Monday, September 27, 2021

"All Swell That Ends Spell" by Trixie Silvertale

Coriander the Conjurer is a fairy who is forever trapped in a cursed Renaissance Faire where none of the magical creatures can ever leave the faire but instead must travel from location to location within the mortal realm. She has a crush on a merman who barely seems to know she exists. Then one day his sister is found floating dead in her private water pod, with no obvious answer as to who killed her or why. Naturally Coriander offers to help solve the mystery behind Delphine's murder.

This was the 2nd book in the Magical Renaissance Faire Mysteries. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was a fun little tale that easily held my interest throughout the book. And though I had not yet had the opportunity to read the first book in this series, the tale is complete, well written, and does not require that the series be read in any particular order. (And having recently read the first book in the series, I can confirm that they need not be read in any particular order. Unlike some series, nothing in this one is lost to the reader by having read them out of order.) 

It was a very fun book to read in a unique setting that I think will appeal to a wide variety of readers. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, a variety of magical creatures, fantasy novels, or the renaissance faire, give this book and series a try. It is a quick read and one that I think you’ll enjoy.

Monday, September 20, 2021

"Amish Honor" by Samantha Price

After Mercy married Stephen, Honor had fallen hard for his brother Jonathon, as did her younger sister Cherish. But their older sister Florence strongly dislikes Jonathon and doesn't believe that he's the right man for Honor, who is still slightly too young to be married to anyone. But as is to be expected with young love, the two are determined to find a way to be together, regardless of the cost.

This was the second book in the "Bonnet Sisters" series, and much like the first book is a nice, soothing and relaxing read. I enjoyed this "Romeo & Juliet" tale of young love and what can happen when young people make desperate and hasty choices without thinking them through or worrying about the possible consequences of those choices.

Anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series or enjoys reading a good Amish romance story should also enjoy reading this book. I know that I'll definitely be continuing on with book three in this series.

"Unforgiven" by Bridget E. Baker

Twins Judica & Chancery's mother is dead. Judica was originally their mother's heir until recently when their mother had changed her will and named Chancery as heir to the throne. Now, after the two met in single combat, Chancery is the victor. But what is to become of Judica's fate? 

This was book two in the series and did cover some of what happened in book one, though from Judica's point of view rather than Chancery's. I found it very interesting to read as it gave a very different perspective on what happened throughout their lives and the potential for a very different future. 

It's not often that we get to read a book from a different character's point of view, especially when that character was originally portrayed as the villain. It clearly makes you wonder, was she truly the villain of the first book or was she just a victim of circumstance? Was there actually even an actual villain of the story at all? 

Anyone who has read the first book in this series will definitely want to continue on and read this one as well. It gives you a lot to think about & leaves you wondering about what will come next in Chancery & Judica's story. I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to getting the opportunity to read book 3 in this series.

Monday, September 13, 2021

"Much A'broom About Nothing"
by Erin Johnson

What can be worse than running into your ex-fiance and his new girlfriend while on a bad blind date at the renaissance fair?  In this case Adelaide (or Laidy, as she prefers to be called) soon discovers that becoming forever trapped by a curse and unable to leave the faire, accused of murder, and needing to both find the real murderer to clear her name and learn how to survive in her new life has now become her immediate priority.

Everyone travelling with the faire is a magical creature, including herself, as she had just learned. It seems that she is actually a witch, as was discovered when she managed to make a hawk empty it’s bowels over her ex-fiance and his girlfriend. It's not an easy adjustment for someone to make, but it sure does make for an amusing story. 

I enjoyed this paranormal cozy mystery. The characters are fun to read & their plight in this tale is at times amusing and other times leaves you trying to solve the mystery of who killed a witch by stabbing her with a viking's  sword.  It was a fun tale to read, especially if you have ever visited a renaissance faire yourself.

This was the first book in this series & one that I think will leave you wanting to read the rest of the series too. It's a quick and enjoyable read and I found it to be a lot of fun.

Monday, September 6, 2021

"Pregnant Indian Bride"
by Florence Linnington

Ninovan is an indian woman who had been living with her peaceful tribe when soldiers attacked, killing everyone they could: men, women, children, & infants. They claimed that the tribe had been raiding in the nearby town of Red Canyon, but Ninovan knew that there were no raids. It was simply an excuse for the soldiers to kill everyone in the tribe. But somehow, she had escaped & found help from a kind woman.

Knowing that Ninovan dare not remain in Red Canyon, and that she will not be safe anywhere else she goes without the protection of a legal marriage to a settler, Ninovan is eventually convinced that her only option is to be married to Todd, the blacksmith in the nearby town of Stillwater. 

Everything seems to be going well enough until Ninovan realizes that she is pregnant with her first husband's child, and it has by then become obvious to her that Todd does not wish to be a father or even to be around children. And that is where things truly get problematic for the two of them.

I feel this was one of Ms. Linnington's more interesting books. Not only does it encompass two stranger's agreeing to marry, sight unseen, but it deals with the racial hatred that Ninovan must face on a daily basis, and that Todd must come face to face for the first time with her. And that is just where the story begins, for there is far more to this tale than we see in most mail order bride books.

I enjoyed reading this story and seeing how the characters come to terms with and deal with the variety of issues they had to face. If you enjoy a good mail order bride story that has a bit more to it than most do, and if you've enjoyed any of Ms. Linnington's other books, then you should give this one a try. I don't think you'll regret it.

Wings of Ink by Angelina Steffort

Anya, after spending years in a Tavrasian Prison expecting to be killed, is instead given to the Crow Fairies. She is now to become the brid...