Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

Christmas Miracles
by Mary Balogh

Christmas Miracles is a lovely book filled with
three short romantic stories staged during the
Christmas season.
Wassail Bowl
It was one big misunderstanding.
Haven't we all noticed how a misunderstanding
can grow so fast and before you know it, it seems
beyond repair? Not with a bit of a Christmas miracle.
The Bond Street Carolers
Two very stubborn adults. They would never have
even met if it weren't for the voice of a young boy.
When they both must compromise a little, they
discover a bit of a Christmas miracle for themselves.

Guarded by Angels
Do you believe in guardian angels?? I think most
of us have had something happen that makes us
wonder. This story is about just such an event.
It brings two people back together after a long
separation. In they end, they can only try
to thank their pair of angels.

 I bought my kindle copy from Amazon.
Review by Lisa Hutson


Friday, January 6, 2017

The Cowboy’s Runaway Bride by Nancy Robards Thompson


With one last forward thrust, Chelsea tumbled inside. As she twisted to break her fall, the bathroom light flicked on. Chelsea screamed as she registered the huge man hulking in the threshold. 

Based on the racket he’d heard Ethan Campbell thought he might have cornered a couple of raccoons that had fallen down the chimney or gotten into Juliette Lowell’s house through an open window. The last thing he expected was to catch a tall, gorgeous blond breaking and entering.


The Cowboy’s Runaway Bride by Nancy Robards Thompson is a fast-paced, opposites attract romance set in the small town of Celebration, Texas. I love the Celebration series—the small town atmosphere, sense of community and unique characters appeal to me.

Lady Chelsea Ashford Alden has been betrayed by her boyfriend. He sold a very private tape of the couple and the ensuing scandal has forced her to leave Great Britain. Chelsea decides to visit her friend Juliette Lowell in Celebration, Texas until the scandal dies down. Ethan Campbell has put romance on the back burner and has focused on his ranch and horse breeding program since the death of his parents and his divorce. I emphasized with Chelsea’s predicament, felt compassion for Ethan’s decisions and enjoyed the instant attraction between the couple!

Ms. Thompson does a fabulous job with the dialogue in this novel. She is spot on with the British slang and verbiage that Chelsea uses in conversation. The conversations between Chelsea and Ethan are honest and at times very poignant. Loved how the author weaved the contemporary trends of the media’s obsession with royalty, cellphones, Facebook photo postings and the barn theme wedding trends into the storyline. These details added authenticity to the story. 

The conclusion to Ethan and Chelsea’s story is well paced and moving. I loved that when Chelsea’s big secret is revealed, the author stays true to her characters. That important choice made for a fabulous romantic read.

Reviewed by: Susan Gorman
ARC, Graphic images and video provide by the Author 
Photo of Celeste taken by Susan Gorman