Hemingway’s Notebook by Jackie North

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Five out of Five Stars

Summary

Soulmates across time. Two souls connected by destiny.

In present day, Jake, lonely and cut off from his parents, travels to the Chamberlin Inn in Cody, Wyoming to work on extra credit for his college seminar.

In 1932, Sebby labors at the Chamberlin Inn for pennies a day, wishing with all his heart for a better life.

While taking photographs in the room where Ernest Hemingway once stayed, Jake is flung back in time to the year 1932. There he meets Sebby who is living on the edge, half starving, a victim of the Great Depression. He’s been dodging rent collectors, getting behind on doctor’s bills, trying to care for his ailing Pop.

Sebby falls hard for Jake with his movie star smile, but knows something is different about him. Jake wears strange clothes, talks too fast, and doesn’t look like he’s gone hungry a day in his whole life. He’s also the handsomest boy Sebby has ever seen.

Jake is drawn to Sebby’s dark eyes, shy smile, and gentle heart. Sebby is like nobody Jake has ever met. And though the year 1932 scares him to his very core, he needs to decide. Go home? Or stay and weather the Depression with Sebby, whom he has grown to love.

Review

I absolutely love this series, that is no secret. The covers are gorgeous, the characters feel real, and the history is accurate. These are books I rec out to everyone. Saying that, this book hit me in a different way. It could be I’m currently studying Hemingway in one of my classes, or I spent a lot of time in my undergrad years studying this time period. But this one officially takes my number one spot in the Love Across Time Series. Sebby and Jake are just, they’re everything!

Sebby and Pop are living life the best they can during the Great Depression. They’re barely making it, but they do the best that they can without heat, hot water, or enough food. Jake’s trying to get through his college program, but ends up in in 1932 Cody, Wyoming.

Sebby’s so sweet and innocent, which makes his attraction to Jake that much sweeter. Jake, he wants to do all that he can for Sebby and Pop. He cared so much for the people he had just met, it was hard to find fault in him.

The attraction between Sebby and Jake was perfect *sigh*. Sebby’s unintentional flirting had me smirking while reading. I like that this was kept, low level heat. I mean, there were still intimate moments between them. Both Sebby and Jake had so much to learn about themselves and each other, that I could picture a follow up short story showing us how Colorado turned out for them.

This was a definite one-click read for me and I’m so glad that I read it.

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Ride the Whirlwind by Jackie North

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Five out of Five Stars

The Summary: Soulmates across time. Two hearts, stronger together.

In present day, Maxton is good at finding trouble and bad at everything else.

In 1892, Trent Harrington, sheriff of Trinidad, Colorado, lives a respectable but lonely life, devoid of any closeness.

Trying to escape a past that keeps chasing him, Maxton drives south to avoid getting arrested. When his car spins off the road, he is swept up in a desert whirlwind and finds himself in the year 1892. Lost and alone, unused to the laws of the wild west, Maxton gets arrested anyway.

Trent is tasked with escorting Maxton to Trinidad. The request isn’t unusual, but the miscreant is. Maxton draws Trent’s heart out of its shell with his flashing green eyes and lush head of hair. It isn’t right. It isn’t natural. It’s illegal. Yet Trent cannot resist the impetuous young man.

As the two men travel through the vast, empty desert to their destination, will they find in each other the love and companionship they never thought they’d have?

The Review

Maxton is driving away from the trouble he managed to get himself in when he drives off the road and into a desert whirlwind. When he comes out on the other side he finds himself in 1892. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble though. He ends up in jail and in the hands of Sheriff Trent Harrington as he’s escorted to Trinidad. Trent isn’t prepared for a man like Maxton, nor having his eyes opened in the way that Maxton manages.

John and Laurie are still my absolute favorites, but there was something about Maxton and Trent that nearly won me over. Maxton is unapologetically himself. Even if that calls for trouble in 1892. Trent has lived his life hiding who he was. It’s an explosive combination.

Maxton was so different from his friends, that of course he wouldn’t travel the same way they did. Until he accepted himself, the opportunity that 1892 presented him, the whirlwind wouldn’t ever leave him alone. He found that stability in Trent. Even at times when they broke each other’s heart, they found their way back together and ended up stronger for it.

They were cautious with each other. It wasn’t just an opportunity for sex. They formed a connection that made me want to read more of their story. They learned what each other liked, what they were afraid, and they were kind to each other.

There’s something about the way Jackie North writes about life in the west. It’s realistic, it’s gritty, and at times it hilariously funny (the underwear – that’s all I’m saying). I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind. I could feel the heat of the day, see the bright starlit sky at night, and smell the food they made.

This was the perfect escape.

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Wild as the West Texas Wind by Jackie North

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Five out of Five Stars

The Summary: Soulmates across time. Two hearts that were meant to be together.

In present day, Zach takes a road trip to Trinidad to find information on a missing friend.

In 1892, Layton Blue, outlaw, longs for hearth and home even as he treasures his life of freedom.

A freak rainstorm washes Zach’s car into a ditch, sending him back to the year 1892. Searching for help, alone and on foot in the middle of the nowhere, he crosses paths with the famous Ketchum Gang. Now the gang’s prisoner, Zach’s fate is to be sold at a seedy auction for whores.

Layton is put in charge of making sure Zach does not escape, but as the chemistry between them grows, Layton finds himself wanting to help Zach.

Can Layton overcome years of being on the run? Can Zach accept help from an outlaw?

The Review

Zach is searching for his best friend Laurie trying to understand how he could have disappeared from a Dude Ranch and then sent a letter from 1892 to the present. After a freak rainstorm, Zach finds himself in 1892 face to face with an outlaw gang. Layton gets charged with keeping an eye on Zach after Zach becomes ill. The tension that had been building between the two men grows more intense as they separate from the Ketchum Gang.

The romance between Zach and Layton was warm, slow burn. And I loved every page of it. Their romance starts out simply, sharing a blanket for warmth. Then their attraction grows as Layton takes care of an ill Zach. The trouble he went through to show Zach he was different from the rest of the outlaws made me swoon (just a little). And the shaving scene – I don’t know why it does it for me, but that scene made my heart flutter. It was placed in the perfect place in the storyline.

I loved the way Zach and Layton looked out for each other. Layton helped stop Zach from being too obnoxious towards Ketchum. While Zach helped Layton see that he could have what he wished for even if he didn’t think it was possible.

North has a way with creating a setting that puts you directly into the story. It’s rich, vibrant and everything I needed for a western romance. I could feel the heart of the day and the cold desert nights. I felt like I was in the west with sand in my boots. There is attention to creating a historically accurate world, and it’s successfully done.

AND!! Holy smokes, can I just say that I love the covers to this series? They are amazing. And I want physical copies to have on my bookshelf. That’s how much I love these books, the covers and everything about them.

**Due to be released February 23, 2019 – I’ll update with a Buy Link soon!**

Heroes for Ghosts by Jackie North

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4.5 out of 5 stars!

The Summary: Soulmates across time. A sacrifice that could keep them apart forever.

In present day, near the village of Ornes, France, Devon works on his master’s thesis in history as he fantasizes about meeting a WWI American Doughboy.

In 1916, during the Battle of Ornes, Stanley is a young soldier facing the horrors of the battlefield.

Mourning the death of his friends from enemy fire, Stanley volunteers to bring the message for retreat so he can save everyone else in his battalion. While on his mission, mustard gas surrounds Stanley and though he thinks he is dying, he finds himself in a peaceful green meadow where he literally trips over Devon.

Devon doesn’t believe Stanley is who he says he is, a soldier from WWI. But a powerful attraction grows between them, and if Stanley is truly a visitor from the past, then he is Devon’s dream come true. The problem is, Stanley’s soul wants to finish his mission, and time keeps yanking him back to relive his fateful last morning over and over, even as his heart and body long to stay with Devon.

Will Stanley have to choose between Devon and saving his battalion? Will time betray their love, leaving each alone?

The Review

So you know how I told you guys that I was going to go back and read book one in the Love Across Time series by Jackie North? Well I did and oh my gosh, ya’ll. I’m a huge war history buff. I ended up taking a lot of classes in university and my ultimate goal after I get my Masters in Public History is to get a spot at the WWII Museum in New Orleans. I need you guys to know that research went into this novel. The weapons, the uniform, the locations, the trench warfare was all research and that made my historian heart all giddy with excitement. That tells me how much Jackie North cares about what she writes. She didn’t just fancy it up and hope for the best.

To the main review and away from my rambling …

It’s 1916 during World War I when we meet Stanley. He’s just lost his best friends to and he’s taken on a suicide mission in order to get the full retreat orders. Stanley doesn’t come close to getting the other half of the orders. Instead of dying, he wakes up in the present day location. The battlefield he had just been choking on mustard gas at was now a cemetery/memorial site.

Devon is writing his thesis on the effect that weather had on the 44th Battalion. He’s staying in the cottage at the cemetery/memorial site. He’s been living a pretty lonely life since he started working on his thesis. People don’t understand his excitement or find him boring. It broke my heart, because a lot of grad students go through this exact thing.

Devon was out walking the trenches when Stanley literal trips over him. Devon can’t believe that Stanley traveled through time. Both men feel an immediate attraction to each other, but in Stanley’s time, this was acceptable. Devon shies away from coming on too strong and settled for taking care of Stanley, and being there for him whenever needed.

We learn that Stanley has many regrets from the day he died. If he would have done certain things, people could have made it out.

I was shocked when he went back in time to the war. I knew it was going to happen (because I read book 2 before book 1). I just wasn’t prepared for how much it broke my heart. It hurt knowing that Stanley was going back to those conditions and he wasn’t going to make it out. Then I hurt for Devon, because he lost the one person who seemed to get him as a person.

There are things Stanley has to fix though and he’s not giving up saving his battalion, no matter how much his heart wants to stay in the present with Devon. I swear this was going to end differently and I was going to throw my iPad across the room in despair.

The way they were with each other, gosh, it was just beautifully written. It made me want that sweetness in my life. It made me believe that there is that possibility in the world. It was a gentle, drawn out romance that left me feeling hopeful and happy when I was finished reading.

This is definitely a book I will keep on my bookshelf and go back to time and time again. This was beautifully written and I’m so glad that I found this series. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

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Honey from the Lion by Jackie North

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Five out of Five Stars!!!

The Summary: Soulmates across time. A love that was meant to be.

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier.

As winter approaches, Laurie’s normal fun-loving manner make it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John’s old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows.

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together?

The Review

Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow.  

Laurie is going on vacation at a Dude Ranch to get the genuine experience of a roughing it as a cowboy. After a night around the campfire, Laurie listens intently to the story of John and his Little Red fox that became his constant companion before disappearing just as quickly as it appeared. That story broke my heart before I realized the significance of it. And then it shattered my heart to pieces.

Laurie falls asleep as comfortable as a guy could get in a sleeping bag under the stars, but he wakes up in the middle of a blizzard, desperate to find shelter. He finds a shack and hopes for someone who would be kind enough to let him stay. He finds John Henton.

John Henton has his own demons. He wants some place quiet and away from people since his time in the Indian Wars. I fell in love with him from the second he took Laurie in. He took care of Laurie as much as Laurie brought him happiness.

This was definitely a slow burn. I never knew that teaching someone to take care of a home, or going out for the basic necessities could increase the chemistry and tension between to characters but it did here. John had a way of looking after Laurie that made my heart melt. He may have been a bit gruff, quiet and focused, but when he was around Laurie he glowed.

There were so many sweet moments between the pair of them.  There was a moment I was so upset and heartbroken I was near tears. Then I ended up crying like a baby because John, damn, John has a way with words when he says them. I’m sure someone else has probably quoted this but,

“I would lie to keep you. If they asked me, do you love him, I would lie and say no just so I could keep you.”

I want to gush even more about this but if I do I’m afraid that I’ll give all the amazing pieces of this story away. And I don’t want to do that. You need to experience this book yourself. It was beautifully written and it’s one that I will revisit time and time again. It left me feeling so hopeful and just happy.

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