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16 02, 2017

Review: His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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his scandalous kiss book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes, a masquerade ball is the perfect place to find a soulmate…at least it is for Lady Mary.

Lady Mary has already decided that she doesn’t want to lose her independence by getting married when her parents leave her with her aunt for that very reason–to find a husband. However, when she sees a beautiful painting and decides to base her dress for a ball off of that painting, she doesn’t expect the repercussions. Her dazzling appearance has men flocking to her side in hopes of winning her hand in marriage; one of which she feels a spark with.

Richard Heartly didn’t even want to go to the masquerade ball, but when he sees a beautiful woman in a simple, yet stunning gown, and feels an instant spark as they dance, he is happy he did.

7 02, 2017

Review: The French Orphan by Michael Stolle

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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the french orphan book coverReviewed by R.A. Donley

It’s Three Musketeers time! Of that milieu, at least, with Richelieu as primary villain.

Teenaged Pierre, a poor orphan placed “at the famous monastery school in the city of Reims” is destined for life as a village priest or other lowly religious rank, and in the meantime is treated to corporal punishment, occasional starvation and approaches by homosexual monks who lack adequate bodily hygiene. Because, of course, that is how poor orphans were treated in France during the seventeenth century.

1 02, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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worthington wife book coverPlease join Sharon Page, author of The Worthington Wife, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

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Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

There is much to appreciate in this story of tradition. On the one side is the continuous story of the Worthington family and the privileges they receive as part of the nobility. On the other is the effect of being literally disowned and left with no resources for even basic survival. Patrimony is responsible for both of these conditions–and it is both the strength and the weakness of England. Daughters may not inherit unless the ‘letters patent’ were originally created to make allowances for such an eventuality. This does happen, but not often enough.

19 01, 2017

Review: The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |4 Comments

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fairest of them all book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

After dissolving the terms of his arranged marriage to Elin Morris because his brother, Benedict, fell in love with her, Gavin Whitridge is on the search for a suitable woman to take as his wife. However, with not wanting just a marriage of convenience, but a marriage to someone he loves and who makes his blood boil, his quest isn’t nearly as easy as it would seem–even if he is the Duke of Baynton.

Lady Charlene Blanchard is in the care of her aunt, a penniless actress and scriptwriter. Because of their struggle to survive – and because she likes the thrill – Char has been making ends meet by picking the pockets of those better off than she. However, when she is handpicked because of her beauty and bloodline as a potential bride for the Duke of Baynton, she begins to think things may turn around for her.

17 01, 2017

Blog Tour: Beyond Derrynane by Kevin O’Connell

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |3 Comments

beyond derrynane book coverPlease join Kevin O’Connell, author of Beyond Derrynane, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

About the book (publisher’s description)

Wed in an arranged marriage to a man nearly fifty years her senior, sixteen-year-old Eileen O’Connell goes from being one of five unmarried sisters to become the mistress of Ballyhar, the great estate of John O’Connor, one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Ireland.

When O’Connor dies suddenly seven months into their marriage, Eileen must decide whether she will fulfill her brother’s strategic goals for her family by marrying her late husband’s son.

16 01, 2017

Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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chasing lady amelia book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Chasing Lady Amelia, the second novel in the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series written by Maya Rodale, is a tale of what happens when a lady decides she’s tired of acting like one, and when a gentlemen decides to let her.

Amelia Cavendish was thrown into a role that she never wanted to play when her brother, James, became a Duke. Now that they have traveled back to England from America, she not only has to wear uncomfortable dresses and shoes that pinch her toes, but she also has to act like a lady. She can no longer use crude language or explore places on her own…or really explore places at all. Instead, she’s stuck going to balls with the same boring men with the end goal of getting married–or being forced to get married.

11 01, 2017

Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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perilous undertaking book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Books by Ms. Raybourn are so marvelously complex that the temptation for a reviewer is to write a long review in order to do justice to the story. This is especially difficult if the reviewer is already prone to overlong reviews. Mea culpa.

In London of 1887, eccentricity meets rigid society rules and they have a great adventure. We’re fortunate to be allowed to accompany them! This is the second  adventure of Veronica Speedwell, an emancipated woman if ever there was one – prone to dashing off to exotic places in pursuit of her trade – she’s a certified lepidopterist. For this story, however, she is back in London, sharing a cottage with a fellow scientist, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, whom she calls Stoker. There is an attraction between them, but allowing It to grow would only complicate things, so it stays very low key.

30 12, 2016

Blog Tour: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Cultural Heritage, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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the golden son book coverPlease join Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of The Golden Son, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Nina Longfield

In a rural province of India, young Anil Patel witnesses secondhand the miracle of modern medicine when a traveling clinic restores health to a baby girl and faith within the family. Anil is then determined to enter the medical field with his father’s blessings. Anil’s father sees medicine as an honorable calling and encourages his son’s pursuit giving him permission to remain home away from the fields so he can study, which Anil does morning to night.

29 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Marlene by C.W. Gortner

By | December 29th, 2016|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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marlene book coverPlease join C.W. Gortner, author of Marlene, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

The Golden Age of Hollywood has always held a unique fascination for me, with so much glamour and mystery surrounding the lives of the various players that just begs to be explored. Given this I had a vague idea of who Marlene Dietrich was even if I didn’t know much about her personal life. After reading and enjoying a number of books by author C.W. Gortner I did know, however, that I was in for a treat and was bound to learn a great deal in the process. What I didn’t expect was to discover such a rare and remarkable woman that is truly beyond compare.

28 12, 2016

Review: The Debt of Tamar by Nicole Dweck

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: Cultural Heritage, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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debt of tamar book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Every life tells a story. While we may feel our story is a novel, it may really be a chapter in a much bigger drama that extends beyond our lifetime. In her tale, The Debt of Tamar, Nicole Dweck captures a sense of how our lives and the ways we live have the opportunity to impact others long after we are gone. Using a narrative that covers several centuries, the story begins in the 16th century with a wealthy family forced to flee Spain during a time when being a Jew was a crime. Having practiced her faith secretly for many years, Dona Antonia realizes that the time has come for her and her daughter and nephew to flee before they are discovered.