Aug 21, 2019

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower

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THE LADY IN THE COPPERGATE TOWER
by Nancy Campbell Allen

Hazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium—someone who can talk to ghosts. But as of yet, that skill has remained frustratingly elusive. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.

Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest social circles thanks to his family’s position and history. When Sam hires Hazel to assist him with his medical practice, he is immediately drawn to her intelligence, wit, and beauty.

Their potential relationship is derailed one evening when a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the truth about her past: she was abducted at birth and her twin sister has fallen dangerously ill.

Hazel agrees to travel to Romania with Count Petrescu in order to save her sister, and Sam insists on accompanying her. The count has secrets, though, and the journey grows more sinister with every mile that draws Hazel closer to her homeland. Even as her feelings for Sam become deeper and more complicated, she fears she might not survive the quest to save her sister with her heart intact, not to mention her life. She must learn to draw on gifts she doesn’t know she has if they are going to ever return home again.

Hazel and Sam must fight their way past dark magic, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable Coppergate Tower before time runs out.

My Thoughts
I have read many of Nancy Campbell Allen's books before and love her style. Yet, I was quite hesitant to read one of her steampunk books. 

If you have never heard about steampunk before, I think Daily.com put it best when they said, "{Steampunk is] taking inspiration from a retrofuturistic mashup between a Victorian aesthetic and cyberpunk." (https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/what-is-steampunk-fashion/). Wikipedia adds, "Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk)

With that being said, my daughter-in-law could not get enough of these books. So, I decided to give this one a try and I LOVED IT! The writing is phenomenal and the story line is very captivating! I especially love the fairy tale twist. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series!

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Aug 20, 2019

A Little Bit About Me - #1

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WHY I STARTED BLOGGING

Next Monday will be my 7th blogoversary and I thought it would be fun to write about how I got started.

I was working at Deseret Book in Logan and was already reading a lot and working the many author signings. A coworker and I were friends on Goodreads and she knew that I posted my "star" ratings, but I never posted a review.

It was her encouragement that got me started in leaving reviews and from there it blossomed into a blog. I will be forever grateful to her and her love of reviewing that got me started. 

My blog is all about helping people find "good" books to read. Therefore, you will see positive reviews as I post only about the books I enjoyed.

I also consider myself more of an author promoter rather than just a reviewer. I have worked with many authors and feel blessed to know them. I am grateful for their talents in writing and want to help them be successful so they will continue writing.

I am also grateful for all my followers. Thank you for making this journey so enjoyable!

Aug 19, 2019

Nancy Campbell Allen

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NANCY CAMPBELL ALLEN

"Nancy loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She and her husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah with her family and one very large Siberian Husky named Thor." - Amazon

I am holding her book,
THE LADY IN THE COPPERGATE TOWER

About the Book
Hazel Hughes believes there is nothing remarkable about her, not even her strange ability to heal the sick and injured.

Her employer, Doctor Sam MacInnes recognizes her special talent, but because of the difference in their social status, he can't tell her how much he admires her.

When a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the existence of a twin sister, she agrees to accompany him to the wilds of Romania, where she learns that her healing skills are needed to save her twin's life. Worried for her safety, Sam insists on traveling with her.

Faced with dark magic, malfunctioning automatons, and dangerous magical artifacts, Hazel and Sam learn to rely on each other as they untangle a deadly web of mystery surrounding the count and search for a way to free Hazel's sister from the cursed walls of the Coppergate Tower before time runs out on all of them.

My Thoughts
I have previously read four of Nancy Campbell Allen's books listed below and love her style. I will admit though, I was a little hesitant to read her steampunk series. However, my daughter-in-law loves these books, so I decided to give it a try. I started this book a couple of nights ago. I am already over seventy percent into it and I AM LOVING IT! The writing is phenomenal and the story line is very captivating! I especially love the fairy tale twist. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series!

Nancy Campbell Allen's Steampunk Series
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Isabelle Webb, former Pinkerton Spy Series


Proper Romance and Timeless Regency Collection


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Aug 17, 2019

Becca Wilhite

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BECCA WILHITE

"Becca Wilhite loves books - reading and writing them. By day, she teaches high school English. By night, she's a wife and a mom. In between, she squeezes in wordplay."
-Amazon

I am holding her book,
CHECK ME OUT.

About the Book
Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.

My Thoughts
This book is SO ADORABLE! You will love it from the very first page as the setting is in a LIBRARY -- what a perfect place that we all cherish! The writing is fantastic with lots of humor and wit. The texts that go back and forth are heart-capturing. Do you have a "history crush?" Greta does--
Wait until you find out who it is :)

Grab a copy and then come back and tell me what you think of Greta, Will, and Mac. I. LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS ONE!

Becca Wilhite's Books 
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Aug 16, 2019

Proper Romance Authors

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Look who I got to hang out with tonight- 
Watch for more info on each author and their amazing books.
PROPER ROMANCE AUTHORS
Becca Whilhite, Nancy Campbell Allen, Julie Wright
Josi S. Kilpack, Leah Garriot, Sarah M. Eden

Aug 13, 2019

Fool's Deadly Gold

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FOOL'S DEADLY GOLD
by Clair M. Poulson

Lauralyn LaPlant and her sister, Bridgette, could not be closer. Their shared passion for adventure draws them to scale a sheer cliff one fateful day, but despite their experienced precautions, Bridgette suffers a terrible accident and plummets to an untimely death.

Shattered by grief, Lauralyn soon makes a sobering discovery: this was no accident—her sister’s climbing rope was cut. But who wanted Bridgette dead, and why? 

It’s up to Lauralyn and her grieving brother-in-law, Dade, to uncover the truth, even if it means putting themselves in the path of a ruthless killer. 

As their search for clues leads them deep into the heart of Gold Country, they discover that in the world of prospecting, greed knows no limits.

My Thoughts
I loved this story! I really enjoyed the underlying theme of digging for gold. I have tried panning for gold twice and loved it. (I do realize they probably peppered the stream with gold flecks for us impressionable tourists). Yet, it was fun and there is a certain thrill of finding even a flake of that glittering gold! It was intriguing how many characters where in this book and how many were willing to kill to have the gold all to themselves. It was also fun to read all the love triangles that kept coming at you. The author truly does keep you guessing clear to the end. Another FANTASTIC READ that you simply must get!

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