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*The Sugar Planter’s Daughter*by Sharon Maas*5-Shining Stars

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The Sugar Planter’s Daughter is a powerfully written, emotionally charged, character driven novel, that takes place during the early 1900’s in British Guiana.

Winnie Cox, a Sugar Planter’s Daughter, is a kind-hearted and trusting soul, who willingly gives up her upper-class status to marry George Quint, a black man, from a poor neighborhood.

Winnie’s sister, Johanna, chose to continue her privileged life, by marrying a man whom she could easily manipulate and use, to restore her family’s sugar plantation. Johanna didn’t care about having a loveless marriage. However, after she witnessed the joy and love that her sister, Winnie, shared with her husband, and their sons, she had a change of heart. Jealous of her sister, Johanna set out to steal Winnie’s happiness from her.

This book is not only a story about love and betrayal; it’s about life; in all of its glorious joy, devastating hardships and difficult life lessons; and how it’s even possible to derive happiness from agonizing trials. Forgiveness like grief has many layers, and even though, an act of betrayal has been forgiven, betrayal’s poisonous sting can easily be resurrected.

Sharon Maas is not only an outstanding storyteller but a magnificent writer; she transports her readers into the hearts and minds of her characters. I was moved to tears more than once while reading and experiencing their lives, especially the heart-wrenching struggles of Sophie Cox Quint. Each page comes alive with fully developed characters, realistic dialogue and raw emotion.

I highly recommend reading The Sugar Planter’s Daughter, a beautifully written, moving story that touches the soul.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Daughters of the Bride* by Susan Mallery

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Daughters of the Bride is a delightful tale about love, courage, forgiveness, and redemption.

Maggie Watson, a mother of three grown children, was getting married again for the second time after twenty-four years of being a single parent. Rachel, Sienna, and Courtney were thrilled for their mother’s happiness. Their father had died when they were very young, so having a step-father, was something that they welcomed. Since Maggie’s first husband didn’t plan well for their future, they were almost penniless, when he died. But for Joyce, a kind-hearted hotel owner, Maggie and her children would have been homeless. Maggie never wanted to be destitute or dependent on anyone again; so she made her priority, making money, instead of raising children. Something she would later regret, especially with her daughter, Courtney.

Once Maggie had established her career, she did her best to develop a relationship with her daughters; but by then, her girls were young adults with their own concerns. Rachel was still in love with her ex-husband, but too afraid to trust him again. Sienna, was engaged for the third time and obviously unhappy, but unable to talk about it. And Courtney, Maggie’s problem child, was hiding secrets from everyone and was about to throw the love of her life away.

Daughters of the Bride is an easy to read, uplifting story about forgiveness, second chances and letting go of fear. I enjoyed reading this entertaining book, and although, I did find some areas to be too detailed and wordy, the book was so engrossing, that it didn’t matter. If you enjoy light fun romances, you’ll love Daughters of the Bride.

I received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Indiana Belle* by John A. Heldt*5-Stars

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Indiana Belle, book three of the American Journey Series, is a superbly crafted, compelling and delightfully entertaining time-travel read. I loved every page of this engaging tale and read it in one day. I became a fan of John Heldt, after reading his first book, in the Northwest Passage series, The Mine. I found Indiana Belle, every bit as enjoyable, witty, and cleverly crafted as that first book of his, that I fell in love with.

Cameron Coelho is a doctoral student in Rhode Island, working on his dissertation. Cameron became intensely interested while researching the Roaring Twenties, in a woman, Candace Bell, who was brutally murdered in 1925. Cameron not only felt a connection to this beautiful Indiana Belle but was captivated, also, by her diary, especially the passages mentioning time-travel.

He located Professor Geoffrey Bell, a believer in time-travel and struck up a deal with him. Geoffrey Bell and Cameron Coelho, both had something that the other man wanted. After much deliberation, an agreement was reached, and Cameron was sent back in time to the year, 1925. Although Cameron had agreed not to interfere with Candace Bell’s fate, he secretly knew that he could not honor that promise. There was no way; Cameron could allow, the woman of his dreams to be pummeled to death.

Indiana Belle is a murder mystery as well as a sweet romance. I was captivated from the first page. I never wanted this story to end. It is that good. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Down Argentina Way* by Virginia Sidley*5-Stars

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Down Argentina Way is an emotionally charged, character-driven romantic tale.

The story follows the life of Tommy Lawrence, a talented and handsome man. Tommy’s mother adored him; his father did not. His father was jealous of Tommy. He would lash out at the boy by ridiculing and beating him. When Tommy was fifteen-years-old, his mother feared for his life; to keep her son safe, she sent him away.

Tommy’s teacher, Amelia, took him under her wing and became a friend and surrogate mother to him. Tommy always tried to guard his heart. He was too afraid of being hurt. When he was betrayed in Argentina, it took him years to get over that pain. Tommy would eventually find happiness, but not before he suffered many more trials and disappointments.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this beautifully written, love-story. The book doesn’t end in a cliff-hanger, but it definitely leaves an opening for another book. I hope there will be a sequel; I would love to read it. Finding talented authors is always a joy. I look forward to reading Virginia Sidley’s next book.

I received this book from Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Mystic Montana Sky*by Debra Holland*5-Stars

Mystic Montana Sky

Mystic Montana Sky is a heartfelt historical fiction romance; that takes place during the 1800’s, in Sweetwater Springs, Montana.

The only thing Magdalena felt after being told that her husband had died, was relief. She had received her last beating from the mean, abusive drunkard. Magdalena decided that she never wanted to remarry and be dependent on a man again. She would guard her heart and make her own way in the world. Fate, however, had something else in mind for the beautiful Gypsy woman.

Caleb Livingston heard a scream after nearly colliding with a fast moving caravan. Guilt and remorse stabbed at his heart when he found a crashed caravan, a dead man, and an injured pregnant woman. Caleb Livingston was a person who could be depended on, to take control of a situation and keep a cool head. However, when Magdalena started to have labor pains, panic took over his usual self-assured, calm demeanor. The wealthy businessman knew nothing about delivering a child. But, since there was no one else around to help with the birthing process, he knew that responsibility sat squarely on his shoulders.

Stripped of his stuffy, confident manner, Caleb donned an apron and began with trembling hands his midwifery duties. Caleb was never one to take directions from another person, but since he didn’t want three deaths on his conscience, he paid close attention to everything Magdalena demanded of him. Little did Caleb know that delivering this child was going to change him and his life forever.

This book captured my attention from the start. I quickly became engrossed in the story and cared for the characters, especially Caleb and Magdalena, who had both been hurt in relationships before and were afraid to love again.

Mystic Montana Sky is a sweet inspirational romance about love, forgiveness, and acceptance. Highly recommended.

I received this ARC from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Lady Helen Finds Her Song*by Jennifer Moore*5-Stars

Lady Helen Finds Her Song

Lady Helen Finds Her Song is one of the best Regency novels that I’ve read in a long time. I found the story, fascinating, heart-warming, and superbly written.

Twenty-year-old Lady Helen did not concern herself about leaving the comforts of her London home. She was too mesmerized and elated about exploring a new land and was thrilled to be traveling the seas to India with her mother and step-father, Brigadier-General Jim Stackhouse.

Lady Helen was a reserved and kind-hearted woman who was much prettier than she thought she was. She would often chastise herself for her inability to feel comfortable around men, especially a swoon-worthy man like, Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft.

Captain Michael Rhodes had convinced himself that Lady Helen was beyond his reach. He was ten years her senior and half the man that he used to be. But, that didn’t stop him from thinking and worrying about her constantly. Lady Helen loved when the Captain would teach her about India, and the Captain treasured every moment that he got to spend in her presence.

One evening when Lady Helen was trapped and petrified in a jungle, she felt strong arms lift her onto a horse. She knew without looking at him, who it was. She buried herself into the chest of her hero. The man who always seemed to be there for her. The man she loved.

Jennifer Moore transports her readers into the world of her characters, with her engaging and razor sharp writing. This book is not just a romance; it’s an adventure with well-developed characters, realistic dialogue and a compelling plot. I was completely engrossed in this riveting novel, from the very first page and stayed up half the night to finish it. I highly recommend giving Lady Helen Finds Her Song, a read.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Injury*by Val Tobin*5-Stars

Injury is a well-written and suspenseful romantic tale.

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Daniella Grayson was a successful actress. She was rich, famous, and had a following of fans, yet she was troubled and unhappy. Having grown up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive mother and an absent father, Daniella sought comfort where she could. Unfortunately, Daniella chose the party life, with alcoholic drinking and unhealthy relationships. True love was nothing, but a fairy tale to Daniella, until Robert Copeland (Cope), became more to her than just a chauffeur. Not everyone, though, was happy with Daniella’s new love life, especially an obsessive, dangerous, and cruel ex-lover.

The two main characters, Daniella, and Cope were easy to become involved with because their characters were well-developed and their dialogue natural. Cope was my favorite character. I loved his caring and understanding nature. Daniella won me over. She worked hard to heal her inner demons and stop her self-destructive behavior. It was easy to root for this couple. I would have liked to have known Cope’s parents better and experience with them the events that lead them to their ultimate decision. And the ex-lover, well let’s just say, that the author crafts a perfect villain to add suspense and depth to this story.

I enjoyed reading Injury and would recommend it to anyone who savors compelling romantic tales.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover