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Best Books to Read this Spring

Updated June 7, 2021

Best Books to Read this Spring

It’s hard to believe that spring is already here. The weather is starting to get nicer and we will all be spending more times outdoors. I’ve been outside cleaning up my patio so I can enjoy reading my books while getting some fresh air and enjoying nature. There are so many good books to ready this spring and I can’t wait to dive in. I’ve complied a list of the best books that I think you will enjoy just as much as I did!

My Dear Miss Dupré by Grace Hitchcock

Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father’s unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, she is forced into a different future. The shareholders are unwilling to allow a female to take over the company without a man at her side, so her parents devise a plan–find Willow a spokesman king in order for her to become queen of the business empire.

Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society’s elite group called the Four Hundred. She has six months to court the group and is told to to eliminate men each month to narrow her beaus until she chooses one to marry, ending the competition with a wedding. Willow reluctantly agrees, knowing she must do what is best for the business. She doesn’t expect to find anything other than a proxy . . . until she meets a gentleman who captures her attention, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.

My Review:

I’ve been a fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for a long time so that made this book a great one to read with an entertaining story and relatable characters. There was a bit of a mystery to this story while some parts were easy to figure out but the main point is trying to find a husband. If you like romance, humor and a bit of mystery, this book is for you!

The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

My Review:

If you haven’t read the first 2 books in this series, you need to check them out. This book was a great conclusion to the series. There was a lot of twist and turns throughout the book but overall it was a great love story between Charles and Sophia with a wide range of emotions that will tug at your heart.

A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould

Few are pleased Sophie Deiner has returned to her Amish community, but a sudden illness leaves her no choice. She befriends a group of migrant workers but is appalled by their living conditions. She soon finds her advocacy for change opposed by her ex, the farm foreman, and that her efforts only makes things worse. Has she chosen a fight she can’t win?

My Review:

If you haven’t read the first book, start there. This second book is a continuous story of the first one and I enjoyed it very much. The story seems so real with great detail that sometimes I feel like I can see it vividly. This book was satisfying to read as it was heartwarming story about the Amish sharing some history along the way and a surprising love triangle to keep you interested.

Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England’s beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it’s a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary’s caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer–but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he’s plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he’s also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal–and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.

My Review:

This is a beautiful story filled with emotion and love for the characters.  I loved that Mary was able to find her purpose of helping others like Adam while their relationship grew throughout the story. This is a great book that is hard to put down and I’m so excited for the rest of these series to be released to read.

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1 Comment

  • Erica D. Vetsch
    April 17, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Indebted Earl!


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