The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

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The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen was a great historical fiction book to read.  I have read tons of books by Julie Klassen so this book had a lot to live up to and it did live up to everything I thought it would.  I haven’t read any historical fiction books in the last little while and I loved how this one brought in the genre that I love more than any other and that is mystery.  I always fall in love with books that have some sort of mystery involved and this one didn’t let me down.  I loved this book because like Abigail I had to know what happened and why they got to live there for such a great deal.  I always love knowing why things happen and I love learning about the characters in the books.   This was such a great book that I would recommend to everyone who is looking for a great written historical novel than make sure you check this one out.

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About The Book

Julie Klassen Is the Top Name in Inspirational regency Romance

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her–a longtime friend–has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.
When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play . . .

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem to know something about the manor’s past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure.

Hoping to improve her family’s financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

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About The Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, Minnesota Book Awards, and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs athttp://www.inspiredbylifeandfiction.com.
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Brush With Love by Rachel Hauck

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Brush With Love by Rachel Hauck was a sweet story to read.  I loved how this was a shorter story as well.  There is something about short stories that at times makes me love them more that longer books.  This is such a sweet story and it is super easy to read if you have a few hours of time to pass.  I loved the characters in this book and the setting of the book.   To me these characters felt like they could have been real people and people that I would have liked to know.  I have read other books by Rachel and I don’t know that she has ever written a book that I haven’t loved.  If you love romance novels that I would for sure suggest this one.

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Ginger Winters is a gifted hairstylist with scars no one can see. The last thing she expects from the New Year is a new chance at love.

Overcoming a childhood tragedy, Ginger emerges from the pain and trauma with a gift for bringing out the beauty in others. From the top big city salons to traveling the world as personal stylist to a country music sensation, success was almost enough to make Ginger forget her she would never be one of the beautiful people.

Almost. Now that she’s back home in Rosebud, Alabama and running her own salon, the truth remains: Ginger is still that girl, forever on the outside looking in. But she needs her confidence this weekend. She’s the acclaimed “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.

When high-school crush Tom Wells Jr. also returns to town and shows up at her shop looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her locked away from love, Despite Tom’s best efforts, Ginger can’t forget how he disappeared on her twelve years ago and broke her heart. Can she ever trust him again?

When Tom challenges her to see her own beauty, Ginger must decide if she will remained chained to the past or move freely into a new, exciting future.

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About The Author

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel,Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

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Hannah Arendt-Quote Of The Week

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This weeks quote is by Hannah Arendt.

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I loved this quote because it is true.  I know that up until I forgave my parents I always felt held back and weighed down.  I still feel weighed down at time because there are things that have happened recently that I know I need to forgive and move on from but I am not in the place where I feel like I can do that right now.  It is something that I am always working on but I am not there just yet.  What do you think of this weeks quote by Hannah Arendt?

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Overkill by Amy Saunders

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Overkill by Amy Saunders was a fun book to read.  I have to admit that I was lost through parts of this book because I haven’t read any other books in this series.  That being said you can read this book and still understand this story you just won’t understand some of the backstory like me.  Anyway lets get back to this book.  I loved all the characters and the way that this book is written.  I am for sure going to go back and read the other books in this series because the author does a great job of writing and making you feel as  though the characters are real life people.  If you love mystery books than make sure you check this one out.

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About The Book

Summer in Portside: The beach! The gelato! The murder…

Belinda’s peace from scandal and her grandmother is short-lived when a painting – and then a body – wash up on her favorite beach. As she and Bennett team with Det. Jonas Parker to figure out how the two connect, a possible art forgery comes to light – and another victim.

Belinda continues to grow into her new role as a part-time amateur detective, swimming through suspects and broken connections, while Bennett starts to rebuild his life, and Jonas breaks free from work to pursue a potential new romance.

With the heat of summer upon them, the future is more unpredictable than ever.

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About The Author

Amy Saunders is a mystery lover with a soft spot for humor and romance–and the ocean. She lives inMassachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies. She’s the author of one mystery series and three standalone mysteries. Learn more about Amy and her books at her website.

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Climax by Christina George

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Climax by Christina George this was a good book just like the first 2 were.  If you missed my reviews of book one and/or book two you should check them out before you read this review because some of my thoughts have changed about the characters in the books.  I loved the first 2 books but by the time I got halfway through this book I was so tired of Kate and how she couldn’t seem to make up her mind about who she wanted to be with.  I still loved the characters but I was super annoyed with her because she kept bouncing between the two of them.  I did love how the series ended and who she ended up with.  I think it ended perfectly and I was sad to see the characters go because after 3 books I loved the characters and the whole plot of this book.

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About The Book

Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit.

Kate Mitchell has everything. She’s the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she’s about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.

And that’s when everything falls apart.

Everything is perfect…until it’s not.

In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.

Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancé. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.

When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.

Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.

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About The Author

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

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Shelf Life by Christina George

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Shelf Life by Christina George was a great sequel to “The Publicist“.  I started this one the minute after I finished “The Publicist” because I was so in love with the characters and I had to know what happened next in the series.  In this book I really started to love Mac more and I saw more why she had a hard time going choosing which one to be with.   I think I liked this book more than the first one because you got to see more of who Kate really is and I love seeing her rebuild her life.  I loved reading about what it is like in the publishing world because I know what it is like for those of us who review books so I love getting a glimpse in to what happens with authors and getting the books published.

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About The Book

It’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, Kate sets off on a new adventure…

Starting over in California is easy but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nick Lavigne is eager to help her forget but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she’s welcomed back with open arms.

But at the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.

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About The Author

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

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The Publicist by Christina George

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The Publicist by Christina George was a great book.  I wasn’t sure when I was started this book if I was going to like it but after the first couple of pages I was hooked and didn’t want to put this book down or the others in the series.  I loved this authors writing and I also loved the plot of this book.  I loved Kate and I really liked Mac until Nick came into the book and then I was in love with Nick.  I was so glad that I had the next book in series waiting for me because I would have hated to wait to read the rest of the books.  If you love romance books I would recommend this book to you.  I will be reviewing the second book tomorrow and the third book on Wednesday so make sure you come back and check them out.

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About The Book

Behind every book, there’s always more to the story.Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t always sell (at all) and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.Enter the star Editor, MacDermott Ellis. Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news; and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California.As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week”, she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.

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About The Author

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

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Dwight D Eisenhower-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quote is by Dwight D Eisenhower.

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When I read this quote I thought of how things are going in our country right now and how true this quote is.  I have noticed that people feel that the world owes them things when the truth is no one owes you anything.  Any way those are a few of my thoughts on this quote.  What do you think of this weeks quote by Dwight D Eisenhower?

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Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn

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Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn was another great book in this series.  I love these books and I am so glad that I get to review them.  There are some books that I would never buy with my own money but these are one of the few that I would actually buy because I love them so much.  Anyway lets get on to the review of this book.  In the beginning I wasn’t a huge fan of Zenus and I am not sure why but by the end of the book I love him.   I also loved watching Zenus & Mary fall in love and how Zenus finally went and showed her that he loved her.  It was such a sweet love story that I would recommend to anyone who loves romance novels.

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About The Book

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.

Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

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About The Author

Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including The Heiress’s Courtship. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.

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About The Quilts Of Love Series

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

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