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Shake Loose the Border(Thunder on the Moor, Book 3)

Book Title:  Shake Loose the Border

Series: Thunder on the Moor, Book 3

Author: Andrea Matthews

Publication Date: 22nd November 2021

Publisher: Inez M. Foster

Page Length: 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Time Travel Romance

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Shake Loose the Border

(Thunder on the Moor, Book 3)

By Andrea Matthews


With Will and Maggie’s wedding just a week away, the last thing they need to stumble upon is Johnnie Hetherington’s dead body tied to a tree, especially one that’s so close to their cottage. Recognizing it as a sure sign that Johnnie has betrayed the family once too often, Sergeant Richie Carnaby gathers Will and his family together for questioning, though it seems obvious only a fool would kill a man on his own land. Then who did murder the rogue, and why?

Feeling confident it wasn’t any of the Fosters, Richie allows Will and Maggie’s wedding to proceed, but the couple has barely exchanged vows when the Armstrongs attack in force. Geordie is determined to rescue his niece from the clutches of Will Foster, whether she wants to go or not. And if he happens to make her a widow in the process, so be it. Will senses the danger and implores Dylan to get Maggie away to safety, no matter where — or when — that may be.

Though Maggie protests, Will assures her he will follow as soon as he is able. Yet how can that be possible when Dylan whisks her back to the twentieth century? Sharing her fears about Will, and unable to forget his own love, Annie, Dylan attempts to return to the past one last time despite his growing concerns over the disintegrating amulet stone. But will he make it in time to rescue Will, or will the villainous Ian Rutherford, who has already killed in cold blood once, win the ultimate battle and see Will and Maggie separated forever?

Trigger Warnings:

Sex and violence

Excerpt 4

Once more, there was a knock and this time Dennis stepped into the room. “Are ye coming, brother? Auld Geordie’s moving fast. Then again, if I was coming after such a fine lass . . . I’m sorry, mistress, to steal yer husband away on this yer wedding night, but . . .”

“I’ll be there presently,” Will said, and Dennis nodded, leaving the room. “I’ve nae desire to argue with ye, Wife,” Will said as he stood. He held Maggie in front of him and finished hooking the clasp on her cloak. “Now have ye a kiss for yer husband afore he goes off to battle?”

Maggie just stared at him, her eyes filled with tears, until she could contain herself no longer. “Oh, Will, I’m so scared of losing you.”

“Ye’ll no’ lose me, Wife. ’Twill take more than a few Armstrongs to cut me down.”

Maggie took a deep breath to summon her courage. “Oh, you think not, rogue? Well, I know of one who plans to do so all by herself.”

“Do ye, mistress? Then I must prepare a strong defense.” Will grinned broadly as his lips parted to embrace Maggie’s in one long, erotic caress. Then with an obvious reluctance, he pulled away, and the first sign of fear she had ever seen in his eyes crossed their dusky gray surface. “Take yer dagger, Maggie, and if anyone dares touch ye . . . make sure they never see another sunrise, aye.”

Maggie swallowed hard and, with a shaking hand, relieved him of the weapon. She couldn’t imagine killing anyone, and yet she wouldn’t be abused again, nor would she be separated from her husband. Will took her hand and led her to the top floor, where the other women and children had gathered. He checked that she still held her dagger, then looked at her longingly, as if he were never going to see her again.

“I love ye, Maggie Armstrong,” he whispered, and he kissed her lips one last time before hurrying down the stairs.

Maggie’s heart filled with emotion, and she gasped for air. It was as if her very life’s breath had been taken away. Slipping down on the floor, she huddled up against the wall, still clutching the dagger he’d given her. Should Will die, she’d use it on the man who took him. Though she wanted to be by his side, her place was there above, in a way guarding their last bastion of defense. If the Armstrongs broke through, it was where they would all end up, and Maggie knew she would defend it to her dying breath. 

Arrows shot back and forth through the early morning sky, the silver-gray tinge of daylight brightening with each passing moment. Maggie shivered in the cool crisp air of the tower, though it was not the chilling dampness of the stone walls that caused her trembling, but the sound of cold hard steel clashing in the yard below. The Armstrongs had somehow breached the barmekin gate and were even now fighting their way toward the tower. She inched her way over to one of the narrow arrow slots and peeked over the ledge to look down at the melee below.

Will and Dylan were fighting back-to-back. Many of the Hetheringtons had been there for the wedding, so she couldn’t tell if more had arrived, but she did spot Tom and Richie Carnaby over by the cottage, getting the best of two scraggly looking scoundrels. Another man came riding through the gate, followed by his kinsman, a Selby, she thought. The fact that he aimed his bill at her cousin Jamie’s heart confirmed her suspicion.

She held her breath as her cousin managed to move aside at the last moment, yanking the Selby man from his horse. Part of her was relieved, for Jamie had always been a decent sort, and yet the fact that he lived only meant another sword aimed at Will’s heart. A sudden wave of nausea overcame her, and it was all she could do to hold it down. At least help was arriving, she told herself as she chanced another peek.

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Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. She has a BA in History and an MLS in Library Science, and enjoys the research almost as much as she does writing the story. In fact, many of her ideas come to her while doing casual research or digging into her family history. She is the author of the Thunder on the Moor series set on the 16th century Anglo-Scottish Border, and the Cross of Ciaran series, where a fifteen hundred year old Celt finds himself in the twentieth century. Andrea is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Long Island Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.

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Tommy Turtle #NewRelease #kidlit #SCBWI

Tommy Turtle is a shy land turtle who likes to hide inside his shell. Tommy represents children who are shy around other children and adults, and he is nervous to play or speak. Most children are shy from time to time and it’s important for children to understand shyness and how to act around others who are or aren’t shy. Children need to know that shyness is normal, and they need positive encouragement from peers, family, and teachers/adults in their lives. This concept teaching can start in preschool. Children need to develop and practice social skills which will increase their quality of life in school through drama class, music, gym class, show and tell time, play time and more, rather than staying on the sidelines and simply watching others and having less friends and social isolation. If confidence is learned, self-esteem increases, and children succeed.Less confidence promotes increased shyness. It is essential to praise children for their successes and not shame them at all when they fail. All social and emotional learning helps children to express feelings and be tuned in to the needs of others. This teaching contributes to the development of all children. Social acceptance and inclusion are important in social learning from an early age. The opportunity to interact with your child/children in a positive environment, such as the park in this story, illustrates the importance of a positive environment in aiding children with learning social skills with other children and adults. Tommy Turtle helps parents and teachers reinforce positive behaviors in an imaginative setting of a park and mud puddles as they learn about land turtles and shyness. Learning and sharing are essential for social development in all children. 

When The Mermaid Sings


A brief bit about the Sea Witch Voyages:

I wrote the first Voyage (Sea Witch) back in 2005 after thoroughly enjoying the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Like most avid readers, however, I wanted more than just the movie, I wanted to read something that was as entertaining and as exciting. A nautical adventure with a charming rogue of a pirate captain, written for adults (with adult content) but with a dash of supernatural fantasy as well – elements of which had made that first movie such fun to watch. I found many nautical-based novels, but they were all ‘serious stuff’ – Patrick O’Brian, Alexander Kent, C. S. Forrester … all good reads but without the fantasy fun, and barely a female character in sight. I simply could not find the book I wanted to read. So, I wrote my own.

The first Voyage led to more books in the series, and also generated several emails from fans who wanted to know how Jesamiah had become a pirate in the first place.

When the Mermaid Sings answers that question.

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(Excerpt 5)

Virginia summer 1708

Slumped on the edge of Halyard Calpin’s bed, Jesamiah sat, miserable, his face swollen, his body aching and sore, his head bowed. He looked up as the bed’s owner entered, bringing a swirl of mist from the river and a lingering whiff of acrid smoke.

He tried to think what to say, and blurted, defiant, “I would do it again! I would!”

Calpin removed his hat, tossed it onto a side cabinet, walked to another and poured two large glasses of rum. He handed one to Jesamiah. “Get that down you.”

Jesamiah looked at the dark liquid. He had only tasted watered wine, not liquor, and certainly not this strong stuff. He sniffed it, and the sweet caramel scent slammed into his brain.

“It tastes as good as it smells,” Calpin chuckled, sipping at his own.

Jesamiah frowned, then knocked the whole drink back in one gulp, fire burning his throat and bringing different tears to his eyes.

“Careful.” Calpin grinned. “It’s a strong brew.”

“Now you tell me,” Jesamiah gasped. All the same, he held out the glass for a refill. This one he sipped more slowly as his friend made himself comfortable in the only chair.

“So, what are you going to do?” Calpin asked.

Jesamiah merely shrugged.

“You will have to do something,” Calpin persisted. “You cannot stay here.”

“Why not?” Jesamiah looked up sharply, a glint of hope in his eyes. “I could stay hidden here in your house, keep out of the way.”

Gesturing around the cluttered room, Calpin shook his head. “I built this cottage myself. It has this one room, that one bed you are sitting on and this one chair I am occupying. I needed nothing larger – when you are used to a life aboard a ship you only require small quarters.”

Biting his lip to stop it from trembling, Jesamiah studied the glass of rum a moment before drinking the liquid down. The fire in his throat was just as strong, but more pleasant this time. Dizzy, his vision blurring a little, he looked up. “I will not go begging to him. I will not apologise.”

Leaning forward to refill the glass, Calpin laughed. “I would hope not. Your father and I have waited a long while for this day.”

How I met Jesamiah Acorne (the tru-ish) story

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Book Title: When The Mermaid Sings

Series: The Sea Witch Voyages

Author: Helen Hollick

Publication Date: 21st June 2021

Publisher: Taw River Press

Page Length: 190 Pages

Genre: Historical/Nautical Fantasy

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When The Mermaid Sings

(A prequel story to The Sea Witch Voyages)

By Helen Hollick


A prequel short read story to the Sea Witch Voyages of Captain Jesamiah Acorne

When the only choice is to run, where do you run to?

When the only sound is the song of the sea, do you listen?

Or do you drown in the embrace of a mermaid?

Throughout childhood, Jesamiah Mereno has suffered the bullying of his elder half-brother. Then, not quite fifteen years old, and on the day they bury their father, Jesamiah hits back. In consequence, he flees his Virginia home, changes his name to Jesamiah Acorne, and joins the crew of his father’s seafaring friend, Captain Malachias Taylor, aboard the privateer, Mermaid.

He makes enemies, sees the ghost of his father, wonders who is the Cornish girl he hears in his mind – and tries to avoid the beguiling lure of a sensuous mermaid…

An early coming-of-age tale of the young Jesamiah Acorne, set in the years before he becomes a pirate and Captain of the Sea Witch.


Ms Hollick has skillfully picked up the threads that she alludes to in the main books and knitted them together to create a Jesamiah that we really didn’t know.” Richard Tearle senior reviewer, Discovering Diamonds

Captain Jesamiah Acorne is as charming a scoundrel as a fictional pirate should be. A resourceful competitor to Captain Jack Sparrow!” Antoine Vanner author

Helen Hollick has given us the answer to that intriguing question that Jesamiah fans have been aching for – how did he start his sea-going career as a pirate?” Alison Morton, author

I really enjoyed the insight offered into Jesamiah’s backstory, and found the depiction of our teenage hero very moving.” Anna Belfrage, author

I loved this little addendum to the Jesamiah series. I always had a soft spot for the Lorelei stories and enjoyed that the author cleverly brought her over from the Rhine valley to fit into the story.” Amazon Reviewer

Trigger Warnings:

Sexual content, adult language.

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First published in 1994, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She is now branching out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her new venture, the Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Talesand Life of A Smuggler. She lives in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, runs Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and occasionally gets time to write…

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This entry was posted on April 12, 2022. 4 Comments

Embrace the Choice

Book Title: Embrace the Choice

Series: (The Choice Series, Book 2)

Author: Ellie Yarde

Publication Date: 12th April 2022

Publisher: Independently Published

Book 1, Escape the Choice, will be free from April 12th – 15th.

Page Length: 47 Pages

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary Romance

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Embrace the Choice

(The Choice Series, Book 2)

By Ellie Yarde


How do you deal with choices when you don’t know how?

Lena has always been a quiet and private person, who only talks to people she knows and doesn’t stray outside of her comfort zone. She refuses to admit to anyone but herself that she has a crush on Tyler, the roommate of a friend’s boyfriend.

When Tyler starts making excuses to spend time with her, she can’t help but like the attention, however awkward she may find social interaction. The problem is, Lena knows next to nothing about dating. Everything she knows has come from a romance book, and she is too socially inept to be able to act like the women in her books. Will she be able to summon the courage in order to go on the date she so desperately desires?

A quick read filled with friendship, love, and trashy romance books.

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No Cure for Love #romance

From Amazon: A dangerously cavalier hero unwilling to follow doctor’s orders. A dedicated, compassionate heroine determined to heal. Jamie Calderone is a charming and carefree bachelor who lives life with reckless abandon. His trip to the hospital for yet another sports-related injury finds him back under the care of Dr. Rylee Kavanaugh. Jamie’s fallen fast and hard for the gorgeous Irish doc and goes to great lengths to prove it to her. Rylee is a gifted, caring physician who’s chosen her career over her personal life. She’s sworn off romance because of her abysmal relationship history and her crippling abandonment issues, but she’s intrigued by the many charms of this kind, handsome man. But when the doctor discovers her patient is deliberately ignoring warning signs his body is sending him, putting his life—and her heart—in danger, she refuses to stick around to watch him self-destruct, even if it means she’ll be alone forever. Do they have the remedy for each other’s pain? And will they learn the hard way there is no cure for love? No Cure for Love, Book Five in the Calderone Family Romance Series, is a captivating story of sorrow and tears, soul-searching and self-discovery, laughter and love.

My Review: This is the fourth book in this series, and the forth book I’ve read by this author. Filled with more than one love story, the main love story is different than the three prior books. It’s fun to read the lively banter of the Calderone family. Five star romance. TRIGGER ALERT: If you have lost a loved one to cancer or its treatment, and especially a child, like I did, then be warned. Unfortunately, I read that part on my youngest son’s birthday celebrated in heaven. Losing my son at age five, and then this part triggered me. It’s a wonderful book, BUT beware of trigger aspect. That part has me in tears at this very moment.

Secrets of Rosenli Manor

Book Title: Secrets of Rosenli Manor

Series: (Mysteries of the Modern Ladies’ Society, Book 1)

Author: Heidi Eljarbo

Publication Date: 29th March 2022

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 160 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Mystery

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Secrets of Rosenli Manor

(Mysteries of the Modern Ladies’ Society, Book 1)

By Heidi Eljarbo


Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series.

It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor.

In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not everyone is happy about the new mistress of Rosenli.

Intrigue, mystery, and a touch of romance in the Norwegian countryside fill the pages of Secrets of Rosenli Manor.

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Excerpt 4:

ROSENLI MANOR SAT bathed in a pleasant glow when Lilly arrived early the following day. Rays of sunshine sprayed the few snowy spots left on the ground, and two sparrows flittered between the bare branches of birches and hazelnut trees.

She’d only attended two funerals. The first one was for her beloved mother, then Uncle Alfred had passed a few years later.

A whiff of freshly baked goods met her as she opened the main door and stepped across the threshold. Maids were buzzing around an immensely long table set up in the middle of the grand entry hall, smoothing the linen tablecloth, and hurrying to and from the kitchen carrying trays and baskets of cakes and sweet rolls.

Gertrude came toward her. “Oh, there you are, love. The reception is being prepared according to Agatha’s wishes. I hope you are pleased.”

“It looks wonderful. Are you expecting a large crowd?”

“The townsfolk. Your great-aunt was much loved.”

“I’m glad they can come.”

“You know, Agatha always held an open hand for people in need and shared what she had. Today, we’ll celebrate that goodness by inviting people inside the manor for a bite to eat. They’ll sing hymns, enjoy the food, and speak kind words about Agatha before they follow the wagon with her casket to the church cemetery.”

“I’ve never heard of such devotedness before, only with celebrities or perhaps royalty.”

“One may think Agatha was just an ordinary woman, but there was nothing common about her. What she taught me through her example is that anyone can do extraordinary things with their life. One can choose to be good, charitable, or kind…even when others may not deserve to be treated well. There’s always a choice.” She wiped her hands on her apron and rearranged a couple of the cake trays. “There. That’s better.” Touching Lilly’s arm, she said, “As you learn more about her and become acquainted with her life, you’ll understand what I mean.”


“Patience, dear. All in good time.” She gave Lilly a quick hug. “I’m so pleased you are here.” Her skirt swooshed as she rushed back down the hall toward the kitchen.

John came carrying a large tray. Steam rose from the cups, and the aroma of mulled blackcurrant toddy reached Lilly.

“Mornin’, Lilly,” he said. “Can I do anything for you?”

“I’d like to help.”

“Go to the kitchen and ask what you can do. We’ll invite people into the grand hall as soon as we have everything on the table.”

Lilly made her way to the scullery, moving out of the way as two maids hurried by.

“What can I do?” she asked Gertrude.

“Every plate and basket on that table needs to go out. We’re almost ready now.”

Lilly picked up a serving plate with lefse and carried it into the hallway. The softened potato flatbread rolled up with butter, sugar, and cinnamon was one of her favorite treats. She hurried back a few more times until the long table was packed full of delicacies. Cakes and open-faced sandwiches, buns and sweet rolls, dried apples, and cold and warm drinks filled every available space.

Gertrude gave John a nod, and he turned to Lilly.

“Shall we?” he asked.

Lilly smiled, not knowing what to expect. “Yes, John. Please invite the neighbors in.”

John flung open the double doors, and young and old dressed in what seemed like their finest clothes streamed inside. At first, they stood to the side, waiting and peeking shyly at the table and taking in the beauty of the hallway with its portraits on one wall and lovely mirrors on the other. A rope hung at the bottom of the staircase to prevent people from entering the private rooms upstairs.

Children stared at the delicacies then pulled at their mothers’ skirts, looking up with pleading eyes.

“Go ahead,” Gertrude said, smiling at the youngsters.

With their mothers in tow, the children hurried to the table. Chairs were set out along both sidewalls, and Lilly grabbed a basket and offered sweet raisin rolls to older people who’d found a seat. Menfolk stood talking, mugs of warm toddy in one hand and a sandwich or two in the other.

Gertrude handed Lilly a mug. “One of Agatha’s favorite drinks when the weather cooled off. She always asked for a cup when returning from walks outside.”

The juice had the same rich deep-red color as the pelargonium Lilly remembered hanging from the balcony planters on the backside of the manor.

“Thank you, Gertrude.”

Lilly carefully blew on the hot juice then took a sip. The flavor was delicious, like an aromatic blend of berries, spices, and everything sweet.

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Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries filled with courageous and good characters that are easy to love and others you don’t want to go near.

Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

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This entry was posted on April 7, 2022. 2 Comments

The Cloak #inspirational @wandalu

From Amazon: It is said, that on the day Jesus died, the soldiers gambled at the foot of the cross for all of his personal effects. Among those items, was his cloak… In John 19:24, it is written…”Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another, “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture (in Psalm 22) might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So, this is what the soldiers did that day. Have you ever wondered what happened to his cloak? Or to the soldier who won it? How did it feel to wear the cloak of Jesus Christ and what sort of thoughts might he have about it? Or about Jesus? Come along on this fictional tale and discover a short story that is as thought-provoking as it is encouraging for the world we live in today.

My Review: Oh my. I didn’t know what this book was about until I started reading. Then my heart swelled with joy and love, and tears ran down my face the more I read. For me, this story is a reaffirmation of my Christian beliefs and reading it this close to Easter is marvelous. The story is short, but packed with meaning in abundance. Five shiny gold stars. Well done, Wanda.

This entry was posted on April 6, 2022. 2 Comments

Happy Birthday, Sammy! #CaptSam #WhenAngelsFly

37. Who would you have been? Might your best friend be your older brother? Are you tow headed in Heaven? Golden Blonde Haired Boy is what you brother loves to call the precious photo of you with a golden background – as below. Forever age five years in Heaven. You are so loved and missed. You and Shane are togetehr in heaven, born three years apart, to Heaven eight years apart. 37. Who would you be? Who would you have become?

This entry was posted on April 6, 2022. 2 Comments


From Amazon: Many trees in this antique world like orphans but their earth and roots are very strong.
Some trees, are subjected to inhuman torture, by wild animal/people, all of them good but fate not supported. The stems were half-burnt in the fire but they are still alive in the kindle roots. A collage of fun, agony, love, quirkiness and emotions that bonds together in one dreamland.


On the ruined mind wall
Some orchids
Some wilted leaves
Some incomplete bird nests
And cobwebs
The poor frescoes gasp softly
abused of hues of dreams,
willing not to dress up,
as before.
Once has written
a neighbor
with charcoal onto it,
her faded history.


Alighting, a whore moon,
to my hazel yellow garden,

Her ember eyes sparkle
as a wounded tigress,

pale sharp meteors
as children

acidic rain
comes down in force
to absorb
salty sweats
of blue earth.

My Review: This book is full of beautiful poems written in a rhymic manner of awe and wonder. Five stars. Note: Roman Numeraling is off but doesn’t detract from each poem.

Tart: A Small-Town Bakery Series #romance

From Amazon: My name is Bishop Halla, and I believe in love at first sight. The problem is, the woman I’m in love with doesn’t. Amber Larson. The face of The Fluffy Cupcake. She’s the sweetest tart in the bakery case, and I want nothing more than to take a bite. The other problem is, I can see through the smile she uses to hide her excruciating pain and halting limp. She needs help, fast, and I’m just the man for the job. What’s my plan? It’s simple. I’ll propose. For her, it’s a marriage of convenience. For me, it’s the real deal. I have thirty days to teach this beautifully broken woman that her past doesn’t have to dictate her future. I’ll start by showing my little tart that the right man will fill her nights with pleasure rather than pain. Her tight, lithe body and plump, kissable lips assure me it will be the most titillating lesson I’ve ever taught. Is it possible?I don’t know, but I have to try because If I fail, it will spell disaster for The Fluffy Cupcake, the entire town of Lake Pendle, and most of all, my heart.

My Review: This is the second book in this series that I’ve read by Mettner. Katie has nailed it yet again! The novel is full of angst, love, feeling inadequate, disability, but totally human. God, love, and kindness abounds within a lovely matrix of a bake and coffee shop with goodies galore. Book is also fine to read as a standalone story. I also love that by Katie, as her books are divine and yes, she is my favorite contemporary romance writer. Five shiny stars.