Monday, February 18, 2019

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Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended—Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Taken by the Rake by Shana Galen

Taken by the Rake
by Shana Galen
☆☆☆☆☆

The latest story in The Scarlet Chronicles series
Taken by the Rake is non stop action. It takes place
during one of the most violent times in history.
The Reign of Terror.
During this time, money, stature, titles, none of it
meant anything. Nothing could protect anyone. 
But when children need to be taken care of,
some people will take the mission.
Laurent Montagne and Honoria take up the cause.
In the midst of chaos, there is romance.
There is love.
Once you start this story, you will be
drawn in until you finish the book.
 
Review by Lisa Hutson
 


Friday, February 8, 2019

Susan's Review of Reunited in Good Hope



He remembers the heat. She remembers the heartbreak.
Twenty years later do they still have a shot at love?

When an injury puts NFL star Krew Slattery’s future in question, he returns to his hometown of Good Hope. He plans to lay low, until he runs into Cassie Lohmeier. Krew has never forgotten the one amazing night they shared, and unfortunately for him, Cassie hasn’t either...

Cassie isn’t the same love-struck girl who had her heartbroken by her high school crush. When Krew left town without even a good-bye, she was devastated and made every mistake a woman can make. But Cassie is older, wiser, and determined to leave her sordid past behind. No more excuses or distractions, and most importantly, no more men.

But keeping Krew at a distance proves impossible once they learn he’s her daughter’s real father. Her child’s plea to spend time together over the holidays has Cassie reeling, but how can she say no? Will Krew’s return be another roadblock in her path…or an unexpected second chance at love?






Reunited in Good Hope is Cassie Lohmeier’s story. Cassie has been a secondary character in several of the Good Hope novels and, to be honest, her character did not appeal to me. However, I adored her daughter Dakota and her three sons. Reunited in Good Hope was much more than a second chance romance; it’s a story about one woman’s struggle to regain her self- confidence and put her family first.

Cindy Kirk has created a heartfelt story for Cassie. Her journey from an unwed 15 -year high school student to a confident, caring mother has been honestly portrayed during the series. Cassie has made a lot of poor decisions which negatively affected her family. Cindy Kirk has taken a flawed, unlikeable character and redeemed her. I liked that Cassie wasn’t “fixed” in one novel. Cassie needed to like herself before she could believe that she could change.

Cindy Kirk’s characters bring this book to life. Ms. Kirk understands the give and take that takes place in relationships. The conversations between KT and Braxton, Cassie’s teenaged sons was fabulous-the author did a fabulous job portraying the teenage vibe. Dakota’s relationship with her mother is tenuous and their situation made this novel and excellent read. The author didn’t shy away from the cause and effect of their situation-it was presented through honest, sometimes heartbreaking conversations. I appreciated that Krew owned his behavior, too. He suspected he might have been Dakota’s father but chose college and a football career over his responsibilities.

Reunited in Good Hope took me by surprise—it’s a fabulous read. Cassie’s struggle with self-confidence, teenaged children and bills resonated with me. Cassie’s journey has all the feels; and it’s the perfect addition to the fabulous Good Hope series.

Reviewed by Susan Gorman

ARC provided by the Author

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Susan's Review of The Gown by Jennifer Robson


The Gown
London, 1947

Though the war ended two years ago, England’s recovery has been difficult. But the nation’s spirits are lifted when Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. For Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, colleagues at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell, the upcoming wedding is more than a celebration. The talented embroiderers have been chosen to create the beautiful, intricate stitching that will adorn the royal bride’s wedding gown. It is an extraordinary opportunity for an ordinary working-class English girl and a French émigrée who survived the Nazis.

Toronto, 2016

Intrigued by the exquisite set of hand-stitched flowers she has inherited from her late grandmother, Heather Mackenzie discovers the embroideries match the motifs decorating Queen Elizabeth II’s stunning gown from her wedding almost seventy years before. Among her grandmother’s possessions, she also finds an old photo of Nan with Miriam Dassin, a celebrated artist and Holocaust survivor. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess these embroidered treasures? What was her connection to Miriam Dassin, and why did Nan never mention her? Yearning to know more about her grandmother’s past and the mystery of the embroideries, Heather travels to London. It is a journey that will unlock the secrets of Nan’s life, including her connection to Miriam, and may even lead Heather to her own destiny.


Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip married 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey



Jennifer Robson has written a heartfelt story of two women who created the handstitched elaborate embroidery pieces which adorned Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown and veil. I loved that the author chose to tell the story from the embroiderer’s perspective. In my opinion, this decision made a great story an excellent read because I could relate to the characters and their journeys.

The Gown has a dual storyline. Miriam and Ann’s story begins during the bone chilling winter of 1947. Heather MacKenzie is Ann’s grand daughter and her piece is set in 2016, shortly after Ann’s death. Heather finds several pieces of embroidery work in her grandmother’s things. Heather’s journey shines new light on Ann’s life and her relationship with the now famous artist, Miriam.

Ann Hughes is lucky. She has a position as an embroiderer at Hartnells, the Queen’s favorite dress designer, and shares a house with her widowed sister-in-law Milly. Ann and Milly shared a special bond and they supported each other through the dark days of the war. Ration coupons for food and clothes were a way of life for these women. They couldn’t buy a new pair of winter boots-they had to wait for a swap meeting. Dinners were simple and tea bags were reused due to the food shortages.

Miriam Dassin is my favorite character in the story. A Holocaust survivor, she is determined to work in a fashion house in London. She lands a position at Hartnells where she meets Ann. Miriam and Ann are chosen to embroider the intricate bead work on Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown and veil. The reader learns of the hardships and constant fear Miriam endured during the war through her conversations with Ann and Walter Kaczmarek. Ann encourages Miriam to tell her story and provides her with material so Miriam can embroider her memories. This simple gesture of kindness enables Miriam to record her life.

Princess Elizabeth’s wedding was the first royal event after the war. The wedding gave the English people something positive to focus on after years of shortages, rations and a poor economy. The bridal gown and its detailed embroidery work were kept secret which added to the anticipation of the wedding. Loved that the author included details of the dress; the silk, the tulle, the pearls and the beading as it added to the feel of the story.

The Gown is a story of friendship, the importance of friendship. Ann’s friends share clothes, shoes, and stockings with her when she has a date. Walter offers Miriam friendship and love as he listens to her story. Woman supported each other during the difficult years before and after the war. Heather’s journey enables her to better understand her grandmother and provides her with love and hope for the future.

Jennifer Robson has provided the reader with a behind the scenes look at Princess Elizabeth’s wedding. This story of friendship, love and hope has all the feels; it is rich in detail, has endearing characters and has an amazing, emotional storyline. I can’t wait to read the author’s next book.

If you are a fan of The Crown or Downton Abbey—this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Book purchased through amazon
Photos by Getty images and Susan Gorman



An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a lifelong history nerd, I am lucky enough to now call myself a full-time writer. I’m the author of five novels set during and after the two world wars: Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, Goodnight from London, and most recently The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding. I was also a contributor to the acclaimed anthology Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War.

I studied French literature and Modern History as an undergraduate at King’s University College at Western University, then attended Saint Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where I obtained my doctorate in British economic and social history. While at Oxford I was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

For a number of years I worked as an editor but am now fortunate enough to consider myself a full-time writer. I live in Toronto, Canada, with my husband and children, and share my home office with Ellie the sheepdog and her feline companions Sam and Mika.