The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Title: The Weaver’s Daughter

Author: Sarah E. Ladd

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Era: Regency

Setting: mid-England countryside

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

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Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

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Vintage Jane Austen: Series Spotlight, Giveaway, and More!

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Hello ladies and gents! Today I have the opportunity to introduce you to Vintage Jane Austen, a multi-author series of Jane Austen retellings. I’ve only read two so far (Emmeline and Perception), but I hope to read them all sometime in the future.

Honestly, this whole idea is just super neat. Retelling all the Jane Austen books (except Northanger Abbey *sighs* Too bad … I love that book …) in the 1930s? Sign me up! I think this is a unique and interesting idea.

So, on to the spotlight!


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Young Marian: A Viper in the Forest by Mandy Webster

Title: A Viper in the Forest

Author: Mandy Webster

Series: Young Marian, #1

Genre: Historical Adventure (folk-tale retelling)

Age-Range: 10+ (middle grade/young adult)

Era: medieval

Setting: Sherwood Forest, England

Publisher: Mandy Webster

Source: from the author (in exchange for an honest review)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Content: 3/5. Some violence (swordfights, fistfights, etc.), nothing too gory, but people were stabbed and bleeding, etc. A mention or two of childbirth and women dying during childbirth, no details, should be okay for younger kids. I don’t remember any language.

A Viper in the Forest by Mandy Webster

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Marian and Robin’s carefree childhood in Sherwood Forest takes a dark turn when the arrival of a cruel new lord sets off a series of intrigues including robbery, kidnapping and murder.

Marian watches in horror as the man strides, weapon in hand, toward where Robin lies helpless. But when Robin’s plan to exact vengeance goes awry, Marian must risk her own life to save him.

A rash of robberies has been plaguing the great houses of Nottinghamshire. Knowing what she does about him, Marian is forced to ask herself whether Robin is capable of the crime spree or if his was just a one-off act of revenge.

Marian’s attempts to uncover the truth lead her into the path of the handsome young Guy of Gisbane – and danger. Kidnapped and hopelessly lost in the forest, Marian has only her wits to rely on if she and Robin hope to survive.

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Wow, that was really a fantastic book! I’m considering buying a copy for my younger (12-year-old) brother for Christmas. I think he might like it, especially since my mother’s reading The Adventures of Robin Hood to him now. I think my nine-year-old brother might enjoy it, too.

This is an amazing retelling (or rather prequel) of the Robin Hood story. Told from thirteen-year-old Maid Marian’s point of view, A Viper in the Forest tells the story of Robin and Marian’s first escapade (at least, I assume this was the first one that put them in danger of anything but a whipping!).

Let me tell you, I sure didn’t see any of the twists coming! I was always surprised. Maybe that’s because I’m naïve and gullible, or maybe that’s because it’s an amazing book. You’ll have to buy it and judge for yourself.

The characters were well-developed. I liked Marian, although I admit her distrusting Robin for an instant bugged me a big (despite the fact that I had my suspicions, too). She was a very strong character. Of course, I never had a problem with the damsel-in-distress Marian. In fact, I liked her. I don’t know why, but I don’t feel like being rescued makes you weak, especially if you’re wearing a dress. I always feel weak in a dress. 😛

Sorry for my weird musings. I’ll get back to the review.

Anyway, it was nice to see Marian in the strong-female-lead place, although I admit it annoyed me just a bit because girls weren’t like that back then. I don’t care what you say; girls weren’t like that back then! Still, that didn’t subtract from my enjoyment of the book at all, because the Robin Hood story has always felt like more of a legend than a reality to me, and so I view this book more of fantasy than historical fiction.

Robin was great, though he wasn’t the Robin we’re used to. He’s rasher, crazier, not so self-controlled … but, then, he is fourteen. Fourteen-year-old boys can be … *shivers* I do hope he becomes a little more balanced as he grows … though not a lot.

Midge was another favorite, and I liked Marian’s father a lot, too. I absolutely hated Guy (what? I just felt like he was oily … I know nothing was proved, but … maybe I share Robin’s anger and jealousy of him a bit or something, but he creeped me out). But it was a good hate (if you know what I mean!).

The description was lovely, and the setting was beautifully unfolded. I absolutely loved Robin’s treehouse! I want a structure just like that, with all the ropes and stuff … wow. So cool.

This is an exciting, adventurous, twistful tale that anyone, male or female, over the age of ten is sure to enjoy. If you buy it, remember to set aside a weekend, because you will not be putting it down.

~Kellyn Roth

Interview with Amanda Tero

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Welcome to an author interview Amanda Tero agreed to do with me on Reveries Reviews for the blog tour she’s doing to release her novella, Befriending the Beast. You can find it on Goodreads and Amazon now! 🙂

Welcome to Reveries Reviews, Amanda Tero! It’s great to have you today! Could you tell the readers a little bit about Befriending the Beast?

I’m glad to “be” here, Kellyn!

Befriending the Beast is a non-magical, Christian retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It has quite a drastic twist, though: what if, the beast was Belle’s father? She has returned home to gain favor with her father, and only has a few months in which to do it. When her father refuses to see her, she must hope against hope that something will happen to change his heart.

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What is the main character, Belle, like?

Belle is spontaneous, warm, tender-hearted, and lovable (well, for me she’s lovable — guess my other readers will have to decide for themselves).

Definitely spontaneous! She reminded me a bit of myself in that …

Where did the idea for Befriending the Beast come from?

One night I was sitting with my sisters watching a random movie, and the single question came to mind: “What if the beast was Belle’s father?” I seriously wasn’t thinking about rewriting fairy-tales and we weren’t watching anything like it either.

God-inspired, perhaps? 🙂

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At any point during the writing, did you have the soundtrack from the Disney movie running through your head?

Haha! You know, I’m not sure… if I did, it’s because one of my younger sisters loves playing “Beauty and the Beast” (the song) on the piano, and was definitely playing it the weeks that I wrote. 🙂

Tale as old as time …

What is the world Befriending the Beast is set in like?

It is a fictional medieval setting. You actually don’t see much of the outside world, because Belle has chosen to return to the castle — and in a way, has chosen confinement. There is a lot about her castle and garden, though!

Yes, I loved the descriptions of the garden! 🙂

How has Befriending the Beast changed since you started writing it, if at all?

Oh, it has definitely changed! My author friend, A.M. Heath (look her up, she writes amazing Civil War novels!) kept pushing me to “keep the time-bomb ticking.” What started out to be just a sweet story changed to be one that makes readers edgy to find out what happens next. I definitely went from putting Belle into a sad situation to making her downright stressed and uncomfortable (in a good way!).

Yep, there’s nothing more annoying than a sad character who just mopes about! I like to see them pacing! 😉

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What takes up most of your days?

Wow… um… every day is different, so this one is hard to answer! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I teach piano and violin all day (I have 23 students). On my “off” days, I am either arranging music, working on writing, doing graphics design, doing music with my family, and a collage of other things. Most recently, I’ve done some Louisiana flood relief work.

Wow, lots of work!

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Preferably iced. 😉

Pen or pencil?

Hmm… both! I love using a pencil, but I also like the colored G2 pens.

Handwritten or typed-up?

Typed. My fingers can fly about as fast as my brain on the keyboard… but not so much wrapped around a writing utensil.

I know what you mean; I feel the same way … only my computer is too slow for my fingers … 😛

Fiction or nonfiction?

Another hard one. I prefer a balance of both. 🙂

Is there anything you’d like to go back in time and tell yourself a year ago (writing-related or not-writing-related)?

Well, life-related: be sure that all you do is for the glory of God. It is very easy to let ulterior motives slip in, so stay on the guard!

Well, thanks for being here with us today, Amanda! God bless and happy writing! 🙂


Thanks for reading, everyone! Remember to go to Amanda’s website or blog to find out more!

~Kellyn Roth

Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero

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Title: Befriending the Beast

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Non-magical Fantasy (fairytale retelling)/Christian fiction

Age-Range: 10+ (middle grade/young adult)

Era: Medieval-ish

Setting: fantasy world – realistic

Publisher: Amanda Tero

Source: author (in exchange for honest review)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Content: 1/5. Some thematic elements (falling off a horse and sickness, no details). No violence, language, or sexual content.

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The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth

Title: The Exiled Seven

Author: Blake Renworth

Series: The Exiled Series, #1

Genre: Adventure Fantasy

Age-Range: 14+ (young adult/adult)

Publisher: Inglenook Publishers

Source: publisher (in exchange for honest review)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Content: 3/5. Younger teens cautioned for violence (nothing too gory) and a little cussing (which seemed a little random to me, by the way … like it was thrown in for no particular reason).

Cover: 5/5. This one is really pretty! I especially like the font of the title.

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Cover Reveal ~ Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero

Today I’ll be revealing the cover for Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero. I was offered the chance to beta-read it, and what I’ve read so far has been simply amazing! 🙂

Title: Befriending the Beast

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Christian fairy-tale retelling

Release Date: September 30th, 2016

The Cover:

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The Summary:

Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.

Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?

Find the book trailer here!

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Amanda is still accepting influencers for ‘Befriending the Beast!’ If you’d like to be a part of her blog tour or would like to receive a book to review, sign up here.

Hopefully you’ll all be running to Amazon on September 30th to buy a copy! It sounds amazing! 😀

~Kellyn Roth

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