‘The Pattern Artist’ by Nancy Moser

tpa-nmSTORY: English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911. On her own for the first time working as a Macy’s sewing department clerk, Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company.

Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—an artist of the highest degree. As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

REVIEW: New York City – 1911

Annie Wood is a housemaid who has accompanied Lady Newly and her daughter, Henrietta, to New York City from England to visit with the wealthy Friesen family. Annie has a great talent for taking the couture dresses of the Newly ladies altering them and adding intricate beading to make them different and more beautiful. The ladies maids, under whom she works, take credit for her talents which is unfair.

Annie meets Lisa and Danny, brother and sister who work for the Friesen family. After being harassed by Grasston, a footman, as well as wanting more from life than being a servant, Annie, Lisa, and Danny flee their jobs and stay with a kind family, that owns a bakery, while they look for jobs.

Annie gets a job at Macy’s. With her talent for making and decorating clothes, she excels at her job helping women choose dress patterns, fabrics and trim for making their own clothes. At Macy’s she meets Sean, who works for Butterick patterns. He gets her an interview as a designer for Butterick patterns and she is immediately hired.

But Grasston is not finished with harassing her. When he sees her in Macy’s he is determined to harm her. He attacks her but she manages to escape him. She is terrified of him. Sean very faithfully walks her to and from work each day to keep her safe. From there, their friendship grows.

As Annie’s talents are discovered, more people are interested in her and want her to work for them. It is all happening so fast and she is torn about where she wants to be working.

This is a wonderful story that follows Annie and shows how talent and determination can take a person from a lowly position to further up the ladder of success. I enjoyed the book very much, as I have other books by this author. I highly recommend this novel and the way the author wove bits of history into the story makes it even more delightful.

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Spotlight on Debbie Mason and ‘Christmas With an Angel’!

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mason_christmaswithanangel_ebookBOOK BLURB: It’s been eight long years since Michael Gallagher has laid eyes on Shay Angel, back when he was a boy from the most prominent family in town and she was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. But he hadn’t cared about their differences—until one bad decision landed her in jail.

That was years ago and now he’s back in Harmony Harbor for the holidays. So when Shay goes missing, Michael is intent on finding her—and finding out if their sizzling attraction is still there. But he’s now a district attorney, and it looks like Shay is once again on the wrong side of the law.

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REVIEW: If you haven’t read the start of Ms. Mason’s new series in ‘Mistletoe Cottage’, then I urge you to do so. The reason for it is two-fold. You’ll love the story, but you’ll also meet the hero and heroine of this short story which is actually a set-up for their own happily ever after.

After Michael’s fiancé dumps him because he decides to pursue a whole new career, he feels that drinking just might help him get over this fiasco.

Well, at the town’s bar he bumps into Shay, a woman he’d done wrong and from there …. Well, you’ll need to read this story to find out what comes next!

This second chance at love romance from this wonderful author is just perfect for this time of year. Get it!

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Mistletoe Cottage, #1

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Starlight Bride, #2

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debbie-mason-credit-debbie-mazzuraAUTHOR BIO: Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.

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‘The Governess’s Secret Baby’ by Janice Preston

tgsb-jpSTORY: The beauty who tamed the beast

New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter, Clara. Even if it means working for Clara’s guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell!

Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath But when he discovers Grace is Clara’s mother, Nathaniel questions his place in this torn-apart family. Could there be a Christmas happy-ever-after for this beauty and the beast?”

REVIEW: Nathaniel Pembroke, Marquess of Ravenwell and Shiverstone Hall, is grieving the deaths of his beloved sister, Hannah, and her husband, David, from a carriage accident. Nathaniel has been named as guardian to their adopted daughter, Clara, age 2. His mother says he needs to take the responsibility of raising the child as she is unable to. He is unmarried and feels he may remain so as he has been rejected by women due to his scarred face from a fire in as he tried, but failed, to rescue his father. When he collects Clara from his mother, she reminds him that he will need to hire a governess.

Grace Bertram is traveling to Shiverstone Hall to apply for the position of governess. Actually, Grace is Clara’s real mother and had had to give her up at birth. She had been a student at Madame Dubois’s School for Young Ladies. Now that she knows where Clara is, she is determined to be the one to raise the child.

Grace is hired for the position and immediately bonds with Clara. She tries to be friends with Nathaniel but he is uncomfortable about his scars. As they become better acquainted, he appears to thaw but his personality is very mercurial.

Grace gets to know some of the townspeople which helps Nathaniel to come out of his shell. But, when she is in an accident, he begins to realize how much she means to him.

This was a good, clean story with interesting characters. Nathaniel’s moods are a bit grating. The reader can understand some of it, but I felt like he needed a swift kick.

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‘Sweetest Regret’ by Meredith Duran

sr-mdSTORY: At a house party in the countryside, the joyful spirit of the Christmas season threatens to sweep Georgiana Trent under the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue who broke her heart two years ago. Little does she know that Lucas Godwin has no intention of leaving until he has reclaimed her as his own.

Will the festive spirit of the season sweep this feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?

The spirit of the season is festive—and clouding even the sharpest of judgments—in this Victorian era romance.

This is a novella that was previously published in 2015 in the Christmas-themed anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe.

REVIEW: December 1885

Georgina (Georgie) Trent has been tasked by her father to host a rowdy group of drunken foreign diplomats for Christmas. One of these people has supposedly stolen a sensitive letter from her father’s study and now Lucas Godwin has been sent to find the thief. This is the man who broke Georgie’s heart two years ago. When they meet again, she is cool and aloof to him. But, he has never forgotten her.

As Georgie is the hostess for the foreign visitors, she has planned some expeditions and programs for them to experience true English holidays. The plan is while Georgie keeps the visitors busy, Lucas will search their rooms for the missing letter.

When they are together, their conversations consist of trading insults while privately fighting their attraction to one another. As they talk, the truth behind what happened in the past is revealed which is quite a surprise.

This is a short novella with an interesting plot and some amusing characters. I’m sure readers will enjoy it as much as I did.

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REVIEW: For my review of this story in What Happens Under the Mistletoe , please click here.

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‘Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis’ by

mmamtm-agSTORY: The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.

Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.

REVIEW: Seth Wythebury, the second Marquis of Wythebury, has received an invitation to spend the Christmas season at Hurst. Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has insisted that he come and bring his two nephews, Heron, age 7, and Fallon, age 5. Seth became their guardian when his sister and her husband died of a fever.

While at Hurst, he goes in search of his nephews early one morning to find them outside having a snowball fight with a young lady who proceeds to tell him that the boys need exercise and fun outside. Taken aback at her outspoken way, he learns that she is Miss Lillian Prim, younger sister of the Duchess of Hurst.

Lillian is a lovely young woman and Seth is instantly smitten by her and her fun personality. As they spend time with the boys, Seth shows himself as a no-nonsence, strict disciplinarian, whereas Lillian is more easy going and fun loving. But both of them are quite stubborn. Can two people like that ever find mutual respect and understand to allow them to have a permanent relationship?

This is a pleasant story of two people learning the art of give and take in a relationship. It is clean and a fun Christmas read.

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‘Never Too Late’ by Amara Royce

ntl-arSTORY: “Expect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books. . .”

Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her. . .

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous-for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her-and much more to win her love. . .

REVIEW: Once in a blue moon an author will take a chance and write a romance involving an older, mature heroine and a younger, dashing hero. I am so happy when that happens!

It makes for an interesting and very entertaining romance filled with drama and suspense as well as some fascinating characters that will stay with you for some time.

Please don’t let the difference in their ages deter you from reading this story. The age difference between Nora and Devin is what makes this story so compelling.

I highly recommend it!

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‘Paradise Valley’ by Rosanne Bittner

pv-rbSTORY: Maggie Tucker’s life is forever changed when outlaws murder her husband, leaving her alone and lost in the wilds of the Wyoming Territory. She vows to find the men who killed him and who tried to destroy her spirit.

Sage Lightfoot, owner of a ranch called Paradise Valley, is hunting for three men who murdered his best ranch hand. When he finds Maggie collapsed beside an open grave, they embark on a life-changing journey along the famed Outlaw Trail. But a secret Maggie carries and a woman from Sage’s past could destroy their fragile love…

REVIEW: I love reading Rosanne Bittner stories. They take me so deep within that I hate parting with it.

This story is no different. It gave me a hero and a heroine worthy of that title. I loved their strength and I wept as I came to know their backstory. Both characters had plenty of baggage to get rid of, but once they did, they were free to commit to each other fully.

This story is sweet, tender and very romantic. It has adventure, danger and romance to melt your heart.

I highly recommend it!

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