Ladies of the Manor: Review of The Reluctant Duchess

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Courtesy of Roseanna M. White

I was so excited when The Reluctant Duchess arrived in the mail a few weeks ago for me to review! I knew if it was half as good as The Lost Heiress had been, I would love it. (You can read my review of the first book in the series, The Lost Heiress here)

Continuing with the suspense and intrigue that captivated me from the very beginning of The Lost Heiress, we are introduced to the story of Rowena Kinnaird in The Reluctant Duchess. Beautiful and moving, yet laced with tragedy, heartbreak, and dark family secrets, The Reluctant Duchess is a tale of redemption, triumph of good over evil, and a reminder of how God cares for His children, through the trials that we all experience.

I would highly recommend The Reluctant Duchess to readers that enjoy quality novels that are based in past eras, particularly if you have a love for mystery and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Or if you are missing Downton Abbey- you are sure to love The Reluctant Duchess. Just be sure to start with the first book in the series, The Lost Heiress. You will be glad you did.

I would give The Reluctant Duchess an “A”. It is the second book in the Ladies of the Manor series, and I look forward to reading the next title, A Lady Unrivaled, when it is released this fall!

You can find out more about the author, Roseanna M. White, and her other titles here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book free from the publisher through Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Until the Dawn: A Review

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Courtesy of Elizabeth Camden

First, I just want to say that I have missed writing reviews for The Nerdy Bookworm these past few months, and while it may not seem that I have read much, trust me I have. Just not anything ya’ll would like to read reviews of, such as textbooks on Art, Biology, Sociology, well you get the idea!

By now, it is not a secret that Elizabeth Camden is my favorite current fiction of author. I love her novels, and I cannot recommend them enough. They have a wonderful balance of adventure, suspense, romance, and history that makes for a captivating read.

And Until the Dawn did not disappoint!

Until the Dawn is the story of Sophie van Riijn, a volunteer for the Weather Bureau, and her stormy relationship with Quentin Vandermark, a wealthy and aloof landowner. Through a series of ups and downs, the pair go on a fascinating journey as they trace down the unique history of Quentin’s property, in an attempt to rescue it from destruction at the hands of his grandfather.  Will Sophie be able to save her weather station? And will they figure out the strange history of the Vandermark curse before it is too late?

I would give Until the Dawn an “A”. But I do recommend reading the free companion novella, Toward the Sunrise before reading Until the Dawn.

If you would like to know more about Elizabeth Camden, you can read my reviews of her books Against the TideThe Lady of Bolton Hilland With Every Breath.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book free from the publisher through Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Oops!

Hi, friends! I just realized that as I have written my few-and-far-between blog posts of 2016, I haven’t been publishing them, but saving them.

My bad.  

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend, full of books!

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Three Years…

THREE YEARS. It is so hard to believe that I have been typing out my thoughts on my favorite things in the world (books) on this little blog for three years, as of this past Thursday. So much has changed in that time, even though it seems like it was just yesterday that I decided to give it a shot.

I know I haven’t been nearly as frequent around here in 2016, and haven’t even posted a review this year. But I love that there is a community of people who love books as much as I do, all over this great big world, and take the time to read my posts. Honestly, I love you guys.

School is going great, and I am loving it. And I am drinking way more coffee than I should. And I do most of my reading in textbooks these days.

But life is good, and so very precious.

This past Tuesday, a tornado blew through, and killed my neighbor, a sweet old man in his seventies, who loved music and animals, and drove a bright blue Nissan Sentra. We spent days picking up the remains of his house, his life, with our neighbors, friends, and church family. It is a very sobering activity.

Back in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina tore through our area, we had many tornados, including one that came through, tore the roof off a neighbors barn, sucked the end out of our trailer, and exploded another neighbors’ trailer all over our field. Cleaning it up was something I never wanted to do again. Not because it was hard work (it was, trust me), but because there are no words to describe the feeling of filling garbage bags with someones life- board games and puzzles, furniture, dishes.

And it happens so fast, in the blink of an eye. And none of us are immune.

So as we celebrate three years together in this little corner of the Web, let’s remember that every.single.moment. is incredibly precious, that every.single.page. could be our last, that every.single.word. could be the last we speak.

Life passes by in moments, large and small, so be careful. Don’t turn your back on someone you love, and don’t hurt those who are loyal to you. Never pass up a hug, and let those who have impacted your life know that you appreciate them.

Because when something is gone, it’s gone forever. You can’t get it back. And you will see that all you have is a memory.

 

 

 

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February is for Laughter

Dear friends,

I know that you have heard for many years that February is for lovers. (Or is that Virginia?) But I have decided that in the midst of all the red and pink and Galentine’s Day celebrations, that we should honor the month of February as the month of laughter. Because who doesn’t need a little more laughter in their life? So in the midst of all the busy, take the time to find a good book or good comedy or good friend and laugh your freaking butt off. You will have a brighter outlook on life, and I guarantee that you will feel happier.

Love,

The Nerdy Bookworm

P.S.- Laughter is my drug of choice. Yes, even over caffeine. So if you need help finding something funny, I’m your girl. Seriously, I’m never without a comedy on my DVR, and I have a file of memes on my phone. And I love a good comedic book! If you’re looking for one, I can’t recommend Jim Gaffigan, the ultimate funny pale guy, enough. But Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling will make you laugh until you cry, because they are awesome like that. Enjoy!

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Goodreads is always a Good Idea

It’s true. I honestly don’t know how I functioned without the Goodreads app to keep me organized and help me remember what I have read.

That’s not entirely true. I used to have a Word document that I updated every month with what I had read. But if your computer crashes before you print it out, it’s a frustrating mess (don’t ask me how I know).

The Goodreads is app is so much better. It allows you to keep up with everything you’re reading, and what page you are on, and what you read three years ago, and what you thought about it, all with the tap of a finger. Plus, it allows you to make a list of all the books you want to read. It really is a book lover’s dream!

You might remember that I had a post about Goodreads last year.

And I still feel the same way. So please, go download the Goodreads app. And if you would like, look me up- I am always open to good book suggestions!

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Challenge is a Good Thing

Have you ever tried a reading challenge? If not, I would like to encourage you to try one in 2016.

For several years now, I have set a goal for myself of how many books I would like to read in a given year. When I first started, my goal was 52, one for each week of the year. For the past couple of years, my goal was around 100, and while I haven’t hit that goal (yet!), I love the challenge.

Because even though we all love to read (I presume that is a safe assumption if you’re visiting a site titled The Nerdy Bookworm), sometimes we get into a rut. Sometimes its simply because you are stuck in a dry books, or have grown weary of a particular title.

But in 2016, I want to encourage you to set a goal for your year. It doesn’t have to be large, it can be 6 or 12.

And if you need a guideline to help you stay on track, you should check out Tim Challies’ Reading Challenge Guide. I think it is a wonderful tool!

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