Category: Historical

Plum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi Evans

Posted September 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Comedy, Fiction, Historical, Historical Romance, Review, Romance / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Plum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi EvansPlum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi Evans
Published by White Rose Books on December 1, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 88
Format: ebook
Source: Author
five-stars

Patience Callahan is twenty-five and fast becoming an old maid. But she s spent most of her life dreaming over romantic European literature and wants a dashing d Artagnan, not a bookish Bob Cratchit. Alas, the Colorado town of Gilman is chock-full of Cratchit s without a d Artagnan in sight. Peter Foote, the general store owner, has been in love with Patience for seven years. But every time he s on the verge of proposing, she cuts him off; he can only imagine on purpose. This time though, dadburn it, he s going to go through with it. Ring in hand, he s moments from touching knee to floor, when Patience pulls out a list of mail-order bride advertisements and declares her intention to marry a backwoods stranger, on Christmas Day. Peter has two weeks to change her mind."

My take on this story:             Plum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi Evans is an awesome short story that is perfect to read during the winter time. It’s a quick little read that will leave you wanting more. Or at least it did for me. Ms. Evans is a fantastic writer that has an awesome ability to will bring you into her books on the first page. Especially for a novella like this one.

What I liked about this book. There is quite a bit that I like about this book, besides it being a novella which is sometimes the best reads anyone might find, is that it captivates you right away with wondering about this beau of Patience’s that she agreed to marry from a newspaper ad for a mail-order bride. Another thing that captivated me about this book is that the characters are all three dimensional and makes you wonder how long they have been growing in the author’s mind. Especially the two main characters in the story. I also liked how one doesn’t know who the antagonist of the story is until it gets toward that point of the story that the antagonist reveals themselves which was really great in mind.

The main character is Peter Foote who is the general store owner and has been in love with Patience Callahan for seven years but she doesn’t return his affections. He and another character decide to try and get Patience jealous and call off her wedding with her beau from Montana. Of course, it kind of looks like it works but it just makes Patience want to be with her beau even more. Then she sees a side of Peter that catches her by surprise.

The other main character is Patience Callahan who is a twenty-five-year-old woman who would rather spend time reading than really looking for a husband or learning how to cook. It also doesn’t help that she works at Peter Foote’s general store. She thinks of Peter as boring and normal. She wants a heroic man like the characters in her books. Instead, she would rather answer a newspaper ad for a mail-order bride for a man that she doesn’t know instead of marrying someone in her small town that she has known for the past seven years. She is embarrassed when her beau does show up the day before Christmas Eve, as he isn’t who she pictured or excepted she is at a loss for words> She won’t let any of the small-town folk know that she made a mistake by answering that ad.

I’m not normally one for Historical books as I have tried to read some before starting this blog and I didn’t think that they were for me. It mostly depends on the plot, the author, and the way that the book is. If I have to look up something while I’m reading the book because I didn’t get with what the author meant more than once than the book isn’t for me. Especially if the way some characters talk is really hard to understand.  Thankfully this book wasn’t like that which is why I am grateful to have read this book.

What I disliked about this book. There isn’t much I have to say that I disliked about this book as it was a well thought out and planned book that the author did. I didn’t find anything wrong with the story or with the characters as I thought it was all really well put together and that it all made sense. Especially in the time period that the book is set in which is in the 1890s.

What I was iffy about this book. I didn’t find anything iffy about this book at all.

Plum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi Evans is a book that I would gladly read over and over as it’s that good. I am also giving it five stars because it is that amazing. I can honestly say that I would recommend this book to my adult readers of this blog since it’s a book that everyone will enjoy.

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About Anne Garboczi Evans

Anne Garboczi Evans is a mental health counselor, military spouse, and mama to an opinionated preschooler named “Joe-Joe” and a very dramatic baby called “Chip.” Her inspiration for Plum Pudding Bride came from moving to the Colorado Rockies.


Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt

Posted September 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Action, Adult Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Historical Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Time Travel, Time Travel / 0 Comments

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Class of ’59 by John A. HeldtClass of '59 by John A. Heldt
Series: American Journey #4
Series Rating: five-stars
on September 2, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 293
Format: Kindle
Source: Author, Publisher
five-stars

When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.

In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.

Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.

My take on this book:              Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt is a must read for any reader that loves historical romances or even just loves the 50s. This book is different from the other two books that I have read of Mr. Heldt’s. This is the first book that I am aware of his that has four different main characters. Along with the four different main characters, it also has six different third person point of view chapters scattered throughout the book.

The main character is Mary Beth McIntire. She is a twenty-two-year-old soon-to-be medical student who is spending the summer in Los Angeles, California with her mom, dad, and sister at the house of professor Geoffrey Bell.

What I like about her is that despite losing her fiancé a few months ago she’s still trying to be happy and not ruin her family vacation. She still wants to be a medical student despite losing her plan for her life. I also like how she is kind of like a typical Southern Belle but not completely. What I mean by that is that yeah, she can act polite and do all of this other stuff that a normal Southern girl would but she also doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind and she wants to be a doctor. Mary Beth overall is a great and wonderful young woman who tries to be a good person. She sees the good in everyone despite the trouble that she accidentally brings to herself, her sister, and the two young men they find themselves to be within 1959.

What I don’t like about Mary Beth McIntire is that she falls in love too easily the second time. She is supposed to be mourning the loss of her fiancé but then she runs into this guy from the past and she falls for him. I get that he reminds her of her fiancé but still. This is truly a minor issue for this character, though, as Mr. Heldt has written her so well that she is very three dimensional in my honest opinion.

The second character is Mark Ryan. He is a twenty-two-year-old college senior who is studying to be an engineer so that he could build rockets when he is able to and he lives in 1959 Los Angeles, California.

What I like about Mr. Ryan is that he is a very polite gentleman (you know typical of that era) that tries not to fall for Mary Beth.Ryan has two sides, we see the gentleman side of him when he’s out and about with everyone else, then we see the way he is at home, that side is a very family-orientated man that wants to be there for his family. Reading about Mark Ryan we get a sneak peek into the way they live back then in the 1950s if some of the readers weren’t alive back then (like me). The fifties were a pretty interesting time period. What else I liked about Mark is that he was very kind and generous to Mary Beth and Piper. He helped bring them back into their time, but he was nice and helped them out in his time as well.

What I dislike about Mark is that he didn’t really think about with what would happen if he fell in love with Mary Beth until it happened and they had to say goodbye. I know that is something that no one can predict happening. I also dislike that he didn’t see the trouble from the beginning. Good thing that everything worked out quite well for these four people.

The third character is Piper McIntire. She is an eighteen-year-old high school graduate who is spending her summer vacation in Los Angeles with her parents and sister. She is planning on going to college in Tennessee for dance and art history. Although her parents are not being thrilled about her going to Tennessee.

What I like about Piper McIntire is that she is independent. Another thing that I liked about her is that she knows what she wants. The other thing that I liked about her is that she loves to speak her mind and tell things the way it is. Piper is a very charismatic character, I truly enjoyed her insights.

What I dislike about her is that she doesn’t have a filter, what she thinks just comes out her mouth. Another thing that I dislike about Piper is that she is afraid to engage at times. She doesn’t want to lose anyone close to her.

The fourth character is Ben Ryan. He is an eighteen-year-old high school senior who is still in school in Los Angeles, California in 1959. He lives at home with his brother and mom but is different from his brother.

What I like about Ben is that he doesn’t take no for a final answer, he keeps trying. I think that Ben would be considered a player back in the fifties despite not really being one. Ben doesn’t let his brother makes his decisions.

What I dislike about him is that he is a very cocky person that ends up butting heads with Piper. Although I thought a lot it was kind of cute. Another thing that I dislike about Ben is that he is also very stubborn and didn’t know what to think when the girl he likes didn’t fall for him straight away.

What moved me about this story is the four people’s determination to have a good time in the fifties while also making sure no one finds out about the time travel tunnel. I totally loved the settings and the time travel. I felt like I was transported therethrough Mr. Heldt’s words so I could share the once in a lifetime moments with these wonderful characters. My favorite supporting character I think would have to be Donna Ryan but I won’t get why as I don’t want to ruin the story.

Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt is an amazing book. I am giving this book a five-star rating. I couldn’t stop thinking about it at all or wanting to read about what would happen next to the wonderful characters. In my mind, Mr. Heldt is a fantastic writer that can take you to place you never imagined, including the different time periods he chooses for his books. I still like his way of time travel as it is different than what we are used to seeing/reading about and it’s pretty amazing to read about. This is the third book by him that I have read and I can’t wait to read his other books.

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five-stars

About John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction.


Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence

Posted September 9, 2017 by karenbaron in Action, Adult Fiction, Adventure, Fiction, Historical, Historical Romance, Review, Romance / 0 Comments

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Guardian of Paradise by W.E. LawrenceGuardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 3rd 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
five-stars

In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific.

But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own.

Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night.

The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano.

Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing.

Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.

My take on this book:                       Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence was the first book I was asked to review by this author but it ended up becoming the second book I read from him. It was so good and I am glad that I was asked to review it.

The story starts when the male love interest, Dr. Trevor Marshall, is asking the captain of the ship for a job. Then we zoom right off to Kira Wells, the main character of the book, and her island. The thing that had me a bit worried about reading this book is that I don’t really read that many books that are historical fiction and that’s what this book is. In the past when I read historical fiction I would stop reading it when I had to look up definitions of the words used in that time period. Except in this book it wasn’t like that. Sure some of the words were a bit weird but then my brain immediately knew what word they meant to say since the islanders can speak English, well they are learning but some of the words come out a bit weird.

This book had me guessing about what made it like an adult version of Treasure Island as I kept on wondering what the Captain was after and why couldn’t he find anywhere else. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time reading this book even though I know that I’ve been reading this book for a while but I couldn’t stop thinking about it the entire time, I kept wondering what was happening in these people’s lives.

Kira Wells is basically a young woman trying to keep the people of this island safe. She’s been on since she was a young girl, helping her parents teach the islanders how to speak English and trying to keep them safe from outsiders like the Captain destroying their fields. Not only that but she chooses to stay instead of going back to Australia where she is from. I find that all very fascinating. I loved the way she just right away disliked the Captain and knew that he was there for more than just trading like he said he was.

Doctor Trevor Marshall is basically a young man, he was on the ship to find plants and things that could help his research on finding cures for different ailments. He was positive that going on a quest to some different places will do that. He also serves two purposes for the Captain. As he is a doctor, and a botanist. The second one is very helpful, as he can make sure that fields aren’t messed up and that the proper care of the plants is taken just like the islanders would do. The Captain hired him instead of having to hire two different people, so the Captain likes Trevor.

This story is an adventure. It is packed full of treasure hunting but it is also filled with action and romance. The romance one is like any one that involves the girl trying not to accept that she is falling for a handsome stranger but ends up realizing that she does and then having a whirlwind romance that makes them both sad on the day when the other has to leave. Except do they have to end things? You can easily find out by reading the book.

This book is so good that I’m giving it five stars and I loved it a lot. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read this book as it didn’t disappoint me at all.

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**Where to find Guardian of Paradise**

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five-stars

About W.E. Lawrence

W. E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. He has run a successful home health care supplies distributorship for the past twenty-three years.

Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with his lovely wife and their two wonderful children.

W. E. Lawrence enjoys writing historical romance novels filled with action, adventure, and suspense. He published his debut novel Guardian of Paradise in October 2014.