The Jade Tiger Tour – Review

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About the Book

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1928. The Big Apple teems with the glitter of Bright Young Things, Prohibition, and scofflaws-the perfect place for Penelope Harris to start her life over. As a former opera singer turned Shanghai nightclub owner, she’s seen and done a lot, maybe too much. With any luck, she’ll leave more than The Jade Tiger casino behind her-a murdered husband, a blackmailing torch singer, and Thom Lund, the ex-cop who stole her heart. But Penelope has never had that kind of luck; her past is already waiting for her in New York.

When someone murders her chiseling blackmailer at an out-of-control party and Thom is accused of the crime, Penelope must face down her darkest memories to prove his innocence. Is the murderer her cousin Charles, suckered into a hasty marriage by Penelope’s blackmailer? Or is it Penelope’s over-protective mother, who can’t remember a thing after a blow to the head? Or was it Thom after all, ready to commit murder to save Penelope from the blackmailer’s wicked plans?

Among the opulent mansions of the obscenely wealthy and the grit of a Hell’s Kitchen speakeasy, Penelope and Thom must navigate double-crosses, bad liquor, bootleggers, and dark, obsessive love to find the murderer before the past reaches out to put a noose around both their necks.

Review

What’s better than a book set in the Twenties? A murder mystery set in the Twenties! This was a fun and fast paced read that I enjoyed in one sitting. And it was perfect now that it’s starting to get a little chilly out, because I got to get extra comfy under some blankets with some hot cocoa to read this one. You know, the perfect setting to read a murder mystery in.

This book reads just like the time period it was set in, which is something that definitely takes some skill! I also really enjoyed the large amount of characters. I think that it just makes a murder mystery that much more complex. It varies the suspects and makes the plot muddied in the best way possible.

This book definitely started on the slower side, but once it picked up it just kept going! So get ready for plenty of suspense and action as you read. But this is a really enjoyable book and I really loved being thrown back into this time period!

About the Author

A lifelong fan of mysteries of all kinds, but especially those from the Golden Age of Mystery, it made sense that the first book Elizabeth published would be a historical mystery set in the early twentieth century. Using her background in historical research the characters took shape – a soprano, a Danish former policeman, and an illicit Shanghai nightclub in the French Concession.

As one might expect of an author whose main character dreams of singing opera, Elizabeth does her best writing while listening to the Metropolitan Opera’s weekly live broadcast. Hard at work on the next book in the series, E assures her readers that more opera, society scandal, illegal liquor, and murder lie ahead. Her first novel The Jade Tiger will publish in October 2020.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Where Butterflies Go Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer
Publication Date: October 7, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 270 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Meira Sokolow had the misfortune of being born to Jewish parents in Warsaw, Poland, in 1912. Before she took her first breath, her fate had been sealed.

Residing in the Jewish Quarter of the city, Meiraís early life was typical. She fell in love with a local boy, got married, and had a daughter. Then the German army marched into Warsaw and everything changed. Forced into the ghetto with her family, she found survival to be a daily struggle. Hunger, disease, and unimaginable cruelty were her stark realities. When the ghetto was purged and she was sent to a concentration camp, Meira still had her family, and that was all that mattered. Then the camp was liquidated, and only a handful of survivors remained out of thousands. Meira Sokolow was one of them.

No longer a wife or mother, Meira emigrated to New York City. After World War II, the world wanted to move on and start a new chapter, but Meira couldnít turn the page so easily. She walked through her days alone, like a ghost with nothing to tether her to the earth. Then she met Max, a handsome American, who first mistook her for one of the boring socialites he encountered every day. He soon learned she was unlike anyone he had met before, seeing her strength and resilience, even when she couldnít. Max knew he could breathe life into her again, if only she would let him.

Tragic and heartfelt, Where Butterflies Go is based on the harrowing true story of one womanís survival during the Nazi occupation of Poland, and her struggle to find meaning in the aftermath.

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Review

Well this book is an emotional rollercoaster! And yet it was so beautifully written given the horrors found within. But it takes a special skill to write a poignant story like this on such a terrifying and horrific topic. And what makes this story that much more impactful is the fact that it is based off of the authors great aunt’s personal experiences.

This book is one of those books that you won’t be able to look away from. The pages will capture you and force you to sit down and finish it. And what sets this book apart from many Holocaust stories is that it takes you on a journey before the war, through the war and atrocities, and then afterwards learning how to become a human again. And perhaps the most poignant part of this this book is the emotion behind everything.

There are always a lot of stories about the Holocaust, but each and every single one of them is so important. They each give us a different glimpse at the evil humans possess as well as the endurance of humanity. And Where Butterflies Go is a beautifully devastating addition to these stories.

About the Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When not writing, she’s walking her Havanese puppy and forcing her daughter to listen to new wave 80s music.”

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 12
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, October 14
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Monday, October 19
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Tuesday, October 20
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, October 22
Review at Books, Writings, and More
Feature at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Saturday, October 24
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, October 26
Feature at I’m All About Books

Wednesday, October 28
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Review at Tangents and Tissues

Friday, October 30
Interview at Novels Alive

Sunday, November 1
Review at YA, it’s Lit

Wednesday, November 4
Interview at Books & Benches

Thursday, November 5
Review at Girl Who Reads

Friday, November 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Monday, November 9
Review at History from a Womanís Perspective

Tuesday, November 10
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, November 12
Review at Novels Alive

Friday, November 13
Review at Bookramblings

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away three $25 Amazon Gift Cards! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Where Butterflies Go

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The Light at Wyndcliff Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages
Series: The Cornwall Novels, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Christian

Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.

Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her fatherís death and her motherís abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks. The only survivors, a little girl and her injured mother, are rescued and brought to Wyndcliff Hall.

Liam Twethewey is just twenty-two when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans to open a china clay pit to employ the estateís tenants meets unexpected resistance, and the rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his new-found authority. Though wise beyond his years, young Liam quickly finds himself out of his depth in this land where long-held secrets and high-stakes agendas make no room for newcomers.

Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truths from deceptions, their loyalties separate themóand their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.

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Review

This book hit the mark of being an atmospheric regency work and you know I just loved that! It is ephemeral and haunting and just so vividly described. And this isn’t a boring historical fiction at all, there’s danger around every corner and the characters wull immediately daw you in.

Some of my favorite regency pieces are ones that have an underlying current of horror. It’s probably my obsession with gothic horror that pulls me into any story that even remotely resembles it. But also the setting of this story really helped with adding that foreboding theme throughout the book.

I also want to point out that while this is the third book in the series, I was able to read it as a standalone just fine! I know I’ve been doing this a lot this year, so I’m unceremoniously naming 2020 the year in which I read series out of order. But so far it has been a great idea because I’ve found so many authors that I can go back and binge the series, like I plan on doing with Ladd.

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period ó the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life wouldíve looked like in era. It wasnít until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Hallie Reads
Feature at Momfluenster

Wednesday, October 14
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review at Probably at the Library

Thursday, October 15
Review at Jessica Belmont

Friday, October 16
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Sunday, October 18
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Monday, October 19
Review at Book Bustle

Tuesday, October 20
Review at Books and Zebras
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Review at Into the Hall of Books

Wednesday, October 21
Review at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, October 22
Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 23
Review at Lu Reviews Books

Saturday, October 24
Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie

Monday, October 26
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, October 27
Review at Captivated Reading

Wednesday, October 28
Review at Heidi Reads

Thursday, October 29
Review at YA, it’s Lit

Friday, October 30
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Read Review Rejoice

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 copies of The Light at Wyndcliff! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Light at Wyndcliff

Naked Truth: or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit Tour – Review

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About the Book

Naked Truth or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit by Carrie Hayes
Publication Date: February 29, 2020
HTPH Press
Paperback & eBook; 322 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

From Washington Heights to Washington D.C. comes a true American Herstory. Filled with intrigue, lust, and betrayal, this is the fight for sexual equality.

1868, on the eve of the Gilded Age: Spiritualist TENNESSEE CLAFLIN is smart, sexy, and sometimes clairvoyant. But itís her sister, VICTORIA WOODHULL, who is going to make history as the first woman to run for President of the United States.

It starts with the seduction of the richest man in America. Next, they’ll take New York City and the suffragist movement by storm, because together, Tennessee and Victoria are a force of nature. Boldly ambitious, they stop at nothing, brushing shoulders with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony, using enough chutzpah to make a lady blush.

That is, until their backstabbing family takes them to court, and their carefully spun lives unravel, out in public and in the press.

“Unsexed!” New York Herald, 1872

“Short Haired Women and Long Haired Men.” New York World, 1872

“Nothing More Than A Shameless Prostitute and A Negro.” The Guard, Eugene Oregon, 1872

Told from shifting points-of-view and using actual news reportage from the era, Naked Truth is a riveting inside look into the struggle for womenís rights after the Civil War.

Sometimes it is not enough to be the news, sometimes you have to make the news as well.” James Gordon Bennett, Jr., Proprietor of the New York Herald

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Praise for Naked Truth

“Divisiveness. Chutzpah. Seduction. Politics. Oppression. Spirituality. Gender relations. Betrayal. Healers -vs- scam artists. Fortitude. Dismay. Against-all-odds battles. Fighting the good fight. Just like the plight of humanity today, the historical and excellently well-crafted novel, NAKED TRUTH: OR EQUALITY THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Carrie Hayes has it all.” INDIE READER

“Hayes writes with such care and authenticity that the reader will likely be unsure where the history ends and the fiction begins.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Naked Truth: Or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit is a rich, balanced, and deftly written story that is as moving as it is entertaining.” Readers’ Favorite

“(Hayes) has found a fascinating chapter in history to explore, and Victoria and Tennie are compelling protagonists: fiercely determined, morally ambiguous, and deeply complicated. Readers with an interest in first-wave feminism, New York history, and detailed storytelling will enjoy mining this debut, which nicely sets up a sequel.” Book Life

“I thought this novel was brilliant from start to finish. It is fresh, it is vibrant, and the story is one that has been waiting to be told.” CoffeePot Book Club

Naked Truth is a smooth fast read. Carrie Hayes’ marvelous interlacing of history with the narrative sparks an American story as well as a woman story. She has made this pair of wily sisters and their slickster father vivid and timeless.” Gail Godwin, three time National Book Award Finalist

Review

I mean, a story about women rising up and proving that they’re just as tough and awesome (well, or better) than any man is an automatic win. And the history just pours off the pages as you read more and more. And if you’re anything like me it’ll just spark your interest and make you want to research the history while reading.

This is the perfect book for election season too since Victoria was determined to become the next president of the United States in her time. And even through the politics and the history we have a story that is about two young women thriving and making a mark in a mans world. Their live may not have always been easy or fun for that matter, but these two refused to give up!

This was one of those books where I went in expecting a lot and was scared that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations for it. BUT, I left loving it just as much as I thought I would! This is a book for every woman out there and for anyone who wants to see a woman who was willing to dare to dream and reach for them.

About the Author

Over the years, Carrie has tried a lot of things. She’s sold vacuum cleaners, annuities and sofas. She’s lived at the beach and lived in Europe. She’s taught school and worked in film. For a while, she was an aspiring librarian, but she fell in love and threw her life away instead. Back in the States, she started over, then met an architect who said, “Why don’t you become a kitchen designer?” So, she did. Eventually she designed interiors, too. And all that time, she was reading. What mattered was having something to read. Slowly, she realized her craving for books sprang from her need to know how things would turn out. Because in real life, you don’t know how things will turn out. But if you write it, you do. Naked Truth or Equality the Forbidden Fruit is her first book.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 19
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 20
Review at Bookworlder
Feature at I’m All About Books

Wednesday, October 21
Review at YA, it’s Lit
Review at andreajanel_reads

Thursday, October 22
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Friday, October 23
Review at Bri’s Book Nook
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Saturday, October 24
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, October 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 26
Review at Books and Zebras
Review & Guest Post at Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, October 27
Review at Novels Alive

Wednesday, October 28
Interview at Novels Alive

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, one lucky reader will win a copy of Naked Truth by Carrie Hayes!

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Naked Truth

Nemesis of the Swan Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Instagram Giveaway

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About the Book

Nemesis and the Swan
by Lindsay K. Bandy
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fiction, France

“But this is no place for sleeping. It’s a place for itching and stinking, waiting and remembering, hoping and praying.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.

“Was anyone in Paris sleeping that night?”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.

As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust. Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

“The child of murderers, liars, cheaters, lunatics, and thieves.
Unwanted, forgotten, and never good enough.
I belonged nowhere and to no one.
There was no way out.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Review

What’s the best type of historical fiction? A historical fiction set in France during the Revolution of course! This book is an easy to read amazing look into the time period. It truly just drew me in and I didn’t want to put the book down for a minute. The writing and the story are just so beautiful and engaging.

“I was walking in a dream – a good one, for once.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

This is one of those historical fiction stories that takes you back in time and plops you right into the middle of the streets. But it doesn’t fall into the trap of being a dry story or overly focusing on telling us the history. This is most definitely a story above all of that. And there are many tangled and shocking histories between the characters in these stories. I’d definitely say a lot of them fall into that morally grey category, so I of course took to them all immediately.

“I etch a line of my own: my first.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Paris will always hold a special place in my heart with me, so I automatically HAVE to read anything set in this beautiful city. Even if it wasn’t necessarily so beautiful during the revolution and maybe a bit more bloody than anything. But I truly enjoyed this one!

About the Author

Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tour Schedule

October 20th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 21st

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
readerofthewrittenword – Review + Instagram
Book-Keeping – Review + Instagram

October 22nd

Bookish Looks – Guest Post + Instagram
@the.b00kreader – Review + Instagram

October 23rd

Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
The Reading Life – Spotlight

October 24th

Gwendalyn’s Anderson – Review + Playlist + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 25th

Two points of interest – Review + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Review + Instagram
Finding My Faith, Holding onto Hope, and Living with Love – Review + Instagram

October 26th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Interview + Instagram
The Review Booth – Review + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

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Life and Other Shortcomings Tour – Review

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About the Book

Life and Other Shortcomings is a collection of linked short stories that takes the reader from New Orleans to New York City to Madrid, and from 1970 to the present day. The women in these twelve stories make a number of different choices: some work, others don’t; some stay married, some get divorced; others never marry at all. Through each character’s intimate journey, specific truths are revealed about what it means to be a woman―in relationship with another person, in a particular culture and era―and how these conditions ultimately affect her relationship with herself. The stories as a whole depict patriarchy, showing what still might be, but certainly what was, for some women in this country before the #MeToo movement. Both a cautionary tale and a captivating window into women’s lives, Life and Other Shortcomings is required reading for anyone interested in an honest, incisive, and compelling portrayal of the female experience. 

Praise for Life and Other Shortcomings

Included in 2020’s Best Beach Reads by Parade

“A compelling collection that captures the mystery and menace beneath love and family life.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Corie Adjmi has a flair for dramatizing scenes. She homes in on the killer moment, and her dialogue is so honest that I was cringing at times . . . It is just so vivid. ”―Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class

“Corie Adjmi’s stories are sharply written, unsparing, and spot-on. With wisdom and humanity, Life and Other Shortcomings plumbs the mysteries of adult life: the menacing underside of love, the protean nature of grief, and the baffling difficulty of staying true to ourselves and the things we value most. Assured in her storytelling, Adjmi writes with force and perception. Her stories are a must-read.” ―Elyssa Friedland, author of The Floating Feldmans and The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication

“Pitch perfect and very haunting, Life and Other Shortcomings is a true delight. Adjmi’s interlocking stories are as funny as they are tragic. Her characters are so real and relatable, you’ll find yourself rooting for them, even as they get into trouble. Adjmi is a great new talent.” ―Alison Espach, author of The Adults

“All that glitters is not gold in Corie Adjmi’s wonderful short story collection Life and Other Shortcomings. Adjmi exposes the fear, envy, and yearning that simmer just beneath the surface of her characters’ beautiful lives. Her writing is both elegant and powerful. I was hooked from the first page to the last.” ―Ellen Sussman, New York Times best-selling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This

Review

This was the perfect book for right now! I’m such a sucker for short stories in general, and a female powerhouse backed collection is even more perfect! And each of these stories are so relatable in their own way. And the writing is so lush and vibrant and added so much to these powerful stories.

As with any compilation of short stories there were ones I liked more than others, but I have to admit that there were none I could say I didn’t like. This was such a well tailored set of stories and I love how they all intertwined in some manner. And the writing, I just can’t speak enough about it, just fit the stories so perfectly. It was both sparse and eloquent enough to make you feel as if you were almost an intruder listening in on these stories.

Overall I found this little collection to be a perfect breather-read. I’ve been reading a lot of heavy things and this was the perfect little collection to break all of that. Plus we all need some girl power every now and then!

About the Author

Corie Adjmi grew up in New Orleans. She started writing in her thirties, and her award-winning fiction and personal essays have since appeared in over two dozen publications, including North American Review, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, and, more recently, HuffPost and Man Repeller. In 2019, Life and Other Shortcomings was a finalist for the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for short fiction from BkMk Press. When she is not writing, Corie does volunteer work, cooks, draws, bikes, and hikes. She and her husband have five children and a number of grandchildren, with more on the way. She lives and works in New York City.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Wolf Den Hollow Review

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About the Book

It’s the dead of winter, and Sila, a bewitching Cherokee teenager, has just fled her marriage to a brutal drunk. Desperate for work, she finds herself knocking on the door of a mill office in the Missouri Ozarks. There she meets the handsome owner, Charley Barclay.

Despite the fact that Sila and Charley have virtually nothing in common and thirty years between them, a spark ignites. Their passionate love affair quickly intensifies, and for Charley, there is no going back to his loveless marriage—especially after Sila is with child. They marry, and his empire expands as they face tragedy and treachery along the way. Just as their lives seem perfect, Charley falls victim to cancer. Sila’s devastation is compounded by the onset of the Great Depression. She loses her inheritance and is faced with losing her home. As her situation grows increasingly dire, Sila—determined to protect herself and her family—is forced to make a desperate decision.

Inspired by a true story, and replete with natural healing, glimpses of the logging boom, and heartbreaking drama, Wolf Den Hollow brings to life this unlikely, captivating romance of the early 1900s.

Review

I expected to really enjoy this book, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This is just one of those stories that instantly pulls you in and refuses to let go of you. It’s just so haunting but beautiful at the same time.

The writing in this book is really lyrical and fit so well with the story. And the characters had so much depth to them that I couldn’t help but want to learn more about them. Plus there was such an interesting romance featured along with the steam that makes it so much more interesting. And the setting again just added so much more to this. I mean, just all around there were so many surprising and amazing aspects to Wolf Den Hollow.

The really interesting part about this story is that it is loosely based off of the authors own family. And after realizing that I could reflect on what I read and see just how many extra little details the author added. And you can also see how much research Murray put into making the perfect story.

About the Author

After living in Bali, Indonesia, where she designed and manufacturing garments, Donna Murray relocated back to San Francisco. She worked with the San Francisco Ballet on their Opening Night Gala in 2010, and when she left the event that rainy evening, she stepped into a deep pothole―and broke both her feet. With months of recuperation ahead, she embraced the opportunity to write her first novel: Wolf Den Hollow.

Donna has a passion for the arts and culture, travel, nature, food and wine, and living the good life in the beautiful Napa Valley.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Paris Affair Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap
Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages
Series: Theresa Schurmann Mystery, Book 3
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783.

Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses at Versailles, and more, when nothing could be further from the truth. On the advice of the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer, Joseph II–emperor of Austria and Marie Antoinette’s brother–decides that mystery-solving violinist Theresa Schurman is the ideal candidate for a spy to discover the source of these vile slanders.

Theresa is only too glad to get away from Vienna for a while, unwilling to commit herself yet to marrying Zoltan–a Hungarian baron she met when she was fifteen–and running out of reasons to postpone her decision. She is eager, too, to explore a new musical scene and broaden her artistic education. But when the captain confounds her expectations and places her as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, milliner to the queen, she begins to lose hope that she will ever achieve her musical aims–or the emperor’s goal of exposing the pamphleteers.

A chance encounter with the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary black violinist and expert swordsman, sets Theresa on the path to unraveling the mystery. But will the chevalier’s patron, the powerful duc de Chartres, confound her efforts and put her–and the captain’s–lives in danger?

Be prepared for music, mystery, love, and murder in this riveting tale of pre-revolutionary Paris.

“The settings and situations are enchanting and varied; Dunlap is adept at on-the-fly description and at lacing intrigue with romance…Dunlap proves an arresting tour guide through this rich milieu, summoning up the past without slowing down the storytelling. Author and protagonist alike boast an epigrammatic wit. The touch is light, but the scenery and chatter are sumptuous…Theresa stands as a fascinating protagonist, a woman whose nimble navigation of society’s expectations and several burgeoning romances are exciting and inspiring, even more so than the sleuthing that drives the novel’s plot. The people she encounters are likewise memorable, complex, and surprising, especially the chevalier…This sparkling historical mystery conjures up the salons, fashion, and gossip of Marie Antoinette’s Paris, with a winning emphasis on the power of music and the roles that society allowed women.” – The BookLife Prize

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Review

Ok, this book is coming at the perfect time since Emily in Paris has renewed my long time love of all things Paris and French. But that aside, Marie Antoinette is also just an incredibly interesting woman to read about. Plus adding in some mystery and malicious rumors the drama is off the charts! And you know I live for the drama! Well, as long as I’m not in the middle of it.

For being set in the past, this book feels very refreshing! Our main character is witty and independent, something that would have been shunned during the time. And not only are our characters memorable, but so is the setting. I mean Paris is an unforgettable city regardless, but the streets just come to life as you read. We have a bit of history, a bit of creativity, and a grand mystery within.

Unlike some historical fiction books, The Paris Affair is far from dry. It will keep you hooked page after page as you get further into the mystery. Now, this is my first book in the series and I was easily able to dive into the story and follow along. HOWEVER, I do now feel the need to read the rest of the books in the series. So I would definitely say that this one was a winner!

About the Author

Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughteróthat’s a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!

In her spare time she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, September 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Thursday, October 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, October 2
Feature at I’m Into Books
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, October 5
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, October 6
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Wednesday, October 7
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, October 8
Excerpt at Turn The Page

Friday, October 9
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Sunday, October 11
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Monday, October 12
Review at Nursebookie

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Wednesday, October 14
Review at Book Bustle

Thursday, October 15
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 16
Review at Passages to the Past
Guest Post at The Intrepid Reader

Saturday, October 17
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, one lucky reader will win signed copies of all 3 books in the Theresa Schurmann Mystery series! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Paris Affair

Toward that Which is Beautiful

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About the Book

On an ordinary day in June of 1964 in a small town in the Altiplano of Peru, Sister Mary Katherine (formerly known as Kate), a young American nun recently arrived in this very foreign place, walks away from her convent with no money and no destination. Desperate and afraid of her feelings for an Irish priest with whom she has been working, she spends eight days on the run, encountering a variety of characters along the way: a cynical Englishman who helps her out; a suspicious Peruvian police officer who takes her in for questioning; and two American Peace Corps workers who befriend her. As Kate traverses this dangerous physical journey through Peru, she also embarks upon an interior journey of self-discovery―one that leads her somewhere she never could have expected.

Review

This is such a lovely story about journeys and finding one’s place in the world. I don’t think anyone walks through life without facing many difficult decisions, restless nights, and moments contemplating whether you made the right decision or not. But the wonderful thing about life is that you can always change what path you are on. And this is what Toward That Which is Beautiful is about.

You know, I don’t read a lot of books about nuns but there was something about this story that just called to me. I think it’s my inherent “flight” instinct that is always screaming at me to drop everything and go on an adventure. But this was a beautiful story that gave us to much culture and history.

The writing in this book is just so lush and vibrant, which helps to elevate the story that much more. Our MC is thrust into an unfamiliar world and we discover just as much as she does as the story progresses. All around this is a wonder and uplifting story that takes you on numerous trials and through a vibrant culture.

About the Author

Born and raised in an Irish Catholic family in St. Louis, Missouri, Marian O’Shea Wernicke is the eldest of seven children. She was a nun for eleven years and spent three years working in Lima, Peru, during that time. She is a former professor of English and creative writing at Pensacola State College and the author of a memoir about her father called Tom O’Shea: A Twentieth Century Man. She also coedited and contributed to an award-winning book of short fiction and memoir called Confessions: Fact or Fiction? Marian is married to Michael Wernicke, and they are the parents of three adult children. After many years in Pensacola, Florida, they now live in Austin, Texas.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Chasing North Star Review

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About the Book

Germany, 1940. While struggling to survive at an orphanage, young Didi crosses paths with a rebellious, quirky girl who will either help her escape a life of abuse and uncertainty or lead her down an even darker path.

Fast-forward to 1970. With help from a worn leather journal, another young girl learns the story of Didi, who escaped war-torn Germany for a better life in America―except her life didn’t turn out as expected. The stories of these two girls intertwine and eventually collide one Christmas night when Didi, all grown up, finally remembers the secret she buried long ago.

Chasing North Star looks back at a time when four free-range siblings, cigarettes in hand, roamed the streets ’til sunrise and hid from a gun-toting, mentally ill mother who couldn’t help herself. Stingray bicycles, transistor radios, and late nights in the cemetary―just another day in Alamo. That is, until the youngest sibling stumbles upon Didi’s story.

Review

This book is one of those heartbreakingly beautiful stories. It’s a difficult but important read that explores a look at the darker side of humanity. I love getting a chance to take a glimpse into the lives of others and understanding a bit of the suffering people might be forced to endure.

This book deals a lot with mental health and how mental illness was treated in the seventies. Or better yet, the lack of treatment (and don’t even get me started on how this continues today). BUT ACTUALLY, I am going to kind of get started on how this continues today. BECAUSE that makes this book that much more relatable and important.

This is a bleak yet beautiful story of survival and trying to live one’s life amongst hardships. It’s one of those books you just need to pick up and take in (and I don’t want to spoil anything). It’s not an easy read, but its a powerful one.

About the Author

Heidi is the youngest of five kids. She and her husband, Jon live in Kalamazoo, Michigan – just a short drive from Alamo where she grew up. She now owns the family woods that are depicted in Chasing North Star. Her two sons, Tyler and Phillip, are doing great despite being raised by a mother with no formal training.

Embracing all that West Michigan has to offer, Heidi can often be found golfing at her favorite golf course located in her backyard or  hanging with her family in town and anywhere along the Lake Michigan shoreline. She remains connected to her siblings and is especially close to her sisters who also live in the area. Michael (Mickey) moved away soon after graduation and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Heidi has worked in the media world all her adult life – including time at WWMT. She still works in the marketing and advertising arena, and can often be found working at her favorite golf course. She is also a contributing writer for Women’s LifeStyle of Greater Kalamazoo.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*