The Long Way Home takes place in the the small town of St. Dennis, Maryland, where Ellie Chapman has inherited a house from her mother. The will stipulates that Ellie must live in the house for at least six months before she can sell it. Ellie has just been betrayed by her father and her fiance who have been convicted of swindling a lot of money from their investors. Because she worked for the same company, most of her assets have been taken away from her as well. With little money and no where else to live, Ellie reluctantly decides to stay in St. Dennis. As Ellie becomes acquainted with the town's residents, she learns to trust again. She also falls in love with Cameron O'Connor, a local with close ties to her mother's family.I really enjoyed this story. The plot developed at a consistent pace and wrapped up nicely at the end. It felt like a treasure hunt as Ellie discovered various things all over her mother's house. The town's residents are tightly knit and very welcoming. I look forward to reading their stories in the other books of this series. If you like Robyn Carr's Virgin River series because of the recurring characters you will enjoy this series as well.
In 1850, Honor Bright, a Quaker, leaves England with her sister to begin a new life in Ohio. There is a lot to learn about surviving in her new environment. Honor also encounters the Underground Railroad in her new community and has to make choices about whether or not to help out. From a historical fiction perspective, it was interesting to learn about Quakers and what everyday life was like in rural Ohio in 1850. This book was on my "to read" list at my local library so I was pleased to have been given a free copy to review through the Goodreads giveaway program.
Scent of Triumph is the story of Danielle Bretancourt, a French perfumer, and her family from 1939 until the end of World War 2. The reader is taken with Danielle to England, France, Poland and the United States as she tries to keep her children safe during the war. There are detailed descriptions about perfume and how new perfumes are created. Scents of all types play a significant role in this story. Danielle is a strong, independent woman who overcomes a variety of adversities throughout the story. Readers who enjoy a strong female protagonist or historical fiction will enjoy this well crafted story.
This is a collection of four novellas by some of today's most popular romance authors. Each story was a quick, but enjoyable, read about going back to one's first love. Some of the stories were poignant, others were quirky and there were elements of humor throughout. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a nice, light read. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC given in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is the story of 16 year old Meagan Roberts and her adventures as she follows the Great Horse through time. The Golden Spark takes us from Mexico in 1519 to France in 1666 and finally to England in 1816. In each setting, Megan lives and works closely with horses, always trying to find the Great Horse so that one day she can return home. This book does an excellent job of teaching the reader about how horses were trained, treated, and what they were used for in each of the historical time periods Meagan goes to. My only criticism is that it was hard to get a good sense of how Megan ended up traveling through history. A brief recap at the beginning of the book would have been helpful. Aside from that, this story is engaging and Megan's character is well developed. This book is recommended for those who like to read about horses, adventure, or history.
This is a light read about a woman living in New York who goes to a small town in Maine to deliver a letter in order to fulfill her dying grandmother's last wish. Along the way she discovers what life in a small town has to offer. She also discovers things about her grandmother. In addition, there is an element of romance. This book kept me reading because I wanted to find out more about her grandmother. I enjoyed this book enough to order a copy for the library I work for. (Review is based on a free ARC from Goodreads giveaway received in exchange for a review.)
As always, Linda Lael Miller does not disappoint. I enjoyed this book where readers are transported to Parable, Montana, where they are introduced to Sheriff Boone Taylor and his neighbour, Tara Kendall, who do not get along with each other. Through varying circumstances, each takes in two children to live with them. Through the children, Boone and Tara learn to rely on and eventually love each other. This book is part of a series about Parable, Montana and readers run into characters from previous books. Because of that, this book will also appeal to fans of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I received an ARC from NetGalley.
Summerset Abbey is the story of Prudence Tate, the daughter of a British governess during the early 1900's. Her mother worked with Rowena and Victoria Buxton and Prudence grew up alongside of the sisters, enjoying the same privileges. Things take a sudden turn when the sisters' father dies and they are sent to live with their uncle at his country estate. Prudence is allowed to come along with the understanding that she will live in the servants' quarters and become the sisters' maid. This book provides an interesting glimpse into British aristocracy and the people who served them. I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, the TV series Downton Abbey and the author Kate Morten. (Review based on an ARC copy from NetGalley.)
I enjoyed this book. The characters are realistic and the storyline is original. I enjoyed the other characters in the small community and would like to read the other books in the series. Review based on an ARC from NetGalley.