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Blog Tour: Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Munoz Ryan

     I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SOLIMAR: THE SWORD OF THE MONARCHS by Pam Muñoz Ryan Blog Tour hosted by  Rockstar Book Tours . Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!   About The Book: Title:   SOLIMAR: THE SWORD OF THE MONARCHS Author:  Pam Muñoz Ryan Pub. Date:  February 15, 2022 Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion Formats:  Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook Pages:  272 Find it:   Goodreads ,  Amazon , Kindle , Audible , B&N ,  iBooks , Kobo ,  TBD , Synopsis: Middle-grade fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s  Esperanza Rising,  will find a new Mexican heroine to love in Solimar and a fresh, magical story!       On the brink of her Quinceañera, and her official coronation, Solimar visits the oyamel forest to sit among the monarch butterflies. There, the sun pierces through a sword-shaped crevice in a boulder, which shines on her and sends the butterflies humming and swirling around her.      After the magical frenzy, she realizes she'

Margaret, Queen of Sicily by Jacqueline Alio: A Book Review

Margaret, Queen of Sicily Author: Jacqueline Alio Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography Publisher: Trinacria Editions LLC Release Date: 2017 Pages: 512 Source: Personal Collection Synopsis: Sometimes it takes just one strong woman to tame a pack of zealous men. Meet Margaret of Sicily.      For five years during the twelfth century, Margaret of Navarre, Queen of Sicily, was the most powerful woman in Europe and the Mediterranean. Her life and times make for the compelling story of a wife, sister, mother and leader. This landmark work is the first biography of the great-granddaughter of El Cid and friend of Thomas Becket who could govern a nation and inspire millions.      In Margaret's story sisterhood is just the beginning. The Basque princess who rose to confront unimagined adversity became the epitome of medieval womanhood in a world dominated by men, governing one of the wealthiest, most powerful - and most socially complex - states of Europe and the Mediterranean.       This b

Once in a Blood Moon by Dorothea Hubble Bonneau

  Once in a Blood Moon Author: Dorothea Hubble Bonneau Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Acorn Publishing Release Date: 2020 Pages: 335 Source: Publisher/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: Heaven Hill Plantation, upriver from Georgetown, South Carolina, 1807: Sixteen-year-old Alexandra Degambia walks a tightrope stretched between her parents’ ambitions. Her father, a prosperous planter, want to preserve the heritage of his African ancestors. But her mother, who can pass for white, seeks to distance herself from her African roots and position herself in the elite society of wealthy free-women-of-color. Alexandra dreams of establishing her own place in the world as an accomplished violinist. She assumes her talent and her family’s wealth will pave her way to success. When her life spirals into a life-or-death struggle, she learns that the future is uncertain. Sometimes destiny has its own plans.       My Review: Alexandra is the daughter of a wealthy African-Americ

And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Stephanie Marie Thornton: A Book Review

And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Author: Stephanie Marie Thornton Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Berkley Release Date: 2020 Pages: 480 Source: Publisher/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: An intimate portrait of the life of Jackie O…         Few of us can claim to be the authors of our fate. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy knows no other choice. With the eyes of the world watching, Jackie uses her effortless charm and keen intelligence to carve a place for herself among the men of history and weave a fairy tale for the American people, embodying a senator’s wife, a devoted mother, a First Lady—a queen in her own right.         But all reigns must come to an end. Once JFK travels to Dallas and the clock ticks down those thousand days of magic in Camelot, Jackie is forced to pick up the ruined fragments of her life and forge herself into a new identity that is all her own, that of an American legend.        My Review: Jacquelin

The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel by Pamela Binnings Ewen: A Book Review

The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel Author: Pamela Binnings Ewen Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Release Date: 2020 Pages: 368 Source: Publisher/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel is revered for her sophisticated style -- the iconic little black dress -- and famed for her intoxicating perfume Chanel No. 5. Yet behind the public persona is a complicated woman of intrigue, shadowed by mysterious rumors. The Queen of Paris , the new novel from award-winning author Pamela Binnings Ewen, vividly imagines the hidden life of Chanel during the four years of Nazi occupation in Paris in the midst of WWII -- as discovered in recently unearthed wartime files.      Coco Chanel could be cheerful, lighthearted, and generous; she also could be ruthless, manipulative, even cruel. Against the winds of war, with the Wehrmacht marching down the Champs-Élysées, Chanel finds herself residing alongside the Reich's