Posted in Clean Wholesome Romance, Contemporary Clean Read, RomCom

Meet Me in the Margins (2022)

About the Book

Book: Meet Me in the Margins

Author: Melissa Ferguson

Release Date: February 15, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Romance; RomCom

Savannah Cade is a low-level editor at Pennington Publishing, a prestigious publisher producing only the highest of highbrow titles. And while editing the latest edition of The Anthology of Medieval Didactic Poetry may be her day job, she has two secrets she’s hiding.

One: She’s writing a romance novel.

Two: She’s discovered the Book Nook—a secret room in the publishing house where she finds inspiration for her “lowbrow” hobby.

After leaving her manuscript behind one afternoon, she returns to the nook only to discover someone has written notes in the margins. Savannah’s first response to the criticism is defensive, but events transpire that force her to admit that she needs the help of this shadowy editor after all. As the notes take a turn for the romantic, and as Savannah’s madcap life gets more complicated than ever, she uses the process of elimination to identify her mysterious editor—only to discover that what she truly wants and what she should want just might not be the same. Melissa Ferguson’s latest—a love letter to books, readers, and romance—will leave fans laughing out loud and swooning in the same breath.

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My Thoughts

Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson is a seriously fun read. The premise of this story is what drew me to this book — I love the idea of a relationship that blossoms into romance based on secret letters being passed back and forth. Yes, it is Jr. High-esque, but it’s also a great way to get the hero and heroine to be more vulnerable and honest with each other. The anonymity of the notes in the margins of Savannah’s manuscript provides both Will and Savannah a sense of safety to be themselves. There is no pretense to impress anyone, and in this, the relationship is allowed to grow into something a bit more authentic. I also like this book because it made me chuckle … a lot … and I really needed the laughter. Savannah Cade is a great protagonist and I really liked being in her head. What I love the most about Savannah is her ability to go from 0 to crazy in like 3.2 seconds in her thought processes. This is actually where most of my chuckles came from. I feel like Savannah is one of my fictional kindred spirits. I, too, have the unfortunate ability to take my thoughts from sane to spiraling out of control faster than Speedy Gonzalez can run. Another aspect of this story that I appreciated is the fact that this story is all Savannah’s. Yes, there is a great cast of characters — I really love her best friend Lyla and Will is the perfect hero for Savannah — but this story is all about Savannah and her journey to self-discovery, claiming her voice, standing up for what she actually wants, and finding her happily ever after. Meet Me in the Margins is a fun read, but it’s also a subtly empowering one I won’t soon forget.

Meet Me in the Margins is a unique, well-crafted Rom-Com that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. This is a novel I highly recommend, and I highly recommend you add it to your TBR pile today.

I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read, RomCom

Royally Rearranged (2021)

About the Book

Book: Royally Rearranged

Author: Emma St. Clair

Release Date: September 30, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Rom-Com

There WILL be a royal wedding. The only question–who will be my groom?

An arranged marriage isn’t the worst fate for a princess like me. Especially because I’ve been in love with my intended groom since we were children.

But when my prince shows up with an American girlfriend instead of an engagement ring, all arrangements are off.

The clock is nearing midnight–I won’t turn into a pumpkin, but if I’m not wed by summer’s end, I’ll forfeit my kingdom.

Just your typical royal dilemma.

Out of sheer desperation, I make a deal with a devilish duke. Rafe de Silva is the prince’s rival and has a plan so ridiculous it just might work.

One moment, Rafe seems to relish making the prince jealous.

And the next… he’s making me question everything with his words, his touch, and his ability to melt my Ice Princess persona.

I’m not always given the luxury of choice, but now I have a huge one to make. I only hope I don’t lose my crown, my heart, or myself in the process…

Royally Rearranged is a sizzling, swoony, closed-door romantic comedy.

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My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute reading Royally Rearranged by Emma St. Clair. This story is FUN! I’ve read a couple reviews that stated this book has a Princess Diaries 2 and The Prince and Me vibe. I get that, but this book is better. Those films are Hallmarky cute. Royally Rearranged has substance and depth, chemistry and passion, and deals with real-life topics: confronting self-expectations, parental structures, communication fails, the trauma of loss, abuse, infatuation vs. genuine love, etc. This book is more than just some cutesy romance. And that’s what I love the most about Emma St. Clair’s novels — they aren’t mindless fluff. When I read her books I am gripped by her characters and all they experience, and I feel her characters are SO relatable no matter the situation. Royally Rearranged is no exception. No, I am not a royal, but when a heroine says, “The lessons on being a proper princess, on presenting the perfect image, may have struck too deep. I’ve caged myself, more than the rules and stipulations ever have. Even in private, even amongst those I trust,” how can a woman not relate to that?! I’m not going to lie, when I read these words from Serafina I teared up a little. I get this. I’ve caged myself too because I cared so much about what others thought about me, and because I am the kind of person who wants to do what’s right always. So, I may not be a princess, but I am a woman who totally gets where the princess of this wonderful story is coming from. Royally Rearranged is wonderful from page one to done. The plot is fast-paced, the characters are endearing and relatable, and the topics discussed and wrestled with are timely. I highly recommend this excellent Rom-Com.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on September 30, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read, RomCom

When a Star Falls (2018)

About the Book

Book: When a Star Falls

Series: Pop Stars Romantic Comedy #1

Author: Rachael Eliker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 8, 2018

Ruby’s on her way to stardom and finding true love…if she doesn’t trip over her own two feet first!

Ruby Harkwad is a gifted songwriter with big ambitions. The day she meets Collin Moore, a brilliant rocket scientist and an all-around epitome of male perfection, she literally tumbles into his arms. Not only does he bring out Ruby’s klutziness, he also inspires the lyrics she’s been struggling to get on paper.

The pair quickly becomes inseparable, but after Collin posts a video of an impromptu performance Ruby does on a dare, she’s recruited by a top record label when it comes to their attention. As Ruby’s being whipped into superstar shape by a ruthless beautician, Collin’s career takes off, too. Soon, Ruby discovers that there are perils to stardom, namely an eccentric diva who’s taken Ruby under her wing, a ridiculously handsome backup guitarist, and sky-high stilettos that threaten to be the death of her. Ruby’s life becomes a whirlwind without much place for Collin.

Worse, his beautiful and cunning personal assistant is no help when she sets her eyes on him. Ruby must decide between making a name for herself or sacrificing it all to keep from losing Collin for good…

***Ruby would never do anything to make you blush! When a Star Falls is a clean romantic comedy***

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My Thoughts

When a Star Falls by Rachael Eliker is a very cute read. I like that this is a book a reader can pick up and have done in a day or two. It is fast-paced and engaging, and has a story-line that will make a reader smile the whole time. There are a few hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud, too. As far as characters go, Collin is wonderful. He is handsome, loving, and slightly clueless. He adores Ruby so much he just can’t help but gaze upon her every time she enters a room. It’s super sweet and helps make him quite a swoony hero. Ruby is delightfully klutzy and funny, and also very relatable and real. She is a great blend of naive innocence, unique creativity, and bold fearlessness. I enjoyed following her through her journey to stardom and found the what-it-takes-to-be-a-star details rather interesting (and rather hilarious — transforming from a “regular” girl into a diva is no joke. Some of the funniest moments happen during Ruby’s metamorphosis). I also enjoyed Ruby and Collin’s relationship. They make a great team, and I feel like they illustrate well the ups and downs of a long-distance, romantic relationship. All in all, When a Star Falls is a very enjoyable Contemporary Romance that I highly recommend.

I borrowed a copy of this novel in eBook form through my Kindle Unlimited subscription on September 19, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Clean Wholesome Romance, Contemporary Clean Read, RomCom

Just His Secretary (2021)

About the Book

Book: Just His Secretary

Series: Southern Roots Sweet Rom-Com #1

Author: Donna Jeffries

Genre: Contemporary Rom-Com

Release Date: April 1, 2021

She’s just his secretary…until he needs someone on his arm to convince his mother that he can take over the family business. Then Callie becomes Dawson’s girlfriend—but just in his text messages…but maybe she’ll start to worm her way into his shriveled heart too.

Callie:
Dawson Houser makes sure everyone who comes into the office knows I’m “just his secretary.” Heck, I’ve even said it to suppliers and CEOs when they smile knowingly at the two of us during business meetings. He scowls and grumps around the office afterward, as if the two of us dating is the most ridiculous thing on the planet.

Dawson can handle them. I can handle them—and him too, once they leave. And he’s no picnic, let me tell you.

Who can’t we handle?

His mother.

When Lila Houser comes to town with her faux furs and fashion sunglasses, she only has one question for her spoiled rotten son: When are you going to get married, Dawson, darling?

I expect him to laugh and tell her he’s never getting married. I mean, I’ve heard those exact words come out of his mouth. Instead, he pulls me to his side and says, “Maybe sooner than you think, Mother.”

Oh, that Lila Houser can make a woman feel two inches tall with a simple up-down look. I think I’m a pretty good catch…no matter what my last three boyfriends say.

When Lila says, “I thought Callie was just your secretary,” I suddenly want to prove her dead wrong…

Get ready to laugh out loud in this hilarious, sweet workplace romantic comedy! The romance is clean, the jokes witty, and the office grump swoon-worthy.

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My Thoughts

This year, it has been my goal to read as many new-to-me authors as I can get my hands on. In my search for new authors I have discovered that I have a real love for Contemporary Rom-Coms. Just His Secretary by Donna Jeffries fits all my current reading parameters: a new-to-me author and a seriously sweet Contemporary Romance that had me chuckling often. I love when I find a good, new author to follow, and I plan to get all of Jeffries’s novels now. What did I like so much about Just His Secretary? Well, do you have an hour?! No, I’m just kidding. But I really did love a lot about this book. First, there is the engaging storyline. I was so hooked I read this book clear through the night. I just did not want to put it down. Then, there’s the characters, Dawson and Callie. I really loved them as individuals, but together they make a really great team. I feel their relationship is quite realistic, and their chemistry is on fire! I appreciate how Dawson transforms into a new man after he lets Callie in a bit. At first, Dawson is all rough edges, but after he allows Callie to see that he has a vulnerable side, he changes and grows into a really spectacular man. I like the message that we can help our significant others’ become better people…perhaps the people they are meant to be! I also loved that this story made me chuckle. I really need more laughter in my day.

Just His Secretary is a true gem. I’m really glad I found this sweet story, and I am super glad I found a new author to follow. If you are in the mood for a well-written, highly engaging Contemporary Rom-Com, then I highly recommend you read Just His Secretary by Donna Jeffries ASAP.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on April 6, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Historical Christian Fiction, Inspirational, RomCom, Suspense, TBR Challenge

The Mistletoe Countess (2021)

About the Book

Book: The Mistletoe Countess

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Suspense, Christmas Lit, Historical Rom-Com

Release Date: September 1, 2021

Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future.

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My Thoughts

The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham is a wonderfully delightful story. This book has everything a reader could love: a fast-paced and highly engaging plot, realistic and endearing characters, excellent literary allusions and mentions, tons of romantic chemistry, and intrigue and suspense. This story is also hilarious. There are so many moments I chuckled out loud. The Mistletoe Countess is a story the reader will not want to put down. I hated it when pesky chores and sleep got in the way of my reading, so you will definitely want to make sure you secure plenty of reading space in your schedule in order to enjoy and devour this lovely read.

He tipped his head toward her, breathing in the life she brought into these dead rooms. ‘You think I’m strong enough for this?’

‘Of course I do, but not only I. God doesn’t go about placing people haphazardly into their stories. He must think you are strong enough too.’

The Mistletoe Countess

One of my most favorite topics of discussion in this story is the idea that we are all placed in the exact right story. God doesn’t make mistakes. If He places us somewhere that’s where He wants us. It’s reminiscent of Esther 4:14 — we are all where God wants us “for such as time as this.” The thing is though sometimes it feels like maybe we’re not cut out for the place God put us. Maybe we feel too cowardly or too small or too insignificant or too unqualified. Yes, we can accept that God put us where we’re at because He is God and we respect Him, but sometimes it takes a minute or two to understand why He put us where we’re at. Grace is an American who comes from New Money. She is the second daughter, so expectations for her are less stringent at the moment than they are for her beautiful elder sister. Her sister, Lillias, is engaged to Lord Frederick Percy. She appears to be the ideal woman for British Society — she is poised, elegant, and refined. She knows the latest fashions, has impeccable taste, and knows what to say and when to say it. All things considered, Lillias is perfect for Frederick. But, as life would have it, a hiccup happens and Grace finds herself taking her sister’s place and becoming Lady Astley. Grace is an awesome character. Her heart is golden and she is all compassion and kindness. She always considers the feelings of others and loves to bring the best out of them. But, she’s not 100% certain at first that she is qualified to be part of the British aristocracy or a good wife for Frederick, and she does wonder what God is doing especially since this is putting a wrench into her life plans. Grace, however, fully trusts that God has her where she belongs, but it is going to take her a moment to figure out her place in her new world. What I love so much about Grace is that she never doubts God. Never. She is an excellent example of what it looks like to trust God in every facet of one’s life — especially in those moments that don’t go according to our plans. I admit that The Mistletoe Countess came into my life at just the right time. One, I needed this reminder that God doesn’t make mistakes when He places us where He does. And, two, I really needed an illustration of what it looks like to trust God no matter what. I love when a book comes into your hands just when you need it most!

There are like 7,458 more reasons to love The Mistletoe Countess — it’s that chock full of awesomeness. I highly, highly recommend this novel. If you are in the mood for an excellent Historical Romance filled with great characters, tons of fun chemistry, and lots of suspense then you’ve got to put The Mistletoe Countess on the top of your TBR list today!

I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Barbour Fiction, via NetGalley in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read, RomCom

The Seat Filler (2021)

About the Book

Book: The Seat Filler

Author: Sariah Wilson

Genre: Contemporary Romance — Clean, but STEAMY!

Release Date: April 27, 2021

The movie star and the dog groomer are one kiss away from the perfect love story. That’s the hiccup in a warm and witty romance by the bestselling author of Roommaid.

The meet-cute award goes to dog groomer Juliet Nolan. It’s one of Hollywood’s biggest nights when she volunteers as a seat filler and winds up next to movie heartthrob Noah freaking Douglas. Tongue tied and toes curling in her pink Converse, she pretends that she doesn’t have a clue who he is. It’s the only way to keep from swooning.

She’s pretty and unpretentious, loves his dog, and is not a worshipping fan. No way Noah’s giving up on her, even if his affectionate pursuit comes with a bump: Juliet has a pathological fear of kissing and the disappointments that follow. What odds does romance have without that momentous, stupendous, once-in-a-lifetime first smooch? Patient, empathetic, and carrying personal burdens of his own, Noah suggests a remedy: they rehearse.

The lessons begin. The guards come down. But there’s another hitch they weren’t betting on. As for that cue-the-orchestra-and-roll-credits happy ending? It might take more than practice to make it perfect.

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My Thoughts

This novel brought me immense joy. IMMENSE JOY!

When I read the synopsis I was a little hesitant to get this book. I am not a fan of Hallmark movies and stories at all. They’re campy and sickly sweet and super annoying and totally unrealistic and boring. I worried that maybe this book would be too Hallmarky and too unbelievable. The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson is SO not a Hallmark-level story. It’s quite fantastic. It made me laugh out loud. I stopped 72 times to re-read passages to my husband so I could share the funny with him (cause I knew he wanted me to … LOL!). And it made me weak in the knees. There has only ever been one story that’s actually made me weak in the knees and that is the 2011 film Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender. So for this novel to do that to me says quite a bit about the chemistry sizzling between Juliet and Noah. This story definitely has its STEAMY moments for sure — it’s a story about a seriously gorgeous man teaching a woman how to overcome debilitating anxiety and a kissing phobia — so yeah, tons of hot kissing! But that’s not what made me weak in the knees. Rather, it’s all the moments Noah looks at Juliet with love and hope and desire and so much happiness he could burst, and the moments when it’s crystal clear she has his sole attention and he actually cares about what she thinks and says, and the moments when he acts for her because he genuinely cares about her and wants her to feel safe and happy and cherished. These moments, for me, are better than any kissing scene because they illustrate true love and not just hormonal infatuation. And, this is what I love the most about this story — it has massive substance cause it’s not just a sappy kissing book. Juliet is a wonderful character. She’s so loyal and funny and genuine. She has real hang-ups brought on by some real issues from her childhood and teenage years. She’s a down-to-earth mess but amazing nonetheless. I appreciate that Juliet knows she has a mental health problem. She knows it makes her life unique and lonely and difficult. But she also knows she is willing to work to make herself better and healthier so she can achieve her dreams of falling in love and having a family. And, I LOVE that Noah wants to be there for Juliet to help her on her journey to being that better, more complete version of herself. In this, they are actual best friends and this best-friend foundation allows their intense chemistry and ensuing romantic relationship to be all the more real and believable.

The Seat Filler is outstanding. I actually want to re-read it again right now cause it gave me all those delicious happy-and-smiling-and-satisfied reader feelings that I want to experience for a little while longer. This is definitely a steamy, clean-read romance that I HIGHLY recommend.

Note to Christian-Fiction readers: This book is STEAMY. There is no sex but the kisses are amazing and intense. If intense kissing is a deal breaker for you, I would recommend not reading this book. It’s also not a Christian story, just to be clear.

I borrowed a copy of this novel in eBook form through my Kindle Unlimited subscription on June 3, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read, RomCom

Falling for Your Best Friend (2021)

About the Book

BookFalling for Your Best Friend

SeriesLove Cliches #5

Author: Emma St. Clair

Release Date: May 14, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Rom-Com

I know how this story ends. And it’s NOT with the best friends falling in love. Even if Chase checks all my boxes–and then some. He’s the perfect guy, and he deserves the perfect girl. Which, to be clear, is not me.

I knew one day I would have to let him go. I just didn’t know it would be so soon. Or that my traitorous friend would be the one setting him up with a string of potential girlfriends.

Now, I have an impossible choice to make…

I can watch Chase find love with someone else. Or I can throw my hat in the ring and face my biggest fear, one not even he knows. One that might make him run for the Texas hill country. But if I don’t make a play, I might lose my best friend and my only chance at love…

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My Thoughts

Emma St. Clair has solidified her spot as one of my most favorite novelists ever. I am still pretty new to her canon, but I’m doing my best to get through all her outstanding stories. I just finished Falling for Your Best Friend, book five in her Love Cliches Sweet RomCom series, and I loved every minute of this excellent and unique story. In this installment, we get Harper and Chase’s journey to couple-hood. This story does have all I’ve come to love about St. Clair’s novels — superb writing, hilarious, LOL moments, and delightful and relatable characters who worm their way into the reader’s heart — but there’s also a very interesting and enlightening conflict that I feel brought a real sense of depth to the storyline. I’m not going to explain this conflict because it is the driving force in the story, and I don’t want to spoil a single thing, but I will say it was super eye-opening to me and resonated in a way that makes Harper a very life-like and real character. Beyond this conflict issue, Harper is a great heroine. She’s so smart and fierce and loyal, and her ability to access and adapt is wonderful. I wish I could be more like Harper. Chase is also fantastic. I have loved all the heroes in this series, but Chase is officially my favorite. His love for Harper is REAL — like sacrificial, deep true love. I appreciate how he pays attention to Harper and her unique needs. He watches, he learns, and he anticipates her needs. Chase knows Harper like she is a piece of him. And, the best part, Chase truly is Harper’s best friend. In my humble opinion, falling for your best friend does make for some of the best marriages, and Harper and Chase prove this point.

I could go on and on gushing over Falling for Your Best Friend. It’s an excellent story and I highly, highly recommend it. But don’t just take my word for it. Purchase yourself a copy of this delightful RomCom today. You won’t be disappointed that you did. And, don’t worry about this book being #5 in the series cause Falling for Your Best Friend can be read as a standalone with no big issue.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on May 13, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Historical Fiction, RomCom

Manor for Sale, Baron Included (2021)

About the Book

Book: Manor for Sale, Baron Included

Series: A Romance of Rank #1

Author: Esther Hatch

Release Date: February 25, 2021

Genre: Historical Rom-Com

She has everything Lord Farnsworth wants, including his manor.

Lord Farnsworth would rather rot in debtor’s prison than sell the one place that feels like home to him—his mother’s manor. That is, until he meets the woman who wants to buy it. Sally Duncan is beautiful, intelligent, and as rich as a baron—a rich baron, not a cash-strapped one like Lord Farnsworth. She’s the solution to every one of his financial problems and is bewitching to boot. All he needs to do is sell her his beloved manor and then charm her to the altar, and the manor will be his again. Simple, right?

But nothing is simple when Sally starts tearing apart his ancestral home and renovating it in a way no one would consider tasteful. She is wreaking havoc on everything, but he cannot give up on owning his mother’s estate again, nor can he imagine anyone but Sally as his wife.

And so he sticks with his plan.

What a horrible mistake.

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My Thoughts

Manor for Sale, Baron Included by Esther Hatch is fantastic. I loved every minute spent in this book and I am so sad that my time with these characters is over. This is the perfect Historical Rom-Com for a girl (or guy) to escape into. The story is fast-paced and highly engaging. I found I could not tear myself away from this book! The characters are well developed, unique, and relatable. Lord Farnsworth — John — is my new favorite hero. He is SO clueless and SO un-smooth when it comes to women it’s highly amusing. He has this notion that because he is a baron and he exists he should therefore be the natural choice for women to swoon over. What woman wouldn’t be attracted to him?! What John expects life to be and what life actually is are two completely different things, and it is HILARIOUS to watch him navigate his one-sided courtship. And the things he does to secure Sally’s hand — HILARIOUS! Seriously, I will never look at squirrels quite the same again. Read the story … you will die laughing at the squirrel part. Sally, too, is excellently written. She is the perfect heroine to John’s inept, but charming, hero. I love how strong Sally is. She is her own boss for sure and she will not let anyone walk all over her. She does her best to ignore John but his charming self wears her resolve down, and they become quite excellent friends … and then more than that. I have to say that the two kissing moments in this book are super swoony and made my heart quite happy for these two lovebirds. There is truly so much to love about this book, but for me, the comedy is the star. I found it to be so well written. I laughed out loud and had to re-read passages to my husband so we could laugh together. Manor for Sale, Baron Included is the first novel I’ve read by Esther Hatch, but it most definitely will not be the last. This story is excellent and I HIGHLY recommend it. If you are in the mood for a well-written, funny, and delightful Historical Rom-Com then make sure to check this book out ASAP.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on March 26, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.