Tuesday, March 2, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The Earl's Lady Geologist



BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.

Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.

Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realise that love matters more than their objections.
Title:  The Earl's Lady Geologist

Author:  Alissa Baxter
Genre:   Historical Romance
Publisher:  Vinspire Publishing
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   222 Pages
Date of Publication:  February 28, 2021
My Rating:  4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS:
Cassandra Linfield is a fossil collector, very much a geologist, despite the fact that being such does not quite fit in the times she lives. She is quite serious as to what she does and cannot imagine any man that would accept this and allow her to continue in her endeavors. When she pursues a deeper avenue regarding her interests, she is thwarted by her nemesis, Edward, The Lord of Rothbury.

Meanwhile, marriage proposals come fast and quick to Cassy. She has no desire to marry, and with very good reason. Why then is she drawn to Lord Rothbury? He share similar interests as he is a geologist himself, but is that enough for Cassy to consider his suit? Then there is the fact that Edward comes with enough baggage to make Cassy firm in her decision to focus on her collection and research.

Would a marriage of convenience suit both Cassy and Edward or will matters of the heart make themselves more than apparent? One thing that I really liked about this book, along with the unconventional career that Cassy has chosen, is the emotional edge the book has. There is something that makes Cassy the woman that she is and I couldn't help but feel drawn to her character. In addition to enjoying both Cassy and Edward in this book, I also quite enjoyed his sister Harriet and his brother James. They were both nice additions to an already enjoyable story. 

Lastly, one thing that is always enjoyable when reading a good book is when an Author's Note is included. I loved learning about other women geologists in the 19th century. A very nice bonus.

Many thanks to Vinspire Publishing and HF Virtual Book Tours for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Praise for The Earl's Lady Geologist

“A gentle Regency romance, full of sweetness and intelligence. Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” -Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

“The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter deftly weaves together the charm of a traditional Regency romance, fascinating information on scientific society of the time, with a quiet subtext about the challenges faced by women interested in pursuing science. This first book in a new series is wonderfully satisfying on many levels!” -Mary Jo Putney, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author

“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms. Baxter's books.” -Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author

“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era. A spirited heroine, a brooding hero, lots of sparkling banter and an authentic Regency setting—with added fossils! Great fun. From Lyme Regis to the drawing rooms of London, Alissa Baxter takes the reader back to the time of Jane Austen.” -Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances

About the Author

Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes! After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first Regency novel, The Dashing Debutante.

Alissa travelled overseas and worked as a flight attendant in Dubai before she moved to England, where she did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote when she moved back to South Africa. Alissa’s third Regency novel, A Marchioness Below Stairs, is the sequel to Lord Fenmore’s Wager.

Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is also the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 22
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Probably at the Library
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, February 25
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Friday, February 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Monday, March 1
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Tuesday, March 2
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Wednesday, March 3
Review at Amy's Booket List

Thursday, March 4
Excerpt at The Tea Queen
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, March 5
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, March 8
Review at Book Bustle

Tuesday, March 9
Review at Tangents and Tissues

Wednesday, March 10
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Thursday, March 11
Review at Older & Smarter

Friday, March 12
Excerpt at Hopewell's Public Library of Life

Monday, March 15
Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, March 16
Excerpt at Heidi Reads
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Wednesday, March 17
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, March 18
Review at Read Review Rejoice

Friday, March 19
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink

Monday, March 22
Review at Books and Zebras

Tuesday, March 23
Review at Novels Alive

Wednesday, March 24
Feature at I'm Into Books

Thursday, March 25
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Friday, March 26
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

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The Earl's Lady Geologist


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Monthly Wrap Up - February 2021


Monthly # pages: 13,010
Books read this month: 40
Books read for 2021 so far: 79
Running total # pages: 23,560
Average pages per day: 650
Average pages per book: 325

Hello everyone. I am pleased to provide my wrap up for February. While I fell far short of the goals I had set for February and for this year so far, I am trying not to be so hard on myself because I read far more page wise than I did in January. In fact, I read 3,000 more pages in February than I did in January, even though I read just one more book this month. 

For reference, here are my January statistics:

Monthly # pages: 10,550
Books read this month: 39
Running total # pages: 10,550
Average pages per day: 352
Average pages per book: 271

If you are following my blog and my reviews you might have noticed that at the end of the year I really fell off the boat when it came to reading. I dropped to 23 books in November and 13 in December. So I am really pleased that I tripled that number in January and still managed to hold on in February.

During this last week of February I developed a migraine so my reading dropped off - sort of. I am actually reading Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo each night. The book is 1,424 pages and I am currently on page 1,008. However, I will not finish it for another day or two so it will have to count as a March finish.

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The dates I completed each book and the ratings are as follows:

Her Dark Lies 2/26 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Danger in Numbers 2/24 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Are We There Yet? 2/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ice Creams at Emerald Cove 2/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What the Heart Wants 2/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To Catch a Dream 2/20 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Earl's Lady Geologist 2/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Fragile Ones 2/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Nightingale 2/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Big Kahuna 2/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lake House 2/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
One Perfect Grave 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girls in the Snow 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girl from Silent Lake 2/14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Close My Eyes 2/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After the Crash 2/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mystery by the Sea 2/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Broken Ones 2/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Vineyard at Painted Moon 2/10 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Stranger in Town 2/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Pursuit 2/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Jigsaw Man 2/8 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Because of Miss Bridgerton 2/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Scam 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Job 2/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Chase 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Heist 2/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hard Eight 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Shell Game 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pros and Cons 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lost Apothecary 2/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Audrey's Inn 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Truth About Melody Browne 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Grease Babe 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Deep Down 2/3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dead Secret 2/3 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Silent Voices 2/2 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

My February was actually quite a good reading month, with 11 Five star reads. My two favorite books for the month were The Girl on the Back of the Bus by Suzette D. Harrison and A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell. The first was historical fiction with the backdrop of Rosa Parks' experience in the 1960s and the second was a biography of a female spy named Virginia Hall. As mentioned above, I am also reading Sacajawea, and that is likely to be my first favorite finish for March.

As a reminder, here is my 2021 Goodreads goal:


While I kind of wanted to set a goal for 700 books (and I did read 626 books in 2020), my depression and migraines have increased so I decided it was better to leave the goal at 500. 

I think it seems like it might have been a good idea to set it for 500, because, according to Goodreads, I am right on goal.



Besides reading, writing book reviews, blogging and filming each review for my YouTube channel, In fact, every book review I now write for this blog is being filmed and uploaded to my channel on date of release. 

I am also very much enjoying diamond painting. I am more than halfway finished with this one:

Mountain Castle from Diamond Art Club

I am also joining a YouTube and Facebook event called #chuckalong3. Paintings from Diamond Art Club by artist Chuck Pinson. This is the one I have chosen for the event:

Seaside Dreams


So, I plan on working on both projects concurrently and hope to finish both by the end of March.

Meanwhile, I have a tentative TBR for March, and these are the books that I have lined up. Some of these books have been on my TBR for months. I just keep rolling my TBR forward as each month begins.

Currently Reading
Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

TBR

 

*Please note: Every book cover and link are clickable to Goodreads*


So that is my February wrap up. For March I am not going to set any pressure on myself. I find the more I do, the worse I feel. Last year I was averaging about 50-60 books a month. I now realize that is not currently doable. I just want to maintain my love of reading without falling into a rut like I did at the end of last year. 

Happy reading everyone!