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Desperately Seeking A Duchess +Excerpt +Review

Hello, fellow romance lovers!

Desperately Seeking A Duchess by Christi Caldwell Blog Tour

Desperately Seeking A Duchess by Christi Caldwell

Series: All The Duke’s Sins #2
Publication Date: 5/31/22
Period: Regency
Number of Pages: 336

What happens when an impoverished duke with a reputation for being a rogue collides with a strong-willed heiress who wants to explore the world? An unlikely friendship . . . and unexpected passion.

Cailin Audley does not fit in with Polite Society. A life spent among the working class taught her to value her independence in a way no newfound fortune or glittering ballroom could ever erase. When a major misstep sees the new heiress whisked away to the English countryside, Cailin soon realizes the vexing lengths her family will go to see her settled. But having risked her heart once before, Cailin has no interest in the men of the ton—especially not the frustratingly charming Duke of St. James.

Courtland Balfour, the Duke of St. James, devoted brother and notorious rogue, despises what he must become—a fortune hunter. With the ducal coffers drained by his late spendthrift of a father, Courtland knows his duty lies at the altar, and he will do anything to ensure a future for his siblings. Just his luck that the one lady who could make this new fate bearable, who enflames him like no other, is the one woman who wants nothing to do with him or his title.

When an act of desperation inadvertently lands him and Cailin at the heart of another scandal, Courtland knows better than to waste his chance. Surely he can convince Cailin to love him?


Review

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

DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUCHESS by Christi Caldwell is the second delightful installment in the All the Duke’s Sins Series.

We follow Courtland Balfour, the Duke of St. James and Cailin Audley. Courtland’s father left his family in dire straits, a looming burden of debt and know carries the weight of making sure that his siblings are taken care of. There is only one thing left to do, even though it’s against his moral judgment. He seek out and marry an heiress. His loyalty and dedication to his family is above all else.

Cailin Audley, an illegitimate daughter of a Duke life is completely turned upside down when she is recognized and becomes an heiress. In the past she worked and resided amongst the working class, now she has hard time fitting in and adjusting to the rules of polite society.

Readers will enjoy Christi Caldwell’s heartfelt storyline and the struggles of each of the main characters. The couples chemistry was enjoyable and the HEA was perfect.


Excerpt

Courtland gave his head a wistful shake, as for the first time since he’d arrived, he felt a frisson of . . . guilt, about asking anyone to give up the comfort of obscurity here for the garish opulence that was the Town.

Ace whinnied noisily, and Courtland absently stroked the loyal creature between the eyes. His nostrils flaring, Ace arched his head back into that favorite-of-his touch.

From the corner of his eye, Courtland caught a faint flutter, and he swung his attention to find a person watching him.

The less-than-furtive figure in the cottage pressed her forehead against the glass.

“It appears we have company,” he murmured, patting Ace once more. “Which isn’t terrible, as it means the sooner I finish, the sooner we’re free to return to London.”

Ace gave a toss of his head in clear equine disapproval.

“It appears we are of like opinions then, on that score,” Courtland said, winking at his horse.

Once again, those curtains parted slightly, and a young woman peeked through the crack in the fabric.

Enormous, saucer-sized blue eyes, filled with mistrust, met Courtland’s gaze.

The sister, then.

He grinned. “Good afternoon,” he called, and sketched a bow. “I’m here to speak with Mr. Audley.”

Judging by the stretch of silence to follow, the young woman was anything but impressed. Alas, while he was on the other side of a doorway, without a line of sight to his quarry, she was afforded an unhindered view that put Courtland at a distinct disadvantage.

Giving Ace another pat, Courtland started down the walkway.

“Stop there!” she shouted, a healthy dose of anger and suspicion freezing him halfway down the path.

Anger and suspicion, both of which, as a duke, he was unaccustomed to being greeted with.

“What do you want?” she called, her voice muffled by the oak panel.

What did he want? Or what did he need?

A fortune.

Security.

His siblings settled.

All of which indirectly accounted for his being here.

Bringing himself back to the matter at hand, Courtland offered another smile and held his empty palms up. “I want nothing more than to speak with your brothers . . . or you,” he cajoled, using soothing tones meant to bring her outside.

At last, the wood panel swung wide, affording him his first full, unobstructed view. And Courtland went absolutely motionless.

Oh, hell.

The young woman, with her full, ivory-hued cheeks and golden blond hair, had the height of a child, but the hardened stare of a woman some three decades her elder. Unfortunately for Courtland, that flinty stare was leveled at him.

Along with her ancient-looking firearm.

Reflexively, Courtland’s palms went flying up in surrender.

The late summer sun glinted off the end of the barrel. That enormous weapon looked all the more enormous when held as it was by one of her spritely size.

He swallowed hard and cursed long and harder inside his head.

The young woman flicked a derisive glance over Courtland’s person, before settling it upon his face, her gaze bored; and his ears went hot, as for the first time in his life he knew what it was to have a woman find him lacking.

“Why does it not surprise me at all that a fancy London fellow like you would come here issuing orders to me?” she drawled, the lyrical, lilting quality of her voice in almost farcical juxtaposition to the threat hanging on her words, and the very real threat of murder she directed his way.

Courtland kept his smile firmly affixed, and when he spoke, did so in the careful, placating tones he used with his easily riled younger sisters. “Perhaps had you taken a moment to hear me out and discuss the business that brought me here, then I wouldn’t have had to issue them, Miss Audley.”

Her flaxen eyebrows went shooting up. “Are you . . . challenging me?” The rifle wavered on her arm.

Oh, bloody hell. He was usually better at speaking to the fairer sex. Much better. It should so happen that the one time he failed to charm would likely land him a bullet in the chest-and a swift end to his miserable existence.

“Well?” she demanded, dipping slightly and adjusting the weapon on her arm.

He winced. “I believe you’ve already determined that I was challenging you, and as such, it hardly seems necessary to confirm with a verbal statement, Miss Audley.” He bit out each syllable, giving up on the gentle warmth he’d previously attempted.

She lowered the rifle slowly, and he took heart. “Now,” he said, taking a step forward. “If you would be so good as to lower your weapon all the-“

A loud report thundered in the afternoon quiet, cutting off the remainder of his words, and he flew back, hitting the ground so hard the air was sucked from his lungs.

Bloody hell. This was how he would end his short reign as duke-by taking a bullet straight to the chest.

Excerpted from Desperately Seeking a Duchess by Christi Caldwell Copyright © 2022 by Christi Caldwell. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Author

Photo by Kimberly Rocha

Christi Caldwell is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sinful Brides series and the Heart of a Duke series. She blames novelist Judith McNaught for luring her into the world of historical romance. Christi lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she spends her time writing and being a mommy to the most inspiring little boy and empathetic, spirited girls who, with their mischievous twin antics, offer an endless source of story ideas.

Learn more online at christicaldwell.com.

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The Stardust Thief

Happy Friday

Today I am showcasing

The Stardust Thief

Title: The Stardust Thief

Author: Chelsea Abdullah

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range:  Adult

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: 5/19/22

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The Stardust Thief

by Chelsea Abdullah

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.

Neither here nor there, but long ago . . .

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.


REVIEW

The Stardust Thief

(The Sandsea Trilogy #1)

by Chelsea Abdullah @chelsabdullah

A huge thank you to @orbitbooks_us @hachettebooks @chelsabdullah for sending me a copy of this book.

-A legendary smuggler

-A cowardly prince

-A quest for a mythical lamp

-Foreshadowing

-Found-family

-A cliffhanging ending

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah is an epic start to a trilogy inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.

A sand shifting quest fantasy with multi-perspective narration Phenomenal world building with lush descriptive setting. storytelling within a story, that is infused with lore and legend. Nods to such classic tales from One Thousand and One Nights as “Aladdin,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,”

“Death in a free land is better than life in a gilded cage.”

“Let us speak of lies and truths, and of the story hidden between them.”

“If there is only to be one more tale tonight, let it be the one about the storyteller who changed her fate with her fables. Let it be a story about stories and the power they have to sway mortal hearts.”

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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

Hello Lovely Readers

Thanks for joining me today on my stop on the blog tour for

Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

By Natalie Jenner


• Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
• Author: Natalie Jenner
• Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
• Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)
• Length: (368) pages
• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
• ISBN: 978-1250276698
• Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022
Book Description:

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.


BOOK TRAILER


REVIEW

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.


Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

St. Martin’s Press Pub Date: May 17

In post-war London, three resilient women are about change everything in a week known bookshop

Still reeling from the ravages of World War Bloomsbury Books is still standing and has been operating for 100 years. It’s still bound by tradition, but just as society is starting to changing, the historic bookstore still clings to its all male dominating business codes and rules. Three women are about to change all that.

Told in multiple POV’s we follow Vivian, Grace,and Evie as the navigate working in the well known bookshop Bloomsbury Books. Each of them have their own individual story to tell, with struggles and emotions. Natalie Jenner does a wonderful job in in her creating in a detailed working book store. The strong, independent female characters are witty and well developed. There is a strong comradeship between the main characters that build over time. An enjoyable light romance, that doesn’t take away from the storyline, it enhances it. Readers will enjoy famous literary figures of the past that make appearances in the book.

This such an engaging book, one that once I started reading I couldn’t stop!

Pure reading joy! 📕

AUDIOBOOK

Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine

AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT


Advanced Praise

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.”—Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.”
Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary


Purchase Links

AMAZON : BARNES&NOBLE : BOOK DEPOSITORY : BOOKSHOP : GOOD READS : BOOKBUB

A message from the author

Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who left school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century
research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

Author Bio:

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen
Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and 1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in

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The Admiral’s Wife by M.K. Tod

Hello my lovely Friends

Today is my stop on the book tour for

The Admiral’s Wife by M.K. Tod

The Admiral’s Wife

By M.K. Tod

Publication Date: 11th April 2022

Publisher: Heath Street Publishing

Page Length: 390 Pages

Genre: Dual-Timeline


Buy Links:

Amazon (Universal Link): https://books2read.com/u/mg70YX

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09XRCKX7F/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XRCKX7F/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09XRCKX7F/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09XRCKX7F/


SYNOPSIS

The lives of two women living in Hong Kong more than a century apart are unexpectedly linked by forbidden love and financial scandal.

In 2016, Patricia Findlay leaves a high-powered career to move to Hong Kong, where she hopes to rekindle the bonds of family and embrace the city of her ancestors. Instead, she is overwhelmed by feelings of displacement and depression. To make matters worse, her father, CEO of the family bank, insists that Patricia’s duty is to produce an heir, even though she has suffered three miscarriages.

In 1912, when Isabel Taylor moves to Hong Kong with her husband, Henry, and their young daughter, she struggles to find her place in such a different world and to meet the demands of being the admiral’s wife. At a reception hosted by the governor of Hong Kong, she meets Li Tao-Kai, an influential member of the Chinese community and a man she met a decade earlier when he was a student at Cambridge.

As the story unfolds, each woman must consider where her loyalties lie and what she is prepared to risk for love.

Trigger Warnings:
Brief sex scenes


PRAISE

“Family secrets and personal ambitions, east and west, collide in this compelling, deeply moving novel.” — Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of THE LAST ROSE OF SHANGHAI

“Irresistible and absorbing.” Janie Chang, bestselling author of THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS


AUTHOR

M.K. Tod

M.K. (Mary) Tod’s interest in historical fiction began as a teenager immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy, and Georgette Heyer. In 2004, her husband’s career took them to Hong Kong where, with no job and few prospects, Mary began what became Unravelled, her first novel. The Admiral’s Wife is her fifth novel.

Mary’s award-winning blog, www.awriterofhistory.com, focuses on reading and writing historical fiction. She’s an active member of the historical fiction community and has conducted five unique reader surveys on topics from readers’ habits and preferences to favorite historical fiction authors. Mary is happily married to her high-school sweetheart. They have two adult children and two delightful grandsons.

Social Media Links:


 

Website: https://www.mktod.com

Blog: https://www.awriterofhistory.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKTodAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.tod.3/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-tod-14b3597/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mktodauthor/?hl=en

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-k-tod

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/M-K-Tod/e/B00ELV1H7E/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7181549.M_K_Tod

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The Viscount’s Lady Novelist + Giveaway

Hi All,

Welcome to my stop on

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist by Alissa Baxter!

#TheViscountsLadyNovelist #AlissaBaxter #HFVBT@alissa_baxter @hfvbt @vinspire2004

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist
by Alissa Baxter
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Linfield Ladies, Book 2

Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.

Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.

When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?

Praise

“A charming love story set in the English countryside that’s grounded in impeccable research.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” ~ Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

“This book is gorgeous!” ~ Rachel Burton, author of The Tearoom on the Bay

“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.” ~ Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances

“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

REVIEW

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 Viscount’s Lady Novelist

The Linfield Ladies #2

By Alissa Baxter

This is the second in installment in the The Linfield Ladies series, which picks up directly at the ending of The Earl and the Lady Geologist. Harriet Linfield talents lay in the way of literature. Writing is her passion, unlike several in her family who’s interest lay in the scientific, geology and biology. Reeling from a disastrous romantic involvement with the cad Mr Anderson, she has sworn of love and marriage completely. She is also an heiress, in her own right, who has inherited a neighboring estate by a family relative.

Oliver, Viscount Westford has inherited an estate that comes with some hefty debt. Wanting to acquire Harriet inheritance by buying or acquiring through marriage seems to be his solution. Except one thing, Harriet {Harr} has been given the authority to choose who she wants to marry. She is easily drawn to Oliver, but her nagging fear continues to resurfaces. Untrusting of her intuition when it comes to the genuineness of a gentleman. She struggles with allowing Oliver’s true intentions come to life.

Oh my goodness this was such sweet and delightful Regency romance. Full of witty banter between both hero and heroine, that I absolutely adored. Alissa Baxter, captures your full attention from the first page to the very last. The characters are well written, and the storyline was gratifying as it unfolded.

There are some creative twists along with historical details that made for a lovely reading experience. Readers will also notice upfront that our unsure heroine is able to save herself when certain events arises, I particularly liked this change up.

I highly recommend this book to those who love and enjoy well written clean romance !


About the Author

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 university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.

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 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.

Alissa’s Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl’s Lady Geologist.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Wednesday, April 27
Review at MTM Reads
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Thursday, April 28
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, April 29
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Saturday, April 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, May 1
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Monday, May 2
Review at Bookish Rantings

Tuesday, May 3
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, May 4
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Thursday, May 5
Review at Novels Alive

Friday, May 6
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, May 7
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Monday, May 9
Guest Post at Heidi Reads

Wednesday, May 11
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads

Thursday, May 12
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Friday, May 13
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, May 16
Review at One Book More

Tuesday, May 17
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Wednesday, May 18
Guest Post at The Tea Queen


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The Professor’s Lady ❀ Review + Giveaway

Hello There Lovely Readers,

Thanks for joining me on the blog tour for

The Professor’s Lady by Holly Bush!

#TheProfessorsLady #HollyBush #HFVBT

@HollyBushBooks @hfvbt

The Professor’s Lady by Holly Bush

Publication Date: January 25, 2022

Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

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

1870 Kirsty Thompson is determined to begin her own business bringing beloved Scottish fabrics and yarns to Philadelphia but first she must meet the men and women who weave the plaids and spin the wool. How will she ever escape her protective older siblings and sail to Scotland?

Albert Watson is a medical doctor focusing on research, especially that of Joseph Lister and his sterilization techniques. He speaks at universities in America and in England while visiting his London relatives. As he prepares to sail for just such an engagement, Kirsty Thompson boards his ship to beg him to take her with him. What’s a gentleman to do? Albert cancels his trip across the ocean to escort Miss Thompson back to Philadelphia and finds there is danger afoot for her and her family.

Soon he comes to realize there is also danger for his heart, even for a man who rarely pulls his nose from a medical journal. He finds himself unable to put Miss Kirsty Thompson out of his thoughts, where they belonged, because certainly a beautiful, ambitious, and charming young woman could have no interest in him. Or could she?

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REVIEW

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 Professor’s Lady

By Holly Bush

The Thompsons of Locust Street Book 3


A Heartwarming Romantic Adventure

1870 Philadelphia, headstrong Kirsty Thompson, finds herself a predicament. In a series of events Kirsty becomes an unwanted passenger aboard a steamship bound for New York. A ghastly innocent mistake indeed, one that will require a gentlemanly rescue . Kindhearted, medical doctor Albert Watson, is easy to step into this role.

Albert is drawn to the vivacious and beautiful, Kirsty Thompson. He rarely entertains anything outside his medical research and speaking engagements, but he finds Kirsty Thompson very addictive.

Kristy, and her Thompsons siblings have been under a constant threat from those who who want nothing more to see the the downfall of their family. Steaming from an illegitimate cousins claim to the Earl of Traviston, hailing all the way from Scotland.

Will Kristy and Albert, budding romance even take off, with so much set against it from from even developing?

Holly Bush never disappoints, The Professor’s Lady is lovely and engaging addition to the The Thompsons of Locust Street series. The two main characters are likable, and their story is so sweet, and engaging. The narration draws you in and the author lively writing holds your attention from start to finish.

I am Excited to read the next installment, The Captain’s Woman in 2023.


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, May 9
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, May 10
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, May 11
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, May 12
Review at Booked on Lattes

Friday, May 13
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Monday, May 16
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Tuesday, May 17
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, May 18
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, May 19
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Friday, May 20
Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews


Giveaway

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

The Professor’s Lady Tour

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The Missionary – Excerpt

Hello Gracious Readers

Today I have a wonderful excerpt to share with you

The Missionary By Rowena Kinread

Book Title: The Missionary
Author: Rowena Kinread

Publication Date: 28th April 2021

Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers

Page Length: 357 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Synopsis

Patricius, a young man of Britannia, is taken from his home and family when Gaelic pirates attack his village. On his arrival in Ireland, he is sold as a slave to the cruel underking of the Dalriada tribe in the north. Six years later, Patricius manages to escape. His journey takes him through France to Ravenna in Italy. His subsequent plans to return to Britannia are side-tracked when he finds himself accompanying several monks to the island monastery on Lerinus. His devotion to his faith, honed during his captivity, grows as he studies with the monks.Haunted by visions of the Gaels begging him to return to Ireland and share the word of God with them, Patricius gains support from Rome and his friends to return to the land of his captivity. His arrival is bitterly opposed by the druids, who have held power over the Irish kings for many years, and he and his companions must combat the druids to succeed in their God-given mission.

Trigger Warnings:

Sex, violence, swearing


Buy Links:

 

Available on #KindleUnlimited.

 

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/bwKZLZ

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-missionary/rowena-kinread/9781800160262

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Missionary-Rowena-Kinread/9781800160262


Excerpt

Excerpt 3 from “The Missionary” by Rowena Kinread

A blizzard swept across the landscape, icy hail biting into Patricius’ skin like sharp needles. He drew his cloak tighter around himself and followed Daithi’s rapid strides in a northern direction. They had set off at the break of dawn and Daithi said they must hurry to reach their destination before night fell. Daithi was an old man with a crooked back and a weather-beaten face. He held a wooden staff in his right hand and pushed it into the ground before him. Despite his age, he was surprisingly fit, and Patricius had trouble keeping up with his pace. They passed ploughed fields, farmsteads and fertile glens. Without stopping they battled on against an artic wind, blowing in from the Western Sea. As they reached higher land, the landscape became barren. Boggy moors with tufts of heather, now brown and uninviting, alternated with poor grazing land on unfertile soil.

Avidus ran all over the place, sniffing excitedly at all the new smells. Occasionally he startled a rabbit and chased it madly through the heather. He bounced up and down, nearly disappearing in the moors only to suddenly jump up again. His ears flopped up high and low. He never caught the rabbit, though. Patricius grinned at his antics; he looked so funny bobbing up and down in the heather. Daithi’s dog, Cú, trotted patiently beside them, but if Avidus wandered too far away, Daithi gave a short sharp whistle and Cú ran off to herd him back again. Ahead of them, half obscured by sleet, Patricius saw a mountain with a flat top.

Daithi paused a moment and pointed. “That’s where we’re going, Sliabh Mis.”

Patricius looked up and drew his breath in. His eyes widened. The mountain’s upper reaches had steep, rugged sides, barren and inhospitable. Despite a few rocks scattered here and there, the slopes were exposed to the elements. Sheep were scattered on hillside. He swallowed.

They followed a narrow downtrodden path, westwards around the mountain. A coppice snuggled against the bottom of the mountain wall, and entering it, Daithi said they would stop soon. A small lean-to, ramshackle shed was half hidden beside a huge boulder, under a beech tree. It was open at the front and didn’t look very solid, but Patricius hoped it might keep off some of the wind. He collected wood whilst Daithi struggled to kindle a fire with his flintstone. Sleet blew horizontally against the landscape. Patricius hugged his knees to his chest and pulled his rug tightly around his shoulders. The freezing cold seeped upwards through his body to its very core. White frosty icicles clung to Daithi’s eyebrows.

“Tomorrow I’ll take you to the summit,” Daithi said, “and we’ll check on the sheep.”

For six weeks Patricius wandered around Sliabh Mis with Daithi. Daithi examined the sheep.

“This one’s having twins,” he said. “Feel.” Patricius touched the ewe’s belly. Daithi shook his head. “Don’t be timid. Squeeze her with both hands.”

“Oh yes,” Patricius cried. “I can feel it moving!”

“Good, now try a bit further down, here.”

Patricius worked down the ewe’s belly, pushing against her sides with his fingers. “Yes,” he cried, “there’s another one, I can feel it!”

“Good. Now make sure you remember her. She’s a first-time mother and when she starts to lamb we may need to help her.”

Patricius looked at the herd of sheep. “How do you tell?” he asked. “They all look the same.”

“Ney.” Daithi spat on the ground. “She’s got speckles on her nose and a black rear foot.”

Patricius looked again and then at the other sheep. There were some small differences but there were six hundred sheep. “Can you tell all of them apart?”

“Aye.”

“I’ll never manage.”

“You won’t need to right away. I’ll show you the one- and two-year-olds, they haven’t been tupped yet. And then the first-time mothers. You won’t be alone this year. You’ve a lot to learn yet.”

He showed Patricius which sheep were expecting twins. Patricius tried to remember small differences; a floppy ear or curious nature. He couldn’t tell all of them apart but at least he recognised which the younger ones were and tried to note the sheep expecting twins.

As the days passed, the ground started freezing and the sheep had difficulty finding enough to eat. Three days before Yuletide they started herding the sheep together; bringing them down the mountain and moving them back towards Antrim. At a farmstead about a mile outside the ringfort, outdoor enclosures had been erected especially in wait of them. Here the sheep were separated. The one- and two-year-olds were put in one pen; the few rams in a smaller pen. The mothers-to-be were put into the most protected corral nearest to the farm and with a small shed.

“It depends on the weather,” Daithi explained. “Some lambs aren’t as strong as the others, and if it’s too cold, we’ll need to keep them in the shed.”

All the sheep needed extra feeding now. There was no longer enough food for them on the wintry mountain slopes, and the cattle had grazed the lowlands bare. They would stay here until Ostara. Patricius made sure they all had enough hay, and Daithi gave them water.

When the sheep were settled down, Daithi said they were to return to Antrim. He was looking forward to seeing his family again. Patricius started inwardly shaking.


Author


Rowena Kinread grew up in Ripon, Yorkshire. After leaving school she started working for Lufthansa in Stuttgart. There she met her future husband whom she married in Ripon. After raising 3 children, she began working as a secretary in a private physiotherapy practice. At the same time, she started writing non-fiction books and magazine articles. Retirement finally brought the financial security to start writing full length fiction. A keen interest in history and her own family ancestry inspired her debut novel “The Missionary”, the dramatic story about the life of St.Patrick.  A second book “The Scots of Dalriada” will be published this year. Ms. Kinread says that she welcomed retirement and all its wonderful opportunities to launch a third career.

 

Social Media Links:

 

Website: rowena-kinread.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RowenaKinread

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rowena.strittmatter

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowena-kinread-6b054b228/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rowenakinread/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rowena-kinread

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com.au/Rowena-Kinread/e/B09JXTK626

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21379391.Rowena_

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The Murder of Mr. Wickham~ Book Tour

Hello Darlings,

Today is my stop on the book tour for

The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

#MurderWickham @ClaudiaGray @VintageAnchor #AustenprosePR

The Murder of Mr. Wickham
By Claudia Gray

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Austenesque

Publisher: ‎Vintage (May 3, 2022)

Length: (400) page

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

ISBN: 978-0593313817

Tour Dates: April 25-May 8, 2022

 

Synopsis

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen’s Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang.


Advance Praise

“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith

“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review)

“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” Publishers Weekly

“Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose


BUY LINKS

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY | BOOKSHOP | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB


REVIEW

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 Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray is a perfect example of a Jane Austen inspired book infused with a murder mystery. Cleverly weaving some of our beloved Jane Austen’s characters from her six main novels, only with one that we are honestly glad of their demise. The despicable Mr. Wickham, who most of our fellow

Janeites have had many thoughts on his downfall.

We follow Mr. Knightley and Emma who are throwing a summer house party at Donwell Abbey. The invited house guests make up, relatives and friendly acquaintances. Mr. Mr. George Wickham arrives uninvited, and the weather is to treacherous for him to leave. As everyone is gathered, along with authors own inventive characters, Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney,

When the unthinkable or not so unthinkable thing happens. A murder occurs, and anyone could be the culprit. It falls on the shoulders of Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney, to uncover the guilty one.

I found setting to be perfect for a regency murder mystery, from the house to the unruly weather. The period details were spot on, and the dialogue was incredible.

The characters are older, and the reader is given a somewhat where are they now look into their lives. Claudia Gray, excels above all other authors in her ability to masterly integrates all of the Austen characters seamlessly together. Then she goes above that and infuses them into a lockroom mystery. Bravo!

Once I started reading I couldn’t stop, in this thrilling story. with its Agatha Christie inspired elements, along with a well developed group of characters. The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity made for engaging reading experience.

The excellent part of this book is you do not need to know the works, or characters from Jane Austen’s novel. The author’s narration is that good, and the book plot line stands on its own. Claudia Gray has found a devoted and loyal follower in me.

I am excited to read whatever she writes next!

I received a free copy of this book from Knopf Doubleday via Austenprose PR. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.



ABOUT JANE AUSTEN

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817. As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs.

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The Carnival of Ash by Tom BeckerleggeUltimate Tour

Hello Dear Readers

Today is my stop on book tour for

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

@The_WriteReads @Tbeckerlegge

#UltimateBlogTour

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Length: 528 Pages

Publishing: 15th March 2022

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1786185008/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58438204-the-carnival-of-ash

SYNOPSIS

An extravagant, lyrical fantasy about a city of poets and librarians. A city that never was.

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…


REVIEW

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 Carnival of Ash is set in an a real historical country but the Italian town Cadenza, is Tom Beckerlegge own creative imagined city. Historical time frame is during the late 1400s, early 1500s. Cadenza is enthralling towns full off wordsmiths, poetry, playwrights and wonderful libraries.

This compelling, and a little deviant tale is told in twelve Cantos, with each chapter having a new narrator. They are a mixture of highborn and unfortunates, all trudging through their lives as the city itself falls victim to ensemble events that tip it into utter chaos.

Through Tom Beckerlegge seamless narration, the reader is taken by the hand as tones switch, along with the genres effortlessly. Embroiling political intrigue, along exceptional world building made for an immersive storyline.

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge is a lush historical fiction with an alternate history.

Read, if you enjoy like I do:

Dark humor luscious classical renaissance prose, Literature, Italian gothic imagery, Political, Gritty, Sex

Please beware of the content and trigger warnings, of the dark sexual nature of this book. The book has a very dark and seedy sexual tone, that kinda is realistic to the timeframe of book.


REVIEW

Tom Beckerlegge grew up in the northwest of England in a house filled with books. Writing as Tom Becker, he won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut novel; The Carnival of Ash is his first adult book. He lives in Enfield with his wife and young son.

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Sofi and the Bone Song

Hello There Bookish Friends

Welcome to my stop on Sofi and the Bone Song Book Tour ♡

@tbrbeyondtours & @adriennetooley #sofiandthebonesong #TBRBeyondTours #adriennetooley

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: April 19th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Synopsis:

In this gorgeous, queer standalone fantasy, a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens!

Music runs in Sofi’s blood.

Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art.

Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges.

Almost like magic.

The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy.

As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.


REVIEW

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.

Sofi and the Bone Song

by Adrienne Tooley

SOFI & THE BONE SONG is a standalone fantasy about a young musician whose plan for her future falls apart when another girl wins the title she’s been training her whole life for. It’s got magic, music, taverns, an endless winter, sapphic romance, and an exploration and dismantling of the idea that people should suffer for their art.

Adrienne Tooley’s newest release is a lush and musical YA fantasy

Sofi life long dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a Musik. In the Kingdom of Aell, there are only five musicians in the whole country who hold a special license to preform and write original songs.

Never ending winter, the Kingdom of Aell, is blanked with snow and ice. Sofi has stringently dedicated her life to music and her goal to finally becoming a Musik like her father is abruptly halted when she is usurped by an unknown beautiful girl named Lara. That dream comes shattering to a halt, and her long countless hours of practicing has not resulted in the outcome she wished for.

Struggling with this epic loss and reeling in her father’s passing, she seeks to prove that Lara on the day of competition used illegal magic. Sofi steps up, and offers to accompany Lara on her tour and write her songs. Hoping to catch Laura and prove to herself and everyone else that she is not forthright. Sofi will allow Lara to take the credit in exchange Lara will make her her own apprentice. As the two girls spend more time together a close and budding relationship flourishes.

A coming of age emotional journey, readers will be given glimpse of Sofia’s past and see that it was completely taken up by intense training and she had no real childhood to speak of. She will come to turns what her father had been secretly holding from her, along with who her mother really was.

Adrienne Tooley, has written a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, along with a exceptional magical system. A budding sapphic romance that was lovely. The magic and political world system was easy to follow.

This book deals with a very realistic ongoing topic, and I found it was depicted in a thoughtful, emotional way. A YA fantasy that has substance, with a clear message, one of self love, and excepting who you are. To forge a new path when the one you thought you wanted is redirected.

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Margaret K. McElderry Books for the ARC


AUTHOR

Adrienne Tooley (she/her) 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, is out now from S&S/McElderry. Her second novel, SOFI AND THE BONE SONG, will release from S&S/McElderry in 2022. She can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @adriennetooley.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Tour Schedule

April 18th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review & Favorite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

April 19th
AndOnSheReads – Interview
Popthebutterfly Reads – Review
laura’s bookish corner – Review
Artfully Bookish – Review & Mood Board

April 20th
A Bookworm’s Chapters – Review & Favorite Quotes
Althea Is Reading – Review
Book Notes by Athina – Promotional Post

April 21st
Lemmi Bookmark That! – Interview, Review & Favorite Quotes
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Review
A Court of Runes and Roses – Review & Favorite Quotes

April 22nd
Fanna for Books – Review
Binded by Letters – Review
Book lover’s book reviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok
The Girl Who Reads – Review

April 23rd
Kait Plus Books – Interview & Mood Board
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
paperbacktomes – Top 5 Reasons to Read Sofi and the Bone Song

April 24th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Read With Serena – Review
Rainbows and Sunshine – Review
The Bookish Coven – Review

Instagram Schedule

April 18th
simplybeccamee – Review,
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
rampant_reading – Blogger’s Choice
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice

April 19th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice
booksandpops4000 – Blogger’s Choice
natashaleighton_ – Blogger’s Choice

April 20th
the_ya_assassin – 15 Reactions While Reading Sofi and the Bone Song
thebookcoverlover – Review
booknotes_athina – Blogger’s Choice

April 21st
alibraryofpages – Top 5 Reasons to Read Sofi and the Bone Song
lemmibookmarkthat – Blogger’s Choice
acourtofrunesandroses – Blogger’s Choice

April 22nd
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
thegalaxydreamer – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
bookstagramofmine – Blogger’s Choice

April 23rd
mulberryreas – Review
thisreadergirl – Review
paperbacktomes – Blogger’s Choice

April 24th
theenchantedshelf – Review & Playlist
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
sanvi.bhaisare – Blogger’s Choice
rainbowsandsunshinebookblog – Blogger’s Choice

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An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X R Pan

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for joining me today on my stop for

An Arrow to the Moon By Emily X R Pan

@tbrbeyondtours & @exrpan @LittleBrownYR

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Publishing date: April 12th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After

Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.

Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.

As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way.


Review

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 magically written YA book that blends Romeo and Juliet along with Asian mythology. A delightful tale that sucks you in from start to finish. The author’s lyrical writing is splendid, along with her exquisite ability to create a fairytale-esque dreamlike atmospheric imagery. The romance to me was more older YA, but so sweet and beautiful, which I have been missing so much in most of high fantasy YA reads lately. A storyline keeps readers entranced with its reincarnated gods living in California during the early 1990s. Told in multiple POV’s, easy to follow narration, likable characters. The bittersweet and heartbreaking ending will have lost for words.

Happy Reading!


Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times and National Indie bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. It was also an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Emily co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and teaches creative writing at New York University and other institutions. She lives on Lenape land (in Brooklyn, New York), but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow as well as the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera (2019). She spends her free time playing the mandolin, making art, and training her furry dog-beast to balance on strange objects. Her next novel, AN ARROW TO THE MOON, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

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Secrets of Rosenli Manor-Giveaway+Review

Hello Lovely Readers

Today is my stop on the Secrets of Rosenli Manor Blog Tour

#SecretsofRosenliManor #HeidiEljarbo #HFVBTBlogTours #bookgiveaway #historicalfiction

Secrets of Rosenli Manor
by Heidi Eljarbo

Publication Date: March 29, 2022

Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Mysteries of the Modern Ladies’ Society #1

Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series.

It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor.

In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not everyone is happy about the new mistress of Rosenli.

Intrigue, mystery, and a touch of romance in the Norwegian countryside fill the pages of Secrets of Rosenli Manor.

Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series.

It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor.

In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not everyone is happy about the new mistress of Rosenli.

Intrigue, mystery, and a touch of romance in the Norwegian countryside fill the pages of Secrets of Rosenli Manor.

“Secrets of Rosenli Manor is a delightful mystery about finding what was lost and the power of friendship. The sweet romance added a refreshing dimension to the theme of competent and capable women at a time when females were denied a proper voice. Eljarbo’s lovely writing brings the quaint Norwegian village alive through a cast of characters that will charm the reader from beginning to end.” -Julie Daines, bestselling author of Eleanor and the Iron King

Available on Amazon

Review

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 drawn historical fiction that kept me fully entertained and immersed within it absorbing pages.

Secrets of Rosenli Manor By Heidi Eljarbo, is the first installment in her newest book series, the Mysteries of the Modern Ladies Society. Set in 1898 in Norway, we follow Lilly Marie Larsen, a remarkable young woman. She has thrown off the bonds that society has placed upon women during her era, to become an educated woman accountant.

When she was younger before her mother passed away she would accompany her to her Aunt Agatha Strands Manor Estate in Class Cove. Her fondest memories of her time spent at Rosenli Manor, and it’s grounds. Lilly’s family has held such animosity towards her Aunt Agatha, for success and her strong will. Spiteful and pessimistic, her father and his siblings felt that Aunt Agatha, should have spread her wealth amongst the family. They harbor jealous resentment towards Aunt Agatha and her prosperity.

In a series of events sweet natured Lilly becomes the sole hier to her aunts entire estate, which includes a thriving business and the Swiss chalet-styled Rosenli Manor. Lilly will have to keep her wits about her, if she is to discover a mystery that her late Aunt has set before her, as her greedy family members seek her downfall.

Heidi Eljarbo swift and seamless narration captivated from page one. I found this historical mystery story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, exciting. The characters are well developed and I especially loved our heroine. Watching her growth from a naive young woman and realizing the harsh realities of those who seek her downfall. Readers are given several twists, and I especially enjoyed this books budding heartfelt romance. The author does a superb job in setting up for the ending for the next book in the series. I excited to see how this storyline unfolds and how everything is played out.

Secrets of Rosenli Manor By Heidi Eljarbo is an exceptional historical book set during the turn of the century. Along with a fabulous heroine you can root for, and a delightful mystery that keeps you turning the pages.

Happy Reading !


About the Author

Heidi Eljarbo writes historical fiction. She grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as a freelance writer, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

If you would like to know more, please visit Heidi’s website. You can also follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, April 12
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads

Wednesday, April 13
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, April 14
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, April 15
Review at Bookworlder

Saturday, April 16
Review at The Page Ladies

Monday, April 18
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, April 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, April 20
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, April 22
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, April 25
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, April 28
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Friday, April 29
Review at Novels Alive
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Secrets of Rosenli Manor & Of Darkness and Light by Heidi Eljarbo!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on April 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Sense and Second-Degree Murder

Hi There Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price

Jane Austen Murder Mystery #2

Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price
Jane Austen Murder Mystery #2

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction Mystery
Publishing date: April 5th, 2022

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Synopsis:

Three of Jane Austen’s classic novels receive a murder mystery makeover in this romantic and thrilling three-book series that’s perfect for fans of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Stalking Jack the Ripper. In Sense and Second-Degree Murder, aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood and her sister Marianne, a budding detective, work together to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.

When eighteen-year-old aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood discovers her beloved father slumped over the desk of his office study, she knows his death means dire straits for the Dashwood women. To make matters worse, an outdated will entails his estate—including Norland & Company, the private investigation firm where her younger sister Marianne worked as her father’s partner and protégé—to their half-brother and his haughty wife, who waste no time in forcing the Dashwoods out of their home and into a cramped apartment on London’s Barton Street.

But before they go, the Dashwood sisters make a startling discovery that points to foul play, and the killer might be family.

Obviously, the girls must investigate. It could be dangerous; it could ruin their reputations; and most importantly, it won’t bring back their father. But if the Dashwood sisters can combine their talents and bring their father’s murderer to justice, it may bring them all some comfort—and it might even lead to love.


REVIEW

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.

Hello gracious readers

Tirzah Price once again continues to delight readers in her second installment in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries. Fans of her previous work will find this just as captivating as Pride and Premeditation. As well as new readers and Janeite devotes, will find this fresh new take a rewarding reading experience.

The Dashwood sisters lives take downward turn for the worst, with the sudden death of their father. Mr Dashwood, a private investigator is found dead, in his study by his daughter Elinor. This turn of events the Dashwood sisters lives take downward turn for the worst.Cast out of their home by their half brother and his greedy wife, all because of an outs dated will. All three Dashwood Daughters and their Mother are left penniless.

Marianne Dashwood aspiring to follow in her father’s footsteps, notices something is not right, and foul play maybe afoot. The Dashwood’s are determined to uncover exactly what their father really died from and why. Strong willed Marianne, brainy Elinor, and the youngest Daswood, intrepid Margaret.All must work together as this twisty turvy mystery is to be unraveled.

This was such a delightful fun read. The characters,and the Jane Austen spin was really delightful to read. The romance was just as it should be considering the the time and era. I also enjoyed that this installment was a little more true in its time period details.

Happy Reading


AUTHOR

Tirzah Price grew up on a farm in Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on and never outgrew her love for YA fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a former bookseller and librarian. Now, she’s a contributing editor at Book Riot, where she can be found recommending books on the site, newsletters, podcasts, and social media accounts. When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters.

Tirzah is pronounced TEER-zuh. Pronouns are she/her.

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THE QUARTER STORM

Welcome to My stop on

THE QUARTER STORM

by Veronica G. Henry Official Blog Tour.

 

 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ 47North (March 1, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 287 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542033918
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542033916

 
Praise for THE QUARTER STORM

“…this hits the sweet spot of eschewing overdone tropes while retaining the familiar elements that draw fans to the genre. Readers will hope to see more of Mambo Reina.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Quarter Storm conjures up an intriguing mystery that draws readers away from New Orleans’s famous tourist spots for a story filled with twists, turns, and unexpected discoveries that will leave them eager for more. Because there’s no better sleuth to handle a murder in New Orleans than a Vodou priestess.” ―Nicole Glover, author of The Conductors

“Henry gives us a captivating mystery full of fantasy and African traditional religion, as well as a bewitching investigator, rooted in her faith, dedicated to her community, and dogged in her pursuit of the truth.” ―Eden Royce, author of Root Magic

 

A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred.

Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors.

After a ritual slaying in the French Quarter, police arrest a fellow vodouisant. Detective Roman Frost, Reina’s ex-boyfriend—a fierce nonbeliever—is eager to tie the crime, and half a dozen others, to the Vodou practitioners of New Orleans. Reina resolves to find the real killer and defend the Vodou practice and customs, but the motives behind the murder are deeper and darker than she imagines.

As Reina delves into the city’s shadows, she untangles more than just the truth behind a devious crime. It’s a conspiracy. As a killer wields dangerous magic to thwart Reina’s investigation, she must tap into the strength of her own power and faith to solve a mystery that threatens to destroy her entire way of life.

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–  3 Winners will receive a Copy of THE QUARTER STORM by Veronica G. Henry.
– 1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

 

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 highly entertaining urban fantasy from Veronica Henry who brought you the book Bacchanal.Veronica Henry sophomore book is an enjoyable urban fantasy detective story. The author does a wonderful job bringing the sights and sounds of Nola to life. Giving the reader cultural and descriptive details, including Haitian beliefs.

Urban fantasy readers will have to definitely pick this one up.


 
 
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Veronica Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a bit of a rolling stone ever since. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop and a member of SFWA.

Veronica is proud to be of Sierra Leonean ancestry and counts her trip home as the most important of her life. She now writes from North Carolina, where she eschews rollerballs for fountain pens and fine paper. Other untreated addictions include chocolate and cupcakes.

Veronica’s debut novel, Bacchanal, is out now and available at bookstores and libraries everywhere.

 
       
WEEK ONE
MARCH 28th MONDAY JeanBookNerd EXCERPT
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MARCH 30th WEDNESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
MARCH 30th WEDNESDAY Insane About Books EXCERPT
MARCH 31st THURSDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
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APRIL 4th MONDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
APRIL 5th TUESDAY BookHounds REVIEW
APRIL 6th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
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My Queen, My Love: A Novel of Henrietta Maria

Hello Gracious Readers

Thanks for joining me on the blog tour for

My Queen, My Love by Elena Maria Vidal!

Publication Date: November 25, 2021
Mayapple Books
Paperback & eBook; 284 pages

Series: The Henrietta of France Trilogy Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biography

The youngest daughter of Henri IV, the first Bourbon King of France, Henriette-Marie always knew she would have to marry a prince. When the Prince of Wales, Charles Stuart, travels through Paris he sees her dancing at the Louvre and within two years a marriage is arranged. However, Henriette is Catholic and Catholicism is banned in England. In preparing to become Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, Henriette has no idea of the obstacles that must be overcome before she can find happiness with Charles. The main hindrance, she soon realizes, is not the difference in religion but Charles’ best friend, George Villiers, the handsome Duke of Buckingham, who is resolved to subdue Henriette to his will. Buckingham forgets that Henriette is also half Medici and underestimates her determination to succeed as well as the depth of her love for Charles. My Queen, My Love is the first novel in the Henrietta of France Trilogy by acclaimed author Elena Maria Vidal. It describes the early years of the tumultuous marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria which preceded the English Civil Wars of the Seventeenth Century.

Available on Amazon
Praise

“Elena Maria Vidal’s new historical novel captivated me from the beginning. The fascinating story of the often tumultuous life of Henrietta Maria of France, a devout Catholic Queen living in post-Reformation England, is beautifully written. This will especially be appreciated by readers who want to immerse themselves in the world of 17th century England and France. The characters are well-developed and believable. I highly recommend this remarkable book to all who enjoy a compelling story.” —Ellen Gable, award-winning author

“Like the works by Sharon Kay Penman and other exceptional historical fiction authors, My Queen, My Love takes the reader on an intense journey back in time, allowing the reader to feel immersed in the era, the events, the people, the loves and the tragedies (and so much more). Beautifully told.” —Readers’ Favorite

“With My Queen, My Love, E.M. Vidal has brought Henrietta Maria’s passion and character to life with remarkable skill.” —Andrea Zuvich, author of Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain

“Elena Maria Vidal envelops readers in period detail with each rustle of silk, every whispered prophecy. A richly told tale of intrigue and betrayal, loyalty and hope, My Queen, My Love rushes headlong towards the tumultuous history of the English Civil War.” —Mary Jo Anderson, author of Male and Female He Made Them

“Henrietta Maria’s life is so richly improbable that it’s unusual that she hasn’t attracted the attention of more historical novelists. Now, we have an exciting, beautifully-researched, and sympathetic first installment in a new trilogy inspired by this remarkable seventeenth-century queen.” —Gareth Russell, author of A History of the English Monarchy: From Boadicea to Elizabeth I and An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors


Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of My Queen, My Love by Elena Maria Vidal!

My Queen My Love

The giveaway is open to the US & Canada only and ends on April 8th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


REVIEW

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 Queen, My Love by Elena Maria Vidal!

My Queen, My Love’, is the first installment by E.M. Vidal, That looks to be a captivating trilogy about Queen Henrietta Maria of England.

This is a love story between Charles I King of England, Scotland, and Ireland and his bride Henrietta Maria. The first book that I have come across that has actually featured Henrietta Maria as the main POV. The book is wonderfully detailed with rich atmospheric imagery of court life.

A Bourbon Princess arrives in England naïve of the political and religious intrigue turmoil that had been brooding. England was not only staunchly Protestant, but it was actively against Catholics and all foreigners.

Henrietta realizes that finding happiness and peace within her marriage she will need to keep her wits about her if she is going to survive. Desiring domestic bliss Henrietta becomes all to aware who her archenemy, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.

This treacherous opportunist, is one of the kings favorites, who will stop at nothing. Causing the newlyweds a steady flow of marital conflict. The country’s unfavored Duke of Buckingham will find an unrelenting opponent with Henrietta, after all her mother is Marie de’ Medici.

Henrietta is one to root for as we see the very young bride overcome so many obstacles. Particularly because she is a devout Catholic, and by the actions of the villainess character, George Villiers.

The author take great care to include a vast amount of characters, which made for a more rewarding read for me. A book to catapult its readers into the turbulent era of England in the 1600’s. From the beginning I was hooked and read this one in a day.

Historical fiction at it’s finest. This was an exceptional portrait of a the wife of Charles I. Brought stunningly to life, with seamless narration and three dimensional characters, a true treasure piece of historical fiction.

E.M. Vidal meticulous research and descriptive writing, has brought one of England’s most tragic queens, Henrietta Maria, vividly to life.

I highly recommend this book to book lover everywhere, who enjoy historical fiction.

Happy Reading ♡


AUTHOR

Elena Maria Vidal was born in Florence, Oregon in 1962 but grew up in Frederick County, Maryland. She received her BA in Psychology from Hood College and her MA in Modern European History from SUNY Albany. She has been a member of the Secular Order of Mount Carmel since 1986. Elena enjoys cooking, gardening, opera and working with the elderly. She lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her family. She is currently engaged in writing a historical fiction trilogy about Queen Henrietta Maria. Elena’s Tea at Trianon blog deals with social, religious and political issues as well as history. My Queen, My Love is her fifth novel and sixth book.

For more information please visit Elena’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 4
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, April 5
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

Wednesday, April 6
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, April 7
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Friday, April 8
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Excerpt at Passages to the Past