To Read or Not to Read … Read! – March 2020

Posted March 25, 2020 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 20 Comments

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Sophia's To Read or Not

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.

Give a bow or curtsey to historical romance this month.

Candidate #1

His Forsaken Bride by Alice ColdbreathHis Forsaken Bride by Alice Coldbreath
#2 Vawdrey Brothers

Blurb:

Fenella Thane is a desperate woman. Her absentee husband of eight years has served her with divorce papers and she looks likely to lose her beloved home and be forced into a convent.
There is just one slim chance to avoid this fate, one person of prominence at court who she knows has the ear of the King. Oswald Vawdrey, the man who cruelly jilted her when she was a starry-eyed fifteen year old with a head full of romantic dreams.
Fen swallows her pride and rides to the King’s court at Aphrany to beg for Lord Vawdrey’s intercession. But Lord Vawdrey is not the charming boy she remembers, and he has no interest in halting her divorce. Instead, he has quite different plans for his former intended bride.
Fenella is about to discover there is more to Oswald Vawdrey than meets the eye. And she may not be quite so forsaken as she once thought…

This is a stand-alone full length novel of over 150,000 words set in a medieval style landscape in the fictional kingdom of Karadok. Please do not purchase if you are offended by strong language and or sex scenes. 

Candidate #2

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve GrahamUnder the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham
#1 The MacDonnells

Blurb:

The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They have had visions of each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met.

Now, with their lives torn asunder, Maggie Johnson and Andrew MacDonnell’s quest to find each other is guided only by their dreams— and by the belief in the true love they share.

On the Carolina frontier Maggie Johnson’s family struggles to survive. Maggie’s gift of “the sight” and her visions show her a presence she calls Wolf. She watches him grow from a boy her age to a man even as she goes from child to woman.

Andrew MacDonald has always wondered about the girl he sees in his dreams. He is able to talk to her through their thoughts and vows that even if he must cross an ocean he will find her.

They are thrust into different situations: Andrew fights for the doomed Jacobite cause and Maggie is captured by slavers, then rescued and brought into a kind, loving Native American tribe. They each believe in destiny and the power of the love they have shared forever.

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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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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 months ago

hmm is this the same Genevieve Graham that just wrote The Forgotten Home Child?

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, the same Genevieve. She wrote this Scottish American Trilogy before her Canadian historicals.

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago

Really a toss up but I went for the psychic one even though it kinda lost me with the slavers and then Indians. She has really bad luck!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh man, the story will probably make me tear up with all that they have going on. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 months ago

His Forsaken bride got my vote.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks, Mary!

Jenea's Book Obsession
2 months ago

Under the Same Sky sounds great!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

Her books are fabulous. I can’t believe I haven’t read her first one.

Jen
Jen
2 months ago

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham sounds so interesting. It has my vote!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Jen

It does have some nice vibes. Thanks, Jen!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Under the Same Sky because she looks sassy.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

I love sassy gal heroines. Thanks, Sarha!

vvb
vvb
2 months ago

Partial towards the renaissance period 😉

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Well that made it easy for you to pick. I think its a fascinating time, too. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I chose Under the Same Sky. I think it’s neat that the characters have had visions of each other their whole lives.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

That does seem especially poignant since they are apart for so much time. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 months ago

Candidate 1!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Thanks for your vote, Carole! 🙂

RO P
2 months ago

I’m late to the party (as usual-lol), but I’m thinking His Forsaken Bride. Hope you guys and our families are all doing well. Air Hug, RO

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  RO P

Not late at all. 🙂 We don’t close it until tomorrow.

My family and I are doing blessedly well and wishing you the same, Radiant Ro!