Monday, April 10, 2017

Moving Day

Wondered at the silence here?

I've moved over to Wordpress! You can find me at https://marlabuttars.wordpress.com/  Stop by and tell me what you think. :)

Have an awesome day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachel Anderson



I'm mostly a fantasy and sci-fi fan when it comes to fiction; the one exception is clean historical romances. I love learning about how people faced different circumstances in time periods that often feel like a whole different world.

For those who share my interest, Rachel Anderson has a new Regency romance out. Check out the details below.

Enjoy!




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The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?





Excerpt

Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.
Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. "What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?"
Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, "Why have you hired me, sir?"
He blinked a few times before frowning. "I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?"
This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. "Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . ." How did one put this delicately?
"About . . .?" he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.
"About the reasons I have been offered the position," she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning.
Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. "What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?"
"You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do," she said. "While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . ." Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.
"Beautiful?" he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.
"I was going to say not repulsive," she fibbed.
"Very well," he said. "Even though you are young and not repulsive . . ." He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.
Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. "I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer." Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.
"I see." He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. "Have I made any improper advances towards you?"
"No, sir."
"Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?"
"No."
"Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?"
"No." Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong?
"Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?"
"I, er, would rather not say, sir." Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd's names into the conversation. "I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear."
"And you have."
"Good." Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. "I shall go and find Watts now."
She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. "Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation."
Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. "I never scuttle, sir."
"What would you call that rapid walk of yours?"
"A rapid walk."





RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.




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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Lady of the Lakes Review

One is his first love.
The other is his best love.
Which will be Walter’s true love?

Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul.

Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and romantic temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose?

But as every poet knows, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte.

At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home.

Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return?
 

My Thoughts:

I received a free advanced copy to review. While romance isn't my top genre, I really enjoy historical books.  For a work of fiction, this was well-researched, complete with historical notes, and a timeline of the author's life. The story itself was very compelling and the history added spice. The book revolves around the three people, Walter Scott and Mina Stuart in the fascinating eighteenth-century Scotland, and Charlotte Carpenter who lives a quiet life with her guardian in England. The fates of these three characters are played out, and the story is made all the more interesting because it's based on real people and situations.

The book spends a lot of focus on "first love" versus "best love" which makes a  good point, especially for a romance. Walter is consumed by a fiery passion for Mina, but her regard doesn't burn as brightly. He learns some good lessons, and comparatively his relationship with Charlotte is much more realistic. The book also does a great job of showing, historically, how limited women's choice could be, and the real struggles Scotland faced to forge an independent identity. 

Dialogue, setting, and characters were all true to the period and resonated with truth. I had a hard time distinguishing between what was pure speculation and what was fact. The ending was a little quick but worked. I was really impressed when I read the historical notes with how dedicated Sir Walter Scott was to family and home, and loved getting to know him and Scotland a little better.

Great read for lovers of both romance and historical fiction.

Enjoy!



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Launch Party: Lady of the Lake by Josi Kilpack

Hey Everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed the Holiday. I know I've got some great goals for this year lined up, but getting back into work mode has proved tortoise-like this week. ;) Anyone else feeling the Holiday break wasn't long enough?

If there are any clean historical romance lovers out there, check out the launch party tomorrow for Josi Kilpack's latest book, Lady of the Lakes. I'll also be posting a review soon. Stay tuned!

Details:




Learn fun behind-the-scenes facts about the book, chat with fabulous historical romance authors, hear what's coming up next in the Proper Romance Line, and win prizes throughout the party!

Timeline:
12:30- The Party Begins!
12:35- Q&A with author Julie Daines
1:05- Q&A with author Donna Hatch
1:35- Q&A with author Josi S. Kilpack
2:05- Q&A with author/editor Lisa Mangum
2:25- Q&A with Heidi Taylor, manager of the Proper Romance line

All times are MST. 

Enjoy!