BOOK REVIEW: THE SMUGGLER’S GIRL BY JENNIE FELTON.

Genre: General Fiction/ Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 6th January, 2022

Publisher: Headline Publisher

Book Blurb

She always knew a piece of her heart was missing…

Cecile has been raised to a life of privilege at Polruan House, by her widowed father and aunt. Now she’s of age, they are determined that she make a proper match, but Cecile’s heart belongs to their coachman, Sam – most definitely not suitable marriage material.

When Sam turns to his friend, smuggler Zach Carver, for help eloping with Cecile, Zach tells of a recent encounter with Lise, a beautiful but poor girl in St Ives, who is the mirror image of Cecile.

And so a daring plan is born to briefly swap the girls. But bringing Cecile and Lise together will uncover an astonishing family secret of a bold escape from a loveless marriage, a treacherous shipwreck and a sister thought lost to the sea long ago…

Book Review

The Smuggler’s Girl by Jennie Fenton

What a delightful and adventurous book.

The characters were attention grabbing and the flow of the plot was perfect.

I enjoyed the book as it is the first book by the author I am reading.

I am rating it five golden stars as the book worth them.

I love Cecile, Lise, Zach, Sam and the Moxey’s brothers. You cannot help falling in love with the characters.

The title and book cover perfectly fits the storyline.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author’s Bio

Jennie Felton grew up in Somerset and now lives in Bristol. She has written numerous short stories for magazines as well as a number of novels under a pseudonym. Her Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas series is about the lives and loves of the residents of a Somerset village in the late-nineteenth century, and started with All The Dark Secrets.

Visit Jennie on Facebook www.facebook.com/JennieFeltonAuthor and follow her on Twitter @Jennie_Felton for all her latest news.

BOOK REVIEW: JEANNIE’S WAR BY CAROL MACLEAN.

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ WW2 Saga

Publisher: Hera Books

Publication Date: 24 March, 2022

Series: Kiltie Street Girls Series. ( Can be read as a Standalone).

Book can be purchased online.

Book Blurb

War changed her country, but it couldn’t change her spirit

Glasgow, 1939

Despite being shy and reserved, Jeannie Dougal finds herself newly engaged to handsome soldier, Arthur Dunn, the day war is announced. Jeannie accepts, even if she is unsure if a girl from the tenements will fit in with Arthur’s comfortable, middle-class background. But as WW2 takes its toll on the world, her wedding must wait…

As she sets off to work at a munitions factory she meets Eileen, Janet and Annie. As her new friends bond together in war work, sharing their stories of romance, Jeannie is grateful to be settled with Arthur, even if he is set in his ways.

Until she meets charming Canadian soldier, Bill, and realises she has found a spark she was always missing. But how can Jeannie tell Arthur? And is she strong enough to fight her own battle, with the country already at war…?

An emotional and romantic family saga set in WW2 Scotland and the start of a captivating new series. Fans of Call the Midwife and Katie Flynn won’t be able to put this down.

My Review

Jeannie’s War is an amazing book I read in a sitting and so late into the early hours of the morning.

I am pleased with the twists and turns of the plot. The characterization is so great, the suspense was well controlled and the plot had that page turning effect.

Jeannie is a remarkable character and a loveable one. You cannot help following her story and that of other characters especially Kathy! I love that character and I almost thought she was real.

The book title and cover were what drew my attention and I am pleased I read this amazing book that took me on an adventure to the WW2. I am grateful for modern times like this and warm food to eat.

The author wrote the plot in a realistic way with human empathy.

I am rating this great book 5 stars because I just love it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hera Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author’s Bio

Carol MacLean lives in the Glasgow area. She began by writing pocket novels, having 18 published before deciding to write historical saga. She enjoys weaving social history into fiction and imagining how life must have been for ordinary people living through different times.

When she’s not writing, Carol can be found visiting museums or walking around the city looking for traces of old Glasgow to inspire her next novel.

BOOK REVIEW: NEVER LEAVE ME BY JODY HEDLUND.

Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance

Publication date: 4th January, 2022

Publisher:Revell

Book Blurb

In the last stages of a genetic disease, Ellen Creighton has decided to live out her remaining days at the estate of her longtime friend Harrison Burlington. Harrison cares deeply for Ellen, but as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, he’s never allowed himself to get serious in a relationship. However, he’s desperately trying to save her by finding the holy water that is believed to heal any disease.

When he locates two flasks, Ellen refuses to drink one of them because she believes the holy water killed her sister and father. In an effort to convince her to take it, Harrison ingests the contents first, and when Ellen witnesses the effects, she can no longer deny the power of the substance in the bottles. Dangerous criminals are also seeking the holy water, and Ellen soon learns they will go to any lengths to get the powerful drug–including sending her back into the past to find it for them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Jody Hedlund plunges you into the swiftly flowing river of history in a race against the clock in this breathtaking, emotional second Waters of Time story.

My Review

Book Review

Never leave me by Jody Hedlund.

I finished the remaining chapters in one sitting after beginning the book a day before.

As usual, Jody took me on an adventure to the middle ages and I enjoyed myself through the pages.

Never Leave Me is book 2 of the Waters of Time series.
This particular book centred on Ellen and Harrison stories. I also got to know more about Marian and Will.

I am so grateful to Revell for letting me read the two books. I still cannot forget the plots.

The themes were insightful. The action plot and twists were perfect.

I am rating this book 5 golden stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

JODY HEDLUND is a bestselling and award-winning author who loves fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI, with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

BOOK REVIEW: THE ORPHAN IN THE PEACOCK SHAWL BY ANNEMARIE BREAR.

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: 27th January, 2022

Book Blurb

Yorkshire Dales 1850
As a terrible storm rages, Annabelle Wallis is shocked to find a distressed young woman at her cottage door, heavy with child. Moments later a baby girl is born. But by dawn, the mother has vanished, leaving behind the helpless child wrapped only in a silk peacock shawl.

When news spreads that Lady Eliza Hartley, sister to wealthy estate owner, John Hartley, has been found dead, Annabelle realises the terrible secret she has stumbled on. Terrified she’ll be blamed for Eliza’s death, Annabelle flees to the filthy slums of York, where she plans to raise the precious orphan as her own.

The cobbled streets of York’s slums are no place for a young woman like Annabelle or a Hartley babe and John Hartley is determined to bring them both home. But Annabelle proves impossible to find.

Annabelle can’t hide forever from the wealthy Hartley family, but can she ever give up the baby she loves?

My Review

The Orphan in the Peacock Shawl.

What a delightful book by the author. I finished this book in two sittings and I am so glad to rate it five gold stars!

The heroine of the plot, Annabelle is such a delightful character whom readers can relate with on a realistic level.

John, Dickie, Nellie and Ginny made me to love them.

The title really suits the plot.

This author writes excellently well, I must confess. Her imagination was so vivid and realistic. I read the book with the plot playing like a movie in my head.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.

BOOK REVIEW: HUSBAND AUDITIONS BY ANGELA RUTH STRONG.

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: 17 August, 2021

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Book Description

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

My Review

The book cover and title are eye catching.

Reading through this book, you will find yourself wrapped in emotions ranging from laughter, suspense, interest etc.

I love how this book carried Christian themes without being preachy.

Meri and Kai are two absolute characters you would love to watch out off.

This is the first time of reading Angela Ruth Strong books and her writing prowess is great.

The 101 ways to get a husband that was included at the back of this book was so cute. I am sure somebody will find it useful.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Angela Ruth Strong is an expert on Write that Book, blogs on Inspyromance.com and How to Write a Novel, and is the founder of IDAhope Writers. She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Angela lives in Meridian, Idaho, and can be found online at angelaruthstrong.com.

BOOK REVIEW: A WINTER BABY FOR GIN BARREL LANE BY LINDSEY HUTCHINSON.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication date: 24th August, 2021

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3wWp5Qa

Book Description

Dolly Perkins and Jack Larkin have grown up in the notorious gin palaces of Birmingham.
It’s a world of happiness and friendship, but also violence and poverty. Now that Dolly runs the Daydream Gin Palace on Gin Barrel Lane she can finally control her own destiny, but sometimes fate still plays its hand. 

Keen to expand her empire, Dolly and Jack take on a new pub, but they are in for a shock when a foul smell in one of the bedrooms turns out to come from a body hidden in the wall. 

As the police hunt for their suspect, rumours abound, spread by the local urchins – happy to be used as runners for a little bit of food and a coin or two. 

But rumours can be dangerous, and as one of the worst winters on record covers everything in snow, Dolly and Jack have to fight for the lives they have made for themselves, and for the urchins that they have come to think of as family.  Will the arrival of a new baby on Gin Barrel Lane bring the promise of new hope, or will the long-awaited thaw uncover new secrets and new tragedies…

The Queen of Black Country sagas is back on Gin Barrel Lane with a rip-roaring, heart-warming, page-turning story of family, friendship and beating the odds. Perfect for fans of Val Wood and Lyn Andrews.

My Review

What an interesting book.

At first, I thought Dolly was too free with the way she was spending money but that is fiction.

I like Dolly beautiful heart and Jack, what a character.

The plot was okay with the right amount of suspense and action.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Lindsey Hutchinson is a bestselling saga author whose novels include The Workhouse Children. She was born and raised in Wednesbury, and was always destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the multi-million selling Meg Hutchinson. Lindsey’s first title for Boldwood was published in February 2020.


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BOOK REVIEW: THE WARTIME SINGERS BY LESLEY EAMES.

Genre: Historical Fiction Saga

Publisher: Aria

Publication date: July 8, 2021

Book Blurb

With war looming, can they lift the spirits of the troops?

It’s 1914 and the effects of war are reaching London. Sick and injured servicemen are returning home and Lizzie Kellaway and her godmother Margaret Penrose are determined to do their bit to help them. With Lizzie’s beautiful singing voice and Margaret’s talent for the piano, concerts in hospitals and convalescent homes offer the perfect opportunity to lift the spirits of men who have suffered so much.

When Polly Meadows‘s fiancé rejects her and leaves for the war, she doesn’t hesitate before travelling to London to be with her childhood friend, Lizzie. It isn’t long before she’s persuaded to join their efforts to entertain the troops. At least while performing Polly can forget her troubles and open her soul to the joy of singing.

But the ongoing war brings even more heartache. With all three women facing struggles, one thing is certain: these wartime singers will need each other more than ever before…

A heartwarming and gritty wartime saga, perfect for fans of Nancy Revell, Molly Green and Elaine Everest.

My Review

Having read one of Lesley Eames books, The Orphan Twins, I was very sure that this particular book of hers will be interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lizzie, Polly, Margaret, Harry and Matt were characters I was always looking out for while reading the book.

I love how the title came about and it is so perfect for the plot.

I could empathize with some characters and I was pleased at some scenes. I am not going to give out spoilers but you need to check out this book.

Lesley Eames writes well. I am looking forward to any other books she is going to write by God’s grace.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About Lesley

I’ve always loved writing and spent my schooldays sitting by classroom windows staring at the sky and dreaming up stories. As a result I never mastered simultaneous equations or kinetic theory but enough education filtered through to get me to university and blag my way into a series of careers – firstly as a solicitor, then as an event organiser and, in time, as a Marketing and Fundraising Development Manager for a charity.

Writing was an important part of all of those jobs, from explaining complex legal issues in plain language to composing newsletters, adverts and funding applications. However, much as I enjoyed those creative outlets, my favourite kind of writing is fiction. People are endlessly fascinating to me and I just love creating characters then exploring their challenges and triumphs.

I’ve now written three historical romances set in the years from 1910 to the Roaring 20s when hardship and glamour sat side by side. The first two, The Runaway Women in London and The Brighton Guest House Girls, were shortlisted in the UK’s Romantic Novel Awards. The third, The Orphan Twins, was published in July 2020. All three books feature lively characters and explore friendship, courage, loyalty and love in difficult times.

As well as writing my own stories, I have many years’ experience of mentoring other writers too, so do take a look at my ‘For Writers’ page.

Writing achievements – 90 short story sales to the women’s magazine market, winning the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup, being shortlisted in the Historical Romance category of the UK Romantic Novel Awards and success in competitions as varied as crime writing to writing for children.

Where I live – Originally Manchester but currently in Hertfordshire.

BOOK REVIEW: THE AMISH COWBOY’S HOMECOMING BY OPHELIA LONDON.

Genre: Amish Christian Fiction Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication date: 27 April, 2021

Book Blurb

What happens when a traditional horse whisperer clashes with an unconventional trainer within the charming Amish community of Honey Brook?

Grace Zook has always held a talent with horses, ever since she was a child growing up in her quaint Amish village of Honey Brook. Now, as an adult, she’s become a master trainer—but still struggles to prove to her father that she is worthy of taking over the family’s horse farm. With a fiery new stallion coming soon, Grace knows this challenge is her chance to prove she can finally take the reins.

When widower and horse whisperer Isaac King is offered the lead training job on a new farm out of town, he’s thrilled to finally make a name for himself and provide some permanent roots for his young daughter. But not only is the stallion seemingly unbreakable, so, too, is the owner’s headstrong daughter Grace, who has drastically different ideas about how to handle the impossible horse. Yet somehow, he can’t seem to get the confident, beautiful woman out of his mind…even though as his boss’s daughter, she is completely off-limits.

There’s too much at stake for Isaac to gamble his future on Grace…even though suddenly, he can’t imagine one without her.

Each book in the Honey Brook series is STANDALONE:
* Never an Amish Bride
* The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming

My Review

Such an attractive book cover.

This is the second book of Ophelia London I have read.

I enjoyed this book more because of the two main characters. Grace Zook and Isaac King.

The Amish fiction genre is one genre I am yet to get tired of reading. The simple way of life of the Amish appeals to me.

Horses are one of my favorite animals so reading about horses in this plot is a bonus point from me.

Ophelia writes well. Her language and writing style is so easy to comprehend.

I must confess, it took me a while to get into this book. You will need a great deal of patience because the plot is promising and you would love to see if Grace’s enmity towards Isaac will last. No spoilers intended.

This is a clean Amish book and I recommend it for Amish fiction lovers.

Themes of friendship, faith, family life, community life and many more were explored in this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

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. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. In addition to her mystery series, Ophelia has authored several romance novels, and she encourages her readers to visit her on social media…but don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.

BOOK REVIEW: TIDEWATER BRIDE BY LAURA FRANTZ.

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/ Romance

Publication date: 05 January, 2021

Publisher: Revell

Book can be purchased on online stores and local bookshops around you.

Book Blurb

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors. 

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief. 

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along? 

Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz takes you to the salty shores of seventeenth-century Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love.

My Review

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is a good book. I referred to it as a good book because the style of writing and the plot is cool.

Although it started slowly, you will need a great deal of patience to continue reading.

I admire Selah and Xander. I was looking forward to their scenes in the plot.

The book cover is beautiful and the title got me so curious to know who was the “Tidewater Bride”.

Overall, it is a Christian Fiction historical book. I am sure somebody would love it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads Bloggers Program. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including An Uncommon WomanThe Frontiersman’s DaughterCourting Morrow Little,The Colonel’s LadyThe Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. She is a proud mom to an American soldier and a career firefighter. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State. Learn more at http://www.laurafrantz.net.

BOOK REVIEW: OF SWORD AND SHADOW BY A. L. SOWARDS.

Of Sword and Shadow by A.L. Sowards

Genre: Action Adventure Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction


Release Date: 08 February 2021

Publisher: Covenant Communications

Book Blurb



Greece, 1379

She is known by many names, none of them her own. In truth, she is an unnamed slave, nothing more than a weapon in the hands of her owner in his attempts to provoke political mayhem. When she encounters a handsome young man while on an assignment, she thinks little of him—until he attempts to take what she has stolen. But in her line of work, failure is not an option.

Gillen is intrigued by the mysterious woman who thwarts his mission. But when his path crosses hers again, his intrigue turns to gratitude as the thief he comes to call Eudocia saves his life. The two form a bond of friendship and join forces to wrest control from a group of ruthless rulers. But as their camaraderie blossoms into something more, Gillen and Eudocia must fight for love even as they wage war for a better future.

My review

This book deserves 10 bright stars from me.

Just look at the book cover, isn’t it calling for you to turn the pages and unearth the adventures within?

What an interesting adventure into the plot. The author’s imagination is so great and real.


I love the main protagonists. Gillen and Eudocia made me to return back to this book at any spare time in my hands.

You will feel your heart thumping and beating at each scene that seems dangerous.
It was like an action movie.


The settings of this book intrigued me.


In summary, I love this book and I highly recommend it to anybody seeking for an exciting book that captures all your whole emotions.


I would love to read other works by this same author.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Covenant Communications through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

A. L. Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers. She loves hearing from readers at ALSowards.com or on Facebook or Goodreads.