Review: Maid in England by Brenda St John Brown

maidinengland Synopsis: The last thing publicist Remi expected was to be assigned to her college sweetheart, but the reclusive musician needed to revamp his image to move from a songwriter who performs at country pubs to a rockstar drawing crowds to concert. Twelve years ago he ended their relationship due to her workaholic ways, but now her talent was going to save his career… but can they keep from falling in love again?

Author: Brenda St John Brown is a New Yorker turned Brit who writes contemporary romance novels, and loves to have the occasional American character transplanted to England (much like herself).

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Teaser Tuesday (MiE)

Maid In England by Brenda St John Brown

“I’ve become a full-on workaholic,
but dressed it up and called it ambition.”

“…that makes my lack of date feel more dire, too.
I have incredible faith in Vera, but I’m not sure she can
magic up someone suitable in less than two weeks.”

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In My Mailbox (MiE)

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One of the wonderful things about being friends with an author is that author introducing you to her author friends and their books. Through her I have discovered so many great writers and, sometimes, I even get lucky enough to be sent an ARC! (If only because she tells me of when a request form is available online for a book I really should read). This is the case for the latest Advance Reader Copy I had the pleasure of receiving:

“Maid in England”
by Brenda St John Brown

 This novel hits the shelves this week, so be sure to come back here all this week for teaser quotes and my review!

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In My Mailbox (LCYW)

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Last year a friend of mine was gushing about a book –she still is for that matter– and so I added it to my TBR list. As more amazing reviews came in, I became more interested and was absolutely dying to get my hands on the novel. Then in a stroke of pure luck I won a giveaway for an autographed copy of Jacquelyn Middleton’s “London Belongs to Me” and fell in love with the story. Here is a link for my review of LBTM.

JM released a continuation of Alex and Mark’s story in “London Can You Wait” a year later this past October, and needless to say I was coveting that book as well and managed to snag the ebooks of both for five bucks! While I still want to have a signed copy of the second novel as well, which will have to wait until I’m back home in Canada, I’m so excited to finally be able to read LCYW now.

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Book Review: Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

uncertain-magicSynopsis: Roderica Delamore has the ability to hear the thoughts of others and she knows this “gift” is more of a curse. Resigned to living without love and a family of her own, she finally meets a man whose mind is closed to her. Faelan Savigar, the “Devil Earl” of Ireland, is haunted by rumor and a mysterious past that would warn any young lady away. Yet Faelan has reasons of his own for needing Roddy as much as Roddy thinks she needs him.

Author: Laura Kinsale spent six years as a geologist before switching to becoming a romance writer. She has had numerous nominations for Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America, and has won. She now divides her time between Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Texas with her husband.

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#LOVEATHON: MINI CHALLENGE 2 – Hobbies

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

We all love books, but there are other things we’re passionate about too! All you’ve got to do is mash-up a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent/fandom with your bookish life. Do it through photos, collages, or videos. Get as creative as you’d like to!

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Book Review: Her Ladyship’s Guide to the Art of Conversation by Caroline Taggart

Art of Conversation by Caroline Taggart Synopsis: Just as the title indicates, this work of nonfiction guides the reader through the art of making conversation. The main focus is on how to exchange pleasantries (small talk) with new acquaintances in various work or social situations without fear. The book gives advice on preparation, reading body language, introductions, acceptable conversational topics and phrasing, how to escape boring people politely, and more.

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