I Can't Wait for... The Rosewood Hunt by Mackenzie Reed (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #booktwitter #newbooks #yabooks #yalit #mystery

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The references in the premise to The Inheritance Games and Knives Out pretty much sold me on this one. It should be an intriguing and entertaining read. It's my pick this week...

The Rosewood Hunt
By Mackenzie Reed
YA Mystery, Suspense
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 368 Pages
October 31, 2023 by Harper Teen


Irresistible intrigue, captivating suspense, a swoony friends-to-rivals-to-lovers romance, and heartbreaking betrayal drive this thrilling debut novel that is perfect for fans of The Inheritance Games and Knives Out.

Lily Rosewood has lived with her grandmother since her dad’s death a year ago. She and Gram have always been close—Gram’s role as chair of their family’s luxury coat business has inspired Lily’s love of fashion, and Lily hopes to follow in Gram’s footsteps one day.

Then Gram dies suddenly, and Lily’s world is upended. Gram’s quarter of a billion dollar fortune is missing, and Lily has been banned from the manor she and Gram shared.

But Gram has always loved games, and even in death, she still has a few tricks up her couture sleeve. When Lily and three other seemingly random teens get letters from Gram sending them on a treasure hunt around Rosetown, they hope the fortune will be the reward. But they’re not the only ones hunting for Gram’s treasure, and soon the hunt becomes more dangerous than they ever could have imagined.

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A fabulously fun take on a classic... The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub (Review) #booktwitter #newbooks #thescandalousconfessionsoflydiabennetwitch #melindataub #historicalfantasy #austenesquefiction @MelindaTaub @GrandCentralPub @Austenprose

Welcome! I'm a huge Pride and Prejudice fan so this one
was definitely my kind of book. Read my full review below...

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch
By Melinda Taub
Historical Fantasy, Austenesque Fiction
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 400 Pages
October 3, 2023 by Grand Central Publishing


A "wildly inventive and utterly addictive" (Julia Quinn) witchy reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, told from the perspective of the troublesome and—according to her—much-maligned youngest Bennet sister, Lydia.

In this exuberant retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Lydia Bennet puts pen to paper to relate the real events and aftermath of the classic story. Some facts are well known: Mrs. Bennet suffers from her nerves, Mr. Bennet suffers from Mrs. Bennet, and all five daughters suffer from an estate that is entailed only to male heirs. But Lydia also suffers from entirely different concerns: her best-loved sister Kitty is really a barn cat; Wickham is every bit as wicked as the world believes him to be, but what else would one expect from a demon? And if Mr. Darcy is uptight about etiquette, that’s nothing compared to his feelings about magic. Most of all, Lydia has yet to learn that for a witch, promises have power . . .

Full of enchantment, intrigue, and boundless magic, The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch, has all the irreverent wit, strength, and romance of Pride and Prejudice—while offering a highly unexpected redemption for the wildest Bennet sister.

Praise for the Book

· “Funny and fierce as Lydia Bennet herself, this book mixes witchcraft lore with Austen’s story to make its own unique magic. I’ll never look at Kitty the same way again…” ―Claudia Gray, author of The Murder of Mr. Wickham, a Mr. Darcy and Miss Tilney Mystery

· “Taub’s wit and creativity shines through. . . A delight for both Austen lovers and fans of magical adventure stories.” ―Kirkus Reviews

· “Wildly inventive and utterly addictive. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm now 100% Team Lydia.” ―Julia Quinn

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My Review

THE SCANDALOUS CONFESSIONS OF LYDIA BENNET, WITCH is partially Austen's Pride and Prejudice (in the loosest of terms) and part fantasy novel all from Lydia's point of view. Those who are fans of the classic and like creative stories with a magical aspect will find much to love in this book. Readers will find perfectly imperfect characters, both hidden and clear villains, an intriguing plot, and a mostly epistolary story. A very entertaining main character driving the narrative as well as the addition of magic makes for a fabulously fun take on a classic!

I have read the original classic many, many times, as well as many retellings. I've never once loved Lydia Bennet. However, the author had me cheering her on from very early in the story. There is something about the way Lydia unabashedly speaks of the situation and her choices in this retelling that makes you empathize with her as a reader. The author did a marvelous job in taking cues from the original story and fitting in her own flawlessly. They literally could be read simultaneously and you could believe both stories with their very different points of view. This version also gives Wickham a different impression. He is the same, but not, as you can see some of his perspective for his choices and actions. The other characters fit in well as they support Lydia. I enjoyed getting different sides of some characters that aren't present in the original. I also enjoyed the way the plot flowed and the subtle notes of romance that don't fully form until the very end.

The magical aspect of this story is full of fun as well as a touch of danger. There is a bit of folklore worked in, but not enough that it overtakes the story or main players. I liked the whole concept of Lydia being a witch and there being other witches. It leant a feel of mystery, tension and liveliness to this story. I also liked how spells were described like threads that are being woven. It makes for lovely imagery and a logical description of how the magic works. I thought the idea of a familiar to be creative and carried out brilliantly as well. I love stories with magic in them so this combination definitely worked for me. 

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this story from beginning to end! I would definitely like to see more written in the same vein from this author and I hope she has some in the works. This one is highly recommended for fans of the classic who also enjoy a touch of fantasy and another side to the story. Please note that you don't have to be a fan of Pride and Prejudice or know that story to enjoy this one.

Content: Some innuendo, suggestive content, and one closed-door scene. Would consider this clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Austenprose PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Melinda Taub is an Emmy and Writers’ Guild Award-winning writer. The former head writer and executive producer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, she is also the author of Still Star-Crossed, a young adult novel which was adapted for television by Shondaland. (She also wrote that thing about the Baroness in The Sound of Music that your aunt likes.) She lives in Brooklyn.

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A fun romantic romp set in Regency England...An Unsuitable Heiress by Jane Dunn (Review) #anunsuitableheiress #janedunn #historicalromance #regencyromance #newbooks #booktwitter #boldwoodbooks @JaneDunnAuthor @BoldwoodBooks @austenprose

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An Unsuitable Heiress
By Jane Dunn
Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 350 Pages
May 22, 2023 by Boldwood Books


Following the death of her mother, Corinna Ormesby has lived a quiet life in the countryside with her cantankerous Cousin Agnes. Her father's identity has been a tantalizing mystery, but now at nineteen Corinna knows that finding him may be her only way to avoid marriage to the odious Mr. Beech.

Deciding to head to London, Corinna dons a male disguise. Travelling alone as a young woman risks scandal and danger, but when, masquerading as a youth, she is befriended by three dashing blades, handsome and capable Alick Wolfe, dandy Ferdinand Shilton and the incorrigible Lord Purfoy, Corinna now has access to the male-only world of Regency England. And when she meets Alick's turbulent brother Darius, a betrayal of trust leads to deadly combat which only one of the brothers may survive.

From gambling in gentleman’s clubs to meeting the courtesans of Covent Garden, Corinna’s country naivety soon falls away. But when she finds her father at last, learns the truth about her parentage and discovers her fortunes transformed, she must quickly decide how to reveal her true identity, while hoping that one young man in particular can see her for the beauty and Lady she really is.

❤ A must read for Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and historical romance fans.
❤ A spunky, adventurous heroine on a quest in London to find her estranged father.
❤ An adorable dog and an endearing horse!
❤ Three dashing blades who will make you laugh, and swoon.
❤ A bestselling & highly rated new release.

Praise for the Book

5 STARS “…a compelling and enthralling story of a determined young woman’s journey to find her father and her own place in the world.”— Jo Shaw, BookMadJo.com

5 STARS “…you should allow yourself to be carried away by it as if by a tall dark stranger in a carriage and four. I enjoyed it even more than The Marriage Season, and that's quite a lot.”— Paul Feldwick, Goodreads

5 STARS “…a fun-filled romp through Regency England, with a smattering of romance, a sense of adventure and a wonderful heroine at its core. What's not to like?!”— Jo, Jaffa Reads Too

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My Review

AN UNSUITABLE HEIRESS starts off with a damsel in distress who goes under disguise as a boy to find her father and future. It's full of slang and references interred from the three young bucks who join the story. The characters are very flawed but generally likable. The story itself is a fun romp of misconceptions, frivolity, friendship, a bit of danger, fortune and romance. An overall fun read!

The characters were a very fun mix of personalities in this story. You have the heroine who is bold but also a bit brash and naïve. You have the three young bucks who are very worldly and wasteful in their time being spent on gaming, girls and laziness, but who are all proper gentlemen and have good hearts. Then there is the rascal and light villain of the story who is brooding and not overall moral or gentlemanly, and his mistress who is sweet but also clearly has no issues doing what she's doing. Then there is the flamboyant French miss, as well as a long lost father who is steady, stoic, honorable and kind. There's the gentleman farm boy and childhood friend of the heroine. Finally you have the dogs, particularly a little poodle who was an absolute joy. All these characters together made for a story full of humorous contradictions and adventure.

The story moves at a good clip. There are places where the characters are passing their days, but usually there was some sort of excitement in the comings and goings or in who was doing what. There were excursions, adventure and mishaps that provided plenty of entertainment, with a touch of suspense and danger towards the end that brought a needed climax. The romance is very slow build and kind of surprises the characters. I enjoyed that it grew throughout the story to a very sweet ending.

This  isn't one of those sweet Regency romances that you want to read if you prefer your books clean and wholesome. Although, the story and characters are generally clean, there are just enough references, suggestions and innuendo to push it over the line. There were things that I didn't find necessary and images I didn't need in my head that could have been more veiled and still carried the message the author intended. Some of those references kind of shocked me because I wasn't expecting them. I didn't enjoy this aspect of the story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall fun romantic romp set in Regency England. There is a lot of potential here for further stories full of adventure and romance and I'm curious what this author will write next.

Content: Some nondetailed sexual references, references to nudity, innuendo and light swearing.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Austenprose PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jane Dunn is an historian and biographer and the author of seven acclaimed biographies, including Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters, and the Sunday Times and NYT bestseller, Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. She comes to Boldwood with her first fiction outing – a trilogy of novels set in the Regency period, the first of which, The Marriage Season, is to be published in January 2023. She lives in Berkshire with her husband, the linguist Nicholas Ostler.

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Read an excerpt from this new fantasy... Shadowcast by Crystal D. Grant (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #fantasy #newbooks #booktwitter @justreadtours

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(The Gateway Trilogy #1)
By Crystal D. Grant
Romantic Fantasy (Clean)
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook, 505 Pages
September 20, 2023 by Quill and Flame Publishing


He has known nothing but darkness for years. Now it’s time to let it consume him. 

After witnessing the brutal death of his brother at the hands of the Steward Knights, Mason Grey turns to vengeance. Using his Gifts to read and control the minds of others, he climbs the ranks of the Dark Army, determined to earn the coveted Shadowstone-a powerful tool against the light-wielding Stewards. But when he is wounded in battle, he finds himself recovering in the home of a chatty peasant girl...without the use of his Gifts. Even worse, the girl mistakes him for one of the Stewards he despises. 

Seria Gayle longs to be seen as more than the town washerwoman. When she finds an injured Steward in the woods, she welcomes the chance to use her healing skills and hopes it will earn her some respect. But as she nurses the sullen stranger back to health, she discovers he is nothing like the knights she has long admired. 

When Mason's true identity is revealed, Seria is devastated and humiliated. But she is offered a chance at redemption by the very prince that Mason hates. Now Mason struggles between two choices: accept the Shadowstone to avenge his brother or pursue this newfound light in the form of a peasant girl. With time running out and war looming, will Mason and Seria defy their own convictions for a chance at love or stand against one another like they've sworn to do?

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He’s scared. The realization made her heart ache. She had heard of men struggling with the trauma a battle left within. Not all scars were visible. Mason was helpless, tethered to a bed by his injuries, without his unit or his sword. Even his sleep seemed troubled at times. She had experienced Rackson from afar, and it had still shaken her. No wonder he was so ill-at-ease.

But there was more to his story than he was telling.

She hesitated, still trying to form the right words. “Your secret is safe with me. I’d hate for you to survive that fight and then get in trouble over it. Especially when you were trying to do the right thing.” She gave him what she hoped was a reassuring smile.

Mason stared at her, his stoic expression frozen in hard lines.

She finished stuffing the clean clothes in the bag. “While you’re here, you might as well take advantage of the time to rest and heal.”

As she moved about in her tiny kitchen area, she sensed him watching her every move. And not because he found her captivating, what with her ratty attire and tousled hair. Not for a man of his caliber, anyway.

Nay, there was something more, something she couldn’t quite put her finger on. He kept a thick wall up, determined to stay behind it. But why? What caused him to pull so far within himself?

What was he hiding behind that mask?

About the Author

Crystal D. Grant

Crystal D. Grant is a daydreamer who adores freshly-baked cookies and anything with fur or feathers. During the day, she strives to instill a love of books and learning within her young students. As a hearing-impaired, home-school graduate, she found her voice in writing and has had multiple short stories and poems published. When she’s not reading or writing stories that sweep her away to another time and place, she watches classic movies and TV shows that do the same. Or she works on jigsaw puzzles. Crystal currently resides in smalltown Missouri, where she is always looking for space for another scented candle.

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Check out the cover for Every Time We Say Goodbye by Natalie Jenner (Cover Reveal) #everytimewesaygoodbye #historicalfiction #womensfiction #histfic #austenprosepr @NatalieMJenner @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio @Austenprose

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Every Time We Say Goodbye: A Novel 
By Natalie Jenner
Coming May 14, 2024...

Historical Fiction
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 336 Pages


The bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls returns with a brilliant novel of love and art, of grief and memory, of confronting the past and facing the future.

In 1955, Vivien Lowry is at a crossroads in life. Her latest play, the only female-authored play on the London stage that season, has opened in the West End to rapturous applause from the audience. The reviewers, however, are not as impressed as the playgoers and their savage notices not only shut down the play but ruin Vivien's last chance for theatrical success. With her future in London not looking bright, at the suggestion of her friend, Peggy Guggenheim, Vivien takes a job as a script doctor on a major film shooting in Rome’s Cinecittà Studios. There she finds a vibrant moviemaking scene filled with rising stars, acclaimed directors, and famous actors in a country that is torn between its past and its potentially bright future, between the liberation of the post-war cinema and the restrictions of the Catholic Church that permeate the very soul of Italy.

As Vivien tries to forge a new future for herself, she also searches for the long-buried truth of the recent World War and the fate of her deceased fiancé lost in battle. Every Time We Say Goodbye is a bold and moving exploration of trauma and tragedy, hope and renewal, filled with dazzling characters both real and imaginary, from the incomparable author who charmed the world with her novels The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls.

(Every Time We Say Goodbye is linked to The Jane Austen Society, & Bloomsbury Girls by characters, but is a stand-alone novel.)

Advance Praise

· “I’m in awe of Natalie Jenner’s new novel, which surprised me at every turn. At times it reads like the juiciest historical tell all, boasting cameos by enduring household names like Sophia Loren and Gina Lollabrigida, and featuring a party where Ava Gardner dances on the table. But most importantly, this is a story about damaged people who are still blinking into the light after the nightmare of the Second World War. This beautiful book balances and explores the most heroic aspects of humanity, and by extension the most evil. Every Time We Say Good Bye is a heartbreaking, engrossing, and thoroughly dazzling work of art that would make the filmmakers at the center of its story proud.” —Nina de Gramont, New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair

· “Every Time We Say Goodbye welcomes back beloved characters from Jenner’s previous novels along with a new fascinating cast in Italy for the production of post-war films. Well-researched and written in a perfect blend of harrowing and heartwarming, this is another fabulous Natalie Jenner novel that historical fiction fans will adore!” —Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London and The Librarian Spy

· “In her latest novel, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Natalie Jenner deftly weaves in elegant prose, the lives of the incredibly unique characters working to create a controversial war film at the Cinecitta in Italy, and the effects they have on each other and society. An emotionally poignant tale, that explores the human condition before, during and after war, and how those experiences change some while others remain unapologetically stuck. Ultimately, readers will find themselves swept along on a vivid journey through 1950s Italy, wading through the pains of the characters’ pasts and the sacrifices they made, in order to find a way to their hopeful future. Every once in a while, a story comes along that really grips you and inspires you to contemplate the choices we’re all given, and Jenner has done that here. An absolute page-turner, I couldn’t put this captivating book down.” —Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author of The Mayfair Bookshop and Starring Adele Astaire

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Message from the Author

Hello Dear Readers,

Every Time We Say Goodbye was the hardest book I will ever write, and the most rewarding.

It all started when I learned about the world-famous Cinecittà movie studio in Rome being used as a war refugee camp in the 1940s. People who had been stripped of everything—homes, possessions, even their most basic humanity—suddenly found themselves confined to life inside a “dream factory.” I decided to set my third novel during a very specific, very cool time in history—la dolce vita of mid 1950s Rome—while exploring the incredibly complex and haunting legacy of that city under German occupation during the Second World War.

I also wanted to know why Vivien Lowry, a character from my book Bloomsbury Girls, had been so angry all the time! I wondered if a woman could make the biggest mistake of her life and move past the regret in a way that benefitted her and the world around her. I never intended to write a dual timeline. I had been working on Every Time We Say Goodbye for nearly a year when the voice of a young female Italian resistance fighter codenamed la scolaretta—the schoolgirl assassin—suddenly showed up on the page one day. Having witnessed the bravery and sacrifice of so many to keep us safe during our world’s most recent challenge, I wanted to pay tribute to them. How fortunate am I, through the intimate and emotional power of historical fiction, to have the opportunity to do so.

I packed everything I could into this book: love and conflict, faith and religion, censorship and resistance, art and moviemaking, fashion and food, and cameos by favorite actresses such as Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner and characters from both The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls (I, myself am terrible at goodbyes!).

I hope, more than anything, that Every Time We Say Goodbye gives readers the entertainment, inspiration and food for thought that nourished me throughout its writing.

Best wishes, Natalie

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About the Author

Natalie Jenner is the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls, which have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer and career coach and once owned an independent bookstore in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.

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I Can't Wait for... Christmas Forevermore by Sally Britton, Sarah M. Eden, Ashtyn Newbold Karen Thornell (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #booktwitter #newbooks #cleanreads #romancebooks #christmasbooks

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.

I'm kind of a sucker for sweet holiday romances and I love these novella collections that let me curl up and read a story in a single sitting. This one includes a couple of favorite authors as well. I won't quite be ready to read it in October, but definitely by November or December. It's my pick this week...

Christmas Forevermore
By Sally Britton, Sarah M. Eden, Ashtyn Newbold  Karen Thornell
Historical Romance, Novella Collection
Paperback & eBook, 476 Pages
October 3, 2023 by Covenant Communications


This holiday season, fall in love with a brand-new collection of swoon-worthy novellas from four of your favorite historical romance authors. From meddling matchmakers to fortuitous fiascos, the holidays have never been more magical!

“A Family Christmas” by Sally Britton: After years abroad, Cyril Grant worries about relating to his highborn relatives at the family’s holiday celebration. But an unexpected connection with a member of the household staff opens his heart—in more ways than one.

“Christmas Forevermore” by Sarah M. Eden: In this reimagining of the beloved Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, spinster Minna Schofield is inadvertently ensnared by a local matchmaker whose meddling launches Minna on a journey of self-reflection that could lead her to unexpected love.

“Christmas at Cranfield” by Ashtyn Newbold: Though childhood friends Hannah and Samuel secretly adore one another, fate conspires to keep them apart. But after years of shared holidays and missed opportunities, this Christmas brings the hope that their stars will align.

“A Thrill of Hope” by Karen Thornell: After a devastating loss, Christmas holds little appeal for Isabel Reid. But when a snowstorm traps her in the company of a surprising traveling companion, the perpetual winter of Isabel’s heart may just begin to thaw.

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Two adorably illustrated children's books... There's a Mouse in My House & We Disagree About This Tree by Ross Collins (Reviews) #booktwitter #kidslit #childrensbooks #kidart #picturebook #newbooks @Candlewick

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There's a Mouse in My House
By Ross Collins
Children's Picture Book, Board Book
Hardcover, Paperback & Board Book, 24 Pages
September 19, 2023 by Candlewick Press


The tables have turned in this hilarious follow-up to There’s a Bear on My Chair. But this time it’s Bear who has an unwelcome guest, and this mouse just won’t leave! He’s making a real commotion in Bear’s house—eating all the food, listening to loud music, and even spilling bathwater all over the floor! But when there’s an unexpected knock at the door, will Bear decide that visitors aren’t so bad after all?

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My Review

THERE'S A MOUSE IN MY HOUSE is a adorably illustrated children's picture book that will definitely hold the attention of the reader. The text rhymes, making it easier to read as well as quite catchy. The story also has a positive message about someone invading your space that is annoying and frustrating but in the end can turn out to be good. The illustrations and humor in the story definitely are a winning combination.

My only complaint is that there are some longer, uncommon words that readers will be unfamiliar with. Good for readers who are ready for them, but not for beginner readers who won't be able to pronounce the words or even know what they are (one or two might even be a bit of a challenge for adult readers).

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is a delightful book. Humorous with fantastic illustrations. Fans of prior books by this author and those who like humorous and adorable books will enjoy this one.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Edelweiss, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

We Disagree About This Tree
By Ross Collins
Children's Picture Book, Board Book, Christmas
Hardcover, Paperback & Board Book, 32 Pages
September 5, 2023 by Candlewick Press


A festive follow-up to There's a Bear on My Chair and There’s a Mouse in My House

Bear and Mouse have finally overcome their differences and are living together in perfect harmony . . . until it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree! Bear wants dazzling lights, while Mouse prefers gigantic ornaments. Did Mouse just put a manatee on the top of the tree? After Bear attempts an upside-down tree, it looks as if Christmas might be ruined for the pair. But maybe, just maybe, Bear and Mouse can reach a compromise in the spirit of the season.

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My Review

WE DISAGREE ABOUT THIS TREE is a hilarious story of Christmas-tree-decorating mishaps as a mouse and bear wrestle over decorating their tree. Readers won't be able to resist smiling from the first to the last page through the back and forth hilarity all in holiday fun that ends with the sweetest and truest of messages: it's an ideal Christmas when we're together with loved ones.

There is only one longer, uncommon word that readers might struggle with (children as well as adults). I'm an avid reader so it wasn't an issue and, either way, didn't make this story any less wonderful.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this book! Full of humor and wonderful illustrations made for an absolutely delightful read! Highly recommended to add to bookshelves for the Christmas season!

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Edelweiss, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Ross Collins
has illustrated more than one hundred books for children and is the author-illustrator of This Is a Dog, There’s a Bear on My Chair, There’s a Mouse in My House, This Zoo Is Not for You, and What Does an Anteater Eat? When he’s not creating children’s books, he enjoys working on character development for animation studios, including Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog and his partner. Ross Collins lives in Scotland.

You can find the author's website here.

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An adorable children's book... Revelation Is My Flashlight by Sierra Wilson & Danika Runyan (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #kidslit #childrensbooks #christianfiction @sierraauthor

Welcome to my tour stop for this inspirational children's book! Read my review below...

Revelation Is My Flashlight
By Sierra Wilson
Illustrated by Danika Runyan
Christian Children's Book, LDS
Hardcover, 32 Pages
September 12, 2023 by Cedar Fort, Inc.


Using read-aloud rhyme and relatable analogies, Revelation Is My Flashlight is an engaging story and teaching tool all about how to seek and follow personal revelation. The story includes adorable illustrations and extra resources for further study.

Sometimes life feels like the night.
I can't see where to go.
But God gave me a special tool
to help me see and know.

The tool is revelation.
It's like a shining light.
The Holy Ghost points the way,
showing me what's right.

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My Review

REVELATION IS MY FLASHLIGHT is a sweet children's book that uses a flashlight as a way to teach about revelation. The illustrations are wonderful. They add to the story, are eye-catching and also use colors that are bright and pleasing. The text rhymes, isn't too lengthy on each page, is easy to read, and is relatable to what the girl is doing in the illustrations and what the book is teaching. There are also some other examples and things the reader is encouraged to do to help their flashlight grow and how to listen for revelation. An overall adorable book to help teach kids about revelation in a very relatable way. 

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Sierra Wilson is the author of several faith-focused books for young readers including My Testimony Tree, Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World, and The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me. Sierra holds an MFA in creative writing and previously worked as an English teacher. She loves serving and working with children and youth and currently serves as a young women's leader. Sierra lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, five kids, two cats, two fish, and bearded dragon. You can connect with Sierra at www.sierrawilsonauthor.com

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Read an excerpt from this paranormal mystery... Lucky Rabbit's Foot by Courtney Davis (Excerpt) #newbooks #booktwitter #paranormalbooks @teddyrose1

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Lucky Rabbit's Foot
(The Fawn Malero Mysteries #4)
By Courtney Davis
Paranormal Mystery, Supernatural, Vampires
Paperback & eBook, 265 Pages
October 3, 2023 by DX Varos Publishing


Rabbits! Lots and lots of rabbits! And what’s up with this weather?

These were only the beginning of Fawn Malero’s problems, but they coincided with a vampire wedding-of-the-century coming to town and that made them a top priority. And as Logan began to take on more duties as pack Alpha, her loyalties were being tested by everyone. Could she run part of the city and part of the pack?

Then the burglaries started... of human homes, threatening exposure!

Being pulled in so many directions, Fawn feared she was failing her father and the supernaturals of Seattle leaving them open for challengers to their authority. Will Fawn's ability to enlist the help of other supernaturals be enough? Or will they finally see that she doesn't have what it takes to keep Seattle safe and its supernaturals hidden?

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“----, I need to get a dress for Saturday,” I said as thoughts of the wedding crashed into me. The wedding was quickly approaching, and I was running out of time to find a dress. I was also running out of time to solve the plagues of rabbits and weather anomalies. I looked outside at the bright sun, it was warm today, too warm. “Is it warmer than yesterday?”

“Probably,” Jasmine said around her spoon of peanut butter. She’d been eating buckets of the stuff lately. She’d probably be showing in the next couple of weeks, and she was going to be the cutest pregnant lady, I was certain.

“News says the heat is setting new records the last couple days,” Evie said. She was always good for a news report since she loved to watch the handsome Werewolf anchor.

Jasmine made kissy noises at Chester who was tweeting for food. He wanted her peanut butter. He swooped to her shoulder then dove for the jar. She was quick enough to dodge, then put a bit on the counter for him and sprinkled some birdseed on top. Chester hadn’t cared for her at first, but they’d become friends lately, mostly because peanut butter was his favorite treat.

“The heat is coming in like a normal weather front, it’s not centralized to the Space Needle or anywhere else. It can’t be the Warlock’s doing.” I was thinking out loud, but Tony had come in for a refill on Betina’s tea and stopped, looking thoughtful.

“But he said he was trying to fix something,” Tony said.

“What if he’s trying to fix whatever is happening with the heat? Everything he’s done has been cold, he’s fighting the heat wave,” I gasped, connecting dots in my mind.

“Fixing it,” Tony pointed out. “That means it isn’t natural and someone ------ up somewhere, still could have been him.”

“Maybe we’re approaching this all wrong. If he’s trying to fix things, he isn’t the enemy, we don’t need to catch him and stop him. We need to find him and maybe help him.” I shrugged. “Then turn him in for ------ it up in the first place if that’s what happened.” I couldn’t ignore the mess of all this and if he’d done something he’d need to take responsibility and punishment. But one thing at a time.

“How do you find a Warlock that doesn’t want to be found?” Tony asked.

©Courtney Davis

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About the Author

Courtney Davis is a mother, wife and teacher who has always loved to find time to escape into a good story. She's been in love with reading and writing since she was a child and dreams of a life where she can devote herself fully to creating worlds and exploring relationships. To give someone else enjoyment through her words is the ultimate thrill.

Praise for the Author

A Life With Beasts (The Fawn Malero Mysteries Book 1) “A Life with Beasts is a story of intrigue and attraction that is especially recommended for mystery readers who enjoy more than a light dose of paranormal encounters and a touch of romance.”-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“a fun adventure/mystery. Courtney Davis brings a fresh perspective to the supernatural creatures we are all familiar with without sacrificing the original ideas associated with them. She creates an exciting world of werewolves, vampires, witches/warlocks, magicians, trolls, and many others. The book is easy to read and fast-paced. It’s a great read for the summer holidays or when you want a light, fun read. Can’t wait for the sequel! Also, there is a healthy dose of romance, which can tend to be a bit much for those who don’t read romance (like me). However, Davis has done a great job of making the romance central to the plot, so I found it quite enjoyable.”- Writa Bhattacharjee, GoodReads

“This was a fast read and I really enjoyed it. It gave me some high school Twilight memories but brought more supernatural beings into play. There were several mysteries and problems being solved but they didn't feel. I found the characters likeable and funny.”-Sara, GoodReads Supernatural P.I. (The Fawn Malero Mysteries Book 2) 

“a must read for all paranormal fantasy fans. From werewolves to vampires, to elves and witches this book has it all. My curiosity grew with each page. The plot has a lot of twists and turns. Magic, mayhem, romance issues, and so much more are included. Courtney Davis writes well. Her characters leap off the pages. There was never a dull moment. I love that I could read this and dive right into this magical world. It is the second book in the series. Courtney Davis and her mystery series are now added to my favorites.”-Urban Book Reviews

"a fantastic paranormal mystery/romance with a compelling and fun protagonist, and brilliant world building. Davis' writing is impeccable, and I enjoyed the way that she balanced the mystery, romance and comedy aspects of the novel. I also loved the way it ended! This is what all paranormal mysteries should be!”-Bee, Book Pleasures.com

“This was a great read and one that I cannot stop thinking about! This is a madcap adventure that you are bound to have fun reading! Five stars for Fawn Malero!”-Nora, Storeybook Reviews

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I Can't Wait for... Windsong Manor by Julie Wright (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #windsongmanor #CWW #WOW #booktwitter #newbooks #romancebooks #cleanromance #historicalromance #properromance @ShadowMountn @ProperRomance

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.

I've been a fan of this author for some time. Those that have followed my blog for a while are probably aware that the Proper Romance line of books is one of my favorites. Put those two together and you have a highly anticipated read. It's my pick this week...

Windsong Manor
(A Proper Romance Regency)
By Julie Wright
Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 256 Pages
October 3, 2023 by Shadow Mountain


A young widow. A gentle stable master. A secret that could change everything. Will Nora dare risk her heart?

The London Countryside, 1820

Eleanora Coventry comes from a life of title and privilege, but even that isn’t enough to prevent her from being wed at sixteen to a controlling and dismissive husband. So when she finds herself a widow at only twenty-seven, the idea of choosing her own path forward both thrills and terrifies her. She knows how to be a daughter and a wife and mother, but she has no idea how to be Eleanora.

She moves her son and daughter to her late husband’s country estate, where she meets Ridley, the young stable master. He is ruggedly handsome, but also kind, and Eleanora finds herself drawn to him. There is only one problem: Eleanora has a title, and Ridley does not.

Ridley Ellis has a way with horses. Even the most spirited stallions trust his soft voice and gentle touch. He has the same effect on people, and when he first lays eyes on Eleanora, he is smitten by her beauty. But he quickly discovers it will take more than soft words to gain her trust―Lord Coventry had been cruel to people and animals alike. But the closer he gets to Eleanora, the more he is willing to share his heart, and more importantly, his secret.

In a world where title and privilege mean everything, will Eleanora and Ridley risk it all to find happiness? Or will the shadows of their pasts destroy everything they hope to build together?

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A beautiful Gothic short story collection... The Dread Penny Society: The Complete Penny Dreadful Collection by Sarah M. Eden (Review) #dreadpennysociety #gothic #newbooks #booktwitter #shortstories #cleanromance #cleanreads #properromance @ShadowMountn @ProperRomance

Welcome! I had originally planned on posting this last week for release, but I wanted to actually have my physical book first so that I could share a picture or two. It is such a gorgeous book! I already love the stories from reading the series and was thrilled to get a few more new ones in this collection. Read my full review below...

The Dread Penny Society:
The Complete Penny Dreadful Collection
(Proper Romance Victorian)
By Sarah M. Eden
Historical Romance, Clean & Wholesome Romance, Short Story
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 400 Pages
September 5, 2023 by Shadow Mountain


This beautiful, cloth-covered hardcover collector’s anthology compiles all the penny dreadful short stories from Sarah M. Eden’s five-book Victorian romance series. Included in this edition are three new, never-before-released stories.

Each short story is written in the style of the Victorian fiction that became so popular during that time period. From ghost stories to adventures to mysteries, Sarah weaves these gothic tales among her romantic storylines, making it the perfect way to celebrate the Dread Penny Society series (The Lady and the HighwaymanThe Gentleman and the ThiefThe Merchant and the RogueThe Bachelor and the Bride, and The Queen and the Knave).

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My Review

THE DREAD PENNY SOCIETY is a beautiful collection of delightful short stories written as penny novels from Eden's Dread Penny Society series. Each short story is delightful in different ways. Some have romance, others paranormal or magical realism moments. Some have mysteries and others quests. All with a lovely Gothic feel. There is something for everyone in this collection that is wonderfully wrapped up in an embellished cloth hardcover.

These penny short stories were one of my favorite parts of this series. For one thing, it's such a creative and fun aspect of this series and something I've never seen carried out so well. The stories themselves are written well and easily grabbed and kept my attention. I love how varied the stories are. I also loved that they're short because that made it easy to read with my kids. I loved sharing them with them. This collection will get read over and over and it looks lovely on my bookshelf as well.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you're a fan of the Dread Penny Society series or well-written, fun short stories this is definitely a collection to have and enjoy opening. Plus it is a lovely book that only adds to anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary e-ARC from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. I also purchased my own hard copy. All opinions are my own.

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The full series showing spines.

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About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner.

Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Visit Sarah at www.sarahmeden.com.

Are you a fan of this author or series? Are you a fan of Gothic stories? Will you be picking this collection up?