Tea With Emma by Diane Moody

Hello Romantics!

So this weeks book is part of a novella series called The Teacup Novellas.

Each book in the series is inspired by a particular china teacup.

One of my favorite literary concepts is a story within a story. To me it’s like getting two stories for the price of one! I guess it’s the bargain shopper in me.

In the prologue of this novella, Tea with Emma, you meet Lucy. She is a writer who has writers block and stuck on what to write about next. In her irritation with herself, she is interrupted by her very cute UPS delivery guy. In the package is a collection of teacups. The collection that belonged to her late Aunt Lucille.

As she takes out the different cups they start inspiring different stories or in writers speak, the cups start talking to her.

The story then turns over to an airplane scene where two girls, Maddie Cooper and Elaine “Lanie” Morgan, are flying home from London after taking a Jane Austen Tour. On the plane ride home they run into a very surly Englishman, Dr. Ian Grant.

Of course in literary tradition you can’t have a truly great story unless the two love interests happen to be in close proximity to each other. So after a comical scene at the Austin, TX. airport Dr. Grant, who is a visiting college professor, is staying in a house across the street from Maddie Cooper and her grandmother.

I don’t want to go too much further into the story because I want you to read it for yourself. However if there are any Jane Austen fans out there, I fully believe that you will enjoy this lovely short story.

Will Maddie and Ian get together? Will something come between Lanie and Maddie to break up their friendship? Why is Ian such a grouch? and why is this story called Tea with Emma when none of the main characters are named Emma?

I guess you’ll have to read the book yourself and find out.

Tea With Emma

Re-readability Rating:

3.5 out of 5

I’ve re-read it a few times. Being an Austen fan, I love that it mirrors the Emma story line.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5

Not a lot of physical display until a few kisses at the end but, there is a lot of wit and charm that I like.


Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale–In Reverse by Chautona Havig

Ask just about any Romantic what their favorite fairy tale is and most will probably say the story of Cinderella.

I mean it has it all! A wicked step mother, a poor girl who is actually rich but is bitterly mistreated and her inheritance stolen, A handsome Prince who falls in love with her and whisks her away to live happily ever after (sigh), and a Fairy God-mother who helped to bring it all together.

Now what happens when the stepmother is a loving woman, the father is still alive, the girl is still rich and holds a royal title, and the handsome prince isn’t a prince per se?

You get Allerednic!

Now you may ask how in the world could you still have the same classic story?

Well you don’t!  You have something totally different yet the same at the same time!

Since any description I would try and give wouldn’t quite do this book  justice I’m going to post the description straight from the Amazon page.

Lady Charlotte Eversley, heir of the Earl of Everston, has lived a charmed life. Wealthy, beautiful, and one day she will be a Countess in her own right. No mother has ever loved a daughter more. Her sisters admire and adore her, and of course, her father dotes on her. She is one of the most eligible ladies of the Season.

Mr. Jasper Seyton misses the country. Along with his trusted servant, Worley, he endures the delights of Town for one purpose. After three Seasons, he has little confidence in the so-called “Marriage Mart.”

They enjoy each other’s company, and her father approves. She knows he intends to propose. He knows that she will accept.

So where is she when he returns to Everston Hall, and why does she think there is no hope for happiness again?

Allerednic: Cinderella–reversed.

Now after reading this description I’m sure you are wondering what in the world could the plot twist be and where is the Fairy Godmother when you need her?

That my dear Romantics is why you need to read the book!

There are twists and turns throughout the plot and most importantly this book is also an illustration of God’s love for us.

So please click on the link below and download this wonderful book for yourself.

Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale--In Reverse

Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale–In Reverse

Re-readability Rating:

3.5 stars

I liked the story but would only read again every so often.

Romance Rating:

4 stars

Lots of simple romantic gestures, would suggest to younger readers, great allegory for God’s love

True Devotion by Dee Henderson

Hello Romantics!

I know I told you all that this blog is mostly to spotlight independent authors but, there are times when a professionally produced book gets me too excited for words!

True Devotion by Dee Henderson is one of those books. Since this is a blog I guess I better find some words to explain this action packed romance.

This is the story of Kelly and Joe:

Kelly’s husband, Nick, was a Navy Seal who was killed three years ago during a mission.  Joe was Nick’s best friend and commanding officer. The day he came home from the mission injured and with the news of loosing his best friend nearly killed him.

Fast forward 3 years to the opening of the book. Kelly is a life guard on duty when she notices two teenage boys are caught in a  riptide.  She quickly moves into action with her partner to go out and save the boys. Unfortunately, Kelly also gets caught in the riptide and she and the boy she is rescuing, Ryan are caught in the ocean trying to tread water and stay alive.

Joe and some of the other Seals are called out to help with the rescue efforts. When Joe finds them Kelly is exhausted and barely conscious but utters three fateful words that changes their friendship forever: “I love you.”

Nice opening right!?!

The twist to this little romance is that the man responsible for killing her husband and injuring Joe is still out there unpunished and is once again stealing and selling weapons only this time, Raider, is closer to home than they all know.

Now, I’m an Army brat so some of the military lingo made sense to me but Ms. Henderson did provide a glossary to help out some of us civilians who are a little slow on the uptake. 😉

So will Kelly and Joe end up together? Can Kelly once again give her heart to an active duty Seal knowing that he could be taken away from her? Can Joe find the man that killed his best friend and make a relationship work between himself and Kelly?

You’ll have to read to find out!

True Devotion

Re-readability Rating:

3.5 stars out of 5

Read it last summer and every once and a while I have to go back for a refresher.

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Some lovely kissing scenes.

Free Book Offer!!!

Hello Romantics!

I know I post only once a week but I got word from Melanie Wilber that she will be offering some of her books for free this Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 10th! Just go to Amazon and do a search for her, Melanie Wilber, to see which books she is offering!

I love deals!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!


Milk Maid in Heaven by Samantha Jillian Bayarr

Hello Romantics!

So I fell a little behind in my review/blog process and almost didn’t have a book for you this week. Don’t get me wrong I have tons of reading material from the last year. I just want to make sure I share a wide variety of books to catch many different interests.

So this week’s review is a novella I read last night actually. With so many titles similar to that in the Romance category on Amazon I was a little skeptical as to whether or not I was going to like it.

Here’s the premise:

A prisoner, Mitch Rutherford, is in the last few months of a three year prison sentence. While in prison Mitch became saved and entered into the work release program with a local dairy farm operation. The owner of the farm befriends Mitch and offers him a job once he gets out of prison. The owner, Ethan Stuart is dying of cancer and has a surviving daughter who comes home during her Spring Break to see about her father and the dairy farm. Emily Stuart is a no nonsense type of gal who is suspicious of the prisoner’s relationship with her father. She is convinced that Mitch has got to be some kind of smooth talker out to con her father. However, there is something about Mitch that makes her want to trust him.

This story is told in the third person point of view but mostly from Mitch’s side of the story. It’s very sweet and endearing in some ways. There were a few times during the story where I felt the storyline was a little too simplistic and not much conflict involved. That maybe because this was a novella and not a full length novel. I think there is potential for so much more for this story.

Overall, I liked the story. I think Ms. Bayarr has some great characters here and I hope to read a full length novel from her soon.

Will Mitch convince Emily that he’s not a con artist? Will Emily and Mitch fall in love? Will Ethan approve of his daughter being with a convict? Will Ethan accept salvation before he dies?

Click on the link below and get Milk Maid in Heaven to find out!

Milk Maid in Heaven

Re-readability Rating:

2.5 stars out of 5

While I liked the story I don’t see myself purposely seeking out this story to re-read it on a regular basis

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Sweet sentimental romance. Not much physical contact.