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Choosing Heart or Home

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Christmas, 1889
The widowed Queen Victoria reigns over an empire on which the “sun never sets,” and London is bright with holiday decorations. Detective Rudyard Bloodstone’s career is moving along well as Holborn Station’s lead investigator. And, his year had gotten even better when he met London’s celebrated music hall star, Honeysuckle Flowers.

As he and his lady
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published October 14th 2018 by Books to Go Now
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Kathy Heare Watts

What a moving story that takes place in Victorian England, December 1889. Highly decorated military veteran, Rudyard Bloodstone is now a lead Detective at Holborn Station. He hasn’t been home to Wales in five years and has been asking his lady love, actress Honeysuckle Flowers to accompany him. Honeysuckle’s life has always been around theaters with various troupes. She has the voice and looks of an angel and draws crowds with her talents.

The plot will have Ruddy to finally con
Laura Reading
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two very strong protagonists, very sure of themselves and their roles in the world. I liked them very much. This takes place shortly before Christmas, 1889 .

Detective Rudyard Bloodstone is from a large family. His career has kept him from home for several years. This year is special. He has a woman he wants his family to meet.
Honeysuckle Flowers, as you may guess, is a stage name. Honeysuckle is not only a performer but a star. In London, she is used to people admiring her status. She is also aw
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Heroines in romance novels are rarely the type of women I’d like to befriend. They are pouty or reactive or absurdly stubborn or hair-trigger tempered. They deny their feelings and know extraordinarily little about themselves.

Honeysuckle Flowers, the female half of the starring lovers in Choosing Heart or Home by Chris Karlsen, is an exception. Strong, loyal, and crystal clear about who she is and what she stands for, unwilling to compromise her principles yet ever flexible to honor her beloved
Rebecca Austin
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Detective Rudyard "Ruddy" Bloodstone is ready for the holiday season and he wants to spend it with his new lady love, actress Honeysuckle Flowers. But at this time actresses are generally not well received and considered a lower class than many but Ruddy swears his parents are different.

Will Ruddy's family accept Honeysuckle with open arms or will he have to choose between his heart and his home?

This was a good story and I really enjoyed it.

I always laugh when a character says that their parents
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was asked by the authors friend Sharon Kleve to review this book.

takes place in December 1898 towards the end of Victoria's reign.

London music hall star, Honeysuckle Flowers is to be taken to Wales to meet his parents. At that time music hall stars were not seen as good and proper to the Victorian high society so there is concern for Honeysuckle that his parents will shun her.

Honeysuckle comes to the rescue when she discovers his mother needs money for a plaque in memory of soldiers who have d
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the moment her beloved told her he'd like to take her home for the holidays, Honeysuckle Flowers has dreaded the thought of doing so. Despite the fact that she'd rather remain where she is, she concedes and follows Rudyard to his family's home. Rudyard's loyalty is soon tested when his family learns of her profession. Unashamed of being London's most celebrated star, she's determined in showing everyone that she's more than what they think she is.

The author has written such a delightful sto
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honeysuckle is a singer and dancer at the music hall in London and Ruddy is her beau who is a detective. Ruddy wants to take Honeysuckle to Wales for Christmas to meet his parents but she is not sure if she should go because she is afraid his parents will not like her because of her profession and she was correct his mother didn’t like her. When Honeysuckle finds out his mother needs money for a plaque in memory of the fallen military men from their village she decides to help but putting on a m ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ruddy and honeysuckle.are getting ready for a trip to see his parents but she's nervous because she is a movie star and back in the day they were consider harlots and she was right because they leave. Then honeysuckle decides to do a benefit show for a plaque for the fallen soldiers like Ruddy and that brings his parents and when she raises all the money, Ruddys parents invite her and her family for Christmas dinner and they become friends.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and a
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
London’s celebrated music hall star, Honeysuckle Flowers and Detective Rudyard Bloodstone’s Holiday plans do not go off smoothly, his mother does not like what Honeysuckle does for a living. Honeysuckle does show his mother how to be able to accept all people by what she puts into place. I enjoyed reading this story, this Author has a way of drawing you into the story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ruddy is taking Honeysuckle home for the holidays. Will the family accept her? This is Christmas story showing what the true meaning of Christmas is. There are some moments you want to hit a character over the head and others when what they do will bring a tear to your eye. This is a beautiful book a must read for this holiday season I can tell you if you miss this story you are missing a breathtaking and moving story. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
His life is going so well and he meets her and he is happy. He wants to take her to meet his family for Christmas but his mother wants nothing to do with her. She tells him he must choose between his family and her as they will not accept her. What will he do? Who will be choose? His family or his love? See what he will do

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Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The setting is Christmastime during the Victorian era.This is a story centered on prejudice, and how the young woman Honeysuckle overcame it. Her supportive beau a detective Rudyard is missing family and begs Honeysuckle to join him on a visit to see his family, it is here she encounters prejudice from his mother. It is a sweet story of love and forgiveness and a nice read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Beth Tilley
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightfully different!! An actress and detective in love. She's afraid of what his family will think of her and her profession when he takes her home for the holidays. Will her and her family's generosity win them over?
Nancy Jones
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

I really enjoyed Choosing Heart or Home. This was a wonderful story and great characters. This a quick read.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love overcomes everything including prejudices.
Nadea Croix
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well crafted and beautifully plotted am sure I enjoyed reading every beautiful moment and second as it unfolds with issues to sort through the this story.

Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The good storyline and wonderful characters made this book a real joy to read! I was so enthralled with this story that I ended up reading it in one sitting!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing sweet historical holiday romance story, it is heartwarming. Delightful characters. A well-written book. It was a pleasure to read this book.
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Chris was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively thro ...more