Book Review: Building Mr. Darcy, by Ashlinn Craven

Building Mr. DarcyBuilding Mr. Darcy by Ashlinn Craven

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (September 22, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440592810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440592812
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review of a Classic: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (March 20, 2012)

  • Publication Date: March 20, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JLKG4S
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: About Time by Jack Finney

    About Time: 12 Short StoriesAbout Time: 12 Short Stories by Jack Finney

    • Print Length: 226 pages
    • Publisher: Touchstone (November 12, 2013)
    • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AK9IXLO

      My Rating:


    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



    The Book Blurb:


    About Time offers a delightful return to the world of time travel and light comedy that distinguished Jack Finney’s all-time classic Time and Again. The protagonists of these twelve stories are well-meaning but at odds with their surroundings and their lives. The time to which they escape—through time travel—doesn’t always fulfill their expectations in the way they had hoped, but sometimes, they can still find their dreams.


    About the Author:


    Maybe you have heard of Jack Finney as the writer of the successful book The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He wrote beautifully descriptive science fiction in the late fifties and sixties. He wrote books about time travel that today are just as exciting and intriguing as they were when first published. Jack Finney (1911–1995) was the author of the much-loved and critically acclaimed novel Time and Again, as well as its sequel, From Time to Time. Best known for his thrillers and science fiction, a number of his books—including Invasion of the Body Snatchers—have been made into movies.



    My Review:



    This book has all the best stories by Jack Finney. Some are time travel and some are just lovely stories that capture your heart. Each of the stories I carry with me since I first read this book in the 1970’s. Thankfully the short story The Third Level is included in this book. I wanted to share each story with you, so this is a list of the twelve.

    • The Third Level (1950)
    • I Love Galesburg in the Springtime (1962)
    • Such Interesting Neighbors (1951)
    • The Coin Collector (1960)
    • Of Missing Persons (1955)
    • Lunch-Hour Magic (1962)
    • Where the Cluetts Are (1962)
    • The Face in the Photo (1962)
    • I’m Scared (1951)
    • Home Alone (1961)
    • Second Chance (1956)
    • Hey, Look at Me! (1962)

    In the story about the Cluetts, we find a couple that built their dream house. A Victorian House that they treat as authentic in every way. It is beautifully written and made me want one too. Each story has a beauty to it. the simpler times aspect. Of Missing Persons is another favorite. You understand how people choose to stay or go. It makes you question yourself. Would I chicken out? Would I go? Trust me, I have asked myself that so many times, and each time I choose differently. It is a strong story that resonates with me. The third Level takes us into an odd encounter which once again left me wondering if I could walk away from the discovery. That is one of the reasons that Jack Finney is an absolute favorite Author of mine, he makes me ask myself the hard questions. Most of the stories have the theme of time travel. That being said, the story of the lunch hour shopping trip where the protagonist scores a pair of x-ray glasses is a clever piece that kept me laughing. I find this book to be a whirlwind of emotions. Yet, I always leave it with a feeling of longing. I want to experience several events that are mentioned in the twelve. Can’t I just have one?



    There are twelve stories in this compilation all written by this one brilliant writer. Everyone owes it to themselves to read it at least once and see if the witty, charismatic writing style of Jack Finney draws you in as well. I have provided all my own children with a copy of this book and they loved it. I first read The Third Level in the late sixties I was only twelve yet I fell in love with time Travel. It might explain why when I found A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux it became my favorite romance. I can honestly recommend that everyone give it a shot.


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    Book Review: Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

    A Knight in Shining ArmorA Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I first read this book in 1989 and it became my most favorite book. There is not only time travel involved, but there is the sweetest story of love. A forever kind of love that touches the deepest parts of my heart.

    When Dougless Montgomery is abandoned at a country churchyard in the middle of the English countryside, an unexpected hero comes to her aid when she kneels at the old tomb and cries. From that moment, the adventure of several lifetimes begins and whisked me away with it. Nicholas Colin Stafford moved by the tears appears to Dougless and they attempt to change history. Dougless knew when she joined him that he was in danger and tries to not only adjust to living in a time foreign to her, but to save this wonderful man from the fate to which he might be destined.

    It captured my heart with the romantic story of Dougless Montgomery and Nicholas Stafford, the Earl of Thornwyck. He was magnificent. He had humor, curiosity and belief in the almost impossible truth.

    Knight in Shining Armor (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 15) was my first Jude Deveraux book and I became obsessed with reading all of her books in an attempt to capture that feeling again. Since she has done about 4 other time travel books, she has become a leading expert on time travel.

    This is a time travel book that touched my heart and made me believe too that there was someone out there at some time in the past for me.

    There is the quote that made me believe in a forever love:

    “My soul will find yours.”
    ― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

    The book made me cry, laugh, and love. What more could you ask for? I did not want the book to end and I have now read it about 4 times. Just to get that feeling again.

    I now own the kindle edition as well as the hardback book (a birthday gift from my sister who knows me better than anyone). It is one of my most prized books.

    Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle, and in audiobook at Amazon

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    Book Review: Jessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker

    Jessica Lost Her WobbleJessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This book, Jessica Lost Her Wobble is one of those books where you just want to know more and more about the main character. The book doesn’t disappoint. A full life of memories, regrets, pains and love all wrapped up into one amazing book.

    Jessica is middle aged when she moves to the island. The same island that she had taken her children, Josh and Gina to for vacations and retreats when they were small. She has seen a lot in her life and she has survived with a subtle sense of humor that makes me smile. Perhaps it is her British sense of humor that is too dry, but when she finds someone that appreciates it she is so happy.

    When she moves to the island to live a life of solitude and quiet, she surprises herself by making friends with a young woman, Amy. Amy also lives on the island year round with her grandmother.

    It is an unexpected friendship but what it brings to Jessica is a non-judgmental person that listens well and is interested in hearing her story. Meeting and becoming friends with Amy allows Jessica to address her life face to face. Something she has attempted to avoid in the past.

    There are so many depths to this book. I can’t say enough about its ability to draw the reader in and make them feel as if it is just as important that we hear this story as it is for Jessica to finally tell it.

    I can’t even talk about the twists and turns that make this book so incredible. The twists are so forceful that you are caught unaware. That is an amazing aspect to this book.

    J. Schlenker did a wonderful job in the pace of this story. You followed Jessica through all the ups and downs and you understood her. Until you can’t understand what has just happened. I can honestly say this book has everything that a book needs to endear itself to you and make it unforgettable. I can say, I will never forget Jessica or her story.

    There is so much in this book to love. I am so thankful to J. for allowing me to read it. I totally got lost in the island life and Jessica’s life. It is beautifully written. Exceptional book. I would give it 10 stars if they were available.

    Jessica Lost Her Wobble is available in Paperback and on KindleUnlimited at Amazon

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    Book Review: Ridiculous by D. L. Carter

    RidiculousRidiculous by D.L. Carter
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Very fun and entertaining

    The premise of this book as great. The characters have such great personalities and the story is filled with the most amazing humor. Millicent Boarder as a man was perfectly portrayed. She played at being a man like I would play being a man, over the top and foppish.

    Millicent when dressed and behaving as Mr. Antony North (her recently deceased cousin) was a wonderful friend to the Duke and his sister. Even when members of the ton tried to make trouble for Mr. North it was handled by the Duke and his sister with spirit and humor.

    There are just so many funny scenes in this books. North had quite a way with the storytelling. A way of drawing in people and making them comfortable, even when he knows it is dangerous to be too visible. He just can’t help it.

    Then there was the uncomfortable draw that the Duke felt for his dear friend, Mr. North. It is a great unique book with unusual events taking place in the regency period. I have listed this book as a favorite. It is just too good to drop out of favor. Great book to read when you want humor and sweet unexpected love.

    I want to read more from this author. If D.L.Carter’s other books have as much heart and comedy I know I will enjoy then.

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    Book Review: The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

    The Paid CompanionThe Paid Companion by Amanda Quick
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is the amazing beautiful story of Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn and Elenora Lodge. They are brought together in a ruse by the Earl as a way to secretly search for a murderer.

    The Earl of St. Merryn needed someone to keep the worrisome mothers away while he tried to locate a killer. You know how those marriage minded mothers can be to a single attractive Earl. Arthur puts the idea to Elenora as a matter of business. He convinces her to pretend that there was a betrothal between the two. It did indeed seem to be the perfect cover for him.

    Their story was so beautifully told. Elenora had been laid low by the death of her step-father and there was little hope for her. I adored Arthur, he was so sweet and he did have a secret passionate nature that Elenora brought out.

    The story was really great to watch unfold. Two such likable characters made for a wonderful read. Elenora was blooming into a wonderful witty, and smart woman right under his eyes. He had no idea she as so bright. She took the Ton by storm.

    Then there is the murderer. He is featured in this book and you know exactly what he has in mind, and why. There are many dangers in old London and Amanda Quick, can tell them better than anyone.

    The story is so well written that I was just swept away by it all. I know it is not a new book, but it is still a favorite of mine. I first found Amanda Quick after reading and falling in love with the writing of Jayne Ann Krentz. I was so excited to find she also wrote under the name Amanda Quick. I immediately checked out all of the Amanda Quick books. I was not disappointed.

    Today, I am rejoicing that there is a new book being released 4/19/16 by Amanda Quick called ‘Til Death Do Us Part. It is another historical Romantic suspense. The plot sounds wonderful. I just know I am going to love this one too. Oh, be still my fan-girling heart!

    Getting back to the Paid Companion, I just want you to know that Arthur and Elenora are two people that I just loved reading about and regretted reaching the end of the book. I wanted them to come back and let me read more about them. This is a very satisfying book!

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    Book Review: The Harlow Hoyden by Lynn Messina

    The Harlow Hoyden: A Regency Romance (Love Takes Root Book 1)The Harlow Hoyden: A Regency Romance by Lynn Messina
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I have been seeing the Harlow Hoyden pop up on various emails suggesting books to add to the To Be Read pile and I finally grabbed a copy yesterday. First let me say, I love the title. I love the word hoyden. It is one of the most fun words in the English language. It draws pictures that make me laugh. Secondly this girl was hilarious as I hoped she would be. Not pratfall hilarious, but so staunch in her beliefs that she can not see the forest for the trees funny.

    She starts the book in a totally unseemly manner stealing from a house where she is a guest. Not just stealing as in silverware or money, but something rare and beloved. She does so in front of an audience who deems to help her so that she does it right.

    Emma Harlow from that point on amuses and confounds some of the most important people in the ton. There are unknown factors sprinkled all through the book which gives it an intensity that I did not expect from the title. So I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much intrigue and mystery involved.

    This is a regency book and I was ready for that after weeks of detective books and thrillers. It was the perfect choice for a late night read that kept me reading until after eight am.

    I think you would enjoy it if you like Dukes, Wonderful forward thinking Dukes. The Duke of Trent pushed all my buttons for a leading man. He was a willing and sometimes an unwilling participant in all manner of escapades along with the Harlow Hoyden. I was so glad I picked this up yesterday. I believe I will be re-reading it on a regular basis.

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