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Blog Tour: A Fisher of Women by Catherine Magia: A Book Review

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A Fisher of Women by Catherine MagiaPublication Date: October 3, 2018 Paperback & eBook; 184 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Biblical Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: When the wife of Simon Peter returns to Galilee, she brings nothing but her faith in an enigmatic carpenter named Jesus, who has an extraordinary gift of healing the sick. But as she spends time in the presence of this divine leader, she discovers the gift of healing comes at a devastating cost. A terrible burden Jesus bears for the sake of his love for humanity.
    In her quest to alleviate Jesus’s eternal suffering, the wife of Simon Peter befriends a pagan magician named Helen. Helen possesses a wisdom and healing power exceeded only by Jesus himself, but bears an unsavory reputation. Can Helen be trusted to ease Jesus’s suffering? Or is she a rival seeking his ultimate destruction?
     Simon Peter is immortalized as a devot…

Camelot's Queen (Guinevere's Tale #2) by Nicole Evelina: A Book Review

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Camelot’s Queen (Guinevere’s Tale #2)
Author: Nicole Evelina
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Lawson Gartner Publishing
Release Date: 2016
Pages: 450
Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 
Synopsis: History remembers Guinevere’s sin, but it was Arthur who transgressed first.

     Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies. 

     Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, A…

Daughter of Destiny (Guinevere's Tale #1) by Nicole Evelina: A Book Review

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Daughter of Destiny (Guinevere’s Tale #1)
Author: Nicole Evelina
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Lawson Gartner Publishing
Release Date: 2016
Pages: 328
Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.

     In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake.

    Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, …

Queen of the Darkest Hour by Kim Rendfeld: A Book Review

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Queen of the Darkest Hour
Author: Kim Rendfeld
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Kim Rendfeld
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Pages: 327
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Francia, 783: As wars loom, Queen Fastrada faces a peril within the castle walls: King Charles’s eldest son, Pepin. Blaming his father for the curse that twisted his spine, Pepin rejects a prize archbishopric and plots to seize the throne. Can Fastrada stop the conspiracy before it destroys the realm?

     Based on historic events during Charlemagne’s reign, Queen of the Darkest Hour is a story of family strife endangering an entire country—and the price to save it.

My Review: Queen Fastrada is a young girl who marries the Emperor Charlemagne. However, her happiness is soon shattered when she is beset by many problems. She has to endure the enmity and wrath of Pepin, Charlemagne’s eldest son. Pepin is a hunch-backed and is often neglected by his father. However, Pepin …

Honored To Be Listed in the Top 35 Historical Fiction Book Blogs!

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I am very honored to be listed in the top 35 Historical Fiction Book Blogs.  I want to thank Feedspot and everyone who has the time to read my review!


Blog Tour: Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury: A Book Review

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Winterdream Author: Chantal Gadoury Pub. Date: November 27, 2018 Publisher: Parliament House Publishing Formats: Paperback, eBook Pages: 290 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle Link, B&N
Source: This book was given to me by Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: This Christmas Eve… no creature was stirring…
     Except, maybe, a mouse. 
    At long last, can true love break the Nutcracker’s curse? 
    For Clara Stahlbaum, this Christmas means the end of her youth. A daughter of the aristocracy, Clara is expected to give up her dreams of adventures and the extraordinary for more normal days as the wife of a cruel Viscount. 
    But when magical Uncle Drosselmeyer returns with his wondrous, dancing contraptions, and one...special gift for Clara, she is beckoned to the land of Winter Dream, where she is thrust into the greatest adventure of her wildest dreams. But will she be able to break the Nutcracker's curse? 
    Uncle Drosselmeyer’s apprentice, Anton, is handsom…

Blog Tour: Release Day Blitz of Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury

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I am so excited that Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury is available now and that I get to share the news!

    If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Chantal Gadoury, be sure to check out all the details below.

     This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book, US Only, courtesy of Chantal, Parliament House Publishing, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Winterdream Author: Chantal Gadoury Pub. Date: November 27, 2018 Publisher: Parliament House Publishing Formats: Paperback, eBook Pages: 290 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle Link, B&N Synopsis: This Christmas Eve… no creature was stirring…
     Except, maybe, a mouse. 
    At long last, can true love break the Nutcracker’s curse? 
    For Clara Stahlbaum, this Christmas means the end of her youth. A daughter of the aristocracy, Clara is expected to give up her dreams of adventures and the extraordinary for more normal days …

Chills and Thrills! My Favorite Halloween Reads: Part 3

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Happy Halloween! This is the third and final installment in my creepy Halloween reads recommendations. I have enjoyed going back and remembering some of these fun and often spooky books! I hope you will find a few of these yourself and give them a read!



     Strands of Bronze and Gold is a retelling of Bluebeard set in Antebellum south. This creepy retelling features ghosts of Bluebeard’s late wives that will be sure to send shivers down your spine!



     The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter is a mash-up of science fiction and horror classics. There are allusions to Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, and even Sherlock Holmes! If you loved this novel, be sure to check out European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman!

     The Witch’s Daughter tells the story of a 384 year-old witch! The story is told between past and the present. This is a perfect read for Halloween for those who like your historical fiction to be mixed with a little magic!



     Milk of Shades and Honey is a fun H…

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo: A Book Review

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The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow
Author: Alyssa Palombo
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Pages: 432
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.

     But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. Tha…

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…