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Articles / October 20, 2019

Texas Destiny RECOMMENDED: Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath is $2.99! Jessie, who was a publicist at Avon, is a huge fan of this book, and has been since forever. she wrote A Love Letter to Texas Destiny a few years ago, and said: There’s so much angst and heartache and tenderness and joy in this book, I’m overwhelmed with emotions every time I read it (which is maybe once or twice a year for the past ten years).  Arriving on the Fort Worth train, Miss Amelia Carson, mail-order bride, had never met Dallas Leigh, the Texan she promised to marry. The tall cowboy at the station wasn’t Dallas. He was Houston, Dallas’s brother, sent to escort her on the rugged three-week trek to the ranch where Dallas waited. Brought up in war-ravaged Georgia, Amelia thought Dallas’s letters made Texas sound like heaven, a place for her dreams to grow with the right man beside her. And his only love… By all appearances, Houston Leigh would hardly be considered the “right man.” The war he survived had scarred him inside and out, and he was little competition for his handsome brother. But from the moment Houston met Amelia, he knew she possessed the…

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
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Articles / October 20, 2019

A- The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller October 8, 2019 · St. Martin’s Griffin GothicHistorical: AmericanRomance CW/TW warnings inside CW/TW: heroine is a victim of physical and emotional abuse in former marriage; discussion of murder, suicide, violence, and mental institutions (not related to the protagonists). Ignore your first impressions of the cover — yes, I’m already frantically googling that dress for the inevitable closing date of my Gothic mansion, but the cover doesn’t exactly scream romance novel. Rest assured, The Widow of Rose House is 100% a historical romance, complete with charming sequel-bait family members, protagonists smelling like sandalwood (it’s the heroine this time!), sex scenes with protection (more of this in historicals, please), and a central love story that is the embodiment of heart eyes emoji. I love this book so much and want to hand-sell this funny, spooky, and magnificent Gilded Age romance to everyone I know. Notorious widow and social pariah Alva Webster returns to the United States after twelve years spent in Europe during her marriage. Her parents have all but disowned her after reports of her shocking misdeeds ruled the scandal sheets for years. Alva has a plan for the next chapter in…

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
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Articles / October 20, 2019

B Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell September 24, 2019 · Wednesday Books This is a joint review by Carrie and AJ.  Wayward Son is the second book in a spinoff series —  you might also want to check out Carrie’s review for the previous book, Carry On, and Sarah’s review for the book that started it all, Fangirl. Carrie: Wayward Son is the sequel to Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. If you haven’t read Carry On yet, go do that. I’ll try to avoid spoilers for Carry On here, but some are inevitable. I recommend reading Carry On first anyway, since there’s a lot of plot and character development in that book that sets up this one. Seriously, you guys. I really can’t explain this book without revealing MAJOR SPOILERS for Carry On. At a bare minimum, you’ll know who lives, who dies, and who ends up with whom. Also the review won’t make any sense. AJ: I was three pages into Wayward Son when Rainbow Rowell came into my house and personally punched me in the face with Emotions. Two pages later she did it again, but from Simon’s point of view this time. By page ten, my roommate told…