Hello readers! How are you all. I hope you all are healthy and staying safe. I said last year we were going for a vacation and also to meet my in-laws but we couldn’t because of another phase of cold (it looks like cold is not going aways and I’m tired of this recurrent cold) but not to worry I’m fine now after a week of rest change of medicine and on positive side it’s good we didn’t go as COVID cases are more in Mumbai, they also have early curfew that gives little time to go out and also there were two case in flat my in-laws are living (they are fine and safe). Canceling trip turned out best for us at the end and also had good family time and watched TV shows. I read 1 book, I was hoping to finish another one that I’m currently reading but unexpectedly it’s slow and would take another day for me to finish. So here is how was the first week of the year.
(I’m not considering 1st & 2nd in this weekly wrap up. I read Bound By Firelight by Dana Swift in first weekend and it was great. Best choice to start year with)
What I read
A Leap of Faith by Trisha Ashley
I have read stories with this plot of getting pregnant, looking for donor, and falling for the potential donor but this was different. This was more than what was said in synopsis. Most of the story revolved around problems in her friends’ life and surprising mystery around weird things happening in the village that kept story intriguing. The main thing about Saphho meeting the man and and falling for him happened in second half and it all happened much more differently than I imagined and I loved that author kept that part simple and believable. It was fun, entertaining, refreshing, and unusaul women’s fiction with eccentric characters and amusing plot.
The Siren of Sussex (Belles of London #1) by Mimi Matthews
Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.
Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.
Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.
I have finished 60% of this book. I thought I could finish it in weekends but this is slow story. So far it’s interesting, I loved the way author introduced characters and their backstory, their life situations, responsibilities and how they met and fell for each other. the best thing is description of dresses Ahmad makes and also racism and prejudice he face being half Indian. In England of 19th century.
What I’ll read Next
Beyond the Lavender Fields by Arlem Hawks
Rumors of revolution in Paris swirl in Marseille, a bustling port city in southern France. Gilles Étienne, a clerk at the local soap factory, thrives on the news. Committed to the cause of equality, liberty, and brotherhood, he and his friends plan to march to Paris to dethrone the monarchy. His plans are halted when he meets Marie-Caroline Daubin, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the factory.
A bourgeoise and royalist, Marie-Caroline has been called home to Marseille to escape the unrest in Paris. She rebuffs Gilles’s efforts to charm her and boldly expresses her view that violently imposed freedom is not really freedom for all. As Marie-Caroline takes risks to follow her beliefs, Gilles catches her in a dangerous secret that could cost her and her family their lives. As Gilles and Marie-Caroline spend more time together, she questions her initial assumptions about Gilles and realizes that perhaps they have more in common than she thought.
As the spirit of revolution descends on Marseille, people are killed and buildings are ransacked and burned to the ground. Gilles must choose between supporting the political change he believes in and protecting those he loves. And Marie-Caroline must battle between standing up for what she feels is right and risking her family’s safety. With their lives and their nation in turmoil, both Gilles and Marie-Caroline wonder if a révolutionnaire and a royaliste can really be together in a world that forces people to choose sides.
Another historical fiction and romance. I wanted to read more books in this genre ever since I enjoyed Rags-to-Riches wife and Bridgerton show. I read author’s Georgana’s secret last year and I enjoyed it so when author gave opportunity to read this I have to read it.
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