Goodreads Challenge 2019, Part Two

It’s been a challenging month for me, but I always make time to read, and I have three great books to share with you today. If you like to read romance and/or mystery, I’m sure you’ll find something you like among them:

513kqcki6plThe Charming Prince by Julia Keanini
Princes of Valdoria, Book 3
Julia is a member of one of the author support groups I belong to. After reading and reviewing several of her books, I joined her review team. I read and enjoyed the first two in this series, and knowing there were two more brothers who needed mates, I was pleased to see it continue. Prince Sebastian is known as the kind, compassionate brother, and his affinity for animals is something that the “prince hunters” use to try and get close to him. Officially, his support for the Huntsman Animal Clinic and Shelter is financial, but only a few know that he helped start it and actually works there. Taylor Kensington is a newly certified veterinarian, but her mother’s dying wish is for her to visit Valdoria, the land of her the father she’s never known. What begins as the vacation of a lifetime leads to a career opportunity and much more. I enjoyed reading Seb and Taylor’s story, and look forward to finding out how the fourth brother meets his match.


51cb2tgsxdlHow the Finch Stole Christmas! By Donna Andrews
I was in the mood for reading a cozy mystery, so I looked through my Kindle library and discovered a couple of Donna Andrews books I hadn’t yet read. Both are Christmas stories that I apparently purchased as soon as they became available and then didn’t read because I got too busy. I love Donna’s mysteries because they are so well written, and so full of surprises. The characters are quirky and loveable, and I always learn a new word or two (this time it was “sibilant” which basically means a hissing sound). Also, the characters age and have lives that change through the twenty-five (so far) books in the series. In this installment, Meg and Michael’s twin boys are ten years old, and they’re both appearing in the town’s Christmas presentation of A Christmas Carol. Michael is the director, and the star of the show has a drinking problem. Of course, there’s a murder, and Meg is somehow swept into the thick of the investigation, aided by the good people of Caerphilly, Virginia.


perf5.000x8.000.inddFreedom’s Path by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Linda was my guest here at 4F1H a few weeks ago, and since I spent a lot of time studying American history during my college years, I decided to read the book she featured. Sidonie and her brother Philippe are both involved in the famous Underground Railroad. Corporal Colin Crawford has a sworn duty to uphold the law, including the controversial Fugitive Slave Act. He’s been sent to Willow Springs to look for abolitionist activity. He’s been there before, and his attraction to Sidonie is one reason he’s eager to return. Since Colin is undercover, posing as a traveling salesman, neither of them knows that they’re at cross purposes, and their relationship blossoms. I enjoyed the characters and their story, but felt the ending was a bit rushed.

What are you reading?




About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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5 Responses to Goodreads Challenge 2019, Part Two

  1. Why do we find princes so fascinating? LOL! You’d think we’d outgrow them but, no!
    I do love a story with a Christmas angle.
    As for the Underground Railroad, I am sure there must be some of the history here, but even though I have been in KY for 25 years,I have not heard anything at all. There are a few slave stories and even the house of a monster who was abusive and also ‘sold slaves down the river’, (literally), I have not heard one word. I should look into it.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I think part of the fascination with princes (especially in America) is that we DON’T have them. Christmas stories are fun, but I’d enjoy Donna Andrews’ mysteries any time of year! How curious that the UR isn’t something that’s talked about. The National Museum of the UR is in Maysville, but I see that’s quite a hike from where you are.


  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Sounds like some good choices for us. Thanks.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    thanks for sharing these with us. I guess I’m most intrigued by Donna Andrews’ book — in part because I admire an author who can sustain reader interest — and keep continuity straight — over 25+ titles in one series.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I knew you’d be attracted to the Donna Andrews book! Yes, it’s wonderful how she’s able to keep all the details straight and still come up with a different yet fascinating story each time.

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