24 May 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch



A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance.
Publication: May 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications.
Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse.

It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.



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Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.






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10 May 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Charlotte's Promise by Jennifer Moore



Charlotte's Promise by Jennifer Moore.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Clean Read.
Publication: May 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications.
One year ago Charlotte Bower's life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it's men they need for the ship's crew, it's a man they'll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .
From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they'd never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.

Reviewed by Kelly.

If you are a history buff, this might interest you. It ends in New Orleans at the end of the War of 1812.

Charlotte, or Charlie as she’s known in the book, is desperate to find her young brother! Their parents were killed and they were sold off. Charlotte manages to escape. Her brother, Will, is taken by Indians and she hears that he is probably in New Orleans. She is on a quest to find him and she will do whatever it takes to find him. Including to dress as a boy and become a “swabbie” on a ship heading to New Orleans.

Captain Alden Thatcher is not easily fooled. He knows that she is a girl. He also realized that she was in a dire situation, so he decides to keep her secret to get her away from the men looking for her. In order to keep it, he allows her to work very hard. She is a hard worker and her father taught her to use a gun and how to swim before they died. She is also an “arbitrator” and she knows how to get other people to become loyal and friends with her. She also sacrifices a lot in order to do it. But she wins the crew over, even though she is a very scrawny 18 year old “boy”.

Alden begins to care for her. And through many conversations, mishaps and events, Charlie begins to love him. But she knows it could never be, she could never tell him who she is.

War happens and events happen that find everyone bonding with each other to stay alive and find love and happiness.

For me, I am not much of a war reader. I did learn a lot. Some really cool facts, actually. I liked how Alden and Charlie found each other after being separated and how that whole, “sorry I lied to you” scene played out. And Charlie won my heart when she found the person who had her brother and what she does! Made me stop to get some kleenex!

If you like wars, ships, swabbies, New Orleans, life with french, spanish and indians learning to live together, family, and finding love in impossible situations then this might be for you.



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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.






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