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The Winds of Time

17285173by: Eleanor Cocreham

Pages: 336

Published: January 15th 2013 by Whiskey Creek Press LLC

ISBN: When a tempest throws you into the arms of love, do you surrender or find your way back to the only world you’ve ever known?

In 1893, a massive hurricane ravishes the small Louisiana community of Chênière Caminada and hurls Madeleine deVille one hundred years through time. Coast Guardsman Hank LaFont rescues Madeleine from a sand bar and takes her home to Grand Isle. Despite the two becoming emotionally involved, Hank stubbornly refuses to believe in time travel and engages others to research Madeleine’s past to disprove her bizarre story while she grieves for her family and seeks a way home. As another storm approaches the island, she wrestles with the most difficult decision of her life—return to her century or remain with the man she loves?

I could not put this book down! I already am a sucker for time travel, so I was intrigued before it even began. But even without that, this book had me hooked! I read it in about two days and it probably would’ve taken me even less time if I hadn’t had work to go to. Everything was very well written and I really got a feel for that time period and got a little bit of a history lesson. I thought Madeleine was a fantastic heroine. She was incredibly brave and strong in the face of being thrown into an entirely new time period. I loved the chemistry between her and Hank, even if I found Hank to be slightly annoying for the first half of the story. (Although, that might have been the point.) I understood why he didn’t want to believe it was time travel, but there was way too much evidence for him to be that stubborn.  I love books that show Louisiana in a good light and actually are written by people who know what they’re talking about. It was rich in Louisiana culture and history, so this would be great for someone who isn’t as familiar with that particular setting. It was a fantastic journey and I enjoyed every second of it. If you’re into history or romance or time travel, then pick this up and add it to your TBR pile. It’s definitely worth it. 🙂

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Convicted of Love

8037654by: Josephine Templeton

Published: Feb 1st 2007 by Whiskey Creek Press

ISBN: 1593747322

From Amazon: Convicted of theft and kidnapping, three Victorian girls must come to terms with the men they fall in love with, despite the obstacles society places on them. Unjustly convicted of jewelry theft, Camille is sent to work on a Louisiana plantation. To her surprise, the man who gave her the jewelry is the plantation owner’s son. Will she ever forgive him for refusing to step up and clear her name? Under charges of kidnapping, Emily is consigned to care for the infant son of a plantation owner. She loses her heart to him. However, he can’t let go of his deceased wife. Will she have to bury her love for him? Having served her year for kidnapping, Maggie re-enters New Orleans’ harsh society. Under her cousin’s shadow, she meets the love of her life. Unfortunately, Cousin Penelope has set her eyes on him as well. Will Maggie step out of her shell before she loses him forever?

 

I loved that this was three different stories woven together. I didn’t realize that’s how it was going to be when I started reading it. (I avoid almost all descriptions and reviews of a book before I read it.) It was a nice surprise to get to experience three different love stories. The situations that these girls found themselves in are very different from any others that I’ve read in historical romances. These are women that could potentially be “ruined.” I’ve read books where the threat of that happening was there, but not one where the girl was actually placed in a situation where this would definitely be the case. My favorite heroine in this novel was Maggie. I felt for her situation and thought that her character was the most fun. I also thought her chemistry with the love of her life was the strongest and it’s always important to me that I feel the chemistry when I’m reading. I would definitely recommend this book to any historical romance fans. It’s a very quick and refreshing read. It’s different than other historical romances you’re going to pick up and it’s going to give you an entertaining read and cheer you up. 🙂

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A Pirate’s Kiss

15834839by: Josephine Templeton

Published: August 2012 by Whiskey Creek

ISBN: 9781611602494

From Goodreads: Womanizer and pirate hunter, Dulac fights tooth and nail against the attraction he feels for the young pirate lad named Jesse. Unfortunately, even when they are apart, he can’t stop thinking about the little imp. Tormented by his unexplainable and confusing attraction to the lad, Dulac does his best to keep as much distance between them as possible.

Raised on a pirate ship from the age of eight, Jesse wants the one man she cannot have – a pirate hunter. As luck would have it, Dulac wants her too, but he is very resistant. For Jesse is known to everyone not only as a pirate but also as a boy, and how can she have her man without exposing her secret to the world?

 

I thought this book was really fun and exactly the type of brain candy I was looking for. I haven’t read very many pirate books, so this was certainly an adventure for me. I found the flirting between Dulac and Jesse before he knew she was a girl to be a lot of fun, if not a little drawn out. I found it hard to believe that he would continue thinking she was a boy for that long a period of time, especially when he found himself so inexplicably attracted to her. I thought the idea was a fun one though so I was willing to suspend my disbelief in order to get caught up in the story. There were a couple of slow parts, but overall I found this story to be full of adventure and surprisingly touching moments. I wanted to smack Dulac sometimes, but I feel that way about almost every guy on earth, so that has little bearing on what he does for me as a hero. 😛 I thought he treated Jesse very well, even when he thought she was a boy and a nuisance. He endeared himself to me more and more and the story progressed and by the end, I loved him too. 🙂 I thought Jesse was exactly what a heroine should be. Tough, Independent, and loyal to the people who matter. I had a hard time putting this book down and suggest it for anyone looking for a fun adventurous romance. 🙂

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