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To Steal A Heart Book Review

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Jen Turano

The first book in the new Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series is an interesting read. Gabriella Goodhue used to be a street thief and has put her rusty skills to good use with the women of her boarding house. A friend has been falsely accused of a crime committed against one of the New York 400’s most eligible bachelors and the women set out to prove her innocence – and to capture the real culprit.

Nicholas Quinn was Gabriella’s best friend, until he was taken in by a wealthy professor and given a new identity. Now he’s another bachelor of the New York 400 and tasked with the same mission as Gabriella, though unbeknownst to either party.

In classic Jen Turano style, humour is the thread that binds the characters together is strong. Characters are likeable and the story moves along. There are twists and secrets revealed that may surprise readers.

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but due to my ARC missing several pages the story skipped lots of parts. I didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I’ve read by the same author, but again it’s likely because I missed chunks of the story in my copy.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses #3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Jen Turano

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This third book in Jen Turano’s American Heiresses series is just as fun and a delightful read like the books preceding it. Readers don’t have to worry about having read the first two books, Storing Up Trouble reads well as a stand-alone (though our heroines from the others make cameos).

The opening scene throws our hero and heroine into a dangerous situation in which the true colours of both characters are exposed. We find our hero to be socially awkward and our heroine is a complete extrovert and has an uncanny ability to attract disaster wherever she goes.

It’s an interesting expose on the treatment of working class women during the suffragette movement. Our heroine comes from a New York 400 family, but is sent to Chicago to live with another wealthy relative. Her aunt secures her a position and our heroine learns what it really is like to be considered one of the working class. We see her eyes opened to the treatment of those who are considered in the lower class by the upper class where she’s from.

I love the final chapter where those of the Chicago elite receive their comeuppance when they realize who our heroine really is.

A fun, light read with a light spiritual thread and a cast of colourful characters readers can’t help but to fall in love with.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Recommended Reads

It’s getting close to the end of the year and the buzz around some book lovers’ social media posts are the 2019 or 2020 reading challenge. Readers have asked for recommended books to add to their lists for the upcoming year or their recommendations for others.

Recently, I was chatting with some friends who lamented on not knowing which books to choose as their next read or audio listen.

I thought it’d be fun to give you the titles to books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past year or two. Many of these books I’ve reviewed and posted to this site or Good Reads. Ones I haven’t reviewed on this site or elsewhere are starred*.

Without further introduction, here are my top book choices in various categories, and in no particular order:

BOOK SERIES:

  1. The Sierra Mountain Sweethearts by Mary Conneally – Humour, adventure, action and a bit of romance sprinkled in. Historical Fiction. Three books: The Accidental Guardian, The Reluctant Warrior, The Unexpected Champion.
  2. The Tinderbox and The Timepiece* by Beverly Lewis – Amish duology. The second book takes place a mere day or two after the first one ends.
  3. The Saturday Night Supper Club Series by Carla Laureano – Three book series, third to be released in 2020: The Saturday Night Supper Club*, Brunch at the Bittersweet Café, Solid Grounds Coffee Company. Warning: Food alert! Must have snacks while reading these.

WOMEN’S FICTION:

  1. Things I Never Told You – by Beth Vogt. Tissue alert! A twin deals with the loss of her sister.
  2. Reason to Breathe – by Debra Raney. The death of a loved parent brings three very different sisters home. This is book one to the series, book 2 releases in November 2019.
  3. Wooing Cadie MacCaffrey – by Bethany Turner.
  4. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck* – by Bethany Turner.
  5. The Heart Between Us – by Lindsay Harrell. Tissue alert!

SUSPENSE

  1. Lethal Target – by Janice Cantore
  2. Cold Aim – by Janice Cantore
  3. Stormy Haven – by Elizabeth Goddard
  4. Synapse – by Steven James. This one is more sci-fi and gives you lots of food for thought!

CHRISTMAS STORIES

  1. Catching Christmas – by Terri Blackstock. Humorous Christmas tale and lots of laugh out loud moments. This one is an award winner.
  2. Merry and Bright* – by Debbie Macomber

TIME SLIP (2 parallel, connected stories)

  1. Hidden Among the Stars – by Melanie Dobson.
  2. *The Writing Desk – by Rachel Hauck

HISTORICAL FICTION

  1. The Noble Guardian – by Michelle Griep
  2. The Reluctant Bride – by Jody Hedlund. Lots of tame romance in this one. Tissue alert. Canadian connection.
  3. Diamond in the Rough – by Jen Turano. This is the second book of a series, but it does well as a stand alone. Too many funny moments to count.
  4. The Spice King – by Elizabeth Camden
  5. The Number of Love – by Roseanna White

NON-FICTION

  1. I Can’t Believe You Just Said That – by Ginger Hubbard. A parenting book that addresses heart issues and how to discuss it with your kids.
  2. Lies Girls Believe – by Dannah Gresh. Based on the non-fiction book by Nancy Lee DeMoss for women, Lies Women Believe.

FAVOURITE AUTHORS

  1. Julie Klassen – historical Christian fiction with a bit of intrigue
  2. Beverly Lewis – Amish Christian fiction, contemporary and historical
  3. Debbie Macomber – her work is not considered Christian Fiction, but she’s a professed believer and threads of faith, hope, and God’s forgiveness are found in many of her books. Always clean.
  4. John Grisham – definitely not Christian Fiction, but again, he’s a professed Christian. Legal thrillers and sometimes surprise endings.
  5. Jody Hedlund – historical Christian fiction. Some of the book series are heavy romance, but others are based heavily on historical figures like Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Newton.

Diamond in the Rough

Poppy Garrison is the oddest character I’ve ever come across in fiction. She’s a magnet for trouble, but of a sweet and innocent disposition. The unfortunate events that seem to come her way are downright funny. Every chapter had me laughing out loud.

Reginald Blackburn, a duke who’d rather keep anonymity, travels to New York to help his cousin, a newly minted earl, find an American heiress to help maintain his estates back in England. The cousins have a Mr. Darcy and Charles Bingley subtle feel to them, which I quite enjoyed (being the Austen fan I am). When Reginald’s path crosses with Poppy, it’s one that takes unexpected twists and turns until we reach the end of the novel.

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I loved the characters, even Poppy as quirky as she is. The author does a great job with the vivid descriptions of New York City in its early years, and seamlessly binds fact and fiction together with the mention of some members of the New York Four Hundred.

I quite enjoyed the second installation of American Heiresses, Diamond in the Rough.

This novel reads well as a stand-alone title.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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