Cowboy Seeks a Bride by Louise M. Gouge

Cowboy Seeks a Bride

Cowboy Seeks a Bride by Louise M. Gouge

Published: 2015

Publisher: Love Inspired

Series: Four Stones Ranch(Book 2)

Goodreads Summary:

Marybeth O’Malley is everything rancher Randall Northam seeks in a wife…if she’d only say “I do.” Although his family paid for her train ticket West with the understanding the two would marry, Rand won’t pressure her to set a date. Especially since he suspects she’s learned about his reckless past. Who would want to marry an untamed cowboy like him?
Marybeth won’t marry until she locates her long-lost brother. And when Rand agrees to help her with her search, she can’t deny her surprisingly warm feelings toward her prospective groom. Could this honorable cowboy show her he’s the husband she never knew she wanted?

What I liked: Both Marybeth and Randall have a goal. Randall wants a wife and a family. After killing a man in his past he hopes that Marybeth can see he is a changed man and give him a chance. I liked Randall and thought he was working hard to improve his life. Marybeth has one goal to find her brother who she has not seen in years. She comes west to marry Randall after his family pays her way. The storyline was different and I felt the added side story of Marybeth finding her brother gave this book a little more depth.

What I didn’t like: I did not like Marybeth all that much. When she first arrived she was not really interested in marrying Randall she just wanted to find her brother and I felt like she was sneaky and very dishonest. As the story goes on and she starts to change I still had trouble liking her. The story also felt slow at times.

Overall this book was okay. I didn’t really like it or dislike it. It was very lukewarm. Not sure I will ready anymore of the books in this series.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano 

Published: 2015

Publisher: Bethany House

Series: A Class of Their Own(Book 1)

Goodreads Summary: Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.
Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiancé cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.
Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

     Harriet is a working class woman who dreams of owning her own shop but pays the bills making hats for someone else. Everything starts to change on her birthday when she’s asked to make an important delivery to a very picky customer. The delivery does not go as planned and Harriet finds herself defending herself against a loose cannon of a woman who promptly gets her fired. The one good thing to come from this ordeal is the crazy ladies soon to be ex fiance feels bad about the ordeal and hires her to help him impress a business partner. All Harriet has to do is act the part which is not as easy as it sounds.

     Oliver is rich and gets what he wants. He finds Harriet refreshing and the answer to his woman problems. He pays her to attend some social events and he does not have to worry about finding a wife. But Harriet is anything but an aristocrat and the harder she tries to blend in the more she stands out and somewhere in all the mishaps love starts to bloom.

What I liked: This was a great book. I found myself laughing out loud a ton as I was reading. Harriet had spunk and was not afraid to show it. She is your middle class working woman who finds herself on the arm of a very handsome rich man and boy do the sparks fly. There is also a degree of mystery and suspense in the plot which leads to an interesting ending.

What I didn’t like: As funny as the scene where Harriet delivered the hats to the crazy woman was it was way over the top and not overly believable.  The ending also was kind of over the top. It had an air of surprise for sure but to me took away some of the unique aspects of the relationship between Harriet and Oliver.

     Overall I loved this book and I can’t wait to see where this series goes. This book was downright funny and I loved that. I would highly recommend this book and author.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

    

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How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

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How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Published: 2015

Publisher: Zondervan

Series: Royal Wedding(Book 3)

Goodreads Summary: Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.
Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could ve been.
But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.”

     Prince Stephen is King Nathaniel’s brother and he has a secret. 6 years ago before he left for the war he married an American named Corina. Tragedy tore them apart and now 6 years later he finds out that his marriage was never annulled as was thought. He now must face Corina and convince her to sigh the papers to end their marriage once and for all.

     Corina’s family has not healed from the death of her twin brother 6 years ago and she knows deep down there is more to the story of his death then the government will tell. When Stephen shows up with annulment papers she uses that as leverage to find out what really happened to her brother.

What I liked: Corina and Stephen have so much baggage in their life I wondered as I was reading this book how they would over come it all to find happiness. Both of them had to find peace and forgiveness through God to get there. I loved all the characters and how well written this story was. Whenever a book brings angels into a story I wonder how its going to go. The way it was portrayed in this story had me wiping away tears at times. Along with some goose bumps.

What I didn’t like: There was not much to dislike about this book. The storyline was kind of sad dealing with the death of Corina’s brother and the aftermath of sadness for the family.

     I loved this book and am sad to see the series end. This book was much more somber than the first two books but it was still a great read and I thought it wrapped up the series well. I highly recommend this book and the series. It can be read as a stand alone but you will not be disappointed to go back and start with book one. 

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     I loved this series! All three books were wonderful and I’m sad its over. I loved the way this series took the happy ever after idea and gave it a more real twist. Run don’t walk to your bookstore and pick this series up you will not be disappointed! I can’t wait to read future books from this author.

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Brentwood’s Ward by Michelle Griep

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Brentwood’s Ward by Michelle Griep

Published: 2015

Publisher: Barbour Books

Series: None

Goodreads Summary: Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

     Emily is a headstrong young woman and with her father leaving on business for a month he’s worried about her safety and hires Nicholas as her guardian while he is gone. Nicholas has a sick sister and he needs the extra money this job will bring in. The problem is this job is anything but easy. Emily will not listen and drives Nicholas crazy. Also the more Nicholas learns about her dad and his business the more he starts to question his sudden business trip and the more he fears for Emily’s safety.  

What I liked: Nicholas and Emily were both likable. I enjoyed how Emily was a strong woman yet she was able to see that she did need help and that she could rely on Nicholas. Nicholas would not put up with Emily’s attitude and it was funny watching them checkmate each other. I also thought the ending was interesting and not quite what I expected.

What I did not like: As much as I liked Emily she went back and forth from a snotty aristocrat to a woman with a heart. It was kind of hard to buy her being both. I also would have enjoyed learning how things turned out for her former maid. The ending left a lot of questions there.

     Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more books by this author. This book has romance, suspense and mystery which made for a fun read. I highly recommend it.

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Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

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Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Published: 2014

Publisher: Bethany House

Series: Beacons of Hope(Book 1)

Goodreads Summary: All she’s ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn’t be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can’t even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others’ problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.
But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife’s death, and it seems as though Emma’s answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.

What I liked: Emma wanted a home of her own and a family. After years of moving from place to place she finds herself married to the local lighthouse keeper less than 24 hours after being in a shipwreck. I enjoyed the humor as she learned to be a mom and a wife. Her cooking disasters made me laugh. I have read a few books where a couple will marry without knowing each other and this book did a great job of telling such a story. Both Emma and Patrick had to work through issues to make the marriage work.

What I did not like: How fast Patrick and Emma got married seemed way too unrealistic. Hey the preacher says he is a good guy so I’ll pledge myself to him without even talking to my brother first. This part of the story felt rushed. Patrick’s back story at first seemed kind of off but as the book went on and we learned more about his background things made more sense.

     Overall I liked this book. The plot was very good and the characters were well established and likeable. I found myself also liking the island and picturing how beautiful it must have been. The ending had some good surprises as well. I also liked the spiritual side of this story. How we are all sinners and no matter how much we sin if we repent we are forgiven. Yes the consequences of our previous actions can still affect us after repenting yet we are forgiven and can move forward. I thought how Patrick had to deal with his past life and how he accepted it was spot on.   I am looking forward to the next book in this series. This is the first book I have read by this author and I really like her style.

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Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley

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Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley

Published: 2014

Publisher: Barbour Books

Series: Undercover Ladies(Book 1)

Goodreads Summary: Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is no stranger to undercover work. But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her. She’s finally landed a high-profile case and is on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls essential to her investigation meets an untimely demise. Only a handful of people are in the house at the time of her death, including handsome Tom Colton, a former Texas Ranger determined to clear his brother’s name. Amy has many reasons to suspect Tom of murder—and one very personal reason to hope that she’s wrong about him.

What I liked: Amy had hoped to find a murder yet she finds herself trying to solve one instead. She had not planned to work at Miss Lillian’s but being a Pinkerton detective she does what she needs to do for the case. When Tom shows up the same night as the murder he’s added to the suspect list. I enjoyed how these two interacted and how Amy, playing a loose woman deals with the town treating her so badly yet she keeps going and helps teach the town a thing or two in the process. Tom also learns to see past what the person is doing to who they are which makes the book have a deeper feel to it at times. I also enjoyed the suspense and who done it storyline.

What I did not like: I was not a big fan of the brothel house setting. There was nothing improper in the book but just the setting was not one I really enjoy.

     Overall this was a good book. Even though the book has a darker storyline and setting the author did a good job keeping it light. The characters were all likable and the ending wrapped it all up well.

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