Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn (Bevelstoke #1)

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I accept that Julia Quinn has great writing. I know that her books have entertaining and lively characters. However there was something about this book that grabbed me and refused to let go. Miranda had been in love with Nigel since the day he assured her that she was not ugly. Despite only being a kid at the time Miranda’s feelings stayed for ages while Nigel went on to become a young, bitter widower. Eventually they end up together but there’s one problem. Nigel is unable to tell Miranda that he loves her.
This is an incredibly sweet read and I wish that we saw more of these characters

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Pleasure of The Rose by Jane Bonander (The MacNeil Legacy #1)

The Pleasure of the Rose: The MacNeil Legacy - Book OneThe Pleasure of the Rose: The MacNeil Legacy – Book One by Jane Bonander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never read any of Bonander’s books before but I really enjoyed this one. Roz is instantly attracted to Fletcher when he arrives to reclaim his home and title as Duke. She reluctantly enters into a marriage of convenience with him so that they can both keep the property. As time goes on Roz begins to develop feelings for Fletcher but they both hide secrets in their past. I loved Fletcher’s character and found the chemistry between him and Roz tangible. This book was incredibly well-written and impossible to put down. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of Bonander’s work.

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September TBR 

​There’s been a strike at my university so the vice-chancellor brought our mid-semester break forward. This doesn’t work out to my advantage since I still have work to do for my classes. Usually my mid-semester break is spent catching up on reading but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon. It is for that reason that my September TBR is a mix of books for college and some really amazing Netgalley reads that I can’t wait to start.


Assigned Readings for Class:

1) A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiongo: this is the last book for my previous English module. I actually missed out on the classes on this section because the strike was violent so I didn’t go to campus.

2) English Handbook: I’m going to be honest with you guys…I’m probably not going to read this until just before exams. Reading the articles based on the books we’ve studied in class is my way of preparing for exams.
3) A Grain of Wheat Study Guide: I found this in the library and I’m in awe. I’ve never found a study guide for any of my college books so this is so fascinating to me. I’m still undecided as to whether I will be reading this now or in preparation for exams.
Netgalley Reads

1) Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp: I’ve heard really great things about this book so I can’t wait to start it. Preferably before the book releases.
2) Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers: I was actually reading this before university closed and it was so fun. The Immortal Writers are writers who are so talented that their characters COME TO LIFE! How exciting is that? I get giddy imagining what if that could really happen.
3) The Pleasure of the Rose by Jane Bonander: I’ve never read anything by Bonander before but I love historical romance so I was really excited to read this.(I say “was” because this was a while back and I can no longer remember what the book is about. I do know that I really liked the plot though).
4) Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin: I love love love Holly Martin’s writing. Her characters are always so colourful and lively and her writing is very entertaining. I can’t wait to start reading this book.

Library Books

I hate hate hate my local library (we’ll get into that some other time). However when I visited them to get a copy of A Grain of Wheat, I ended up with the books pictured above. Am I going to finish them all? Probably not. But I’d love to try.

What books are on your TBR for the month?

Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #1)

The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved meeting this unusual family. The Bridgertons are a family of eight siblings who are all named alphabetically. Their adventures in London are chronicled by a mysterious gossip columnist named Lady Whistledown.
Daphne and Simon meet when she tries to get rid of an over eager suitor. There is an instant attraction which poses a problem as Simon is a) friends with Daphne’s brother and b) has sworn off marriage.
This was a wonderful read and I especially enjoyed reading Lady Whistledown’s gossip.
This series is a must-read for fans of historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Christmas Under a Cranberry SkyChristmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit disappointed that this wasn’t a White Cliff Bay story but Juniper Island seems just as interesting as White Cliff Bay.
Pip and Gabe were each other’s first loves until a misunderstanding tore them apart. Now twelve years later they reunite on the picturesque Juniper Island. However can they really trust each other and fall in love again? Gabe has a daughter and Pip has a secret that may tear them apart.
I especially enjoyed all the Christmas festivities that took place. This book is a great Christmas read.
I didn’t really like Gabe’s meddling family members at first but they eventually grew on me. I also found the ending predictable. Besides that I really enjoyed this novel.
Gabe and Pip make a cute couple and I loved that they were always so close throughout their lives. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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September Book Haul and Ghosts of The Past 

Got this amazing selection of books from a second-hand book-stall. What makes this is a pretty big deal is that the “second-hand stall” was held by the SPCA. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it here but the SPCA put my dog down two years ago and it still upsets me.

For years I supported the SPCA and it pissed me off when I took my dog to them and their version of help was to tell us to put her down. I was even more upset when I came across stories from people who said that the SPCA told them to put their dogs down. They took their dogs to their local vet and the dogs got better with time. So yeah I was incredibly hurt. Going to the SPCA booksale hurt me because there was once a time when I was the one who donated stuff for the SPCA to sell.

I pretended like I didn’t know where the proceeds from the book sale went. This worked really well for me as you can see in the picture above. However once we paid (the books were over R300) the lady selling the books thanked us for “supporting their cause”.

I spent the afternoon and the night afterwards crying. I didn’t know who or how many pets my money would save but I did know that it certainly wouldn’t be enough. Someone somewhere would still lose a pet. And that hurt like hell.

I’m hoping to make my visits to the SPCA booksale a regular thing. It’s a good way for me to get new books and maybe move past my SPCA issues.