Monday, October 5, 2015

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

book review of A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, the Duke of Marshington. Since she's never actually met the man she has no intention of ever sending the letters and is mortified when her brother's mysterious new valet, Marlow, mistakenly mails one of the letters to the unsuspecting duke.

Shockingly, this breach of etiquette results in a reply from the duke that soon leads to a lively correspondence. Insecurity about her previous lack of suitors soon becomes confusion as Miranda finds herself equally intrigued by Marlow, a man she has come to depend upon but whose behavior grows more suspicious by the day. As the secret goings-on at her family's estate come to light, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

I loved this book! This is the second book by Kristi Ann Hunter I've read and I love love love her books. Sent in the Regency Era, this story is totally unique but reminded me of the writing style somewhat of Julie Klassen or Roseanna M. White. If you've read their books and have not picked up one of Ms Hunter's, don't hesitate to do so. Wonderful, fascinating, intriguing and funny!

Miranda Hawthorne is how I always think I would have been had I lived in that time and been of the wealthy class. So many rules to live by "A lady never ..." and everyone else making decisions for you. She is a fiery, passionate woman with definite opinions of her own, but she hides it well under a veneer of socially acceptable behavior as befitting her class and station.

The Hawthorne family, consisting of Miranda's two older brothers, a younger sister and their mother, is a fairly close knit clan although the eldest brother is quite a bit older and has been more of a father figure to the others since the sudden death of their father some years ago. Miranda became rather close to him because of a habit she began at the age of eight of writing to him while he was away at school. She told him all about her escapades and the lectures she received from their mother as a result but he never fully understood, so she began writing secretly to the friend he spoke of often that often seemed to be getting into trouble at school. These letters, however, were never to be mailed. They were just her form of journaling. This Duke of Marshington hasn't been seen among London society for a good nine years, and rumors abound that he is dead, so she's not quite as careful one night with a letter she's written to him and it's mailed off promptly by her elder brother's mysterious new valet! He claims to have gotten the address through her brother. This begins an interesting correspondence that brings some excitement into a life beginning to feel much too routine.

I don't want to go into anything else that happens because the twists in this story are part of what makes it fabulous. Like I said, I thoroughly enjoyed it and totally recommend 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. Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner....
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love

book review of NIV Bible for teen girls by Zondervan

An all-new inspirational daily reading Bible designed specifically for girls 13-18, in the popular NIV translation.
The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.
The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.
Features include:
  • Daily readings for teen girls by popular Christian female authors 
  • Character profiles of women in the Bible 
  • Book introductions for each book of the Bible 
  • Highlighted promises of God: verses worth remembering 
  • A concordance for help in finding verses 
  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
This modern and up-to-date Bible will appeal to tweens and teens from it's pretty cover, to the daily readings by well known christian speakers and authors including Bethany Hamilton, to the highlighted promises of God throughout the scriptures. 

The quality is nice, as is usual with Zondervan. The cover seems sturdy and durable, the pages are not super thin and the text is a good size for reading. The chapter numbers and headings throughout are pink as are the daily readings and character profiles of the women in the Bible.

I'm really impressed, I would not hesitate to give it to any girl 9+, and would even consider keeping it for myself had I not promised it as a gift already. I really think they should have a second one available with a cover that says women instead of teen girls. This is the best attempt at a teen Bible that actually comes out age appropriate that I've seen yet.

I received this book from Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Deadlock by Diann Mills

book review of Deadlock by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers) by papertapepins

Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?
That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.
Deadlock is the third book in the FBI: Houston series by DiAnn Mills. All three of them read like a plot for an exciting tv show, but without anyone ending up in bed or a lot of guts and gore. She has been one of my favourite romantic suspense authors for years and if you like that genre don't hesitate to check her out.
Special Agent Bethany Sanchez is just beginning with violent crimes when the book opens. She meets her new partner, Thatcher Graves, who couldn't be more different than her. The both have a great track record for solving crimes, but she is very much by the book and all about analyzing facts and data gathered to solve a crime where he relies very much on his "gut feeling". He also was the one who arrested her brother and had him sent to prison. If they can learn to work together they could potentially be a formidable force to be reckoned with, but can they work together without driving each other nuts?
The crime they are tasked with solving soon begins to look like the work of a serial killer. Bethany has quite a bit of experience with the FBI before this more violent crimes, but there she is a rookie and this is a dangerous case with and misstep potentially leading to a fatal outcome.
I only gave this book three starts as I  didn't enjoy it as much as the last two. There seems to be a bigger emphasis on figuring out the crime ... and discussing it to death ... than action which is a shame. It had great potential but I felt it was bogged down by dialogue and introspection rather than an emphasis on action where it should have been.
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller…Read Full Bio

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