Travel 200 years into the past with Cross Stitch (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

About the Book:

Cross Stitch (Outlander, #1)

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book after watching Season 1 of the TV show Outlander on Netflix. The series caught my attention and kept me hooked and yearning for more. Once my interest was piqued, I had to give the book a try more out of curiosity to see how close to the story the series was.

The story itself interested me to some extent. The concept of traveling back into the past and getting caught up in a time much different and more primitive compared to the one you live in is indeed an adventure. For Clarie however, it started off as a nightmare. The moment she stepped through the stones at Craigh na Dun, she found herself 200 years in the past, and in the sight of her husband’s ancestor, Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall. Thus starts a story of discovery, love and friendship set in the time of the Jacobite rising. Armed with knowledge from the future, Claire is forced to bide her time until she can return to the stones and find her way home. In an ideal world, things should have worked out that way, but her encounter with Jack Randall also brings her in contact with Scottish Highlanders and Jamie Fraser.

What do you do when you have to marry a handsome highlander to save your life from the English soldiers? How do you reconcile with the fact that you are already married, 200 years in the future? Is it alright to make a life in the time where you are now? What do you do with the knowledge you have of the past when you end up in the past?

With the above questions arising, Claire is faced with a much bigger challenge, starting with acceptance from the Highlander Clans as well as  the fact that she might not go back to see Frank. She is forced to accept her fate and in time falls in love with Jamie, thus further tearing her apart, torn between her vows to Frank and her current marriage to Jamie. Not one to be very superstitious or believe in magic, Claire finds herself in an unimaginable situation, where her skills as a nurse come into action to help.

A well-written story, this first book in the series will keep the reader hooked until the very end and leave them yearning for more. The characters are well crafted and wonderfully portrayed with the plot moving at a steady pace. It is possible to believe in love and magic and this is made more evident through the love that blossoms between Jamie and Claire as they understand and accept each other. The decisions Claire makes, and the path she takes, the people she meets, all seek to set the course of this story!

The book is well worth a read and the series is equally worth watching!

Release Blitz: Curiosity and The Sentient’s Oblation by Zachary Paul Chopchinski

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Curiosity and The Sentient’s Oblation by Zachary Paul Chopchinski

Series: Gabrielle Book #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 27, 2017

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The widowed wife of a North Carolina plantation owner, Gabrielle awakens in this life with a broken heart and a sharpened spirit. Living in one of the darkest times in American history, she finds herself running a safe house for the underground railroad during the American Civil War. In order to save a life, Gabrielle must make a sacrifice that could damn her host for eternity.
Everything’s different this time. The rules have changed, Morrigan has changed, and Arawn is more dangerous than ever. He has sent a hunter after Gabrielle and she has to use every ounce of her new powers if she is going to survive.

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Kiss Me, I’m Yours by Bella Street

About the Book:

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When jilted Sophie Bowen stumbles into a stone circle filled with fireflies, she wakes up in a very different place—and time.
Beaten down by Lincoln’s War and personal tragedy, Gabriel Merritt feels his life has become a lost cause.
In a post-war South still licking its wounds, Sophie and Gabriel struggle to understand the place they each find themselves in, while fighting a war of attraction.
And a mysterious twelve-year-old girl just might hold the key to it all.

My Thoughts:

I loved this story. It is a lovely romance novel filled with magic and the message that finding a soul mate knows no boundary of time. Sophie time travels from the future to the past at the exact moment that she wishes her life to be different. At the same time that she appears in the past, a 12 year old girl turns up by her side and they are found by Gabriel who is himself on the verge of ending his life. This is the period after the civil war and true to his time he is a strong believer in God and a follower of principles. Finding the two girls he takes them in going against the way of society and inviting a lot of criticism.

This story deals with how each character faces their troubled thoughts and learn to accept and realise who they really are. Sophie names the girl Angela and finds a kind of connection with her even though the girl refuses to speak. There is something mysterious about her which will cause the reader to keep questioning her existence until the very end. Through a lot of ups and downs, Sophie and Gabriel end up getting married as Gabriel says its the right thing to do since Sophie is living in his house. Eventually the two of them realise that they love each other but it takes Sophie travelling back to the future for them too truly realise how much their love has grown.

When Gabriel turns up in the future, it proves that love knows no boundaries of time. The truth about Angela is revealed eventually and will leave the reader shocked. A wonderful second book in the Tennessee Waltz series, this is as heart warming as the first. The reader will feel the pain and the love of each character through their journey of discovery and hats off to the author for making that possible.

The characters are well thought out and though not perfect, they are easy to relate to making the reader believe that they truly exist in the world created by the author. The author describes the setting and places with the right amount of detail making it easy to imagine it all.

This is a perfect book for all the romantics out there and for fans of the first book Kiss Me, I’m Irish.

Book review: Kiss me, I’m Irish by Bella Street

Synopsis:

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Book One in the Tennessee Waltz Series.

Emily Musgrave is heading a direction she never wanted to go in Regency England–namely a convent to turn her from her waywardness. But it’s more loneliness than rebellion that motivates her to escape her certain fate.

Liam Jackson is going nowhere fast in modern-day Tennessee. Playing his Dobro in seedy bars and backward dives along with his fiddling sister, Tinker, is doing nothing for his music career–and even less for the dark places in his soul.

Pixie mischief can not only change time-lines, it can change hearts. Because sometimes a girl just needs a little magic in her life.

About the Author:

Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes weird romance (which includes Gothic romance, science fiction romance, apocalypse, time travel, paranormal, fantasy romance–and possibly sasquatch).

Visit her at her website http://www.bellastreetwrites.com and her blog for fun contests and giveaways and of course, weirdness.

My Thoughts:

This book is a Time Travel Romance. Emily Musgrave, the heroine of the story lives in Regency England, a period when the society was into art and architecture. Emily, a rule breaker to some extent is not happy where she is and when she is being sent off to the convent, she tries to escape thus falling into darkness and waking up to the modern day world. She is found by Tinker who fins her because of her love for all things sparkly and gold. Tinker is accompanied by her brother Liam who is a musician trying to make his way in the industry and get recognition.

Tinker and Liam take Emily in until she gets her bearings. The story then follows their journey from one place to another as Emily tries to cope with the truth of time travel and deal with adjusting to a modern day world. The focus then shifts to the chemistry between Liam and Emily and the feelings they develop for each other with Tinker playing the moderator.

As the story progresses however, we come to know some truths about Tinker and the reason for her being where she is.  depicts the the relationship between the key characters and how Emily accepts her fate and supports Liam as she finds out about his past. The author beautifully This story is a lovely romantic novel and will touch the reader’s heart many times. It is a light pleasing read and will keep the reader smiling all through. With Emily’s attraction to Irishmen, the reader gets a good laugh and it is easy to sympathize with the characters. A reader’s belief in magic and love will be strengthened by reading this story.

I really enjoyed reading this book as it gave me a chance to unwind and enjoy a light read. I recommend this book for all romantic out there! It’s worth it.