The Week: 25th November – 1st December

Christmas Tree Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 30th November 2013

I had to break my rule this year and start decorating for Christmas before the first of December. We went to New South Wales to take care of my grandmother’s house on Friday, and then started at home on Saturday.

With more than one tree to take care of there’s just no way everything could be done on Sunday!

Sunset Canberra Australia 26th November 2013 Sonya Heaney

We continue to have fantastic weather in Canberra, which can’t be said for a lot of other cities on the eastern side of Australia at the moment!

I seem to have broken through my historical romance reading obsession this week, and have been reading a bunch of books by the wonderful, wonderful Janice Kay Johnson. She writes some of the most amazing contemporary stories, and yet seems to go very underappreciated…

My review of Highland Master by Hannah Howell

Highland Master by Hannah Howell

My review of Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas

Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas

The Beginner’s Guide to Writing New Adult

Easy by Tammara Webber

Sisters In Love by Melissa Foster is STILL FREE

Sisters In Love (Love in Bloom Snow Sisters & The Bradens #1) by Melissa Foster

Highland Master by Hannah Howell

Highland Master by Hannah Howell

Lady Triona McKee’s life is under desperate siege. The marriage she thought would answer her dreams has left her struggling alone to provide for her people, while an arrogant kinsman prepares to take her land. But one look into the cynical green eyes of her cousin’s boldest knight warns Triona that even a promise of help is just as dangerous…

Betrayal taught Sir Brett Murray to make protecting others his only life. Still, the growing desire he can’t help but feel for this entrancing widow makes him long to earn more than her trust. But in trying to save all she cherishes, he can’t see how an honor-scarred knight can stay in her world and her heart…unless he risks everything to prove his love is now and forever always…

Highland Master by Hannah Howell

I’m going to do this one in dot points:

  • THIS is how you do covers. It doesn’t really matter if you love it or not; it’s the fact it’s classier. No waxed chests and no twenty-year-old models trying to pass themselves off as hardened warriors. The costume also gives you an idea of what to expect.
  • Though this is the NINETEENTH book in a series, this is an author who knows not to give us endless updates on every past character and past storyline. It was very much appreciated, as this is the first book I have ever read by this author. The ability to not over-tell past plotlines isn’t as common as you would think.
  • We get a good sense of time and place, and I liked the way the book began. It was almost like reading a screenplay, the visuals were so strong.
  • I love some Scottish historical romances and hate others. There’s more of a range in this subgenre than in just about anything. I’ve learnt that Hannah Howell is one of the better writers of these books.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.