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Dirty Dancing (2017) - Entertaining, Flawed and Completely Lovely, ABC's New Romance

Friday, May 26, 2017

No matter whose name backs them or which company produces them, the musical remakes televised on TV cannot escape censure. Controversy follows and surrounds them, Twitter fights inspired by their nearing premiere break out (really???), and viewers seem afraid to engage in conversation about them.


Nobody puts Baby in a corner. - Dirty Dancing
Meanwhile, I sit back and ask, “Um why??” My logic being that none of these are worth getting upset over or biting back with unkind comments. So with that said, I’ll put this out there, simply and bluntly: I really enjoyed ABC’s recent “remake” of the classic dance film, Dirty Dancing.

Does it achieve perfection? Goodness, no! But that’s not the point. The point is, I wasn’t looking to this to replace or improve on its predecessor (a “classic” film I do actually like – not all make it on my personal favorites list, but I did like this one). All I anticipated was to sit down and enjoy “dancing” though a summer romance. This is exactly what the remake of Dirty Dancing does.

To its credit, this script also makes us think, balances the themes of its time and pushes itself beyond the overt them of “young love.” It’s about fathers and daughters; the bonds of sisters, and finding yourself (when your “childhood” ends and that voice in your head – and EVERYONE YOU EVER TALK TO, asks, “What’s next?”) in a world that often confuses. The heartbreaking story, emotions and (mostly) memorable acting helps make this so much more than what the reviews would have you believe. ♥

(Full disclosure, prior to writing my review, I did not read any reviews, I’d just heard whispers of the tear down.)

Today I review Dirty Dancing with Silver Petticoat. If you’d like to read my review, head over there to check it out.
  

A mixed bag of reviews tends to surround the televised remakes of musical and dance classics. NBC and Fox have made a mark with remakes of The Sound of Music and Grease, respectively. ABC joined the phenomenon by touching a film many consider the quintessential “dance classic,” Dirty Dancing. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat Review →

Did you see Dirty Dancing? What were your thoughts? Leave them – good or bad – down below! I’d love to know your opinions.


Photos: ABC

The Art of Us (2017) - Hallmark Re-imagines 'My Fair Lady'

Last weekend, Saturday May 20th was "Eliza Doolittle Day." I don't know how "real" this is, but it sounded like a fun thing to knowledge (#WishfulWonder sure took advantage of it!) and perhaps, evoked in us memories of the classic film My Fair Lady



Whether consciously or not, Hallmark Channel took full advantage of the day and premiered a new original that revises the classic. Set in the contemporary world, the story isn't so much "remake" as it is an extension that honors a timeless and romantic classic. 

The Art of Us, based on the novel by Teri Wilson (who also wrote Hallmark's Unleashing Mr. Darcy - which you all know I 100% adore), is a celebration of its inspiration. The changes, the unique markers and the cast all make this one an effortless 90 minutes of entertainment sure to leave you with a happy smile.


Saturday, May 20th celebrated a special character that lives inside a classic, old-fashioned story. May the twentieth is Eliza Doolittle Day which places a spotlight on the leading lady of My Fair Lady. Whether or not Hallmark Channel was aware, this past Saturday they celebrated the day with an original, The Art of Us. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review →

Catch re-airings of The Art of Us on the 27th and 28th!

Until then, let me know: what did you think of this adaptation?? I’d love to chat with you.


Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

My Summer Prince (2016) – Contemporary Fairytale in the Sweet Summeritme

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There are many things I like from the stories and romance movies on my docket. Primary among these reasons is the discovery of something that entertains. My Summer Prince accomplishes and surpasses this. Read on to find out these reasons.

Climbing the corporate ladder is all Mandy Cooper (Taylor Cole) has time for. She wants to follow in her the footsteps of the boss she admires, and do it well. You see Deidre Hall (Lauren Holly) runs one of the most successful PR firms in the country. As a result of this, her services are sought after by many a client looking to polish their image. 

Unfortunately for Mandy, Deidre doesn’t seem to notice her capabilities. Then, into their lives walks a new client who is their most important yet. He’s not just wealthy, he also boasts a title, which happens to be a royal one! While on holiday in America, Prince Collin (Jack Turner) finds himself with something of a bad image.

This leads his mother to Deidre’s firm. But when there’s a misunderstanding which then leads to Mandy being mistaken for her boss, she latches onto the opportunity. Instead while her boss is incapacitated, she plays the successful businesswoman, allowing her a glimpse into what it takes to be a part of this world – and somewhere along the way, she begins to loose her heart to a prince.

This isn’t a new concept, but it’s timeless. We all know that we have weaknesses and one of mine is the contemporary fairy tale trope, and My Summer Prince doesn’t disappoint. There are a few ways it differs from its cinematic peers. Not the least of these reasons is that this time around it’s the royal who is unaware of who their soul mate is (their identity).



Part of the appeal of this story is the wholesome, “old fashion” feels it evokes. There’s just something about a charming story of a girl falling for someone who wears a crown and sits on a throne that’s delightfully infectious. No matter the cynical society, its films like this that reminds us to find joy in simple things and simple ideas. That is exactly what this script does. It makes us smile wide and long after that final scene fades away. Plus the humor is enchanting - including a situation that places Mandy in a pink puffed-sleeve dress. Yes, this is a thing. 

The cast is a big reason why this story works. Of course, the British hero (it’s always the accent!) makes us swoon (or it does me - I fall under the spell of Colin as easily as Mandy), and Taylor Cole is a familiar face to any Hallmark aficionado. She’s stared three to five originals, including her newest, The Art of Us.

Make sure to catch a re-air of My Summer Prince this summer on Hallmark (watch for a reair in your local listing). If you’ve enjoyed their earlier “royal” romantic-comedies, you’ll love this movie. The paths it travels aren’t the “same old, same old.” The script cleverly keeps things in the same comfort zone of familiar, but takes us on a happy sightseeing, colorful story that we fall head over heels in love with. ♥


Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

Top Ten Tuesday | 15 Books With Summer Waves and Sandy Beaches on the Cover (Mostly)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer is nearly upon us, which means one thing. It’s time to break out the celebratory summer-y things that make summer, well, essentially summer. We’re getting a jump start on that task with this upcoming holiday weekend that is, the unofficial start of summer.

Broke and Bookish May 23 | Summer Reads Freebie - Broke and Bookish


For most of us, summer might be a slower time of year when it comes to reading. For me, it’s the same pace. Since I don’t travel (#Landlocked) and don’t ordinarily do anything any more exciting than any other season, I keep to my usual reading habits. Ideally this should mean I recommend books on this list. Meaning talk about the books I’ve actually read. Alas, that isn’t what today’s list is all about.
While there may be one or two (Edit: There's more than that!) on this list that I have read (and LOVED!), most of these were chosen for their aesthetics which translate to beach-y waves and summer vibes. Besides, we all need plenty of these, right??

Let’s have a peek at what books made the list. (All are sure to give you strong summer-y feels.)

BOOKS on my SHELF with SUMMER VIBES

1. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks | Another series I fully intended to read loong ago. Can you get much more "summer" than a cover with a mermaid on its jacket?? Amazon | Goodreads 



2. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Just recently bought this one and it sounds really cute. Here’s hoping this YA spin on You’ve Got Mail hits all the right keys. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | This one is my most “out there” pick because its design is dark, but how could I not add it?? It’s beautiful plus it does feature a seascape. Kind of. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | I've had every intention to read a novel by Jenny Han for eons now. Here's hoping I finally nudge myself to do just that. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones | Say what?? There's a novel by Jenny B. Jones (with this much distance between its release and today!) that I haven't read?? Shocking I know. Amazon | Goodreads 

6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | Cannot wait to read this one because it’s Morgan Matson, and despite the fact that it’s an older title from her, I’m still anticipating it. Amazon | Goodreads
  
7. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | Is this one a beach-y scene? No, but come one. Can you depict summer vibes any better than this cute bit of romantic adorable?? Amazon | Goodreads

BOOKS on my SHELF with SUMMER VIBES (That I’ve Read!)

1. and 2. Barefoot Summer and Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter | Not only do I 100% adore these novels (yes, I have actually read them both!), the setting the respective cover’s depict are also pretty. Dreamy and well suited to the story inside their pages. Denise on Goodreads


3. and 4. The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson | Pretty beaches, lighthouses and an island (Prince Edward to be precise). These books meet all the requirements of today's topic! Liz on Goodreads

5. and 6. I’ll be Yours and There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | My reader and fangirl love of Jenny’s work has been well documented. We’ll leave it at that. Jenny on Goodreads



7. Longing by Karen Kingsbury | Don't remember much about this book, but look at the pretty orange vibes of summer! Amazon | Goodreads 

8. When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren | This novel is SO sweet, plus part of it takes place in Hawaii. Amazon | Goodreads
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This brings to a close yet another Top Ten Tuesday. How did you spin this week’s topic?? Comment down below with your thoughts on these books (which should I read first??) or their cover art. Don’t forget to leave YOUR Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d love to come by and visit your corner of the web.

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Bookstagram Challenge | June 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hello, my book loving friends. Another month is nearly upon us. You all know what this means! My blog-y friend Tressa (of Wishful Endings) and I are pleased to announce we have put together another Bookstagram challenge. (Can you tell we're lovin' this bookstagram thing??)


As is always the case, thanks so much to everyone who has joined our challenges thus far. We're having so much fun, and appreciate your creativity and time. Whether you join our challenges or share them for more exposure on your IG pages, thanks for all the help in spreading the word. Know we're grateful. Now, onto the other Bookstagram-y things, my usual habit (you know I *have* to share some of these creative beauties, right??), below I'm spotlighting a few photos that I've loved from our May challenge.


Next, yes, I am going to indulge in my usual "spiel" trying to tempt you to join us.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no rule that says you must post every day. (Not that you needed my permission to say this, but I thought I'd put this out there.)
+ If you think you can’t participate because of it being “too much work,” try taking a handful or several days’ worth of photos for an hour. (This is generally what I try to do, which is nice and I often find I have a little “stock pile” of Instagram photos as a result.)  
+ If you're looking to meet other Bookstagrammers (people in the book community on Instagram) and bloggers, or build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this. 
+ If you don’t think our #WishfulWonder challenge looks like a good fit for you, there are TONS of challenges on Instagram. A brief #Bookstagram or some variation of a #BookChallenge hashtag search will show this. 
+ Best of all, the best thing about these challenge (well, aside from the people. And the books.) is the creative outlet. You develop your OWN style of photos, which is what makes everyone's account so unique! I've seen simplistic (in terms of prop use, etc.) photos that are stunning and I've seen more elaborate shots that compliment the book and suit the style of the bookstagrammer. Plus, if you're like me, and you love creative outlets, this is an excellent way to do this. 
+ Still not convinced? Go ahead and follow our #WishfulWonder tag on Instagram or Twitter to be inspired!

Everything for this month is self-explanatory (or we hope so!). Introducing our June 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge.

If you have any questions about the prompts, please feel free to ask! Again the rules are simple. We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Swing by our May Challenge intro post to vote in our poll, or drop a comment down below. 

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Happy day, Book Nerdigans. Join us in our fun, bookish endeavors - we look forward to chatting with you.
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True to You by Becky Wade – A Complex, Emotional Romance Becomes a Literary 'Work of Art'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Provided – thank you, Becky
Publication Date: 2017
Find the Review elsewhere: 
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Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Series: Bradford Sisters, 1
Rating: ★★★★★

Safety to Nora Bradford means being tucked away in her small cottage home, surrounded by her tomes or snuggled in for a marathon of her favorite British TV show. You see, her heart has been broken by the man she thought she’d spend forever with. Since then, she prefers to spend time with the men of fiction (particularly in the company of her favorite British hero). Her life turns upside down when, after being dragged to a hostage training situation as a volunteer, Nora is swept off her feet – literally.

No nonsense John Lawson is a former Navy SEAL, and all-around American hero. In civilian life he runs a successful company that trains personal for emergency situations. As an adopted child, devastating news drives John to seek information on his biological family, which means Nora’s profession as a genealogist makes her the perfect hire.

As the two work closely on John’s history, their relationship shifts. John begins to feel something for the quirky redhead, and Nora falls- hard. As these opposites attract, they must find a way past complications… and secrets that might not heal.


Writing a review about a novel one doesn’t connect to is as difficult as writing a review of a novel you feel is far and away superior. The former is what reviewers universally dread, but it’s the latter that I agonize and worry most over. True to You falls into the latter category. With every new book Becky Wade releases, she gets better and better (though I will admit, I still have a soft spot for Meant to Be Mine – and forever will). This novel, which launches her new series, is without question, her most complex yet.

It’s not just about the characters. It’s not just about the setting. It’s not just the emotional payoff. It’s all of these things and more working in unison to create a kind of magical storytelling all readers long for. The heartbreak, the joy, the giggles, the fangirling (can I just mention how epic the fangirl-ing is? Also, Nora is sure to be a kindred spirit to all bookish people), and the romance is a perfect symphony that sparkles. Honestly, I cannot think of anything I would change or alter about this story. It strikes the proper chords, and furthermore, it finds this harmony at all the right times.
“What I've learned is that the past might be challenging and the future might be unsure. And that's okay. The present is all we're given, anyway. When we get to the future, God will be there. He'll supply whatever we need for each day.” - Becky Wade
Though affixed in the contemporary genre, True to You “feels” like a novel that fits neatly and comfortably with the classic literature club. It’s a new kind of classic that aligns with Jane Austen-esque storytelling. It’s classy, sassy and swoony in one fell swoop! There’s nothing shabby about these pages. Whether it’s Nora’s bookish, vintage loving soul (who happens to love Richard Armitage’s Mr. Thornton – girl, I relate!) or John’s true nature, and true hero (or more simply, “real man”) persona, this story is beautiful.

GIVEAWAY | Meet a Bookish Heroine, and a Detective Duo!

From its “first impression” (that cover though!) to the first kiss and final page, this is the sort of story you want to go on. It lingers with me still leaving me bereft over the wait for its sequel. The story is essentially Wade (as we’ve come to expect from her), but she has a new voice given that each chapter ends in texts, a letter or phone conversation. This a carryover from her prequel novella, Then Came You (which I do recommend you read first). This is all a testament to the growth this author has experienced, and makes True to You a tale all the more worth journeying through. ♥


Synopsis: Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another. – Goodreads
  
Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com


Sincere thanks to the author and publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book.

Book Giveaways | Meet a Bookish Heroine, and a Detective Duo!

Hey, hey, readers and friends. Welcome to Finding Wonderland. Today, I'm featuring two amazing stories with two little giveaway features.

One is a fabulous contemporary romance by a dynamic contemporary author about a book-loving (and respecting!) heroine. Is there anything better?

One is a breezy, witty historical novel penned by a witty Canadian author set in the 1900s Toronto in the styling of Sherlock Holmes and Murdoch Mysteries. (This book also happens to be one I intended to give away way back when, but since the INPSYs delayed my promotion of it, I decided to pair it with this giveaway.)

Either one of these sound like your kind of read? Read onward to learn how you can win a copy!



Here's what you can win.

- TRUE to YOU by Becky Wade (US Only)

OR

A novel by Rachel McMillan, your choice. (International, Kindle)

- The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Review)
- A Lesson in Love and Murder (Review)
- The White Feather Murders

TRUE to YOU | Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite 

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another. – Goodreads 

Amazon | Goodreads


(If you've never entered a giveaway on Finding Wonderland, read on below for the rules.)
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And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)

Giveaway one (Becky Wade) is open to US Readers only. Giveaway two is open to all readers, so long as you accept a gifted KINDLE copy (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! 

Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends May 25th Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

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Can't Wait / Waiting on Wednesday | Fifth Edition

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hello, readers and followers! As we do every Tuesday with Top Ten Tuesday, this day, we're joining the "Waiting On" fun with Can't Wait Wednesday! 

Back to today's bookish stuff. I'm linking up with my Bookstagram partner in crime, Tressa of Wishful Endings


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)
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For today's meme, we turn the spotlight on the upcoming novel, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. This marks the first book in YA author Mary Weber's new duology. It sounds fierce, epic and plus, this cover!! What more is there to say?

THE EVAPORATION of SOFI SNOW 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 6th 2017

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford. - Goodreads 

Amazon | Goodreads 

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Comment down below with your thoughts, Waiting on / Can't Wait Wednesday blog links. I'd love to chat all things bookish with you. PS; come by tomorrow - there'll be giveaways! 

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 

A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Detecting Duo Return

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


A B O U T THE B O O K
Publisher: Harvest House
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere: 
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E L S E W H E R E
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Mystery
Series: Herringford and Watts, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

Life is changing for the intrepid detective Merinda Herringford. And she’s none too pleased about it. Her partner in crime and best friend, Jem Watts (now Deluca) is married to her dishy reporter Ray Deluca, and making every attempt to settle into domestic bliss. This leaves Merinda bereft but fighting to keep their normal. This means she continues to accept cases, pulling Jem into each one – much to the vexation of Ray!

Into all their lives walks a Mountie (resplendent in a red coat with gold buttons, of course) named Benny Citrone. Benny finds the Herringford and Watts duo's ad in the paper, and calls upon them in his quest to track down his cousin (a man with ill intent). Surprised that this duo is actually of the fairer sex, in time Benny realizes Jem and Merinda are a force to be reckoned with, but will these enthusiastic investigators find their man?

BOOK REVIEW | The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan - Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

Anytime you crack open the pages of a novel by Rachel McMillan, there’s one thing you’d best know: settle in for a fun ride. Inside these pages resides an easy, entertaining narrative with characters that work their way into your heart and remain embedded there. The second full length novel in this series is just as fast paced as its predecessor with an entirely new mystery for our curious investigators to explore.

Alongside their investigation, we also get to explore 1900s Toronto experienced through McMillan's perspective as only she can craft. Her fun prose and signature wit (particularly when it comes to Merinda’s personification) keeps the fast pace flowing, and holds its reader captive. Though these novels speed past at about 100 (give or take) pages less than the average novel, I love their shorter length. The story is “full” enough yet doesn’t give itself time to be bogged down with any filler or unnecessary material.

‘Love and Murder’ brings back all of the characters we love and also introduces us to a handsome Mountie who’s heroics impress a certain heroine. I loved seeing more of Jem’s marital bliss (or maybe not!), and the continued misadventures (and mess!) that is Merinda’s love life. The effortless way these characters walk into our lives is wonderful; they become real to us, and feel like old friends we’d sit down to have tea with.

With its storytelling rooted in the classics like Sherlock Holmes with plenty of the familiarity that is Murdoch Mysteries thrown in, this book is sure to charm cozy mystery aficionados. It’s sassy and best of all, leaves the readers anxious for more adventuring with Herringford, Watts and Co.


Synopsis: The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series. – Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday | Honoring Mom (aka Stories with Memorable Mother/Daughter - and Son! - Relationships)

Monday, May 15, 2017

The calendar may say her special day has passed, but today we are asked by the Broke and Bookish to feature an important person in our lives.

Brooke and Bookish May 16 | Mother's Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc. - Broke and Bookish 

Book Discussion | The Love Triangle Effect


Whether Mother’s Day has come and gone or not, every day should be a day we honor our mother’s. She’s one of the most important people in our lives, and an argument could be made that she’s our greatest champion. I know mine is. She’s the kind of person who supports, encourages and reminds me daily to never give up on my aspirations, and most of all, to strive to be more. (To learn and grow.)

Whether she realizes it or not, she helps me realize that no matter what we think we know, the learning never stops. She’s my confidante and the best person I know. As the song does from The Band Perry, it’s true I do, “Have the best and worst of her in me.” And if you know a mother-daughter relationship, the truth of this line is glaringly and unflinchingly real.

Thank you, Mom. For everything.

Since I, for some unknown reason, cannot think of many mother/daughter books, or books that have a strong mother/daughter bond, I’m mixing things up. On this list will be mothers and daughters from books, and TV shows. Now my next challenge? Let’s see if I can get to the golden “ten.”

(EDIT: I sure did.)

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Iconic and classic in every good sense of the word, who doesn't adore Marmee March and her four daughters? Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | The Dashwood women are forgotten too often. Amazon | Goodreads

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman | I don't remember the relationship in the book (since it's been longer ago that I read it), but the film sticks out as being memorable. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green | An emotional parent-child relationship (in YA lit) if ever there was one. This mother-daughter duo has more at stake than the normal bond, and it's one most of us cannot possibly relate to. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery | I know this might not be the "traditional" mother-daughter duo, but seriously, does it get better than Anne Shirley and Marilla? I'd argue no! Despite her "hardness," Marilla loves this orphaned red-headed spitfire of a girl better and deeper than any mother. Amazon | Goodreads


6. The Christiansen Family Series by Susan May Warren | While this bond isn't the "central" part of the story (in terms of the writing), the relationship this mother has with each one of her children (sons and daughters) is special.

7. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | I loved Caymen's relationship with her mother in this Kasie West novel.Though it's for more than just this reason, one of the most important is that there IS a mother in this YA novel. Too often parents are MIA in ya literature. Question is, why?? Amazon | Goodreads

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Do these two have serious issues? You bet. But for some reason I liked that Maddie's mom had a presence in this story. Too often YA parents aren't important and I appreciate that, no matter her obvious flaws, Nicola made Mrs. Whitteir the opposite. Amazon | Goodreads 

9. The Crawley Women from Downton Abbey (ITV) | Cora Crawley is one of the classiest women I've met on TV. Add to that her amazing daughters - Mary, Edith and Sybil, and you have a mother/daughter foursome that's difficult not to like.


10. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls (WB) | Yeah, you knew I'd add these two?? Right? *Wink*

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This brings us to another end for Top Ten Tuesday epicness! Tell me, which mother/daughter (or son!) duos do you love in fiction? Which have been meaningful to you? Introduce me to them. I'd love to meet more epic characters. Let's get our book worm talk on!

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