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review 2018-05-04 14:56
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot meet unexpectedly in their club, both having spotted the advertisement for a month-long rental of an Italian castle by the sea. Both desperate to leave their lives behind for a short while they agree to rent the castle between them, engaging Lady Caroline and Mrs Fisher to share the costs. Soon the magic of Italy casts it spell over the four women and they find themselves changed in unforseen ways.

 

Any of us lucky enough to go on holiday know that they can have a magical effect on the psyche. A break away from the norm, from everyday worries, helps lift the spirits and forget, albeit temporarily, issues that may plague us at home.

 

Mrs Wilkins blossoms, much like the wisteria, almost as soon as her feet land in Italy. She becomes Lotty, first to Mrs Arbuthnot, then to the other women, much to Mrs Fisher’s consternation. She is transformed by the castle, seeing herself and her husband in a new light and is so certain that the others will see themselves differently too. Mrs Arbuthnot, soon to be Rose to her new friends, soon starts to view her own life differently, becoming more melancholy as she begins to perceive that her choices may have impacted her relationship with her husband. Mrs Fisher is determined to separate herself from the others, taking over the best sitting room and studiously ignoring the radiant Lotty. Lady Caroline too is determined to separate herself from others, tired of being pandered to and pawed, too aware her beauty and charm have an odd and not always welcome effect on others. However all four women soon find the magic of Italy changes them in unforseen ways.

 

This is not just a book about four disparate women, thrown together. It is a comedy of manners, of breaking down social barriers, of forging friendships and rekindling passions. It is about finding the time and the inclination to love yourself and your life. And about finding the time to just sit in the sun.

 

My April was enchanted reading this wonderful novel. I could easily imagine myself walking around the grounds, taking in the beautiful views and being caught up in the exuberance of Lotty and the gentle charm of Rose and Lady Caroline. A joyful, fun, and sometimes moving novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

I shall now practise my wafting whilst I look out for more of Elizabeth von Arnim’s work.

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review 2018-03-23 22:09
Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest - Sheila Sweeny Higginson,Victoria Miller
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Cute story with nice illustrations. The book is pretty predictable and repetitive, per classic Dora. I was never really in to Dora, but I thought it was kind of weird that this one is so princess-y. Dora dons a purple dress and matching headband, which seemed to stray from her original shorts and t-shirt. I'm of the opinion that girls can wear whatever they want (dresses included), but this one seemed to be pushing the girly elements a bit much. 

Story-wise, it was entertaining. I really only picked this up from the Little Free Lending Library, because I thought the little girl I work with would enjoy the unicorn pictures.

I do wish that there was a little pronunciation guide or something in the book. I took French for six and half years and know very little Spanish. It's difficult for me to read Spanish, because I often revert to French pronunciation. A phonetic breakdown in the back would have been nice. 

Overall, an okay read. Good for kids who like unicorns. 
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review 2018-02-20 16:36
Saving Grace (Enchanted Keepsakes, #1) by Aubrey Wynne
Saving Grace: (Enchanted Keepsakes) - Aubrey Wynne

Saving Grace by Aubrey Wynne is book one of Enchanted Keepsakes series. It is a very shot book, but has a lot of stuff crammed in on those pages. I don't say this as a bad thing. You actually are getting dual stories. The 2nd part of the story is taken from the history books. 

 

 

Present day, Divorcee Chloe Hicks is trying to get on with her life and started a horse stable in Shawneetown Illinois. With just her trainer, her mother, and herself they are on the brink of making a profit, when in the middle of the night the barn mysteriously catches fire. After loosing her favorite horse, herself and her trainer almost loosing their life, her abusive ex-husband shows back up. When Chloe refuses to step back into that situation her ex starts spreading rumors. Chloe's Mom thinks she needs to get away for a while. So she heads off to Virginia Beach for some R & R. 

 

Grace Sherwood "The witch of Pungo" Is a true story. It really happened in the 1700's in Colonial Virginia. Grace lived in the small town of Pungo Virginia. In 1706 she was accused and convicted of being a witch. She had a trial and was sentenced to what was called a docking. The person would be cross tied, right thumb to left big toe and left thumb to right big toe. If the person floated they were deemed a witch, if they drowned they were innocent. Grace was able to get a hand free and did not drown. She was tossed under twice and survived. She was then jailed. She was released around 1714, and died in 1740. There are statues of her in Virginia to this day. She was also pardoned in 2006 on the 300th anniversary of her docking by the Virginia State Governor Timothy Kaine.

 

When Chloe arrives in Virginia Beach, strange things happen. She sees a lady in Colonial clothing, she is covered one night with a blanket, things along those lines. But when her Ex shows up with a gun the true help comes from the Afterlife as Grace helps Chloe escape certain death.

 

The Audiobook is narrated by Sara K. Sheckells. I felt she done and excellent job with this book. She kept my attention and kept the story line flowing nicely. I enjoyed the voices for the different characters. And the feeling she gave parts of the story was awesome. I will be looking for more books narrated by her. 

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Aubrey Wynne. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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review 2017-11-30 03:40
Taking chances leads to happiness
Enchanted by the Highlander (A Highland Fairytale) - Lecia Cornwall

Gillian is a misunderstood woman. I enjoyed her infinite patience with her family as well as her curiosity and love for nature's beauty. Her talents were surprising, but it just showed how strong she really was. I was drawn to John because of his selflessness in helping others without needing recognition. The two complimented and surprised each other which made this a fun read for me.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2017-11-28 07:05
*´¨✫ A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris! *´¨✫
*´¨✫ A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris! *´¨✫ 
 
 
 
Paris has crumbled after the world war. Vampires have taken over and the humans are their pets.
 
Paige, Boswell, and Maddock are the three top members of the hierarchy in Paris. With twisted pasts and deranged ideas, living under their rules can be a nightmare. 
 
 
-Ten stories. Ten Authors. One broken city - 
 
Preorder now - http://amzn.to/2yw4ybC
 
 
Authors: Erin Lee, Rita Delude, A. Maslo, AJ Renee, K. L. Roth, Anke Van Zweel, Alice La Roux, Chelsi Davis, Alana Grieg, and LJC Fynn.
 
 
 
Blurb:
 
After the Vampires took over Earth in the great paranormal war, Humans have become second-class citizens - working as slaves, in brothels, as entertainers, or blood donors. 
 
In the heart of Paris. once known as the most romantic city on earth, humans have gone into hiding, gathering into groups and fighting back against the blood-sucking demons. 
Although, some have betrayed their friends to cozy up to the vampires and be in with a chance to turn into one themselves. 
 
The world is divided and Vampires are on top - and there’s only one rule – You can’t fall in love with a human.
 
 
 
 
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~ Author R. l. Weeks ~
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