Friday, March 30, 2018

Review 'Only Enchanting' by Mary Balogh


The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancĂ©e’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 28th, 2014
Series:
The Survivors’ Club #4
Genre:
Historical Romance
Pages:
368
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook
Available at:

My Review: 


Over the years I’ve read two Mary Balogh novels and I just loved them. So I was really looking forward to reading ‘Only Enchanting’, the fourth book in The Survivors Club series. Although this book is part of a series, the books can be read separately and as standalones. 

In ‘Only Enchanting’ we meet Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby. Flavian was hurt in the war several years ago. And next to a shaky memory, he has had some trouble with dealing with his anger. Especially when he thinks of his past.
Agnes Keeping has lived a safe life. Agnes married a nice, but slightly boring guy next door and is now a widow. And Agnes has never been in love. Love isn’t necessary she thinks. But when she meets the charming Flavian, she find herself feeling things she never felt before.  

Just like with the previous two books in this series I read, this book just grabbed my attention from the very first page. And I simply didn’t want to stop reading. Agnes and Flavian are two very different people, but their chemistry was really flying of the pages. And their romance started at this beautiful dance and I was simply hooked. 

The two main characters Agnes and Flavian where really fun to get to know. Agnes was this nice, but ordinary woman who missed her husband after he passed. But she didn’t miss him cause she loved him so much, she just missed having a goal in life. And now she is living with her sister and making time for her hobby: painting. And Flavian definitely shook her out her ‘safe’ life.
Flavian is charming, but has his troubles. And he finds Agnes more then interesting. There is just something about her, and I loved the fact that he was so fascinated with her.  

‘Only Enchanting’ to me, was the perfect Historical Romance novel. I loved the romance, the etiquette and the charming way Flavian and Agnes fell in love. The writing was easy to follow, and there were so many characters I’d still like to get to know.. I definitely need to read more books in this series.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.

Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling 'Slightly' sextet and 'Simply' quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

For more information about Mary please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. 

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

My Favorite.. High School Experience



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme page.

This is a hard one for me. I don’t have a lot of good High School Experiences. High School was pretty hard for me most days. I was pretty different than my classmates. The first years I had a rough time, since my parents got divorced and I went through some stuff that really messed me up. I had this smoking and wearing-only-black period. And that made people bully me. After a view months, I lost my ‘black’ period, but I was still pretty different since I loved reading and doing homework.

I think my favorite High School Experience definitely has to be the day I graduated. I remember being so relieved that I got my good grades, and was able to say goodbye to that school building that I really didn’t like. I liked some people, but most people still were pretty much strangers to me at the end of those four years.

So when I finally got that paper, and was able to go home with my mom I felt so much relieve. Unfortunately for me, that’s definitely my favorite experience about High School. I honestly can’t remember another good memory of that place. I got one good friendship out of High School.. but other than that.. I was happy to go to Nursing School.


What is your favorite High School Experience?

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review 'Reed' by R.C. Ryan


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33134862-reedA new beginning...

A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.

Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest... until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe... and make her his.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
April 25th, 2017
Series:
Malloys of Montana #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
400
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


I love a good Romantic Cowboy story every once in a while. So when I saw ‘Reed’ at Netgalley last year, I requested to read this one immediately. But life got in the way, and somehow I lost track of this book. But since I’m cleaning out my Netgalley list, it was time to read this book. Although ‘Reed’ is the third book in the Malloys of Montana series, it can be read as a standalone.

In ‘Reed’ we meet Ally Shaw and Reed Malloy. Ally is a young mom of a boy of four, and she just moved her whole life to Glacier Ridge, Montana to get a shot at a new life. Ally starts her own shop, and before she knows it.. the store is a big success. And when Ally meets the handsome cowboy Reed, who seems to want to help her get settled in her new life. Everything seems to be going great. And soon the chemistry between Ally and Reed is getting more and more intense. But Ally isn’t good in trusting people. And Reed has to work hard to get the woman he wants. 

‘Reed’ is a nice and easy to follow romance read. The word sweet definitely comes to my mind when I think of this book. I loved all those characters from the town of Glacier Ridge, it definitely had this small-town feel about it and that is something I definitely enjoyed. There were several moments in this book were we met the Malloy family, and I also just loved that family. They were big, and noisy and they just seemed like a great family. 

The romance between Reed and Ally was not really what I expected. I didn’t really feel their chemistry, and I found Reed to be a little to ‘to-the-point’. But Ally, was a fun character and the Malloy family was really nice, so that definitely made up for the not-feeling-the-chemistry- part.  

I also found this book a little too predictable for my taste. But it was a fun read that really made for a fun afternoon read. 

My Rating:


About the Author:


New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety fiction novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.

The Lost, an anthology of stories by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, and R.C. Ryan writing as Ruth Ryan Langan was published in Fall 2009. Ms. Ryan’s story, “The Legacy,” is an exciting tale of intrigue and other-worldly adventure.

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN News, as well as Good Morning America.

For more information please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.

I requested this book on Netgalley.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Sunday Post #84: Makeover Time



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week my husband and I had the week off from work. And it was a very busy week since we are doing a makeover for our future baby room. When we first thought of what we wanted to do in the room, it didn’t seem like so much. But boy where we wrong! We had to choose and buy a new floor. We had to get paint for the walls, windows and doors. And then we had to lay down the floor and paint everything. In the meanwhile we also spend a day in baby stores to get the furniture for our baby. It was hard work.. but we managed to do everything in a week, and I’m happy to say we are almost done. The furniture is coming in May, but the room is so far ready that we finally have room to put the baby stuff in. It was a busy week, but we’re so happy to be done with the biggest part of the baby room. 

Other than building, painting and shopping, we found out our baby is a girl. A baby girl!! We are so excited and I just can’t wait for it to be August. Now we are busy thinking of a name. Thankfully we finally made some progress there. Which was a surprise because we didn’t seem to like the same kind of names at all.  

On Thursday it was my husband’s birthday, and we spend the day doing what he wanted.. finishing the baby room and enjoying some nice food. It was a perfect day, and we celebrated just the way he liked it.. low key and with just the two of us. 

And now the week is almost over and it’s time to go back to work. I didn’t read and blog as much as I wanted, since I was pretty tired at night, but I did read a little. And that is saying much since I’ve had trouble reading for the last view weeks.  

How was your week? Did you read any good new books?


Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Reed’ by R.C. Ryan
  • My Favorite.. High School Experience


New Arrivals:


No new books for me. I've been pretty good I think :D

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Review 'The Irredeemable Prince' by Alyssa J. Montgomery


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34831523-the-irredeemable-prince
The ultimate royal bad boy is about to meet his match...

If one ever needs to find Prince Devereaux of Santaliana, one needs only look for the nearest newspaper: His Royal Highness is sure to be splashed across the scandal pages…

But enough is enough, and Prince Devereaux’s formidable brother King Gabriel is stepping in. No more night clubs, no more drinking, absolutely no more one-night-stands with up-and-coming models. Devereaux will step into his responsibilities, or he will be cut off.

For his own reasons, Devereaux submits to the stipulations that his brother sets out, even as he chafes at the restrictions. But the recalcitrant prince is about to find out that self-improvement can be surprisingly seductive..



The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 5th, 2017
Series:
Royal Affairs #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
390
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


Sometimes I just need to read an easy romance. Especially when life gets really busy and crazy. So it seemed the perfect time for me to read ‘The Irredeemable Prince’. And who doesn’t love a romance story involving a prince? Although this is the second book in the Royal Affairs series, it can be read as a standalone.

In ‘The Irredeemable Prince’ we meet Mackenzie, a young woman who is really good in creating the perfect image for people. And a new image is definitely what Prince Devereaux of Santaliana needs. At the moment he has the image of a night-club fanatic and a player who has a new girl every night. And his brother, King Gabriel has had enough. Mackenzie is one of the best in her work, but there is definitely more to Prince Dev than meets the eye. And the attraction between the two of them is definitely coming of the pages.

‘The Irredeemable Prince’ was definitely a very nice romance. It was easy to read, but this book also has lots of twists and turns that I didn’t expect at all. Especially in the beginning of this book I loved the chemistry between Mackenzie and Dev. I really couldn’t stop reading, and I just wanted to know more about these characters.

Although the twists and turns kept going throughout the book, I did found the last part of the book going way to fast. It felt like things were a little rushed and I really wished the last part was a little slower and more detailed. The chemistry in the beginning in the book was great, but I missed that in the ending of the story.

Overall, ‘The Irredeemable Prince’ is a fun read. And it definitely sparked my interest for reading the rest of this series.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Alyssa enjoys writing pacy, passionate contemporary romance novels and her favourites involve some plot twists. She also writes medieval romance under the pen name Alyssa James.

Alyssa still has a busy private practice where she works as a Speech-Language Pathologist - mainly with children with developmental disorders, literacy difficulties and autism. She has also been a professional pianist and worked for Qantas Airways as an International Flight Attendant.

Alyssa lives with her husband and three children in New South Wales, Australia on a five acre property. They have a menagerie of animals and also enjoy occasional visits from deer, wallabies, echidna and the daily morning singing of numerous varieties of native birds.

Spare time is fairly limited with three children, however dinner parties with friends, gardening and playing tennis or saddling up the horses and going for a trail ride, are favourite activities.

For more information about Alyssa please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Favorite.. Hobby Next To Reading



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

To be honest, there aren’t many things I love doing so much that I would call it a hobby. Reading, obviously. And I really enjoy blogging.. although I find it hard at the moment to find time to do some blogging. And with not having a lot of time to blog, I find myself liking it less because I almost feel rushed at times. Hopefully this will change soon when our baby room is done, and I don’t have to work as much. But still.. Blogging is definitely a hobby too.  

But other than reading and blogging? Hmm.. I guess I do love watching movies with my husband at night. Preferably with a blanket and some chips. Yes, I’d definitely think that is a hobby of mine.  


What is your favorite hobby next to reading?

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Promo 'Falling' by Dawn Davis


Today I’m excited to share a book promo of ‘Falling’ by Dawn Davis. ‘Falling’ is the second book in the Tower Room series and is called ‘a genre-crossing historical adventure with a time travel twist’.

About the Book:


A worthy follow-up to her 2015 debut, Falling whisks us back to the summer of 1813 and the brief American occupation of Queenston where it explores the events leading up to Laura Secord’s historic walk of June 21.

In this prequel to The Tree of Life, Leo Becker has only recently moved into the Rose Park mansion at the invitation of his cousin Dilys. He knows nothing, however, of the strange working of the Tower Room, but that is about to change.

His daughter Francine, a whip-smart Toronto lawyer, is pregnant, and pregnancy has done nothing to soften the naturally jagged edges of her personality. When she is hospitalized over concerns with her blood pressure, it appears likely that Francine, incensed over her forced “incarceration” will soon be dragging the entire hospital into court. And then there is the strange in utero behaviour of the baby…

Leo is beside himself with worry and Dilys deems the situation ripe for his initiation into the mysteries of the Tower Room. With a nourishing soup for Francine simmering in the kitchen, Dilys takes Leo upstairs for a talk and a cup of tea.

What happens next is the last thing Leo expects.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 14th, 2017
Series:
Tower Rooms #2
Genre:
History, Fiction
Pages:
336
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
Available at:

About the first book 'The Tree of Life':


Charlotte lives with her grandfather in a house with a secret: The Tower Room. It is the one room in which she’s been forbidden to snoop. Charlotte, however, is eleven years old and has a mind of her own, and when she and her friend Henry hide beneath the table of the Tower Room one afternoon in May, they overhear part of a conversation they were not meant to hear and are drawn into an adventure they could scarcely have imagined. 

Thrown back in time sixty years, they find themselves unwittingly involved in the imminent disappearance of a family heirloom with a colourful and uncertain past. But families too have their secrets, and the reasons behind them are rarely straightforward, and it is unclear what role Charlotte and Henry are meant to play if they are ever to return to their own time.

A fascinating portrait of Toronto in the spring of 1939, The Tree of Life explores the nature of family, loss, and what it means to find one’s place in the world.

About the Author:


Currently working on the final two books in the series, Dawn Davis is a retired teacher living in downtown Toronto, on the ravine, with Charlie, her Maine Coon cat. Falling is Book Two in the Tower Room Series. The Tree of Life, her debut novel, was published in 2015. 

For more information about Dawn and her books please visit her the Tower Room series website.

This promo was made possible by Smith Publicity 
http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Four Year Blogiversary Celebration



Today is my fourth Blogiversary! Already four years of Maureen’s Books! Wow! I can’t believe how fast these last four years have gone by. It has been four amazing years and I couldn’t have made it so far without any of you guys. So today.. I’d like to look back at these last years:
  • 1037 Posts
  • Read and reviewed 591 books
  • Received 3970 comments
  • 649 Likes on Maureen’s Books Facebook Page
  • 1028 Followers on Twitter
  • 218,771 Blog views
Some pretty impressive numbers for a girl like me, I think. And I’m proud of every single visit I got from you guys. And I’d like to thank you all for visiting, commenting and emailing me over these last four years. Although Maureen’s Books will probably change a little bit this year, since we are having a baby in August, I promise I will keep Maureen’s Books going and filled with bookish posts.

And to thank you all a little more I’m sharing this giveaway with you. So.. let’s celebrate.

Giveaway:


Win one book of your choice of My Favorite Books of 2017 list.


Thank you all for visiting and celebrating with me!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blogiversary Celebration #3: Things I Look Forward To In The Next Four Years of Blogging


This week is Maureen’s Books 4 year Blogiversary and I’m super excited to share some fun stuff with you this week. Keep on checking out this week’s posts.. There will be a cool Blogiversary giveaway this weekend.


Things I Look Forward To In The Next Four Years of Blogging 


These last four years definitely flew by. I remember the day I started blogging so clearly. I had been thinking of starting my own book blog for a long time. But as with everything in my life, I needed some time to get the courage to actually do it. And when I finally did it I was super scared and anxious and really thought no one would be reading my blog. But soon my first review request appeared in my email and before I knew it I had several new books to read. 

And now I have to turn down review request. I definitely could not have imagined that four years ago. Although life has definitely got a little more busy the last view months, and I struggle at times with balancing everything, I can’t imagine not having my book blog. And for the upcoming months and years I still have so many things to look forward too.

For one I hope to be able to review some children books. In August our baby will be born, and I can’t wait to start reading to and with the baby and maybe even write some reviews about those books. It definitely would be a lot of fun.  

I also hope to get my own business Maureen’s Book Promotions, off the ground a little more. Working full-time and starting that new business is a lot of work and I find it hard to do it all the way I want to. But maybe I’ll manage to do more when I won’t work as much anymore with the baby. We’ll see. 

But what I look forward to the most is continuing to interact with my fellow book bloggers, getting the opportunity to read new and beautiful books and sharing my opinions here with you guys. Book Blogging definitely still gives me a lot to look forward too.  

And since this week is all about looking back and celebrating four years of Maureen’s Books.. Let me share my first post I ever put online with you.. And no.. it's not pretty. But we all had to start somewhere right?! I for one am that my posts got a little better over the years. LOL!


What are you looking forward to, blogging wise?

 
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