Happy Good Friday! May we all remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us! Today, I am featuring the author Tamera Alexander. She is absolutely phenomenal and when her books come out you know you’re in for a treat. If I had to describe her romance novels, I would say that she does the absolute best at creating romance out of friendships. When you finish her novels you know that each character knows the good and the bad about the other and loves them anyway. Her books are so sweet, that’s it not unusual for me to sigh at the end…like watching an old Disney movie. So, here are some of her books:
In this series each book gets better than the last…and I must have read the first one 10 times! The last one though, is my favorite. It starts slow, but it will stay with you. Fantastic!
This is a great series as well, but the second is actually my favorite. I do not like books where characters deceive others, but Ms. Alexander does deception so well. I just couldn’t put that one down.
A beautiful western. One of the best out there!
This novel just made me sigh. From the gorgeous cover to the delicious romance.
Her research is impeccable and I promise that by the time you finish this book, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip down south and stayed a while.
Ms. Alexander is a fabulous writer. If you haven’t read any of her books, take some time and get to know her!
DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love.
Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn.
Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom.
But the child survived.
Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E’veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds’ power.
Now, her time has come.
Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her.
I really enjoyed this sweeping, epic-like novel. It has aspects of fantasy and fairy tale mixed with medieval times that is quite simply a great combination. I also enjoyed how there is romance and yet the whole novel is not centered around the romance. I found Rose to be likeable and a character that one could relate to. You also can’t help but like the hero in this novel who is truly a knight in shining armor. I didn’t find this novel to be too complex or complicated and it was easy to get the feel of the land. If there was anything that I didn’t like, it was that once Rose discovers who she is and what she can do, she can pretty much do anything, though the author tries to balance this a bit. Spiritually, like most christian fantasy novels God is usually given a different name, but is still highly recognizable and you get to see Rose fall in love with him. Good Book and looking forward to the next one!
I thought I would acknowledge some more books coming out later this year!
Are there any of these that you are particularly looking forward to? I think the one by Irene Hannon has my interest the most because it seems so different from any of her previous novels. Happy Monday!
I’ve decided to do a new thing! Feature Friday will feature some of my favorite authors and showcase some of their past novels. It won’t be every Friday, as I often do author interviews on Friday, but it will be a couple Fridays a month. Today’s author of the day is Lori Wick! Have you ever read a Lori Wick novel? She’s classic. Her books are beautifully written with a focus on Jesus. She has since retired, but I decided to showcase my favorite books by the fabulous Ms. Wick.
This is the first book I read by Ms. Wick and doesn’t every girl want to be a princess? So sweet!
This is one of the best “arranged marriages” books ever!
If this isn’t one of the best come back stories! So loved Bobbie and Jeff!
I loved Rusty! Couldn’t put this one down!
Ms. Wick comes up with hands down the best premises. This book takes you to WWII and presents a different way to look at it!
A female captain?! Count me in!
Such a sweet romance! And the first in a fantastic series!
This is a great regency novel! I’ve read it dozens of times!
I stayed up all night reading this one!
Classic! Jumps off from the first page!
A bit long, but totally worth it!
Lori Wick has written dozens of more books than these. But these are my favorites and my go toos when I feel like reading one of her romances. I hope you get a chance to read all of them! Does anyone have a favorite of hers? Did it make this list?
Winter Reeves is an aristocratic Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she’s caught, if she’s hung for espionage…well, she won’t be. Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade: the wonders of invisible ink, drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.
Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored.
Both believers…and both committed to a separate cause. Will their faith in God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?
I found this book to be lovely and engaging. I so adored Bennet. He’s kind of the antithesis of what a hero should be and yet so heroic. He was hands down my favorite character in the book and I enjoyed reading through his eyes. I also liked Winter. There were moments when she was borderline annoying, but just when I thought I wouldn’t like her, she would go and do something to change my opinion. I found their relationship to be intriguing and I kept wondering how they were going to finally get together. I enjoyed the backdrop of the revolutionary war. I felt like I learned about history without being taught a history lesson. Spiritually, I love how Winter was so prayerful and how the novel showed the importance and power of prayer and how God is always speaking to us. Great book. Looking forward to the next one! Highly Recommended!
Now that I’m no longer in school, spring break has lost its luster. But, new books are being released all the time! So here are some ones that I plan on reading this spring:
Ok…it comes out in May, but still
And last but not least, Morgan Busse’s Son of Truth! Alas, there is no cover to present yet.
Happy Spring! Anyone on going on vacation? Can I live vicariously through you?
Molly Lovelace dreams of being a society leader in 1879 Lockhart, Texas, but being smitten with handsome wrangler Bailey Garner doesn’t seem the quickest route. If only he would settle down so he could support a family.
Bailey imagines doing great things for God, but his greatest obstacle is Molly. As long as he thought they’d be married, he excused their stolen kisses, but when she keeps refusing, he vows to earn her love. In town, he tries his hand at several different trades, but everywhere he turns he runs into the mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont. No surprise that Molly’s always making calf eyes at the wealthy adventurer.
As pressure from Molly’s parents grows she is forced into a hasty decision. Had she weighed all her options and will she find love in the balance?
This book presented a different take to the romance novel because it already starts with the heroine in love with someone. I found it to be an interesting way to begin a novel and I was curious as to where it was going. When I figured it out, I wasn’t completely thrilled, but the writing is such that you want to turn the pages. Character-wise I just loved Bailey, faults and all. Personally, I never really considered him to have any. The guy was just human. And he was easy to like, fun to read about, and I thought a character who was fairly rock steady. Molly, on the other hand, was hard to read. She probably makes the most growth in this novel and really, the author did a fabulous job with her development, but the choices she made often irritated me. I realize they had to be made in order to hone in on the point of this novel, but it wasn’t quite what I like to read. Spiritually, I love the theme of redemption and forgiveness which was beautifully done in this book. This was a unique book and really not a bad novel, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**
Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can’t prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.
For nobleman Carl von Reichart, the blade of the guillotine is his fate. He’s been accused and convicted of a serious crime he didn’t commit, and his only escape is to flee to a small German community in Michigan where he’ll be safe. He secures a job on Annalisa’s farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor.
Annalisa senses that Carl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway. He’s gentle, kind, and romantic–unlike any of the men she’s ever known. He begins to restore her faith in the ability to love–but her true groom is still on his way. And time is running out on them all.
Let me just begin by saying that Ms. Hedlund has some of the best premises. A mail-order groom? Sounds odd, but totally works in this novel (though its a bit more complicated than that). Also, I love the way the author throws herself into the story. The story reads as though its realistic, never once, was I jarred by anything in the novel and Annalisa read like a woman of her times. Her development throughout the book made complete sense and I did not find her to be annoying in any way. Carl, though, was probably my favorite. What a hero. He’s funny, he’s kind,and even though there is a bit of deception going on in this book, I never felt let down by his character. The story is not complex, but the romance was lovely and worth every page. Spiritually, Annalisa has to come to the recognition that she is important to God, he hasn’t forgotten her. Great read. Recommended!
**I received this novel courtesy of Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**
Ever read a book that is just plain hard to finish? I have and I have come to the conclusion that this can be a good or a bad thing.
Good thing: A good book can be hard to read because you are so invested in the characters. Perhaps that character has a huge trial up ahead or you, the reader, are aware of danger up ahead. This might make the book hard to read. But this is a good thing, because the author has managed to make you care very much for the people so that you don’t want bad things to happen. That said, you still might be turning the pages slowly in an effort to ward off danger.
Bad thing: The novel is probably really bad if you have a hard time reading it. You know it’s bad when you’re looking at the pages left and thinking I’ve only read that much? And I’m not talking about bad grammar or horrible writing. I am talking about good writing and bad storytelling where you are so uninvested in the characters that they could die on the next page and you might even be happy. These are the kinds of books I usually regret buying and do not finish. But I have discovered that with doing reviews sometimes I have to read the hard ones.
Ever come across a hard to read novel? Good or bad? If bad, do you continue to read it anyway?
Thank you so much for being willing to be interviewed!
- What was your inspiration for this story? A few years ago, I was writing another regency (A Bride of Honor) and I woke with a dream, which I don’t even remember now. All I remember is that it gave me the basic premise for this story: a lady whose butler is a spy in her household.
- What are two things that you feel every regency novel should have? Good dialogue, whether it’s witty, sparring, or flirtatious and filled with underlying meaning, between the hero and heroine; and a sense of the period, whether hinting at the large-scale events of the time (Napoleonic Wars, beginning of the Industrial Revolution, slavery issue, etc.) or smaller but equally significant movements (influence of intellectual women; growth of evangelical Church, power of rising middle-class, rigid class system, manners and habits of the higher class, etc.).
- In Moonlight Masquerade, the Napoleonic War is in the background. How much research did you have to do? Quite a bit. In a romance, the author doesn’t want to overwhelm the reader with the history of the period, but in order to write casually about it, one must know it pretty well. I have readers who think I put in too much history, others love that best, so you can’t please everyone.
- You have written a number of novels. Do you have a favorite hero or heroine? Simon & Althea from my first published novel (Winter Is Past) and Caleb and Geneva from my second (Wild Rose,) though I wrote that book first, are among my favorites, but really, to ask an author which are her favorite characters is like asking her which are her favorite children. They are all the most special at the time of writing. Then you send them out into the world and detach yourself emotionally from them.
- Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?I have just finished the sequel to Moonlight Masquerade and am editing the sequel to my previous book (Her Good Name). My working title is The Lady and the Logger.