Posts Tagged: fiction

Jul 28
Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Last year I read and adored Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin. When I was offered the opportunity to review her second novel, Enchantress of Paris, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I didn’t pass up the chance because Jefferson’s newest is wonderfully written and a must read for any fan of historical fiction! We have good character development. When we first meet Marie Mancini, she’s a teenager on the cusp of womanhood. Her father was an Italian aristocrat who was also a well known astrologer. Marie is naive, but it’s her naiveté that makes her a breath of fresh air! You can feel her frustration at the way things are and will cheer her on as she blossoms. We have a wide array of historical figures who… Read more »

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Jan 19
Book Review: Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive

Book Review: Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive

Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series has been on my radar for a few years and I finally decided to give the first book, And Only to Deceive, a read because I love the synopsis to the ninth book, The Counterfeit Heiress. I wasn’t sure if this is one of those series where you have to read the first in order to understand or enjoy the rest of the books and therefore decided to start at the beginning. We have good character development. Our main heroine is Emily, Lady Ashton who is a young widow. She’s your typical Victorian woman and struggles to break free from society rules and one way she does this, is to marry Viscount Ashton. Throughout the novel, we see her transformation with Emily developing her own… Read more »

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Nov 17
Blog Tour: Review-Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon + Giveaway

I’m always a bit unsure about books where suicide is part of the plot because it can be a wonderful read or just an emotional drain where you can’t get out of an emotional funk. I really enjoyed Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon and am really glad I was able to participate in the blog tour. We have good character development. Our main character is Aubrey Glass and she’s your typical adult, fresh out of university, and is struggling with everyday life. She reluctantly goes home where she has to come face to face with her teenage past. We have several secondary characters that play a vital role including Rachel, Aubrey’s childhood best friend. While we don’t get to spend much time with Rachel in terms of the present,… Read more »

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Sep 22
Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Last May, I read and reviewed Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence and it became one of my favorite reads of 2013. When Peterson asked if I’d review My Life in a Nutshell, I couldn’t say no because she has a talent for writing characters struggling with a mental illness and making the reader understand their inner turmoil. We have good character development. Our main character is Brian Cunningham, a brilliant man who is a school janitor and suffers from anxiety. You’ll easily come to love him and your heart breaks when he’s put in certain situations he has no interest in. Then we have an adorable girl named Abigail Harris who unfortunately hasn’t had the best life. She suffers from abandonment issues and easily attaches to herself people and… Read more »

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Sep 17
Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

When I first heard about Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens, it was around this time last year and really wished it was available in the US, but alas it wasn’t. Fast forward to later this year and imagine my surprise and delight to open my mailbox and there waiting for me was a review copy! I adored Bitter Greens and took my time reading it because I wanted to savor it and hoped it would never end. Ah, Rapnzel! What a beautiful enchanting story Forsyth has given us. As for characterization, we have three strong female characters. With regards to the narrative, Forsyth interweaves three narratives; two in the past with one in the present. Set in the 16th and 17th century, Bitter Greens begins with our main heroine, Charlotte-Rose de… Read more »

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Sep 04
Cover Reveal: Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets

Cover Reveal: Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets

Hazel Gaynor is an author I really want to read. Her debut, The Girl Who Came Home, is on my TBR list and I can’t wait to read it. I’m really excited about her second novel, A Memory of Violets and the cover is lovely! * * * Title:A Memory of Violets Author: Hazel Gaynor Publication date: February 03, 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: ‘For Little Sister … I will never stop looking for you.’ 1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden’s flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by the presence of each other. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very… Read more »

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Apr 08
Book Review: Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden

Book Review: Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden

Catherine McKenzie is well known for writing about life and the complexity of relationships. Hidden is her fourth novel and it’s a complex story about a man and the two women in his life who struggle in the aftermath of his death. We have good character development. Despite having three main protagonists (and even one that dies early on), we get to know each of them well enough. Jeff is an accountant who returns to live in his hometown after college. He loves golf and in many ways comes off as carefree. His wife, Claire, is a lawyer turned daycare owner and while we don’t get to really know her, we do get enough to form an idea of who she is. I really liked Claire and despite a few… Read more »

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Mar 03
Book Review: Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments

Book Review: Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments

There’s always a bit of anxiety when a favorite author departs from their established genre and dabbles in a new one. When I heard about Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments, I didn’t have those feelings because I knew he would take care of me. That being said, this is the hardest review I’ve had to write as a blogger and it’s not because I’m a fan of his, but rather I don’t know what to say other than to use shouty capitals: GO BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT NOOOOW! After John Kerry loses the 2004 presidential election, William Baker decides to pursue a postgraduate degree in literature at Oxford University. Leaving behind political dreams he soon finds himself immersed in academic life and contemplating his future. Will isn’t prepared… Read more »

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Feb 03
Excerpt: The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena

Excerpt: The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena

As part of The Taste of Apple Seeds blog tour, I have an exclusive excerpt to share! I really enjoyed this book and if you’re a fan of magical realism this is one book you want to read! Synopsis: An international bestseller, The Taste of Apple Seeds is a story of love and loss that will captivate your heart. When Iris unexpectedly inherits her grandmother’s house in the country, she also inherits the painful memories that live there. Iris gives herself a one-week stay at the old house, after which she’ll make a decision: keep it, or sell it. The choice is not so simple, though, for her grandmother’s cottage is an enchanting place where currant jam tastes of tears, sparks fly from fingertips, love’s embrace makes apple trees blossom,… Read more »

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Jan 31
Book Review: Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin

Book Review: Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin

If one word could be used to describe Marci Jefferson Girl on the Golden Coin, it would be: captivating. It’s beautiful, lush, and breathtaking. I didn’t want it to end! Not many people may know the story of Frances Stuart, but no doubt you’ve seen the image of Britannia on British currency. Dressed in roman robes, she’s seated holding a trident while wearing a Corinthian helmet and beside her is a shield depicting the unification of Scotland and England. In 1672, Frances served as the model for Britannia and since then has been featured on medals and coins. She’s since been retired, but in 2006 appeared on the fifty pence. Right in front of me as I write this review is that fifty pence though I’m lucky to have several… Read more »

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Jan 20
Book Review: Antoinette van Heugten’s The Tulip Eaters + Giveaway

Book Review: Antoinette van Heugten’s The Tulip Eaters + Giveaway

I’ll be up front and state how excited I was to read Antoinette van Heugten’s The Tulip Eaters and when the opportunity came to review it, I couldn’t pass up the chance. While I liked van Heugten’s writing, overall The Tulip Eaters falls a bit short. Imagine coming home after a tiring day at work and your worst nightmare has come true. Your mother has been murdered and your daughter is missing. That’s exactly what has happened to Nora de Jong and while the police try to piece together who the dead man on the floor is, Nora only wants to know the fate of her daughter. Days pass and still no word regarding her daughter when Nora suddenly discovers a family secret. Little does she know, her world is… Read more »

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Nov 20
Book Review: Carolly Erickson’s The Spanish Queen

Book Review: Carolly Erickson’s The Spanish Queen

Carolly Erickson’s The Spanish Queen is a fictionalized autobiography of Catherine of Aragon. Erickson recreates Catherine’s departure from Spain to England and we spend our time in Tudor court. As a sixteen year old, Catherine of Aragon makes the journey from Spain to England but prior to her departure, Queen Isabella asks her to wear her wedding dress. Everyone around her says it will bring bad luck, but Catherine complies. Shortly afterwards, Catherine is told she’s cursed after a series of events prevent her departure from Spain. She decides to continue with her travel plans and arrives in England where she’ll marry Henry VII’s son, Arthur. Her marriage to Arthur doesn’t last long and finds herself developing a friendship with Henry VIII. She waits quietly in the wings unsure of… Read more »

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