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A Stockingful Of Joy

A Stockingful Of Joy by [Howell, Hannah]Title: A Stockingful of Joy

Print Length: 320 pages / Publisher: Zebra

Publication Date: October 31, 2017 / Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Author: Hannah Howell / Genre: Historical Romance


Join award-winning author Hannah Howell as she gives readers a double dose of romance for the holidays with two feisty, flame-haired cousins, a dangerous cross country chase, and two rough and rugged men who find love with the irrepressible, impossible Kenney women….

A Heartful Of Wishes

Deidre Kenney made a deathbed promise to her father—shot in cold blood by two gunmen looking for land deeds he was hired to deliver to Paradise, Montana. Deidre and her cousin Maura vow to finish the dangerous job, each woman taking a different route West. What Deidre didn’t count on was a bodyguard—but that’s what she gets in Patrick Callahan. With his broad shoulders, steady gun, and a crooked grin that’s stirring secret desires—and one very special Christmas wish—Deidre knows the real danger ahead lies in the uncharted territory of her own heart.

A Handful Of Heaven

Maura Kenney hopes her cousin is having better luck making her way to Paradise. The tiny blue- eyed spitfire is too busy fending off drunken oafs and serious gunmen to have a lot of faith in her own success. But luck is on her side: his name is Mitch Callahan and he takes one look at lovely Maura and knows Christmas has come early. But convincing a prim-and-proper miss that a tough, tender-hearted rancher is the only man for her promises to be about as hard as keeping them both alive to share this very special Christmas together…

 

With a deathbed promise, A Stockingful of Joy wasn’t going to be very joyful this year. Deidre made a deathbed promise to her father. That she will complete the assignment that earlier killed her dad’s business partner and now him. But where they failed, Deirdre and her cousin, Maura was praying to succeed. With a strategy in place, the two set off in opposite directions but with one common goal.
What was nice about A Stockingful of Joy was that we had the pleasure of getting two stories bundled into one book. Going by the synopsis you know it wasn’t the where that was the bases of these stories, but the How. How were these two lone women going to make it to Paradise, Montana? How were they going to overcome the obstacles along the way…Remember, the killers were still out there, and even if they did make it to Paradise, what was waiting for them at the end of the journey?
The first story, A Christmas in Paradise, has Deidre traveling by train and tackling obstinate gunmen, who will do anything to keep Deidre from reaching Montana. In the second story, Handful of Heaven you have the same story but a different take on the first story. However, If I had to pick my favorite out of the two, it would be the second title A Handful of Heaven. I liked both books, but I could relate to the cousin more. You have a shy person, to keep a deathbed, promise she had to step out of her comfort zone and to overcome memories of her past.
Even though the title depicts that these are Christmas romances I didn’t really get the holiday vibe from these stories.
Even though these stories were first published in 1999 under a different title, I take what I can get, plus this book was new to me. A Stockingful of Joy was certainly different than her normal fair of Historical romance. Will I recommend this book…? sure! It will take the boredom out of another long and stress filled day.

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The Scotsman Who Saved Me (Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen)

The Scotsman Who Saved Me (Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen) by [Howell, Hannah]The Scotsman Who Saved Me

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Author: Hannah Howell

Series: Seven Brides/Seven Brothers

Print Length: 320 Pages

Publication Date: September 26, 2017


A brutal attack on Emily Stanton’s family has left her for dead . . . until she is found in the woods by a handsome stranger with a thick brogue who vows to protect her. There’s only one problem: As a woman with a noble English background, she has no business keeping company with such a man.

For Scotsman Iain MacEnroy, Emily’s high-tone accent is a bitter reminder of the oppressive regime he left behind. The last thing he needs is to be burdened by the needs of a beautiful, blue-eyed Englishwoman. But taking care of elegant, educated Emily begins to transform Iain in ways he never imagined. Could it be that the deep divisions from the old world no longer apply in the new—and

In the early 80s, I watch a program “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” which was made in 1954. The movie was a musical but that was okay, for I loved that movie.
In 1850, backwoodsman Adam Pontipee comes into a town in the Oregon Territory to search for a bride. Met with ridicule by some locals, he comes upon the local tavern where he meets Milly. Convinced of her worth by the quality of her cooking and her insistence on finishing her chores before she would leave with him, he proposes and she accepts despite knowing each other for only a few hours.

Well, welcome to Hannah Howel take on the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But in Emily Stanton’s story, her life was anything but cheerful and she certainly didn’t have anything to sing about. On the run with her orphan nephew when her older sister and husband was slaughtered. It was up to her to keep them alive. Until Ian MacEnroy along with his brother come along, to take them under their wings.

Iain MacEnroy has a long standing of protecting those who need it. When his family was run out of Scotland by an Englishwoman, and his mother and father died along the way. It was up to Iain to keep his younger brother safe.

The Scotsman who Saved Me was an excellent book. For a historical romance, you can’t get anything better than intrigue and mayhem. You will fall in love with all the brothers, and just like the movie, this one is classic.


Hannah Howell

Biography

Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below). She has also used the following pseudonyms: Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin.
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Highland Barbarian (Murray Family, #13)

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Publisher: Zebra; Reprint Edition

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Characters: Sir Artan Murray, Cecily


Sir Artan Murray was right when he decided that the dying old man who bid him collect his niece, Cecily Donaldson, didn’t know her at all. The furious woman facing him is neither “sweet” nor “biddable.” Cecily demands the brawny Highlander return her to the wedding party from which he took her. But Artan has no intention of allowing so spirited and bewitching a creature to endure a loveless marriage to a ruthless lord for her clan’s sake. He aims to woo Cecily and show her that true love also yields unforgettable pleasure….

Highland Barbarian is book #13 of bestselling author Hannah Howell’s Murray Saga. This is a release with the original published date of 2006.

Highland Barbarian is book #13 of bestselling author Hannah Howell’s Murray Saga. This is a release with the original published date of 2006.

All through this book the characters of Artan Murray and Cecily reminded me of another book. “The Bride” written by Julie Garwood. I found that Highland Barbarian was rather good. But then again, Hannah Howell’s Murray Sagas is always entertaining. It had a strong character development and likable characters. What I liked mainly about this book, was that for once it was the woman, in this case, Cecily who had to come to the rescue of the strong and capable man.

Highland Barbarian had plenty of drama with the main characters always in peril. This book fits right in with the rest of the rest of the series.
But the greatest thing about this series, no matter how many times you read them, it never gets old…. That and all the stories could be read as a stand-alone.

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Highland Sinner (Murray Family #16)

 

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Genre: Medieval

Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition

Publication Date: December 27th, 2016

Series: Murray #16

Print Length: 384 page

Characters: Tormand, Morainn

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New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell returns to the stark majesty of medieval Scotland and the realm of the unforgettable Murray clan, as a seductive knight and a mysterious young woman unite to stop a murderous enemy…

Sir Tormand Murray is certainly a rogue, but a callous killer? Never. Yet he cannot explain how he came to wake up next to the butchered body of one of his former lovers. Someone is prepared to kill again and again until Tormand is found guilty and hanged. And his only hope of discovering the culprit lies with Morainn Ross, a reclusive, sensual beauty gifted with second sight.

Branded a witch, Morainn has never met a man who accepted her strange talent, much less one who could so easily enflame her passion. There’s no resisting Tormand’s rugged masculinity—and no escaping the enemy who grows more twisted every day. And even as logic decrees that a lasting union is impossible, Morainn knows her destiny is bound forever with the knight who has claimed her, body and soul.

  Highland Sinner book #16 in the Murray Saga is a re-released from the original publication date December 2008.

 Sir Tormand Murray was a man whore, if you wore a skirt, then Tormand would have or exceeded in sleeping with you. Maybe, that is why he is in the predicament he’s in now. Someone is going around killing all the women Tormand has slept with and if this person is not stopped than Tormand will meet his maker by the end of a rope.

Highland Sinner is a little gruesome. So, if you don’t like explicit details on the murder you might want to skip this book. However, if that doesn’t bother you than you would find this book interesting. Out of all the Murray’s book this was one of my least favorites. Not to say this book didn’t whole its own, I just didn’t like that the mystery over shadowed the Tormand and Morainn courtship.

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Highland Chieftain (Murray Family #21)

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The Murrays are back in this thrilling new tale from New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell . . .
Responsible for protecting her younger siblings from their abusive father, Bethoc Matheson is in no position to rescue another soul in Scotland. Yet when she sees a bleeding man on the verge of drowning, that’s exactly what she does, securing him safely in a cave where she can return day after day to tend to his wounds.

Sir Callum MacMillan can scarcely believe such a slight lass as Bethoc could save him from the grasp of death. But he knows the telltale marks of an angry fist on her skin, and he knows she has the soul of a fighter within her feminine frame. Raised to be a protector of the weak by his Murray clansmen, Callum would prefer to be the one saving her—and save her, he will. If he can first survive the treacherous attack that led him into her irresistible arms . . .

 

 

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Out of all Hannah Howell’s books, I really enjoy reading about the Murrays the most. I don’t know what it is about the Murrays but each and every book I think is a must read for every hardcore romance reader.

In Hannah Howell latest book, we are introduced to Sir Callum MacMillan. If you have follow the series, you know that Callum MacMillan grew up hard, until the day his grandfather found him .

All through Callum’s life, he had to fight to survive, and protect to protect those that were helpless to do so themselves. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

Bethoc Matteson can’t take any more of the abuse she receives at home. If she didn’t have responsibility of protecting yer young siblings, she would have walked away a long time ago. But as it stands she was trapped. Or so she thought….

Highland Chieftain rates right up there with the other books in this series…excellent. It was fast pace, well developed characters and plenty of passion between the two main characters.

If you ever read this series, you know that each Murray has a special gift. What until you find out what Bethoc gift is…I can say that its very unique.

 

 

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Genre: Historical Romance

Print Length: 352 pages

Series: Murray Family Saga #21

Publisher:Kensington

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Characters: Sir Callum, Bethoc

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A Taste Of Fire

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  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (March 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Antonie Ramirez could ride and shoot as well as any man–and better than most. Now, the headstrong beauty had come to Texas to honor her father’s last words: find the cattle rancher named Royal Bancroft and repay him for saving their lives long ago.

Royal Bancroft didn’t know who was behind the outlaws trying to drive him off his land, but he would fight to the death rather than lose it. Yet with his sister and brother kidnapped, he felt defeat run through him like a chill wind…until a girl with cornsilk hair and a steady gunhand rode into his life.

Antonie was wild, hard, and hurting inside, and Royal knew from the moment he saw her, that if he tried to tame her, he’d break her spirit. Instead, he would let her ride with him as an equal partner and fight beside him for a future together…

My Review: A Taste of Fire is a re-release that was first published back in the late 80’s. I realized that I read this book after the second paragraph. However, even though I read the way back in the late 80’s this book was still good even after all those years.

What I like about A Taste of Fire that I probably couldn’t appreciate back in the 80’s was the strong female character. Antonie was raised by a bunch of thugs when they raided and killed her parents the leader of the band of thieves had a conscience or a Robin Hood complex but when several of his men raided and murder Antonie parents Juan Ramirez raised her as his daughter. Which in my book was a better life than what she came from.  I thought in away if Juan wouldn’t have come along than Antonie wouldn’t have become the strong and capable women that she grew up to be.

Now Royal Bancroft in my eyes was the only man who could handle the spit fire and the chemistry between these two during the course of the story was hot.

 

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Conqueror’s Kiss

There is little hope for sanctuary in the midst of the tumultuous Scottish border wars, yet one woman may find safe refuge . . . in the arms of her sworn enemy . . .

Jennet Graeme has witnessed terrible tragedy during the many years of strife between the Scots and the English. As Scottish invaders plunder her convent sanctuary, she defiantly resists the blond warrior who claims her as his prize. But his brute strength is overpowering and Jennet is forced to ride with him through the lawless lands, tending to the wounded, protected and desired by a man she wants to hate . . . but cannot . . .

Sir Hacon Gillard is moved by Jennet’s compassion and mercy. As a loyal knight, he’s pledged fealty to his king’s command, even as he loses his heart to this remarkable woman. Merciless in combat . . . yet there burns within him a spark for something far beyond the heat of battle

My Review: Conqueror’s Kiss is one of Hannah Howell earlier works. I have to say I am not a big fan of her earlier work. This book was good in some parts and bad in others. I really like the middle and ending of the book better than the beginning. Not to say that this book wasn’t interesting which it was. However, Jennet seriously got on my nerves I thought she was very judgmental. For a person who parents were rogues and thieves, Hacon should have been a prince in her eyes. Then again I maybe too hard on her, she did witness the murder of one of parents at an early age, and with no protection was a victim to kidnapping by Hacon and his men.

Hacon was a loyal knight to his king; he fights for coin and honor but not at the expense of his soul. Whereby other knights was killing just for the sake of killing, it was Hacon who tried to save as many lives as possible.

If you every read any of Hannah Howell’s books and after reading Conqueror’s Kiss you would see how Hannah’s writing style has progress during the years. So all in all Conquerors’ Kiss was an okay read.

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If He’s Noble Book Review

What I loved about If He’s Noble is the way Hannah Howell can flit from humor one minute then the next moment you are on a serious ride of mystery and intrigue. In Hannah Howell latest Paranormal Historical series about The Vaughn and Wherlocke series, we are introduced to Sir Bened Vaughn who is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Lady Primrose is on a mission to find her brother. After her father the Baron died his wayward brother brought his wife, greed and treachery to roost. This book will have you laugh and cry sometime doing these things all at the same time.

If He’s Noble goes on sale July 28, 2015

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Highland Guard Book Review

Highland Guard is the latest installment in the Murray’s saga. Hannah Howell takes us on an adventure of loyalty and secrets. Years ago Sir David Macqueen saved Harcourts Murays life. Years later Sir David Macqueen called in his maker. It was a debt that Harcourt couldn’t say no to. Sir Macqueen wants Harcourt to sir a son on his wife.

Five years later Harcourt couldn’t forget Lady Annys Macqueen or that night. So when a messenger arrived with a message from Lady Macqueen, Harcourt felt honor bound to answer the call. Someone is starting trouble at Glencullaich, Lady Annys think she know who it is and if she is correct her young son’s life may be in danger.

This Murray installment lived up to the others in this saga. It was a great read with many twist and turns.

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If He’s Daring (Wherlocke Series #6) Review

I am a big fan of Hannah Howell’s in all her books she draws you in from the beginning. In this 6th installment to the Wherlocke series, Catryn Gryffin de Warrennen’s is on a journey of a lifetime when her brother-in- law kidnaps her son for his inheritance. Along the way she is joined by Sir Orion Wherlocke and his son Giles.

This book was very fast paced and lived up to the rest of the book in this series. In my honest opinion reading these books in order is advisable to get the history on what makes the Wherlocke and Vaughn unique from the rest of us.

I highly recommend this book.