WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 15th, 2011

I have to admit that all the authors blurbed about today are new to me in that  I haven’t read any of them yet, but more to consider for my TBR pile.  Meanwhile, I’m gearing up for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books this weekend.  I’ll be doing three panels (luckily the same day) and I know I’ll be asked to recommend books.  I have a huge list (divided into genres) and now I have a few more I can add to the list thanks to the WW Ladies.



The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

This is the second book of the Matchmaker Series, featuring Caylor Evans, an English Professor who has given up on love to be the care-taker for her grandmother “Sassy” Evans. “Sassy” has plans of her own when she decides with her other friends that Caylor needs to be happy. Dylan Bradley has just returned to Nashville after being humiliated in the Philadelphia art scene. His grandmother “Perty” has given him specific instructions to get his life back together. Dylan and Caylor have a spark between them, but their past mistakes are preventing them from moving forward. Their love of the creative arts, as well as their strong faith, could be just the things to bring them together.

One of the biggest reasons I turn to a contemporary Christian romance novel is the fact that you don’t need the sex to have a wonderful romantic story. I truly appreciated they way that Kaye not only wove the story around the main characters, but the way she created the feeling of the struggles within the two main characters themselves. I felt the beginning blossoms of a romance, and how it grew like a strong flower. It was refreshing to see Caylor confronted with someone who had too much to drink, and the appropriate choices she made to keep herself safe. Since this book is part of a trilogy, I am inspired to read the other books and complete the set.




Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Read by Dawn

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler, and most eccentric. Tara also specialists in Tarot Card reading. In this case she will have to use her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.  Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia are disappearing.  The bodies are missing and there are very few clues. Tara increasingly ominous dreams, are suggesting something dark, along with her Tarot card reading skills and the unwanted help of the Delphi Daughters she is about to find a terrifying endgame that even Tara could not have foreseen.

I found this book to be very interesting. I love the Tarot cards mixed with the FBI profiling.  Those are two stimulating subjects and they mixed well with the story line.  The secret scheming and underhanded methods of the  Delphi Daughters held my attention from chapter one to the end.




In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener

Read by Lynn

John Parker, a loyal courtier during Henry VIII’s  reign, is sent to escort a court commissioned artist from the London quay.  Susanna Horenbout, the tantalizing artist, unknowingly holds a secret that could change the course of history, and cost many lives.  Beneath the many layers of lies and intrigue, Parker struggles to discover who is plotting against the King, while keeping Susanna out of danger, and out of his heart.

I found it a pleasure to read a well – researched historical novel in which nearly all the characters truly existed.  A very fast paced, plucky story with much double-dealing, many brawls, and plenty of adventure.  My kind of book.




A Choir Of Angels by Marilyn Baron (E-Book)

Read by Kym

Rhonda Paver’s dream was to sing at her daughter Hayley’s wedding. Rhonda was relentless, a bull dog, and never backed down .. Even if it meant selling her soul, to cross over and help her daughter celebrate the happiest day of her life.

This may be considered a short story, but Marilyn gives a fast-paced plot line with  wonderful conflict as Hayley learns to cope with the loss of her Mother and prepare for her wedding.  A supernatural, humorous, heartfelt ebook which exemplifies a  Mothers Love that will prevail, even after death. This is one wedding I wouldn’t want to miss!




The School for Brides by Cheryl Ann Smith

Read by Ashley

Miss Eva Black is a twenty-three old spinster hiding from her mother’s past as a courtesan. The only joy in her life is teaching young courtesans to become suitable wives. She never had any problems with her school until the vengeful Duke of Stanfield comes pounding on her door demanding his mistress back, with his mistress long gone and married; the Duke demands that Miss Eva becomes his new mistress. What starts out as a love-hate relationship has the chance of becoming real love, if the two of them can overcome the secrets of their past.

A witty and sensual tale of love between two people, in two different classes of society. The love-hate between the characters is highlighted with amusing dialogues throughout the novel which made it a delightful read for me.


Bottom Line: Another dark, gloomy, rainy day here.  Thank goodness when I open a book I have sunshine throughout my house (seriously, I need to wear sunglasses).


75 thoughts on “WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

  1. Debbie Kaufman

    Seriously, I need more birthdays in a year so I can get more gift cards to keep up with all these recommendations, LOL! Only for reading’s sake would I agree to more birthdays. As a fellow Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blogger, I’m also thrilled to see Marilyn’s short story here!

    Love today’s choices!

  2. Edie Ramer

    So fun to read the review of In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener. I got to read the ARC, too. I’m eagerly awaiting its release in August. It’s such a great book!

  3. Maxine

    I love reading BHB and as a member Petit Four and Hot Tamale, I enjoyed seeing Marilyn Baron’s A Choir of Angels mentioned. It really is an enjoyable read.

  4. Marilyn Baron

    Thanks Dianna, Leanne, my Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blogging sisters and everyone for the nice things you had to say about my book. I really appreciate it. I’m excited about reading the work of the other authors.

  5. Darcy Crowder

    What a great line up of new books to read! And how fun to see Marilyn Baron’s book, A Choir of Angels, in the mix. We’re so proud of you over here at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales!

  6. Marilyn Brant

    What a wonderful set of books! Thanks to all who reviewed them. I’ve already got Michelle Diener’s In a Treacherous Court on pre-order, but I’ll have to add the others as well ;) .

  7. Sandra Elzie

    Late to the party, but love the line up of books. Too much to read and not enough hours in my day! Kadoos to Marilyn…one of our Petit Fours and Hot Tamales for her book reviewed today.

    Thanks, Barbara for all you do for the readers…and the authors

  8. Tami Brothers

    I am so late getting over here. Sorry! I’ve read A Choir of Angels and the review is spot on. Great job, Kym! And great job to Marilyn Baron. I, too, can’t wait for that next story.


  9. Marilyn Baron

    Thanks, Sandy and Tami. As a matter of fact I just turned in revisions on a new story today so I’ll keep you posted.

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