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Hannah Richards is a seamstress and the year is 1881 in A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. Hannah sews a dress for a very wealthy client, and in return, the client gives her the deed to one of her properties in Coventry, Texas. Hannah takes a leap of faith and goes to this town to start her very own dress shop. Hannah is a God fearing woman and believes that if this is where she is supposed to be, then God will help her make it. Hannah’s first encounter in this town is with T.J. Tucker, the local liveryman. He is not happy with her taking the building that he was hoping to buy for a local widow. He soon realizes that Hannah is no ordinary woman and that there is more to her then just her clothes. Hannah wins over the heart of many people in the little town, but there are a few who would like her gone. Hannah also soon realizes she is falling for the one that seems to dislike her the most, T.J. Tucker.

Karen Witemeyer did an excellent job writing a book that is so hard to set down. I enjoyed this easy read and felt that it was well written. A Tailor-Made Bride was so clean I would easily recommend this book to anyone. There are Bible quotes in this book, which I don’t mind, so if you don’t like those, then this isn’t a book for you to read. I love the romance and heat between T.J. and Hannah. I hope that you can read this book and enjoy it just as much as I have!

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: A Tailor-Made Bride

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 348

AISN: B003N64I60

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: June 1, 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon, Bethany House

Reviewer: Jocee

 

Kathryn, Duchess of Harrington, has it all, a handsome husband, wealth, and social status so why does she feel like she is just playing a part?! In The Real Duchesses of London: Kathryn the Kitten by Lavinia Kent we meet a group of women who are the leaders of the Ton of London but we don’t always get along and where everything is not as it seems. Kathryn loves her husband but finds it difficult to move beyond the role as Duchess that she has been trained for and that everyone else says she does so well. When a caricature of her and the other leaders of the Ton start circulating London she calls a meeting to discuss what should be done about it. But when you get this many powerful women together in one room secrets are bound to be discovered and the one involving Kathryn’s husband may be the final straw ending her marriage.

The Real Duchesses of London is the first Avon Impulse that I have read, released as almost a serial novel Kathryn the Kitten is the first installment of the collection. Each individual story isn’t very long, I finished Kathryn in one afternoon, but the story will encompass all the shorter stories. Katherine was the perfect wife but she was unable to connect to her husband because of her upbringing and what is considered “proper” in the aristocracy. I admired her strength and her belief that all the ladies in the caricature were essentially good. I am interested and intrigued to read the rest of the ladies stories. Lavinia’s exploration of our upbringing shaping who we are was interesting and intriguing, after reading so many historical romance novels that are incorrect on this aspect it was fabulous reading about how a character would have truly reacted in that situation.

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Title: The Real Duchesses of London: Kathryn the Kitten

Author: Lavinia Kent

Format:  eBook

ISBN: 9780062107923

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: June 28, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

 

In A Pointed Death by Kath Russell, Nola Billingsley is trying to recover after her dot com business. She starts back to work in the biotechnical industry. One day as she takes her shorthaired pointer, Skooch, for a walk, she comes across the dead body of her former employee, Roger Chen. Unfortunately, the last time she saw Roger was the day she fired him for embezzling funds from her company. Nola starts finding clues that lead her from her dot com business into her biotechnical business that involves Roger Chen. As she pursues her leads, she gets some help from Detective Robert Harrison, the man assigned to her embezzling case.

Can she fall in love and try to solve a case at the same time? Is she going to mess things up with Detective Harrison by trying to find out what Roger Chen was up to when he was killed. And why is there a connection between Roger Chen and the biotechnical industry?

This was a very good book. I really enjoyed Kath Russell’s writing! Kath did a great job of connecting the reader to the characters. I was glad she took the time to explain some of the biotechnical industry and what it does exactly. There is a bit of swearing and the use of the F* word and quite of a bit of sex. I would have to rate the book a 4, and I would recommend it, as long as you don’t mind the swearing and the sex. I would have to rate the book 5 stars for sex, because it is quite graphic. I hope you get the chance to enjoy A Pointed Death, by Kath Russell.

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Title: A Pointed Death

Author: Kath Russell

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-1450563093

Publisher: Createspace

Release Date: August 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

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

 

Allegra Fairweather is back but this time it is her family who needs her special skills. South of Salem by Janni Nell begins with Allegra receiving a phone call from her Senator’s perfect wife mother, something has happened to her step-father and her mother fears that if something isn’t done soon his political career will be ruined forever.  Having always been considered the ‘strange’ daughter Allegra is willing to help out her family but as events escalate, Allegra starts to worry she won’t be able to stop the events until all the members of her step-father are dead.

To make things worse Casper, Allegra’s guardian angel, is involved in the Guardian Angel Awards and has been missing more than usual. Allegra worries that if Casper wins she won’t ever see him again and she worries what will happen when no one is around to save her from the dangerous situations she always seems to find herself in.

South of Salem is a great follow up to Allegra Fairweather, Paranormal Investigator (you can read my review here). Allegra’s unique approach to situations and ability to find herself in the largest amount dangerous is entertaining but it is her willingness to jump in to help the family that has always looked down upon her profession that makes this story so heartwarming (of course hot Casper helps). South of Salem, while being more an urban fantasy (which I don’t usually love, you can read more about the difference here), is a great read and I look forward to the next installment in this series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Allegra Fairweather Mystery:

Allegra Fairweather

South of Salem

Book 3 (date unknown)

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Title: South of Salem

Author: Janni Nell

Format:  eBook

ASIN: B004T4LQGK

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: May 30, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Carina Press

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

 

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