I love Kristan Higgans' stories! They're so real, totally believable plots with lots of love, tears, and humor. Follow Faith Holland as she returns to her family's east coast vineyard from San Francisco to save her dad from falling into the clutches of a tacky gold-digging woman. Once there she runs into police chief Levi Cooper who was the best man who she blamed for her fiancée leaving her at the altar a couple years prior. The complicated lives of these two create a wonderful story where you'll cry, laugh, and just feel terrific while Faith finds herself and maybe even finds out who the best man really is.
I've read Tessa Dare before and really enjoyed her books. This one didn't disappoint. I loved the two characters who were really not suited to be together, but managed to fall in love anyway. Pauline is the spirited barmaid that Griff picks out in Spinster Cove when his mother, who is desperate for grandchildren, kidnaps him and demands that he select any young lady in the local bar to be his duchess. In a deliberate attempt to thwart her plan, Griff picks the least likely candidate, the barmaid. After he agrees to hire her for a week to prove that she is totally unsuitable, he takes her off to London for her duchess-to be-training. Pauline agrees to this as it will provide her with the money she needs to open a circulating library for young women and give her the means to get her and her mentally challenged sister away from the mistreatment they're receiving at home. Pauline tries her best to be a catastrophe in London, but manages to reach the Duke's heart anyway. The Duke's devious mother made me chuckle over and over again, especially when she calls together the entire servant staff to find out who wrote in the family Bible, or when she's knitting some unfortunate piece of attire. The narrator did a nice job, except that sometimes Pauline's accent tended to sound more Irish to me than Cockney. This book is definitely worth the credit and then some!
This story had me captivated from the first spoken word. It was full of highs and lows and you live every minute of them with the two main characters who find each other by accident. Molly is a young girl in foster care who is almost old enough to age out of the foster care system and seems to be her own worst enemy. Vivian is an elderly wealthy lady who appears to be all alone in the world living in a large mansion in Maine. Molly commits a minor crime and is sentenced to do hours of community service which she fulfills by helping Vivian clean our her attic. Together they uncover the story of Vivian's life as they go through the boxes in her attic that contain items from each stage of her life. Vivian, a recent immigrant from Ireland just prior to the Great Depression, was orphaned at 8 or 9 and placed on the Orphan Train from NYC out to the Midwest. There the orphans were given to families who applied for a child, whether the home they were being placed in was safe, clean or not. Her story is compelling, having so many downturns that you can't understand how this plucky little girl could go on (that squirrel hunter guy and his family creeped me out from the first minute Ms. Kline described him).Once she winds up in a stable family where she is loved, the story doesn't end there.
Meanwhile, Molly is facing her own issues and as she works for Vivian, her life starts to turn around. However, the foster mother she currently has resents her and the tension at home continues, even as she turns her grades around, cleans up her appearance and starts growing up.
Don't miss this book! It would make a wonderful movie.
I normally love KH's books, reading or listening to them more than once, but I really didn't get into this book as much. I think it was because I wasn't invested in the heroine, Colleen, - I really didn't like her. She slept around too much, despite the fact that she keeps telling herself that she really didn't sleep with as many guys as everyone thought she did. This comes back to haunt her later on in the story. Lucas, the hero, wasn't any more likeable. He claimed to love Colleen, but then ran off and married the rich girl and stayed with her claiming to love her for four years for reasons I won't go into as they will spoil the story. All the flashbacks didn't complete the whole picture of what happened to these two until the middle of the story.
On the other hand, some of the peripheral characters were funny and lovable, while others were just plain detestable. There are some really funny moments in this book and I wish it had pictures so I could see what the Chicken Princess' sneed (sp?) looked like. Kristen Higgins' books are always well written. The first two books are wonderful in this series, so if you haven't read them, treat yourself to those books and skip this one.
I've read a couple of other Tessa Dare books and I find her written dialogues and plots to be funny and witty. In this book, Amelia, the nurturer of an impoverished noble family, takes the Duke of Midnight to task over him fleecing several hundred pounds and a token from the "stud club" from her younger brother in a card game. When Amelia is talking to the duke, he has a panic attack, which he is prone to when he gets in a crowd, he finds out another member of the stud club is murdered. After spending several hours with Amelia he asks her to marry him so he will have a duchess who can help care for his young teenage ward and continue his lineage. Oh and he pays her twenty thousand pounds that will help her poor but noble family survive and it will get the younger brother out of gambling debt.
Once they are married, Spencer is aching to have her put him first above her family and she becomes jealous of how he treats his horses, wanting all that love and attention directed toward her. The fifteen year old resentful niece doesn't help things either. As the relationship between the duke and Amelia develops, Spencer wants to know if she will ever love him more than her brother.
This was a funny, delightful book and I loved that the hero was a closet romantic, but denies it to the hilt when Amelia figures that out. On the negative side, I thought the ending was a little weak. Ms. Dare could have made it a bigger part of the book, but it seemed like she rushed through it. Maybe to make way for the next Stud Club novel? I gave it four stars because the ending seemed so weak, otherwise I highly recommend it.
Yes, but with a caveat that this book is slightly different than most of Ms Jeffries' other books. She did have a good authentic storyline with romance and her character development was, as always, well written.
It's not as good as some of her other stories, but overall a pretty good listen.
Without spoiling the ending, the scene where Max "persuades" George to do the right thing near the end of the novel.
The little look into the historical treatment of madmen and the French Secret Service was interesting..
It was way too long. I had trouble listening to all 11 hours of it and found myself wishing it would be done about 4 hours earlier.
No, I can't say that I would recommend this book. I found it to be unrealistic, and actually boring in some spots.
She did have a British accent, but that's about all the narrator added to this book.
There are other excellent historical romances out there. This one wasn't absolutely terrible, but there are so many others that are much better reads.
I loved this story about Stella, the smart and sassy heroine and Beau, the ex-Marine sent to bring her to Texas to meet her half sister. Together they make a sweet couple both with endearing, but irritating personality quirks. The story seemed to go by quickly because these two were so cute together and I kept wishing that the story was longer!
First let me say I normally love Brenda Novak's books. This one is about two sisters who grew up in horrible circumstances with a negligent (to say the least) mother. Cheyenne, the younger daughter, is desperately trying to make an honest worthwhile life for herself in Whiskey Creek, but has serious doubts about whether her dying mother is really her biological mother. She has two love interests in the story and I hated the way she treated one of them (Dylan) - assuming since he had a troubled adolescence and he lived on the wrong side of the tracks, that he wasn't good enough for her. I couldn't understand why Dylan didn't tell her to get lost multiple times in this book.
On the other hand, Cheyenne's sister, Presley, succumbs to easy sex, drugs and living a life more like their mother's. Her part of the story is hard to listen to. Cheyenne's group of friends are annoying busybodies more than caring friends in this book. Despite all these negative elements, I couldn't stop listening to see what happened with the characters. I thought the narrator did a good job as well.
I had a hard time getting into this book for a couple of reasons. The narrator had a difficult job with so many characters, both male and female, and many of them were mentally challenged or handicapped in some form. I think she did a fairly decent job, considering the challenges she was up against. The story line was a good one - a ridiculously rich heiress, Kara, who was raised by a couple whose sole purpose was to preserve the rainforests of the world, finds out she was adopted soon after the death of her parents. She heads down to Florida incognito to find her mentally handicapped adoptive parents and get to know them without telling them who she really is (an heiress and their biological daughter). They're living on a ranch in northern Florida owned by a man whose brother has Down's Syndrome and has several other mentally handicapped individuals working there. I found the two main individuals in the story to be unrealistically altruistic, particularly Kara. She's a vegan and imposes her eating habits on the occupants of the ranch as well as the reader. I'm on the fence about whether to recommend this book or not. It wasn't one of my favorites, but it was entertaining enough that I didn't once consider abandoning it.
These Jane Jameson books just make me laugh! I love the way Molly Harper makes up all these rules for both the vampire and werewolf populations - I mean, who's going to dispute them? In this book, Jane continues her story adjusting to life as a reluctantly turned vampire. There's a lot of interaction with her immediate and extended family, including her best friend and his fiancée who just happens to be the only female in a family full of werewolves Preparing for the human/werewolf nuptials is a good part of the book and anything that can go wrong does indeed go wrong. In Nice Girls, the real evil comes from humans, not the supernatural characters. The mystery of Gabriel deepens in this story, making you want to rush out and read Book 3 in the series, so do yourself a favor and download all the books at the same time.
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