Review: The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

The Dancing Master by Julie KlassenThe Dancing Master

Julie Klassen

Genre: Christian Fiction

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Source: Received from Bethany House for review.

Synopsis: Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village. . .and to her mother’s tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England. Continue reading

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Review: Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally

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Miranda Kenneally

Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Own the ebook on my Kindle.

Synopsis: They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack… Continue reading

Review: Two Lies and a Spy (Two Lies and a Spy #1) by Kat Carlton

Two Lies and a SpyTwo Lies and a Spy

Kat Carlton

Genre: Espionage, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: Own the ebook on my Kindle.

Synopsis: Kari plunges into the world of espionage on a mission to save her parents while trying to impress the guy she’s been in love with forever.

When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.

Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated… Continue reading

Review: Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield

Hanging by a Thread book coverHanging By A Thread

Sophie Littlefield

Genre: Supernatural, Mystery, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Source: Hardcover borrowed from school library.

Synopsis: Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year’s Fourth of July festival won’t see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing’s wrong.

And they’re not the only ones hiding something.

Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people’s pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year’s Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.

In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer? Continue reading

Review: All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

All The Truth That's In Me book coverAll The Truth That’s In Me

Julie Berry

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 26, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Source: Own the ebook on my Kindle.

Synopsis: Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last. Continue reading

5 Best Jane Austen Characters Of All Time!

I was recently in the mood to watch ‘Austenland’ again for the third time, and so I thought it would be fitting to write a post about Jane Austen. She will always be my favorite classical romance writer, and though not all of her novels were amazing, *cough* ‘Northanger Abbey’ *cough*, the characters Jane came up with are each unique and special in their own right. Even though there are no badly written characters in any of her stories – or in the ones I’ve read/watched anyways – I will admit to admiring some characters more than others. Continue reading

Review: Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power book coverTouch of Power

Maria V. Snyder

Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: December 20, 2011

Publisher: Mira

Source: Own the ebook on my Kindle.

Synopsis: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Continue reading