Monday, January 16, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

Lord Trent and Lady Adelaide are complete 100% strangers... Is it possible to learn to love each other during their uncommon courtship? 

Hey Readers,
What makes you read a book that is not something you would normally read, Is is the cover, the information on the back of the book, Online reviews , an Author that you are familiar with ?
So I had the opportunity to review a book that was little bit outside of my comfort zone. I recognized the author because I have read some of her books. But as I was reading the book, I realized that this book was 100%  a romance novel ( should have known that by the title... Right?!) But anyways, I just finished Kristi Ann Hunter's newest book An Uncommon Courtship and here is what it was about.

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter is the story of Lord Trent Hawthorne and Lady Adelaide Bell unusual relationship. Lord Trent always had his idea of marriage, He would meet a girl, fall desperately in love and sweep her off her feet and then marry her,  But his plan as often happens with our plans was not what God had in mind. ( This event happens before the book starts) So Trent heard a noise in an old stone ruins and his curiosity got the better of him. When he went to investigate, the floor fell out from under him, trapping him and the reason for the noise, Lady Adelaide Bell. Trent and Adelaide were not able to be rescued until the next morning and to save Lady Adelaide's reputation, Lord Trent proposes to her and this is where the book starts. Lord Trent is unsure how to proceed with his relationship with Lady Adelaide because he never had any kind of relationship with a girl. So he first decides that he will ignore her by putting all of his work first and then by hiding away in his study. Unfortunately all that did was make Adelaide upset because all she heard from him was a note that he would leave her each evening , asking various things, like did she need anything, what time was dinner, that kind of thing so she felt like he was going to leave her without giving her a chance . So when that did not work, Trent decides to court Adelaide figuring that if they were to get to know each other , they eventually would fall in love. So he moves in with his brother and comes to "court" Adelaide every afternoon. At first it is incredibly awkward. They both cannot find anything to say to each other. But slowly they start to warm up to each other and find small things to talk about.
 Adelaide has no idea how to run a household because her Mother only gave lessons to her older sister Helena and Adelaide is beyond confused.  Thankfully the Lord sent Trent's family , ( His Mother Lady Blackstone and his two sisters, Lady Georgina and Lady Miranda) to help her with anything she needs help with.  As Trent and Adelaide  seem to make a bit of progress,  Something happens between the two and now they are almost back to square one. Trent is afraid that he hurt his wife that he believes he is starting to love and Adelaide is afraid that Trent feels like she is an obligation.  Will Trent and Adelaide grow to love each other as a husband and wife should?  Trent says that this was God's plan for him and Adelaide, but does he actually believe in his heart that it is true or does he say it to make the situation seem better then it is?
You would have to read the book to find out!

What did I think about the book? 
So this is the third book in the Hawthorne House Series (fourth if you include the prequel Novella).
I have read all three books prior to this one and they were not as romantic.
This book although part of a series can be read as a standalone.
So though the book was great as a whole and I thoroughly enjoyed the witty relationship that Trent and Adelaide had towards the end of the book, there were several romantic scenes that were described not inappropriately but were moments that were awkward for me to read as a unmarried single young lady because they were private moments to be shared between a husband and his wife.  *Again, Nothing was described explicitly or inappropriately though it was implied.*
What I did love was the fact that when Trent needed advice about his marriage, He went to the best source possible, the Bible for guidance. Overall I liked the book and the storyline but wished that it did not have such private romantic moments. Overall I give it 3.5 stars. ***

So although this one was not one of my favorite books, I thoroughly enjoyed her previous ones, You can check it out by going to her website by clicking on this link :

You can also get the Prequel, A Lady of Esteem ebook FREE!
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Happy Reading :) 

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

In an uncertain time, 
              Tempe faces a choice,
One that will change her life forever...

Hello Readers,
I cannot believe we are halfway through January 2017!
I have found out about some fantastic books coming out this year that I cannot wait to read and tell you guys about, Is there any books that you are looking forward too?
Well, while we wait for some new books, I wanted to let you know about an amazing new book that I just finished, ( I think it was the first book I read completely in 2017) It is called A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz.

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz is the story of Temperance Grace Tucker (aka Tempe) whose family runs the Moonbow Inn next to the Shawnee River. Tempe is a smart young women with a broken heart. On the day before her wedding, her fiancĂ© James was killed during an Indian ambush that also crippled her brother and damaged his mind.  Not a single day goes by that she does not think about James and what their lives could have been like, So when she meets the rugged, tough Surveyor Sion Morgan she is not in the least bit interested in him, except to find out what he is doing there and how long he plan to stay.

Sion Morgan is in charge of a small group of men surveying the Kentucke wilderness. He is also writing a field book about the trees, wildlife and land that they come across. One day he feels someone watching him and when he looks behind him all he can see is an indigo skirt. Since people out there in the middle of the wilderness was uncommon he gave chase and was surprised when his mysterious stranger disappeared into to the fictional Moonbow Inn. Sion later learns that the" doe-eyed girl in the indigo skirt" name is Tempe. He tries to talk with her but she is very closed off, very guarded.  So he just goes back to his group and continues to press forward until one of his men gets bit by a venomous snake. He knows the only way to keep his friend alive is to get some medical help so they both return to the Inn. It is not long before Sion realizes that he needs a guide, Someone who knows the lay of the land and could help them arrive safely ( no guarantees) to their destination.  He has heard that Tempe knows everything about the land and requests her help as their guide but Tempe does not want to go with the group not only because it would be awkward, but it would not be proper for one woman to travel with a group of men . But after her father's insistence that she lead the men away from the Inn, She reluctantly becomes their guide. The small group continues forward and as they continue, Tempe finds herself oddly attracted to Sion even though he is not someone that she would normally befriend and because she is not willing to let go of James. Can God help her get past the buried feelings of despair and hurt because of the death of the one she loved so that she can love another ? Will Sion be able to love someone again after what happened to his family?
Will the group be able to safely make it through the dangerous wilderness with Indian Warriors close behind them?
I suggest you read the book to find out!

What did I think of the book?
Wow, I have never read any books by Laura Frantz but I was intrigued by the cover so I decided to read this one and boy have I been missing out on some fantastic books!  This book was amazing! The details the author describes about the places, the waterfalls and especially the moonbow make you feel like you are there in the Kentucke wilderness with Tempe and Sion. But I am giving you a bit of warning,  If you are like me and get really into a story be careful. When the Indians attacked them I was actually on the edge of my seat, and when her Indian acquaintance, Raven had to decide if he would betray Tempe or save her life,  I was literally holding my breath until I read what happened.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction with a bit of romance, an intriguing plot and a touch of suspense. Overall I give the book 5 out of 5 Stars! *****

If you want to check out her other amazing books, Here is the link:

Happy Reading :) 

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.