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After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend—until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as his heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

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Strong-willed watercolor artist Amelia York thought she could paint the scenes of her own life—that is until she finds herself responsible for getting her brother, a paralyzed war veteran, home to Iowa and must deal with the moody Army captain God has painted into her life.

Captain Braedon McCrae is ruled by honor and a strong sense of duty. Still, the deaths of two people close to him have left him angry at God and vowing to never love again.

After a steamboat incident forces Amelia and Braedon to marry, Amelia must decide if she will accept Braedon’s offer of an annulment or keep the sacred vows she made before God.

The more Amelia attempts to control her future, the more she muddies the picture, like watercolors in the hand of a child. an she learn to love, respect, and trust a man she barely knows?

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He sees patterns in what she deems chaos. She sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed.

Zivon Marin was one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee to England after speaking out against Lenin, Zivon is driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. But never far from his mind is his brother, whom Zivon fears died in the train crash that separated them.

Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and re-creating photographs. With her father’s connections in propaganda, she’s recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove if she ever found out.

After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily that soon takes over their hearts. But both have secrets they’re unwilling to share, and neither is entirely sure they can trust the other. When Zivon’s loyalties are called into question, proving him honest is about more than one couple’s future dreams—it becomes a matter of ending the war.

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After Miss Beatrix Waterbury suffers multiple mishaps due to her involvement with the suffrage movement, her mother decides a change of scenery is in order for her incorrigible daughter. Banished from New York, Beatrix is sent off for an extended stay with her Aunt Gladys in Chicago.

Mr. Norman Nesbit, a gentleman and a brilliant man of science devoted to his work, doesn’t have time to be distracted with members of the feminine set. When robbers descend on the train, intent on divesting him from his important research papers, Norman is thrust into Beatrix’s company when she has the audacity to interfere—leaving him no choice but to try to save her from herself.

When Beatrix’s life is put at stake after she takes employment as a salesgirl, she and Norman find themselves propelled into each other’s company again and again. With danger and intrigue dogging their every step, they become surprisingly drawn to each other—until information comes to light that threatens this relationship that’s barley had a chance to blossom.

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Hello! I’m still alive! I know I posted a couple of reviews last month, but other than that I have been pretty absent for quite some time now, and I want to apologize. Getting married and starting a new life as a wife takes up a lot more time than I thought it would! However, I’m trying to get back into posting here more often, both about books and about life in general, so hopefully I’ll actually stay one top of my posts this time!

I have really missed posting about the new releases that are coming out, so I’m glad that I’m getting to pick that back up this month! February has a ton of great books releasing, and though I’m posting a few days later than I normally would like to, that just means you have less time to wait before you can pick these books up! So check them out!

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Against every warning, she’s drawn ever closer to the man known as “Black Heart”.

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster—a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing—and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs. Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope—and to each other—if they want to survive.

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When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother’s offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social Season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York to help his cousin find an American heiress who can help save his family’s estate. But when his very proper British manners lead Poppy’s grandmother to request he teach etiquette to Poppy, he quickly finds himself in for much more than he bargained for.

And while they couldn’t be more opposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they have more to teach each other than they ever expected.

Diamond in the Rough is the second book in Jen Turano’s American Heiresses series, coming after Flights of Fancy. I have been a huge fan of Jen’s for years, and have loved absolutely everything she’s ever written, though I have to say, this could quite possibly be my favorite book so far. Honestly, this whole series has been fantastic, but there is just something about Poppy and Reginald’s story that is so unforgettable to me. Not only did I laugh until my sides hurt, I also fell in love with each and every character of this novel, and I couldn’t put it down and hated when it came to an end.

Poppy Garrison may not fit in amongst the elite New York Four Hundred, but she is impossible not to love and admire. Although she might constantly get herself into all kinds of scrapes, she always has the best intentions at heart, and she doesn’t let what other people think about her keep her from being who she truly is. Rather than conform to the picture of what society expects her to be, she stands up for what she believes in and puts others first, and that made her such an inspiration to me.

And then there’s Reginald. Oh, how I loved him. Although—at first especially—he often comes across as slightly stuck-up with those perfect manners of his and the way that he expects everyone else to adhere to them as well, he is actually anything but. His sweetness and thoughtfulness always win the day, and his concern for Poppy as she finds herself in predicament after predicament melts my heart. Not only that, but his selflessness in helping his cousin search for the perfect American heiress to marry helped me to know immediately that he would be the perfect match for Poppy. From page one until the very end, this story captivated me, and made me even more certain that Jen is one of my all-time favorite authors. There is just something about her novels that sets her apart from anyone else; not only do they transport you right into the world they are portraying, but they make it feel real. I genuinely feel like I know and understand the characters, and they are relatable. I feel a true kinship with them that is often hard to feel with many leading ladies in the stories I have read, and I commend Jen for that. All in all, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book, and happily grant it a place on my all-time favorites list.

Rating: 5 bookshelves

Recommend? Yes!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy almost October! I can’t believe September is almost over already! I feel like I say that every month. But for those of you have been reading my blog lately, you know that I am getting married at the beginning of November, so I am VERY happy every time a month passes and I get closer and closer to that wonderful day. While we wait, there’s some fantastic novels coming out over the month of October, so you should check them out!

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Happy Tuesday! I know my blogging—and my reading—has taken a bit of a backseat lately, partly because of wedding planning and house buying, and partly because of something new I’m starting! My fiancé Bryce and I have started a new gluten-free bakery business, and I just couldn’t wait to announce it to you! For now, we are taking local orders through Facebook or over the phone, and we will be at the Lexington Market at Icehouse over the next few weekends, but we are hoping to have a website up soon! So keep your eyes out for more news about that soon!

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