Review: The Noble Servant

51jEko9uZAL__SX321_BO1,204,203,200_If you like fairy tales, you’ll love this one. Melanie Dickerson’s new fairy tale retelling, The Noble Servant, is her version of the Goose Girl story. You might remember Lady Magdalen from The Beautiful Pretender, where she befriends heroine Avelina.

Magdalen travels to marry Steffan, Duke of Wolfberg, but she is betrayed en route to his castle and ends up forced to work as a servant tending the geese. Meanwhile, Steffan’s uncle schemes to steal his Continue reading

Review: Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

51x35iB1wDLLearning that Karen Kingsbury was returning to the Baxter family was exciting news. It’s been years since the very first Baxter book, and the characters are all older and in different places in their lives now. We’re also starting to see the grandkids’ stories, like those of Maddie and Cole.

Love Story shares the Baxters’ beginnings: John and Elizabeth. Their romance has been alluded to throughout the many Baxter series, but this is the first Continue reading

Recommended Read: Jen Turano’s Behind the Scenes

51x-+06-6jL__SX321_BO1,204,203,200_I love Jen Turano’s books. 🙂 Behind the Scenes is a humorous tale of mischief, mayhem, and romance in the Gilded Age, and Permilia Griswold is such fun to read!

The premise of this Apart from the Crowd series is fascinating: a glimpse into the Gilded Age focused on the “wallflowers” instead of the popular ladies always twirling on the dance floor. Permilia doesn’t mind the wallflower label. Being on the fringes suits her and allows her to find fodder for her society column. She never expects to overhear Continue reading

Becky Wade, You Made Me a Fangirl.

51mgkvhmetL__SY346_Recently, I had the pleasure of reading an early galley copy of True to You, the first in Becky Wade’s new Bradford Sisters series, and I’m in love with the characters. I may very well start fangirling at any moment over Nora Bradford and John Lawson.

You’ve been warned.

Let me start by saying this: Read Then Came You, the prequel novella to this series, first. It’s Nora’s parents’ story told in epistolary fashion, and it provides a lot of important background for True to You. It’s e-free, and who doesn’t love a story told through letters and journal entries?

Now, on to the review:

Nora is a quiet and bookish yet indomitable leading lady, who loves big words and uses them regularly in casual conversation. She anchors her family. She’s fabulous. I adore her. She’s my spirit animal.  Continue reading