13 September 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich (Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue #2) by Marcia Lynn McClure

The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich (Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue #2)
by Marcia Lynn McClure.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: August 2014.
“Oh! Do link arms with me, Calliope,” Blanche whispered, her brown eyes widening with apprehension. She took Calliope’s arm, tightly linking it with her own. “The old Mulholland house still gives me the willies every time I walk past it. I hate to think on what might have gone on inside. It’s truly terrifyin’!”
“Oh, don’t be silly, Blanche,” Calliope said, feigning calm. “Poor Prudence’s lunacy…it’s sad. And besides, her fiendish acts were not committed inside the house. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just…it’s just a sad, empty building.” Calliope Ipswich felt the hypocrite, however, as an uncomfortable shiver of residual dread and unease shuttered down her spine,

More than six months had passed since the All Hollow’s Eve when the dangerous state of Prudence Mulholland’s fracturing mind had been revealed to the townsfolk of Meadowlark Lake. And now, each time Calliope thought of poor Prudence and her family, not only did her heart ache for their family’s unhappy lot but a chill of lingering horror rippled through her being.
In truth, at times Calliope wondered if it had all been simply a bad dream—a nightmare. But it hadn’t. It really had happened—all of it.

Reviewed by Kelly.


It’s no secret I love Marcia McClure’s stories. They are easy to read and great for if you need a sweet story of kissing, sweet romances, or a clean read. This book is no exception. It is about the second daughter of Lawson Ipswich. The first daughter and the father’s romance is in the first book The bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich. The names alone cause a smile on you for the original names. You can read them out of order. I also love how she gives snippets at the end of the book where some of the inspiration or truth of parts of the book are. Very interesting to read!

This is Calliope’s story. She is sweet and perpetually happy. She adores her family, including her stepmother and stepsister. The Ipswich girls are known to be pretty. There seems to be a young man who just assumes she wants him. When he goes and asks Calliope’s father for permission to court her without talking to Calliope, he gets a smack of humility. You see, Calliope doesn’t want him calling on her and told her father to deny him the opportunity to court her. She is secretly waiting for Rowdy Gates, a loner and a man with a full beard and mustache, to come calling. He likes her too but doesn’t think she would want anything to do with him. He has some secrets. When he saves her from falling down an embankment, he has to have his beard shaven off to put stitches in his cheek. Calliope openly gaps how handsome he really is without the beard.

Calliope sets up this Tom Thumb wedding. She has seen one before and wants to give it to the town. If you want to know more about Tom Thumbs wedding, it is also at the end of the book. It is all the kids performing a fake wedding. When it is done at the end, I was cracking up at the pretend vows they gave each other. It is definitely something a lot of people wish were really in them. This was my favorite part of the book, besides the kissing.

In the end, Prince Charming comes and saves the day, because there is always a villain to be had. As always it is just a good book to put you in a good mood.

So if you like stories of the old west, sparkin', star gazing, feeling like you are unworthy of someone's love without trying, Tom Thumb weddings, humor, a sweet easy story with lots of kissing, and finding love then this story might be for you.







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Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.





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