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Blog Tour: Book Blast of We Shall Not Shatter by Elaine Stock

We Shall Not Shatter by Elaine Stock Publication Date: May 15, 2022 Amsterdam Publishers Genre: Jewish Historical Fiction  Synopsis: An unforgettable story of friendship, family and hope as two courageous young women face one of history’s most horrific tragedies.     Brzeziny, Poland, 1939 Zofia’s comfortable-lifestyle overturns when her husband, Jabez, who monitors Nazi activity, has gone missing. Rather than fleeing the country with her young son, as she had promised Jabez who is fearing retaliation, she decides to stay. She cannot possibly leave her friend, Aanya. Since their childhood they have amazed fellow Brzeziners that it does not matter that Aanya is Jewish and deaf, and that Zofia is Catholic and hearing. Now, more than ever with war looming, Zofia will do whatever is necessary to protect her family and Aanya.     As both love and war approach their Polish town, Zofia and Aanya must make choices that will change the meaning of family, home, and their precious friendsh

Blog Tour: Champagne Widows by Rebecca Rosenberg

Champagne Widows by Rebecca Rosenberg Paperback Publication Date: February 25, 2022 Lion Heart Publishing Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis:  Triple-gold-medal-winning author Rebecca Rosenberg serves up a triumphant tale of talent and ambition, love and loss, betrayal and redemption, and accepting yourself and others for who they are.     Champagne, France, 1800      Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole has inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell that makes her picky, persnickety, and particularly perceptive) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker.     Her parents, however, see Le Nez as a curse and try to marry her off to an unsuspecting suitor. But Barbe-Nicole is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, Fran├žois Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she rejects her parents' suitors and marries Fran├žois despite his mental illness.     The Widow Known as Veuve Clicquot     Soon, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot must cope

Blog Tour: Secrets of Rosenli Manor (Mysteries of Modern Ladies' Society #1) by Heidi Eljarbo: A Book Review

Secrets of Rosenli Manor by Heidi Eljarbo Publication Date: March 29, 2022 Genre: Historical Fiction Series: Mysteries of the Modern Ladies’ Society #1 Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis:  Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series.      It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor.     In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not

Blog Tour: Lady Odelia's Secret (Scott-De Quincy Mysteries #2) by Jane Steen: A Book Review

Lady Odelia's Secret by Jane Steen Aspidistra Press Genre: Historical Mystery Series: Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #2 Publication Date: March 7, 2022 Source: This book is given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.     Synopsis:  Do you ever really know your family?       In the 1880s a sixth daughter learns not to ask for much, even if she’s the daughter of an earl. Even if she married the richest man in her corner of Sussex. Even if she’s now a widow with a splendid Georgian mansion.      Lady Helena Whitcombe is still trying to adjust to widowhood and reconcile her family loyalties with her desires when her artist sister Odelia makes a startling suggestion. Why not make her mark on the house that’s now all hers, by commissioning a magnificent work of art from one of London’s most celebrated painters?     Lady Odelia invites Helena into the seductive world of medieval fantasies and fairy tales she has inhabited since Helena was a child.

Lady Helena Investigates (Scott-De Quincy Mysteries #1) by Jane Steen: A Book Review

Lady Helena Investigates (Scott-De Quincy Mysteries #1) Author: Jane Steen Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense Publisher: Aspidistra Books Release Date: 2018 Pages: 402 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: A reluctant lady sleuth finds she’s investigating her own family.     Step into Lady Helena Whitcombe’s world with the first novel in a series that will blend family saga and mystery-driven action with a slow-burn romance in seven unputdownable investigations.     1881, Sussex . Lady Helena Scott-De Quincy’s marriage to Sir Justin Whitcombe, three years before, gave new purpose to a life almost destroyed by the death of Lady Helena’s first love. After all, shouldn’t the preoccupations of a wife and hostess be sufficient to fulfill any aristocratic female’s dreams? Such a shame their union wasn’t blessed by children . . . but Lady Helena is content with her quiet country life until Sir Justin is found dead in the river overlooked by t

Blog Tour: My Queen, My Love (Henrietta of France #1) by Elena Maria Vidal: A Book Review

My Queen, My Love: A Novel of Henrietta Maria by Elena Maria Vidal Publication Date: November 25, 2021 Mayapple Books Paperback & eBook; 284 pages Series: The Henrietta of France Trilogy Book 1 Genre: Historical Fiction/Biography Source: I received a copy of this book by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.  Synopsis: The youngest daughter of Henri IV, the first Bourbon King of France, Henriette-Marie always knew she would have to marry a prince. When the Prince of Wales, Charles Stuart, travels through Paris he sees her dancing at the Louvre and within two years a marriage is arranged. However, Henriette is Catholic and Catholicism is banned in England. In preparing to become Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, Henriette has no idea of the obstacles that must be overcome before she can find happiness with Charles. The main hindrance, she soon realizes, is not the difference in religion but Charles' best friend, George Villiers, the