Releasing tomorrow- Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Love Lettering

Title: Love Lettering

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Kate Clayborn

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Kensington, Dec. 31, 2019

Pages: 320

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating:

Description from Amazon:

Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.

A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline and a bad case of creative block, Meg doesn’t have time for Reid’s questions—unless he can help her find her missing inspiration. As they gradually open up to each other, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late . . .

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Okay, I struggled a bit with this book. I had moments of confusion about all the walks to view lettering on signs. Yes, I got that it was to give Meg inspiration for her big corporate presentation and yes, she was attracted to Reid and this was a way to see him. But I wondered why Reid was always so secretive, and why wasn’t this a red flag for Meg? Well the answers to the former become evident but not the later. Yes, I kept turning pages to find out if these two very different people would actually get together. Reid’s long, long explanation was…well…too long. So now you think I didn’t like this book. You are wrong, I did like it I just have a few issues.

 

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The Best Books of 2019 from La Deetda Reads

All of these books received a 5-star rating from me this year. These are by no means the only “Good” books I’ve read this year,  there have been many. I encourage you to use the grid in the left column or the search function to see what other goodies you may have missed. 

Lachlan by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires In America, #13) Paranormal Romance

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, Contemporary Romance

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins, Women’s Fiction

The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews, Historical Romance

Brazen and The Beast by Sarah MacLean, Historical romance

The Landowner’s Secret by Sonya Heaney, Historical Romance/Australia

Seduction on a Snowy Night by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, Mary Jo Putney (HR Anthology)

Betrothed by Christmas by Elizabeth Essex and Jess Michaels,  HR Anthology

A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews, Historical Romance

Take it Off The Menu by Christina Hovland, Contemporary Romance

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Advance Review- Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake

Forever My Duke

Title: Forever My Duke (Unlikely Duchesses ,book 2)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Olivia Drake

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Dec. 31, 2019

Pages: 384

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon:

Forever My Duke is the second novel in a brand new Regency romance series from Olivia Drake about rakish dukes and the governesses who steal their hearts.
“I find Miss Fanshawe to be quite charming—for an American.”—The Prince Regent
Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London ballroom.
But Natalie doesn’t have time to be swept off her feet by a handsome duke who must be a spoiled scoundrel like every other British lord. And she couldn’t care less about Hadrian’s title. After all, it’s not as if he actually worked to attain his wealth and status. He surely can’t understand what it’s like to be a busy woman, planning to open a school while trying to reunite a six-year-old orphan with his English relatives. Nevertheless, Hadrian launches his campaign to win her heart. Can the utterly delightful American beauty ever find a way to love him…despite his being a duke?

**
Oh how romantic! To meet in an Inn, during an ice storm and then to find out they are going to the same estate, each for a different reason. Natalie is going to Oaks Knoll to deliver the Earl’s grandson following the child’s parents death. Hadrian is going to Oaks Knoll to get to know Lady Ellen who he is expected to make an offer of marriage. Nothing turns out like they expected.

I enjoyed how this book had a different premise than most HR’s. An American who didn’t want an English Duke. Most unusual for the genre. It is a lovely love story and the author brings these two around to the HEA we expect but what fun getting there.

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Merry Christmas from Deet

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My dear life long friend, Audrey, made this cute village for me a long time ago and I cherish it and her friendship. Even though she is many miles away she is always in my heart.

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Merry Christmas Eve from Deet

May Santa fill your stocking with love…

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The night before christmas

The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there.

Clement Moore

Picture by Gyo Fujikawa

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Happy 244th Birthday, Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Have you often thought about the life Jane Austen led? What was her family like? What did she do for entertainment? How was she educated? These and more in wonderful detail. Everything you have been wondering about Jane Austen answered here at PBS.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/specialfeatures/jane-austen-answers-to-the-most-frequently-asked-questions/

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Free on Amazon- Christmas Anthology

Once Upon a Christmas Wedding

From Deet: this anthology has 4.5 stars on Amazon and it is Free

Description from Amazon:

Tis the season… for wedding bells! But, the path of true love never did run smooth… as our brides and grooms soon discover.
Twenty-seven authors bring you scandalous adventure, sizzling passion, and heartwarming holiday romance.

From the snowbound Scottish Highlands to candlelit ballrooms, follow our fearless heroines as they scorn etiquette and defy danger in pursuit of their heart’s desire.

Fall in love with Regency rakes, kilted Highlander heroes, and Victorian viscounts, earls and dukes.

This boxed set of all-new historical Yuletide novellas will only be available for sale until January, so don’t miss out.

 

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Christmas Treat from Wales-Bara Brith

This is from 3 years ago and I’m making this delicious bread once again for the holidays. Thanks to Carol Cork for this treat.

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My fellow blogger and good friend Carol Cork gave me this recipe for a delicious fruit bread.  She blogs at http://rakesandrascals.wordpress.com  Carol resides in and blogs from Wales. This is Carol at a recent Historical Romance retreat.

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This recipe turns out a truly scrumptious holiday treat but it will be on my table throughout the year. ENJOY!

Bara Brith  (oven 350 degrees)

1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, Your choice, (I used dried pineapple & dried cranberries because that’s what I had on hand)

1 cup hot strong tea

2 cups self-rising flour

1 tsp mixed spices (I used pumpkin pie spice)

1 ounce butter

8 Tablespoons brown sugar 

1 egg slightly beaten

1. pour the hot tea over the dried fruit and let it sit overnight.

2. Grease a 2# loaf pan and line with parchment paper or wax paper.

3. Sift flour, spices together (I added 1/4 tsp salt) then…

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December 12, 2019 · 11:19 pm

Audio Book Review- A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vancy

A wicked Kind of Husband

Title: A Wicked Kind of Husband

Genre: Historical Romance/Marriage of Convenience

Author: Mia Vancy

Narrator: Kate Reading

Source: Purchase, Audible ($1.99) also available in print($3.99)

Publisher: Inner Ballad Press, Oct. 2018

Pages: 386

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

It was the ideal marriage of convenience…until they met

Cassandra DeWitt has seen her husband only once—on their wedding day two years earlier—and this arrangement suits her perfectly. She has no interest in the rude, badly behaved man she married only to secure her inheritance. She certainly has no interest in his ban on her going to London. Why, he’ll never even know she is there.

Until he shows up in London too, and Cassandra finds herself sharing a house with the most infuriating man in England.

Joshua DeWitt has his life exactly how he wants it. He has no need of a wife disrupting everything, especially a wife intent on reforming his behavior. He certainly has no need of a wife who is intolerably amiable, insufferably reasonable … and irresistibly kissable.

As the unlikely couple team up to battle a malicious lawsuit and launch Cassandra’s wayward sister, passion flares between them. Soon the day must come for them to part … but what if one of them wants their marriage to become real?

**
This would have been 5-stars if only Joshua had not come across as such a bully. Yes, he was redeemed by the love of a good woman but still he was rather annoyingly obstinate. Cassandra was a strong take-charge type because the tending of her late father’s estate fell to her and she also had to deal with her wild sister and a recalcitrant sister because her mother was a depressive and a drug addict. She was used to dealing with difficult people and situations so a husband who was also difficult was just one more problem. That Mia Vancy was deftly able to get these two opposite personalities to fall in love was sheer brilliance.
I listened to this audiobook narrated by the very capable Kate Reading. She is very good at changing voices for each character and does a wonderful job of the male voices. I can highly recommend this audio book for content and narration. At this writing the audiobook is priced at a very affordable $1.99.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Deet

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November 28, 2019 · 10:34 am