Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Alina:A Song For Telling by Malve Von Hassell, which is being hosted by HFBT!
Alina: A Song For the Telling
by Malve von Hassell
August 27, 2020
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Medieval
“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.” Alina’s brother, Milos, pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He had got her querulous tone just right.
I pinched my lips together, trying not to laugh. But it was true; Aunt Marci had already introduced me to several suitors. So far I had managed to decline their suits politely.
Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. How could she possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz, as impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage?
But fourteen-year-old Alina refuses to accept the oppressing life her strict aunt wants to impose upon her. When the perfect opportunity comes along for her to escape, she and her brother embark on a journey through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem.
Alina soon finds herself embroiled in the political intrigue of noble courts as she fights to realize her dream of becoming a female troubadour.
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 an empowering story of one woman’s wanting to control her own destiny.
A unique compelling coming of age historical fiction, Set in France in the 12th century Alina a young woman from Provence life comes undone. Her father passes away leaving Alina and her brother Milos at the hands of her Aunt and Uncle. Struggling at the bonds that her strict Aunt has placed on her. She convinces her aunt and uncle to Alina and her brother to send them on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray for their father deceased soul. On their journey they fall into group of Knights who are also pilgrimaging to the holy city of Jerusalem. Her talent of a lute player is noticed. An her inspiring dreams to become a trobairitz, female troubadours, takes hold. Before arriving at their destination, they have a series of adventures as they travel through the Byzantine Empire.
Alina and her brother finally arrive at the court of King Almaric. A court that is embroiled in the political intrigue of nobility. She must rise above and seize her dream of becoming a female troubadour. There is a subtle romance aspect, but it’s not the driving force in this delightful book. Her relationship with her brother and her fevered dreams of becoming a musician during a time when woman’s voices where silenced.
This is a wonderful historical fiction, with a narration that follows. Rich atmospheric details and compelling characters makes for a stunning read.
Malve von Hassell is a writer, researcher, and translator. Born in Italy, she spent part of her childhood in Belgium and Germany before moving to the United States. She lives in Southampton, New York, close to the ocean and a bay beach where she meets flying sea robins and turtles on her morning walks with her rescue dog Loki. She enjoys reading, playing chess with her son, gardening, anything to do with horses, and dreams of someday touring Mongolia on horseback. Her works include the children’s picture book, Letters from the Tooth Fairy, written in response to her son’s letters to the tooth fairy; The Falconer’s Apprentice, her first historical fiction novel for young readers; The Amber Crane, a historical fiction novel set in Germany in the 17th century, and Alina: A Song for the Telling, a coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century who dreams of being a musician.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, August 27
Review at Passages to the Past
Friday, August 28
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Saturday, August 29
Feature at Books, Cooks, Looks
Monday, August 31
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, September 2
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, September 3
Feature at SplendeurCaisse
Friday, September 4
Review at YA, it’s Lit
Monday, September 7
Review at Books and Zebras
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Alina by Malve von Hassell! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on September 7th. You must be 18 or older to enter.