Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

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.

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Author: Mandy Hubbard
Format: ebook and paperback
Page Nos. 238
ISBN: 978-1-59514-260-3
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 11, 2009

Reviewed by: Hallie

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

A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland

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I thought I would start with one of my favorite books A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland.  I usually don’t enjoy time travel books because I have a hard time believing they are real. (Yes, I know, I read romance novels but I struggle nonetheless.) One thing I really like about Kurland’s books is the fact that she doesn’t glamorize the time period. Modern Elizabeth finds herself transported back to medieval Scotland. Elizabeth is immediately put into a dungeon pit full of bugs and a woman is burned as a witch at one point in time because she displeased her laird.

Kurland’s wonderful description of the time period allows one to see what it must have been like, the good and the bad.  This book is the first in series that is great and clean (except for Stardust of Yesterday and This is All I Ask is fairly descriptive of physical abuse main character experiences).  Elizabeth is also almost raped in one scene and they describe lifting her skirt but nothing beyond that. There is some brief nudity (James sleeps in the nude) but it is done more in the keeping of the time period than anything else. There are some references to the couple having sex but no description of the act itself and they only have it after they are married.

I highly recommend all of Kurland’s books and eagerly await her next book.