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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-17 02:17
Unmasking Lady Helen
Unmasking Lady Helen: The Kinsey Family (The Kinsey Family Series Book 1) - Maggi Andersen

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

Maggi Andersen’s latest release, Unmasking Lady Helen, is a heart-warming regency romance. I had previously read two of the author’s earlier works and been quite impressed so kind of binge reading her backlist right now. I found Unmasking Lady Helen a bit different in tone than the other two. But it’s a very lovely story that you’ll definitely end up loving.

Unmasking Lady Helen is the first book of The Kinsey Family. Lady Helen, the eldest daughter of Lord Kinsey, a researcher and an explorer, is what you’d call a ‘mother hen’. Well, our hero definitely thought she was! A loving eldest daughter who loves to take care of her family, Helen is an all around sweetheart. Her siblings range from 22 yrs. old heir Harry to 18yrs. old Diana the debutante, 14yrs. old Toby to the youngest, 4/5 yrs. old Alexander whom everybody affectionately calls Zander. Helen herself is 24. She was never married and hopes to become the spinster aunt as time passes. She likes helping around the house, take care of her siblings, especially Zander who is completely crazy for her. She also likes to help her mother with her charity and everything else that may need her attention in frequent absence of their traveler father.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-10 02:14
The Folly at Falconbridge Hall
The Folly At Falconbridge Hall - Maggi Andersen

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

The Folly At Falconbridge Hall was yet another intriguing Maggi Andersen read that I had on my TBR for a long time. I’m so glad I finally read it because I really enjoyed the story.

Previously I read The Baron’s Wife, which is a standalone novel set in the very late 19th or early 20th century. The Folly At Falconbridge Hall is also a standalone (at least I think so), set around the same time, if a bit early in 1894. The storyline follows the same pattern, yet it’s not exactly the same. Whereas in the previous book, the h Laura arrives at the H’s mysterious castle that has been in the family for centuries after marrying him, here the h, Vanessa arrives at Falconbridge Hall as a governess.

The daughter of a good family, Vanessa had fallen on hard times when her parents passed away leaving her nearly destitute. Her father, the second son of a peer, had lost all contact with his own family after his marriage to Vanessa’s mother he fell out of favor with them. Vanessa’s mother was an active suffragist and influenced her daughter’s education and free thinking. Vanessa would’ve loved to be a part of it too, had her parents not passed away pretty close to one another, forcing her to seek an employment. To her surprise, Vanessa’s uncle, her father’s elder brother, came to visit her after her parents’ passing. Though that didn’t do much to make them any closer than before, he did help her getting this new job. Vanessa didn’t want to become a governess but with her credentials, that’s as close an honorable job she could’ve gotten. After all, she needs the financial stability. Her employer has a 10yrs. girl who needs a governess ASAP and Vanessa couldn’t wait to find out what’s in store for her in her new workplace.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-04 00:39
The Baron's Wife
The Baron's Wife - Maggi Andersen

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The Baron’s Wife (formerly titled Night Garden) was on my TBR list for quite a few years, since before it was republished this year. Funnily enough, when I started, I didn’t know this was the same book as Night Garden, but I’m so glad that finally I gave it a try cause I really enjoyed the story. This is my first Maggi Andersen book and definitely won’t be my last!

The Baron’s Wife is set at the turn of the century England. Our h, Laura is an educated woman who had attended university, and a staunch supporter and activist of women’s suffrage. After her twin sister Eliza’s death, Laura is now the only child of her peer of the realm parents. Though Lord Parr supports his daughter’s cause, her mother is old-fashioned and finds it all rather too bold and pointless as women, in her mind, will never have the same freedom as men. Lady Parr despairs of Laura, who refuses to marry and be bound to a man who may put an end to all her life’s dream, her hard work.

One rainy day though, that changed when Laura met Nathaniel, Baron Lanyon and fell for him on spot. Even though Laura refused to think that she may be so attracted to a man that her good senses are leaving her, it was what it was. Laura was hopelessly attracted to this man she’d just me that day! Nathaniel escorts her home as she was alone on her way there out of concern and meets her mother. Lady Parr is more than interested in tall, dark and handsome Nathaniel. He had an old title and a good standing in the parliament. Plus he was young and rich, so she expected Laura to encourage his suit. Though Laura wasn’t sure at first, soon to her surprise, it was apparent enough that Nathaniel was indeed interested in her! One thing led to another, and after a short, whirlwind courtship, Laura finds herself as Lady Lanyon, forever bound to a man she knows little about.

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review 2016-02-16 20:07
Passionate Promises
Passionate Promises: Nine Promises to Stir Your Passion - Maggi Andersen,Barbara Monajem,Bronwen Evans,Victoria Vane,Michelle McLean,Violetta Rand,Ella Quinn,Collette Cameron,Christy Carlyle

Title: Passionate Promises
Authors: Victoria Vane, Bronwen Evans, Ella Quinn, Collette Cameron, Maggi Anderson, Michelle McLean, Violetta Rand, Barbara Monajem & Christy Carlyle
Publishers: Vane Publishing LLC
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Passionate Promises" by:Victoria Vane, Bronwen Evans, Ella Quinn, Collette Cameron, Maggi Anderson, Michelle McLean, Violetta Rand, Barbara Monajem & Christy Caryle

My Thoughts....

All nine of these anthologies were simply good reading.


To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood by Bronwen Evans
Will Henry St. Giles marry for love?

A Promise of Love by Ella Quinn
Will Genevieve McGowan find the husband she wants?

A Kiss for Miss Kingsley by Collette Cameron
How will this story pan out for Allen Wimpleton and Olivia Kingsley? Will
they get a second chance?

Stirring Passions by Maggi Andersen
Interesting read about Laurie and Kat...with lots of twist and turns and in
the end will there be romance for these two?

A Pledge of Passion by Victoria Vane
What will happen when Nicolas Needham falls for Lady Mariah Morehaven when
it seems like someone else may may be interested. What will happen with this romance
as fate plays a helping hand?

Never Tempt a Rogue by Christy Carlyle
What will happen when Alex and Felicity come together? What a interesting ending!

Wanted by the Warrior by Violetta Rand
This one has some paranormal in this romance ...part 1.

A Highwayman's Honor by Michelle McLean
This one is a good historical suspense romance with John and Elizabeth that will keep you on the
edge of your seat.


Lord Quickthorn's Bargain by Barbara Monajem....
This was a cute fairy tale story!

I found all of these stories well packed, well written and a fairly complete story leaving the reader wanting to read other stories written by these authors. I found many of the stories were different and so well told. Would I recommend "Passionate Promises?" Yes, especially if you like historical romances that have a little bit of it all. Truly they were all "Passionate Promises!"

Thank you to the author for a gift of the read and giving my honest my opinion of this novel.

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review 2015-12-01 00:00
Lord Bartholomew's Christmas Bride
Lord Bartholomew's Christmas Bride - Maggi Andersen “A stickler for correctness, Lord Bartholomew Winborne, second son of the Marquess of Brandreth, is about to take up his appointment as a vicar in India. Requiring a suitable wife by Christmas, he has made a list of the most desirable qualities she must possess.”

When I read that, I tried to imagine my congregation’s pastor choosing his wife in such a logical fashion, granted he wasn’t being posted to an exotic location in the Regency Period. It obvious that Bart, like the aforementioned pastor is going to choose his wife out of love and the proper young ladies on his list just aren’t going to do it for him. It doesn’t take much imagination to know who the new vicar should marry. Though a little too short, this charming delivers. The real prize here is of course the tantalizing glimpse of lady Sibella. Can one hope that a subsequent novel will at last find her happy in love?
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