Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was one of my favorite shows back in the day, and this book is reminiscent of it. Kate Donahue gets her medical degree backDr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was one of my favorite shows back in the day, and this book is reminiscent of it. Kate Donahue gets her medical degree back east, but no one wants her to practice. Her fiance wants her by his side, entertaining his friends, and smiling her pretty smile. Her parents agree. So Kate runs away to Craig, Colorado after she sees an ad saying that the town is in need of a doctor. Things aren't quite what she thought when she gets to the small town, however, and she must earn her way into the townspeople's heart. Of course, there's one man who she feels a connection to right away, but he has a tortured past. Can either of them overcome their personal obstacles to possibly reach for a chance at love between them?
I really enjoyed Kate's character as she tried to forge her own path as a doctor while figuring out what she truly wanted and finding her inner strength. The townspeople were really well drawn and it was easy to imagine each of them. Craig, Colorado came to life under the author's hand and readers will be rooting for Kate. There is a nice arc of tension with land rights and figuring out what really happened in Lucas's past that kept me turning pages. Lucas is such an interesting hero, and more than meets the eye. The author definitely takes the reader through all the emotions as we discover more about this man. He deserved a happily-ever-after! I closed the book thinking that this is such a sweet story with all the feels you want from a romance. I'll definitely be looking for more from Ms. Frank. There were a few characters in this book that I hope may get a story of their own in the future!
Holly Opland is a pro on Skating with the Stars, when her knee injury is aggravated and the show lets her go. Her entire life has been skating, so whaHolly Opland is a pro on Skating with the Stars, when her knee injury is aggravated and the show lets her go. Her entire life has been skating, so what should she do now?
With the paparazzi hot on her trail, she leaves L.A. and ends up in Ranchette Station, a small town where her former skating partner Colden Holt is from. When she meets up with Colden again, the feelings she had for him resurface. But is she truly ready for a romance when her life is so up in the air?
I thought the author did a good job of setting the scene and really bringing Ranchette Station and its residents to life. The romance was sweet and my only complaint is the same one I have with all short stories---I wish it was longer! A very cute read.
A cute short story full of angst and a near Christmas miracle! Eve Matthews is in charge of the Christmas Ball at Ranchette Station. The traditional bA cute short story full of angst and a near Christmas miracle! Eve Matthews is in charge of the Christmas Ball at Ranchette Station. The traditional ball has been held on the third Saturday of December for seventy years, but this year, her ball gets double-booked with her boyfriend Janus's tradeshow. When Janus refuses to give her the date, she breaks up with him. He probably wasn't that serious about her anyway, right? But that decision starts a chain of events that may need a Christmas miracle to put right. This one was sweet, but I wished it was longer. I just really enjoyed this little town with all its quirky characters!
Lady Elizabeth Beckett, the Duke of Remington's daughter, has a photographic memory. When her Uncle Charles, a spymaster, becomes aware of this, he maLady Elizabeth Beckett, the Duke of Remington's daughter, has a photographic memory. When her Uncle Charles, a spymaster, becomes aware of this, he makes Lady Elizabeth into a spy: code name Shadow. But when a mission in France goes awry, Lady Elizabeth begins to question her future. Her goal in life has been to capture and bring to justice a man who cruelly abducts and sells women into slavery. But is the price too high?
I love historical romance and adding a spy theme into it really ramped up the tension. The plot was unique as the villain, who is a sex trafficker, is slowly being caught in the web that Eliza draws around him, yet he still has some tricks up his sleeve. The author did a nice job with details from the time period, and showcased many societal restrictions on both women and the poor. The social issue of enslavement is tastefully done and there were several surprising twists and turns to the plot that kept me turning pages to see the fallout.
The book also has a romance when our heroine is partnered with Benedict, a fellow agent who has lost his brother. Benedict was a hero with a great backstory and while the romance between Elizabeth and Benedict will draw readers in, it was a little rushed and missing some emotional beats. Readers will still feel for both Benedict and Eliza as they work through their issues, though, and want them to get their happily-ever-after! The secondary characters of Eliza's brother and butler were nicely fleshed out and I'm really looking forward to reading the second book in the series which features her brother, Jonathan. For a debut novelist, Laura Beers has won a spot on my Authors to Watch list.
The first book in this series called Yesterday's Promise, ended in a major cliffhanger, so I decided not to read it until the next book came out. WellThe first book in this series called Yesterday's Promise, ended in a major cliffhanger, so I decided not to read it until the next book came out. Well, the second book, A Promise For Tomorrow is out and boy I am so glad I waited! I practically read the two books in one sitting, they were so good.
So, in the first book, Katherine Mercer's life is upended when she receives a letter from her father telling her that she is to marry a Scottish laird in order to honor a promise he made long ago. Since her father is dead, and her stepmother needs the money that would come from her marriage settlement, she has no choice but to agree. Yet, when she sees Laird Collin MacDonald, she feels a connection to him. He brings a large retinue of Scottish soldiers with him, though, and some of them are intimidating, one even seems to want her dead. But she muddles through, trying to hold her head high and find her footing again. Her new husband holds the key to the secrets of her past and once they start unraveling, well, you won't be able to put the book down. But, oh what a cliffhanger!
Thankfully the second book starts right where we left off and there are even more twists and turns as Katie and Collin are trying to navigate a new marriage/friendship as well as the intrigue between clans and who they can really trust. There is so much angst and sorrow, but healing and love, too. I loved this series. The author has created a realistic setting with characters that the reader can truly relate to and want a happily-ever-after for. And there's a third book, but never fear, no cliffhanger ending in this one. And be sure to clear your schedule before you start reading because you definitely will not want to stop!
I was glued to the pages of this book. It's a regency romance, but it also includes a mystery that had me turning pages long into the night!4.5 stars
I was glued to the pages of this book. It's a regency romance, but it also includes a mystery that had me turning pages long into the night!
The Cardinham family is rocked by scandal and must flee London to their estate in Cornwall. Elaine never wanted to come back to Havencross because it evokes too many memories of her brother who suddenly disappeared, and Gareth, the man who proposed to her and she refused. But nothing has stayed the same at Havencross. Gareth now owns the mine his family once worked for, and dangerous smugglers have infiltrated the coastline. Not to mention a handsome earl who comes to ask for Elaine's hand. But can she put the past behind her to find a future with the earl? Or will the secrets of Havencross put her in Gareth's path once again?
I loved so many things about this book. The setting was amazing and so well done, the love story was sweet and pulled me right in, and there were so many twists and turns to the plot---even when I thought I had it figured out, I was surprised! The character of Elaine was so relatable as she tries to sort out her feelings with the events happening around her. And there is more than one mystery going on. There's the mystery of what really happened to her brother. The mystery of what really happened between her parents. The mystery of why Elaine turned down Gareth's proposal. And the mystery of the wounded woman in the cave. And the writing is such that readers will get all the feels as Elaine figures it all out.
This is an expertly crafted story that readers will love! Definitely one of Ms. Daines' best books yet.
This book starts out with a bang, when the English king is trying to clandestinely cross his arch enemy's territory. They stop at an inn duri4.5 stars
This book starts out with a bang, when the English king is trying to clandestinely cross his arch enemy's territory. They stop at an inn during a snowstorm, though the King's guard, Edmund, feels like something is off. We get such a great feel for Edmund's character during this scene and it only gets better from there. Pippa, a childhood friend of Edmund's, who was back home at the estate, but has been badly burned in a fire, is now recovering at a convent. When Edmund finally arrives home, he finds out that his brother has been killed and he is now the duke, his life forever changed. He'll need all the friends and allies he can get. Can Pippa let herself help Edmund unravel the mystery behind who wants him dead or will she hide herself away to guard her heart?
I loved how descriptive the book was, especially since this is set during the medieval time period. The author made is easy to imagine with just the right amount of details. The other thing she does well, is provide so much intrigue and danger, with some really great twists and turns, that I was reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next! The romantic thread throughout the book is tender, especially when Edmund is dealing with inner scars and wounds, and Pippa has outer scars and wounds. They both have to grow through a lot of trials and trust their feelings. I thought the two of them were so relatable and I wanted them to get a happily-ever-after. The secondary characters were also really well-drawn and add a depth to the story that make it easy to get lost in the book.
This one will definitely go on my rainy day shelf and I highly recommend it to historical romance fans.
A wonderful second chance mystery romance, set during the Christmas season. This was so well-written as a cross between Charles Dickens and A4.5 stars
A wonderful second chance mystery romance, set during the Christmas season. This was so well-written as a cross between Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie, where a set of unique characters are invited to Bleakly Manor for the season by a mysterious host. If they stay the entire twelve days, they will receive what their heart most desires. For some that is money, for others it is companionship. But for our main hero and heroine it is freedom from the lies and deceit that has split them apart. The tension was kept high when mysterious things started to happen to the guests, and I was turning pages as quickly as I could to see who the villain in the piece was and who the mysterious host was. Michelle Griep is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me!...more
I really enjoyed this "after story" and what could have happened to Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters when she left. The characters were fleshedI really enjoyed this "after story" and what could have happened to Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters when she left. The characters were fleshed out, the tension and pacing were really well done and I really wanted to see if Atlantia would get her own happily ever after so I was turning pages long into the night to find out if she did!
I'll definitely be looking for more from this author....more