Friday, October 28, 2016

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse and the Best Book(s) I Read in October

Today I’m participating in the Cephalopod Coffeehouse’s monthly blog hop to discuss the best book I’ve read this month.


Well, I’ve been tearing through books this month, so I’m featuring not one, but three “best books.”

I’ll start with one for the Regency genre. Lord Fenton’s Folly by Josi S. Kilpack. I just recently learned about this author. She has several historical several titles to her name, and after reading Lord Fenton’s Folly, I can definitely say I will read another … and soon.

This novel is a romance, but its flavor is a little different from the usual fare.

Lord Fenton’s animosity toward his father makes him rebellious, and he assumes the role of a dandy, gambler, and drinker. By the time he is of age, his father threatens to disown him if Fenton does not mend his ways. One way of doing this is to find a wife and settle down. Although Fenton has no desire to marry, he figures his long-time friend Alice Stanbridge is as good as any woman. Alice has carried a torch for Fenton since she was a little girl and readily agrees. She is later devastated to learn that his intent is for a marriage of convenience. Even so, she goes through with the nuptials and tries to make the best of it. A few weeks into the marriage, she is unable to stand her husband’s antics and excessive drinking. When family secrets emerge, Fenton and Alice must decide whether their marriage will remain a sham or develop into something more meaningful.

Kilpack is a talented writer and storyteller. This is a page-turner with rich, well-developed, flawed but sympathetic characters. Lord Fenton is fascinating. He tries hard to be unlovable with his foppish behavior and dress, but somehow that makes him all the more attractive. Although I was not completely astounded by the ending, I was surprised at how the ending came about. I highly recommend this to Regency readers who are looking for a great story rather than hot and heavy romance scenes.

The Five Times I Met Myself is James L. Rubart’s seventh book (his eighth just came out a couple of months ago). I first read Rubart’s book Rooms back in 2010, and I was hooked. His books are spiritual, haunting, and life-altering. They strike at the very core of what so many of us struggle with—a desire to reclaim youth, repair mistakes.

Brock Matthews regrets some of the decisions he’s made in his life. Now his marriage and business are both falling apart, and he wishes he could have a “do-over” for the trajectory of his life. When he discovers a deep, psychological dream technique called lucid dreaming, he embraces the method, traveling back in his dreams (and in real life) to encounters with a younger version of himself. Unfortunately, changing the past has unexpected—and undesired—results. Brock must decide if he’s willing to let go of some of the most important things in his life and whether a do-over is such a great idea after all.

The tag line of this book is “What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?” This novel is about looking over your shoulder, wondering if you could have done it better, if you should have done it differently, and how to deal with the decisions that have been made—good or bad. Jim Rubart says this book will set you free, and I believe it. Powerful, powerful message. Thought-provoking fiction.

Always with You is Elaine Stock’s debut novel. It is a unique contemporary novel and a real page-turner! I could not put it down. I was up late into the night reading—a testament to Stock’s fabulous writing and gifted storytelling.

Isabelle and Tyler meet under dangerous circumstances, when Tyler saves Isabelle from a violent attack. Two people with unusual pasts, they are drawn to one another and quickly fall in love. Threatened by dark family secrets, a religious sect, and uncertain odds, Isabelle and Tyler forge ahead with love and marriage despite the warnings of friends and family. When physical danger threatens Isabelle and her unborn child, she must choose whether to remain with the man she loves or run in search of safety.

Part love story, part psychological thriller, Always with You spins a haunting tale of love and hate, truth and lies, good and evil, while delivering a message of the need for discernment and forgiveness in all our lives. And it's on sale for $.99 this week!

Read any good books lately? 


  1. I read a bunch of books this month, but it was the lone non-fiction book that captured my attention most.

    Great snapshots and reviews. They all sound intriguing.
    V of V's Reads

    1. I actually had a nonfiction book I was going to feature this month, but it didn't make it in here this month. Definitely next month, though...

  2. I thought I was going crazy, LOL. I had commented on this post, but I see you removed that page and replaced it with this one.

    All these books sound good; great reviews of them. I just finished reading Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Very powerful book. Written between India and America. Good story line.

    When did you change the name of your blog?


  3. Sometimes I think I'd like a do-over, but if it meant I didn't have my kids? Forget it. I'm in the middle of reading three good books. One book at a time doesn't satisfy me.


    1. I'm the same. At least three to five at once...

  4. You are not going crazy Betty. I had horrible technical difficulties with this and had to do the whole thing again. I could not get the highlights removed from the post. I changed the name of my blog a couple of months ago because I am mainly writing Regency now. My first Regency novel will come out sometime in 2017.

  5. The Five Times I Met Myself: I have had such fantasies myself. I always come to the conclusion that I'd probably just make a mess of things so it's just as well.

  6. That does it!
    Five Times I Met Myself made it to my Goodreads page at near the speed of sound! :)
    Always Near You sounds intriguing, as well!

  7. The middle one is something I -might- be interested in. I'll have to give it a look.

    1. It's truly thought provoking. Thanks for stopping in!

  8. Megan, heartfelt thanks for sharing Always With You, and for your kind words.