To Be or Not to Be…Read – October 2018

Posted October 24, 2018 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 20 Comments

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Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review post.

Okay, I’m continuing the holiday reading them into this month and leave you with a few Ho Ho Holiday reading choices.

Candidate #1

A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh
Historical Romance

Blurb:

A love that cannot be bought or sold proves to be the greatest gift of all, in this heartwarming classic that demonstrates once again why New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh is among the most celebrated authors of historical romance.

Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions—especially when a couple seems as well matched as Randolph Pierce, Earl of Falloden, and his bride-to-be, Eleanor Transome. Ellie brings to the marriage a vast dowry, while Falloden, though distant, is handsome, tremendously desirable, and possessed of a title most young ladies can only dream of sharing.

Yet Ellie is not most young ladies. She knows that she must honor her dear father’s dying wish for her to wed the proud earl, but she dreads a lifetime in a union without love—and how can Falloden claim to love her when he married her only for her fortune? As Christmas descends upon the Falloden manor, the warmth of the season may yet melt away the trappings of duty and wealth, leaving behind only a man and a woman destined for each other’s arms.

Candidate #2

Heartsong Cottage by Emily March
#10 Eternity Springs
Contemporary Romance

Blurb:

Daniel Garrett is no stranger to heartache or tragedy. Once a successful detective, his world fell apart with his son’s murder and his wife’s suicide. Leaving the police force, Daniel devotes his life to finding missing children, but when a case goes sour on the anniversary of his personal tragedy, he returns to Eternity Springs hoping for some of the town’s fabled healing.

Shannon O’Toole isn’t looking for romance. After her fiancé’s death, she closed off her heart. But she can’t deny the spark between her and a sexy stranger at a friend’s wedding. Shannon has her own secrets and has no place in her life for a private detective, even one who moves her as much as Daniel. But when the pair are thrown together on a case, the magic of Eternity Springs just might give them a second chance.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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ROP
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They both look pretty good, but my pick is the contemporary with Emily March. Those characters seem to be calling out to me, and sound full of depth. Hugs and Happy Reading! RO

Sophia Rose
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And, gut feelings are a good way to choose. I do it all the time. 🙂 Thanks, Ro!

Melliane
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OOOOh christmas stories! I don’t know which one but I’m curious for both lol

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Tough pick, right?

Liina
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Heartsong Cottage by Emily March 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Liina!

Lorna
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Lorna

It won’t take my vote? Not sure why. Anyway I go with Christmas Promise because I’ve been wanting to try this author.

Sophia Rose
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Oh, yeah, I’ll have to shoot Shari an email.

Yes, she’s a long time author. I like most of the books I’ve read by her and its around two dozen now.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I clicked and clicked but nope, nothing doing. I choose A Christmas Promise. I liked the premise.

Sophia Rose
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Yep, technical difficulties today. 😉

But, I appreciate you sharing your vote. I enjoy her books and a historical Christmas romance for an arranged marriage does have appeal.

Carole rae
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Mhmmm I vote Candidate 1

Sophia Rose
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Decisions… decisions… LOL
Thanks, Carole!

Northwoman
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Well I don’t read historical very often so I vote for contemporary. Mary Balogh is a good author, though. I read a paranormal romance, sort of which she wrote. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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Sounds like good reasoning, Anne. I have a historical paranormal anthology that Balogh contributed in. I hope to read that soon. I have a ton of her books on the shelf so I’ll be making her stuff a real priority soon.

Lover Of Romance
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ooh these both sound so so GOOD and I love both of these authors. Hard choice for sure!!

Sophia Rose
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LOL! That’s why I needed help. 🙂

Lola
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I can’t seem to vote sadly, but these both sound like a good pick for the year. I probably would vote for the historical one as I don’t think I’ve seen as many historical Christmas novels around so that sounds fun.

Sophia Rose
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Sorry about that, Lola. We are having technical difficulties with the voting tech. I’ll collect votes from the comments.

Yes, you’re right. Most of the Christmas novels I see are contemporary ones. I do like historicals that include the Christmas season.

herding cats
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Emily March’s cover is just lovely. I need to give her a read, I think 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your holiday reads!

Sophia Rose
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They really are. I only have two of hers, but I like to admire them up on the shelf. 🙂