Special Feature and Excerpt: The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat

A couple of years ago when The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society came out on Netflix, I was fascinated by the premise. I did not read the book before the show came out, but I did after and I loved the book just as much as I loved the film. Besides the romance, what intrigued me was the setting.

I knew essentially nothing about the Channel Islands and the occupation during WWII so but it was interesting and new, since then I have been trying to find a book that would be similar and set in the Channel Islands during the same period which is why I am so excited for this upcoming book!

This book has a lot to recommend itself especially to fans of historical fiction. Romance, war, unique unexplored history, and of course intrigue. I am so thrilled to be sharing an excerpt with you all today so if you aren’t sold on this book from the description alone, then you should check out the excerpt and then decide if it’s for you—I’m willing to wager if you love historical fiction like me, then it’s probably going to be hitting your TBR as soon as you read the excerpt!

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Special Feature: The Healer of Briarwood by MK McClintock

Publication Date: December 15, 2020
Trappers Peak Publishing
Paperback & ebook; 260 pages

Series: Montana Gallagher Series, Book 7
Genre: Historical/Romance/Victorian

A man with a healer’s touch. A woman with a healer’s heart.

Doctor Finnegan Brody tends his patients, keeps to himself, and vividly remembers the heartaches and trials from the Civil War and why he devoted his life to healing. He watches the townspeople live their lives, loving and laboring alongside one another, and wonders if one day he will give a woman as much time and dedication as he gives the people of Briarwood.

Katharine Kiely has a deep-rooted stubbornness to never give up, even if it means leaving behind her comfortable life by the sea to protect her father’s health and help expand his empire. When she finally arrives in Briarwood to convince the Gallaghers a spur line should cross their land, nothing goes as she expected.

Finn, with his knowledge of healing the people, and Katharine, who learns how to heal with her heart, join together as the townsfolk of Briarwood face challenges and choices that could alter their way of life forever.

Welcome to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak, where friendship, love, and hope conquer overwhelming odds.

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Review: To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons #5) by Julia Quinn

Another post another Bridgerton novel up for review! I honestly had planned to pace myself when it came to reading these books. I mean I devoured the show in one sitting and the only regret that I had was that it was over! I wanted to savor the books a little more and spread them out but sadly that is NOT happening.

I have really enjoyed Julia Quinn’s writing as the books have gone on. The first book, The Duke and I, was good but there were some issues that I struggled with, but as the books have gone on I have enjoyed getting to know the various Bridgerton siblings in new ways and watching their HEA unfold.

Eloise has been one of my favorite of the Bridgerton siblings. She is vivacious and chatty and self aware in a way that some heroines just aren’t at times. She is no nonsense and isn’t afraid to speak her mind in a rather unapologetic way and I love her for it. I have been really eager to read her romance since starting the series.

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Review: Lana’s War by Anita Abriel

Last year I read Anita Abriel’s debut novel, The Light After the War, and it was good for a debut novel. I don’t know that I loved it, but I enjoyed it and was looking forward to seeing how her writing evolved in future books.

The author’s mother was a Holocaust survivor so it’s not surprise that the author drew in real events and personal history not only with her first novel but with this one as well. With having the first book under her belt, this was one I was really looking forward to exploring and seeing how things evolved from the first book to the second.

The author’s books aren’t a series, but there are clearly themes in both books that are similar and clearly close to her heart. This book was really up there on my anticipated list because the plot sounded dangerous. The main female character works as a spy to infiltrate the Nazi organization. While perhaps not unique in historical fiction, the way the story was described, promised tension and danger which made me really eager to read it.

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Review: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn

Something about the Bridgerton books is compelling me to binge read them all. When I read The Duke and I last spring, I had no idea that I was going to eventually binge all of the books once the show came out. Obviously I love the show and I couldn’t wait to get more of the Bridgerton’s and to be honest, Colin and Penelope’s romance was one I was eagerly anticipating!

So far The Viscount Who Loved Me is my absolute favorite in the series, as I am a huge fan of enemies to lovers and that book was hands down my fav troupe! But I also wouldn’t pass up a friends to lovers troupe either and Colin and Penelope have been favorite fringe characters for me in the previous books so I couldn’t wait to watch them fall in love.

Especially in the third book, Quinn set up their romance perfectly when Colin insults Penelope in the third book, I was like dear god hurry up and get done so I can start on Colin and Penelope’s story already! These books don’t need to be read in order but I personally prefer them in order as there are little Easter eggs and set ups in each book for the next one.

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