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The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton: A Book Review

The Cuban Heiress Author: Chanel Cleeton Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Berkley Release Date: 2023 Pages: 304 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: In 1934, a luxury cruise becomes a fight for survival as two women’s pasts collide on a round-trip voyage from New York to Havana in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton's page-turning new novel inspired by the true story of the SS Morro Castle.      New York heiress Catherine Dohan seemingly has it all. There’s only one problem. It’s a lie. As soon as the Morro Castle leaves port, Catherine’s past returns with a vengeance and threatens her life. Joining forces with a charismatic jewel thief, Catherine must discover who wants her dead—and why.      Elena Palacio is a dead woman. Or so everyone thinks. After a devastating betrayal left her penniless and on the run, Elena’s journey on the Morro Castle is her last hope. Steeped in secrecy and a burning desire for revenge, her return to
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Song of the Nile by Hannah Fielding: A Book Review

Song of the Nile Author: Hannah Fielding Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance Publisher: London Wall Publishing  Release Date: 2021 Pages: 638 Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: Luxor, 1946. When young nurse Aida El Masri returns from war-torn London to her family’s estate in Egypt she steels herself against the challenges ahead.      Eight years have passed since her father, Ayoub, was framed for a crime he did not commit, and died as a tragic result. Yet Aida has not forgotten, and now she wants revenge against the man she believes betrayed her father – his best friend, Kamel Pharaony.      Then Aida is reunited with Kamel’s son, the captivating surgeon Phares, who offers her marriage. In spite of herself, the secret passion Aida harboured for him as a young girl reignites. Still, how can she marry the son of the man who destroyed her father and brought shame on her family? Will coming home bring her love, or only danger and hea

Kassandra: A Tale of Love, War, and One Woman's Destiny: A Novel of Ancient Greece by Alison Blasdell: A Book Review

Kassandra: A Tale of Love, War, and One Woman’s Destiny: A Novel of Ancient Greece Author: Alison Blasdell Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Alison Blasdell Release Date: 2023 Pages: 369 Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: She was born Athenian and raised an Amazon warrior. But betrayal and heartbreak will force her to choose who she is.      This is the tale of Kassandra, born in Athens, Greece, in the 4th century BC, and her transition from a frightened but determined girl into a formidable warrior—a path of trust and betrayal, love and loss, joy and heartbreak—the story of a woman who challenges the very gods of Greece to find happiness.      Kassandra was just ten years old when her mother spirited her away in the middle of the night to avoid an arranged marriage, traveling until they reached the mountains the Greeks believed belonged to Zeus. There, her mother left her alone, telling her she must climb the mounta

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon: A Novel of Atlantis and The Ancient British Isles (Avalon #5) by Diana L. Paxson: A Book Review

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ancestors of Avalon: A Novel of Atlantis and The Ancient British Isles (Avalon #5) Author: Diana L. Paxson Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Viking Penguin Release Date: 2004 Pages: 360 Source: My State Public Library Synopsis: Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved Avalon saga continues the dramatic story of the ancestors of Avalon from their life on the doomed island of Atlantis to their escape to the mist-shrouded isle of Britain.       My Review : Ancestors of Avalon is the direct sequel to The Fall of Atlantis . It is also a prequel to The Mists of Avalon . Tiriki and her husband, Micail are both the high priestess and high priest of Atlantis. They are also part of the royal family of Atlantis. Yet, their comfortable life is shattered when they feel earthquakes and know that their beloved island is about to fall into the sea. They also learn that they are to found a new temple in a distant land. When Atlantis falls, Tiriki and Micail are separated. Y

The Crow Queen (Eagles and Crows #2) by Melanie Karsak: A Book Review

The Crow Queen (Eagles and Crows #2) Author: Melanie Karsak Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Clockwork Press Release Date: December 5, 2023 Pages: 267 Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: A queen at war.       A love woven by the gods.      The looming shadow of darkness to come.      Britain, AD 38, When destiny crowns Cartimandua queen of the Brigantes, she inherits not just the rule of her ancient tribe but an imminent war. Seeking to take advantage of the upheaval amongst the Brigantes, the Parisii tribe strikes.      Cartimandua’s enemies soon discover the new Brigantes queen wears a crown of thorns and talons. Carti has no time to waste on petty squabbles. The Cailleach whispers of a looming threat from the south. Wielding ruthless strategy and strength, Cartimandua acts quickly to secure her hold on the north before an even worse darkness descends.      But even amongst the shadows, there’s a ray of light. Her n

The Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley: A Book Review

The Fall of Atlantis Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Baen Release Date: 1987 Pages: 512 Source: Personal Collection  Synopsis: A wounded Atlantean prince...a deadly battle between Dark and Light...and the sisters Deoris and Domaris, whose lives are changed utterly by the magic involving them. These are the elements of The Fall of Atlantis , Marion Zimmer Bradley's epic fantasy about that ancient and legendary realm.      On one side stand the Priests of the White Robe, guardians of powerful natural forces which could threaten the world if misused. Ranged against them are the Black Robes, sorcerers who secretly practice their arts in the labyrinthine caves beneath the very Temple of Light. Caught between are Domaris and Deoris, daughters of the arch-priest Talkannon, trapped in a web of deadly sorcery--the same forbidden sorcery that could bring about the fall of Atlantis.        My Review: The Fall of Atlantis is the first in a prequel s

The Jeweler of Stolen Dreams (Daughters of La Lune #4) by M. J. Rose: A Book Review

The Jeweler of Stolen Dreams (Daughters of La Lune #4) Author: M. J. Rose Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal Publisher: Blue Box Press Release Date: 2023 Pages: 352 Source: Netgal;ey/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: A captivating tale of two passionate women separated by decades but united by a shared vision. One, the famous jeweler Suzanne Belperron, fighting to protect her company and rescue the man she loves. The other, a young auctioneer whose exceptional gifts reveal a secret that endangers her very life.      “Only one thing saves you, and that is not losing sight of beauty.”      Paris, 1942. Suzanne Belperron is known as one of the most innovative jewelers of her time. Elsa Schiaparelli and the Duchess of Windsor are just two of her many illustrious clients. What no one knows is that Suzanne and her dear friend, American socialite Dixie Osgood, have been helping transport hundreds of Jewish families out of France since the war began. Bu