CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: A Corner of Her Heart by Claire Yezbak Fadden

Title: A Corner of Her Heart

Author: Claire Yezbak Fadden

Genre:Women’s Fiction

Features Available: Spotlight Post, Excerpt, Q&A

Tour Timeframe: Late October

CoverDraft2Synopsis:

Monica Morgan finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair.

Unsure of how to move forward, Monica must reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. But will her decision ultimately destroy her family or will it make them whole again?

Book Review: The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Reviewer: Andrea

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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The Summary:

When Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…

As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the lucklesslord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?

The Review:

I was first introduced to Christian Bancroft last spring when I reviewed The Untamed Earl. Always a bridesmaid but never a bride, Christian is every woman’s friend—the dreaded kiss of death for any would-be husband. He is sweet, maybe too much, when he poses as pseudo-suitor Alex as she wrangles Owen into asking for her hand. Of course, all goes as planned, Alex becomes affianced to Owen, and they live happily ever after. But what about Christian?

Well, in The Legendary Lord, Christian finally finds his own beloved, but, as with all romances, things don’t go exactly as planned. When he meets Sarah, she is already engaged, and despite their forced confinement upon meeting, nothing much happens for the novel’s majority—which is one complaint I had. I was bored at times. Regency London ton might be a hotbed of rumor and innuendo, but I need a bit more action and less talk. I even yelled aloud at my Kindle in frustration at the lack of movement. The novel just seemed stalled at times. The only intrigue was really whether Sarah would marry her intended, and it was cute in a junior high sort of way, but it was just flat for me.

I also warn you that you may need a playbook before you can navigate the couples, their connections, and their titles. I realize this is a series meant to connect a number of stories, but the way the “rogues” keep falling in line like dominoes is really beginning to seem too similar, and I’ve only read two of the books.

On the plus side, it’s a fast read and guaranteed to give you your romance fix.

3.5 Stars

#BookReview: Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar

Reviewer:  Samantha

I received a review copy

power-your-happySummary:

Lisa Sugar has an amazing job. She spends her days at POPSUGAR creating content about pop culture, must-have handbags and makeup, healthy recipes, and Instagram-worthy sweets. She manages an enormously successful, growing company with employees who love what they do. And her life is just as great at home. She and her husband have three daughters and she’s the number one soccer mom who loves reading bedtime stories every night.

How did she do it? By figuring out what her dream job was, taking risks, and believing in herself. And now she wants to motivate others to do the same. She wants to show them how to live colorful, interesting lives where every second counts.

She’ll do so by sharing her personal and business story. Lisa knows that creating your dream job requires hard work, patience, and experience. She’ll give advice, in big and small ways, about exactly how to do that, from starting a company to ditching a relationship that isn’t working to becoming a fabulous boss. And with the great, accessible writing style that has made PopSugar such a hit, she’ll make it fun!

Review:

Fifteen percent in, and I was taking notes. I encouraged my husband to read this book. I will read this again. And probably again. Lisa Sugar has a terrific voice, very positive and encouraging, and I soaked up her advice throughout. I saw a lot of myself Lisa, from having big dreams to working on my passion in every moment of spare time I had, and I feel like I made a new friend after reading this.  I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to read Power Your Happy, and I highly, highly recommend this. I also now really want to work at POPSUGAR. Like, real bad. In all seriousness though, I cannot say enough good about this book. A must read.

5 stars