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The Stone Maiden (The Celtic Nights Series, Book 1) by Susan KingThe Stone Maiden by Susan King. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Desperate to save her diminished clan, Alainna MacLaren, heiress to a vast Highland property, seeks a warrior to protect her people—but he must agree to marry her and take her clan’s surname.

When the king sends a foreign knight to wed Alainna and gain control of her lands, Sebastien le Bret vows to lend his sword but not his heart—nor will he sacrifice his name and honor. Yet he is powerfully attracted to Alainna—a stone carver of mystical talent—whose pride and passion more than match his own.

But a local legend predicts disaster as time grows short—unless the warrior and the maiden can conquer stubborn pride and give in to the power of love.

THE CELTIC NIGHTS, in series order
The Stone Maiden
The Swan Maiden
The Sword Maiden

Slow paced with a good hero.

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Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer WorthCall the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The sequel to Jennifer Worth’s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood’s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane’s spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.

Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people’s lives in the poorest section of postwar London.

One of the reviews called this non fiction and I guess given that it is a memoir that it does fall into that category. One reviewer said it is heavy on religion toward the end but the parts about the midwifing is really good.

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Heat Up The Fall: New Adult Boxed SetHeat Up The Fall: New Adult Boxed Set by Gennifer Albin. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sexy Scottish boys. Handsome instructors. Bad boy slackers. Baby, it’s cold outside. Cuddle up with six hot boys in the HEAT UP THE FALL: New Adult Boxed Set, featuring six full-length novels from bestselling authors.

CATCHING LIAM by Gennifer Albin—Jillian has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can’t—or perhaps won’t—take a hint. Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they’re playing for keeps.

ADDICTED TO YOU by Colina Brennan—Even though Leah’s been forced to attend therapy for sex addicts, her real problem is that she can’t do relationships–sooner or later, everyone lets you down. But with Will McLean trying to break through her walls, love might be one addiction she can’t kick.

ONLY BETWEEN US by Mila Ferrera—Determined to reclaim her passion for art and life after escaping an abusive relationship, Romy signs up for a painting class, where the possibility of passion becomes very real in the form of her hot but mysterious teacher, Caleb. But to be together, both of them must confront the ghosts of their past.

REDESIGNED by Denise Grover Swank—Sparks fly when fashion design student Caroline Hunter meets mathematics grad student, Reed Pendergraft. Reed doesn’t fit her future husband profile, but Caroline finds out her life is about to be redesigned.

BY REFERRAL ONLY by Lyla Payne—Ruby’s dating experiences at Whitman have taught her that she’s better off sticking with steady flings as opposed to looking love, but persistent Scotsman Cole Stuart is out to change her mind. But between the girls of Whitman warning her to stay away and the secrets hidden under his kilt, these two will have to find a way to believe in the future–and each other–to make it work.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE by Alessandra Thomas—Joey’s always lived her life according to plan – study hard, get great grades, become a doctor and beat the cancer that killed her dad. But when she starts to fall behind in classes and meets Hawk, she begins to see that following her carefully measured plans may be ruining her ability to truly live.

SIX hilarious, heart-breaking, and sizzling hot New Adult novels sure to heat you up!

I’ve only read Denise Grover Swank and she wrote a nice book. Not earth shattering but if you like the sub genre, then hers might suit your reading needs. I don’t know about any of the others. Alesssandra Thomas wrote a book that I’ve been meaning to read about a model who gives up that world and then struggles with weight issues as her body conforms to a more average size.

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Summerset Abbey (Summerset Abbey Series #1) T. J. BrownSummerset Abbey by T. J. Brown. $ 2.99.

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1913: In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society and the distant rumblings of war. . . .

Rowena Buxton

Sir Philip Buxton raised three girls into beautiful and capable young women in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition. Eldest sister Rowena was taught to value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie.

Victoria Buxton

Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever. . . .

Prudence Tate

Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.

Looks like this was written just for a Downton Abbey crowd.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Amanda
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 14:27:27

    I keep meaning to watch Call of the Midwife when it airs on PBS but never seem to catch it at the beginning of the series (I prefer to start a show at its beginning), maybe I should start with the book?

  2. Darlynne
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 15:15:17

    @Amanda: I’ve never caught the beginning of the PBS series either, still wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to just go for it, watch what’s available. Obviously there are characters and situations that aren’t completely clear, and I always prefer to start books from the beginning, but the story is fascinating. Each televised episode I’ve seen includes interviews with cast members, a nice added touch.

  3. Julie B.
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 01:16:05

    Call the Midwife is a terrific show. It doesn’t matter if you’ve not caught it from the beginning as the stories are so warm-hearted and gritty, you’re bound to be drawn in from the first scene.

    Try and get the DVDs for Series 1 and 2 – you won’t regret it!

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