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review 2018-12-06 21:47
Audio/Book Review of Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
Time's Convert - Deborah Harkness

From human to vampire ...

 

Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the eighteenth century. Over two hundred years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself.

 

But her transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire.

 

While Phoebe is secreted away, Marcus relives his own journey from the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, through the treachery of the French Revolution to a bloody finale in New Orleans. His belief in liberty, equality and brotherhood challenged at every stage by the patriarchy of the de Clermonts.

 

What will he and Phoebe discover in one another when they are finally reunited at Les Revenants, beneath the watchful gaze of Matthew and his wife, Diana Bishop?

 

Review 5*

 

This story is the first book in an off-shoot of the All Souls Trilogy. I loved it!

 

I downloaded this book in both the Kindle and audiobook formats, as this gave me the option to either read or listen to it. Saskia Maarlveld narrates the audiobook. Her voice and pacing are excellent, and I enjoyed listening to her bring the characters to life. I would consider listening to other books read by her in the future.

 

This story is an addition to the All Souls world created by Deborah Harkness and follows the life, death, and rebirth of Marcus Whitmore on the eve of Phoebe's transformation into a vampire. The book, told through several points of view, mostly Marcus's, Diana's and Phoebe's, takes the reader on a journey of endings and new beginnings.

 

Several characters from the All Souls world make an appearance; Matthew, Diana, their twins, Phillipe and Rebecca, Isabeau, Marthe, Miriam, Phoebe, and Marcus (to name a few). I also enjoyed meeting Freya, one of Phillipe's daughters. She plays a crucial role in the tale as Phoebe's guide through her transformation from human to vampire.

 

While Phoebe adjusts to her new life as a vampire in today's world, Marcus takes us back in time to his life during the American Revolution and his transformation at the hands of Matthew into the vampire he is today. I became so absorbed in the tale that it felt like I walked alongside the characters, watching events unfold. Not being an American, I am fascinated by the history of that country and the people in it, as well as the country it is today. The author, being a historian, has brought the past to life for me and I am grateful to her for the peek into a bygone era. Marcus's life is not an easy one and contrasts with Phoebe's upbringing. However, these two characters have love on their side, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and deepen as the story unfolded.

 

I reached the end of the book with mixed emotions; sad that the book ended, but glad at how it ended. I am now looking forward to reading more books from the All Souls universe, as there are more than a few characters I would like to know more about next.

 

Deborah Harkness has written a fantastic tale in the All Souls universe. She has created a world where humans, witches, daemons and vampires all live in an uneasy alliance. I love her writing style, which is fast-paced and exciting, and the story flowed beautifully!
I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this book if you love your stories to be full of witches, daemons and vampires, or if you love paranormal romance or urban fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton

 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-11-22 15:33
Too Tough to Tame
Too Tough to Tame (A Wild Hearts Romance) - Deborah Camp

My reviews are honest & they contain spoilers. For more, visit:


I’ve become a fan of Deborah Camp’s writing since I read Solitary Horseman. She’s one of my go-to authors when I think of western historical and rightly so, cause her stories are generally engaging with hot heroes and adorable heroines. But this new series that I’ve recently started titled Tough Man/Too Tough, I have a very mixed feelings about book 1, Too Tough to Tame.

This series and it’s installments were first published in the mid 90s and it showed some of that dated scenario where things are sometimes rather over the top and you just have to come to terms with that it wasn’t written for the more contemporary readers. I’m not saying Too Tough to Tame is a typical bodice ripper. It’s not, because there are only a few murders and no rape at all (well nothing that actually happened in the story). Violence is very limited. In fact, the author’s writing is pretty good so it shows a consistency of her brilliance where her writing is concerned. But those over the top moments sometimes made things too cheesy for me. I don’t even know if it makes any sense but I laughed and eyerolled quite a bit at their gestures, banters and thought seesh how silly!.

But on the brighter side, I don’t remember about reading a hero with Native American heritage—not for quite a while at least—which was a breath of fresh air, a change of scenario for me.

Tess Summers lives in the town of False Hope, Montana which is rather closer to the Native American territory. The Blackfeet have always clashed with the local people for various reasons and the situation can be very tense at times. There were mention of other tribes but they seemed to be the prominent ones in this story. Maybe because our H is one of them. :) Now Tess is a spinster, though not without her own secret dreams and wishes. But in this backwater town, the type of men she daydreams about are hard to come by. She lives with his brother, John, who is the sole doctor of the town. She’s more like his helper; nurse and everything else that he might need when he’s working from patient to patient. He’s recently married but his wife is a showpiece rather than anyone practical, so Tess even had to work as their housemaid i.e., cooking, cleaning etc. Anything you can think of.

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review 2018-11-18 13:46
One Hot Summer Night - Deborah Cooke

This wasn't my favorite in the series. I had a hard time connecting with the plot concept. What Gabe did 7 or 9 years ago was noble, but in the end, he was married and had a fling with Lexi. It was a bold concept for a Deborah to tackle and I certainly commend her for breaking barriers; however, with my own past experiences, I couldn’t get behind this love story.  It does end well for all parties and Gabe and his wife Daphne definitely didn’t have a real marriage, but marriage is marriage. I’m also shocked at how calm Gabe was when he discovers Lexi’s big secret that concerns how they met the first time 14 years earlier. How can he be so calm about it? I’m trying not to give any details away, there are some doozies in this one. I liked Gabe and Lexi, it is just how he wasn’t honest up front with her when they get together until after the fact that I found to be messed up. He should have been honest and things should have been resolved before they took things to the next step.

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text 2018-11-16 10:18
NEW RELEASE - Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow - Deborah Garner
NEW RELEASE
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner - Author (The Moonglow Series)
As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope.
**Cookie and candy recipes included! 

Start your holiday season at Timberton
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J6SJFG6
Paperback: http://smarturl.it/nsom

"All of the books in the Deborah Garner's "Moonglow" series are a treat for whatever ails you! They are sweet, thoughtful, clean books that will remind you about happiness and compassion and how easy it really is to achieve. Dreams do and can come true as this story will prove--and yes--it sometimes takes more then one to make it happen.

There are no mysteries or thrills in these books--and they are not needed when you spend the holidays at Timberton hotel! Sit back with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and maybe a plate of cookies that you just made (quite a few delicious recipes at the back of the book) and get ready to be immersed in Love, Joy and caring! Any of these can be read as a stand alone--but may I suggest you read them all!!" reviews Miki's Hope

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"I have read and loved everyone of the Moonglow series but do not wait until you have time to read the whole series to get started. Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow can be read as a standalone and you will not need to worry about the previous three. My guess is, once you've had a taste of the Moonglow series, you will want to read them all." reviewsNicki's Nook

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"Each year the one book in Christmas I expect is The Moonglow Christmas series. These are the sweetest books ever, literally, because the recipes at the back of the book are delicious. Misty and Beth are wonderful hostesses at their dream hotel in Montana, cooking and greeting guests with love, friendship and so much care." reviews Ana Paula Medeiros

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Read more on the #book, series and author here...
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/nutcracker-sweets-at-moonglow-by.html

The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people's lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature. 

When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope. 

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review 2018-11-07 12:49
Blownup in Paradise by Deborah Brown (Paradise Series Book 14)
Blownup in Paradise - Deborah Brown

I am loving the Paradise Series and when ever I pick up a new instalment I can only begin to wonder what mischief Madison and Fab are going to get up to or get involved in. Blownup in Paradise see the girls get involved in their most explosive adventure yet, both literally and figuratively – boats are blown up, dock are on fire and the girls must contend with being on the right side of the law now and not go rouge.

 

There is never a dull moment for Madison and Fab and the cottages with their host of eclectic residents has its own share of drama as usual. This series is filled with a host of characters that you have come to love as you would your own family and you just help but get involved with the antics they all get involved in. The little tid-bit at the end (not a cliffhanger) has left me patiently waiting for the next book to come out!

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