Category: Historical Romance

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
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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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.


The Mine by John A. Heldt

Posted October 13, 2015 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Romance, New Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Rural, Science Fiction, Series, Time Travel, Urban / 0 Comments

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The Mine by John A. HeldtThe Mine by John A. Heldt
Series: Northwest Passage #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on May 16th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format: ebook
five-stars

In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

My take on this book: The Mine by John A. Heldt will give anyone a whirlwind of emotions from the time Joel Smith steps into 1941 to the time he returns to his year of 2000; as Joel tries to go back to living a life without the love that he found in the past.

Joel throughout the book turns from this cocky and adventurous man to one that is still confident but doesn’t come across as a-know-it-all. He becomes more humble even if he is only 22 years old and trying to make do with his new life in the 1940s. He met and got to know his grandmother and her fiancée while knowing that they weren’t going to end up growing old together. Also, knowing everything that the people around him were thinking about the impeding war and it was just going to get worse when it comes to December 7th in Pearl Harbor. What probably got me the most was that he knew he couldn’t change their future.

John A. Heldt is such a fabulous author that he made me think about how I was living in the early 2000s again. I really like the setup of the story, letting us get to know Joel before being thrown back in time to 1941 so that we can fall in love with the character. Then the emotions we went through with Joel before finding out that he would go forward into time. And the hope for better times for the people that Joel loves. He made me feel all of that with Joel and it was an amazing experience to share the adventure and discover things with Joel.

Mr. Heldt you are such an amazing author and you should carry on with making these incredible books. Oh I am also giving this book a five stars rating as it was that amazing.

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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.


GP Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse

Posted October 5, 2015 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Historical Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

GP Sweetheart Deal by Allison MorseThe Sweetheart Deal by Alison Morse
Published by The Wild Rose Press on June 5, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 249
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Some people think Ellen Hamilton, the business savvy daughter of the largest employer in town, is too big for her britches. After all it’s the 1950s and women have no place running factories. But when the Hamilton company is threatened with takeover by John Adair, the man who broke her heart and was run out of town years ago, the game is on. Has Ellen met her match? Or, will this time be different and will Ellen win everything—including the handsome and mysterious John.

My Thoughts:        Completely loved it! Such a wonderful story of company espionage, small town mentality, politics of old and romance.

I loved the characters. Ellen is smart and charming, and yet she has to learn who she really is wallflower or executive. John is talented and ambitious. He knows what he wants at least he thinks he does. He wants to run Hamilton Company and crush Sam Hamilton in the process.

The supporting characters are also full of life. I love Cindy and the way she transformed herself for the different occasions. Sam is the perfect businessman, terrible father, who manipulates everything because he loves his children. Trigg is the lovable ole’ cowboy of the highest morals, or is he?

The setting in small town southern California, I picture it as one of the little towns near Bakersfield. Allison Morse’s descriptions of the area were so realistic that I could see it perfectly. I love the attitudes about people from Los Angeles. The references and cold war attitudes are so perfectly written. Oh, and the spider, nicely done, totally awesome, completely laughed out loud.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and my rating is 5 stars. It is reminiscent of a Doris Day movie. I am definitely recommending this book to my friends.

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About Alison Morse

Allison Morse grew up in a family of actors in Los Angeles; before the age of five she started acting classes, which she adored. She continued in the family business until her early twenties when her curious spirit led her to consider other possibilities. After receiving her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, Allison went on to graduate from Phillips Graduate Institute with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and U.C. Hastings College of the Law with a J.D.

Although she loved learning from each of her varied careers, one of her favorite jobs was working for several years at the now closed Dutton’s. This wonderful, musty, new, used and rare bookstore in North Hollywood had deep roots in Southern California’s literary community. Books, movies, and story-telling always ruled Allison’s imagination.

As Allison pursued her professional life, her great love of writing was consigned to private journals that she filled with musings and story ideas. Ten years ago that changed and she decided to get serious about being a writer. While continuing to work full time as a lawyer, she kept to a strict writing schedule and took writing classes at UCLA Extension to hone her craft. She joined the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Now Allison has completed two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. She has been a finalist and ranked first in several RWA chapter writing contests.

Allison lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.