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The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne–5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss, Kerrigan Byrne’s Newest, Historical Fiction Release, A Scot Beds His Wife! This Book is a Perfect Blend of Love, Romance and Danger. I loved it!

 

The Scot Beds His Wife is a captivating historical fiction romance. I was enthralled with the story and the characters right from the start. This is the fifth book that I have read, in the Victorian Rebel Series, and I loved it.

Samantha Masters is leaving Wyoming for good and starting a new life in the Highlands. She didn’t really want to shoot her outlaw husband between the eyes, but Samantha just couldn’t allow him to kill, another innocent person, in cold blood. Alison Ross was the young woman whose life had been spared by Samantha’s actions. Thankful to Samantha, Alison Ross offered her sanctuary in the Highlands. She had left Erradale, years ago, when she was thirteen-years-old, and never went back. Alison didn’t think that anyone would remember her. So Samantha agreed to take on Alison Ross’s identity and begin a new life in Scotland.

Samantha was sure that her brother-in-laws wouldn’t find her in the Highlands, but she planned to stay under the radar just in case. Keeping to herself, though, was proving to be a difficult task. Her neighbor, Lord Gavin St. James, was constantly in her face. He wanted to buy Erradale, and no matter how many times Samantha told him no, he’d come back and try to convince her again and again, just the same. He was a notorious rake, charming, and sinfully handsome. He was also incorrigible and infuriating, and Samantha found herself falling for him. Then, when she least expected it, Lord Gavin St. James, offered Samantha something that she just couldn’t refuse.

Samantha felt like a monster taking advantage of the very people she had come to care for. She thought that she would be strong enough to handle any fallout from the lies that she told. But, she was wrong, and she only had herself to blame for it.

I was completely engrossed in this perfectly paced historical fiction novel. The characters, dialogue, and situations are so meticulously crafted, that I was brought deep into the hearts and minds of Samantha Masters and Gavin St. James, and that’s where I stayed, until the end of the book. This novel is a thrilling blend of love, romance, and danger. It’s very much worth the read.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman–Book Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Alice Hoffman’s Newest Exciting Novel, The Rules of Magic!

I loved it!   Release Date–10/10/17

 

The Rules of Magic is a fascinating novel, superbly written and thoroughly satisfying. Alice Hoffman is a talented writer and an author who is fast becoming one of my favorites.

The Owens family has lived on Magnolia Street in a small Massachusetts town since 1620. Most of the family had scattered, though, during the time of the witch hunts. Some went to Paris, others to New York, but Aunt Isabelle stayed in her home, on Magnolia Street. People shunned her and any family member who dared to visit her. Aunt Isabelle was known for her strange powers and potions. It was even rumored that she turned a person into a rabbit. But, these same people who hid from Aunt Isabelle during the day came around to her back porch at night. They sought her out for cures for physical and emotional ailments. They have even been known to ask for potions to manipulate other people.

The Owens family believed that they had been cursed, ever since, Marie Owens was condemned to death in 1620 for loving the wrong man. The Owens family drew strength from one another, to survive a world, where they were not wanted. The family is made up of a unique group of characters, all quirky, independent, and wildly entertaining. Aunt Isabelle, Franny, Jet, and Vincent bring the reader deep into their hearts and lives and keep them there until the last page is read. The message that runs throughout this book is, to be who you are, regardless of what others think. Have the courage to live, love and be happy.

This thought-provoking novel will linger with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s a book worth reading and rereading.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins–Book Review

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A Sweet Touching Christmas Love Story about Love, Forgiveness and Second Chances.

With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins-Release Date 10/3/17!

 

With This Christmas Ring, is a delightful, historical fiction, holiday romance.
Merry was uptight about entering the home of Alex Ponsonby, the Viscount Wrotham. Merry never thought that she’d have to face the man she jilted ever again. Her closest friend Charlotte; however, asked Merry, with her dying breath, to find her newborn baby’s father. Unfortunately, the father of this infant was William Ponsonby, her jilted fiancee’s cousin. Merry could see no way around it. She’d have to ask Alex where his cousin William could be located. Merry would carry out her friend’s dying request no matter what it cost her, even though; she’d have to confront Alex Ponsonby, the man she still loved but left behind.

Alex could never understand why Merry left him. He had a strong hunch, though, that his grandmother, the dowager, had something to do with it. So when Merry showed up unexpectedly at his doorstep, Alex was determined to find out just why she had fled. And, then, he would do his best to woo her back into his arms. Alex’s cousin William was with the dowager for the Christmas holiday. So Alex planned to confront his sharp-tongued grandmother, to make sure that she wouldn’t hurt Merry anymore than she already had. And, if his grandmother could not accept Merry then drastic measures would have to be taken. Alex was not about to lose the love of his life, for the second time, that was for sure.

With This Christmas Ring, is an enjoyable and touching story about love, forgiveness, and second chances. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis–Book Review

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Coming 10/3/17, Jeanne Kalogridis’s Newest Historical Fiction Novel

The Orphan of Florence!

 

The Orphan of Florence is a well-written, dark historical fiction that takes place during the turbulent years of the 1400’s, in Florence, Italy.

After two years of surviving on the streets in Florence, disguised as a boy, the orphan, Giulia, was caught pickpocketing an old man. The gentleman, Ser Abramo whom Giulia had stolen from, told the arresting officer, that he would prefer to take the lad into his home, rather than have the boy jailed. Giulia was later informed by Ser Abramo that she would be the new courier. It was dangerous work, but she would be well compensated. What Giulia didn’t realize at the time was that Ser Abramo was the infamous Magician.

Ser Abramo introduced Giulia into his world of magic, intrigue, and peril. Giulia had sworn off caring for people years ago. Loving people only caused agonizing pain, when they left; and they always left. But despite Giulia saying that she didn’t care about, Cecilia, a friend from the orphanage and Tommaso, her six-year-old pickpocketing sidekick, she did. A lot. And although she hated to admit it, she cared deeply for, Ser Abramo, the Magician. There were dangers and dark secrets all around Giulia which she knew nothing about. Unfortunately, everyone Giulia had ever cared about; including herself was in imminent grave danger. Giulia’s life will right itself, but not before her heart breaks, for yet, another person who abandons her.

The Orphan of Florence is an intriguing historical fiction mystery, crafted with enough authentic details that I was transported to Florence Italy, during the year of 1478. Anyone who is interested in Italian history will especially enjoy this book.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Book Release–Love and Other Consolation Prizes-by Jamie Ford

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In Case You Missed My Review, on Today’s New Release, Love and Other Consolation Prizes- Here Is The Link

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/03/love-and-other-consolation-prizes-by-jamie-ford-book-review

 

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Jamie Ford’s Newest Historical Fiction Novel, Coming 9/12/17!

 

Love and Other Consolation Prizes is a well-written and heartbreaking novel. It is also based on a true story. The author brings the reader deep into the heart and mind of Ernest Young, as a young boy in China, and then, again, as a young man, in America, and lastly, as a wise senior, humbled by life, but content in his soul.

Ernest was only five-years-old when his mother left him standing alone in a cold cemetery. He was told to wait for a man who would be coming for him. He was being sent to America. Ernest missed his mother and yearned for her touch, even after watching her do an unthinkable act. The months that he spent in the cold bowels of a ship, starving and frightened, were some of the most painful memories for Ernest.

A raffle that took place at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, in Seattle, when Ernest was twelve-years-old, shocked him, because, Ernest discovered, much to his dismay, and embarrassment, that he was the raffled-off prize. The winner was a Madam of a high-class brothel, the Tenderloin. It was, there, at the Tenderloin, where Ernest, would learn about love, be accepted as a young man and be changed forever. Maise and Fahn would become his closest companions and shape his future.

When Ernest was in his sixties, one of his daughters, a journalist by profession asked to write his story. He was reluctant, though, because his daughters knew very little about his childhood. They also didn’t know about their mother’s sordid past, but those secrets were not his to tell. His daughter, however, was persistent, so Ernest began to relive for her, the poignant tale of his youth.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes is a fascinating and compelling read. The story is well-crafted, rich in detail, raw emotion, and realistic dialogue. The characters are fully developed and likable. Love and Other Consolation Prizes stayed with me long after I’d turned the last page.

Thank you, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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12 Days At Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep–Book Review

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New Mystery From Michelle Griep–Bleakly Manor–Coming 9/1/17

 

12 days at Bleakly Manor is a unique and entertaining cozy mystery that takes place in London during the 1800s.
Clara Chapman was spitting mad at her fiancee, Benjamin Lane. He not only left her at the altar, humiliated, but he stole her family’s money as well. So when Clara received a cryptic invitation that promised her financial relief from her penniless state, she was more than intrigued. The only stipulation that she could see was that she’d have to stay twelve days, at Bleakly Manor over the Christmas holiday, to receive her prize. Although Clara’s Aunt was sickly, she encouraged Clara to go to Bleakly Manor.

Benjamin Lane couldn’t understand why his fiancee, Clara Chapman, would accuse him of stealing her family’s money. For nine months while rotting in a dark prison cell, Benjamin thought of little else. When the warden handed Benjamin an invitation to stay twelve days at Bleakly Manor, Benjamin was shocked. The warden assured him that it was no joke, and as long as Benjamin didn’t try to escape; he would have his freedom at the end of his twelve-day stay. Benjamin couldn’t leave Millbank Prison fast enough.

Six other guests, all quirky and a bit eccentric, received invitations to stay twelve days at Bleakly Manor, as well. The only snag, was that there would only be one person left on the twelfth day to receive a prize. What would happen to everybody? Why would the guests leave? Would they be asked to leave, or would there be accidents, causing them to leave?

Twelve days at Bleakly Manor is an interesting and unique read. There’s an underlying Christian theme that runs throughout the novel. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, I found it a bit confusing at times. Even though there were a few loose ends, probably to be tied up in the upcoming books, 12 Days At Bleakly Manor does not end with a cliff hanger. It’s a great start to a new mystery series.

Thank you, Barbour Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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