Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Thief Of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E Ladd

Book review of The Thief Of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E Ladd (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?
Cornwall, England, 1818
Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. The manor is located at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks within the home’s ancient halls.
As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and that of the people around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made clear his intentions to court the lovely visitor. And Isaac knows his place.
When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and valuables go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.

Well to be honest, I read this book because I mistook it for part of a different series. That was a disappointment right off the bat, but certainly not the fault of the author. It was still an interesting read, if a bit slow moving. There's a fair bit of conversation and introspection that in my mind have a hand in slowing the plot down considerably. The characters are likeable, Julia is a sweetheart that you can't help but root for and the twins, Matthew and Isaac are interesting in their own right, and very different men. 

I did figure out pretty early on who the thief was, and the twists and turns in the story were also fairly predictable, but the sweetly developing romance between Julia and Isaac is the star of the story and brings it all together. I think if this book was half the length I would have loved it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd


Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

 Book review of Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

They thought they left the fight behind on the battlefield.
But their greatest struggles are just beginning.

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others, but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more.

Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor. When he arrives at her office, she isn't there--but a dead body is. When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack--and that her secrets go even deeper than his own--Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

Hands down, my favourite Lynette Eason book yet! I absolutely loved this story, beginning to end and am excited for the rest of the series. This is written in classic Lynette Eason grab your attention and hold on for dear life style, but with her strongest characters ever, I think. Brooke is a really cool character, even while struggling with what she's seen and heard overseas. Asher has had some of those same experiences, and 'gets' her. 

The story actually begins while they are both stationed in Afganistan, and continues stateside. Brooke is still a psychologist but no longer working with soldiers or veterans, or anything that reminds her of her time in Afganistan, however she reluctantly agrees to meet with Asher. And the story continues from there. I love that the romance, while a prominent part of the story, never crosses into shady territory, if you know what I mean. It's the perfect mix for a romantic suspense story. I highly recommend this story to any fan of christian romantic suspense. 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Lynette Eason
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    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow and the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner...
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Friday, January 31, 2020

On Wings Of Devotion by Roseanna M White

Book review of On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M White (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Against Every Warning, She's Drawn
Ever Closer to the Man Known as "Black Heart"

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster--a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty's codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed "Black Heart," she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing--and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden's court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope--and to each other--if they want to survive.

This is suspensful historical fiction at it's finest, folks! I've started with the second book in the series, and I'm going to have to go back and read the first, although I don't see how it can top these characters. 

Arabelle is a strong heroine, with a compassionate heart. She has her insecurities and hang ups but she's brave and wonderful. And Black Heart, oh my. I love how his character is revealed, and evolves, throughout the book. And then there's the cat and mouse suspense and intrigue. This fantastic story is one I will revisit often. 

I also love the themes of forgiveness and redemption through grace that are explored, more so through the story than wordy descriptions. Beautifully interwoven throughout the story and I believe that God will use this book to speak to hearts who need to hear it.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Roseanna M. White

    Roseanna M. White

    Roseanna M. White ( pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will...
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