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review 2019-11-18 19:59
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Wiggin)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin

"Why, mother!" cried Rebecca, clasping her knees with her hands; "why, mother, it's enough joy just to be here in the world on a day like this; to have the chance of seeing, feeling, doing, becoming! When you were seventeen, mother, wasn't it good just to be alive?"

 

Rebecca's mother has recently been severely disabled, and they have just learned of Rebecca's aunt's death; Rebecca's nursing of both women has forced her to give up her teaching career. This, in a nutshell, is my trouble with these positive, precocious pixie-girl stories, like this one and "Anne of Green Gables". Rebecca's optimism can be just completely tone-deaf, and in real life would be very difficult to live with - just as difficult as the stereotypical (but somehow more believable) unrelenting grumpiness and judgmentalism of Aunt Miranda.

 

The parallels between "Rebecca" and "Anne" struck me as I was reading, but not so very much as to make me inclined to accuse L.M. Montgomery of any sort of theft (a bit of borrowing, maybe, or flattering imitation). What Rebecca has, and Anne does not, is a relationship with a much older man which, though not sexual, is clearly intended on his part to become so eventually, and solidified from his side by multiple interventions on her behalf using his greatly superior wealth. From the vantage point of 2019, it's uncomfortable to say the least, though the author makes a decided point of having Adam take himself away at the end, saying "not ready".

 

All that notwithstanding, and just because, due to my advanced age, I was able to completely dismiss Rebecca as the role model she was doubtless intended to be, I enjoyed this novel a fair bit. There's quite a lot of funny incident, and despite my complaint above, I found the depiction of the workings of a girl's/young woman's mind to have some fairly realistic moments. And it's also pleasant to read a story of someone whom everyone loves (yes, even grim Aunt Miranda) and for whom everyone tries to make the world better. It's a good counterpart to the dark background of bitter and grinding economic insecurity in which Rebecca moves. The unbridled devotion of best friends and wagon-drivers, gently told, is worth a hundred positive-thinking speeches of the sort I quoted above.

 

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review 2018-09-10 00:00
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin What a charming, funny and beautiful read, a simple back to basics story , beautiful prose and a feel good read that suprised me and left me with a lovely warm feeling on completing this novel. My 13 years old self would have loved this Novel.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic American 1903 children's novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin that tells the story of Rebecca Rowena Randall and her Aunts Miranda and Jane Sawyer one stern and one kind, in the fictional village of Riverboro, Maine. Rebecca's joy for life inspires her aunts, but she faces many challenges in her young life.

I listened to this one on Audible and I really believe a narrator can make or break a good book and Lorna Raver does a superb job on this narration and brings out the best in this story. I just loved her different voices for the characters and she brought this book to life.

I think if you are going to read a story like this you need to take yourself back in time and immerse yourself in the story as these sort of books are written when life was slower and more straight forward. I loved the character of Rebecca, Mr and Mrs Cobb and even Miranda and Jane. I laughted out loud so many times and felt sorrow for Rebecca every time she got herself into a mess.

Having read Ann of Green Gables I felt this one was quite similar although I enjoyed this one more. I was suprised to learn that Ann of Green Gables was written 5 years after Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
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review 2018-08-19 21:11
Full of HOTNESS
Wolf Tales 12: Exposed Kindle Edition - Kate Douglas

Wolf Tales 12 concludes the erotic journey of the Chanku. In this final installment, the Chanku must all gather together in Montana after they have been exposed.

If you like the other books in the series, then you’ll love this story. It brings back some known characters and the story contains plenty of hot scenes while still maintaining a decent storyline. I recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-05-16 10:00
New Release Review! Dark Captive (Spirit Wild #6) Kate Douglas!
Dark Captive - Kate Douglas

 

 

Stolen from her mother when she was still a tiny cub, the snow leopard Asha has spent her entire life in captivity, being traded from one owner to another through an illegal trafficking ring. But Asha also feels trapped in a much more profound way: as a Chanku with no access to the Tibetan grasses that would allow her to shift, she’s confined to her animal form, yearning for a part of herself she’s forever unable to reach. Until a merciful savior sets her free . . . and Leo Cheval comes into her life.

When word of Asha’s rescue from the animal trafficking ring reaches the Chanku, Leo is sent in to help her recover and bring her into the pack. As a leopard shifter himself, he’s uniquely qualified to connect with her and assess her trauma. What he never anticipated was the overwhelming chemistry their meeting would spark and the deep sensual need she would stir in him.

But even as Leo’s touch guides her body to feelings she never imagined, his deeply ingrained controlling streak threatens to crush the very desire he has awakened. And as their passion grows and a deep bond forms between them, Leo and Asha realize that only by submitting to her can he save them both. 

 

 

 

I just had a very exciting visit with the Chanku! The visit was full of exhilarating suspense, scorching hot passion and sweet romance – a great combination for ever reader.

 

In Dark Captive, I got to visit and enjoy some wonderful intimate moments with all my favorite Chanku and I also got to meet some new members and enjoy some sexy times with them as well. All the Chanku are strong, charismatic characters that easily draw readers in and they always ensure that readers indulge in some blazing hot passion while they easily connect with their readers and of course invite them to visit that intriguing, thrilling and passionate world. I have to warn you though that there was a few times in this visit that I had a hard time suppressing my tears for our new members situation and I also had to suppress my anger at the bad guys because this story certainly caused both emotions as well as causing desire to blossom so hot that I felt the need to fan myself quite often. The story is fast paced with has excitement and suspense building throughout as Leo introduces Asha to her new world as well rescuing others.

 

The Chanku world just continues to grow and become more exciting with every installment and Kate Douglas brings every page of it to exciting and vivid like with well written words that make it easy for readers to become caught up in the lives of the fascinating Chanku. In my case, I have to tell you that not only do I love each and every one of the sexy, charismatic characters but I totally enjoy every visit and I was completely enthralled with Dark Captive and I can’t wait for my next visit to the Spirit Wild world.

 

 

Dark Captive is the 6th book in the Spirit Wild series which includes:

  • Dark Wolf
  • Dark Spirit
  • Dark Moon
  • Dark Refuge
  • Dark Terror
  • Dark Captive

 

The Spirit Wild series picks up where the Wolf Tales series ends.

 

Dark Captive is available in print & ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   GPlay   Kobo  

 

 

 

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-02-24 09:28
Book Review for Wolf Tales 12 by Kate Douglas
Wolf Tales 12: Exposed Kindle Edition - Kate Douglas
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  • Wolf Tale 12 Exposed by Kate Douglas
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  • Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page (January 23, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B078YYDG29
  • Gene:Paranormal Romance,Erotica,Menage
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Arc copy provided from Netgallery
  • 5 stars from us
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Blurb
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The final thrilling installment in the groundbreaking Wolf Tales series that captivated the world of erotic romance!

Even as their numbers have grown and they’ve spread out across the country, the Chanku have remained deeply connected by their mutual need for erotic pleasure and their unique shapeshifting abilities. Content to pursue their sensual way of life in relative anonymity, they’re stunned when their extraordinary nature is unavoidably revealed to the world at large—and fearful of the dangers they face from those who fear their differentness.

Realizing that the distance between them makes them vulnerable, they answer the silent call for all Chanku to come together at their pack alpha’s home in Montana. And in that setting, as they struggle to understand their new place in the world and defend themselves against suspicious and violent adversaries, they will discover a shocking revelation about their origins and their legacy. 

As the pack adapts to these new realities and reclaims their primal past, they will embark on a journey that will take them into uncharted territory and open up a spectacular, unimagined future . . .
 
 
 
 
Wow ! What an ending to a enjoyable series.The author did an amazing job ending her Wolf Tales series and we are going to miss so many of her amazing characters.
 
It's been sometime since I read anything from this author but, somehow I lost track of this book series and after reading this current book I need to revisit the series and start from the beginning again and finish up the books I missed as I forgot how much I enjoyed this series.
Although, when reading the ending of this story I pretty much new most of the characters that I had loved in the previous books in the series and it was nice to get reacquainted with them.
 
I always pick a favorite character in a story that I rave about but, this time around it was just to hard to just pick one so I am going to tell you all about the ones I loved the most.
 
Anton is the pack Alpha leader and just an amazing man who is filled with a abundance of love for all,caring,kind,smart,daring,sharp minded,sexy devious, an a planner but, most of all I loved the closeness and the amazing relationship he had with his his daughter Lily and his children.He melted my heart...I loved the amazing relationship he had with his wife Keisha and longtime lover Stephan.I loved how each and every night how he seeks out his pack mates and their children to make sure they were all safe and sound.If I wasn't a bit in love with him before I was totally in love with him when he took part in the birth of Liana and Adams third child being born.I was in total awe....
 
Adam & Logan just blew me away with their amazing healing abilities and what they can accomplish.They save lives of their pack mates,tried to heal a women who had been in a wheelchair their whole life as well as healing injured animals .All these men are affectionate,kind,loving,protective,sexual,caring and will do anything to protect their women and children above all else.Although, they a deadly as hell when the need arises.
 
Lily Antons daughter stole the show this time around.I loved this little girl from the onset of the story.Lily's abilities are astounding for just a little girl of six but when she sets out on a quest to save her people all on her own traveling between dimensions she just blew me away with her braveness and determination.I was on pins and needles just like her parents awaiting her return praying she was safe a sound.How could I not love her she was so sweet and a amazing little girl.This little girl made her fall in love with her character from the very first pages and she just broke my heart when she went missing.What a brave little girl she turned out to be!
 
I have to mention that these men of this pack would be lost without their women and their children.Their mates are their whole world.They make them the amazing men they are.Their women are strong,protective and as deadly as their men.I love these men and women and the love they had for everyone in their pack as it was so amazing to see as you actually feel the love they have for one another.You know in your heart they would give their life to protect and save one another.
 
We have to mention Sunny a new member to the pack who was lost to them and now saved.Sunny amazed me at every turn first for everything she had to overcome and accepted and grew in just a short amount of time adapting to her new life and surroundings.Overall though we loved all the characters with all of what they all have had to overcome as well as the capacity to love with their whole hearts and how each of them had some sort of amazing ability making them unique.And lets not forget the mind sharing which is totally awesome.
 
To sum up everything this story was an amazing read from cover to cover and once I started I could not put it down until I was finished with it.I loved how the author tied up any lose ends that we might of had on how the Chanku evolved over the years and how they originated and came to be.The story line was interesting and it had so many new things coming to light about their members and their children and as a race as a whole that just kept you glued to the pages to see what was going to happen next.
 
I have to say that we will be sorry to see these characters go but, that is what is so great about reading about them in books as you can revisit them anytime you want.We loved it !
 
I will be revisiting this series soon enough and catching up on a few stories we missed in this series.
 
Recommended real to all but , I would suggest you read the series in order though.
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 
 
Series order here !
 
 
Some people just seem to know they are meant to write, but it can still take a while to figure out exactly what their career will entail. Kate Douglas started out writing radio copy for a country western radio station in 1972, wrote and illustrated an educational cartoon strip for the American Mosquito Control Association for a number of years, was a newspaper reporter for a small town weekly where she covered everything from high school sports to drug busts, and then, in the mid-1980s, decided to write her first romance. 

Many submissions and rejections followed.

In 1998, she sold to a small ebook publisher before anyone knew what an ebook was, but it wasn't until 2005, a full twenty years after finishing that first romance, that she signed with a New York publisher.

In January 2006, Kensington Publishing launched their Aphrodisia imprint of erotic romance with Kate's Wolf Tales, a sexy paranormal series about a lost race of shapeshifters. She went on to write 21 novels and novellas in that series, then wrote three other series for Kensington before moving to St. Martin's Press.

She has two series with SMP--The Intimate Relations series complete with three novels and one novella of romantic suspense set in California's wine country, and an erotic paranormal series, Feral Passions, set in California's Trinity Alps.

She is also continuing her Spirit Wild series, the sequel to Wolf Tales, independently.

Kate and her husband of over forty-five years have two adult children and six grandchildren. They live in the small town of Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. 

www.katedouglas.com and www.katedouglas.com/eroticromance for full chapter excerpts of all of Kate's books. 

You can find Kate on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katedouglas.authorpage or on Twitter @wolftales
 
 
 
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