Favorite Books That I Read in 2019

Monday, January 13, 2020

Here are some of my favorites based on if it's something I would read again, was it interesting enough to share with someone else, was the writing engaging/interesting:




  • Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker: This regency romance really hits the mark! The characters are interesting and dynamic. The story moves quickly and is a fun read.

  • A Clever Alliance by Laura Beers: Beers created an enjoyable fun romance with some creative scenes. This story was entertaining!
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  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore: This was a mixture between fascinating and a horrific read. You see how careless corporations can be and how dangerous naivety can be for employees.




    • The Heart of a Rebellion by Sian Bessey: Although I was hoping for a spin-off of The Gem Thief that I read in 2018, this book was really fascinating. This historical fiction explores romance and history between the Welsh and English. Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines pairs nicely with this book.


    • The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch: This was such a sweet romance. I loved the characters and the story.

    • All Hearts Come Home by Christmas by Sarah M. Eden, Esther Hatch, Joanna Barker, Anita Stansfield: The short story by Esther Hatch was by the far the funniest story that I read all year. I was laughing out loud. It was ridiculously good. The novella by Eden is a must for any of her fans. I loved revisiting some of my favorite characters!
     
    • A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch: Hatch presses her characters into hard situations and finds humor in mocking society and its constraints. I enjoyed this novel. 

    • The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M. Eden: If you love regency romance, Sarah Eden's novels are a must read. This is a continuation of her Jonquil series.

    • Escape to Everly Manor by Chalon Linton: This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the characters and the romance.

    • A Guarded Heart by Heidi Kimball: I enjoyed the story and Kimball's writing style. This was an entertaining read!



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      January Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

      Thursday, January 9, 2020

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      Penguin and Moose Book Review

      Thursday, December 19, 2019


      Penguin has a problem--he doesn't know how to fly. He and his friend, Moose, try everything they can think of to get him airborne: balloons, treetop starts, cocooning like a caterpillar. But no matter how hard they try, Penguin remains firmly on the ground. At the end of the day, a tired and disappointed Penguin realizes that he has something better than the ability to fly--a friend that supports and loves him no matter what. Written by best-selling author Hannah C. Hall, this series debut celebrates the power of friendship. Children are sure to fall in love with the adorable Penguin and Moose.

      Review - I love that Penguin learns to appreciate his friend and what he did for him. I think gratitude is an important lesson for children to learn. I also like the overall lesson of friendship and love. There are some great truths in this story. The book is a clever and cute idea. My children enjoyed listening to this story. The writing is a little clunky and wordy for younger children. To learn more about Penguin & Moose, click here.

      Please note that I received a free copy of this book, however, this is my honest opinion. Please also note that this post contains affiliate links.
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