Won my copy through Goodreads first reads, thank you to Goodreads and the publisher!
I had several problems with this book starting with the use of "Th...moreWon my copy through Goodreads first reads, thank you to Goodreads and the publisher!
I had several problems with this book starting with the use of "The Bachelor" concept. Since this is a "historical" romance the use of a competition involving 24 "girls" to find the Duke a wife was completely unrealistic. What professionsial matchmaker would come up with a scheme like that and what guy would go for it when he repeately insisted that the process be kept as quite and private as possible? Aside from that and the annoying "girls" who constantly giggle, squabble and try to sabotage each other (very Bachelor-esque) I felt this was a good first novel. The tension and attraction between the main characters was well done, as was the steamy scenes for the most part (although several awkward references to his parts were crack up worthy). I enjoyed the back story and the "mystery", although it becomes less of a mystery as the story progressed. All in all I felt it was a good first attempt and was up too late reading it just to make sure the ending was all "happily ever after". Looking forward to the next book that centers around the "scoundrel" friend of the Duke (who was the msot interesting character in my opinion).(less)
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A good introduction to women from the Bible for small children. The board...moreThank you Goodreads first reads!!! Looking forward to reading and reviewing.
A good introduction to women from the Bible for small children. The board book is divided into chapters for each "princess" and her story and is intended for younger girls, age 2 to 6. The illustrations are excellent and the book is physically appealing to younger children but the actual stories are a little disappointing. I'd rather the book have focused more on the biblical story than how those "princesses" are like your "princess daughter". While that's a good idea I thought the comparisions they made were repetitive and a little weak and the fill-in-the-blank pages for you to add the name of your "princess" seems like a waste of space. Overall it's a solid and pretty intro book for young "princesses" and religious families.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was a Goodreads giveaway win for me, thank you for my copy!
I'll start with a positive comment and say the plot was good for the...more**spoiler alert** This was a Goodreads giveaway win for me, thank you for my copy!
I'll start with a positive comment and say the plot was good for the majority of the book and I liked the romantic tension between the characters. Aside from that I wasn't very impressed with this book. It was written in the '80's so I'll try to get past that (shoulder pads, sequins, and tight acid wash jeans on the men, eww). It wasn't very well written in my opinion, much of the dialogue was cheesy and unconvincing. My biggest problem with it (several other people seemed to feel this way as well) was the ending. The fact that they adopted a child didn't bother me so much as the way it was done. I could picture them coming to that decision especially after the conversations on her background, but not as a sudden surprise which she had no say in. Finally telling her he loved her would be a satisfying ending. Telling her you love her as you surprise her with a child you were able to adopt in a day to give it a "test run" because she just had a miscarriage, not so much. That pretty much killed any enjoyment I was getting from the book.(less)
This is a Goodreads first read book win, thank you to Janet for the opprotunity to read and review.
I was initially interested in this book of poems b...moreThis is a Goodreads first read book win, thank you to Janet for the opprotunity to read and review.
I was initially interested in this book of poems because it was described as a "mysterious" book with photos that "will have you wanting to dig deep to unravel the true meaning behind them". The poetry wasn't as mysterious as I was expecting and tended to be about troubled or struggling love if I interpreted it correctly. I enjoyed that it was a collaboration between sisters and liked the idea of the poetry and photographs working together to express the artists feelings. The poetry was good, as were the photographs, and read like excerpts from a private diary. I enjoyed "Little Boy Thoughts" and "Wind in the Leaves" best and wish the poet had included more like them. Those two and "The Weeping Rose" were the best in my opinion. Overall it was a good first effort and I really enjoyed reading it.(less)