‘The Garden Lady’ Isn’t Your Average Diva [REVIEW]

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Beauty can bloom even in the most forlorn places. (Photo by Russ Morris, Flickr)

A fashion icon whose beauty is fading. A best friend who is unshakably loyal. And a businessman who protects his secrets above all else. When their worlds collide, will it end in disaster or in a romance for the ages? Find out in Susan Dworkin’s new novel, The Garden Lady.  Read more of this post

Sara Ackerman’s ‘The Lieutenant’s Nurse’ [EXCERPT]

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Newly enlisted Army Corps Nurse Eva Cassidy has her reasons for going to Hawaii. (Image courtesy Keijo Knutas/US Cadet Nurse Corps, Flickr)

We love a great wartime story. There always seems to be a fascinating untold chapter that emerges out of the chaos and ignites our imaginations. Perhaps it is the enormity of the situation and all the emotional mountains that arise out of it that keeps us turning pages. Between the constant threat of danger, the impulsive romances, the amazing courage and the debilitating fear that fuels such tales, they are bound to draw us in, right? And Sara Ackerman does just that in her latest novel, The Lieutenant’s Nurse. We hope you enjoy this exclusive excerpt! —J&H Read more of this post

Governess’s Courage Prevails Over the Civil War in Tamera Alexander’s ‘With This Pledge’ [REVIEW]

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Inside the walls of Carnton Plantation, a governess does what she can to face down slavery. (Photo by Rob Shenk, Flickr)

As if being a Southern woman with views of her own weren’t difficult enough, a young governess is forced to take a stand when the Civil War comes knocking at her employer’s doorstep. But will her strength and determination be enough to carry her through the most difficult time of her life? Find out in Tamera Alexander’s breathtaking new historical novel, With this Pledge.  Read more of this post

‘The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl’ [EXCERPT]

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An adventurer and a writer learn a lesson in love in Victoria Alexander’s third Lady Travelers novel. (Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com)

You could call me a sucker for romantic comedy. I know, I know, it’s not the manliest thing to admit to, but there it is. And few writers can knock it out of the park like Victoria Alexander. She has a knack for throwing men and women together who are looking for anything but love, pitting them against a wild adventure, and spinning hilarious banter between everyone involved. The result is comic genius along the lines of Romancing the Stone, except placed in a historical setting. Read the following excerpt from Alexander’s latest novel, The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl, and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy! —J.R. 
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Love Is In Bloom ‘On Magnolia Lane’ [REVIEW]

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He may drop in to order one of her gorgeous bouquets from time to time, but the thing that keeps him coming back is the florist herself. (Photo by Joe Giordano, Flickr)

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with the young florist who is just as beautiful as the bouquets she puts together. But confessing his undying love for her could prove problematic, especially since she’s only seen him professionally for the past two years. How does a man summon up the courage to overcome his fears? Find out in Denise Hunter’s delightful final installment of the Blue Ridge series, On Magnolia LaneRead more of this post