Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

The Light of Day 
(Beyond the Horizon,#2)
by Kristen Kehoe
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published on: October 2014 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Every action has its own consequence… 

Cora Whitley has learned the hard way that there are some choices you can’t escape, you merely survive. And she is, surviving that is. She’s living, breathing, eating, sleeping, working, all of the things you do when all you’re trying to do is get from one day to the next without truly remembering who you were. 

Jake Ferrari recognizes Cora the minute he sees her. Maybe it’s because somehow he knows she’s as broken as he is, or maybe it’s because when he looks at her he sees that the life he thought was over when his elbow blew out and his pitching career came to a halt can now be something different. Something better with her. 

But nothing comes for free, not even love. Follow Cora and Jake as they piece together their lives and deal with the consequences of falling in love with the one person they know they can’t have. 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Look at the cover. That's why. I loved it. Then I read the synopsis and thought this is something I think I'll like.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The first in the series was 99 cents on Amazon, so I decided to read that one first. I really loved the first one, so I was excited to read the second one. 

The two novels are very distinct and different. The writing of The Light of Day seemed much more for an adult audience, whereas Beyond the Horizon seemed more for young adult readers. The Light of Day also had a much sadder tone and message. 

It dealt with some heavy issues, which honestly, I thought the author could have delved into more. 

However, having said that, this novel is an emotional, intriguing read. It was very different from what I expected...heavier even, and yet heavy in unexpected ways. 

I thought the romance was well developed, but there was something off about the couple for me. 

Anyway, if you're looking for a book that tackles serious issues without diving too deeply into them, this book deals with depression, family issues, diseases, addictions, and many other issues. 

A deeper novel than you'll find in many other New Adult novels. 

The Characters: Liked Jake. Had a hard time connecting with Cora. However, having said that, the characters were intriguing. 

Major Strengths: Surprisingly deep. 

Major Weaknesses: Moved slowly at times. 

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite hit 4 stars for me. 

Can I read the series out of order? It alludes to events from the first novel and characters from it are mentioned in significant ways; however, it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember. I know it was for a more mature audience. 18 plus. But I can' remember if it was more on the young adult side or more on the adult side. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing, albeit unexpectedly deep read that I enjoyed. I'll be interested in what the author comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Survived the semester....What did I miss?

Hello Page Turners,

Sorry the posts have been sporadic lately. I was taking an intense load of classes this semester, working too many hours, and studying for the LSAT. 

Still waiting to get my scores back, but I think it went well. That means I've got a lot of reading to catch up on. 

What did I miss in the last four months? 

I definitely need some book recommendations. What were your favorites?

Love,

Danica Page 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: Saving Leah by Misha Eilliott

Saving Leah 
by Misha Elliott  
Adult/New Adult Romance  
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Published on: 
Pages: 200

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes the only thing worse than revealing a painful secret is keeping it from the one who wants to save you. 

In time, fractured bones mend and torn flesh heals. But what about a fractured soul? Years of abuse have left Leah scared and broken, in solitude with the only symbol of the person she used to be-her violin. 

While in hiding, she never expected to meet the handsome and alluring Asher. Can he save her before all is lost or will her secrets become the death of her? 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked like a novel I'd enjoy. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: It wasn't at all what I was expecting. In fact, the synopsis led me to believe that the novel was something else entirely. 

The novel does talk about Leah, a famous violin player, who endured years of abuse. But what it doesn't mention is that "in hiding" referred more to her state of emotional being than anything else. 

I don't mean to down play abuse or the scars that abuse can have on a person. I love books about this subject, but that wasn't what I thought this book would be about and it wasn't my favorite book that's been written on the subject. 

Asher and Leah were interesting characters, but I never felt like I really got to know them. And their relationship didn't ring true for me. 

So why 3 stars? It just wasn't what I was expecting and it didn't quite grab me and pull me into it as much as I wanted it to. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some scenes of violence, sexual references. It's tame as far as new adult goes, but it still is for 16+. 

The Wrap-up: I wanted to like this, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Rikki by Abigail Strom

Rikki
(Hart University,#1)
by Abigail Strom 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.73
Published on: September 12, 2015
Pages: 212

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Ever since junior high and an ill-fated game of seven minutes in heaven, Rikki Eisendrath and Sam Payne have hated each others’ guts. But when they end up at the same college—and the same dorm—they figure it’s time to declare a truce.

They even become friends… sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and her feelings for him get more complicated.

She tries to focus on the guy she’s been crushing on instead. But Sam’s the one she can’t stop thinking about, even though their arguments are starting to heat up as much as the chemistry between them.

With antagonism and attraction this intense, there’s bound to be an explosion. But when the dust settles, will Sam and Rikki be enemies, friends… or something more?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked cute. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was surprised that the story started in junior high with the kiss and then shifted to college. You got to see their entire story play out in front of you. 

I liked that fact, but I'm sure many would say the story could have started with the start of college. For some, this might have led to a slow beginning. But for me, those early years were some of my favorite in the novel and really helped set up the rest of the story. 

Rikki and Sam were characters that I really enjoyed reading about. The novel and plot were predictable and the characters were also fairly predictable, and yet, I still loved the novel. It was intriguing watching these two characters interact with each other. 

I think fans of the new adult genre will enjoy this one. 

So why 3 stars? It was rather predictable and yet I still enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: A fairly tame new adult novel. References to sex, drugs, language, and LGBTQ. 

The Wrap-up: I'd be interested in seeing what happens next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Review: Storms over Secrets by J. A. DeRouen

Storms over Secrets
(Over,#3)
by J.A. DeRouen 
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: 
Published on: 
Pages:

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Promises are lies dressed up for the party.

Secrets poison the fairest of fairy tales.

Lies stain the purest of loves.

I've paid the ultimate price for my choices. The tendrils of those sins bind me to my past. The remnants of my love hold me captive.

Then he walks into my life and makes me believe in second chances. He awakens feelings in my I know I shouldn't have. I yearn for a future without guilt. With him, I dream of a love untainted.

Regret is a far reaching emotion. It barrels through time like a blazing comet, and its path isn't always straight. No matter what I feel, I cannot bring myself to regret the time I've spent with Cain.

But it doesn't mean I can have him.

My name is Celia Lemaire, and this is my story of broken promises.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I loved the synopsis. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First thought, who names their kid Cain? That's just cruel and asking for trouble. The whole time I was thinking of fratricide. 

Besides that, I loved the synopsis. It was so lyrical and the type of writing I loved. The novel was not written in that style. It actually had quite a humorous tone for most of it. Some might even say a crass sense of humor. 

I had a hard time connecting with Celia because for most of the novel we didn't know what was going on in her head. I never felt like I understood her. She was always held aloof and mysterious, even when we were in her POV. 

Cain was a character that I actually liked, yet sometimes his actions left me confused too. 

The synopsis did not prepare me for the relationship between Celia and Cain or the writing style for the novel. Furthermore, I won't give spoilers, but the whole relationship between Cain and Celia seemed really forced at times. Celia just seemed to be acting quite out of character, but then again that could be because I never understood Celia as a character. 

The novel just really wasn't my cup of tea. However, having said that, I think if I had gone in with the right expectations, I would have liked it. It dealt with some serious issues, but the novel is meant to be comical. I think people who like more straight adult romance rather than new adult will like this. 

So why 3 stars? It wasn't my cup of tea, but it wasn't bad. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, I didn't feel lost. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Very adult. I ended up skimming several pages (more so than normal) because I felt uncomfortable. Strong usage of language. Mature audiences only. 

The Wrap-up: A novel that I think others will like, but it wasn't for me. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Something in the Air by Marie Landry

Something in the Air
by Marie Landry 
New Adult Realistic Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.62
Published on: November 10, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked like something I'd like. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I wanted to like this one so much. The plot sounded incredible, it had sexy Irish men in it, and it was about self-discovery. It seemed like everything I like. Yet, it just fell flat. 

The writing style irked me and I'm not quite sure why. The characters didn't do what I wanted them to. And the plot just fell flat for me. 

Having said that, I probably wouldn't have written any of that if I hadn't gone in with such high expectations. 

On a whole, the novel wasn't bad. It was intriguing and I enjoyed it. It just wasn't quite what I was expecting. 

Having said that, I think many fans of new adult fiction will enjoy this one. It's different in many ways, particularly the last 25%, than many novels in this genre. It is an intriguing book; it just wasn't what I was expecting. 

So why 3 stars? Fell kind of flat for me, but it was still one that I enjoyed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: As far as new adult novels go, this one is on the tamer side, but it is still meant for older audiences. 

The Wrap-up: Lots of potential, didn't quite live up to it. However, all in all not a bad book. 

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross

Right Where You Are 
(Second Chances,#1)
by L.E. Bross 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published by: Pocket Star
Published on: November 16, 2015
Pages: 227

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl-she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she's stuck with 300 hours of community service doing road-side garbage duty.

Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it'll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place.

A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, and Seth is no prince charming.

But sometimes, being around Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself. Maybe even be worthy of a girl like her. It's just too bad real life gets in the way first, tearing these two apart before they have any chance of getting to Happily Ever After.


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? The cover was cute and the synopsis closed the deal. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay, the whole idea of a rich girl "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood-ing her ex cheating of a boyfriend and getting landed with community service--yeah I love that idea. 

And yes, I'm aware that the previous sentence doesn't exactly work grammatically. 

The novel was well written and was one that I really enjoyed. Avery was the rich, spoiled girl, and yet I still found it easy to connect with her. And I adored Seth's character. 

I love books about second chances, so this one was right up my alley. The novel was predictable, but it still was entertaining. 

Bross did a great job of crafting characters that I wanted to read more about. It stood out from several of the other novels I read at about the same time. 

I'd recommend this one. 

Major Strengths: Perfect blend of humor, redemption, love, and self-discovery. 

Major Weaknesses: Slightly cliche and dragged in certain parts. 

So why 3.5 stars? As mentioned before, it stood out from other novels I've read in the genre. 

Warnings/Side-notes: 17+. It's on the tamer end as far as new adult goes, but it is still geared for older audiences.

The Wrap-up: A novel that I loved. Can't wait to read another one by Bross. 

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review: His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

His Work of Art 
(Hot & Nerdy,#4)
by Shannyn Schroeder
New Adult Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.29
Published by: Lyrical Press 
Published on: October 26, 2015 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She'd prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero's Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.

Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She's sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can't see why she'd choose DC over Marvel. He's thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own...


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked cute. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the second book I've read about comics, and I've adored both of them. In real life, I've never even read a comic book. Yet, I seem to like stories about them. 

The characters were beautifully developed. Reese and Adam worked together. I loved their chemistry and seeing how much they loved comics. They were fascinating to read about.

On the whole, the novel was an engaging, intriguing read that I quite enjoyed. It was cute, predictable, and a fast read. But sometimes that's all you want. 

Major Strengths: I loved the plot line.

Major Weaknesses: It lacked depth at times and seemed a tad cliche. 

So why 3 stars? An average, fun read. 

Can I read the series out of order? I did and I didn't feel lost. 

Warnings/Side-notes: 17+. It's new adult. It's on the tamer side, but it's sill geared for older readers. 

The Wrap-up: A fun read that I'm glad I took a chance on. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: Grounded by You by Ivy Sinclair

Grounded by You 
(A Willoughby Inn Love Story ,#2)
by Ivy Sinclair
New Adult/Adult Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.24
Published on: November 17, 2013

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Lights, camera, and passions flare when a small town boy becomes Hollywood’s newest heartthrob. But as the lines between reality and fiction blur, can he still find a way to capture the heart of the girl who got away? 

Carter Samuel Groveson. 

His name is on the lips of every woman in the country. An actor plucked from obscurity to star in the most anticipated movie of the century, everyone wants a piece of him. 
Except her.

Millie St. John isn’t ready to settle down. Not for her family and definitely not for a man. A year ago, Millie ran as far and fast away from Sam as she could because she didn’t want to risk ruining their friendship.
Now he has reappeared in her life to rekindle that friendship as a way to keep him tethered to reality, and she’s unable to say no. But forces are gathering to catapult Sam’s star to success, and there’s no room left in that plan for Millie.

In this high stakes game of second chance romance, everyone is watching. 
This is a full-length, standalone new adult contemporary romance novel intended for readers 18+. 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked cute and I liked this genre. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: It was an intriguing read that exceeded my expectations. I didn't think I would like this one very much, but I actually did. 

Second chance love stories are something that I've always loved. I love watching characters fall in love again. This one portrayed that beautifully. The characters had changed since they last met, and the characters accounted for those differences.

The plot was cliche, but I still enjoyed it. It was great watching Sam and Millie reconcile who they were with who they were expected to be. 

A fun book. 

So why 3 stars? It failed to stand out in any meaningful way, but it was enjoyable. 

Can I read the series out of order? I did. It definitely alludes to the first novel, but I didn't feel lost. 

Warnings/Side-notes: 17+ for language and sexual content. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing love story. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Falling like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

Falling like Snowflakes
(Summer Harbor,#1)
by Denise Hunter
Adult Contemporary Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.26
Published by: Thomas Nelson 
Published on: September 8, 2015 
Pages:352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.

Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.

When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.

Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.

Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adore Hunter. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This wasn't my favorite novel by Hunter, but I did really enjoy it. 

Hunter's writing style is always refreshing and her characters are always intriguing. I thought that the novel started out kind of slowly and dragged at times, but I still did enjoy it very much.

I also felt like Hunter threw us into a world where it felt like a lot of things had happened before the novel started. I kept thinking I had missed a few books before this one. Yet, it was the first in the series. 

However, having said that, Hunter created a set of characters that I want to keep reading about. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. As always, the characters were complex and Hunter touched upon some tough issues. 

Fans of Hunter will enjoy the novel, but I don't think it was her best. 

Major Strengths: Strong writing. 

Major Weaknesses: Felt like there was a lot of missing backstory. 

So why 3 stars? Not my favorite Hunter but enjoyable. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some violence. 

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read the sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

Chivalrous 
(Valiant Hearts,#2)
by Dina L. Sleiman 
Adult Christian Historical Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: September 1, 2015
Pages: 386 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adored the first in the series. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adored the first one in the series so much that I was scared to read this one. I was worried I would be disappointed. I loved Merry Ellison (Robin Hood) so much that I didn't see how this one could possibly measure up. I shouldn't have doubted.

I thought that the connection to Camelot was slim at best, which I actually liked. I wasn't looking to read a retelling of that story. And that isn't what I got. 

The novel loosely alludes to that story, but it is a great piece in and of itself. 
The plot line was masterfully crafted and kept me engaged for the entire story. 

The Characters: Gwen and Allen were characters that left me intrigued from the very beginning. They were well crafted, complex characters. 

Major Strengths: The plot line and overall story arc was fantastic. 

Major Weaknesses: It did drag at parts, not too bad, but just a little. 

So why 4 stars? Not without its flaws, but I still greatly enjoyed it. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, it alludes to events and characters from the first. Allen, himself, is a character from the first, but you could read this out of order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence. 

The Wrap-up: Fantastic. I can't wait to see what's next for Sleiman. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Bathsheba by Angela Hunt

Bathsheba
(Dangerous Beauty,#2)
by Angela Hunt 
Adult Christian Historical Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: August 1, 2015
Pages: 368
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I adored Esther, and was curious on her take of Bathsheba. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm always cautious of reading biblical historical fiction, but I enjoyed Esther so I decided to give it a go. 

Hunt does a fantastic job of weaving biblical narrative with a great deal of imagination. 

The story of David and Bathsheba is one that has always intrigued me. I loved how Hunt made it come to life. 

All of the characters seemed much more relatable and the writing was well crafted. If you love stories of romance and intrigue, then definitely give this one a chance.

Major Strengths: Creativity and yet staying true to real account. 

Major Weaknesses: Slow beginning. 

So why 3 stars? An enjoyable retelling of the tale, but one that started out slow. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, this is unrelated to the previous one.

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague sexual references and violence.

The Wrap-up: A great story that I enjoyed. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Noble Masquerade 
(Hawthorne House,#1)
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Adult Historical Inspirational Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: September 8, 2015
Pages: 365

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adored the cover. It's beautiful. Also, the summary sounded interesting. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Not at all what I was expecting. The characters in this book were beautifully developed. Their interactions were nothing short of impeccably crafted. I found myself laughing hysterically as Miranda and Marsh interacted. 

The plot was predictable as was the suspense, but I loved that Hunter decided to add the suspense in. I adored A Scarlet Pimpernel and ever since anything on the French Revolution. 

I would have liked to see the suspense played up more, but it was well written. 

Major Strengths: The characters and the writing style. 

Major Weaknesses: There were certain elements that didn't seem wrapped up enough at the end for me. The two halves of the book felt disconnected. Also, the suspense needed to be played up more. 

I also felt like this was a sequel not the first novel. I then found out there was indeed a novella written first. While this can be read as a stand-alone, I would have liked to have read the other one in the series first. 

So why 4 stars? Because I loved it despite its flaws. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, but I would have preferred not to. Events that happen in the novella prequel are alluded to a lot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence.

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to see what's next for Hunter and to read Georgina's story. I'm not sure how she'll make her likable. 

Love,

Danica Page

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