A Slice of Christmas Magic
One More Chapter #2
by A. G. Mayes
Harper Impulse and Killer Reads
A magical Christmas mystery perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber! A recipe for festive disaster… With Aunt Erma back in charge of her magical pie shop Susanna Daniels thought life would return to normal. But there is no ‘normal’ in Hocus Hills and as the most magical time of year approaches Susie finds herself in a race to stop a magic revolution. Add in the unexpected arrival of the one that got away and a mysterious dog named Duncan, and it’s clear that this will be one Christmas that Susie will never forget!
Initially I found this book confusing. Have I read the first chapters before? Was it at the end of a previous book? Or did I read an early draft?
Or something else?
I thought that this story was not quite up to the standard
of book 1. Perhaps because the ‘strange’ in the story is now familiar. It
needed for me more than the same enemies.
I was very worried about the level of diabetes in this
community with the amount of cream pie they are eating. A very American dessert
and thing to do. Perhaps the author could let them eat something healthier
occasionally? A fruit flan would be an improvement.
The Christmas Wedding
#1 Little Creek
by Dilly Court
Historical romance, women's fiction
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction
17 Oct 2019
The village of Little Creek, the long winter of 1867 The first flakes of snow are falling when Daisy Marshall, secretly engaged to her master's son, finds herself jilted at the altar. Heartbroken, Daisy flees to the small village of Little Creek, nestled on the coast of Essex. There she is warmly welcomed – but the village is poverty-stricken, suffering under a cruel Lord of the manor. And when cholera hits, the villagers are truly in dire straits. Determined to help, Daisy makes new friends in earnest doctor Nicholas and dashing smuggler Jay – but also dangerous new enemies, who threaten to destroy everything she’s built. Can Daisy save the village and find happiness in time for Christmas?
So what do you do if you are brought up as a Lady, and don’t
have any skills other than keeping house? Or maybe, being a Governess.
The perennial problem facing young women back in the – well
most centuries before women went out to anything other menial work.
And when you lose what little income you have, you fall back
on your family – if you have one.
And this is the story that we follow here, but we have a
dashing pirate – well smuggler, as so many were along the British southern
coast (as my husband’s family can testify!) and a villainy lord of the manor –
all good gothic elements for a romance story.
Nicely told with some good historical facts and descriptions
of the poverty that so many villagers lived in where huts were basically mud
floors and mostly mud walls and roofs..
with rents and work under the control of the local lord – even in the 19th
Gentle and cosy by the fire reading because it all works out
in the end – as it must.
A Merciful Death
Mercy Kilpatrick Book #1
(17 Jan. 2017)
FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.
Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout
A story about Preppers – that almost uniquely US lifestyle
that assumes a world disaster is likely to happen tomorrow and thus you better
be prepared today. Everything that might sustain life is required from food and
medicine, to methods of providing power and water.
There is a Preppers site for the UK population but its 40
hints start with assuming the following:
1. You are in debt – so get rid of it
2. You will need 6 months of cash to get by
3. You need to have a 72 hour survival kit.
Now this would just seem ridiculous to the US Preppers who are assuming – bearing in mind there is a lot of land they can use – that they will need to feed themselves from their own land and livestock for years at the very least – 72 hours pishposh…
The other point with
US Preppers is that very many of them don’t recognise that US laws apply to
them and many are not on the electoral role, the children are not registered,
and they are deep into the illegal purchase and storage of weapons – lots of
them – more and of many different types – than can seem at all reasonable and
very well hidden.
Apart from this belief of world disaster looming, the
Preppers , mostly, come across as rational self-sufficiency farmers using
bartering rather than cash.
I found this a nicely told tale with enough empathy for the
characters whether Prepper or Police.
Gothic Love Stories
by Erica Ridley
Mystery & Thrillers , Romance
Pub Date 23 Aug 2019
TOO WICKED TO KISS When an impoverished bluestocking finds herself at the mercy of an irresistible scoundrel, his touch holds her captive to his every dark desire... TOO SINFUL TO DENY When a disgraced socialite is exiled to an isolated manor atop a pirate-infested cove, the only person who can help her escape is the one man who cannot be trusted with her heart... TOO TEMPTING TO RESIST A rakish lord has the chance to win forgiveness from a lost love... if he can spirit her away from a haunted castle. TOO WANTON TO WED A secretive governess seeks shelter in the towering home of a mysterious recluse who may be even more dangerous than the man she fled.
A set of books in the Gothic genre of historical romances.
With brooding heroes and doughty heroines who fight for their right to romance
For me, book 1 took quite a while to actually grab my
interest. certainly a set of upper-class horrors were portrayed here, where a
kiss makes a girl unmarriageable and age is no barrier, only money.
Women are possessions, things.
Interestingly, reading a recent article about millennial
dating and sexual habits we seem to be coming back to this view – it is OK for
a male to spit on his partner as one kind of kink/fetish, and
semi-strangulation is OK too. Women put up with it as part of the norm for
having a boyfriend rather than objecting. Women accept it and expect to be
treated as a body rather than partner.
Whatever happened to feminism?!
So gothic heroes are perhaps more the normal type of male
these days? Treating women badly is OK?
Luckily in the novels, the women fight back and demand
better treatment and get it.
Not really my favourite genre but by the end of the set of
novels I was enjoying them more.
#1: A married-at-first-sight romance (The Arranged Duo)
New Adult Romance, Romantic comedy, Romantic Suspense
Katharine Gilliam Regnery
February 23, 2019
My name is Courtney Jane Salinger...and I'm sick of games.Sick of the Friday night bar-scene-cum-meat-market. Sick of the boy-girl, man-woman, mars-venus, flirtation-without-expectation, game-playing nonsense.Sick of awful dates and one-night stands, booty calls and guys who don't call back, mixed messages or NO messages and-and-and...I'm sick of all of it. I'm done.I just can't do it anymore.It's too hard, and worse: little by little, it's making me hard.It's breaking my heart.What DO I want?That's easy.I want a house in suburbia with a white picket fence.I want babies to buckle into a minivan.But most of all, I want to be married.I want a husband.So I've made an important decision: I'm making my escape from the dating world and the single life.I've filled out my application on ArrangeMe.com and I'm putting my fate into the hands of experts.Is it a little scary?Sure.I mean, I have no idea who I'll end up with. After all, I'm planning to marry a complete stranger.But between you and me?I can't wait.Being arranged can't possibly be worse than being single.Can it?
A fun story of how a New Yorker got fed up with dating and
never finding Mr Right.
Her solution was to do away with romance and dating and go
to a marriage site – for an arranged
marriage. But the kicker being she would not meet in person her marriage
partner until the wedding ceremony!
There were the expected highs and lows but with an
interesting slant along the way. The style was nice, easy reading and very
contemporary in feel.