Friday, January 21, 2022

#MacmillanAudio Review of Maiden Voyages by Siân Evans


Today I reach back into my audio backlist for a #Macmillan Audio of Maiden Voyages, I started this ages ago but for some reason didn't finish it until recently. Life I guess

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 8-10-2021
Length: 10hours & 45minutes
Source: Publisher/Netgalley for review
Buy It: Audible



In an engaging and anecdotal social history, Siân Evans's Maiden Voyages explores how women’s lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America.

During the early 20th century, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women, whose lives were changed forever by their journeys between the Old World and the New. Some traveled for leisure, some for work; others to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members whose stories have mostly remained untold - until now.

Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women as they crossed the Atlantic. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. In first class you’ll meet A-listers like Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker; the second class carried a new generation of professional and independent women, like pioneering interior designer Sibyl Colefax. Down in steerage, you’ll follow the journey of émigré Maria Riffelmacher as she escapes poverty in Europe. Bustling between decks is a crew of female workers, including Violet “The Unsinkable Stewardess” Jessop, who survived the Titanic disaster.

Entertaining and informative, Maiden Voyages captures the golden age of ocean liners through the stories of the women whose transatlantic journeys changed the shape of society on both sides of the globe.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews Lightning in a Mirror Jayne Ann Krentz

Today my friend Sophia Rose returns to share her review of Lightning in a Mirror by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Lightning in a Mirror by Jayne Ann Krentz

#3 Fogg Lake

Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Berkley Romance

Published:  1.18.22


Pages:  320

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  Berkley

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

The final installment in the chilling Fogg Lake trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz.

Olivia LeClair's experiment with speed dating is not going well. First there was the nasty encounter with the date from hell who tried to murder her and now the mysterious Harlan Rancourt—long believed dead—sits down at her table and tells her she's the only one who can help him locate the legendary Vortex lab.

This is not what Olivia had in mind when she signed up for the Four Event Success Guaranteed package offered by the dating agency. She doesn't have much choice, though, because her psychic investigation firm works for the mysterious Foundation and Victor Arganbright, the director, is adamant that she assist Harlan. There's just one problem—no one knows Harlan's real agenda. His father once ran the Foundation like a mob organization, and Harlan was destined to be his heir. There's a real possibility Harlan has returned to claim his inheritance.

For now, however, it's a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend because others are after the secrets of the long-lost lab. Unfortunately for Olivia, the one thing friend and foe have in common is that everyone is convinced she is the key. Her unique psychic talent is required to defuse the ticking time bomb that is Vortex.

Neither trusts the other but Olivia and Harlan soon realize they must work together to survive and unlock the Bluestone Project's most dangerous secrets before more innocent people die.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

#MacmillanAudio Review of The Becoming by Nora Roberts Book 2 of the Dragon Heart Legacy

Today I'm so excited to be bringing you my review of Nora Roberts 2nd in her Dragon Heart Legacy, The Becoming.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 11-23-2021
Length: 15 hours & 36 minutes
Dragon Heart Legacy #2
Source: Publisher/Netgalley for Review
Buy It: Audible

ADD TO: Goodreads


A new epic of love and war among gods and humans, from Nora Roberts—the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening.

The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two—including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm—a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people—and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh—and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Review- One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

Today I'm going back to my early 2020 Netgalley backlist to pick up a book that I should have read right away.

ISBN-13: 978-0778309468
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 4-7-2020
Length: 464pp
Source: Publisher/Netgalley for review
Buy It: Publisher/Amazon/B&N/IndieBound

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"A great book to finish off your summer reading."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Some families we’re born into
Some we find for ourselves

When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for a genetic test, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

"This heartwarming story of sisters who bond as adults is sure to please...those who enjoy books by Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber."—Library Journal

Don’t miss Brenda Novak’s latest book, When I Found You!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews Coldharbour Gentlemen by Ann Lee

Please welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog! Today she's reviewing a historical series debut, Coldharbour Gentlemen. Get ready for some Victorian hijinks in the English countryside.

Coldharbour Gentlemen by Ann Lee

#1 Darking Hundred

Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Indie

Published:  11.1.21


Pages:  304

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: ebook

Source:  Purchased

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Harry Steer just wanted a little adventure.
Be careful what you wish for.

Summer 1800. England is at war with France but in rural Surrey the conflict seems far away: the people of Darking Hundred are more concerned with the harvest and the price of tea.

Young Harry Steer sits trapped at his desk, cramming with his tutor before being sent away to school. But everything changes when he crosses paths with a band of smugglers sneaking past his house. Soon he’s joined their nighttime forays and finds adventure matching wits with the forces of the law.

At first Harry couldn’t be happier with his secret life, but as the net tightens around his companions he discovers the dark side of their illicit enterprise. His summer hijinks turn deadly serious for himself and everyone he loves. Harry will need all his brains and courage if he hopes to break free and find his way back to all that matters to him—home, family, belonging.

Coldharbour Gentlemen is a gripping tale of peril and heroism sure to touch readers of all ages.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Introducing Harlequin Plus- a unique subscription-based service designed for fans of romance.

Calling all romance fan(atics). Harlequin has just released Harlequin Plus, a subscription service just for us!

Similar to other monthly entertainment subscription services such as Netflix, which recently launched Netflix games, Harlequin Plus will give users access to movies and games, along with ebooks and print books delivered to your home. 

Friday, January 7, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews-Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

Today I welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog to review Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen a historical romantic suspense.

Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

Historical Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Bethany House

Published:  12.7.21


Pages: 441

Rating: 4.5

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

News of her brother's worrisome behavior spurs Miss Rebecca Lane to return home to her village. Upon her arrival, he begs her to go to nearby Swanford Abbey, a medieval monastery turned grand hotel rumored to be haunted. Feeling responsible for her brother's desperate state, she reluctantly agrees to stay at the abbey until she can deliver his manuscript to a fellow guest who might help him get published--an author who once betrayed them.

Soon, Rebecca starts seeing strange things, including a figure in a hooded black gown gliding silently through the abbey's cloisters at night. For all its renovations and veneer of luxury, the ancient foundations seem to echo with whispers of the past--including her own. For there she encounters Sir Frederick--baronet, magistrate, and former neighbor--who long ago broke her heart. Now a handsome widower of thirty-five, he is trying to overcome a past betrayal of his own.

When the famous author is found dead, Sir Frederick makes inquiries and quickly discovers that several people held grudges against the author, including Miss Lane and her brother. As Sir Frederick searches for answers, he is torn between his growing feelings for Rebecca and his pursuit of the truth. For Miss Lane is clearly hiding something. . . .