Saturday, October 31
Movie Review: Halloweentown (1998)
Friday, October 30
Audiobook Review: The Summer of You by Kate Noble
- #51 for Audiobook Challenge
Thursday, October 29
Book Blast! : The Bachelor's Bride by Holly Bush
The Bachelor’s Bride by Holly Bush
Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…
1868 Elspeth Thompson is the middle daughter in a family with tightly held secrets. While she loves her family, she longs to break out from their overprotective hold, to find herself, to be noticed for who she is rather than as chaperone to her beautiful younger sister, Kirsty, or underling to her elder sister, Muireall. A chance meeting under scandalous circumstances offers her the opportunity to be seen for herself, but the repercussions could lead to the downfall of her family.
Confirmed bachelor Alexander Pendergast enjoys his position as the right-hand man of one of the most influential and powerful politicians in Philadelphia. Heir to the largest textile mill on the east coast, Alexander is handsome, charming, and the ultimate catch on high society’s matrimonial market. But he has no interest in settling down with a pampered debutante. He doubts the perfect woman for him actually exists…until he meets Elspeth Thompson.
But the Thompsons and Pendergasts move in different circles, and Elspeth has no desire to be judged and found wanting by Philadelphia’s first families. Though she tries to resist Alexander’s charms, when he comes to her family’s rescue, she knows there’s more to him than she’d first thought. But Alexander realizes that his ambitions may have placed Elspeth and her family in grave danger. With an unseen enemy determined to uncover the Thompson family’s secrets, Alexander grapples with secrets of his own, secrets that could cost him the only woman he’s ever truly cared about.
When Elspeth finds herself in terrible danger, can she muster the inner strength of her ancestors to save herself and her family and find the courage to meet love head on?
Available for Pre-Order on Amazon & Barnes and Noble
About the Author
Holly Bush's historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia's book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.
The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly's books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’
She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.
Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.
Book Blast ScheduleTuesday, October 27
Probably at the Library
Wednesday, October 28
Books & Benches
Locks, Hooks and Books
Thursday, October 29
Friday, October 30
Books, Cooks, Looks
Saturday, October 31
Passages to the Past
Monday, November 2
Coffee and Ink
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, November 3
Wednesday, November 4
History from a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, November 5
What Is That Book About
Friday, November 6
Saturday, November 7
Monday, November 9
Donna's Book Blog
Tuesday, November 10
The Intrepid Reader
Wednesday, November 11
The Book Junkie Reads
Thursday, November 12
A Darn Good Read
Friday, November 13
Tangents and Tissues
Sunday, November 15
WTF Are You Reading?
Monday, November 16
The Lit Bitch
Jorie Loves a Story
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Wednesday, October 28
Audiobook Review: Cowboy Honor by Carolyn Brown
- #50 for Audiobook Challenge
Tuesday, October 27
Time for TV Tuesday: The Great (Season 1)
Monday, October 26
Blodeuedd's Monday Review: A Duke a Dozen by Shana Galen
I like this series. The survivors of a doomed troop from the war. This time we did not have time to hang out or meet the rest of the gang. This was Finn's book. Oh and his older lady, wink wink.
Finn comes to Annabell thinking she had slept with his brother, cos she is the Wanton Widow after all. Of course that is just the Ton gossiping cos a widow liked to have fun once! Anyway, his brother is dead and he has questions. Which leads to him helping her out. Roadtrip!
She is almost 15 years older. She has issues with men after her horrible marriage.
He is a young Duke who needs an heir, and a spare.
They become friendly, they want to become more, there can never be a happy ending, or?
I was all for a widow of 45 finding love again. You go girl! And getting a young Duke on top of that.
I enjoyed it. There was also a little romantic sidestory too about someone close to them, no spoilers.
I have listened to Ashton many times and she is always good. She does historical romance well. Voices, tone, everything. She takes you back.
They call him the Doomed Duke.
Phineas Duncombe, ninth Duke of Mayne, should not be the duke. After all, he had four—count them—four older brothers! Phin never wanted the dukedom, and the suspicious circumstances of the eighth duke’s death lead Phin to question the Countess of Longstowe. The beautiful widow isn’t at all what Phin expected. He’s intrigued by her and determined to seduce her. The countess is not interested in Phin romantically, but when she comes to him with another request, he can’t deny it. A few days in the country with Lady Longstowe reveal two truths to the new duke. One, he cares for the countess much more than any other woman he’s ever known. Two, Phin either has very bad luck or someone is trying to kill him.
They call her the Wanton Widow.
Annabel was barely eighteen when she was married to the elderly Earl of Longstowe. A harsh, sadistic man, the earl’s death was not something Annabel mourned. Now in her mid-forties, Annabel enjoys her widowhood and has no desire to ever be under a man’s thumb again. Not even a handsome duke like Mayne, who is far too young for her anyway. Annabel’s one desire is to find the daughter who was taken away from her. For that she needs a man with power and status. She needs the Duke of Mayne. When the two are thrust together, Annabel struggles to fight her attraction to the charming Phin. She’s losing the battle. But can she ever trust another man, especially with the one part of herself she’s never given away—her heart?
Sunday, October 25
Joint Review: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
Title: Exit Strategy
Published: October 2nd 2018
Summary: Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Saturday, October 24
Book Review: Tempted by Anna Ray
Author: Anna Ray
Genre: Novella, Romance, Contemporary, Mystery
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)
Summary: This was supposed to be just business. No one said anything about falling in love.
- #10 on THE BAD BOYS OF ROMANCE challenge
Thursday, October 22
Audiobook Review: Death Overdue by Allison Brook
- #49 for Audiobook Challenge
Wednesday, October 21
Audiobook Review: How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose Bennett
- #48 for Audiobook Challenge
Monday, October 19
Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Christmas Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne
Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
Series: Haven Point, Book 12
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 10-13-20
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
A cute xmassy book.
Abby comes with her son to a sweet little town. She will only stay a little while to help out a friend's grandma. And Abby is sweet, kind. She lost her husband and is trying to move on with her life.
Christmas is also around the corner, and they are prepping the house for it. Very xmassy, with snow, skiing and more.
And of course she meets at first grumpy guy called Ethan, who thinks his grandma should be in a home so she wont get hurt. But Ethan was a sweetie, also a stupid idiot who thought he was incapable of love. Men!
But yes it is a simple story, they meet, they become friendly, they want more. And they live happily ever after,
One weird thing though, his sister had this backstory where she finally ended up with her bestie. I felt like they could have had their own book.
Good narrator. I liked what she did with her voices. And easy story to listen to
A widowed young mother's search for the perfect Christmas for her little boy leads her to Silver Bells, Colorado. There, Abby Powell finds a heartwarming small-town community--with snow!--as well as less-than-jolly Ethan Lancaster, a single-minded businessman who has learned the hard way that love and family are not for him. But he never counted on the lovely newcomer to town--or her the emotional pull she and her son, Christopher, have over him. As Ethan and Abby work together to restore Holiday House, Ethan's historic family mansion, in time for Christmas, Ethan's heart begins to open along with his home.
Sunday, October 18
Book Review: The Jade Tiger by E.W Cooper
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)
Summary: NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1928. The Big Apple teems with the glitter of Bright Young Things, Prohibition, and scofflaws-the perfect place for Penelope Harris to start her life over. As a former opera singer turned Shanghai nightclub owner, she's seen and done a lot, maybe too much. With any luck, she'll leave more than The Jade Tiger casino behind her-a murdered husband, a blackmailing torch singer, and Thom Lund, the ex-cop who stole her heart. But Penelope has never had that kind of luck; her past is already waiting for her in New York.