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The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt–Review–4 stars

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Don’t Miss John Heldt’s Newest Heartwarming, Time-Travel Novel!

 

The Memory Tree is the second book, in the Carson Chronicles, and begins where book one ended. 

The Carson siblings are traveling through time, in search of their parents. When they successfully reach the year of 1918, they decide to split up and hunt for clues. Adam and Bridget travel to Duluth, Minnesota, Cody and Caitlin to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Greg to Tijuana, Mexico. Natalie decides to take a trip to France for a journalist opportunity.

A lot has happened since Tim and Caroline saw they children; Greg has had multiple brushes with the law and has fallen in love, Adam is happily married to an Irish Girl, Bridget. Caitlin and Cody meet an old friend in Gettysburg to share memories, laughter, and tears. Natalie travels to France and has the opportunity of a lifetime presented to her. The story that captured my heart, the most, though, was Greg’s, his adventures, relationships, and scrapes with the law.    

The Memory Tree is crafted with poignant, touching moments; sweet, romantic encounters; danger and adventure. John A. Heldt is a fabulous storyteller and writer. If you enjoy heartwarming time-travel stories, The Memory Tree is the book for you.

Thank you, John Heldt for my complimentary copy of The Memory Tree!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

 

#The German Half-Bloods by Jana Petken–Review-5 stars!

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Don’t Miss Jana Petken’s Latest Outstanding Historical Fiction Novel!

 

The German Half-Bloods is a superbly written, unputdownable historical fiction novel. 

The book begins in Germany, during the early days of WWII, and follows the family of Dieter and Laura Vogel. Dieter is a successful businessman, and fiercely loyal to Germany. Because Dieter married an English woman, he was the only pure blood German in his immediate family. Dieter often invited Nazis into his home for dinner, hoping that his close contact with them, would keep his half-blood children, and English wife, from the Gestapo’s watch list. I quickly became invested in this family; and loved following them into England, Paris, Poland, and Russia. 

Chaos was breaking out in Germany, and the air was thick with fear. Nazis were arresting Jewish families, Jewish sympathizers, and anyone verbalizing thoughts against Hitler. Although Nazi soldiers were often in Dieter Vogel’s home, mingling with his family, Wilmot, Dieter’s youngest son was the only one interested in joining the military.

 Wilmot Vogel couldn’t wait to put on his SS uniform. He was looking forward to serving Hitler. Wilmot was proud to be part of the military until he discovered the horrendous acts that he’d be forced to perform. Max, the oldest son, was constantly on the move. He was an undercover, English spy, gathering intelligence against Germany. Max’s twin, Paul, a psychiatrist, was forced to stay in Germany and work in a Nazi-run hospital. His job was to sterilize disabled, and mentally-ill patients. He also had to witness the gassing of patients deemed unworthy of life. Hannah, the Vogel’s only daughter, was in England, getting married. Although Dieter’s wife Laura despised having Nazis in her home and missing her daughter’s wedding; she stayed in Germany, to support her husband. 

 Jana Petken brings these characters, as well as the atrocities of war to life. The author’s research and writing talent shine brightly in this book. The German Half-Bloods, however, did end, leaving some unanswered questions in my mind. I’ll anxiously wait for the next book in the series. Jana Petken is a brilliant, gem of an author. Highly recommended. 

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Jana Petken is a bestselling historical fiction novelist 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 and is presently in talks with film producers regarding one of her titles. 

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)

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

2018, The German Half-Bloods

http://www.janapetkenauthor.com

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petkenj@gmail.com

 

 

Today’s New Releases #This Could Change Everything # The Lost Family

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Two Compelling Books Released Today:

 

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell—5 stars

The Lost Family by Jenna Blum—4 Stars

 

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

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/05/20/this-could-change-everything-by-jill-mansell-review-5-stars

 

The Lost Family by Jenna Blum—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/05/26/the-lost-family-by-jenna-blum-4-stars-edelweiss-harper-collins-pub

#The Lost Family by Jenna Blum–4 stars–#Edelweiss #Harper Collins Pub

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The Lost Family is a bittersweet tale about love, loss, loneliness, and betrayal.

Peter Rashkin couldn’t forgive himself for making the mistake that ended up costing his wife and their three-year-old twin daughters their lives. He didn’t believe the ugly rumors about the Nazi’s, in time. When they started to carry out their atrocities against the Jewish, Peter knew that he should have moved his family sooner. He survived the death camps; his wife and children didn’t. 

Peter Raskin had no interest in getting remarried. But, when June informed him that she was carrying his child, he married her. June felt as if she was constantly competing against the family he lost. Being married to Peter wasn’t easy. He spent long hours at work and was obsessed with his restaurant. June was lonely. She didn’t want to cheat on her husband. It just happened, and once it started, she couldn’t seem to stop herself. She knew that her husband loved her, in his own way, but just not enough to let her fully into his heart. 

This is an emotional and heart-wrenching novel. Peter’s guilt and sadness not only overshadowed everything in his life; it also tore his family apart. The Lost Family is a poignant story well told.

Thank you, HarperCollins Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US and THE STORMCHASERS and the novella “The Lucky One” in the postwar collection GRAND CENTRAL. Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, will be published June 5, 2018 by Harper Collins.

Jenna’s debut novel THOSE WHO SAVE US was a New York Times bestseller; a Boston Globe bestseller; the winner of the 2005 Ribalow Prize, adjudged by Elie Wiesel; a BORDERS book club pick, a perennial book club favorite, and the # 1 bestselling novel in Holland. Jenna’s second novel, THE STORMCHASERS, is a Boston Globe bestseller, a Target Emerging Authors pick, and a bestseller in Holland and France. Jenna’s newest work, her novella “The Lucky One,” was published in anthology GRAND CENTRAL, published by Penguin in July 2014. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2018, and Jenna is currently working on her fourth novel. 

 

Check Out Today’s New Book Releases!

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Released Today

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie—5 stars
Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer—5 stars
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman—4.5 stars
The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer—4.5 stars

In Case You Missed My Reviews on These Fab Books, Here Are The Links:

 

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/30/my-dear-hamilton-by-stephanie-dray-laura-kamoie-5-shining-stars

 

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/31/before-i-let-you-go-by-kelly-rimmer-review-5-shining-stars

 

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/31/other-peoples-houses-by-abbi-waxman-review-4-5-stars

 

The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/26/the-school-for-psychics-by-k-c-archer-review-4-5-stars

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie-5 Shining Stars

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Don’t Miss This Brilliant & Unforgettable Historical Fiction Novel!

My Dear Hamilton, Coming 4/3/18

 

My Dear Hamilton is a compelling and magnificently crafted historical fiction novel. It’s the second one that I’ve read by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. And, just like the first book, I devoured it. My Dear Hamilton is a five-star, beautifully written and well-researched read. Although I don’t normally read political books, these two, The First American Daughter, and My Dear Hamilton had me captivated until the very last page. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie brought the founding fathers, and Eliza Schuyler Hamilton alive for me.

My knowledge of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s accomplishments, before reading My Dear Hamilton was limited, but now, after finishing the book, Eliza has my complete admiration. She was strong, elegant, and independent. Eliza Hamilton carried herself with grace, even in the face of humiliation, multiple betrayals, and several devastating losses. Mrs. Hamilton’s loyalty to her country and her husband was nothing short of extraordinary.

Eliza tells her husband’s story, his greatness, his flaws and his crushing secrets. Although this book is a historical fiction novel, it reads like a biography. I know I’ll be rereading it, while anxiously waiting for the next book crafted by these talented writers. Highly recommended.

Thank you, William Morrow Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 Shining Stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s Page on Amazon)
STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer and a teacher. Now she lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.

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Bio (from Author’s Page on Amazon)
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction, Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction. She is the author of AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER and MY DEAR HAMILTON, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowing her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters. http://www.LauraKamoie.com

Join Laura’s Occasional Newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and reader events, sneak peaks and teasers, signings and appearances, and more! To subscribe, copy and paste this into your browser’s address window: http://eepurl.com/bz6bIr

 

 

 

Check Out Today’s New Book Releases!

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Released Today

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon–5 stars
The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel–5 stars
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman–4 stars
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton–4.5 stars
The Other Mother by Carol Goodman–4 stars

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews on These Fab Books, Here Are The Links:

 

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/09/i-was-anastasia-by-ariel-lawhon-review-5-stars

The Room On Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/18/the-room-on-rue-amelie-by-kristin-harmel-review-5-shining-stars

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/14/i-have-lost-my-way-by-gayle-forman-review-4-5-stars

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/12/the-sun-does-shine-by-anthony-ray-hinton-review-4-5-stars

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/19/the-other-mother-by-carol-goodman-review-4-stars