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review 2021-01-23 10:43
Review: Feisty (Do-Over #3) by: Julia Kent
Feisty (Do-Over #3) - Julia Kent





Feisty by Julia Kent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series. Julia Kent with humor and heart continues to empower women with her slightly quirky yet always enjoyable heroines. Feisty lives up to the hype. Fiona is a woman on a mission. She wants to be happy but isn't quite sure how. Her kryptonite comes in the form a not too distant blast from her past. From insightful, to funny, to uplifting, it's characters like the Do-Over heroines that show us that being less than perfect is perfectly okay.

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review 2021-01-04 15:29
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
The Viscount Who Loved Me With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons) - Julia Quinn

Anthony, the eldest son of the late viscount Bridgerton, and current holder of the title, knows he will die young. His father died only thirty-eight years old, so why should Anthony be any different. Which mean he only has eight, nine tops, years to live, and it's about time he did his duty to the title. Marry and produce an heir. Oh, and don't fall in love with wife.

He already has a perfect candidate for his viscountess. Beautiful, delicate, fair-colored, reasonably intelligent Edwina Sheffield. She will do nicely. She'll look good on his arm, bear him children, but most importantly...He won't fall in love with her, because the spark just isn't there. Perfect indeed. Pity, she has a big flaw. In the form of older sister, Katharina "Kate" Sheffield. She's tall, dark-haired, opinionated, and she hates his guts.

At least the feeling's mutual...Or is it?

Ooh, the sparkage. You could see it coming off the pages whenever Kate and Anthony shared a scene. They argued, they bantered, they traded barbs, they wanted to kill each other...And yet...Sparkage. Where there was none with Kate's younger step-sister, Edwina, there was plenty with Kate. And I relished the sparkage as much as these two would-be adversaries did.
And once more what started as animosity, slowly grew into an unlikely friendship that slowly transformed into something more (something that was there from the beginning, but they were too stubborn to see it. I just love romance novels where the main relationship has a foot to stand on in friendship and camaraderie.

I loved the whole phobia subplot that resulted in the two finding themselves in a position that neither was prepared to admit they secretly wanted. When I first read this book, I was convinced the compromising would stem from Kate's fear of thunderstorms (what with them huddling under a desk in the middle of the night with her only in her nightgown), so it was a double pleasure to read it was once again the man's fault. Namely, Anthony exaggerating over an unsuspecting (and in the end, unfortunate) little bee.

From then on it was just a matter of time when Anthony would forgo his stubborn refusal to fall in love with his wife, the problem was him getting to admit it, which ended up being the catalyst for the last hiccup in this relationship, which also (when you'll read the last chapter, you'll understand why) ended up being quite useful in Anthony yet once more playing the hero.

I missed the Bridgerton banter and meddling that was so present in the previous book, but since the hero was the head of the Bridgerton family (and a male) that was to be expected. Still, we got a nice little showing of the eldest siblings rivalry in a lawn game.

Another quick and (very) fun and witty read with a great main couple and supporting cast. It offered plenty of laughs, a tear or two, and just the right amount of drama to keep it interesting.

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review 2021-01-02 15:27
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Duke and I With 2nd Epilogue - Julia Quinn

Daphne Bridgerton is a woman on a mission. Find a suitable match that actually sees her more than just a friend, while also pleasing her matchmaking mama.

Needless to say she's not really succeeding.

All the suitable men find her pleasant and "normal", while pursuing the belles of the ton blessed with "the right" coloring (blond and blue-eyed), relegating her into the wallflower territory.

Until her oldest brother's best friend, newly minted Duke of Hastings, recently returned to England, concocts a fool-proof plan to make Daphne insanely desirable and himself safe from other matchmaking mamas.

They'll pretend to develop a tendre, until Daphne finds a suitable match after which she'd jilt him...Unfortunately, the prospect of jilting the handsome duke becomes every day more unpalatable.

I read this book a long, long, long time ago, but decided to do it again, after the Netflix series dropped, to refresh my memory.

It was a very good decision, I've forgotten how much fun the Bridgetown brood can be. And maybe this time I'll actually read all the books in the series.

Daphne, the fourth child (and oldest girl) of the Bridgerton family and Simon Basset, the new Duke of Hastings, might come off as an odd couple at the beginning, but as the story progresses, and they develop an easy friendship that slowly evolves into something stronger and lasting, end up as a perfect match. Two completely opposites that somehow, also with plenty of help from her family, find a middle ground where they can both be themselves with each other.

It was nice reading about a regency-era relationship that stemmed from friendship and camaraderie instead of just two characters thrown together by happenstance, intrigue or whiff of scandal.
Their relationship was still rocky, especially thanks to Simon's demons and his stupid vow to a dead man (we cannot have a romance book without conflict and the big rift, now can we), and granted, the whole thing was rather quickly resolved (even that highly questionable act on Daphne's part), but the initial friendship and ease between them made it more believable and easier for the reader to accept the swift resolution.

And, because this is a series about a family, that family must not remain unmentioned, since it was a third main character in this story. The Bridgertons were a hoot to read about and they provided plenty of love and friendship, a touch of drama, and a whole lot of support for both Daphne and Simon (albeit in a more roundabout way).

Reading this story was like having a glass of refreshing lemonade and a perfect choice to break my reading fast. A fun, quick and easy read, that made it easy to empathize with and root for the characters; it made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me (once more) eager to read more. On to the next.

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review 2020-11-18 19:11
Im Hier und Jetzt
Marigolds Töchter - Julia Woolf

Seit 30 Jahren betreibt die 66-jährige Marigold einen Dorfladen mit einem Poststelle. Mit ihrem Mann Dennis lebt sie in einem kleinen Haus. Nun muss die Familie enger zusammenrücken, denn die älteste Tochter Daisy (32) sucht bei ihnen Unterschlupf. Ohnehin ist es schon recht voll, da die jüngere Tochter Suze mit 25 Jahren noch bei ihnen wohnt und vor Kurzem auch Nan, die 86-jährige Mutter von Marigold, eingezogen ist. Aber Goldie wird gerne gebraucht. Dabei übersieht ihre Familie, dass es Marigold immer schlechter geht und sie selbst Hilfe benötigt....


„Marigolds Töchter“ ist ein Roman von Julia Woolf.


Meine Meinung:

Der Roman besteht aus 29 eher kürzeren Kapiteln. Erzählt wird überwiegend aus der Sicht von Marigold, aber auch aus anderen Perspektiven. Der Aufbau funktioniert gut.


Der Schreibstil ist einfach und schnörkellos, jedoch auch anschaulich. Viel wörtliche Rede schafft eine lebhafte Atmosphäre.


Der Fokus der Geschichte liegt vorwiegend auf Marigold, einer sympathischen, aber auch recht gutmütigen, teils sogar etwas naiv anmutenden Protagonistin. Auch weitere interessante Charaktere, allen voran die Töchter Daisy und Suze, tauchen auf. Ihre Gedanken und Gefühle lassen sich sehr gut nachvollziehen.


An dem Roman hat mich gereizt, dass es nicht nur um Liebe und Familie geht, sondern auch um die Demenz-Thematik. Das macht die Lektüre emotional bewegend. Die Handlung nimmt zu Beginn nur langsam Fahrt auf, wird aber zunehmend abwechslungsreich. Mehrere Wendungen und Komplikationen sorgen dafür, dass der rund 420 Seiten umfassende Roman kurzweilig und unterhaltsam bleibt. Jedoch sind einige Punkte ein wenig klischeehaft und wirken unrealistisch.


Das hübsche Cover hat zwar nur einen indirekten inhaltlichen Bezug, gefällt mir allerdings gut. Der deutsche Titel ist etwas irreführend, da es nicht nur um Marigolds Töchter, sondern auch um sie selbst geht. In diesem Fall ist das englischsprachige Original („Here and Now“) treffender.


Mein Fazit:

„Marigolds Töchter“ von Julia Woolf ist ein unterhaltsamer und berührender Roman, der mir schöne Lesestunden bereitet hat. Ihr Potenzial schöpft die Geschichte jedoch leider nicht ganz aus.

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review 2020-06-11 02:00
Fluffy by Julia Kent Narrated by Erin Mallon
Fluffy - Erin Mallon,Julia Kent

Another laugh out loud, fun filled fest by Julia Kent. Erin Mallon does another good narration, I think the audio allows more of Mallory’s inner double awesomeness to shine through. I loved this book and laughed through most of it. The romance, slapstick comedy and interactions abound with the author’s signature snark and wit. Have fun with this one, well worth the read and listen.

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