Second Chance Amish Bride (Brides of Lost Creek #1) by Marta Perry

Caring for her late cousin’s young kinder is Jessie Miller’s duty–even if it means seeing their father again. Years ago, she thought Caleb King might be her husband–until he met her cousin and Jessie’s dream was cut short. Laid up with a broken leg and a demanding dairy farm, Caleb needs her. But Caleb wants no woman around…and no reminder of the wife who abandoned her family before her death. Especially since he fears Jessie will throw a wrench in his plan to remain a single dad. She’s gentle and kind, and if Caleb isn’t careful, she may be just what his little Amish family needs.

Second Chance Amish Bride (Brides of Lost Creek #1) by Marta Perry

This is a well-written, quick little Amish romance. Harlequin’s Christian line makes the most sense when the characters are Amish; the occasional praying is completely appropriate and doesn’t happen at odd times.

I liked the heroine, who had thought she might have married the hero years earlier, but because she wasn’t as pretty or immediately appealing, he married her cousin instead. I liked that the hero had to completely change his views on a lot of things, and see what he should have known all along.

I didn’t find the children too irritating or cutesy, but perhaps the little boy was a bit too advanced for his young age. However, they felt like real characters, not accessories, and had their own personalities.

Really, the only thing I didn’t love was that the characters finished half their sentences with ‘ain’t so’ – it might be accurate, but they said it a lot!

It has been a while since I’ve read much Amish-themed stuff, and Second Chance Amish Bride is a good example of why these books can be good little comfort reads.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

Travel Reads

Here’s one of the review books I’ve downloaded to work on while travelling in Spain.

The Note by Zoe Folbigg is due out on the 1st of October.

The Note by Zoe Folbigg

The note changed everything…

One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.

But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.

Today in Spain

Capital life and random beauty…

Scenes from Malaga on this supremely hot afternoon. The cathedral, the Pompidou Centre, the port.

The horses are outside the bullring, being prepared for the fight tonight. They’re beautiful animals, but I don’t want to think about what comes later. One of the greys has a stitched-up wound. The bigger horses are ridden by the picadors, and they face off against the bulls during the fight.

I am in the red in one of the pictures.






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Public Service Announcement!

This blog is a mess at the moment, but I have to post this!

My social media accounts have been hacked by a Russian. At the moment my Instagram is posting under a Russian name, and is now connected to a Russian (.ru) email address, and because I only have a tablet with me here in Spain I’m having trouble fixing it. My Facebook is weird, too.

I am hoping this blog won’t be ruined, but I am not sure…

I am also not sure why this is happening. It might be because of my connections to Ukrainian diplomats etc. (during the revolution in Ukraine I was often hacked, and I was messaging someone connected to the embassy when it happened this time), or maybe it’s just a general hacker being stupid.

Whatever it is, if things go crazy here, you’ll now know what is going on!