Book Reviews

The Captain and Miss Winter by Sally Britton

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 102
Series: Forever After Retelling #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Retelling
Published: Feb. 5th, 2019
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

A captain seeking to repair the past and the daughter of a fallen gentleman, searching for a treasure that will change their lives forever.

The end of the Napoleonic wars comes as a relief to Caspar Graysmark, but before he can settle into the comfortable life of an English lord he has a duty to the people of France. A treasure lies hidden in the heart of the forest, stolen gold that would save the lives of many who lost everything during the war. In his quest, Caspar stumbles across a hidden cottage in the woods, and a different sort of treasure altogether.

Scarlett, living with her sister and grandmother, belongs nowhere. Her father’s mistakes led to their exile from England and their banishment into the forest. The cold winter months have taken their toll on Scarlett’s spirits and her grandmother’s health. The Englishman who arrives at Scarlett’s door, looking more like a bear than a captain of the British army, reminds her of all she lost to the war.

With winter drawing to a close, Caspar must find the missing gold, but his quest to right the wrongs of war has changed. Can Scarlett let him rescue her, too?

Review:

Little did I know when I started this series that all the books have different authors. I just grabbed the first one and then went down the line without really paying attention.

Out in the middle of the woods, Casper comes across a cottage where Scarlett is staying with her grandmother and sister. Casper is in search of some gold that he wants to return to the people. Scarlett’s father left them in a bad situation.

Again, another cute novella. Short and to the point. Had some action and a bit of treasure hunting. I do like the MCs together.

Book Reviews

Queen of Someday by Sherry D Ficklin

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 266
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Genre: Historical Romance, YA, Russia
Published: Oct. 7th, 2014
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

Review:

Such happier times, though not so long ago, seem to me now as if they occurred in another lifetime.

Fair warning spoilers ahead

Sophie is invited to Russia to try to win the hand of the Grand Duke Peter. I don’t know much about Catherine the Great but this series is a fictional telling of her story.

This ignited something in me that I have now found I love. That is a good story of a game of royal court relationships. Playing a witty game of survival.

I will have to wait to read the second book. But I can’t wait to see how the newly named Catherine will survive being married to Peter.

Book Reviews

Review: Ruby by Juliet James

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 182

Series: Come By Chance Mail Order Brides

Rating: 2 stars

Review: I am in dire need of a historical Romance. In one of my challenges it is July’s gemstone, which is ruby, so I have to read a book with the word ruby in the title. I went on amazon and typed in ruby in the books category. This gem popped up and it was free too. It sounded good and I decided to go ahead and read it.

A schoolmistress in Pittsburgh needs to find a way to get away from her boss Mr Murphy. One day running an errand for Mrs. Murphy, Ruby talks to the woman at the Post Office who finds a way to get Ruby out, a mail order bride. They send a letter off to the gentleman along with a photograph of Ruby. Ruby gets a reply from the man named James. He seemed nice and respectable. But James is not what he seems.

Ben, Matt, and Toby live together on their own ranch. Their mother and father left $800 for them to get a mail order bride since there wasn’t many pickings in Billings. They have decided it is time to settle down and get married. But trouble is afoot with a man named Slim Jim.

At the start of this I was hooked. Then between 30-50% it started to get boring. Granted that this is only just under 200 pages but it seemed kind all out together. Some parts were fast pace, some at a slow pace. I wanted to skim the slow pace parts due to it taking forever just to get on with the rest of the book. The story actually ends on page 144.

I wanted some heated love and a gun show down. I didn’t get that at all. This story seemed to be a cowboy story without the cowboys and with very little violence. When I read a western I want Wyatt Earp not this.

Now spoiler alert. Don’t read next paragraph if you don’t want it to be spoiled.

There is one point where James and Ruby are on their wedding night and he forces himself on her. Well after they are riding to his home James asks Ruby if she is untouched. This confused me. It isn’t made clear until a chapter or two after this happens. I wish Juliet had made this a little clearer for people like me that are slow in the *hint, hint. wink, wink.* category.

Spoiler over.

I know I won’t be moving on with this series. The plot was meh and I’m not a fan of the writing style. There story was also kind of predictable. I wouldn’t recommend this but I wouldn’t discourage anyone in reading this.

♣Jay♠