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review 2019-01-17 15:22
Opposites find their way to loving each other.
No Time for Love Raine English - Raine English

This was a sweet read. I loved both characters. Past experiences convinced them that opposites do not belong together. Kinsley was a strong woman but very much a workaholic, trying to run her own business. I enjoyed Dylan's love of nature and animals, and I thoroughly enjoyed the fun facts sprinkled throughout the story. This story made me smile, made me cry, and and was hard to put down.

I received an ARC of this story, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-01-03 03:54
No Time for Love (No Brides Club, #1) by Raine English
No Time for Love Raine English - Raine English



The best gifts are the ones you feel in your heart, but never saw headed your way. It's those surprises that keep us interested in the merry go round that life has in store. That's why I find the No Brides Club so inspiring. English has created a world full of strong women, but lost souls. No Time for Love is the beginning of one woman's journey. For Kinsley, her life is her career. It took tons of hard work to make it to the top and she has no plans to bow out now. Can a surprise bequest give her the life she never dreamed of or cost her the one she worked tirelessly to build? One act of love changes the course of her life and sets her on an unforgettable quest. Kinsley and Dylan are the best of what makes reading great.

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review 2018-08-21 09:12
Falling In Love With English Boys by Melissa Jensen
Falling in Love with English Boys - Melissa Jensen

Sixteen-year-old Catherine Vernon has been stranded in London for the summer-no friends, no ex-boyfriend Adam the Scum (good riddance!), and absolutely nothing to do but blog about her misery to her friends back home. Desperate for something-anything-to do in London while her (s)mother's off researching boring historical things, Cat starts reading the 1815 diary of Katherine Percival her mom gives her-and finds the similarities between their lives to be oddly close. But where Katherine has the whirls of the society, the parties and the gossip over who is engaged to who, Cat's only got some really excellent English chocolate. Then she meets William Percival-the uber-hot descendant of Katherine-and things start looking up . . .





This epistolary novel spans two centuries (through alternating chapters, all of Cat's chapters headed with song titles), combining the stories of two young women, Cat and Katherine. Cat, who shares her adventures with the reader via a blog format, is a modern day American teen who travels with her mom to the UK so that her mom may study the life of Mary Percival, whom Cat describes as "some woman who did absolutely nothing of import and has been dead for two hundred years."


*In the story, this Mary Percival character died before the age of 45, like Jane Austen. The reader will pretty quickly notice that this novel is heavily influenced / inspired by Austen's work.*


Katherine is a teen in 1815 England, whose story is provided through journal entries. While reading the excerpts from the journals of both Katherine and Mary Percival, Austen fans will likely notice that those journal scenes are basically remixes of plot points from Austen's Sense & Sensibility as well as Pride & Prejudice, but with some changes to make it Jensen's own unique imaginings. For one, a character in Katherine's era drinks too much at a party and suffers a sexual assault... which helps make even this fluff piece a bit of timely reading material.


While it may be easy to dismiss this as an easy breezy read, there are some respectable moments of character growth to be had here as well as some important, and as I said earlier, timely, topics to think on. Cat outwardly comes off as spoiled and obnoxious, but as the reader gets to know her a bit better, we learn that there's actually a fair amount of emotional hurt in her that she's struggling to address. But I did enjoy her sense of humor.


For example, visiting the Tower of London and the National Portrait Gallery and coming back with the hilariously simplified "King Henry (VIII) was rather hard on his wives... and I gotta say, after Anne Boleyn, they all look a bit anxious."


Continuing on in the NPG: "Winston Churchill didn't always look like a bulldog... Queen Victoria kinda did..."


Meanwhile, Katherine in her own time is struggling to maintain her sense of self when it's expected that she should just go along with her father's plan for her. I grew to really like Katherine's mother, who did her best to keep her daughter distanced from the gross choice of a suitor Katherine's father had picked out for her.


Mama curled in her favorite cushiony chair, feet tucked beneath her. In the moment, with the fire behind her and her face softened by shadow, she was familiar, like a mirror.


"Promise me something, Katherine," she said in a quiet moment.


"If I can."


"Oh, you can. Promise me that you will think, in every moment possible, what you want for yourself. And you will stand for yourself, especially in the times when no one seems interested in standing for you."


I did not understand, not really, but I promised nonetheless.


One moment in the story also illustrates a good point regarding double standards to think on: If we can acknowledge that some women may be fine pursuing fat, ugly or socially odious men simply for monetary gain, why is it so baffling to think men might likewise pursue plain women for THEIR wealth?


If you only get through the first few chapters of this, it'll be easy to dismiss it as forgettable froth, but there is a layer of depth here I found impressive and entertaining. Admittedly, I did prefer Katherine's portions of the book, but I'm a history junkie, not to mention I just found her story, that of a young woman so desperately trying to show others she has plenty of worth as an individual, not dependent on nabbing a husband, much more interesting than Cat's humorous but somewhat privileged ramblings around London... but Cat, though maybe a little irritating at first... she grew on me :-)



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text 2017-09-04 15:15
Love, in English By Karina Halle Free!
Love, in English - Karina Halle

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.

To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

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text 2017-03-01 02:07
March Anticipated Reads
The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff
Edgar and Lucy: A Novel - Victor Lodato
In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium - Mark Kurlansky
Love in an English Garden - Victoria Connelly
A Bridge Across the Ocean - Susan Meissner
The Fall of Lisa Bellow - Susan Perabo
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole

There's a bit of all that I love in this line up for March. The early reviews for these are promising. I've been waiting for The Orphan's Tale and A Bridge Across the Ocean for, it seems like, over a year. Have you heard about any of these and are they on your March TBR list?



March 1


The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff



March 2


In The Name of The Family by Sarah Dunant



March 7


Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky


Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato



March 14


Love In An English Garden by Victoria Connelly


A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner


The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo



March 28


An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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