Book Review: Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman

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Title: Kiss me at Christmas  *  Author:  Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press * Genre: Romance * Format: Kindle

 

 

My Review

I was beyond thrilled when  St.  Martin’s Press offered me a free review copy of  Kiss me at Christmas by  Valerie Bowman.  I have been seeing a lot of Christmas romances  and it has put me in the holiday mood.

This book is the 10th book in Valerie Bowman playful  Brides series.  This is my first time reading this series. There was a few established characters from other books that I didn’t know,  but I was able to catch on quickly. I don’t think you have to necessarily have to go in chronological order for this series.

Lady Regina who has been on the shelf so to speak is being forced to marry the man that her Uncle wants,  or she can chose another someone else.  So far she hasn’t found  anyone  else and its looking more and more that she going to end up marrying her Uncles choice

In one last ditch effort  of independence she makes an indecent proposal  to Bow Street Runner,  Daffin Oakleaf. She wants him to relieve her of her virginity. Daffin is tempted by her offer, but turns her down. Leaving Regina wounded and humiliated.

Regina has bigger problems because someone is out to get her or her family.  Which causes its own set of problems.  Daffin is hired to protect Regina and his best friends wife, Nicole.  Both Daffin and Regina agree to remain friends,  but that is easier said then done.

I loved this story,  I thought it was well written.  I thought that the overall plot was really good.  The book had me thinking one thing at the start,  but I came off with a totally different opinion at the end of this.

I thought the characters were all well written. I loved the pairing of Daffin/Regina. I like the slow burn of this romance,  and I enjoyed the playful and even naughty moments between them.  I’m definitely  going to continue with this series.  If your looking to start a new series,  or just read a good Christmas romance look no further.

 

5 Star Rating

 

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Valerie Bowman is an award-winning historical romance author who writes racy Regency romps! Her debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Valerie’s next book is Mr. Hunt, I Presume and will be released on February 10, 2019.

Visit Valerie on the web at http://www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com

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Book Review: Lady of a Thousand Treasures By Sandra Byrd

 

 

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Title: Lady of a thousand Treasures  ~   Author: Sandra Byrd

                Publisher:  Tyndale House Publisher ~  Genre: Historical Fiction ~ Pages: 449

 

 

Summary

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured.

 

My Review

Sandra Byrd is a new author for me.  I thought this book was Amazing!!!  I love historical fiction,  but the element of mystery took this book over the top for me.   I was hooked from the beginning. I thought that the overall plot was really good. Plus, the added mystery in this took it over the top for me.

Not being a collector myself I didn’t realize how much history was behind this. I especially enjoyed the brief history she gave at the end of the story.

I  love how she puts a spotlight on women in this.   That women were not just sitting home,  but despite having few that some of us were doing amazing things.  I though her using real life persona’s  in her book was a great choice. Lady Charlotte who was a famous woman collector,  and then there was Elizabeth Garrett who was the first woman doctor.

I thought the characters were well written. I love the character of Eleanor.  I thought her heart was in the right place and she wanted to do the fair and just thing,  but it seemed like her good deeds always backfired and caused her more suffering.  Like her taking on her Uncles debts,  not wanting him to go to debtors prison because of his health.  I think he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.  I like how she relief and found comfort in her faith.

I loved the pairing of Harry/ Eleanor in this,  though I wished they had more scenes together.  There is apart of me that wished that there was a second book that features Harry/Eleanor but their children as well.  I can see them being just as adventurous as their parents.

If your looking for historical romance,  mystery, and just a good read then look no further. I like to think  HF Historical book blog and Sandra Bryd  for sending a review copy and giving me a chance to read this wonderful  book.

 

5 Star Rating

 

 

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About Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd’s first series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction Books of the year.

Her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books of the Year Pick, as was The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr.

Victorian Ladies, a new series, offers its first title, Lady of a Thousand Treasures, in 2018.

Connect with Sandra at http://www.sandrabyrd.com, http://www.novelcoaching.com .