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review 2017-06-03 01:03
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Apple Blossom Bower - Margaret Evans Porter

This is another of those 3.75-star reads, but I just couldn't nudge it up to 4.0.

 

Sir Edwin Page is a wealthy young baronet; Annis Kelland is the step-daughter of a local squire famous for his apple orchards.  Her late father, however, was a notorious smuggler, a fact which has slightly tarniched her reputation and lowered her prospects for marriage.

 

During a previous harvest celebration, Edwin and Annis shared a few kisses, and maybe a little bit more.  She has fancied him for some time, but feels she is far too beneath him to be noticed.  Therefore she offers him no encouragement.  Therefore he doesn't pursue his suit.

 

And of course when he actually does try to pay her some court, there are all kinds of misunderstandings.  Fortunately, some of the adults around them have enough sense to put things to rights, in spite of the threat from an alleged "other woman" and accusations of infidelity.

 

Though the story is set in 1794, all we really get in the way of history is the date, horses and carriages, and some references to smuggling.  So this is definitely a very light read, with few surprises.

 

What I found refreshing, however, was Annis's realistic approach to sex.  She acknowledges that there's a chance she could end up pregnant and jilted, but there are options that won't mean the end of the world.

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text 2017-06-02 18:23
Reading progress update: I've read 49%.
The Apple Blossom Bower - Margaret Evans Porter

A pleasant little historical romance, nothing wildly out of the ordinary.  I needed a break from the heavier stuff.

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text 2017-06-02 05:50
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The Apple Blossom Bower - Margaret Evans Porter

It's a novella on Kindle so I'm not sure how many pages, but I'll figure it out.

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review 2017-05-28 03:30
The Murder Game by Julie Apple
The Murder Game - Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple

What a great story!
I love the whole six degrees of separation in this story. I love how the author takes us on this courtroom drama ride, and how you think you know but you end up learning something more. I love the whole concept of this story!
The characters, Julian, Lily, Jonathan and Meredith, have such a great friendship, though tumultuous at times too. The chemistry between them has them coming back to each other, and us coming back to read more about them.
The mystery is so solid. I've seen that show, How To Get Away With Murder, and I can declare factually that I much prefer this twisty tale more. Catherine McKenzie, or rather, Julie Apple, sure has a way with words and wrapping a reader into the story.
Fans, grab this one fast.
If you haven't read any of her books, this is a great place to start!

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2017/05/the-murder-game-by-julie-apple-11.html
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text 2017-05-27 04:18
DNF.
A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate

Holy crap will she please stop whining?  What happened to the character that initially engaged me?  Get over it already.  Not even wanting to read where planning on using someone for a scoop.

 

I'm out.  I don't care what happens next.  I want out of this chick's head.  

 

DNF for the story and the MC (not for the writing which initially engaged me).

 

Honestly.  The jackass misogynist boss/farmer/baker is still annoying with no end in sight. Don't dismiss that shit with eyerolls and "he's such a character" or how he's really big-hearted, gruff ... asshole grabs balls to say has something for you, grabs your ass,,cannot remember female employees names ("sweet cheeks" "tits" ...), crass remarks constantly is not a gruff old teddy bear.

 

Swallow pride, quit whining  and get on unemployment from losing a 4-year-full time-with-benefits job if unable to find better job soon (or if determined to keep that couple days a week one, hey, it's a crowded public farmers market so next time he touches you scream and cause a ruckus threatening to press charges and sue if he touches you again or tries to fire you) .  Unemployment pays better than the asshole boss.  

 

Dismissing him as harmless character just enables and cycles onto next poor female employee inheriting the prick when you do get one of the jobs you applied for.

 

OMG, you can make more in tips even at bargain-priced chain restaurants for the love of Pete!  And some of those have unions (or even some HR departments) to protect you from the pricks.  Seriously, in the D.C. area she is working for the douchebag netting all of $150 per week.

 

(If someone has read this I am mildly curious about the truth of Jeremy's past scandal and if Libby's wedding goes on as planned)

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