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.

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.

Who I Am With You by Hatcher

Jessica Mason lost her husband and daughter in a car accident just before Christmas. The day before the accident her husband had asked for a divorce. Then she discovered she is pregnant. Could things get any worst? How is she going to cope with her grief?

Who I Am With You
A Legacy of Faith Novel
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Thomas Nelson
December 2018

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho avoiding a political scandal that has tarnished his good name. He is staying at his parent’s vacation home which is next door to Jessica. Both are trying to live a low-key life under the radar. Jessica because of her grief and Ridley because of the scandal. A stray dog actually leads him to form a relationship with his neighbor.

As Jessica’s friendship with Ridley continues to grow, she begins to start living again and see some of her friends. Ridley is beginning to have feelings for Jessica but isn’t sure if she is ready or has feelings for him. Will they be able to forgive the people that have betrayed them, let the past define them or will they find love?

The book is well written, her characters believable and a page-turner.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and 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.

In The Shadow Of Croft Towers by Wilson

Sybil Delafield is on her way to Croft Towers. She has been employed as companion to Mrs. Chalcroft. The coach is robbed by highwaymen and Sybil notice a tattoo on the wrist of one of the men. Finally arriving at her destination she is not given a very warm welcome. To her horror she recognizes o the robber. Should she say something or just ignore him? Mister Sinclair, the robber, is her employee’s godson and Lord Stanton’s heir. Just who is Sinclair ?

In The Shadow Of Croft Towers
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
January 2019

Sybil is directed by Mrs. Chalcroft to deliver letters, in the middle of the night, to several people in the town. What is in these letters and could she possibly be a spy for the French who is at war with England?

When several of the people who had been on the couch with Sybil are murdered, she is more determine than ever to get to the truth. Is there anyone that she can trust?

Sybil had been educated at a very respectable institution. An unknown benefactor had been paying her tuition. Is Lord Stanton her benefactor and could he possibly be her father? Her main reason for coming to CroftTowers had been to find out information about her parents.

With murderers, smugglers and spies on the loose, no one in Regency, England is what they claim? Will Sybil learn who her parents were and who the traitor is?

The book is a well-written story of betrayal, a little mystery, smuggling and treason.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and 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.

Where Hope Begins by West

Savannah’s husband has left her. After being married for over 20 years and having three children he just simply walked away for a younger and prettier woman. Savannah is devastated. She is on her own and doesn’t know how she is going to survive. She had always found solace at the lake house in the Berkshires so she decides to go there and try to find a solution as how she is going to go on with her life.

Where Hope Begins
By Catherine West
Thomas Nelson
May 2018

When did things start to go wrong with she and her husband’s marriage? Was it when their eldest daughter had been killed by being hit by a car when she was riding her bike? Maybe it was when they had simply stop talking to each other and Kevin had started working so many hours and was never home.

At the Lake House Savannah meets with her favorite author Brock Chandler, his daughter Maysie and his great-aunt Clarice. They become friends and soon Savannah and Brock are becoming closer than friends. Her world is shaken, but she finds hope when Brock proves to her that she is worthy of love.

Savannah’s children, Zoe and Adam, are having a hard time with their parents being separated and thinking about getting a divorce. Adam attempts
suicide and Zoe isn’t talking to her father. Savannah invites everyone for Christmas including Brock and his daughter and Aunt. Things are going along okay until Kevin shows up uninvited and puts a damper on the celebration.

Will Savannah forgive Kevin’s betrayal and give their marriage a second chance?

The book is well written, the characters believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommended 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 Secret Of Paper And Ink by Harrel

Sophie Barrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona employed by LifeSong Women’s Counseling. Her job is to help people cope with their burdens. Sophia had a nervous breakdown after the death of her abusive husband. On her first day back at work her new patient’s troubles mirror her own and she completely loses it. After making a decision to leave the country for the summer, she moves into an apartment above a quaint little bookstore in Cornwall, England.

The Secret Of Paper And Ink
By Lindsay Harrel
Thomas Nelson
February 2019

Ginny Rose is desperate to save her bookstore. Her husband has decided to take a break from their marriage and has left her with all the problems. She is unable to get a loan and faces losing her store. How is she going to cope without her husband and save his dream?

Sofia is just who Ginny needs. Together they work in the store and slowly begin to turn it around. One day going through a box of books, Sophia discovers a journal written by Emily Fairfax where she pours out her love for her childhood friend Edward who’s station she does not dream to touch. She is the governess for Edward’s sisters and will continue to be his friend.

Sophia is touched by Emily’s story. She enlists the help of Ginny and Ginny’s brother-in-law William to help her in her quest to discover everything she can about Emily. Their research uncovers many interesting things about the people associated with Emily and how she impacted their lives. The major discovery was that Emily, writing under a different name, became a famous author who is Sophia’s favorite.

This book is about the journey of three different women, living in different centuries, who turned their life around and realized their dream.


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.

Larrabee’s Luck by McBride Choate

Johanna Kellerman runs a small independent horse training ranch. Her father had let the ranch go downhill after the death of her mother. Johanna is slowly bringing it back to its former self. She is working on a shoestring budget with very limited help. To add to her problems one of her men has quit to go work far a larger ranch that would pay him more money. She is desperately in need of a horse trainer, but isn’t sure if she will be able to afford one.

Larrabee’s Luck
Jane McBride Choate
Montlake Romance
January 2013

Johanna’s prayers are answered when Cade Larrabee shows up looking for a job. Cade has a way with horses and can do almost any job that he is asked to do. Cade is being blackmailed by his former Union Commanding Officer General Victor Wingate to spy on Johanna.

Johanna’s mother was an unwed 16 year old girl whose brother had forced her to give up the baby to save the family’s reputation. Johanna was given to the Kellerman family by missionaries passing through the area. After both her parents passed away Johanna was determined to be one of the best horse trainers in the area.

Cade proved to be even better at training horses than Johanna had hoped for. But there was just something about Cade that her foreman and best friend didn’t trust. Johanna was beginning to develop feelings for Cade, but she soon discovered he was not what he pretended to be.

Johanna’s world came crashing down the day that General Wingate came to visit and told her Cade Larrabee was hired to find her and get close to her. Johanna’s biological mother was looking for her. General Wingate had blackmailed Cade into finding her in order to prevent his sister from locating her. He had planned to tell her that he was unable to locate Johanna, pay her off and that would be the end of it. But Cade had a plan to outsmart Wingate.

Can she ever believe anything Cade tells her again? Will she get to meet her biological mother and will they become friends?

Ms.Choate get an amazing job in portraying Johanna and Cade. I certainly 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.

Home by Yttrup

Melanie runs away. From conflict – from pain – from reality. She is a writer and lives in a make-believe world rather than in the real world. Craig, her husband, owns a development company. The company is in financial difficulty, but every time Craig tried to discuss it with Melanie, she just simply shuts down and walks away.

Home
By Ginny L. Yttrup
Shiloh Run Press
April 2017

Craig is building a custom-made house for one of his clients. He is spending a lot of time at the job site. Melanie becomes very concerned when she discovers who the client is. She has these thoughts – what if he falls for the beautiful widow, but like everything else she simply puts it out of her mind and tries to concentrate on her writing.

Melanie it’s on a strict deadline. Things at the house are distracting and she isn’t writing her daily word count. A friend of hers owns a house in Lake County. She suggests Melanie use it so she can write without any distractions. Melanie accepts and simply packs a bag and leave without discussing it with Craig. This is so like her – never considering anyone but herself.

Craig is so in over his head financially. He is almost to the point of losing his business and their home. He had tried discussing this with Melanie, but she simply tunes him out and walks away. He sells his boat and tools just to make the house payment. As a last resort he puts the house on the market even though the market is slow and he will not get the price the house is worth. When he sends Melanie a picture of the for sale sign in the yard she finally comes to realize what he’s been trying to tell her all along – they are in deep financial trouble.

Melanie needs to meet her deadline, return home to Greg and help him salvage his business. Selling their custom-made house will be hard, but for once in her life she needs to live in the real world instead of her make-believe world.

Will they be able to salvages the business or will they lose everything? Will they come to realize that home is not a house but where the heart is?

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.