Genre: Historical Fiction

Wednesday Wisdom from Go As A River by Shelley Read

Wednesday Wisdom from Go As A River by Shelley Read

Go As A River by Shelley Read Published by Transworld Digital on March 7th, 2023 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 299 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads On a cool autumn day in 1948, Victoria Nash delivers late-season peaches from her family’s farm set amid the wild beauty of Colorado. As she heads into her village, a dishevelled stranger stops to ask her the way. How she chooses to answer will unknowingly alter the course of both their young lives. So begins the mesmerising story of split-second choices and courageous acts that propel Victoria away from the only home she has ever known and towards a reckoning with loss, hope and her own untapped strength. Gathering all the pieces of her small and extraordinary existence, spinning through the eddies of desire, heartbreak and betrayal, she will arrive at a single rocky decision that will change her life for ever. GO AS A RIVER is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettable characters and a breathtaking natural setting, it is a sweeping story of survival and becoming, of the deepest mysteries of love, truth and fate. “What I have learned most about becoming, is […]

Posted July 5, 2023
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Weekend Book Friends #38

Weekend Book Friends #38

Greetings you guys! It’s Friday and a long weekend here in South Africa. We celebrate Youth Day today. My Mommy says she can really start to feel her youth slipping away a bit as she is dead tired and just want to lie on the couch and read her book. Of course we can go and do that. As soon as we’ve  managed to post our second Weekend Book Friends post for this year. Dreadfully shameful, I know. But I do understand that my Mommy just want to go and snuggle with her book. Our choice for this weekend really is a beaut. We’ve actually just started it last night, but we already know this is going to be a book we will love. We fell in love with Shelley Read’s writing style from the word go. Let’s see what my fellow weekend readers will think of this one. Our first stop is with  @ Reading is my Super Power for First Line Friday and to Gilion @ Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial […]

Posted June 16, 2023
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Blog Tour & Review: Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow

Blog Tour & Review: Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow

Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow Series: Trent Tyson Historical Mystery #1 on June 13th, 2023 Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery Pages: 378 Format: ARC Source: Travelling Pages Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads The doctor claims the old woman’s heart gave out, and Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson doesn’t give the case another thought until the medical examiner finds poison. This death is just one in a series of unusual deaths happening in Tyson’s quiet town, which takes the deputy sheriff on the hunt for answers while the rest of the town is cause up in local hysteria, starstruck by visiting celebrities William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Within a week, Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson is on the tenuous trail of a serial killer who snuffs out the unwanted, the disabled—the most helpless and lovable—without reason and with no mercy. Reaping the Whirlwind is a historical mystery set during the real events of the Scopes evolution trial in 1925 Dayton, Tennessee. The mystery weaves through trial events in an accurate portrayal of this pivotal case that forever changed the U.S. education system. Greetings you guys! Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery by […]

Posted June 8, 2023
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The Forgotten Palace by Alexandra Walsh

The Forgotten Palace by Alexandra Walsh

The Forgotten Palace by Alexandra Walsh Published by Boldwood Books on April 12th, 2023 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 365 Format: ARC Source: Boldwood Blog Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads In an underground labyrinth a lost soul wanders, waiting for revenge, waiting for love… London 1900 Alice Webster has made the worst decision of her life. When her Aunt Agatha offers her the chance to go on a Grand Tour she jumps at the opportunity to get away from the glare of scandal. Heading off to see the world as the century turns, Alice begins to believe her broken heart can be healed, and a chance encounter on a train bound for Paris changes everything. When their journey takes them to a Cretan house thick with history, and the world-famous dig at Knossos, stories from the past begin to echo through Alice’s life. London Present Day Eloise De’Ath is meant to be a grieving widow. But if people knew the truth about her late husband, they’d understand why she can’t even pretend. Needing to escape, Eloise heads to Crete and the house her father-in-law Quinn left her, and slowly Quinn’s home begins to reveal its mysteries. In his office Eloise discovers […]

Posted April 19, 2023
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Weekend Book Friends #37

Weekend Book Friends #37

Greetings you guys! It’s April and the first time we get to take part in Friday Link up! This year has been super busy so far, but I’ve decided to stop complaining about the fact that we hardly get to the blog at all, and just be thankful for every spare minute we have. Of course we’ll spend it with you! How have you all been doing? Anybody else as busy as an ant gathering for winter? It’s Easter Friday, so that means we have a long weekend and my Mommy are finally settling down with a few great books and we even set aside some time for blogging today. It’s also April and April means that we read Titanic. No, not huge piles of books (we wish!), but literally books on the Titanic. Every year we try to read one during the first two weeks of April to commemorate the historical, but still tragic event. This year, we are reading this one: We are about 10% in, but so far we really are enjoying it. Let’s see what my fellow weekend readers will think of this one. Our first stop is with  @ Reading is my Super Power for First […]

Posted April 7, 2023
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Madame Pommery – Creator of Brut Champagne by Rebecca Rosenberg

Madame Pommery – Creator of Brut Champagne by Rebecca Rosenberg

Madame Pommery – Creator of Brut Champagne by Rebecca Rosenberg Series: Champagne Widows Published by Lion Heart Publishing on March 21, 2023 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 400 Format: ARC Source: The History Quill Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads A Champagne Widows Novel Champagne, France, 1860. Madame Pommery, an etiquette teacher and orphanage founder, loses her husband and is forced to support her family. With no experience, the forty-year-old widow decides to make champagne. Her unique vision is to change it from a sweet dessert beverage to a dry, crisp wine to be enjoyed anytime. When champagne makers refuse to teach her their craft, she forges ahead on her own and secretly begins the excavation of champagne caves under the Reims city dump. Soon after, her son and her entire crew are conscripted to fight the Franco-Prussian war, leaving Madame Pommery alone to struggle with her champagne dreams. After Napoleon and a hundred thousand French troops are captured, the Prussians invaded France, and Prussian General Frederick Franz occupies Madame Pommery’s house as his army headquarters. Undaunted, Pommery uses her secret wine caves to hide the Francs-Tireurs, resistance fighters for France, while she plans to build a spectacular castle winery above […]

Posted March 31, 2023
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The Time Trials by Jon & Dayna McConnell

The Time Trials by Jon & Dayna McConnell

The Time Trials by John McConnell Series: The Time Trials #1 Published by Tiny Fox Press on September 21, 2021 Genres: Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Young Adult Pages: 358 Format: ARC Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads After the deaths of his parents in a horrific car accident — one that he considers his own fault — Walkman-toting, guitar-playing Finn Mallory would do anything to turn back time…to press “rewind.” When he’s admitted on full scholarship to an elite boarding school, things get more complicated: he becomes an “Unfortunate” in a sea of rich kids whose shoes cost more than his late parents made in a week. An invitation to a boring-sounding history club changes everything, as this team does much more than research and field trips. Well….they do take field trips. Just not the kind you’re thinking. For Finn, the present was already enough to deal with, but now he finds that he also must reckon with the past, in more ways than one. Who doesn’t remember High School and Clubbing? No, I’m not talking about the type of clubbing where you stuff your bedding with  make-believe clothing and pillows and then sneak out of the window to […]

Posted March 20, 2023
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F. Scott Fitzgerald: American Spy by Murray Sinclair

F. Scott Fitzgerald: American Spy by Murray Sinclair

F. Scott Fitzgerald: American Spy by Murray Sinclair Published by Eclectic Books on February 15th, 2023 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 248 Format: ARC Source: Reedsy Discovery Buy on Amazon Goodreads Did you know that, in the Spring of 1940, the once famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald was recruited by an agent of the French Resistance to assassinate the premier of Vichy France? Fitzgerald had hijacked the “Jazz Age” and made it his own in the Roaring 20s, but now a struggling, impecunious alcoholic, his only real comforts are multiple Coca-Colas and the elusive embrace of his paramour, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham. Hemingway has become the real ticket, making the big money, but when our narrator Henri Duval, a double agent for the Vichy government and the French Resistance, surfaces in Hollywood at the legendary Garden of Allah hotel on Sunset Boulevard across the street from the star-studded Schwab’s Pharmacy, he hatches a harebrained scheme that might just change the entire course of history and restore Fitzgerald to his rightful position on the top of the literary heap. As we peruse Duval’s secret correspondence to his colleague in Washington D.C., we eavesdrop on wild nights with the Marx Brothers, intrigues engineered […]

Posted February 15, 2023
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Blog Tour: A Long Way from Clare by Robert W. Smith

Blog Tour: A Long Way from Clare by Robert W. Smith

A Long Way fromClare by Robert W. Smith on January 12th, 2023 Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery Buy on Amazon Goodreads Conor Dolan, a young Irishman, travels to Chicago in 1903 to visit his older brother but finds only a mystery. His journey sparks a quest to peel away secrets and rediscover a dead sibling he idolized but never really knew as he strives to learn the true meaning of brotherhood. His search reveals an Irish Republican plot to assassinate a visiting British royal. In the process, he is drawn into an alliance with two women: a mesmerizing Jewish widow and a struggling young Irishwoman. Each teaches Conor existential truths of life and love in her own way. But the brother he finds may not be the brother he remembers. A Long Way from Clare is a story of Chicago’s early twentieth century immigrants and one man’s struggle with both bigotry and injustice in an unforgiving city where no good deed goes unpunished. Will Conor find the answers he desperately craves? Or will this trip punch a one-way ticket? Romance, Kidnapping, and Murder… Will a young Irish lawyer unravel the secrets or die trying? Greetings you guys! Welcome to our stop […]

Posted January 27, 2023
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Percy Hare and the Girl in the Game by Craig Martin

Percy Hare and the Girl in the Game by Craig Martin

Percy Hare and the Girl in the Game by Craig Martin on October 27th, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 308 Format: ARC Source: Reedsy Discovery Buy on Amazon Goodreads Percy the Hare lives just beyond the notice of most decent folk in 1880’s Lafayette, Indiana, a town on the Wabash River and the Wabash & Erie Canal. But the aging hare plays a vital role in the city’s illicit activities and has a colorful mix of friends and acquaintances. When his longtime companion and madam Evaline Wells needs an escort for her adopted daughter’s excursions into the late-night euchre circuit, who better than the ornery hare to see her through its challenges. Through their clever friendship, Percy and young Esther Wells bring to life the gas-lit world of early Lafayette town, in all its color, pageantry, grit, folklore, and mystery. Percy Hare and the Girl in the Game is one of those rare books you simply don’t know where to slot in. Part Historical Fiction, part Folklore, part Animal Fantasy and a huge part Tall Tale as fluffy as a bunny’s tail. Or in this case – a hare. When I saw the synopsis for this book, it immediately drew […]

Posted January 9, 2023
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