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The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters #5) by Lucinda Riley: A Book Review

The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters #5) Author: Lucinda Riley Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance Publisher: Atria Release Date: 2019 Pages: 544 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, this sweeping and majestic tale transports you to the grandeur of the remote Scottish Highlands and Madrid torn apart by civil war as two women bound across time and distance search for the truth of their place in the world.      Tiggy D’Aplièse spends her days reveling in the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where she works at a deer sanctuary. But when the sanctuary is forced to close, she must take a job as a wildlife consultant on the vast and isolated estate of the elusive and troubled Charlie Kinnaird. She has no idea that the move will not only irrevocably alter her future, but also bring her face-to-face with her past.      At the estate, she meets Chilly, an elderly Romani man who fled from Spain seventy ye

The Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict: A Book Review

The Mitford Affair Author: Marie Benedict Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Release Date: January 17, 2023 Pages: 352 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict comes an explosive novel of history's most notorious sisters, one of whom will have to choose: her country or her family?      Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters―each more beautiful, brilliant, and eccentric than the next―dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her wealthy husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister's lead all the way to Munich, inciting rumors that she's become Hitler's mistress.      As the Nazis rise in power, novelist Nancy Mitford grows suspicious of her sisters' constant visits to Germany and the high-ranking fascist company they ke

The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre by Natasha Lester: A Book Review

The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre Author: Natasha Lester Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Forever Release Date: January 10, 2023 Pages: 365 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: Alix St. Pierre. An unforgettable name for an unforgettable woman. She grew up surrounded by Hollywood glamor, but, as an orphan, never truly felt part of that world. In 1943, with WWII raging and men headed overseas to fight, she lands a publicity job to recruit women into the workforce. Her skills—persuasion, daring, quick-witted under pressure—catch the attention of the U.S. government and she finds herself with an even bigger assignment: sent to Switzerland as a spy. Soon Alix is on the precipice of something big, very big. But how far can she trust her German informant…?       After an Allied victory that didn’t come nearly soon enough, Alix moves to Paris, ready to immerse herself in a new position as director of publicity for the yet-to-be-launched House of Dior. In

The Last Dollar Princess by Linda Bennett Pennell: A Book Review

The Last Dollar Princess Author: Linda Bennett Pennell Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance Publisher: Black Rose Writing Release Date: 2022 Pages: 365 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: It must be said. Scandal follows her family like an ever-faithful hound. No matter how hard they kick it away, it comes slinking around time-after-time. Although her relatives are obsessed with social position and the opinions of others, heiress India Elisabeth Petra De Vries Ledbetter is determined to live life by her own terms, family expectations and society's demands be damned.      Reared away from the social whirl of Gilded Age New York, India would prefer a life of philanthropy in her native Appalachia, but Mother and Grandmama have far grander plans. They believe Mrs. Astor's old 400 are ready to overlook the past and that an advantageous marriage will cement their place in society once more. In fact, they have already selected the prospective bridegro

Blog Tour: Madame Pommery (Champagne Widow#2) by Rebecca Rosenberg: A Book Review

Madame Pommery (Champagne Widow #2) by Rebecca Rosenberg Publication Date: March 21, 2023 Lion Heart Publishing Genre: Historical Fiction Source: This book was given to me by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis:   Champagne, France, 1860. Madame Pommery, an etiquette teacher and orphanage founder, loses her husband and is forced to support her family. With no experience, the forty-year-old widow decides to make champagne. Her unique vision is to change it from a sweet dessert beverage to a dry, crisp wine to be enjoyed anytime. When champagne makers refuse to teach her their craft, she forges ahead on her own and secretly begins the excavation of champagne caves under the Reims city dump.      Soon after, her son and her entire crew are conscripted to fight the Franco-Prussian war, leaving Madame Pommery alone to struggle with her champagne dreams. After Napoleon and a hundred thousand French troops are captured, the Prussians invaded

Mrs, Van Goh by Caroline Cauchi: A Book Review

Mrs. Van Goh Author: Caroline Cauchi Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: One More Chapter  Release Date: January 30, 2023 Pages: 484 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: She’s been painted out of history…until now Who tells her story?      In 1890, Vincent Van Gogh dies penniless, unknown, a man tortured by his own mind.      Eleven years later his work is exhibited in Paris and his unparalleled talent finally recognised. The tireless efforts of one woman gave the world one of its greatest creative minds.      But twenty-eight year old Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger, Vincent’s sister-in-law and the keeper of his immense collection of paintings, sketches and letters, has, until now, been written out of history. This beautiful, moving novel finally gives this extraordinary woman a voice…             My Review: Johanna Van Goh-Bonger was the sister-in-law of Vincent Van Goh. After her husband’s death, Johanna inherited her brother-in-law’s art collection. Joha

The Queen and the Mistress: The Women of Edward III by Gemma Holman: A Book Review

The Queen and the Mistress: The Women of Edward III Author: Gemma Hollman Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography  Publisher: Pegasus Books  Release Date: April 4,, 2023 Pages: 246 Source: This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: The riveting story of two women whose divergent personalities and positions impacted the court of Edward III, one of medieval England's greatest kings.      There were two women in Edward III's life: Philippa of Hainault, his wife of forty years and bearer of twelve children, and his mistress, Alice Perrers, the twenty-year-old who took the king's fancy as his ageing wife grew sick. After Philippa's death Alice began to dominate court, amassing a fortune and persuading the elderly Edward to promote her friends and punish her enemies.      In The Queen and the Mistress , Gemma Hollman brings the story of these two women to life and contrasts the "perfect" medieval queen—the pious, unpolitical