When her uncle dies, several men approach Cadi, insisting she needs a husband to help her finish out the trip. She refuses, afraid they only want to claim her valuable mare. Carpenter Trynt Pembroke just wants a fresh start. A week before his wedding, he was betrayed by his fiancée who ran off with his brother. He’s looking to get as far away as he can and start a new business. As much as he doesn’t want the complication of a woman in his life, he keeps coming to the rescue of strong and determined Cadi, a woman who shares his cultural heritage. Can he convince her they are stronger together than on their own?
An E-book copy of Cadi by Linda Carroll-Bradd was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my ability to review this book with integrity and honesty.
Cadi was a refreshing American Prairie story that takes place in 1873. Cadi follows our main character of the same name as she ventures west to California from Kentucky, with her aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins, in hopes of restarting her life after her father ruined their family legacy.
At a camp in Missouri, Cadi and her family meet Trynt, a carpenter from Indiana. Leaving behind a hometown that holds the constant reminder of Trynts fiance’s and his younger brother’s betrayal, Trynt packs his life in his wagon and heads for Oregon. After being invited to join Cadi's family's community company, who is in need of a skilled carpenter for the journey, Cardi and Trynt get to know each other.
We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.
Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.
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A print copy of The Ivies by Alexa Donne was provided to me by Turn The Page Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my ability to review this book with integrity and honesty.
This book is PG13 and contains swearing and mature themes. This book does not contain nudity or graphic scenes.
The Ivies is a book that follows a group called you guessed it - The Ivies, made up of five fiercely competitive and vindictive girls who will do just about anything to accomplish their goals and that's getting accepted into their respective Ivy league colleges. Being known as shady, vicious and even ruthless, the ivies seem to find themselves in the biggest scandal that the prestigious Claflin high academy has ever seen.
This is my first time reading a book by Alexa Donne and I am pleasantly surprised. I’m a huge fan of Alexa’s writing advice on Youtube but I was kinda hesitant because you know… booktube/authortube books get tons of heat that we all fall prey to letting impact whether we read a book or not and whether we like said book or not, even if we don’t want to admit it. So just in case you needed to hear this, this is your sign to pick up that authortuber/booktuber book despite what you may have heard!
Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.
Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.
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The Governess of Penwythe Hall follows Delia Greythorne, a widowed governess and Jac Trethewey, the owner of a struggling Penwythe Hall.
As Delia’s employer, Randall Trethewey, lies on his death bed, he asks Delia to follow his 5 children to their new home and continue to watch over them. Accepting Randall’s request means having to go back to her hometown and coming face to face with her past, but to deny his request means abandoning the children she has grown attached to over the last 3 years and leaving them with an uncle and home they do not know. If it wasn’t bad enough that Jac had been having trouble to make his apple orchids, that Penwythe Hall depends on, a success; Jac now has 5 children to think about who now depend on him too.
Delia has to face her past head on and Jac must come to terms with the loss of his brother and the fact that he might lose Penwythe Hall but both Delia and Jac have to navigate raising the five children together and their own complicated relationship.
Life As We Knew It follows Miranda's Diary in the events following a meteor knocking the moon closer to earth. She documents her family's survival in what seems like the end of the world. I think this may have been the first book that I've ever read told fully in diary entries. In truth, at the beginning of the book, I struggled to make sense of it. I didn't know if I liked it or if I really understood it. Slowly I became more invested in the story and I came to realize that it was a clever writing style.
Looking back and collecting my thoughts on Life As We Knew It, I've compartmentalized it into three parts. In the first third of the book, I was annoyed. I was still getting used to the writing style, but now I see that Miranda was just so obnoxious to me. Miranda was selfish, self-obsessed, ignorant, and I want to say immature. I put all of this down to the fact that her world was turned upside down. Suddenly food was scarce, electricity - hardly worked, troves of people are dying, summer now is suddenly winter now and that's not to mention the moon being an imposing figure in the sky. This brings us to the second part of the book.