A Lady Unrivaled ~ Book Review

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White


Back Cover: Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

My Review: I’ve heard of Roseanna M. White for awhile now, but I had never actually read any of her books until I got this one.

I used to think that I didn’t like historical romance… but then I just realized I only like good historical romance. 😉 (I’m sure you’re thinking… of course??)

This is definitely one I would classify as good.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, there were three different point of views and… I can get overwhelmed when there are too many. At first I thought they weren’t all necessary, but as the story progressed and finished– each of the characters does add something to the story, and they each grow and change during it.

A Lady Unrivaled is the third book in a trilogy. I think I would have appreciated the story more had I read the others– I still really enjoyed this one.

Ms. White wrote an engaging and original story with romance and mystery. The characters were real (and I especially liked Ella) and the story while I wouldn’t say it was suspenseful (the whole time) it certainly kept my interest.

I would give this book five out of five stars. And I look forward to what book of hers I might pick up next!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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#WIPJoy September 2016

First off, I’m sure you’re wondering: What does #WIPJoy mean?

Well, I’m going to explain it all to you. 🙂

Let me begin with WIP (in the writing world) stands for Work In Progress, and the Joy is at end of the hashtag, I assume to either make it stand out on it’s own, and/or because you’re sharing the Joy!

Anyway, this hashtag is kind of big on twitter (at least to me and the people I follow).

If you’re on Twitter you can follow Bethany A. Jennings (@simmeringmind) because she’s the mastermind behind the whole idea.


As you can see, #WIPJoy gives you questions that you answer about your story. I did it on my WWII story, but I only made it about two weeks in before I stopped. I thought, though, that it would be cool if I did a blog posts with my answers so they would be all together, AND for the people who aren’t on twitter. 🙂

 Day 1: (This is just a reminder that on Twitter you are limited in how much you can say per tweet.) A WWII novel about a girl raised by her grandparents, is terrified about turning out like her mother.

As a result of all the bad relationships in her family, she doesn’t know what real love is.

Day 2: I’m editing my story (This Very Moment) for the thousandth time. *sigh* but it’s nice to see it improving!

Day 3: Cherish, discover, heal, trust, and forgive.

Day 4: I think (at least for me) my story evokes a lot of nostalgia. Sad you’re growing up, but knowing that it’s also not a bad thing.

But then, you could take into account one of them goes to fight in a war so it’s not ALL good. My poor characters.

Day 5: Ah, I’m never good at these ‘share a line’ ones because…. I don’t just have some memorized or have a secret stash of my favorite or anything? And I like it better when I only have to think about it for a little while, not when I have to go hunting through my story…. so I don’t have an answer for this one…

Day 6: My antagonist loves himself. Loves being in control.

Day 7: Marilyn’s mother and her grandmother are probably the ones who have the most interesting history.

Day 8: (Oh I remember this one! I think it was one of my favorites.)

Being poked with a needle.

The smell of fresh bread.

Shouting at loved ones.

Seeing loved ones leave for war.

Taste of a milkshake.

Day 9: The short answer? No, my main character and I don’t really have much past in common.

Day 10: And then again with the ‘share a line’…. *casually skips*

Day 11: I regret never standing up for myself. I’m strong then I think.

Day 12: I think Kenneth hides how much he feels. If he let me know, I might be able to help him. I love him so much.

Day 13: Um. She doesn’t really use weapons… a needle maybe? Words? Haha.

Day 14: I like the old fashioned idea of romance. Deeply in love, approved of my by families, and… kind to each other.

Day 15: (honestly I don’t like the question, because I kind of feel like my characters don’t know they are characters, this is their actual real life… but I did answer it.)

Well, it would be nice if she could remember my name is spelled with ONE n (Marilyn) and she kinda makes my life suck.

Day 16: Um… I have no idea what to say for this one.

Day 17: Yes, yes I do.

Day 18: One day, I feel like I will share some lines of my story with you, but… today is not that day.

Day 19: Ooh, well, you see when I was 13 I wrote the first draft of this story. And ever since then, I have loved it. It never let me go. Even after I knew that that version sucked, I wanted to rewrite… and so I eventually did. (and hopefully it sucks far less. 😉 )

Day 20: A big theme in my book it relationships, so I’d recommend it to someone who finds them interesting or has had problems with them in the past.

Day 21: Probably the said relationships.

Day 22: I know this sounds like an excuse, but my computer doesn’t really like..anything. Like me putting pictures of my blog, for example. But if you follow me on Pinterest I have a board.

Day 23: Well. That’s a really hard question. I kind of feel like it isn’t the typical romance… before you get to the ‘happily ever after’ they go through a bit of pain…

Day 24 and again… skipping! 🙂

And this blog post is already pretty long, so I’m just going to wrap up there. So. Now you know a tiny bit more about my story (I feel like I should do a blog post actually about my story now…)

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Currently~ October 2016

Hi, all! It is October first now, and Fall is (and has been for a little bit) officially here!

And since it is, I figured it was a good time to do a ‘Currently’ blog post!


Reading~ A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

So far I like it! Look for a review coming up soonish.


*ahem* I mean, I’ve been wanting to watch The Sound Of Music for weeks and you know? I can’t find our copy anywhere! I even looked places I knew it wouldn’t, and even went into the dark depths of the closet where we keep the Christmas stuff and I still couldn’t find it! I’ll just have to buy my own personal copy, but it still made me sad.

Anyway, I AM watching Hart of Dixie season three. I’m not sure what I’ll watch after this, though….

Writing~ A few months ago I started a new story for an idea I’ve had a for a little while now… but the idea was still too small, and even though it was an ‘old’ idea, it wasn’t big enough yet, it still needs time to grow into something big. So I wrote a few hundred words, and the happy feeling pattered out and I knew, what I knew when I began the story: there isn’t enough.

So, after not writing again for a few weeks, I started writing another idea that I’ve had for awhile. A bigger idea. An idea I love and I think I can actually finish. You know what it is? A SEQUEL!! (That will take you to another blog post I did where I talked about my story a little bit.)

It isn’t a sequel to my WWII story, but to the story I finished before that one, called Pieces of My Heart. 😀 Here is the Pinterest board if you want to look at it!

Eating~ At this very moment… nothing. 😉 But I did get some caramel so I can make caramel apples again! The last time I made them– my first time making them– was three years ago, the same year I started blogging.

(Oh yeah, so um, happy birthday, Naomiandbooks…)

Looking forward to~ Besides fall? I’m really looking forward to fall. 😀 I’m, of course, looking forward to the holidays. (ALWAYS) Honestly, I’m just interested to see where this next time/phase of life is going to take me.

OH! And I’m looking forward to the Celtic Festival that’s coming up in a few weeks! That’s always a good time. Well, except for that time my sister Kristin and I were walking by ourselves and this creeper older guy drove up and was like, “Hi girls, need a ride?” He drove off and Kristin and I were like, “Walk faster, walk faster, walk faster.” Oh, and then there was that other time I got a ring stuck on my finger, I feared forever. (or losing my finger.)

So that’s what’s going on Currently. But I also feel like this was also a throwback post– I linked a lot of stuff I wrote a long time ago….

What’s going on with YOU currently?




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Hello, Fall

Hello, Fall

When I think of fall I think of the pretty colors the leaves change into. I think of nights I actually begin to need the extra blankets on my bed.

Drinking hot tea, and wearing sweaters. Jeans. Boots. Maybe a scarf that I made myself.

I always love writing, but for some reason the fall just puts me in a even bigger mood to write. Maybe it has something to do with NaNoWriMo?

Fall means cold toes and wearing slippers.

I’ll have to readjust to wearing socks inside– during the summer I got used to having bare feet and now when I where socks without shoes it bothers me. Haha!

It means (hopefully!) work will be less busy, because people will be traveling less.

It means that everything gets to be flavored pumpkin and maybe even dyed orange if it is particularly unlucky.

The days get shorter, and the holidays get closer.

And for some reason, I think Fall is my favorite season.

Come at us, Fall, and stay awhile.

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I’ve not blogged for awhile again… sorry!

But I thought I’d do a summer recap on the blog today! (Most school has begun now, and September seems like the beginning of Fall for me– even if it still is pretty warm.)

Goodbye, Summer.

It’s been nice.

Mostly. 😉

This actually happened in March not the summer, but it is too exciting I can’t NOT mention it. I got to meet up with a wonderfully fun person, Kara! (who blogs at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com)

Kara and I

I think I may have mentioned that we met before– but like I said, it was exciting! (And last Friday was our three year mark of having talked to each other.)

Then in April I got a job. I like my job fine, the people I work with are nice mostly, and it is fairly easy. I don’t want to work there forever, but it’s what I want/need for now.

Ad we got a puppy! An adorable German Shepherd puppy.


Not great quality picture, but adorable puppy!

In June… I graduated high school!

On the left, all of the Downing Homeschool graduates.

It was kind of interesting because at first I had no desire to actually go to a graduation ceremony. I just wanted to do it in case I’d regret not doing it later.

But I’m so glad I did it! It was so nice to get together with other homeschoolers, and hear encouraging words from speakers, and to celebrate with others, to celebrate the fact that we’re all done!

And the same with having a party. I always thought parties were a little awkward because you just invite people over to… celebrate… you? Haha, but my whole graduation just made me feel so loved. I had so many wonderful cards from people who continually reminded me that it is God who is in charge of my future and I really have nothing to fear. And they made me realized I am so loved, I am completely incapable of doing anything that would ever make my family not love me.

(and I’m a writer, so I can think up any kind of situation. So that was reassuring.)

About a week after graduation, I got to go see Kara again! This time we didn’t just meet for lunch, I spent a couple of days with her, her sisters, and her grandparents.

While we were at her grandparent’s house, we went swimming in a river (that was really cool! In some parts it went over my head.) We also got to video chat with a mutual friend of ours in Florida, I had never video chatted with her (or even talked to her outside of Facebook really) so that was cool! And then on my last night there, we made her grandparents enough spaghetti to last them until they die.

You know how it is really hard to make a small amount of spaghetti? Well, just imagine the normal huge amount you usually end up with, and double it. Because we really did double the recipe, basically. But it was good!

Then July and the beginning of August was just work, mostly.

Kara and her sisters came and stayed with us for a day, and that was really nice! I still have the pictures on my camera, though, so I won’t be sharing any here today.

My summer wasn’t all great, I wasn’t able to start college classes in the fall, and I got discouraged about that. But it’ll be okay, it’ll work out. Like I said earlier, God has a plan. (Hopefully I won’t stray to far from it, is all. 😉 )

For me, when I think of summer, I think of when I was little and I’d play all day, and make lots of fun memories. I realized, though, this summer isn’t going to be like last summer. It’s not going to be like any other summer that I’ve ever had. Not because my life changed drastically, but things never happen the same way twice.

So, this summer was different, but it was good. It was really good. I just hope the fall follows summer’s example. And especially winter. And then next year I’ll have a different summer, and I’ll have different adventures to share, but until then…

Goodbye, Summer.

I’ve had a good time. Thanks. 🙂

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Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin~ A Book Review

Back Cover: Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. A brand new Christian, she’s busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business send her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them closer together?

My review: I give this book five out of five stars. Ms. Bylin created a story with such realistic characters. Characters I could understand and relate too.

Julia is just a new Christian, trying to get things right, but because of everything she’s been through she understand that grace from God is vital– the only thing that can save her, while Zeke Monroe has been a Christian ‘forever’, but has had a rough patch where he has learned (but not accepted) the fact that salvation rests in God alone.

I kept waiting for Zeke to come a conclusion all nice easy and tidy. But he didn’t! He came to his conclusion in a believable way, that really made you feel like he struggled with his answer.

There was one part, where someone gave a young child some champagne, and no one made a big deal about it, which was probably my least favorite part of the book, and was a part that actually made me want to roll my eyes. I could see how it furthered the plot, I guess, but as a writer, I think I would personally have tried to come up with something else.

Other then that the story was really good! And like I said, I’d give it five out of five stars, and I’d definitely try other books by Victoria Bylin.

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I turned eighteen in January, and I felt like right afterwards I started reading things that said, “Now that you’re an adult, you must be stressed about finding your future spouse.”

At first my reaction was something along the lines of, “Psh. What?! I may technically be an adult, but I am still SO young. I’d like to graduate high school, get a job, get my license and at least START college before I even start to date.”

But then I kept reading things, and those things kept suggesting that it was normal to be stressed and concerned.

And honestly, I was so confused, because I wasn’t stressed…. and I was so content and happy about not having a boyfriend, or being engaged. (and still am.)

My life isn’t complicated and isn’t harder than expected, but I keep thinking about how much more complicated it would be if I had to add in an entire person and that entire person’s life to mine. (Where is he going to school? Where does he work?)

So I asked my mom, if maybe I was weird. (in that instance….) My mom suggested that, while I shouldn’t be stressed, thinking about a future husband wouldn’t hurt.

I know some girls make lists of things they want their husbands to live up too, but that never seemed right to me. I started a mental list, but after “godly” and “conservative” I’m not sure what else really matters.

It would be nice if he was creative, or a bookworm, or liked the same movies and TV shows as me. But I really don’t think I would NOT marry someone because they don’t have a library, or just because they don’t see the world as colorfully as I do.

I would appreciate it he was sarcastic, and had a sense of humor, but again, it isn’t necessary.

And, even if I made a list of things I wanted, if I met a guy and he didn’t have a sense of humor, or couldn’t actually make it through a book, and if I was head over heels in love, it wouldn’t matter that much. I don’t think. 😉

I know a lot of girls bemoan the fact that they are single, and they long for a husband, or long to know their future husband now. And I kinda get that.

I mean, if I am going to fall in love and get married and have kids, I want to do that now so I have as long as possible with the person I love….

But since I’m not ready, and it isn’t going to happen– there are advantages!

Like I said I don’t have to factor in an entire person into my life. If I decide to travel, I don’t have to think about not traveling because I’d be away from the special someone. If I decide to go away to college, or move out, I don’t have to consult him and factor him into my life, but my favorite reason (though I struggle with it) is being single makes me have a very special relationship with God.

I’m not married right now, so right now, it is just me and God. This is a great time to get to know Him better, to learn more about Him, to love Him more.

If I got married?

That would all change. (as it should.) But it wouldn’t be God and I as much as God and I and That Guy. (who, I’m sure, if he exists, will have a name.) And while I’m sure that is great too… I kind of feel like part of the job of a wife is to challenge her husband to grow closer to God, and if I don’t get close to God now, in this time of being single, am I going to be where I am supposed to be, when I get married?


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