29 Jun 2021

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021


Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesdays! It has been so long since I've participated in this meme, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl blog

Today the theme is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021. These are books I am anticipating personally and want to read or will be reading at some time soon. They may or may not be on other people's lists. 

A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano: Victorian Romance, Releasing September, Revell Publishing. 

The Ice Swan by J'Nell Cieselski: WW1 Historical Romance, Releasing July, Thomas Nelson. 

J'nell Cieselski's latest novel, featuring a Russian Princess who fled from the Revolution. 

Crossed Lines, by Jennifer Delamere: Georgian Historical Romance, Releasing August, Bethany House. 

The second novel in Jennifer Delamere's Love Along the Wires series, featuring women working in the Telegraph Network in the early 20th century.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd Johnson: Historical Mystery , Releasing August, Bethany House 

This is a mystery/Gothic novel set in Regency London, and looks to be right up my street. One of only two books on this list written by a man. 

 As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin: WW1 Historical Romance, Releasing November, Bethany House.

Master Wycliffe's Summons by Mel Starr: Medieval Mystery Releasing September, Lion Fiction. 

The upcoming 14th novel in Melvin Starr's ongoing mystery series, featuring a surgeon in 14th century England. This series is a favourite and I snap up the latest installment each year.

Lost in Darkness by Michelle Griep, Regency Romance, Releasing November,  Barbour Fiction 

Michelle Griep's upcoming novel promises a Gothic Romance with shades of Frankenstein and a female travel writer. 

John Eyre by Mimi Matthews, Victorian Historical Romance, Releasing July, Perfectly Proper Press. 

A gender-swapped Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre. 

Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen, Regency Romance, Releasing December, Bethany House

Julie Klassen is another go-to author for me, and I try to read her latest novel each year. Her Regencies usually feature adventure, mystery and authentic historical and geographical details. 

The 10th and final book is Dauntless,  The final novel in the 11th Century Age of Conquest Series by Tamara Leigh, due out later this year also makes it onto the list.

We don't know what the cover looks like or have an exact release date yet. 

 Well, these are are my picks. What are yours? Do you like the looks  of any of these. 

1 Jun 2021

Dusk's Darkest Shores by Carolyn Milller: Audra Jennings Blog Tour and Giveaway!

 Regency Wallflowers #1
320 Pages, May 18th 2021, Kregel Publications
Print and Ebook 

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he's plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he's also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.

Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.



                                               My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Carolyn Miller has delivered another excellent and multi-layered Regency tale with Dusk's Darkest Shores.

It is peopled with interesting, complex yet sympathetic characters and explores real life scenarios (some controversial) with sensitivity.
These aspects make it more than just a straight out romance, and add to the human drama of the story.
Readers will know that I don't always appreciate novels in which the religious themes come over as forced, heavy handed or preachy. Thankfully, you get none of that here, instead they are woven into the story and come naturally.
Characters do question their faith, and wonder why terrible things happen to Christians, and the answers are not always forthcoming, but they still cling to their faith.

I personally also loved the little dog Frank, whom I count as one of the major characters in the story.

Thanks to Audra Jennings for accepting me on the Blog Tour of this title. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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