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The Bashful Bride by Vanessa Riley

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko




My Review:

The books in this series are stand alone, but I found that I believe more enjoyable when read in order. Vanessa Riley brings to life a time period and culture from a time period that is rarely written about. She does so in this beautiful tale of love, where people are willing to do anything for another person’s care and devotion.

However, there are also forced marriages, evil uncles, and controlling parents to add to the mix, along with racial prejudices. This novel is both entertaining and educational, all wrapped in a well written package. Check this one out!

“The Bashful Bride” is available on Amazon.

This was obtained through Netgalley. The opinions contained herein are my own.


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A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the Book:

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

My Review:

I have long been a fan of Melanie Dickerson’s books. Every Christmas for the last approximately five years, I have bought her books to read on Christmas day. So, when she varied from her normal genre of fairy tale rewrites to write Regency, I was wondering if I would enjoy it as much as her other books. I should not have doubted.

Wow. While this book is geared towards adults, it would still be appropriate like her other reads for teens. It was a genuinely amazing Regency story, that will remind you of the famous Regency authors of old with twists that will have your heart slightly racing. I enjoyed, not only the light romantic story, but the mystery of the spying with historical facts throughout. The end result, Melanie Dickerson hits the high notes again. This book is another “must buy” book.

This book was provided for me by NetGalley and the author for review. The opinions contained herein are my own.

You can purchase a copy available for pre-order here. It releases February 9th, 2016


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The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd


The Heiress of winter wood
By Sarah Ladd

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Book Description

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting to her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

My Review:

This Regency era romance made me so thankful for the time we live in. This story really speaks of the desperation that women were often under in this time period, especially those with a family fortune. The pressure to marry someone simply to be married, the control of male relatives and lack of a need for love in marriage were common variants. Amanda fell in love with a little tiny person, Lucy, and she realized that love was worth anything to keep, even her own chance for love.

I think this story shows how love though, actually ended up saving her and bringing her true love in spite of her best efforts to thwart it.

I was also amazed at somehow, how little some things change. I wrote my last post, at how people blame a victim of bad circumstances often, without meaning to. I felt like in this book, she shows how often the misuse of authority, money and lack of concern for female wellbeing was common.

This story will capture your interest and hold your attention as you live through the eyes of Amelia and Graham as they weave through the web of greed and deception to find real love. -Martha

I reviewed this book for Book Sneeze, but the opinions contained are my own alone.

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