The Amish Baker’s Rival by Marie E. Bast

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a wonderful Amish fiction romance! I loved the characters, and the story was easy to settle into and just enjoy!

The Amish Baker’s Rival is about a newcomer to an Amish community, Noah, and an Amish girl Mary. Mary owns a lovely bakery that has a good customer base and some great treats! When Noah opens up a Fresh Grocery and Deli across the street, Mary knows that she’s going to have some competition. She decides to enter a baking contest with a $10,000 prize. Noah though is also entering the contest! The two of them become rivals in both the baking contest and in their businesses. As the story progresses, these enemies start to fall for each other, which is one of my favorite romance tropes!

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Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a stunningly powerful story! There is an author’s note at the beginning of this book that really moved me. When she started this story, she wanted to share a story that surrounded the civil rights movement but did not realize how poignant its 2020 publication would end up being. I think there are times when things are just meant to be, and this is one of them.

Confessions in B-Flat is a story told from two perspectives on two different sides of the Civil Rights Movement. Jason has just volunteered to move from the south to New York to spearhead the opening of a new location to drive the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun closed-room mystery! I really enjoy these types of stories. I like the close quarters of the characters, and the seclusion of the setting. This one had a great location, and the author did a great job of fitting in both separation from society, and natural elements of the surrounding location!

Hell and High Water is the third book in the series Maeve Malloy Mystery, but if you haven’t read the others in the series, you won’t be lost. I felt like this one works fine as a stand-alone. I think we miss out just a little on getting to know Maeve, but overall, it’s not an issue if this is the first book.

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Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book had a great mix of dark ambiance, detailed research, and wonderful characters! I was sucked in on page one, and I’m not exaggerating.

This is a historical fiction with some fantasy elements. I loved that one of the main characters has visions of the future, but is physically flawed. She is considered of little value to her town because of her leg, and yet her visions are a secret that is so valuable.

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Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I could not have loved this book more. Seriously, go buy this right now if you love Christmas and romance! The characters were amazing, the feel-good Christmas spirit was everywhere, and I’m honestly ready to start the holiday season immediately. This one put me into the holiday mood.

Successful romance author Riley Reynolds is not a grinch, but after the loss of her father as a child, her and her mother, chose Hawaii every year over celebrating Christmas. After a fabulous string of book releases, Riley has a book bomb, and her publisher is giving her one chance to make it right. She has to write a Christmas-themed romance novel. Her publicist creates a Christmas Camp idea hosted by Luke, who is trying to sell his family’s Christmas cottage resort, and Riley will be the Miss Christmas host. Fans of her books will be coming to the cottage to spend a Christmas weekend with Riley while she comes up with new ideas for her book. With her secret ignorance of holiday traditions, and a mistaken interview comment that makes three of her ex-boyfriends think they are “the one that got away”, Riley has her hands full at Christmas Camp. Her exes have all shown up to reignite that romantic spark, and she must balance them, as well as her fans during her Christmas Camp experience. All while trying to create the perfect book.

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The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was absolutely lovely! With beautiful descriptions that whisked me away to 1820’s Cornwall, The Light at Wyndcliff created an amazing world for this story to be set in!

Liam Twethewey has just inherited Wyndcliff Hall. He has plans to complete his uncle’s plans of opening a china clay pit on the property. Soon after he arrives a shipwreck happens on the property, and his focus has to shift to understanding what happened, and the mysteries surrounding the wreck’s survivors. He teams up with Evelyn Bray, a native of the town, to figure out the secrets surrounding this event, and finds those wonderful sparks of romance while doing it!

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The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a bit like a time travel story for me. A man from the 1800’s wakes up in present-day Alaska, having been frozen for almost 200 years. I liked how the story takes the reader through the initial confusion of Wyatt, our frozen-in-time character. He is unsure of where he is and who he is. I thought that Lee Matthew Goldberg did an excellent job of bringing the reader into the story right from the beginning with this opening scene.

As the story progresses, we find Wyatt spiraling into this obsessive character. When I chose this book, I didn’t realize it would have this thriller aspect, so I was surprised when Wyatt finds who he believes is his great-great grandson, and becomes overly-attached to him, and his family. This obsessive behavior really turned this into an interesting read for me!

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The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I read a lot of books with “of Auschwitz” in the title, and I have loved every one of them. While these are stories that are hard to read, I truly feel they are important books that cannot be missed. The Brothers of Auschwitz was an emotional, raw story that left me in awe of the strength of some humans and horrified at the actions of others.

Dov and Yitzhak are two brothers living in a small village, largely untouched by the devastation of WWII. Then, in 1944, the Nazi’s invade their home and take them to Auschwitz. Years later, they share their story with a friend.

Three months was enough for the Germans to turn healthy young men into a pile of disgusting rags.
The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler

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The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow! This was a wonderful book! I read a lot of historical fiction, and I really enjoy the WWII timeframe. I haven’t read one that focuses on the direct aftermath of the war though, so this was an exciting new book for me!

The London Restoration introduces us to married couple Diana and Brett in post-world-war-II London. Diana and Brett spent much of the war separated from each other and now are back together, trying to repair their marriage. Diana has secrets that she must keep from Brett about what she was doing during the war, and Brett has secrets of his own.

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Wild Wedding Hookup by Jamie K. Schmidt

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really loved the characters in this one! They made all the difference to the story. They were so likable and relatable that I couldn’t help but be drawn into their lives!

How I Felt:

The story features Mikelina, a concierge at a fancy resort. She’s working with Bastian, a groomsman, online to coordinate the events for the two-week bachelor party. After a chance encounter at a club, the two quickly find a connection.

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