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#All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr–Review–4 Stars

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A Fascinating WWII Story

 

All The Light We Cannot See is a beautifully written WWII novel. The book takes place mostly in Occupied France, focusing on a blind French girl and an orphan German boy who falls in love with her. This boy is never truly happy, though. The actions he took while in Hitler’s Youth Group haunt him daily.  As with other WWII books, All The Light We Cannot See, shines a spotlight on the horrendous atrocities done by the Nazis.

I found the author’s writing style of jumping from year to year and back again, disruptive. However, even with that, I found this book fascinating and worth the time it took to read it.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Anthony Doerr has won numerous prizes for his fiction, including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent novel, All the Light We Cannot See, was named a best book of 2014 by a number of publications, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Visit him at http://www.anthonydoerr.com.

 

#Before The Brightest Dawn by Jana Petken–Review–5 Stars!

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Before The Brightest Dawn is the final compelling novel in Jana Petken’s German Half-Blood Trilogy. I enjoyed this entire series immensely and hated to see it end. I’ve come to know and care for the Vogels; the German half-blood family featured in this book. Jana Petken’s ability to capture the rawness of war, emotional and family distress, and the atrocities done by the Nazis, is outstanding.

The author brought WWII alive for me in this novel. I have read several books by Jana Petken and have never been disappointed. Her writing is clear, captivating, meticulously researched, and unforgettable. I highly recommend reading Before The Brightest Dawn.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Jana Petken is a historical fiction author and screenwriter. 

She is critically acclaimed as a bestselling, gritty author who produces bold, colourful characters and riveting storylines. She is the recipient of numerous major international awards for her works of historical fiction. 

Before life as an author, she served in the British Royal Navy. During her service, she studied Naval Law and history. After the Navy, she worked for British Airways and turned to writing after an accident on board an aircraft forced her to retire prematurely.

Titles by Jana Petken. 

Bestseller, Multi Award Winning, The Guardian of Secrets. (2013) 

The bestselling Mercy Carver Series: award-winning, Dark Shadows, book 1, and award-winning Blood Moon, book 2. (2014) 

Multi Award Winning, The Errant Flock: The Flock Trilogy Book 1. (2015)

Multi Award Winning, Swearing Allegiance. (2016)

Award Winning, The Scattered Flock (The Flock Trilogy book 2)

Award Winning, Flock, The Gathering of The Damned (The Flock Trilogy Book 3)

Multi-Award-Winning, The German Half-Bloods The German Half-Bloods Trilogy Book 1 (2018)

The Vogels: On All Fronts. The German Half-Bloods (Book 2)

Before the Brightest Dawn. The German Half-Bloods (Book 3)

Coming early 2020, the sequel to Swearing Allegiance

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#Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris–Review–4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Cilka’s Journey is a beautifully written poignant historical fiction novel, about Cilka Klein’s life in a Soviet Gulag, after leaving Auschwitz.

The role Cilka played in Auschwitz haunted her daily. It didn’t lessen Cilka’s guilt knowing that the way she survived the horrific death camp, was not of her choosing, but forced upon her. All Cilka knew, was that every Jewish person around her, in Auschwitz, including her mother and sister, were dead, except for her.

To keep Cilka’s guilt from eating her alive, she nursed and assisted fellow prisoners at Vorkuta Gulag. This book is all about Cilka’s life as a prisoner after Auschwitz. It’s a captivating story, poignant, and heartfelt. The author makes this story come alive, for the reader, by crafting it with authentic details, realistic dialogue, and fully developed characters. Highly-recommended.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

 

#Miss Benwick Reforms A Rogue by Maggie Fenton–Review–4.5 Stars

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Davina hated how she cowered to her mother’s emotional abuse. Fighting, with her mother, though, made life just too unbearable to be worth it. However, when Davina’s mother encouraged her to marry an abusive man, Davina finally decided to rebel. She cut her hair, ran away, and disguised herself as her male cousin, Leon. Davina showed up to Leon’s new job, working for Julian Hirst, a mad scientist, and inventor, a bit nervous. She was in over-her-head, and she knew it. But what choice did she have? 

Julian Hirst was well-known for his inventions. He was quite wealthy. His real driving force, however, for making his fortune was not greed and ambition, but revenge. Julian needed, wealth and power, to completely ruin, the man responsible for his mother’s hanging.

It wasn’t until Davina showed Julian that he was denying himself a chance for love and happiness, that he gave changing his behavior, even a thought. Could he truly give up his life’s goal to avenge his mother’s death?  He didn’t think so. 

I always enjoy reading Maggie Fenton’s novels because she crafts her stories with over-the-top humor, witty dialogue, and light romance. I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this novel and found it, captivating, and very entertaining.

Thank you, Maggie Fenton, for my complimentary copy of Miss Benwick Reforms a Rogue. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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MAGGIE FENTON has been a music teacher, a professional accompanist, a cheesemonger, a waitress, a line cook, and a college instructor…among other things. She has one master’s degree in English literature and another master’s degree in piano performance. She might try for a third if this writing thing doesn’t work out. She also writes Victorian steampunk romance under the pseudonym Margaret Foxe. Visit http://www.maggiefenton.com for Maggie’s latest news.

 

#How To Love A Duke In Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne–Review 4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days is a captivating suspenseful historical fiction romance.

Alexandra, Cecilia, and Francesca were the closest of friends. They called themselves the Red Rogue group. As young women, they shared secrets, comforted one another, and vowed never to marry. Several years later Alexandra received, to her surprise, an invitation to Francesca’s wedding. Along with that invitation, however, was a distressing note, stating that Francesca was in danger.

Alexandra’s life was about to change drastically. She thought the unveiling of her long-held secret, which would ruin the Red Rogues, would be her only major issue. She was wrong. The up-coming events, in Alexandra’s world, did not only add new twists, fears, and complications, to her life, but to her astonishment, love, and happiness, as well. Alexandra was about to meet the Duke of Redmayne, aka, the Terror of Torcliff. 

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days is a compelling romantic suspense novel, filled with drama, murder, love, and romance.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Kerrigan Byrne is the best selling author of THE HIGHWAYMAN, THE HUNTER, THE HIGHLANDER, THE DUKE, THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE, and coming 8/28/18 is THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

She lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with her dream boat husband. When she’s not writing and researching, you’ll find her on the water sailing and kayaking, or on land eating, drinking, shopping, and taking the dogs to play on the beach.

 

 

 

#Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor–Review-4 Stars-#NetGalley

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Thea had been her grandfather’s primary caregiver for the last seven years of his life. She also had managed his estate finances and tenants, with little help. After her grandfather died, however, a distant cousin summoned her to court. He wanted to take everything from her. As the new Duke, Thea’s cousin felt that her estate was now rightfully his.

Out of desperation, Thea sought the counsel of a wise elderly neighbor. She had no idea that this was the great aunt, of Will, the man who would capture her heart.  Although Will and Thea began as friends, it soon became apparent that their feelings for one another were deepening. The problem was, however, that neither Will nor Thea were interested in marriage.

 Rogue Most Wanted is an entertaining and romantic, historical fiction novel. Although the book is predictable, it’s still quite captivating. If you love historical fiction romance, this is the book for you.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. 

Visit her at http://www.JannaMacGregor.com.

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#Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore–Review–5 Stars-

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Amelia Beckett was ordered by her father to come to London from Jamaica, via the warship, Ventura.  Amelia couldn’t understand why her father, Admiral Beckett, insisted that she attend a meeting in London, where her opinion would mean nothing. Amelia’s father, however, had a hidden reason for wanting his daughter, to travel to London, on Captain William Drake’s ship. 

William had no intention of handing over his deceased brother’s inheritance to Amelia until he confirmed the validity of their marriage. Amelia’s father insisted that even though his daughter married by proxy, her marriage was legal. William wasn’t so sure. His brother never even met his so-called wife before he died. Although the Captain was furious and abrupt with Amelia, his hidden actions towards her on the ship, proved that he had a tender heart. 

Becoming Lady Lockwood is an outstanding read, filled with action, drama, and romance. I loved getting to know Amelia, the Captain, and his military crew. There are so many likable characters in this book that I was utterly caught up in their stories. Jennifer Moore is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved many of her books, and Becoming Lady Lockwood is one of her best. I absolutely loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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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.

 

#Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin–Review–4 stars–#NetGalley

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Mistress of the Ritz is an engrossing historical fiction novel. It tells the story of Blanche and Claude Auzello during WWII, in occupied France. After a quick, whirlwind romance in Paris, Claude and Blanche married. Claude never considered the possibility that his new American wife would have difficulty in accepting her role as a French wife. He should have. Claude expected Blanche to cook, clean, satisfy his needs, and then look the other way when he took a mistress. Blanche assumed that her husband would be faithful to her. She realized too late that she’d made a big mistake. Although their marriage was turbulent, bitter, and hurtful, they stayed together.

Blanche enjoyed her role as mistress of the Ritz until the Nazis stormed in, took over, and used the Ritz as their headquarters. During the German Occupation, the Auzello’s marriage difficulties rose to a new destructive level. Blanche looked upon her husband with disgust whenever he bowed to the Nazis and fretted over them. She was also fed up with him leaving in the middle of the night to be with another woman. So, Blanche changed, made friends, drank, and worked on a new purpose for her life. And, Claude didn’t like it one bit. Claude really wanted to tell Blanche his secret. He wasn’t convinced though, that she was trustworthy enough. What Claude didn’t realize was, that Blanche was hiding something as well. A secret, that was as dangerous, and risky as his own.

Although the pace of the book slows down at times, it is still captivating and enjoyable. If you love reading WWII historical fiction books, this may be just the read for you.  

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. An avid reader all her life–as a child, she was the proud winner, several years running, of the summer reading program at her local library–she still firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have.

While attending Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis, Melanie performed in many community theater productions before meeting her husband, moving to the Chicago area and raising two sons. Writing was always beckoning, however, and soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction.

By combining her passion for history and biography, she has found her niche writing historical fiction, concentrating on the “stories behind the stories.” Her most recent novel, THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE, tells the fascinating and timely story of the first true female partnership – and enduring friendship – in Hollywood, between the silent film star Mary Pickford and her collaborator (and first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Screenplay), Frances Marion. 

Her previous novels, THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE, and THE AVIATOR’S WIFE, were New York Times, USA Today and IndieBound best sellers. Her first novel, ALICE I HAVE BEEN, was a national bestseller; this was followed by the critically acclaimed THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB. Her next novel will be out in May, 2019. 

She and her family still live in the Chicago area; when she’s not writing, she’s gardening, taking long walks, rooting for the Cubs–

And reading, of course.

 

#The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail–#NetGalley–Review-4 Stars

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Coming 4/30/19

 

The Abolitionist’s Daughter takes place in Greensboro, Mississippi, during the Civil War. Judge Matthews despised slavery, with a passion, yet he owned an abundance of slaves. Some might think that he was a hypocrite, but he wasn’t. The judge would buy slaves who were severely abused by their owners or about to be separated from their families. He would educate the slaves and care for their needs. And, even though it was illegal to grant slaves their freedom, the judge prepared freedom papers for each one. He wanted to be ready, for whenever their liberation day came. His daughter, Emily, was his best advocate. The judge worried, however, that his controversial anti-slavery practices lessened the number of suitors for his daughter. He was right. So when a young doctor, Charles Slate, asked to marry Emily, the judge readily gave his consent. He feared, however, that he might have made a mistake. 

Ms. McPhail crafts The Abolitionist’s Daughter with enough authentic details, and local dialect, that the characters came to life. She also depicts the ugliness and horrors of slavery in this story, as well as the kind and understanding way some owners cared for their slaves. This book is about love, loyalty, forgiveness, abuse, and redemption. I found the pacing slow at times, but the story captivating. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel.  

Thank you, Kensington Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Diane C. McPhail is an artist, writer, and minister. In addition to holding an M.F.A., an M.A., and D.Min., she has studied at the University of Iowa distance learning and the Yale Writers’ Workshop, among others. Diane is a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Historical Novel Society. She lives in Highlands, North Carolina, with her husband, and her dog, Pepper.

#The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer–Review 5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Things We Cannot Say is a bittersweet, unforgettable, and superbly-written novel. It takes place during the 1930s in Nazi-occupied Poland, and also in modern-day, America. This powerful novel is about loyalty, love, sacrifice, and perseverance. I quickly fell in love with the main characters and became engrossed in their lives. I was transported into the story with ease and found the book impossible to put down. I have never been disappointed by this talented and amazing author, and I don’t think that you will either.

In occupied Poland, the author develops for the reader, three main characters, Alina Dziak, her fiance`, Tomasz, and Saul, Tomasz’s friend. The author pens her larger-than-life scenes with enough authentic details that I felt as if I was living in occupied Poland. My anguished heart broke as I experienced life under the Nazis, as a Jew, a Catholic, and a rebellious outlaw.

The author transitions the reader into modern-day American life, seamlessly, with the same emotional pull and realism as she had with occupied Poland. With this portion of the book, however, the story revolves around Alina’s granddaughter, Alice, and her struggles with, Eddie, her beautiful but challenging autistic son, an absent but loving husband, and an entitled genius daughter. I loved many characters in this book, but my absolute favorite was Eddie. And in the end, it was Eddie’s words that brought me to tears.

 This book is a quality read, thought-provoking, and heartwrenching. I highly recommend it. —Five shining stars— from this reader.

Thank you, Graydon House Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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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.