The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage was delightful to read! The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen is a touching story of women determined to support themselves in progressive ways not yet common in their society. Both Rachel and Mercy find themselves unmarried and without husbands to support them. With the help of friends, Rachel opens a circulating library, while Mercy’s heart is devoted to educating local young women. Despite obstacles, both Rachel and Mercy discover themselves as friends rally around them to help and encourage them.

Full of warmth, heartache, friendship and loss, Klassen continues to explore the relationships of women in the small village of Ivy Hill in her second novel in her Ivy Hills series. Klassen’s narrative is delightful to read because it flows with simplicity and authenticity and which shows the heartaches and triumphs of her characters with grace and aplomb. She has a way of making her characters, my neighbors. She is a gifted writer with touching insights to share. I look forward to her the next novel in the Ivy Hill series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen for my candid review.

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A Grand Tour: Timeless Victorian Collection

A Grand Tour from the Timeless Victorian Collection is a new twist on the traditional European grand tour of the Victorian era. Authors Anthea Lawson, Jennifer Moore and Heather B. Moore introduce us to Isabelle, Eleanor and Evelyn who are three young ladies on grand European tours. Finding themselves traveling for various reasons, they all long for changes in their lives they hope will come as they travel.

These award winning authors create well written stories with resilient characters that entertain, amuse, and charm. Great characters, unexpected plots and plenty of change along the way, A Grand Tour is entertaining reading. I received a complimentary copy of A Grand Tour for my candid review.

Happily Ever After: A Timeless Romance Anthology

A fun, captivating twist on favorite traditional fairy tales. Happily Ever After: Six Fairy Tale Romances is part of A Timeless Romance Anthology. A collection of six classic fairytale adaptations, Happily Ever After boasts popular authors Jessica Day George, Julie Wright, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines, Heather B. Moore, and Annette Lyon.

Full of authentic characters, tough decisions and lots of unexpected plot twists, Happily Ever After entertains and amuses readers like reading classic fairy tales did when we were children. With a touch of romance, intrigue, originality, Happily Ever After brings a refreshing perspective to stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, and other popular fairytales. Well written and compelling, these creative stories will delight and entertain readers. I received a complimentary copy of Happily Ever After: A Timeless Romance Anthology for my candid review.

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

Well worth reading! What do plumbing, the Associated Press, and a pearl necklace have in common? Elizabeth Camden delivers a new compelling historical romance in her recent novel A Dangerous Legacy. Lucy and her brother Nick are mired in a family lawsuit that is wearing them down. Just when Lucy thinks it can’t get worse, it does. When Colin, the director of AP’s competing news agency Reuters, inadvertently involves himself in Lucy’s lawsuit, Lucy finds herself in more than one quagmire.

Full of authentic characters, tough decisions and lots of unexpected plot twists, Camden both delights and informs readers in this well written historical novel. With deft literary skills and solid historical evidence, Camden creates a memorable story of progress, and the exacting price that progress requires from the people who make it happen. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.

The Heart Only Grows by Michele Paige Holmes

I loved it! This story touched my heart. The newest Timeless Romance Single, The Heart Only Grows by Michele Paige Holmes was a thoughtful, poignant, well written historical story about the Orphan Train. Addie, an orphan herself, is determined to ride the orphan train to see the children placed in the best homes possible. Addie’s heart struggles as she sees some of the children left behind in hard circumstances, and Daniel and Sarah might not find a home unless she separates the siblings.

With hope diminishing, Addie meets the sheriff in a small town and receives an offer of a home for Daniel and Sarah together if she accepts a proposal of marriage and stays with them. Holmes weaves a powerful story full of full of heartache, tragedy, love, acceptance and hope. With genuine characters and unpredictable plot twists, The Heart Only Grows is masterfully written. I received a complimentary copy of The Heart Only Grows by Michele Paige Holmes for my candid review.