Flower: a Book Review

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Kitrin always assumed her overprotective parents were just paranoid—until the trees started talking to her.

For sixteen years, Kitrin has longed for freedom from her parents’ secluded manor. However, one day her emotions trigger flowers to bloom, roots to grasp, and trees to bend. Unable to control her unexplained abilities, she finds an anchor in a young man with sad eyes and his own secrets. A man who sends sparks through her, but who might be tied to her destruction.

Palace outcast and nephew of the king, Prince Bryce lives under the shadow of his father’s execution for treason. To escape the toxic court, he takes comfort in the company of the kindhearted Kitrin. However, as the mysteries in both their pasts are revealed, he realizes the girl he loves is someone his family wants dead.

My Review: 

Fleeing the stifling confines of her mother’s controlling presence, Kit’s first act of rebellion brings her face to face with the shunned Prince Bryce – and her life falls apart. Turns out her mother had good reason to keep her separated from the world – and Prince Bryce in particular.

Bryce has always been the outcast, the son of the traitor. Bullied by his cousin, the crown prince, and distrusted by the court, he has always done his best to prove his loyalties. He quickly falls head over heels for sweet Kitrin, who doesn’t treat him any differently from any other.  But his father’s betrayal touched more than he imaged, and even the best kept secrets have a way of coming out – secrets that put his new love in danger.

I really liked both Bryce and Kit, they were such a sweet couple. I can’t wait to see where their story goes in the sequel.

The magic system is an interesting twist. I admit that I saw quite a few of the mysteries involving that system and the characters unravel well before the author said anything – and I suspect a few more that look be coming in the sequels. It did involve a few common fantasy tropes, but Burke still managed to make them feel fun and fresh.

The ending was a cliffhanger and I really badly want to get my hands on the sequels – like right now! Book 2 can’t come fast enough. I need to know what happens next!

I removed one star for the swearing.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean for the most part. There is one off screen consummation of “marriage vows” though it is a bit of an interesting question as to whether or not they are truly married. They made their vows to each other and meant them, but there were neither witnesses or preacher/priest. Nor is the marriage legal by the laws of the land. An interesting dilemma.
Language: A handful of mild swear words are peppered throughout the book.
Blood/violence: There are a few violent deaths, fights, and one offscreen suicide. Very little blood.
Other: Magic usage.

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A Defense of Honor: a book review

Kristi ann hunter   Description: 

When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn’t worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.

My Review:

I think this is the best book Hunter has written since Noble Masquerade. Sweet story with lots of humor. All of the characters has wonderfully complex and vivid personalities – especially the children. They were absolutely adorable, the romance was sweet, and there was a great Christian message.

I really liked Kit, She was a real go-getter who wasn’t afraid to do what she had to to provide a life for the children – and make their uncaring fathers pay. 

My only qualm was how Graham acted near the end of the story. He seemed like a great guy up until near the end, and then he started to get frustrating. I really hated how he treated one of his closest friends. I understood why he did it, but I still think that it was unnecessarily cruel to the poor guy. Adam did nothing to deserve that humiliation even if it was for a good cause. This part tarnished Graham a bit for me, and I thought he was shockingly unforgiving of Kit when the truth came out.

But aside from that, it was a really sweet story that I do recommend to any Regency lover.

My Rating: Five Flames

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The Accidental Guardian: a book review

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When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’d finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He’d
hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.

Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together–yet every day approaches the moment she’ll leave forever.

My Review: 

Well laced with Mary Connealy’s trademark humor, Accidental Guardian is a great kickoff to her newest historical series.

Deborah and Trace are both very likable and relatable. Deb was such a strong woman, though a touch frustrating in her stubbornness. And even though Trace can have a difficult time with so many people around, that guy has such a big and giving heart. He’ll do anything for Deb and her makeshift little family.

Some of the confrontations between the men and the kids had me in stitches. There is still a lot left open-ended and one villain still left to catch. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

My Rating: Five Stars

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Dagger’s Sleep and Disassociate Blog Tour!

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Hey, Y’all! It is such a great pleasure to be a part of Tricia Mingerink’s latest release tour. Any of you who have followed my blog for a while have probably seen my glowing reviews of her Blades of Acktar series. I was so thrilled to get a chance to join the blog tour for her latest novel, an allegory / fairytale retelling!

 

Dagger’s Sleep Spotlight and review: 

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About the Book:

A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.
High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.
A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?
One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand sacrifices neither of them could imagine.
Dagger’s Sleep is available for preorder here on Amazon Kindle.

 

My Review:

Just Around the River Bend. That is the song that comes immediately to mind upon glancing at the first page as our buckskin-clad Princess Roseanna guides her birchbark canoe down the rapids. In a startling twist that I never would have expected, Tricia Mingerink tosses aside all preconceived notions of what a world of fairytale retellings ought to look like.

Best description of this world? Sleeping Beauty meets Davy Crockett and the River Pirates with just a hint of Pocahontas. Seriously, the parallels between this book and the old Davy Crockett movies is ridiculously strong. Coonskin caps? check. Riverboats and pirates? check. Unpronounceable Indian-style names? check. Buffalo hunts? check.

Okay, so maybe the buffalo hunt part isn’t Davy Crockett. But still, if it wasn’t for the castles, lack of guns, and just a hint of something supernatural/magical this could easily be set in the old west.
A large chunk of the story was pretty slow. The bulk of it involves traveing from one point to the next. There isn’t enough excitement to really break up the monotony, and the final battle’s conclusion was abrupt and somewhat anti-climatic.
There is also a bit of a biblical allegory thread woven throughout the tale, which was pretty well done.

Princess Roseanna and Daemyn Rand were both strong and likeable characters. Roseanna was a sweet and big-hearted girl, but rather dull.
Prince Alexander was my biggest sticking point with this novel. I’m sorry, but I didn’t like him. Even after his personality took a serious improvement toward the end, I never connected with him. I know he was not really supposed to be the ‘hero’ of this story, but after spending time with such great Main Characters as Leith Torren and Martyn from Blades of Acktar, I had high expectations for Mingerink’s newest male lead. But even Daemyn, as interesting as he was, couldn’t quite reach that high.

Frankly, I felt that Daemyn got a bit shortchanged. As important as he was to the plot, I would have really liked to have seen a chunk of this book from his POV, just so we could have gotten a chance to really know him and see why he did some of the things he did. He really deserved more than he got in this book.

In the end, even though this one can’t quite stand up to the status Blades of Acktar does in my mind, it’s still an interesting twist on Sleeping Beauty and worth a read.

My Rating: Four Flames

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About the Author:

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her Author Website.

 

Disassociate Spotlight: 

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Freedom begins with finding the truth.

Amidst the turmoil caused by Smyth’s arrest, Celeste is stuck in limbo, stripped of her citizenship, with no choice but to flee to a peaceful Kyraenean hideaway with the tumultuous Amaya Mason.
When bounty hunters threaten the local orphanage, Celeste and Amaya must work together and fight. Even if it means risking what they cherish the most.
His plans in tatters, his career in jeopardy, Mick Haynes is forced to leave Kyraenea with the enigmatic Torrance Kyle, the agent he still can’t trust.
Torrance is good at lying, and even better at hiding his pain, but is he strong enough to deal with the consequences of betraying his own father?
Can Celeste accept the truth, accept her place in the Haynes family or will lies chain her to the past and destroy her chance at a new life?

Dissociate is available for sale on Amazon here. The first two books in the series Disowned and Dissemble are also available on Amazon.

About the Author:

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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’, she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

Website: http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com

 

 

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To celebrate the release of Dissociate and Dagger’s Sleep, Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink are hosting a day-long Facebook Festival. There will be plenty of games and giveaways, not to mention Serena Chase, author of the Eyes of E’veria series, will be the guest of honor. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! You’ll be able to stop by any time during the day to join the fun, no matter what time zone you live in!

Link to the Facebook Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/244246872802075/

 

GIVEAWAYS!

 

Allegiance Series Giveaway

Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink are each hosting a giveaway for their books for the blog tour.
Sarah Addison-Fox is giving away a paperback set of the first three books in the Allegiance Series. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace ships. The books may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

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Tricia Mingerink is giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour Schedule: 

If you want to visit the rest of the stops on the tour, head to this link here for the full listing.

The Siren and the Scholar: a book review

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Can true love survive when memories are stolen away?

When Kamoana the siren is transformed into human shape, she knows that her mother, the powerful sahira Queen Pukai, laid the spell on her, but she can’t remember why. It has to be some kind of test, most likely related to romance and undoubtedly involving a three-day deadline, but Kamoana can’t remember being in love with anyone, let alone a human. How dared her mother tamper with her memories!

To make things worse, at Faraway Castle, the playground of royal, noble, and wealthy singles from around the world, the possibilities are almost limitless. How can Kamoana even figure out who the guy is, let alone make him fall in love with her, before her three days are up? Even more to the point, does she really want to marry anyone? Her goals involve education and a career, not marriage.

But when Kamoana’s memories begin to return and her love revives, the game becomes serious. Can she convince a man with no memory of her to fall in love again?

My Review:

This book was every bit as much fun as the first in the series. It’s a fresh, new, and more modern twist on the Little Mermaid tale that runs on a near parallel timeline with book one. Don’t worry though, there is surprisingly little overlap of the plotlines. Siren and Scholar gives barely more than a cursory nod to the version of the story we know, preferring instead to blaze its own path with great results.

Kamoana’s about as different from the original little mermaid as night is from day. She’s smart, capable, and not shallow or silly enough to fall for a pretty face – or a man she hardly knows. This girl has a solid head on her shoulders. It is such a relief not to have to listen to a patheticly immature lead or ridiculous plot lines with a heaping dose of insta-love.

Tor comes off as rather distant at first, but he soon shows himself to be a rather awkwardly adorable geek. The two have a great romance together that you likely won’t be able to fully appreciate unless you have read the prequel novella – The Little Siren (You can get it Here on the author’s website).THe little siren

The supporting cast was great fun and well rounded, particularly Nelumbo the lake monster. I about smacked myself, big mystery reader that I am, for not having figured one particular character’s angle a whole lot sooner. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next in this series!

*** I received this book free from the author. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory: 

Romance: Clean
Language: Clean
Blood/violence: Mild violence, courtesy of a couple of fights and a mad scientist. There is mention of blood and injuries, but little detail given. Fairly clean.
Other: Extensive use of Magic.

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Seventh Born Blog Tour and Review!

Having seven sons is a honor above no other. Which is why Zezilia is a disappointment. The only girl of seven children, she brought shame to her family. Who knew something like this could be turned into a book, but Rachel Rossano has done just that with her book, Seventh Born. Read on to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway.

About the Book

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.

In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

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About the Author

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.

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Giveaway

Rachel is giving away an eBook of her book. You can enter here. Your odds of winning increase with every person you refer so spread the word! Good luck, and I hope you win!

Review

What would it be like to grow up knowing you are your family’s biggest disappointment? Zezilia did just that, but she hasn’t let it make her bitter. A good girl with a big heart, she just wants to do her best to make her family proud somehow. But her life takes a sudden turn when it becomes apparent that she has telepathic powers that women aren’t supposed to have.

Hadrian, every bit as dutiful as Zezilia, has stepped into one of the most powerful positions in the government – and everything is going wrong. Prejudice against him is high, as he refuses to follow the goddess that most of the people serve. He is a regular target for assassination, and he is faced with terrible decisions that will with either save – or destroy – the country.

Seventh born is a sweet but slightly slow beginning to what looks to become a very interesting series. The details of the characters’ telepathic abilities are very well thought out, but on occasion can turn slightly confusing.

The world building was solid and descriptions of the country were vivid and lovely. I did have a bit of difficulty figuring out some of the fantasy words/titles/season and such. A glossary would definitely not go unappreciated.

The main characters were very enjoyable – especially Hadrian. His parts in story were definitely my favorites. Zezilia, however, seemed almost too perfect at times, both with her personality and with her power training.  Is there nothing she can’t do? I hope that in the sequels we get to see more depth – and maybe some more powerful weaknesses than the minor character flaws she shows.

The romance is only in the very beginning stages in this novel. It’s really more of just a close friendship right now. It is building up to be one of the usual forbidden romances, but at least there has been no hint of the dreaded insta-love problem, nor any unwanted love triangles. Just a gentle, slow burn type romance, which is really much more realistic.

I suppose this review seems a bit on the critical side, but I really did enjoy this book. I do believe this is one of the better books she has written and I hope that Rossano puts out the sequels very soon because I am eager to see how everything plays out.

Heat Advisory: 

Romance: clean
Language: clean
Drinking / drugs: clean
Violence: minimal. no blood. several assassination attempts and threats.
Other: The enemy does utilize the power of mind control. This doesn’t bother me, but some people might be more sensitive about this.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Tour Schedule

 

April 9
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
Just A Glimpse – Guest Post
Faith, Loyalty, Adventure Blog – Book Review
April 10
Rachel John Writes – Book Review
Annie Louise Twitchell – Book Review
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight

April 11
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Romantic Typewriter Gardens – Guest Post
The World of the Blue Bells Chronicles – Book Review

April 12
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Hunting for Truth – Book Review and Guest Post
April 13
Reading On The Edge – Book Spotlight
Ember’s Reviews – Book Review
With a Joyful Noise – Character Spotlight
Views from the Window Friend – Book Review

April 14
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner

A Most Noble Heir: a book review

Most Noble Heir Description:  

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

My Review

The plot of Most Noble Heir is solid and very character driven, with a lot of very distinct and interesting personalities. I really felt for Nolan, poor guy got way more of a mess than he bargained for. His Mother dropped quite the bombshell at her passing.

That part was probably the hardest part of the story for me to swallow. Everyone seemed to think that she was the sweetest and most caring lady, and we know she never told the Earl about his son for good reason. Yet at her death, she not only tells Nolan the truth, but also the Earl. By doing so she effectively ripped the rug out from under her son, knowing full well that if the Earl accepted him he would never be allowed to have the girl he loved or the life he had hoped for. Why would she do that?

It would have been more in line with how she was described if she had only told Nolan the truth and allowed him to do what he felt was right with that info, whether that meant accepting it or burying it. There was no need to tell the Earl and effectively come near to destroying her son’s life.

Nolan, though a bit hot tempered and impulsive at times, had his heart in the right place, and he truly did care for his wife. He showed an incredible amount of restraint when dealing with his father. I kept waiting for the moment when he would finally lose it and punch the man out. I was almost disappointed when he didn’t. That man seriously deserved it! What a jerk.

Hannah, I never grew very fond of. Her self esteem and abandonment issues were understandable, but she gave up so easily and brushed aside so many of her husband’s attempts to mend the rift that she got to be slightly frustrating. Thank goodness for the Duchess Iris.
The Duchess was a corker, brushing aside social convention at most every opportunity and happily dosing everyone in the vicinity with the wisdom and advice they so desperately needed, even if they didn’t want it. She gave our main couple much of the advice that many of us readers have been wishing we could scream at,  I mean, tell many of the characters we read about in romance novels. Without that lady, chances are the happy ending wouldn’t have happened.

Most Noble Heir has been my first foray into Susan Anne Mason’s writing, and if this is an example of her usual fare, I think I will be coming back to try again.

*** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Four and a half Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean. One villain does attempt to attack a female character.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: Moderate usage of alcohol. Once character does become slightly drunk.
Blood/violence: mild violence. a shooting and some fistfights. no blood

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Dagger’s Sleep Cover Reveal!

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Good morning, y’all! It is my great pleasure to be part of the cover reveal for Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel: Dagger’s Sleep! I an a tremendous fan of Mingerink’s previous series. The Blades of Acktar is easily one of my favorite series, with a powerful plot, beautifully real and complex characters, and a unique story world. If you haven’t read that series yet – get it! You won’t regret doing so.

Although I do dearly wish to see more of the Blades series, I am quite eager to get my hands on this new tale. Anyone who knows me is aware of my addiction to fairytales, and I’m sure anything written by Mingerink is bound to be awesome.

And now, to the cover….

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About the book: 

A prince cursed to sleep.

A princess destined to wake him.

A kingdom determined to stop them.

High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.

A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?

One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest king himself, their quests will demand greater sacrifice than either of them could imagine.

Release Date: May 28, 2018

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, and her blog.

To make things even more exciting, Tricia Mingerink is going to be co-hosting a blog tour from May 22 to 28 with Sarah Addison-Fox to celebrate the release of both of their latest books. Her next book Dissociate releases May 22. More details about blog tour will be coming in April.

Keturah: a book review

KeturahDescription: 

In 1773 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father’s plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My Review: 

Keturah started off really slowly for me. It was difficult to get into at first, but once we reached the Island, I found it difficult to set down.

The setting – the island of Nevis – Is beautiful and lush, described so well that I would almost like to go there myself to see it. Yet there is also a very dark undercurrent to this idyllic land. Diseases, storms, mudslides and that is only the trouble the island causes! Humanity holds many more, with plantation owners who are so stuck in the old ways and belief in a woman’s ‘proper place’ that they hold no shame in sabotage.

Keturah and her sisters do little they way they are expected to. Desperate times, desperate measures. They throw convention to the curb and do what they think is right.

Slavery is strongly shown throughout the book. The main characters all owned slaves, as was common for rich landowners of the times. Keturah, Gray, and her sisters always treated them with respect and care, yet it was still sad to read about. Particularly the foulness of the slave auctions our characters had to witness.

Keturah and Gray’s romance was sweet but felt a touch…abrupt for me. One minute they’re clashing and she’s barely willing to let him help, then within a day or two she’s confessing love?
It might have been hard to fully understand her fears, as we only saw the barest minimum of what she went through with her first husband, but the abrupt turnaround was hard to fully swallow. With the depth of her trust issues, it just seemed to fast.
Nor did they ever work over some of the matters of conflict such as how Gray used to ignore her to flirt with all the other girls in the room – something that caused Keturah no small amount of frustration and insecurity.

In all, Keturah is an enjoyable and exotic read that is perfect for any of us who would rather imagine ourselves on a tropical paradise than think about the snow that some of us are still getting outside.

*** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean with little more than a few kisses. One female character was attacked by some men, but was rescued before anything could happen. Mild innuendo.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: There was use of alcohol, as was common for the times, and one person was mildly drunk.
Blood/violence: Almost no blood is shown. Very little in the way of fighting. Some fists were used and guns and knives were used as threats. Two beatings. Abuse is mentioned.
Other: This novel was written in a time in history where women were not always treated well and slavery was a common thing. We get to see an honest look at the horrible conditions that slaves were subject to in those days. It was written tastefully, but will still leave an impact.

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Fierian: a book review

 Description:

Abiassa’s people fall. Her Fierian dwindles. Her Deliverers wait as Poired Dyrth marches unchecked through the Nine Kingdoms. He’s taken the Embers of countless Accelerants. He’s taken Zaethien and Hetaera, the mightiest cities of the Nine. He’s taken the blood of the royal family. Now Dyrth is after Haegan’s power–the Fierian’s power. And after that, he wants the world.

He will not take it unopposed. Battered and outnumbered, the remnant of the Nine forge new alliances, make friends of enemies, and prepare to stand against the last great press of evil. In faith, they wait. The Fierian will come.

War raging without and within, Abiassa’s people face their greatest need. But before the Fierian can fulfill his destiny, he has to defeat the enemy in his own mind.

My Review:

Fierian, a book I have eagerly been waiting for: the final installment of one massively complex series – almost too complex. I had a lot of difficulty starting into this book. Mostly because I could hardly remember who anyone was. There are a lot of odd and sometimes similar names in this book. There was a glossary, but it didn’t always give me enough information to remember what had happened involving those characters. I highly recommend that if you want to read Fierian, go back and read the last two books first. It will save you some confusion. But on the bright side, there was almost nothing of the unintelligible ancient language in this book.

Once I finally got my bearings, the story was a great read. Ronie never fails to deliver on the action or the character development. Nonstop from start to finish. It was a hard road for Haegan to get where he was. You rooted for him, but at the same time you just wanted to smack him upside the head. It was other characters, such as a certain warrior – and’Tili and his new romance – who really stepped up and began stealing the popularity rug out from under Haegan in this story.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and I really wish some things and been expounded upon, such as the final fate of one particular character who shall remain nameless. we can only assume said character is dead, which is disappointing, but who can say for certain?

*** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: Four Flames

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I’d rate this one PG-13 for a great deal of violence and a bit of blood. There are battles and heavy casualties throughout the book. and one incident in which a character was nearly raped.

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