Evergreen Falls By Kimberly Freeman

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I was sent this e-ARC free for review from Touchstone through Netgalley. I was not paid to write this review and all opinions are my own.

Hello my dear readers!!! I’ve been gone again for a long time and I apologize. I went back to work and had training and a lot has been going on so I haven’t had time to just sit and read. Hopefully that will change soon.

Evergreen Falls is a great, quick read. The story is so engrossing and the characters are so well developed that you get sucked in. This book takes place in 2014 and 1927 and tells a dual life and love story. In the modern day we have Lauren who is a waitress and has just left home at 3o years old to find her own life after her brother’s death. She works at a cafe at the location of the old Evergreen Falls Spa and Resort which is being renovated. She meets one of the architects on the project and he gives her a key to the still unrenovated parts of the resort and she finds love letters. She is then inspired to find out more about these people but also about the life her brother had here before he got sick.

In 1927 we have Violet who becomes a waitress at the Evergreen Falls and happens to fall in love with Sam Honeychurch-Black, a wealthy client. Of course their love is forbidden so they must meet in secret so not to be caught by Violet’s boss or Sam’s sister Flora.

What I loved about this book was the dualism between past and present. They were companions to each other rather than mirror images like many stories go. Lauren and Flora were immensely similar in their duty to family but weren’t these tortured caricatures. All the characters, including supporting, were really fleshed out and well rounded which is rare to find in a novel.

What I didn’t like about this book was the supposed plot twist wasn’t really one at all. It wasn’t hard to see what would happen when the story of the past got far enough along.

You can buy Evergreen Falls on Kindle for $11.99 and Paperback for $10.61 on Amazon.

Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson

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I received this book free for review from St. Martin’s Press through Netgalley for an honest review. I was not paid and all thoughts are my own.

Hello my lovely readers!! Did you miss me? I missed you but I am now back from my hiatus. In my hiatus I’ve started a YouTube channel which is BritLitBeauty. I’ll be doing book reviews, makeup, and lifestyle stuff. By no means will I be quitting this blog and I hope to have my book videos be an expansion on any of my blog posts. So now that business is out of the way, I’ll get into the review.

This book takes place in one of my favorite time periods and locations which is 17th century France. We follow the story of Marie Mancini, niece of a cardinal and advisor to the Sun King Louis XIV. Marie was born under an unlucky star because it is told she will be the ruin of her family. She was sent away to a convent and dreams to join the court with her sisters. When her uncle needs a way to keep the king in check he enlists her to seduce him and become his mistress. She quickly becomes Louis’s friend and then lover. By no means does Marie intend to fall in love but it happens all the same. Their love is always in danger from Marie’s manipulative uncle and war with France. Will their love be able to withstand war and all opposition to it?

I adored this book! I was so engrossed with the story of Marie and Louis. These characters were given such life and well rounded emotions that I began to forget this was a fiction novel and not an autobiography. The fact that in real life Louis was willing to stay at war to marry Marie amazes me. This book is just beautiful.

You can buy this book on Amazon for $13.36 for the hard cover and $12.99 for Kindle.