Anyone else get a Bingo? I practically have a blackout? haha. It's like the board knows me so well . . .
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. I hope you know how much I appreciate you all and the place you have in my life---friends, family, readers, and fans! I've been surprised at how I've seen smaller blessings and things I've taken for granted as our world has been so crazy this year. So much to still be grateful for!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I loved this heartwarming story about a Christmas apron that makes Christmas wishes come true. My daughter was an extra in the movie that was made about this book and it was such a memorable experience for us!
Millie is thrilled when her ballet teacher tells her she's finally ready for en pointe shoes (my own daughter just received hers this year so we know what a big deal that is!) The problem comes when she overhears her parents talking about what little money they have for Christmas this year. But Grandma is coming with her Christmas apron and surely her wish for en pointe shoes will be granted. When Grandma comes, however, Millie learns so much more about what Christmas is truly about.
I loved how the author connected the family through the stories about the apron. I loved the underlying messages of service and thinking of others. The story will tug on your heartstrings and the pictures really bring out the best of the characters. My children really enjoyed The Christmas Apron and I know it will be family favorite in the years to come.
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Here is the back copy:The children in Millie's family can't wait for Grandma to arrive with her special Christmas apron. According to tradition, each grandchild will write down the gift he or she wants most in the world and then slip that wish into the apron's pocket. Then, on Christmas morning,those wished-for gifts will be magically waiting under the tree. But eleven-year-old Millie overhears her parents: the family can't afford gifts for all the little ones. She pictures the disappointment on her siblings faces nothing to open on Christmas morning.
As the pandemic stretches on, I have to take my laughs where I can. This meme struck me as so funny! Who would have thought to look at it from a dog or cat perspective! LOL
My son tested positive for COVID-19 and thankfully his symptoms were very mild and he was able to get over it quickly. I hope you and yours are staying safe. Be careful out there!
The Gentleman and the Thief features Hollis Darby, part of the Dread Penny Society who secretly try to help those in need. Hollis has secrets of his own, however. He's a gentleman in society, yet his family's coffers are bare. In order to keep up appearances, he writes Penny Dreadfuls under a pseudonym. (The stories are interspersed throughout the book, which is an added bonus. It did distract me from the main story a bit. I wish the Penny Dreadfuls were just all together at the end.) But beyond that, I loved Hollis's character and seeing his background as he tries to navigate the life he's chosen. There are so many sides and such a depth to our hero. Ms. Eden is so talented at truly bringing her characters to life and making them feel so real!
Ana Newport is such a surprise as a character. She's a thief and I loved having her be the Phantom Fox. The reasons she had resorted to stealing are heartwrenching and I was definitely rooting for Ana to have a happy ending. The interactions between Ana and Hollis are so swoon-worthy as they discover and fall in love with each other. I do admit I was turning pages as fast as possible to see how they would react when their secrets were revealed and how it would all end. Ms. Eden does not disappoint. The romance and the intrigue of the story kept me up far past my bedtime and I went back to read my favorite parts the next day! I can't wait for the next installment of the series.
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From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.
You know what's the best? When my critique partner drops off a birthday gift that is also the exact writing fuel I need to power through getting more words on the page. Thank you, Annette! You always know when I need it most!
I'm so grateful to all my beta readers, reviewers, bloggers, and editors who work so tirelessly to help make my books the best they can be. I hope you know how much I appreciate you all! My book tribe is seriously the very best in the world.
Don't you love the cover on this book? I was really excited to read it.
This book starts out with action and intrigue as Marcel de Prideaux, a political activist is murdered and his sister Dacia is accused of the crime. I was turning pages so fast to see what happens! She is desperate to escape and finally makes it to England where she must hide among the servant class. This is a big change for her, as she is a high-born lady and not used to serving or working in any form. The English landowner she works for is aware of some of her circumstances, but in order to protect him, she keeps her secrets close---until danger finds her once again.
I really enjoyed this historical romance and how Dacia really finds herself in the midst of such chaos. She is stronger than she thinks, even in the face of impossible odds. I did think it was going to be more of an action and intrigue story, but the bulk of it is about Dacia and her new life as a servant. We have multiple points of view, which was confusing for me at times because of the intricate backstories those introduced, but it all wrapped up in a satisfying way. Our hero Richard was daring and sweet and I was really rooting for him to get his happily-ever-after. Definitely worth the read!
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Here's the back copy:Born to a life of wealth and status, Mademoiselle Dacia de Prideaux is every inch the glittering aristocrat. However, her brother, Marcel, is an outspoken political activist, and with the country on the verge of the French Revolution, he has made dangerous enemies—one of whom takes Marcel’s life. When Dacia is accused of the unthinkable crime, she finds refuge with her dear friend Marguerite St. Just, who believes there is one man with the means to help: the wealthy fop, Sir Percy Blakeney.
If you are looking for some romance to snuggle up with this weekend, the Timeless Romance Autumn collection of romantic suspense novellas is free today!
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Here's the back copy:A HOUND DOG NAMED ELVIS by Heather Horrocks
Josi Kilpack's new Christmas story, The Christmas Waltz, is quite unique. It's about a couple who only meets once a year and through this small interaction, develop feelings for one another. Feelings that can't be acted upon. I wasn't expecting that at all! This is an angsty story with a poignant message.
I thought the author drew the characters well. I liked that each chapter alternated from the hero's and then heroine's perspective so we could get a full picture of each of their feelings as the years went on. It is a heart-wrenching story in some places, but there are enough light moments to keep from bogging it down. I was thinking this would be a lighter, fluffier Christmas story, but enjoyed the deeper and more reflective one.
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Here's the back copy:One dance, once a year.
I was super excited to be part of the blog tour for The Santa Box. It's hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner and I loved snuggling up with my family to watch this adorable Christmas movie.
Here's a little more about the movie. Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!The Santa Box tells the story of teenager Kallie Watts. For the past five years, Christmas has spelled disaster for her and her family. When a fire leaves Kallie and her mother homeless just before the holidays, there’s only one conclusion: Kallie is cursed by Christmas. When Kallie and her mother relocate to a small California town, Kallie is confronted by her worst nightmare come true: a town overflowing with holiday decorations and Christmas cheer. But Kallie’s life will soon change forever by the gift of a Santa box, which helps her rediscover the magic and true meaning of Christmas.
Can you believe it's Wednesday already? What are you reading?
I just started How To Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days by Jennifer Peel. So cute! Her books just flow so easily and are fun to read.
Your turn. What are you reading?