Yvette De Maupassant needs a place to hide! Well, shouldn’t any worthy and exposed English spy melt into obscurity—away from French spies bent on taking revenge? This story takes place in Surrey, England in April of 1812, when exciting interactions between England and Napoleon’s France take place. Meredith Thorn and her cat, Fortune, have their own difficulties to overcome and decisions to make, but that doesn’t stop Meredith from placing Yvette with a snug and secure family of means.
Gregory, Earl of Carrolton, cannot hide his thoughts, yet now he has to hide a spy that the French deem an excellent catch. This is an entertaining novel, which is an excellent read. The heroin, Yvette, was an absolute favorite character of mine from the previous novel and I was thrilled to see Regina give her a story to tell in Never Envy an Earl. There were other fun re-visited characters that the reader could view with a different perspective. I enjoyed this switch-up and expanded view of those who were not as well known in a previous novel.
If you are looking for a clean read and a make me feel good to my toes novel- Never Envy an Earl is a great choice! But don’t stop there for it is more fun to read the series! I was given this novel and this is my honest opinion of these pages. Regina’s stories have always given me a smile and “I think this author is so clever” enjoyment! This is a highly recommend novel!
Questions for Regina:
What fantastic fun-fact about Napoleon can you tell us? (One you wanted to share in the novel but couldn’t.)
Napoleon was such a character! He once imprisoned the Pope and held him for ransom. When people tried to rescue the poor fellow, Napoleon kept moving him around Europe. Can you imagine?
The way you wrote Yvette’s story was as though you’d crawled inside her head and looked through her eyeballs. How did you do that?
A very good imagination? Ha! I guess it’s like method acting. When I’m writing a tense scene, my shoulders get tight. I sigh when the heroine sighs. I always have to smile when I realize what I’m doing. Maybe that’s why I don’t usually write in the point of view of the villains. I don’t like getting too close to all that darkness.
I love the Grecian style home you described. Here is a quote: “The warm stone of the rest of the building made the entrance look like a pearl in a gold setting.” Have you seen a home like this one or just photos?
I have an ever-growing list of places I want to see when I go to England. One of those is Osterley Park, a beautiful estate not far from London. I haven’t been there, but I used it as the basis for Carrolton Park in the book. You can read more about it here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house.
If you could spend a day with one of these characters, who would it be and what is the first question you would ask?
Strangely enough, I think I’d like to spend a day with Marbury, the butler. He started as a footman in the household then worked his way up to butler. I’d like to ask him how things have changed since Gregory ascended to the title. The answer might surprise Yvette, and Gregory.
What theme, laced in your book, would you wish to have your readers benefit from?
That the past doesn’t have to define you. You may have had a terrible childhood. You may have made mistakes. You may have let “the one” get away. But there’s always hope, always a chance for something better, if you’re brave enough to grasp it and believe.
What was your favorite costume you described in this novel?
I don’t have an entire costume, but I am very pleased with the hats Yvette, the countess, and her daughter purchase to attend a wedding. I wanted something befitting each of them. The countess gets a showy turban with enough bling to resemble a crown, just right for a lady of her station and disposition. Her daughter Lilith gets something tall and elegant, with a touch of military swagger. Lilith is all about control, so that fits hers nicely. Yvette gets a lovely velvet bonnet with a spray of pink silk roses, classic with a touch of fun, very much in tune with her character.
Is there anything else you would like to share about this or upcoming novels?
Thank you to all those who have read and reviewed the books. Your kind words warm my heart. Those who have been following the series may enjoy “Always Kiss at Christmas,” a novella in the Timeless Regency Collection coming in October, which tells the story of how Fortune’s mistress, Meredith Thorn, fell in love as a girl. The next full-length book in the series, Never Vie for a Viscount, is due out the end of November.
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Thank you Regina for an excellent interview and the Osterley link! You have such a wonderful WEB site! :)
The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, book three of the REGENCY BRIDES, A Legacy of Grace, was a different kind of read for me. I’m always a tad careful when reading about characters who were presented in a negative light in a previous story. Carolyn didn’t disappoint, what an excellent and hopeful novel, well written and entertaining! The humor fairly bounces on the pages of this story. Even so, this novel touched on topics of currant up-to-date concerns with that wonderful Regency spin to it. The main heroine, Miss Clara DeLancey has depth and holds my interest. She is believable and I grow to like her, which is vital for me to enjoy a novel.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley was a fine hero for this heroine with his own deep regrets. There is a thread of imperfection in these characters and another one for overcoming against expectations—and shall I say it—self expectations too. Can’t we all relate to those? Other support characters were entertaining and delightful as well! I’ve never read a Carolyn Miller book that I didn’t adore. She is Jane Austin and Julie Klassen all wrapped up in one! I’ve also see her compared to Georgette Heyer—who I can’t say as I’ve never read those books. But if Georgette is anything like Carolyn than I’d love to read her stores also! I highly recommend this novel and I found it useful, entertaining and delightful!
Questions for Carolyn:
Have you been to Brighton Cliffs, England where part of this story takes place?
I visited Brighton in 2015, and actually went on a tour of the magnificent Royal Pavilion (mentioned in The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey), which is definitely worth doing if you ever visit Brighton. My time there was short that I didn’t go to the top of the Brighton cliffs, but did visit the pebble-filled beach below. On my website I even have a link to the exact house Clara lives in, so you can ‘see’ her house – 200 years on. ☺
Would you say that hope and delight are in your DNA? (Your stories seem to share those qualities!)
Well, thank you! That’s a lovely compliment! I suppose I am hopeful (because I’m hope-filled), and I suspect I’m kinda curious, and I do delight in wordplay and puns. I’m finding some stories are written in lighter or darker seasons than others, which can affect the tone of the novel, but I hope that all of my books point to ultimate hope in God.
How do you write your stories? Longhand, type those pages, or recording? 😊
It’s a bit of a mix, actually! Often I’ll get story ideas (usually when I’m asleep in bed) that need to written down at once so the ‘magic’ doesn’t disappear, but lately I’ve discovered the fun of recording thoughts as I go walking. That can be a great way to record some of the conversations my characters have. But mostly it’s tap-tapping away on my laptop.
Did you ever name a character after your cat or dog or pet of any kind?
Not yet! Although my daughter has named her budgie after one of my favourite Jane Austen characters, Captain Wentworth!
Will you bring a book to read during your travel when you visit Nashville and Vancouver? Do you want to share a title or author? 😉
Probably – but it’s a while before I pack, so I’ll have to see!
Did you want to share anything you found particularly special about writing Miss Clara DeLancey or Captain Benjamin Kemsley?
I wanted to write a sibling book, and I think Ben’s relationship with his sisters and brother are fairly real in showing the ups and downs of family dynamics. I really like their interactions, which serve as a contrast with the far more strained relationship Clara shares with her brother. It’s interesting to contemplate how family dynamics can influence a person’s personality and character – for good or for evil – and to be reminded that not everyone is blessed with a healthy family situation.
Your covers are lovely, are you involved with picking out the final artwork?
Kregel have been very good to me, and have allowed me to have a great deal of say in what elements are included in the covers. For The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey I wanted something to reflect her ‘God revelation’ moments which occur at the top of the cliffs when the sun is setting. I think the cover designers do an excellent job!
I see by browsing your WEB page www.carolynmillerauthor.com that you have another series on the way! What would you like to tell us about this new series?
This new series concerns Catherine Winthrop and her sister, Serena, and their family, on their quest from tragedy to finding hope. Each novel in the trilogy focuses on a different character with their own different personality quirks and challenges. Sweet and shy Catherine Winthrop’s story Winning Miss Winthrop releases March 27, 2018 while her artistic sister has her own story, Miss Serena’s Secret, which releases July 24, 2018 and the third novel, The Making of Mrs. Hale, releases November 27, 2018.
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This REGENCY BRIDES, A Legacy of Grace, novel has moved to my permanent reread shelves! Carolyn expresses wonderful dialogue and character personalities that make her plots shine!
I had read this story months ago and wanted to merely glance through the pages to write this review. I love to share my thoughts about favorite novels and guess what—I fell headlong and nicely into a re-read. That is why this review has taken longer to report! And if you realized how high my tall stack of new novels—waiting in the wings—is then you would realize what a complement that is to this book and this author. Each page teased a desire to re-experience the delight of this story of disappointment, forgiveness, and courage. This is listed as a Christian/Romance and it is that and more. I love how Carolyn laces in the mystery and compassion and motivation of these characters.
The main heroine, Lady Charlotte Featherington, won my heart, respect, and sympathy from the beginning as did the hero the Duke of Hartington. Oh, I believe I could have lived in the Regency time period, for when I’m dipping my attention there, in the midst of Carolyn’s tale, I’m enthralled by the clothing and architecture though I may be a bit bemused by etiquette rules and judgments of the time period! Carolyn always entertains and I feel good and especially involved with her tales. Thank you, Carolyn, for another great read—and yes, more please! I’m always ready to read your offerings! Are you surprised when I say that I highly recommend this author and this novel!
QUESTIONS FOR CAROLYN:
Carolyn Miller: The Captivating Lady Charlotte
· When Lady Charlotte has her coming out to meet the Queen and you describe the dress—was this description from a photo or out of the depths of your research? (So lovely—I wanted to put it on!)
It was a mix of both! I researched illustrations of the court dresses of the time (so glad that many illustrations from Ackermann’s Repository can be found online) and borrowed various elements to make Charlotte’s gown wholly hers. :)
· You captured the indifference and attitudes of people well in your character’s interactions. What message would you tell those who have suffered the such rejection from those who should be protective and nurturing in one’s life?
I hope all my books point to God’s care and concern for our lives. I believe if we seek His healing, and understand His grace and forgiveness, we can extend that to others. It’s not easy, but unforgiveness binds us far more than we know, so I believe God is keen “as far as it depends on us” to seek peace with others, and extend mercy and forgiveness to them.
· Thank you for bring Lavinia, a cousin of Lady Charlotte, into this story. Tell me, did you have to take scenes out so that you wouldn’t distract from Lady Charlotte?
No. She was only a bit player, but necessary to further demonstrate Charlotte’s compassion. And we all want to know what happens next with Lavinia and Nicholas after The Elusive Miss Ellison!
· Lord Fanshawe is quite the character—did a movie or novel inspire his coming into this story?
I suppose I’ve watched so many Jane Austen film and TV adaptations over the years that I feel like these characters are part of me! So perhaps his introduction was inspired a little by the likes of Frank Churchill from Emma, or Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility – someone a little rakish, a little careless with a woman’s reputation for the sake of his own interests.
· I have several favorite characters in The Captivating Lady Charolotte can you tell us one of yours and what it is that draws your favor?
I really like the duke, William Hartwell, Duke of Hartington. To me he is a different kind of hero, not the alpha male we see in so many stories, but someone more like many of the men we might know in real life who possess hidden depths of character and heroism that can be easily overlooked in preference to someone more handsome. I like his faith, which informs his kindness, his thoughtfulness, his varied interests, and his vulnerability. To me, he is pretty perfect!
· The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is the next novel in this series. Did you have the whole series in mind when you wrote them or did the next book idea spring up after you completed a novel?
I had written the first in the series, The Elusive Miss Ellison, a few years prior to being picked up for publication, so when Kregel were keen to do a series I had to write two books in one year (while working part-time at my local high school – who says God doesn’t do miracles these days?). I had thought creating new stories from various characters from Miss Ellison could work well, and knew Charlotte’s introduction to society and ‘the marriage mart’ would be interesting, but I wasn’t sure what readers’ reactions would be to the story of the ‘bad girl’ from Miss Ellison. Fortunately readers have loved reading about her perspective, as the emails and messages I’ve received testify. :)
· What fun social expectation or delicious dish from Regency time period do you think about often?
I think the manners are fascinating, that there was a social veneer that was considered important so everyone knew what was expected of them. For example, couples who were ‘an item’ were not supposed to dance with each other more than twice at a ball. The reason? To ensure all the ladies had a chance to dance with a gentleman, as there were usually more ladies than gentlemen at such things. Of course, it might also have something to do with protecting the lady’s reputation if she wasn’t yet engaged or married.
· What would you like to share about your experience of writing The Captivating Lady Charlotte?
I really enjoyed digging into various facts about 1814, London. One of the interesting things about writing historical fiction is how we look back on history knowing how things turn out, but people at the time did not (obviously, as they were still living through it!). In 1814, the people of England thought the years-long war with Napoleon was finally over, and celebrated with various parades, events and spectacles - only to have Napoleon later escape and reignite hostilities until he was finally defeated in 1815. It’s fun researching into such events, and to read the documents and accounts of people from this time. Such things really help ‘ground’ the story into history – and not just fiction. :)
· What news can you give us about recently published and soon to be published novels! (I anticipate each one with wild joy!)
My new Regency Brides series released this year, with the Persuasion-like Winning Miss Winthrop coming out in March, and my newest, Miss Serena’s Secret, having just released in July. The third in this series, The Making of Mrs. Hale, comes out in November. These three are linked by the main character Catherine Winthrop (Lavinia’s friend who is mentioned in The Elusive Miss Ellison), and explore the challenges of lost love, the trials faced by her artistic sister Serena in a time when young women were only expected to marry and bear children, and exploring whether a runaway marriage can be redeemed. Lots of fun!
I’m also juggling various rounds of edits on my third Regency series (!!!), which will release in 2019. So many books! (So little time!)
I can't thank you enough Carolyn for such a wonderful interview! I admire you greatly for your sacrifice of time! I'll pray for you and those 'fun' edits! :) Blessings to you!
This is a romantic suspense tale that binds the past with the currant day in a mesmerizingly gripping intensity! Jamie Jo Wright is a masterful writer who weaves both Ivy Thorpe’s and Kaine Prescott’s stories with skill that I predict most any reader would appreciate. (There will always be someone who doesn’t like the best in fiction. 😉) I personally didn’t want to put the book down!
Jamie Jo is unpredictable and imaginative as she unfolds these two women’s story-lines onto the page. Readers will definitely follow her bread crumbs into the forest—even if they have a sensing that they shouldn’t go there—because there may be danger lurking in the dark or around the corner! Oh my!!! Well done Jamie Jo Wright, for a story well told, characters nicely developed and pacing that kept my heart pounding!
I was unable to have an interview with this author, hopefully she is busy at her keyboard creating a new impressive tale for her beloved readers! I visited her WEB page, which is amazing and I invite you to stop in and check it out. The House on Foster Hill was her debut novel, which placed her dead center of my ‘favorites—will read again and again—list. I invite you to give her a try!
Her second book "The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond" was released on July 3, 2018 - I can't wait to tell my sister about this Wisconsin writer's next book! I believe I may have discovered it before she did this time!
You will find Jamie Jo Wright at: http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/home.html
Author Grace Egert with DiAnn Mills shared a tale that was such a treat for my imagination!
Arroah, the main character, is one I respect and appreciate. She is strong, adventurous and curious. Though this is a middle-grade fantasy don’t be mistaken—this is definitely a story that keeps the reader tuning pages. The author wrote concerns, crisis and secrets in just the right places! I thought to myself umpteen times that I hoped that this would be a series!
Grace’s imagination and talent unite with her grandmother’s expertise and together they created a memorable tale. The characters were different and unique, which caused me to care about what would happen to them. This new world and society that Grace created was interesting and hooked me from the start!
YouTube interview with Grace and DiAnn:
Click on this link if you can’t view embedded video clip – https://youtu.be/TLPIsvuBzbs
Questions for Grace:
Thank you, Grace and DiAnn for your efforts in creating this new world to explore! I look forward to reading the next book you write.
I highly recommend this read. I did purchase this story on my Kindle and I received a book from Grace and DiAnn. I always only give my honest reaction and I’m happy to direct you to this adventuresome story of courage, sacrifice and victory! Enjoy!
Grace and I th
This historical, the second in the Fortune’s Bride Series, Book 2, entertained me and kept me guessing! Regina has a knack for inventing characters we can all identify with—some we like and some, not so much! Thankfully, I really like the main characters. Fortune, the cat, plays a larger role in this book and I smiled through those scenes!
Everyone from Gussie to Beau Villers to the main characters—Patience Ramsey and Sir Harry Orwell as well as those secondary characters sprinkled between the lines, made this a fun and interesting novel. I like the setting and time period—Essex, England, March 1812. There is just something about slipping into the past and watching characters duck in and out of the social expectations and bondage to make choices that can loosen those restraints for them to become a bit more free and courageous!
This story was precious, complete with the family crest “To risk is to live.” I loved the special interest that Miss Augusta Orwell, Henry’s Aunt Gussie, drew the women into assisting her with. This is a sweet romance, clean and winsome and I highly recommend this book and series so far! I did receive this novel for free to offer me the opportunity to review this. I only post reviews on the books that I can recommend highly. Every book and author has a reader. I tend to be a bit picky in my reviews for I want others to have a reading experience that they can’t put down.
Questions for Regina:
I loved the theme in this novel about concern for reputations. What inspired that focus for this novel?
In the Regency period, sometimes a lady’s reputation was all she had. If her family was poor or somehow lost their income, if she wasn’t particularly beautiful or talented, knowing she was a lady of virtue might still be enough to attract a gentleman’s attentions. While Patience Ramsey, my heroine, is quite pretty, she doesn’t think of herself that way. She holds her reputation dear, so when a false engagement to Harry comes up, she has to consider the price very, very carefully.
This novel and Never Doubt a Duke have lovely covers. Did you design those?
I did not. My talent seems to be with words, not design. The wonderful Kim Killion at the Killion Group designs all my covers. The pictures of the ladies themselves are from Period Images.
I love the character Lydia Villers. Will she be in a future novel? (My mind is inventing her future. 😉
I’m so glad you enjoyed Lydia! She is near to my heart too. Lydia plays a small role in the next book, Never Envy an Earl, and she gets her own book this fall in Never Vie for a Viscount.
Was a host or hostess really so accommodating to visitors in this time period? (We authors would hate that—we like our writing time and reflection time don’t we!)
Yes, we do! I don’t think I could have been as accommodating as Gussie. I’m sure there were some in the Regency period who simply let it be known they did not entertain, but it wasn’t uncommon among the upper class to be invited toward the end of the summer and into the hunting season to stay at anywhere from two weeks to a month with your host at his/her country estate. Sometimes dozens of guests would be invited. It sounds like a lot, but consider the fact that Chatsworth, the home of the Dukes of Devonshire, has 250 rooms!
I’d just watched A&E’s C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower movie. This provided time for me to reflect on a side of Napoleon that I’d not known. Was the tension between England and France a deciding point for why you wrote in this time period?
Yes. Napoleon makes for such a wonderful villain. 😊 And it was a tense time in England. Slightly before the Regency, about 1805, there was terrible fear of invasion. Even though the French never found a way to bring troops across the Channel, many in England couldn’t forget the threat. Napoleon, Old Boney to some, was the monster under the bed. Children were told to behave, or he would come for them. He was burned in effigy every Guy Fawkes Day. Bringing him down was the goal of many an Englishman.
Is there anything else you would like to share about this novel?
It was a lot of fun planning for “the worst house party in the history of England,” as one of my characters calls it. I love a swashbuckling hero, and Sir Harry with his spying and climbing in windows and proposing marriage on a whim and utter devotion to his beloved aunt Gussie, certainly qualified.
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Thank you so much, Sue! I appreciate how you share books with readers!
Never Doubt a Duke, Book 1 in the new Fortune’s Brides series, 5/18/18
Never Borrow a Baronet, Book 2 in the Fortune’s Brides series, 6/13/18
Surrey, England, late January 1812
Never Doubt A Duke by Regina Scott
I found this first of the Fortune’s Brides series to be a fun and clean Regency romance novel. Regina Scott delivered an entertaining story, which held my attention and caused me to smile throughout!
The main character, Jane Kimball, is not the model governess, which makes for a lot of conflict, surprise, and interest! This offers the reader an interesting point of view about this character’s position in a wealthy household during the early 1800s. Jane is an interesting character with strengths that were not valued in her time. Tell me everyone, can’t we all relate on some level? I enjoyed how Jane got herself into and out of predicaments!
Alaric, Duke of Way, is father to three young girls, Lady Larissa, Lady Calantha, and Lady Abelona. Their mother had passed away and they have challenged their governesses ever since. Of course, none of the governesses have stayed, which causes the reader to hold the attitude--how long will Jane last? I like Alaric and I think his opinions and challenges are worthy of every conflict and success that he shares with Jane and his family.
Miss Thorn’s cat, Fortune, is a pleasing addition to this story. I could identify with Fortune’s importance because my sister and brother have a cat named Millie. Yes, Millie did choose me as one of her people she likes. Millie will hide from guests generally but will be friendly and desire attention from a chosen few!
Regina Scott sent me this novel to critique, and I trust her to write entertaining feel-good stories. Her historical settings and fun characters are a joy to read. This is a highly recommended book and I’m eagerly awaiting the next story in this series!
QUESTIONS FOR REGINA:
Your characters are always interesting. Were you motivated to write any character in this novel because of someone you know? Not in this book. Jane popped up, strong-willed, durable, and determined to make a difference. She was so much fun to write.
How did you come up with Fortune the cat?
My critique partner loves cats. She’s always encouraging me to put one in my stories. I have shied away from this, as I am more of a dog person. But she recently adopted an adorable grey kitten who is such a joy to watch romp around. I thought it would be fun to have a cat be part of bringing couples together.
What idea triggered the name, Fortune? (I think this is the perfect name for this feline character!)
Originally, I wanted Miss Thorn, Fortune’s owner, to have a last name of Fortune. The Miss Fortune Employment Agency sounded so funny! But there is a long-running mystery series in which the sleuth is Miss Fortune, and I didn’t want to look as if I had taken someone else’s idea. But I loved the ideas of Fortune’s Brides, and so the name was loaned to Fortune the cat. Miss Thorn found her as she was waiting to hear whether she’d inherited enough money to live one. You might say the cat is her Fortune.
Have you traveled to Surrey? If so what was your favorite memory of that visit?
Alas, I have not had the pleasure. I have driven along the edges of Surrey, heading to London, but I haven’t been directly into the county. But the internet is such a treasure, and there are so many period paintings of the area, that I feel as if I’ve been there! One of my dreams is to take one of the canal boats along the Thames through Surrey. Perhaps one day!
Is there theme or encouragement within this story that you would like to elaborate upon?
A theme I’m told comes through often in my stories is “be your true self.” God created us to be unique individuals, with skills, abilities, and dreams. Jane embodies this. She doesn’t compromise who she is, even when doing so might have made things easier for her. I admire people who can do that.
What new novels do you have available in the future?
The sequel to Never Doubt a Duke, Never Borrow a Baronet, will be available June 13. I wanted to put the first couple books in the series close together so readers would have an idea of what to expect. The third, Never Envy an Earl, is slated for an August release. I hope to have the fourth, Never Vie for a Viscount, out in late November. It’s been a busy year for me, but I’m having a blast, and I hope readers will too.
How do you want your readers to find you?
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share with readers, Susan! Blessings!
Never Doubt a Duke, Book 1 in the new Fortune’s Brides series, 5/18/18
Never Borrow a Baronet, Book 2 in the Fortune’s Brides series, 6/13/18
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This Ballantyne Legacy, starting with “Love’s Reckoning” by Laura Frantz, is a spellbinding tale that will tether you to the pages. Eden and Elspeth Lee’s secrets and strivings will put you in a quandary of: “Will I have the strength to put this book down? If I do, will I be able to think about anything else?”
This is a beautifully written story, one that captured my heart and pulled me willingly along the whole way through. I had to know what would happen next. What choices would be made? The twists this story took kept me engrossed in the business of watching their secrets unfold and rooting for the hero and heroine. The first time I read this captivating tale I was in perfect angst when I had to put the book down to take care of the mundane duties awaiting my attention. Unimportant tasks such as going to work or making dinner!
The second time I flipped these pages was during my summer vacation. I found “Loves Reckoning” to be just as intriguing and satisfying. This novel is on my reread and reread again and again and again list. If you are looking for a well written novel that deals with imperfect people, harsh realities life can toss your way, and strength to overcome, then this will be the novel for you. The characters are well rounded, unique, and interesting. The historical information is carefully woven in to move the story along and yet put the reader there. My advice is that you purchase “Love’s Reckoning” right away!
QUESTIONS FOR LAURA:
This is an older review and I will check back with Laura to see if she has anything more to add to this post concerning information updates!
Oh Italy! What a historic wonderland of art and culture! I love Cara’s descriptions of the masterpieces that were sought after for protection by Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom—the Monument Man in this story. Cara Putman shared the landscape of war and desperation with language in hues that were well placed, as though a skillful paintbrush of description brought her story to life. Italy, during World War II, was not just a fascinating place to visit (in a novel) but also the perfect time and place for Captain Rachel Justice’s journey and exploration. Well done Cara Putman!
The Third Reich moved around Italy devastating ancient art and architecture and killing those who remained in their way. There is tension throughout this novel and I kept turning those pages because of my concern for my new imaginary friends—the heroine and hero! I appreciated the support characters also. This story flowed and was easy to read and enjoy!
I’ve read other World War II novels, though this isn’t the usual time period for me. But never have I explored a novel set in Italy—especially with Nazis attacking and creating havoc on land and in the sky. It only took me a matter of days to enjoy Cara’s novel to the end and I highly recommend this read. I liked her heroine and the hero, and some of the support characters and their reactions to life on the pages. I also appropriately didn’t like the trouble-making bad guy!
This story made me smile and remember that I’d tried to take Latin in high school, so that I could travel with my class to Italy many moons ago—but my mom was wise to my motivation! Who could blame me for trying!
If you want to enjoy, be entertained, and experience the past with excellent characters and a clean story – I advise you pick this book up and enjoy!
QUESTIONS FOR CARA:
She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.
Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women who are in harm’s way drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jamie, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her young life apart.
Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. But as Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.
This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of words given voice and the resolution of wrongs. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.
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Thank you for an excellent review Cara! I know I'll be shopping soon! I really enjoyed your book!
Jocelyn Green is an author to follow! Her depth of character and plot spins the reader into a tightly woven web that does not let go until you finish the last delicious page!
Julianne Chevalier’s story begins in Paris, France in 1719—such a different time and place, especially for those caught in untoward circumstances. Jocelyn takes the reader back to the unfairness and severity of eighteenth century law. Those judgments made were much different than those of our court system today.
I immensely liked and cared about the main character’s journey. The oppositional characters earned my distrust and dislike!
As the story begins I was able to sink myself into the time period and consider for the first time the true-life struggles and conflicts that 1719 French women experienced. Mindsets and social expectations conditioned judgmental attitude toward others when they were accused of a crime.
The pacing and content of this historical provided excellent involvement for this reader. My imagination flew boundless as I followed Julianne’s experiences in France and as she acclimated herself to the heat and humidity of New Orleans, Louisiana. One circumstance lead to another, which evolved into a tale that is unforgettable and gripping.
This is a well written story which caught my emotions in a vice grip. The characters from Adelaide to Benjamin Chevalier as well as everyone in-between were noteworthy and interesting. I highly recommend this novel and this author for your reading pleasure! If you take my advice grab your tissues, block out some uninterrupted time—for you will not want to put this novel down! Well done, Jocelyn Green. I look forward with expectation to your future reads!
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