The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr

As the third book in the At Home in Trinity series, The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr was interesting but not captivating. While I enjoyed reading about the life of a rural midwife and understanding better the demands and frustrations that accompanied such a responsibility, I found this book slow reading and the characters not as developed as I would have hoped for a third book in a series.

This was my first time reading a book by author Delia Parr and I was intrigued to learn more about the struggles of midwives in the early 1800’s. Parr did a commendable job capturing the struggles of the rural midwife, but I found the plot dragged and the characters seemed less developed than in other historical novels I have read recently. What I mean by that is that while I sympathized with the plight and struggles of the Martha, her family, and friends, I never felt pulled into their struggles. Instead I felt like a casual observer as I read the novel. I like strong characters that also engage me as a reader and pull me into their lives.

Historically accurate and easy to read, The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr was okay, but I likely won’t read the other books in the series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr for my candid review.

The Mariposa Hotel

As the third book in the Tangerine Street Romance, The Mariposa Hotel is entertaining reading.  Authors Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, and Heather B. Moore have created fun, unpredictable novellas which take place at the new Mariposa Hotel in Seashell Beach. Three women: Mari, Brooke, and Reagan. Three unexpected plots. Three touching stories.

The Mariposa Hotel does not disappoint and is delightful to read. Full of well written stories that loosely intertwine to engage readers in compelling plots, The Mariposa Hotel speaks to hearts who long for happy endings. Maybe the butterfly wishing well at the Mariposa is magic after all. Happy reading. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of The Mariposa Hotel for my candid review.

Spring in Hyde Park

The newest release in the Timeless Regency Collection, Spring in Hyde Park is delightful and entertaining. Comprised of three novellas by authors Jennifer Moore, GG Vandagriff, and Nichole Van, Spring in Hyde Park is a quick, fun read.

A Happy Accident by Jennifer Moore introduces us to Miss Maryann Croft caught in an unfortunate storm and Jonathan, Earl of Rensfield, who helps Miss Maryann and finds himself caught in an unexpected way. Author Jennifer Moore shares a compelling story about how appearances can misguide and hope can be found in the most contrived circumstances.

The Disdainful Duke by GG Vandagriff introduces us to well to do Lady Sophronia Huffington who longs for a home of her own,and the Duke of Mayfield who is certain Lady Sophronia is a spinster eager for his title. A story of disdain and discovery, author GG Vandagriff weaves a plot of deception and honesty, love and rejection, and absorbing characters.

The Invisible Heiress by Nichole Van was my favorite novella of this set. Miss Arabella Heartstone, although young, is not inexperienced in the ways of business thanks to her late father. After Lord Blake refuses to accept her business-like marriage proposal, Miss Arabella finds another propitious business venture and a budding friendship. A touching story of accepting and developing talents and using them to help others concludes this Timeless Regency Collection. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Spring in Hyde Park for my candid review.

Love is Come by Heather B. Moore

As the first novel in the Power of the Matchmaker series, Love is Come by Heather B. Moore is well worth reading. Telling the story of Nelle Thompson, a privileged young woman from New York, Love is Come follows Nelle through her story of tragedy and loss to healing and hope.

With strong characters, an unpredictable plot, and a well written story, I enjoyed reading Love is Come. I like how the matchmaker Pearl emerges into Nelle’s life at just the right time. I appreciated how Dottie was a true friend who was willing to support Nelle through difficult times. And cousin Alice was contemptible, which makes her all the more believable.

I highly recommend Love is Come as entertaining, clean romantic fiction. I look forward to reading more novels in the Power of the Matchmaker series as they are released. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Love is Come for my candid review.