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Blog Tour: Past Encounters by Davina Blake: A Book Review

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Publication Date: November 22, 2014 |  CreateSpace | Paperback; 442p
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

England 1955.

The day Rhoda Middleton opens a letter from another woman, she becomes convinced her husband, Peter, is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks the mysterious woman down, she discovers she is not Peter's lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster. There is only one problem - Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster.

Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out why Peter has kept this friendship a secret for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter's wartime experiences she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For Rhoda too cannot escape the ghosts of the past.

Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through s…

Blog Tour: Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S.R. Mallery

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Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Mockingbird Lane Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback, Audio Book
Pages: 276

Genre: Historical Fiction/Short Stories
Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book tours in exchange for an honest review.



The eleven long short stories in Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980's Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial "star"and an eclectic fiber arti…

Rebecca Hazell's The Tiger and The Dove Trilogy Book Blast

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Please join Rebecca Hazell as she tours the blogosphere for the Tiger and
the Dove trilogy Book Blast, from December 1 - 14, and be entered to win
all three books in the trilogy!

The Grip of God (Book One)


The Grip of God is the first novel in an epic historical trilogy, The Tiger and the Dove. Set in the thirteenth century, its heroine, Sofia, is a young princess of Kievan Rus. She begins her story by recounting her capture in battle and life of slavery to a young army captain in the Mongol armies that are flooding Europe. Not only is her life shattered, it is threatened by the bitter rivalries in her new master's powerful family, and shadowed by the leader of the Mongol invasion, Batu Khan, Genghis Khan's grandson. How will she learn to survive in a world of total war, much less rediscover the love she once took for granted? Always seeking to escape and menaced by outer enemies and inner turmoil, where can she find safe haven even if she can break free? Clear eyed and intelligen…

Blog Tour: The Spoils of Avalon (A John Singer Sargent/Violet Paget Mystery Series Book One) by Mary F. Burns: A Book Review

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The Spoils of Avalon by Mary F. Burns
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Sand Hill Review Press
Paperback; 300p
ISBN: 978-1937818289

Series: A John Singer Sargent/Violet Paget Mystery (Book One)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Mystery
Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.



The death of a humble clergyman in 1877 leads amateur sleuths Violet Paget and John Singer Sargent into a medieval world of saints and kings-including the legendary Arthur- as they follow a trail of relics and antiquities lost since the destruction of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. Written in alternating chapters between the two time periods, The Spoils of Avalon creates a sparkling, magical mystery that bridges the gap between two worlds that could hardly be more different-the industrialized, Darwinian, materialistic Victorian Age and the agricultural, faith-infused life of a medieval abbey on the brink of violent change at the hands of Henry VIII and …

Blog Tour: Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes: A Book Review

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Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes
Publication Date: January 22, 2014
Campanile Press
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Medieval
Source: This book was given to me by the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.

In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children’s deaths.

Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.

The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling au…

Blog Tour: The Prospective Princess by Kary Rader: A Reign of Light Novel: A Book Review and Giveaway

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Kary Rader - The Prospective Princess - Virtual Book Tour


New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Date Published: September 23, 2014
Source: Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.


     Giving up the beautiful Lady Brislyn is only the first step toward Commander Marchant saving her from Darkness—and then winning her heart.

 A MAN AMONG PRINCES

     Five years ago Lady Brislyn of Komissa fell in love. Five years ago her heart was broken, never to be mended. But when one careless act finds her abducted by marauders and forcibly betrothed to a seductive enemy prince, there’s only one man she can count on to free her: Her father’s brilliant—and devastatingly handsome—military commander. The very man who rejected her.

     Five years ago, Commander Marchant rebuffed the fifteen-year-old daughter of his duke. Now she is a woman grown, a Gifted musician whose song captured his heart. Yet Brislyn is not so easily reclaimed. To save her from one royal suitor, he must make a show of …

Blog Tour: Juliet Waldron's 4 Books Tour: A Book Review of Roan Rose

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Roan Rose

Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Books We Love, Ltd.
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: This book was given to by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Loyalty Binds Her.

     More like a gangland war for turf and loot than chivalry, the War of Roses disrupted the life of the English commoners for hundreds of years. Roan Rose is the story of one of them, a girl born on the Yorkshire dales. When the Countess of Warwick decides to take sturdy, gentle Rose to Middleham Castle to be companion and bed-time poppet for her youngest daughter, Anne, her fate is changed forever. Rose bears intimate witness to the passions, betrayals, battles and all the reversals of fortune which will shape her lady's life and her own. Anne Neville will briefly become a Queen, and Richard, Rose's secret love, will become a King, one whose name has become synonymous with evil. When her King is betrayed and slain at Bosworth F…