Book Review: For Castle & Crown

Title: For Castle & Crown
Author: Sian Ann Bessey

Book Description:


After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.

When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund’s brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they’d ever realized.

As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.

My Review

This book was amazing! the story line, the twists, the turns, & never knowing for sure who the bad guy was until close to the end. It kept me reading most of the night & most of the next day. The story line was the basic hero saves damsel, but told in such a way that it is unique & different.

The historical aspect of the story was well researched & you could actually feel the tension that would have been present during that time in history between Prince John, King Richard, the Dukes, & the Welsh. It was done, though, in such a way that it was interesting & kept you hooked in the reading.

If you like historical romance novels or even just historical novels then I suggest you get this book & read it. It kept me hooked to the end & wanting more. I will now be adding Sian Ann Bessey to my “watch for new titles” list.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Plum Dandy Knits

Title: Plum Dandy Knits
Author: Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

Book Description:


Polished knits. Plush yarns. Perfect match.

Sometimes nature’s most beautiful details are the perfect inspiration for creating simple yet luxurious knits. In Plum Dandi Knits, Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary–designers, friends, and leaders of the much-love Plum Dandi group on Ravelry–bring you 23 projects that reflect and react to the natural world with a sumptuous twist of plush fibers, feminine accents, and stylish comfort.

Lace that mimics soft forest foliage or the numerous tassels of a pine tree. Textured patterns that call to mind a babbling brook or waterfall. Thick wool shawls and sweaters knit in anticipation of blustery cold days ahead. The uncomplicated pieces in this collection, knit in soft, luxe yarns, are soothing complements to slowing down and settling into peaceful moments. Wherever you seek stillness and calm, Plum Dandi Knits will help take you there.

My Review

I don’t normally review knitting books that I have never knit from, but saw this one & thought I would check it out. It has quite a range of knitting items that already have given me several ideas of things to knit. You have leg warmers, cardigans, cowls, socks, shawls, finger-less mitts (you can never have enough of those), headbands, sweaters, scarves, etc. The patterns are easy to understand & the charts are simple to follow. I wouldn’t put these patterns for a complete beginner but I think if you know the basics you would be able to make any of these patterns. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a few more plus size items, but I am not disappointed in the book in any way.

I would check the book out and read it. I like the patterns, just not the colors she used in them all. But like all good patterns you can change the color of the yarn.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Robin Hood’s Dawn

Title: Robin Hood’s Dawn: Book One in The Robin Hood Trilogy
Author: Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

About Dominion

A kingdom under assault.

A conspiracy born of anarchy.

A hero standing against tyranny.

Falsely convicted of a shocking crime, Robin Fitzooth, the Earl of Huntingdon, finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood. Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.

As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal, and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.

From the mists of an ancient woodland, to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, to the exotic shores of the Holy Land – Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.

Part one of an exciting three-part retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

My Review

Robin Hood’s Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy #1) was not what I figure it was gonna be. I figure it would be the same old storyline that has been told several times before. To my surprise Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer changed the entire story line while still remaining true to the story. Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer has shifted things & moved the order around so much that it seems like an entire new story while at the same time remains true o the story just not the normal story line. There are all the “bad” & “good” characters in the story in their correct places but things have been moved around & has made it more interesting in my opinion.

If you want to read the Robin Hood Story but completely different in a good way that will make you want to read the second & third book in the series then you need to read this book.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Roanoke Girls

Title: The Roanoke Girls
Author: Amy Engel

About Dominion


“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

My Review

Oh my gosh!!! I did not see this book coming! It was surprising to say the least. Though you do find out the “secret” quite early in the book the final plot twist is a whopper. This book can be a bit confusing in the back & forth you get from the chapters, but you do get the hang of it after about three chapters. The author does a great job of describing details while at the same time leaving you to imagine your own details which is one of the things I love about books.

I highly recommend this book to any reader that likes a drama mystery. It is worth the read even though you may think it is not gonna be worth the ready when you start the book. Just read the first four chapters & if you are not hooked I will be very surprised.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Review: Dominion

Title: Dominion
Author: Shane Arbuthnott

About Dominion

Molly grew up hearing the tales of Haviland Stout, her ancestor who discovered the dangerous magical spirits that inhabit the far corners of the world. Now, on the edge of the New World, in the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their airship, the Legerdemain.

But when Molly captures a spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland’s friend, her entire life is upended. What if everything she knows about the spirits, and her own history, is a lie? In her hunt for the truth, Molly will have to challenge the most powerful company in Terra Nova and find the courage to reshape her world.

My Review

Ok, what got me wanting to read the book was the description. I love spirit, ghost, etc stories. I choose it before I even realized it was a children’s book. I should have realized it once I downloaded the book, but surprisingly the story line kept me interested & I read the book in two nights. I was completely drawn into the main character of the books & felt each of her feelings that she felt.

I do recommend this book if you want a bit of light reading but that is only because it is rated as a children’s book. Do not let the classification as children’s reading put you off. It is a good book & I want to read the next in the series.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.