Monday Musings with Rachelle
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
~ Henry Ford
Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and had a great time with family and loved ones. I also hope you found a few minutes to get some reading time in, but just in case you didn’t, I have a few clean reads and sweet romances to share with you today. I hope the coming year brings a lot of new clean and wholesome books your way!
Presley Windsor is preparing for the new season of American Ninja Champions, leaving her zero time for anything as frivolous as a boyfriend. When someone posts a picture of her trying on a diamond ring with a mystery man, they assume she’s getting engaged. Instead of telling the public it was all a misunderstanding, Presley’s publicist decides this is the perfect launch for her career and confirms the engagement. Things escalate quickly, and the network wants to reveal her fiancé on national TV, leaving Presley scrambling to find someone to play the role long enough for the special to air. Kade Hunter is her brother’s best friend and makes Presley breathless just looking at him. She’s secretly crushed on him, never dreaming he might have a thing for her too. When he volunteers to be her fake fiancé, Presley keeps reminding herself he’s doing it as a favor to her brother. Everything changes after they kiss under the mistletoe, leaving Presley hoping the magic of Christmas will bring her a real fiancé after all.
In November of 1939, Sini Toivola is sure of two things: she loves Marko Linna, and she has a comfortable life in Helsinki. But when the massive Soviet army invades her beloved homeland and Marko spurns her affections, her life is turned upside down. Needing a fresh start, Sini decides to join the female volunteer corps—the Lotta Svärd—and is sent to serve near the front lines. Service at a field hospital proves a good distraction—until Sini discovers a Russian soldier lost behind their camp.
Duty requires her to turn him in, but her heart begs to keep him safe and help him escape. Torn between love for her country and love for her enemy, Sini must choose—but no matter what choice she makes, heart-wrenching consequences await them all.
A marriage of convenience is Xavier’s last-ditch effort to salvage his career as a songwriter. He doesn’t believe true love strikes twice in a lifetime, but he needs a coparent and best friend.
When Emily says “I do,” he questions his ability to remain neutral in the marriage.
She’s more than he hoped for…
And everything he feared…
Can Xavier give himself over to the experience of loving again? Or, will he shut away his heart?
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I have a funny story about this particular review. My mom came to take care of my kids and while she was here, she saw my copy of Blackmoore and snagged it. I had lent her Edenbrooke which she absolutely loved and shared with all my relatives. When I arrived home, I told her that was my review copy and I had a blog review post due, but because I’m a nice daughter I told my mom to go ahead and revel in Julianne Donaldson’s writing and then tell me about it.
So today you get a review from my mom who is a fabulous judge of character when it comes to books!
My mom said the story was riveting, the heroine strong-willed with a romance that had her lecturing Kate Worthington, the main character, about what she should be doing. Several of her friends saw her reading Blackmoore and she had to keep a tight grip on the book because they all wanted to snatch Julianne’s latest work and read it themselves!
And the best part of the story is shortly after that, I visited a book club who had just finished reading one of my books. The host gave me a goody bag with Blackmoore! I was so excited that I called my mom on the way home and told her she could keep that copy because I had my own. My mom replied, “Oh good, then I can lend this one to my friend. She’ll be so excited.”
And that is what happens when you write a good book!
Here’s more about the book:
Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.
Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain sooner rather than later and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?
Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart.
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It’s not the hours you put in your work that count, it’s the work you put in the hours.
Amen to that. Don’t you think this is especially true for parents? Our work is never done, and it’s hard to measure our success, but in the end it’s the effort and the heart that we put into it that matters.
It’s the last weekend before Christmas and there’s no better time than now to enjoy some clean and wholesome romances. I also wanted to share that Hope for Christmas is now available in paperback–just in time for Christmas! ‘Tis the Season for lots of reading!
To escape the awkwardness of her recent break-up with her boss, Hazel takes a new job in a distant town, Holly Haven. Miles from friends and family, Hazel does her best to stay cheery despite knowing she may be all alone for Christmas.
After making a new friend at the local bakery and joining the community orchestra, Hazel’s holidays are starting to brighten. Hazel even begins to develop feelings for the orchestra director, Michael, and looks forward to spending more time with him.
However, a skidding car on an icy winter day leads Hazel to a shocking discovery.
Hazel’s Christmas Duet is about finding friendship and love in the more trying seasons of life when they are needed the most.
Aspiring writer Alivia bombs her Regency novel pitch to hotshot acquisitions editor Will Wright and the result is mutual loathing. But when another publisher wants Alivia’s not-yet-written book in 8 weeks, Alivia panics. Luckily, online book doctor Dear Mr. Darcy is there to help.
Will Wright has big opinions and an even bigger ego. When he’s fired from the publishing house he once lorded over, he scrapes by using his Regency knowledge freelancing as Dear Mr. Darcy.
As they unwittingly work together on Alivia’s book, they begin bonding. Two unknowing enemies are about to become more than friends.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a week away! I have some great new clean and wholesome romance books to share with you to warm your heart this holiday season. These sweet romances would also make great gifts for the book lover in your life. I also wanted to share some exciting news with you about Her Guy Next Door Fake Fiance, so keep reading to find out. Merry Christmas and I hope these clean reads bring you a lot of joy.
Her Guy Next Door Fake Fiance is now available in paperback!
An auto accident with a bad boy sparks a fake engagement…is it fate or a heartbreaking mistake?
After her fiancé dumped her just months before their wedding, Liza Sorenson swore off dating. The holiday season is ruined when Liza is forced to attend a design conference and meet with her ex—the guy who now wants her back. She needs help to fend off her ex, so when she gets into an accident with Jaime Maldonado, she sees an opportunity.
After a run-in with the police, Jaime becomes the “bad boy” of Echo Ridge. He needs to present a good image to fight off his ex-wife and win an upcoming court battle involving the custody of his son. An auto accident is the last thing he needs until he realizes he might be able to use it to his advantage.
Jaime and Liza enter into a fake engagement, each with the intention of using the other to solve their problems, but they didn’t bargain on getting their hearts entangled with their agreement. Liza is hesitant to trust and Jaime is hiding a secret bigger than she could ever imagine. Will this fake engagement damage their hearts or help them find a way to heal?
Dru North has far more substance than the party-boy reputation given to him by the media, which is why a quiet Christmas in Little is just what he needs. From the moment he meets Amber Miller, who’s staying across the hall, sparks fly, and a magical Christmas party leads to an impulsive kiss.
While Dru is eager to get to know Amber during the quiet vacation, she’s wary of his reputation and his riches. She challenges him to take her on twelve dates before she’ll consider their relationship anything more than a holiday fling—a feat given the fact that she’s only in town for ten days.
Amidst the big family holiday Dru has always dreamed of having, Amber finds herself trusting with every “date” that Dru isn’t the bad-boy she thought him to be. But his insistence that this can be more than a holiday fling has Amber worried about the future. Dru’s a famous country star with money to burn, and she’s just a teacher. Are their worlds too far apart for a happily ever after when the Christmas magic is over?
Griffin William’s only wish was to use life-saving dental procedures to help those in underprivileged areas of the world. But when his dad suddenly passes away, Griffin is called home to save the family business. Finding himself in over his head, he fights against accepting help from others, especially his brand new co-dentist.
After completing her dental residency, perfectionist Aubrey Skinner thought she’d landed her dream job at Williams Dental until she met her new boss, Griffin Williams. He’s attractive, infuriating, and making it impossible to maintain her professional standards. Adding insult to injury, he’s also pressured her into taking over the community charity event…except he’s white-knuckling the reins and offering opinions on everything.
Griffin and Aubrey soon can’t deny their deepening feelings. Their patients are starting to notice, too. But as the event draws near, the two go head to head on Griffin’s wardrobe: the ugliest of ugly Christmas sweaters. Will Aubrey be forced to walk away from the only job she’s ever wanted over a stupid sweater? Or can Griffin’s softened heart convince her to stay and give love a chance?
Henry Caldecott is the reluctant heir to a successful hotel chain. Amanda Hill is trying to get through Christmas without any more debt. When they splash into each other at the chilly Cedarville Library pond, Henry sees the perfect opportunity to make a deal to survive the family Christmas party. All it takes is rescuing a chatty, hyper, damsel-in-distress, but Henry soon realizes Amanda is better than any debutante worthy of his snobby family’s acceptance, and that he’s the one in need of rescue.
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