Sep 212017
 
The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood

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Discover the first romance in New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood’s beloved Crown’s Spies series!

Christina Bennett has taken London society by storm but the ravishing beauty has kept her mysterious past shrouded in secrecy. When the arrogant nobleman, Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, steals a sensuous kiss, however, he believes he tastes the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina’s cool charm and swears to possess her.

But the feisty and defiant Christina cannot be so easily conquered. Mistress of her own heart and fortune, she resists Lyon’s passionate caresses and refuses to surrender to his desire for if she does, she must also forsake her precious secret and her promised destiny. With her “straightforward style and brisk pacing” (Kirkus Reviews), Julie Garwood’s classic romantic series is perfect for fans of Jude Deveraux and Julia Quinn.

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I’ve had The Lion’s Lady no my shelf for years and never read it. It’s said to say, especially since , I loved The Lion’s Lady! I don’t recall the last time I laughed so much.

What I liked: I thoroughly enjoyed how Ms. Garwood pulled The Lion’s Lady together. Bringing two people from completely different cultures together in this sweeping romance is inspiring. I loved how Christina and Lyon often misunderstood each other, we all do that so frequently & we’re from the same culture! While there is plenty of drama and a bit of suspense, The Lion’s Lady is a relaxing, fun read.

What I didn’t like: It was a bit steamy for my tastes. There are only a few detailed encounters and were easily skimmed.

Ill absolutely be keeping The Lion’s Lady on my shelf for the future, I know I’ll want to read it again!

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Author: Julie Garwood
Publisher Info: April 15th 1990 by Pocket Books (first published December 1st 1988)
ISBN: 0671726994 (ISBN13: 9780671726997)
Source: I purchased this Kindle copy on July 5, 2014 when it was on sale for $2.
Ages: 18+
Grade: A
Steam: Adult+
Setting: London, England, 1810
Series: Crown’s Spies #1
The Lion's Lady
The Lion’s Lady
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
The Gift
The Gift
Castles
Castles

Author Bio:

Julie Murphy was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri to a large Irish family. At the age of six, Julie had her tonsils removed and complications from the surgery resulted in a long period of recuperation. She fell hopelessly behind in school and never caught up. “I was a slow, slow reader,” Julie says. “I hated it.” At the age of 11, her mother discovered her daughter’s secret and promptly enrolled her in a summer remedial reading class. “When I got there the nuns immediately realized I wasn’t even remedial, and Sister Mary Elizabeth was drafted to tutor me.” Julie came to know Sister Elizabeth as a friend and mentor. “She taught me to love the written word. Of course, some of the vocabulary was beyond me so I had to look up a lot of words. I sat on a large dictionary — got up, looked up a word, sat back down.” Julie jumped up and down like a jack-in-the-box all summer.

Julie married young and had three children. She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publication of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical romance fiction. Her first romance novel, Gentle Warrior, was published by Pocket Books in 1985 — there have been over 20 novels since then. Her name appears regularly on bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and her books are enjoyed in many languages around the world. Her reputation as a masterful storyteller is based on stories with appealing characters, powerful emotions, and surprising plot twists. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as the poignancy of her novels that keep them laughing, crying and thoroughly entertained.

Julie lives with her family in Leawood, Kansas. When her schedule allows time away from family and career, she devotes her efforts to promoting literacy, and especially enjoys sharing her love of reading with student groups.

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Sep 202017
 
The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby

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Violet Barnaby searches for the joy in life after losing her mother in this sweet and funny follow-up to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone.

Violet Barnaby is a having a blue Christmas. She’s still grieving the loss of her mother, and to make things worse, her dad has just married Melanie Harmer, a.k.a. the meanest teacher at Dandelion Hollow Middle School. But on the day Violet and her dad are packing up and moving into the new house they’ll share with Melanie and Melanie’s two children, Violet finds a letter her mother wrote to her before she died, asking Violet to enjoy Christmas, along with a Christmas Wish List—things her mom wants her to do during the holiday season. On the list are exactly the kinds of things Violet doesn’t want to do this year, like Be Someone’s Secret Santa; Give Someone the Gift of Your Time: Volunteer; and Bake Christmas Cookies.

Violet shows the letter to her friend Izzy’s Aunt Mildred, who calls a meeting of the Charm Girls, a club Izzy and Violet belong to along with their friends, Daisy and Sophia. Aunt Mildred decides she will give them each a charm to put on their bracelet if they do all of the tasks on the Christmas Wish List, which Violet is not too happy about. She’d rather forget about the list completely, but feels compelled to honor her mother’s wishes.

And when Izzy’s crush confides a big secret to Violet, Violet feels like she is stuck between her best friend and the boy who she just might have a crush on, too…

Praise for The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby

“[an] emotionally perceptive novel of grief and recovery.” – Kirkus

You’ll fall in love with Violet and love every minute of living in her wondrous world! – Stephanie Faris

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Author: Jenny Lundquist
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Publisher & Date: September 19th 2017 by Aladdin
Genre: Middle Grade
ISBN: 148146034X (ISBN13: 9781481460347)
Pages: 272
Setting: Middle School
Series: Izzy Malone #2

 

Author Bio:

Jenny Lundquistenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback she decided she’d better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of multiple YA and Middle Grade titles including Seeing Cinderella, The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby and the forthcoming The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams (2019).

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