One Enchanted Evening by Lynn Kurland

Montgomery finally has a story! I have to admit I am a HUGE Lynn Kurland fan (I have every one of her books) and I have been counting down the days until One Enchanted Evening was available.

I fell in love with Montgomery when he was a teenager in When I Fall In Love and he was firmly convinced that Jennifer was from Faery.  Well, Montgomery has finally put all of that behind him, working hard to live up to the reputation of his father and older brothers (and it is alot to live up to).

Montgomery is given Sedgwick Castle by his father, a suspcious gift at best as it has holes in the walls and ceilings, guardsmen who are less than stellar and cousins who refuse to leave and are plotting Montgomery’s demise. But, it is Montgomery’s to call home so as he moves in to repair the walls and work on the relatives he is shocked when a fairy, wings included, appears on his drawbridge.

Persephone, known as Pippa, figures karma owes her after her apartment burns down with all her carefully collected vintage clothing and sewing machines in it.  Pippa is showcasing her designs at a children’s party hosted at her sister Tessa’s English castle in a final attempt to get her clothing design career to take off. On the night of the party, as Pippa is wearing her faery costume, she crosses the bridge of the castle and finds herself in the moat of a very different looking castle.

Montgomery is everything a knight should be: honorable, chivalrous, and not afraid to kick some serious trash when needed.  Pippa is a devoted sister who is a closet HEA fan (Happily Ever After).  As Pippa struggles to adjust to 1229 living, she starts to realize there are definite perks to staying with Montgomery.  Montgomery doesn’t feel like he has anything to offer a woman from his time period, let alone someone from the future.  As each struggles to deal with their growing feelings for each other a threat from within the castle threatens their very lives and makes each evaluate exactly what they want in life.

I enjoyed One Enchanted Evening, it felt a lot like coming home because I have become so familiar with Montgomery’s family and time period.  Nothing shocking or super unique about this novel as compared to her other stories but it was great to visit old friends and to see Montgomery his own love.  Did anyone else get the feeling that John is going to be the next one to get a story?  I highly recommend anything by Lynn Kurland!

New site up in addition to the new book, I LOVE the new site look! Lynn Kurland

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Title: One Enchanted Evening

Author: Lynn Kurland

Format: Paperback

Page Nos.: 369

ISBN: 978-0-515-14791-9

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: April 2010

Available for purchase: Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com

The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage

The Stillburrow Crush, by Linda Kage, takes place in Stillburrow, Kansas, a town so small it doesn’t have its own paper, except for the high school paper. Carrie Paxton is the junior editor of that very paper, The Central Record. She was always the outcast in school and known as the friend of the geek. So why does she have to fall in love with the senior football star? Luke Carter is everything a girl could want in a boyfriend. He’s tall, handsome, has lots of money, and is popular. When Carrie is informed that she needs a tutor in trigonometry, she is completely surprised when Luke volunteers. Then he tells all of his friends that he has to tutor her. This is not the only time he tries to justify to his popular friends why he is hanging out with Carrie. Amidst the mixed messages she receives from him, she also starts to learn some of his deep secrets that he keeps hidden from everyone, except her! Everything is perfect in Carrie’s life until her brother shares some news that begins to test their family’s ability to weather a storm that shakes their very foundation. He drops the bomb on Thanksgiving, of all days. Carrie is then blamed by the school principle for starting a rumor she was trying to dispel. She gets suspended, and doesn’t know what to do about anything from Luke to the trial in her family!

I really enjoyed the characters of this story and how they reacted to different situations. It was a very riveting book because of the ups and downs of Carrie and Luke’s relationship, and I never wanted to put it down!! One thing I was disappointed with was the underage drinking done by the main characters, but it also furthered the plot. I really related to Carrie, because I am the editor of my school paper, and I understand how much stress there comes with having such an important

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Title: The Stillburrow Crush

Author: Linda Kage

Format: ebook and paperback

ISBN:1-60154-651-3

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: January 2010

Available: The Wild Rose Press

Reviewer: Jillian

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Historical Romance Novel Knowledge

I am a romance novel reader, I am not ashamed of this but I have been given a lot of flack for it over the years.  My father is fond of telling me that all Harlequin novels are the exact same (no, he has not read a single one although I have asked him how he is such an expert on the subject).  Several of my English Professors referred to them as “brain candy”, books with words but not a lot of substance. I have friends who have openly made fun of my books, to the point of reading out loud sections of my books to make fun of them (no, we are no longer that close).

However, there is useful information to be gained from reading historical romance novels.  Besides the obvious I can tell you when the Napoleonic Wars began and ended and exactly what the Battle of Waterloo was, the entire history of the property law system in the United States is based upon the property law system in England.

I was able to respond in my Property Law class, explaining in detail what a dowery is and what a husband’s rights to a woman’s property were upon marriage.  Also, the English inheritance system with the title and land going to the eldest male heir with nothing left to the woman.  Finally, I was able to amaze my professor with my knowledge of a married woman’s rights to 1/3 of the estate after her husband has passed away and that she was entitled to a house on the property once she became the dowager.  Not only was I able to explain to concepts to my class mates, I used the correct terminology.

I have to admit, in my head I was doing a victory dance with a “neener neener”song playing in the background. I wanted to stand up and shout to all about how the historical novels have put me ahead of the rest of my class in understanding our inheritance system. Also, to prove that it was a good use of my time to delve into historical novels (besides the obvious good time spent with great stories).

Now I just need someone to be in dire straights needing to know what the difference between a walking dress and an evening gown, so I can rush into to save the day by saying, “Yes, I can tell you exactly what the difference between the two dresses are!” Oh well, maybe someday.