Brenda Rupp

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  • The Bride Price on March 16, 2011

    I absolutely love books that have some time travel in them. The characters in the book are in one place and time and something happens and wham they wake up somewhere else compltely..... That is what happened with Sophie Ford, she is waiting for a heart transplant and is pretty sick, she is lying on her bed with the love of her life her husband Jamie and the next thing she knows she wakes up and she is in 1863 with a man named Richard, she is right in the middle of the fight between the north and south.... Her husband is transported but when he wakes up, it is in another place completely and he has no idea who he is or that he is married. He doesn't remember anything of the past or anything about the war. Sophie was obsessed with that time period and knew everything about it, and she still remembers. What heppens when Jamie eventually makes it across her path but has no idea who she is..... Is she able to convince him he is her husband and what does she do with the man who wants her for his own and will do anything to make sure she becomes his... I stayed up last night reading this book and finished it today. I loved it. I'm happy to know there are more books coming out in the Civil War Bride Series... From the back of the book: Sophie Ford thought she was sleeping in the arms of her beloved husband, Jamie. However, she has woken to find herself in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1863, without explanation as to how she got there, or where her husband is. She rejoices when a soldier, looking identical to Jamie, arrives. Can she break through Jamie's barriers and bring his memory back?
  • The Bride Found on March 18, 2011

    What a great book, rich in history (Civil War), time travel, romance, and intrigue! A sequel to "The Bride Price" which is a fabulous first book of The Civil War Bride Series. You needn't read it before "The Bride Found" although you will find that they do build on each other in such a way that the second book is really a must. You want to find out what happened to the characters whose stories you became so invested in with the first book. Some of the time there are some written in sequel, and if you read them too quickly, you lose something and they become too predictable. This book does not fall into that category, if you read the first and then pick this one up, you are just as interested in finding out what happens to the characters! Although the characters of the first book are present, this book introduces more and adds to the mix. The book ended in such a place that I was left wanting, setting me up to want the third book in the series. I was surprised when it ended, thinking a while, of course she would end the book here, it's perfect! Although the characters are stuck in 1863, they share quite a bit of modern humor, lost on those that have lived only in that era. Quite a bit of explaining! Pick this book up, but do yourself a favor and buy the set, you won't go wrong! I haven't read the third book in the series so can't speak of it but can only imagine that the author did herself proud with the third. Here is the description from the back of the book: Emma Wellington is dealing with the strange disappearance of her sister and brother-in-law, and no one is certain they’re even still alive. Saddled with their home drowning in probate, she is forced to take over the settling of their estate. As she is standing in her sister’s library, possibly for the last time, she sees a strange vision and then her world goes black. She awakens to find herself in an old-fashioned carriage house, facing a man in top hat and tails. Clayton Madden is in Lincoln’s War Cabinet and after arriving home one evening, discovers a beautiful woman in the shadows of his carriage house. He is immediately enamored with the tall beauty, despite her strange speech and dress. His intention is to get to know her further, but she disappears in the middle of the night with no explanation as to where she’s gone. Will he find her before a deeper plot threatens her life? Will Clayton and Emma find a love that is everlasting?
  • The Bride Spy on March 22, 2011

    Tracey Jane Jackson has written four books so far of the "Civil War Brides" series, another due out in June I believe. I don't know how many she plans to write, but this reader has enjoyed three so far and is looking forward to reading number four! I love time travel books and she has done this, including mystery, romance and modern humor in her stories. What more can a reader ask for? The books are written in such a way, that you finish each, looking for the next, and I'm sure the author planned on that. This author has a lot of sweet romance in her books and leaves most things to the imaginations which is a nice touch. Too much can be a turn off. In this particular book of the series we learn more about the time travel portal and how it works, and who can do the traveling, and the reasons some of the characters past and future are sent back to 1863. The civil war era, Lincolns time, most of the story takes place in the area of Gettysburg, Washington DC and Virginia. This author is well versed in the history of this time period and shares much in her books, they are rich in history. It is the knowledge of the characters that go back in time, shared amongst them as they find each other, that they must not do anything to alter the outcome of history more than going back to the period from the current year. You can imagine it would leave anyone hard pressed not to interfere with the knowledge that Lincoln will be assasinated, as it would forever alter the history of the present world. They do have a run in wiht characters from the future who are trying to do just that, alter the future, and that is very present in this particular book. I'll not say anything more I would spoil it for you. You'll have to read the book to find out if the evil characters are able to make changes to the future by altering the past. Here is the verbage as written on the back of the book: Hannah Nelson, a native New Zealander, is drawn to a painting of a handsome man from 1865, and as she looks into his emerald green eyes, her world goes black. Christopher Butler is in Lincoln's War Cabinet and working to keep President Lincoln safe. As Hannah navigates her new world and comes to terms with the fact she has been transported back in time, will she allow Christopher to love her?
  • The Bride Ransom on March 31, 2011

    In addition to this book being a civil war time romance, there is also mystery and history involved. If you haven't read the books written previous to this one, you really need to do yourself a favor and read them. You will know more about the other characters in this book, friends of Gwendolyn and Andrew, some of who have come from the future, met each other and married, or married those they meet in the past where they are sent to stay the year of 1835. There is much more about the time travel in the previous books. Each of the past books are about one or more of Gwendolyn and Andrews friends, who find each other and after much that happens to them along the way, they marry and for some they start their families. Now is the time for Gwendolyn and Andrew to find their way to each other through much that stands in their way, due to Andrews being quite a bit older and injured during the war. There are also problems for this couple and their friends when two of the women in the story are kidnapped, one of them is Gwendolyn. Will they find the women in time? Will Gwendolyn and Andrew be able to start their life together as this book is about their story? You have to read it to find out..... You also will find out if the Ransom is paid in time or if the mystery of where the women were taken to is worked out in time... At the end of the book, you will find that the next book will have yet another couple who are planning a wedding and a life together and I am sure, there will once again be elements of history (the civil war), time travel, romance and mystery. What more could a person ask for? Here is the information from the back of the book: Gwendolyn Butler has been in love with Andrew Simmonds since she was fifteen years old. He saved her from a potentially harmful fall from a horse and when she looked into his eyes, she was immediately lost. When Andrew Simmonds meets Gwen, he realizes he has met the woman he wants for life, however, she is too young. He writes to her, promising a commitment, but when he is badly injured at Shiloh trying to save his best friend, he makes the decision to cut ties with his beloved in order to protect her from his hideous scars. A threat to his brother-in-law prompts a plan of action, but something goes wrong. Gwen is kidnapped and held for ransom. Will Andrew get to her in time? Will they make it down the aisle, or are they destined to always be apart?
  • The Rebel Bride on May 04, 2011

    Number 5 of the Civil War Brides Series: Like the first four, this book contains time travel, history, mystery, romance and some modern humor. I loved the first book in the series, I think this is my second favorite, although they are all great reads. Victoria is one of many before her who has been thrown into the middle of the civil war battle from the modern day Chicago where she was working on her photography and dodging the FBI who are trying to find out where these people keep disappearing to. They want to protect Victoria, she just wants to be left alone. Once she has been thrown into the Civil War era of 1864, she finds out where the people before her have been transported to, and by the time she finds out how and why she ended up thrown into the past, she is told that she can return, will she return? She has a man who is constantly lurking in background, creeping her out with his constant strange comments. Obviously a mad man, he does kidnap her, you'll have to read the book to see how that turns out. Tracey Jane Jackson, author of the Civil War Brides Series, is quite the Civil War buff. She weaves history into her books, much history many of us may have learned and forgotten while in school. While reading the time travel series you will find yourself learning again about the war between the states. It is told in such a way that you learn the history this author has in her head and heart as she loves this time period, while enjoying great stories much of which were true. Of course the time travel is not, but that is that the great thing about fiction, you can weave stories around true events, and throw in all the extras that make a good story. This author does just that! f you haven't read the previous four I suggest you do so, you'll find out what you've missed, they are all great reads! Don't miss out on this number five or the following books. Tracey has 3 more books up her sleeve! I give this one five stars! Here is the description from the back of the book: Victoria Carrington is a small town southern debutante who is accepted into college in Chicago. Her roommate goes missing, and Victoria’s family is convinced she is in danger. Alone and somewhat irritated by the FBI’s forced protection, she throws herself into her passion, photography. Her photography studio is housed in an historic building. While she is there one afternoon, she is led to a room that does not appear to have been touched in 100 years. She finds an old hand tinted Ambrotype of a soldier buried in a stack of paintings. As she is staring at his face, her world begins to spin. Quincy Butler is trapped in a hell he could never have imagined. Fighting yet another battle in The War Between the States, he is shocked to encounter a woman on the field. When she begins to speak to him, he realizes she is southern, and assumes she is the enemy. His intention to apprehend and take her to his superiors is cut short however, when he is shot and wounded. As Victoria tends to Quincy’s injuries, will she be able to convince him to trust her? When she is kidnapped by a mad man, will Quincy save her before she is lost to him forever?
  • Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel on May 27, 2011

    Author Lisa Lim has hit it out of the park with a slice of life novel of the entertaining and some times oh so relatable life working in a service related job. Madison Lee, Maddy has problems finding work and finally finds a place where she and her friend can go and get training in working for Lightning Speed in the call center to assist customers with problems with their Internet. They soon find at the end of their training for the position that they must not only assist the clients, they must also try to sell products to every single person they speak too! Not quite what they had planned, selling other services to those calling in, irate already because their computers aren't working the way they feel they should. Some times helping customers that don't even know what a "desktop" is. I've found so many places in her book where I could absolutely relate with the problems Maddy runs into with the customers, her co-workers, and her immediate supervisor. Maddy also falls for a co-worker, something she thought she would never do, and I wondered through the entire book whether the gorgeous Mika was going to return her secret feelings. The book certainly had it's humour and I laughed out loud at some of it, and kept telling myself, just a few more pages, and I'll go and .....it's easy to get caught up in this very believable story. In the end I found out what I suspected was true, the author did work for years in a service center and was writing from her heart the story's she could see happening not only in front of her but in her head. Thanks Lisa! Here is the description of the book I found on Amazon that would probably come from the back of the book: Madison Lee is a fresh college grad, ready to take on the world of print media. But she has zero luck landing a job. Unemployment is at ten percent and on the rise. Desperate and left with no other options, she accepts a position as a service rep at a call center in Pocatello, Idaho. At the Lightning Speed call centtrer in Spudsville, Maddy plunges into the wild and dysfunctional world of customer service where Sales is prided over Service and an eight hour shift is equivalent to eight hours of callers bashing her over the phone. Oh sure, the calls are bad. But Maddy manages to find humor on the phone and off the phone. And with all the salacious drama behind the calls, there is never a dull moment at the Lightning Speed call center. Lately . . . Maddy has been pining for her smolderingly gorgeous co-worker Mika Harket. Now things are heating up on the phone--and elsewhere. Don't hang up on this novel. Working at a call center has never been this garish . . . or this delightful
  • The Bride Star on Oct. 30, 2011
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    Of all of the books in the "Civil War Bride Series", written by Tracey Jane Jackson, this book #6 of the Series, "The Bride Star", is my favorite to date! If you like time travel, and civil war era books, this is truly one for you. If you have followed the books in this series there are some that I thought were better than others, the difference between a 4 and a 5, big difference going on there, I think this one should be a 6! You aren't allowed to rate any of them a 6 so this is a hearty 5! Rayne is fresh off the stage after one of her rock star performances, and finds herself drugged by the friend who lured her away. She tries to run but is locked in the building and enters into a very strange room, decorated in the Victorian era. She passed out and woke up in the woods, and is found by a man who mistakes her for a prostitute and attacks her. She is rescued but thrown into jail. I'm sure you know this is all very confusing to her, as she was fighting off the affects of the drug she was given. Everyone around her is dressed in the civil war era clothing and they don't understand why she is dressed the way she is, she doesn't understand where they came from either, in their strange garb. She wants to try and find her way back home. She actually meets people who are from her time period and they know who she is, she was famous when they were thrown back in time. They are willing to help her find her way home, but she falls in love. Will she stay where she is, forever, will she stay for love? You have to read this book to find out the answers, if you haven't read the series you will want to. I have to say, this book left me wanting more, I was so disappointed when the story ended!! I look forward to book #7 of the Civil War Bride Series. Here is the description I found on Amazon about the book: Rayne Green, is a major recording star and on tour to promote her latest album. A hard-hitting, no nonsense woman, Rayne does not make friends easily and trusts no one, except her best friend, Shaye. After a concert in Chicago, an old friend from high school lures her to an abandoned building under false pretenses. She is not prepared for what he does next, and in her attempt to escape, her world goes black. Samuel Powell is the head of an exclusive prison, housing the worst of the worst in the country’s treasonous realm. He is called back to the prison one night to find a woman dressed as a prostitute and causing a general ruckus. Despite her attempts to explain who she is to Sam, he doesn't believe her and Rayne is resigned to finding a way back to the future, but Sam will not give her up. Once the truth is revealed, will he be able to convince her to stay? Will she be willing to give up the old life she knows for the new love she has found?
  • The Bride Star on Oct. 30, 2011

    Of all of the books in the "Civil War Bride Series", written by Tracey Jane Jackson, this book #6 of the Series, "The Bride Star", is my favorite to date! If you like time travel, and civil war era books, this is truly one for you. If you have followed the books in this series there are some that I thought were better than others, the difference between a 4 and a 5, big difference going on there, I think this one should be a 6! You aren't allowed to rate any of them a 6 so this is a hearty 5! Rayne is fresh off the stage after one of her rock star performances, and finds herself drugged by the friend who lured her away. She tries to run but is locked in the building and enters into a very strange room, decorated in the Victorian era. She passed out and woke up in the woods, and is found by a man who mistakes her for a prostitute and attacks her. She is rescued but thrown into jail. I'm sure you know this is all very confusing to her, as she was fighting off the affects of the drug she was given. Everyone around her is dressed in the civil war era clothing and they don't understand why she is dressed the way she is, she doesn't understand where they came from either, in their strange garb. She wants to try and find her way back home. She actually meets people who are from her time period and they know who she is, she was famous when they were thrown back in time. They are willing to help her find her way home, but she falls in love. Will she stay where she is, forever, will she stay for love? You have to read this book to find out the answers, if you haven't read the series you will want to. I have to say, this book left me wanting more, I was so disappointed when the story ended!! I look forward to book #7 of the Civil War Bride Series. Here is the description I found on Amazon about the book: Rayne Green, is a major recording star and on tour to promote her latest album. A hard-hitting, no nonsense woman, Rayne does not make friends easily and trusts no one, except her best friend, Shaye. After a concert in Chicago, an old friend from high school lures her to an abandoned building under false pretenses. She is not prepared for what he does next, and in her attempt to escape, her world goes black. Samuel Powell is the head of an exclusive prison, housing the worst of the worst in the country’s treasonous realm. He is called back to the prison one night to find a woman dressed as a prostitute and causing a general ruckus. Despite her attempts to explain who she is to Sam, he doesn't believe her and Rayne is resigned to finding a way back to the future, but Sam will not give her up. Once the truth is revealed, will he be able to convince her to stay? Will she be willing to give up the old life she knows for the new love she has found?
  • Bound by Blood on Oct. 16, 2012

    Samantha Moore has graduated at the top of her class and is a specialist in the field of blood. She has gotten the offer of her life to take a job with a prestigious firm in Scotland. This southern belle is going to get way more than a new career! Her world is about to become so very strange, different and exciting with unbelievable changes in this paranormal romance. I told Tracey Jane Jackson that I don't do ghosts, vampires, werewolves when she said she was changing her writing tract from her civil war time travel series to the paranormal. I wasn't sure when she asked me to read her new book if I was going to like it. I have to tell you this one was a great ride and I enjoyed her book immensely from the first few pages to the very last. This sceptic was won over with this book. I can't wait for the next to come out in the series! I guess there is more to the paranormal genre than I knew at least when it comes to this author. I've been won over the other side. ~ : )
  • Bound by Blood on Oct. 16, 2012

    Samantha Moore has graduated at the top of her class and is a specialist in the field of blood. She has gotten the offer of her life to take a job with a prestigious firm in Scotland. This southern belle is going to get way more than a new career! Her world is about to become so very strange, different and exciting with unbelievable changes in this paranormal romance. I told Tracey Jane Jackson that I don't do ghosts, vampires, werewolves when she said she was changing her writing tract from her civil war time travel series to the paranormal. I wasn't sure when she asked me to read her new book if I was going to like it. I have to tell you this one was a great ride and I enjoyed her book immensely from the first few pages to the very last. This sceptic was won over with this book. I can't wait for the next to come out in the series! I guess there is more to the paranormal genre than I knew at least when it comes to this author. I've been won over the other side. ~ : )