Thursday, February 25, 2021

02.25.2021 The Girl from Berlin by Kate Hewitt @Bookouture Books On Tour

 


Book Description:

 1936, Nazi-ruled BerlinA heartbreaking and stunningly powerful novel of friendship, courage and betrayal, about two girls whose lives collide in war-torn Berlin, and whose friendship is the only thing that might get them out alive.


They sat together on the roof, watching Berlin burn, as traces of smoke and cloud floated through the air. “I just want to be free,” Rosa said quietly, “Even if only for a few minutes. It might be the last chance I have.”

From her beautiful new home in Berlin, a young woman named Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father’s job working for the new government.

But a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, confirms Liesel’s fears that something isn’t right. That the Nazi government’s brutal rules are cruel and dangerous, and that others aren’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help—pressing her grandfather’s gold pocket watch into Liesel’s hand—Liesel recklessly agrees.

She will help hide Rosa and her loved ones—in the dusty, unused rooms at the top of their house—even if it means putting everyone she loves in danger. Even if it means risking her own life.

Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. When he hires an enigmatic, damaged interpreter named Anna, he doesn’t expect sparks to fly between them. Perhaps there is a chance of love for both of them. But then the question of what happened to Anna in the war raises its head.

Because Anna has secrets—ones that link her to Berlin, the Nazi party, and the story of one gold pocket watch and two young women who became friends, even when they were told it was impossible…

A compelling and haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin. Fans of The Alice Network, All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale will be not be able to put this down.

 


MY REVIEW:

This is the reason why I love historical fiction reads... they are based on true stories, many well documented, that are immersive, gripping and completely heart-wrenching, that tells the story of courageous men and women that overcome harrowing evil, hardships and struggle for family, friendship, love and humanity. This story and the writing by Kate Hewitt did just that, and oh how much did I love this one.

There are many stories set during the second world war. This one is quite unique in that this dual time line story tells first of how a young woman whose father is a chemist and is connected with the Nazi Party experiences the war and how Jewish people are being treated, and what she does about it and the choices she makes. The second time line is set a year after the war ends between an American Captain Sam and his translator Anna and how he is drawn to her secrets and story during the war.

I enjoyed reading the point of view as seen trough the eyes of a very well to do and sheltered young lady whose father is very well connected and involved in the Nazi government. Liesel Scholz grows up very quickly as she witnesses the brutality and harrowing treatment against the Jews and decides to help, house and protect their Jewish housekeeper and her daughter Rosa until they can escape the relocation camps. 

The characters were very well developed and the sweeping tale of courage from these women I am drawn to for inspiration. This was quite the thought provoking read and I really enjoyed this one a lot.

Thank you @bookouture for the ecopy. All opinions are my own.

Author Bio: 






Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.


https://www.kate-hewitt.com/

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https://twitter.com/author_kate

 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

02.23.2021 THE SUDDEN CAREGIVER - Virtual Book Tour and EXCERPT with Author Interview - Karen Schueler @prbythebook

 


Publisher : Tangible Group (February 1, 2021)
Publication date : February 1, 2021
Language : English

Are you a sudden caregiver? When an unforeseen medical crisis robs someone you love of their health and wellbeing, do you feel caught off guard and ill-prepared for your caregiving role?

Plenty of research confirms what you may already know: caregiving is depleting, worrying, and exhausting, often leading to physical and emotional burnout, fear, and illness.

Yet a growing body of evidence tells us that while caregiving is depleting, it can also be a source of strength, well-being, and purpose.

Caregiving may be inevitable, but caregiver distress is not.

Written by a family caregiver for family caregivers, The Sudden Caregiver: A Roadmap for Resilient Caregiving, will help you to:
Take control of the practical tasks and available resources your circumstances require.
Minimize unpleasant surprises and maximize well-being for you and the person in your care.
Leverage “resilience builders” to protect yourself against stress and replenish your spirit.



“Beautifully written and empirically sound. I can see that it will help many caregivers of all types. I look forward to sharing it with my caregiver networks."
– Dr. Judith Moskowitz, PhD, MPH, Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine and President of the International Positive Psychology Association

PLEASE ENJOY AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:

Introducing the Sudden Caregiver

“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have  been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers,  and those who will need caregivers.” Former US First Lady, Rosalynn Carter, from Written Testimony Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging1

This is the moment. I wake up in the middle of the night to the ringing of my mobile in the dark. The standard-issue hotel bedside clock reads 2:04 a.m. I answer the phone with a startled, heart racing, “Sweetie!” In the two decades we’ve been together, Joel has  never called me in the middle of the night when either of us is  on the road. He says, “I’m still at the hospital. They just came in  and told me. I have lung cancer. But it’s in my spine.” I sit up in  bed trying to get my bearings. I have fallen asleep fully clothed, it  seems, propped against the headboard, waiting to hear from Joel  who was in the ER when we last spoke. I was certain that he would  have made it home by now, safely diagnosed with a curative regimen in hand.

 

My laptop, open beside me on the bed, holds an email to my  clients telling them I may have to postpone the meetings we have  scheduled for later in the week, something I have never had to do in  all the years of running my own firm. I have composed the note with much hesitation while waiting for Joel to call. I’d fallen asleep before  hitting send.

 

Over the phone, Joel makes a joke or two about lung cancer, complete with pop-culture references to the TV show Breaking Bad, which  we’ve just binge-watched on Netflix. The running theme of that show is  that a mild-mannered chemistry teacher, Walter White, is told he has  terminal lung cancer. In the aftermath of this diagnosis, Walter White stumbles upon formulating and selling methamphetamine to ensure his family’s financial future. We both laugh.

 

Today, with the arc of his diagnosis to death completed, I recall that I took in and focused on his joking banter more than the part about lung cancer. It seemed so unlikely a diagnosis for my non-smoking, religiously exercising, insistently supplement-taking husband. I was almost dismissive of it. “That’s not possible,” I remember saying. I know I sounded sure. I was sure. This was some kind of false alarm, and I was  so certain of it that I persisted in wondering about whether I really had  to cancel my upcoming meetings. Lung cancer sounded serious but was it an immediate kind of serious? What about the twenty-six people who’d traveled from all over the country to assemble in a workshop I had committed to running that week?

The “C” Card

Murmuring with Joel about it deep into that night, I now realize I was plucking “lung cancer” from the air and turning it into an action item, mentally rank ordering it on my list of priorities in order to minimize it. Did it go at the top: drop all and grab a plane? Or in the middle: finish what you came for then hightail it home? Or perhaps, after all, this belonged at the bottom: we’ve all had bad news, even scary medical news. But it’s never really bad.

 

I wandered in and out of sleeplessness weighing my options and then took the first flight home to Boston. I left messages for colleagues during the cab ride and from my seat on the plane, begging someone to cover the meeting that I had to cancel. I reached one colleague at  that early hour. I heard myself pleading with her when she said she did have that day free but would rather not book it.

 

“But Joel has cancer,” I whispered to her, my face pressed against the plane’s window so that the stranger who was my seatmate would  not hear my desperate whine. That was, officially, the first time I told anyone that Joel had cancer. It felt false, a manipulation, “playing the  ‘C’ card,” as they say. Yet in the next moment the power of its reality overcame me. To my astonishment, I began to cry. Whatever my colleague made of all this, in any case, she didn’t find a way to say yes. This is the moment, the first of many moments, when I knew that life wasn’t going to yield to my well-crafted plans. Welcome to the other side of  the looking glass, the province of the sudden caregiver.

 

On the day before I became a sudden caregiver, I was, first, a mom planning her only daughter’s wedding. I was a consultant designing a leadership program. I was a coach listening for what her client wasn’t saying. And I was a runner, a friend, a business owner, and a consumer of too much Starbucks coffee. I was also a wife checking in with her husband from some six hundred miles away. His ongoing complaints of back pain were steeped now in frustration, which I shared. It sounded to me like the pain was shifting, radiating, deepening. So  I was also, that day, a stern lecturer on the virtues of taking care of oneself, demanding he call our friend, Glenn, to take him to the emergency room so they could fix whatever was wrong once and for all, if it couldn’t wait till I got home.

 

I inhabited all my usual roles that day. Caregiver was not among  them. Then, suddenly, it was.




AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT





AUTHOR Q AND A 


  1. What is your education/career background?

I was naturally oriented toward the humanities: English, literature, languages, art. I got my Bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University -- in the first graduating class that included women. I’m a first-generation college grad and the only one in my immediate family to finish college. To put myself through school, as there was no money for college, I worked nights on the college paper, The Daily Targum, which was ahead of its time in that it had begun to install computerized typesetting equipment (the personal computer and Apple Mac were still in the future) and needed a production staff to run it. I needed the money, so I learned to proofread, edit, typeset, and lay out the paper, all skills that got me my first job.

 

I was hired as a technical editor at a New Jersey office of Boston-based Raytheon, right out of school. For reasons I can never fathom, my Raytheon bosses agreed to relocate me from South Jersey to Boston when our contract ended, where I became a technical writer, and was, therefore, making my living at writing. Something about my approach to writing – writing for the person who would read and use the tech doc rather than the engineer who designed the software -- landed me in marketing at the start of the software wave in Boston. I spent most of my corporate career in high tech marketing, culminating in being a VP of Marketing for a venture capital firm in Boston.

 

That’s where I was working on 9/11. It’s another long story, but I was out of the country on 9/11 and the US airspace was closed. I thought, “If this is the end of the world, this is not the job I want to be doing.” I quit shortly after, enrolled in the best coaching program in the country, got certified, started my company, Tangible Group, in 2002, and I’ve been an executive coach ever since. I’ve never looked back.

 

One day, somewhere along the way, I read a book by a man named Martin Seligman called Learned Optimism. At that time, I was a struggling single mom with a high-pressure job and no money. That book completely changed my lens on life. When I learned that Seligman had started a graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania, I got accepted and in 2013, I received my Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). Little did I know that within a year of receiving my degree, I would be called upon to apply the tenets of positive psychology in my own world, when my husband was diagnosed out of the blue with stage IV cancer and I became his sudden caregiver.

2. What inspired your story?

My own lived experience as a caregiver. I kept a daily journal from the time of my husband’s diagnosis well beyond the first year after his death. I was and am inspired to help other caregivers, everywhere. There are 45 million in the US alone. How can I hold a light up for them on the path that I just traveled?


Social media:

https://www.thesuddencaregiver.com/

https://www.TangibleGroup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/suddencaregiver

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenwarnertangible/

#suddencaregiver

 

Buy links:

Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Sudden-Caregiver-Roadmap-Resilient-Caregiving-ebook/dp/B08VQSP3XL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=314XSADQKNDRK&dchild=1&keywords=the+sudden+caregiver+a+roadmap+for+resilient+caregiving&qid=1612926292&sprefix=the+sudden+caregiver%3A+a+r%2Caps%2C812&sr=8-1

 

 


Monday, February 22, 2021

02.22.2021 THE PARIS DRESSMAKER By Kristy Cambron @HFVBT

 


The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 400 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian


Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazi occupation in World War II—from fashion houses to the city streets—comes a story of two courageous women who risked everything to fight an evil they couldn’t abide.

Paris, 1939. Maison Chanel has closed, thrusting haute couture dressmaker Lila de Laurent out of the world of high fashion as Nazi soldiers invade the streets and the City of Lights slips into darkness. Lila’s life is now a series of rations, brutal restrictions, and carefully controlled propaganda while Paris is cut off from the rest of the world. Yet in hidden corners of the city, the faithful pledge to resist. Lila is drawn to La Resistance and is soon using her skills as a dressmaker to infiltrate the Nazi elite. She takes their measurements and designs masterpieces, all while collecting secrets in the glamorous Hôtel Ritz—the heart of the Nazis’ Parisian headquarters. But when dashing René Touliard suddenly reenters her world, Lila finds her heart tangled between determination to help save his Jewish family and bolstering the fight for liberation.

Paris, 1943. Sandrine Paquet’s job is to catalog the priceless works of art bound for the Führer’s Berlin, masterpieces stolen from prominent Jewish families. But behind closed doors, she secretly forages for information from the underground resistance. Beneath her compliant façade lies a woman bent on uncovering the fate of her missing husband . . . but at what cost? As Hitler’s regime crumbles, Sandrine is drawn in deeper when she uncrates an exquisite blush Chanel gown concealing a cryptic message that may reveal the fate of a dressmaker who vanished from within the fashion elite.

Told across the span of the Nazi occupation, The Paris Dressmaker highlights the brave women who used everything in their power to resist darkness and restore light to their world.

Praise for The Paris Dressmaker

“Woven within this beautiful historical tapestry of WWII from Cambron (The Painted Castle) is the stark reminder to keep friends close and enemies closer . . .Based on true events, this exquisite tale impresses with its historical and emotional authenticity. Historical fiction fans won't want to miss this.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Unimaginable heartache, unforgettable romance, and cheering defiance against the oppression the Nazis inflicted on Paris; readers will be swept away into a story where battle-scarred good at last rings victory over evil.” —J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

“Stunning. With as much skill and care as the title’s namesake possesses, The Paris Dressmaker weaves together the stories of two heroines who boldly defy the darkness that descends on the City of Light.” —Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“A thoroughly satisfying blend of memorable characters, evocative writing, and wartime drama that seamlessly transport you to the City of Light at its most desperate hour.” —Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

“Kristy Cambron deftly weaves multiple timelines to craft a story as complex and romantic and beautiful as a couture gown. In addition, Lila and Sandrine’s strength and courage in a troubled world inspire us to live likewise. Tres magnifique!” —Sarah Sundin, bestselling and award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series

“With real-life historical details woven in with her fictional tale, the story popped off the page. Readers will be thinking of this book long after they've read the last word.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author

“A well-researched and beautifully interwoven treatise on courage and conviction in the midst of oppression.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

MY REVIEW:

The Paris Dressmaker by the amazing Kristy Cambron is an amazing historical fiction read about Paris during the Nazi occupation while highlighting two heroic women who did their best joining the resistance to fight against an evil regime. 

The sotry was stunning and the way the timelines were interwoven into the story amidst the stories of Lila de Laurent and Sandrine Paquet's, their voices just jump off the page so distinctly and with so much conviction that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

The author's note at the end of the book was fantastic and really helped me gain insight to the real events this book was based on. I also enjoyed the book club discussion questions in the end which made for a real thought provoking read.

Thank you Kristy Cambron for this amazing book I enjoyed reading.

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About the Author

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of nonfiction, including the Verse Mapping Series Bibles and Bible studies. Kristy's work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and has been featured at CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, Declare, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway. She holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing and lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a peppermint mocha latte and a good read.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, February 9
Review at Amy's Booket List

Wednesday, February 10
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, February 11
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Friday, February 12
Excerpt at Heidi Reads
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, February 13
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, February 15
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Tuesday, February 16
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, February 17
Interview at Novels Alive

Thursday, February 18
Review at Read Review Rejoice

Friday, February 19
Review at Hallie Reads
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, February 22
Review at Nursebookie

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, February 25
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, February 26
Review at The Lit Bitch

Giveaway

We have 5 paperback copies of The Paris Dressmaker up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on February 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Paris Dressmaker

02.22.2021 HADLEY AND GRACE EXCERPT BLOG TOUR and Review @TLCBOOKTOURS




Paperback: 347 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (February 1, 2021)

Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can’t even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family.

Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good, but she finds it impossible when her path crosses with Hadley’s, and her quest for a new start quickly spirals out of control and turns into a terrifying flight for survival.

Stronger together than apart, the two find their fates inextricably entwined, and as the danger closes in, each must decide how much she is willing to risk for the other.

A powerful story of self-discovery, Hadley and Grace is the heart-racing tale of two women facing insurmountable odds, racing to stay one step ahead of the trouble that is chasing them, and discovering new kinds of love and family along the way.


Please enjoy an excerpt from the book


Excerpted from Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn. © 2021 Published by Lake Union Publishing, February 1st, 2021. All Rights Reserved.

From Chapter 40:

Mattie sticks out her purple tongue, and Skipper cracks up laughing. It makes Hadley smile all the way to her spine. It’s been a long time since she’s seen such joy between them.

Grace lies on a large boulder, napping. She was feeling a bit under the weather this morning but seems to be doing better now. Hadley finds herself worrying over Grace a lot today. She looks very tired and, despite her stoicism, seems a bit lost.

The plan is for Grace to drive them to Salt Lake City; then, in the morning, Hadley will buy a car and give driving a go. Her ankle is slightly better, and by tomorrow, she should be able to bear enough weight on it to press a gas pedal.

The thought of Grace and Miles leaving makes Hadley horribly sad. In the past three days, she has grown incredibly attached. She looks at Miles on the blanket, his legs kicking in the air and his little fists waving in front of him. She is going to miss him . . . miss both of them.

Skipper lets out a whoop of victory, and Hadley looks up and gives Mattie a smile, knowing she let him win, a generosity and kindness Mattie would not have shown a week ago—the moping, angry girl of before replaced with a girl remarkably like her daughter from a year ago.

This morning, at breakfast, she even initiated a conversation, asking Hadley about cars and about the first one she ever owned. They all had a good laugh when Hadley told her it was her dad’s old Bentley, a beast of ostentation the size of a semi with a red leather interior and chrome rims. She totaled it a month after he gave it to her, and she swears that was his plan all along.

After Mattie asked about the car, she brought up the preposterous idea of Grace teaching her to drive so Mattie can help out once they’re left on their own. Hadley smiles thinking about it, the idea ludicrous. Mattie is only fourteen.

She flexes her ankle again and conceals the wince, concern shadowing her tranquil mood. The drive from Salt Lake City to Denver is nearly eight hours. That’s a lot of driving on an ankle that still refuses to bend.

Mattie walks up and plops on the blanket beside Miles, her cheeks flush from the cool air and her hair windblown. Hadley smiles at her. Even her makeup is lighter today, the faint freckles on her nose showing through the brush of foundation.

She lies on her stomach so her face is even with Miles’s, who is flailing like an upside-down turtle, trying to unlock the mystery of getting back to his tummy. Mattie gives him a nudge to help him out, and he lets out a squeal of delight, pushes up on his arms proud as a peacock, then promptly rolls himself back to his back and starts flailing again.

Mattie giggles, a light sound like wind chimes, and suddenly her baby is a little girl again—wide eyed and holding her Pooh Bear as she climbs into Hadley’s lap to snuggle against her. Time is a thief, she thinks. You believe you have an infinite amount of it, but then you blink and everything that was has been replaced with something else entirely.

“How you doing, baby?” she says.

“Good,” Mattie answers absently, her focus still on Miles. A moment later, she says, “Mom, what happens if it doesn’t work out?” She is trying hard to sound unconcerned, like whatever the answer, it’s okay and no big deal, but her voice wavers.

Hadley forces her own uncertainty away as she sweeps a tendril from Mattie’s face and sluices it behind her ear. “Then I’ll need you to be stronger than ever.”

Mattie offers a brave smile, and Hadley’s heart swells with pride, amazed at her daughter’s strength and courage, glad she got some of Frank’s toughness.

Mattie looks back at Miles and helps him roll over again, with the same overjoyed result; then she mutters, “I hope I do better.”

“Better?”

“You know, than before.”

Hadley says nothing. She thinks Mattie was doing okay. Perhaps she wasn’t as popular as she would have liked, but she got good grades, stayed out of trouble, got glowing remarks from her teachers. Or maybe she’s thinking more about her dad and wishing, like Hadley, she’d been stronger or maybe able to change things.

Hadley looks away, hoping she does better as well, that somehow they make it through this so they can start again and she can be the mother she’s always intended to be. Her eyes slide to Grace, a mite of a woman, yet no one would mess with her or Miles—no one, not even Frank. He tried, and look what happened. She showed up with her ragged striped bag to take what was hers.

 

 MY REVIEW:

A great take from Thelma and Louise - sure why not! I loved that movie and I loved this book even more! I enjoy women's fiction and Suzanne Redfearn delivered two great well-developed characters that I became so emotionally invested in. I got sucked in to these women's stories, their struggles and hardships, their so desperate situations that would make them do what they had to do. You can only push people so much before they break and this was a fantastic picture painted for what is a wild ride. 

The story of Hadley and Grace forming this unlikely friendship and heroines to be remembered for a very long time. This is a domestic drama taken the the umpteeth level with an unexpexted twist, both fun and heart breaking moments that I did not see coming. This is a great story and one that cannot be missed.

You will root for both Hadley and Grace, you will cry with them, and most especially you will be taken on a wild ride in this high speed journey of a lifetime.

Don't miss this one.




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About Suzanne Redfearn

Suzanne Redfearn is the bestselling author of four novels: Hush Little Baby, No Ordinary Life, In an Instant, and Hadley and Grace. In addition to being an author, she’s also an architect specializing in residential and commercial design. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband own two restaurants: Lumberyard and Slice Pizza and Beer.
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Wednesday, February 24th: @thebookclubmom

Thursday, February 25th: What is That Book About

Saturday, February 20, 2021

02.20.2021 SONS OF PEMBERLEY BLOG TOUR @EAdamsWrites @hfvbt

 


Sons of Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining by Elizabeth Adams

Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 468 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency


What if Lady Anne Darcy was alive to meet Elizabeth Bennet?

A sweeping tale of tragedy, devotion, and betrayal—spanning over 25 years and two generations—this family saga explores the life Fitzwilliam Darcy would have had if his mother had not died young.

An up-close view of the Darcys' marriage and Fitzwilliam’s childhood ... a retelling of the circumstances that shaped the man we have come to love ... a reimagining of the friendships and relationships that formed each iconic character ... a tale of love, loss, heartbreak, and triumph—that is Sons of Pemberley.

MY REVIEW:

This family saga is not to be missed for any fans of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, Proper Regency Romance, Historical Fiction and historical retellings. I really enjoyed reading about the "what ifs" and getting an in-depth story about the family time line and what linked the Darcys and the Wickhams - so enjoyed those two timeline of the current story of what we already know and their family's past when George Darcy and Samuel Wickham were close friends and Samuel actually saved George's life. 

Elizabeth Adams truly captured this regency era story line, language and dialogue to the tee. I was completely enthralled by the story and a bit excited about all of this new characters and then of course those that we are very much familiar with. 

I highly recommend this read to historical fiction readers and austenites. This is a must read and cannot be missed.

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About the Author


Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips - as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.

She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.

You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at www.EAdamsWrites.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 15
Review at Probably at the Library

Tuesday, February 16
Review at Amy's Booket List

Wednesday, February 17
Interview at Austenprose
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, February 18
Excerpt at Bookish Rantings

Saturday, February 20
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, February 22
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Tuesday, February 23
Interview at Novels Alive
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Heidi Reads
Review at Novels Alive

Giveaway

We have 2 paperbacks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Audiobook download codes up for grabs during the tour!

The giveaway is open to the US & Canada only and ends on February 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Sons of Pemberley

02.20.2021 THE DOG SITTER By Zara Stoneley Hosted By @RARARESOURCES

 


The Dog Sitter

One dog. Two strangers. An unfurgettable romance.

Wanted: someone nice, normal and trustworthy to housesit a beautiful cottage in the Lake District while the owner is away on a business trip. Must like dogs.

Wanting to escape from crap bosses and useless boyfriends, Becky jumps at the chance of being a dog sitter and the perfect escape – rest, relaxation and a very cute pooch called Bella.

But looking after Bella comes with a catch, namely gorgeous, brooding, Chris Hemsworth-worthy Ash James, who claims Bella is his dog and will stop at nothing to get her back!

Becky’s not about to hand over lovely Bella to any Tom, Dick or Ash.  She’s determined to watch every move Ash James makes…even if it gets her very hot under the collar.




MY REVIEW:


What a sweet romcom I truly enjoyed. The Dog Sitter transported me to Becky and Ash's meet cute love story in the Lake District and I could not complain. Everything comes with a catch and in this scenario, the catch is the cutest pup named Bella. 

I enjoyed how the characters were written and the growth we see in Becky and the developing love interest with Chris Hemsworth ahem... Ash is so much fun to read.

This was a great weekend read for me and oh so much fun!

For romcom lovers and love a swoon worthy read, do not miss this one.

Purchase Link - https://smarturl.it/dogsitter

Author Bio –






Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true.

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘The First Date’, 'Bridesmaids', 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: zarastoneley (and Harry has his own! Harrys_pawprints)

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/zara-stoneley?follow=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007WK307G



Friday, February 19, 2021

02.20.2021 MONSTER MAX and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting Thank you Rachel's Random Resources Book Tour


 

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting 


 First book in the hilarious Monster Max series

Max is an unusual 9-year-old. He can turn himself into a huge, bin- eating monster by BURPING. Being a monster is brilliant, unless he sneezes (which turns him back) and he finds himself far from home in just his pants.

Max decides to be more responsible and ‘protect and do good stuff’, starting with catching a local vandal. But his nemesis, Peregrine, is convinced Max is the vandal, and invents his POOP (Portable Operating Omni Prison) machine to trap him. If Peregrine can prove the truth, Max and his mother could be put in a zoo … or worse. Max will have to use his wits as well as his strength to catch the real culprit, before Peregrine can catch him…

 

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monster-Max-Bobble-Hat-Forgetting-ebook/dp/B088BJLLTM/

US - https://www.amazon.com/Monster-Max-Bobble-Hat-Forgetting-ebook/dp/B088BJLLTM/

https://fireflypress.co.uk/books/monster-max/



MY REVIEW:



The Bobble Hat of Forgetting is the first in a new series about Monster Max. I enjoyed this fun romp of a read very much! This book is great for 7-9 yo and great for reading out loud which I did for my nieces who enjoyed this a lot - I based my review on their attention to the story and the amount of giggles I got from them and to be honest from myself too as I did enjoy this one.

Max may seem like a normal child except when he burps, he turns into a monster. He is quite the troublesome monster as he smashes into things and scaring some old ladies too. But Monster Max is a good monster at heart who really wants to help people.

Well, he gets his chance as his nemesis Peregrine and his latest invention is bound to cause some serious trouble. Oh did I tell you the name of Peregrine's latest invention? Well, it's POOP (Portable Operating Omni Prison) machine.

This book was so much fun to read with lots of good lessons along the way. I really enjoyed this one and I am sure that you will too.

This amazing first book in the series is out on 02.18.2021


Author Bio




Aged 21 Robin was all set to become a cavalry officer; aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant gravedigger in south London wondering where it all went wrong. Robin has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses from dog- sitting to cigars, tuition to translation. The list is quite exhausting. Robin is married with three young children. He spends his time between Pau in the Pyrenées and Henley-on- Thames.

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is Robin’s first book with Firefly Press publishing in February 2021. He has also written other books for children, published with Monster Books.

Rampaging Rugby, first in the Stupendous Sports non-fiction series for 7-11-year-olds will publish August 2021.

Follow Robin on Twitter @writer_robin and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/robinbennettauthor/

Giveaway to Win a Monster Max Cuddly Toy (UK Only)


*Terms and Conditions –UK entries only, welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.




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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

02.17.2021 SOLERI and Silence of the Soleri - The Amber Throne Series By Michael Johnston @TORBOOKS


The Amber Throne Series


Michael Johnston brings you the first in a new epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear.

The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.

On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.

Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.

Detailed and historical, vast in scope and intricate in conception, Soleri bristles with primal magic and unexpected violence. It is a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper.


SOLERI Book 1


Michael Johnston brings you the first in a new epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear.

The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.

On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.

Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.

Detailed and historical, vast in scope and intricate in conception, Soleri bristles with primal magic and unexpected violence. It is a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper secret.

 SILENCE OF THE SOLERI Book 2 




Silence of the Soleri is the action-packed sequel to the epic fantasy novel Lev Grossman calls "bloody and utterly epic."

Solus celebrates the Opening of the Mundus, a two-day holiday for the dead, but the city of the Soleri is hardly in need of diversion. A legion of traitors, led by a former captain of the Soleri military, rallies at the capital’s ancient walls. And inside those fortifications, trapped by circumstance, a second army fights for its very existence.

In a world inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear, this follow-up to Michael Johnston's Soleri, finds Solus besieged from within as well as without and the Hark-Wadi family is stuck at the heart of the conflict.


“Soleri is bloody and utterly epic. A huge saga in a rich and deeply original world.” ―Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author

“Prepare to be ensnared in a web of ruthless politics and unbridled ambition, where even the authority of the emperor may be based on an ancient deception. Johnston builds an immersive world with elements of Egyptian and Roman history, myth, and religion. This story seethes with twists and turns, betrayals and secrets, and will keep you guessing until the very last page.” ―Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

“Michael Johnston successfully blends ancient Egyptian history, empire building, and myth to form the beginning of an exciting addition to the fantasy genre.” ―Manhattan Book Review

MY REVIEW:

My review in three lines

Ruthless Politics
Betrayal At Every Turn
Unbridled Ambition

Oh my goodness! I started reading this series and I am blown away by the vast detail and the scope of the world building in this historical saga series. I was completely lost in this story and has consumed me in the best way possible. I absolutely enjoyed this action packed and uber epic fantasy read!


SFF fans cannot miss this one.

About the Author






Michael Johnston was born in 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child and a teen he was an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy. He studied architecture and ancient history at Lehigh University and during a lecture on the history of ancient Egypt, the seed of an idea was born. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, graduating at the top of his class. Michael worked as an architect in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Sparked by the change of locale, a visit to the desert, and his growing dissatisfaction with the architectural industry, he sought a way to merge his interests in architecture and history with his love of fantasy. By day he worked as an architect, but by night he wrote and researched an epic fantasy novel inspired by the history of ancient Egypt and the tragic story of King Lear. After working this way for several years, he shut down his successful architecture practice and resolved to write full time. He now lives and writes in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

You can find Michael on twitter @mjohnstonauthor