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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.

20 12, 2016

Review: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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innkeeper of ivy hill book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

When Jane Bell’s husband, John, died in a mysterious hit and run accident, Jane inherited the family business–a coaching inn aptly named The Bell. As a married woman, Jane could not own any property but her position as a widow exempted her from the restriction.

Brought up at a pampered estate and having married down with John, Jane knows nothing about running a business. Fortunately, finding out that the inn is leveraged to the hilt due to John’s unscrupulous borrowing and realizing that the livelihood of many families is in her hands spurs Jane to action. With the help of her recently returned mother-in-law Thora, her horse handler Gabriel Locke, former manager Talbot, and to varying degrees her brother-in-law Patrick, Jane works to formulate a plan that will convince her lenders that The Bell is worth another chance.

19 12, 2016

Blog Tour: You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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you're the cream in my coffee book coverPlease join Jennifer Lamont Leo, author of You’re the Cream in My Coffee, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Wow! What a sure-footed debut novel! Furthermore, it’s a book that could be read and enjoyed by anyone–regardless of age or gender or religious beliefs (or non-beliefs.) It’s an entirely unoffensive, enjoyable book. The author says she loves ‘history’ and proves it with her immaculate research. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine you’re in the Chicago of 1928, or in the world-famous glamorous Marshall Field’s Department store.

18 12, 2016

Review: Death Among Rubies by R.J. Koreto

By | December 18th, 2016|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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death among rubies book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

R.J. Koreto’s first book, Death on the Sapphire, established a dangerous precedent. It was SO enjoyable, it prompted one to wonder–would he be able to maintain that level of excellence in future books? I am more than delighted to say YES!!! He could and did with Death Among Rubies, a new mystery featuring the independent, intrepid and intelligent Lady Frances Ffolkes, and her trusty (also intelligent!) maid, June Mallow.

One could almost believe the author lived during those early years of the twentieth Century, so real is his interpretation of it. There were very few women of the Lady Frances type in these years, but she is very real in these books.

17 12, 2016

Review: An American in Scotland by Karen Ranney

By | December 17th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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american in scotland book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

How far will a woman go to protect her family? Rose MacIain, a beautiful woman with a painful past, goes from southern United States to Scotland during the Civil War to protect hers.

Rose travels to Scotland to barter with Duncan MacIaian, a distant relative of her brother-in-law Bruce, in order to save her sister and niece – and the slaves that are still left at the plantation – after Bruce leaves them to fight the Confederate cause.

Duncan owns a mill that doesn’t have cotton, and when Rose comes into his life offering just that, the last complication he needs is to be smitten with her.