Brierley, was taken in and raised by her grandparents in Idaho.  Traveling to live with her aunt and uncle after their death, Anna’s welcoming event was a funeral, not exactly her choice of entertainment.  However, this funeral was unlike any other that Anna had ever attended, there was a woman that seemed to recognize her, but she was unlike any other woman that she had ever seen or met.  The lady in white with one long braid called for attention and it seemed no one else had witnessed her at the cemetery, which isn’t too big of a surprise since she was the spirit of a woman coming to make things right.  Wondering if she was delusional, Anna tried to bury the incident, she carried on with life.  Not wanting to be a big burden to her aunt or uncle, Anna decided to earn her keep by taking on odd jobs, since the local schools felt like her small town education wasn’t good enough for their likes.  Her first odd job consisted of taking on cleaning out a church closet of a departed woman’s items.  Through this assignment, Anna was shocked to find a surprising discovery.  In order to find the cause for the young woman’s visit, Anna gets to know a local young man, Charlie Beck, who also has been in contact with the woman in white.  Between the two of them, they might be able to help the young woman feel at peace.

In a shorter version this story is about an older woman passing on, feeling wrapped up in guilt, and because of this, she is unable to go in peace.  She feels like she must make amends to those that she has hurt, unfortunately, she is not able to make things right with the people she hurt, but fate has brought the next generation to her doorstep.  I didn’t enjoy this story as much because it seemed too short and I felt disconnected from the characters, and I never felt like it pulled me in.  I don’t believe the story line could have held its own had it been lengthened into a full novel, it just didn’t have the makings of a great story.

Sophia’s Curse by Heather B. Moore

Every five years, on All Hallows Eve, a member of the Rousseau household or the Belrose household would die.  This curse was shared by these two households, and had been placed upon them by a scorned vindictive woman claiming to have secretly married Belrose Sr., and she stated that she should inherit the land, in response  her and her claims had been turned away.  Joan’s mother died giving birth on that cursed night.  Blinded by pain and anger Monsieur Rudolph Belrose, Joan’s father, had her sent to a nearby abbey to be raised by the nuns.  Joan loved to be creative and had an imagination, but most of all she enjoyed sneaking into the grove of trees and watch the magnificent, and good-looking Simon Rousseau.  It was just a matter of time before she would be caught.  Simon and Joan had no idea how life would change for them in the short period after they met.  All Hallows Eve was upon them, and it looked like Joan’s father was to be the next victim.  Was it really a curse, or was there something less superstitious and more evil at play?

Sophia’s Curse contained all the elements of a great book: romance, mystery, suspense, and murder.  The romance between Simon and Joan was quick yet it was strong and enjoyable.  Heather B. Moore was able to tie up all the loose ends in a tidy little bow, and left nothing to question.  It kept me on the edge on my seat; I will definitely be looking for more books by her in the future.

The Sirens’ Song by Lisa Mangum

Widower and Dr., Oliver, is on his way to Greece aboard a cruise liner as the lead physician.  Still wearing the ring and grieving after the death of his beloved wife, Cate, Oliver is just moving through life as if he is in a daydream.  An unfortunate event sends his wedding ring into the churning waters and not long after, he finds himself sharing the same fate.  A trio of sirens steals him away, pulling him from the clutches of the dark sea intent on stealing his memories and pain, not aware that behind his memories was love and happiness.  Willing to give up his memories for one last chance to see his cherished wife, Oliver relives the most precious times with Cate.

Lisa did a great job of capturing Oliver’s pain as well as his deep love for his wife, Cate. Delving into a character’s pain is not easy, but Lisa puts to paper a beautiful romance between husband and his wife.  Even though Cate has passed on, I felt like I was given the opportunity to witness their marriage and see their relationship from the beginning to the end.  You cannot help but ache for Oliver and his loss, but you are so happy when he gets to give his final good bye to the woman he loves so much.  Lisa Magnum wrote a beautiful love story.

The Man of Her Dreams by Jordan McCollum

Alexandra Steen, homicide detective, has a unique yet troubling gift: she sees murders before they happen.  The troubling part, she’s unable to stop them and she’s unable to use this information in, she is left with collecting evidence that leads to the guilty verdict.  The story starts out like any other dream for Alex, the killer attacks and slays his victim.  Alex is not about to let this happen, not again!  With everything she has, she speeds to the spot of the soon to be crime, only to find out that she is too late…or is she.  The last victim was spared and Alex is surprised to find that the victim is her ex-boyfriend’s sister.  However, the dreams don’t stop.  It’s only a matter of time that Alex determines that Nick is the intended target, after encountering him after all these years, she realizes that she still loves him and she’ll do everything in her power to make this dream not come true.  Nick and Alex have a lot to forgive and forget if they are to move forward in their lives and keep Nick safe.

This thriller keeps you on your edge of you seat wondering who the killer is and when he will strike.   Alex is very head strong, where Nick is laid back and non-confrontational.  It’s a challenge to watch these two hit heads and struggle with their differences.  Jordan McCollum did a great job creating their characters, bringing them to life.  They have the same struggles that a normal couple has and they need to work through this in order to be a couple again.  In a short period, Jordan did an amazing job pulling me in, working out the differences, and building a suspenseful plot and wrapping it all up in the end.

The Ghost of Millhouse Mansion by Elana Johnson

Naomi was amazing at what she did, she knew her job, and she loved it.  She had the amazing talent of not only renovating antiques but she also was known for interior decorating skills.  Right now, the biggest dream of hers involved a huge beautiful mansion, not just any mansion, but the Millhouse Mansion.  It begged for her touch, and she found herself imagining the hardwood floors, the fixtures, and the mantle over the fireplace.  However, the owner didn’t seem to have any desire to step foot in the place, much less bring it back to its former glory.  Yet today of all days seemed to be Naomi’s lucky day.  The owner, Colt Jennings walked into her office needing a renovation that happened to be located in the mansion.  Naomi was living her dream.  The mansion is everything that Naomi hopes for, instantly she’s taking notes and envisioning what she could do to fix this place up, but soon, she realizes that her and Colt are not alone.  In addition, someone, or something, is trying to get their attention.  Colt has his own demons to deal with and the ghosts that seem to hang around the old place aren’t helping his cheerful disposition.  Naomi and Colt must figure out the mystery surrounding the spirits lingering around, or someone was going to get hurt.

Elana Johnson did a great job introducing twist and turns in the plot.  She even gets an A for the spook factor.  I definitely didn’t see the surprise at the end coming; I really enjoyed this Halloween story.  Makes me curious what other books Elana has written and what surprises she has in store for them.

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rating: Review

 

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