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Blog Tour: Out of Night by Kellie Butler

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Out of Night by Kellie ButlerPublication Date: June 24, 2020 Raleigh Hills Press Paperback & eBook; 328 pages Series: The Laurelhurst Chronicles, Book 4 Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: How long can you run from yourself? 

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

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

      Lydie. When her youngest son, Cole, is inst…

Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia by Diana Wallis Taylor: A Book Review

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Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian, Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Whitaker House
Release Date: 2019
Pages: 304
Source: My personal collection
Synopsis: One of the great heroines of the Old Testament, Hadassah was a beautiful, graceful young woman who put her faith in God and her guardian, her cousin Mordecai.

    She dreams of marrying Shamir, a tall, handsome, studious young man who is the rabbi’s son. Her heart beats faster when she hears the sound of his deep voice as he reads the Torah. And she hopes that he will visit Mordecai soon to present a betrothal request.

     Then, an upheaval in King Xerxes’s palace changes everything. Queen Vashti has been banished and an edict goes out for all qualified young virgins throughout the empire to be taken to the palace as he searches for a new queen.

     Fear strikes in the hearts of many, including Mordecai, as he realizes Hadassah will be taken. To hide her identity as a Jew, he tells h…

Helen Had a Sister by Penelope Haines: A Book Review

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Helen Had a Sister A Tale of Ancient Greece
Author: Penelope Haines
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: 2020
Pages: 259
Source: My personal collection
Synopsis: Helen of Troy's story is well known. Hers was the "face that launched a thousand ships", started a ten-year war and brought about Troy's destruction. But Helen had a sister.In a world where women were submissive, she ruled.In a world where women were loyal, she was unfaithful.In a world where honour and blood feuds abound, she exacted the ultimate revenge.Born into the Royal House of Sparta, her courageous spirit, passionate love and lust for life make her a unique heroine. Her character and her choices have fascinated people for centuries. Her story is one of betrayal, murder, adultery and revenge, set in ancient Greece at the time of the Trojan war.She is Clytemnestra, High Queen of Mycenae. 

     My Review: For centuries, Clytemnestra has had a horrible reputation in Greek mythology. Greek sources ha…

Revenge of the Barbary Ghost (Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #2) by Victoria Hamilton: A Book Review

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Revenge of the Barbary Ghost (Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #2)
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Release Date: 2019
Pages: 243
Source: Netgalley/Publisherin exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Fleeing the attentions of the handsome and commanding Marquess of Darkefell, Lady Anne Addison arrives on the doorstep of a dear friend seeking nothing but rest and relaxation, but soon finds herself putting her investigative talents to work after a sighting of the Barbary Ghost. Always a skeptic of the supernatural, Lady Anne immediately suspects the apparition is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to conceal smugglers on the beach below her friend’s house.

     When the beguiling marquess follows her to Cornwall, Anne is distracted from her ghost hunt by his alluring kisses, until murder gets her attention. Forced once again to work with the marquess to uncover the truth behind a mystery, she soon discove…

Cleopatra Victorious (Cleopatra Reimagined Book #2) by Helen R. Davis: A Book Review

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Cleopatra Victorious (Cleopatra Reimagined Book #2)
Author: Helen R. Davis
Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction
Publisher: Savant Books and Publishings
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Pages: 364
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis:CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS is the alternative history sequel to Helen R. Davis' award-winning novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015). Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt, has triumphed at the Battle of Actium, which in the annals of history cost her and her lover, Mark Antony, their lives. She has won the battle, but will she be able to win the war and create a new place for her, her dynasty and Egypt in the annals of history?  

     My Review: The Battle of Actium was one of the most pivotal events in Western history. The battle marked the beginning of imperial Rome. This battle was so important to Western civilization that many began to wonder what would have happened had Cleaopatra and Antony won the Battle of Acti…

Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt by Dee L. Clayman: A Book Review

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Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Women in Antiquity)
Author: Dee L. Clayman
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 288
Source: My Personal Collection
Synopsis: Berenice II (c. 264-221 BCE), daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes, came to embody all the key religious, political, and artistic ideals of Ptolemaic Alexandria. Though she arrived there nearly friendless, with the taint of murder around her, she became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens descended from the successors of Alexander the Great. She was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals associated with the Museum and Library, not the least of which was Callimachus, the most important poet of the age. These men wrote poems not just for her, but about her, and their eloquent voices projected her charisma widely across the Greek-speaking world. Though the range of Berenice'…

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: A Book Review

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Descendant of the Crane Author: Joan He Genre: YA, Mystery, Historical Fantasy Publisher: AW Teen Release Date: 2019 Pages: 416 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review Synopsis: Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she's thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer―a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.
     Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira―a brilliant investigator who's also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?
      In this shimmering C…