Coffee and a Review with A Wicked Deception by Margaret Tanner

untitledWelcome to yet another week closer to Christmas.  I can hear all the groans out there and I sympathize.  So, to take your mind of the impending holidays I am starting your week off with a wonderful historical romance.  A Wicked Deception by Margaret Tanner is a refreshing topic with wonderful characters and an even better backdrop.  For more on my review check it out after the book blurb.  Have a great week everybody!

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In 1854, the Australia goldfields swirl with the heated danger and betrayal of the Eureka Stockade rebellion. At the center of this maelstrom is Melanie O’Dea, a woman with a price on her head and the authorities on her heels. Melanie accepts aid from a neighbor, The Honorable Michael Guilford, but this places her in even more peril. After he seduces her and callously discards her, Melanie is left to fend for herself. Can she endure such treachery and survive the sweeping winds of uncertainty?


Melanie O’Dea is madly in love with Robbie Pritchard.  The only thing standing between the two marrying is her brother James.  James demands that Robbie make a good living before handing over his sister.  Robbie is working in the goldfields.  At this time it is very tumultuous and dangerous.   Robbie is part a group rebelling against officials who are making the miners lives very difficult.  It unfortunately this that brings Melanie into a dangerous situation and turns her into an outlaw.  When she is on the run she is aided by her neighbor, Michael Guilford, who she used to think she was deeply in love with.  During their journey Melanie finds out some devastating news about Robbie and her brother and forces herself to try to move forward with her old love.  It isn’t until after Melanie moves heaven and earth to follow her old love that she finds she has been deceived in a most painful way.  Against all odds Melanie must survive.  How to do that she doesn’t know, but the one thing she knows is that she must.

This was a great historical read.  I loved the story and the little known subject of the Eureka Stockade rebellion.  It really got my historian juices flowing.  I love this part of history especially with the rebellions of miners and others.  This is a more obscurely known rebellion to Americans, but it is no less interesting.  The love story interwoven in the back story of this rebellion was flawlessly done.  The emotion that is brought to not only the historical part but the deception and betrayal that Melanie has to endure is fantastic.  I must say that through the trials it’s the ending that makes everything ok.  I did shed some tears but in the end I was smiling.  If you want a wonderful journey to the past with an emotional component you will love A Wicked Deception.

Fresh Face Friday: The Antique Love by Helena Fairfax

Hi Everyone!  This Friday I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Helena Fairfax and her book The Antique Love.  This was a cute love story.  It was quick read with a very thorough storyline.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.  I hope everyone is going to get the chance to enjoy this holiday weekend and be sure to check out my new segment on Monday.

18342845Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

One rainy day in London, Wyoming man Kurt Bold walks into an antique shop off the King’s Road and straight into the dreams of its owner, Penny Rosas.  Lively, spirited and imaginative, Penny takes this handsome stranger for a romantic cowboy straight from the pages of a book.   Kurt certainly looks every inch the hero…but he soon brings Penny’s dreams to earth with a thump.  His job is in the City, in the logical world of finance—and as far as Kurt is concerned, romance is just for dreamers.  Events in his childhood have shown him just how destructive love can be.  Now he’s looking for a wife, right enough, but what he wants is a marriage based on logic and rational decisions.  Kurt treats Penny like he would his kid sister, but when he hires her to help refurbish his beautiful Victorian house near Richmond Park, it’s not long before he starts to realise it’s not just his home she’s breathing life into.  The logical heart he has guarded so carefully all these years is opening up to new emotions, in a most disturbing way…


In The Antique Love we first meet Penny.  She is the co-owner of an antique shop when she sees a man who appears to have stepped right out of a western novel.  As she continually spys his browsing in her shop she is distracted from her piles of bills.  All of a sudden the “cowboy” appears in front of her wanting to learn more about some of the antiques.  Penny shows how truly passionate she is about antiques and the stories behind them.  After selling the “cowboy” an antique set of earrings Penny goes back to her work.  Not long after she is interrupted by the “cowboy” who she finds out is not actually a cowboy but a very wealthy financer.  He solicits her work as an interior designer.  Kurt wants her to decorate his new home for a wife that he has yet to meet.  As Penny gets to know him she finds that he bases all of his decisions on logic and finds passion and dreams to be illogical.  But, as Penny and Kurt work more and more together they learn more about each other and Kurt begins to question what he believes.  As Kurt opens up he feels Penny’s natural passion weaving her way into his life and his heart, but will Kurt accept his new feelings before it’s too late?

This was a very cute story.  It was a romantic story that developed naturally.  I thought Penny and Kurt were wonderful characters and definitely seemed like people you would know.  The story is well-written and developed, but I would have liked to have seen more of it.  It seemed like it ended too soon.  It had a wonderful ending, but I think more could have expanded the story.  In the overall aspect of things the love story was wonderful and so were the characters.  I think we all want a bit of their love story but I did feel that the final culmination of their story seemed too quick.  Like I said, I would have liked to see more developed in the end.  This is definitely a story for romance lovers and if you’re a fan of England you’ll love the setting.


7082986Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child.  She’s grown used to the cold now and that’s just as well, because nowadays she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire, right next door to windswept Brontë country.  She has an affectionate, if half-crazed, rescue dog and together they tramp the moors every day—one of them wishing she were Emily Brontë, the other vainly chasing pheasants.   When she’s not out on the moors you’ll find Helena either creating romantic heroes and heroines of her own or else with her nose firmly buried in a book, enjoying someone else’s stories.  Her patient husband and her brilliant children support her in her daydreams and are the loves of her life.

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