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review 2018-04-25 00:24
Didn't Like The Characters
It Happened in the Highlands - May McGoldrick

On the cusp of their wedding, Lady Josephine Pennington was jilted by her fiance because of the talk and rumors surrounding her birth. Sixteen years later, Captain Wynne Melfort finds information that could help Josephine to uncover her past so he decides to right a wrong and help her uncover the mystery.

I’m not a fan of second-chance romances, but they aren’t usually a plot in historical romances. I decided to try it out of curiosity. This wasn’t a horrible story, per se. My problem was with Wynne. I didn’t like him or his story at all. The thing is, what he did to her in the beginning completely ruined her and her life. The more the author attempted to justify it, the more it made me not like him. I’m not sure if I’ll try anything more from this author.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-04-24 02:23
It Happened One Night - Marie Ferrarella

It might have been better if the apparent cause of the H/h getting together wasn't a rift between their comedy act fathers. And if we didn't spend entirely too much time around these two old farts variously moping around and annoying the hell out of the H/h... and in the case of the h's dad, kvetching vaguely about something his partner did. 

 

The h had the vague sense of unease that she was in over her head with someone who wasn't exactly her type. She tried to keep him at arms' length but it didn't work. And then they had a fight... To be fair, she was attempting to remove herself from his life, and he was expressing resentment at what her intrusions had done to him. So...who started it? Not sure. He did come around the next day and have a heartfelt talk with her, followed presumably by the expected HEA - there were tickets to Vegas involved.

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review 2018-04-18 18:23
What Happened -- too many facts, not enough Hillary
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

I bought this a while ago. I was a Clinton supporter. (I have always loved Bernie Sanders and voted for him in the primary, but by the time it got to my state, it didn't matter, and I happily took time off to campaign for Hillary once that was settled.) I strongly believe she got short shrift in the election coverage, and I was too upset until recently to be able to read this. (I actually think my diving into fiction may be a direct result of the 2016 election. I find I am too angry to be functional if I read too much news or even too much political fiction/nonfiction.)

 

While I agree in large part with most of her points about "what happened," I didn't learn much new from this book. I was very touched by her clear adoration for her daughter and her grandchildren, and it is clear that the loss of her mother is still very painful. Some of those chapters are wonderful. I could have lived without an exact play-by-play explainer on every issue on the election. I lived through it and experienced it once. I wanted to know how she felt about these things. The cover promises she's going to tell us, but I didn't get any real insight to Hillary Clinton. Thought she didn't say it this way, I also enjoyed how clearly pissed off she is at Comey - still. Also that she was confused by his actions like the rest of us were. I would say 70% of the book is defensive crouch. I get it, but it may just have been too soon for me even now. I never will need to read an in depth explainer on the emails though -- I doubt anyone reading this book will. Those who read Hillary's book are likely to have understood the email situation LONG before the election and frankly, long before the NYTimes stopped harping about them. (Guess what - reading the apologies and "we'll do better" from the Times didn't make me feel better either - particularly since they've now done away with the Public Editor who was the one clear-headed person at the paper...)

 

I moved to this book because I found my blood boiling at Susan Bordo's feminist coverage in The Destruction of Hillary Clinton (though I will make myself read that because I really want to) and decided to put that one down in favor of reading the candidate's take. I've liked Clinton's earlier books, and like many women I've admired liked Hillary Clinton for years. I respect her, but this book was uneven. Clearly she was very hurt and angry, like the rest of us. When she's down, Hillary argues her case. It's just that I've heard that case before, and I hoped for a more personal look in this book, like promised. I wonder if anyone could write a clear-eyed book about this election, but Hillary and I can't.

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text 2018-03-27 13:01
Review For: It Happened in the Highlands by May McGoldrick
It Happened in the Highlands - May McGoldrick

It Happened in the Highlands by May McGoldrick is book Two in "The Pennington Family" series.  This is the story of Lady Josephine 'Jo" Pennington and Captain Wynne Melfort.  We did meet Jo in the first book 'Romancing the Scot' but feel this can easily be a standalone book.
Jo and Wynne had been engaged about about to get married when Wynne broke things off.  After Wynne left to go to the Royal Navy Jo retried from society to do charitable work.  Wynne reasons for breaking things off that help somewhat to understand he thoughts behind hurting Jo.  Jo who has always had feeling of upset from being adopted because she never her new her blood family but having Wynne break off their engagement just added to that sorrow.  
Years later Wynne is retired from the Royal Navy along with his friend and they go forward to open up a place for people with brain injuries or mental issues to be treated.  There Wynne learns something related to Jo that brings them forward in meeting again.  
But can past hurts be forgiving and can what Jo is learning about herself help in moving forward?
Great Story!

Source: www.amazon.com/Happened-Highlands-Pennington-Family-ebook/dp/B076H83QBD/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1521917116&sr=1-1&keywords=It+Happened+in+the+Highlands+by+May+McGoldrick
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review 2018-03-10 01:47
It Happened in the Highlands
It Happened in the Highlands - May McGoldrick

I haven't read the previous book in the series or anything else by the authors but I definitely didn't feel lost while reading this book. The main characters Jo and Wynn were likeable and interesting to follow. The first half of this was really interesting to me and I feel like I read it really fast. After the secrets behind Jo's real parents were revealed I felt like the book kind of dragged on. I would definitely be interested in reading more of this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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