About the book: In this new holiday-themed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk, a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to re-write the past.

Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn’t been home for almost twenty years—not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics.

But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob’s mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades worth of clutter. As Jacob digs through the detritus, like an archaeologist, he uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, a young woman he has no recollection of, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy. That’s not the only echo from the past. Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before. United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.

My review: I look forward to these Richard Paul Evans books that come out every year. I love the way he writes, his plots and characters are always so great. His books are always easy to read and just great! This one was no different.

I liked Jacob in this story. I felt way sad for him, though. The way he was treated as a child by his mom just made me want to cry. His whole past was just sad, but it made him a great man, a great writer and really just compassionate. I liked that he was willing to work to clean out his mom’s house and how he learned why she was the way she was.

Then he meets Rachel. Rachel needs his help to find her mom. I loved that he was willing to help. He was also honorable at a time when he really didn’t have to be. Jacob is the kind of man that every woman wants to meet.

This is a great romance. I loved the time I was able spend escaping into this story!

I borrowed this book from my local library.

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About To Love a Spy by Laura Beers

to love a spyFreed from the clutches of her cruel, traitorous mother and impostor husband, Lady Camden wants to rebuild her fractured life. But the years of terror and pain she endured at their hands continue to grip her heart in an iron vice. Refusing to stray from the refuge of her country estate, Kate tentatively agrees to an unusual alliance with the new Lord Camden, being mindful to keep her trust, and her heart, firmly safeguarded.

Adrien, the Earl of Camden, had lost everything he held dear while working undercover in France as an agent of the Crown, known only as Hawk. Now an earl, he wants only to repair his tattered, lonely life. His efforts are interrupted, however, when he is called to accept another assignment: Stop French spies from passing a bill in Parliament that will eliminate British aid in the war against Napoleon.

When Kate’s past pulls her into a web of treachery and deceit, a life she is wholly unprepared for, Adrien must use any means necessary to stop the French spies from succeeding in their evil designs and keep her safe. When the truth is finally revealed, will Lady Camden be strong enough to seize her own future and happiness, or will her heart be too shattered to ever love a spy?

My review 

I’ve really enjoyed Laura Beers’ Regency Romances, Saving Shadow and A Peculiar Courtship. Most often you can read books in any order. With these, I’d highly recommend to start with Saving Shadow and then A Peculiar Courtship before reading this one. That will make these make way more sense to the reader.

To Love a Spy features Adrien, he’s the Earl of Camden and Kate, she’s Lady Camden. It’s kind of interesting because the two are not married. Kate was married to the former Earl of Camden, French spy. Adrien’s cousin was Earl of Camden at one point, before being killed by the French spy. To Adrien, Kate is a person he needs to be taking care of. But his sense of responsibility changes towards her as he falls in love with her.

Both Kate and Adrien are great characters! I was glad to see Kate get her own story. Both of the previous books mentioning Kate, made me a bit sad for her, especially A Peculiar Courtship. It made me happy to see her gain her confidence back and learn to love, even when she thought she couldn’t.

Adrien was great too! I liked the way he goes out of his way to watch out for Kate. He’s so loyal, I liked the way he has to do things he doesn’t want to do to protect his identity as a spy.

This book is full of spies, danger and adventure! I love that characters I’ve grown to love from Laura Beers’ other books make a return appearance in this one. It’s fun that their worlds are all tangled together.

I love the way this author writes Regency Romance. Her books are not quite what you’d expect from this book genre, they’re better!

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About Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson

Perfect SetBree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn’t be better. That is, until she’s assigned to write a feature on the one person she can’t stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade’s previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree’s hard-and-fast rule: don’t date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can’t seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree’s reputation and Kade’s hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future.

My review

Melanie Jacobson is one of my very favorite authors. She writes contemporary romance. She is, in my opinion, one of the very best at writing contemporary romance.

I’ve had Perfect Set in my to be read pile for a few weeks. It was all I could do to let it sit there until I had read the other books I needed to review first. I finally got to pick this one up last week. And it was amazing, just like I knew it would be!

I loved the way this one is. There isn’t romance going on from the very beginning.  Neither Bree or Kade really care for each other in the beginning. That makes this book a little more fun!

First up is Bree. She’s just moved to Huntington Beach for her new job. Her roommate pretty much blackmails her into going to a single’s ward activity on her own. That’s where she meets Kade for the first time and he doesn’t leave a good first impression. He comes across as a jerk. Bree is a sports reporter for a magazine. She’s used to athletes and knows when to walk away from the egotistical ones. That’s what Kade comes across as. Bree is probably my favorite character. She’s great at her job. She’s an honest person and she’s just nice. I really like the way that she’s able to look beyond what she sees with Kade. This really helps her when she’s assigned to write about him.

You don’t see the story through Kade’s eyes, so it’s hard to know a whole lot about him. What the reader does know about him comes through Bree’s eyes. I like the way as the reader learns more about him, they learn to like him just as Bree does in the story. 

The plot of this one is fun! There’s a bunch of things for Bree to deal with. Her roommates, her dad, Kade, her job, the people she works with, all of that adds things for her to worry about. And to be confused about. It also makes the reader want to read more and more and not put the book down!

Perfect Set is an amazing contemporary romance. Make sure to grab your own copy!

I was sent a copy of Perfect Set in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and books. After meeting her own husband on the Internet, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed potted herbs.

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Dating the Prince

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.

Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.

A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.

My Review

Dating the Prince is the first book I’ve read by this author. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. I liked the characters, the plot and the setting.

Katie is a really fun character! She’s an actress, sort of. She’s working as a game show model as well as a waitress while waiting for her lucky break. She was also really loyal to her family. I loved that she was a determined person and not willing to let anything mess up her plans. And then she meets Alex. Their meeting is classic. She’s blind because she was out of contacts and literally runs into him in the hall. So perfect!

Alex is a great character as well. I liked the way he works to get out of his life for just a little bit. He’s super smart and is able to lose his security detail that he has while in the U.S. He wants Katie to be his guide, but he doesn’t tell her that she’s going to help him escape. That part was funny! But while he and Katie are “missing,” Katie’s dad needs their help in Texas. Alex is willing to work hard. And he doesn’t let anyone know that he is actually British Royalty.

I liked the plot. The idea of a prince trying to live a normal life is not at all new. I thought the author did a good job of this. There were some holes however. Things left undone. Like Katie’s waitress job for one thing. And just little things her and there. It’s not enough to make you want to stop reading the book. It’s just enough to leave the reader a little bit confused here and there.

All in all though, this book is really good. I liked it and I hope there’s more to Katie and Alex’s story.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dating the Prince

Author Alina Snow

Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.

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About Last Chance: Comfrey has been planning her homestead farm for three years, and she’s finally ready to break ground on her perfect permaculture paradise. She has big plans, and the goats and sheep she already has grazing are just the first step. Until the city throws a wrench in the works. Oh, and then there’s the sudden appearance of Nick. The man she nearly married. 

Nick was not thrilled when Comfrey’s father (his boss) assigns him to go convince his wayward daughter that she’s had her fun and it’s time for her to rejoin the family business–a company that doesn’t fit into her new natural lifestyle, even if her father would ever accept her as. Forget the fact that he is still nursing a broken heart from the day she broke off their engagement and disappeared. Being around her was supposed to convince her that she made a mistake and wants to return to her old life–not convince him that she is still the only woman for him. Time is running out before he has to return to Boston, but can they bridge the gap between them?

My review: First off, isn’t the cover of this one just beautiful?? I love how well it matches, Comfrey, the main character from this book. This series is so great! Each of the books is well-written with great characters and plot and you can read them in any order.

Comfrey is probably my favorite main character from this series. I love the mystery she is. Comfrey isn’t her real name, and she has hidden her past from the people that know her in the best way she knows how. And after seeing just where she does come from, it’s not overly surprising that she left and that she’s hiding it from everyone she knows. I like Comfrey just the way she is. I love the way she cares about people and wants to help them have a better life. I love the way she wants to live as natural of a life as she can. I love the way she fights for the things she cares about. And the way she was able to be honest with herself when she needed to.

Then there’s Nick. Nick was a surprise to me. I liked that he was willing to go out of his comfort zone and go after Comfrey. I didn’t like that it was because her parents wanted him to. But he wouldn’t have gone if he wasn’t still in love with her. I loved the way he was willing to change his whole life for her. So sweet! He also wasn’t willing to roll over and move out of her life without a fight. He was a great character.

I love the plot of this one. It fits together with the other books in the series so well (links below if you need them.) This is such a great series, I’m hoping there are still more books to come!

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About the book: To say Tess Graham has a complicated relationship with her hometown is putting it mildly. With family ties and a successful real estate business she’s built from the ground up, Tess doesn’t want to leave. Not really. She would, however, like someone to see her for who she really is rather than the overshadowed twin in one of the town’s most prominent families. If only she could make a name for herself and find her place in Cobble Creek.

When handsome wildland firefighter, Monroe Scott, comes into town and wants to buy Tess’s grandfather’s barn for his reclaimed wood business, Tess feels the tug of nostalgia she didn’t expect. How can she allow Monroe to dismantle her childhood memories board by board? But as the listing agent, how can she prevent it?

To get what they each want, Tess and Monroe enter into a very temporary, very pretend engagement. As sparks fly and tempers flare, this fake engagement ignites into something both parties fight to contain.

My review: I LOVED everything about this cute romance! I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the idea of a firefighter coming to town, and a pretend engagement? That really is the best!

Tess is a fun character. I loved the way she grows throughout this book. At the beginning, she feels inferior to her twin sister, Ava, in almost every way. That’s what spurred her into a pretend engagement. But as she goes along, she realizes that there’s no need to feel jealous, that she had always been where she was meant to be. The pretend engagement though is where the real fun begins! I loved the way she tries to keep Monroe at arm’s length, even as she falls hard for him. I really just loved her as a character.

Then there’s Monroe. He’s a wildland firefighter, only in Cobble Creek because there’s a fire nearby that needs to be fought. I loved that he was willing to go along with Tess’ crazy idea. He’s a great guy, he’s kind and generous. His flaw for Tess might be that he sells reclaimed lumber and wants to tear down her grandpa’s old barn and use the lumber. I loved how he was handy and his idea for the barn ends up being such an amazing thing for Tess and really for the whole town.

The plot of this one is fun. There’s love, of course, danger, and the kind of pulling together that only happens during a disaster. This one’s a winner!

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Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb HindricksenAbout Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinricksen: Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley’s life upside down in an instant, she finds herserlf questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage.

The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing, but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dodging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley’s pas who is in Germany on business. Together th epair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich’s death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.

My review: I love to read a good suspense book, especially when it also includes a touch of romance! Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinricksen is both and it’s done so well!

I loved the way that the book begins with Ulrich. The reader knows at least kind of what had happened to him, at least partially, throughout the book. Of course, the characters have no idea. Haley didn’t have any idea that he hadn’t been killed in World War II.

I really liked Haley. She was willing to take a break from her job, and maybe even miss the death of her beloved great-grandmother to go on a mission to Germany for her. There she faced danger at almost every turn. It was not a trip for the faint of heart. I liked that she was able to keep her wits about her and do what she needed to do, even with seemingly everything against her.

Lucky for Haley, she was met by Joshua, a friend of her brother. He was willing to drop what he was doing and help her pretty much every day, with anything she needed. Together they face the danger and the craziness that comes Haley’s way.

It was interesting in this one not to have the second voice be Haley’s love interest. The second voice in this one is the bad guy, Otto. I liked the way the author had the reader see what was coming for Haley through his eyes. It was one of those books where you just want to shout at the character to not walk into the house, because you knew that someone or something bad was waiting for her.

I really liked the plot of this one. I enjoyed the family history element. And the history in general. I learned at least a little about World War II Germany and the pictures that are actually still missing from this time period. I also really liked how the title, Unforgettable, plays into this book.

This book is so well done! Make sure you take time to read it yourself!

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A group of ten amazing authors have each written a brand new sweet romance for this box set. There were several other people involved who donated for the production of this box set. When you preorder your box set today, 100% of the proceeds will go toward medical expenses for Robison Wells. You get 10 new stories and you can make a difference for an entire family.

Rob is a talented writer who has helped so many other writers, myself included. He suffers from mental illness and has always been very open about his struggles. I know he is admired for how hard he works to support his family and still give back to the writing community.

About the book: WITH A KISS: A Sweet Romance Anthology

A collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors. 

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Romances in this collection:
DANCING TO FREEDOM by Traci Hunter Abramson: A Russian ballerina. An American hockey player. A forbidden romance. Can Katrina follow her heart when freedom is the one thing she lacks? Or will the Cold War cost her the only man she has ever loved? 

RYLEE’S MIX-UP by Rachel Branton: Rylee Williams didn’t want to be a bridesmaid at her estranged sister’s wedding, the sister who’d grown up with the family she was supposed to have. So why does she find herself in a dress two sizes too big and no date for the wedding? Maybe it’s time to give up on her family once and for all. But a greased pig contest and handsome cowboy Beck Seeger might just change her mind—both about sticking it out and taking a chance at love.

THE REFUGEE’S BILLIONAIRE by Rachelle J. Christensen: Shawn Halstrom has an assignment: travel to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate The Heart of Atlanta refugee center so that Burke Enterprises can make a donation. The job should take two weeks tops, but he wasn’t planning on falling for a Cuban refugee named Carolina Diaz. She’s a single mother who isn’t interested in dating, even if the guy might be a billionaire.

JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?

ORIGAMI GIRL by Danyelle Ferguson: Josephine loved teaching crafts at the children’s hospital until she was assigned to help Dr. Blake learn how to relate with his patients. As she helps the young doctor soften his sharp edges, relax his rigid folds, and open up to the people around him, she finds she can’t help but love the man he’s becoming. 

SABRINA’S HERO by Donna Hatch: For weeks, Sabrina daydreams about a mysterious gentleman who frequents the lending library. Is he perchance an agent for the crown? A returning war hero? A highwayman? A fateful public assembly introduces her to the mystery man as well as an intriguing newcomer. Now she’s torn between a charming rake promising the adventure she craves, and a handsome barrister offers security. Only one will stand by her when it matters most.

FALLING FOR LUCY by Heather B. Moore: Lucy Morley’s older sister is perfect, yet Lucy can’t even hold down a job, let alone stick with something like college. After another disastrous firing, she lands her dream job at a bookstore—and it doesn’t hurt that her new boss, Adam Parks, is pretty much her dream man. But if Lucy is good at one thing, it’s guarding herself from heartbreak. Adam has other plans in mind that include finding a way into Lucy’s heart.

MY DEAREST EMMA by Luisa Perkins: Since her husband died at 25, Johanna has worked at a busy hotel in the new railroad town of Danube, Minnesota, soothing her loneliness by writing home to her sister in Germany. When she meets August, a shy widower, her letters reveal a budding friendship. But Johanna soon begins to question whether their romance can survive a demanding employer, August’s jealous daughter, and the misgivings of two recently broken hearts. 

COVERTLY YOURS by Janette Rallison: Paisley Spencer never needed a knight in shining armor—until she finds herself surrounded by three gangsters in a bad part of Phoenix. A handsome stranger intervenes, rescuing her from certain disaster. The only catch? Now she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the next hour. She finds it’s a job she doesn’t want to end. 

Novella by Heather Tullis: description coming soon.

Review of The Refugee’s Billionaire: I love that these authors are going out of their way to help another author out! Each one of these authors have written books that I have loved! 

I’ve actually been able to read one of the stories from this one already. I was able to help beta read The Refugee’s Billionaire by Rachelle Christensen. I love that Shawn in this one has been in two of her other books, Hawaiian Masquerade and The Billionaire’s Stray Heart. It’s always fun to see what some of your favorite characters are up to. 

Shawn is a great guy in this one. I loved the way he was with Carolina – he was constantly watching out for her and trying to make things better for her. But my favorite thing to see was how he cared for her son, Daniel. Shawn goes out of his way to work to make things better for the people at the Heart of Atlanta Refugee Center as well, even giving up the shirt from his back at one point.

Then there’s Carolina. She had been through so much in her young life, from leaving Cuba as a teenager with her grandma, losing her grandma, becoming a single mother. I loved how she used her time to better the lives of others. Carolina is great, but opening her heart isn’t something that comes easy for her.

This one’s a quick read. I loved the sweet romance in it, and I didn’t want to put it down. Quite honestly, I want to read each and every novella in this one!

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About the book: What does it mean to be quiet as a church mouse? This charming picture book shares the story of how one little boy learned to sit still while his imagination kept running free. With these fun and colorful illustrations, follow along as a boy and a mouse discover how reverence shows our love and respect for our Savior.

My review: I know we’ve all dealt with a rowdy kid somewhere, maybe in church, maybe at a recital of some sort, someplace that it’s expected that everyone will be quiet. And sometimes kids just can’t.

That’s the premise behind this cute children’s picture book. The mom, probably at her wit’s end, asks her son to “be as quiet as a church mouse.” And that sets off his imagination wondering just what it means to be that quiet.

I love the way this book goes from the mouse being a sneaky spy to a reverent mouse thinking of Jesus. Reminding children, and all of us really, what our Sunday meetings are for. This one would be a fun one to keep in your church bag for little hands to open and little eyes to look at the pictures.

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About the author: Stephen Bevan imagined his church mouse at age 5. All those wild Sundays of imaginings are distilled in this book. He and his little church mouse lived in Montgomery County Maryland, until Heavenly Father took them both to Western Australia for many amazing adventures “down under.” Now those two trouble makers reside in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah. On Friday nights they are telling stories and hammock camping with the scouts but each Sunday morning they are both trying to sit reverently in church with Stephen’s own wonderful and imaginative children. Learn more about Stephen at www.bevanstories.com, while you are there see what other adventures he and his mouse have to share.

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About Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson: The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of the coffins unscathed. not beheaded, but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she’s known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.

When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this facade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there was a time to keep her head, it is now—because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn’t take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel…

My review:I LOVE the way author Jen Geigle Johnson is able to make history jump off the pages. People long dead become more real as you read her books! Scarlet did both of those things for me!

This book transported me to Paris in the 1700’s. It’s a time of unrest because of the overthrow of the government. That’s where we meet the title character, Scarlet. I loved her character! The way she works so hard to keep the people of France from the Guillotine inspires me. And her cleverness is amazing! The way she is constantly changing costume to become someone else and stay one step away from the Guillotine herself makes the book more interesting! I love that she is the Pimpernel, and the way she keeps her identity hidden from everyone, even the man she loves, until the very end. Wow!

We also get to see things through the eyes of Matteo Durand. He actually should be the next Prince of France, so he’s on Scarlet’s list to help escape and she does so in the most dangerous and clever way possible. These escape scenes kept me on the edge of my seat as I read this book. I loved the way Matteo was as well. He knew there was nothing but danger for him in France, still he went in order to help his friends. So courageous and selfless.

The plot of this one is full of danger, escapes, costumes, and deception. There’s also a bit of romance for those of us who like that! I loved the way the Jen Geigle Johnson stayed true to the times in this one. The author’s notes she included at the end helped me see what was actual and what the author changed to suit her story line were one of my favorite things.

If you love romance with adventure, Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson will be one you’ll want to read again and again!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author

Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her love for uncovering obscure and fascinating pieces of history while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Although she married a man whose substance is the stuff with which heroes are made, thinking up stirring matches for everyone else keeps her riveted to the keyboard–whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America. Her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. They start with a grand entrance, immediately get pretty bumpy and difficult, are full of hills and and some ravines, but always end happy. You can follow all her news at http://www.jengeiglejohnson.com.

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