About the Book
Face of Fortune by Colleen Kelly-Eiding
Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 405 Pages
Series: The Shadows of Rosthwaite, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Charlotte Pruitt, an auburn-haired beauty whose soul is as wild as the northern mountains she loves, lives day to day, hoping against hope that James Clarke still lives. The love of her life and father of their son had attacked a nobleman whom he caught attempting to rape Charlotte. Pursued by soldiers and attempting to escape, James plunged into a raging river and was last seen being pulled under by the torrent.
James who had fought to protect her and little Jack, is gone. Courage, strength, intellect, and a keen wit would have to be her guardians now.
A weaker person would crumble under the pressure of running a business, raising a child alone, fending off unscrupulous men, while always aware that the horrific villain, Edward Hawkes is still alive and bent on her destruction. Instead, Charlotte focuses on those less fortunate than herself. She becomes dedicated to helping Jane Rourke, a weaver, who is falsely accused of crimes and sentenced to death. Charlotte is offered a way to save Jane Rourke, but at a terrible price to herself. And what of Hawkes? How will she save herself and little Jack?
From the dark and gritty streets of Spitalfields, hiding secrets both good and evil, to the haunted moors of Devon, and to the perilous heights of the northern English mountains where Charlotte’s greatest test will come, this epic saga of human kindness, passionate love, and horrifying evil never ceases to enchant…and terrify.
While I love historical fiction stories that are character driven, I also sometimes like reading ones with lots of action. It helps even out the types of stories I read! This is definitely one that falls into the action packed category, I mean it will leave you flipping those pages and fully consumed! Plus the villains are perfectly villain-y, which you know I love!
I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte. There’s something that’s so great about reading such an amazingly written female character. I also enjoyed seeing how her character developed and how she survived on her own. Charlotte is definitely one of those characters that can’t seem to catch a break but she continues to persevere and become a better and stronger person because of it.
This is the second book in The Shadows of Rosthwaite series and (yay) a third one is on the way! I’m really looking forward to continuing this series and seeing where the story leads. Based off of the first two books I’m sure there will be plenty more drama, development, and page turning excitement!
About the Author
Colleen Kelly-Eiding is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild-American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, and Actors’ Equity. Her husband is an actor, as are their two adult daughters. Theatre, acting and above all, storytelling, are part of her family’s DNA.
Colleen, was in the first class of women at Kenyon College in Ohio when the school went co-ed. She also studied drama and political science at the University of Manchester in England. She later received an MFA in acting from the University of Minnesota. She has been an actor, director, casting assistant, 3rd grade teacher, and audiometrist.
Favoured by Fortune and Face of Fortune have been occupying Colleen’s imagination for a quite a long time. After both daughters graduated college, she and husband Paul became empty nesters. The time seemed right for Colleen to bring young Ms. Pruitt, our heroine, to life and let Charlotte tell her story.
During her time in Manchester, Colleen fell in love with the country. When she returned to England to do research for her series, she was beyond elated. She interviewed a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, spent time researching indictment records from the 1760‘s at the Guild Hall in London, and walked the route that the carts of the condemned travelled from Newgate Prison to the Tyburn Tree. Visiting the tiny village of Rosthwaite, located in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District, where much of the action takes place, helped give context and inspiration to Colleen.
Colleen continues to act for stage and film. She studies sculpting and ceramics. And enjoys traveling to Comic Cons around the world, where her husband is a frequent guest.
Her series of historical novels is titled The Shadows of Rosthwaite. The second book in the series, Face of Fortune, was released on February 1, 2020. Published by Phase Publishing, LLC.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, April 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, April 22
Feature at Just One More Chapter
Friday, April 24
Review at Books and Zebras
Wednesday, April 29
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Saturday, May 2
Review at Historical Graffiti
Monday, May 4
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Tuesday, May 5
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads
Thursday, May 7
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks (Book #1)
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