My Review: An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

The Story (from the publisher’s website): Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical eighteenth-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with. 

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical eighteenth-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the Seven Years' War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand--and heart--are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's LadyThe Lacemaker, and A Bound …

What to Watch: A Reminder & Another New Series to Watch Now!

In this edition of Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s What to Watch, I give you a reminder and a new series to watch in the meantime. The reminder: Sanditon airs on PBS this Sunday at 9 PM EST. I beg of you, set your alarm or your DVR to catch this delicious series. Yes, the ending leaves a lot to be desired but the rest is so Austen and a romantic’s delight. Andrew Davies and crew captured the true essence of regency seaside life in this first tv adaptation on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. Theo James as Sidney Parker is a dish in a cravat and Rose Williams brilliantly captures the naïveté of Charlotte as she explores the world outside her small town.

If you can’t wait until Sunday for something new and interesting to watch, might I suggest you turn to Netflix and the three part Dracula miniseries? The only thing it has in common with Sanditon is that it’s British and based on a novel. It goes without saying that it’s bloody and a bit horrifying, but it’s from the creators of Sherlock, so it’s a…

What to Watch: Sanditon, Coming January 12th to PBS!

I interrupt your regularly scheduled cold, miserable autumn to bring you a sizzling new Sanditon trailer! Guys, I'm freakingobsessed with this series (my Tumblr has turned into a Sanditon side blog). It has aired in the UK already and let me tell you, it rocks. I won't give spoilers, but the ending is the world's worst cliffhanger, so I urge you to give this series a watch in January and demand a second season with me! The chemistry between the two leads is off the charts. Y'all won't regret it. It is based on Jane Austen after all! Watch the trailer and HMU in the comments or @ me on Instagram or Twitter with your thoughts!

You can pre-order a copy of the novelization of this series of Sanditon by Kate Riordan or order a copy of the series companion book The World of Sanditon now so you can be all caught up (or spoiled!) by the time the series airs in January!

My Review: You Belong with Me by Tari Faris

The Story (from the publisher):
Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses isn't one of them.

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she'll need help to do it.

As a foster kid, Luke Johnson never truly felt he belonged. Now he has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he doesn't anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is--and who he was.

My Thoughts:
Heroine who loves the romance of old things ✓
Friends to possibly lovers ✓
Old houses ✓
Could this book be anymore up my alley?! Ha ha! I haven't read a contemporary romance in the Christian fiction genre for a while and I so loved the fresh new voice o…

A Review: Yours Truly, Thomas

The Story: (from the publisher)
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail.

Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the dead letter office, and she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, perhaps a taste of romance. When she comes across a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love, it becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

But when Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter, and yet . . . she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.

My Thoughts:
This is my first time reading this author and my first time writing a review in quite a while! I love a sweet historical and as a newer novelist, Ms. Fordham’s voice is a refreshing addition to the genre. While Yours Truly, Thomas is a romance, it starts out somewhat slowly. It takes a bit to ge…

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

The Story:
(from the publisher)
Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is just the keeper of his bees--and the woman who could provide an elixir to help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in colonial America.

My Thoughts:
Craving a trip to Scotland after having binge watched 20 episodes of Outlander in a matter of days, I knew A Bound Heart was the book I had to read! Usually Laura's books are se…

Pure Textuality Blog Tour: The Other Miss Bridgerton, A Bridgertons Prequel by Julia Quinn

BOOK SYNOPSIS She was in the wrong place…
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
He found her at the wrong time...
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her. 
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
 When Andrew learns …

TLC Book Tours: On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter

The Story:
From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes the final book in Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series.

Pastor Jack McReady has secretly carried a torch for Daisy for two long years. She’s a member of his congregation, after all, and she’ll never see him as more than a trusted counselor. Jack’s best friend Noah has taken every opportunity to encourage his lovesick friend, but when Noah catches wind that Daisy has joined an online dating site, he takes matters into his own hands and orchestrates a meet-cute of the most unconventional kind.

Owner of the local flower shop, Daisy Pendleton is content with her small-town life, but she’d sure like someone to share it with. After several disastrous first dates, she’s about to give up—and then she finds a seemingly wonderful man online. Daisy gets to know TJ through a series of messages but finds herself spending more time with Pastor Jack outside of the church at the same time. What …

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Kitchen Marriage by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitman

About the Book
Book:The Kitchen Marriage
Author: Gina Welborn & Becca Whitham
Publisher: Kensington Publishers
Genre: Inspirational romance/Historical America set in the old west
Release Date: September 25, 2018

A bright future awaits the women of courage and faith who boldly chase their dreams across the wide-open Montana Territory, prepared to embrace adventure and forge their own destinies . . . When French immigrant Zoe de Fleur is forced out of her position as household cook for a high society New Yorker, the pretty and talented chef seizes an unexpected chance to head west for a new beginning. She pursues what she thinks is a prestigious job in the frontier’s “finest kitchen,” but instead finds herself in a matchmaker’s agency . . . Isaak Gunderson is one of Helena, Montana’s most eligible bachelors, but he’s too focused on running for mayor and his family’s business to think about a wife and family. His twin brother, Jakob, is supposed to be too busy as well, yet sends …

TLC Book Tours: One Day in December by Josie Silver

The Story: (from the publisher's website)
Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicabl…