Category Archives: Romance & Chick Lit

Fiction about character’s relationships, or engagements (a story about character development and interpersonal relationships rather than adventures). The majority of Romance feature the mutual attraction and love of a man and a woman as the main plot, and have a happy ending. Chick Lit can include romance but focuses on all relationships not just romantic ones.

That Night In Nashville by Kade

Hailey had been having the time of her life until she saw him. Maybe it wasn’t him – couldn’t be – in a suit. Adam never wore a suit. He was back in Carroll Hollow ,Tennessee working in the factory. He turns and there he was – Adam Zucker. Maybe he hadn’t seen her. She would go to her dressing room and ignore him.

That Night In Nashville
Ticket to True Love
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
October 2019

Hailey had left Carroll Hallow to make it big in Nashville. She hadn’t yet made it, but she did have a record label – Heart Beats. She was performing at Nashville Brewer’s Festival and then going on tour.

Hailey and Adam were a couple back in high school with big dreams. Adam’s mother was very controlling, always fouling up things between Hailey and Adam. Hailey had left Carroll Hollow, leaving Adam behind. Now here he was -bigger that life – all her feelings for him came roaring back. When he came the dressing room, she was lost.

After spending time together, talking about what went wrong with their relationship, they discovered they had never stopped loving each other.

Can Hailey and Adam find happiness ever after the second time or will his mother once again foul up everything?

I really enjoyed the book. Highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Rebel by Kade

Emma Kate had really did it this time. She had woken up in a beautiful hotel room, dressed in a fabulous wedding gown with a handsome man in a tux asleep beside her. What in the heck was going on. She can’t remember anything that happened the night before. Just who is this guy?

Rebel
A Breathless Novel
Emma Kate & Keith
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
June 2019

Emma Kate had left college on her way to Breathless. Just one short stop in Vegas and she would be on her way. She remembers getting a cheap hotel room, parking her car and trailer and heading to a casino. She had talked to a rather charming young man who said as long as she was playing the slots the drinks would be free. That is the last thing she remembers.

Just who is this guy and what has she done? Time to find out. He looks just as confused as she is. She learned his name is Keith and it appears they had a fabulous wedding with all the bells and whistles, but neither can remember it actually happening. Well they would get a quick annulment and go their separate ways. But it would take four days and money they didn’t have.

Keith is a veterinarian and has a job waiting for him in Breathless. This surprises Emma Kate as she too is on her way to Breathless and as it was impossible to return any of the clothing or the rings, their only recourse was to travel together.

Arriving in Breathless they found a unique little cottage waiting for Keith. He had invited her to stay with him until she had a chance to see her sisters and explain. Just how was she going to tell her sisters that she was back in Breathless and married?

How will Bailey Anne and Harper Rose react when they learn that Emma Kate had once again gotten herself into trouble? Will she and Keith have a real marriage?

This is the third book in Kade’s Breathless Series. I really enjoyed the books and strongly recommend that you read all three.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Midnight on the River Grey by Wilson

Rebecca Hunter and her Aunt Joan have lost their home in London and are summoned by her new guardian Mr.Lewis Browning to his reclusive country estate Greybourne Hall. After her brother Jacob’s mysterious death, she is determined to prove Browning is responsible for his murder and see how hanged. He is known by the locals as the Midnight Devil.

Midnight on the River Grey
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
July 2019

Arriving at the Hall, Rebecca finds Lewis is not what she imagined and his motivation is unclear. As she and Aunt Jo settle into their new life, she begins her plans to uncover the truth regarding Jacob’s death. Rebecca begins to have nightmares or spells as her mother called them. Her mother was quite mad and Rebecca is sure she will be just like her.

Working on solving the mystery surrounding Jacob’s death, she has little clues to go on. She is beginning to believe Lewis is innocence of murder and Jacob’s death was just a horrible accident. Then Lewis’s friend and solicitor, Mr, Drake, is found dead close to the bridge where Jacob died. Who is behind his murder and why?

Rebecca has found new clues and is sure Jacob is alive. She must find him and learn the truth. Only then can she reveal her true feelings for Lewis.

Will Rebecca be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds Greybourne Hall and find happiness ever after?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It covers a little mystery, intrigue, first love, and betrayal.

Highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Engagement Plot by Phillips

Hanna Knight is on her way home in Embarrass, Minnesota in a raging blizzard when she comes upon an SUV stuck in a ditch. Helping the driver out of the car she takes him to her father’s house. To her horror, when he removes his outerwear, stands William Preston, CEO and handsome bachelor who had won the hearts of American women. The same man who seven months ago had stomped on her heart and left it to freeze to death by humiliating her in front of millions of people. What was he doing here?

The Engagement Plot
by Krista Phillips
Shiloh Run Press
November 2017

Hanna Knight is a Kindergarten teacher living in Duluth, Minnesota. Just for the fun of it she applied to be on the Reality Show called The Price Of Love. He was the CEO bachelor “looking” for love, and she, the small-town teacher with mortals tighter than some of the other contestant”s skinny jeans. To her surprise, he picked her. Each contestant was given a con. Each week, after crazy over the top dates, the contestants presented the wealthy man with their heart, which he could accept or not. After weeks of dates, William Preston had accepted her coin. When he proposed on screen, she gladly said yes and accepted the ring with eyes full of tesrs. She loved him with all her heart and pictured happy ever after. But it was not to be. In his last interview with ALIVE, he completely destroyed her. He inferred they had been intimate during a weekend. Hanna’s reputation is completely destroyed. In disgrace, she runs to her father in Embarrass.

Now here he is. In her hometown. What does he want? He is trying to make amends and talks her into continuing the engagement. Pop She returns to Nashville where they again give an interview on ALIVE to try to salvage her reputation.

Thing are going about as well as can be expected until she receives a visit from the CFO of William’s company. He tells Hanna that William has been asked to resign due to fraud. Feeling betrayed, she again runs home to Embarrass to hide and sulk. William’s father ask her to help him prove that William is innocent. He knows who is actually guilty of defrauding the company.

Will she help prove William innocent or will she seek revenge for him ruining her reputation?

I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Ruined by Kade

Lennon Mayfield is back in Breathless, Georgia working on her thesis for a degree in Anthropology/Archeology. She has obtained permission from the city council to dig on land owned by the city. It is back-breaking tedious work but she loves it. She is hoping to find roots of North American human history in Breathless as there is evidence that ancient culture migrated through there. Things are going along smoothly until she encounters Gabriel Zemp who insisted she is digging on his land.

Ruined
Breathless: 2
Griffyn Ink
By Savannah Kade
May 2019

Lennon has a history with the Zemp family as she dated Brodie Zemp when they were in high school. Lennon has a secret involving Brodie and his father Robert. Brodie was killed in an automobile accident and Gabe blames Lennon for his death. He has hated her for such a long time it will do anything to prevent her from accomplishing her goals.

Lennon continues her daily dig findings several artifacts to substantiate her belief. Gabe starts coming around to watch her work and soon they become sort of friends.

Will Lennon be able to dig up Breathless and not reveal her secret? Will she and Gabe become more than friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Shadow Among Sheaves by Stephens

Rena is a young Indian lady living in India during The Great Rebellion of 1857. The British’s influence was causing utter chaos in India. Rena had married Edric, a captain in the British military, who had recently passed away, leaving her a widow. Not very long after her father-in-law Sir Alistair died leaving her mother-in-law Nell homeless and penniless. There was nothing for Nell to do but return to England and hope to find shelter with a distant relative. Rena’s family could not understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England, but she could not let her go alone.

Shadow Among Sheaves
by Naomi Stephens
Shiloh Run Press
April 2019

England was not what they expected. Nell’s relatives would not accept Rena and they were turned away. Both women were homeless, without any means of support and near starvation. In desperation Neva applied for work at the Gilded Crown, a shelter of prostitution. Surely there was some work that she could do. She was denied but Nell was hired to do cleaning and given a small room. It was not ideal but at least they had a place to sleep.

Out walking one day Rena heard music and followed the sound to a field where workers were gleaming sheaves. Lord Barric, owner of the property and learning they were Alistair Hawley’s family, a distant relative, attempted to help them. Nell was informed that Sir Alistair had left a second will leaving Hawthorn Glen, the family home and his fortune to Lady Hawley, but Rena must marry one of his relatives who is specifically in the Fairfax line.

Who will Rena marry – Lord Barric, Charlie or Uncle John?

Rena’s love for Nell brought to mind the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi when Ruth told her – where you lodge I will lodge, where you go I will go, your people will be my people and your God will be my God. There is no greater love.

The book was simply amazing – a page-turner. This is one that you will surely want to keep.

Highly recommended to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Midnight At The Tuscany Hotel by Markert

Renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife Magdalena own and operate the Tuscany Hotel in Southern California. Their elite guests are artists, actors, scientists and engineers who left their worries behind and came to create masterpieces.

Midnight At The Tuscany Hotel
James Markert
Thomas Nelson
April 2019

Magdalena’s life was not always so peaceful. She was left as a baby on the foundling wheel at the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy one stormy night. Magdalena had a problem. She couldn’t retain any present memory, but could remember thing that happened years, even centuries ago, as if she really lived them. She was adopted by a sculptor at the age of ten years. He believed she was his muse and would bring him fame. He was very cruel and did unspeakable things to her.

One day when he was traveling she ventured into town and saw Robert. Each day she would return and eventually began a conversation with him. When Robert learned what had been happening to her, he devised a way to help her leave. They left Italy for the United States and settled in California were they built the Tuscany Hotel. Their son Vittorio was born, Robert continued to create beautiful sculptors, and the hotel was the place to visit. Magdalena dies and circumstances forces Robert and his family to move, abandoning the hotel.

Vittorio grew up, married and had a son. Returning home from the war, he is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. His wife is afraid of him and his young son doesn’t remember him. His father has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t recognize anyone. One night he went missing and they found him at the abandoned hotel. Robert started drinking the well water which seemed to restore his memory and he could again create beautiful sculptors.

They reopened the hotel. Their guests were people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. They came to drink the water to regain their memory. Although the water was helping, it was slowly killing them.

When the guests learn the truth, will they continue to come for the water and have a life until the end or will they let the dreaded disease take over once again?

Midnight At The Tuscany explores the mystery of the mind, the truth behind the lore, and the miracle of inspiration.

A very good read. Highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Perfect by Kade

‘When Are You Going To Marry Me?’ came from over Bailey Ann’s shoulder. She knew that voice. What was Finn doing here. No one came to Breathless, Georgia.

Perfect
Breathless: 1
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
April 2019

Bailey Ann Mayfield and Finn Mallory were High School sweethearts. Neither mothers approved of their relationship. Especially Bailey Ann’s mother who thought he wasn’t good enough for her daughter as he was an immigrant. The Mayfields were sort of royalty in Breathless and Bailey Ana was their princess and needed to be protected.

Even though Flynn had asked her to marry him a number of times she just wasn’t ready to do so. She left for college and they each went their separate ways. It had been five years said she had seen Finn and here he was back in town.

Bailey Anne had returned to Breathless to care for her ailing father. Now she was waiting for her two sisters, Harper Rose and Emma Kate to arrive so they could plan his funeral. The funeral is over, her sisters have gone, and she is left to handle disposing of the house and everything involving her father’s estate. Finn is in town to also dispose of his parent’s house. They were killed in a car accident a couple years ago. Bailey Ann and Finn agreed to work together getting the houses ready for the market. Working together resurrected old feelings for Bailey, but she knew she should not act on them.

Will Bailey Ann and Finn finally find happiness ever after?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Ladd

Cordelia Greythorne, a widow, is Governess to five young children at Eastern Park. Their mother had recently passed away and now their father is fighting for his life due to a riding accident. Upon his death, she is informed by the attorney that their uncle is now the children’s guardian and she and the boy’s tutor are to take them to Penwythe Hall on the Cornish Coast. They are to live at the hall and continue their duties.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson
April 2019

Penwythe Hall is close to Cornwall where she lived with her late husband before his death. She had been evicted from her home by her mother-in-law and told never to return or there would be dire consequences. Now she is returning and hopes her in-laws will not learn she in the area.

Their arrival at the hall was not a pleasant one. Their uncle had not receive notice they were coming and that his brother was dead. After a rocky start they are soon settled into a routine that is comfortable for the children. Cordelia is beginning to feel comfortable about being so near Cornwell until the night of the Frost Ball where she is confronted by her brother-in-law. She has something they want and they are not giving up until they get it.

Her sister is dying and her brother comes to take her to the vicarage in Whitecross. After being gone for several weeks, Liam, the oldest son, has came to fetch her home. His Uncle Jac soon arrives at the vicarage looking for him. Liam is kidnapped by the Greythornes. Cordelia is to come to the beach and tell them what she knows or they will kill him. Well she and Jac be able to save Liam? Well the authorities catch the Greythornes in their smuggling activities? Will Jac finally declare his feelings for Cordelia?

This is the first book in the Cornwell Novels series introducing the Twetheway family. It is rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the allure of new love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Glory Road by Denton

Jessie McBride lives and works on Glory Road in Perry, Alabama. She owns a garden shop called Twig. She has a teenage daughter Evan. During high school she pretended to be someone entirely different that what she really was.

Glory Road
by Lauren K. Denton
Thomas Nelson
March 2019

Ben Bradley also lives on Glory Road with his son Nick. Ben and Jessica went to school together. Ben played football and Jessica was his cheerleader. They spent a lot of time together after school and during the summer. Jessica was so much different with Ben then she was at school. She could be herself with him. After the senior party, just before they both were scheduled to leave for college, Ben told Jessica he loved her. She didn’t know how to handle this and simply walked away.They both leave Glory Road and go their separate ways. Jessica meet Chris, gets married and has Evan. Jessica is living the life she always dreamed of having. But her world fell apart when she learned that her husband had been cheating on her. She and Evan return to Glory Road.

Ben and Nick also returned to Glory Road. Evan meets Nick and soon they become friends. Jessica is surprised to learn that Ben is back and living in his parents’ home. She is torn between the past and the present. She hasn’t gotten over her feelings for Ben. Summer Tate, a wealthy business man, stops in the shop one day and ask Jessica to do the flowers for his daughter’s wedding. She agrees and soon they become friends. He is looking for more than friendship, but she isn’t ready to commit to anything but being his friend.

Will Jessica get over her feeling of betrayal and give love a second chance? Will she choose Ben or Summer? What new adventure is waiting for her just around the curve on old Glory Road?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.