Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee

Title: Broken Branches

Author: M. Jonathan Lee

Genre: horror/paranormal

Setting: English countryside

Publisher: Hideaway Falls

Source: from the publisher

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee

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A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano

Over at my blog, Reveries, there’s a blog tour going on. You should check it out! But anyway, that’s why I didn’t post these last weeks. *blushes*

Title: After a Fashion

Author: Jen Turano

Series: A Class of Their Own, #1

Genre: Historical Romance/Romantic Comedy

Era: 1882

Setting: New York

Publisher: Bethany House Publisher

Source: from library

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself without an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiancée causing the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, with its fancy dinners and elegant balls, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

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June 2017 Mini Reviews

Today I’m going to be reviewing six lovely books. Most of them are historical romances. Okay, all but one are historical romances. *hides* Sorry, guys … I tend to stick to one genre most of the time. And then get behind reviewing them because I read them for pleasure, not for review. *shrugs*

On other news, I’ve moved my schedule to Monday and Thursday instead of Tuesday and Thursday. I think this will be better because it spreads the posts out somewhat (and give us a bit of variety, as reviews are going to be only on Monday except when I can’t help it for whatever reason).

I’m going to try to post more fun stuff over the summer. Sorry for all the dull reviews! I have about twenty-five books that need to be reviewed at this point – some of which I’ve read, some of which I haven’t.

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The Whimsicals by Mr. Bohemiam

Title: The Whimsicals: The Wonky Wingmen

Author: Mr. Bohemian

Genre: satire (three script plays)

Setting: an imaginary heaven

Publisher: Mr. Bohemian

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

The Whimsicals by Mr. Bohemian

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Strap on your angel wings and resize your halo, this bus is set for Heaven or bust! A congregation of comedy and curiosity to cackle and confuse mortals and immortals. No angels were harmed in the making of this production. No demons were flattered in the making of this production.

Angel Incorporated

Your guardian angel is tracking your reward points. Do you have enough for a miracle? The angels of Angelix watch over mortals from their computers. From there, they may provide their assigned mortal with what they need, but not often what they want. Is managing mankind not your nine to five? If so, the demons of Daemonix are always accepting applications.

The Guilty Gardener

Calling the case of the Children of the Garden versus Demon Sylmalice. The prosecution states that Sylmalice tricked the girl, Eve, into biting a fruit from the Tree of Treachery. The defense argues that ever since “the exeunt” of Lucifer, angels have been actively prejudiced toward demons. Therefore, Demon Sylmalice is innocent by reason of “authenticity,” with mental collapse triggered by systematic social suppression. Angel 12 is on the case.

Kitty Kloud 9

You are now kruising on Kitty Kloud 9: Where Pets Get Picky! While on the show, angel parents possess the chance to chat with their pets. Is your kitty in a furball with the dog? Is the bird barbarically flicking the fish again? Step lightly with Angel 9 and Mr. Kitty, as they tiptoe through tantrums and bring peace to petkind.

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Unexpected Allies and Recurring Warts by Grace Marshall

Title: Unexpected Allies and Recurring Warts

Author: Grace Marshall

Series: Horse Haven, #2

Genre: Christian Young Adult Fiction

Era: contemporary

Setting: Missouri, USA

Publisher: Grace Marshall

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Unexpected Allies and Recurring Warts by Grace Marshall

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A spunky kitten on a daring rescue, a neglected mare full of love, and boys that recur like warts make teenager Ruth Deloach’s life far from boring. For every kind person that comes to the ranch there seems to be two warts.

The attitudes and temperatures of southeast Missouri starkly contrast the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but Ruth doesn’t have time to adjust before her father holds an open house for their horse ranch, Meredith Meadows. Ruth’s overbearing older brother seems to just add dangerous sparks to her frustration as she tries to figure out who she has to be nice to and who she actually wants to be nice to. At first, the horse lessons on the ranch start making Ruth feel as if she is back in her comfort zone until she gets tossed by one of the horses.

Sometimes the best way through life is to laugh through the tears, warts, and her own attempts to mow the grass in a straight line.

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Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis by H.L. Burke

Title: Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis

Series: Nyssa Glass, #0.5

Author: H.L. Burke

Genre: steampunk (science fiction)

Age Range: upper middle grade/young adult

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis by H.L. Burke

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Orphaned cat burglar Nyssa Glass intends to outwit her rotten fate.

“Adopted” by her incarcerated uncle’s gang of thieves, she breaks into homes and picks pockets to repay her family debt and one day buy her freedom from their dark enterprise. Mechanically adept and determined, Nyssa longs to attend Miss Pratchett’s School for Mechanically Minded Maids and make an honest life she can take pride in.

She wasn’t made to steal things. She was made to create and fix them.

However, before she can make her escape, the head of the gang taps her for a new assignment, one her conscience cannot bear. Nyssa is faced with a heartrending decision: sacrifice everything or become the very thing she’s desperate to escape.

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The Goodreads Tag

Grace @ The Upstairs Girl tagged me for The Goodreads Tag. And, because I’m a Goodreads addict, I had to do it. So. Here goes.

Rules (which I just made up)

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag at least three people.

The Questions

What was the last book you marked as ‘Read’?

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy. It was really good … I loved it so much! However, good things can’t last forever, and it ended all too soon. Therefore, it is now ‘read’ instead of ‘currently-reading.’ *sniffs*

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What are you currently reading?

I’m reading three books: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Journey by John A. Heldt, and North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.

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What was the last book you marked as ‘To Read’?

The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman. It’s a short story, and it was written by a friend of mine.

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Do you use the star system?

Yes, I do! It’s on my ‘review system’ page if you want to see it.

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yep! I’ve read 80/200 books so far (although some are re-reads).

Do you have a wishlist?

My to-read list is my wishlist. 😉

Who are your favorite authors?

I’ve been trying and trying to narrow this down … and here is my most recent effort.

  • Gene Stratton Porter
  • Jane Austen
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Sarah Sundin
  • A.A. Milne
  • Julie Andrews Edwards
  • Elizabeth Goudge
  • Jeanne Birdsall
  • Jesseca Wheaton
  • J.C. Buchanan
  • Shannon Hale
  • Carrie Turansky
  • L.M. Montgomery
  • Amanda Tero
  • Allison Tebo

Yes, I do realize that’s eighteen … and I narrowed it down as much as I could, honest. (Okay, that’s a lie. When I start listing authors, I can’t stop …)

Have you joined any groups?

*coughs* Sixteen. And that’s after I got out of some I wasn’t really active on. On the other hand, most of those are for promos and reviews and such.

How many Goodreads Shelves do you have?

Twenty-three as well as read, to-read, did-not-finish, and currently-reading. *sheepish grin* They’re mostly genre shelves (such as historical-fiction), but there’s also for-school and such. I like to keep organized, and they make it so easy!

The Tagged

Bonjour (wait, that’s wrong …),

~Kellyn Roth~

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Are you on Goodreads? If so, have you done this tag? (If not, go do it! I mean it; you’re tagged!) Are you amongst the Goodreads lover or haters? (And if you’re a Goodreads lover, are you with me in not understanding the Goodreaders hater at all?)