I received a copy from the publishers via Net Galley.
Emma Woodhouse and her father now live alone now that her governess, who she helped set up, has mI received a copy from the publishers via Net Galley.
Emma Woodhouse and her father now live alone now that her governess, who she helped set up, has married. She has set her sights on trying to set up her new friend Harriet. Emma is concerned about people’s status, and although the social class Harriet is unknown, Emma is determined to set her up with someone in good standing because she believes that Harriet’s character shows she has a similar background.
Mr. Knightley, a friend of Emma’s, encourages a farmer to pursue Harriet, but Emma has other plans in mind. Emma, herself, as vowed never to marry because of her father’s particular way of liking to live. Will Emma’s matchmaking schemes backfire?
I have only read a few classics and have never finished one by Jane Austin. When I was about thirteen or so, I tried reading Pride and Prejudice, but I think I wasn’t at a mature enough level to truly enjoy reading a classic. When I was about eighteen, I started to read a small handful of classics and enjoyed them quite a bit.
I was so excited when I saw this cover on Net Galley. I love reading manga and thought this would be a good way to reintroduce myself to Jane Austen’s world. I truly loved the artwork, and the artwork is one thing that draws more to manga. I can get really picky about drawings in manga and was not disappointed by the artwork.
Mr. Knightley was my favorite character in this book. He is one of the only ones that even tries to reign in Emma. I really didn’t like her at first because of how she viewed people’s standing. She does at least know she has that problem and does apologize once in the book when Mr. Knightley points out what happens.
I hope there are plans of doing Jane Eyre because that is my favorite classic that I have read so far. Hopefully, if readers like reading the manga, they will try reading the original. ...more
Katie Fisher and her family are close-knit, and the family expects the children and grandchildren to live in their small, hometown, Fairfield, TX. KatKatie Fisher and her family are close-knit, and the family expects the children and grandchildren to live in their small, hometown, Fairfield, TX. Katie is the kind of girl that has planned her wedding since she was little and expects her long-time boyfriend, Casey Lawson, to propose at any time. He has traveled into Dallas several times, so Katie thinks he ready to pop the question.
Her best friend and cousin Lori-Lou tells about a contest where girls can submit an essay for hopes of winning a wedding dress and be featured as a model for the wedding magazine, Texas Bride. Katie believes everything is working out. She wins the contest but loses her boyfriend to a job in Oklahoma.
Katie and Lori-Lou head to the bridal shop so Katie can turn down the dress, but she becomes frazzled by all of the kindness and happiness of the staff at her win. Plus, one of the main workers, Madge, tells her to keep quiet to the designer, Nadia James, because it is a major opportunity for the bridal shop. Katie finds herself getting closer to the female workers and the designer’s son, Brady, a famous basketball player. Can Katie still keep her secret and her heart hidden?
I received a copy to review from NetGalley.
I have only read one book my Janice Thompson, Love Me Tender, but it was written as Janice Hanna. I really love the idea of wedding theme books and was excited to get to review this book from Net Galley. When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because the main character is 24 years old, and the point-of-view seemed a lot older. The point-of-view quickly got better for me, and I loved this book! I do wish there were more scenes with Casey in the beginning. I’m from a small town myself and can feel for Katie. I loved seeing how she grew more open-minded to trying to shake up her routine and seeing how it affected those around her. I am definitely looking forward to see how this series pans out.
An anthology that will warm your heart for the holidays
A December Bride by Denise Hunter
Layla O’ Reilly’s date for a wedding just cancelled on her whiAn anthology that will warm your heart for the holidays
A December Bride by Denise Hunter
Layla O’ Reilly’s date for a wedding just cancelled on her while she is busy at work. It wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t for her cousin’s and her ex’s wedding. Unfortunately for her, her day is getting worse when Seth Murphy, the guy she blames for her broken relationship, offers her a ride after she waits on him at her job.
Not really wanting his company, but not wanting to show up alone, she says, “Yes.” After a few awkward moments at the wedding the two find themselves faking an engagement. At first, Layla wants out of the misunderstanding but decides against it because she thinks Seth’s social standing with another man will help her fledgling home decorating business soar.
I never have read anything by Denise Hunter before, and I sure have been missing out! I’ll have to raid my mom’s bookshelves and borrow some of her books by Denise Hunter. I really loved this story and the two main characters, Seth and Layla. This novella takes place in Chapel Springs, but I really wish this was a full story by itself. I loved the story and these two characters that much.
I give this story 5 stars.
A January Bride by Deborah Raney
Madeline has recently relocated from NYC to Kansas to live in her sister’s and husband’s home while it’s being renovated. Their mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s and is in the late stages of it. Madeline wants to spend more time with her mom and work on her book.
The renovations are not coming along well, so Ginny, her next door neighbor, offers her to work on her book at her friend’s bed and breakfast. Madeline is grateful to work in a quieter environment and starts exchanging notes with the owner, Art. Madeline enjoys the exchanges from who she believes is an elderly gentleman.
At first, I didn’t know what to think of the story because I didn’t like it at first, but this did grow on me. This is a contemporary story, as is all of them, but it read to me as a historical. I enjoyed the letter exchanges with Madeline and Arthur and the brief encounters with Art’s cat, Alex. I do feel like too much tried to happen in what seems happened it a short time frame but that happens often with novellas like this. I did like that this one incorporated God more than the other two novellas.
I gave this four stars.
A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant
Allie is going to marry her best-friend’s brother but runs away because she feels the females in her family is cursed and wants to spare Marcus the same pain. She stays away from his family and her best friend, Hannah, for four months. Allie is supposed to meet Hannah for lunch but she comes to her place. Hannah reveals that she is getting married and wants Allie in the wedding.
Allie decides to be there for her friend and knows that it will be awkward around Hannah’s family, especially Marcus. When Allie is around Marcus, she thinks he is still warm around her, and she hopes they still can be friends. I never heard of this author, but I really loved this story. I hated how Allie viewed herself, especially with the family “curse.” I can see how Marcus could be hot and cold because Allie never told anyone why she ran away. I wished that this story was longer. I could easily see a longer book for this story. I am going to be on the hunt for more books by this author.
I gave this story 5 stars.
I’m really excited to read the other anthologies in this series! ...more
I felt bad for Ninako. She tried her best to not keep things awkward with her and Ren. After she confessed, she wanted to remain friends with him. TheI felt bad for Ninako. She tried her best to not keep things awkward with her and Ren. After she confessed, she wanted to remain friends with him. There were times when she acted awkward and said awkward things. What’s even worse is she knew she was doing it, but didn’t know how to stop. I definitely can relate to that a lot.
Another bad thing that resulted after she confessed is that one of Ren’s friends, Ano, witnessed her confessing and a lot of other people as well. So once again, people are constantly saying what they think Ninako should do or commenting on how she is acting about it.
I really couldn’t stand Ando at times. I felt like he made the situation between Ninako and Ren worse. I did find it funny how Ando was about constantly trying to girl’s phone numbers though.
Daiki even finds himself getting confessed to. I’m not for sure how I feel about it because I really like him a lot better than Ren. I just feel like Ren seems to hide his emotions a lot. ...more
15 year-old Delilah is at the bottom of the social totem pole at her high school ever since she injured one of the popular elite of her high school. H15 year-old Delilah is at the bottom of the social totem pole at her high school ever since she injured one of the popular elite of her high school. Her dad and mom are divorced and she only hears from him twice in a year. She has found a fairy tale book in her library and reads the book over and over. Little does she know the characters inside the book have lives of their own once she closes the book. Oliver, the hero of the story, longs to be noticed for whom he is and does not want to live the same story over and over again.
Delilah notices something different about the book and eventually hears Oliver talking to her. This sets them on the quest of finding out ways to bring Oliver out of the book. Will Delilah and Oliver get their happily ever after?
I have recently gotten into a kick where I wanted to read books revolving around fairy tales and grabbed this book next to read. I thought the idea of this book was really clever. There were a couple times I thought the book drag a little bit, but I still really liked this book.
I loved that parts of the fairy tale story in the book was included and absolutely loved all of the illustrations. It made reading the book that much more special. Delilah’s and Oliver’s relationship does move pretty quick, but I kind of think it’s expected coming from a book of this nature.
I thought it was pretty funny that Oliver mentions he doesn’t like Seraphima, the heroine of his fairy tale, but he enjoys kissing her when the story calls for it. I just think the authors brought a sense of realness to a “fictional” character.
The one thing I didn’t enjoy about the book was the end. It just didn’t sit well with me. That combined with the lagging moments, makes this book lean towards 3.5 stars. I’m just still on the fence about that ending. ...more
Veronica (Vee) does not have the best home life. Her dad stepped out of her life on her birthday, and her mom has a boyfriend that is up to no good anVeronica (Vee) does not have the best home life. Her dad stepped out of her life on her birthday, and her mom has a boyfriend that is up to no good and constantly ogles her. Her boyfriend, Eric, cheats on her with someone on the cheer squad she is on. She’s devastated because she has known him all her life. According to Eric, she painted him as a hero that he never wanted or planned on being. Distraught she races to find solitude. She sees a blonde-haired Scot begging her not to cry, and he offers her a handkerchief. He ends up disappearing, and she’s not sure what to make of it.
Her best friend, Mackenna, calls her later to encourage her to come to Scotland. Once there, Vee once again becomes distraught thinking about her broken family and has another vision of her Scot. Her friend thinks Vee is just trying to find an escape but Vee is convinced that he is real.
Finding rings of Mackenna’s Aunt Gracie, both girls cross the brig o doon and find that the legend is real and that they are in Doon. Both girls are accused of witchcraft by Jamie MacCrae the soon-to-be king and the Scot from Vee’s vision. His father rules that they are allowed to stay until the Centennial, a day in which people from the girl’s world have 24 hours to enter Doon and decided whether to stay or leave. Then, they each girl will have to make that decision for themselves.
With Jamie’s constant rebuke of Vee’s visions and feelings, will she stay or go back to the life she has longed to escape from?
I did really love this book, but I want to start the actual review by pointing out that I would not label this has Christian Fiction. I think of this more has being influenced by Christianity. What I mean by that boils down to the whole debate of their being Christian bands versus being Christians that are in bands.
I view this as a book that was written by Christian authors. I do not view this as a Christian Fiction book. Other reviewers have pointed at that this book is allegorical. I have never been the type that is able to see a book this way, but I do understand why people would deem it as such. Doon is a mystical land that has a Covenant with its Protector, and the denizens are shown going to church.
I liked seeing the contrast between the two brothers, Duncan and Jamie, and even with the girls, Mackenna and Vee. I liked how upbeat and entertaining Duncan was and kind of wish that he was the one Vee had a vision of and let Jamie and Mackenna be together. At least, Veronica and Duncan wanted to have a relationship. I say let the two negative people be together and keep each other company. I don’t like it when girls or guys in books constantly push away from each other, but that is one aspect of the conflict in this book. Begrudgingly, I think it was good that the relationships started the way they did.
Anyway, some people want like this book because of the instalove, but I didn’t mind it because I read books to escape. I really loved the concept of the Calling, which is basically what Vee experienced. The Calling consists of dreams and waking visions of your true love. Also, I liked that it was mentioned that although people could have Callings, it is purely free will whether or not the couple wants to be together or not.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment, Destined for Doon....more
In the last book, Kelsey was kidnapped by Lokesh. Kelsey scrambles and tries to distract Lokesh and convince*May contain spoilers from previous books
In the last book, Kelsey was kidnapped by Lokesh. Kelsey scrambles and tries to distract Lokesh and convince him that she has power, but the power really comes from Durga’s gifts. She doesn’t know how long she can keep up the ruse so Ren and Kishan can save her. Eventually, she is reunited with Nilima and Mr. Kadam. Mr. Kadam and Nilima disappeared suddenly during Lokesh’s attack in the last book, and Mr. Kadam seems somber and changed by something he has seen and acts as if he is hiding something from them all.
Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan will have many perilous adventures in front of them and have to face even more sacrifices as they obtain the Rope of Fire and complete the prophecy. All of them will face more things than they have bargained for. To defeat Lokesh, the trio will have to face him in another time. Will Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan get the endings that the dream for?
Kelsey is still in a relationship with Kishan but that definitely doesn’t stop Ren from making it know he cares about Kelsey and will always be there for her. She wants Kishan to have a happy ending, but still wants Ren in her life because she can’t see herself living without either one.
I have been rooting for Ren ever since I found out who he was. I have always felt the chemistry in Kelsey’s and Ren’s banter, blow-ups, make-ups. I feel like Kishan just needed someone to build him back up and Kelsey took on that role. I still really like Kishan because he is so patient and is in Kelsey’s words, “safe.”
Kelsey has been a lot through her quest to help the brother’s and Kishan provides her the stability she needs while Ren makes her feel unsteady and her life unpredictable. This logic follows most of Kelsey’s turmoil when choosing one brother over the other. Like Kelsey, I want Kishan to be happy. Both of the brothers have been trapped for too long and need someone to complete them.
As other reviews have mentioned, there have been moments of foreshadowing sprinkled not only in this book but throughout the series. I’m the type of reader that feels in the moment and doesn’t really put too much though in what will happen. The ending definitely made sense, but I am torn how I feel about. At times, I feel like a storm has raced through my emotions leaving me raw, but other times I find some peace.
The Tiger series has made my heart soar and crash so many times. The action, the adventure, the romance, the struggle, just everything about this book was moving in some way. This series made a huge impression on me and am sad that I finished. Not many books impact in this way and I felt sad knowing I was finished and that I was no longer a part of the world that Colleen has cleverly crafted.
It’s made me want to get back into my writing. I can’t wait until Reawakened, her Egyptian book, will be out next year. I also need to get my hands on a physical copy of Tiger’s Promise, the prequel to the series, because it has a chapter on Tiger’s Dream, the fifth book in the series. I have no clue what Colleen has in store for that book and I’m anxious to find out. ...more
Ninako has never known what love is until she meets Ren. He’s the guy that almost every girl loves. After a few brief encounters, she finds her caringNinako has never known what love is until she meets Ren. He’s the guy that almost every girl loves. After a few brief encounters, she finds her caring for Ren and starting to experience love. The more she asks her friends about love the more they think she is talking about her friend, Daiki.
She doesn’t know what to do when Daiki confesses that he loves her. Her friends already expect them to get together, but she can’t stop having feelings for Ren. Will she be able to sort her feelings for a guy she barely knows or her friend?
I love manga series like this one. It’s very endearing and sweet. It might not seem to have a lot of depth, but Ninako’s experience of feeling what love is adds a depth to it that might not be as noticeable in other deeper series. Ninako does seem a bit ditzy, but I love her for it. There’s a part in the book where she asked what love was and someone told her it hurt. Her reaction was just so cute.
I’m not sure how I feel about Ren, but I do feel bad for her friend Daiki. I could never see myself confessing to a friend for fear of the friendship being awkward. I’m definitely rooting for Daiki. ...more