Category: Melanie Dickerson

First Line Friday (week 78): A Dangerous Engagement

First Line Friday (week 78): A Dangerous Engagement

Posted October 6, 2017 / 43 Comments

I’m SO EXCITED!! Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! More info on that in a sec. For now, since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. The book I’m featuring today is A Dangerous Engagement […]


My Favorite Beauty and the Beast Retellings

My Favorite Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Posted March 18, 2017 / 42 Comments

I don’t have much time for movies anymore (all about the books, y’all) but Beauty and the Beast remains one of my favorite Disney films. And of course, it’s based on a fairytale, so all the better! No matter what your feelings are about the latest live-action remake, the story […]


Book Review: The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Book Review: The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Posted December 26, 2016 / 14 Comments

Evangeline longs to be free, to live in the world outside the castle walls. But freedom comes at a cost. Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love […]


First Line Friday (Week 29): The Merchant’s Daughter

First Line Friday (Week 29): The Merchant’s Daughter

Posted October 21, 2016 / 47 Comments

Y’all. It’s Friday!! Since it’s Friday, it’s also time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line! The book I’m featuring today is The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson. I chose this particular book on this particular day because a) this Beauty & […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Tell Me Again (or… My Favorite Retellings)

Top Ten Tuesday: Tell Me Again (or… My Favorite Retellings)

Posted September 13, 2016 / 68 Comments

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, we are asked to give our Top Ten ALL TIME FAVORITE books of _____ genre.  Ok…so… my head exploded when I first read that topic and I went into what is commonly known as the book blogger fetal position. This occurs whenever someone asks […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters on Screen

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters on Screen

Posted September 6, 2016 / 55 Comments

Hi y’all! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (per the lovely folks at The Broke & The Bookish) is in honor of the Fall TV season being upon us. Now, I have to confess…. I started blogging right around the time we cut the cable cord to save money. Coincidence? […]



Around the World in Books: England

Around the World in Books: England

Posted July 21, 2016 / 52 Comments

  Hello ladies and lords! After this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post on Books Set Outside the U.S. – in which I purposely left out England too – a couple of my dear reading friends still bemoaned England’s absence.  I am nothing if not accommodating, but it really needed its […]



Top Ten Tuesday: The Kentucky Derby… of my books.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Kentucky Derby… of my books.

Posted May 24, 2016 / 44 Comments

  Confession: I had no idea what to do for this week’s theme.  The ladies at The Broke and the Bookish suggested that this week be about those books for which we feel differently now that time has passed.  Ugh.  First of all, if I love a book, I love it. […]


Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

Posted May 20, 2016 / 24 Comments

Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from […]


First Line Fridays – #8

First Line Fridays – #8

Posted May 20, 2016 / 46 Comments

HAPPY DANCE!!!! It’s Fridaaaaaay!!! Time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line! Today, I am happy to once again include my friend Rachel from Bookworm Mama in First Line Fridays. If you’d like to join us, send me a note and let […]


That Worked Out Well (or… Books I Picked Up On a Whim and Loved)

That Worked Out Well (or… Books I Picked Up On a Whim and Loved)

Posted May 17, 2016 / 19 Comments

Welcome, one and all, to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday – a blog linkup hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is about those books we’ve picked up on a whim. Not the books we’ve chosen based on someone else’s recommendations or maybe not […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings

Posted February 2, 2016 / 71 Comments

This week’s topic has several possible variations but I’m choosing to talk about my favorite historical settings. You know, those periods of history whose mere mention in a book blurb has your radar engaged and your interest piqued.


Review: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Review: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Posted January 16, 2016 / 2 Comments

If you’ve spent half a second around me or my blog, you know how much I adore Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings. You also probably know how much I adore Regency fiction, especially those books that make my Jane-Austen-loving heart smile. Combine Melanie Dickerson and Regency fiction?!? Yep. I’m pretty much on cloud 9.


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books January-June 2016 (Historical)

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books January-June 2016 (Historical)

Posted December 29, 2015 / 52 Comments

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is the books we are most anticipating in the first half of 2016. I started out the list yesterday with my contemporary “can’t waits”. Today I’m going to look at the historical fiction I’m most looking forward to from January to June.

And I’m warning you right now – there’s way more than ten 🙂


Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Santa

Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Santa

Posted December 22, 2015 / 91 Comments

Welcome to this Christmas week edition of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about the books we wouldn’t mind seeing under our tree.

Since “all the books” would make for a pretty boring post, I’ve narrowed it down somewhat 😉 Anyone still looking for Christmasy gift ideas for yours truly, feel free to take notes.


Cover Reveal: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Cover Reveal: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Posted December 4, 2015 / 4 Comments

In February, one of my favorite people in the world – Melanie Dickerson – is releasing the first book in her new Regency Spies of London series. I mentioned it Tuesday in the list of 2016 debuts I’m excited to read. I already love every fairy tale retelling she writes and cannot wait to see what she does with a regency setting… and spies!

The cover is so gorgeous!! I mean… major cover love from me!


Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Posted December 1, 2015 / 130 Comments

This week is all about those first novels by new authors, specifically the ones coming up in 2016 that we just can’t wait to read! I’ve picked some of the debut novels I’m most excited about – and then also some books by established authors who are starting either a new series or a new direction.


Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Posted November 19, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Golden Braid has it all – adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?