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ARC Review: Jane of Austin

Book Title : Jane of Austin
Book Author : Hillary Manton Lodge
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : March 18th 2014


Can you believe the only Jane Austen book I have read was Pride and Prejudice?

I haven’t gotten the chance to read any of her other work especially Sense and Sensibility which this book is based upon and now I truly wish I had.

I love retellings so it’s no surprise I would pick this one up to read but – here’s my first but – as I have not read Sense and Sensibility first, I had no idea who is who or what the plot is based upon. I think it would have been more enjoyable for me if I did. So I fully blame myself for this one. *smacks own head!

Retellings aside, I found it to be a very enjoyable light read. It’s entertaining, its cute and its fun.

The books starts with Jane Woodward and her sisters escaping their father’s scandal by fleeing to Austin – Texas, to start anew and to re-open their tea-shop there. It wasn’t as easy as it sounded as they were faced with many challenges, whether it’s with the tea shop or their relationships along with falling in and out of love. The story is told through Jane’s POV and through the retired Marine, Captain Cullum Beckett, who you can’t help but admire. I don’t think I have hated any of the characters or got annoyed by. They were so real, so wonderful that it makes you wish you were living right there with them.

This would make the perfect summer read, or by the pool or even while you are getting your nails done.

I would recommend it <insert shrug here> but if you are not as big on chick-lit as I am, you’d find it mediocre and not as memorable. It’s just one quick fun read between intense ones.

I received this book from Bloggingforbooks and Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Here and Gone

Book Title : Here and Gone
Book Author : Haylen Beck
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date : June 20th 2017


I love it when a book grips you right from the beginning and this was extremely the case with this one.

Audra Kinney was fleeing the country with her two kids, Sean and Louise, when she was pulled over by the town’s Sheriff who suspected her and asked to search her car. Having found a bag of marijuana, he arrests her, ask a fellow officer to come to pick up the kids, and throws her in jail. When Audra asks him where took her children, he replies.

“What Children?”

And all fun begins from there. The book started out really well, I was so attentive and clinging to every word trying to make sense as we were given tids and bits about Audra, who was a recovering alcoholic and a Sheriff who been serving the town for years.

Where are the children? Were there really any children? Did her abusing husband arrange all this?

The suspense was just unbearable. It was incredibly tense and I was flipping through the pages (actually tapping the heck out of my iPad) to find out what happened and to find an end to this nightmare that had begun.

As enjoyable as it was, halfway through, some of the mystery fell and we got the answers that we were looking for. I really wished it would have kept us on the edge longer or till at least near the end of the book as I wasn’t reading the rest like that first half.

Overall, I would truly recommend this book to all thrillers fans, especially those who love the domestic and/or psychological kind.

I received this book from Bloggingforbooks and Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review.