Historical Fiction

#BlogTour | A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman #ALadysGuideToMischief #AuthorInterview #HFVBTBlogTours @Difreeman001 @HFVBT

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Hello, sunshines, I am super excited to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; A Lady’s Guide To Mischief by Dianne Freeman. I can’t wait to share this fabulous book with you all, plus I have an exclusive interview with Dianne and there is a little giveaway at the end. I hope you love it as much as I do.

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman

Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books

Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Book 3

 

 

In Dianne Freeman’s charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister’s wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.

London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits—shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.

But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it’s not simply the arrival of Frances’s socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these “accidents” are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily’s fiancé, Leo. Frances’s mother is unimpressed by Lily’s groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with George—a man who loves her for much more than her dowry—she heartily approves of Lily’s choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas.

As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll…

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Hi, Dianne Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Thank you. It’s lovely to be here!

Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Devious, diabolical troublemaker—when writing!

Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder is the third book in the Countess of Harleigh mystery series. My sleuth, Frances Wynn is a former American heiress and now widow to the Earl of Harleigh. She needs a venue outside of London to hold a speedy wedding for her sister. When her own fiancé offers his family home in Hampshire, she thinks her problems are solved. All she has to do is route the guests to Risings, join a shooting party which is already in progress, organize a small wedding for the end of the week. What could possibly go wrong?

I couldn’t resist the lure of a country house party and only wish I could attend one myself. Instead, I created one for my characters to enjoy. Eating, drinking, and flirting are the main attractions. In Mischief and Murder, it’s October, so, of course, the gentlemen are shooting, but there’s no shortage of amusements for the ladies either—riding, a visit to the village, rambling across the extensive grounds, or challenging the maze. There are picnic luncheons and archery competitions, mysterious accidents, and murder! After all, what’s a country house party without a murder?

This book sounds amazing, thank you, When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

I read quite a bit. I also enjoy long walks and working in the garden—I can be active while my mind gets to wander in its own direction.

If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’m going to cheat on this one a little and say it would have to be a time-share so I can keep going somewhere different. There are just too many places I haven’t been or want to visit again to choose just one place. I would start with Paris since I’ve been trying to get there for the past two years and it just hasn’t worked out.

If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?

Since I write a series, I’d hope to start at the beginning with A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder. I have to admit I had to get assistance with choosing an actress to play Frances—and the popular answer is Saoirse Ronan. After seeing her as Jo in Little Women, I agree!

When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

I am definitely a plotter, which doesn’t mean I don’t deviate from that plot once I start writing, but I do want a structure to start with. Because I write crime fiction, I also plot the crime—the who, what, where, when, why, and how—before doing anything else. That way I know what motivated the criminal and what type of person my protagonist is up against.

What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Make sure you really love writing. There are so many easier ways to make a living and so many ways this career can break your heart. If you find joy in writing, that won’t matter. You get to do what you love.

Read, read, read!

Find your tribe—a group of like-minded people who really understand this writing thing you do.

Those are brilliant tips If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

This could go so many ways, but I think I’ll stick with literary dinner companions and choose Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and Janet Evanovich. I’ve often thought if the latter two had ever collaborated, they’d have come up with a character like my Frances. It would be interesting to find out if I’m right. Jane Austen, just because!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Diane. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Anything I can pick up one at a time with my fingers—generally peanuts or popcorn.

Thank you, Frankie x

Thank you, Dianne, it was lovely chatting with you!

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About the Author

Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didn’t like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona. She’s been nominated for an Agatha and the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and won the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 3
Review & Excerpt at Probably at the Library

Tuesday, August 4
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, August 5
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Thursday, August 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Friday, August 7
Review at Bookish Rantings

Monday, August 10
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, August 11
Review at Bookworlder
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, August 12
Review at Hallie Reads

Thursday, August 13
Review at Book Bustle

Friday, August 14
Review & Excerpt at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, August 17
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, August 18
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Wednesday, August 19
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, August 20
Feature at I’m Into Books

Friday, August 21
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Passages to the Past

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder + a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 21st. You must be 18 or older to enter.

 

#BlogTour | Clouds Of Love And War by Rachel Billington #CloudsofLoveandWar #Review @Bookollective @UnicornPubGroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the brilliant blog tour for; Clouds of Love and War by Rachel Billington. I can’t wait to share my review of the compelling book with you all, I hope you love it as much as I do. 

Clouds Of Love And War by Rachel Billington

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Universe

Format: ebook, paperback

Occasionally panoramic, more often intimate, in Clouds of Love and War author Rachel Billington balances a detailed and highly researched picture of the life of a Second World War Spitfire pilot with the travails and ambitions of a young woman too often on her own. The result is both a gripping story of war and a sensitive story of love, a love that struggles to survive.

Eddie and Eva meet on the eve of the Second World War. Eddie only wants to be a flyer, to find escape in the clouds from his own complicated family. However, the Battle of Britain makes a pilot’s life a dangerous way to flee reality. Eva has her own passionate longing: to become a painter. When Eva’s Jewish mother disappears to Germany, she is left alone with her elderly father. Both Eddie and Eva come of age at a time that teaches them that happiness is always fleeting, but there are things worth living – or dying – for.

Through the connecting stories of these young people and their wider families, and against a background of southern county airfields, London, Oxford, Dorset and France, Rachel Billington brings the world of war time England, now eighty years in the past, back to life.

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This is one of those books where you can’t say too much about as there is so much of the plot entangled with Eva and Eddies’ lives and the people they are, it’s actually a hard book to write a review for as there is so much I want to say about it but can’t as I would most likely give away the entire story.

Eddie has flying running through his veins, he is never happier than when he is in his beloved Spitfire swirling and circling the clouds, he has an unrelenting yearning for danger as he propels himself into the skies. But that one love soon has a rival for his affections when he meets Eva, a painter who is at times lost in her own thoughts as she has her head in those very clouds Eddie loves so much. There is so much soul searching and self-discovery for both Eva and Eddie, I think they are both lonely and very solitary creatures, which are drawn together in this turbulent world where the war has taken hold and there is so much uncertainty. There is a sweetness to them that is so beautifully captured, the overall book the flawless writing brings these two compelling and intricate personalities to life.

This is such a different take on the traditional WW2 set novel, there is an ethereal feel to it when reading you feel as though you are swirling amongst those very clouds that are so important to the overall plot. The writing is flawlessly vivid, it’s richly textured and detailed, you are transported right back to the war. You experience everything that Eddie and Eva do as though you were living the story right beside them.

This is a beautiful, compelling and stunning portrayal of what life was really like during the early years of WW2, and highly recommend for all historical fiction fans and those who love this era.

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About the Author

Rachel Billington worked in television in London and New York before taking up full-time writing in 1968. Her first novel All Things Nice was set in sixties New York. Her latest novel for adults is Clouds of Love and War, about a Spitfire pilot in the Second World War and the girl who falls in love with him.

Rachel Billington has written twenty three novels, one novella,  several books for children, and three non-fiction books.

She has also written and continues to write journalism for newspapers both in the UK and the US, including a three year stint as a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph.

Website http://www.rachelbillington.com

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#BlogTour | A Flame Through Eternity by Anna Belfrage #AFlameThroughEternity #HFVBTBlogTours @abelfrageauthor @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful blog tour for; A Flame Through Eternity by Anna Belfrage. Not only will I be sharing this intriguing book, but I also have an exclusive excerpt for you all. Plus there is a chance for you to win a copy, I hope you love it as much as I do.

A Flame Through Eternity by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: December 2, 2019
Publisher: Timelight Press

Series: The Wanderer, Book Three
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

It started 3,000 years ago. It ends now. Who survives the final confrontation?

According to Helle Madsen, being the protagonist of a time-spanning epic love story has some things going for it, primarily Jason Morris. Because seriously, meeting up with your fated lover after 3 000 years apart is not bad—at all. Unfortunately, where Jason goes, there goes Sam Woolf, yet another very, very ancient acquaintance—with the fundamental difference that Sam is not into Happily Ever After. He’s into destruction, more specifically of Jason and Helle.

Helle may believe in second-chance love, but she sure doesn’t believe in reincarnation. Okay, she didn’t believe in stuff like that until she met Jason Morris a year or so ago. By now, she has accepted that sometimes impossible things are quite, quite possible—like an ancient princess being reborn as an ambitious financial analyst.

Finding Jason was like finding the part of her that had always been missing—a perfect match. But handling Sam Woolf, the reborn version of their ancient nemesis is something of a trial. No sooner do you have him well and surely beat, but up he bounces again. Sheesh, will it take an oak stake to permanently rid their lives of him?

Sam Woolf is a powerful adversary. Too powerful, even. Jason and Helle will need help from unexpected quarters to finally bring this tangled, ancient love-and-hate triangle to some sort of conclusion. Question is, will they survive the experience?

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Much later, Jason was watching Helle sleep. She’d fallen asleep with her head pillowed on his chest, his thumb in a firm grip, but now she was on her side, facing him. Her lips were slightly parted, a tumble of blonde hair obscuring part of her face. Jason moved closer, listening to her breathing. Closer still, and he placed his lips on hers.

Jason?” she mumbled, stirring slightly. One eye opened, her mouth softened into a smile, and she groped for his hand, sighing when she found his thumb.

Jason used his free hand to brush her hair off her face. His fingers lingered on the contour of her face, traced the elegance of her ear. Almost a year since he’d found her again, a year of miraculous moments such as these when she was lying beside him. His Helle… Jason ran a finger down her bare arm. For so many years, she’d been nothing but an impossible dream, a fading image he had no choice but to try and find again. Truth be told, there’d been times when he no longer wanted to try, exhausted by endless lives, by repeated disappointments. But the love for her burned too strong, and so he’d died, been reborn, searched and searched for her, died…

He nuzzled her, inhaling her scent, and she squirmed and frowned, too deeply asleep to rouse. She smelled of sun, of rose petals littering the ground, of lime and lavender. Her skin was soft beneath his cheek, and when she rolled over on her back he followed, carefully resting his head on her breast, just above her heart. Helle muttered something, her arms came round him, and he relaxed against her, listening to the reassuring thudding of her pulse.

A year ago, he had almost given up on her. Then he’d found her, and all those futile miserable lives were vindicated by her smile, by the way her turquoise eyes glittered when she saw him. Now here they were, married and happy. Jason pressed his ear closer to her chest. Happy for now, he amended, because if Sam Woolf was back…Shit!

Once he’d allowed Woolf entry, there was no banishing him from his head. Jason extricated himself from Helle’s arms and rolled over on his back, pillowing his head on his arms. Moonlight spilled in from the uncovered windows, dancing across the ceiling in a swaying pattern of leaves and light. But what Jason saw was Woolf—Prince Samion of Kolchis as he’d been—his hands streaked with blood, one sandal-shod foot planted firmly on Jason’s chest. Moonlight caught on a raised blade. Woolf yelled in triumph and brought it down. Jason sighed and rolled out of bed. He needed a drink.

In that ancient life, Samion had killed Helle, not Jason. It had been Helle’s chest he’d sunk his blade into, it had been Helle’s blood staining Samion’s robes and hands. It had been Helle who died, while Jason was left incapable of any emotions but that of all-consuming anger.

The whisky splashed into the tumbler and Jason retreated to sit on the sofa where so recently he’d made love to Helle. He sipped, a rush of comforting heat travelled down his throat. This time, Woolf had no intention of killing Helle. No, if Sam Woolf was back, it was Jason he’d come after, and should he succeed, Helle would be dragged off to God alone knew what hellish existence.

That, Jason decided, could not be allowed to happen. He snapped his fingers and sparks of fire flew upwards. Again, and several miniature flames burnt merrily before he closed his hand around them, extinguishing them. If he had to, he’d incinerate Woolf. Or die trying.

Helle felt guilty as hell giving Tim the slip. But when she’d called John and he’d suggested they meet—he was in London for the day—she hadn’t stopped to think, she’d just grabbed her coat and made for the door, stuffing her phone into her pocket as she went. Stapleton had promised help and unless she got some, she feared her head would implode under the weight of her nightmares.

Jason had refused to discuss taking John up on his offer. He had fussed like a mother hen these last few days, offering warm drinks, hot baths and his warm embrace to help keep the darkness out. Didn’t work. Nothing worked—except self-induced pain. Difficult to administer when one was asleep…

It irked her that she felt insecure on her own. Every man she met, every sound at her back, had her doing a double-take, hand clenched painfully round her keys in case she should need to defend herself. Woolf’s legacy, she thought bitterly, turning her into a frightened shadow of her former self. No, this would not do at all. Helle lengthened her stride and straightened her back. But she still clutched the keys.

She took the tube to Bank, changed to the District Line and rode in a half-empty car to Westminster. She kept on throwing looks over her shoulder, but by the time she’d exited opposite Big Ben, she had relaxed somewhat. She cut through the crowds of tourists on Parliament Square and set off up Victoria Street, frowning at a group of Italian schoolkids sprawling across the pavement. ‘Pavement’, not ‘sidewalk’: she smiled slightly. A year in England, endless hours with Jason, and his Englishness was beginning to rub off on her. It helped that Mum was English to begin with, she supposed.

True to his word, John was waiting outside the imposing building that housed the Metropolitan Police.

Starbucks or Snax?” he asked.

Whatever.”

Starbucks it is. I love their muffins.”

It showed, Helle thought uncharitably. DCI Stapleton had something of a paunch.

She opted for a large latte, shook her head at the offered goodies.

Does Jason know you’re here?” John sipped at his coffee.

No.” Yet another twinge of guilt. He’d go ballistic, worried out of his mind when he found out she’d taken off. She dug out the phone and swiped the screen, swallowing at the six missed calls, all from Jason. She unmuted it, and as if on cue, it chirped.

WHERE R U? Nice, shouty capitals all the way. She responded, he texted again, she replied, he texted—all the while in capitals.

John snorted softly, pulled out his iPhone and sent Jason a text. “There. Now he knows you’re safe—with me.”

Helle nodded, busy tapping out one more text. This time, there was no immediate reply. In fact, there was no reply at all. She placed her phone where she could see it, but it remained dark and silent while she and John drank their coffees.

You’ve had a rough week,” John said once he’d finished his muffin.

I have.” Helle twirled her mug, causing what little remained of her latte to slosh about. “Don’t sleep much.”

Because of your headaches?” He gave her a commiserating look. “It seemed pretty awful.”

It is.” The dreams were worse, but admitting to them would make her come across as half-demented, so she chose not to say anything. “Do you think this person you mentioned could help?”

Yes.” He frowned slightly, folding and unfolding his napkin. “But I’m not so sure I should involve her. She’s old, uses a wheelchair.”

Sounds just like the ally we need,” Helle said sarcastically. She’d made it all the way here for nothing?

Oh, don’t underestimate her.” John chuckled. “She scared the living daylights out of us when we were young.”

Us?”

Me and my siblings, our cousins. We used to spend our summers with one of my aunts, and this lady is her paternal aunt, my grandfather’s youngest sister.”

Sheesh! She must be pushing a hundred.”

I’m not that old,” he told her in a dry tone. “Anyway, one year we amused ourselves by sneaking out at night and going skinny-dipping in the nearby lake. Until the night Chloe got her foot stuck in something and was pulled under.” He shook his head at the recollection. “We didn’t know what to do,” he admitted, “and Chloe—we couldn’t see her. Which was when Katherine suddenly came flying out of the house, pushed me aside and waded out into the water where she simply raised her arms. Moments later, Chloe was coughing and wheezing, on her knees on the muddy shore.”

Wow.” She wasn’t that impressed. It had been dark, they’d been scared, and this Katherine had probably seen poor Chloe and grabbed hold of her. Her scepticism must have shone through. John laughed softly. “She lifted the waters. That still lake rose into a huge wave that deposited Chloe on the shore.”

Oh.” Now it all sounded incredible instead.

John tapped at her mug.

Refill?”

No thanks.” She fiddled with her oh-so-quiet phone. “Will she be willing to help us?”

I’ll ask—if you want me to.” John twisted his napkin. “She may say no. One never knows with her.” He laughed darkly. “She’s a bit…I don’t know, aloof? Self-sufficient? A bit like Jason, if you know what I mean.”

No.” Helle gave him a cool look. “I don’t.”

John rolled his eyes. “Fine, have it your way.” His chair scraped as he stood. “Time to take you home, I think.” He winked slyly. “That bodyguard of yours won’t be pleased, will he?”

Probably not.” And neither would Jason. Helle followed John out of the café.

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About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing.

Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on FacebookTwitterAmazon, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Review at Books and Zebras

Wednesday, July 8
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Friday, July 10
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Excerpt at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, July 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, July 15
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 17
Review at andreajanel_reads

Monday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 22
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, July 24
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, July 27
Review at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, July 28
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 31
Review at Cover To Cover Cafe

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 2 paperback copies of A Flame Through Eternity! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – A Flame Through Eternity

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

 

#BlogTour | Storms Gather Bewteen Us by Clare Flynn #StormsGatherBetweenUs #HFVBTBlogTours @clarefly @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; Storms Gather Between Us by Clare Flynn. This book sounds absolutely incredible and it has gone straight on to my wish list, not only will I be sharing this book with you all but I have an amazing exclusive excerpt, so settle back and let’s wish Clare a happy Publication day and I hope you love the sound of it as much as I do.

Storms Gather Between Us by Clare Flynn

Publication Date: June 17, 2019
Publisher: Canelo Saga
Format: Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

 

 

Life can change in a single moment…

Living under the watchful eye of her controlling and abusive father, Hannah Dawson’s hopes for freedom and happiness seem a distant dream. Her mother, passive and ashamed of her self-preservation, refuses to challenge her husband. It is the mysterious circumstances of her long-lost Aunt Lizzie’s disappearance in the 1920s that inspires Hannah to seek a better life.

Since escaping his family’s notoriety in Australia Will Kidd has spent a decade sailing the seas, never looking back. Content to live the life of a wanderer, everything changes in a single moment when he comes face to face with a ghost from his past on a cloudy beach in Liverpool.

Hannah and Will are thrown together by fate and bonded by secrets from long ago. Now, they discover a love like no other. But with Hannah’s father determined to see her wed to a man of his choosing they must fight against a tyrant who has ruined many lives. Even if they succeed, can they escape the chains of their histories? And will their plans for a future be possible when the whole world is changing forever…?

A compelling tale of family secrets and undeniable love against the odds, perfect for fans of Susanne Goldring and Fiona Valpy.

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Exclusive Excerpt

They walked on in silence for a few minutes, until Hannah spoke again. ‘If my father were to die, I wouldn’t mourn him at all. I don’t love him at all. I can’t. I’ve tried. Really hard. But I just can’t. Do you think that makes me a bad person?’

Will smiled, longing to kiss her again, but fearful of frightening her away. ‘I could never think of you as a bad person, Hannah. If you don’t love your father, then that must mean he doesn’t deserve to be loved.’ He wanted to ask her again about the reason she had covered her face that other day on the beach, but something made him hold back.

He has been very cruel to my mother. I think he may have been cruel to Aunt Elisabeth too and that’s why she went away.’

Will smiled. ‘Well, he can’t be all bad: if he hadn’t caused her to come to Australia I’d never have met you.’

I must go,’ she said, her demeanour changing.

Let me walk back with you.’

Only as far as Seaforth. I don’t want to risk anyone seeing us.’

Why not? We’ve done nothing wrong.’

My father wouldn’t agree.’ Her eyes welled up.

Will felt a rush of emotion. ‘Then let me talk to your father. If you feel you like me at all, maybe you would go out with me? I know we barely know each other, Hannah, yet I feel I already know you so well. And I want to get to know you better.’

She looked up at him and, in that moment, he knew with unshakeable certainty he loved her. Her eyes told him she felt the same way. It was as if they were already bound to each other.

But then she turned her head away. ‘You mustn’t talk to Father. Please promise me you won’t even try. He’ll never agree, and you’ll make things worse for me.’

She turned back to look at him. ‘He has a terrible temper. When he discovered I was hiding a photograph of Aunt Elizabeth he threw it on the fire. If he found out I’ve been talking with you… if he knew you wanted to see me… I can’t tell you what he’d do. He’s capable of anything.

Now, I have to go, Will.’ She started to walk away, then stopped and hurried back. He felt his heart lift.

I forgot to tell you. My mother wants to talk with you.’

Will felt a surge of hope and must have shown it in his face, as she frowned, holding up her palms in front of her in a blocking motion. ‘She wants to speak with you about Elizabeth.’ She reached into her coat pocket and pulled out a scrap of paper and wrote on it with a pencil. ‘This is the address. 15 Bluebell Street. Please go one afternoon so you won’t run into my father.’

Wait!’ He called. ‘When will I see you again?’

I don’t know.’ Her face looked anguished. ‘I often come here. Maybe we might meet again here on the seashore. But please, don’t go near the office, and apart from when you call on my mother, please, don’t go near our house.’ Her eyes were filled with fear.

Will stood motionless as a statue, watching her walk away up the beach towards the docks. Lighting a cigarette, he remained fixed to the spot on the empty beach, watching, until Hannah had disappeared from view. Her absence was like an ache inside him. For a moment he had been sure she felt the same way about him, but the fear of her father was evidently greater. The idea of someone hurting her, threatening her, was like a knife being twisted inside Will. He had to find out what was happening to terrify her so much and put a stop to it.

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About the Author

Historical novelist Clare Flynn is a former global marketing director and business owner. She now lives in Eastbourne on the south coast of England and most of her time these days is spent writing her novels – when she’s not gazing out of her windows at the sea.

Clare is the author of eleven novels and a short story collection. Her books deal with displacement – her characters are wrenched away from their comfortable existences and forced to face new challenges – often in outposts of an empire which largely disappeared after WW2.

Fluent in Italian, she loves spending time in Italy. In her spare time she likes to quilt, paint and travel as often and as widely as possible. She is an active member of the Historical Novel Society, the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors, NINC and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 13
Review at Passages to the Past
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, July 14
Review at A Darn Good Read

Wednesday, July 15
Feature at What Is That Book About
Excerpt at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Thursday, July 16
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Feature at Lost in a Book Reviewer

Friday, July 17
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Saturday, July 18
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Sunday, July 19
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Monday, July 20
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 2 eBooks of Storms Gather Between Us by Clare Flynn! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Storms Gather Between Us

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

#BlogTour | What Did You Do In The War, Sister? by Dennis J. Turner #WhatDidYouDoInTheWarSister #HFVBTBlogTours #GuestPost @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this fantastic blog tour for; What Did You Do In The War, Sister? by Dennis J. Turner. I can’t wait to share this book with you all, plus I have a wonderful exclusive guest post by Dennis, so settle down and enjoy!

What Did You Do In The War, Sister?: Catholic Sisters in the Nazi Resistance by Dennis J. Turner

Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Format: Paperback, eBook & Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical

 

 

“A powerful story of seldom-sung heroines in humanity’s darkest days and a vivid reminder of the power of conscience.” — Edgardo David Holzman, author of Malena

Throughout the occupied territories, Catholic Sisters were active members of The Nazi Resistance.

Based on letters and documents written by Catholic Sisters during WWII, this book tells the remarkable story of these brave and faithful women.

From running contraband to hiding Jews, from spying for the allies to small acts of sabotage, these courageous women risked their lives to help defeat the Reich.

This is a story that needs to be told.

“an engaging account of World War Two as told through the voice of a fictional Belgian nun… fascinating and valuable.” — Donald Lystra, Author of Season of Water and Ice

“”…a generous recounting of the deeds of marvelous nuns living in the midst of mortal danger. It’s also a great read!” — Father James Heft, Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California

Available on Amazon

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Exclusive Guest Post by Dennis J. Turner

WHY A FARM GIRL?

Many readers of my book What Did You Do in the War, Sister? have asked why I had Sister Christina come from a farming background. When I first started thinking about the qualities Sister Christina would need in order to do some of the things she would have to do during those five years of German occupation I compiled a list of characteristics I thought she would need to possess.

In that list were:

(1.) Intelligence, seasoned with a healthy dose of common sense

(2.) Physically strong and inured to hard work

(3.) Resourceful, a good problem solver

(4.) Brave and not easily intimidated

(5.) Risk taker

(6.) Sensitive and generous

(7.) Candid

(8.) Trustworthy.

When I considered these characteristics I realized that my female cousins who had grown-up on farms possessed many of these very qualities. I imagined if I was part of the Belgian Resistance that they were the kind of persons I would want to “have my back.”

Little did I realize at the time, however, that having Sister Christina be a farm girl from Fort Loramie, Ohio, would be the source of some good-natured familial tension among my cousins. One of my initial book launches was held in Minster, Ohio, and was attended by a raft of cousins. After my talk most of my extended family gathered at the Wooden Shoe Restaurant for down-home lunch. During the meal several of my female cousins began debating which one of them “Was Sister Christina.” They seemed mollified when I told them that Sister Christina was more of a composite of all of them than a fictional twin of one cousin.

Peace was restored.

WHY ENDNOTES?

Readers of my book, often ask me why I was so insistent on the use of endnotes. Endnotes may often distract the reader if he or she periodically stops reading the narrative takes detours to the end of the book. I confess that my use of endnotes reflects a bias I have about some books of historical fiction. In those books, the author may craft a marvelous story set in a well-known historical period with historical events and historical characters creatively interwoven into the narrative. The actual events and characters may be accurately portrayed in the book … or not. Some scenes described by the author may be based on primary historical records that the author has found through painstaking research in libraries, archives etc. Even the dialogue in the book might be built around letters, diaries, transcripts and memoirs. On the other hand, some scenes and dialogues may be purely the product of the author’s imagination.

That may be a good thing. Such creativity often constructs a compelling narrative which spurs a reader to venture beyond the opening chapter.

On the other hand, many readers enjoy historical fiction because they can comfortably absorb considerable historical information without plowing through dry history books. The catch is that the history they are absorbing may have little or no basis in fact. It is often completely unsupported by primary historical documents. For example, the author may suggest that Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was written by Secretary of State Seward. (Endnote: totally untrue.) This bit of fictional deception may have enhanced the storyline dramatically, a perfectly justifiable literary technique.

In my opinion, however, if a reader closes the book and walks away believing Seward wrote the Gettysburg address, the author has done a great disservice to the reader. I think the author owes it to his readers to tell them which scenes are based on the historical record and which scenes are the product of the author’s creativity.

That is why in my book I tried to alert the reader though the endnotes about scenes which were based on original documentation and which scenes and which dialogues were the product of my imagination. My hope was that readers would be able to distinguish between the book’s non-fictional aspects and its fictional features.

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About the Author

Dennis Turner graduated from Georgetown University in 1967 with a degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1970. He has served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and as a Magistrate-Judge. Since 1974, he has been a Professor of Law at the University Of Dayton School Of Law. During his tenure at the University of Dayton he has served as Assistant Dean, Acting Dean, Director of the Law Clinic and Director of the Legal Profession Program. The University of Dayton has awarded him its highest award for teaching, The Faculty Teaching Award. He has also received numerous Teacher of the Year Awards from the students at the University Of Dayton School Of Law and was chosen to be one of the Master Teaching Fellows for the University of Dayton. He has been a visiting professor for the University of Notre Dame London Law Program. He also has extensive experience with the British criminal justice system through his association with the barrister firm, Pump Court Chambers, in Winchester, England.

Dennis Turner is the author of many law review articles and a law text book, Steele v. Kitchener Case File. For two years, he also wrote a bi-weekly column for the Dayton Daily News entitled, On the River.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Review at Books and Backroads

Wednesday, July 8
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, July 9
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Friday, July 10
Review at Books and Zebras

Monday, July 13
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Wednesday, July 15
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, July 17
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Reading is My Remedy

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of What Did You Do in the War Sister?. To enter, please use the Gleam form here – What Did you Do in the War Sister

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

 

#BlogTour | The Woman In The Green Dress by Tea Cooper #TheWomanInTheGreenDress #Review #HFVBTBlogTours @TeaCooper1 @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines! I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book with you all, I hope you all love the sound of it as much as I do, plus if you are in the US there is a chance for you to win a copy of this brilliant book, do check it out!

The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper

Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback, eBook, & AudioBook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 

 

A cursed opal, a gnarled family tree, and a sinister woman in a green dress emerge in the aftermath of World War I.

After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the Great War. But when word of his death arrives on Armistice Day, Fleur learns he has left her a sizable family fortune. Refusing to accept the inheritance, she heads to his beloved home country of Australia in search of the relatives who deserve it more.

In spite of her reluctance, she soon finds herself the sole owner of a remote farm and a dilapidated curio shop full of long-forgotten artifacts, remarkable preserved creatures, and a mystery that began more than sixty-five years ago. With the help of Kip, a repatriated soldier dealing with the sobering aftereffects of war, Fleur finds herself unable to resist pulling on the threads of the past. What she finds is a shocking story surrounding an opal and a woman in a green dress. . . a story that, nevertheless, offers hope and healing for the future.

This romantic mystery from award-winning Australian novelist Tea Cooper will keep readers guessing until the astonishing conclusion.

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Praise

“Readers of Kate Morton and Beatriz Williams will be dazzled. The Woman in the Green Dress spins readers into an evocative world of mystery and romance in this deeply researched book by Tea Cooper. There is a Dickensian flair to Cooper’s carefully constructed world of lost inheritances and found treasures as two indomitable women stretched across centuries work to reconcile their pasts while reclaiming love, identity and belonging against two richly moving historical settings. As soon as you turn the last page you want to start again just to see how every last thread is sewn in anticipation of its thrilling conclusion. One of the most intelligent, visceral and vibrant historical reads I have had the privilege of visiting in an age.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“Refreshing and unique, The Woman in the Green Dress sweeps you across the wild lands of Australia in a thrilling whirl of mystery, romance, and danger. This magical tale weaves together two storylines with a heart-pounding finish that is drop-dead gorgeous.” —J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

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How much do I love this book??

Honestly, I can’t even put into words just how amazing this book is, everything that I love about historical fiction is here, ((she says pointing furiously at the book)) not only has it two of the most engaging, strong and defiant female characters, whose both stories will captivate and you will become fully absorbed into each of these two fine women’s worlds.

This is a beautiful, richly textured, atmospheric and mesmerizing story which not only has two amazing women who are traversing their way through uncertain times. I have always been a big fan of strong and detailed history and this does not disappoint, each and every scene is so vivid, the story entwines clear and passionate history with mystery and emotion, it swirls around the reader like a magical and easily some of the best I’ve read.

Opening in London 1918, that long and bloody war is over, Fleur is waiting for news on her husband; Hugh, but on Armistice Day she gets the worst news any person can receive. Her beloved Hugh is gone and she has been left a huge inheritance in his native Australia, Fleur doesn’t want it she only wants her husband, it’s heartbreaking to read at times. She diced to travel to Australia, find Hugh’s family and hand over the inheritance she believes that they deserve far more than her, but once there I think a little of her broken heart starts to breathe life again and she is soon in the midst of a huge mystery, a secret and a mysterious woman in a green dress…but who is she?

Moving side by side with Fleurs story is one set back in 1853 and revolves around Della a gusty woman who dips her toes into the world of Opal hunting and shop owning but there are odd things happening and Della must tread carefully. As much as I loved Della and how pioneering she is forging away in a man’s world, but I was more drawn to Fleur her story is sad and memorable and really grasped hold of my heart.

I haven’t read any of Tea Cooper’s work before, something which I am planning on remedying as soon as possible, I am in awe of her writing, her knowledge and passion for her native Australia, she has a real flare with words which really captures the readers imagination and attention. Tea Cooper is certainly a skilled and articulate writer with a great mind for knowing exactly what her readers want. The way she has flawlessly intertwined Fleur’s story in 1918 with Della’s story in 1853 is a stroke of genius and I just may be ruined me for all other duel timeline books now.

Overall, this is a cleverly written, beautiful and captivating book, I cannot recommend it more if you love your historical fiction which has drama, a little romance, strong female character’s, mystery and a intriguing plot then this is the book you need to read!

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About the Author

Téa Cooper is an award-winning, bestselling author of Australian historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 16
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Wednesday, June 17
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Thursday, June 18
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, June 19
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Saturday, June 20
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, June 22
Review at Captivated Pages
Review at Books and Backroads

Tuesday, June 23
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, June 24
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, June 26
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Saturday, June 27
Review at A Darn Good Read

Sunday, June 28
Review at Rejoice in Reading

Monday, June 29
Feature at I’m All About Books
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, June 30
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 paperback copies of The Woman in the Green Dress! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Woman in the Green Dress

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

 

#BookBlast | The Memory House by Jenetta James #TheMemoryHouse #HFVBTBlogTours @jenettajames @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful book blast for; The Memory House by Jenetta James. This book looks and sounds fabulous, and it’s definitely going onto my wish list, I hope you love it too, go on take a peek!

The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Publisher: Quills and Quartos Publishing

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never dreamt of living in a house as grand as Veronica Gardens, but the nanny’s quarters are a perfect fit for a young woman in need of a job. Wealthy financier James Cavendish and his twin girls quickly find her indispensable to their happiness, but Josie is still searching for her future.

Then the great house reveals the first of its secrets, and the tragedy and romance of one era are brought into sharp relief with another.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

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About the Author

Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego.

She is the author of “Suddenly Mrs Darcy”, “The Elizabeth Papers” and “Lover’s Knot” as well as a contributor to The Quill Ink series of anthologies, “The Darcy Monologues”, “Dangerous to know”, “Rational Creatures” and “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl”.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, June 22
Robin Loves Reading
Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, June 23
Momfluenster
Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, June 24
Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 25
A Darn Good Read
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, June 26
Austenprose
Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, June 27
Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, June 28
Books, Cooks, Looks

Monday, June 29
Bookworlder
Passages to the Past

#BookBlast | Out of Night by Kellie Butler #OutOfNight #TheLaurelHurstChronicles #HFVBTBlogTours @kellierbutler @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the book blast tour for; Out of Night by Kellie Butler. This book looks fabulous, I am super excited to be sharing it with you all, plus there is a chance for you to win a signed copy, definitely not one to miss. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Out of Night by Kellie Butler

Publication Date: June 24, 2020
Publisher: Raleigh Hills Press
Format: Paperback & eBook; 328 pages

Series: The Laurelhurst Chronicles, Book 4
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

How long can you run from yourself?

1968. In the continuing bestselling Laurelhurst Chronicles family saga series comes a gripping, moving tale of separation, self-discovery, new beginnings, and reconciliation.

Kate. A mainstay on Swinging London’s party circuit for years, Kate is plunged into a sordid world when Lord Elliott Cutterworth kicks her out of her home and takes custody of their daughter, Violet after she relapses on her journey to sobriety. Separated from her family, she’s determined to get clean and regain custody of her daughter. On the run from Elliott and her old life, she finds assistance in her reluctant brother-in-law, Edward Cavert, who is running away from some secrets of his own. Can she reconcile her past and face down Elliott?

Lydie. When her youngest son, Cole, is institutionalized from intellectual impairments, it sends Lydie into a downward spiral, and her once loving marriage is in jeopardy.

After botched treatments leave her memory in tatters, her husband, Henry, sends Lydie to Kansas, and to the one psychiatric hospital that can help her restore her memory and her sanity. There, Lydie meets new friends while reconnecting with a childhood friend, Lord Christopher “Kit” Alderley. As she puts the pieces of her life back together, can she finally leave the haunting memories from her youth in Lancashire behind her and reconcile with her brother and her husband?

Available on Amazon


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Giveaway

Win a copy of the book (paperback or eBook) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Click the photo below to enter.

Giveaway ends on June 29th.


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About the Author

Kellie Butler is the author of Beneath a Moonless Sky, Before the Flood, and The Broken Tree, all part of the bestselling The Laurelhurst Chronicles series.

Born in the deep south and educated at Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University, she has travelled and lived around the globe. Besides writing books, she enjoys knitting, yoga, cooking, hiking, classical film, her MSU Bulldogs, and her dog, Chippy. She lives in Arizona with her family.

She enjoys hearing from readers. To connect with her, visit her website www.kellierbutler.com to join her newsletter, connect with her on social media, and receive updated news on signings and events.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, June 22
Passages to the Past

Tuesday, June 23
Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, June 24
SplendeurCaisse
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, June 25
Pursuing Stacie

Friday, June 26
Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, June 27
CelticLady’s Reviews

Sunday, June 28
History From a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, June 29
The Book Junkie Reads

 

#BlogTour | The Philosopher’s Daughter by Alison Booth #ThePhilosophersDaughter #Review @booth_alison @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; The Philosopher’s Daughter by Alison Booth, I am super excited to be sharing my review of this amazing and book, I hope you fall in love it as much as I have!

The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth

Publication Date: April 2, 2020
Publisher: RedDoor Press
Format: Paperback & eBook; 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.

London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry Vincent arrives on the scene, the sisters’ lives are changed forever. Sarah, the beauty of the family, marries Henry and embarks on a voyage to Australia. Harriet, intensely missing Sarah, must decide whether to help her father with his life’s work or devote herself to painting.

When James Cameron dies unexpectedly, Harriet is overwhelmed by grief. Seeking distraction, she follows Sarah to Australia, and afterwards into the Northern Territory outback, where she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.

Her rejuvenation begins with her friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her growing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand seeking revenge.

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Praise for The Philosopher’s Daughters

“A lyrical tale of wild, frontier Australia. Evocative, insightful, thought-provoking.” -Karen Viggers, author

?”Booth is superb at the small detail that creates a life, and the large one that gives it meaning.” –
Marion Halligan, author

“Delicately handled historical drama with a theme of finding self, both in relationships and art, backed by issues on race relations in Australia and women’s rights.” -Tom Flood, author and editor

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Firstly, can I talk about that gorgeous cover? There really is something enchanting about it which draws you in and makes you want to pick it up and fall into the book. 

I was attracted to this book as soon as I  read the description, I have a real love of this turbulent, ever-changing era and to be perfectly honest I did think that this was going to be one thing and it turned out to be something completely different, and so much better then I had originally hoped.

This is set on the cusp of the Suffrage movement of 1891, which was another reason I found this so attractive. First in London and then the story moves across the world to Australia and in my opinion that is when the whole book comes to life, in the writing seems to take on a whole different feel it is as though Alison Booth was just waiting for that moment when the reader had settled themselves into hot and dusty, yet dangerously beautiful Australia to really let her talent and passion to breakthrough.

It is obvious that Ms Booth has a lot of love for this aspect of history and not just hour upon hours of research has gone into this but also a little piece of her heart. I think you can always tell in the feel of the writing when the author loves the story and you get that feeling here, it’s captivating.

So the story follows two sisters; Sarah and Harriet, who when the tale opens are living with their radical father and philosopher; James. Sarah soon marries adventurer Henry and in the blink of an eye. they have both sailed off to the other side of the world Harriet a passionate artist with her father. But on James’ untimely death, Harriet now must choose in which direction her life will take, missing her sister she follows Sarah to Australia and this is when these two completely different, yet intelligent, feisty and independent women really come to life.

I was completely blown away by this, it’s beautiful as well as bleak, it’s poignant and powerful, there is a magic that swirls through it as you read, the pull of the beautiful Australian outback, the intrigue of the history and the overpowering love from the people of their land. At the same time, it is hard hitting, I personally found it very uncomfortable to read the way the aboriginal people were treated, the tactless and ignorant prejudice from those whom think themselves superior.

If you only read one book this year, make it The Philosopher’s Daughter, this is a powerful, though-provoking and at times hard book to read, but well worth it. It’s a mesmerizing, eloquent and disarming tale of love, passion and fighting for rights and justice. It’s a story that will make you think of your own choices in life and how the world is, it’s a story of self-discovery, of harsh and unjust treatment of others and a story of family and true friendship.

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About the Author

Alison Booth was born in Melbourne, brought up in Sydney and has worked in the UK and in Australia as a professor as well as a novelist. Her most recent novel, A Perfect Marriage, is in the genre of contemporary fiction, while her first three novels (Stillwater Creek, The Indigo Sky, and A Distant Land) are historical fiction spanning the decades 1950s through to the early 1970s. Alison’s work has been translated into French and has also been published by Reader’s Digest Select Editions in both Asia and Europe. Alison, who holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, is an active public speaker and has participated in many writers’ festivals and literary events.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 17
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Thursday, June 18
Guest Post at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, June 19
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, June 20
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, June 23
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, June 24
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, June 26
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Monday, June 29
Review at A Darn Good Read

Wednesday, July 1
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Friday, July 3
Feature at I’m All About Books

Monday, July 6
Review at Impressions In Ink

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Philosopher’s Daughters! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – The Philosopher’s Daughters

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

#BlogTour | The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner #TheJaneAustenSociety #Review @NatalieMJenner @StMartinsPress

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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Format: Ebook, Audio, Hardback

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

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AudioBook

The full unabridged text of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY was read by the distinguished English film, television, theatre and voice actor Richard Armitage for the audiobook recording. Best known by many period drama fans for his outstanding performance as John Thornton in the BBC television adaptation of North and South (2004), Armitage also portrayed Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit (2012 – 2014).

YouTube audiobook excerpt

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Praise for Natalie Jenner

Just like a story written by Austen herself, Jenner’s first novel is brimming with charming moments, endearing characters, and nuanced relationships…Readers won’t need previous knowledge of Austen and her novels to enjoy this tale’s slow revealing of secrets that build to a satisfying and dramatic ending.”Booklist (starred review)

Few things draw disparate people together so quickly as discovering they love the same writers. Few writers cement such friendships as deeply as Austen does. I believe that the readers of Jenner’s book will fall in love with the readers inside Jenner’s book, all of us thinking and dreaming of Austen the whole while. What could be better? Nothing, that’s what! A wonderful book, a wonderful read.” ―Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

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This is a real sweet and feel-good story of love, friendship and the power of reading! If anything this charming tale just goes to prove that books really are the balm for the soul, they can bring so much joy, which is what I am assuming Jane Austen would have loved to hear, that her books have brought people so much happiness and joy.

I have to say that I am immensely impressed by how solid and beautiful the writing is if I didn’t know that this was Natalie Jenner’s debut book I wouldn’t have believed it. This is a gorgeous, heart-warming and inspiring book which really does drum home the power of good friendships.

I have to be honest and say that when I volunteered to review this for this blog tour, it wasn’t the Jane Austen link that caught my attention first, I did love the sound of it but what captured my attention was the era, I love a WW2 or post WW2 novel and I caught up by the idea that the power of books and one author, the history and legacy of a place can help restore the hope in a time that was so fraught with its own challenges, the war is over but that isn’t the end; men are coming home, women are losing their positions, loved ones are lost forever and those left behind are having to cope plus on top of that there is still unease and rationing it was those aspects and how the Society would help rebuild peoples lives that captured me most.

Set during 1948, we are whisked away to the picturesque village of Chawton, the last home of one Jane Austen a place where she spent the last days of her life. Unfortunately, Janes familial estate is under threat which is where a group of completely different people all come together in a shared hope and attempt to save not only Jane’s home but her legacy too, and the Jane Austen Society is born!

Each one of these eight individuals may have come together to preserve history and to keep Jane’s legacy of friendship and love from books alive, they have thrown themselves in on the task, but they each are battling their own personal issues. They are all so different each one is from a completely different world from the next each has come into the village with different reasons, they are all trying to either forget, move on or find a new life, some have suffered because of the war, some are facing the worst possible moments of their lives, some have found themselves in tragedy but. But despite their differences and their struggles, they have two things in common; 1. they all need a friend and 2. they are all passionate about Jane Austen.

I can’t really go into too much detail regarding this book, as apart from each of the members own personal histories and drama, the back blurb practically tells the story itself,, it’s not a taxing heavy read you can sit back and lose a couple of hours easily as you are transported to Chawton. I love the overall feel to this is an enchanting and engaging, its beautiful nod to one of this countries greats, but what surprised me most is that this is Natalie Jenner’s debut book, I would never have thought that as the writing is so clear and rich in detail, it’s definitely easy to read the story flows over the reader like a swirling mist and before you know it you’re near the end and wondering how that happened.

It’s a simple story one that will really hold onto your heart and what I love about it is that it can be enjoyed by all readers of historical fiction, whether you are an Austen fan or not. I know this as a fact as – and yes, I realise that this admission will probably get me outcast for life, but hey, I am all for speaking the truth – I have never read a Jane Austen and I don’t particularly like Pride and Prejudice, I am and always have been a Bronte lass, sorry to all Janeites.

Oh and for those who like audiobooks, I would definitely recommend this one, I am not a big fan of audio, in fact, I can never get into them much preferring to read a book for myself but The Jane Austen Society is narrated by the very talented Richard Armitage (Yes, I know ladies, its Mr Thornton and now we shall all stop and remember that kiss…#DoubleSigh) so whether you like audio’s or not, who can say no to Richard Armitage? 😉

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Spotify Playlist

Spotify users can access a playlist for THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY  here – The Jane Austen Society Playlist.

The playlist includes music from various film adaptions of Jane Austen’s books, as well as film scores by such incomparable artists as Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Rachel Portman, and Michael Nyman.

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About the Author

Natalie Jenner is the debut author of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY, a fictional telling of the start of the society in the 1940s in the village of Chawton, where Austen wrote or revised her major works. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in English Literature and Law and has worked for decades in the legal industry. She recently founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Join the virtual online book tour of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY, Natalie Jenner’s highly acclaimed debut novel May 25 through June 30, 2020. Seventy-five popular blogs and websites specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, women’s fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature interviews and reviews of this post-WWII novel set in Chawton, England.

May 25 Jane Austen’s World

May 25 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog

May 26 Frolic Media

May 26 A Bookish Affair

May 26 Courtney Reads Romance

May 26 Margie’s Must Reads

May 26 The Reading Frenzy

May 27 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina

May 27 Gwendalyn’s Books

May 27 Romantically Inclined Reviews

May 28 Getting Your Read On

May 28 Living Read Girl

May 28 The Lit Bitch

May 29 History Lizzie

May 29 Silver Petticoat Reviews

May 30 Cup of Tea with that Book, Please

May 30 Historical Fiction Reader

May 31 Jane Austen in Vermont

June 01 From Pemberley to Milton

June 01 My Jane Austen Book Club

June 01 AustenBlog

June 02 Lu’s Reviews

June 02 The Green Mockingbird

June 03 The Interests of a Jane Austen Girl

June 03 Relz Reviews

June 03 Impressions in Ink

June 04 The Caffeinated Bibliophile

June 04 Life of Literature

June 04 Laura’s Reviews

June 05 Reading Ladies Book Club

June 05 Bookish Rantings

June 06 From the TBR Pile

June 07 Rachel Dodge

June 07 An Historian About Town

June 08 Bringing up Books

June 08 Austenesque Reviews

June 09 Captivated Reading

June 09 Savvy Verse and Witt

June 10 Lady with a Quill

June 10 Drunk Austen

June 11 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

June 11 Inkwell Inspirations

June 12 Nurse Bookie

June 12 A Bookish Way of Life

June 13 Calico Critic

June 14 Jane Austen’s World

June 15 Stuck in a Book

June 15 Storybook Reviews

June 15 Confessions of a Book Addict

June 16 Literary Quicksand

June 16 Becky on Books

June 17 The Reading Frenzy

June 17 Anita Loves Books

June 18 Chicks, Rogues, & Scandals

June 18 The Write Review

June 19 Diary of Eccentric

June 20 Cracking the Cover

June 21 Short Books & Scribes

June 22 Reading the Past

June 22 Babblings of a Bookworm

June 23 My Vices and Weaknesses

June 23 The Book Diva Reads

June 24 Books, Teacups & Reviews

June 24 Wishful Endings

June 25 Robin Loves Reading

June 25 Bookfoolery

June 26 Lit and Life

June 26 Vesper’s Place

June 27 Foxes and Fairy Tales

June 28 Probably at the Library

June 28 Scuffed Slippers Wormy Books

June 29 The Anglophile Channel

June 29 So Little Time…

June 30 BookNAround