17 01 2020

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This was a very good story, but I have put this as a 4-star because it was not one that would keep me glued to.  This is about Jesslyn Chance and Larkin Denby.  Jess is the hostess of the spa at Grace-at-the-Sea, which she took over after her physician father passed away.  Lark is undercover for the King to find the Lord of Smugglers.  Jess and Lark, in the past, had been, shall we say, friendly.  She is wondering first of all, why is he there and is he trying to pick up where they left off years before.  In near the center of the book, while going through a tour of a Castle How, it is found that that is the place where the smugglers are putting a beacon light in the window to show clear passage for the smugglers.  The question here is, is Jess’s brother a smuggler?  What will she do if that is found to be true?  Will Jess and Lark end up back in each other’s arms?  These and more are questions that will be answered when you read this book.  Good job, Regina, and another book well written!


Synopsis: Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.
Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.
Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.


Regina Scott


Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she’d learned a bit more about writing. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, and a good kick in the backside from her husband, she got serious about writing. Since then, she’s had published more than 40 clean historical romances for adults and young adults. Her traditional romances have earned praised from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work “quietly compelling” and “impeccably written.” Huntress Reviews says, “Regina Scott delivers,” and “I will always buy a book with Regina Scott’s name on it.” Regina Scott is the author of the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle. She is also the author of more than two dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Fortune’s Brides, Uncommon Courtships, the Everard Legacy, the Master Matchmakers, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews. Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. Find her online at her website, the blog she shares with author Marissa Doyle at, on Facebook at, and on Goodreads at


The Matchmarker’s Rogue became available for sale January 10, 2020.


I was honored to received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.  Thank you Regina Scott!


17 10 2019

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This is one of those books that the more you read, the more you get hooked into the story.  The main characters are Captain Ben, who is an engineer in the Army and Meg Pero, a photographer who was hired by the Army.  There is a group, mostly Army, who have ventured to the Grand Canyon to get samples and pictures of the Canyon and to see if there is a way to get across the Canyon.  Now Ben and Meg used to be sweethearts a few years before this, but she had turned down his marriage proposal.  While you can tell they still have strong feelings for each other, Meg is the one who keeps putting those feelings down.  At the same time, there are trials and tribulations along the way.  One big trial for Ben is that his father, the Colonel, had been through this area two months earlier, but never returned.  That is Ben’s secret mission:  To see what happened to his father.  This all comes together in the end after a forest fire that they all could have perished.  The questions remain:  Will Ben be able to find his father?  Will Ben and Meg get together?  You will need to read this book to find the answer to these questions and more.


Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession–starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.
Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.
As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.


Regina Scott


Regina Scott is the author of more than 40 works of warm, witty historical romance.  Her writing has won praise from Booklist and Library Journal, and she was twice awarded the prestigious RT Book Reviews best book of the year in her category.  A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research.  She and her husband of 30 years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Ranier.


A Distance Too Grand became available for sale October 1, 2019.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.


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Under A Cloudless Sky

8 01 2018

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A charming and engrossing novel for fans of Southern fiction and the recent hit memoir Hillbilly Elegy about a lush and storied coal-mining town—and the good people who live there—in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit.

1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts.

2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain.

What surprises them all is how their stories will intersect with a feisty octogenarian living hundreds of miles away. When Ruby Handley Freeman’s grown children threaten her independence, she takes a stand of her own and disappears, propelling her on a journey to face a decades-old secret that will change everything for her and those she meets.

I really enjoyed this book.  At first it was hard going back and forth from 1933 and 2004.  You had to pay attention to what time period you were in.  The story of Ruby and Bean was very special and it was quite interesting at how Chris Fabry brought the two time periods together.


Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality.  Chris’s novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, and The Promise of Jesse Woods, have won three Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and a 2017 Award of Merit from Christianity Today. His eightieth published book, Under a Cloudless Sky, is a novel set in the coalfields of his home state of West Virginia.  Visit his website at

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

Fire on the Track

2 11 2017


Fire on the Track has to do with women in the Olympics in the Track and Field division. This story follows Betty Robinson, when she was 16, beginning with the 1928 Stockholm Olympics. There was much controversy over the women in this division, saying that they should not be doing what only men could do. Also, Betty’s come-back after an airplane crash is nothing short of complete perseverance.


The author, Roseanne Montillo is the author of two other works of nonfiction, The Lady and her Monsters and The Wilderness of Ruin. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she taught courses on the intersection of literature and history. She lives outside of Boston.

This book captured my attention from the get go. Very interesting. Betty Robinson captured the hearts of many when she had to break through the “all male” sport of Track and Field. All that she went through after the airplane crash that should have ended her Olympic dreams, is remarkable. If you like history, you will love this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.