Snow-Kissed Proposals by Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes – Publication Day Push/Book Review

About the book:

A snowy Victorian ChristmasTwo festive short stories!

In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher: wilful, independent heiress, Fiona MacKay, impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond.

In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes: fifteen years ago, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!

My review:

The delightful book contains two novellas, The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher, and Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes that will really get you feeling festive.

The Christmas Runaway is about Fiona who runs away from her father and impulsively decides to visit an old school friend, Mhairi who lives in a remote Scottish tower with her father, and her brother Angus.

I really loved the spark between Fiona and Angus, and the way in which they were both able to review their own stubborn points of view. They were so perfect together, even if neither of them could see that at the start.

I loved the Aberdeenshire location, the bleakness, and the beauty of a snow-covered landscape was just the most perfect festive setting.

Their Snowbound Reunion is about Amy and Anthony, who were childhood sweethearts who each believed that they had been abandoned by the other. We meet them 15 years later and both widowed, when Amy takes a job as housekeeper to a house that Anthony has inherited but does not intend to keep. A decision to visit the house, and a snowstorm that traps Anthony and his children at the house, thrusts Amy and Anthony together again.

I loved the way in which both of them, in spite of the love they had for their lost spouses, still clung to their first love, and being thrown together in such circumstances gave them the opportunity to get past the problems in the past, and work towards a future together.

The setting, in the beautiful Peak District really added to the festive feel and I loved reading about the decorations they put up in the house with the help of Anthony’s young children.

These two novellas were the perfect read in the run up to Christmas, and will leave you feeling very festive, and wanting to make Christmas garlands, and drink mulled wine!

Snow-Kissed Proposals is published today, 25th November 2021.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Harlequin Mills and Boon and the authors Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes for my invitation to take part in this Publication Day Push. Please check out the other blogs sharing their reviews as part of the push.

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About the authors:

Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor.

Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013.  She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip.  She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

Social media:

@JenniAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/JenniFletcherAuthor

@ElisabethHobbes

https://www.facebook.com/ElisabethHobbes

Captivating the Cynical Earl by Catherine Tinley – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

The cool, aloof earl

And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…

My review:

Captivating the Cynical Earl was such an enchanting Regency romance. Set in 1819, this focuses on best friends Nell and Cecily, and the Beresford brothers. When Jack’s brother Tom marries Nell, Jack was shocked that his brother did not consult him on their speedy connection. Only believing that marriage was only worthwhile as a financial investment rather than a love connection, Jack was angry. When he first meets with Cecily, they are at crossed purposes with hilarious results.

Once Cecily and Jack start to get to know one another they find that there is something pulling them together, and it’s such a beautiful slow-burning friendship to romance connection between them. There is something holding Jack back and I loved the way in which Cecily sets out to get the answers she needs.

The location of the country house that they all end up sharing with two of Jack’s friends is beautiful, and I felt that the setting, particularly with the woods that were so easy to picture as an adventurous place for two young boys to play, was lovely, and the descriptions were so vivid that I could picture them so clearly.

This was my first experience of reading a book by Catherine Tinley, and I have to say I love her writing style and it definitely will not be my last. Captivating the Cynical Earl captivated me so completely that I read it in one sitting and spent the entire time with a goofy grin on my face. It was Regency romance perfection.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Mills and Boon Historical, Harlequin Historical and Catherine Tinley for my invitation to take part in the blog tour. Please do check out the other stops below.

Purchase link:

https://books2read.com/captivatingearl

About the author:

Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com, on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Playing the Duke’s Fiancée by Amanda McCabe – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

A pretend proposal

For the unconventional heiress

When American heiress Violet Wilkins crosses paths with William, Duke of Charteris, she has extremely low expectations of the “Duke of Bore.” But when this seemingly stuffy aristocrat offers her escape from a dreadful arranged marriage, she leaps at the chance! To her surprise, the arresting Charles whisks Vi into an exhilarating make-believe romance. And as she gets to know the man behind the title, she can’t help wanting more…

My review:

I found this a very entertaining romance, with a significant amount of history interwoven. Violet was a dynamic and determined character who wanted to concentrate on her photography, and was not interested in getting married. When her parents arrange for her to marry her father’s business partner, she is distraught. At the same time, William, the Duke of Charteris is being relentlessly pursued by a determined and particularly conniving debutante and he is determined to marry in his own time. They agree to a make-believe arrangement to take the pressure off them both, but inevitably they find themselves drawn to one another.

The historical element of the story focuses on the wedding of Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria, to Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Alexander II at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. The Duke and Violet are both invited as friends of the Royal Family, and we get to feel almost like we are there with them, amongst the opulence of the Winter Palace, and the cold St Petersburg winter. I really felt that I got to understand the Royal family, and I got to indulge in my love of Russian history too.

I loved the idea of photography being a new development and loved that Violet was almost at the forefront of it, and not only was she making a name for herself with her photographs, William was happy to champion her. This was a well-researched book, that captured my imagination.

This was a lovely romance that really held my attention and kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. I really loved the characters of Violet and William, and was rooting for their relationship from the start. I didn’t realise when I started reading it that it was the second in the Dollar Duchesses series. I think it worked perfectly as a standalone, but I will be going back to read the first book in the series, His Unlikely Duchess.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Harlequin Historical/Mills and Boon Historical and Amanda McCabe for my invitation to take part in this 5 day mini blog blitz. Please check out the other stops on the tour.

Purchase links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Dukes-Fianc%C3%A9e-Victorian-Historical-ebook/dp/B08WK59LL1

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Playing-Dukes-Fianc%C3%A9e-Victorian-Historical-ebook/dp/B08WK59LL1

About the author:

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

 She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 

 When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook. 

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.

Social media links:

http://amandamccabe.com

https://www.facebook.com/amandamccabebooks/

https://www.instagram.com/amandamccabeauthor/

Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess by Jenni Fletcher – Book Review

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About the book:

The virtuous Miss Fairclough…

…now faces ruin!

Part of Secrets of a Victorian Household. When Amelia Fairclough had sought refuge in a blizzard, a brooding stranger had given her warmth and shelter. She’d even tried to soothe him of his demons in return. But as she scurried home at dawn, she was spotted! Now he’s in the parlor, offering to do the honorable thing. Surely she’d be a fool to turn down the new Marquess of Falconmore! 

My Review:

This was the second in a collaborative four book series, Secrets of a Victorian Household, and I enjoyed it so much that I ordered the first book in the series by Sophia James, and will be ordering the subsequent books when they are released too!

I loved the female protagonist, Amelia. She was so strong and determined for a young lady, but there were two sides to her. Millie, her fun-loving self became Amelia, the sensible young woman, following the death of her father.

I also really loved the connection she has with Cassius, the Marquess of Falconmore. They are both damaged by events in their past, but in finding one another, they are able to heal the damage, and grow together.

I am new to the books of Jenni Fletcher, but not for long, because I will definitely be seeking out her other books to read. This was a delightful read for me, I spent much of it with a huge smile on my face. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to read by the author, and I am absolutely thrilled because I enjoyed every single second of it.