Book Reviews

Looking for something to read?

Here is what I’ve been reading…

Austen in Austin V1Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.

Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.

My thoughts: Any Jane Austen book lover will want to buy this series for their summer pleasure. I enjoyed each book in this series. It was like visiting with old friends. It was a quick read which is perfect for your upcoming vacation!


Princess Yvette of Mevendia has been engaged since before her first birthday. Thanks to Prince from her pastthe ridiculous contract her father signed, the engagement is still intact and the wedding set to occur a week after her eighteenth birthday, even though the groom’s been dead for over seventeen years.

Or has he?

Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario and his nanny narrowly escaped death when a car accident claimed the lives of his parents. Raised in hiding in the United States, and recently informed of his royal heritage, Nicklaus has returned to the land of his birth just in time for his wedding.

Nicklaus finds himself attracted to Princess Yvette, but is that enough to go through with the wedding? Or will he suffer banishment not only for himself, but the nanny who raised him and the fiance he’s only just met? Despite his tall, dark, and handsome appeal, Yvette isn’t sure she wants to go through with the wedding – but she really doesn’t want to be exiled either. She prefers to be proactive, to go after what she wants, but this time, the princess finds her future, her chance at happiness, in the hands of the prince from her past.

My thoughts: Carol is the queen of writing royal romance. This is the fourth in her new series and while I do recommend it… I think the reader should start with book 1 in the series. This is probably the most highly anticipated book Carol has written yet, but I think if you start with this book you might be a little lost. Another great summer read!


Emmalyn Ross never thought a person could feel this alone. Sustaining a
marriage with a man who’s not by her side is no easy task, especially
since her husband currently resides behind impenetrable prison wallsAs waters gone by.
His actions stole her heart’s desire and gave their relationship a
court-mandated five-year time-out. What didn’t fall apart that night
fell apart in the intervening years.

Now, on a self-imposed exile
to Madeline Island—one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior—Emmalyn
starts rehabbing an old hunting cottage they’d purchased when life made
sense. Restoring it may put a roof over her head, but a home needs more
than a roof and walls, just as a marriage needs more than vows and a
license. With only a handful of months before her husband is released,
Emmalyn must figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again. And
his silence isn’t helping.

My thoughts: This tops my list of best books for 2016. It rich, powerful, and beautifully written. I can’t say enough about this book. Cynthia Ruchti’s writing always speaks to my heart.This isn’t a light read, but I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down. It will make you think and it might even make you uncomfortable, but you will not be sorry you read it.

Well, I hope one of these three books will make it onto your summer reading lists. Have a blessed day!

Happy Reading,

2 thoughts on “Looking for something to read?”

  1. Thank you for the great reviews! So glad to hear you enjoyed Austen in Austin. I’ve been wanting to read the other two books you mentioned…I will definitely check them out! Thanks!


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