BOOK REVIEW: MADELEINE BY ELVI RHODES.

Author: Elvi Rhodes

Title: Madeleine

Genre: General Fiction(Adult) / Historical Fiction

Publication date: 30th April,2011

Publisher: Random House UK,Transworld Publishers.

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Book Blurb

Eighteen years old, Madeleine Bates spent her time either at chapel or working a 14-hour day as housemaid at Mount Royd, the aflluent Parkinson family home. But Madeleine was not the kind of young woman you could overlook, and when Leon Bonneau came to stay at Mount Royd he was, against his own inclinations, startled into noticing the dignity and beauty of the young housemaid. From that moment on the lives of everyone at Mount Royd began to change, and Madeleine stepped forward into a new and challenging future.

My Review

I love Madeleine. Such a strong character.


Her father, Joseph is quite a religious fanatic. I had to shake my head severally at his fanaticism.


Sophia is just a spoilt hopeless romantic. I was a bit appalled by her snobbish attitude.

There were other characters mentioned in the book. I don’t want to give out spoilers.

Elvis Rhodes writes well,sincerely speaking. I love her style of writing.


Honestly, the book is quite long and I didn’t get to enjoy it like that. The setting shows early time period before the war. I struggled to enjoy the book.


I am happy Madeleine made a choice for herself and her family.


I will give it 4 stars. Maybe somebody will enjoy this book more than I did.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House UK,Transworld Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About The Author

Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels. 

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BOOK REVIEW: NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE BY OPHELIA LONDON.

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About the Book

Title: Never an Amish Bride

Series: Honey Brook #1

Author: Ophelia London

Publisher: Entangled: Amara

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Amish Romance

Book blurb


Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.


Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook—especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace…but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town.


Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years—the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible…even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?


USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London brings a sweet, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny take to the popular Amish romance cannon.


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My Review

Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London is an Amish book that explores various topics woven with human reality despite it being fictional.


I am so happy whenever I pick up a Christian Fiction Amish Book. I get ready for an adventure within the pages.


The book cover is so beautiful and the title will make you curious.


Themes of family,community support, sumptuous meals, forgiveness and many more were navigated in this book.


I like Esther Miller and Lucas Brenneman. I was always watching out for their scenes while reading the book.


I love the conversation between Esther and her mamm. Her mother said and I quote “All things are to be done for the praise of Gott. Everything in life is to worship Him”. I love a healthy mother to daughter relationship and Esther and her mother had it.


The Amish community here are quite religious, I must say. Humility is emphasized greatly.


I admire the fact that the Amish brides in this story sew their own wedding dresses  by themselves. That’s something I never thought I could do by myself on my own without modern gadgets despite not being an Amish woman.


There are lessons to glean from this story.  I enjoyed this book while eating toasted bread on a warm day. The food mentioned in the book made me grab my toaster and made some toasts and a homemade juice and I imagined I was living in an Amish community.


Esther is a good soap maker. I admire the names of the fragrances she used in making her soap. I appreciate her industrious spirit.


Lucas and Esther both have stories you may need to discover in this book.
I laughed at Esther and Lucas love for little goats (kids).

This is a good Christian fiction book with themes pointing to God.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE, her very first Amish romance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances.


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