I read two fabulous books recently - Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund and The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter - that I'm not only recommending, but I'm giving away a free, e-version of one of them.
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment to this post. The giveaway will close Monday, December 16th at midnight (MST). I'll randomly choose one commenter to receive the book of her choice and announce the winner here on Wednesday, December 18th.
What It's About: In 1763 Massachusetts, Susanna Smith has grown up with everything she's ever wanted, except one thing: an education. Because she's a female, higher learning has been closed to her, but her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. She's determined to put her status to good use, reaching out to the poor and deprived. And she knows when she marries well, she will be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.
Ben Ross grew up a farmer's son and has nothing to his name but his Harvard education. A poor country lawyer, he doesn't see how he'll be able to fulfill his promise to make his father proud of him. When family friends introduce him to the Smith family, he's drawn to quick-witted Susanna but knows her family expects her to marry well. When Susanna's decision to help an innocent woman no matter the cost crosses with Ben's growing disillusionment with their British rulers, the two find themselves bound together in what quickly becomes a very dangerous fight for justice.
My Thoughts: I loved the fast-pace of this story and the mystery and intrigue of both the plot and the time period. The romance between Ben and Susanna is satisfying and sweet - and I loved learning the author based this story on John and Abigail Adams' love story.
What It's About: Dr. Kate has it all-a radio talk show, a nationally-syndicated column, and a publisher who is paying for a lavish wedding to coincide with the release of her first book, Finding Mr. Right-For-You. But when her fiance jilts her the morning of the wedding, her life begins to crash around her. Who, after all, would want a relationship book by a counselor who can't even hold her own engagement together?
When Lucas Wright realizes what has happened, he offers to marry Kate and save her public image. Kate's heart-and her pride-have been deeply wounded. Are Lucas's handsome smile and utter devotion enough to convince her that her marriage is more than she had ever expected?
My Thoughts: This is the first book from this author that I've read - and I absolutely loved it! And while this isn't my go-to genre, I thoroughly enjoyed the contemporary setting and time period. I'm also a big fan of marriage-of-convenience stories and this was no exception. I liked the premise and the great romance, but also the hurdles both characters had to overcome.
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