An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3)

An Uncommon Courtship
(Hawthorne House #3)
by Kristi Ann Hunter



I’m sure I’m not the only person who has been really, really looking forward to reading Trent’s story.  He’s been one of my favorite characters almost since the moment I “met” him and I couldn’t wait to see how things would turn out for him!

And I’m happy with the way things turned out– in the end.  I’m just not quite so happy about the entire process of getting to that “end”.  I’ll do my best to not include any real spoilers, but I also want to give my honest opinion so… bear with me, will you?

This story starts off a bit slow and really confusing.  But I don’t mind a slower book, as long as it’s still a good book and I’m enjoying it; and I actually often enjoy confusing beginnings because it makes things more interesting as I put the pieces together to understand the beginning of the story.  So yeah.  That didn’t really bother me.  I was reading along at a kinda slow, but steady pace and enjoying the story.

I still love Trent.  And I grew to love Adelaide too.  Their relationship starts off very rocky and seems to be headed for disaster.  Their struggles as they attempt to muddle and fake their way through this new life are some times funny and other times painful.  They really didn’t know each other at all so seeing them discover new things about each other– Trent discovering all of Adelaide’s little quirks and Adelaide even going so far as to make a list of everything she knew about Trent (it was short).  The author really makes you want things to work out for these two!  She pulled me into the story and had me thinking about these characters at random times throughout the day, wondering how everything would work out for them.

Trent’s family members don’t play a huge roll in most of the story, but you do get to see them.  I always enjoy seeing characters from previous books make an appearance, though I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of the Hawthorne family. 😉

The disappointing part of this book came about two-thirds of the way through.  While it wasn’t as bad as I had feared after reading a couple of reviews… I still don’t really appreciate the way the– shall we say “marital relationship”? –was handled.  I don’t want to specifically include this as part of the review, but I still feel it should be mentioned for those who want to know so– highlight to read the spoilers–> There is kiss scene that goes beyond what I know a lot of Christian Fiction readers prefer.  It’s not super descriptive, but teeth & tongue are mentioned.  When the couple finally has their “wedding night”, there is fumbling with each other’s clothes, getting into bed, more fumbling, kissing, touching, sighing, etc.  Nothing more descriptive than that, but I know even that bothers some readers so I feel I  should mention it.  The next day, Trent goes to his friend’s house to ask for advice because the previous night didn’t go as well as expected.  Part of their conversation went something like this:  “It didn’t work.” – “What didn’t work?  Er, was it you?” – “No.  I worked just fine. It was the… Well, the process didn’t work.  I bungled it…”  The situation is discussed & the topic is brought up throughout the next few chapters.<–end of spoiler.

Really, there was nothing explicit or super detailed… but I did feel that there was more included than what was appropriate or needed.  It has been mentioned that there was nothing more in this book than what other Christian authors have included in theirs, but that doesn’t make it a good idea.

I still think this story is enjoyable, but I would say it’s definitely for more mature readers who don’t mind books that teeter on the edge of being inappropriate for Christian fiction.


I received a free copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.



Check out the entire Hawthorne House series!
And join me in waiting for book #4!
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House, #0.5) A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) An Elegant Façade (Hawthorne House, #2) An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3) An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)

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Happy Resurrection Sunday!


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National Library Week

So I just found out that this is National Library Week…..  Wish I’d known about that sooner. 😐

Anyway, I thought that, in honor of National Library Week, I’d re-share something I posted a couple of years ago.  And also share some pics from my library– some taken inside the library & some of book/movie hauls I’ve gotten from the library sale room. 🙂
See photo #1 😉 –>

I love my library!!!

Shocking, right?

I mean, I know that took y’all completely by surprise.

Really, though, there are certain things that I especially love about my library.  So, in my normal form of lists of sevens, here are…

❤ 7 Things I Love About My Library ❤

1. This is the library that I’ve gone to my entire life— the library that my
parents went to when they were kids.  Sure, the librarians have changed over the years… and they have changed buildings a couple of times to make room for more books and such, but it’s still the same library.  And there is one librarian who still works there who has known me almost my entire life!

Bertram — from the TV show, Jessie

2.  The librarians (other than the one or two odd balls they’ve had — come on, every place has them! 😛 ) are really great!  They’re friendly and helpful and most know me by name.  One of them, my siblings and I have nicknamed Bertram.  What can I say?  That’s who he’s made all of us think of since the first time we met him!  So many times, I’ve wanted to ask him if he’s ever seen Jessie… but I haven’t yet.

3.  My library is FREE!  I’ve had people ask me how much it costs to use my library and then be pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t cost a thing!  Unless you bring items back late… :/

My library has a great selection of Christian fiction!  Yes, that’s the section I visit most often — my little home-away-from-home. 😉  I am so familiar with that area that I’ve gotten to where I can do a quick browse of the shelves and see if they’ve added any books since my last visit.  If you visit my library shelf on Goodreads, you might notice that there are over 600 books on that shelf!  That’s over 1/3 of the books I’ve read!  (Update: there are over 700 books on that shelf now!)  Awesome, right?! 😀  Though several of those are e-books, which brings me to #5…

5.  My library also offers a great selection of Christian fiction e-books!  (And quite a few CF audio books too!)  What more could a kindle-owning-bookworm ask for?!  I can browse their e-books and check them out even when I’m on vacation! 😀

6.  My library has a great selection of DVD’s, too!  We borrow movies from the library all the time!  Unfortunately, while you can keep books for 2 weeks & sometimes re-check them, movies are only 1-week loans with no re-checks.  Bummer, right?  But I can totally live with that. 😉  They have movies for little kids, teens, adults… even some documentaries and such.  And they’re good about getting new movies soon after they’re released on DVD.  Awesome!

7.  My library has a great book sale area!  I’ve heard people talk about their library having a Friends Of The Library book sale shelf or shelves…  Yes, my library definitely has those— in a couple different places around the building.  But they also have an entire book sale room!  There are about 6 shelves in this room as well as a couple of spin-racks… and a rolling shelf.  I have taken home so many treasures from this room.  Treasures like a lovely hardback copy of Rose O’ the Sea by Countess Barcynska, published back in 1920!  And like this Lord of the Rings box-set.  These are hardback books in great condition… with book jackets… and totally awesome fold-out maps of Middle Earth!  And guess how much I paid for it— Two Whole Dollars!  Can you say fabulous find?!

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I’d love to hear about your library!
What do you love (or hate) about it?
Share in a comment!

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Daisy Dalrymple books by Carola Dunn

Note: The second review contains spoilers.


Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple, #1)Death at Wentwater Court
(Daisy Dalrymple #1)
by Carola Dunn

This book was pretty good… I wish I had time to say more about it, but I don’t. :/

Warning: there is some bad language in this one.

The Winter Garden MysteryThe Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple, #2)
(Daisy Dalrymple #2)
by Carola Dunn

I didn’t think this book was as good as the first one… Daisy is funny and, for the most part, an enjoyable character. And I have enjoyed Alec and Philip too. But the stories just aren’t quite what I like. Add to that the bad language (mild, though it is) and {{highlight to see the Spoiler–> the important roll that homosexuality played in the story <–Spoiler}} and I’m thinking that I most likely won’t be reading any more of these books.

Warning: there is some bad language in this one. {{highlight to see the Spoiler–> And homosexuality plays a pretty important part in the story too. <–Spoiler}}

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Looking Back on March 2017

The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple, #2) By Your Side (Crisis Team #1) An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford, #2) Burnin' For You (Montana Fire, #3) A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, #3)


New-To-Me Authors: 0

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: California – Montana

Countries: England – France

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Traces Of Guilt by Dee Henderson

Traces of Guilt (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1)

Traces of Guilt
(Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1)
by Dee Henderson



I would almost give this book 3 stars because I did enjoy the mysteries of the cold cases. However… that’s about the only thing I enjoyed about it.

Though there are some romantic elements in the story, I would definitely not consider it a romantic mystery novel. But I actually rather liked that about it. Even I, who like romantic books, find it rather nice to read a non-romantic mystery occasionally because it allows the focus to be more on the mystery elements and the process of solving the cases.

Some reviewers have mentioned how “heavy” of a read this is. That is nothing but the truth. There are some very difficult topics covered in this story (click here to view spoilers). That being the case, this book definitely has it’s sad, even rather depressing, parts. I can handle that, though (at least, to the extent it was dealt with in this book).

What did I dislike? There were a few things, actually. At the top of my list, is the dialogue. There is a lot of it– a lot. And so much of it felt stiff and unrealistic and….. and just so very fake. I simply found it unbelievable how many of the conversations went. I have never heard anyone converse the way most of the characters in this story do. They’re all so blatantly honest and straightforward and factual and….. Does anyone ever actually talk like that?! Anyway, that nearly drove me crazy.
Unfortunately, I think this has become a trend in Dee Henderson’s newer books. (Henderson Fans, correct me if I’m wrong about that!)

Also, I never felt like I could truly connect with any of the characters. I think this was mostly due to there being so much going on with so many stories combined and pov’s from several different characters. I was never able to focus on one character long enough or delve deeply enough into them to get that connection that I wanted. I don’t usually have any difficulty with multiple storylines or pov’s, but combine that with the rather choppy-feeling of the writing and it’s not good. Add to that, the reading style of the narrator (Johanna Parker) and I really started to struggle with finishing this book.

The last thing I’ll mention is a spoiler– (click here to view spoilers)

To sum it up:
The best part of this book was the process of solving the rather interesting cold cases. I don’t require a lot of suspense or thrill in order to enjoy a mystery so I did like this aspect of the story the most. That being said, due to the choppy writing, stilted dialogue, and annoying narrator… I probably would not have finished this book if I hadn’t been nearly desperate for something to listen to at work and this was the only audiobook I currently had that I hadn’t listened to recently.

Will I read the rest of this series? Perhaps. If my library purchases the audiobooks and I’m in need of something to listen to at work, I may go ahead and try the next book. It’s not on my to-read list, though.



Check out some of Dee Henderson’s better (in my opinion) books!
True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes #1) True Valor (Uncommon Heroes #2) True Honor (Uncommon Heroes #3)
Danger in the Shadows (O'Malley #0.5) The Negotiator (O'Malley, #1) The Guardian (O'Malley #2) The Truth Seeker (O'Malley #3)
The Protector (O'Malley #4) The Healer (O'Malley #5) The Rescuer (O'Malley #6)

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A Duty To The Dead by Charles Todd

A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1)

A Duty To The Dead
(Bess Crawford #1)
by Charles Todd




I would have probably called this a fairly slow-paced book before I realized that, though it felt like I couldn’t have made it very far, I had already nearly made it halfway through! It’s a paradox: slow, yet fast. Makes no sense & I really don’t know how to explain it, but I like it. And the pace does seem to pick up as the story goes along.

All in all, I really liked this book! The characters, setting, and storyline were all interesting. While I did predict part of the ending, some of it was still quite a surprise to me. I’ll admit I was saddened/disappointed by part of it, but not so much that it took away from the story or anything.

The narrator (Rosalyn Landor– who also read Death Comes to Pemberley, which I really enjoyed) is one of the best I’ve listened to. She has an easy voice to listen to. Listening to this book was almost like watching a BBC mystery film. 😉

Warning: This is not Christian fiction so, while there isn’t anything of a sexual nature, there is bad language throughout the book.



I hadn’t realized that a break in a bone could be so exquisitely painful.  I’d feel a greater tolerance for the the wounded after this.

We left the flat together.  I expected– dreaded– Mrs. Hennessy popping out her door and asking who my young man was.  “An escaped murderer, Mrs. Hennessy; my father will be horrified.”  But she didn’t come out her door…

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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James



I actually really enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to!

For those of you who have watched the mini-series… the book is better.  Bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? 😛  But it’s true.  There are things in the book that are different from the series, of course, and as much as I enjoyed the series I really did like the book better.

I found the author’s take on the characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice quite interesting.  And I liked that they weren’t all that different from the original characters– many times the changes were even explained by experiences, circumstances, and such.

I also really liked the narrator, Rosalyn Landor.  I thought she did a good job on this book; I enjoyed listening to her.

One last thing that I think I need to mention is this: I don’t remember there being any bad language at all in this book. And no inappropriate scenes either.
Please, someone, correct me if I’m wrong on this! My copy from the library has already expired so I can’t go back now to see if I had marked any places. But I really don’t remember anything bad…..


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Looking Back on February 2017

Emma The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1) Rebecca A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1) Without Warning (Elite Guardians, #2) After the War Is Over Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple, #1) Still the One (Seven Brides, Seven Brothers, #2) Until You Loved Me (Seven Brides, Seven Brothers, #3) Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3)

New-To-Me Authors: 4

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: South Carolina – Massachusetts – Louisiana – Florida

Countries: England – Monaco – France

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Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Thanks to awful internet… I’m a few days late getting this review posted so I’m sharing it on a Saturday instead of my usual Tuesdays.



Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3)

Moving Target
(Elite Guardians #3)
by Lynette Eason




I’m the type of person who has trouble reading suspense books before bed. They don’t give me nightmares, but… if I don’t finish the book before going to sleep, my mind has a hard time shutting down & I’ll end up spending half the night subconsciously turning the story over & over trying to figure out how it’ll end instead of getting the rest I need. This is the kind of book that I wanted– no, needed— to sit down and read all the way through without stopping. If only I could have done that… Because often, the only time I get to read is right before going to bed and this book is one of those that just sat on my brain until every last detail was revealed. On the positive side of that, I ended up figuring out part of the solution in my sleep. haha! ;P

This book is just as fast-paced and intense… just as interesting, and well-written, and enjoyable… as the previous books. However, this one somehow goes beyond what I usually read, I think. There were some pretty heavy topics (click here to view spoilers).

I cried. I’m okay with admitting that. She definitely made me cry more than once. But she also made me grin and laugh.

Maddy & Quinn both have such difficult pasts that they need to come to terms with so they can move on. And making their way through this serial killer’s plans for them forces them to face their pasts and reveal their struggles. The entire book is one battle after another– some physical, others not so much. And learning to lean on and trust God plays an important part in it all. I love how Maddy asks Quinn how his relationship is with God. She loves him and wants a life with him, but she’s concerned about his spiritual condition & that’s where her love for him really shines through, I think.

I did pretty much figure out who the culprit was (in my sleep, as you may recall), but that still didn’t detract from the suspense of wondering how they were going to piece everything together and what might happen in the meantime!

I loved this book. I really did. And after three such great books, I really cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth book!! There’s a preview for it in the back of this book, but I refuse to read it. Why do they insist on tempting us like this?! I don’t want a taste now if I’m gonna have to wait for a few months or more before I can have the whole meal! 😛


I received a free copy of this book through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.



Moving Target reaffirms yet again why Lynette is one of my favorite authors.  Read more…

This was a very fast read for me. It’s been one of the few books this year that I really couldn’t put down.  Read more…

The kind of novel that keeps you nervously checking over your shoulder days later….  Edge-of-your seat from start to finish.  Read more…



“I… uh… couldn’t have… uh–” he cleared his throat– “gotten through all of this without you.  You know that, right?”
“Of course I know that.”  She eyed him and wrinkled her nose at him.  “Although, with your sunny disposition, I can’t imagine why you didn’t have people lining up to volunteer to take care of you.”

“Haven’t you heard you don’t take a knife to a crossbow fight?”
He wondered how high her fever was.  “No, that’s a new one.”

“I’ve never caught you noticing my muscles.”
“Trust me, Quinn, I’ve noticed.”
(This part just made me chuckle every time I thought about it– he’s so much like a little boy right then… just wanting her admiration. XD )


Check out the entire Elite Guardians series!
Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1) Without Warning (Elite Guardians, #2) Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3) Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians, #4)

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