and welcome to The Sound of Silver
birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second
installment in the Steadfast Love
series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th
is also the author of The Sound of
Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she
married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining
in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is
hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely
necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!
The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love #2)
by Rachelle Rea
stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for
After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic
Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as
it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God
preached by Protestants she once distrusted.
Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his
sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the
undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will
Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?
Hello! Emily, here! I just wanted to let you know a couple things. I am planning on making some changes to this blog in the coming weeks, namely, moving this blog to Wordpress and possibly its own website. Also, I'm currently taking a class about Adobe Photshop and Illustrator, and I'm planning on incorporating what I'm learning to make some interesting images for this blog. Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned!
Today, I have a book review for Shades of Doon, which is co-authored by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. For once, it's not a book I got specifically for review, and because of that, my review is a little bit more sporadic than usual and doesn't have a summary at the beginning for once. I hope you enjoy it.
Shades of Doon (Doon #3)
by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls' situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.
Four years ago, Willow’s best friend, Ashton, was sent
to Juvenile Detention for manslaughter. She hasn’t heard anything from him in
all that time, though she sent him dozens of letters and defended his innocence
to anyone who would listen. Now, though, Ashton has been released from prison
and is coming back to their town Gilt Hollow for revenge against those who
falsely accused him. What does that mean for Willow, who Ashton believes
by Lorie Langdon was an interesting book. It is a YA romance and mystery, the
characters seniors in high school and the story revolving around the mystery of
who is really the murderer. The murder mystery part of the plot was very
intriguing. Someone was framing Ashton for the weird things that were happening
in the town and high school—a shredded football uniform, a robbery, and more.
The characters eventually started working together to discover who was framing
him, and their discoveries kept me in suspense throughout. The setting was
wonderfully described and used to the story’s advantage, as were the events and
quirks in the town. I wasn’t always sure what to make of the romance though. We
have this young man bent on revenge and this sweet girl trying to survive high
school, and it was cute how everything turned out. But there were times when I
wondered, with the knowledge that Willow had at the time, whether she should
want a relationship with Ashton at all. He seemed creepy and cruel at times,
though some of that was just her perception of him without all the facts, and made
me wonder about the healthiness of their relationship. Everything turned out
all right at the end, though. The characters were perfect for each other.
I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to those who
enjoy YA contemporary novels.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley
in exchange for an honest review.
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?
The problem with the Fire Eyes (red diamonds) has
not gone away, and Lady Ella is determined to work with Duke Justin, Duchess Brook,
and their cousin Lord Cayton to thwart Lady Pratt and her brother Lord
Rushworth once and for all. But what happens when Ella discovers that she has
unknowingly had the diamonds all along, creepy Lord Rushworth decides to court
her, and Lord Cayton is working as a double agent and fake-courting her also?
Unrivaled was a beautiful end to the Ladies of the Manor trilogy by
Roseanna M. White. Both of the main characters had made appearances in the
previous novels, and it was sweet to watch them fall in love, if rather
unwillingly at first. Lady Ella had already been one of my favorites and,
perhaps, the character most like me in the series. Lord Cayton was not a
character I particularly cared for in the previous books, since he broke the
heart of one of Brook’s cousins and married for money, but the growth that
began in him in The Reluctant Duchess
continued, making him a wonderful main character. Both he and Ella struggled
with some insecurity issues due to some of their previous mistakes, and it was
wonderful to see them change and mature in the light of God’s and each other’s
love. The situation with the Fire Eyes was the other major conflict A Lady Unrivaled. Lord Rushworth was as
determined as ever to get the diamonds, though he claimed the only reason was
to save his sister from the “Russian mobster” who already gave them a down
payment. He was dark and creepy as usual, but seeing him with a shard of
humanity through his attraction to Ella somehow made him even worse. He is not
an enemy I would want—much less a suitor! The conclusion of this tale was
immensely satisfying and tied up a few loose ends with the other characters,
including Lady Pratt’s grief over her lost son and what to do with the Fire
Eyes for good.
I enjoyed this novel and this trilogy very much
and would recommend it to those who like sweet historical romances.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley
in exchange for an honest review.