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17 April 2018

The Perfect Duchess by Erica Taylor (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

To say that I loved Erica Taylor's first Macalister book, A Suitable Affair, would be an understatement of major proportions. I haven't quite finished her second book (which is actually a prequel so feel free to read it first), but I couldn't wait to oooh and aaah and squeal with delight over Andrew and Clara (and to say yet again how much I NEED more Luke!)! 

Andrew is known as the "Stone Duke" for his typically cold demeanor, and Clara is followed by horrid gossip about her pretty much wherever she goes. The two have known each other since childhood, though, and were almost in-laws as Andrew was once engaged to Clara's twin sister. When they meet again at a ball hosted by the Macalisters, their chemistry and attraction was undeniable ... to the reader, anyway. 

When I last put down my book (okay -- my phone ... thank you ever-so-much to NetGalley for making this book the reason I rejoined!), Andrew had just beaten the tar out of Clara's brother (he had it coming). I've got a lot more to go and can't wait to see what happens next!

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by I'd Rather Be At The Beach. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.

13 April 2018

The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant

I always enjoy having a new Tilly Tennant book to read and I have a feeling that The Summer of Secrets may be my favorite one yet. The friendship between Harper and Pip is beautifully written and Cesca is a character I would love to see more of in future books. It has a great blend of humor and romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in to make it one that I would easily recommend.

Friday 56 (today is 56% from the ebook) is hosted at Freda's Voice
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

06 March 2018

Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes by Amy Miller (Tuesday Intro & Teaser Tuesday)

Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes is actually the second in a series, which I didn't realize until I was already fully enamored with the story. I would normally stop immediately and not return until I had read the first book, but this stands alone beautifully on its own so I just kept going.

It's set during World War II in the town of Bournemouth in southern England. Audrey and her husband run the Barton Bakery until he goes off to join the war and she's left to run it with their friends and family at her side.  

There's so much to love about this story. Weddings, heartache, scandal, and the precious little Mary who came to live with Audrey and Charlie when she was evacuated from her own home. It has a lot of the same feel as Sandy Taylor's books and, if you've been around here for a while, you must know that I think that's a very good thing indeed!

I may not have read the first book in the series (yet), but I'm definitely going to make sure I read them all now!

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by I'd Rather Be At The Beach. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.