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#Review: First Impressions, by Charlie Lovett #janeausten #jaff #books

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First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane AustenFirst Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got an ARC of this book via the First to Read program by Penguin Books. This is my most honest review.

I just finished reading this book and I can only say, “Thank you, Universe, for ending this torture!” I love Jane Austen, I love her books, and I always try to read all kinds of books based on her novels. But this book just made me angry. And not only because it was implied in the book that Jane Austen could have been a plagiarist. The writing could have been better, and the story taking place in modern day was plain ridiculous.

Sophie Collingwood is a bibliophile who finds herself involved in a mystery regarding a lost copy of a second edition of a book written by an author called Richard Mansfield. This wouldn’t have been so mysterious if Jane Austen’s possible plagiarism, a threatening man who would do anything to find that book, and a murder weren’t also involved in the looking for this book. We learn from what happens to her at the same time that we see glimpses of Jane Austen’s friendship with Reverend Richard Mansfield.

I find the idea of Jane Austen needing someone to prompt her to write extremely unlikely and ridiculous. Her friendship and love for the aging reverend is a bit odd too, but anyway, this is fiction, right? However, even fiction has to follow certain rules, and they were all broken in the modern-day part of this book. There is only a certain number of coincidences that can happen in someone’s life at a time, and Sophie’s life is so filled with coincidences and convenient events that it is totally unbelievable. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes while reading this book. Certainly, I don’t hear that a member of my family has died and the first thing that comes to my mind is, “They have been murdered!” The paranoia of this character doesn’t stop there, and her behavior towards the different people she meets along the way is a bit hard to believe too.

All in all, this is not the kind of story I was expecting, proving once more that First Impressions can be misleading. I won’t read more from this author.

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#NewRelease: The Marriage Arrangement, by @jenniferprobst @inkslingerpr #1001DarkNights #excerpt #booktrailer #novella

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Today we are celebrating the release of THE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT by Jennifer Probst. This is a novella in the Marriage to a Billionaire series and it is part of 1001 Dark Nights. If you’d like a glimpse inside the story, check out the book trailer and excerpt below.

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PURCHASE THE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT FROM AMAZON

 

THE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new story in her Marriage to a Billionaire series. The Book of Spells returns in this sparkling addition to the series!

She had run from her demons… Continue reading

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#Review: This Is How I’d Love You, by Hazel Woods #books #recommendation #WWI

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This Is How I'd Love YouThis Is How I’d Love You by Hazel Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got an ARC of this book via the First to Read program by Penguin Books. This is my most honest review.

I have loved this book by Hazel Woods, even though it started a bit slow and it took me some time to get into it. But once Hensley and Charles start sending letters to each other, the book improved quite a lot. Set in America during the First World War, this love story talks about fears, conventions, families, and romance. When Hensley Dench is forced to go to live to New Mexico with her father, leaving her sophisticated life as a teenager in New York behind, her life will suffer a complete change. However, she cannot leave everything in New York. The only thing that can keep her spirits high is getting letters from Charles, her father’s penpal friend, who has been playing chess via letters with him.

Charles enlists and goes to Europe to participate in the Great War. His life as a soldier is not an easy one. As an ambulance driver, Charles sees horrible things. While he tries to make some sense out of the chaos of the war, he looks forward to getting letters from Hensley, the only thing that can keep him alive. When the unexpected happens, things will get more complicated for the long-distance couple, who have never met before.

When there are secrets in any relationship, things cannot be easy, but love always finds a way. The ending of the story was quite predictable, and that’s why I am giving this book just four stars, but the writing was impeccable and this book is definitely a page-turner. Very interesting characters in general terms, although there are a couple of characters who are not very dimensional. However, it is a wonderful story of love and secrets that will keep you reading until the very end.

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#Guest Post and #Giveaway: Under a Storm-Swept Sky, by @1bethannemiller @inkslingerpr

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Today we have the blog tour for UNDER A STORM-SWEPT SKY by Beth Anne Miller! We are so excited to share this new title with you! Check it out and grab your copy today!

 

Title: UNDER A STORM SWEPT SKY

Author: Beth Anne Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

Under a Storm-Swept Sky:

An eighty-mile trek across the rugged, stunning beauty of Scotland’s Isle of Skye isn’t something I imagined myself doing. Ever. This isn’t a trail for beginners. And I’m not a hiker.
But I have to finish it, even if it kills me. I have no choice. Continue reading

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#Book Tour and #Giveaway: Under a Storm-swept Sky, by @1bethannemiller @inkslingerpr #contemporary #romance

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Today we have the blog tour for UNDER A STORM-SWEPT SKY by Beth Anne Miller! We are so excited to share this new title with you! Check it out and grab your copy today!

 

Title: UNDER A STORM SWEPT SKY

Author: Beth Anne Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

Under a Storm-Swept Sky:

An eighty-mile trek across the rugged, stunning beauty of Scotland’s Isle of Skye isn’t something I imagined myself doing. Ever. This isn’t a trail for beginners. And I’m not a hiker.
But I have to finish it, even if it kills me. I have no choice. Continue reading

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#BookTour: Such Dark Things, by Courtney Evan Tate @Court_Writes @HarperCollins @InkSlingerPR #psychological #thriller

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From New York Times bestseller Courtney Cole, writing as Courtney Evan Tate, comes the psychological thriller that will keep readers up turning pages long into the night, SUCH DARK THINGS! “Written in breathless style, this page-turner relies on quick thrills, surprise twists…[for] readers seeking a fast entertaining tale…”(Publishers Weekly). Grab your copy of SUCH DARK THINGS today!

 

A HORRIFIC RECURRING NIGHTMARE IS THREATENING TO STEAL HER SANITY…

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#Review: Mary Bennet, by Jennifer Paynter #janeausten #books #jaff

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Mary BennetMary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

‘I prayed for a brother every night. My two older sisters also prayed. They felt the want of a brother equally keenly, for our father’s estate was entailed upon a male heir, and without a brother to provide for us or a rich husband to rescue us, we would all be destitute.’

Mary Bennet has been long overshadowed by the beauty and charm of her older sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, and by the forwardness and cheek of her younger sisters, Kitty and Lydia. From her post in the wings of the Bennet family, Mary now watches as Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy – and Mr Wickham – glide into her sisters’ lives. While she can view these three gentlemen quite dispassionately (and, as it turns out, accurately), can she be equally clear-sighted when she finally falls in love herself?

In this elegant retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Mary at last learns – with a little help from the man she loves – to question her family’s values and overcome her own brand of ‘pride and prejudice’. (Blurb on Goodreads)

Well, I wouldn’t say it is very elegant. And so far I can say that the author should have researched the etymology of Regency words more accurately. Authors who don’t research don’t get good reviews. This book tries to make Mary Bennet stronger than in the original version of Pride and Prejudice; in my opinion, it doesn’t succeed very well. I cannot recommend it.

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#Book Blitz and #Giveaway: Anonymous, by @LPDover @buoniamicipress #romantic #suspense

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Title: Anonymous
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: April 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design and Photography
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished. Continue reading

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#Teaser #Tuesday: The Sweet Life, by Dakota Star @Apocalipstick #contemporary #erotica #romance

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Contemporary Romance (with erotica)
Published Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
 
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My job is everything to me, and climbing the corporate ladder is my one and only goal. Now that I’ve landed an important account for a popular dude ranch, I’m more determined than ever. There’s just one problem I didn’t count on…Mitch Johnson, the tall, hot-tempered, brown-eyed cowboy with the potential to bring my career crashing down around me. He’s a distraction I can’t afford—and a temptation I can’t ignore. But the real kicker? He also happens to be the ranch owner’s son, which means I’m about to saddle up more problems than I can handle.
About the Author
 
Dakota Star likes worn-in cowboy boots, a well-trained horse, a cold beverage, and trails to ride in the woods. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. Both her daughters have finished college and moved away so her dogs, cats, and retired horse now keep her busy. When not outside hiking or horseback riding, she loves to read and travel.
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#Review: Follies Past – A Prequel to Pride and Prejudice, by Melanie Kerr #janeausten #jaff #worldbookday

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Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and PrejudiceFollies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice by Melanie Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a paperback copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Since the very moment when I started reading this book, I must confess that I was very surprised. I have read other books based on Jane Austen’s novels, so I was expecting to find one more book pretending to be as great as the original, but failing completely. However, what I found here was a book that imitates quite well, almost perfectly well, Jane Austen’s style, or at least, the Regency writing style. And for that, I am grateful. After having read another book based on the Regency period that used the word “whatchamacallit”, I had almost lost faith in reading something that could recreate the atmosphere of Austen’s books. This book does, so kudos to Melanie Kerr. It really shows that the author has made a lot of research on the period.

This is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice, and it is focused on how Mr. Wickham tried to take revenge on Mr. Darcy by eloping with his sister Georgiana. And since the story was about that, I really don’t understand all those many many chapters dealing with Caroline Bingley, most annoying character ever. It felt like reading two books. The book starts with a focus on Caroline Bingley and his infatuations, and when you are almost halfway reading the book, there is a change and now the focus is entirely on Georgiana. That was odd and not very consistent.

The author did a great job with the characters, because it’s very easy to hate them. They are absolutely despicable or annoying. Or annoying and despicable in equal terms. It definitely will make you look at Pride and Prejudice with different eyes.

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