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Blog Tour: The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland: A Book Review

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The Game of Hope by Sandra GullandPublication Date: June 26, 2018 Viking Books for Young Readers Hardcover & eBook; 384 Pages Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: For Napoleon’s stepdaughter, nothing is simple — especially love.

     Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most of whom suffered tragic losses during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution. She loves to play and compose music, read and paint, and daydream about Christophe, her brother’s dashing fellow officer. But Hortense is not an ordinary girl. Her beautiful, charming mother Josephine has married Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to become the most powerful man in France, but viewed by Hortense as a coarse, unworthy successor to her elegant father, who was guillotined during the Terror.

     Where will Hortense’s future lie?

     Inspired by Hort…

Chills and Thrills! My Favorite Halloween Reads: Part 2

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This is the second installment of my favorite books to read during Halloween season! From creepy ghosts, to witches and Frankenstein's monster, these books will keep you awake at night! From turning the page is suspense or giving you the creeps, well...read for yourself and find out!

Heart's Blood is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in Celtic Ireland. While it is a fairy tale retelling, it has a gothic setting and a chilling atmosphere! A young woman arrives in a town that has been cursed. There are also ghosts in this novel. Just by reading the first page, it will give you goosebumps!


The Architect of Song is the first the Haunted Heart series, which is a paranormal trilogy set in the Victorian era. The heroine is deaf and is damaged by her past. I absolutely adored the love triangle between the heroine, the ghost, and the mysterious lord. The Architect of Song is an emotional coming of age tale. It is one of my favorite novels of all time! If you like this novel, b…

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox: A Book Review

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The Witch of Willow Hall
Author: Hester Fox
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

     Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

     New Oldbury, 1821 

     In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

    The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

     All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she w…

Chills and Thrills! My Favorite Halloween Reads: Part 1

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Halloween is just around the corner! Are you looking for a spooky read that will give you a good case of the chills? Discover some great creepy reads in this 3-part series! From Jack the Ripper to Dracula and gothic stories, there is something for everyone!

Jack the Ripper is one of the world's most infamous serial killers. He is more scary than Freddie Krueger. The Ripper's Wife is about the wife of James Maybrick, who most theorists believe to be Jack the Ripper!


This is another book on Jack the Ripper! Audrey Rose investigates the murder mystery. This is a fun read and is perfect for Halloween!

This is the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper! Audrey Rose investigates a mystery of Vlad the Impaler's household. The most likely suspect is Dracula! This is another great Halloween read for it has an eerie setting and there are many references to Dracula!


The Historian is a classic Halloween read! This novel delves into the folklore on Dracula!



The Clockwork Scarab is the first…

Blog Tour: The Secrets of Chateau Swansea by R. C. Matthews: A Book Review

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THE SECRETS OF CHATEAU SWANSEA R.C. Matthews Genre: Gothic Romance
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Source: This book was given to me by Book Unleashed Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: A grisly murder leaves a haunted estate without an heir, and a powerful medium scrambles to find answers from beyond the grave.        Determined to escape the nightmarish memories of her childhood, heiress and psychic Maribeth Sommerset pursues the adventurous life of a psychic investigator, beginning with a murder and the spirits who hover behind at the haunted Chateau Swansea      Meanwhile, devoted steward of the chateau Arthur Dunn plays a dangerous game of deception to shield his employer's good name, landing himself at the top of Maribeth's suspect list.      Amid scandalous secrets and destructive lies, will Maribeth uncover the secrets of Chateau Swansea before the killer strikes again?      Don't miss out on this thrilling Victorian gothic romance!

     My Review: Mar…

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice by Katherine J. Chen: A Book Review

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Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice
Author: Katherine J. Chen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel.

     What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in nineteenth-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasur…

Side by Side: A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde by Jenni L. Walsh: A Book Review

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Side by Side: A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde
Author: Jenni L. Walsh
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Texas: 1931. It’s the height of the Great Depression, and Bonnie is miles from Clyde. He’s locked up, and she’s left waiting, their dreams of a life together dwindling every day.

       When Clyde returns from prison damaged and distant, unable to keep a job, and dogged by the cops, Bonnie knows the law will soon come for him. But there’s only one road forward for her.

     If the world won't give them their American Dream, they'll just have to take it.

My Review: Side by Side begins where Becoming Bonnie ends. While Clyde is in jail, Bonnie impatiently waits each day for Clyde’s release. She hopes that once he is out of jail, they can buy a farm and live a happy life. However, when he is finally released on parole, Clyde becomes a different person. He is distant to …

Release Blitz of The Secrets of Chateau Swansea by R. C. Matthews

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THE SECRETS OF CHATEAU SWANSEA R.C. Matthews Genre: Gothic Romance
Publication Date: October 1, 2018 Synopsis: A grisly murder leaves a haunted estate without an heir, and a powerful medium scrambles to find answers from beyond the grave.     Determined to escape the nightmarish memories of her childhood, heiress and psychic Maribeth Sommerset pursues the adventurous life of a psychic investigator, beginning with a murder and the spirits who hover behind at the haunted Chateau Swansea     Meanwhile, devoted steward of the chateau Arthur Dunn plays a dangerous game of deception to shield his employer's good name, landing himself at the top of Maribeth's suspect list.      Amid scandalous secrets and destructive lies, will Maribeth uncover the secrets of Chateau Swansea before the killer strikes again?      Don't miss out on this thrilling Victorian gothic romance! Add to Goodreads Purchase Links Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks Book Tour ScheduleFollow the book tour from Oc…

Tiffany Blues by M. J. Rose: A Book Review

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Tiffany Blues
Author: M. J. Rose
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Pages: 337
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis:NYT bestselling author, M. J. Rose crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel--a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion. 

     New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell has escaped her past... her hard-hearted stepfather, murder, and the dank hallways of Canada's notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women where she spent 2 years. 

     Now as one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany's prestigious artists' colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.

     But Jenny's can't help but be inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany's charismatic grandson.

     As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artist…

Thread for Pearls: A Story Resilient of Hope by Lauren Speeth

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Thread for Pearls: A Story of Resilient Hope
Author: Lauren Speeth
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Elfenworks Productions
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Pages: 550

Synopsis: A near-death experience in a car with her mother; running from tear gas at a Vietnam War rally hand-in-hand with her pop; a year in India learning side-by-side the country's "untouchables;" the highs and lows of living on a rural Pennsylvania commune… and all before Fiona Sprechelbach's thirteenth birthday.  

     Set during one of the most politically divisive eras in American history, Thread for Pearls is a coming-of-age tale that takes us on a young heroine’s journey to faith and freedom amidst a turbulent family dynamic. Two decades of American history, 1962 to 1982, are conveyed through the eyes of young Fiona Sprechelbach. It’s a story of resilient hope that questions whether it’s the events of our lives that define us or the thread on which we choose to string them.
About the Author:

     Lauren S…

Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Unwanted Wife by Sarah-Beth Watkins: A Book Review

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Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Unwanted Wife
Author: Sarah-Beth Watkins
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Chronos Books
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Pages: 176
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Anne of Cleves left her homeland in 1539 to marry the king of England. She was never brought up to be a queen yet out of many possible choices, she was the bride Henry VIII chose as his fourth wife. Yet from their first meeting the king decided he liked her not and sought an immediate divorce. After just six months their marriage was annulled, leaving Anne one of the wealthiest women in England. This is the story of Anne's marriage to Henry, how the daughter of Cleves survived him and her life afterwards.

My Review: Anne of Cleves has always been the most overlooked of Henry VIII’s wives. She has often been glossed over as Tudor enthusiasts happily relish Catherine Howard’s juicy story. In this new biography of Anne of Cleves, Ms. Watkins sho…