All Hallows Eve: A Timeless Romance Anthology

Once again A Timeless Romance Anthology introduces another entertaining and eclectic collection of stories in the All Hollows Eve Collection: Six Romance Novellas by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Lisa Mangum, Jordan McCollum, and Elana Johnson. If you enjoy ghost stories, you will enjoy these ghost story romances from authors who are deftly experienced in captivating and entertaining their readers.

From the surreal to the everyday ghost, from historical to supernatural settings, from realistic modern to fantastical settings, the authors of All Hallows Eve create tales of magic, suspense, love, and loss with genuine characters and plausible settings that gently transport us into a world of the paranormal while maintaining a sense of the believable in their stories.

Overall, I thought All Hallows Eve was a fun twist to another great Timeless Romance Anthology. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of All Hallows Eve for my candid review.

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The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

What is a young woman to do who has relinquished her dowry to help her family in financial straits? Abigail Foster feels guilty for advising her father to pursue a bad financial investment. Her childhood friend and potential suitor, Gilbert leaves for Italy after showing new, unabashed interest in her younger, spoiled sister Louisa. With her hopes disappointed in Gilbert, and her family’s home facing foreclosure, sensible Abigail embraces the offer to reside at Pembrooke Park where she will be removed from scandal and heartache. So begins Julie Klassen’s latest novel The Secret of Pembrooke Park.

With her quintessential mix of eclectic characters, Klassen weaves a tale of painful pasts, suspense, and hope around Abigail Foster. As Abigail steps into the complex history of Pembrooke Park, she finds genuine friends, purpose, and trouble as she works to discover the location of a secret room and why it haunts the history of Pembrooke Park.

I really liked Abigail because she was so authentic. The Chapman family was full of surprises throughout the book. Miles Pembrooke kept me on edge the whole book. And the mysterious Mrs. Webb seems to be everywhere. This is one of those subtly suspenseful stories that keeps us wondering and hoping and holding our breath for answers. I loved how Klassen used so many memorable characters to create her plot. Very reminiscent of Charles Dickens, the masterful storyteller, who created notable characters that all have connections to each other.

Overall, I loved the mystery, intrigue, and people that make up The Secret of Pembrooke Park and congratulate Klassen on writing a haunting, captivating novel. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen for my candid review.

Fortune Cookie By Josi S. Kilpack

Fortune Cookie is the penultimate book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. If you like an entertaining protagonist, a mystery, and tasty food, Kilpack’s mystery series might be just the thing.

I was introduced to Sadie in Kilpack’s debut mystery novel Lemon Tart and have looked forward to each new book in the series. While the plots are full of adventure and unexpected twists, I also like the recipes that each book introduces. I’ve found some family favorites among Sadie’s recipes.

To learn more about the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series visit Josi S. Kilpack’s official website here.

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

As a fan of Agatha Christie, I wondered what Julianna Deering would deliver in her debut novel Rules of Murder.  This mystery begins with the usual murder to set the story and amateur detective in action. The story takes place on an English estate and the detective is the privileged son of the first murder victim.

Drew Farthering, and his longtime friend Nick, decide to investigate the strange happenings that seem to entangle people who Drew trusts. With the help of his stepfather’s American niece, Madeline, Drew find clues, annoy the constable, and tries desperately to figure out who would want to destroy the family company.

As the plot thickens, author Deering mixes mischief with wry humor to engage her readers in helping to figure out the motive for the murders. While it seemed that Deering moved rather slowly to develop her characters and story at the beginning of the story, she did an impeccable job revealing clues and making connections that I could follow as a reader. Sometimes I feel mysteries exclude us readers from all the details because it will ruin the surprises in the plot. Deering keeps her surprises while adroitly dropping the hints that draw us into her story and keep us trying to figure out the mystery. Drew’s final explanation of the mystery was the best wrap up for a mystery that I’ve read in a long time.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Rules of Murder, and I’ll be watching for more Drew Farthering mysteries. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering to review.