Cute storyline. It is a novella so a quick read. The main characters fell for each other a little quickly leaving only the conflict of whether or not...moreCute storyline. It is a novella so a quick read. The main characters fell for each other a little quickly leaving only the conflict of whether or not the heroine would opt to go back to her own time left for the resolution. With a novella though, that has to happen fast. Good evening read.(less)
Benedict and Katherine have a rocky relationship. After all, she's tried to kill him no less than three times... well, maybe "tried" isn't the best wo...moreBenedict and Katherine have a rocky relationship. After all, she's tried to kill him no less than three times... well, maybe "tried" isn't the best word to use, but her clumsiness is definitely a hazard to his health. But you know when there's that much animosity between characters, there has to be wedding bells in the future! ;) This is another good one by this author. Lots of fun banter between the characters, and the addition of cameo appearances by all the other Renwick House characters just made it more enjoyable. And just the right mix of drama and misunderstandings keep this a light and fun read.(less)
Gabi and Lia Betarrini are used to traveling the world with their archaeologist parents. They’ve spent summers in Italy ever since they can remember,...moreGabi and Lia Betarrini are used to traveling the world with their archaeologist parents. They’ve spent summers in Italy ever since they can remember, but since their father’s death, their mother has thrown herself even more into her work. Her latest discovery brings them to ancient Etruscan tombs. Even though they know it’s off-limits, the two girls sneak into one of the tombs while their mother is pre-occupied. Inside they find handprints painted on the cold stone wall, but the handprints are warm to their touch, and when both girls touch the prints at the same time they are sent careening back through time into the 14th century, where they find themselves in the middle of a medieval skirmish for territory.
The problem is they land in that time a few days apart, so they have to find each other again. With two warring families fighting over that territory, it becomes a difficult prospect. Add to that an incredibly good-looking medieval lord with a jealous fiancee’, an evil rival lord who would love nothing more than to take over their castle, some well-played strategies, and two vicious she-wolves. They’ll be lucky if they can make it back to their own time in one piece!
It keeps you fully occupied from start to finish. So action-packed! It’s written in first person, so you get an in-depth view of the main character and all the challenges she goes through that help her grow into her role as the savior of Siena. The plot keeps moving, never a moment for Gabi to rest. There were a few places I would have liked more description, a few places there was more telling than showing, but then again, the story was moving at a steady pace and the extra description might have interrupted the rhythm.
It is a great book for any age group if you like adventure. A little romance, but nothing you wouldn’t want your eleven year old to see. Good clean fiction. Loved it!(less)
Prince Henri is too busy running a country to worry about minor details like marriage. His father has been sick, and he has taken the reins in his mor...morePrince Henri is too busy running a country to worry about minor details like marriage. His father has been sick, and he has taken the reins in his more than capable hands. But his family is worried about him, and they all but force him to take a vacation.
Having no choice in the matter, Henri travels to his brother's quiet country horse ranch. It's there he sees Monica again.
He had met her before...at his brother's wedding. And he knew then she would be trouble for him if he let her get too close. Now, thrown together by his well-meaning family, Henri has to fight his growing feelings for the mysterious, beautiful woman.
So much for letting his father choose his bride.
This is a novella, so a pretty quick read. Henri is your typical work-a-holic with a twist. He's the crown prince in line to inherit the throne. He acts the way you would expect him to when he finds out that he is being relieved of his royal duties and forced into taking a much needed vacation. He's upset and takes it out on any likely scapegoat, in this case Monica.
Both characters are likable and well-written. The reader wants them to end up together from the beginning. There is good chemistry between the two main characters and the sense of duty on Henri's side versus the sense Monica has of not fitting in anywhere provides a solid conflict they both believe to be insurmountable. It'll keep you reading to the end.
There are a lot of flashbacks that can cause confusion if you're not paying attention. Pair that with a few places near the end where significant time lapses occur, and the storyline can be a bit difficult to follow in certain parts. Not impossible, but challenging.
This is a sweet romance, suitable for romance readers of all ages. It is the second book in a series, and it mentions characters and plot points from the first book, and I hadn't read the first book. It is possible to read it out of sequence without feeling like you are missing critical pieces of the story, but I found that it made me want to read the first book to get in on the story of the secondary characters. I have added From Now Until Forever to my TBR list. Can't wait to find out how Liam and Melanie got together.(less)
Sarah Cole and her sister are visiting their uncle and aunt in a small town for the summer. Sarah meets a skinny girl named Jackie right away, and the...moreSarah Cole and her sister are visiting their uncle and aunt in a small town for the summer. Sarah meets a skinny girl named Jackie right away, and they get along famously. In the midst of getting to know each other they stumble on the body of the local old lady recluse who has been murdered. The rest of the book unfolds with interesting twists and a second mystery is uncovered by the girls.
These characters were likable, and the villain totally scary. It started a little slowly, but the plot developed nicely and ended up having several loose ends tied up neatly.
This is a good book for a middle school readership. I liked it, and would read more by Lisa Orchard.
Emily Butler is a pairs figure skater with Olympic aspirations. It’s a life that revolves around the rink. Training all day every day to become the be...moreEmily Butler is a pairs figure skater with Olympic aspirations. It’s a life that revolves around the rink. Training all day every day to become the best of the best. With so little time to spend socially with anyone outside of the skating world, it is natural that her circle of friends consists of only other skaters. When Emily starts to spend time outside the rink with her coach, a young Russian man who used to be a champion pairs skater in his own right, she finds she has a lot more in common with him than just skating.
The two struggle with their growing feelings for one another. Relationships between coaches and skaters are frowned upon and can cause Emily’s Olympic dreams to grind to a screeching halt. And not just hers. Crossing that line can do more damage than any of them are willing to admit.
Review: I love the level-headed yet innocent Emily, who tries to fight her feelings for Sergei. A losing battle, of course. And Sergei, a man with integrity, though still mysterious, is willing to risk everything for Emily. Two well-developed characters the reader can fall in love with. The life of a skater was shown in living color. All the work that goes into preparing for the Olympics. How one wrong move in a competition can crush those dreams and the emotional roller coaster of the competitors. Jennifer Comeaux is a talented writer with true voice.
Recommendation: Though I’m not necessarily a fan of figure skating, this book was a wonderful love story and well worth the time and money spent. Clean with strong values exhibited. Good for anyone who loves a good clean romance. Loved it!(less)
On Jon Hansen's sixteenth birthday, his father mysteriously disappears, but no one believes Jon's claim to have seen someone kidnap him. In fact, a me...moreOn Jon Hansen's sixteenth birthday, his father mysteriously disappears, but no one believes Jon's claim to have seen someone kidnap him. In fact, a media leak makes Jon into a laughingstock at his school, drawing the wrath of the school bully.
When the family heirloom he received on his birthday turns out to have magical powers, Jon soon finds himself the target of a wizard's greed for absolute power. Jon, along with a handful of friends and one bully, transport to an alternate dimension and undertake to rescue Jon's father and save Yden from vicious warlords and one evil wizard.
Rogers wove an amazing and intricate world, a world that captures the imagination and leads it on a quest for adventure. The characters, though they come from a variety of backgrounds, meld together so well, one cannot imagine the story without any one of them.
Well-written and intriguing full length novel. I didn't want to put this book down until it was done. It is a fantastic and fun read for young and old alike, anyone who likes to use their imagination while reading. Loved it(less)