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About An Arrangement of Sorts

Han arrangement of sortse was intrigued…

Nathaniel Hammond, Earl of Beverton, is working to restore his new estate and aid his tenants. But everything changes when he meets the beautiful and mysterious Moira Dennison, a bold young woman who offers to hire him, unaware of his title, to help her find her fiancé. Curious and unable to resist, Nathan accepts her offer, keeping his true identity a secret, never dreaming of what the future held for him.

She was desperate…

Moira is set on finding Charles now that she has come into her inheritance. With her new-found wealth and independence, she is determined to locate her betrothed so they may finally
marry. With Nathan as her guide, she feels confident in the path before her. But when their arrangement forces them closer together, she finds her chosen path may not be as clear
as she thought.

My review

It’s always fun to find new authors to read. It’s even more fun when the new author has tons of published books! That’s the case with Rebecca Connolly, you can check out her page on Amazon. I purchased a few of her books last year when she held a Facebook party. I’m ashamed to admit that it took me this long to get around to reading them.

This book is great! I loved Moira and Nathaniel! 

First the reader meets Nathaniel. He’s helping fix the roof of one of his tenants with some friends at the beginning of this book. That’s not something you usually see the earls doing in Regency Romances, but it endears him to the reader from the beginning. He’s relaxing with his closest friends in the neighborhood pub when Moira stomps in and demands that he go with her to find her missing fiance. Wow! And he actually goes. That’s where the fun begins!

Moira…I wasn’t quite sure what to think of her at first. It’s not common for ladies to go around demanding things of gentleman. And she certainly didn’t have terribly many ladylike ways. But she was sweet. And I loved learning why she was the way she was. She was a sweetheart, but she did so many things that made me laugh! I loved her character.

The plot of this one is so great! I loved the adventure that Nathaniel and Moira embarked on together. Especially when I found out that they were going together with a story of being married. I knew that would bring up all sorts of sticky situations for the pair. And it did! There are so many laugh out loud moments because of their story. I loved everything about it, including the way it ends.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to end. But it was perfect!

I loved this one and can’t wait to read more by this author!

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About Counterfeit Date

counterfeit dateMason Turner only has eyes for Lolly Honeymiller. She’s vivacious and hilarious and unfortunately thinks of him as her best friend’s ex. Lolly’s friends cook up a scheme: pretending Lolly is making him over for a special date with his dream girl. The more time he and Lolly spend together, the harder it is to keep his feelings a secret. 

Lolly offers to help Mason Turner prepare for a date with his dream girl. Through makeovers, shopping, and practice kissing, she tries to keep her distance but finds herself falling for a man she can never have. As the date approaches, both wonder if they can keep things fake or if the farce will implode and shred both of their hearts.

My review

First of all, make sure you read Change of Plans before Counterfeit Date! Change of Plans left me feeling a little sad for Mason. I was so glad to open this one and realize that it was Mason’s story. He didn’t get left out!

Lolly is a really fun character. She’s fun loving and kind. I really loved the way she was concerned that she was going to upset Kaitlyn by dating Mason. She’s a true friend at all times. It was fun to see the way she went all out trying to get Mason ready for his “date” on Saturday night. And she even agreed to go on a blind date of her own. I loved the way it never occurred to her that all of her friends were setting her up.

Mason is such a great guy. He’s the kindest person. I loved the way he was always concerned about what Lolly was going to think when she found out he’d been tricking her all along. It’s a good thing he never had to find that one out!

I loved the cute plot of this one. There were so many parts of it that left me laughing. This one is easily finished in an afternoon. It’s a perfect escape!

I was sent a gift copy of Counterfeit Date by the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Change of Plans

change of plansKaitlyn knows who she’s destined to spend her life with, until superstar Axel Olsen turns her dreams upside down. 

Kaitlyn Johanson is chosen by heartthrob, nationally-acclaimed lacrosse player, Axel Olsen, for a dream date. She didn’t know a man touching her hand could feel like heaven, but she awkwardly blacks out then admits to him that she’s in a relationship.

Kaitlyn comes home to Echo Ridge hoping to rekindle her relationship with her high school boyfriend, Mason. She never expects Axel to show up in her hometown, hosting a lacrosse camp with Mason and his stepdad. 

When Axel steals her attention and possibly her heart from the man she is supposed to marry, she has to decide if she’ll take a risk on new love or give old love a second chance.

My review

I love these Echo Ridge Romances! One thing that was really fun about this one was finding out what happened to Kaitlyn and Mason from Christmas Makeover. I loved reading that one and this one was so great as well.

I love Kaitlyn! She’s loyal and caring. The way she felt guilty even watching Axel play made me love her even more. I love the scene where he throws her the ball with her number on it. She was conflicted from that point on. What does she do? Does she call or text Axel, knowing there’s a date if she does. Does she stay true to Mason, even though things have seemed strange between them for a while? And then Axel shows up in Echo Ridge. Things go from bad to worse for Kaitlyn. 

I liked Axel too. The way he respected Kaitlyn tells a lot about his character. He knew she was dating Mason and chose to back off as long as he needed to. It was fun to see him with Mason’s younger sisters, especially Maryn, she’s a firecracker! 

The plot of this one is fast paced, romantic and fun! I was sad when I finished this one, but glad to still have another book by Cami Checketts to read!

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Anna the Prophetess

About Anna the Prophetess

anna the prophetessAnna the Prophetess is the dramatic chronicle of the only woman to be called prophetess in the scriptures. When Anna’s great-niece Julia is exiled to Jerusalem as punishment for her refusal to marry a man old enough to be her father, Anna shares the story of her early days of courtship with her husband. Although Julia’s parents admonished her to observe firsthand how lonely Anna’s life is, Julia instead discovers that her great-aunt’s life is far from lonely—it is full of love, peace, and incredible faith.

As Anna shares her unwavering testimony of the coming Messiah with her great-niece, these two faithful women are changed forever as they seek the Lord’s will in their lives and joyfully witness the long-awaited miracles of Christ’s birth.

My review

I love this author’s books about Women of the scriptures. The way she writes is amazing! It’s almost as though the reader climbs into the pages of the Bible. The characters are so great! I love how she stays true to the scripture stories, while making them more…real!

Anna the Prophetess is an interesting character in the scriptures. Not a whole lot is mentioned about her. I’ve always kind of wondered about her life. I loved the way the author made Anna real. This one’s written a little differently than most. Some of the story is written in Anna and her niece Julia’s present, and a bunch of it is written as a flashback of Anna’s life. I liked the way the author did this. It helps the reader to see not only Julia and Anna’s current life, but the life Anna has already led as well. It made me love and understand the character even more!

In Anna the Prophetess, you see things through several of the characters eyes, making the story more rich. You see a lot of it through Anna’s eyes, some through Josiah’s eyes and some through Julia’s eyes. I love all of these characters, and I loved seeing through their eyes. One thing that I thought was really fun about this one was when Anna and Julia meet Elizabeth and John. 

The plot is great! The author used her imagination to tell the reader what Anna’s life could have been like. This helped me learn a lot about how the women…and men…would have lived their lives in Jerusalem during this period. 

I was sent a gift copy of Anna the Prophetess by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author H B Moore

HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormonand the coauthor of Christ’s Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

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Last month, I told you about our family trips to Nauvoo, Illinois. But I really only talked about the main things that people do when they visit. This month I wanted to tell you about more fun places to visit in Nauvoo, Illinois. We’ve been to Nauvoo, Illinois as a family 3 different times. Each of these times was wonderful for a different reason. And each of these times we found some out of the way places to visit.

more fun things to do in Nauvoo, Illinois

One thing that’s really fun about where ever we travel with our family is finding places that are a bit out of the way. Places where you’re not going to find crowds of people. But places that are still really neat and just fun. Those are the kinds of places that I’m talking about today on Tips for Family Trips.

You can find these types of places almost every where you go. You know the kind I mean…the kinds of places that locals go, but not usually tourists. In my opinion, those are almost always the best kind of places. 

Anyway, this is a short post, but check out my link on Tips for Family trips. Let me know in the comments if you have places that you go that are a bit off the beaten path, who knows, maybe we’ll go check them out. Have a fantastic day!

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About One Step Enough

one step enoughHow does life go on in the aftermath of tragedy?

If it were possible for two lovers to deserve peace, Owen and Della Davis should have been the happiest couple in Utah. But after the shocking deaths of two hundred friends and miners and the dispersal of their widows and children, happiness is hard to come by. 

Owen has promised Della he is through with mining forever, but he still has to earn a living, and his heart is drawn back to the mines. Meanwhile, Della is wishing for a baby, but her arms remain empty. As she struggles to hold together the pieces of her life—through the resurfacing haunting memories of her father’s death and the heartache of missing a mother she never knew—she wonders if she even wants to reconcile herself to relatives who did her so much harm. Together, Owen and Della must face the secrets of her past as they struggle to build their future.

Based on the true events following the Scofield mine disaster in 1900, One Step Enough is a riveting and heartfelt romance filled with suspense, tragedy, and hard-earned love.

My review

I was so excited to see One Step Enough, the sequel to My Loving Vigil Keeping! I love the way Carla Kelly writes her historical romances. The characters and situations seem to stay with you for a long time. I still find myself thinking about Della and Owen and wonder what happened to them. And not only to them, to all the other people who really lived in the canyon and dealt with the disaster. 

One Step Enough starts right after My Loving Vigil Keeping ends. The reader can sense the turmoil in Della and Owen. And also all the people around them as they deal with the aftermath of the mine disaster. Something that kept coming to me about this one was that this really happened. To real people, not just the fictitious Della and Owen. It’s hard for me to imagine the feelings and emotions these real people would have felt as they dealt with everything. I loved the way the author kept the tension and emotions high at the beginning of the book. 

Della is one of my very favorite characters ever. She’s courageous, strong and wise. She’s the perfect female lead. I loved the way she worked hard to comfort Owen as he goes through his hard time. And the way she cares for Owen’s daughter, Angharad, made my heart melt. Della sees her as her own child, not a step-child. Part of that is probably because of the way she was not taken care of by her uncle’s family growing up. There are hard things in store for her. Owen’s breaking of his promise to her to stay out of the mines is just one of many. But Della rises above it and struggles to not let it push her and Owen apart.

Owen goes through his own hard times. Many of his friends and co-workers died in the blast. He only barely escaped with his life. He deals not only with grief, but with survivors guilt as well. I loved the way he had courage to break his promise for a little while to help other miners the way he would have wanted to help his friends. 

There are so many great characters in this one. One thing that’s fun about that is that many of them were people who actually lived. I enjoyed reading the end notes about the real people Carla Kelly included in this one.

I loved the plot. The way that both Della and Angharad work to bring Owen out of his grief was inspiring. This is one of those books that give people hope. Hope that things can and will get better. Hope for a happy life after disaster. And hope is definitely needed by the world in general today.

If historical fiction is something you love, make sure to grab this book. But be sure to read My Loving Vigil Keeping first. This one won’t make sense otherwise.

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About The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected SistersMma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. Mma Ramotswe is puzzled when she happens to hear of a local nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everybody by the name of Ramotswe and that they were all related. Who is this mystery lady? Then she is alerted by Mma Potokwani that an unpleasant figure from her past has recently been spotted in town. Mma Ramotswe does her best to avoid the man, but it seems that he may have returned to Botswana specifically to seek her out. What could he want from her?

With the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family – both the one you’re born with and the one you choose.

My review

I have quite a few authors that are “must read” authors. Meaning I must read any book that they write. I guess Alexander McCall Smith is not quite that. I read every one of his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books though. I love these books! The author has done such a great job with the characters, the plots, and the setting. I always feel like I’ve been to Africa after I’ve read one. I do have to admit that I have no idea how to say the characters names or the place names. 

Precious Ramotswe is the main character in all of these. She’s a traditional built lady (I love how she’s sometimes called other things, but never takes offence) and she runs the detective agency. The reader sees the whole plot through her eyes. She’s just a fun character. I love the way she always knows how to solve whatever mystery has been brought to her. She makes everything better. One thing I really liked about her in this book is the way she felt human. Something happened in her personal life that kind of threw her for a loop. She was not happy for a little bit, something very uncharacteristic of her, but she was able to forgive and move on. I loved that!

The plot of this one is great! These books are not fast moving, there’s usually no danger. But there is always a problem and you always learn a little bit more about Africa and about people. And since Precious is a traditional lady, the books are all clean. 

I love these, I can’t wait for the next No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book!

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About On the Corner of Heartache and Love

on the corner of heartache and loveMaren’s stuck at the intersection of heartache and love, but happily ever after might be just around the corner. 

After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp… 

Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate human-interest story as her ticket away from Kevin, weddings, and her heartache. 

But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed for heartache again when Zane’s lost love returns or has time changed more than one heart?

My review

This was one of those books that I just loved! I loved the plot and the characters, really everything about it!

I liked Maren. She’s about ready to get married. But her job keeps taking her away from planning her wedding, so she has her sister Tori fill in for her during most of the preparations. The only problem being Tori and her fiance Kevin end up eloping. Wow, I really felt sorry for Maren when that happened. Especially when Kevin ends up being her boss at work as well. Talk about having salt rubbed in her wounds. I liked the way Maren worked hard to move on. She works hard at everything she does.

Trying to move on, Maren moves in with her friend Cassidy. And that’s when she meets Zane. I loved Zane. He’s trying to move on from his own broken heart by waiting on the corner where he planned to meet his girlfriend. But she never showed up. So he vows not to leave the corner for a year or until he sees her again. I loved Zane’s patience, his loyalty, his kindness. He’s such a great character!

I loved the way the plot of this one moves. The author did a great job showing Maren trying to move on. She has some different options of guys to move on with, but picks the one that works best for her. 

I really loved everything about this one, except for Maren’s backstabbing sister and fiance! But that just shows that the author did a great job writing all of her characters.

I was sent a copy of On the Corner of Heartache and Love as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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The Roses of Feldstone

About The Roses of Feldstone

The Roses of FeldstoneStanding before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor.

When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.

My review

I love when I find a great Regency Romance that’s fun, clean, romantic and just an all around great read. This one fits all of those things!

I loved Rose with all of her quirks. She gets sick riding in a carriage. Rose loves her namesake roses. She even gets mad at William for his having removed her favorite ones. There are so many great things to love about her! I really loved seeing the backstory between Rose and William through her eyes. It made me a bit sad to see how they went from being great friends, to completely ignoring each other. I also loved the compassion she had for everyone around her, even if she didn’t know them. The way Rose took to the small boy stuck in the chimney really touched me.

I wasn’t sure what to think of William for a good portion of this book. I wanted to like him, because of the things Rose thought about from their past. But I had a hard time reconciling her memories of him to the reality of how he treated her. He was hard and unkind. I was glad to see him start to change back, but hoped it would last.

There are so many fun and well-written characters in this one. I love Rose’s mom. She made me laugh several times. There’s a certain scene with a hat that comes to mind. Rose’s sister Elizabeth was another character I loved. I loved “seeing” the two sisters together, they’re what I imagine a perfect sister relationship to be. Then there’s the men that Rose meets at all the balls. There are several that just made me laugh.  

I loved the plot of this one. It’s well written, not at all stuffy and boring like some Regency Romances can be. I can’t wait to read more books by this author!

I was sent a gift copy of The Roses of Feldstone by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Invisalign with Bountiful OrthodonticsHey, it’s Cathy. Today I want to tell you about one of the most exciting things that happened to me this year getting Invisalign with Bountiful Orthodontics. Back in February I signed up for a contest to win Invisalign through our kid’s orthodontist Bountiful Orthodontics. We’ve had the best experience with Bountiful Orthodontics, and I’ve wanted to have braces since I was a kid. It was a no brainer. 

Well…fast forward to April 17th. That’s when I got the news that I was the winner of the contest. No. Way! I think they could probably hear my screaming all the way up at their office. I was so excited!

I’ve had my Invisalign for about 8 weeks right now. I’m really happy with the way my teeth are moving. And I wanted to take a minute and talk about a few things about Invisalign because I’ve had a few people ask me questions.

Invisalign is basically a retainer that goes on your teeth, called trays. You change it every week to two weeks. Currently I’m changing mine once a week. At the beginning, I changed it every two weeks. 

Invisalign patients have appointments at the orthodontist about every 6 to 8 weeks. They send you home with the trays you needInvisalign with Bountiful Orthodontics during that amount of time. You just change them when you’re supposed to. You also brush your teeth a lot. I’m brushing my teeth every time I eat. It’s a really great diet tool. Sometimes I really think things like, “Do I really want to eat that and have to brush my teeth AGAIN afterwards?” If the answer’s no, then I don’t eat it!

One of the main things I’ve been asked is if it’s painful. I would say, it’s not overly painful. I notice for a day or two after I put the new tray in, I feel a bit of pain then, not too bad. The worst was after they put these dots all over my teeth to help the trays push the teeth where they’re supposed to go, but even that was only bad enough to use ibuprofen for one afternoon/evening. Sometimes if I’m eating something really hard like carrots, my teeth might hurt for a minute. 

That brings me to what you can and can’t eat with Invisalign. The answer is…you can eat anything you want to! I love that! If you’re a kid with braces there’s a whole list of things you aren’t supposed to eat. That’s always fun as a parent. But since the trays are removable, there’s really nothing you can’t eat. I love that! 

So if you’re looking into getting Invisalign, it really is a great option for adults! And I highly recommend Invisalign with Bountiful Orthodontics. The doctors and staff there are some of my very favorite people!