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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.

 

#Once A Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney–Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Once A Scoundrel is a captivating historical fiction novel, well-crafted with adventure, romance, and pirates. 

Gabriel Vance came from a long line of Royal Navy men and used to be the favorite grandson of a well-known military hero. But, Gabriel’s action in the heat of a battle resulted in a dishonorable discharge and a royal shunning from his grandfather.  Gabriel’s grandmother couldn’t treat her grandson as her husband did. So, to continue corresponding with his beloved grandmother, Gabriel changed his name to Gabriel Hawkins.

 Gabriel hesitated when asked to save Lady Aurora and her cousin, from a kidnapper. His own memories of being a slave were still fresh. But after seeing Lady Aurora’s picture, Gabriel couldn’t just sit back and not try to rescue her. 

Lady Aurora and Constance were mentally preparing themselves for months of slavery when Gabriel Hawkins showed up on the scene. Lady Aurora was surprised to find that her rescuer Gabriel, and kidnapper, Malek Reis were acquainted with one another. 

Gabriel was bargaining for Lady Aurora and her cousin’s freedom, when Malek accepted Gabriel’s price, under one condition. That condition, however, would bring Lady Aurora, Constance, Gabriel and his crew into more danger than she could have ever imagined. The one thing Lady Aurora knew for sure was that she was falling for the handsome sea captain and rescuer, Gabriel Hawkins.

Gabriel knew that showing Lady Aurora affection would get them both punished and possibly killed, but staying away from her was becoming more and more difficult.

Once a Scoundrel is a riveting read and one that I stayed up into the night to finish. If you enjoy historical fiction romance and a bit of adventure this book is for you.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes. 

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal’s top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association. 

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print. 

 

 

#So Much Life Left Over by Louis De Bernieres–Review-4 stars #NetGalley

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So Much Life left Over is a captivating and compelling historical fiction novel. The story takes place between the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII.  

Daniel Pitt was an RAF ace pilot. When WWI ended, Daniel settled in Ceylon with his wife, Rosie, and their daughter. The family was happy there, for a few years, until the second child was born deformed, and died, shortly after birth. Both Rosie and Daniel grieved their deceased baby. Rosie wrapped herself in religion to survive her overwhelming sadness. Although Daniel and Rosie were happy that their third child was born healthy, their marriage did not thrive. Rosie turned Daniel away at night, and during the day, did her best to keep him away from the children. With Daniel’s physical and emotional needs unmet, Daniel sought comfort elsewhere. 

The book has several complex stories including a few love affairs and the beginning horrors of Hitler’s reign.  Although the story is poignant and even tragic at times, it has an authentic feel to it. The book is well-written, riveting and perfectly paced. Although I cared for the characters, I didn’t find them likable. If you are looking to read a complex historical fiction novel, So Much Life Left Over may be just the book for you. It does end in a cliffhanger, though.

Thank you, Random House UK- Vintage Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (From Amazon)

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES is the author of many award-winning novels, including Birds Without Wings, Corelli’s Mandolin, The Dust That Falls from Dreams, Notwithstanding, A Partisan’s Daughter, Red Dog, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, and The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts. Selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, de Bernières lives in England.

 

#Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris–Review–4.5 stars-#NetGalley

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Sold On A Monday is a well-written, poignant, historical fiction novel, which takes place during the Depression Era, in Pennsylvania.  

Ellis Reed had no idea that an increase in reporting opportunities would be rewarded him, after capturing two children for sale, on film. Lillian Palmer, a secretary for the newspaper, found Ellis’s picture, and submitted it for review. But, when the image was discovered, destroyed, the editor sent Ellis to take another. The problem was, however, that the children were no longer there. So against Ellis’s better judgment, he re-created the scene by bribing an impoverished mother into allowing her children to pose for a picture.

Ellis felt shame and guilt, for exploiting a woman’s distress, for financial gain, especially, when that deceitful action, led to devastating consequences for the mother and her children. Ellis was determined, however, to right his wrong.

The story is captivating and heartbreaking. It also has an authentic feel to it, of what, life was like, during the 1930s.

Thank you, Sourcebooks and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and the recipient of more than twenty national literary awards, as well as a nomination for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Kensington Books, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. 

Kristina’s forthcoming novel, SOLD ON A MONDAY (Sourcebooks Landmark, Sept 2018), follows her widely praised novels THE EDGE OF LOST, THE PIECES WE KEEP, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and LETTERS FROM HOME, in addition to her novellas in the anthologies A WINTER WONDERLAND and GRAND CENTRAL. Prior to her writing career, she hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program, and has been named one of Portland’s “40 Under 40” by The Business Journal. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon, where she is working on her next novel. For more, visit http://KristinaMcMorris.com

 

#The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne–Review 5 stars-#NetGalley

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Lorelei Weatherstoke has been caring for animals since she was a young girl. She started taking in the sick and injured, after a broken ankle, left her crippled. Her brother Mortimer, cruel from the day he was born, often laughed at her and called her duck. But, when Lorelei was fourteen, her world changed. She spotted a boy who was barely alive and insisted that her brother and father bring him home. And although he made a miraculous recovery, he didn’t have a clue, as to who he was. So fourteen-year-old Lorelei, gave the boy a name, Ash Weatherstoke. 

Ash had every intention of removing Lorelei’s sadist brother from her life. But the day Ash planned to kill Mortimer, Ash was put in chains, and sent away. When he didn’t return home, Lorelei was devastated. Although it took Ash years to come back to Lorelei, he returned to her, as promised. The trouble was, though, Ash was no longer the boy Lorelei knew, but a ruthless, famous pirate; the Rook, aka, King of the Seas.  

The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo is an unputdownable, engrossing historical fiction romance. The story comes alive with colorful characters, realistic dialogue and an intriguing well-crafted plot.  I loved it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

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.

Kerrigan loves to hear from her readers! To contact her or learn more about her books, please visit her sites: 

http://www.kerriganbyrne.com

 

http://www.facebook.com/#!/kerrigan.byrne.9

 

 

 

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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Today’s New Book Releases— #The Warrior of Clan Kincaid , #The Highland Chieftain & #Set The Night On Fire

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Three New Book Releases To Check Out!

 

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

 

 

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/07/the-warrior-of-clan-kincaid-by-lily-blackwood-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

The Highland Chieftain by Amy Jarecki—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/05/the-highland-chieftain-by-amy-jarecki-review-4-stars-netgalley

 

Set The Night On Fire by Laura Trentham—3.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/04/set-the-night-on-fire-by-laura-trentham-review