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#Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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Unmarriageable is a well-written and enlightening, retelling of the classic novel, Pride & Prejudice. This book is set in modern-day Pakistan and is crafted with rich cultural details, natural dialogue, and humor.  

Barkat Binat was cheated out of his inheritance, by his brother. Financially, Barkat had no choice but to move his wife and five daughters, from their affluent neighborhood to a small town, Dilipibad. Barkat’s two oldest daughters, Alys and Jena, worked as teachers, and contributed to the household expenses, keeping the family afloat. 

The story follows the Binat daughters, their heartaches, humiliations, and joys, as well as the men who captured their hearts. Valentine Darsee was my favorite character. He’s a loyal, generous, and wealthy man. He did his best to win Alys Binat’s heart. She, however, much to Valentine’s dismay, was infatuated with, Wickaam, his good-for-nothing cousin. Wickaam was a devilishly handsome scoundrel and a shameless flirt. He left painful imprints on every heart he snagged.   

I found the story captivating, and the author’s descriptions of Pakistan’s culture fascinating, and educational. I did not like Mrs. Binat, at all. I found her to be controlling, conniving, and more than willing to marry her daughters off to the highest bidder. The many different personalities in this book are well depicted and add depth to the story. 

If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, and wouldn’t mind reading, a retelling of the classic, in a modern-day Pakistan setting, then this book is for you. A fascinating read.

Thank you, Ballantine Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~4 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel ‘Unmarriageable’ is a retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and set in Pakistan. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and the KLF French Fiction Prize. Her TEDx talk, “Redreaming Your Dream,” is about regrets and second chances. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, The Normal School, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Missing Slate, BuzzFeed, The James Dickey Review, Scroll.in and Literary Hub. soniahkamal.com

 

 

 

#The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman–Review-5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Wartime Sisters is a heartfelt, poignant story, rich in character development, historical details, and family drama. I enjoyed every page of this emotionally charged novel.

Ruth and Millie Kaplan have never been close, and their mother was the chief reason. Ever since childhood, Ruth lived under Millie’s shadow. In their mother’s eyes, Millie was perfect; Ruth was not. Ruth was considered the smart, responsible daughter and Millie, the beautiful, fragile one. The sister’s strained relationship worsened in their teen years; when every man whom Ruth brought home, eventually, turned their eyes toward Millie, except for one; Arthur. And, Ruth married him.

 Ruth was ecstatic when Arthur informed her that they needed to move away from Brooklyn, to the Armory, in Springfield, Ma. Ruth couldn’t be happier. Not only would she have the man she loved to herself, Ruth, was finally, going to have a life out from underneath Millie’s shadow. Years later, however, when Millie was alone with a two-year-old son, Ruth felt obligated to invite Millie to live with them. Reluctantly.

I wanted to shake some common sense into the mother, and tell the father, to grow a backbone. The favoritism was a bit over-the-top in this book. But the emotional pull and turmoil crafted into each page was nothing short of exceptional. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down.  

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Lynda practiced trusts and estates law in New York City for eight years before moving out of the city to raise her two children with her husband. She wrote The Two-Family House while she was a student of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. The Two-Family House was chosen by Goodreads as a best book of the month for March, 2016, and was a nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Wartime Sisters, will be published on January 22, 2019.

Today’s New Historical Fiction Releases, #Not The Duke’s Darling & #A December with a Duke

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Don’t Miss Today’s New Fabulous Releases!

Not The Duke’s Darling & A December with a Duke

 

 

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews, The Links Are Below:

 

Not The Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt—4.5 stars

Https://write-escape.com/2018/11/19/not-the-dukes-darling-by-elizabeth-hoyt-review-4-5-stars-netgalley

A December With a Duke by Collette Cameron—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/12/16/a-december-with-a-duke-by-collette-cameron-review-4-5-stars

#A December With a Duke by Collette Cameron–Review 4.5 stars

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Everleigh never wanted to marry again. For two years she had suffered at the hand of a narcissistic, abusive, and controlling man. Her now deceased husband’s behavior and his son had made her afraid of men. 

Everleigh planned on spending Christmas alone, but a good friend convinced her to attend a house holiday party. She was promised that even though the house would be full of eligible dukes, they would not bother her. Although Everleigh’s physical bruises had been long healed, her heart was another story. She never wanted to be controlled by a man again.  

There was one duke, however, who captured Everleigh’s heart. He was kind, caring, and oh-so-gentle. Could Everleigh ever trust enough, to allow herself to fall in love? She didn’t think so.

A December With a Duke is an engaging, heartfelt holiday romance. I read the story in one sitting. My only complaint is that it ended too quickly. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Everleigh, Griffin, and Sarah. They touched my heart. And, reading a summary of how their lives turned out, saddened me. Not because I didn’t like how the book ended, but because I wanted to experience each and every moment of it. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.

Thank you, Collette Cameron, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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#The Best of Us by Robyn Carr–Review 4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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The Best of Us is the fourth exciting book in Robyn Carr’s Sullivan Crossings Series.

Dr. Leigh Culver left a busy Chicago ER to open up a small town clinic in Timberlake, Colorado. Leigh was content with her new, slower, uncomplicated life, until a certain widower, Rob Shandon, charmed his way into her heart.  Although Leigh was happier than she’d ever been before, the fear of being dumped for another woman, nagged at her. Leigh had already experienced, that painful humiliation, and had no intention, of enduring that again.

Sixty-two-year-old Helen Culver waited until Leigh was well established, before becoming a full-time writer. And, although Helen never regretted sacrificing the prime of her life to raise her sister’s child, she was disappointed, when her niece, expected even more from her, than she’d already given. Helen never thought that she’d leave Leigh when she was in need. But sometimes the most loving thing to do was to let go; even though it hurt.

 Helen loved to travel, but to her surprise, her favorite place to be, was on a Chicago campground store porch, with her friend. Helen’s plan had always been, to spend her winters in a warm climate, but it was in the Colorado mountains, where Helen instead, found love, happiness, and so much more.  

The Best of Us is a compelling story about love, sacrifice, facing fears and living life.

Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The third novel (THE FAMILY GATHERING) in her fan-favorite new series, Sullivan’s Crossing, will be released in April 2018. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com

#The Highland Renegade by Amy Jarecki–Review–4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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This is the fifth compelling book in Amy Jarecki’s exciting Lords of the Highlands series.

Laird Robert Grant has had his eye on Janet Cameron for years. Unfortunately, Janet was his sworn enemy’s daughter. Her family has clashed with Robert’s clan for generations. And, although Robert knew that Janet Cameron was off limits to him, his heart didn’t care. Janet was the most beautiful and compassionate woman he’d ever encountered. Dealing with her father, however, was another story. The powerful Cameron laird was fierce, ruthless, and a stubborn force to contend with. When Robert heard Janet scream, he rushed to her, even though, doing so angered the Cameron males.

Janet Cameron had a change of heart regarding her father’s nemesis, Robert Grant, after witnessing Robert’s loving-kindness towards herself and his blind sister, Emma. Janet had been brought up to despise the Grants, but there was nothing sinister or dishonest about Robert Grant. No, the great Laird, was brave, fierce, honest, and heaven help her, devilishly handsome.

Even after Robert saved Janet’s life, the Cameron Laird snubbed him. Although Janet respected her father’s decision, her heart broke. Could the century-old feud ever be resolved? Janet didn’t think so.

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and captivating historical fiction romance. The Highland Renegade is crafted with intrigue, danger, likable characters, and, of course, romance. 

Thank you, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Multi-Award winning and Amazon Bestselling author, Amy Jarecki likes to grab life, latch on and reach for the stars. She’s married to a mountain-biking pharmacist and has put four kids through college. She studies karate, ballet, yoga, and often you’ll find her hiking Utah’s Santa Clara Hills. Reinventing herself a number of times, Amy sang and danced with the Follies, was a ballet dancer, a plant manager, and an accountant for Arnott’s Biscuits in Australia. After earning her MBA from Heroit-Watt University in Scotland, she dove into the world of Scottish historical romance and hasn’t returned. Become a part of her world and learn more about Amy’s books on amyjarecki.com, find her on Facebook and Twitter as @amyjarecki.

 

 

 

 

#Fast Friends by Jill Mansell–Review–4 Stars–#NetGalley

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Fast Friends is a captivating tale about three English women who find each other after being separated for over a decade. It had been fifteen years since the girls were in college together and their lives had drastically changed. Loulou owned a bar and had been married and divorced twice,  Ros was a famous TV star, and Camilla was married with two children.  Although  all three friends were quite wealthy, none of them were truly happy. And by the time they did find their HEA, they were bruised, scarred and humbled. 

Fast Friends is crafted with raw emotion, character growth, and over-the-top drama. Betrayal, jealousy, and infidelity, are the main evils that drive this story. Relationships can be messy and often trigger insecurities and hurtful behavior. But, marriage, partners, and love are treasures worth fighting for. Although Fast Friends is not my favorite book by Jill Mansell, it’s still a compelling and entertaining read.

Thank you, Sourcebooks- Landmark and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Hi, I’m Jill Mansell and I live in Bristol in the UK with my family. I worked for many years in a neurological hospital but for the last two decades have been a full time novelist of happy, sad, funny, feel-good fiction. Sales of my books around the world now total nine million and I’ve only just realised as I’m typing this now that over the years I must have made an awful lot of people laugh and cry. Sorry!