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“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery


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Delilah: Treasonous Beauty by Angela Hunt, review


ABOUT THE BOOK

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

MY REVIEW

DELILAH: TREASONOUS BEAUTY by Angela is the third book in her Dangerous Beauty series.  The author has a real knack for Biblical Fiction, making the story feel authentic (for those who don’t believe in the Bible) with rich details of a long ago era.

Delilah isn’t mentioned much in the Bible, so mostly I thought of her a woman who betrayed a man who was born to serve God.  This book gave me a different insight into the woman who cut Samson’s hair and took his strength away.  I hadn’t really thought about her past and what drove her in life.  In the end, I felt pity for her and could see the reasons behind her decisions.  Of course, we will never know the true reasons behind the betrayal, but Angela Hunt weaves a compelling argument into the interesting tale.

I’m never disappointed by this author’s books.  I devour them quickly and eagerly await the next one.  This is easily my favourite so far.

With a different look into a well known Biblical story, I give DELILAH: TREASONOUS BEAUTY 5 stars *****.

*I received an ebook copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

 

 


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A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams, review


ABOUT THE BOOK

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

 

MY REVIEW

I love reading a book that completely transports me to another era and makes me wish I had been born there.  A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Willams is such a book.  It kept me happily ensconced in the Jazz age–a period in time I can only dream about..  or read about.

The book alternates between two voices.  Theresa, a ‘confident on the outside, sensitive on the inside’ married socialite who knows the ropes and how to use them.  And, sweet, naive Sophie who wants to break free of life planned out for her but is too afraid.  Theresa is the one I preferred the most of the two.  I’m not sure if it’s because we are both “women of a certain age” or because I saw myself in her a few times, but I was rooting for her to get her happy ending.  With a mysterious family secret making its way into the story, this book has it all.

This is the first book I’ve read by Beatriz Williams and I was so impressed that I went and bought another straight away.  I work at a book store and when people ask for books about this era, I immediately hand them this one.  She has an elegant writing style that flows easily and creates a different world for the reader to live in.

With love, murder, betrayal, and booze, I give A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams 5 stars *****.

*I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for my honest review*

 


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Read-A-Thon opening survey


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Kelowna, BC, Canada
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Marlene by C.W. Gortner
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Baguette with hummus and spinach dip
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Married mom of two teen girls who works at a book store
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Not beat myself up if I feel the need to nap. And, be happy even if I only complete one book!


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24 Hour Read-A-Thon


It’s fall and therefore it’s time for another read-a-thon!  I always look forward to these days dedicated completely to reading. Now that I work at a book store, I have less time to read. Go figure….

With snacks bought and books chosen, I’m ready to go!  Good luck to everyone who is participating today. Have fun and read, read, read!

JOIN ME!

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Days of Sun and Glory by Anna Belfrage, review


02_days-of-sun-and-gloryPublication Date: July 4, 2016
Matador
eBook & Paperback; 418 Pages

Series: The King’s Greatest Enemy
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Adam de Guirande has barely survived the aftermath of Roger Mortimer’s rebellion in 1321. When Mortimer manages to escape the Tower and flee to France, anyone who has ever served Mortimer becomes a potential traitor – at least in the eyes of King Edward II and his royal chancellor, Hugh Despenser. Adam must conduct a careful balancing act to keep himself and his family alive. Fortunately, he has two formidable allies: Queen Isabella and his wife, Kit. England late in 1323 is a place afflicted by fear. Now that the king’s greatest traitor, Roger Mortimer, has managed to evade royal justice, the king and his beloved Despenser see dissidents and rebels everywhere – among Mortimer’s former men, but also in the queen, Isabella of France.

Their suspicions are not unfounded. Tired of being relegated to the background by the king’s grasping favourite, Isabella has decided it is time to act – to safeguard her own position, but also that of her son, Edward of Windsor. As Adam de Guirande has pledged himself to Prince Edward he is automatically drawn into the queen’s plans – whether he likes it or not.

Yet again, Kit and Adam are forced to take part in a complicated game of intrigue and politics. Yet again, they risk their lives – and that of those they hold dear – as the king and Mortimer face off. Once again, England is plunged into war – and this time it will not end until either Despenser or Mortimer is dead.

Days of Sun and Glory is the second in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his king, and his wife.

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My Review

What a thrill to read and review the second book in Anna Belfrage’s The King’s Greatest Enemy series.  The first book, IN THE SHADOW OF THE STORM, was excellent and this book is just as great, if not better.

In DAYS OF SUN & GLORY, we are re- introduced to Kit and Adam and the rest–Edward II, Isabella of France, Depenser, and of course, Mortimer.  I was drawn in from the first page and was constantly reminded throughout the story how marvelous Anna is at weaving a believable fictional tale into real life history.  The historical content is very detailed without being heavy and is well researched.  Adam and Kit are an awesome couple, though greatly flawed, which I love!  I hate those perfect relationships authors oftentimes write.  Kit is super annoying most of time.  She has a knack of saying the wrong thing, getting herself into bad situations, and jumping to wrong conclusions.  But, she is feisty and I enjoy her so much.

I cannot recommend this book and series highly enough.  There is adventure, intrigue, romance, and sex all perfectly written giving the book excellent flow.  It was hard to put down and kept me interested from the beginning.  I am so looking forward to the next book in the series (And, I also need to read The Graham Saga!!  If it’s half as good as this series, it’ll be wonderful)

 

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time-traveller. As such a profession does as yet not exists, she settled for second best and became a financia03_annna_belfrage-2015-1l professional with two absorbing interests, namely history and writing. These days, Anna combines an exciting day-job with a large family and her writing endeavours.

When Anna fell in love with her future husband, she got Scotland as an extra, not because her husband is Scottish or has a predilection for kilts, but because his family fled Scotland due to religious persecution in the 17th century – and were related to the Stuarts. For a history buff like Anna, these little details made Future Husband all the more desirable, and sparked a permanent interest in the Scottish Covenanters, which is how Matthew Graham, protagonist of the acclaimed The Graham Saga, began to take shape.

Set in 17th century Scotland and Virginia/Maryland, the series tells the story of Matthew and Alex, two people who should never have met – not when she was born three hundred years after him. With this heady blend of romance, adventure, high drama and historical accuracy, Anna hopes to entertain and captivate, and is more than thrilled when readers tell her just how much they love her books and her characters.

Presently, Anna is hard at work with her next project, a series set in the 1320s featuring Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures and misfortunes in connection with Roger Mortimer’s rise to power. The King’s Greatest Enemy is a series where passion and drama play out against a complex political situation, where today’s traitor may be tomorrow’s hero, and the Wheel of Life never stops rolling.

The first installment in the Adam and Kit story, In the Shadow of the Storm, was published in 2015. The second book, Days of Sun and Glory, will be published in July 2016.

Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule04_days-of-sun-and-glory_blog-tour-banner_final

Monday, August 29
Kick Off at Passages to the Past
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, August 30
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Wednesday, August 31
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Spotlight at Queen of All She Reads

Thursday, September 1
Review at Lampshade Reader
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, September 2
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, September 5
Review at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, September 6
Guest Post at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, September 7
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, September 8
Interview at Books and Benches
Character Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, September 9
Review at A Holland Reads

Monday, September 12
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, September 13
Review at Let Them Read Books
Interview at Oh,for the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, September 14
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, September 15
Review at Seize the Words: Books in Review

Monday, September 19
Review at A Book Drunkard

Tuesday, September 20
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, September 21
Review at It’s a Mad Mad World

Friday, September 23
Review at The True Book Addict
Spotlight at The Reading Queen

Monday, September 26
Review at Diana’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, September 27
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, September 29
Review at Bookramblings

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To win a copy of Days of Sun & Glory by Anna Belfrage, please enter via the Gleam form below.

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The Lady of the Tower by Elizabeth St. John, review


02_The Lady of the Tower The Lady of the Tower by Elizabeth St. John

Publication Date: January 30, 2016
CreateSpace
eBook & Paperback; 246 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Orphaned Lucy St.John, described as “the most beautiful of all,” defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love . . . or make an enemy of Frances Howard, the reigning court beauty. Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London. Riding the coattails of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, the fortunes of the St.Johns rise to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. Elizabeth St.John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters and court papers.

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My Review

Elizabeth St. John, author of THE LADY IN THE TOWER, is a compelling storyteller and this book has everything you’d expect from the English court – intrigue, love, and scandal.

Lucy is a great character–her sister, not so much.  That’s a tell-tale sign of a great author when the characters are so well written that you either love them or hate them!  Well rounded characters, language true to the era, and vivid descriptions of the surroundings, and rich storytelling all combine to make this a must read for lovers of Historical Fiction.

I heard this was the first book in a series, and I really hope that’s true.  I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  

Praise

“Elizabeth St.John has brought the early Stuart Court in the years before the English Civil War vividly to life.” – Historical Novel Society Review

“Elizabeth St.John offers great drama and intrigue in her compelling debut novel The Lady of the Tower.” – M.K. Tod, author of Lies Told in Silence

“The Lady of the Tower is a good combination of a historical romance that is well researched, with the added spice of the author being directly related to the heroine.” – Tobsha Learner, best-selling author of The Witch of Cologne

About the Author03_Elizabeth St. John

Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. To inform her writing, she has tracked down family papers and sites from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and the British Library to Castle Fonmon and The Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it’s hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth’s family still occupy them – in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that’s a different story…

Elizabeth is currently writing a sequel to The Lady of the Tower, following the fortunes of the St.John family during the English Civil War. The working title is “By Love Divided”, and it is due to publish in early 2017.

For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John’s website. You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook and Goodreads.

04_The Lady of the Tower_Blog Tour Banner_FINALBlog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 8
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Tuesday, August 9
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

Wednesday, August 10
Review at A Holland Reads

Thursday, August 11
Review at Book Nerd

Friday, August 12
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Interview & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Saturday, August 13
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Sunday, August 14
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, August 15
Review at A Book Drunkard
Interview at The Maiden’s Court