The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey is the second book by the author that is located in Ireland. Ms.Falvey's first book was The Yellow House and is anThe Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey is the second book by the author that is located in Ireland. Ms.Falvey's first book was The Yellow House and is an excellent book. I was very excited to read The Linen Queen as I really enjoyed The Yellow House as did my husband and two of my daughter's.
The premise of the story is about Sheila's wish that she be the winner of the 1941 Linen Queen, a competition that involves the linen mills that are in Sheila's area, and in which she works. She hopes to win as she would like to get the money and escape the small town that she lives in. Sheila and her mother live with Sheila's aunt and her husband. Not an ideal situation because the aunt is not very nice and her husband is a lecherous person.
Sheila does win the competition but is unable to flee as the war with Germany has come close to home, in Belfast in fact.
Sheila has a childhood friend Gavin who she really likes but soon with the American soldiers in Northern Ireland, she meets Joel Solomon. Joel is a Jewish army officer with whom Sheila becomes very close to. Sheila does not have a close relationship with her mother at all so Sheila is seldom at home. She loves to go dancing at the clubs and escape the pains of every day living with blackouts and rationing. Another character in the story is Grainne who is an evacuee and comes to live in the household. Grainne distrusts Sheila and Sheila does not like Grainne and even though they share a room and bed they do not have a close relationship at all. This is a story of secrets, romance and most of all the war. As time and circumstances change for Sheila, she comes to realize what it is she really wants for her life. This book is very well researched and written in such a way that the reader can feel the passion for life that Sheila has in spite of her mothers constant complaining and belittling of her. I loved the book and look forward to the next from this great author. I think this book would be enjoyed by the fan of WWII and Ireland themed story. I highly recommend both of Patricia Falvey's novels. ...more
The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase is a paranormal story about werewolves, a vampire and a couple of ghosts. Roz, a lawyer, is not particularily foThe Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase is a paranormal story about werewolves, a vampire and a couple of ghosts. Roz, a lawyer, is not particularily fond of her chosen profession but it pays the bills. She moves into the apartment of a friend who is getting married. The building is owned by the soon to be husband of her friend and his aunt and uncle manage the place. The aunt is a busybody who constantly has her ears "to the doors" of the tenants. The tenants are an eclectic group, including two witches, a werewolf, a vampire who lives in the basement, and a ghost. The gorgeous werewolf upstairs has an unusual occupation in that he sells security systems. But he has a rather unorthodox way of getting customers, he breaks into the buildings then convinces them that they need a security system. He has a twin brother who works with him. When Konrad is accused of art theft he enlists Roz's help to defend him and also to find out the truth of what did happen. As Konrad and Roz form a relationship, he finds that Roz is his soul mate, so he does what he can to convince her she is the one. Of course this is after Konrad tells Roz that he is a werewolf and werewolves mate for life.
I enjoyed the story but I felt that the title is misleading. You will not read any scenes of Konrad or any of the other werewolves "shapeshifting" or vampires biting but there certainly is a lot of descriptive sex scenes. There is a lot of humor and I liked the different characters in the story, especially the witches. If you like a light paranormal love story than you should read this. If you are expecting a Twilight type story, this isn't it, but it is still a fast paced fun read.
What I learned from Bitch, Please, is that there are two kinds of women in the world, in all walks of life, occupations or location. There is the niceWhat I learned from Bitch, Please, is that there are two kinds of women in the world, in all walks of life, occupations or location. There is the nice girl, with a little bitch inside, and there is the bitch with very little nice girl inside. The book has lots of ways to be a nice girl in-spite of what life throws at us in this fast paced, busy world we live in. We can either be a doormat or we can learn how to be nice, successful, and happy women. This book is a great guide on how to accomplish all of these things. It has quizzes , real life stories and humor that makes this an easy book to read. I enjoyed it and recommend it. ...more
I love cats. So because of my love for cats I was very interested in reading and reviewing Lessons from Stanley the Cat by Jennifer Freed. The book coI love cats. So because of my love for cats I was very interested in reading and reviewing Lessons from Stanley the Cat by Jennifer Freed. The book consists of life lessons that we all need to pay attention to and incorporate into our own lives on a daily basis. Along with each lessons is original and beautiful drawings of Stanley the Cat by Tone Gellerstedt. This uplifting book will have you smiling till the end and will brighten anyones day and teach you at the same time. This book should be on everyones book gift list. I enjoyed reading this great book....more
Lighthouses: A Close Up Look is a very well researched book regarding some of the lighthouses in the United States. Along with colored pictures thereLighthouses: A Close Up Look is a very well researched book regarding some of the lighthouses in the United States. Along with colored pictures there are black and white photos showing how the lighthouses looked before renovations, a before and after study of one of my favorite things. There are also architectural plans with descriptions of the lenses used and other interesting and historical details of the area and lighthouses themselves. I enjoyed reading this ebook as I love anything to do with lighthouses and have even been to a few of the ones listed in book. ...more
My Thoughts: Diagnosis: Death by Richard Mabry, MD is a medical mystery written very well by an author who obviously has the knowledge of what he writeMy Thoughts: Diagnosis: Death by Richard Mabry, MD is a medical mystery written very well by an author who obviously has the knowledge of what he writes. I found the story interesting as I like medical mysteries. I have read Michael Palmer, C.J.Lyons among others and I would put Dr.Mabry's story right with them. Enough mystery to keep the reader wanting to finish the book and I honestly have to say that I did not see the end coming. If you love a good medical murder mystery than this book is for you. Even though it is the third in a series it can be read as a stand alone novel....more
It seems that there is no end in sight for a sequel of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice novels. I had not read any of Mary Simonsen's work so I reallIt seems that there is no end in sight for a sequel of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice novels. I had not read any of Mary Simonsen's work so I really had no basis to judge her writing. The Perfect Bride for Mr.Darcy follows the same premise as in the original. There was not a lot of variation in the story. Mr.Darcy is arrogant and judgemental in his first glimpse of Elizabeth Bennett. Elizabeth is angry and cold towards Mr. Darcy and spurns his marriage proposal. The other characters in the story do not vary either, Mr.Wickham is a self centered money hungry man who encourages Lydia Bennett to run away with him. Lydia does this in the hopes to get him to marry her and he wants her for her dowry. Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh, once they meet Elizabeth, decide that they need to do some matchmaking to get Elizabeth and Darcy to wed. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is mean spirited and Mrs Bennett is still the flighty character, whose main concern and goal in life is to see her daughters married. Aside from the story being pretty repititious, I did enjoy reading it and recommend it for any Jane Austen reader.
Prior to John Kralik becoming a successful judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court, he was at the lowest point in his life, where everything was falliPrior to John Kralik becoming a successful judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court, he was at the lowest point in his life, where everything was falling apart around him. Ex-wife, child support, law firm failing, break up with girfriend, lack of communication from him to people, past and present in his life. A walk in the hills changed that. How you ask?? John took a good tough look at his life and what it was becoming and decided that he had to make a change or life was not worth living. He started writing thank you notes. Thank you notes, in this day of email, texting and social networks, we as a society have forgotten the basic way of communication. It is incredibly easy to just send a quick text or email but who does thank you notes anymore. Johns goal was to write 365 thank you notes in 365 days. These notes had to be genuine not just a quick note scribbled on a card. John started thanking all the people in his past and current life, which in turn slowly changed John's life for the better. I really enjoyed this little book. I would not call it a self help book per se, but it is a book that makes the reader think that maybe he/she has not done enough thanking people in their own lives. True, we say thank you all the time as a courtesy but do we really mean it?? And it is because of these people in our lifetime that makes us who we are.. I would highly recommend it and it came with a thank you card!! ...more
The twinning in this British/American mystery refers to what is more commonly known as sister cities. One would be in America and the other would be iThe twinning in this British/American mystery refers to what is more commonly known as sister cities. One would be in America and the other would be in another country and what would happen is representatives from both cities/villages would go to the other citie/village. In this story the main character Emily does just that. She has built a travel agency just for this. In The Twinning Murders, Emily has a trip planned to go from Lydfield in Connecticut to Lydfield-in-the-Moor in England. But before Emily and her clients are able to leave for their planned trip, an acquaintence of Emily's falls to his death from the rooftop of a house that some real-estate developers want. These developers also want to buy the Bed & Breakfast that Emily's mother operates. There is a very eclectic cast of characters in this novel and the story reads fast. Once Emily gets to England more things continue to happen, such as another murder and this person is one of the three siblings that she has escorted to Lydfield-in-the-Moor. I enjoyed reading this little mystery and I found that I was surprised at the ending. This is a story basically about money and greed....more
Can I say I loved this book?? As a cat lover I found this book to be very funny and informative. If you are a human that has cats, you will see the huCan I say I loved this book?? As a cat lover I found this book to be very funny and informative. If you are a human that has cats, you will see the humor in each one of these letters to Sparkle and of course the answers from Sparkle. And only a cat lover can relate to the issues written in this book and can recognize the behaviors because chances are you have dealt with these very same issues. This is basically an owners manual with laugh out loud answers. A must for all cat owners, whether you have one cat or a houseful....more
The Legacy of Pemberly is the 10th and final novel in The Pemberley Chronicles. This last novel takes place 50 years after the beginning of the Jane AThe Legacy of Pemberly is the 10th and final novel in The Pemberley Chronicles. This last novel takes place 50 years after the beginning of the Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice with the Darcy's being grandparents. There are a lot of original characters and some new ones added to the story. What this book does is tie up all the loose ends with the families. Yes there are a few of the beloved characters that have passed away and new additions to the families depicted in the book,including new families not mentioned before. In concluding the story of the friends and families of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy I feel that the author did a wonderful job of finishing the storyline that was started in Book 1: A Companion Volume to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and that to further the story that was told was the future generations and the legacy left to them by Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy. I was sad to see this novel end as this series is one of my favorite sequels to Jane Austens work. I do like Rebecca Ann Collins writing and look forward to anything else she may write in the future....more
Holly Miller is a woman in her late twenties with multiple personalities or as Holly describes it, voices in her head and she calls them the CommitteeHolly Miller is a woman in her late twenties with multiple personalities or as Holly describes it, voices in her head and she calls them the Committee which consists of five distinctive personalities. As Holly tells her story, we come to know the different personalities that have virtually taken over her life. It is difficult for Holly to lead a normal existence but she does try to be as normal as she can be and gets a job as a voiceover actress for a popular show. Her relationships are strained, she does not get along with her mother and her father seems to be pretty much absent from her life. Holly's mother is more interested in appearances than being a mother to Holly and Holly's father left the family and pays the bills so that leaves her sister Sarah who is very supportive of Holly even though they live far apart. Holly has been seeing a psychiatrist, Milton for quite a few years and with his help and guidance Holly is able to come to terms with the traumatic events that caused the personalities to appear in the first place. The author weaves these different personalities into Holly's daily life and we see how Holly's mind has created these very different personalities to protect her and how she becomes cured of this disorder. I really enjoyed this book, serious, dark and funny at the same time but I think with lessons to be learned as to how mental abuse can affect children's young lives and how devasting it can be for a family.
When No One Is Watching is a story about fellow lawyers and best friends whose lives are forever changed by a bad choice made by one of them. One loseWhen No One Is Watching is a story about fellow lawyers and best friends whose lives are forever changed by a bad choice made by one of them. One loses everything and the other rises as far as campaigning for President. The story is also about the families of these two men and how the choices affect them. The atmosphere of the book is what could be called a political thriller mixed with lots of greed and even threats from people in high places. The novel spans quite a few years and is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. A story about how one mans greed can be the cause of a lifetime of lies, and it explores the betrayal, ethical, moral issues and ultimately forgiveness. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a well written story and a theme that could conceivably happen to anyone. I really liked this book....more
An amazing woman and an amazing story. Elaine B. Fischel is not your average woman in the 40's who accepts a job to go to Tokyo, Japan to be a legal An amazing woman and an amazing story. Elaine B. Fischel is not your average woman in the 40's who accepts a job to go to Tokyo, Japan to be a legal secretary on the defense team that would defend the men accused of war crimes. This journey takes her through WWII, two and a half years in Japan, law school and onto becoming a lawyer herself, a career that would last 57 years. Defending the Enemy is filled with the history of the time, pictures , accounts of the men on trial, friendships developed in the two and a half years she spent in Japan and her personal life all combined in this amazing story. A very descriptive story of what it was like to "defend the enemy". Part memoir and part history book, this true story will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading about different aspects of WWII. A must read for any historian....more
French Letters: Engaged in War has to be the first WWII book I have read in a long time and was apprehensive when I requested this book from Phenix &aFrench Letters: Engaged in War has to be the first WWII book I have read in a long time and was apprehensive when I requested this book from Phenix & Phenix. This second novel in the trilogy by Jack Woodville London pretty much takes place in the French countryside during the attempted takeover of St. Lo. The main character is Will Hastings, a combat surgeon, who is not attached to any unit but is treating wounded men . His brother is missing, presumed dead and Will is trying to find out what exactly happened to him. He is conflicted with his feelings for a woman (Virginia) back home and his growing love he has for a local French woman. The story goes back and forth between the battlefield and events and people left behind at home and people he meets along the way, locals and fellow soldiers. The book has all the elements of a well researched story, with accurate historical details about one of the most devastating of wars. Not necessarily a "war" story but more on how the war affects people and the actions that they take that they would not normally take. In time of war, people do things they may not do otherwise and they find that they do what they need to to survive. I did not read the first novel but I would recommend reading the first novel in the series, Virginia's War then read this one. I did enjoy this book and look forward to the third one to see what happens. ...more
The adventures of Rusty and Ginger Fox is a beautifully written and illustrated book for children between 4 and 8 years of age. It tells the story ofThe adventures of Rusty and Ginger Fox is a beautifully written and illustrated book for children between 4 and 8 years of age. It tells the story of two little foxes on their adventures into the wild. On the way they encounter different animals and learn if these other animals are safe to be around or if they would be prey to these animals. They meet two little girls on their way to Treasure Island. The foxes determine that the girls are safe and they can share the treasure they find. In the telling of this story, the author tells some interesting facts about these animals and the two little girls. These facts are in the form of "Did you know?" format. The illustrations in this book are actually photographs taken by the author. I found this book to be very well written and I think it would make a great addition to any child, girl or boys, library or a great gift!...more
This is a story about a woman trying to find her father and how she was able to handle the rejection she felt as she was growing up. Bonnie's father wThis is a story about a woman trying to find her father and how she was able to handle the rejection she felt as she was growing up. Bonnie's father was a clown and traveled all over the world working as a famous clown and Bonnie saw her father infrequently. Because of her father issues, Bonnie had had no lasting relationships with the men she met. Her focus as an adult was to find her father and ask him why?? Why he was not there for her when she was growing up. This is a story that is heartwarming and sad at the same time. I was glad to see that things did work out in the end but at what cost? This book also tells the story of Bobo and Bonnie's mother JoJo who was the first lady clown . After Bonnie was born JoJo's career as a clown was over and the marriage deteriorated, leaving Bonnie without a father for many years. I enjoyed reading this book and found it very informative. Most people don't realize how hard of a life being in the circus can be, always traveling around and not settling in one spot for very long . I admired the author for being able to finally find what she was looking for with the help of the faith she had in God . A memoir that is a must to read. ...more
This novel takes place in New York City and Ireland and it is about a woman who has written a novel that is similar to her own past. She works closelyThis novel takes place in New York City and Ireland and it is about a woman who has written a novel that is similar to her own past. She works closely with the man writing the movie script of her novel. As they work together to get the script ready for production, Fiona is forced to confront her demons of her past, her sister had died at an early age and she was estranged from her brother. She had left Ireland hoping never to go back but the producers agreed that the movie should be as authentic as possible and the movie should be filmed at their childhood home. Her father has recently passed away and her and her brother need to come to an agreement as to what to do with the house, do they sell or keep. With all these issues going on she becomes very close to a man who can help her through her issues. I really enjoyed reading this book, a wonderful story about love, loss, redemption and forgiveness. ...more
This book, written by a descendent of Pauline Borghese nee Bonaparte is told by Sophie LeClerc ward of Napoleon Bonaparte. I was not crazy about PauliThis book, written by a descendent of Pauline Borghese nee Bonaparte is told by Sophie LeClerc ward of Napoleon Bonaparte. I was not crazy about Pauline as I found her to be a very selfish and self centered woman who could not be faithful to her husband Camillo Borghese. Sophie was sent by Napoleon to live with Pauline. I did enjoy the story though and even felt sad for Pauline. ...more
This book is about Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionhearted, who was the third legitimate son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Richard isThis book is about Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionhearted, who was the third legitimate son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Richard is a king who spent very little time as King of England as he was often off on the Crusades. Another character who played a major part of the story is the fictional (foster brother of Richard) Robin Hood. These two men have a close relationship until Richard outlaws Robin and puts a price on his head, he spends the rest of his days in the Shere Wood forest robbing the rich to give to the poor as the legend goes. I liked how this legendary figure was intertwined into the real facts of King Richard and the Plantagenet family.
Richard married Berengaria of Navarre, first-born daughter of King Sanchbo VI of Navarre. Berengaria went on a few of the crusades with Richard which was a difficult situation for a marriage and there were no living children from this match. Richard is determined to win back the Holy Land but never actually does conquer Jerusalem. King Phillip of France and Richards brother John(who is regent while Richard is off on his crusades) are conspiring against him
The marriage of Richard and Berengaria's was a love match according to this book even though as most marriages of the time were matches made for political reasons which also allowed families to stake claims of succession on each others lands. Even though Berengaria was actually Queen of England, she actually never set foot in England until Richard had died.
Joanna Plantagenet (King Richards sister) was Queen of Sicily until King William II's death at which time she was brought back to England. Another fictional character in this story is Blondel de Cahaignes who is King Richards steward and close friend and is with Richard until his death. All of these characters, fictional or otherwise, tell the story of the young Plantagenets, their success and failures, their triumphs and tragedies. This is another great novel by Margaret Campbell Barnes and one that I enjoyed immensely.
The first story in A Darcy Christmas, Mr.Darcy's Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart is loosely based on the classic Dicken's A Christmas Carol whichThe first story in A Darcy Christmas, Mr.Darcy's Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart is loosely based on the classic Dicken's A Christmas Carol which has Mr.Darcy having a dream depicting on Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future. Mr. Darcy is affected deeply by this dream and he sees the error of his ways and if he does not try to change his personality, he will most assuredly have the life that is shown to him in the future. Not an appealing prospect. The second story, Christmas Present by Amanda Grange and it finds Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth married and soon to be parents. They go on a visit to see Elizabeth's sister Jane and the new addition to the Bingley family. While there, Elizabeth gives birth to a little girl. The senior Bennets are in attendance also and the new addition to the family makes for a special Christmas. The last story is A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan which depicts the Darcy family at Christmas over a period of years. The Darcy family is a growing family and each member of the Darcy and extended families get together each Christmas to establish their own traditions. I enjoyed this festive book, I would have to say that the last one was my favorite of the three....more
Daily Guideposts 2011 is a beautiful book, inside and out. Each day's page has an inspiring true anecdote with Scripture quotes, prayers for every dayDaily Guideposts 2011 is a beautiful book, inside and out. Each day's page has an inspiring true anecdote with Scripture quotes, prayers for every day of 2011. The theme of this book is Growing with Love and each day is a devotion written by 50+ different authors. It is a guide for the reader to learn to grow spiritually. This book is a celebration of the 35th year anniversary of Guideposts and is a beautifully written book with a gorgeous cover. The devotions tell us in what ways God is in all of our lives and it only takes 5 minutes a day to enjoy this book of devotions. This would make a great Christmas gift to anyone on your gift list. ...more
An Irish Country Courtship is the 5th novel in a series of 6 by Patrick Taylor. It continues the story of the citizens of Ballybucklebo in Ulster. ThiAn Irish Country Courtship is the 5th novel in a series of 6 by Patrick Taylor. It continues the story of the citizens of Ballybucklebo in Ulster. This is the first Irish Country book that I have read and even though I didn't know a lot of the characters it was easy to follow. This is a lighthearted read but not without some suspense and thoroughly enjoyable. If you have read the other novels in this series, you will want to read this one also. If you haven't like me, do not let this stop you from reading this book. I intend to read the previous books in the series....more
Margaret of Anjou, born and raised in France until the age of 15 at which time she became the wife of King Henry VI. She was the Queen Consort of EnglMargaret of Anjou, born and raised in France until the age of 15 at which time she became the wife of King Henry VI. She was the Queen Consort of England, twice. Her husband King Henry VI had frequent bouts of insanity thus having Margaret ruling England in his place. She was one of the main figures in what was called The War of the Roses, between Lancastrians and Yorkists. Lots of intrique and switching of loyalties by some main characters.There was a long time animosity between Margaret and the Duke of York which led to the civil conflict that was to last for 30 years. Reading this book helped me to understand The War of the Roses a bit more as I had not read a lot of history in this particular era. I felt that the author did a great amount of research for this entertaining novel and depicting Margaret as a very stong woman of her time. It was very helpful to have the list and descriptions of all the characters involved in this story as it was kind of confusing at times keeping the Edwards and Henry's straight and the changing hands of the titles. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone interested in the period of English history and Margaret of Anjou in particular. ...more
Letters to Ethan is a grandfather's guide if you will to his grandson Ethan.Letters about facing adversity, love and the mistakes that happen in lifeLetters to Ethan is a grandfather's guide if you will to his grandson Ethan.Letters about facing adversity, love and the mistakes that happen in life while raising children or grandchildren. This book is inspiring and full of lifes lessons by one man to his grandchild. It is also a story of God and how you can keep Him in your life.
Now that I am a grandmother myself, I realize that it is so much easier being a grandparent than a parent because there are the lessons and mistakes that have already happened, not all good and not all bad either that we can all understand and pass on to the next generation. This book will inspire the reader young and old in their ongoing personal growth and development.
This is the second in a trilogy written by Margaret Irwin about Elizabeth Tudor.In the beginning of this book King Edward dies and Lady Jane Grey is dThis is the second in a trilogy written by Margaret Irwin about Elizabeth Tudor.In the beginning of this book King Edward dies and Lady Jane Grey is deposed after only nine days on the throne. Most of this story takes place during her sister Mary Tudor's reign as Queen of England.
Mary is doing what she can to get rid of the Protestant faith that was the religion of Henry VIII and that Elizabeth grew up with. Mary becomes unpopular when Mary decides she is going to marry
Prince Philip of Spain. The country does not want Spain in control of England. There is an uprising and afterwards Elizabeth is brought to court and questioned, as Mary believes she was behind the uprising. She is imprisoned in the Tower, but after a time Mary was convinced to let Elizabeth go as there was not a lot of evidence against her. She is moved to Woodstock where she spends a year under house arrest. This is where the book pretty much ends. I liked this book but i think I preferred Young Bess over this one, although I definitely want to read the last in the trilogy. I am a fan of any books Elizabethan in nature so I was not too disappointed in this telling of the girl who became Queen of England from 1558 to 1603.
This book is a spiritual thriller with a bit of supernatural thrown into the mix. The story takes place in a small town in Alabama in the 1930's. AbouThis book is a spiritual thriller with a bit of supernatural thrown into the mix. The story takes place in a small town in Alabama in the 1930's. About a book that is found by the owner of a newspaper, that has the ability to change the people in the book and their destinies. A young woman who is a reporter and general girl Friday to the owner/editor, Mercy is one of the main characters. She loves working at the newspaper and especially working with her boss, Doc. She finds out about the book and has the chance to look at it and between her and Doc, they spend a lot of time reading this book. Someone from Mercy's past comes to town and is also interested in this book. This novel is about the choices that we make in life and the relationships that make our lives what they are and what path our lives take. I read this book in almost one sitting, it was mezmerizing without being overly religious. A very enjoyable read. ...more
The Princeling is the third book in this series by Cynthia Harrod Eagles. This book continues to follow the Morlands in the era of Elizabeth I and MarThe Princeling is the third book in this series by Cynthia Harrod Eagles. This book continues to follow the Morlands in the era of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. As each book delves further into the Morland Dynasty, it also follows the real lives of the aristocracy in the late 1500'sand ends approximately 1558. There is love, death, lust and hatred aplenty and that is just between members of the family. This story has a lot of characters from the previous book , The Dark Rose and introduces new characters within the family and in history. In the background there is still controversy between the Protestants and the Catholics that tears families and the country of England and Scotland apart. There is plenty of political intrigue between the factions of Queen Mary and Elizabeth I also. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and hope to continue with it. If you enjoy English history and all the intrigue that goes along with it, this is the series for you. ...more
Mr. Darcy's Little Sister by C.Allyn Pierson is a Pride and Predjudice variation about the Bennets and Darcy's and the upcoming marriages of these twoMr. Darcy's Little Sister by C.Allyn Pierson is a Pride and Predjudice variation about the Bennets and Darcy's and the upcoming marriages of these two families. It is also about Georgiana Darcy's upcoming debut into society. A story that is about who will make the perfect husband or wife. Mr.Darcy woos and weds Elizabeth Bennet, who is not from the same social class as Mr.Darcy. Elizabeth learns to cope with the treatment of people who do not think she is good enough for Mr.Darcy and Fitzwilliam does not think that any of the suitors are good enough for his little sister. Other characters include the Bennet sisters, Jane, Lydia and Kitty. Jane marries Mr.Bingley and Lydia has run off with George Wickham . Georgiana is amiable and sweet and is very happy to have a 'sister' in Elizabeth but Georginia is shy and not sure how she is going to cope with all the balls and parties that require her presence so that she can meet and hopefully find a suitable husband. She is a fine catch for any man as she stands to be worth 30,000 pounds. With Elizabeths assistance Georgiania learns how to deal with the fortune hunters who want her money. Jonathan Walker is suitor want to be who needs her money for his gambling debts and will do whatever he can to obtain it. Georginia is kidnapped along with her companion Mrs. Annesley. Her rescuer is her cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and with the assistance of Mr. Darcy find that Jonathan Walker was behind the kidnapping. Georginia starts to have feelings for the Colonel but he hasn't got a clue as to her feelings. He still thinks of her as the 'ward' that he is responsible for. I thinks that this is one of the better Pride and Prejudice sequels that I have read so far as this one was more about Georginia Darcy. This is a story of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the Regency era. I enjoyed this story very much. ...more