Friday, October 20, 2017

My Review: Christmas Captive


Description:
On his cousin's Christmas cruise wedding, navy SEAL Jordan Somerton anticipated having the typical best man duties--not facing down criminals boarding the ship. But when the luxury liner is infiltrated by men determined to kidnap the flower girl, he's plunged into an unexpected mission. Maid of honor and DEA agent Amy Delgado hasn't forgiven Jordan for a misunderstanding in their pasts. But with her young niece targeted, she must draw on Jordan's skills as a protector. Signs point to an inside job. With a traitor in their midst, can they ensure that every passenger returns home safely for the holidays...even as they find love amid deepening danger?


About the Author:
Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as director of marketing for a Christian radio network. She is the author of several novels including The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.





My review: 5 stars
I always enjoy Liz Johnson’s books and this one is no exception!  I’ve been anxiously awaiting Jordan and Amy’s book and couldn’t wait to get started!  I first met Amy in “Navy SEAL Noel” and knew she was going to be perfect with Jordan, who held a special place in my heart after seeing him with Kristi and Zach’s son in “Hazardous Holiday.”  I love how all of the Men of Valor books connect, but can also be read alone (although why anyone wouldn’t want to read the rest of the series is beyond me).  

As always, Ms. Johnson drew me in right from the start and I didn’t want to put it down!  I was quickly absorbed in the story and hated having to pause for even a few moments.  I enjoyed the mystery and suspense, how she kept the story hopping, even when they actually had a calm moment.  My favorite part is always the characters, and that’s definitely accurate with this book!  I so enjoyed getting to know Amy and Jordan and finally getting the back story behind the animosity between them.  I loved that Jordan’s random jokes made me laugh, during an otherwise suspenseful story and seeing these two finally get their “happily ever after.”  The romance surprisingly didn’t feel rushed, despite the story taking place over only a couple days, but it definitely helped that Amy and Jordan had a past to connect them.  And those kisses!  *sigh*  

I also very much appreciated how much spiritual depth Ms. Johnson was able to include in this comparatively short novel.  I enjoyed watching the characters as they grew and changed, learning to forgive and to truly live, without fear.  
Overall, I loved this story and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense and romance!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review! 
As always, links are below if you'd like to check it out further!
Have a lovely day!








Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Review: The Two Of Us


"Love is a choice.  It's keeping promises when they're tough to keep.  It's staying when you want to leave.  And it's seeing the other person through the same forgiving lens through which God sees us all."  - Chaplain Grant

Description:
After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans.

Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding.

Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .



About the Author:
Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances acclaimed for their true-to-life characters and stories. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and the Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at www.victoriabylin.com to find out more.



My Review: 4 stars

This is only the third book Ive read from Victoria Bylin and they seem to just get better and better!  I believe this one may be my favorite, yet!  I do have to say, that the cover is what first drew me to this story! Its perfect for the tale it contains and it just makes me smile to look at it.  Im often told not to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I think thats totally acceptable!

Its been a bit since Ive read any of Ms. Bylins books and Im sorry its taken me this long to pick up another one.  I so enjoyed her writing style and just fell in love with Echo Falls and these characters!  I loved her details and descriptions, how she brings the story to life with such vivid word images and inspires my imagination.  I also so enjoyed the words of wisdom woven throughout the story.  This story tackles some difficult topics, such as PTSD and Alzheimers, and along with just every day decisions and how to make a new marriage work.  I so appreciated how Ms. Bylin handled these things with grace and finesse.  I saved several quotes that seemed as though the author was speaking directly to me, through the characters and their situations.

I have to say that the characters were undoubtedly my favorite part of this story!  I just adored Mia and Jake, as well as Lucy and Sam.  I wasnt expecting the journey they went on and to so easily relate to their struggles and doubts.  Mia has made a commitment and shes determined that God doesnt change His mind and neither should she.  So when things in her life suddenly begin changing, shes thrown, unsure what her next step should be, what she should do next.  I enjoyed following her as she searched for Gods plan for her life and did her best to prepare for what that plan might entail.  Jake is also faced with difficult decisions, as well as trying to heal from the past.  Hes strong and stubborn, willing to sacrifice anything for those he loves and incredibly supportive of their decisions.  I loved his relationship with Sam and Lucy, offering a bit of advice and mostly just a shoulder to lean on as they figure out marriage and how their life together is going to work out.

And the romance!  Definitely worth a few sighs and the occasional frustrated huff as the characters walked the uncertain path toward happily ever afterand took a couple side trips along the way.  I do confess to getting a mite impatient with them a time or two, but looking back, I found even the uncertain moments, the frustrated ones, to be incredibly realistic.  If the story had moved any fasted, it wouldve seemed unrealistic and that might have taken away from the journey this story took me on.  So I really cant complain.

Overall, this book is something of a light romance, but intertwined with real life.  Messy, unpredictable, sometimes difficult, sometimes blissful, life.  And I would highly recommend it!  

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read my review!  I hope you enjoyed it!  As always, purchase links are below - I'm just going to go stare at the cover a bit longer (isn't it gorgeous?!), before I find it a home in my bookcase.  :)

Have a beautiful day!






Sunday, October 8, 2017

My Review: An Inconvenient Beauty, plus giveaway!


"God had blessed him with a brain, and Griffith intended to use it."
(I just thought this quote summed Griffith up rather well.)  :)

Description:
Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?


About the Author:
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.








My Review: 5 stars!
It can’t be over!  I’ve been anticipating this book for months and now, it’s over!  What?!  I fell in love with the Hawthorne siblings in the first few pages of “A Noble Masquerade” and have adored joining them on their sometimes less-than-smooth paths to love.  That being said, my excitement for this book was tempered just the slightest bit because this is the last book!  And I’ve been waiting for Griffith’s book since first meeting this protective, loving, sometimes a bit arrogant, always particular, big brother and what if this book wasn’t what I’d been expecting?  What if, by some strangeness I can’t even comprehend, I didn’t like it?  What if I didn’t love Griffith as much between the pages of his own story?  Honestly, I don’t even know why I entertained any of these questions, because I absolutely adored this book!  

I so wanted to take my time and savor this last Hawthorne House story, but best intentions flew right out the window the moment I turned the first page and I flew right through it, sighing as I flipped the final page hours later.  Ms. Hunter always keeps me turning pages long after I’ve promised myself and others “just one more paragraph/page/chapter,” and this story is definitely no exception!  As always, I loved her writing style, the unique way she describes things, her quirky characters, and interesting plot twists.  I so enjoyed having all of the siblings back and harassing one another in love.  There were quite a few “laugh out loud” moments that had other people questioning my sanity and me trying to explain, “you’d have to have been there.”  I love how completely Ms. Hunter’s stories draw me in, until it seems as though I’m right there with them, standing on the ballroom floor, wondering what on Earth I’ve gotten myself into.

 I’ve already said how much I adore Griffith, but Isabella “Bella” Breckenridge was entirely a surprise for me!  I simply fell in love with her character!  I loved her heart for others, in particular her cousin, Frederica, and her family.  She’s willing to sacrifice anything for them, even her own happiness.  She is beautiful, but underneath the trappings, she’s witty, sarcastic, funny, caring, kind, and straight-forward, despite the deceit that brings her and Griffith together.  She’s someone I’d dearly love to be friends with - and not just because I’d get to meet Anthony, Ryland, Trent, and Griffith - that’s just a perk.

Okay, I do have to expound on Griffith just a bit more.  I can’t resist!  He’s so swoony!  I know I say that a lot, but a guy that goes to his little sisters for advice and takes a lady to look at the trees . . . *sigh*  Too bad he’s taken.  But, there’s so much to be said for this giant of a man who adores his family and takes his role as Duke so seriously that he makes a plan for who and how he’s going to marry, unwilling to even consider making a mistake in something so important.  I loved the heart behind the idea, but I was right there with Ryland and Anthony, laughing at Griffith trying to plan something like falling in love.  And I had to applaud Bella for unintentionally throwing a huge wrench in his grand plan.  Their romance was so sweet!  If more than a little odd (which seems to be the case for these siblings).  Neither of them is what the other was looking for, but the story never seemed contrived.  I couldn’t resist sighing at the sweet moments and laughing as their best laid plans went very awry.  

All of that to say, I loved this book!  Go, read it, sigh often, laugh out loud, and fall in love!


Now, for the reason you clicked on this link in the first place - the giveaway! 
 
What You Win:
I loved this book so much (obviously), as well as the entire series, that I want to share a copy with someone!  Actually, I want to share a copy of one of Kristi Ann's books with you - so if you're new to her books (we need to talk) and would prefer to start with the first book, I'll happily send you a copy of it.  Or if you missed owning one of the previous books, it's winner's choice. It's also winner's preference, paperback or ebook. :)

The Details:
The giveaway will be open until Midnight on Sunday, October 15th.
Just leave me a comment answering the question below and enter your info into the Rafflecopter form and I'll (hopefully) notify the winner on Monday, the 16th.
This giveaway is open to International friends (please, join us!), but just so you know, if you win, you'll automatically get an ebook.

The Question:
What's a book you've read recently that was so good you wanted to share a copy with everyone?



a Rafflecopter giveaway
And I think that's it!  As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you took a moment to enter the giveaway!  And if you don't want to wait on a copy, or if you'd like to learn more about Kristi Ann's books, links are below. :)
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Unexpected Hero - Guest post with Danielle Hammelef

Two weeks ago I had a writing contest and today I am delighted to share the winning story and introduce you to the author!  So, without further ado, Danielle's story! :)   



UNEXPECTED HERO
by
Danielle S. Hammelef

I crossed the finish line a million miles in last behind the other cross country runners on my team. I limped a cool-down lap around the school track, my knees burning as if I’d skidded across the sun during the race, instead of the asphalt road.
“Amy, are you okay?” My teammate Emma jogged up beside me.  
I nodded, but I really wasn’t. I ached inside and out. “I’ve been practicing every day. State Meets are next week and I don’t think I’m fast enough to win.”
“If it’s any help, you’ve really improved your pacing.”
I swiped sweat from my forehead. “I wish I’d get faster sooner. I just want to go home and not think about racing the whole weekend.”
“But what about tomorrow?” asked Emma. “You’re going, right?”
My shoulders slumped. “Special Olympics! I forgot. Why didn’t our troop vote to pick up trash in the park instead?”
Emma stretched, touching her toes. “I think helping at Special Olympics will be much more fun than picking up stinky trash for our My Community Badge.”
“But what if we have to talk to the athletes?” I asked. “What do we say?”
Emma shrugged. “I think we cheer for them like, ‘you can do it!’”
I knew nothing about Special Olympics except that it’s a sport competition for people with mental disabilities. I’d never met anyone like that before. And now tomorrow I’d be working with lots of Special Olympics athletes. “Maybe I’ll get a job filling water cups.”
Emma stopped mid-lunge and squinted up at me. “You act like they have a contagious disease or something. My mom says they’re people just like us, except they may need a little extra help sometimes.”
“But they aren’t like you and me,” I thought.
I worried the rest of Friday and all the way to the high school Saturday morning.  
Olivia, one of the girls in my troop, pinned a volunteer badge on me. “We’re going to be “huggers.”
“Huggers?” I asked, my voice squeaking. I didn’t think there was any hugging involved in track events, just high-fives.
“We hug the athletes after they cross the finish line,” Olivia explained. “Then we take them to the scoring tables to get their times and then to the awards table for their medals.”
My stomach dropped to my sneakers.
I must have looked scared because Olivia added, “It’s easy and fun. I’ve done it lots of times. It’s so much better than filling up water cups like Emma and Jessica.” She nodded across the field where Emma and Jessica scrambled to keep enough cups filled for everyone.
I couldn’t believe how many people were here—way more than for my middle school meets. I wouldn’t like losing in front of this many people.
After the high school band finished playing the National Anthem, the crowd recited the Special Olympics oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Olivia dragged me to our spot near the finish line. “The first race is the 50 meter. My older sister Marissa is in lane two.”
“What’s your sister doing in this race?” I asked.
“She’s running. What do you think she’s doing?”
Then I knew why Olivia was such a Special Olympics expert. “Your sister’s mentally disabled?”
“I don’t think of her that way. She just has Down Syndrome.”
The starting gun popped. The racers sped toward us. Marissa crossed the finish line fourth. She raised her arms, whooping as if she’d won.
Olivia stepped onto the track and hugged a racer.
I froze, not knowing how to offer a stranger a hug.
But I didn’t have time to figure that out—Marissa skipped over to me and waited with open arms.
I patted her back and said, “Better luck next time.”
Marissa squeezed me, grabbed my hand, and pulled me to the scoring table. I was getting used to being dragged around today. But now I knew where Olivia got it from. While I waited, I whispered to Olivia, “Why is Marissa so happy? She lost.”
“She’s just excited to race,” Olivia said.
The 100 meter was next. Marissa took her mark in lane four. She got set and at the gun, flew out of the start. One girl raced ahead of Marissa, but Marissa closed the gap. I cheered her on. “Go, Marissa! You can do it!”
Then the leader stumbled and tumbled on the track. I grimaced, remembering my wipeout yesterday. My knees ached all over again.
But instead of going for the victory, Marissa stopped and helped her up. Arm-in-arm, Marissa and the fallen racer crossed the finish line in a tie for last.
I stared, open mouthed in Marissa’s direction. How could Marissa give up the chance to win? Wasn’t winning the most important thing? When I fell, no one on my school team stopped.
The Special Olympics oath echoed through my brain again as Marissa and I proceeded to the time table. I didn’t understand the oath before, but thanks to Marissa, I think I did now. I was right. These athletes are different than my friends and me. Unlike us, Marissa knew winning wasn’t the most important part.
When the 800 meter was announced, only Marissa lined up.
I turned to Olivia. “Where’s everyone else?”
Olivia sighed. “This happens a lot with the long race. Marissa just races herself.”
I huffed. “But that’s like memorizing lines for a play and nobody buying tickets!”
Dressed in my scout uniform, I lined up next to Marissa. We high-fived and crouched to race.
Marissa won fair and square. I gave her an Olympic-size squeeze. This time, losing didn’t sting liked scraped knees.
Olivia and I watched Marissa receive her gold medal.
Marissa slipped it over my head. “For you.”
I cradled the medal in my hands. I felt as if I was running on air.
“I think Marissa has a new hero,” Olivia said.
I smiled at Marissa. “I think I do too.”


Ah!  I just love it!

About the Author:
Danielle enjoys writing for children and has had her short stories, articles, poetry, and puzzles published in magazines including Highlights and Pockets. She also plays her flute in her community band and spends time with God and his creation every morning while she runs. Dark chocolate is always in her desk drawer. She lives with her husband and three daughters, her golden retriever, and eight aquatic frogs.


Thank you so much for sharing your lovely story with me/us, Danielle!  I've so enjoyed this writing contest adventure and may have to try another one, sometime. 
I also think I would quite like to have more guest posts . . . . I'll have to work on that.  :)

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having a fantastic day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Review: Deadly Proof blog tour and giveaway!



Description:
Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

(You can purchase a copy here )




About the Author:
Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.






My Review: 3.5 stars
I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this book, when I first started it.  Legal thrillers aren’t typically at the top of my list, but I’d heard so many great things about Ms. Dylan’s other books and was intrigued by the mystery, so I curious to give it a go.  I confess that I struggled a bit getting into it, but after a chapter or two, I was hooked!  I couldn’t resist the mystery and finding out what would happen next.

Ms. Dylan is a new-to-me author and I had absolutely no idea what to expect.  I really enjoyed her writing style, how she brought the story to life, and it’s obvious that law is her forte.  I appreciated how she used situations and conversations the characters found themselves in to explain the legalese I didn’t understand, rather than trying to explain every minute detail and slowing the story down.  Though I didn’t always completely understand what they were talking about on that page, it would usually click within that chapter at the very least, as they put into practice what had been described.  I also quite enjoyed the mystery!  It’s not often I’m kept guessing and I so enjoy it when that happens.  Though I did figure out part of it, she threw in a surprise at the end that made so much sense and looking back, I see all of the clues that I’m a little surprised/disappointed I didn’t catch earlier.

Honestly, my only mildly negative comment is that the characters fell a little flat for me.  Though Kate and Landon are the main characters, I didn’t feel as though I got to know them that well.  There were some deeper conversations and they touched on difficult topics such as PTSD and depression, but I still didn’t feel connected to them for most of the story.  I actually connected more with Nicole and Ethan (the opposing counsel) and really looked forward to getting the story from their perspectives.  Though that may just be personal preference.  And I do have to say that despite that, I’m really looking forward to the next book and learning who’s story it’s going to be: her friends, his, a combination of both?  That’s one of my favorite things about a new series - there are so many possibilities!   

Overall, though I had no idea what to expect, I found I quite enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series!


To celebrate the tour, Bethany House is giving away four Suspense Novels and a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!  And stop by the other blog stops to gain more entries!





September 26: Faithfully Bookish


September 27: Fizzy Pop Collection

September 27: Blogging With Carol

September 28: Fiction Aficionado

September 28: Moments Dipped in Ink

September 28: Genesis 5020

September 29: Just Commonly

September 29: Bukwurmzzz

September 29: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

September 30: 100 Pages per Hour

September 30: Smiling Book Reviews

October 1: A Reader’s Brain

October 1: Bigreadersite

October 1: Carpe Diem


October 2: Karen Sue Hadley







October 4: Mary Hake




October 6: Pause for Tales



October 7: Just Jo’Anne





October 8: Cafinated Reads







Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Review: To Wager Her Heart


"None of us knows what we're fully capable of doing until God leads us to a place where we realize our strength is nothing compared to his.  He says to take a step, yet you look out and see nothing but thin air in your path.  Yet, he calls you on.  And only when you finally trust him and take that step into nothingness do you discover you're standing on solid ground."  - Ella Sheppard
(I know it's a long quote, but I love it!) 

Description:
Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success--General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. 
    
Seeking justice . . . 
   
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fiancĂ©--and has shattered her world. 
   
Struggling to restore honor . . . 
   
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family--and Nashville society--do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
   
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor? 
   
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it. 


About the Author:

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tameras two USA Today bestselling Southern series.




My Review: 4.5 stars
I have so many thoughts regarding this book.  I almost cried a time or two, and it definitely left me with many things to ponder.  Its one of those stories that has stuck with me, and weeks later, Im still noticing the impact on my thoughts and reactions.  I love that!  I so enjoy reading books that challenge my preconceived notions and cause me to stop and think and this one does exactly that.  

I always enjoy and appreciate the depth of historical detail in Ms. Alexanders books.  Her writing pulls me in until it seems Im right there with them, on the road to Belle Meade Plantation, or in the classroom with Alexandra, or riding the train.  The story in set in the years following the Civil War and much of it focuses on the discord in the South regarding the teaching of Freedmen and overcoming biases.  Its a very controversial topic, but I thought the author handled it with grace.  I may have picked this book up expecting an entertaining story, but I found so much more than that and turned the last page with a challenge set before me.  I also appreciated how the story ended.  I dont want to spoil anything, but it is so realistic and I liked that it wasnt an unrealistic everything works out perfectlyending.  It was real, but also hope-filled.

I so enjoyed getting to know Alexandra and Sylas!  Alexandra is kind and caring, determined and brave. Desiring to follow her dreams, she stepped into the unknown and maybe stumbled a few times, but got back up and kept fighting for what she believed in.  I loved seeing her character grow and change throughout the story as she learned to look past the color of a persons skin and see them for who they are.  Sylas is also a great character and one that suited Alexandra perfectly.  Hes a bit rougher around the edges, but with an integrity that runs deep.  I appreciated how he stood for what he valued and didnt back down, regardless of the cost.  He also loves to ruffles Alexandras oh, so proper feathers and defy societys expectations.  Both of these people became dear friends over the course of their journey and I was cheering for them as I turned the last page.

The only person I truly disliked was actually George White.  Im not sure whether hes one of the historical figures found in this story or not, but I found myself frustrated with him often.  I realize hes described as abrupt and determined and he truly wanted what was best for the students, but I personally found him to be overbearing and rather rude.  His appearances I couldve done without, though he definitely didnt ruin the story.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and stories that leave you with a hangoverfor a few days.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!  I hope you enjoyed my review (or at least the quote at the top)!  If you'd like to learn more about this book, as always, links are below!
Have a beautiful day!