A Bookworm Meets Her Match!

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I generously received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to receive this book and had a feeling it would be wonderful to read. I wasn’t disappointed and it’s my favorite book of the Windham Brides so far.  This book also marks my Goodreads Goal of reaching 80 books this year. I can’t think of a better book to reach my goal and with plenty of time to spare to read more this year! If Elizabeth were a real person, I’m sure her and I could be dear friends while sharing our love of reading and spreading the love of literacy!

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Elizabeth Windham and her sister Charlotte find themselves invited to a house party in the wilds of Wales where it is rumored that Julian St. David, Duke of Havorford’s sister Glenys is hoping to find a potential bride for her bachelor brother. Elizabeth could care less about that aspect and has accepted her road to almost spinsterhood but when she learns that his Grace owns one of the biggest personal libraries, her bookworm self can’t help to be drawn in and she’s trying to flee an almost scandal at the urging of her parents.

Julian is barely keeping himself above water with the amount of bills that keep piling up and his sister’s house party expenses as well as matchmaking are not making things any easier. Tasked with the burdens of inherited debt, a huge collection of books that seem to be the main reason for his ancestors accumulating debt, a sister he is trying to find a potential groom for, a younger brother who is special, and the burden of providing for servants and the nearby town, it’s a lot for one guy to have to take on.

Shortly after arriving, Elizabeth finds herself intrigued by Julian and not just for his collection of books. Reveling being surrounded by so many books, a very attentive Duke, beautiful countryside and her growing attraction to the Duke over books, she realizes that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all to be sent to Wales for a time. Add in a well meaning Aunt, a younger sister who likes to push the limits and helping out the overwhelmed Glenys and it just may be what she was looking for all along.

Julian and Elizabeth are at times complete opposites and yet a pair of the most adorable people I have been fortunate to read about. These two are wonderful full of surprises. What kind of bookworm wouldn’t fall in love with a Duke who has a large collection of books and is more than willing to share that love of literature?!

Full of adventure, a bookworm’s dream of a huge library, steamy scenes, well-meaning family, humor and the beauty of Wales, I loved this story from beginning to end. This is one of my favorite books of this year and on my list of favorite books read!

In fact, I loved it so much that I had to go out on the day of its release and get my own paper copy from my local Barnes and Noble!

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Here’s Elizabeth with all but one of her sisters who have found happiness in this series! I loved the finished copy of this book as well as my ARC copy! I can’t wait to see how Charlotte’s story will go!

Thank you so much for dropping by to take a look at this post and I hope that you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings. It’s been such a joy to have all of the bookish adventures I have so far and looking forward to many more adventures!

Happy reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Christmas in the Scottish Highlands!

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I recently finished a wonderful anthology with five very talented authors and it was such fun to get caught up in historical Scotland! Get yourself a warm cup of tea, chocolate, coffee, maybe even whisky and prepare to settle in!

I generously received a digital advanced reading copy from the publisher and Netgalley. This was a combination of five very talented women with stories that center around Christmas and the Scottish Highlands.

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Blurb:

A HIGHLANDER’S HOPE by Terri Brisbin
A village harlot who would never dream she could have a different life meets a Highlander visitor for the holidays who brings with him an offer and hope!

LEFTOVER MISTLETOE by Lavinia Kent
What happens when a highlander finds himself stranded, maybe kidnapped, with an English lady around Christmas… maybe the mistletoe will help answer that question.

A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS by Bronwen Evans
She’s ready to embrace her life and future as a spinster, he’s trying to have one last hurrah before he gives into his family’s wishes and proposes marriage to his neighbor, but fate has other ideas when the lady and the Scot meet at a holiday house party in the wilds of Scotland.

SWEET HOME HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS by May McGoldrick
A chance encounter between a ship’s captain and a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her young niece leads to a little magic during the holidays.

A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS WAGER by Lecia Cornwall
When a snowstorm forces a charming lass hiding a broken heart to take shelter in a castle with three fine Highland lairds just days before Christmas, there’s a game afoot—who will be the first to win a kiss and maybe her heart

My Thoughts:

Life often has a way of throwing curve balls and yet sometimes those unexpected twists can lead to just the right place to be. These stories were tales of men and women who each found themselves at a crossroads and how sometimes when you least expect it, you can find what you’ve been looking for all along.

Each of these stories involved finding love when you least expect it and the magic of Christmas. I loved each one of these stories and the characters that they brought to the mix. Trying to pick a favorite story is akin to me attempting to pick just one book to take on a road trip which is impossible and each one has helped me to see why I love reading fictional books about finding love in Scotland whether it be from the 12th Century or the present time.

I wanted all of them to be longer but that’s just because I enjoyed them so much and the content that was in the stories worked very well in the allotted pages for each of the stories. I realize that if each of the authors had written regular sized books in this anthology, it would have been well over 1000 pages so it makes perfect sense about the lengths!There were a couple of authors that I hadn’t read before and now I have added to my list of authors to want to read more of their books!

Full of adventure, men in kilts, mystery, steamy scenes, the power of love and Christmas in the Scottish Highlands, it was such a wonderful compilation of stories to curl up with especially now that the seasons are changing and it’s getting colder. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of historical romance that takes place near Christmas and checking out each of these authors!

I’m so looking forward to what next this talented group of ladies will have up their sleeves!

I don’t know about you but once I read an anthology that I’ve enjoyed, I  wanted to dive into each of the books that the author has written especially if there are multiple books in a series. I love the thought of getting to know families and how they came to find their loves especially when it involves being in Scotland.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed my somewhat brief ramblings. I don’t want to spoil things for those who are interested because I’d rather you get to enjoy it fully but trust me when I say if you’d enjoy the kinds of books that I do, the wait of finding out what’s in store will be so worth it!

Thank you so much for tuning in and I will be back soon with more ramblings about my love of books and bookish things in general. In the meantime, happy reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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