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Apples & Angel Wings #ChristmasRomance

From Amazon:

Heather Robbins

Age: 26

Looks: Tall, platinum blonde, and curvaceous

Favorite Food: Apple pastries from The Nightingale Diner

Status: Single, but secretly in love with Bells Pass’s police detective

Gabriel Dennison

Age: 27

Looks: Tall, dark, and handsome

Favorite Food: Baked Chicken from The Nightingale Diner

Status: Single, but secretly in love with his favorite cosmetologist

It’s Christmastime in Bells Pass again, but Heather and Gabe are anything but jolly. A disastrous homecoming dance in high school hurt them both, and neither knows how to cross the gulf of pain between them. Old bets, hidden truths, family secrets, and tiny angels will come together to show them true love does conquer all. This Christmas, Gabe and Heather might be the couple that proves the legend of the Bells Pass gazebo isn’t just a legend after all.

My Review:

Mettner has done it once again! My favorite contemporary romance writer has written another awesome book set in Bells Pass near Christmas time. Bells Pass is evocative of old small town Christmas’ and everyone takes great care of each other. The sense of loyalty to others, the love and caring, and the ambient atmosphere is sublime! Mix in a woman and a man who’ve known each other since childhood, toss in old hurts, and family dysfunction, lots of love, and kindness makes for a book that should be a Christmas movie! No one is perfect, but love prevails over skin issues, self-confidence issues, drama both nice and not as nice, and true love winning in a most beautiful “happily ever after”. That’s my perfect read.

This entry was posted on August 12, 2022. 2 Comments

Charm by Tonya Penrose

From Amazon: A few unexplainable facts have left botanist ABBY DRAKE dazed and confused: why she can’t account for three lost hours, why a road detour she was traveling changed into a closed loop around a mountain town called Charm, why she can’t find the place on her map and a route home, and way too handsome, MAYOR NASH WALKER has appeared offering an introduction to Charm’s uncommon ways. Nash’s words hold Abby captive on a park bench. She’s stuck in Charm. Needing to discover why and agreeing to complete a series of lessons taught by sage, GITA GREENLEAF helps chart Abby’s course. Humorous encounters follow Abby. She tries to adapt to living in an enchanted village, where money isn’t needed, but acceptance of the impossible is required. Over the next couple of weeks, Abby comes to recognize the unique beauty of living a charmed life. Unable to resist her growing attraction to Nash, she questions her desire to return home, assuming the portal opens.

My Review: Charm had me charmed. The characters fit the scenes and the way life unfolded in Charm was enchanting. I envisioned my own person fitting into Charm and living the life those who are in Charm live. I believe in doing good for the greater good and for oneself. Five stars.

The Du Lac Chronicles 

Book Title: The Du Lac Chronicles

Series: (Book 1 of The Du Lac Chronicles)

Author: Mary Anne Yarde

Publication Date: 21st February 2016

Publisher: Independently Publishing

Page Length: 317 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Fantasy / Historical Romance

Twitter Handle: @maryanneyarde

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The Du Lac Chronicles

(Book 1 of The Du Lac Chronicles)

By Mary Anne Yarde


A generation after Arthur Pendragon ruled, Briton lies fragmented into warring kingdoms and principalities.

Eighteen-year-old Alden du Lac ruled the tiny kingdom of Cerniw. Now he half-hangs from a wooden pole, his back lashed into a mass of bloody welts exposed to the cold of a cruel winter night. He’s to be executed come daybreak—should he survive that long.

When Alden notices the shadowy figure approaching, he assumes death has come to end his pain. Instead, the daughter of his enemy, Cerdic of Wessex, frees and hides him, her motives unclear.

Annis has loved Alden since his ill-fated marriage to her Saxon cousin—a marriage that ended in blood and guilt—and she would give anything to protect him. Annis’s rescue of Alden traps them between a brutal Saxon king and Alden’s remaining allies. Meanwhile, unknown forces are carefully manipulating the ruins of Arthur’s legacy.

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Torture, Warfare

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Mary Anne Yarde

Mary Anne Yarde is a multi-award winning and bestselling author of Historical Fiction, as well as an award-winning blogger. She studied History at Cardiff University and went on to study Equine Science at Warwickshire College.

Mary Anne is a passionate advocate for quality Historical Fiction and founded The Coffee Pot Book Club in 2015 and became a professional Editorial Reviewer in 2016.

Mary Anne’s award-winning series, The Du Lac Chronicles, is set a generation after the fall of King Arthur. The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Britain and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed

Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury—the fabled Isle of Avalon—was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

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This entry was posted on August 2, 2022. 2 Comments