Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy book review

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A Tapestry of Light

Calcutta, 1886.

Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women.

When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. Despite her growing friendship with Everett Scott, friend to Ottilie's English grandmother and aunt, she refuses to give up her brother. Then tragedy strikes, and she is forced to make a decision that will take Thaddeus far from death and herself far from home.

But betrayal and loss lurk in England, too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure Thaddeus doesn't forget who he is, as well as find a way to stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.
 
 
My Review: 10/10

Wow, I don't think any book has ever transported me into another time and culture so thoroughly. It was so rich in detail, SO good.

Ottilie's story is not an easy one, but oh there is so much truth and wisdom within the pages. So much goodness and hope and redemption. I can't recommend it enough.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Winning the Gentleman (Hearts on the Heath #2) by Kristi Ann Hunter book review

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Winning the Gentleman

(Hearts on the Heath #2)

Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't take her seriously because she's a woman, but she can't pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron's guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together--against all odds?
 
 

My review: 7.5/10

I had some mixed feelings about this book.

Aaron's relationship with his father and brother and ultimately himself was interesting and so well done. Sometimes I was amazed that he could be so unaware of his toxic and masochistic behavior. But you always root for someone to have a break through, especially when their misery is self inflected. The growth and change that takes place regarding this issue alone make the story worth reading. Everything else is cherries.

I wasn't as crazy about his relationship with Sophia, our lead female. He was so high handed so much of the time. I felt my temper flaring half the time and was frustrated that the things I would have said were no where near how Sophia responded in a meek or pleading way. Even in the way he tries to care for her is done without communication, without consulting her. I resented it.

I think I may have mentioned it in my review of the previous novel in the series, but I was annoyed by the overwhelming presence of so many characters from all of the previous books. I think they had more reason to be there this time around but it was still just too much. There are so many players that there isn't enough room for the principle characters. It seems unlikely for any books in Hearts on the Heath, but I sure hope that future series / books have new characters and way way less crossover.

I should say that I thoroughly loved the very end (last 10%) of this story. I loved the turning and surrendering to God moments, the humor, Jonas' words and actions, and Harriet's character in general. I hope we have a future story featuring her. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Book Review: A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright

 


Welcome to my tour stop: Book Review of A Captain for Caroline Gray! Julie Wright is a new-to-me author, since I spend a lot of time in historical novels. I am always so excited when I stumble on a new author to love in one of my favorite genres, and that was definitely the case with this book.  Without further ado:



My review: 8.5/10

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. We got off to a bit of a rocky start, with a little too much immediate interest on one side in my opinion. This gave me a bad taste, assuming things were going to fall into line and play out the same way they had in countless other similar stories. But I was wrong. While there were some over the top moments and a few cliches, Caroline is a steady, interesting character. She is capable of being wrong... and admitting it. And better, she is capable of change. I saw a lot of growth in her, through each of her relationships. I appreciated the realistic depictions of life on a ship (good, bad, and ugly) and that supporting characters had depth and shades of gray to them as well.


Hoping for more historical offerings from this author!



 

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