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18 04, 2017

Book Preview: Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Lilli de Jong
by Janet Benton

Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Nan A. Talese
Hardcover & eBook; 352 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Literary

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A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses to keep her.

Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli de Jong enters a home for wronged women to deliver her child. She is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond overtakes her heart. Mothers in her position face disabling prejudice, which is why most give up their newborns. But Lilli can’t

17 04, 2017

Blog Tour: Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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hard hearted highlander book coverPlease join Julia London, author of Hard-Hearted Highlander, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

To celebrate the release of Hard-Hearted Highlander, enter to win a $50 gift card below!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Hard-Hearted Highlander, book three in the Highland Grooms series by Julia London, revolves around Rabbie Mackenzie, a Scot who has hardened his heart because of a lost love.

Bernadette lost everything – including her reputation – when she fell in love with the wrong man and ran away with him to be wed. After being found by her father and having her marriage annulled (among other things that broke her spirit), she is now a governess to Avaline, a young and naive Englishwoman who has been promised to a Scotsman. However, when Bernadette meets this Scotsman and determines that he is no match for her charge, she is determined to do everything that she can to find a way for Avaline to get out of it–even though she finds herself daydreaming about the Scot in her spare time.

13 04, 2017

Review: The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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echo of twilight book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Love, betrayal, heartbreak, and the bonds of friendship are center-most in Judith Kinghorn’s The Echo of Twilight. Pearl Gibson is about to embark on a new journey as a lady’s maid. As her travels bring her to her new post, she encounters a charming young artist named Ralph, and a forbidden love is born. Settling into her new position, Pearl develops an unusual friendship with her employer, Ottoline, one that will shape her future in ways she never could have seen coming, bringing her the greatest joy she could ever know and the deepest sadness she will ever experience.

11 04, 2017

Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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orphan's tale book coverReviewed by Savannah Sawyer

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff was life changing in a way that I’ve never experienced with any other book. I picked up this novel thinking it was simply an account of a girl who snatched an infant from a train cart destined for doom on a terribly freezing night. Instead, Jenoff gifted me the privilege of following Noa on her journey and witnessing her transformation from a timid young girl to a resilient and self-assured aerialist.

Noa was kicked out of her home mercilessly by her father after spending a long night under the sheets and becoming pregnant with a German man at the fresh age of fifteen. She sought refuge at a home for pregnant, vagrant women, planning to give up her baby the moment it was born. Noa gave birth shortly after arriving, and bonded with her baby before having him snatched away and more than likely sent to imminent death since he wasn’t the Aryan baby that most favored in Nazi-Germany. After giving birth, Noa became truly homeless.

9 04, 2017

Review: The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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secret language of women book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Secret Language of Women is a novel full of love, beauty, intrigue and deception. Zhou Bin Lian is different from her peers. Born to a Chinese mother and a Swiss father, Lian has striking green eyes that make her a bit of an anomaly in China in the 1800s. Lian also assists her father, a doctor, with his practice and is a skilled healer. When her father is called to treat an Italian diplomat who has fallen ill, Lian meets a handsome Italian sailor and her life will never be the same. After meeting Giacomo, Lian’s life fills with light, even though it ultimately is short-lived and the connection that the two share is enjoyable to witness/watch unfurl.

7 04, 2017

Review: A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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a bridge across the ocean book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Have you ever started a book and found yourself unsure of where the author was going to take you? Well, that is where I began my journey through A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I entered a world of ghosts, intrigue and ethereal people. Believe me, I don’t think I will be the same after reading this book.

The plot bounces back and forth between many different time periods, including present day California, and 1940s Boston, England and France. There are many characters who are a part of the tale, but all are connected in some manner or another. Even if only by the fact that they can see ghosts, or people from other dimensions.

31 03, 2017

Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |2 Comments

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while the duke was sleeping book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What happens when you save the man whom you’ve only ever admired from afar from certain death and then subsequently get mistaken for his fiancé? Flower shop girl Poppy Fairchild experiences this firsthand in While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan.

Poppy has had a schoolgirl crush on the Duke of Autenberry since he first began coming into the flower shop. Aside from the occasion polite nod or order, he hardly even pays her any attention. However, when she saves him from getting hit by a carriage, and then gets saved by his brother, Struan Mackenzie, things quickly change. She may have saved him from certain death, but the Duke is still in a coma, and when her mutterings about being destined to marry him are heard by a member of his staff, things get complicated.

27 03, 2017

Blog Tour: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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enemies of versailles book coverPlease join Sally Christie, author of The Enemies of Versailles, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

There are 5 copies of the book for grabs–enter here by 3/31!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

In The Enemies of Versailles, the conclusion to The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Louis XV’s wife and mistress – Marie Leszczyńska and Madame de Pompadour – have both passed away and the aging King is swept away by the stunningly beautiful Jeanne Becu. Jeanne is young and vivacious and the perfect antidote to the King who is beginning to feel the weight of his years.

25 03, 2017

Review: Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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why do dukes fall in love book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? is the fourth book in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series. Though I have not read the previous three novels in this series, this book seems so loosely tied to them, that it could be a standalone.

When Edwina’s husband dies, she is surprised to see that he left her, and their daughter Gertrude, absolutely no money to take care of them. In desperation to provide for her daughter, Edwina seeks the advice of her friend, Carolyn, who owns an employment agency. And luckily, Carolyn has just the thing for her.

20 03, 2017

Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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elusive miss ellison book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you choose to read The Elusive Miss Ellison because you love Regency, you might wish to investigate first, then choose. On the other hand, if you want a ‘Christian’ story, this might well be just your cup of tea.

For the life of me, I can not understand why a person would choose to set a book in the Regency period, and not include any part of the glitter and glam and sparkle and above all – wit! — that made it one of the most interesting decades of all time Technically, the Regency was from 1811-1820, when Prince George served in lieu of his father, King George III, who was ill. The younger man became George IV on the death of his father, and was king until his death in 1830, so some sources extend the Regency from 1800 until 1830, when the next brother, William, became King. Still, it is not a totally elastic time frame.