Tuesday, June 18, 2019

An Author’s review of A Modest Independence by Mimi Matthews

The first book I read by up-and-coming author Mimi Matthews was The Matrimonial Agreement... which I bought upon a recommendation and then absolutely loved... but never did review here. Because I have a five year old and a three year old who basically run circles around me. It’s not that I’m not reading (and writing), but there just isn’t much time to do much else concerning books. Ever. 

Did I mention I’m now just getting into homeschooling too? Yeah, my brain is pretty much on another planet right now. 

So... I loooved TMA and immediately hopped on Netgalley and requested the soon to release next in the series, A Modest Independence to review. 

And then I didn’t review it. Because I didn’t know what to say. 

Somehow, between two directly correlated books, I found myself loving one... and being kinda disappointed in the other. 

I can say the writing is well-done, I just didn’t especially like the heroine or the hero. And the setting was everywhere between England and India.... traveling. Same people, same sort of scenes, similar conversations throughout. I never had the “I can’t wait to get into the book again!” feeling like I did reading The Matrimonial Advertisement... but then the ending. 

The ending actually made up for everything. Although it was somewhat predictable, it had tears streaming down my face at the sweetness of it all. So I can’t say it was a bad book, though I was never very excited about it—because the ending was so good! And I was so conflicted about how to “score” this strange experience... and so I gave myself some time away. 





And now that my review is here, I can honestly still recommend A Modest Independence because it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t my style. The hero wasn’t bad, just definitely not my style of swoon-worthy-ness. I'm still going to read all of the other books Mimi Matthews writes. Her writing is absolutely excellent. 





Friday, November 2, 2018

A Blog Tour & Giveaway for Enchanting Nicholette


ABOUT THE BOOK

EnchantingNicholetteTitle: Enchanting Nicholette
Series: The Everstone Chronicles #5
Author: Dawn Crandall
Publisher: Whitaker House
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.
As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?
BOOKS IN THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES
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enchanting nicholette blog giveaway
TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) Winner will win:
  • A print copy of Enchanting Nicholette
  • A library card zipper bag
  • Two pairs of Jane Austen socks
  • Two hand poured candles
  • A historically accurate soap from Austen’s time
  • A Jane Austen set of playing cards
  • A set of Jane Austen notecards
  • 6 magnets with Jane Austen quotes
(US Mailing Addresses Only)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 29, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm November 12, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. US addresses only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Narrow Path: An Author Spotlight on Dawn Crandall

I’m the featured author on the Fiction Finder ACFW website right now! Whether you’re already a fan of The Everstone Chronicles, or you haven’t read them yet, I think you’ll really enjoy this very well written article about my writing journey! ❤️
It's so completely appropriate that this article went live on the 24th anniversary of the day I decided to give my life to GOD. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Enchanting Nicholette is Available Now!


(1) Winner will win:
  • A print copy of Enchanting Nicholette (176 pages)
  • A library card zipper bag
  • Two pairs of Jane Austen socks
  • Two hand poured candles
  • A historically accurate soap from Austen’s time
  • A Jane Austen set of playing cards
  • A set of Jane Austen notecards
  • 6 magnets with Jane Austen quotes

Come on by at http://bit.ly/EnchantingNicholette to enter!
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📖 Blurb:
In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again--this time for love...and to someone safe.


As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of "what if" at bay? 
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Can't wait, buy it now at: https://amzn.to/2PyX0JE
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ENCHANTING NICHOLETTE is the last and final installment of my debut series, The Everstone Chronicles. 😍


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Giveaway on Facebook


GIVEAWAY! 
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The other day was the 4 year anniversary mark for the release of my debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress! So I’m having a giveaway! Comment on my Facebook Post telling me the book you’re reading right now and then also tag a friend—AND IF YOU WIN, both you and your friend will win these items!

- Pride & Prejudice cover journal (I use these a lot when I’m brainstorming and plotting my books!) 
- Print copy of The Hesitant Heiress
- Print copy of Timeless Love, the novella collection that the advance reader copy (ARC) of Enchanting Nicholette is included in! 

I’ll go first—I’m currently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and am completely loving it.

US only. Facebook is in no way affiliated or sponsors this giveaway.

And I’m sorry if you don’t have a Facebook account, but do keep your eyes peeled for my next giveaway in a few weeks which will be based here on my blog. If you really want to enter this one, you could see if one of your friends who is on Facebook would go to the post and enter adding your name as the friend they want to share the prizes with. :) There are two prizes—one for the winner and another set of books for the friend they tag.