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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-04 23:19
With this Ring
With This Ring - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

I’m on my usual Carla Kelly book binge, and just finished another of her earlier works, With this Ring. Have to say, this one didn’t quite float my boat. Very unfortunate because I loved it for the first 60% so, then it lost its sparkle and ended with a dull thud instead of the bang I was hoping for.

Lydia, eldest daughter of a somewhat wealthy peer, is no catch at all. Or so her mother keeps drumming into her. She’s too plain, too clumsy, too forward, too this, too that; someone who has nothing to be proud of. On the other hand, her mother’s pride and joy is her youngest daughter, the beautiful Kitty, more like their mother in looks and dubious charms than Lydia will ever be. Lydia probably takes after her meek father (so meek that I forgot his title LOL), who is always afraid of his wife and tip-toes around, hiding away in the library when the sound of tantrums from his wife or youngest daughter is heard from the other side of the house.

Lydia’s ‘mother’ loves abusing her in every way possible, just because she’s not good enough in her eyes to catch an earl or a marquess. The reason why they’re in London right now is to give Kitty a Season, who, according to their mother, will surely catch the best bachelor in town with her golden locks and baby blue eyes. Who is also tall and graceful and....... quite completely ‘empty in the brainbox’ (as someone with some sense termed her in the book). She’s also quite snooty, spoiled, selfish and mean. Her mamma has trained her well after her own shallow self. :D Both of these worthless POS gave Lydia so much trouble, and pain, that the poor girl had no self-confidence left. She was made to become a meek, biddable maid-of-all-tricks without any pay for Kitty and her mother. I mean, at one point, I was thinking how can I even explain the things I’m reading?! There are simply no words!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-25 14:40
Marriage of Mercy
Marriage of Mercy - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

Another Carla Kelly book I picked up cause I was intrigued by the blurb. I generally don’t read reviews of her books before reading, where in most cases I wanna check the reviews first before picking up a book. Marriage of Mercy was no different. I like to enjoy Ms. Kelly’s books as it is, then decide whether I liked it or not.

Marriage of Mercy is another sweet story between a baker and an American prisoner of war. Even though for the first 60% the book was rather ho hum, the story picked up after that and the twist at the end pretty much had me there. I was wondering what the hell was happening, cause I didn’t expect any of that!

Grace or as everyone calls her, Gracie, has fallen far. From a Baronet’s daughter to a baker, not a good thing for someone whose father was once considered a peer of the realm, even if a penniless peer. Grace’s father didn’t like to bother with finances and never cared to manage however small a fortune he had, hence, when he passed away, he left his only child under a huge debt and no one to help her out of that. Her mother passed on long ago, so Grace finds herself without any money, any help, and pretty much out of her mansion only with the clothes on her back when the mansion, and everything else were sold out to clear the debt. But she isn’t the type to whine and cry. Gracie knew early on that she doesn’t have a shining future because of what a spendthrift her father was. And she hated it! She tried to make him understand and work with her so they can save some for the future, HER future. But Henry Curtis was baffled as to why she’d even bother to think of money, or earning money TBH, when they’re peers of the realm! And working to earn is so crass a thought! *eyeroll*

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review 2016-11-28 00:00
Lovely Collection of Regency Holiday Stories
Regency Christmas Gifts: Three Stories - Carla Kelly

Regency Christmas Gifts is a collection of three short--but absolutely lovely--Regency holiday stories. As a veteran writer, Carla Kelly obviously knows how to give us readers a stellar historical romance. What she has also done with this book, was capture the true meaning of the Season and wove that directly into each heartfelt story. The result was nothing short of wonderful.

 

‘She had made a difference in four lives, each life as God-given and important as hers, no matter their difference in station and class. This was charity of the best kind, the charity that mattered.’

 

The Lasting Gift was the first story, the longest of the three, and also my favorite...

 

Faithfully Yours was the shortest of the collection but was just as sweet as the rest...

 

Lucy’s Bang-Up Christmas was the final offering here, but it packed quite an emotional punch...

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-30 05:36
Miss Chartley's Guided Tour
Miss Chartley's Guided Tour - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

 

4 stars. Oh my, who knew this book had so many hidden twists that'd surprise the hell outta me? Magnificently, too! :o I had no idea who the hero was even until 50% into the story... and I enjoyed every minute of it!

 

As from the blurb you'd find that our heroine, Miss Omega Chartley, was jilted at the alter by her esteemed, now errant, fiance Mr. Matthew Bering. Until the moment she realized that Matthew won't be showing up at the wedding, Omega was glowing with love, and full of hope for their future together. She never knew what made him jilt her so suddenly, making a dent in her self-esteem. But the prologue of the book shows you something rather disturbing, paving the way for the story, about someone, frantically trying to hide something. Someone trying to show up at a wedding even though something heavy is weighing on his mind. Something that wins at the end, and he leaves, leaving London entirely as if he couldn't disappear fast enough.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-07 23:01
Reforming Lord Ragsdale
Reforming Lord Ragsdale - Carla Kelly

4 stars... a solid, lovely and precious book by Carla Kelly where romance is slow burn; where you can't but end up loving the characters. Then again, that's why I read Ms. Kelly's books. Sometimes they just make me grin like a lunatic, and I end up feeling so happy for the couples involved! :D

 

Reforming Lord Ragsdale is one of Ms. Kelly's earlier publications. I had it in my TBR for a long time. It was shorter than some of her other books, and a clean romance. But the story was engaging, as were the characters. If you haven't read the story, you wouldn't know how easily two people with enough flaws and suspicion about one-another, can fall in love. It was not a straight up enemies-to-lovers themed story. However, both John Staples, Lord Ragsdale and Emma Costello, lived poles apart in everything and would've remained single for the rest of their lives, rather than considering a match between each-other.

 

That was how it was in the beginning...

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