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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.

The Black Midnight (True Color Crime #7)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Kathleen Y’Barbo

I applaud Kathleen Y’Barbo for tackling the gruesome murders of the Whitechapel women and the unpleasant connection of similar murders in Austin, Texas a few years earlier. These are not easy stories to write and I can only imagine the struggles the author went through to present a story of hope through these historical, but tragic events.

The narrative invites the reader along and pulls him/her into the late 1800s, London and Austin. It’s easy to picture the locations with vivid descriptions provided by the author and one can empathize with the heroine as she tries to solve the unsolvable.

I wasn’t familiar with the connection of the royal family to the murders, so this was a new fact I learned from reading The Black Midnight.

It’s difficult to read this series. I think it really comes down to knowing these crimes actually happened. And it’s disturbing what some of these criminals did and what the victims went through. Authors have woven fiction and fact seamlessly into cohesive stories and this novel is no different.

If you enjoy true crime fiction, you will most definitely enjoy The Black Midnight. If you haven’t the heart for true crime, then you might want to bypass this series completely.

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.

Woman of Sunlight (Brides of Hope Mountain #2)

BOOK REVIEW

Book By: Mary Connealy

What a fun continuation of the adventures of the sisters of Hope Mountain. The story begins several days after the first book ends and finds Ilsa heading down the mountain for the first time in her life. What follows are humorous situations involving her learning “the rules” of society. Unfortunately, her ignorance of the rules lands her exactly in the kind of situation the rules are made for preventing.

Mitch’s story continues as trouble follows him from New York. His past catches up to him and he’s more determined than ever to discover who’s behind all the attempts on his life. Interesting twists and turns take him away from Hope Mountain and back into action again.

Another action-packed adventure with crazy mayhem and humorous situations saturate the pages of Mary Connealy’s latest release. A difficult point of view to write, but the author handles it with ease. One can’t help but to root for girlish Ilsa as she discovers a whole new world in her twenties.

I look forward to the third instalment of Brides of Hope Mountain.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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