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In The Beginning By Celesta Thiessen

 

(Salt Eden Book 1)

In The Beginning
In The Beginning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE IN THE BEGINNING BY CELESTA THIESSEN:

Billed for those you liked Lost and Jericho, In The Beginning, is a new series by author Celesta Thiessen.  Siblings Abigail and Nathan Taylor live in New York where crime runs rampant.  When Saber Chad shows up at Abigail’s door with instructions from her father to go with him to Salt Eden, they begin a search for her brother, Nathan.  Nathan’s dealing drugs and owes money to the wrong people. Someone is trying to kill him, and he can’t afford for the police to become involved.  As they run for their lives, Salt Eden looks better and better.  My book reviews of In The Beginning follow.

CHARACTER, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In The Beginning Is a story filled with action and suspense.  Although a short read of 46 pages, Celesta Thiessen crafted an action-packed storyline.  I found the premise intriguing and the characters believable.  Nathan’s character portrays him as immature and selfish. Nathans a character I found hard to like.  Abigail is sweet and trying to save her brother from himself.  Adding in the father’s personality and his concept of recreating paradise in Salt Eden, I found he reminded me of a mad scientist as he intends to create a new world of love and peace.  Without giving spoilers, I can’t say more.

Understandably, the characterizations are glimpses of what will appear in future books as Thiessen more fully develops these characters.  Authors cannot develop plots and characters in a short story as they can in longer books due to the short length.  However, Thiessen‘s crafted a good beginning for the series with intrigue, mystery, and family dynamics.  A touch of attraction’s added between Chad and Abigail.  I am intrigued where this will lead in future books.

In The Beginning is a clean book, although it has violence and drugs in the storyline.  However, this made the story believable and true to life. I look forward to reading this series;  Thiessen whetted my appetite for more.  At the time of my review, In The Beginning, is free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

IN THE BEGINNING RECOMMENDATION:  STARS 4

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Something Of A Spark By Monique McDonell

 

A Jewel Sisters Romance Kindle Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SOMETHING OF A SPARK BY MONIQUE MCDONELL:

In Something Of A Spark, Sapphire Smith’s a working girl.  She works three jobs and lives a modest lifestyle.  However, Saffy has a huge secret.  One of the 4 Jewel Sisters of Caudal Bay, Sapphire/Saffy is a millionaire songwriter.  Her family thinks she’s a PA for Nashville recording Artist Ryan Storm, but she also writes all his songs;  yes, this is a huge secret.   Home for a visit Saffy’s world is about to turn on a dime.  When she wrecks her car avoiding a young child, handsome, hot Fireman Campbell’s on the scene. Cam, a former attorney, loves Caudal Bay’s small-town feel, the people’s values, and above all, he values honesty.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”

As Saffy and Cam’s relationship grows, Saffy realizes she has a problem.  Will Saffy’s lies stop this romance in its tracks and endanger her relationships with her family?  My romance book review of A Spark of Something follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Monique McDonell‘s A Spark Of Something is an intense romance filled with secrets, indecision, and insecurity, as well as, humor.  Sapphire, aka Saffy, Smith’s family is zany, wacky, close-knit, and loving.  One of the Jewell Sisters, all named for gems, Saffy has an over-protective mother, three sisters differing in personalities, and a steadfast father.  McDonell filled this lovely story with powerful family dynamics.

Secrets will not stay secret forever as Saffy finds in Something Of A Spark.  They have a way of biting you in the behind.  Ryan, a Nashville country singing artist, is Saffy’s most faithful and best friend.  He tried to persuade her to reveal to her family their association.  However, Saffy’s insecurities overcame common sense.

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Love in the Moonlight By Isabella Thorne And Others

 

Full Title:  Love In The Moonlight: A Regency Romance All Hallows’ Eve Collection 7 Delightful Regency Romance All Hallows’ Eve Stories (Regency Collections Book 6)

Love in The Moonlight
Love in The Moonlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT: A REGENCY ROMANCE ALL HALLOWS’ EVE COLLECTION 7 DELIGHTFUL REGENCY ROMANCE ALL HALLOWS’ EVE STORIES (REGENCY COLLECTION BOOK 6) BY ISABELLA THORNE, KEATS, HEALEY, BRUCE, LEVON, RICHMOND, AND WINDSOR.  THIS COLLECTION HAS SEVEN BOOKS BY SEVEN DIFFERENT AUTHORS.  I CHOOSE TO REVIEW THE DEVIL’S BOOK BY AUTHOR ISABELLA THORNE.  A GREAT BUY FOR A TOTAL OF 660 PAGES OF READING PLEASURE FOR THE FANTASTIC PRICE OF .99.

 

STORY-LINE LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT:  THE DEVIL’S BOOK BY ISABELLA THORNE:

Miss Ruby Barnet, maid at Hobson Reach, is in love with Thomas Putnam.  Putnam’s a footmen at Hobson Reach;  they hope to marry in the future.  They steal moments for conversations at very opportunity;  hoping Missus McTavish, head housekeeper, does not catch them.  Saving as much as they can, they hope to buy a small house and piece of land.

Dusting in the Earls’ library Ruby spies a beautiful open book on the Earl’s desk;  written in a mysterious language which seems to move.  This strange hypnotic book fascinates Ruby;  it seems to call to her.   She’s caught holding the book by the Earl. He’s amazed she’s sitting in his chair holding the book.  The Earl believes she could be the one to lift the book‘s curse on his family;  she’s the only one who has ever touched it with bare hands.  He tells Ruby the book‘s evil.  He has Ruby wrap the book in layers of brown paper;  telling her to send it to his solicitor.  Believing he will die soon, he ask Ruby to promise she will burn the book after his death.  So begins a mystery which will enfold Putnam, Ruby, the Earl’s pregnant wife, and the Earl’s brother.

What hold and curse does this book have on the Earl of Bain’s family?  Will Ruby burn the book as she promised?  My Regency romance book reviews of Love In the Moonlight: The Devil’s Book follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Isabella Thorne created a tale of curses, an evil book, romance, and family dynamics.  I found Ruby a strong character with moral fiber.  Determined to carry out the Earl’s wishes, she’s willing to lose what she wants most.  The family dynamics included in this tale show jealousy, greed, and the willingness to do anything to process this evil book.

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The Governess Who Stole My Heart By Hanna Hamilton

 

A Historical Regency Romance Novel

The Governess Who Stole My Heart
The Governess Who Stole My Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE GOVERNESS WHO STOLE MY HEART BY HANNA HAMILTON:

Left at altar by, Simon the Duke of Lennox brother, Susan Wilton continues teaching school in her village;  hiding her anger, shame, and grief deep inside.  She’s not afraid of being a spinster. Her mom wonders if she will ever marry.  Daniel, a childhood friend home from the navy, begins to court Susan.  Then Susan receives a wonderful offer to teach the Duke’s daughter and care for the motherless child.  A sad lonely little girl, who’s ignored by her father, Susan can not say no.

As the Duke and Susan work together, they become closer and closer.  Daniel increases his suite.  With two men vying for her hand, things take a turn, who will she choose?  My historical romance book reviews follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Hanna Hamilton created a historical novel filled with twists and turns and the dynamics of relationships.  Hamilton skillfully wove romance in this story-line.  Susan sees problems with a sea Captain whose home little, always at a different port.  Hamilton showed her worry and hesitation in forming such a marriage.  Daniel’s character’s a gentleman, with manners, and morals.  John, the Duke of Lennox, is a sad man who has grieved the loss of his wife in child-birth for years;  blaming the child.  I felt so sorry for both, John and his daughter, Elizabeth.  John, for all he’s missing in his misplaced blame and Elizabeth in the loss of a close relationship with her father.  Hanna Hamilton added in family dynamics in John’s relationship with his brother, Simon.  Also, he’s far different from others of the ton;  he works hard on the estate and cares little for social position.  I loved watching him open up and let go of his grief.

Susan’s a strong woman, who refuses to make decisions on the spur of the moment.  She’s torn between two good men;  each with much to offer and each having draw backs.  She was reluctant to give either man an answer.  A teacher and nurturer at heart, she takes Elizabeth into her heart.   It’s wonderful to watch Elizabeth bloom under Susan’s tutelage and care.  Susan’s character’s not a saint; she has issues just as all of us do.  Issues she must face and resolve.

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His Brother’s Bride By George H. McVey

 

Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 2

His Brother's Bride
His Brother’s Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HIS BROTHER’S BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:

In His Brother’s Bride by George H. McVey, the reader finds Greg, Glen, and Lyla’s story.  Lyla, with no prospects of marriage in Philadelphia, answers Glen Williams letter for a mail order bride.  As you know from Book 1, The Pastor’s Replacement Bride, the Ladies Aid Society of the church had Pastor Bryce write back east for good Christian women who would like to correspond with upstanding men in Sanctuary, Montana Territory; with matrimony in mind.

Lyla answers Glen’s letter; monies are sent to pay her way west, and off she goes on what she thought would be an adventure.  Lyla thought everything would be wonderful, a fine adventure ending in marriage and love for her and Glen.  Lyla’s outgoing, talkative, and adventurous.  Glen’s beyond shy; cold, rude and closed off, he’s unable to talk comfortably to people, especially women; he would rather be on the farm plowing or with the animals and plants.

When his twin brother, Greg, absent for four years, shows up as the stage comes in, his mother knows there’s going to be trouble.  These two have always tried to out do each other.  Greg’s tired of the cowboy life, he’s ready to start his own ranch, and maybe start a family.  He’s immediately smitten with Lyla when she comes off the stage.  Glen, plowing at the farm, didn’t even bother to come meet the stage to Lyla’s horror.  Taking to her to supper, at his mother insistence, he’s uncommunicative and rude.

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Long Journey Home By Caroline Johnson

 

Rocky Brook Cowboys Book 1

Long Journey Home
Long Journey Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LONG JOURNEY HOME BY CAROLINE JOHNSON:

In Long Journey Home, Holly raised on the Rocky Brook Ranch, finds herself headed back home; without a job and little money left in the bank.  Never wanting the ranch life of dirt, manure, and hard work, she made her mark in the big city.  When her company merges with another, she lost her job.  Looking for work for six months, Holly has no choice except return to Rocky Brook and her family.

Upon her arrival, Spence, a nuisance from her childhood, meets her at the car. However, he’s matured and turned into a handsome man she does not recognize. Her sister reveals his identity to Holly.  From here Holly’s thrown into further disarray; for she feels immediate attraction.  However, Holly does not want to live on a ranch, the city life’s for her.

Holly finds she can not tell her father why she’s back; although she does tell her sisters and mother.  She’s afraid he will consider her a failure and she’ll see disappointment on his face.  How will Holly tell her father about her situation?  Will love bloom between Spence and Holly?  Will Spence convince Holly he will give her the life she wants on the ranch along with his love?  My romance book review of Long Journey Home follows

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Long Journey Home’s a sweet contemporary romance filled with angst and family dynamics.  None us want to let down our parent, Johnson shows how unnecessary our worries.  As Holly found in Long Journey Home, parents love unconditionally even when we think they’re disappointed.

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Love Touched Hearts By Richmond, Thorne, Keats, Healey, Austen

 

A Regency Romance Valentine’s Day Collection

Regency Romance Collections Book 2

Love Touched Hearts
Love Touched Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Touched Hearts, a 5 books/novellas collection from various authors; I chose to review the contribution by Isabella Thorne.

 

STORY-LINE LOVE TOUCHED HEARTS, VALENTINE’S DUEL BY ISABELLA THORNE:

In Love Touched Hearts containing Valentine’s Duel by author Isabella Thorne, the reader finds Miss Mary Highland and her family.  Mary’s tanned skin color and dark hair, far different from her sisters fair skin and blonde hair, sets her apart.  Mary’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Captain Vincent Darten.  Just back from the war, he cut a large swathe through society.  Never mind the fact he’s engaged to another, Mary’s heart belongs to Darten.

Helen, her bluestocking sister, dropped a valentine, which Mary picked up and threw in a drawer long with the accompanying note/poem containing strange numbers.  Why would Helen receive this strange lace valentine? Then of all things, Darten kissed Mary.  Still on a high from his kiss, her father tells Mary, she’s to wed the Baron of Millersmit.  What did it all mean?  How could she marry another when she loved Darten?  What was Helen hiding?  A lot’s happening in this household.  My romance review of Love Touched Hearts, Valentine Duel follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

In Love Touched Heart, Valentine Duel, Thorne crafted a Regency romance with many threads.  Bringing all the threads together to a successful conclusion, the reader closes the book satisfied.  Presenting Helen as the bluestocking of the family, Thorne

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The Executrix By Courtney Pierce

 

Three SistersFinal EXECUTRIX Book Cover

Mystery, Laughter, and Snarkiness

Tragedy

Family Dynamics

A Poodle Named Pogo, Criminals, And Mobsters

You Don’t Want To Miss This One

It Is A Winner! 5 Stars

 

STORY LINE:

Olivia Novak’s life was perfect;  a successful romance author, a loving husband, a beautiful home.  Yes, Olivia’s life was perfect until the day her husband was killed in a hit and run auto accident.  Her obsession in finding the driver has over-shadowed her life. Her career is going strong but she is dissatisfied;  she wants to write a serious novel, one her mother would appreciate.

 

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