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Showcase Sunday (3)

Showcase Sunday is an original feature/meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea. ~ Showcase Sunday is designed to share your latest reads received from reviewing, libraries, book shops, and other sources. Thanks to Vicky for creating this meme and encouraging participants.

My Book Bag

Links: The Headmistress of Rosemere | The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry | Evertrue | The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd has a lovely gothic, wintry look that I hope will be evocative of Jane Eyre.  The plot certainly has some notes of Bronte about it. It’s also the second in a series but the titles seem to be focused on different characters so I hope I won’t be missing out on anything relevant to the sequel.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin sounds like sort of a who-dunnit meets The Christmas Carol/It’s a Wonderful Life, but not at Christmas and it’s about a bookstore owner whose collection of Poe poetry has been stolen. Without knowing anything else about it, this sounds like fun!

Evertrue is the finale to the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton which I’ve been reading/reviewing over the past year.  Will Nikki bring down the Underworld? Will she end up with Jack or Cole?  I’m excited to find out.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig has advance praise from Meg Cabot (love her!), Mary Balogh and Eloisa James so I’m hoping that this first in a new series will be great, despite the mixed reviews I’ve seen on Goodreads.  It sounds like something of a historical novel but also a chick lit and a mystery too.

I’m a little unclear whether the bulk of the story is a period piece bookmarked by the present, or if the story goes back and forth between time periods. Have you read this one yet? Any idea which one it is?

New ARCs

This has been a fun week for new books.  A couple of these books arrived this week (Friday) and I just got an email that I won The Great Glass Sea through Goodreads and that should be arriving in the mail in the next 4-6 weeks. Here are my new ARCs:

Links: The Baron’s Honourable Daughter | Love Comes Calling | The Pelican Bride | The Great Glass Sea

The Pelican Bride is set in the early 18th c. as two single sisters, wishing to escape religious persecution in France, agree to travel to Louisiana to become mail-order brides. This is the first in a new series so I’m hoping it’ll be fantastic. Gorgeous cover.

Love Comes Calling looks like one of those breezy historical novels I love to read. I’ve had my eye on a couple of other titles by this author so this will be a sampling of what her writing is like. Looking forward to checking this one out.

The Baron’s Honourable Daughter is a Regency Era book (a fave historical period of mine) and the cover copy reminds me somewhat of Emma by Jane Austen. I used to read Lynn Morris years ago when she was actively writing the Cheney Duvall series, but I haven’t read her recently. I’m curious to see if this is any good or if it just re-works material from Jane Austen.

The Great Glass Sea was one of several books I applied for but wasn’t sure if I’d win or not.  It’s quite unlike anything I’ve read before, but the setup of two brothers — a dreamer and the practical one — and the growing gap between them … it just sounds absolutely fascinating. I hope it’s good.

Upcoming on LMB

This week I’ll be reviewing a book by a legendary steampunk author, K.W. Jeter. He’s released a new book out, Fiendish Schemes, a sequel to his 1986 classic, Infernal Devices.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at


  1. Wow, what an awesome haul!!! I love the look of The Headmistress of Rosemere!! It sounds awesome. I need to get Evertrue myself 🙂 Enjoy!!!


    • Evertrue looks sooo good. I really liked the first two in the series. Have you read any of her other books? What did you think? Should Nikki be with Cole or Jack?


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