Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart by Jennifer Moore + $25 and Book Giveaway!

Australia, 1814

As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.

Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship and perhaps something more. But when Daniel's secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?

First, I love this cover.  It feels so romantic to me.  <sigh>  

Second, I love Jennifer Moore's books.  She has such a unique take on regency romances.  They vary in settings and never feel very typical.  This one is set in New Wales (Australia) where Sarah Whitaker is carving out the life her father started in ranching and sheep.  We get our first look at Sarah as she crosses the oceans on her way to New Wales as a young girl.  I loved the glimpse at who Sarah was in the beginning before struggle, sadness and distrust took over.  

Daniel is a good counter balance to Sarah.  He believes in mercy and second chances where Sarah has hardened herself against those who need and desire those very things.  Daniel and Sarah come from very different places due to life's experiences.  I loved how I could see and sympathize with both sides of this story.  I loved both Sarah and Daniel.

I honestly loved this book.  I loved the struggle, the setting, the characters, everything.  It settled gently into my mind and heart.  LOVE!

Content:  Some mild peril 

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher in conjunction with this blog tour.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.


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