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The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

 

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the book:

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold.

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

My Review:

Much like the previous book,  if you do not like Regency books that move similar to speed to Jane Austen, you may not enjoy this one. I do, hence the great enjoyment.
I had waited to read both of the books near to one another, but when I finished this one, I was dismayed that I will be waiting another year for the next one. There were some resolutions, but not nearly enough for me!
The romance is a little more in this one than the first one, but again, very, very light throughout. It is not the storyline as much as it is the tale of the “Ladies of Ivy Cottage”.
I was struck by the way that the society was set up for women to struggle when they were unmarried.
Ms. Klassen does an excellent job of giving you a complete picture and painting the set up to make you want to read the next book as well.

This book is available for purchase from booksellers near you and Amazon. If you like Regency and Jane Austen, get this one as well as the one before it.

“Ladies of Ivy Cottage”

I obtained this book through the publisher, Bethany House. My opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

 

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About the book:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

My Review:

This book is full of little mysteries, intrigue, but also the relationship issues that plague the characters. Rescues, helicopter failures, sinking yachts are only just a few of the things you might encounter while reading this adventure story.
I enjoyed the little hints of local real places that I found more in this book than some of the others. This book had me smiling, but not until the very end. I was on a plane and had to stop reading to find my connecting flight and I could not stop wondering what would happen. I was very near the end too!

I obtained this book from the author. The opinions contained herein are my own.

This book is available for purchase wherever books are sold and on Amazon.

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