First Impressions: The Blue Enchantress

The Blue Enchantress (Charles Towne Belles, #2)

First Impressions: The Blue Enchantress by M.L. Tyndall

Charles Towne Belles #2

2009- Ransom Press

Source: Netgalley

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is another old Netgalley title. In fact, this is one of the first ones that I ever requested.  If I had read this when I first received it, I probably would have finished it. Chances are I would have even enjoyed it. It is an inspirational romance, so I am certain that it all works out and that there’s faith lessons sprinkled throughout the story. Captain Nathaniel Mason seems like a nice enough guy, a good Christian man. But Hope Westcott? She is immediately weak and unlikable. Was this Tyndall’s intention? I am not so sure.  There is a vast difference between being vulnerable (I love when the female lead is strong yet vulnerable) and weak (weak doesn’t look good on anybody). Mason gives up everything -the ship that he built himself- to save Westcott from being auctioned off as a slave. A predicament that she got herself in. He secures a passage home by working on another vessel.  Her thanks is to flirt with another crew member right in front of Mason. This is even after she admits to herself that she needs to secure Mason’s affection. I don’t like Westcott. I think that she’s manipulative, at best naiive and at worst completely stupid. The writing and promise of adventure would make this an easy book to sink into. But the female lead, Hope Westcott, makes it impossible for me to want to.

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Challenge Updates 11/29

I thought that it would be more efficient to just do a challenge update instead of posting them individually. My thoughts on the children’s books will be listed here, while my thoughts on the other challenge books may be posted in a separate post.

Challenge: The Kindle Project 

I was able to get my Kindle up and running long enough to read a couple of books.

Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye- this was for review, but I couldn’t wait. I will post my review closer to the release date, but I really enjoyed this one.

Dark Gift by Kate Douglas- I read about 15% of this title before I put it down. I will have a DNF review up soon. This was an old Netgalley title.

Challenge: Goodreads

Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 1 by QuinRose- currently reading

Challenge: 100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten 

  1. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoople’s Ears by Verna Aardema: it was a funny story about why people react to mosquitoes the way that they do. My LO enjoyed it and I laughed at the end, as the mosquito gets what it deserves.
  2. Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming by Jez Alborough- this was a cute one. It will be added to my LO’s collection.
  3. Goodnght Moon by Margaret Wise Brown- I have to admit that this was an alright book. I am not sure what the big fuss is about. My LO didn’t really pay much attention to this story.
  4. No David! by David Shannon- I could simply change the name from David to my LO’s name and I know exactly how this mom feels. He’s still little but already a handful. No surprise, my LO liked this one.
  5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Another one that has a big fuss surrounding it. Again, it was okay for me. My LO listened to it, but he enjoyed watching the movie more than he enjoyed listening to the story.

Challenge: 1001 Children’s  Books to Read Before Growing Up 

  1. Pat th Bunny Dorothy Kunhardt – Umm this was book that was a bit more fragile than I anticipated. My LO enjoyed feeling the different items but he wasn’t much interested in sitting around while doing so.
  2. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown- I had not heard of this story before this challenge, but it is one that has become my favorite so far. My LO also enjoyed this one, so it will be added to his collection.
  3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Well, that’s all of the challenges that I (or we) made it through this week. How did you do on your challenges?



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