Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kaye Dacus Book List

Brides of Bonneterre Trilogy
Book 1: Stand-In Groom
Falling in love with a client could cost this wedding planner her business; learning the true identity of the groom could cost her heart...

When professional wedding planner Anne Hawthorne first meets the handsome Englishman George Laurence, she wonders if god has finally answered her prayers for a husband. But when the “best man” for her turns out to be a client—and someone else's to-have-and-to-hold – Anne quickly realizes that planning his wedding will be no honeymoon. Can she remain professional while falling for the groom?

A personal assistant for a wealthy man who wishes to keep his identity and his engagement—a secret, George Laurence has come to Louisiana to plan his employer's wedding and pose as the groom. Not only is this a challenge to the tenets of his Christian faith, but he can't stand the fact that he's deceiving Anne, the first woman who ever made his heart really sing. Will George ultimately risk his career to keep the woman he loves?

And what will happen when Anne finds out he groom's true identity? Can Anne and George find a way to a happy ending, or will this “I do” ruse destroy their chance at love?
Book 2: Menu For Romance
For eight years two people have had a secret, they were in love with each other but neither one knew. Chef Major O'Hara kept his secret out of fear and embarrassment. He had a family secret that he feared would close the door between him and the woman he loved. Instead the secret kept them apart as well. When he sees that she is dating someone and it looks to be getting serious...Major needs to make a major decision...Will he fight for the woman he loves or stand back and lose her forever?

Meredith Guidry was thirty-four years old and still single, without even a hint of anyone interested in her. Oh yes, and she already spent eight years in love with a man who also never showed interest in her. She recently bought an old house to remodel and move into, at least she could use her singleness to working on the house since there were no dates in sight...that is until she meets Ward Breaux on New Year's Day, in the hardware store.

Kaye has a book filled with the business of running big events and fundraisers, she has the reader seeing the busy kitchen and dining rooms with everyone bustling to get things together, Meredith buried in paper work in her office and the fun of family meal. She adds humorous moments along with feeling the frustrations. I enjoyed reading this book.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
Book 3: A Case For Love
Falling in love with your lawyer isn't all bad...unless he's the son of the people you're suing...

The Alaine Delacroix that all of Bonneterre knows is the carefully polished image she puts forth every day of her noontime news magazine program. When her parents' home and small business is threatened by the biggest corporation in town, Alaine is forced to choose between her image and fighting for the life her family has built.

Lawyer Forbes Guidry is used to making things go his way. But when he's asked to take on a pro bono case for a colleague, he'll learn that he can't control everything—including his feelings for his new client. Alaine Delacroix.

Alaine's only option to help her family is hiring Forbes, but can she bring herself to trust the handsome, disarmingly charming lawyer? And will Forbes Guidry be able to make a case for love before losing his job and family? Can both trust that God will present a solution before all is lost?
The Ransome Trilogy
 Book 1: Ransome's Honor
July 1814. The war with France has ended and Captain William Ransome, known for never letting women aboard his ship, has returned to Portsmouth, England. Julia Witherington, considered an old-maid at 29, discovers that she must marry immediately to receive a large dowry. Julia knows that the only man she doesn't want to marry is William Ransome. And the only man her father will approve of is...William Ransome.

When the couple strikes a financial deal to feign marriage for one year, the adventure begins. These stubborn people face humorous and hard situations that reveal what else they have in common—a growing affection for one another. This intriguing tale of faith and loyality is a wonderful new offering for readers of all genres.
Book 2: Ransome's Crossing
Charlotte Ransome, desperate to reach Jamaica to see her secret fiance', disguises herself as a midshipman for a convoy led by her brother, Captain William Ransome. Meanwhile, William and his new bride, Julia, face the rough swells of the sea and of marriage as they try to adjust to life together.

When yellow fever befalls Charlotte and her identity is discovered, she begs first officer, Ned Cochran, and Julia to keep her presence and illness from her brother. But could this secret create insurmountable waves between Julia and William? And will Ned's tender care of Charlotte change the tide of her affections forever?

Book 3: Ransome's Quest
Commodore William Ransome is searching for his sister, Charlotte, who has been captured by Salvador, the infamous “Robin Hood of the West Indies.” When word comes that his wife, Julia, has been kidnapped by the evil pirate, Shaw, Commodore Ransome and his crew frantically search the horizon for the two women he loves. After Charlotte is found, she emerges with revelations about Salvador's true identity and his willingness to help search for Julia. It's news that sends shock waves through the family.

Will Commodore Ransome trust Salvador to help rescue his beloved wife? And what other secrets have been buried like long lost treasure in these waters?
The Matchmaker Series
Book 1: Love Remains
All grandparents want to see their grandchildren happy, especially when it comes to love. So it's perfectly natural that "the matchmakers" would take an interest in putting Zarah Mitchell and Bobby Patterson together when he moves back to Nashville to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit--but what if it's Zarah he's investigating?
Book 2: The Art of Romance
What an enjoyable book! Nosy grandmother's determined to be the first ones who get the prized great grandchild... but first they have to marry off their grandchildren. So why not take a grandson from Perty and add a granddaughter from Sassy and kill two birds with one stone!

At thirty-five and six foot tall Caylor Evans don't have any hope for a future love. She thought she had that ten years ago, but someone came between them. She is a Professor, Author, involved in her churches ministry and most important she moved in with her grandmother, Sassy, five years ago after Papa's death. Sassy needs her and that is good enough, or is it? When she meets the handsome grandson of her Sassy's best friend Perty she has second thoughts...

Dylan Bradley has been through the wringer. At one time he loved his art work. Doing portraits and even some book covers to work his way through college. He was a disappointment to his parents, his other three brothers were getting all kinds of degrees but Dylan enjoyed his artwork, so his parents refused to pay his college. He had left God way behind after high school although his conscience often niggled at him when he knew he did wrong. As a Professor in Philadelphia his superior was Dr. Rhonda Kramer. She took him into her world and changed his art style, clothes and than his morals when he moved in with her. When he finally realized how she was running his life, and he stood his ground, he lost his job. Now he is back in Nashville, living in his grandparents carriage house and given a list of rules to follow. At age twenty-eight he was still treated like an immature child.

This is a great story, Dylan needs to come back to the Lord and forgive himself for his past mistakes. He can't judge all women to be like Rhonda and he has to see the love his grandparents have for him and that they truly care, unlike his parents. He has been separated from the love his family and misses the close relationship he had with his brothers. He starts seeing how he let Rhonda run and ruin his life. And when he starts to heal he hopes a beautiful redhead will give him a second chance at love. Or will she run when she finds out his past secrets?

Caylor has the love of her family, although there are huge issues with her sister, Felicity who now wants to be called Sage. She has her two close friends to help her through life as well, Zarah and Flannery. And she has Sassy. Can she tell Dylan her secret from her past without losing all hope of losing any chance with him?

**Received through NetGalley for Review

Book 3: Turnabout's Fair Play
While Maureen O'Connor and Kirby McNeill try and get their grandchildren together romantically, things get turned around and they find themselves drawn together. It is a separate and unique story to see this eighty-six year old man and eighty-four year old woman choose to make the most of each day the Lord has given them.

Flannery McNeill on the other hand finds Jamie O'Connor to be arrogant and too handsome. From negative experiences in her past with handsome men, she has decided she prefers a dork. And when the tables turn and she finds out that Jamie has a dork side, well there is nothing holding her back.

Jamie has to face a new future and decide if he will let his dads last words continue to guide his life or if he can make his own choices. Flannery has to choose if she must hide what she enjoys in life because of humiliation in high school or if she can be herself. A great finale to a good series. And Kaye brings back all the previous characters from the first two books along with adding a few more.

**Book received through NetGalley for Review
The Great Exhibition Series
Book 1: Follow the Heart
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.

At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.

While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?
Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?
Book 2: An Honest Heart
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.

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