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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin follows a spunky, adventurous elderly lady named, of course, Harriet Beamer. After taking a road trip across the country to come live with her son and daughter-in-law in book one of this series, Harriet Takes The Bus (which I haven't read yet, but can't wait to read now), she arrives and is swindled into a fake gold mine deal by a teenager and her shady father. The subplots of Harriet's best friend and her son's struggles and Harriet's son and daughter-in-law's struggle to have a baby are also rich and well developed. I absolutely loved this book. When I chose it I didn't realize it was Book Two in the Harriet Beamer series, but it read just as well as a stand alone title, although it did reference things from the first book. I plan to read the first book as soon as I can because this one was so enjoyable. This is a fun, witty, fresh, and quirky tale. An elderly protagonist was one I've never read before, and…

Born Of Persuasion

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Born Of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta is the first book in her new Price Of Privilege trilogy. In book one we meet the main characters, Julia, Edward, Elizabeth, Henry, and Mr. Macy. The novel is set in 1838 and follows young Julia, who has been orphaned and placed under the care of a mysterious, and anonymous, guardian. She fears his plans for her and decides to try to plan her own fate and future by seeking a marriage. When her plans to marry her (secretly) betrothed, Edward, go awry, she enters into an agreement with an unscrupulous matchmaker and ends up falling in love with the rich and handsome, but treacherous, Mr. Macy. This 430 page novel twists and turns so many times throughout its pages that at the end you will still not be sure everyone is who they say they are. I have to admit I was very hesitant to choose this book - I am not an Austen or Bronte fan, nor a huge historical fiction fan, nor have I ever read a Gothic novel, as this was described. Let me just say that I ab…

For Every Season

For Every Season is the third book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series by Cindy Woodsmall. Rhoda continues to work at developing a new Amish community in Maine with Samuel King. The love triangle between Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob continues and comes to a head. Rhoda finally embraces Samuel so there is finally some resolution to that plot point in this book. This book, as the others, includes a brief synopsis of the series thus far in the beginning so you can pick this up and read it without first reading the other two books, but I would recommend still reading the others. I was excited to learn that there will be a fourth book in this series! Looking forward to reading it. For Every Season is an enjoyable continuation of this series, and in my opinion, the best book of the series so far. It was exciting, with plenty of new plot twists, and an easy and fun read. Cindy Woodsmall is very good at painting a vivid picture of the Amish life and her books are realistic and believable. Def…