Thursday, April 29, 2010

Devil of the Highlands

Devil of the Highlands (Devil of the Highlands, #1) Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really really enjoyed this book. I love a good romance set in the Scottish highlands and this one certainly did not disappoint. I could certainly feel the love between Cullen and Evelinde and it was refreshing that the story was about their arranged marriage and finding their love for each other, rather than the love each other/hate each other/love each other again pattern. There was mystery as to who was involved, if anyone, in the three deaths within the clan over the last 14 years, enough to keep you interested until the very end. And I finished the book with a very warm and tingly feeling of love.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whitney, My Love

Whitney, My Love (Westmoreland, #2) Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was so looking forward to this book after having read "Kingdom of Dreams" and was hoping that "Whitney My Love" was about a character that we had been introduced to in Kingdom. Oh to be so disappointed. I was so frustrated with this book I was very tempted to quit half way through, but knowing that there was a third book, I should persist. There were times when I felt the book was going to turn into something worth reading, only to be disappointed pages later when it took a turn for the worst. I actually skimmed past a good portion of the book just to get to the end and see where it ended up. There were glimpses of the history of the Westmoreland family which I enjoyed (and that is why I gave it an extra star as I was really only planning on giving it 1 star) and am now worried I might have missed some good bits by skimming through. I don't think I've read a book where the two main love interests could be so damned stupid. I will give the third book a go, and hope that it is more like the first.

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Kingdom of Dreams

A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland, #1) A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My favourite type of romance to read are those set in early century Scotland or England and this one fit the bill, an English Duke that falls for a Scottish beauty. If that is your taste then you will most likely enjoy this story. I really liked the main characters, Royce and Jennifer and wanted them to have a fairytale happy ending. In addition I enjoyed some of the other characters within the story as well and was hoping that the sequel to this book was about one of those characters and I couldn't wait to start the second book in this series.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Highland Moonlight

Highland Moonlight Highland Moonlight by Teresa J. Reasor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really did enjoy this book, the first I have read of this author. I really felt a connection with the characters, and not just the two main characters, but minor characters as well.
There was no lesson in history to be had, but I really enjoyed some of the little bits and pieces included that gave in insight into what some of the everyday rituals and traditions of that particular era in Scotland were like.
I did feel the book was a little slow at times, and felt a little disappointment at the end, only because I felt it finished a bit too quickly and I could have enjoyed some more time with the characters.
If you enjoy reading romance set in early century Scotland, then I think you will enjoy this novel.

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Almost there....

You know some weeks, I just don't know how I manage to get to the end of it in one piece. Its school holidays, which in some ways are better, because the early morning rush is out of the way and there are no school pick ups to do, but in other ways more exhausting than if the kids were at school, because I have to keep them occupied and play referee all day long (well that's how it feels anyway).
Dear husband has been in Townsville for most of this week. Once again there are good things that come from that, because I have to be ULTRA organised and usually am more so because all I think about getting to is managing to get all the kids in bed so I can have a little peace and quiet. And when he's not here, I have control over the tv when the kids are all snoring in their beds!
Even though I would say I pretty much do it all on my own any way every other week of the year, because he works such long hours and isn't here for the 'rush hours' as it is, its still nice when he comes home each night. I would no way swap having an over-worked husband to being a single mother.
So finally Sunday morning of this week we were back together with all 6 of us under the same roof.
I felt a little bit more secure.
The day was filled with getting my house in to some kind of order again....and Geoff spending time getting our yard into some kind of order again. But we were all once again within shouting distance of each other.
The kids played happily outside most of the day with fewer arguments.
I look forward to a pupil free day tomorrow, but I think I will be a little more relieved when school starts again on Tuesday. Am sure I will manage to find some time on Tuesday that I can sit and enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, something I haven't managed to achieve any time in the last 2 weeks.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

In the Shadow of Midnight

In the Shadow of Midnight (Robin Hood, #2) In the Shadow of Midnight by Marsha Canham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm not sure how it happened that I read this book, the second in the Robin Hood series, without having read the first, as I always like to read a series of books in sequence.I really enjoyed the Marsha Canham Highlander series and think this is why I would have chosen to read this series and I am so pleased that I did, because I really really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the remaining 3 books of the series.All of the characters were indeed likeable and I always think its a sign of a good book when you come to the end and you still want more.

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