Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Reading for April

Well March's reading was a mixed bag. I read quite a lot early on in the month, but towards the end I was struggling a bit, because I had a couple of books on the go that I'm not really getting on with. Firstly Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope.  I only just started it and I already don't like Marianne or the Mrs Dashwood character!  The other book I am struggling with a bit is Fitzwilliam Darcy Such I Was by Carol Cromlin. This book is not bad but I'm finding it just a bit slow. I will try and persevere with these in April.

I also have a couple of books to review courtesy of the very kind Jakki at Leatherbound Reviews, which I'll shroud in mystery for now and tell you more about another time!

Aside from these my planned reading will be:

Mr Darcy's Promise by Jeanna Ellsworth - this is an historical variation, based on Pride and Prejudice. I don't know much more about this one. The cover of this book is so beautiful, though, makes me wish I had it hard copy!



Consequences by C P Odom, which I was lucky enough to win from So Little Time. This one looks like an angsty read. It's in two parts - part one is a worst case scenario of what could have happened to the Bennet family had Elizabeth not bumped into Mr Darcy in the grounds of Pemberley. This book is a bad dream, and I hear that it is a tear jerker.  Thankfully Elizabeth wakes from this dream and finds herself in Hunsford prior to Mr Darcy's proposal, which she accepts as it's the sensible thing to do, but then she has a marriage which isn't based on affection. I have heard nothing but good reviews of this book, so I hope to enjoy it.


Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer.  This book is book 1 in the Archer Brothers series.  I read (and LOVED) book 2, Stealing the Preacher last month and then this book went on sale, so it was fate that I read it.



I quite enjoy contemporary romance too, as long as it's not too fluffy.  An author I usually enjoy is Noelle Adams, and I won a book of my choice from her email. The one I chose was called Playing the Playboy which is part two of The Heirs of Damon series.  I wasn't massively fussed on part one, Seducing the Enemy, but that was because I didn't like the hero, and this one features a relation of his instead.  I also picked up part three of this series, Engaging the Boss, because I have a huge weakness for fake fiance scenarios - I know they are unbelievable and often cheesy but I can't help enjoying them!


My last planned book for the month is The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen, which is another historical, but I don't know much more than this.

Happy reading!

8 comments:

  1. What a varied selection, great! I just bought The Promise too after reading some excerpts recently, I cannot wait for you to read Consequences! I have heard of the tutors daughter and will wait to read your review on short straw bride! Engaging the boss sounds good, I too love that sort of premise! Happy reading

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    1. I have some good reading lined up, hopefully that will restore my reading mojo. I hate it when I struggle to keep reading a book, I feel guilty about starting a new one! Happy reading to you too Tamara :)

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  2. Hi Ceri! Yes, I found FD such I was a little slow in the beginning too. I liked it much better when he is older. Keep going! :) I also have The Short Straw Bride and Stealing the Preacher to read! I love to read books of that time period in American History! I'm looking forward to both! Happy reading!

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    1. I am so relieved to hear that FD speeds up a bit, I have renewed hope, thank you Candy!

      Short Straw Bride looks really good, and as you have them both you can read them in the right order. I hadn't read much from that era/setting, but I've really enjoyed the Karen Witemeyer books I've read, I think you'll probably enjoy them too :)

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  3. Wow! You are so productive, Ceri! I think I can usually fit in 5 books a month, maybe 6 if there are more quick reads! I have S&S by Trollope languishing on my TBR shelf, I think I'll be trying to get to it soon. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Short Straw! I have two others by that author that I'm planning to read soon! Looking forward to all of your reviews! Happy reading!

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    1. I usually read a couple of books a week. However, I don't usually plan so much in advance and of course, because I have it's turned into a really busy month and my reading has been all off!

      I'm looking forward to reading Short Straw Bride, I've read two by this author (Stealing the Preacher and Head in the Clouds) and I really enjoyed them both. I also have 'To Win Her Heart' by this author to look forward to. Which do you have?

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    2. I have To Win Her Heart too, and A Tailor Made Bride. :)

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    3. You'll have to let me know what you think of them! I noticed that there is an Archer brother novella coming out next month focused on Neill. I'm quite tempted to get it, although I certainly have plenty to read even if I don't :)

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