The Upside Of Regret By T. K. Rapp Blog Tour

 

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I enjoyed reading The Upside of Regret by T. K. Rapp. It is an easy to read young adult romance. Great read for a rainy day.

It has a great ending, but the getting there was the best part.

Brighton has a great family. I loved how they watch out for her. The romance between her and Matt was handled really well too, with nothing getting out of hand.

One of the main characters, Leah, kept making me mad during the first half of the book. She liked a bad guy, who just plain was not nice, and let him get away with lots of crap. As I learned more about what was really going on, it reminded me that we don’t always know everything we think we know. Especially about other people.

And really good friends are hard to come by. Hang on to them.  Tight!

About the book:

Brighton and Leah have been the best of friends since seventh grade. Where Brighton is the quiet one who is focused on school, Leah is the bold and daring one who craves the adoration of an audience. It’s always worked for them, until now.

Heading into their senior year, Brighton is challenged with an opportunity that can change the course of her future. The only problem? She just might have to step out of her best friend’s shadow.

But when Leah doesn’t support the choices she makes, Brighton is forced to reevaluate what true friendship is.

Brighton is changing and exciting doors are opening. A new world of music, friends, and even love are falling at her feet. But it’s hard to enjoy it when Leah’s life is spiraling out of control.

Now Brighton must try to not only save her friendship, but also her friend, before it’s too late.

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About the Author:

Promo pic of author T. K. Rapp.TK Rapp is an author living in Houston, Texas with her husband and two daughters.

Prior to writing, she spent over ten years as a photographer and photo editor, specializing in wedding album design. She left photography to pursue her dream of writing a story and it was in 2013, she self-published her first novel, Being There. It was a standalone story about long-lost friends finding each other. She has since written both contemporary and young adult novels.

Rapp grew up in Texas, but has lived in California, South Carolina, and Virginia, all of which serve as inspiration for her writing. With several more works in queue, she doesn’t anticipate stepping away from the computer anytime soon, especially since she makes friends with all of her characters.

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Girls Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan

Girls of Dirt cover.Girls of Dirt by C. C. Hogan is a wonderful adventure! I loved this book! I started reading it right after breakfast the day before yesterday. I ended up not doing much of anything at all besides reading. All day!

The animals are lucky I remembered to feed them. I had to stop when the kindle quit. I had forgotten to charge it. Ticked me off.

Of course I couldn’t have done that if the hubby wasn’t out of town. He would have been fussing at me. It was a great day lol.

Now keep in mind this is a BIG book. I love big books. If they are good. Because I never want the story to end. In this case there are two more books in this series to read. So I’m happy about that.

This one is about girls. Well one of them is a girl. Not yet eighteen when the story starts. The others are more grown up, but still seem pretty girlish which is about right. I still feel like a girl most of the time and really have no intention of growing up. So there! :p

AND!! AND!! There be DRAGONS! Yea Dragons. I love dragons. Especially these dragons. They are not grown up either lol. And some of them are smart alecks.  All of them are good people (dragons?). I liked them.

The girls and the dragons end up trying to save the world from jerks. Which I’m all for. Wish they could come here. That would be way cool. I would love to ride a dragon.

It isn’t all sweetness and light. There is an attempted rape scene, some bloody battle scenes, and some really bad people to deal with.

Very good read! You will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer them on. You WILL want to read the other books in the series. They don’t cost much though and you can buy them here or through the links on the World of Dirt website.

About the Book:

It is five hundred years since the end of the great wars, and Pree and Farthing’s hopes of a new world are in tatters. The dragons are nothing more than children’s tales, the population of Dirt is smaller, tiny countries are ruled by greedy kings and humans are poorer and struggling.

But on the Isle of Hope, the weather is warm, the life is good and Silvi Farthing, the seventeen-year-old descendant of Johnson and Mistry, is making cheese and keeping goats.

But her little dream of independence is about to be turned upside down by her misogynistic and violent brothers, and she is not convinced that her rescuer is not actually worse!

So begins a new chapter in the story of Dirt as Silvi, Be-Elin, Mab-Abin and the Ancient Ferret, Weasel’s daughter, work to bring back the dragons, and look for a country where they will be accepted by the people and can help build a better future for all of Dirt.

Includes a recap of Series One.

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

Sounds like my kind of author. I don’t care if they are pretty or not. Just saying.

Visit the website for A World Called Dirt, check it out on Goodreads too. While you are at it follow C.C. Hogan on Twitter and Facebook.

My First Home By Shashank Shekhar Review

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Are you dreaming of owning your own home? Would you like to avoid the pitfalls of buying a home? Before you do anything else read My First Home: A step-by-step guide to achieving the ultimate American dream by Shashank Shekhar with Richa Sarin.

Reading this book could save you a lot of time and trouble.

The author walks you through the process of buying a home from being sure you are ready to buy a home, finding a Home Buying Team, and getting Pre-Approved, all the way to living in your house and making it a home.

There is a lot of good advice in this book. The author recommends getting out of debt, and saving up for a deposit, before you do anything else. That does make it lots easier.

Chapters include information on how to start looking for a house, knowing what kind of home you want, some things to look out for, getting a mortgage, home inspections and appraisals, how to hold titles, and tips on saving money on utilities.

The book is well written and easy to understand without making you feel like he is talking down to you. I like that.

You can buy a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Excerpts:

 First time home buying is a special occasion in everyone’s life. But because of the complexities around it, most people approach it with a mix of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. I wrote this book with the sole purpose of making the process easier and more predictable.

This book first helps you in deciding whether you are ready to buy or not and then gives a step-by-step instruction on what you can expect along the process should you decide to buy. The book takes it a step further and even advises you on steps you can take to remain a happy homeowner.

Few things have greater impact on net worth than owning a home. In a comparison of renters versus homeowners, the Federal Reserve Board of Consumer Finance found that the average net worth of renters was just $4,000 compared to homeowners at $184,400.

Homeowners create positive environments for families. Children of homeowners are 59% more likely to become homeowners. Their children are also 25% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college. (Source – Rossi and Weber National Survey of Families.)

There can be no other benefit that can beat the emotional satisfaction of home ownership. Whether it’s having the nicest lawn on the block, or having your own backyard and garage or being able to color the walls the way you want, it is so much more fun than renting.

Remaining in one neighborhood for several years lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity.

A home often symbolizes family, rest and security — it’s not just four walls and a room. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking and a personal milestone.

Just a few simple steps before you write that purchase offer can turn your fortune and have other would-be buyers wondering – what are they doing that I’m not?

After all, even though we pretend to look logical, most of our decisions are based on emotions.

Establishing a good credit history has never been as important as it is today. It’s not just that you’ll need good credit to get decent rates when you’re ready to buy a home or a car. Your credit history can determine whether you get a good job, a decent apartment or reasonable rates on insurance. It’s a classic Catch-22: You’ve got to have credit to get credit. So where do you start?

To get the best credit score, you need a mix of different credit types including revolving accounts (credit cards, lines of credit) and installment accounts (auto loans, personal loans, mortgages).

About the Author:

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Shashank Shekhar is the founder and CEO of Arcus Lending, which has grown over 1000% in the last three years by helping thousands of families secure better financing for their homes. He is a well-known writer and blogger in his field, and has been featured in Yahoo! News, FOX, The Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Huffington Post and several other media outlets for his expertise.

Shekhar is the Amazon.com best-selling author of  First Time Home Buying 101, Real Estate Unleashed, and the much anticipated My First Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Ultimate American Dream. He is the host of the TV and radio show, “Mortgage Matters,” and was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton on his TV show.

His awards include: “Top 40 Under 40′′ most influential mortgage professionals in the country for 2012, 2013 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; “Hot 100′′ movers and shakers in the country by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) for 2014, 2015, 2016; “Top 200 loan officers in the country” (ranked by production volume) by Origination News – 2014, 2015, 2016; “Top 25 most connected mortgage professionals in the country” in 2011 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; Scotsman Guide Top Originators – 2015, 2016; Nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” award at Silicon Valley Awards, 2013.

Shashank has an MBA in marketing, and before founding Arcus Lending, worked for GE Money in mid-level management and worked for a start-up mortgage origination company as Director of Product Management.  He credits the success of Arcus Lending to legendary customer service and an unrelenting focus on education. Shashank lives and breathes the mantra “We are in the customer service and education business; we just happen to do mortgages.”

Shashank sits on the board of Give India, a non-profit that works for fundraising for Indian charities. He is a homeowner in Saratoga, CA with his wife Smita and two daughters, Anishka and Anya. When he is not busy growing his company, he can be seen skydiving from 15,000 feet or learning biohacking techniques.

I received a free book to review.

Other Breakable Things By Kelley York And Rowen Altwood Review

Cover of Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowen Altwood.I loved this book! I could not stop reading it even to take a break. I almost peed myself. It was that good!

It made me cry.  I am gonna want to read it again too. So yea. REALLY good book.

It is well written, with the story coming in parts from both the main characters. I liked that a lot. It helps you see the other side of a situation.

I loved both the main characters, even if they were both too stubborn for their own good. They both did some growing and lost a bit of the stubborn during the trip together. I was really glad to see Evelyn stand up to her moms boyfriend. She grew up a lot.

I wish the story would have lasted longer. I have a lot more sympathy for transplant patients now too.

About the Book:

Other Breakable Things

by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

Publication Date:  April 4 ,2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

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About the Authors:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.

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Rise Of Miss Notley By Rachel Anderson Review

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Yep. It was just as good as I expected it to be.

I really admired the main character. When her family decided to marry her off to someone she really didn’t like, she became a housekeeper instead. And she did a good job of it.

She didn’t tell the man she was working for anything about her past either. Turns out, he was more than met the eye too.

That was pretty cool. Especially since it ended up getting her out of trouble.

Good read.

The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?

 

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Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.
Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. “What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?”
Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, “Why have you hired me, sir?”
He blinked a few times before frowning. “I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?”
This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. “Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . .” How did one put this delicately?
“About . . .?” he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.
“About the reasons I have been offered the position,” she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning.
Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. “What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?”
“You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do,” she said. “While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . .” Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.
“Beautiful?” he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.
“I was going to say not repulsive,” she fibbed.
“Very well,” he said. “Even though you are young and not repulsive . . .” He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.
Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. “I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer.” Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.
“I see.” He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. “Have I made any improper advances towards you?”
“No, sir.”
“Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?”
“No.”
“Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?”
“No.” Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong?
“Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?”
“I, er, would rather not say, sir.” Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd’s names into the conversation. “I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear.”
“And you have.”
“Good.” Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. “I shall go and find Watts now.”
She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. “Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation.”
Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. “I never scuttle, sir.”
“What would you call that rapid walk of yours?”
“A rapid walk.”

 

RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Wheels Of Wisdom By Tim And Debbie Bishop

Cover of Wheels of Wisdom by Tim and Debbie Bishop.Wheels of Wisdom by Tim & Debbie Bishop is full of common sense, adventure, and yes wisdom.

The authors write about the trips they took across the country on bicycles. The book is sectioned into 52 lessons, and they are great for when you don’t have too much time to read. You can read each section seperatly, and go back a week later and not be lost.

Reading this is a wonderful way to travel the country without actually going anywhere. I could not imagine riding across the country before reading this.

If you are thinking about making a cross-country bike ride for the first time, there are lots of helpful tips and good advice in this book.

Most of the “lessons” apply to anyone, anywhere.  The book is well written and easy to read. I like it.

About the book:

After three tours totaling over 10,000 miles, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered wisdom and truth from the seat of a bicycle. In Wheels of Wisdom, the authors share the life lessons they learned on the open road.

When you’re looking for enlightenment, you can find it almost anywhere, be it from watching two herons saunter across a Florida road, pedaling to a dead-end in a Kentucky tobacco field, or observing eagles flying overhead in Montana. In each lesson of this book, you’ll find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement—along with personal reflection questions that will help you:

– Adopt the right mind-set
– Conquer fear, worry, and inaction
– Overcome obstacles
– Relish life’s journey

Certain principles are universal whether you are bicycling across America or chasing your own lifelong dream.

You may be continuing your education, connecting with new people, looking to change jobs, or simply wondering about your future. Wherever you are in life, Wheels of Wisdom will give you a fresh perspective and new motivation for your own adventure. Not only will you encounter meaningful truth as you travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, you’ll also experience some genuine “God moments” and have some fun on the way.

So, pack up your dreams and passions and come along for the ride. It’s time to learn on the open road!

Read more about it on Goodreads, or buy you own copy on Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.com .

About the Authors:

Tim and Debbie Bishop have coauthored four books about their midlife launch into marriage, cross-country bicycle touring, and other matters of faith and inspiration. Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast captures the story behind the stories, while Bicycle Touring How-To: What We Learned shares their knowledge with bicycle touring wannabes. More recently, Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit conveys some deeper truths that apply to virtually any life pursuit. Metaphors in Motion: Wisdom from the Open Road is an e-book containing more lessons like those found in Wheels of Wisdom.

The Bishops serve as volunteer Hope Coaches for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults. They are available for speaking engagements about their touring and life experiences. They reside in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and blog periodically at this Open Road Press website.

In addition to consulting for small businesses, Tim Bishop has written Hedging Commodity Price Risk: A Small Business Perspective, an e-book that explains hedging concepts in easy-to-understand language with practical examples. He has over thirty years of business experience and blogs on hedging at http://hedging.openroadpress.com. Tim is a native of Houlton, Maine.

Debbie Bishop has taught for over twenty-eight years. She has a passion for reading and seeing that young people do it well. She also has a strong interest in recovery issues and encouraging others with her own triumphs over such struggles earlier in her life. She is a featured author in Love is Out There by Melissa Williams-Pope, in which she relates her own story of finding love later than most. Debbie volunteers as a facilitator for FINDINGbalance, an online support group dedicated to helping women who are struggling with eating disorders. Debbie is also a native New Englander.

 

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Secrets Of A Reluctant Princess By Casey Griffin

Secrets of a Reluctant Princes by Casey Griffin book cover.Secrets of a Reluctant Princes by Casey Griffin is a fun adventure/romance. I enjoyed reading it. I really liked Adrianna. Living with cameras following you all the time, can’t be easy, and she had to deal with that as well as all the “normal” teen problems. Did a fair good job of it too.

I liked the larping episodes as well. I used to be involved with a D & D group, but only online. I had no idea that larping was the same thing, just live. The live action play sounds like a lot more fun. Especially the costumes.

I loved the ending of this one. Not gonna tell you about it, cause you really need to read the book for yourself, but I will say it has a bit of fairy tale feel. Really great read. Wouldn’t mind if there was more about these characters in the future.

 

About the book:

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

 

At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.

Check it out on Goodreads or buy your copy at these stores:

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About the Author:

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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Nobody’s Pawn By Amy McNulty

Nobody's Pawn cover.Nobody’s Pawn by Amy McNulty is a very satisfying read. It is a great end to the Never Veil Trilogy.

This book clears up a lot of the questions about why the world in this book is set up the way it is. And why some of the people acted the way they did. I ended up liking the Lord in this book a lot better. Turns out he had some good reasons for how he acted.

Noll finds out the reasons for a lot of things she didn’t understand too. Like what happens to the people who disappear. She isn’t too happy about some of it, and I don’t blame her.  She gets to go through the veil and find out what is on the other side too.

There are a lot of adventures in this story.  It will keep you entertained for a while.

Of course you can read this book without having read the other books and it will still be a good read, but trust me, you are going to want to read the others. So you might as well buy the whole set.

You can buy them all on Amazon.com:  Nobody’s Goddess here, and Nobody’s Lady here.  I reviewed both of those books too, you can read my reviews here and here.

About the book:

Men can love, but they can also hate. Noll knows too well that the men in her village have adjusted poorly to the freedom of their hearts, but she hopes to bring peace back to her community. With the lord’s return, Noll feels confident that together, they can work to settle down the villagers, but in his rebirth, he remembers only one thing about her: that she caused the curse that tortured him for a millennium in the first place.

Determined to start anew, Noll must accept that, romantically, she and the lord are better without one another, but she’ll need his help to uncover what’s really behind all of the suffering in her village. Escorted to a land beyond the mountains, Noll uncovers the truth about her village and the strange occurrences in which she’s had a hand. When someone who loves her discovers the same things and betrays her, Noll feels powerless to stop her village’s fate. By learning to forgive and seek forgiveness, Noll finally understands true love of a free heart—along with true sacrifice.

About the Author:

Promo picture of author Amy McNulty.Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

 

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Always You By Ruth Roberts Review

Alway YouAlways You by Ruth Roberts was really good. I wasn’t sure about the characters at first because they seemed like typical career driven people that really don’t care about much but work.

Actually until the accident that killed their parents, the two girls were exactly that. And it was affecting their health and happiness.

In order to get custody of their sister, both older girls had to move back to their hometown. Turns out that parents do know what’s best. Sometimes anyway.

The romance is wonderful and the story deals with eating disorders too.

About the book:

After tragedy strikes, Diana Mathison finds herself back in her home town of Magnolia Falls, sharing custody of her baby sister with her step sister. Reeling from the death of their parents, the three sisters have to learn how to lean on each other and live life without their two pillars of strength. Diana is full of doubts in her ability to raise a little girl and run her father’s law firm. The last thing she needs is to have Zack Connelly back in her life. The last time she let him in she ended up hurt and broken hearted.

Zack has given up on true love. It’s not for him and it’s certainly not with Diana Mathison. He came back to Magnolia Falls to heal after losing his sweet wife and their unborn child at the hands of a drunk driver. Hannah never had a chance at the love and happiness she deserved, therefore neither should he. His life plan is to take care of his sister and niece for as long as they need him, and to be the best veterinarian the town has ever had. That’s enough for him…or is it?

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The girls ran off. Zack and Diana were left looking at each other. Neither spoke.

“I think I’ll move to a safer area before I get singed by the fireworks,” Jen said.

They turned to look at her. Both had forgotten she was there. “There aren’t any fireworks, Jen,” Diana said, confused.

“Sure there are, hon. You just haven’t seen them yet.” She patted Diana’s arm and walked away.

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Diana felt her face get hot as understanding dawned. “She didn’t mean us, did she?”

“Afraid so.” Zack’s lips twitched with barely contained amusement. “If you wanted to ask me out you didn’t have to set the girls up to do it,” he teased.

“I seem to remember you asking me to dinner,” Diana said. Did the man eat testosterone for breakfast? He looked delicious. His khaki shorts made his tan legs look lean and muscular, and with a red, button-down shirt and brown leather sandals, he looked like he was ready for a walk on the beach.

“So how did I end up at your house with you making me dinner?” He winked at her.

Touché,” Diana said.

“However, you do have the set up part right. But it wasn’t me. It was Jillian who got the girls to set us up on a date.”

“Oh.” She suddenly felt deflated. “You don’t have to go. I can take them. I’m sure you have better things to do with your Saturday night.”

“Better than taking the three prettiest girls in town to a movie? Not a chance. Cassidy and I will pick you both up at six.”

“You do realize it will be me going, not Liz?”

“Of course,” he said, confusion marring his brow.

“You said prettiest, I thought you meant Liz,” Diana said. He stopped walking and looked over at her. She found it hard to hold his gaze. She hated feeling vulnerable, being compared to Liz had always made her feel that way. Slowly he cupped her cheek. “I was talking about you. It’s always been you, never Liz. Got it?”

Had she ever seen that intense look in his eyes? She nodded. Message received all the way down to her toes. Jen had been right. There were fireworks, and she’d just gotten singed.

 

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The Fall Of Lord Drayson By Rachael Anderson Review

The Fall of Lord Drayson

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson was a fun read. I read it straight through. It is well written and easy to read.

I really liked Lucy. I think Lord Drayson was lucky to meet her. He needed someone to knock him off his high horse.

And you know that is exactly what happened. He fell off it anyway.

The author did a good job on the background and the historical parts too.

If you like regency romance you will like this book. If you like historical romance you will like this book. If you like ANY romance you will probably like this book.

About the Book:

Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?
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He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?”

Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.”

The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect.

“I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.”

“Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he!

Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.”

“And why not?” she asked.

His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.”

Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.”

He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?”

“Do not speak of my father.”

“I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.”

Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph.

Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.”

“What on earth are you talking about? What position?”

There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”

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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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