A busy week and reading definitely a big part of it.
Two reviews posted for completely different genres – The amazing Rooms by James L Rubart, left me pondering visionary plot complexities for days.+
Anita Higman’s A Marriage in Middlebury
a gratifying contemporary of lost love found…with the main character’s tearoom as a main setting [where she blends personalized teas for her customers] I was hooked!
Reviews needed are stacking up for completed reads, and discipline is required before I add more. [Best intentions…?!]
*Audios completed include Love’s Refuge, a contemporaryPuget Sound island mystery by Sandra Leesmith.
*and the audio version of a stunning debut,Born of Persuasion, by Jessica Dotta. *
The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.
With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly…*Timing is perfect,as, Mark of Distinction, book 2 of the Price of Privilege trilogy is due to release May 1st.
London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.
When Julia discovers that Lord Roy Pierson, her guardian and one of most influential men in England, is the father she has never met, she begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well.
Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.*Great covers ! Great anticipation !*I won two audios in a St Patrick’s Giveaway =)Nancy Herriman’s , The Irish Healer ,
Rachel Dunne has always been a healer… until she’s accused of causing the death of a child under her care. Acquitted but shunned, she flees Ireland in search of a new life, convinced that she’ll be fine so long as no one in London learns of her disgrace—or forces her to ever sit at another sickbed. Physician James Edmunds has endured the loss of too many patients—the death of his wife the greatest blow of all. Deep in his grief, he decides the time has come to abandon his practice and run his family’s small farm. Alone.
+ Jenny B Jones’, There You’ll Find Me.*
In a small cottage house in rural Ireland, Finley is forced to face a past she can’t outrun. When Finley books her trip to the “Emerald Isle” as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from God. Since her brother’s recent death, God seems to have forgotten she even exists. Now all she wants to do is let her heart heal, see the sights in her brother’s favourite country, and work on her college audition piece for a prestigious music conservatory. She plans to use her brother’s journal from his time in Ireland as her guide.. but nothing goes according to her well-ordered plan. The peace and beauty of the Irish village are no match for the chaos that soon becomes her life. . .*Excited? yes ! Once I get my reviews written I’m anticipating getting toRandom Acts of Kindness and Dead in the Wateras introduced here last week…
Have a great reading and / or listening week !
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