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Genre: Historical Romance(Regency)

Series: Loring-Abbott series #1



  • Series: Loring-Abbott Series
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500401668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500401665


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Elinor Abbott was only 14 years old when she and her father left England for America. Six years later, with war at their doorstep, she is being forced to return to her land of birth and a life amongst the aristocracy she abhors. A return to England also means facing the man who brutally attacked her as an adolescent. Viscount Easton came to the United States at the behest of His Majesty’s Army, for his last assignment. He was sent home early due to an injury and must face his new destiny as the heir to an earldom. An unexpected encounter with the unrefined beauty links Elinor and Easton together in society, and he must decide whether or not to save Elinor’s reputation or hold on to bachelorhood. Can Elinor navigate the perils of coming out in aristocratic England and still retain her sense of identity? Can Easton help her overcome her aversion to men or will her past keep her from facing her future?



SURRENDER THE PAST by Elizabeth Johns is an intriguing Regency Historical Romance set in 1814 America and England. #1 in the Loring-Abbott series, and what a beginning! An intriguing tale!

With a sexual assault, betrayal, secrets, healing, finding forgiveness, and finding love and happiness. A well written tale where with healing comes forgiveness. This is a new author to me, but will not be my last read by the author.

I believed the author handled the sexual assault on Elinor Abbott as an adolescent, with tact, poise and realism. After many years of angst, Ms. Elinor is willing, finally, to have a man touch her, and find her peace and happiness.

Viscount Easton, Captain in his Majesty’s Army sent to America for his last assignment,finds his Godfather, who happens to be Elinor’s father, and is deeply attracted to her, plus is faced with a Courts Martial for something done in America, when he returns to England.  Can Elinor overcome her past, and face her future?

You MUST read “Surrender Your Past”, you will not regret your choice of reading material. I read it in one setting, yes, it was that incredible. Be aware, while, it has a satisfying ending, it has a continuance coming soon, for the rest of the characters, for which I look forward to reading, tentatively titled “Seeking Redemption”. What does the future hold for Nataniel, Elinor’s attacker and his sister, who made her life horrible, when she returned to England? So far as Nataniel’s youthful attack on Elinor, well, I will just say justice is sometimes best served cold, hopefully. I don’t know if I could have done what Elinor did, but it seemed to worked for her.

Face a future with the man you love, overcome your past and be able to find peace, happiness and love, this a tale in itself. A unique tale to be sure! I loved the way Elinor found her inner strength to move forward and how Easton moved past his obligations to find his future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced story of the consequences of one’s past, letting go of the past to have a future, and how with healing comes acceptance and forgiveness. And of course, you have the consequences of war. The only fault I found was with the phrasing of words at times,which to me was more contemporary wording than Regency period. But, I would still, highly recommend “Surrender Your Past”. An enjoyable read from beginning to end.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



LIVING IN HARMONY by Mary Ellis….review

Living in Harmony

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Genre:Amish Fiction (Christian)

Series: The New Beginnings series #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736938664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736938662

Living in Harmony

A Tragedy…a Refusal…a Shunning

Will Their Young Love Survive?

Amy King—young, engaged, and Amish—faces life-altering challenges when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé, John Detweiler, persuades her to leave Lancaster County and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives who can help them.

John’s brother Thomas and sister-in-law, Sally, readily open their home to the newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting instead a period of adjustment. While trying to assimilate in the ultraconservative district, Amy discovers an aunt who was shunned. Amy wants to reconnect with her, but John worries that the woman’s tarnished reputation will reflect badly on his beloved bride-to-be.

Can John and Amy find a way to overcome problems in their relationship and live happily in Harmony before making a lifetime commitment to each other?

  • Retail Price: 13.99
  • Release Date: August 1, 2012
  • Page Count: 320
  • Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • ISBN: 978-0-7369-3866-2

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LIVING IN HARMONY by Mary Ellis is a wonderful Amish inspirational romance set in Harmony, Maine. Book 1 in a new series “The New Beginnings” and what a beginning. Follow Amy King and John Detweiler on a journey to find truth,secrets,love and peace. With lost,grief,faith,discovery,Amy and John does not discovery a picture perfect life or place,but learn so much more than they expected. A story of love,being shunned,tragedy, and second chances. Ms. Ellis is not only a talented author,she draws the reader into her stories and her character’s lives. I enjoy Amish stories and this author’s stories,this title was no exception. With lovable,believable,and engaging characters and an interesting plot you will not regret picking up the first in “The New Beginnings” series, “Living In Harmony”.A must for anyone who enjoys Amish fiction,inspirational,while not “preachy”,romance and just a plain good read. Received from an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media. Details can be found at the author’s website, Harvest House Publishers and My Book  Addiction and More.



REVIEWED  BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

ALMOST A SCANDAL by Elizabeth Essex….review

Almost a Scandal

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Genre: Historical Romance

Series: A Reckless Brides series #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks; First Edition edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250003792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250003799


Bold, brazen and beautiful, the reckless brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they always get their man.

She’s always ready for adventure. He’s almost ready for love…


For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard H.M.S. Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…


Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…



ALMOST A SCANDAL by Elizabeth Essex is an excitinghistorical romance. Book 1 in “A Reckless Brides”novel series and what a beginning. Full of romance,wit, high sea adventure, love,sensual tension,secrets,passion,intrigue and danger. Follow British Royal Navy officer, Lieutenant David Colyear,and Sally Kent, whose younger brother refuses to follow family tradition and join the Navy, on a grand adventure. For Sally, there is no choice but to follow in her family’s tradition and join as her younger brother,a midshipman. As passion lurks,with danger on every wave,David is furious when he learns of Sally’s deception. But what can he do,so forward they must go.Love,devotion,country,and passion will be put to the test.   “A Reckless Brides” series is sure to be a must read! “Almost A Scandal” has not only engaging characters but an intriguing plot with emotional turmoil and battles you will be in awe of. Ms. Essex has written an engaging,emotional,read that will stay with you long after the last page. A seafarer’s delight to be sure! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author’s website,St. Martin’s Press,and My Book  Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

SUBMERGED by Dani Pettrey…review

Submerged by Author Dani Pettrey



Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Series: Alaskan Courage (Book #1)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209826

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Alaskan Courage Series – Book 1

A sabotaged flight. Two murdered divers. A single clue—a grainy image of sunken treasure.

Dive Rescue Captain Cole McKenna has never worked a case like this, but who he’s working with may prove more dangerous than the assignment. It’s been a lifetime since Bailey mangled his heart. Now she’s back in town and he needs her expertise to track down the illusive treasure.

Professor of Russian Studies Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again, but when her beloved aunt dies, she has no choice. Her plan of attack is simple: return for Agnes’s funeral, get the family business ready for a quick sale, and then put Yancey and all the heartbreaking memories wrapped up in it behind her for good.

Cole walking through her door, asking for her help on a murder investigation, wasn’t part of her plan, neither are the feelings he’s resurrecting—feelings best left dead.

Bailey agrees to help for the sake of the victims, and travels with Cole across Alaska’s rugged terrain and deep beneath its coastal waters. As the case escalates, so do their feelings for one another. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to let go of the past and just when Bailey thinks she can’t take it any longer, the case shifts in a new and extremely personal direction, fastening her in for its duration.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Cole and Bailey fight to find the treasure and uncover the hidden history at the root of it all. But will they be too late?


SUBMERGED by Dani Pettrey is an exciting inspirational romantic suspense. It is the beginning of a new series, “Alaskan Courage” and what a beginning. It is fast paced and action packed. Written with vivid descriptions and a cast of characters that will steal your heart away. What an amazing story of faith,suspense,danger,the Alaskan countryside,rescue divers,treasure diving,mystery,romance,family secrets,murder,second chances,healing and forgiveness. It has everything a romantic suspense reader could possibly want to read and than some. Follow,Bailey Craig and Cole McKenna into uncharted waters as they navigate their feelings for each other,stay alive and find a killer.  “Submerged” will leave you breathless as you try to figure out who,what and why of the murders. A must read that will keep you up all night. I can hardly wait for the next installment into the “Alaskan Courage” series. What a debut! An author to watch for. If you enjoyed Dee Henderson, or Lynette Eason you will enjoy Dani Pettrey. Received for an honest review from the publisher.Details can be found at Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group,the author’s website, and My Book  Addiction and More.



REVIEWED  BY: AprilR, My Book  Addiction and More/My Book  Addiction Reviews


WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND by Shana Galen…review



Genre: Historical Romance

Series: The Jewels of the Ton series ( Book #1)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

*From the author’s website*

When You Give a Duke a Diamond

First in the Jewels of the Ton series

When You Give a Duke a Diamond
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He had a perfectly orderly life…

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…

Until she came along…

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…

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WHEN YOU GIVE THE DUKE A DIAMOND by Shana Galen is an exciting historical romance set in England. It is the first in a new and exciting series,”The Jewels of the Ton”. What a wonderful start to what will surely be an exciting and fast paced series. Here is a bit on the upcoming series: “The Three Diamonds” so named by the Prince Regent. Three Cyprians,Juliette,”The Dalliance”,Fallon,” The Marchioness of Mystery”,and Lily, “The Countess of Charm” so named for their charms.Bound together by friendship,survival,wit,a secret,who flirts with society’s nobility,and dares to find love. Follow William,Duke of Pelham and Juliette,”nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance” on their discovery of love and passion.  I enjoyed the mystery,secrets,love,passion,romance,scandal,gossip and found everything you could possible want in a romance. Only a true diamond in the rough,Juliette, could tame the orderly life of our hero,William. Ms. Galen definitely pulls your readers into her  stories with her vivid descriptions,intriguing plots and engaging characters. Oh, did I mention the passion and desire between her characters. You will not go wrong with “When You Give The Duke a Diamond” especially if you enjoy historical romance with a few twists and turns,and a wonderful cast of characters. I can hardly wait for the next installment of the new series. Great job Ms. Galen! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author’s website,Sourcebooks Casablanca,Sourcebooks,Inc, and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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