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HURRICANE SUMMER

Hello There, Welcome to my stop on the Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield Blog Tour

Thanks so much @wednesdaybooks @ashabrom @stmartinspress for gorgeous print copy!

HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield; On-sale: May 4th, 2021

Title: Hurricane Summer

Author: Asha Bromfield 

Genre: Young Adult

Published On: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Source: print copy

Pages: 400

Synopsis

CW: classism, racism, sexism, physical and verbal abuse, sexual assault, rape, abortion (mentioned), infidelity, grief, and death

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise―all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic―and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

You can purchase this book here

https://wednesdaybooks.com/the-real-deal/hurricane-summer/

Mini Review

A stunning coming of age book that will completely immerse you within its pages.

A breathtaking story that is both heart wrenching and raw.

It’s exquisite atmospheric prose, along with the writer’s incredible voice!

I was not prepared for this book.

💬 Are you planning on reading this one? I highly recommend!

Photographer: Gwendalyn Anderson -Panama Beach Florida

Author

Twitter: @ashabrom

Instagram: @ashabrom

Asha Bromfield is an actress, singer, and writer of Afro-Jamaican descent. She is known for her role as Melody Jones, drummer of Josie and the Pussycats in CW’s Riverdale. She also stars as Zadie Wells in Netflix’s hit show, Locke and Key. Asha is a proud ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and she currently lives in Toronto where she is pursuing a degree in Communications. In her spare time, she loves studying astrology, wearing crystals, burning sage, and baking vegan desserts. Hurricane Summer is her debut novel.

Excerpt

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We touch down at 1:46 p.m. local time.

Warm air floods the plane as the doors open, and the sweet aroma of fruit wafts in the air. Passengers race to grab their bags as the thick accent comes over the PA once again:

“Ladiez and gentle-mon, welcome to Kingston, Jamaica. It iz a beautiful day here on the island, and we wish you nothing but irie on your travels. It has been our pleasure to have you on board. As always, thank you for flying Air Jamaica.”

I gently shake Mia awake as Patois begins to pour out all around us. I grab our backpacks from the cabin, and we throw them over our shoulders before trudging off the plane.

As we make our way through the busy airport, we are sur- rounded by a sea of rich, dark skin. I feel courageous as we navigate through the brown and black bodies, and I can’t help but wonder if the feeling of belonging is why Dad loves it so much here.

Once we clear at customs, we continue our trek through the massive airport. All around us, people smile and laugh, and there is a mellowness to their pace. Most of the women wear bright colors and intricate braids in their hair, Afros, or long locks down their backs. An array of sandals and flip-flops

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highlight all the bright painted toenails as Mia and I weave through the crowd.

“Stay close!” I yell, grabbing on to her hand. When we find the exit, I grow nervous knowing what awaits us on the other side. I look to Mia. “You have everything?”

She nods.

“Okay,” I whisper to myself. “Let’s do this.”

With our suitcases lugging behind us, we spill out of the doors and into the hot sun. The heat immediately consumes me, and it is amplified by the chaos and noise that surrounds us. The streets are packed. Loud horns blare, and people yell back and forth in thick, heavy Patois accents. Men argue on the side of the road, their dialect harsh as they negotiate the rates for local shuttle buses. Along the roads, merchants sell colorful beaded jewelry and fruit so ripe that I can taste it in the air. Women wear beautiful head wraps and sell plantains and provisions, bartering back and forth with eager travelers. People spew out of overcrowded taxis, desperate to catch their flights as others hop in, desperate to get home. The sun pierces my skin as the humidity and gas fumes fill my lungs. The ac- tion is overwhelming, and I feel like a fish out of water. As we wait by the curb, there is no sight of our father.

“What if he forgot?” Mia asks.

“He wouldn’t,” I reply. “Mom just talked to him.” “What if he got the time mixed up?”

“He’ll be here.”

But the truth is, when it comes to our father, I can never be sure.

I fight with this idea as five minutes turn into ten, and ten into twenty.

The heat blazes, and sweat drips down my stomach. I check my watch: forty-two minutes.

I pull my pink hoodie over my head to reveal a white tank

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top, tying the hoodie around my waist to better manage the heat. Without my phone, I have no way of contacting him to see where he is.

But he said he’d be here. He gave us his word.

Fifty-six minutes later, our father is nowhere to be found. My eyes frantically search the crowd as I ponder how much his word is truly worth. Time and time again, he has proven that the answer is not much. I turn to Mia, ready to tell her to head back inside. Worry graces her face for the first time since we left. Her carefree attitude fades as the concern of a nine-year-old takes over. I can’t stand to see her like this, and I’ll do whatever it takes to escape the feeling that is bubbling inside of me.

We’ll take the first plane out.

“Mi, Dad’s not coming. Let’s go back insid—”

“Yow! Tilla!” A deep voice interrupts me mid-sentence. I whip my head around to find my father standing a few

feet away with two freshly sliced pineapple drinks in hand. “Daddy!” Mia screams. She drops her things on the curb

and sprints toward him. My heart does somersaults.

One glimpse of my father and I am a child again.

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America Blog Tour



 
ASIN : B08XDZCJ4Q
Publisher : Mike Bond Books (May 4, 2021)
Publication date : May 4, 2021
Language : English

 

Praise for MIKE BOND
 
“Master of the existential thriller” —BBC
 
“One of the 21st Century’s most exciting authors … spellbinding readers with a writing style that pits hard-boiled, force of nature-like characters against politically adept, staccato-paced plots.” —Washington Times
 
“One of America’s best thriller writers.” —Culture Buzz
 
“A master of the storytelling craft.” —Midwest Book Review
 
“Bond never loses the reader’s attention … working that fatalistic margin where life and death are one and the existential reality leaves one caring only to survive.” —Sunday Oregonian
 
“One of the best thriller writers, in the same league as Gerald Seymour and Frederick Forsyth.” —NetGalley
 
“Mike Bond is not only an acclaimed novelist… His intellect and creativity dance together on the pages, braiding fiction into deeper truths about ourselves, our nature, our government, our history and our future.” —Where Truth Meets Fiction
 
“Bond touches on the vast and eerie depths that lie under the thin crust of civilization and the base instinct within man to survive.” —Nottingham Observer (UK)
 
“Mike Bond’s books are a national treasure.” —Art Zuckerman, WVOX
 
“Bond uses his gift for fiction to teach us hard truths about religion, human nature, and warfare.” —Masterful Book Reviews
 
“A highly distinctive writer.” —Liverpool Daily Post (UK)
 

 

A decade that transformed America
 
The Sixties shook America to its foundation – the assassination of an idealistic young president, a tragic and unpopular war, a battle for civil rights, a cosmic clash of riots and burning cities, and an explosion of sex, drugs and rock’n roll.
 
For four young people, the Sixties is a decade of promise and freedom. For orphaned Troy, it’s the joy of living with his new family and exploring the world of flight and outer space. For Tara, the girl he loves, the power of song as she evolves into a rock’n roll star. For his new brother, Mick, a football hero and rebel, a time to question everything, including the fast-growing war in Vietnam. And for Daisy, the girl Mick loves, a chance to fight for equality, join the Peace Corps, and expand her study of the human mind.
 
America is the first of Mike Bond’s seven-volume historical novel series, capturing the victories and heartbreaks of the last 70 years and of our nation’s most profound upheavals since the Civil War – a time that defined the end of the 20th Century and where we are today.
 
Through the wild, joyous, heartbroken and visionary lives of four young people and many others, the Sixties come alive again, as do its questions: what is life? What is freedom? What was lost, what was won?

 

You can purchase America at the following Retailers:

  

My Review 

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


 

America By Mike Bond

A coming of age, americano historical fiction, that captures the lives of four people.

America by Mike Bond is the first installment in a seven volume historical novel series.

The author captures the victories and heartbreaks of the last 70 years and of our nation’s most profound upheavals since the Civil War.

This was truly a time that defined the end of the 20th Century and where we are today.

This book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. The plot is captivating and absorbing, found myself in a constant state of curiosity, I was absorbed deep within these characters lives, questioning their situations and decisions. The narrative was brilliantly executed, weaving current events taking place in the background of the characters lives.

The book centers on four young people, as the book opens up Mick and Troy are eleven years old. Mick’s family owns a small rural farm near Nyack, NY, struggling to stay afloat. Troy is an orphan living in a boys home, who continues to escape its horrible living conditions.

The boys paths cross and a profound friendship develops. It’s 1954, and this sets up the book as we follow the two boys lives, along with Mick’s younger sister Tara and a their neighbor Daisy. As the book progresses, the reader is pulled along as events unfolds within the lives of the these young adults. Bond brings the struggles of America’s history and intertwines them within the the main characters lives. As the United States is undergoing changes with its value system. The political turmoil, and the Vietnam War are key points. I found myself fully invested into the main characters experiences as they grow from adolescents to young adults.

The characters grow into their own lives, as they question their beliefs and thoughts on current events of the day.

Excited to see for the next installment, in this promising book series

 

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Bestselling novelist MIKE BOND has worked in many dangerous and war-torn regions of the world. His critically acclaimed novels portray the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister conspiracies of dictators, corporations and politicians, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.

 

   
 
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ISABELLE AND ALEXANDER Blog Tour

Hello Lovely Readers and welcome to my stop on the

ISABELLE AND ALEXANDER (Proper Romance Victorian), Rebecca Anderson’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel.

Between May316, 2021, join over forty popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and Victorian romance will join in the celebration of its release with spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in Manchester, England

#IsabelleAndAlexander, #HistoricalFiction, #VictorianRomance, #InspirationalFiction, #RebeccaAnderson, #BlogTour 

 

Title: Isabelle and Alexander (Proper Romance Victorian)
 Author: Rebecca Anderson
 Genre: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Victorian Romance
 Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (May 4, 2021)
 Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook (368) pages
 Tour Dates: May 3-16. 2021

 

Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills.

Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.

However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.

Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be

In 1850’s England, Elizabeth Rackham and Alexander Osgood become are to be married

An arranged marriage is the norm, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that one cannot fall in love with ones own spouse.

This was such a heartfelt and compelling book. A lovely storyline that pulls you in. Rebecca Anderson’s writing is polished and effortless. Drawing the reader in the lives of these two characters as the start a life out together and the tragic events that take place.

Isabelle has to leave the comforts of her home and family, as she takes up residence in husbands home in Manchester. The two are strangers to one another so they have a rocky start. Lack of real communication as they try to blend their lives.

Isabel reaches out to her distant husband trying to form a relationship with him.

All the while Alexander feels unworthy as a proper husband because the two come from a slightly different class of society.

In a series of events that have long reaching devastation. When a riding accident happens that paralyzes Alexander.

This is a story about the meaning of a marriage and what it takes to see it through. Full of real life issues and well developed characters. The author prose is seamless and the narration is engaging. The added bonuses of some great noted side-characters makes for a memorable page turner.

Once again Shadow Mountain Publisher has proven to be one of my all time favorites in Proper Romances and Clean Reads

#IsabelleandAlexander #properromance #historicalromance #cleanreads

Rebecca Anderson is the nom de plume of contemporary romance novelist Becca Wilhite, author of Wedding Belles: A Novel in Four Parts, Check Me Out, and My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions. Isabelle and Alexander is her debut historical romance novel. 

High school English teacher by day, writer by night (or very early morning), she loves hiking, Broadway shows, food, books, and movies. She is happily married and a mom to four above-average kids.

 

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The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour

The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien

 


Book Title: The Queen’s Rival
Author: Anne O’Brien
Publication Date: 15th April 2021(paperback) September 2020 (Hardback and ebook)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Length: 531 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

England, 1459. 
One family united by blood. Torn apart by war…
The Wars of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne.
But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.
Stripped of her lands and imprisoned in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit. One that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.


Buy Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225532
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225532
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225532
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225508
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-queens-rival-anne-obrien/1137842630
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-queens-rival/anne-obrien/9780008225544
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-queen-s-rival-the-sunday-times-bestselling-author-returns-with-a-gripping-historical-romance
Audio: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Queens-Rival-Audiobook/0008225524
Blackwells: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Queens-Rival-by-Anne-OBrien-author/9780008225544
WHSmith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-queens-rival/anne-obrien/hardback/9780008225544.html



Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien is a rewarding historical fiction experience.

An insightful look at the dramatic time of the War of The Roses seen through the eyes of Cecily, Duchess of York. The author has done an exceptional job in giving the reader a book that is written in the style of epistolary. Seamless narration in a series of letters, documents and even a recipe. This was a really creative way of to set up a novel. In a series of events Lady Cecily finds herself in a broiled plot to usurp King Henry VI from the throne. Things do not go as a planned and lady Cecily finds her family humbled and faced with the stripping of their families lands by the ruthless Queen Marguerite.

Cecile watches from her prison tower in Tonbridge Castle She is patient and bides her time. Planning her eldest son’s Edward IV, ultimate victory, with him being crowned King. This is a epic tale of one woman’s goal to have her family climb the ranks to the top through political intrigue, and align themselves to the English crown.

Her family rises and falls like the tides, as Englands endures the chaotic civil war of the Roses that takes place during the medieval fifteen century.

The author has created an engaging and memorable book, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this dramatic historical fiction. From start to finish I was captivated by the characters. Along with a fast moving plot line, the book was a wonderful read and kept me glued to its pages.

Excited to see more from this talented author

Anne O’Brien

Sunday Times Bestselling author Anne O’Brien was born in West Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in East Yorkshire for many years as a teacher of history.

Today she has sold over 700,000 copies of her books medieval history novels in the UK and internationally. She lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. The area provides endless inspiration for her novels which breathe life into the forgotten women of medieval history.

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anne-OBrien/e/B001HD1NHI

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Harvest Moon By Jenny Knipfer

Hello Historical Readers Today Is My Stop On The Harvest Moon By Jenny Knipfer

@JennyKnipfer @maryanneyarde

#HistoricalFiction #HarvestMoon #BlogTour 

Book Title: Harvest Moon

Series: By the Light of the Moon book #4 (although it is the fourth book, it works as a prequel for the first book, Ruby Moon)

Author: Jenny Knipfer

Publication Date: 23rd November, 2020 

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 291 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian Historical Fiction

 

In the wilds of 19th century Ontario, Maang-ikwe, a young Ojibwe woman, falls into a forbidden love, breaks her father’s honor, and surrenders her trust to someone who betrays it. The abuse she suffers divides her from her tribe and causes her to give up what she holds most dear. 

Niin-mawin must come to grips with his culture being ripped away from him. Brought up in a “white man’s” school, he suffers through an enforced “civilized” education and separation from his family. When a man he respects reveals a secret about Niin-mawin’s past, he embarks on a search for the person he hopes can mend the part of his heart that’s always been missing. 

Both Maang-ikwe and Niin-mawin wonder how a harvest of pain and sorrow will impact their lives. Will they find the blessings amongst the hardships, or will they allow the results of division and abuse to taint their hearts forever?

Fans of historical fiction, Native American fiction, Christian historical fiction, clean romance, and literary fiction will be moved by this deep, heartfelt novel.

 

Praise for Harvest Moon

“A moving and authentic work or historical fiction, while this series is a testament to Knipfer’s skilled and versatile storytelling.” Self-Publishing Review

Knipfer does an outstanding job of cementing place, time, and culture against the backdrop of evolving relationships.” D. Donavon for Midwest Book Review

 

Buy Links:

Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon CA  Amazon AU

Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

My Review

Harvest Moon by Jenny Knipfer is the fourth book in the series but acts as a prequel to Ruby Moon.

An unforgettable historical fiction that is set in the late nineteenth century, north of Ontario. This book was heartbreaking and thought provoking, one that I found stayed with long after I closed the book.

The authors poetic narration is flawless as she delivers an memorable book with dual time frames along with two distinct POV voices. That of Maang-ikwe and her son Niin-mawin. The main focus is the coming of age section of on Maang-ikwe a young Ojibwe woman. The reader experiences incredible details of Maang-ikwe harsh trials and lstruggles. It’s a moving tale of it like for when she falls in love, and suffers complete betrayal. During a time in Canadian history

She finds grace and strength in her newfound Christian Faith.

Her son Niin-mawin, Is torn between two words that of his of native heritage and the rules and cultures of the white man.

Rich in beautiful atmospheric imagery, the scenes of the shores of Lake Superior come alive. A book that is realistic in its in-depiction of the harsh, and intimate scenes that the characters go through.

This is my first book from this author, and even though I knew nothing about her previous books in the series I was never lost. The vibrant dialogue, along with the Ojibwe native words was exceptional and added so much to this exceptional book.

Thanks for allowing me to be transported to another time and place.

Jenny Knipfer

Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken, and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Spending many years as a librarian in a local public library, Jenny recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability. Her education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions.

Her By the Light of the Moon series earned five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, a book review and award contest company. Their praise: Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real. Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches. Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writingHarvest Moon is probably one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. I have come away deep in thought, feeling somewhat like I’ve had a mystical experience and one I will never forget.”

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set. She is currently writing a new historical fiction series entitled, Sheltering Trees. The first title in that series, In a Grove of Maples,—inspired by the lives of her grandparents in the late 1890’s—is slated for fall of 2021.

 

Connect with Jenny:

Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram

 

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THE REBEL NUN BY MARJ CHARLIER

Hello Reader of the Page, Today is my stop on Book Tour of

THE REBEL NUN by Marj Charlier

@BlackstoneAudio @hfvbt  

#TheRebelNun #MarjCharlier #HFVBTBlogTours

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The Rebel Nun
by Marj Charlier

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Blackstone Publishing
Hardcover, AudioBook, & eBook

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun is based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a sixth-century king and his concubine, who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.

At that time, women are afforded few choices in life: prostitution, motherhood, or the cloister. Only the latter offers them any kind of independence. By the end of the sixth century, even this is eroding as the church begins to eject women from the clergy and declares them too unclean to touch sacramental objects or even their priest-husbands.

Craving the legitimacy thwarted by her bastard status, Clotild seeks to become the next abbess of the female Monastery of the Holy Cross, the most famous of the women’s cloisters of the early Middle Ages. When the bishop of Poitiers blocks her appointment and seeks to control the nunnery himself, Clotild masterminds an escape, leading a group of nuns on a dangerous pilgrimage to beg her royal relatives to intercede on their behalf. But the bishop refuses to back down, and a bloody battle ensues. Will Clotild and her sisters succeed with their quest, or will they face ex-communication, possibly even death?

In the only historical novel written about the incident, The Rebel Nun is a richly imagined story about a truly remarkable heroine.

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Praise

‘The Rebel Nun is a boldly imagined story of one early medieval woman’s struggle against the societal forces that constrained her. It draws on historical sources that briefly mention — and condemn — the insurrection that two noble nuns led within their abbey, in Poitiers, in 589. On the basis of this sparse information, Marj Charlier imagines the incident from the perspective of one of these nuns, the noblewoman Clothild, and embeds these events within the larger story of Clothild’s life. The result is an engaging and thought-provoking tale.’ –Samantha Kahn Herrick, Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University

‘Marj Charlier takes an obscure sixth-century tale and turns it into a stunning story of a nun caught up in the misogyny of the early Christian church. Led by Clotild, a king’s bastard daughter, a group of nuns attempts to rescue their monastery from the all-male church hierarchy. Extensively researched and rich in historical detail, The Rebel Nun tells of a time when women were chattel, when priests questioned whether females had souls. Charlier’s artfully written account of Clotild’s struggle to save her medieval sisterhood from the dominance of kings and bishops is a perfect novel for today’s women.’ — Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author

‘Vividly imagines one of the most fascinating events to occur in sixth-century Gaul, bringing into focus the complexity of the early centuries of Western Christianity as the Church struggled to define its positions on clerical celibacy, the role of women, pre-Christian traditions, and its relationship to secular power. Scholars have long been fascinated with Gregory of Tours’s account of how a rebellion of nuns from the monastery of the Holy Cross in Poitiers supposedly resulted in acts of murder, plunder, and unplanned pregnancies. It is a moment that has been calling out for a writer to do it justice in a work of historical fiction, but which feat no one has dared to attempt — until now. Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun brings the sights, sounds, and smells of this event and its aftermath to life in a richly imagined story that is firmly rooted in equal parts rigorous historical research and inspired, creative imagination.” –Dorsey Armstrong, PhD, professor of English/medieval studies at Purdue University, and lecturer for The Great Courses (The Medieval World, The Black Death, and others)

‘What could lead nuns to armed rebellion?…This thoughtful imagining of the underlying causes and characters involved in the revolt centers on Clotild, the leader of the insurrection…Charlier carefully constructs a narrative that positions Clotild, a pagan at heart despite her outward piety, as a reluctant revolutionary who pushes for fairness in a Christian world increasingly dominated by men. With power available to so few women, Clotild dares to imagine freedom, despite its cost.’ –Booklist

‘The Rebel Nun is a gripping, well-told story of women fighting against a church and society dominated by men who are determined to defeat them in body and spirit. A great tale that will immerse you in a world so different — and not so different — from our own.’ –Philip Freeman, Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University, author of Saint Brigid’s Bones

‘The Rebel Nun is a wildly original, suspenseful account of a group of nuns in medieval France who must endure hardships and treachery from both outside and within their walls. It feels both historically authentic and startlingly contemporary, and I loved every word of it.’ –Elizabeth Stuckey-French, author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

‘The Rebel Nun is a gripping tale of heroism and audacity in the least likely of guises — a renowned cloister under the heel of the medieval church. With meticulous research and in exacting detail, Marj Charlier brings to light the remarkable exploits of Clotild, who leads her fellow sisters on a daring escape that culminates in bloody revolt, and a place in history.’ –Denise Heinze, author of The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew

‘The story of a community of women in crisis and the power they found through their will to save themselves, The Rebel Nun tells the fictional truth behind the historical rebellion of the Holy Cross nuns in 589 CE, as recounted in her latter days by one of the rebellion’s leaders, Clotild … Rich in facts and foreshadowing, the historical novel The Rebel Nun finds in the nuns’ rebellion, and in Germanic tribal paganism, an inspirational morality tale and historical precedent for modern women to connect with their own powers, no matter the stakes.’ –Foreword Reviews

‘The Rebel Nun is a well-written window into the life of a sixth-century royal bastard and the changing landscape of holy power structures. Charlier writes a strong voice for Clotild, with vivid descriptions of a daily life that brings readers along into her world. The research shows, and Charlier does an excellent job of seamlessly integrating the historical record with her own fiction.’ –Historical Novels Review

‘A startling look into a world I never imagined visiting — a sixth-century nunnery, where one bride of Christ only a generation away from paganism breaks her vows of obedience to the church’s male hierarchy and makes it her mission to battle the corruption of bishops oppressing the sisters of the Holy Cross. A well-wrought yarn reflective of historical fact.’ –Darryl Ponicsán, author of Eternal Sojourners


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


This is one riveting story of Clotild, a nun in the late sixth to early seventh century, who led a rebellion along with sister nuns against the church.

What’s even more incredible is that it based on true events

A time when Christianity first swept through Gaul, trying to erase the stain of paganism. The early church is also experiencing some restructuring as certain factions become more divided in their beliefs in some of its Christian doctrines that are being developed.

The story starts with a prologue that introduces the reader to an older Clotild, living a quiet life well after the revolt. She writes about the events that led up to and followed the revolt, as a means of countering the official version written by Bishop Gregory of Tours.

In 588 Poitiers, Not all women noblewomen seek the traditional route of existence and some are given no choice. Royal monasteries offer an alternative to marriage and the ability to avoid the dangerous perils of childbirth.

Clotild, the granddaughter of Clovis and bastardis of Charibert I, the monastery of the Holly Cross offers her tranquillity safety from the long reaching arm of her political family. Clotild has formed a strong bond with the other sisters in the cloister, all together they make up a close nit family. The monastery is a joyous place under the direction of Radegund and her successor, Agnes.

As the sisters are in morning from the recent passing of the Agnes the Abbess. An unplanned arrival of the Bishop Maroveus at Holy Cross is met with resentment. He arrogantly burst through the halls and announces that the new Abbess position will be bestowed to the unworthy Sister Lebover.

Once in charge Sister Lebover, direction is disastrous, and those living within the monastery suffer the effects. Bitter with disappointment Clotild, along with several sisters take things into their own hands. A rebellion is sparked, when the bold sisters do a forbidden act, and leave the closure of the monastery. They strike out on a quest to plead their case and throw themselves on the mercy to Bishop Gregory. Without any results Clotild then moves onto one of the one of territory kings King Guntrum, who happened to be her uncle.

As the power of Catholicism gains ground over the Arianism sector of Christianity the rights of women in previous held religious position were stripped. They we seen as “Unclean” and were treated as such. Just like so many others during this time, Clotild has excepted the Christian faith, but still hangs on to her Pagan beliefs from her mother’s side. The story opens as the elderly Clotild recants her story, to set the record straight. Her natation is seamless as she leads the reader through the events before, during, and after the events of the incredible event.

These courageous women are beautiful depicted and their struggles are awe-inspiring. This may be an historical fiction, but it’s a tale that resonates with contemporary themes.

Meticulously researched the author does an exceptional job in bringing this meaningful story of these women to life. A meaningful thought provoking book that I loved from beginning to end.

About the Author

Marj Charlier began her writing career at daily and mid-size newspapers before joining the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. After twenty years in journalism, she pursued her MBA and began a second career in corporate finance. The Rebel Nun is her first historical novel, and her eleventh published novel.

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These Feathered Flames Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the These Feathered Flames book tour! Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour host!

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Title: These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames #1)
Author:
 Alexandra Overy
Release: November 10, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA Fantasy

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.

As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

A richly detailed fantasy of twin sisters Asya and Izaveta fate has been decided upon their birth. In Tourin a Tóurensi tradition dictates when the royal line has twins, they must be split up at a certain age. One will become the heir to the throne, and will the other the Firebird. This is necessary done to maintain the magic balance in the world.

In a series of events their mother dies unexpectedly, thrusting the twins into their predestined roles.

Bringing the girls together for the first time in many years, they are unrecognizable to each other. Asya becomes the “Firebird”, who tracks down those who haven’t paid the proper price for the use of magic, she extracts a flesh debt that is owed.

Izaveta now prepares to take the crown, and with that comes a vast amount responsibilities. The girls are thrust into political intrigue within the dynamics of the courtly drama. Along with a powerful spell being used, and their mother death was no accident.

The book weaves back in forth in dual narration of both sisters, we get see first hand that both sisters struggle under the enormous weight of what is expected of them. The author has done a spectacular job in giving the reader a beautiful atmospheric Slavic fantasy, with its rich culture apart of world building.

This a must read and definitely one to add to your must list for fantasy for 2021

It’s truly a remarkable reading experience that engages the reader along being for of edge of your seat twist moments. The romance was perfect, and it made for a stunning reading experience. The ending was done in away that will have you yearning for the next installment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandra grew up in London and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her undergraduate degree in history at UCLA, followed by her MFA in screenwriting also at UCLA. She loves writing in all formats, from novels to screenplays to graphic novels, always centring on fierce women and morally grey characters, often with a bit of magic and murder. Her debut novel, These Feathered Flames, releases April 20 2021 from Inkyard Press.
When she’s not writing, she can be found baking, fangirling over her favourite books, or cuddling her cat.

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STEALING INFINITY COVER REVEAL

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Synopsis: When a young girl with an usual gift is whisked away to an academy for time-travelling teens, she becomes the target for a sinister organization hell-bent on rewriting history in this clever and fast-paced YA that is guaranteed to become your next fantasy romance obsession.

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BADASS VIGILANTE Book One by Michael Anderle

Hey There Readers,

Publisher : Lmbpn Publishing (February 10, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 274 pages
ISBN-10 : 1649714467
ISBN-13 : 978-1649714466
Praise for HOW TO BE A BADASS VIGILANTE Series

“Once again, I find myself in a reader’s paradise with this ‘Bad Ass’ series!” Alicia G., reviewer “A different twist to the fantasy world. The main character is feisty, fun, loyal & honorable. A theme I love in Michael’s stories.” Kathleen R., reviewer“A number of unexpected plot twists form a novel solution. Action galore as usual.” Kevin S., reviewer “It’s extremely hard to find such an interesting and exciting author who not only writes intelligently, but also provides top-rate plots, characters, and excitement in their stories.” — Jim N., reviewer


Virtutis gloria merces

Translation: Glory is the reward of valor

When given power, what would you be willing to sacrifice for the greater good?

Fed up with playing the normal game, recent university graduate, ex-cum laude, ex-soccer star, ex-popular and mostly broke Kera MacDonagh changed her life when she read ‘How to be a Badass Witch’ and shockingly, the spells worked.

She barely made it out of the first few weeks of on-the-job training before her powers got her in trouble.

Hunted as a magical vigilante, the Kims sacrificed to keep her safe.

Kera hunts criminals in the darkness of LA, but will she be able to hide the signature of her powers, too?

Having made the decision to come clean with a boyfriend, she must now live with the results.

With everything happening, Kera is balancing her sanity as well. Will magic be enough to help her come out on top?

Of course, she hopes. Because the other way lies madness.

You can purchase How To Be A Badass Vigilante: Book One at the following Retailers:
        



Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


How To Be A Badass Vigilante: Book One, is a stellar continuation of the How To Be a Badass Witch series by the ver talented author Michael Anderle.

This is a high stakes, fast paced book that grabs your attention right from the starting gate. The picks up where the previous series finished, How To Be A Badass Witch. It’s not necessary to have read the previous series to pick up this book to enjoy, but I highly recommend reading the set of books.

Kera MacDonagh, has let cat out of the bag to Christian{ Chris} her boyfriend.

Revealing to him she is a thaumaturge.. a Witch that happens to be a magical vigilante. He is a huntress in the dark seedy underworld of LA.

Now working with Chris, who she has had to wipe his memory, more than once.

Now the two can move forward and Kera is starting to trust him more. Kera living a double life is improving on her incantations, and fighting abilitie, together with her workmate Stephanie. Kera will have to come against another group trying to recruit her and she find her self dealing with betrayals. I am not going to give to much away, so the reader can enjoy the reading experience for them selves.

This was a thrilling ride of a book, so hang on to your seats readers, you are in for a edgy paranormal adventure. The author does a spectacular job in creating characters that are bold and likable. The magic system and world building was superbly done. I loved how seamless the book flowed and dialogue was engaging.

The narrative was brilliantly executed – I loved the way the plot unfolded. I was completely invested in the storyline. I flew through the pages at lighting speed, it definitely was an addictive book

The innovative world building and incisive character development make this a rip roaring read. I can’t wait for the next installment! ♡

Photo Content from Michael Anderle

Michael Anderle was born in Houston, TX. A very curious child, he got into trouble — a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read!

For his first 20 years, he mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years, he has enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. With this background, he created The Kurtherian Gambit series, a well-selling and fan-loved collection of stories. Fans have propelled these stories beyond Anderle’s wildest imagination and Anderle says they should get all of the credit for sharing with friends, family and occasionally the random person on the street.


        
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The Forsaken Children Except + Giveaway

Thanks again for joining me today for The Forsaken Children

by Naomi Finley Blog Tour! Below you will find an excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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The Forsaken Children
by Naomi Finley

Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Huntson Press

Series: The British Home Children, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

A riveting tale of endurance and resilience, illustrating the spirit of a child and the bond between siblings.

It’s 1922. Fifteen-year-old Hazel Winters and her six-year-old brother, William, are placed on a ship by an organization that relocates British orphans and children of poverty to new homes in Canada. Arrivals in the new land are exported to distributing houses, where devastation and heartache greet the youngsters as headmistresses govern their fate.

The assurance of a better life across the ocean is far from what Hazel experiences. Through hardships and loneliness, she is determined to survive. Finding refuge in memories of the past, she clings to the dream of returning to her homeland while preserving a reunion in her heart.

In 1890, orphaned Charlotte Appleton and her sister Ellie were scooped up from London’s streets and sent to new homes across the ocean. Although mere miles kept them apart, Charlotte never knew her sister’s whereabouts until a chance interaction reunites them. Together the siblings vow to make a difference for the families and home children of an institution in Toronto, Ontario.

Can an unexpected guardian give Hazel renewed strength and resolve for a future of promise?

Based on the child emigration movement that occurred from 1869 through the late1930s, this poignant tale follows the lives of siblings who were burdensome byproducts of Britain’s poverty.

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About the Author

Naomi is an award-winning author living in Northern Alberta. She loves to travel and her suitcase is always on standby awaiting her next adventure. Naomi’s affinity for the Deep South and its history was cultivated during her childhood living in a Tennessee plantation house with six sisters. Her fascination with history and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome obstacles are major inspirations for her writing and she is passionately devoted to creativity. In addition to writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, and hosting dinner parties. Naomi is married to her high school sweetheart and she has two teenage children and two dogs named Egypt and Persia.

For more information, please visit Naomi Finley’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on
THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, by Marina Lostetter Blog Tour
Read my thoughts on this book and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway

ASIN : B0879J44XZ
Publisher :
Tor Books; 1st edition (April 13, 2021)
Publication date : April 13, 2021
Language : English


Praise for THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT

“The Helm of Midnight transports readers to an intensely unique and creative world, with interwoven secrets and heart-pounding action. Bloody, ambitious, and absolutely riveting.” ―Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

“A mysterious and mind-ripping journey through the mystic depths of time and the darkness of the human psyche.” ―
Matt Wallace, author of the Sin du Jour and Savage Rebellion series“Beautiful and vicious, The Helm of Midnight will snare you with its intriguing mystery and then enthrall you with its rich characters and inventive world.” ―Megan E. O’Keefe, author of Velocity Weapon


A legendary serial killer stalks the streets of a fantastical city in The Helm of Midnight, the stunning first novel in a new trilogy from acclaimed author Marina Lostetter.In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power–the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city with a series of gruesome murders.Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his


Reviews

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The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter is a vast fantasy world, along with pantheon of inclusion gods. Along with an intricate magical system that is told in three perceptives. Lostetter grabs the reader in this darkishly grim tale, about a serial killer

An absorbing fast paced epic fantasy, a beautifully executed book, that left me beyond repair…

This incredible tale starts off when horrific, grisly murders are starting to happen again. But they are not random, they are calculated

A daunting task that Krona Hirvath a a regulator for Lutador, along with her team takes on a new killer. They must seek out and stop him from wreaking Horrific Crimes in the city.

A deadly serial killer, Louis Charbon’s knowledge was maintained in a mask prior to him being hanged. Now, it’s years later, and the mask has been stolen along with another dangerous enchanted item.

If you enjoy deep stunning storylines and some of the best #ownvoices characters….This is a book for you! Nothing prepared me for going into this hefty page count of a book. You will be surprised that once you immerse yourself within this book, the page count is trifle. The world building is off the charts along with some of the best inventive magic system that I have encountered.


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Songbird Blog Tour + Review

Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop on

Songbird 

(The Tudor Court, Book I)

By Karen Heenan

Songbird 

(The Tudor Court, Book I)

By Karen Heenan


Book Title: Songbird 

Series: The Tudor Court, Book I

Author: Karen Heenan

Narrator: Jennifer Summerfield

Publication Date: November 3, 2019

Publisher:  Authors4Authors Publishing Cooperative 

Page Length: 300 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

She has the voice of an angel…

But one false note could send her back to her old life of poverty.

After her father sells her to Henry VIII, ten-year-old Bess builds a new life as a royal minstrel, and earns the nickname “the king’s songbird.” 

She comes of age in the dangerous Tudor court, where the stakes are always high, and where politics, heartbreak, and disease threaten everyone from the king to the lowliest musician.

Her world has only one constant: Tom, her first and dearest friend. But when Bess intrigues with Anne Boleyn and strains against the restrictions of life at court, will she discover that the biggest risk of all is listening to her own stubborn heart?

 

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟5 Stars

Songbird by Karen Heenan is an exceptionally written historical fiction.

From the deplorable conditions of Southwick, ten year old dark haired Elizabeth “Bethan” life completely changes. From the moment her father sells into the care of King Henry VIII Minstrel Group, at Greenwich Palace.

Taking on the name Bess Llewelyn, suggested by her first and truest friend Thomas, “Tom”.

Her gift of voice shines above all, under the training of Master William Cornish the choirmaster. Settling in young Bess finds her own place within the made up family of those like her, that have become property of England’s King. They are their solely for the purpose of the courts entertainment.

As the years go by Bess has tried to acquired courtly skills that should keep her and those within her station at court safe. But this is the during the treacherous time as King Henry VIII, patience is wearing thin with Spanish Queen. Whose inability to bare her lordship an heir to the throne. Her friendship with heartwarming and loyal Tom never waivers, as she grows up into a beautiful Song Bird of King Henry Court.Bess finds her self drawn to an attractive courtier along with the existing drama that is taken place.

Karen Heenan captivates you right from the beginning and her atmospheric imagery catapults into the Renaissance time period. The courtly intrigue and the splendor along with center theme of music, was mesmerizing.

Her vivid and established world with its fully fleshed cast of characters, kept me completely immersed. Truly a stunning historical fiction book.

A treasure of a Songbird by Karen Heenan is one of my all time favorite reads. It’s taken it’s place front and center in Library.

I am patiently waiting for the next installment in this enchanting book series!


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The Bareknuckle Groom by Holly Bush

Hello Readers today I have a review of The Bareknuckle Groom
by Holly Bush, hosted by @hollybushbooks @hfvbt  

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!

The Bareknuckle Groom
by Holly Bush

Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Holly Bush Books

Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book #2
Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…

1869 Bareknuckle champion, James Thompson, is confident his future continues with beautiful women and victories in the boxing ring. Men admire his skills, power, and quick fists, and are more than willing to bet their hard-earned coins on his name. Women admire his handsome face, his undaunted confidence, and his powerful body. Nothing will change his successfully plotted course, until…

Lucinda Vermeal arrives on the Philadelphia social scene when her father moves them to the city in the hopes that his only daughter will find a suitable partner. After all, her husband will be intimately involved with Vermeal Industries whose business interests and political connections touch France, England and all of the United States. Lucinda’s pale statuesque beauty attracts the finest of Philadelphia’s young men, but her cool and reserved attitude keep them at arm’s length. Until she meets a man willing to challenge her at every turn. Will James Thompson expose Lucinda’s passionate nature like no other man ever could?

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The Bareknuckle Groom

By Holly Bush

The Thompsons of Locust Street Series #2


Recently located from Virginia to Philadelphia, Henri Vermeal has only one child a daughter that will inherit his vast wealth along with properties in America and Europe.

Hoping to broaden his daughters chance of finding a suitable husband, one that will have first hand knowledge of the workings of Vermeal vast holdings. Only wanting the best choice for his beautiful daughter, he will except nothing less than a pristine gentleman. Lucinda, is head strong and knows just what she wants. She is also lovely person, who is good hearted and caring.

James Thompson is a handsome a swoon worthy boxer, who’s sister has married a gentleman. He is apart of the Thompson Clan. They are a good hearted family, just not excepted in certain social circles. He boost 1869 Bareknuckle champion of Philadelphia. He also suffers with his fair share of a temper, which seems to get the best of him some times.

When a series of events arise and Lucinda and James are partnered for a dance. Nothing prepares these two for fireworks that ignite them both.

What a splendid historical romance, Holly Bush captivated me right from the start in her last installment of The Thompsons of Locust Street Series. Right away I immersed within James and Lucinda tale. I loved how flawed both characters were and how they completely complimented each other.

The social economics and cast differences were depicted perfectly and it always the reader to understand society restrictions placed and women, and those less fortunate. You find yourself rooting for this couple as undergo a series obstacles.

If you are looking for a lovely escapism this romantic book will satisfy your need.


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


About the Author

“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise

Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.

The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’

She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.

Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, on Instagram, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.


Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 19
Review at Probably at the Library
Review at American Historical Novels

Tuesday, April 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, April 21
Excerpt at American Historical Novels
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, April 22
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Bookish Rantings

Monday, April 26
Review + Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, April 27
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, April 28
Review at Unabridged Chick

Friday, April 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

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Betting on a Duke’s Heart ♥︎ Book Blast

Welcome to my stop on the Release Day Book Blast for Betting on a Duke’s Heart by Royaline Sing!
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Betting on a Duke’s Heart
by Royaline Sing

Publication Date: April 19, 2021
Entangled Publishing: Amara

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn’t save his father, but he’ll be damned if he won’t save the man’s dream. He’ll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Certainly he can win her heart without losing his own…

Hell will freeze over before Miss Dina Campbell agrees to marry a horse-mad man who wants her dowry of a prize stallion, no matter what her father wants. The duke may be handsome, but he’ll have to prove he is a suitable match for her before she’ll even consider the offer. And there’s no way this love-averse man will ever succeed with the wager that she has planned…
 

Royaline Sing delivers a traditional historical romance plot in a unique manner with a decidedly nontraditional heroine – hitting familiar notes with an infectious zeal that is all her own.” – Elizabeth Everett, author of A Lady’s Formula For Love

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About the Author

As my first fiction work, I’ve a notebook length movie script, featuring my favorite stars. I was probably ten. It hasn’t seen the light of the day (And it won’t).

But story telling lingered. Though I have a software engineering job, the creative world teased from afar. So one day, I finally put the pen to the paper (or my fingers to the keyboard?) and started writing.

Now, I write through the noise of my lovely two kids, a very supportive (but sweetly clueless) husband and a bank job where numbers rule.

Born and brought up in India, I’m a huge fan of Bollywood romantic movies and the music. I also like all things Marvel! I love to travel and so many destinations are on my bucket list. (hint: some pictures here give the clues!)

I am currently writing Historical Romances, with heroines setting their own norms and coming to toes with heroes worth loving.

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The Stolen Kingdom

Hello Bookish Babes

I am excited to present to you today my stop on the tour for The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme.

@tbrbeyondtours & @jillina.boehme

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Genre:
 Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2021

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Synopsis:

For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of PerinFaye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.

When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.


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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme is a rich and spectacular fantasy.

Maralyth is a vintners daughter working with her brother alongside her father. Taking care of each other and the family’s vineyard. She has stepped into her mother’s role as caretaker and cook for the vineyards working hands. Longing to be amongst the vines she struggles with the role that is placed on her shoulders. Unbeknownst to her brother and father she has a unique magical secret that only her deceased mother knew of. A secret that her own mother also possessed.

Everything takes off in this fast paced tale, when Maralyth is kidnapped and astonishing birthright becomes known to her. Forced into a political coup to overthrow the king and place Mara on the throne.With her life and the lives of those she loves threatened, Mara has no choice but to take the throne and become a better ruler than the current greedy king

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Prince Alac Thungrave, is the second in line for his father’s throne. He shuns the dark magic that his father possesses, his interested lie in the fundamentals of maintaining a vineyard. Everything comes to halt when he meets Maralyth, a young lady visiting court for his brother’s wedding and is completely drawn to her. In a series of events, that leads Alac to be placed within reaching distance of the one thing he has never wanted or desired. He is also faced with fact that Mara is not all that he thinks she is, and can her secret be his salvation or his undoing.

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Jillian Boehme, seamless narration is told in two distinct POV’s. Her prose flows perfectly and the characters were so well developed and I absolutely loved them.

We also are thrown into a complex political world where there are two sides to this magic tied to the land magical system. One side is healing and growth, that was gifted to the rightful King of Perin Faye, by the lands holy god. When it was wrenched away from it’s rightful owner over a hundred years before Maralyth’s time. It becomes something else entirely, it has taken on a sinister corrupted ominous, dark form of magic. Eventually corrupting the usurper and its descendants, as it is passed downward from generation to generation, into something twisted and evil.

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The author does a great job in some visual imagery relating to both main characters situations as they are both feeling trapped in their predicaments. The romance was done well and perfect for a YA Fantasy. I enjoyed the political and courtly drama that made for a memorable reading experience.

 

About the Author:

Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors.

In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home.

She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.jillianboehme.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillianBoehme

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillian.boehme/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7234281.Jillian_Boehme

 

 

 

 

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Kate In Waiting Blog Tour

Hello book-bees and welcome to my stop on the #WriteReads #UltimateBlogTour of Kate In Waiting By Becky Albertalli @beckyalbertalli

 

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Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli


From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.
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Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST:

1. Kate Garfield

2. Anderson Walker

3. Matt Olsson


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Becky Albertalli newest book, Kate In Waiting, is a perfect coming of age, rom-com for 2021.

We follows best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker, who happens to have the very best kind of friendship. These two besties are theater buffs and are completely inseparable. They do everything together, sharing each other’s secrets.

The girls find themselves in a bit of a twist, after gushing over the same unattainable guy Matt Olsson in summer camp, they come face to face with him when he transfers to the girls school. The girls friendship is tested as they have never had to face this problem before.

The author narration is seamless and engaging, I enjoyed how the centralizing of the story was around the school musical. The girls friendship bond didn’t take a backseat to the romance. Becky Albertalli, has a way of writing that draws the reader into the characters lives, in such a way that will have you completely immersed in their lives.

A delightful book that touches on true life situations that young adults face today. Also the author does a fabulous job in bringing some great LGBTQ representation. Which I thought was done very well done.

An exceptional heartwarming reading experience that was everything I hoped for!

Thanks so much to The WriteReadsTour


 

Becky Albertalli

Bio

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at

 www.beckyalbertalli.com.

Cover Reveal for A Bargain of Blood & Gold

Cover Reveal for A Bargain of Blood & Gold by Kristin Jacques

A Bargain of Blood & Gold
Kristin Jacques
Published by: City Owl Press
Publication date: June 15th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

A novice vampire hunter with a mission. A three-hundred-year-old vampire with a strong sense of irony. A town plagued by otherworldly creatures they must save.

When Johnathan Newman arrives alone in the isolated lumber town of Cress Haven, Maine, the last thing he expects is for his life to be irrevocably changed. Sent by the Society, a clandestine league of vampire hunters, to investigate a string of murders and disappearances among the town’s young women, the grisly state of the recovered bodies most certainly points to a vampire lurking amid the townsfolk. Johnathan’s attempts to enlist the locals leads him to an unlikely partnership with the alluring Vic, the town’s most eligible, if enigmatic, bachelor.

As the pair work to solve the mystery, Vic’s own secrets come back to bite him. Revealed, the vampire fights his growing attraction to a man trained to destroy him at whatever cost. But he is not alone. Johnathan’s confusing emotions land him in the middle of forbidden desires. Forbidden not only by those who created him, but by his heart itself. Even if Vic isn’t the murderer Johnathan seeks, how can he yearn for a creature who should be his natural enemy?

With an evil presence creeping through Cress Haven and inhabiting its citizens, the two men must suffer their feelings and walk together into the unknown. As Vic leads Johnathan into encounters with terrifying beings straight from children’s stories, Johnathan learns that not only is the world far stranger than he knew, but that the Society he has trusted has far more disturbing intentions for the invading creatures than he imagined. Intentions that will place hunter and vampire at the center of a conflict between realms.

Unfortunately, Cress Haven holds far more sinister secrets than its resident vampire, a secret so great, it could unleash Hell itself.

For fans of Gail Carriger’s Supernatural Society, The Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles, Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

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Author Bio:

Kristin Jacques is an author from small town New England. She grew up in the sticks, surrounded by river wildlife and various swamp inhabitants. Somehow she managed to keep all her toes, despite a run in with a snapper or two.

She lives with her husband and sons in another small New England town. She is mighty attached to them. When not writing, she is likely reading, watching a terrific B-Horror flick, or further spoiling the family cats. Sometimes she has blue hair.

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The Bone Valley Cover Reveal

Hey There Readers Today is a very special day, it’s the fabulous Cover Reveal for The Bone Valley By Candace Robinson

THE BONE VALLEY

by Candace Robinson

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Today is the Cover Reveal Day for @literarydust and this bone-chilling dark fantasy romance 💀from @midnighttidepublishing

He’s a lover. She’s a thief. A magic bond like no other will tie them together.

After the death of his parents, Anton Bereza works hard to provide for his younger siblings. Love has never been in the cards for him, especially after desperation forces Anton to sell himself for coin. And he has no idea that, beneath the city of Kedaf, lies a place called the Bone Valley.

When Anton’s jealous client plots against him, he is cursed to spend eternity in a world where all that remains are broken bones. There, Anton meets Nahli Yan—a woman who once tried to steal from him—and his cards begin to change. But as the spark between them ignites, so does their desire to escape. All that stands in their way is the deceitful Queen of the Afterlife, who is determined to wield her deadly magic to break Anton and Nahli apart. Forever.

Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor.

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The Virgin and the Viscount by Robyn DeHart Book Blast

The Virgin and the Viscount
by Robyn DeHart

Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Entangled Publishing/Scandalous

Series: Lords of Vice, Book Four
Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

As a Lady of Virtue, Matilda Brooks swears to reform the most despicable man of her acquaintance, her brother-in-law, Sullivan Chase, Viscount Glenbrook. Well he may not be the most despicable, but he is certainly arrogant, flirtatious, and entirely too charming. To make matters worse, he has the irritating tendency to poke fun of her and rile her emotions as no other man does. However, when she confronts him, he laughs off her concern about his slothful ways.

But when a carriage accident forces Sullivan to play knight to Tilly’s damsel, his unexpected act of chivalry ends up costing them both their freedom. Her compromised reputation and his honorable declaration forces them into a marriage neither of them wants. Which is most inconvenient, given that she has sworn to despise him forever.

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About the Author

A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers’ Weekly claims her writing to be “comical and sexy” while the Chicago Tribune dubs her “wonderfully entertaining.” Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers’ Choice award nominee, and a three-time RomCon Reader’s Crown nominee.

Look for Robyn’s new series about the seven deadly sins coming in 2017. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters. They live in the hill country of Texas where it’s hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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The Last Bookshop in London Blog Tour

Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin!

Thank you to @hanoversquarepress for this #gifted ARC


The Last Bookshop in London

Madeline Martin
On Sale Date: April 6, 2021

9781335284808, 133528480X

Trade Paperback

$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD

Fiction / Historical / WWII

320 pages


Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.

August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

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A stunning atmospheric historical fiction. Truly one fast paced all consuming books that have front and center. Heart wrenching and compelling all at the same time.

A thought provoking book about one woman’s stead fast perseverance to do what she can as the life as London and the English people comes crashing down.

Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to London for a very long time.This comes to fruition when she is forced to leave the home she has ever known. In London she along with her friend Viv want to be shop girls at Harrod’s. But only her friends Viv had a letter of recommendation. In a series of events she finds herself employed Primrose Hill Books.There Grace meets a young man George who suggests a book for her to read. The war has broke out, leaving everything changed. George is deployed, but the gifted book is so much more.

Grace continues working at the bookshop until she wants do be more involved in the war movement. Then Grace comes into her own as she volunteers to be an ARP Warden. Seeing the wars horrors through the young men she tends to, while reading to them. A book that captures the the love and fortitude of one woman who does what she can to those who need so much.

A moving emotional book, that will stay with you long after you close it.

August 1939 London, England

GRACE BENNETT HAD ALWAYS DREAMED OF SOMEDAY living in London. Never did she imagine it would become her only option, especially not on the eve of war.

The train pulled to a stop within Farringdon Station, its name clearly marked on the wall inside a strip of blue set within a red circle. People hovered on the platform, as eager to get on as those within were to get off. They wore smartly cut clothing in the chic styles of city life. Far more sophisticated than in Drayton, Norfolk.

Equal parts nerves and eagerness vibrated about inside Grace. “We’ve arrived.” She looked at Viv beside her.

Her friend clicked the top on her lipstick tube closed and gave a freshly applied vermillion smile. Viv glanced out the window, her gaze skimming the checkerboard of advertisements lining the curved wall. “After so many years of wishing we could be in London.” Her hand caught Grace’s in a quick squeeze. “Here we are.”

Back when they were mere girls, Viv had first mentioned the notion of moving away from dull Drayton for a far more exciting life in the city. It had been a wild concept then, to leave their slow-moving, familiar existence in the country for the bustling, fast-paced pulse of London. Never had Grace considered it might someday become a necessity.

But then, there was nothing left in Drayton for Grace anymore. At least nothing she cared to return to.

The ladies rose from their plush seats and took hold of their luggage. Each had only one case with them, faded things, beaten down more by age than use. Both were stuffed to the point of near-bursting and were not only impossibly heavy, but awkward to manage around the gas mask boxes slung over their shoulders. The ghastly things had to be brought with them everywhere, per the government, to ensure they’d be protected in the event of a gas attack.

Lucky for them, Britton Street was only a two-minute walk away, or so Mrs. Weatherford had said.

Her mother’s childhood friend had a room to let, one she’d offered a year ago when Grace’s mother first passed. The terms had been generous—two months for free while Grace acquired a job and even then, the rent would be discounted thereafter. Despite Grace’s longing to go to London, and despite Viv’s enthusiastic encouragement, Grace had remained in Drayton for nearly a year after in an attempt to pick up the pieces of her broken existence.

That was before she learned the house she’d lived in since her birth truly belonged to her uncle. Before he moved in with his overbearing wife and five children. Before life as she knew it shattered even further apart.

There was no room for Grace in her own home, a point her aunt had been eager to note often. What had once been a place of comfort and love became a place Grace felt unwelcome. When her aunt finally had the temerity to tell Grace to leave, she knew she had no other options.

Writing the letter to Mrs. Weatherford the previous month to see if the opportunity still held was one of the hardest things Grace had ever done. It had been a surrender to the challenges she faced, a terrible, soul-crushing failure. A capitulation that had rendered her the greatest failure.

Grace had never possessed much courage. Even now, she wondered if she would have managed her way to London had Viv not insisted they go together.

Trepidation knotted through her as they waited for the train’s gleaming metal doors to part and unveil a whole new world.

“Everything will be brilliant,” Viv whispered under her breath. “It will all be so much better, Grace. I promise.”

The air-powered doors of the electric train hissed open and they stepped onto the platform amid the push and pull of people coming and going all at once. Then the doors shushed closed behind them, and the gust of the train’s departure tugged at their skirts and hair.

An advert for Chesterfields on the far wall displayed a handsome lifeguard smoking a cigarette while another poster beside it called on the men of London to join the service.

It wasn’t only a reminder of a war their country might soon face, but how living in the city presented a greater element of danger. If Hitler meant to take Britain, he would likely set his sights on London.

“Oh, Grace, look!” Viv exclaimed.

Grace turned from the poster toward the metal stairs, which glided upward on an unseen belt, disappearing somewhere above the arched ceiling. Into the city of their dreams.

The advert was quickly forgotten as she and Viv rushed toward the escalator and tried to tamp down their delight as it effortlessly carried them up, up, up.

Viv’s shoulders squeezed upward with barely restrained happiness. “Didn’t I tell you this would be amazing?”

The enormity of it hit Grace all at once. After years of dreaming and planning, here they were in London.

Away from Grace’s bully of an uncle, out from under the thumb of Viv’s strict parents.

Despite all of Grace’s troubles, she and Viv swept out of the station like caged songbirds ready to finally spread their wings.

Buildings rose into the sky all around, making Grace block the sun with the palm of her hand to see their tops. Several nearby shops greeted them with brightly painted signs touting sandwiches, hairdressers and a chemist. On the streets, lorries rattled by and a double-decker bus rumbled in the opposite direction, its painted side as red and glossy as Viv’s nails.

It was all Grace could do to keep from grasping her friend’s arm and squealing for her to look. Viv was taking it in too, with wide, sparkling eyes. She appeared as much an awed country girl as Grace, albeit in a fashionable dress with her perfectly styled auburn curls.

Grace was not as chic. Though she’d worn her best dress for the occasion, its hem fell just past her knees, and the waist nipped in with a slim black belt that matched her low heels. While not as stylish as Viv’s black-and-white polka-dot dress, the pale blue cotton set off Grace’s gray eyes and complemented her fair hair.

Viv had sewn it for her, of course. But then, Viv had always seen to both of them with an eye set toward grander aspirations. Throughout their friendship, they had spent hours sewing dresses and rolling their hair, years of reading Woman and Woman’s Life on fashion and etiquette and then making countless corrections to ensure they “lost the Drayton” from their speech.

Now, Viv looked like she could grace one of those magazine covers with her high cheekbones and long-lashed brown eyes.

They joined the flurry of people rushing to and fro, heaving the bulk of their suitcases from one hand to the other as Grace led the way toward Britton Street. Thankfully, the directions Mrs. Weatherford had sent in their last correspondence had been detailed and easy to follow.

What had been missing from the account, however, were all the signs of war.

More advertisements, some calling for men to do their part, with others prompting people to disregard Hitler and his threats and still book their summer holidays. Just across the street, a wall of sandbags framed a doorway with a black-and-white sign proclaiming it to be a Public Air Raid Shelter.

Excerpted from The Last Bookshop in London @ 2021 by Madeline Martin, used with permission by Hanover Square Press.

About the Author:

Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them.

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The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody

Welcome to my stop on the amazing book tour of

The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody

Hosted by TBR @tbrbeyondtours & @amandafoody


Genre:
 Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing date: March 30th, 2021

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A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods in this whimsical and cheeky middle grade fantasy debut—perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him. 


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody is an exceptional middle grade fantasy novel. It’s a rich rewarding reading experience that has all the beloved classical elements that makes for an amazing adventure.

Eleven year old Barclay Thorne’s parents passed away from an attack by an otherworldly Beast seven years ago. Labeled a troubled maker, he has never really fit in. He is an apprentice to a mushroom farmer, and tries really hard to do good and work hard. He struggles under the many rules that his fellow people of Dullshire are obliged to follow. His adventurous side, eventually wins over, and his non-conformity eventually gets into all kinds of trouble. The locals are all about following the Lore Keepers, those who bond with Beasts and practice Lore magic.

So in a series of events Barclay finds himself in the mysterious forbidden woods. There he meets and bonds with a wolffish like beast. He finds herself ultimately banished from the only home he is ever known.

Scared and alone, Barclay sets off an adventure looking to free himself from this unwanted bonding, he travels to a different town. Here he encounters, a makes true friendships with several different characters.

The author has done a superb job in creating stunning characters that you can relate to and are invested into their lives. Foody’s seamless narration, is quick paced, and yo find yourself thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, along with an exceptional atmospheric imagery. This is one middle grade fantasy books that have some really good creative twists that I didn’t see coming. The side characters are wonderfully depicted and. I loved their backstories.

I am over the moon excited for the next installment in the captivating magical storyline. I highly recommend this book to my family and friends.!

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean.

Her books include The Shadow Game seriesand more. Her middle grade debut, Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice, hits shelves March 30, 2021, and her next YA novel, All of Us Villains, co-authored with Christine Lynn Herman, releases on November 9, 2021.

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March 30th
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March 31st
Nine Bookish Lives – Review
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April 1st
The Book Dutchesses – Review
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Allisa White’s Book Blog – Review & Mood Board
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April 2nd
Stuck in the Stacks – Interview
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April 3rd
The Wandering Wordsmith – Review
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review & Favourite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
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April 4th
TBR and Beyond – Review
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Stuck in Fiction – Author Guest Post
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KISSES AND CROISSANTS

Hello and welcome to my stop on KISSES AND CROISSANTS Blog Tour

 

Publisher : Delacorte Press (April 6, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593173570
ISBN-13 : 978-0593173572

 
Praise for KISSES AND CROISSANTS, A Junior Library Guild selection“A charming story about family, first love, and chasing your dreams. Grab a croissant, because this book will leave you smiling, swooning, and desperate to visit Paris!” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals“Sweet and romantic! I couldn’t put it down.” —San Francisco Book Review, five stars“Paris simply shines; readers’ senses will come alive with all the city has to offer.” —SLJ

As sweet as a macaron from Laduree, with writing as crisp as a freshly baked baguette, this romantic novel set in Paris about an American ballerina and a charming French boy is parfait for fans of American Royals and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Seventeen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

In the vein of romances like Love and Gelato, this is the perfect summer adventure for anyone looking to get swept away in the City of Love.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


l’amour est dans l’air

All Américaine Mia, needs is to land an important role in Swan Lake.

Mia, is in Paris attending a prestigious six week program. While She didn’t completely get what she wanted and that was to be an ABT in New York. This is a dream come true for Mia, the chance of a lifetime. All her work and dedication has finally came to fruition. Upon arrival Mia finds out that she has to room with her rival, Audrey. There is some adjusting for both girls, but all in all they find a common bond in ballet.

In a series of events she crosses paths with a young adult Parisian Louis. While trying to focus on nothing else except her Ballet, the beautiful city and the charming boy tends to cause her to be come sidetracked. There is also a family mystery that comes to surface as the story unfolds and process.

This was a delightful breezy young adult romance. Heartwarming and I truly enjoyed the characters and the setting.

I also enjoyed the details of ballet that peppered into the storyline. It made for a rich reading experience.

I highly recommend this book, if you enjoy wonderful Light hearted romantic YA Fiction.

Photo Content from Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
 

Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau is a bilingual French author of young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into seven languages. Kisses and Croissants (Delacorte Press, 2021) is her U.S. debut. After graduating university in France, she moved to Amsterdam to begin a career in advertising. She then spent a few years in Melbourne before settling in New York City, where she lives with her Australian husband and their American cat.

 
     

 

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Paris In Ruins Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, 

Paris In Ruins by, M.K. Tod, which is being hosted by HFBT!

Paris in Ruins
by M.K. Tod

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Heath Street Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love.

A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government. Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat.

Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure months of devastating siege, bloody civil war, and great personal risk. Through it all, an unexpected friendship grows between the two women, as they face the destruction of Paris and discover that in war women have as much to fight for as men.

War has a way of teaching lessons—if only Camille and Mariele can survive long enough to learn them.

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Praise for Paris in Ruins

“The story of two women whose families were caught up in the defense of Paris is deeply moving and suspenseful.” -Margaret George, author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero

“Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer … a gripping, well-limned picture of a time and a place that provide universal lessons.” -Kirkus Reviews.

“M.K. Tod’s elegant style and uncanny eye for time and place again shine through in her riveting new tale, Paris in Ruins.” -Jeffrey K. Walker author of No Hero’s Welcome

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Paris In Ruins is another remarkable, unforgettable book by the author by M.K. Tod

Set to the backdrop the the Franco-Prussian War and the civil war of the radical movement the Paris Commune.
This is a riveting emotionally charged story that explores, friendship, bravery, perseverance.

Following Napoleon III’s defeat, Prussian forces laid siege to Paris, and through Todd’s seamless narration we see first hand the horrors of a besieged city. As civil strife and unrest mount between two distinct factions within France.

Camille Noisette, has lived a life of privilege, along with her brother Bertrand fiancé, Mariele de Crecy. Camille father has been very light handed with Camille since the death of her sister. She’s been able to dodge any betrothal, but is intrigued with a young gentleman named André Laborde.

When things start to develop further and a siege to Paris is in the horizon. Most of the Well-to-do aristocratic families flee the city. Camille has convinced her father that she is quite capable of taking care of herself.

Marielle family has waited to long and have missed their chance to leave the city undetected. Nothing prepares these young women the calamity that befalls the remaining residents left in Paris. As the storyline unfolds a notable french actress Sarah Bernhardt establishes a military hospital. Our young heroine Camille steps up to volunteer. Mariele is moved by the despair of those barely hanging on, as the food becomes scares for everyone especially the poor. She does what she can and finds she is passionate about working with young children.

Seeing first hand disparity of the people, both Camille and her friend Marielle, form a strong bond. We follow these two young woman as their characters grow and evolve, into strong resilient women.

M.K. Tod writing grabs you from the very first in this memorable book.The pace was brisk and vividly rendered, each scene is richly atmospheric. The romance was depicted wonderfully, and I felt invested in both Mariele de Crecy and Camille Noisette lives.

M.K. Tod has created an engaging and memorable heroines, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this propulsive emotional historical fiction.

Paris In Ruins is M.K. Tod’s fourth novel. Mary began writing in 2005 while living as an expat in Hong Kong. What started as an interest in her grandparents’ lives turned into a full-time occupation writing historical fiction. Her other novels are Time and Regret, Lies Told in Silence, and Unravelled. Beyond writing novels, Mary’s award-winning blog, http://www.awriterofhistory.com features the reading and writing of historical fiction. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, you can find her hiking, golfing, traveling, or hanging out with friends and family. Mary is married and has two adult children and two delightful grandchildren.

For more information visit M.K. Tod’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Tuesday, March 30
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, March 31
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, April 1
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, April 2
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Sunday, April 4
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, April 5
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Tuesday, April 6
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, April 7
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, April 8
Feature at Mia Reads

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Review at Bibliostatic

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Review at Girl Who Reads

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Review at Reader_ceygo

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Interview at Reader_ceygo

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Review at 100 Pages a Day
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Review at Unabridged Chick
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Interview at Unabridged Chick

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Excerpt at Bookworlder

Tuesday, April 20
Review at A Darn Good Read
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We have one paperback copy of Paris in Ruins up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on April 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

Today I have wonderful Young Adult Book Review!

Thanks so much to The Novl #NOVLNation #LBYRPartner for gifting me with, The Other Side Of Perfect


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date:  May 11th, 2021

Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but then a terrifying fall shatters her leg — and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it. 

After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and binging ballet videos on YouTube), she is forced to trade her pre-professional dance classes for normal high school, where she reluctantly joins the school musical. However, rehearsals offer more than she expected — namely Jude, her annoyingly attractive castmate she just might be falling for.

But to move forward, Alina must make peace with her past and face the racism she experienced in the dance industry. She wonders what it means to yearn for ballet — something so beautiful, yet so broken. And as broken as she feels, can she ever open her heart to someone else?

Touching, romantic, and peppered with humor, this debut novel explores the tenuousness of perfectionism, the possibilities of change, and the importance of raising your voice. 

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Mary H.K. Choi, this lyrical and emotionally driven YA follows Alina, an aspiring dancer who suffers a devastating injury and must face a world without ballet — as well as the darker side of her former dream


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


THE OTHER SIDE OF PERFECT by Mariko Turk is a thought provoking insightful look at the struggle a young adult girl must grow through during a pivotal moment in her life.

Alina Keeler, has only had one passionate dream…Ballet.

In a series of events the unthinkable happens and a crushing injury halts any kind of future in ballet.

Her life takes a considerable turn and she finds herself starting her junior year of high school as full time student. No longer an online student that was pursuing a professional career in the arts, everything takes getting adjusted to.

Alina’s lifeline friend Margot helps her settle into her new life at Eagle View High School. Taking on the roll of substitute in a school musical Alina finds herself faced with a set of new obstacles. As she comes to turns with what life has dealt her, she undergoes character changes.

An emotional and hard look at what happens when everything you ever hoped for doesn’t happen. All the hard work and long hours isn’t enough, when fate becomes fickle. Alina has to over come so much so fast that she resents those that are allowed to follow their dreams and aspirations. She also will learn some humility and I enjoyed watching her character grow. A budding angst relationship makes for a memorable romance.

I enjoyed this book so much and I loved that not only was it diverse, or also explores themes of privilege.

Thanks to the author and publisher

Mariko Turk grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in creative writing. She received her PhD in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in children’s literature. Currently, she works as a Writing Center consultant at the University of Colorado Boulder.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and baby daughter, where she enjoys tea, walks, and stories of all kinds. 

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THE LADIES OF THE SECRET CIRCUS

Happy Pubday to The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

Constance Sayers is an author that continues to deliver unique magical, complex stories.

Her latest release is breathtaking to say the least. If you enjoy genres of timeslip historical fiction, along with magical realism this a must buy!

From the author of A Witch in Time comes a magical story spanning from Jazz Age Paris to present-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus.

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family’s strange and magical circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations…

 


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. 

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Sayers weaves an intricate tale of birthrights, and dark magical secrets.

A thrilling ride of family curses that takes the reader from 1920s Paris to modern-day America. Sayers is one of those authors that excels at writing time slips. This suburb book is so cleverly written that reader is never lost as it changes time periods.

Let’s talk about the magic system, it’s done so well that it’s not disproportionate to the plot line.

A fast moving generational family saga that is Intertwined with an ominous circus.

The writing is detailed, and lush with magical realism. the perfect amount of mystery, along with dynamic skillful character development. I found myself completely immersed within the pages as mysteries unravel, making for an exceptional book.

The characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. All characters are intriguing from Cecile Cabot To Laura’s character who searching for answers to her family’s history. The Jazz Age Paris is enigmatic, along with overall premise of the book.

I really at a loss for words without giving to much away

A spellbinding book that is absorbing, and a highly compulsive read

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A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY BLOG

  • Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray (Proper Romance Regency)
  • Author: Julie Wright
  • Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction
  • Hook: Aboard a “Fishing Fleet” bound for India, an outspoken bluestocking must make the choice of an arranged marriage, or her heart’s desire. 
  • Comparable authors: Georgette Heyer, Julie Klassen, Sarah M. Eden, Sally Britton, Arlem Hawks. 
  • Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook (336) pages

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

 

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Caroline Gray, has been unsuccessful in acquiring a suitor let alone a husband.A bluestocking through and through, her outspokenness is not a desirable trait with the gentleman of the ton during the Regency era. The three seasons have proved that She might be headed for a spinster life. Caroline Is given a chance to exceed where she has failed in London, by taking a society Mother offer to travel to India to acquire a husband. Bound for Mumbai, along with several other young women who found themselves in same predicament as was Caroline was back in London.

On board the ship she crosses path with the captain of the ship Mr. Thomas Scott.

He is drawn to her candor and thirst for knowledge, she is unlike most women he has come to know from his frequent travels from England and India. A friendship sparks, but Thomas struggles to keep his emotions in check. Caroline is destined for someone else…

Julie Wright’s newest novel is a historical romance that is wonderful. The author has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this lovely proper historical romance.

Caroline is a spirited young lady that I found compelling and eager to read about. The storyline has some suspenseful moments and unique twist.

Over all it was engaging story that offers some lovely atmospheric imagery and interesting characterizations. The author narration flows and the characters reactions are depicted well. The plot line holds the readers attention as book progresses, as you are lead up to the ending. Which I actually quite enjoyed, I thought it was romantic and didn’t need an epilogue.

This was tender romance with the perfect amount suspense and twists that didn’t overshadow the characters internal struggles.

Have a wonderful day ❥


ADVANCE PRAISE:

“A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated.”— Foreword Reviews

 

“Caroline is a worthy protagonist, whose forthrightness contrasts with the strict propriety of the women around her. Caroline’s repeated failures to meet the expectations placed on women of the time are endearing and only enhance her relationship with the captain, who similarly struggles to navigate social norms. This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance.”— Publisher’s Weekly

 

“Wright builds a historical romance which teaches about the dangers of gossip, the need to be true to yourself and the value of sincere apologies…I so loved being swept away at sea once again.”— Heather Gardner, Fire and Ice

“This story examines the historical realities of Englishwomen who sailed to India in search of husbands…I enjoyed the unconventional heroine in a unique setting for the Regency romance genre.” Katie Jackson, RegencyProofreading.com

AUTHOR BIO

Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.

She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

She hates mayonnaise.

 

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March 01My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)

March 01Austenprose — A Jane Austen Blog (Review)

March 02Storeybook Reviews (Review)

March 02Lu Reviews Books(Review)

March 02Bookworm Lisa (Review)

March 03Probably at the Library (Excerpt)

March 03Our Book Confessions (Review)

March 03Lady with a Quill (Review)

March 04The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)

March 04Fire & Ice (Review)

March 05Literary Time Out (Review)

March 05Among the Reads (Review)

March 06Books and Socks Rock (Review)

March 07Encouraging Words (Excerpt)

March 08So Little Time… (Review)

March 09For Where Your Treasure Is (Review)

March 10Laura’s Reviews (Review)

March 10My Bookish Bliss (Review)

March 11Heidi Reads (Review)

March 12Reading with Emily (Review)

March 13The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)

March 14Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)

March 15Austenesque Reviews (Review)

March 16The Lit Bitch (Excerpt)

March 16Greenish Bookself (Review)

March 17Inkwell Inspirations (Review)

March 18A Darn Good Read (Review)

March 19Relz Reviewz (Review)

March 20Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

March 20Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)

March 21Jorie Loves a Story (Review)

March 22From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

March 23Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

March 23Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)

March 24Captivated Reading (Review)

March 24Books, Teacups, & Reviews (Excerpt)

March 25Roseanne E. Lortz (Review)

March 26Cup of Tea with that Book, Please (Review)

March 26Randi Loves 2 Read (Review)

March 27Library of Clean Reads (Review)

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The Importance of Pawns (Chronicles of the House of Valois)

Today is my stop on The Importance of Pawns

(Chronicles of the House of Valois) By Keira J. Morgan

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The Importance of Pawns

(Chronicles of the House of Valois)

By Keira J. Morgan

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Book Title: The Importance of Pawns

Series: Chronicles of the House of Valois

Author: Keira J. Morgan

Publication Date: 10th March 2021

Publisher: French Historical Fiction/ Fiction de la renaissance Française (Private self-publishing company)

Page Length: 380 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Based on historical events and characters in sixteenthcenturyFrance, this timeless tale pits envy, power and intrigue against loyalty and the strength of women’s friendships. 

Although the French court dazzles on the surface, beneath its glitter, danger lurks for the three women trapped in its coils as power shifts from one regime to the next. The story begins as Queen Anne lies dying and King Louis’s health declines. Their two daughters, Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany, become pawns in the game of control. 

Countess Louise d’Angoulême is named guardian to both girls. For years she has envied the dying Queen Anne, the girls’ mother. Because of her family’s dire financial problems, she schemes to marry wealthy Claude to her son. Thisunexpected guardianship presents a golden opportunity, but only if she can remove their protectress Baronne Michelle, who loves the princesses and safeguards their interests. 

As political tensions rise, the futures of Princess Renée and Baronne hang in the balance, threatened by Countess Louise’s plots. 


Will timid Claude untangle the treacherous intrigues Countess Louise is weaving? Will Baronne Michelle and Claude outflank the wily countess to protect young Princess Renée? And can Claude find the courage to defend those she loves?

Praise for The Importance of Pawns:

Love, revenge, deceit, valour, struggle and bravery. These are the keystones of Keira Morgan’s fascinating new novel, The Importance of Pawns. Historical fiction at its best.

 

 

Keira retired from training and management in the Canadian Public Service to follow a career as an author. She now writes from Mexico where she lives happily with a husband, two cats and two dogs. Her doctoral level studies in Renaissance history underlie her historical fiction. She writes about the turbulent sixteenth-century French Renaissance. Her stories tell of powerful women who challenged tradition to play crucial roles in French affairs. Find out more at KJ Morgan — Writer


She also maintains a non-fiction website, All About French Renaissance Women, [https://www.keiramorgan.com] where she writes about the lives of Frenchwomen during the era. She plans to collect their biographies into a book.


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Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie

Hello All My Historical Time Traveler Readers

I have a the perfect book just for you today!

Knight of Runes By Ruth A. Casie

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Knight of Runes
by Ruth A. Casie

Publication Date: May 21, 2020
Timeless Scribes Publishing LLC
Paperback & eBook: 368 pages

Genre: Time Travel Romance

 

 

England, 1605. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.

Rebeka is no ordinary 17th-century woman – she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Knight of Runes By Ruth A. Casie

Dr Rebka Tyler is an expert in medieval and Renaissance studies, has alway been plagued by a recurring vision. Something she has grown accustomed to, but they are still unnerving to her. She has recently been approved for eighteen months leave, to further her research in England. When mail from a solicitor office in London office arrives. Rebka Tyler’s life is about to change when she opens an envelope with heavy paper and old world styled handwriting. The letter’s contents informs her that she is the only surviving relative of the late Lady Parsons of Wiltshire. She has been left a comfortable Estate that includes the family holding, and Fayne Manor House.

She is excited for opportunity to find more about her family, since her father never revealed any information.

Upon arriving a series of events take place and Rebka finds herself transported back to another time.

Lord Arik, encounters a young woman wondering on his lands, unsure of what to make of Rebeka. Thinking she might be some sort of spy. Even though she claims to be a scribe from London, he has haunch that she is not being completely honest.

Ruth A. Casie brings her gift of storytelling through out this engaging book.

She combines vibrant era details, along with incredible characterization. Rebeka and Lord Arik conduct themselves exactly as they should given their backgrounds and the medieval time period they are placed in.

The Innovative medieval world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. The author has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this magical historical romance. The characterizations of places and time along with the characters themselves were absolutely wonderful and so vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel.

Casie’s strong narration carries the reader through a series of trial and tribulations leading you up to the ending. I thought the ending was superbly executed setting up for any follow up book.

If you enjoy historical romance, I highly recommend this book! I read into the early hours of the morning to see what would happen next, and so came to care for the characters, and I hope we see many of them again in future books!

About the Author

Hi – I’m Ruth A. Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.

I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.

My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. They will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my books become your favorite adventures.

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The Girl in the Painting Review + Giveaway

Hi There Booksters,

Thanks for joining me on my stop for the Blog Tour for The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper!

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The Girl in the Painting
by Tea Cooper

Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 

 

A young prodigy in need of family. A painting that shatters a woman’s peace. And a decades-old mystery demanding to be solved.

Australia, 1906

Orphan Jane Piper is nine years old when philanthropist siblings Michael and Elizabeth Quinn take her into their home to further her schooling. The Quinns are no strangers to hardship— having arrived in Australia as penniless immigrants, they now care for others as lost as they once were.

Despite Jane’s mysterious past, her remarkable aptitude for mathematics takes her far over the next seven years, and her relationship with Elizabeth and Michael flourishes as she plays an increasingly prominent part in their business.

But when Elizabeth reacts in terror to an exhibition at the local gallery, Jane realizes no one knows Elizabeth after all—not even Elizabeth herself. As the past and the present converge and Elizabeth’s grasp on reality loosens, Jane sets out to unravel Elizabeth’s story before it is too late.

From the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, this compelling novel takes us on a mystery across continents and decades as both women finally discover a place to call home.

Deeply researched. Emotional. Atmospheric and alive. . . Tea Cooper transports the reader to a sweeping landscape of turn of the twentieth century Australia—from the raw realities of the Australian goldfields to the sophisticated institutions of Sydney—and does so with an expert pen. Combining characters that are wonderfully complex with a story spanning decades of their lives, The Girl in the Painting is a triumph of family, faith, and long-awaited forgiveness. I was swept away!” —Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Paris Dressmaker and the Hidden Masterpiece novels

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The Girl in the Painting By Tea Cooper

The Girl in the Painting is a masterfully weaved historical fiction. A compelling dual time frame that weaves seamless from the mid 1800s and early 1900s.

Tea Coopers’s latest full length book is another stunning historical fiction. A tale that spans 50 years with mystery and twists to keep any reader on their toes.

Tea Coopers’s has once again, captivated me from page one. I found this story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, exciting and intelligent. The author ability to give the reader various perspectives flowed perfectly, revealing new pieces of this historical puzzle.

1906 Maitland town, a precocious Jane Piper nine years is an orphan at a Catholic orphanage. She is summoned to a meeting with a businessman, Michael Ó’Cuinn.

He offers her a once in a lifetime chance, to live with Michael and his notable sister Elizabeth. Her mathematical skills are what draws the Ó’Cuinn’s to her. She is mathematically genius something they wish to cultivate. Even though Jane will soon come to call them Aunt and Uncle. She wasn’t officially adopted but was still considered very much part of the family.

1862 fifteen year old Michael Ó’Cuinn, and his little sister Elizabeth are booked for passage to immigrate from Dublin to ultimately Australia. When a series of events that prevent Elizabeth to travel accompanied by Michael. Instead she travels in the care of a family by the last name Cameron. Camerons who are travelling to Sydney, offer to have Elizabeth share their family accommodation.

Upon arriving in Australia both Michael and Elizabeth find obstacles and setbacks both personal and in business. The family business’s struggles and rise is meticulously detailed along with the brother and sisters personal life.

When the Ó’Cuinn’s take young Jane Piper into their care, they have already made their fortunes in business. Jane’s characters leaps off the page, and I loved reading her personal thoughts. She is bold and forthright as she enter the Ó’Cuinn’s household.

The storyline is exceptional written and the events are beautifully written as the author touches on some emotional thought provoking issues.

I have say by far this is my favorite out of all of Tea Coopers books I have read.This is a Book I highly recommend, a perfect example of a stunning historical fiction.

About the Author

Tea is an award-winning Australian author of historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist, and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling. She is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Horse Thief, The Cedar Cutter, The Currency Lass, The Naturalist’s Daughter, The Woman in the Green Dress, and The Girl in the Painting.

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Review at Jessica Belmont

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Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

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Review at Bibliostatic
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Review at The Lit Bitch
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Review at Nursebookie
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Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

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Review at Heidi Reads

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Review at Library of Clean Reads

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Review at Read Review Rejoice

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Review at Hallie Reads

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Excerpt at Passages to the Past

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Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

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Sweet and Bitter Magic Blog Tour

Hello everyone! I am so excited to present to you today my stop on the the tour for Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley.

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 9th, 2021

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In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom.

Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.

Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret.

When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.

Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don’t kill each other first..


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Sweet & Bitter Magic is a gorgeously written debut by Adrienne Tooley.

Seventeen year old Tamsin is a banished witch living and serving the townspeople of Ladaugh. Cast out from the coven where normally she would have faced death for her misguided decision using dark magic. She is instead cursed with the inability to feel life’s joys and love. Expelled from the World Within, she only excepts payment from the ordinary folk in the form a commodity of love. Living in a perpetual gray existence, she is bitter. Only twelve years old Tamsin was once headed to greatness. When five years prior she attempted to use dark magic, and bind her power to that of her twin sister’s life. A heavy handed penance for such a young witch all because she loved her sister so much that she would risk anything.

Wren has given up so much for the sake of her sickly father. He requires constant attendance to his daily needs. On the break of continuous starvation, she dreams of escape. Saving every little bit of money she can stow away, hoping one day from the never ending burden placed on her shoulders. She harbors a dangerous secret, one that would take her away from her village and her father. Wren is an undocumented magical source.

Thirty years ago when the Dark Witch Evangeline Sickness spread throughout the lands. Bringing about changes that make sure Witches and Sources are trained far way from ordinary folk. Where they can be closely watched. Tamisn and Wren find themselves on a harrowing journey in more ways than one.

You are thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, and a exceptional magical system. A book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down, I completely raced through this one!

Adrienne Tooley excels and precision narration with alternating chapters between the third-person POV of two protagonists. This is no ordinary Y’a Fantasy, with action adventure. This tale has substance, hands down! The characters are raw and believable. The strength of this novel handsdown is the author’s fabulous characterizations.

The love story is a slow burn sapphic one, that took just the right amount of steps.The storyline was creative and original. Rich atmospheric details was a highlight in this YA Fantasy. I found it to be riveting and intensely entertaining.

Looking forward to reading more from this talented author. I have a feeling that Adrienne Tooley is going to be an auto buy author for me.

Thank you to Simon Teen for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Content Warnings:

– frequent discussions and depictions of grief regarding loss of a loved one, including: death of a sibling, death of a parent, and death of a friend

– depictions of anxiety, depression, and mental illness

– emesis (mention of vomiting on page)

– brief mention of needles (tattooing)

– amnesia

Adrienne Tooley was born and raised in the desert suburbs of Southern California. She grew up in the theater, earning her B.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. She and her wife currently live in New York City where she works in hospitality tech. In addition to writing novels she is also a singer/songwriter and has released several EPs which are available on Spotify & other streaming sites. Her debut novel, SWEET & BITTER MAGIC, will publish from S&S/McElderry in Spring 2021. Her second novel, SOFI AND THE BONE SONG, will release from S&S/McElderry in 2022.

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Kait Plus Books – Interview
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The Little Mouse That Reads – Review & Playlist

March 9th
Nine Bookish Lives – Review
Pages & Plots – Review
Justice For Readers – Review, Playlist & Mood Board

March 10th
v – Review
We Write at Dawn – Review & 15 Reactions While Reading Sweet & Bitter Magic
Mallory Books – Review & Journal Spread

March 11th
Alissa’s Booktopia – Interview
Bookshelf Life – Review & Favourite Quotes
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Your Words My Ink – Review & Mood Board

March 12th
The Book Dutchesses – Review
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March 13th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review
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March 14th
Quills and Stardust – Interview & Review
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March 8th
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tbrandbeyond – Promo Post
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darjeeling_and_jade – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Sweet & Bitter Magic
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The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne

Hello Fellow Readers,

The final book in Kerrigan Byrne’s magnificent Devil You Know series is out today !

I’ve loved every single book in this series, and Francesca’s story did not disappoint.

It’s a grand tale if you enjoy heat rush Historical Romances full of suspense and intrigue, Kerrigan Byrne’s novels ones not to miss.

St. Martin’s Express

The Devil in Her Bed (Devil You Know, #3)by Kerrigan Byrne 
Series: Devil You Know #3 
Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks on March 9, 2021 
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance 
Pages: 416 

Buy on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, BookBub 
Goodreads 

“Will suck readers in…a worthy finale.” – Publishers Weekly

“Flawlessly written.” – Booklist

“Hot romance and tantalizing intrigue…Readers will be delighted.” – Publishers Weekly starred review

“Amazon Editor’s Pick for March Best Romances”
 

He lives in secret service to the Crown—a man of duty, deception, and an undeniable attraction to a woman who threatens to tear his whole world apart.
They call him the Devil of Dorset. He stands alone, a man of undeniable power. Moving in and out of shadows, back alleys and ballrooms, he is unstoppable and one of the Crown’s most dangerous weapons. However, when he sets his sights on the undeniably beautiful Countess of Mont Claire, Francesca Cavendish, he doesn’t realize that he has met a match like no other.
TRUE LOVE WEARS NO DISGUISE
Francesca is a countess by day and stalks her prey—those responsible for the death of her family—by night. What she does not expect is to be thrown into the path of the devil himself, the Earl of Devlin. She has secrets of her own and he seems determined to lay them bare. Can her heart survive finding the love of her life and losing him when all is revealed?
“Romantic, lush, and suspenseful.”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan ByrneIn is the last installment in the Devil You Know series.

A suspense fast moving plot, with steamy romance makes for a nonstop book.

By day Francesca is a countess, but by night she hunts those responsible for the deaths of her family.

The Devil of Dorset has gone by many alias throughout his lifetime. He has crossed Francisco path on several occasions. He keeps his secrets and his identity which in the shadows. The Earl of Devlin is employed secretly by the Crown. He considered to be the Crown’s most deadliest weapon, nicknamed the Devil of Dorset.

Wanting the same thing both the Devil and Francisco ultimately to destroy The Crimson Council. Francisco will stop at nothing to see them fall. Even if means her own safety.

A highly addictive book with some thrilling twists. This one passionate historical romance.


Devil You Know – Recommended Reading Order

(standalone stories with interconnected characters)

If you’re anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you…

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Gory Details Review

Hello Friends and welcome to my stop on Gory Details

Blog Tour

#GoryDetails, and tag @tlcbooktours and @erika_engelhaupt.

About Gory Details

Publisher: National Geographic (March 2, 2021)
Hardcover: 336 pages

Infused with Mary Roach-style humor and science, this narrative illuminates the gross, strange, morbid, and outright absurd realities of our bodies, the Earth, and universe.

Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world’s most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

This was such a fascinating collection of facts all with compelling descriptions and snarky humor. The author introduces the reader morbid curiosity to some very intriguing questions. A dive into the somewhat gross and taboo topic, that you probably have always were curious about, and some you may never even thought of.

So get ready to step out of your comfort zone and into the dark and and a little creepy side of science. If you are anything like I am that has always been fascinated with this the obscure and twinge induced things. Than this book is definitely up your alley. I found it humorous, but also very informative about some off canter topics that have been circling around in my head.

Thanks so much for joining me today

Purchase Links

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About Erika Engelhaupt

Erika Engelhaupt has written for and edited top science magazines, newspapers, and websites, including National Geographic, Science News, Scientific American, and NPR. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Find out more about Erika at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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KNIGHT’S RANSOM by Jeff Wheeler Blog Tour

Hey Book Nerds!

Welcome to my stop on the KNIGHT’S RANSOM by Jeff Wheeler Official Blog Tour.

Publisher : 47North (January 26, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 431 pages
ISBN-10 : 154202529X
ISBN-13 : 978-1542025294


Praise for KNIGHT’S RANSOM

“Jeff Wheeler has always been one of our more dependable storytellers. Knight’s Ransom adds to his reputation. A fine page-turner.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author.

“With this superlative epic fantasy…Wheeler does an expert job of reintroducing his fantasy world through the eyes of sympathetic characters that fans and new readers alike will root for. This is sure to be a hit.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Wheeler] adds elements of Arthurian legend to the start of the First Argentines series…along with splendid palace intrigues and battles.” —Booklist (starred review)

From Jeff Wheeler, the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain novels, comes an epic new series of warring kingdoms, deadly family rivalries, and fearless loyalty.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom.

When the Argentine family finally rules, Ransom must make his own way in the world. Opportunities open and shut before him as he journeys along the path to knighthood, blind to a shadowy conspiracy of jealousy and revenge. Securing his place will not be easy, nor will winning the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow, a fiery young heiress from an unpredictably mad kingdom.

Ransom interrupts an abduction plot targeting the Queen of Ceredigion and earns a position in service to her son, the firstborn of the new Argentine dynasty. But conflict and treachery threaten the family, and Ransom must also come to understand and hone his burgeoning powers—abilities that involve more than his mastery with a blade and that make him as much a target as his lord.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Did you know Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain Series is being adapted for Tv?

I am screaming!! Are you Screaming?

Hello Bookish Friends Everywhere, Let’s return to the Kingfountain.

Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler is a masterful tale of knights and intrique. A compelling coming of age story that will delight readers everywhere.

Marshall Barton, “Ransom”, the second son of a lord is sent to King Gervase of Kingfountain. He becomes Royal hostage at a young age, to bring Marshall’s Father to heel. During the years as a hostage, at King Gervase’s court he befriends and develops a relationships with another child Claire de Murrow.

In a series of events that have a climatic change in Ransom’s situation. He becomes in broiled in courtly drama and intrigue. Taking his destiny into his own hands and trains as a Knight. His determination, and internal moral code makes him a strong and compelling character. Jeff Wheeler expanding magic system is notable. The setting and world building are brought to life with unique details making highly compulsive. Character development and the complexity of the relationship between Ransom and Claire are wonderful depicted.

The writing flows effortlessly and was mesmerizing, Wheeler has a real way with words that pulls you in. I have to say that Wheeler is dynamic storyteller, plain and simple. This book checks all my points on what makes for a exquisite fantasy fiction.

Hands down Wheeler’s ability to create an enduring hero, is applauded. There are a few suspenseful twists to keep you guessing, and the ending is set up in a way for the next installment.

Once again Jeff Wheeler delivers a bold new fantasy with knightly adventure, that is engaging, and makes for one stunning book. This is one book I highly recommend if enjoy exceptional fantasy fiction.

A remarkable page turner book that should be on your TBR

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Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. His books have been on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 5 times (for The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and Prism Cloud) and have sold more than 4 million copies. His novels have also been published or will be published in many languages: Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and German.

He is also the founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction (www.deepmagic.co), a quarterly e-zine featuring amazing short stories, novellas, and sample chapters.

You can usually find Jeff at Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con or at writers conferences.

He welcomes hearing from readers: jgwheels /at/ gmail dot com

If you are interested in purchasing signed copies of his books for friends, family, or your own collection, please e-mail: WOJWbooks /at/ gmail dot com

      
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The End of Dreams Book Tour!

Hello and welcome to my stop on The End of Dreams Book Tour!

Hosted by @sot_tours @MarcusLeebooks

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As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.

However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.

Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined.

This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.

THE END OF DREAMS BY MARCUS LEE

SERIES: The Gifted and the Cursed (#3)

GENRE: Dark Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Epic Romance

PAGE COUNT: 403

AGE GROUP: New Adult / Adult

RELEASE: January 2021

CONTENT WARNING: Frequent violence, Mild infrequent profanity


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The final installment in The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy

The End of Dreams is a fantastic, epic conclusion.

Once again Lee’s adrenaline rush storytelling is brilliantly executed.

The End of Dreams picks up in the wake of the events following Tristian’s Folly.

The characters have been scattered, from the battle and the siege.

The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time. The authors narration and the flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled.

The tension of this book is like tightly coiled spring. The world building is rich and stunning. The atmospheric details are astounding , but hands down its the authors ability to create a strong character driven fantasy. You become invested in the characters and what happing to them as you follow in their trial and tribulations.

Lee is able to tie all the loose ends together, to make a solid conclusion. As a reader you won’t be disappointed, I have to say that that even though it is the last book of this series, it is by far my favorite. There is a thread that loops around that was started in the first book that continues through the second book all the way through leading and connecting the characters as the storyline unfolds. The battle scenes are perfectly orchestrated and you will find yourself front and center as the this action packed tale will have hooked.

An exceptional intensely entertaining fantasy series, that holds a special place on my library shelve.

Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.

As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.

Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.

So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.

However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.

Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.

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Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.

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The Steel Beneath the Silk Blog Tour + Giveaway

The Steel Beneath the Silk
by Patricia Bracewell

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Bellastoria Press

Series: The Emma of Normandy Series, Book 3
Genre: Medieval/Historical Fiction

 

 

A breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy Trilogy, brimming with treachery, heartache, tenderness and passion as the English queen confronts ambitious and traitorous councilors, invading armies and the Danish king’s power-hungry concubine.

In the year 1012 England’s Norman-born Queen Emma has been ten years wed to an aging, ruthless, haunted King Æthelred. The marriage is a bitterly unhappy one, between a queen who seeks to create her own sphere of influence within the court and a suspicious king who eyes her efforts with hostility and resentment. But royal discord shifts to grudging alliance when Cnut of Denmark, with the secret collusion of his English concubine Elgiva, invades England at the head of a massive viking army. Amid the chaos of war, Emma must outwit a fierce enemy whose goal is conquest and outmaneuver the cunning Elgiva, who threatens all those whom Emma loves.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


The last installment in Patricia Bracewell in The Emma Of Normandy Trilogy.

A beguiling richly atmospheric book that catapults the reader into the the eleventh century. An unpredictable turbulent time, with complex alliances continuously moving back and forth. Both England and the Danes struggle to gain supreme rule, but only one will succeed.

A stunning woven tapestry with an expansive cast of well defined characters.

The Viking Dane’s have been raging a continuous war, with their ultimate goal being complete invasion. England and King Æthelred, are barely holding on.

Emma was sent to England as a child bride of Normandy. An arranged marriage to the English King Athelred. His unstable ability to remain on the throne is evident and his paranoid disposition is evident. As the storyline progresses we see the fall of this King and rise of another. A compelling tale of vindictive characters and power struggles as the rise and fall of the English empire swiftly changes.

Patricia Bracewell unique descriptive prose is astounding, as she deftly weaves threads of historical fact along with her own imagined creativity, to create a colourful fabric affording unique insights into the life of Emma of Normandy of eleventh century.

Focusing on the years 1012 to 1017 Queen Emma growth of character is superbly done. Her strength and fortitude is evident as seek to align herself with those who would benefit her and her sons. Bracewell writing is polished with impeccable execution and has been worth the wait.

Historical fans will be pleased with this last book in this powerful series. Emma of Normandy’s story comes full to life under Bracewell very talented writing expertise. This legendary Queen who’s place in history has been somewhat over looked by the masses.

A stunning series that will richly reward the attention of any reader who enjoys strong heroines, and engaging historical fiction.

Have a wonderful day!

About the Author

Patricia Bracewell grew up in Los Angeles where her love of stories led to college degrees in Literature, a career as a high school English teacher, and a yearning to write. Her first novel, Shadow on the Crown, about the 11th-century queen of England, Emma of Normandy, was published in 2013. Its sequel, The Price of Blood, appeared in 2015. The final book of her Emma of Normandy Trilogy, The Steel Beneath the Silk will be published March 2, 2021.

Patricia lives with her husband in Oakland, California.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 1
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, March 2
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, March 3
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, March 4
Review at Into the Hall of Books

Saturday, March 6
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, March 9
Review at Passages to the Past

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Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, March 11
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Saturday, March 13
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Monday, March 15
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Tuesday, March 16
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Thursday, March 18
Feature at The Whispering Bookworm

Friday, March 19
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Monday, March 22
Review at Novels Alive

Tuesday, March 23
Interview at Books & Benches

Wednesday, March 24
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Friday, March 26
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, March 30
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of The Steel Beneath the Silk!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Takakush (Genus Magica #1)

Takakush (Genus Magica #1)
By Raine Reiter
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ Dark Fantasy/ Urban fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 25 January 2021

Blurb:
“A fantastic tale that weaves a spell of ancient mysticism and modern charm.” –Tim Marquitz, Author of the Demon Squadseries, The Enemy of My Enemy series, and more

When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess. Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.

With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers


A riveting paranormal, Takakush by Raine Reiter is steeped in folklore, along with elements of a darkish fantasy.

Takakush is rich with imagery making for the perfect atmospheric read,

Professor Elena Lukas returns home to Swan House, her family’s Inn and Retreat. With its cozy array of ornate gingerbread gables, and covered verandas.

Leaving behind her Job, and a broken engagement she goes home to start her life anew. Welcoming her back are three most important women in her life, her younger sister Gabby, her mother Mina, and her beloved Nana Ragana. The woman in the Lukas family are a long line of dedicated priestess to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess.

Boone Anderson is a Detective Sergeant, from Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Investigating a series of bizarre animal attacks when his path cross with young Elena Lukas a visiting professor of Ethnobiolgy at Rainforest University.

The woods are being stalked by a mystical creature, that both Boone and Elena must work together to stop its vicious attacks. In a series of events Gabby, Elena’s sister has gone missing things really take off.

Raine Reiter delivers a well-written, unique and twisty read here, that had impressed within the pages of this book. Fast paced with an enjoyable plot line made for an enjoyable reading experience.

The way that the details were revealed to us was extremely well-done and the setting was creepy with atmospheric imagery. The story was brilliantly executed, from start to finish. Told in multiple POV’s, that gives the reader an insightful look to actions and and feeling of. each of the characters. The character development and complex relationships, were superb. The setting and world building are stunningly brought to life under Reiter precision narration. I loved the way the plot unfolded, and was completely invested in the storyline.

Rich in folklore with just the right amount of suspense makes for delightful book.

About the Author:

Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.

A fifth generation Washingtonian, Raine lives in the gloomy Pacific Northwest and prowls the rainforest with her silly spaniel, Luke.

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The Earl’s Lady Geologist

Hello lovelies today is my stop on The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter, which is being hosted by HFBT!

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The Earl’s Lady Geologist
by Alissa Baxter

Publication Date: February 28, 2021
Vinspire Publishing

Series: Linfield Ladies Series, Book One
Genre: Regency Romance

 

 

Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.

Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.

Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realise that love matters more than their objections.

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Praise for The Earl’s Lady Geologist

“A gentle Regency romance, full of sweetness and intelligence. Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” -Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

“The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter deftly weaves together the charm of a traditional Regency romance, fascinating information on scientific society of the time, with a quiet subtext about the challenges faced by women interested in pursuing science. This first book in a new series is wonderfully satisfying on many levels!” -Mary Jo Putney, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author

“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms. Baxter’s books.” -Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author

“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era. A spirited heroine, a brooding hero, lots of sparkling banter and an authentic Regency setting—with added fossils! Great fun. From Lyme Regis to the drawing rooms of London, Alissa Baxter takes the reader back to the time of Jane Austen.”
Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Cassandra Linfield, was given an unconventional upbringing, her father encouraged her love for the geological sciences. She is no simpering miss, and would be perfectly happy being a spinster, or so she thinks. Spending her time combing beaches unearthing treasured fossils. Eventually she will have to conform and she finds herself having her first London’s season.

Cassandra, is a character that you can not help feel drawn to. A young lady who follows the beat of her own drum. She is willful and can be quite stubborn, making her a perfect independent leading lady.

Lord Edward Sinclair, Earl of Rothbury is a geologist, has given up marrying for love. Now seeking a wife for convenience, meets lovely Cassy in a most unique situations.

On the beach while she is preoccupied with finding fossils for her extensive collection. Without a care in the world about her appearance.

The two meet again in London, while their paths cross during the London’s season, while dodging would be suitors. Edward cynical personality slowly changes toward Cassy, as two find themselves working together on a geological paper. Events unfold and Cassandra finds herself a direct object of malicious intent.

Baxter gives us an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this lovely historical romance Cassandra, is a character that you can feel drawn to. You can’t help but root for her. A young lady who follows the beat of her own drum. She is willful and can be quite stubborn, making her a perfect leading lady.

Alyssa Baxter delivers a well-paced and beautifully written story here, that is both interesting, compelling. The characters are well developed and I found quite compassionate to read about. The setting and Regency period details were authentic. The witty dialogue was well executed, along with the sensitivity of some of the emotional aspects of the story. That I found added more depth to the storyline.

This heart warming regency story captivated my heart. The romance was lovely as the chemistry blossomed slowly but gracefully. A perfect read for me, I highly recommend this book to friends and family.

Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes! After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first Regency novel, The Dashing Debutante.

Alissa travelled overseas and worked as a flight attendant in Dubai before she moved to England, where she did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote when she moved back to South Africa. Alissa’s third Regency novel, A Marchioness Below Stairs, is the sequel to Lord Fenmore’s Wager.

Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is also the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.

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