Bronwyn is a young historical romance author in Spur of the Moment by Candace Bowen Early. She was raised in the foster care system after being found as a newborn in central park. When Bronwyn travels to New York, she makes an unexpected friend in her taxi cab driver. After enjoying a wonderful day in the big apple, a strange woman appears in her hotel room, telling stories of Europe in the 1100’s. This stranger, Gwyllion, give Bronwyn a spur and tells her to spin it so she can return to her “proper” time and rescue her true love from an evil wicca. Bronwyn takes a chance and ends up in a time she really hadn’t expected to be in. She adjust quickly and does everything in her power to save the handsome knight Euric from the evil Jaenelle. Just when all seems to be going in their favor, Jaenelle takes the fated spur and spins in, sending Bronwyn back to present day New York. Will she recognize who her true friends are in both times? Will Bronwyn ever be able to meet up with her true love Euric again? Did she truly rescue him from the evil Jaenelle?
This book was so exciting and I didn’t want to set it down! The author did a fantastic job keeping the reader interested and invested in the two lovers. I kept reading just “one more chapter” and before I even realized what was happening, I had read the entire book. It was one of the few books that I was disappointed when it was over because I just wanted to keep reading about Bronwyn and Euric. The author did a fabulous job showing the passing of time as the book spans over a year and she did an excellent job not making the time travel elements awkward and can happen in novels of this type. Overall it was a fabulous book and I would recommend it to everyone!
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: Spur of the Moment
Author: Candace Bowen Early
Format: ebook, Paperback
Page Nos.: 350
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Release Date: January 2012
Samantha Drummond has spent her entire life doing whatever her famous, demanding parents required, never leaving home and never earning any money so she could leave home. In Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland, Samantha takes an opportunity offered by her brother to house sit for a couple in England for the summer, hoping that the money she makes will allow her to leave home forever. But things get complicated when Samantha realizes that a simple delivery for her employers leads to her being followed by more than one individual and eventually kidnapped.
Derrick Cameron is an antiquities acquirer expert, basically he is the guy you call when you want something located, either legally owned or illegally stolen and he will figure out who has possession of it. When a valuable piece of Elizabethan lace goes missing from a client’s house, Derrick is sure he knows who took it so he immediately sets off to get it back. But things don’t go as expected and Derrick must travel back to Elizabethan times to recover the lace with Samantha, keeping both of them alive in that dangerous and dirty time period.
Lynn Kurland is one of my favorite authors but I have to admit that the last several novels have seemed a bit formulaic, while a good read nothing that was absolutely fabulous. That being said, Kurland has brought everything I love about her original books to Roses in Moonlight. The characters are believable, heartwarming and charmingly flawed. Kurland takes us back to Elizabethan time, giving us a fabulous glimpse of this majestic history making moment (Shakespeare’s The Globe Theater) but she doesn’t sugar coat the smelly, dangerous time period that it was. Roses in Moonlight is a great stand alone read but I highly recommend, at the very least, that you read the first few books in the series so you understand about the time travel a little bit better. I couldn’t put Roses in Moonlight down and it definitely rated a five star for this reason.
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Title: Roses in Moonlight
Author: Lynn Kurland
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 368
Release Date: April 2013
Available for purchase: Amazon
Louise loves fashion especially vintage. In The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky, Louise receives an odd invitation to an exclusive trunk show of vintage clothing and knowing there are treasures to be found Louise makes plans to be there. At the show Louise is attended by two odd ladies who seemed more vintage than any of the dresses. Louise is drawn to a beautiful gown from the early 1900’s and as she is trying it on something strange happens. She is transported to another time on board a luxurious ship. Louise finds out that she is now Alice Baxter famous actress from the same era as the dress Louise is wearing. Louise is caught up in the luxury of having a maid, and new friend, anything she wants she can have and her closet is amazing! All her dreams our interrupted when Louise finds out she is aboard the famous ship Titanic. Knowing what will happen Louise tries to change history and save those on board. Will she be able to?
I liked the idea of this novel. A dress that takes you back in time to the horrific event of the Titanic is quite interesting. The author was too stuck on the fashion and not the story that it was hard to care for the characters. It had beautiful illustrations of the outfits Louise wears but if the author would have put as much effort into Louise herself the story would have been great! I also think Louise was a bit young to be thrown into a scenario that extreme. Being thirteen and transplanted into the body of a eighteen year old was a little weird for Louise and me. If you like fashion I would check this book out for the wonderful illustrations and fashion descriptions.
**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.
In Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard you meet Callie who is your typical girl-next-door. Shy and a little clumsy. When her best friend still lived in town, she had no problem being on the D-list, because she wasn’t alone. Now that her best friend has moved away, she would love nothing more than to be on the A-list. While on a school trip to London, Callie comes up with an idea to get her on that list. She needs a pair of Prada heels. Unfortunately, she doesn’t make it more than a few yards out of the store before she trips, hitting her head on the cobblestone road. When she comes to, she finds herself in the year 1815 where she meets super-nice Emily and the handsome and arrogant Duke of Harskbury, Alex. Callie struggles with all the parameters set up by high society while she tries to reinvent herself. Can she rescue Emily from an arranged marriage and fight her developing feelings for Alex while she does it?
I really enjoyed this book. Prada and Prejudice is a light-hearted read, while still focusing on what every teenager (and many adults, too) deal with on a regular basis. A desire to fit in and be accepted. I think Hubbard did a very good job showing how no matter where (or when) you are from, we all have rules to follow to be accepted onto the A-list. In high school you only date certain people, you only get involved in certain extra-curricular activities, and only sit in certain places. In high society you can only date certain people (no one below your class), you only associate with certain people, and you only do certain things.
I was not on the A-list in high school, but I don’t think I was on the D-list either. I remember wanting to fit in and be accepted, but was too shy to even approach the A-listers. But I don’t look back on high school with regret either. I enjoyed high school and was involved in things that were of more of an interest to me. I also think that I probably had it easier than the A-listers in a lot of ways, because I didn’t have to follow all their rules. I was free to talk to or date anyone I wanted. I could sit wherever I wanted. I didn’t have to be a cheerleader or play sports if I didn’t want to. I think that Hubbard did a very good job of showing us that we can still be ourselves, no matter what and that we will be liked for who we are. We are special and that’s the most important thing to remember.
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Format: ebook and paperback
Page Nos. 238
Release Date: June 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Hallie