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Tiger's Voyage

This is the third book in the Tiger's Curse series and I am extremely grateful that it isn't the last book! These only make sense in order, so make sure that you read them in order. Kelsey knows that she needs to go on a couple more adventures with her tigers so that they can be men for a full day. Things are hard for her, because Ren still doesn't remember who she is and that he loves her. Kishan is also in love with her and her growing feelings for him make her very confused. How can she love both brothers at the same time? They take a trip deep into the jungle to talk to Phet about Ren's memory and his apparent PTSD that he's had ever since he was Lokesh's prisoner. Phet is able to cure his PTSD, but informs Kelsey that he's unable to fix the memory problem, because Ren is causing that himself. He also leaves Kelsey with the advice that either of the tigers will make her happy during her life. She just needs to pick one. But how does she decide between t…

Journey of Honor

This book is set in the 1840's. Trace is a doctor living in the south with his father and adopted brother Mose. Mose is a black man who at one time was a slave, but was adopted by Trace's family as a child. Trace is disgusted with slavery and determines that he can't live in his hometown anymore, so he won't have to see the black people mistreated anymore. He takes Mose and they head west, where color doesn't matter quite as much. They work as teamsters freighting goods across from the east to the west. On their fourth trip he sees the most beautiful girl he has ever seen and then it's his fortune or misfortune, depending on your point of view, to have her family join their wagon train heading west. He finds out that he name is Giselle and she's traveling west with her grandparents. It ends up safer for Giselle to cross the plains as Trace's wife so they get married, but their's is a marriage in name alone. The intend to have the marriage annulled a…

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I have to admit that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was one of my very favorite movies as a child. One day a few weeks ago, when I was at the library with my two kids, my older daughter came across this book. She wanted to read it because she also likes the movie, and I decided that I would also read it. The Pott family are a little unconventional. The father Caractacus is an inventor and adventurer. His children Jeremy and Jemima and his wife Mimsy, are also adventurers, and they enjoy the inventions that he makes. One of these inventions is a candy that can make flute noises as you are eating it. The family has previously been quite poor, but are able to sell the sweets and are given enough money to buy their first car. This isn't just any car, it's a famous race car, but it was in an accident and needs quite a lot of work. When Caractacus is finished, there are a good many of his newest inventions included, which will bring the family a lot of new adventures. I really enjoyed read…

Marian's Christmas Wish

Marian Wynswich is determined to have a wonderful Christmas, because they pretty much missed Christmas the year before. Her father died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve the year before and the whole family was plunged into mourning. Unfortunately, Marian's older brother Percy is coming home, which is wonderful, but he's bringing a wealthy man to have her older sister Ariadne marry, because with their father dead the Wynswich family is getting closer and closer to being destitute. Ariadne happens to be in love with the reverend of their church and Marian doesn't want to see her sister sold to a man that she doesn't nor will ever love. When Percy arrives, not only has he brought Ariadne's suitor, but he's also brought Lord Ingraham , who very soon becomes the 16 year-old Marian's confidant and co-conspirator in ridding the estate of Ariadne's suitor, so that the reverend and Ariadne can marry and be happy. Things don't always go as planned for Marian tho…

A Lancaster County Christmas

This is a book that I won from a book hop a few weeks ago, it makes a great addition to my Christmas week books! Mattie and her husband Sol are Amish, as such they live a very plain lifestyle. Mattie had a miscarriage not very long ago, and she needs to visit her doctor to make sure everything is alright with her recovery. While sitting in the waiting room, she sees a woman, an English woman, that's how the book talks about those who are not Amish. The woman, Jamie, listens to Mattie's son Danny as he talks to her about all kinds of things. She even seems interested in his owl whistle that Sol made for him. Mattie and her family don't really think another thing about the woman in the doctor's office. Jamie wouldn't have thought another thing about the Amish family either, except Danny left his owl whistle in the doctor's office and the doctor asks Jamie to return it on her way home. Jamie doesn't really want to, she and her husband CJ are going to be leavin…

A Dog Named Christmas

This book was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on TV a couple of Christmas' ago. I only got to see about half for some reason, but I can't remember why. Anyway, while getting ready for our family vacation in August I ran across a copy of this book for just a couple of dollars. I had to buy it for our daughter, who loves dogs as long as they aren't really anywhere near her, but I also bought it so that I could read it and find out how the story ended! Todd is a developmentally challenged young man, he lives with his parents on their farm in Kansas. He's always wanted a dog and just before Christmas he hears on ad on the radio for the town animal shelter. It seems the animal shelter wants the dogs to be able to have a good Christmas as well as the humans in the town, so why not have people adopt the dogs, but just for the week of Christmas. They can return the dogs after Christmas. Todd thinks this is a wonderful idea, but his dad has been scarred by the times tha…

In the Valley of the Mountains

This is the final book of the Shadows of Brierley series and I would have to say that it was my favorite of the four books. Gillian is Wren and Ian's oldest daughter. She's old enough that she has two younger siblings already married. She's not sure exactly what her life will hold for her, but she's hoping that marriage to a wonderful man that she loves with the same kind of love that her parents share will be in it somewhere. Gillian has a wonderful gift, she has the gift of being able to sense the presence of spirits from beyond the veil and they are able to help her in ways that enrich her life and others around her. She's not exactly sure what to think when family friend Hugh asks her to go on a picnic with him, just the two of them, but she's thrown for a loop when he asks her to marry him. Hugh is twenty years older than she is and he was deeply in love with a woman who died in a tragic way years earlier. Hugh knows that he and Gillian could be happy, eve…

Rearview Mirror

I love the cover of this book, so mysterious! Just like the story. Fiona Claridge is just a normal college professor living in a small New England town. But she has a secret. When she was in college she was the driver in a terrible accident that killed her best friend, Mia and left her recovering from the trauma both mentally and physically. She's offended a student, Kimberly Bailey and when she starts getting packages and notes referring to Mia, she assumes that Kim is getting even with her for calling her on cheating on an essay. There is another possibility though, she runs into an ex-boyfriend who now has a wife, and the wife accuses her of cheating with her husband. Soon though, the packages stop and there's even more creepy, scary things happening to Fiona. She knows that she must be even more careful before someone gets hurt, or worse, killed. This book was amazingly creepy. I really enjoyed the mystery of who was after Fiona and why, I did not figure this one out befor…

Tuesdays at the Castle

Jessica Day George is my favorite author that re-writes fairy tales. This book was no exception. Just imagine a castle that changes, adds rooms and towers, lengthens hallways, sometimes even adding entire wings. That's what Castle Glower does, mostly on Tuesdays when it gets bored listening to the goings on in King Glower's throne room. Princess Celie, the youngest daughter of King Glower is constantly trying to map the castle, including all of it's changes, she's the first to ever really try to do so. Her older brother Bran is graduating from the magician's college and her parents are going to his graduation and will be gone for several weeks, Celie would love to go, but her father has firmly told her no. So she has to be content to stay home and sketch her map. One day, while staying in the new tower the castle has provided, complete with telescopes that can see a very long ways away, Celie notices her parent's carriage coming much faster than it should have …

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The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

Here's another regency romance for you. Ellen and her sister Mimi are not close, their mother had wanted them to be close and she also had wanted them to love Jane Austen books, unfortunately neither of them really did. When their mom dies of cancer she asks them to go to England and take a Jane Austen tour and decide together where to scatter her ashes. Together...that might be the problem. Their mother also left them a package with a mysterious antique in it. When Ellen opens it she finds Cassandra Austen's diary, it appears to be old and authentic, but Ellen's unsure if it really is or not. She's not sure just what to do with it, or about it, especially when she realizes that the boy she was in love with in college, Daniel, is there at her mother's request to help them with the journal. Soon there becomes too many people for Ellen to avoid, Daniel, she's still not sure how she feels about him, Mrs. Parrot, she seems to know all of Ellen's secrets, Mimi, …

Seeking Persephone

The Duke of Kielder is in a bit of a bind, he has never married and the heir apparent of his estate is a man that he can't stand. His solicitor recommends marrying a young woman with no fortune and no prospects of suitors because of her family's situation. The Duke agrees just because he feels the woman will be older and not very pretty so she won't mind the scars on his face from his childhood. Enter Persephone Lancaster, a 20 year old pretty young woman, who has no fortune. Her family loves her, but she's served as the mother of the family since she was 12. She determines to basically sell herself in marriage to the Duke so that her younger sisters will have the opportunity to marry whoever they desire when they are of age. But she didn't take the consequences under consideration. She didn't realize just how hard it would be to see her family leave her deep in the forest at Faltstone Castle with the Duke of Kielder, Adam, who refuses to even look at her most …

Ribbon of Darkness

Kennedy Campbell is an international journalist, she's been covering a story about refugees in Afghanistan, when the camp where she's been staying comes under attack. She has no choice but to try to escape with her friend Jaabir and his sister Samira and her son. They escape onto a ship that is headed to Australia, but it sinks near the coast of Indonesia and all three of them are captured by terrorists. Kennedy continually tries to escape, but every time she is captured and hurt worse than the last time. She knows that her life depends on the terrorists and her country meeting their demands. Ethan is an English MI-6 associate, he's been going after the terrorists for personal reasons, when he runs into Kennedy and her captors. He senses something special about Kennedy and wishes that he could do something to help her, but knows that he can't if he wants to complete his revenge mission. But is his revenge as important as he thought it was, or is saving Kennedy even mor…

Escape From Zarahemla

This is the sequel to Passage To Zarahemla, a while ago, just out of curiosity I looked up just how long ago, the original was written in 2003. Kerra and her brother Brock are taking missionary discussions and trying to determine how they feel about the Church. Their home life isn't normal and hasn't been for a long time due to their parent's divorce and their father disappearing for several years. Their father has been back just 6 months, but he hasn't been the dad that they knew before he left, and he's not giving them any explanation as to why. Kerra and Brock are having a missionary discussion when he bursts into their small St. George apartment and tells them that they need to go to their aunt and uncle's home. When they arrive they are told that there is a Nephite hidden in the hollow, where the time rift from before is. This Nephite recognizes their father and gives him a message about the destruction of his family, Kerra and Brock are perplexed, because…