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review 2017-10-19 16:42
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The Hindenburg Murders - Max Allan Collins

Collins series about murders during famous disaters is actually quite good.  This one concerns the the Hindenburg and our hero is the writer of the Saint stories.  In part, this allows Collins to use a little bit of the James Bond lust idea, but also it does make for some interesting asides.  

 

The mystery itself is rather interesting, and Collins does make it believable as well as using it to comment on the rise of the Nazis.

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review 2017-10-19 16:04
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Mrs. Zant and the Ghost - Wilkie Collins,Gillian Anderson

Anderson as a reader is rather interesting. At one point, I was like, "I'm not sure how I feel about this voice" and then I was like, "There it is".  

 

So, this is Collins' ghost story about a woman who may be haunted.  It's a good ghost story, and unlike his contemporary, Dickens, Collins does write women rather well and with sympanthy.  The story makes use of some of the tension that makes Uncle Silas by LeFanu work so well.

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review 2017-10-18 04:58
Review: With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins
With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

Sweet yet emotional and passionate story. Tie-in for both of the author’s Studies in Scandal and Lords of Anarchy however it can definitely be read as a stand alone. 

The last person Merry wanted to see was her former fiancé however she was willing to do everything within her power to give her dead friend’s child the family she deserved. Alex never understood the reason Merry jilted him and when she appeared at his door seeking his cousin, he knew that was the perfect opportunity to find answers and perhaps ask for a second chance at love. 

I very much liked that the story started with Merry as a take-charge, brave, and intelligent woman however as the story progressed her attitude sort of changed and she started to sound meek, or perhaps insecure, and that gave me a"what-happened-to-her?" kind of sense. It wasn’t too bad but it still took away from the overall enjoyment of the story. 
Her chemistry with Alex was nonetheless well-balanced. He was sweet, honorable, and passionate. He was a man of his word who respected family and friends immensely, particularly his grandmother given that she was the one who had taken care of him since he was a child. He never pushed Merry to do anything she didn’t want and allowed her time to think and answer all of his questions. I think both their characters were well rounded in the sense that we get to understand what got them to be where they are and how much they deserved their HEA. 
I’m not so sure what to think about the villains, though. One of the arcs sounded inconclusive and even implausible and the other one, well, I’m still wondering about that one. Still, the main romantic arc was what made this story worth my time and I do recommend it to anyone looking for a Christmas romantic story. 

** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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text 2017-10-18 02:21
Spotlight on a New Holiday Release!!
With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this new novella from Manda Collins. 

Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a schoolfriend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget. 

Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever--on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can't let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.

Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday, or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.

 

Author Bio:

Manda Collins is the author of the Studies in Scandal series, The Lords of Anarchy series, The Ugly Duckling series and the Wicked Widows series as well as several other Regency-set romances. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.

 

Buy Link: http://smpromance.com/historical/with-this-christmas-ring/

Review Link: http://buckeyeangel.booklikes.com/post/1608921/good-story-and-characters

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review 2017-10-18 02:15
Good Story and Characters
With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

Miss Merry Parks is determined to fulfill the dying wish of her friend, get her friend’s newly orphaned daughter to the her father, who had deserted them. In order to do that, she must get into contact with Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted years before.

This was a really good book. I’m not too big on second chance loves, but I thought the author kept me interested enough that I wasn’t bothered by it. The story itself read really quickly. It does a great job to making you feel the holiday spirit.  I really liked the characters. Their past situation really tug on the heartstrings. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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