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REVIEW: SINCERELY YOURS by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey

Sincerely Yours: A Novella CollectionSINCERELY YOURS





Genre: Christian Historical Romance

*A Novella Collection*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722043



In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life–and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

*From the back cover/Amazon*

Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.

Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote hospital, you’ll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler’s Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that “M. M.” is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn’t marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she’s found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

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ISBN 978-0-8007-2204-3

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SINCERELY YOURS by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey is a wonderful collection of inspirational historical Romance set in 1825 -1892, from New York City to Chicago.A Novella Collection.

Revell Books’ first Christian novella anthology and what a great beginning!

Four talented authors lend their talents to four incredible tales of love,faith, and romance. From a steamboat on the Hudson River, to a remote hospital, to a Carousel carver’s workship, to a lush drawing room to the Erie Canal, four young women find their lives altered forever and find more than they ever expected.

SINCERELY YOURS is a must read for so many reasons, from engaging characters, to well thought out storylines, to drama, family,faith,suspense,a bit of mystery,and an adventure inward finding true love and happiness. With peace though into the mixture.

You will not be disappointed with this collection from the first page to the last page. These are talented authors, whom I enjoy reading, put together they are unbeatable, to be sure. What a collection and a true treasure to anyone’s library. I would highly recommend this collection of powerful, delicious tales of love and romance. Simply delicious! Well done, ladies!! Received for a honest review.

*Available April, 2014 from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



A Talent for TroubleA TALENT FOR TROUBLE


Genre: Christian Historical Fiction(America)

Series: Ladies of Distinction #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211263


Charming Wit and Romance from an Author Sure to Delight Readers

Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister’s wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change–and soon–Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she’s always wanted.

Grayson Sumner–or Lord Sefton, as he’s officially known–has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.

Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson’s help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he’s had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?



A TALENT FOR TROUBLE by Jen Turano is another wonderful Inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1881 New York City. #3 in the “Ladies of Distinction” but can be read as a stand alone. See,”A Change of Fortune”, and “A Most Peculiar Circumstance”.

This is the tale of Miss  Felicia Murdock and Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton and what a tale. Fast paced. Filled with faith, healing, forgiveness, adventure, romance, trouble, danger, and love.

With strong characters and an interesting storyline, you will not be disappointed with “A Talent for Trouble”.

Received as a gift.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


REVIEW~ THE SUITE LIFE by Suzanne Corso….


The Suite Life





Genre: Women’s Ficton/Literary

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451698186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451698183


September 10, 2013

Hailed as one of USA Today’s New Voices for her 2011 literary debut, Brooklyn Story, Suzanne Corso brings back the “true female voice” (The New York Times) of aspiring author Samantha Bonti in this breathtaking companion novel.


Growing up in Brooklyn, Samantha Bonti knew the writer’s life she was meant to live waited across the bridge in Manhattan. Summoning the courage to break free from an abusive mobster boyfriend, Sam finally leaves Bensonhurst and begins her new life, working as a temp in a Wall Street brokerage firm. Quickly, she’s swept off her feet by Wall Street player Alec DeMarco, a man of boundless energy, appetites, desires, and the wealth to indulge it all. In a whirlwind courtship, Alec showers Sam with exquisite gifts, the city’s finest cuisine, spontaneous weekend getaways, and, most of all, the love and security a girl from an unstable Brooklyn upbringing craves. But when the party’s over—when Alec’s high-flying career turns litigious and the big money is left on the table—will love be enough to sustain them? With her dream of publishing her novel still very much alive, Sam can’t back down now; she must choose the life that’s most true to who she really is inside.



THE SUITE LIFE by Suzzane Corso is an interesting Women’s Fiction/Literary set in New York. Sequel or companion book to her debut novel “Brooklyn Story”,but can be read as a stand alone. The good, bad, and the ugly of the American dream. Aspiring author Samantha Bonti, leaves Bensonhurst for Manhattan, New York.  With brides to cross, abusive mobster ex-boyfriend, and a whirlwind courtship with Wall Street Broker, Alex DeMarco, Sam finds she must choose between a dream and real life. Following a dream and finding oneself is harder than it seems. Sam was raised in an unstable household, craves to be an author, find love, security,acceptance and money, but can she kept what she finds or will she lose it all? Can you truly remain true to yourself in the high flying world of a lavish lifestyle, the wealthy and high finance?

A very emotional story to me with many twists and turns. If you ever wondered about the Wall Street elite, than “The Suite Life” is a must read, for it is filled with details. Based on the author’s Brooklyn upbringing during the 1970’s. Ms. Corso is a new voice to the Literary world and one to keep an eye on in the future.

Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More











Genre: Christian Historical Fiction(Kansas)

Source: Received for an honest review from  the publisher

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207884

Book Description(Amazon)

October 1, 2012
A Compelling Pioneer Story From Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward him?

A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful Historical Fiction set in 1880 Kansas. A heart wrenching tale of tragedy,faith,and love. Tarsie Raines,her friends,Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two young children dream of a better life than the slums of New York City in Drayton Valley, Kansas. On the wagon train,tragedy strikes on the trail,a partnership is formed between Joss and Tarsie. Money is low,but Tarsie’s faith will carry her through hardship,and struggles.But she also starts to question her future. The unexpected happens, Tarsie finds love with a man she never dreamed to, Joss. Fast paced and filled with adventure,tragedy,love,faith,life on a wagon train through the rough prairie lands and life in early America. Ms. Sawyer has done it again with “A Home in Drayton Valley” with her engaging characters,and intriguing plots. I would recommend this title if you enjoy American history,historical fiction,early American life and a great story than “A Home in Drayton Valley” is the story for you, you will not be disappointed. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: My Book Addiction Reviews

REVIEW~ A PLACE FOR US by Liza Gyllenhaal….

Genre: Women’s fiction/Psychological fiction
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher
A Place For Us
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451239237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239235
*From the publisher*

Brook and Michael Bostock abandoned their fast-paced lives in Manhattan after 9/11, trading in the city for the more relaxed atmosphere of Michael’s small hometown in western Massachusetts . Brook, the daughter of an extremely prominent and wealthy New York family, is able to continue operating her event planning business, while Michael is finally able to build his own business making high-end furniture. But their seemingly peaceful lives are turned upside down when a teenager is sexually assaulted at a party their son throws while they are away.

The scandal receives national attention—not only because of Brook’s family name, but also because of the lawsuit looming against Brook and her husband, that alleges they are responsible for what happened that night. Suddenly, the small Massachusetts town they call home seems to turn against them, revealing the simmering jealousies and resentments that have been lurking under the surface all along.


With their once-perfect family in danger of falling apart, Brook and Michael must find a way to get through this together—or risk losing everything they love.



A PLACE FOR US by Lisa Gyllenhaal is an interesting Women’s fiction/Psychological fiction set in a small Massachusetts town. It is told in four parts from the point of view of four characters,two of which are teenagers. Intertwined with underage drinking,tragedy,secrets,physical abuse,longing to belong,and the lies that can tear apart a family as well as a small close knit town. Written about complex social issues,as well as small towns,very compassionate and realistic. A very compelling,gripping story from the start to the last page. “A Place For Us” is a complex story that grips you from the start and holds you there. If you enjoy Women’s Fiction,and Social issue reads than this is a story for you. But be aware you may need a tissue or two. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews


REVIEW~ Z A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD Written by Therese Ann Fowler and Read by Jenna Lamia….




Written by Therese Ann Fowler

Read by Jenna Lamia

Genre: Historical (Autobiography)

(Audio verison)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427230145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427230140
  • Unabridged | ISBN-13978-1-4272-3014-0| 10 CDs | 12 hours | $39.99 |

*From the publisher*

I wish I could tell everyone whi thinks we’re ruined… Look closer and you’ll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed


When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, Zelda has fallen for him, even though Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. When he sells his first novel, she optimistically boards a train to New York to marry him, and take the rest as it comes. What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera – where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible, but not even Jay Gatsby’s parties can go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous – sometimes infamous – husband? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Ann Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistable story as she herself might have told it. The audiobook, narrated by the very talented Jenna Lamia, gives Zelda a voice fitting of her youthful, feisty, vulnerable personality.

On Sale 3/26/2013

                               Published simultaneously with the print edition from St. Martin’s Press


Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD written by Therese Ann Fowler,read by Jenna Lamia is a wonderful historical/autobiography set during the 1920’2. A powerful story of the Fitzgeralds,the Jazz age,the roaring 20’s,love,the life and times of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his beautiful wife,Zelda. Their drinking,jealousy,obsession,fame,and Zelda’s diagnosis of Schizophrenia and her stay in a Swiss Mental facility. An autobiography of a fascinating couple in American history,F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think we all have read “The Great Gatsby” in high school,but this story will make you want to re-read that story with a new look. Oh yeah, did I mention Ernest Hemingway. The reading of this story was very smoothly done, holding your interest. And yes the reader uses a Southern drawl often to carry the story. Being from the South, I enjoyed the Sourthern drawl.  A wonderful and intriguing audio. Be warned: It may contain some offensive language to some readers! Received for an honest review.

*On Sale 3/26/2013*

                              * Published simultaneously with the print edition from St. Martin’s Press*



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

REVIEW~ TARGETS OF REVENGE by Jeffrey S. Stephens….

Targets of RevengeTARGETS OF REVENGE


Genre: Thriller

Series: A Jordan Sandor Thriller #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451688725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451688726

Book Description(Amazon)

Release date: February 19, 2013
COUNTRY FIRST.All the bureaucratic scolding in Washington cannot stop resourceful CIA Agent Jordan Sandor when he’s hungry for revenge. This time he’s on the hunt for the cold-blooded sociopath known as Adina, whose indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people, including Sandor’s close friend, represents man at his worst.

Mobilizing a team of skilled and dedicated agents to carry out his secret operation, Sandor flies in the face of his superiors’ stern warnings—ultimately crash-landing in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle. Armed with little more than a combat knife and a deadly automatic weapon, he infiltrates Adina’s camp and discovers that the ruthless terrorist is smuggling not only cocaine into the United States, but also a deadly substance that could cost tens of thousands of lives.

Sandor develops intel that leads him to Egypt and then Moscow as he fights to prevent this disaster, but after he lands on Interpol’s list of international fugitives, the truth becomes clear: Adina’s evil web extends to the far corners of the globe. Meanwhile, someone Sandor trusts could very well be feeding the agent dangerous lies as he struggles to stay on Adina’s trail.

More focused than ever, Sandor refuses to end his perilous mission, even after he has been taken captive. In the end, when he uncovers the realities of Adina’s deranged plan for a catastrophic assault on New York City, Sandor has no choice but to risk his life to protect his country’s safety and freedom.


TARGETS OF REVENGE by Jeffrey S. Stephens is an heart pumping thriller. #3 in “A Jordan Sandor Thriller”,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Targets of Deception” and “Targets of Opportunity”. A high octane thriller from beginning to the very last page. Follow,CIA Agent Jordan Sandor on another high adventure. Filled with revenge,secret operations,a foreign country, Venezuelan jungle,terrorist,Egypt,Moscow,betrayal,and of course Country, for Country comes first at all cost. A fast paced,action packed thriller. Any reader who enjoys thrillers,suspense,action,adventure, will enjoy “Targets of Revenge”. Not only a great read but also a story that could possibly be happening in the world today. Written with vivid descriptions,believable,and realistic characters. Mr. Stephens is a wonderful storyteller. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Addiction Reviews


Change of Fortune, AA CHANGE OF FORTUNE


Genre: Christian Historical Romance (America Regency)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Library Thing.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210181

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: November 1, 2012
Rollicking Debut from an Exciting New Author

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiance, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner governess-at-large, she’s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society–all the female ones, at least–are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone.

Eliza’s hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton’s path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza’s determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone’s antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence.

When all of Hamilton’s and Eliza’s best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.



A CHANGE OF FORTUNE by Jen Turano is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in 1880 New York City. A rollicking debut that will have you laughing out loud. Filled with danger,romance, suspense,mystery,murder,friendship,family,faith,mishaps,a lost inheritance,and love. Follow Lady Eliza Sumner and Mr. Hamilton Beckett on an adventure of mishaps,with a comedy of errors and love. Lady Eliza is on a mission to recover her lost inheritance all the way from England and Hamilton is on a mission of his own. Together, they are determined to bring their nemesis to justice. A fun, and whimsical read! The secondary cast of characters are just as encouraging. I hope to see more from this author. If you enjoy Deanne Gist you will enjoy this author as well. “A Change of Fortune” is a not to miss read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Library Thing. For more details visit the author’s website,Bethany House Publishers,and My Book Addiction and More.



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

REVIEW~~FOREVER AND A DAY by Delilah Marvelle



Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: The Rumor series #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776368

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: January 1, 2012

Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who’s taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.

Georgia Milton, the young head of New York’s notorious Forty Thieves, feels responsible for the man who was trying to save her bag from a thief. But she’s not prepared for the fierce passion he ignites within her. When his memory begins to return, her whole world is threatened, and Roderick must choose between the life he forgot and the life he never knew existed.…


in all e-book and print formats


FOREVER AND A DAY by Delilah Marvelle is an interesting Regency historical romance set in 1830 New York City and moves to England.  Book 1 in “The Rumor” series.  It is the re-telling of the “Prince and the Pauper”. A lost memory and a  mix match love,can passion,respect,and love bring love?….a wealthy Lord and the poor lady who saves him and teaches him about love,passion and life. Meet, Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, who finds himself with a “loss of memory” in New York City. And, Georgia Milton, the young widow of New York’s notorious Forty Thieves,who saves him and takes him to her poor but humble home. What follows is the unexpected,passion,life’s lessons, a difference in social classes,passion,and love. Written with bits of wit,intrigue,hardship,and a few twists and turns. If you enjoy historical,romance, the re-telling of a long ago told story,than you will enjoy “Forever and a Day”. This title was a bit slow to me in the beginning, but it picked up nicely,and was an interesting story with a bit of nail biting to see of the young couple can find true love,happiness and content. Received for an honest review from t he publisher and Net Galley. Details can be found at the author’s website, HQN and My Book Addiction and More.



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

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