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The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich (Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
"Oh! Do link arms with me, Calliope," Blanche whispered, her brown eyes widening with apprehension. She took Calliope's arm, tightly linking it with her own. "The old Mulholland house still gives me the willies every time I walk past it. I hate to think on what might have gone on inside. It's truly terrifyin'!" "Oh, don't be silly, Blanche," Calliope said, feigning calm. ...more
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published August 18th 2014 by Distractions Ink (first published August 1st 2014)
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I fell in love with the little town of Meadowlark Lake in the first book and I was happy to be reunited with its citizens once again. This story picks up about six months after the first book. Calliope is the youngest Ipswich sister and full of life. She finds joy in everything and spreads happiness wherever she goes. You can’t help but like her. I thought the Tom Thumb wedding was cute and a fun way to get the whole town involved, instead of a barn raising or something like that. The romance ...more
Inspired Kathy
Jan 14, 2016 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is the most recent Marcia Lynn McClure book and is book 2 in the Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue series. Book 3 releases later this month. Although I'm thinking after reading this one we might need a follow up so we can get the 4th sister's story when Shay grows up...

I've really enjoyed reading all of Marcia's books. This one was no exception. It was a nice sweet escape.

The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich follows Marcia's typical story line but that is not a detraction for me but rathe
Jan 14, 2016 Jessie rated it it was amazing
December 4, 2014
I love this book! I started rereading it, hoping that somehow that will make Evangeline's story instantly be released. Here's hoping!

August 2014:
I loved The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich, and am happy to say that Calliope's story was just as enjoyable. I loved Calliope and her love interest (I'm not sure if I should name him, since that's Calliope's secret to tell, not mine). I was glad that Calliope was brave enough to turn Fox down, instead of letting him court her just becaus
Katie W
Jan 14, 2016 Katie W rated it it was amazing
All the men seem to have their eye on the Judge's daughters, especially Calliope. All of the girls have their eye on Fox and the new man in town--until an unfortunate accident leaves the quiet, hardworking mill owner without his ever-present beard.

Calliope is such a happy girl, desperately trying to gain the attention of the man she loves. It was enjoyable to watch a cocky, conceited man realize that he's not all that. I loved watching the interactions she had with her sisters, especially that
Cas H.
Jan 14, 2016 Cas H. rated it it was amazing
Marcia Lynn McClure has done it again! She has written another wonderful book. The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich is a wonderful story! This is Book 2 in the Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue series, and is just as wonderful as the first book, which is The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich.

This second book is a story about Calliope and her secret love. Fox Montrose is in love with Calliope and has made sure to tell everyone who will listen, that he is going to have Calliope as his wife. Calliope
Mar 04, 2016 Heidi rated it it was amazing
So much fun

I've been saving this one and it didn't disappoint. I adored it in all it's Marcia Lynn glory. A fun addition to the series. Sometimes it's just nice to read a story without a lot of drama....or what little drama there is, is resolved quickly and happily. Calliope's story was sweet and enjoyable.

Content: Marcia Lynn "kissing" scenes, mild language (handful of "hecks and "dangs" )
Teya Peck
Jan 14, 2016 Teya Peck rated it it was amazing
I've been reading so many I forgot to update my reading with this book. I have to say it I loved it! I'm a succor for the brooding dark sexy hero man. This was the perfect second book in the blue dress Ipswich sister series. Marcia touches the deepest part of every girls (any age) heart and soul. This book added to that blissful list. I LOVE IT!!
Jan 14, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret I love Marcia McClure’s stories. They are easy to read and great for if you need a sweet story of kissing, sweet romances, or a clean read. This book is no exception. It is about the second daughter of Lawson Ipswich. The first daughter and the father’s romance is in the first book The bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich. The names alone cause a smile on you for the original names. You can read them out of order. I also love how she gives snippets at the end of the book where some of ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Tori rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This wasn't my favorite Marcia book, but still a fun read all the same. Calliope is so positive and sunshine-y, you can't help but like her. I thought the Tom Thumb wedding was cute and Marcia's kissing scenes were on point as usual. :)
Jan 14, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Just a cute little read to escape the world in. I thought the idea of the Tom Thumb wedding was really strange but after reading the history behind it, it makes more sense now .
Jan 14, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great. I loved it :)
Jan 14, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. Typical McClure novel- but that's why I like them!
Nov 02, 2016 Cambria rated it really liked it
It's so hard for me not to put 5 stars on all of Marcia's books. Such an amazing author!! I loved how unexpected it was with whom she fell in love with! It was so perfect!!
Jan 14, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love Marcia Lynn McClure’s writing so much. It always takes me to another place and time. The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich did just that.

When I first started reading it, I wondered if I was missing out on another book I hadn’t seen. Not because it didn’t read as a stand alone, but because there were some hints that things had happened before. There was enough explanation that I knew what it was, I was just sad I had missed one of Marcia’s books. It turns out this is a series of books. Thre
Jan 14, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

This is charming western romance. I have never heard of a Tom Thumb wedding but it would be fun to see. I loved the play and how everyone got involved. This story had romance, a hero, outlaws, gun battle, cute characters.

Everyone thinks that Calliope and Fox are a couple except Calliope. Her heart has already been taken but no one knows or do they.
Calliope gets the idea to put on a Tom Thumb wedding and get the town involved in it.

The Ipswich girls play together. The two oldest at hom
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 14, 2016 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-for-review
3.5 stars, rounding up

It feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve settled in with a Marcia McClure book so I was happy to get this one in my hands and snuggle in for a romantic read. I always know exactly what I’m going to get with Marcia’s books. Predictable, yes. But sometimes a girl just needs to know what she can count on- especially when life feels so unpredictable. Today, life felt a bit overwhelming and so I picked this book to read. It wasn’t really “time” to read this book for me in my re
Jan 14, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading Marcia's stuff because 1) their a light escape, and 2) I love Marcia herself. She puts so much into her stories that you just can't help feeling like you know her. I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed in this book. You have the hero and heroine confess their love...after a few shared passionate kisses, good winning over bad, and of course the classic, signature hero shirt removal scene. Haha! Also, I loved the Author Notes at the end of the book because I had no clue ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I know when I pick up a Marcia Lynn McClure book I will be entertained and find great characters. I also will be able to leave the book laying around my home without worrying that my kids will pick it up and find content that I don't want them to see.

This is a second book in a trilogy. It is a stand alone book. I have not read the first, but I did come to know a little of the back story behind the town and the Ipswich family.

This book focuses on Calliope Ipswich (bet you couldn't guess that from
books are love
Jan 14, 2016 books are love rated it really liked it
Too cute for words. I loved this. Calliope and Shay shay a breath of fresh air. Calliope had a secret crush on the man who everyone overlooked. A man who felt he didn't deserve anyone like her. A man who had a crush on her to but was to afraid to act on it.

As the town is trying to get back to normal from events on all hallows eve, Calliope comes up with the idea of a Tom thumb wedding and this puts smiles on many faces. As this is going on, boys are a courting her and she is asking her dad to t
Nora Black
Jan 14, 2016 Nora Black rated it it was amazing
A great deal of emphasis is placed on 'sweet' and 'pretty' in this novel. Each description is aimed at drawing the reader into an old fashioned world where life was slower and even the 'air' was beautiful: naturally it was not, but it doesn't hurt to imagine a delightfully perfect world where the biscuits were steaming hot and served with lashings of real butter, where the women were naive, gorgeous but nevertheless feisty, where a lingering kiss was a climax in itself.... Oh...hh my.
At first I
Jan 14, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
This is the middle book of Marcia Lynn McClure's 3 Little Girls in Blue trilogy, you might want to read the first one, The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich first so that you're not lost. I like the characters, I like the setting, I do have to say that I like her more contemporary romances better than this style set in the old west. These ones seem just a bit cheesy to me. But it is filled with clean romance, sweet kisses and handsome men. I did like Calliope, her world is always sunny and happy. I ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Cute, light read, and completely adorable. Marcia's books are always a bit of an escape from reality. This one is especially so. Calliope is a sweet, fun loving character who wants everyone to be happy. She plans a Tom Thumb wedding to cheer the town up and help them overcome fears of the past. The concept of a Tom Thumb wedding is completely new to me. Marcia talks about how they originated in her author notes. A very cute concept. This story has Marcia's signature swoonworthy hero with his own ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
We met Calliope Ipswich in her sister's story. I was excited to read this one to find out which of the local boys she might have her eye on. It reminded me very much of The Visions of Ransom Lake. A good looking guy with a hidden past and hiding his good looks under a scruffy beard. Something happens and he is shaved--like magic he is the object of every girl's infatuation. There were hints to Sweet Cherry Ray, too. I guess I have read too many of her stories! :) I just love that there is always ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Melody rated it it was amazing
I don't know how she does it time and time again, but Marcia once again worked her writing magic to tell another story that just made my day! I have read about so many hunky heroes, yet they all manage to be different, yet equally lovable and most importantly, swoon worthy!

I have been looking forward to this book for some time, and it was worth the wait for sweet Calliope's story. I hope Evangeline's comes soon! I love the Ipswich girls!
Jan 14, 2016 Sherry rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. It wasn't full of action or really exciting but it kept my attention.

This is the sort of book I like to read when I'm not feeling good. Reading it improved my mood.

It is a sort of young adult historical christian romance with a bit of mystery thrown in(something for everybody.

I loved the characters and the ending was good.

Now I want to go back and read the first book and of course I want to read the next one too.
Jan 14, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it
It's so sad when a good book ends and you want more! This is the case with this book. Calliope has the affection of the most handsome bachelor in town according to all her friends, but she doesn't return his feeling because she has an affection for another and that is her secret, until her sweet, gypsy sister lets her know her secret is safe with her.
Lena Mattice
Jan 14, 2016 Lena Mattice rated it it was amazing
I loved how Marcia surprised me in having the Hero be who I did not expect. I loved how she surprised me when I saw my name in the book. I loved how she has the girl in the book acts with her little sister. I loved the littlest wedding. It made me want to research that out. I just love Marcia book!!
Jan 14, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
Marcia commented at the end of her book that she hates middle books, well, I think she did a awesome job on this one. It didn't feel like a middle book at all. Loved the story, how most of it was light hearted and fun, and the "drama" wasn't too hyped. Just a fun, sweet romance.

Moral Note: Some talk of outlaw abusing others and murderings.
Laura Frost
Jan 14, 2016 Laura Frost rated it liked it
So, this book was a slow starter, but picked up quickly once past the first chapter. This is a love story set in an old western town. The historical details helped draw my into Calliope’s infatuations. The best part of the novel in my opinion was the Tom Thumb Wedding. Grab a copy and enjoy.
Jan 14, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
Such a fun, loving book. I loved the Tom Thumb wedding. Such a cute idea. I love the good feel of the book. Shay just makes me smile and she adds so much to the book. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the last book. This book makes me want to go star gazing :)
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Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marcia Lynn McClure grew up influenced by the reminiscent stories of rugged, rural Colorado farm life fascinatingly recounted to her by her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts…tales of runaway buckboards, mule-drawn plows and dust pneumonia; verbalized images of stream-flooded meadows, frozen over in winter, where a child could peer through the crystal clear ...more
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Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue (3 books)
  • The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich (Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue)
  • The Romancing of Evangeline Ipswich (Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue Book 3)

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