Waiting on Wednesday: Sep 30

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

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Planetfall by Emma Newman

Series: Unknown

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

……………………………..

Why I want this book

  • I’m looking for more science fiction to read.
  • A book where the main character is a 3-D printer engineer! I haven’t read any books about 3-D printer engineers in science fiction or any other genre.
  • I want to find out what the secret is. What is the truth?

What books are you excited about this week?

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

the-aeronaut's-windlass-by Jim-ButcherThe Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Series: The Cinder Spires #1
Genre: Fantasy (steampunk)
Published by Roc, Sep 29, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: September 29, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
640 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

Cheers

  • Such a good book. I really enjoyed this book and it’s a great beginning to a new series.
  • I love the cover. Right away I have an idea this is a swashbuckling adventure story. And then I read the synopsis and find out there are airships!
  • I still have lots of questions about what exactly the Spires are, what has happened in this world, why the outside is so dangerous–but that’s okay. I have enough information to enjoy and understand this book and hope to slowly get more info.
  • I like the airships, the strategies and the battles. Very interesting and exciting. It’s with the airships we see most of the steampunk influence.
  • My two favorite characters are Folly the apprentice etherealist and Rowl the cat.
  • The etherealists are so interesting. We meet Folly and her teacher Efferus Effrenus Ferus. Apparently, etheric currents flow right through them instead of going around them like they do regular people. Regular people can wear goggles to protect themselves from the etheric currents, but there’s no protection for etherealists. Because of this etherealists see things other people can’t see and they’re all odd and more or less crazy.
  • Rowl the cat is a delight. He acts totally like a cat–the arrogance, the independence, the nonchalance, the bravery are all there. But he’s also more than we believe our cats are (maybe we just don’t know the truth!) He claims Bridget Tagwynn as his own. Bridget speaks Cat and is named Littlemouse by the cats.
  • Other characters like Gwendolyn Margaret Elisabeth Lancaster and her cousin Benedict Sorellin-Lancaster who is warriorborn along with Bridget Tagwynn are in the Spirearch Albion guard. Captain Grimm is captain of the Albion Merchant Ship Predator. He is a disgraced naval officer. We don’t know what happened, but know he was wrongly accused.
  • The Auroran enemies who attack the Albion Spire are very tough–Major Renaldo Espira (an Auroran marine) and even scary–Madame Sycorax Cavendish and the Silkweavers. I’m sure we will meet them again.

Jeers

  • I want to know more about this world and get another book soon.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m very excited about this new series. I love the Dresden Files and am adding this series to my must read list!
  • I’ve read that three books have been sold. And Mr. Butcher has stories for at least nine books. Yay.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
  • Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990’s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.
  • All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

the-bloodforged-by-Erin-LindseyThe Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey
Series: Bloodbound #2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Sep 29, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
368 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…

When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince.

Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself.

Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for…

Cheers

  • I like this book better than the first book which doesn’t happen very often!
  • Lots has changed since the first book.
  • This book is much darker than the first book. The book is full of shadows and a sense of doom.
  • Portrays the darkness and savagery of war very well.
  • The Oridians are enemies worth fighting–especially the Warlord.
  • Lots of action throughout the book.
  • Lots of good characters in the story–Erik, Liam, Alix, Rig, Rona, the assassin and many more.
  • I like that we get more POV’s in this book and that characters such as Rig and Liam are fleshed out more. They’re both good characters.
  • I like that there is less romance in this story. We have relationships, but they’re not the focus of the story. That seems more natural in these dark times.
  • Lots of loose ends for the next book to pick up.
  • The ending was a complete surprise.

Jeers

  • I understand why the story follows three groups of characters, but I didn’t enjoy that aspect. It constantly pulled me out of each story.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is a very strong second book in the series.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Erin Lindsey lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats. She also writes fantasy mysteries as E.L. Tettensor

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

Sunday Post: Sep 27

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week

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We got home after midnight on Monday morning from NYC so it was a long weekend, but we had a great time. It was so good to see our son and his girlfriend. They have a great apartment–small, of course–but they’ve got three windows so lots of light and even a view of the top of the Empire State Building!

We saw the musical Something Rotten while we were there. It takes place during Shakespeare’s time before he wrote Hamlet. Shakespeare is portrayed as a rock star and the Bottom Brothers are trying to write a play better than anything Shakespeare can do–maybe even a musical?! It’s very funny and has great songs and dancing. The following is a sneak peek of some of the music and dancing.


After we got home we discovered we had a plumbing problem and had to get a plumber to come out. That was expensive, but at least it’s fixed and the water is working again.

We watched some more new shows this week (Heroes: Reborn and Blindspot) as well as the season premieres of Castle and The Big Bang Theory.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (audiobook)

What I read last week

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

None

Library books

None

E-books

In Milady’s Chamber by Sheri Cobb South

Still Waters by Viveca Sten

Audiobooks

None

Next Week

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Hard to believe October arrives next week. We are still having weather around 80 and usually in the 60’s at night so it’s not cold yet. We do need rain though.

October is the beginning of the Blogging Ahead Challenge so I hope to write lots of posts next week! I’m also working on some blog design changes and I hope to have some ready next week.

Blog Posts

  • Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern
  • The Aeronaut’s Windass by Jim Butcher
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog updates
  • October books on my radar. . .
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

the-last-colony-by John-ScalziThe Last Colony by John Scalzi
Series: Old Man’s War #3
Genre: Science Fiction
Published by Tor, 2007
E-book, purchased
320 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.

That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game–as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.

. . .the number one cause of abandoned human colonies is not territorial disputes with other species; it’s native bugs killing off the settlers. Other intelligent species we can fight off; that’s a battle we understand. Battling an entire ecosystem that’s trying to kill you is an altogether trickier proposition.

and

“I seem to be good at speaking the politicians’ language,” Szilard said. “Apparently there’s an advantage around here to being mildly socially retarded, and that’s the Special Forces for sure.”

Cheers

  • I like this book so much! The first part of the book opens with John Perry, Jane Sagan and their adopted daughter Zoë happily retired on a human farming planet called Huckleberry. (As an aside . . . the naming of planets in the book is very sly and funny.)
  • Such a fun book to read. Makes me happy!
  • Then they’re recruited to leave Huckleberry where they’re content to once more serve all humanity. They don’t want to do this, but they feel obligated. And again, they’re in the middle of politics, war and possibly betrayal.
  • Perry and Sagan are tapped to head up a new colony–called Roanoke(!)–a little foreshadowing there maybe?!? This will be the first colony to include people from the planets colonized by Earthlings. Prior to this the colonies were colonized only by people from Earth. This is a tremendous change and very political.
  • I am so happy to get to read about John Perry again as well as Jane Sagan. They are a great couple. And I really like their relationship with their adopted daughter Zoë. They’re honest with her and she’s a smart, well-adjusted girl.
  • There are many interesting characters in this book and I like hearing more from Szilard in this book.
  • I really like the mix of adventure, combat and politics in all these books.
  • In this book we finally see the Colonial Union–not as the savior of humankind, but perhaps as a blind bureaucracy with a vested interest in war–which is hinted at in the last book.

Jeers

  • Perhaps a little less action than the first two books, but still so fun to read.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is the end of original trilogy in The Old Man’s War series. Since then John Scalzi has written three more books in the series.
  • I love this series and am so happy Scalzi has written more books in the series. I plan to read them soon!

Awards

  • Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008)
  • Seiun Award for Best Foreign Novel (2010)

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • (from Wikipedia): John Michael Scalzi II (born May 10, 1969) is an American science fiction author, online writer, and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man’s War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, at which he has written frequently on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several prominent charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, and writing, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

WoW: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Series: Unknown

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

……………………………..

Why I want this book

  • I like Seanan McGuire’s books–especially the October Daye series.
  • This sounds really good. Maybe a new series?
  • It sounds like many childhood stories make up the background of this book.

Fall 2015 TBR books

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week we talk about the Fall books we want to read. I haven’t kept my list to 10 books. . . I just couldn’t lol. So I have added books on my actual TBR list, books for Fall challenges, anticipated books for Fall and NetGalley books. Nearly 20 books!

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My TBR list books to read

These are all long-time favorite series I love and I already own these books:

The Sound of Broken Glass

  • by Deborah Crombie
  • Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #15
  • Contemporary Mystery–Police Procedural, United Kingdom

The Brutal Telling

  • by Louise Penny
  • Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #5
  • Contemporary Mystery–Police Procedural, Quebec, Canada

The Winter Long

  • by Seanan McGuire
  • October Daye #8
  • Urban Fantasy, San Francisco, California

Books for fall challenges

I’m participating in a few challenges and these are books I’ve picked out so far to read for the challenges:

Earth 2788–The Earth Girl Short Storiesearth-and-fire

  • by Janet Edwards
  • Earth Girl 0.5
  • Science Fiction

Zoe’s Tale, The Human Division, and The End of All Things

  • by John Scalzi
  • Old Man’s War #4-6
  • Science Fiction

The Last Chance Christmas Ball

  • by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Anne Gracie, Nicola Cornick, Susan King & Cara Elliott
  • No series
  • Historical Romance–Regency, Christmas
  • A NetGalley book

The Christmas Joy Ride

  • by Melody Carlson
  • No series
  • Contemporary Christmas book
  • Also a NetGalley bookthe-immortal-heights

Fall 2015 books to read

These are two of my most anticipated books this Fall:

The Immortal Heights

  • by Sherry Thomas
  • The Elemental Trilogy #3
  • Young Adult Fantasy–Romance
  • The last of the trilogy

White Hot

  • by Ilona Andrews
  • Hidden Legacy #2
  • Urban Fantasy

Library books to read this fall

I’ve already gotten these books from the library. Super excited to get to them and read them!

second-street-station

Magic Shifts

  • by Ilona Andrews
  • Kate Daniels #8
  • Urban Fantasy

Ink and Bone

  • by Rachel Caine
  • The Great Library #1
  • Young Adult Fantasy

Second Street Station

  • by Lawrence H. Levy
  • A Mary Handley Mystery #1
  • Historical Mystery–Brooklyn, late 1800’s

NetGalley books to read this fall

I’ve started participating more in NetGalley and these books all come out this Fall and I’m super excited about reading these books! Just so happy I was approved for them. . . lol

Tower of Thornstower-of-thorns

  • by Juliet Marillier
  • Blackthorn & Grim #2
  • Fantasy

Guaranteed to Bleed

  • by Julie Mulhern
  • The Country Club Murders #2
  • Historical Mystery–1970’s, Kansas City

Named of the Dragon

  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • No Series
  • Fiction–Historical, Contemporary, Romance

An Ancient Peace

  • by Tanya Huff
  • Peacekeeper #1
  • Science Fiction–Military

What books do you want to read this fall?

Sunday Post Sep 20

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week

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The weather was wonderful this week. It’s still dry, but the humidity and temperatures are lower. Some leaves have started to change around here, but I think it’s more that it’s dry than the time of year.

Football and The Great British Baking Show are filling up Sundays for us. The Green Bay Packers are our favorite team and since they were playing The Chicago Bears (our favorite rivalry) and the game wasn’t shown in our area we found a sports bar with one TV showing The Packers and The Bears! A good game since Green Bay won!

I have mixed feelings about football. I’ve watched it since I was a child and it brings back childhood memories of my parents and their love of the game. And the stories of my father as a quarterback on his high school team. But I also read and hear the stories of so many football players who suffer the effects of concussions and other injuries. And it just seems wrong to enjoy. So a quandary.

We also started watching Dancing With the Stars this week. It is the other reality show we watch. My husband loves to dance and has roped me into liking the show, too!

We are heading to NYC early Saturday morning by train to see our son and his girlfriend. His birthday was last week and her birthday is this next week so we want to celebrate both birthdays. I’ve baked a cake which we will carry with us on the train! We are also seeing at least one play. Lots of fun!

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (audiobook)

What I read last week

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

None

Library books

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

E-books

The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

Audiobooks

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Next Week

Home & blog

We get home early Monday morning from New York so I probably won’t link my Sunday Post with Kimba’s until after that. I imagine I will play catch up all week!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: The Last Colony by John Scalzi
  • Review: Sideswiped by Kim Harrison
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Blog Ahead Challenge–Oct 2015

blog-ahead-2015Blog Ahead Challenge October 1st to October 31st

I had a number of posts written ahead until summer activities and trips slowly eroded my cushion. I want to get as many extra posts ahead as I can as I know the last six weeks of the year are very busy for us with Thanksgiving, a nephew’s wedding in December and Christmas in the Midwest. Plus I have joined the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon and Sci-Fi Month during November. So lots to do!

My Goal

  • I would like to get at least 15 posts ahead, but I’m going to see if I can increase it to 30 posts ahead.

Join Anna @ herding cats & burning soup and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Blog Ahead 2015 Challenge and cut the stress of blogging! Check their blogs for more information and sign-up!

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

only-a-promise-by-mary-baloghOnly a Promise by Mary Balogh
Series: The Survivors’ Club #5
Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: London and Sussex in the English countryside
Published by Signet, 2015
E-book, purchased
400 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on . . . and find a wife to secure an heir to his family’s title and fortune.

Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother’s godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes the outrageous suggestion to strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.

There could surely be nothing worse than having been born a woman, Chloe Muirhead thought with unabashed self-pity as she sucked a globule of blood off her left forefinger and looked to see if any more was about to bubble up and threaten to ruin the strip of delicate lace she was sewing back onto one of the Duchess of Worthingham’s best afternoon caps.

and

What irritated him most about her, perhaps, was that she really was a help–an invaluable help, in fact. And that she did it all cheerfully and efficiently. And that she could–and did–think and act independently.

It fairly set his teeth on edge–until he remembered how unabashedly happy his grandfather had been yesterday.

Cheers

  • I like this series a lot. And this book has a Marriage of Convenience plot which I enjoy in historical romances when they are well done. And this is well done!
  • Even though they marry for their own convenience: Ralph because he needs an heir and Chloe because she is 27 years old with little prospect for marriage and children which she wants. They do not plan to have any emotional involvement with each other.
  • I like that we get the point-of-view of both Ralph and Chloe. Ms. Balogh does a great job of showing that what people are thinking isn’t the same as what they outwardly show or say. They both outwardly show lots of confidence even when inside they don’t feel that confident!
  • I like this series a lot partly because it shows that people who go to war not only need physical wounds we can see healed, but also the wounds we can’t see.
  • Ralph promises Chloe they won’t travel to London. They will live in the country. Of course, events happen and he can’t keep that promise.
  • That’s not the way to begin a marriage. Chloe has good reasons to not want to face the Ton after two disastrous seasons.
  • Ralph has his own demons from the war, of course. He was severely injured in the war, but that’s not where his personal demons are: his three closest friends killed in front of him in the same battle which injured him. He feels responsible for their deaths. He has lived in such hell that he has tried to commit suicide.
  • I like how Ralph supports Chloe. For example, when he discovers how Chloe feels about her hair he is with her all the way. And this is when he still thinks this is a Marriage of Convenience and that he is not going to feel anything for Chloe!
  • I like how Ms. Balogh shows that these two damaged people need each other and each other’s strength to find their own strength and face their fears to make themselves whole again.
  • Mary Balogh does such a great job showing emotions–showing two damaged, but ultimately courageous, sincere and honest people falling in love.

Jeers

  • Chloe should have known that Ralph wouldn’t be able to keep the promise that they wouldn’t go to London. When they’re married Ralph is the Duke’s heir after all. However, this is a small quibble.

And a few thoughts . . .

  •  I read this book for the September TBR Challenge hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The theme for September is to read a Historical novel.
  • Mary Balogh is one of my favorite historical romance authors. I don’t read very much romance, but when I do Mary Balogh is usually my first choice.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Mary Balogh‘s first book was published in 1985 and she’s been writing (over 70 novels and close to 30 novellas) ever since. The latest book is Only a Kiss, the 6th book in The Survivors’ Club series, published in September 2015.
  • She grew up in post-war Wales. She wanted to teach and travel so she took a 2-year contract in Saskatchewan, Canada. After a blind date with Robert Balogh she ended up marrying him and staying in Canada! She and Robert have three grown children. Her dream was to write, but that had to wait until their children were older.
  • When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.

Reading Challenges