Review & Giveaway: The Duke’s Refuge by Lorri Dudley

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About the Book

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Book: The Duke’s Refuge

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: January 7, 2020

When love comes in a tempest, who knew it would wear pink?

Georgia Lennox has traded in her boyish ways for pink gowns and a coy smile to capture the eye of the Earl of Claremont. However, on the day she’s convinced the earl will propose, Georgia is shipped off to the Leeward Islands to care for her ailing father. But when she arrives on Nevis, the last thing she expects is to learn that her abrupt departure was not at her father’s bidding but that of the infuriating, yet captivating, island schoolmaster. And now her plans may well be shipwrecked.

Harrison Wells is haunted by the memories of his deceased wife and hunted by the subsequent women who aspire to be the next Duchess of Linton. Desiring anonymity, he finds sanctuary in the Leeward island of Nevis. He’s willing to sacrifice his ducal title for a schoolmaster’s life and the solace the island provides. That is until unrest finds its way to Nevis in a storm of pink chiffon—Miss Georgia Lennox.

As Georgia and Harrison’s aspirations break apart like a ship cast upon the rocks, a new love surfaces, but secrets and circumstances drag them into rough waters. Can they surrender their hearts to a love that defies their expectations?

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My Review

The-Dukes-Refuge-1-200x300This was a fantastic Regency story! I enjoyed the island setting and all of the differences and struggles that this setting brought to light. Georgia had to confront her conflicted emotions regarding her father’s leaving the family years earlier. It impacted Georgia tremendously and she struggled to overcome the emotional burdens she carried from that event.

Harrison was a great character. He was a loving father and a kind man who had so much heartache and guilt in his backstory. I loved the way these two began to have feelings for each other after their time spent together. I thought the author did a good job of piecing together Harrison’s backstory through flashbacks. There was a great faith thread that was naturally woven into the plot, as well.

I loved this story from start to finish and have found myself thinking about these characters long after I turned the last page.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

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After being buried under the largest snowfall in Massachusetts history, I wrote The Duke’s Refuge as an escape to warmer tropical climates, and what better respite than a romantic Caribbean isle with a mysteriously missing Duke? In the process I fell in love with the beauty of Nevis, it’s rich culture, and history.

My heroine Georgia lured me in the moment I realized she only wore pink. My psychology background had me digging deeper. I needed to know why. Why the obsession? What was the root behind the hurt? Why pink? How did she go from being a Tomboy to a dignified, Regency socialite? And how did she wind up in the Leeward Islands? Enter her beloved, sick father who always saw Georgia’s potential even when it was hidden under boy’s clothing and often smelled of marsh. Although, he held the best of intentions, his relocating to Nevis left Georgia with deep abandonment issues.

Harrison was a completely different beast. After reading about Mudlarks who trolled the Thames River searching for treasure and even picking the pockets of dead people washed up on the shores, I knew Harrison’s would wind up caked in the Thames’s thick mud and devastated at the loss of his wife. The Leeward island became not only a reprieve from his grief but also from the women who snuck into his carriage or cornered him at parties clamoring to become the next Duchess.

Oddly enough, part of the story formed when a friend of mine spoke of their family trip to visit his mother. She happened to own a parrot, and after a week of the kids yelling each other’s names, the parrot imitated their shrieking. Even long after they returned to the U.S. the bird still screeched out their names. I couldn’t resist adding a mimicking parrot to add a comical element and harass my main characters.

The Duke’s Refuge is meant to be a fish-out-of-water, case-of-mistaken-identity, love triangle romance with a happily-ever-after. It demonstrates how God’s love fervently pursues us, no matter how far we run, and that sometimes, something we would never have chosen can bless us in a way we would never have expected.

To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com or click here to watch The Duke’s Refuge’s book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D65yeAhswnI&feature=emb_logo

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review: The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

The Way of the BraveThe Way of the Brave was definitely action-packed! So many terrifying things happened up on Denali, that for most of the book, I had to read a chapter and then take a break so that I could handle all that I was reading about.

There was a lot of technical climbing terminology that went right over my head. I did end up looking up a few terms so that I could visualize what was going on better. I found myself wondering why anyone would ever want to put themselves in such a position of danger.

However, I really did like the book, as well as the characters who were introduced in it. Jenny and Orion both questioned the existence of God throughout this story, went through a lot, and ended up with faith journeys that may not have come about without all that they endured.

The author has set things up for another exciting series. Also, if you have read The Montana Marshalls series, you will recognize some scenes from the second book in that series, Tate, overlapping with this one. I found that fun.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Way of the BraveFormer pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure–and his injuries–has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones’s elite rescue team, but he also can’t shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun’s yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she’ll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes–the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what’s needed to prevent another tragedy–but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They’ll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

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Review: The Matchmaker’s Rogue by Regina Scott

The Matchmaker's RogueThis was a delightful and clean Regency tale! Romance with a dash of mystery and danger mixed together in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Grace-by-the-Sea.

I enjoyed these characters, from Jess and Lark, to the various and frequently amusing side characters. Jess’s Aunt Maudie provided such comic relief in an endearing manner. I loved the way most of the residents shrugged off her fanciful comments, while accepting her for the woman she was.

The Matchmaker’s Rogue was such a good story! I enjoyed it from start to finish and look forward to reading more in the series.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Matchmaker's RogueGrace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.

Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.

Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl.

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin’s Secret Love and The Rake’s Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House’s Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.

Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.

You can connect with Regina on her websiteblogGoodreads, and on Facebook.

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Audio Book Review: Throne of Grace by Cecily Wolfe

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I enjoyed listening to this sweet tale of two people from different social classes, back in a time and place where your social standing clearly defined how you were treated and what opportunities you had.

This story took place in Newport, Rhode Island, which is a location that I have visited twice in my life and toured the grand “cottages” of the wealthy. These summer home “cottages” were in actuality grand mansions for the upper crust of society.

I liked the two main characters, Arthur and Josie, as well as the side characters of Josie’s mother and the local doctor. All four of these people valued following God’s leading for their lives.

This was a sweet novel, which was enjoyable to listen to. The narrator did not do separate voices for each of the characters, yet that was not a drawback at all. She had such a lovely voice, it was as if I was sitting in a room, listening to someone read to me. I definitely liked listening to it and would recommend it to those who enjoy clean, Christian historical novels.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Throne of GraceHis love for her is the key to his happiness.

Arthur Davenport has it all: looks, money, and a successful future planned by his parents. He knows that something is missing, but when he and Josie, his mother’s maid, develop a friendship that can only be based on Christian values, he realizes that his love for her is the key to his happiness. Can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury for a life of service with her?

Newport, Rhode Island in the last decades of the nineteenth century was a stunningly beautiful and glamorous playground for the rich during the summer months, and a perfect setting for a romance between a rich young man from New York City and a local girl who works for his family. The two couldn’t possibly expect to have anything in common, as he is expected to follow his father in a financial career and she is merely a maid with a mother who takes care of local children while their parents work. Arthur Davenport, spoiled and bored, unsure of his place in his family and in the eyes of God, truly meets his match in Josie Warren, who is often just a bit hard on herself for not being the perfect Christian in thought as well as deed. The two meet on the famous Cliff Walk, and neither of them can imagine where or how their instant attraction will take them as he struggles to makes his parents understand that his calling is the same as hers, to help those less fortunate. He has no money of his own, and if they disinherit him out of disapproval, how can he help Josie, who has spent her life working hard to help support herself and her mother? More importantly, how can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury just to be with her?

Free for Kindle here.

Purchase the audio book here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cecily Wolfe writes contemporary young adult and women’s fiction, as well as contemporary sweet romance with her teenage daughter under the name Alessa Martel. She is also the author of the award-winning, best selling Cliff Walk Courtships Christian historical romance series as well as the upcoming sequel series, Cliff Walk Cousins, under the name Cecily K. Wolfe. She graduated from Kent State University with degrees in English and library science, and enjoys her career as a librarian in Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives with her daughters – both of whom are published authors.

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Review: Freedom in the Mountain Wind by Misty M. Beller

Freedom in the Mountain WindI loved this story! This author always does an amazing job of combining adventure, faith, and romance into stories that I just can’t set down. I have found that when I pick up a book by Misty Beller, that I can trust that I am in for a story that makes me feel as if I am part of the adventure, facing danger among the vast beauty of the wilderness. I also know that I am in for a heartfelt romance.

Beaver Tail’s spiritual and emotional journey was beautiful to read about. I loved seeing how he began to cherish Susanna, and how his heart was slowly opened to learning about God through his friends, as well as Susanna’s father.

Speaking of the other men on this wilderness trek, I was very impressed with the cast of characters in this story and hope that future novels will tell their tales. Each man seemed to be a man of integrity, but with backstories that I am eager to learn about. I loved this book from start to finish and look forward to reading more in this series.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Freedom in the Mountain Wind

The last epic journey before her life changes forever.

Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including trek along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most.

Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of a massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. 

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Review: End Game by Rachel Dylan

End GameNice start to an intriguing series set in the nation’s capital! The author had me guessing throughout the entire book regarding who was behind the murders and what appeared to be a cover up conspiracy.

I enjoyed meeting new characters and watching as the team worked to uncover clues in their investigation. There was a light romantic thread between the main characters, Bailey and Marco, plus a couple of the side characters had potential relationships that added interest to the overall story. I enjoyed learning about Izzy’s background especially.

I really enjoyed reading End Game and look forward to the next book in the series.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

End GameWhen elite members of the military are murdered on the streets of Washington, DC, FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini must work together to bring the perpetrator to justice. Unfortunately, all evidence points to a Navy SEAL sniper whom Bailey refuses to believe is guilty.

When Bailey and Marco start to connect the dots between the victims, including a link to a powerful defense contractor, they wonder if there’s a deeper cover-up at play. Then Bailey is targeted, and it becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep their dark secrets.

With the stakes getting higher by the moment in a twisted conspiracy, there’s a rush against the clock to determine whom they can really trust. As allies turn to enemies, the biggest secret yet to be uncovered could be the end of all of them.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. Rachel writes the Atlanta Justice Series which features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats.

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Review: Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle

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Love You, TrulyThis story was great! I was so impressed with the way the author handled the difficult situations that these characters found themselves in. She adeptly placed Harlow into this reality show situation, where she did not want to be, through Harlow’s desire to help her sister in any way she could.

And Blake ended up being such a complicated character. I liked him so much, and was impressed with his growth throughout the story. I was also impressed with the way the author was able to handle the reality that Blake was not a believer, while Harlow was. And although Harlow knew she shouldn’t fall for Blake, it was something she had trouble not doing. The glaring differences between Harlow’s life and Blake’s life, whether because of their beliefs or due to the way they were raised, made for an interesting match. Both Blake and Harlow carried burdens related to guilt that weighed them down and caused problems in their lives. This was something they both had to learn to recognize and let go of.

I felt the heartache on both sides throughout this story, and it was as if I was experiencing the struggles, as well as the happy times, with these two. I had such fun reading this book and enjoyed it from start to finish.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Love You, TrulyBlake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.

After her fiancé dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.

As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Susan Tuttle

Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she’s a homeschooling mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between raising her teens and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write. She’s firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order.

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