Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

In January I reviewed a set of microfiber sheets that I had purchased on-line.  The review was not very favorable and in fact, if I were writing that review today, it would have been scathing!  They fell apart in just a few washes in cold water and on delicate cycle.


Awhile after I posted that review, I received an email from Edith Coronacion McCosker of Butterfly Dreams asking if I would like a set of their sheets to review.  Of course, I accepted, I needed new sheets, after all!

Wow, what a difference!


The Queen sheet set included one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and two pillow cases.  The fitted sheet and pillow cases are made of microfiber and are incredibly soft and luxurious feeling!  The fitted sheet is a nice texture of cotton.  I asked Edith what the two different texture and she said the top sheet is for better temperature control and also that the underside of the microfiber sheet “is not as smooth, so it won’t feel good on top of you.”  That makes sense to me.

I have now had the opportunity to wash these sheets several times and they are still as luxurious feeling as the first time I used them.  There are no runs and they have not balled up at all.  I love them so much that I am buying 2 more of the pillow cases.  I use lots of pillows!


I have to give these Butterfly Dreams sheets a 5/5, they are the most luxurious sheets I have ever had.  They make me feel like a queen!

Now is your chance to own a queen set!  Edith is offering two queen sets in Serene Green to two of my readers!  This giveaway is for Canada and the U.S. and ends on August 10, 2012.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.  I bet you will agree that Butterfly Dreams sheets are incredible!
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Elusive Dawn by Gabriele Wills

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on July 26, 2012
Posted in Books Read in 2012  | 4 Comments

Back in 2010, I reviewed the book The Summer Before the Storm by Gabriele Wills.  It was the first book in the historical fiction series called The Muskoka Novels.  Elusive Dawn is the second novel in the series.

In the summer of 1916, some of the Wyndham family carry on family tradition at their cottages at Muskoka in Canada.  However, many of the family members are in Europe, fighting the Great War.  Ria becomes an ambulance driver in France, a very dangerous volunteer job.  Her husband Chas is a flying ace in the war as is her cousin, Jack.  Her cousin Justin is a doctor, operating close to the battle grounds.

When her husband or cousins have any time off, they visit Ria as much as possible.  Her and Chas are having some marital problems they are trying to work through, which is especial difficult long distance.  The first chance they get, they take time off to set up their own house in the English countryside.  Chas wants Ria to stay there, in less danger but she goes back as an ambulance driver.

Many things happen, of course, but I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers.  Elusive Dawn is a very moving piece of WWI fiction and certainly as good as the first book in the series.  Really, the only thing that still doesn’t work for me, and I mentioned this in my review of book I, is Ria’s stereotypical conniving stepmother.  However, we do find out a bit more about her shady past.

Will’s prose is fresh and poetic.  She captures the period in great detail.  I could picture every scene in the book, like I was there.  Book 3 in the series, Under the Moon is now on sale and on its way to me.  I can hardly wait!

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, trust me, you will love this series!  Be sure to start with The Summer Before the Storm first. 

Scoop: Gabriele Wills will be going on tour with The Summer Before the Storm with Premier Virtual Author Book Tours, if you are interested in being a part of the tour, let me know.  The tour will be announced soon!


I received this book from the author for my honest review.

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Giveaway: The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on July 25, 2012
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Thanks to Nicole Langan Tribute Books, I’m giving away one eBook copy of The Color of Snow.

Book Description:

Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora–a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

About Brenda Stanley:

Brenda Stanley is the former news anchor at her NBC affiliate KPVI in Eastern Iadho. Her writing has been recognized by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, the Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Brenda lived for two years in Ballard, Utah, within the Fort Duchesne reservation where the novel is set. She and her husband live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.

The Color of Snow web site: http://the-color-of-snow.blogspot.com/
Brenda Stanley’s Website: http://www.brendastanleybooks.net/

This giveaway is international and ends on August 8, 2012.  The Ebook is available in Epub, Kindle, and PDF.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter.

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