The Better Son by Katherine Johnson ~ Australian #FamilyDrama @KJohnsonauthor #FridayReads

Author: Katherine Johnson

Performed by Steve Shanahan

Released: May 2019 by Wavesound Audiobooks

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

1952. Tasmania. The beautiful green, rolling hills of the dairy town Mole Creek have a dark underside — a labyrinthine underworld of tunnels that stretch for countless miles, caverns the size of cathedrals and underground rivers that flood after heavy rain. The caves are dangerous places, forbidden to children. But this is Tasmania — an island at the end of the earth. Here, rules are made to be broken.

In the summer of 1952 brothers Tommy and Kip were growing up in Mole Creek, Tasmania, on a dairy farm. Harold, their father, had returned from the war a changed man, prone to explosive rages and Kip bore the brunt of his father’s temper, which would sometimes erupt into violence.

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#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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