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#The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith–Review-4.5 Stars #NetGalley

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The Dutch Wife is a well-crafted, riveting, and haunting novel. It held me captive from the very first page. There are two stories which run parallel in this book, with different timelines. The first story takes place in Germany during WWII, and involves, a political prisoner, Marijke, and the Schutzhaftagerfuhrer for Buchenwald, Karl Muller. And, the second timeline, is in Argentina, during the Dirty War, involving, a University student, Luciano Wagner.

In Amsterdam, Marijke de Graaf, and her husband, Theo, were arrested for taking part in the resistance against the Third Reich. The two of them were considered political prisoners and sent to different camps. Because Marijke was beautiful, she was given the choice of working in a brothel at Buchenwald, or staying where she was, and possibly not surviving the work camp. She chose the brothel. Initially, she was hoping to see her husband at Buchenwald. But as time went on, Marijke felt more and more ashamed, for prostituting herself, and for her growing attachment to Karl Muller, the Schuzhaftagerfuhrer. 

 The parallel story in this book, takes place in Argentina, during the 1970s. Anyone in Argentina who was discovered, speaking out, against the government, disappeared. Luciano Wagner, a University student, was arrested for attending a resistance rally. He became one of many students who were kidnapped by the military and tortured. I didn’t know much about the Dirty War, so the details shocked me. The torture that took place was hideous, heartbreaking and haunting. 

Although I was totally engrossed in this novel, and highly recommend reading it; switching back and forth, between Germany, 1943, and Argentina, 1977, in my opinion, took away from the book. The two parallel stories do come together, however, in the end. The Dutch Wife is a compelling read, realistically graphic, engrossing, and well-researched.

Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, Ellen Keith is a Canadian writer and a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New Quarterly and the Globe and Mail. She currently lives in Amsterdam.

 

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird–Review–5 stars #NetGalley

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Cathy Williams was the daughter of a daughter of a Queen. And, although she was a slave, she never thought of herself that way. She was a captive, just like her grandmother was. 

During the Civil War, Cathy worked as a cook’s assistant under General Sheridan, but when the war ended, she disguised herself as a male, and joined an all-black regiment, called the Buffalo Soldiers. They were charged with the mission of bringing peace and order to the West. Their assignment was to hunt down the Indians responsible for terrorizing and massacring western settlers. 

This is a powerful novel about a piece of history that is difficult to read about. The story is illuminating and poignant. It was enlightening to learn, how differently, Cathy was treated by her fellow soldiers, even though they had no idea that she was a female. 

This book is superbly written and immensely captivating. I loved how the author brought history and the characters alive, especially Cathy Williams. I enjoy reading about strong women, and Cathy Williams was extraordinary. I highly recommend this heartbreaking, and touching novel. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~

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#Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips–Review–5 Stars

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A Fabulous Romance by Susan Elizabeth Phillips!

 

My Review

Daisy Devreaux found herself in a no-win situation. She was in debt and needed her father’s help. He gave his daughter a choice, of going to jail or marrying the man of his choosing. Daisy’s father was obsessed with Russian history. So it was no surprise to Daisy when she found herself reciting her marriage vows with Alex Markov. 

Alex Markov was devilishly handsome but incapable of love, or at least that was what he told Daisy. She didn’t believe him though, and set out, to prove him wrong. Daisy sincerely hoped that Alex was capable of loving her because her traitorous heart was falling for him. The story takes place in a traveling circus, and although this well-written romance is heartbreaking at times, it’s also touching, funny, and very addicting.  I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS is a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published in over 30 different languages. 

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, whether any of her books will be made into movies, how to get an autographed book, where she gets her ideas, please visit her

website http://susanelizabethphillips.com/

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#Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey–Review–5 stars

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Finding Rebecca is a love story that takes place during WWII. 

Although Christopher was born in Berlin, he wanted nothing to do with the Nazis until, Rebecca, the love of his life, was taken from him. Christopher and Rebecca would have married if it had been allowed. It wasn’t. Rebecca was Jewish. When Rebecca was forced out of her home and sent to a work camp, Christopher became an SS officer. His one focus was to find and save Rebecca.

The story is a beautifully written love story. But because it took place during the Holocaust, it’s raw and graphic at times. Although I’ve read several books about WWII, the atrocities that were carried out by the Nazis never cease to sadden, anger, and horrify me. 

Although this story is emotionally draining and painful to read, it’s a compelling and well-crafted historical fiction novel.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I was born and raised in Ireland. I lived there until 2008, when I moved to the USA. It was during that time that I came up with the idea for a novel. So I wrote it. That book became FINDING REBECCA. 

My second novel, THE BOGSIDE BOYS, was an amazing experience to both research and write.I visited Germany to research my new novel, WHITE ROSE BLACK FOREST. The Black Forest region was even more beautiful than I could have imagined. 

I’m a full time writer now, in Philadelphia, where I live with my wonderful wife, Jill, and sons Robbie and Sam. You can connect with me on my website eoindempseybooks.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eoindempseybooks/ or by email at eoindempseybooks@gmail.com

 

#The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer–Review–5 stars!

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The Secret Daughter is a heart-wrenching novel that takes place during the 1970s, in Australia, when force adoptions were acceptable. This book reads like a powerful memoir, compelling, absorbing, and unforgettable. 

Lilly was sixteen when she was sent away to a Maternity home for unwed mothers; a place where she was forced, to stay and work, until her baby was born. When Lilly first arrived, she had no idea that she wouldn’t be leaving with her baby. When she discovered the truth, Lilly was horrified. Her love letters to James, the father of her unborn child, went from being heartwarming to heartbreaking. Lilly pleaded with James to take her out of the maternity home before it was too late. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very first page.

The book fast-forwards to 2012, when Lilly’s lost child, Sabina, discovers that she is pregnant. Sabina’s dad is ecstatic about being a grandfather, but her mother, Megan, is not. Sabina couldn’t understand why her mother wasn’t happy for her. It wasn’t until the truth of her birth and adoption was revealed to her that Sabrina understood. 

Sabina’s parents tried to convince their daughter that they didn’t know who her birth mother was. Sabina felt strongly, however, that her parents were lying. But why? What kind of ugly secret could they possibly be hiding? When the truth was exposed, Sabina was horrified. It was worse than she’d ever imagined. 

The Secret Daughter is a well-written moving novel, touching as well as heart-wrenching. It’s a powerful, emotional story, and one that I won’t forget for a very long time.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today best selling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother’s Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.

For further information about Kelly’s books, and to subscribe to her mailing list, visit http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

 

#The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain-Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous New Novel by Diane Chamberlain, Coming 10/2/18!

 

The Dream Daughter is an extraordinarily well-written time-travel novel. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. The author pulled me into her story, right from the start. I loved the realistic characters, the intriguing plot, and the flowing dialogue. 

Hunter Poole is a physicist. He is from the future, 2018 to be exact, but he won’t be returning to the twenty-first century anytime soon, or ever. And, Hunter is okay with that. He loves the simpler life of the twentieth century. It’s 1970 and Hunter is a contented man. He has his lovely wife, Patti, by his side and their beautiful son John Paul. Hunter will always be grateful to Carly, his sister-in-law, for introducing him to Patti. But, it was time for him, to return the favor, and he was nervous.

Hunter never told Patti or Carly that he was from the future, but he was going to have to confess now. He owed it to Carly. Her unborn daughter wouldn’t live long after birth if she didn’t have a heart procedure soon. The problem was, however, that fetal surgery was unheard of in1970. Hunter was going to have to send Carly into the future. And, unfortunately, she was going to have to do it alone.

Carly would do anything to save her baby. She would never have thought that traveling through time was going to be the easy part of her journey. Unfortunately, she was going to need every bit of courage and strength she could muster up, to weather the challenges ahead.  

The Dream Daughter is a fabulous novel. Highly recommended. I loved every page. Five well-deserved stars from this reader.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. 

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Stolen Marriage, and a complete list of her books.

 

#My Dearest Enemy by Jennifer Moore–Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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My Dearest Enemy is a compelling read. Once I started it this novel, I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book in one day. 

The year was 1812, and the Americans were in Canada, fighting Great Britain. Abigail Tidwell was tired of living alone, freezing, and shouldering the chores by herself. She was outside gathering wood, when she noticed, the barn door ajar. Upon investigation Abigail found, an American officer, unconscious, bleeding, and suffering from an arrowhead to his side, and a knife wound to his arm.

When Captain Prescott demanded that Abigail leave her home and follow him, she felt betrayed. She had nursed the American officer back to health; and, this is how he thanks her? But when Abigail discovered, that it was her doctoring skills that were needed, Abigail left without complaint. The longer Abigail spent time with Captain Emmett Prescott, the more she enjoyed his company. She was falling for the enemy and didn’t know what to do about it.

Emmett felt like a failure when his soldiers, himself, and Abigail were captured. Abigail was a healer and a Canadian, so she didn’t think that she had anything to worry about. She was wrong. British officer, Lieutenant Fox, made it very clear that he didn’t believe her story. The Lieutenant was a cunning and cruel man. He took great pleasure, in making people, who crossed him, suffer. Unfortunately, Captain Emmett Prescott was at the top of his list. 

My Dearest Enemy is well researched and written. I became engrossed in the story and cared about the characters, right from the start. The romance between Abigail and Emmitt is heartwarming, engaging and sweet. I have read several of Jennifer Moore’s books and have never been disappointed. 

Thank you, Covenant Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.