#GuestPost & Giveaway with Clare Rhoden ~ The Stars in the Night @ClareER #HistoricalFiction @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Stars In the Night organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. Thanks to Clare Rhoden for writing a guest post about her latest novel. First of all though, lets see what the book is about.

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Passage From Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #6) by @harrietsteel1 #Historical #CosyMystery #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Harriet Steel

Kindle Edition

Category: Historical, Crime, Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Book Review

Inspector de Silva and Jane embark on a cruise to Egypt to visit the pyramids, excited at the prospect of two weeks of sun, sea and relaxation. With Nuala, and de Silva’s duties as a police officer, far behind them, what can possibly spoil their plans?

Passage From Nuala takes Inspector Shanti de Silva and his wife Jane on a long awaited holiday. Jane wants to see the pyramids very much and they were both looking forward to a relaxing cruise to Egypt, taking in the Suez canal on their journey.

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#GuestPost & #Giveaway ~ The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath #HistFic #Romance @rararesources @VirginiaHeath_

I’m delighted to welcome Virginia Heath with her guest post all about the Subtle Art of the Meet Cute. Over to you Virginia…

Thea plunged into the trees following the sound, then skidded to a halt at the top of the bank at the unexpected sight of an exceedingly pert pair of male buttocks.

Very nice and very naked male buttocks.

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The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson #ThrowbackThursday @BenFergusson #HistoricalFiction

My Throwback Thursday choice for this week is a historical novel set in Berlin in 1946. It was published in January 2015 and my copy was kindly supplied by Emily Burns at LittleBrown and Co

My Thoughts

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In Her Defence ~ A Bunch Courtney Investigation by Jan Edwards ~ Cosy Mystery #HistFic @Jancoledwards #RBRT

Author: Jan Edwards

Expected Publication in Paperback ~ 4th April by Penkhull Press 

Category: Historical Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Book Review

Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.

In Her Defence is set in Sussex in 1940 as the German army advances through Europe. Bunch (Rose) Courtney’s home, Perringham House, has been requisitioned by the MoD and Bunch is living with her grandmother in the Dower House while running the family estate.

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Brandon ~ Tudor Knight by Tony Riches #HistoricalFiction reviewed for #RBRT @tonyriches #FridayReads

Author: Tony Riches

Published: December 2018 by Preseli Press

Category: Historical Fiction, Tudor, Book Review

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the king’s consent.

We first meet Charles Brandon as a twenty-one year old, newly appointed to the King’s Spears. His father, who was Henry Tudor’s standard bearer, died during the Battle of Bosworth, and Brandon had been brought up at the court of Henry Vll.

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#GuestPost ~ Ian Roberts #Author of A Land Apart #NativeAmerican #Historical Fiction

I’m delighted to welcome Ian Roberts with a guest post about his debut novel. Over to you, Ian…

Some stories seem to find us. They seek us out. My fascination with Etienne Brulé is one of those stories — since Grade 8 Canadian History. But crafting the story out of the raw material of my fascination took years.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Visitant (A Venetian Ghost Story) by Megan Chance #HistoricalFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting an audiobook narrated by the brilliant Julia Whelan. It was released in September 2015 by Brilliance Audio.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ La Petite Boulain (Above all Others: The Lady Anne #1) by G. Lawrence @TudorTweep #HistoricalFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting La Petite Boulain by Gemma Lawrence, published in 2016, and reminding myself to get the third book in the trilogy read, it’s been waiting in my kindle for far too long.

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#GuestPost from AnneMarie Brear #author of #HistFic The Promise of Tomorrow @rararesources @annemariebrear #TuesdayBookBlog

Im delighted to welcome AnneMarie Brear, and join the blog tour for The Promise of Tomorrow, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources. AnneMarie tells us about the top five books of her childhood.

When I was a child in Australia my mother owned a book shop, so books featured a lot in my life. I read from early on and have always loved books.

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A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan ~ #HistFic #Crime with a supernatural thread @WilliamRyan_ @BonnierZaffre #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: W.C. Ryan

Published: October 2018 by Zaffre

Category: Historical Fiction, Murder, Crime, Mystery, Espionage, Supernatural, Book Review

Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.

At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.

A House of Ghosts is primarily a tale of espionage during the height of WW1, with a dark and atmospheric supernatural thread.

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Fear & Phantoms (The Victorian Detectives Book 6) by @carolJhedges ~ Historical #CrimeFiction #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Author: Carol Hedges

Published: September 2018 by Little G Books

Category: Historical, Crime Fiction, Book Review

When a young man’s body is discovered buried deep beneath the winter snow, Detectives Stride and Cully little realise where the discovery will take them. Is his murder a random, one-off event, or could the death be linked to the mysteriously elusive individual who has already brought down one of the City’s long-standing private banks?

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Ella Maud ~ The story of an unsolved #truecrime by Nicholas Nicastro @Endeavour_Media #HistoricalFiction

Author: Nicholas Nicastro

Published: October 2018 by Endeavour Media

Category: Historical Fiction, True Crime, Book Review

A beautiful girl of 19 disappears from her home after bidding a fateful goodnight to her sweetheart. She is found dead in the Pasquotank River 36 days later. He is convicted TWICE for her murder – but is innocent. So what really happened…?

Ella Maud Cropsey, or Nell as she is more commonly known, and her family live in a small community in North Carolina. Set around the turn of the 20th century, the story is a fictionalised account of her murder, based on the known facts.

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Chasing Ghosts (The Dudley Sisters #6) by Madalyn Morgan #BlogTour #Giveaway @rararesources #HistFic @ActScribblerDJ

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Chasing Ghosts by Madalyn Morgan, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources. Heres a short summary of the book before my review…

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By Sword and Storm (The Munro Scottish Saga #3) by @margaretskea1 #HistoricalFiction #Saga

Author: Margaret Skea

Published: July 2018 by Corazon Books

Category: Historical Fiction, Saga, Book Review

1598. The French Wars of Religion are drawing to an end, the Edict of Nantes establishing religious freedom in all but Paris.

For the exiled Adam and Kate Munro, the child Kate carries symbolizes a new life free from past troubles, despite their lingering nostalgia for Scotland and the friendship of the Montgomeries.

After the Turn of the Tide and A House Divided comes By Sword and Storm, the third and final book in the Munro saga.

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Publication Day Push ~ A Laughing Matter of Pain by Cynthia Hilston @rararesources #HistoricalFiction @cynthiahilston #PubDay

About the Book

Harry Rechthart always knew how to laugh, but laughter can hide a lot of pain that’s drowned by the bottle and good times. He grew up the joker in the early 1900s in Cleveland, Ohio, but as he enters adulthood, conflict splits him.

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Fatal Finds in Nuala (An Inspector de Silva Mystery) by @harrietsteel1 #CosyMystery set in 1930s Ceylon #RBRT

Author: Harriet Steel

Published: July 2018 by Stane Street Press

Category: Historical Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Murder, Crime, Book Review

In this fourth instalment of the Inspector de Silva mysteries, it is monsoon season in the Hill Country. One stormy night, a ghostly encounter on a lonely road leads de Silva into a case of murder, and a mystery that stretches back to Ceylon’s distant past. To uncover the truth, he will have to face death and his inner demons.

Inspector Shanti de Silva is already regretting the whim that made him arrange a visit to see his colleague Inspector Singh in Hatton during the monsoon season.

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The Daughter of River Valley by @VickieCornwall #HistFic #Romance in Cornwall @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Daughter of River Valley. My thanks to Rachel (Rachel’s Random Resources) and Victoria Cornwall for an ecopy of the book. 

My Review

Since the death of her beloved grandfather, Beth Jago has continued to live in the small cottage they shared in River Valley, believing it was now hers.

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Flood (Fenland #1) by Ann Swinfen #Historical Fiction set in 17th Century East Anglian Fens @annswinfen #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ann Swinfen

Published: February 2014 by Shakenoak Press

Category: 17th Century Historical Fiction, Book Review

Violence, greed and betrayal threaten the remote communities of East Anglia in the seventeenth century, when ruthless and unscrupulous speculators steal their common lands, while fanatic Puritans bring accusations of heresy and witchcraft.

I love fictional stories set against true historical facts. Flood tells the story of Fenlanders in 17th century East Anglia whose hard working but peaceful way of life is compromised by those who believe they are entitled to profit by whatever means necessary.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Great Law of Peace (The Peacemaker Series #3) by @ZoeSaadia #NativeAmerican #HistFic

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting the third book in the Great Peacemaker series, the story of the founding of the Great League of the Iroquois.

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The Keeping of Secrets by Alice Graysharp ~ Exclusive Prequel & #Extract #HistFic @AuthorightUKPR @gilbster1000 #SpringReads

Welcome to Authoright’s Spring Reading Week 2018. Today I’m delighted to welcome Alice Graysharp with an extract and  exclusive short story prequel, but first a little about the book.

The keeper of family secrets, Patricia Roberts grows up isolated and lonely. Trust no one and you won’t be disappointed is her motto. Three men fall in love with her and she learns to trust, only to find that their agendas are not her own. With secrets concealed from her by the ultimate love of her life, and with her own secret to keep, duplicity and deceit threaten their relationship. In a coming of age story set against the sweeping backdrop of the Second World War – evacuation, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, buzz bombs and secret war work – Patricia ultimately has to decide whether to reveal her deepest held secret for the sake of her future happiness.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah ~ An intense family #drama set in Alaska #AudioBookReview #FridayReads #KristinHannah

Author: Kristin Hannah

Performed by Julia Whelan

Released: February 2018 by Macmillan Digital Audio

Category: Family Drama, Historical, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

Alaska, 1974.

Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.

For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Leni Allbright is the new kid in school….again. Her father, Ernt, has trouble holding down a job for any length of time since returning from the Vietnam war and so they haven’t stayed in one place very long. His experience as a POW unleashed a darkness in him that had his wife, Cora, and Leni tiptoeing around him, trying to keep him on an even keel. He’s not the man he was before the war, the nightmares and flashbacks leave him on edge, jittery and prone to violent outbursts.

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#ThrowbackThurday ~ The Vatican Princess – A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C.W. Gortner #Historical Fiction #AudiobookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week it’s the turn of another audiobook.  The Vatican Princess – A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia, written by C.W. Gortner and narrated by Julia Whelan, it was originally published in 2016. 

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Cash Valley by Ryan K Nelson ~ A story set in 1950s Utah #BookReview for #RBRT #HistFic #Romance

Author: Ryan K. Nelson

Published: December 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Historical, Fiction, Romance, Action, Adventure, Book Review

When FBI Agent Alex Travis receives an anonymous phone call on a September morning in 1954 with a tip concerning the now cold case of the Cache County Bank robbery, it has his undivided attention. The tip leads Travis to the top of the secluded Green canyon in Logan, Utah, where a young man named Jack Pepper proceeds to tell a story spanning the two years from the time of the robbery, when he and his girlfriend, Kate Austin, stumbled upon the crime of the century for the Cache Valley.

Set in 1950s Utah, FBI Agent Alex Travis is assigned to the Cache County bank robbery case. The distinction of hopefully solving a robbery that had eluded his predecessors appeals to him very much. He decides to make the most of the opportunity, especially when he receives an anonymous phone call from someone, on behalf of another party, who apparently has information about the robbery. He’s in two minds whether to believe it but nevertheless the following day he drives to Green Canyon in Logan, the specified meeting place. There he meets Jack Pepper and hears his story. 

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A Clerical Error (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #3) by @newwrites 1930s #HistFic reviewed for #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: J New

Published: January 2018 by Phantom Press

Category: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Book Review

Ella Bridges faces her most challenging investigation so far when the vicar dies suddenly at the May Day Fete. But with evidence scarce and her personal life unravelling in ways she could never have imagined, she misses vital clues in the investigation. 

This is the third book in the cozy mystery series set in the 1930’s, featuring Ella Bridges and her ghost cat, Phantom. Ella’s life has taken a very unexpected turn. Having believed her husband, John, had died two years ago, she now knows that to be false after a telephone call out of the blue and a conversation with the Home Secretary. With the help of her Uncle Albert, Ella finally learns the truth about John and his activities. Her housekeeper, Mrs Shaw, also proves not to be who, or what, she had claimed. A visit with her Aunt Margaret goes someway to helping Ella to absorb the shocks, put her feelings of anger and distress in perspective and restore her composure.

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An Accidental Murder (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries Bk 1) by @newwrites #Paranormal Cozy #Mystery #FridayReads

Author: J. New

Published: March 2015 by Phantom Press

Category: Paranormal, Cozy Mystery, Historical Fiction, Book Review

Young widow, Isobella Bridges discovered and fell in love with The Yellow Cottage as a child. Many years later she returned to the Island, discovered it was for sale and bought it on a whim. Or so she thought. 

She had no idea at the time how much it would change her life, nor that it was yet to reveal all it’s secrets. Ones that even Ella couldn’t imagine.

Ella Bridges, a young widow whose husband’s death was surrounded in rather strange circumstances, has recently moved into her new home, known locally as The Yellow Cottage, on Linhay Island. She’d spent her childhood summer holidays on the island and during the time the family spent there Ella saw and fell in love with the cottage. A short prequel which can be obtained free by signing up to the author’s group delves deeper into Ella’s time spent holidaying on the island and how she came to buy the cottage.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow #HistoricalFiction @judithbarrow77

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m revisiting the first in a fabulous historical fiction trilogy by Judith Barrow, although there have been two more books published to compliment the series. Pattern of Shadows is set during WWII and was published in 2010.

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Jonah by @Carl Rackman #BookReview for #RBRT #Historical Fiction #WWII A suspenseful and compelling thriller #FridayReads

Author: Carl Rackman

Published Independently November 2017

Category: Historical Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Book Review

The North Atlantic, 1940. A British destroyer pounces on a seemingly abandoned U-boat, leading to a spine-chilling encounter.

Five years later, the US Navy destroyer Brownlee grimly prepares to battle a swarm of Japanese kamikazes at Okinawa.

Mitch “Lucky” Kirkham, a young gunner on the Brownlee, wakes up miraculously unscathed after his crewmates are killed in a fearsome kamikaze strike.

Carl Rackman is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. His debut novel Irex, was published in 2016, closely followed by Voyager, and now we have Jonah, a suspenseful and compelling thriller.

In a foreboding prologue the crew of the Royal Navy Destroyer, HMS Venator, spot a Nazi U-Boat showing no signs of life, just sitting on the surface of the ocean. Seizing the chance to get rid of the enemy vessel they were not at all prepared for the hair-raising behaviour of the few survivors.

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Katharina: Deliverance (Katharina #1) by Margaret Skea #HistoricalFiction @margaretskea1 #FridayReads

Author: Margaret Skea

Published: October 2017 by Sanderling Books

Category: Historical Fiction, Book Review

Following the death of her mother and her father’s remarriage, five-year-old Katharina is placed in the convent at Brehna. She will never see her father again.

Sixty-five miles away, at Erfurt in Thuringia, Martin Luder, a promising young law student, turns his back on a lucrative career in order to become a monk.

The consequences of their meeting in Wittenberg, on Easter Sunday 1523, will reverberate down the centuries and throughout the Christian world.

Margaret Skea has painted a convincing and sympathetic portrait of Katharina Von Bora, who became the wife of Martin Luther, despite the fact that little is known about her. As the author states: this is a fictionalised account of how her early life might have been. The story is a combination of fiction and the facts gleaned by the author through thorough research.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby #FamilySaga #HistFic

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Today I’m returning to Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby. First published in 2013 it’s the first in a gritty, small town family saga.

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Offstage in Nuala (Inspector de Silva Mysteries Book 3) by @harrietsteel1 #Historical Fiction set in Ceylon #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Harriet Steel

Kindle Edition

Category: Historical Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Book Review

In this third instalment of The Inspector de Silva Mysteries, there’s great excitement when a professional theatre company comes to Nuala. However matters take a dark turn when the company’s actor manager is murdered. Inspector de Silva has a new case to solve and he has to consider some very unpalatable motives for the crime. He will need all his persistence, coupled with his wife, Jane’s, invaluable help to unmask the villain of the piece.

I’m enjoying this very entertaining and colourful series very much and it was lovely to get reacquainted with the engaging and genteel Inspector Shanti de Silva and his charming wife, Jane. Not to mention Sergeant Prasanna and Constable Nadar. De Silva met Jane in Colombo, where he began his career as a police officer, and Jane was a governess. When they married, De Silva was offered and accepted the position of Inspector in the much more pleasant and quieter small hill town of Nuala.

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Sitting Murder (Lancashire Detectives # 4) by @awright51 #Historical Whodunit @EndeavourPress #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: A.J. Wright

Published: October 2017 by Endeavor Press

Category: Historical, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police has no time for tales of ghosts and the afterlife, or of the dead contacting the living. 

So, when he finds himself investigating the case of a recently widowed young woman, Alice Goodway, who has suddenly developed ‘the Gift’ of mediumship and has received a threatening letter, he embarks on the inquiry with no small degree of scepticism. 

Set in a North-Western English town during the late 19th century, this murder/mystery whodunnit brings the history of the era to life with the terraces of houses, local dialect and a community living in close proximity to one another. The main source of work were the cotton mills and the mines. Alice Goodway, only married a year, has lost her husband, Jack, in a mining accident, which also took the life of her friend’s husband. Since her husband’s death, Alice has become a medium, offering comfort to those who have lost loved ones, through her spiritual contact with Jack.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Leap The Wild Water by Jenny Lloyd #Histfic #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m revisiting Leap The Wild Water, a debut and the first book in a historical fiction trilogy, published in 2013.

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#Spotlight ~ Heart of Stone by John Jackson #Histfic @BrookCottageBook

Genre: Historic Fiction

Release Date: 24th October 2017

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

When young and beautiful Mary Molesworth is forced to marry Robert Rochford, widowed heir to the earldom of Belfield, she finds that her idea of love is not returned. Jealous, cruel and manipulative, Robert ignores her after she has provided him with a male heir, preferring to spend his nights with his mistress. Power-hungry, Robert builds up a reputation that sees him reach for the highest positions in Ireland. Caught in an unhappy marriage, Mary begins to grow closer to Robert’s younger brother, Arthur. Acknowledging their love for each other, they will risk everything to be together. But Robert’s revenge threatens their lives and tears them apart.

Will Mary and Arthur find a way to escape Robert’s clutches?

Based on real events, Heart of Stone is a tale of power, jealousy, imprisonment, and love, set in 1740s Ireland.

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A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow #HistFic @barrow_judith #FridayReads #BookReview

  • Author: Judith Barrow
  • Published: August 2017 by Honno Press
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Book Review, Books

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

The prequel to the Pattern of Shadows series, A Hundred Tiny Threads explores the lives of Winifred Duffy and Bill Howarth up to the beginning of their lives together. Winifred lives with her mother, the very unpleasant Ethel, and her much nicer and long suffering father, and works in the family’s grocery shop. Winifred is an innocent, leading a very sheltered life ruled by her mother. Until the day Honora O’Reilly enters her life with her independence and talk of a better life for women, persuading Winifred to join the Suffragette movement. That, and meeting Conal, Honora’s brother, changed Winifred’s life in ways she could never have envisioned.

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#GuestPost & #Extract from Margaret Skea #HistoricalFiction #wwwblogs @margaretskea1

I’m very pleased to welcome Margaret Skea, with a guest post and extract from her new book, Katharina: Deliverance, which is released today. Happy release day, Margaret, and over to you….

Sidetracked into a different world (and time).

So there I was, in March 2016, fresh from a month on a Hawthornden Fellowship – an all expenses stay in a 17th c  Scottish  castle with nothing to do but write. We were very well looked after – cooking, cleaning, clothes washing and so on all done for us – the only ‘rule’ a rule of silence in the castle from 9.00am – 6.30 pm. That, and the surroundings, made for an incredible work environment and having gone with heaps of research material, but not even the most sketchy plan for my next novel, I came home, after seventeen days of actual writing, ¼ of the way through Book 3 in my Scottish historical fiction series.  It seemed my next nine months were taken care of.

The best laid plans ‘gang oft agley’ as they say here. A couple of weeks into March I headed down to London for my first visit to London Book Fair. The buzz was energising and I managed to get individual appointments with several agents and agencies, hoping that someone would be keen on Scottish HF – after all, Outlander was proving popular…

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Wonders & Wickedness (The Victorian Detectives Book 5) by @carolJhedges #HistFic #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Carol Hedges
  • Published: August 2017 by Little G Books
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Victorian, Crime, Book Review, Books, Reading

1864 marks the arrival of a brand new department store right in the shopping heart of Oxford Street. What owner John Gould does not expect, is the presence of a dead man in one of his display windows. How did he get there? And why has Gould’s store been picked out as a murder location?

Meanwhile Sir Hugh and Lady Meriel Wynward are not expecting to hear from their daughter Sybella, who died in a railway accident two years ago. So when a letter written in her hand arrives unexpectedly, on what would have been her eighteenth birthday, it throws them into turmoil. What is going on?

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Blood Rose Angel (The Bone Angel Series) by @LizaPerrat #HistFic #RBRT

  • Author: Liza Perrat
  • Published: November 2015 by Perrat Publishing
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Book Review, Books, Reading

1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint. 

Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France. 

The story begins in the year 1334 and focuses on Héloïse, growing up in Lucie-sur-Vionne and cared for by her aunt, the village midwife Isa, her dead mother’s twin. She’s taunted mercilessly about being a ‘non-born’ by some of the superstitious village folk. Continue reading

The Lighterman (Charles Holborne #3) by Simon Michael #Crime #HistFic @simonmichaeluk #FridayReads

  • Author: Simon Michael
  • Published: June 2017 by Urbane Publications
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Books, Book Review, Reading

The Lighterman is the third book in the bestselling series of legal thrillers starring barrister Charles Holborne. Simon Michael’s follow up to the bestselling The Brief and An Honest Man, continues the adventures of criminal barrister Charles Holborne. 

A copy of The Lighterman came to me through a giveaway in conjunction with Matthew at Urbane Publications and Jo’s Book Blog. Not having read the first two books I was a little concerned, but happily there was enough back information woven into the story so that I didn’t feel confused at all or unable to follow the plot. 

The story opens with a short prologue going back to September 1940 and the blitz. Charles Horowitz along with his brother, David, and parents, Harry and Millie, live in the East End and are taking shelter from the bombs in the depths of the school. When one of the bombs lands too close for comfort the family risk a race across the playground and just make it before the school suffers a direct hit. The Horowitz’s are evacuated to Carmarthen but after four weeks Charles runs away, back to London where he spends his formative years as a Lighterman with his cousin, Izzy. Continue reading

Wolfsangel (Bone Angel Trilogy #2) by Liza Perrat #Histfic #WWII #RBRT @LizaPerrat #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Liza Perrat
  • Published: October 2013 by Perrat Publishing
  • Category: Historical Fiction, WWII, Book Review, Books, Reading

Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.

1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.

We first meet Céleste Roussel as an elderly lady attending a memorial ceremony with the remaining survivors of their village, along with their families. The atrocities and personal losses of WWII still weigh heavily and as Céleste reads the engraved names she is assaulted by memories, the decisions she made, actions she took, the feelings of guilt and sorrow which never truly leave her. Her granddaughter now wears the bone angel talisman passed down through the women of her family for generations. Continue reading