The Reluctant Duchess... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

The Reluctant Duchess

Roseanna M. White

The Reluctant Duchess a Sneak Peek on Reading List

Goodreads Summary:

Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough—not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar and the men who have jeopardized her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has suddenly found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of his neighbor, Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when the moody Earl of Lochabar tries to trap Brice into marrying Rowena, Brice finds he’s not as opposed to the idea as he expected to be.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to resort to marrying a notorious flirt just to gain his English home. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she ’fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

Sneak Peek:

"All the invited guests were already there, and surely no one from the area would just drop in for a call in this weather. Though granted, it was typical enough in the Highlands that it rarely seemed to faze the locals, who referred to their weather as either 'raining' or 'about to rain.'"  location 609

Initial Thoughts

This is the second book in the series, and I might need to read the first one for this to really make sense...  Yet the idea of a Highland heiress really intrigued me, and Rowena's story is heartbreaking.  I have to figure out how she saves her future and what Brice's role in it will actually be.  

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Marissa writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #139

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Michele at Living Our Days: Memorizing the Mind of God. She shares a wonderfully simple response to the power of storing the Word of God in our memory. 
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The most popular link from last week was by Tiffiney from Welcome Home Ministry: My Husband is a Rockstar! She discusses the importance of perspective when it comes to our spouses.  
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Book review

Change of Heart: Book Tour

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Change of Heart

Jennifer Moore

I am so excited to share with you this wonderfully real love story today as part of a fun book tour.  While I am going to start with a fun little excerpt, please at least scroll down and enter the giveaway at the end of the post.

    The crashing of waves soothed him and let him relax as he enjoyed the warm drink. His eyes drifted shut.
    “Mr. Cavanaugh?”
With a start, he opened his eyes. “I really think you should call me Nathaniel.” He was starting to getdrowsy.
        “Sir, that would be completely inappropriate, not
when I’m working for you.”
    “That’s true, but sometimes you don’t seem like an
Val raised her eyes and their gazes met. “I don’t act
very professional, do I?”
    “That’s not what I meant. Sometimes, you seem
more like a friend.” Nathaniel could tell that his guard was down. Why did talking to someone at night free people of their inhibitions? He needed to be careful not to say anything he’d regret.
Val picked at her nails. “I need to thank you again for coming to get me. It’s the second time you’ve rescued me. I’m not doing very well in the whole ‘being an independent woman’ department, am I?”
    “That’s what friends do.” He closed his eyes and let his head fall back against the chair. Moments later, he sleepily registered Val had moved the blanket to cover him and took the empty mug from his hand, but he was too tired to do more than mutter,     “Thanks.”
    “Good night, Nathaniel.” 

Change of Heart by Jennifer Moore a Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

This summer, Nathaniel Cavanaugh vacations in Lobster Cove to spend quality time with his kids after his estranged wife’s tragic death. Successful and well-connected, he is on the fast-track to the highest legal positions in the country, but his family life suffers. After an accident throws Val nearly into his lap and costs her a job opportunity, Nathaniel surprises himself by overlooking her outlandish appearance and lack of qualifications to offer her a job as his nanny for the summer. Valdosta McKinley wishes for an internship at a Paris Art Institute to use her newly acquired art-history skills. She knows Nathaniel could never develop feelings for a girl from a trailer in a rural West Virginia holler—a lesson she learned the hard way years earlier. Will the pursuit of their professional goals require Nathaniel and Val to give up the dream of being a family? 


JenniferJennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. She suffers from an unhealthy addiction to 18th and 19th-century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

Personal Likes

I absolutely loved the characters in this one.  Val is clearly a girl who's had a rough life living in rural West Virgina, you can hear it in her voice and see it in her character. Yet the determination that keeps her moving forward is so real and explains so much of her behavior and thoughts.  Nathaniel is exactly what you would expect from a wealthy lawyer who is driven to succeed in work.  Yet he has a deeper side that has been wounded and scarred which make him incredibly believable.

This is also fast read.  The language is easy to grasp, and the plot moves along with a great clip.  It is sweet and reads like a classic romantic comedy come to life.  It is almost as if you could be sitting with one of these characters as they share their story with you.

Change of Heart by Jennifer Moore a Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

A minor dislike on my part spurs from the fact that Val is a nanny, yet there are few scenes where she is actively nanny-ing...  She mentions early on that she doesn't really agree with Finn having school work at his age, and she promises Ruby she will make a memory book with her.  Then those points fade away, only to be brought up again at the end... I would have enjoyed seeing how Val handled Finn's lessons, and how Ruby healed.

Not to mention I was shocked at the end when Val mentions all the books she reads to Ruby when Ruby made it clear that she did not want Val to read to her...  That was surprising and would been a wonderful addition to the story.

Reading List Rating

Four heart rating on Reading List

I'm giving this book a four heart rating because it was just so sweet.  There is nothing like a quick little love story to brighten your day.

My Suggested Audience

I would say this is a book most women would enjoy.  If you are a fan of classic romantic comedies, enjoy a book with normal, real-life characters, then you will most likely enjoy this one.  While it is predictable, that is what makes it fun.

Wondering Questions to Consider

Change of Heart really deals with two different people who have set out to accomplish very specific dreams with their lives, yet as they walk the path set before them, they start to question those dreams.  How often in life do we take the time really consider the dreams we are chasing?  Is there a purpose to the dreams we are chasing?  Does the journey make us happy, or a better person?  How does the dream effect those around us?

Now that she was here, she realized this wasn't what she wanted at all. @JennytheBrave #ChangeofHeart @Reading_List1

Are you a fan of classic romantic stories?  Have you ever considered the dream you are chasing? Would you let go of a dream if you realized there was a better option for you? 

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

$25 Blog Tour giveaway

Blog Tour Giveaway 

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 5/1/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

Blog Tour Schedule 

April 18th 

I Am A Reader - Spotlight 
Literary Time Out - Review 
Cuzinlogic - Spotlight 
Literary Chanteuse - Spotlight 
Susan Heim on Writing - Spotlight 

April 19th 

Heidi Reads... - Spotlight
beck valley books - Spotlight 
Coffee Books & Art - Spotlight 

April 20th 

My Book a Day - Review 
Reading List - Review
Bunny's Review - Spotlight 
LeahSay's Views - Spotlight 

April 21st 

Wishful Endings - Review 
Simple Wyrdings - Review 
Kindle and Me - Spotlight 
Queen Of All She Reads - Spotlight 

April 22nd 

Books Are Sanity!!! - Review 
Bookworm Lisa - Spotlight
Hearts & Scribbles - Spotlight 
Mel's Shelves - Spotlight 
BookHounds - Spotlight 

April 26th 

Rockin' Book Reviews - Spotlight 
Min Reads and Reviews - Spotlight 
Rebecca Belliston - Spotlight 
Diana's Book Reviews - Spotlight

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Our Favorite Non-Fiction Source

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Children's Corner

Our Favorite Non-Fiction Source

National Geographic Kids

This might surprise you, but I am a huge fiction fan.  The stories capture me and through such experiences I learn more than, or at least as much, as any science class I've been in (oh and I do have a minor in science...).  On the flip side my husband would rather pick up a non-fiction book.  So when our oldest was born I took on the job of finding as many colorful story books (fiction) that I could get my hands on.  I would spend hours with pictures from these books making up new stories with him...  

Then he got older.  

On our weekly trips to the library, he noticed the stacks of books that mommy never went to - the non-fiction section of our children's library.  

His world has never been the same since he walked down one of those aisles and picked out books on topics that engaged his mind and furthered the world he already knew. 

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If, like me, you have really only spent time in the world of fiction when it comes to children's books, the idea of stepping into the vast sea of non-fiction children's books could drown you.  Let me suggest seeking out the National Geographic Kids books.  There are books on so many amazing subjects, not to mention the magazines and online options (if your kids are at all interested in photography, you have to show them the winners of the 2015 competition over here.)

Today let's just look at two of the awesome Little Kids First Big Books - Specifically Space and Dinosaurs.

About the Books

These books are over-sized, which is why I think my kids were drawn to them.  The books start with an easy to navigate contents page - showing the main topics, the page it starts on and for most sections a brilliant picture to help fill in the words they might not understand. The pages are colorful and bright full of quick facts. 

Little Kids First Big Book of Space includes sections on the solar system, looking up from earth, earth's neighbors, other neighbors, far, far away, exploring space as well as a map, tips for parents, and a glossary and index.  

Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs includes sections on small dinosaurs, big dinosaurs, giant dinosaurs, gigantic dinosaurs, a map, parents tips, glossary, and index.  There are also phonetic spellings of the names of dinosaurs to help with pronunciation. 

Why We Like It

I personally like it because while it has the characteristics of a traditional science book, it reads closer to a story in that each page has easy to understand tidbits of fact.  I was appreciative of the tips for parents sections because there are ideas there for fun field trips, more in-depth learning concepts and activities.  This could be a great source for homeschooling parents or even parents who are trying to help kids learn through their interests.

My kids really love the amazing pictures.  Many of the pictures are actual National Geographic photos, and others are their computerized renditions (clearly there are not actual pictures of dinosaurs).  My younger boy really likes the little "pop up" facts -  when there is a magnificent picture that fills a page, there are little circles that have snippets of information right there on the picture.

Our Favorite Non-Fiction Source for Kids... National Geographic Kids  a Children's Corner feature on Reading List

The ultimate non-fiction resource for kids of all ages. #Reading #NatGeo @Reading_List1

Check out some fun crafts and activities from other wonderful bloggers on both Dinosaurs and Space... 

  1. That Artist Woman has a wonderful tutorial on creating your own dino fossils with salt dough.
  2. Here's a fun shape review and create your own dinosaur activity from  Little Family Fun.
  3. Crafty Morning has a fun painting activity for making planets.
  4. MomDot has a super great nebula/galaxy (calming jar) project that kids of all ages can get into.
  5. Create a fun solar system in your window with Fun-a-Day!'s Planet Sun Catchers.

Are your kiddos into Dinosaurs?  Space?  How do you inspire your kids to pick up non-fiction books?

Marissa on Reading List

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