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Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George SpeareSign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Until the day his father returns to their cabin in the Maine wilderness, 12-year-old Matt must try to survive on his own. During an attack by swarming bees, Matt is rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson. A Newbery Honor Book.

I bought this for the tot. It’s a Newbery Award winning book that deals with understanding other cultures and overcoming prejudice.

The $1.99 price is the Amazon discounted price, but you can buy it at Kobo for $3.47 with Brian’s coupon code of Bargainmoose40

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The Winter Rose by Jennifer DonnellyThe Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It has been twelve years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiance—Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP—she works to shut down the area’s opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless activities better her patients’ lives and bring her immense gratification, but unfortunately, they also bring her into direct conflict with East London’s ruling crime lord—Sid Malone.

India is not good for business and at first, Malone wants her out. But against all odds, India and Sid fall in love. Different in nearly every way, they share one thing in common—they’re both wounded souls. Their love is impossible and they know it, yet they cling to it desperately. Lytton, India’s fiance, will stop at nothing to marry India and gain her family’s fortune.

Fractious criminal underlings and rivals conspire against Sid. When Sid is finally betrayed by one of his own, he must flee London to save his life. Mistakenly thinking him dead, India, pregnant and desperate, marries Freddie to provide a father for hers and Sid’s child. India and Sid must each make a terrible sacrifice—a sacrifice that will change them both forever. One that will lead them to other lives, and other places…and perhaps—one distant, bittersweet day—back to each other.

At Kobo with the 40% off coupon it is $6.47. This is a continuation of The Tea Rose, but reviews say you don’t need to read The Tea Rose to appreciate The Winter Rose. Also? Spunky heroine with a yen for an underworld crime boss? Sounds like its perfect for the romance crowd these days.

I’m very interested in buying this but am nervous about the ending. Can anyone help me out?

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Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish   Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish      by     Grace BurrowesLady Sophie’s Christmas by Grace Burrowes. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A luminous holiday tale of romance, passion, and dreams come true from rising star Grace Burrowes, whose award-winning Regency romances are capturing hearts worldwide.

All she wants is peace and anonymity…

Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster.

But Sophie’s holiday is about to heat up…

With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie’s brothers whisk her away, Vim’s most painful holiday memories are reawakened.

It seems Sophie’s been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true…

Burrowes has an unfortunate lack of historical authenticity in her books, so much so that I wasn’t able to appreciate her great voice. If you haven’t tried her yet, this Christmas tale might be worth the 99c attempt.

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A Lady by Chance Cheryl BolenA Lady by Chance by Cheryl Bolen. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The Marquess of Haverstock is incensed when he learns the money he needed to buy crucial war information for the Foreign Office has been lost at cards to the illegitimate daughter of an English duke and French noblewoman. When the bewitchingly beautiful woman informs him the only way to reclaim the funds is to wed her, he has little choice but to agree.

Shunned by the ton, Anna de Mouchet agrees to a bizarre proposal that has her using her skill at cards to force the marquess – whom she’s been told is a traitor – to marry her. As his wife, she will be free to spy on him and prove her patriotism to England. But once she marries the handsome lord, she’s less sure of her loyalties. Especially when she feels her husband’s silken touch.

Originally published in August of 2000 by Gem Historicals, this traditional regency romance is repackaged by the author for digital readers. According to the reviews, some of the problems include overly jealous hero and a cast of thousands.

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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. Keslynn
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 12:29:22

    I just finished reading Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and enjoyed it. It gets a little slow in the middle but it wasn’t enough to make me put it down. For 99 cents, it’s definitely a deal. Plus, if you use the coupon code Bargainmoose40 at Kobo you can get it for 59 cents.

    Regency is not my particular area of expertise so I couldn’t really pick out historical errors. I’m sure I’ll be foaming at the mouth more when Early Modern romances become popular. ;-)

  2. Meri
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 12:57:09

    Well, that jacket copy basically gives away the entire plot of The Winter Rose! Who wrote that? I think it might be a good idea to drop the final paragraph, otherwise it’s just too spoilerish. Anyway: I really liked The Winter Rose, though not as much as The Tea Rose. And while I could accept it, I know India’s decision regarding marriage turned the book into a wallbanger for some readers.

    It does have a happy ending, however, and the sacrifices they make are already mentioned in the jacket copy.

    Does that help, or do you want specifics?

  3. Jane
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 14:05:05

    @meri – so she ends up with Freddie?

  4. Meri
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 14:19:56

    India marries Freddie – I think about 2/3 of the way in – but by the end of the book she is not with him. It would not be a happy ending otherwise.

    I also have to add that while you don’t have to read The Tea Rose first, I think it does work even better as a second book than as a standalone.

  5. Evangeline Holland
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 17:16:23

    The Winter Rose (in fact, the entire trilogy) is super melodramatic and tends to rely upon coincidences, but there are HEAs at the end of each. I liked it and The Tea Rose, but book three…I ended up hate-reading.

  6. Jayne
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 17:33:18

    @Meri: I read and reviewed THE WINTER ROSE here a few years ago and it brought home to me that I just can’t stand epic sagas anymore. On and on and on and on… it went.

  7. LG
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 20:38:48

    I hope this isn’t too stupid of a question, but I just got a Kobo account today and was wondering if there’s a way to buy more than one book at a time. I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it, and Kobo’s Help section was worthless.

  8. jane
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 21:02:39

    @LG: There is no way to buy more than one book at a time. You can turn on quick buy which is like “one click” but then you can’t use a coupon.

  9. Merrian
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 21:05:04


    Kobo only sells you one book at a time, they don’t do shopping carts.

  10. Meri
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 00:32:25

    @Evangeline Holland: I really didn’t like The Wild Rose, either – Willa and Seamie were awful for each other and the book dragged. Such a disappointing conclusion to the trilogy.

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