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Lisa T. Bergren’s Grave Consequences

About

The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues
For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger.
And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.

Review

Once again this series picked me up and placed me in Europe and I felt like I was on my own grand tour. The novel takes up right where the previous one left off. There are a few new characters, but most of them are old friends. Cora is still my favorite character. She knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. Will is a favorite too, though there were times I wished he had a bit more backbone. However, he is a man of his times and that is a credit to Ms. Bergren. The descriptions of the places are wonderful, the mystery is sufficiently interesting so that you want to know what happens next and the romance was done really well. There is a bit of a conclusion here that had me rejoicing and I’m glad it didn’t drag on until book 3. There is less tension in this novel between the travelers (though there is some!)and I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss it. Spiritually, I love how Cora seeks God’s face as to what to do and doesn’t fall into silliness.  I love the emphasis on having a relationship with Christ. This book is a sold continuation of the series and I look forward to see what happens next in book three.

**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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Monday Musings….Books I’m Looking Forward Too!

There are some new covers out and I thought I would take some time today to show them off! There are some I’m looking forward to reading more than others. And how about these authors who have two books coming out the year! That’s what I’m talking about. Here they are:

Fired Up (Trouble in Texas)

Harvest of Gold

 

Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family Series)

Stranded (Alaskan Courage)

And these are just the ones that are coming out towards the second half of the year. There’s so many coming out in the next few weeks! Got a favorite cover? Got one you’re especially excited about?

 

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Nancy Rue’s Tournaments, Cocoa, and One Wrong Move

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Perfect? Everything seems to be going right for Cassidy Brewster—she’s the star of her high school basketball team, has a near-perfect GPA, and college recruiters are showing up at her games. But during the state tournament she injures herself, and her season appears to be over. With pressures at home and at school, Cassidy turns desperate and makes choices that only increase the number of problems in her life. As Cassidy’s carefully controlled world falls apart, a mysterious book begins to speak to her, and it might just contain the answers Cassidy has been trying to find.

Review

I so enjoyed this book! It is the third book of the Real Life series, but you don’t need to read them in order to understand what is happening. In this novel, Cassidy is the main character and she starts off with a bit of a complex and I enjoyed seeing how she changed and developed throughout the novel. I particularly liked the guy she ends up with because, having read two other novels in this series, he wasn’t what I was expecting. He was not the typical perfect teen boy that is in every teen romance. I also thought it was very realistic of the author that not all the loose ends were tied up. When the book ended, everything was not perfect, but you could begin to see a glimmer of how things would change. Personally,  I love how each character of Ms. Rue’s is so unique and so different and I don’t feel like I’m reading the same person with a different name. Spiritually, I love how the “Bible” becomes personalized for Cassidy. And if you’ve read other books in this series than you really see how Ms. Rue was able to use different parts of the Bible to speak to each girl’s situation. So true to real life. This is a great YA novel! Highly Recommended!

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Ruth Axtell’s Moonlight Masquerade

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Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need–or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?

Review

As a huge fan of regency novels, I was greatly looking forward to this book because how on earth does an aristocratic woman fall in love with her butler? Well, you’ll just have to read the novel to find out! 😉 I thought that this novel was a bit slow in parts, particularly because I cherished every moment that Rees and Celine were together. Because when they were together, it was totally worth it. I really enjoyed that there was an openness to this book that was refreshing because deceptiveness in books can be a tricky issue to me. Spiritually, I like how Rees hears from God and ultimately answers to him and how his faith affects Celine’s. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to the next one!

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Monday Musings….The Lure of the Supernatural Romance

Anyone who peruses the shelves of current romance novels will see that supernatural romances are really in right now. I think they have been in for a while because when I worked at a library, I saw them being constantly checked out. However, Twilight (which I have not read) catapulted them into a whole ‘nother category. Now men (and sometimes women) are werewolves, aliens, angels, vampires (a dead person who could eat you at anytime is not attractive!), etc., and it made me wonder why on earth these books are so addictive. So I read one recently about an angel falling in love with a girl, which, for the record is so un-Biblical. But, I liked it. It lured me in. So why are these novels so fascinating? Here is my thesis:

1. We long for a supernatural God. I know you’re thinking what does God have to do with it? Everything. I think God designed us to want more than the mundane in life, to want more than what we can just see. And furthermore God designed women for romance. And the combination of the two has translated into these unique storylines. In our heart of hearts, we want more. 

2. They take us back to our original gender roles. The guys are generally very masculine. I think the desire for these types of romance is a push-back against society trying to make men more feminine. Ok, I have no proof of this. But honestly, the media tries to make men more like women and I think women don’t want that. These supernatural guys (I haven’t read that many, but) have a tendency to be very strong, and very sure of themselves in ways that I think human guys are being put down. Also, there’s usually a reason for the supernatural guy, some kind of war or something in which he has to protect the girl with his supernatural power and once again you have the male protecting the female, just like in the olden days.

3. It’s different. Supernatural romances allow the writer to attribute to the characters anything they want. This allows for each novel to be different…though I think after a while, regardless of their powers they are all the same. But, all these possible different combinations can make for far more interesting storylines than perhaps the usual guy or girl next door story.

So, these are some of my reasons. Do you have anymore you want to add? Any you disagree with?

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Interview of Dani Pettrey

Thank you for willing to be interviewed!

Thanks so much for asking 🙂

1. When writing mysteries, for you, what comes first? The villain? The mystery? Or how it’s solved?

What a great question! For me it’s usually the mystery. I have a ‘what if’ idea and then I let it roll.

2. How far in advance do you plan the subplots of the other siblings? Or do they surprise you?

When I started my Alaskan Courage series, I knew some things that I wanted to happen down the road with different characters, but they have definitely surprised me with each and every story. For example, I anticipated Piper’s story being last, but as you can see with Shattered, she was ready for her story to be told.

3. Piper has a really great personality, that I for one found refreshing. Of all the ladies in your novels, which one is your favorite?

Very tough question. I love all the ladies in my Alaskan Courage series. Piper is so sweet and fierce, I can’t help but adore her, but I probably empathize closest with Bailey Craig. As a new Christian, I really struggled with letting go of my past, just as Bailey did. Bailey will always have a special place in my heart.

4. What characteristics did you know Landon had to have in order to be a good match for Piper?

To be quite honest, I didn’t. I don’t chart out my characters or anything before I write. I daydream about them and, since I’m such a visual person, I usually have a picture of

what I envision them looking like, but then I just let the story unfold. And, of course, there are always rewrites to fine-tune the areas that need tweaking.

5. Can you tell us anything about the next novel that you’re writing?

Sure. I’m finishing up the revisions on Stranded (the third book in my Alaskan Courage series), which is due to release September 1st. Stranded is Gage and Darcy’s story.

You can check out my review here:https://remaininhislove.com/2013/01/03/dani-pettreys-shattered/