Showing posts from August, 2014

Review: Rainharrow by Morwenna J. Holman

Publisher: Olympia Publishers, July 31, 2014
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 217
Rating: 4 Stars Very Good
Source: Free copy from Olympia in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.
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Previous books written by Morewenna J. Holman:

The time period is early 19th century, in the village of Rainharrow, in the moorland of northern England.
Edwin Grimstone, and his wife Kitty, eke out a living in the desolate landscape of the moorland. Their neighbor is the beautiful Cathy Hanshaw, and her grandmother. Edwin and Cathy are having an affair. Cathy thinks no one else is aware of their relationship. She has no idea what life at home for Edwin's wife is like. Edwin and Cathy's affair is as moody as the weather. Cathy moves to London hoping to escape Edwin, but she is drawn back to Rainharrow and Edwin.

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The author states she is a spirit writer. I had read and reviewed a previous book of Holman…

Review: An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd

Publisher: William Morrow/HarperCollins August 12, 2014
Genre: Mystery, World War I, England, France
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars for Good
Source: Free copy from William Morrow/HarperCollins in exchange for a review. The following review is written from my own opinion.

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There have been seven books (one a short story) in the Bess Crawford series.
Barnes and Noble has a list for the series.
I've read all of them except, A Question of Honor. 
The Charles Todd writing team is mother and son. They have 2 sets of mystery books with the time period of World War I and post World War I.
In the first series, Bess Crawford, is a Nursing Sister in France, during World War I. Her father has a military background. Bess is a reserved, observant, quiet, polite, strong-willed, determined, young single woman. So far in the series she does not have a boyfriend. When she is in London, she stays in a rooming house with other Nursing Sisters, the home …

Review: Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James

Publisher: Berkley/Penguin Group, August 5, 2014
Genre: Jane Austen biographical fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Berkley/Penguin Group in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

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Jane Austen's First Love, began by Jane's sister Cassandra reading Jane's old letters. They are women in mid-life, reflecting back on when they were young women desiring a well-lived life and to be in love. The letters are from 1791. Twelve years later they have settled into their chosen life, Jane is a writer.
But in the summer of 1791, there is a promise of young love. They are invited by their brother Edward to visit Goodnestone in Kent. While at Goodnestone, Jane meets the handsome Edward Taylor. Jane is impressed with his grand life of travel and adventure. The summer of 1791, will be a turning point in Jane's viewpoint of love and re…

Review: A Spy Among Friends, Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre, Afterword by John Le Carre'

Publisher: Crown Publishing, July 29, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Spies, Espionage, Great Britain
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission. I received a free copy from Crown Publishing , through Blogging for Books for the purpose of review.

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From The Telegraph-A Spy Among Friends.

A review from The Wall Street Journal-A Spy Among Friends.

Interview with the author: Ben Macintyre. 

Kim Philby, is known as the greatest spy in history. He'd began working in British Intelligence, MI6, during World War II. He continued working as a spy during the Cold War Era, but by the early 1960s he'd began working as a journalist in Beirut. He had a magnetic personality, gaining trust by his wit, intellect, and charm. But, he was a master at disguising his real agenda because he was also a spy for the Soviet Union. He gave them information that he'd learned through his fellow B…

Review: Elizabeth of York, Forgotten Tudor Queen by Amy Licence

Publisher: Amberley Books March 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, British History, Kings and Queens of England, House of York, House of Tudor, British History Reading Challenge 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272, 40 illustrations
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good
Source: Free copy from Amberley in exchange for a review.

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Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter of Edward IV, and Elizabeth Wydeville, was born February 11, 1465. Elizabeth Wydeville, had two sons by her first marriage, and ten children by Edward. Elizabeth and Edward's marriage was unpopular, especially with Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, and with Cecily Neville, Edward's mother. Warwick was in the process of negotiations with France, to secure a wife for Edward at the time of Edward's "secret" marriage. Elizabeth Wydeville was of Lancasterian heritage and this was a strong cause of friction. Elizabeth of York's childhood dramatically changed at age three, by the Ba…

Review: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Publisher: Barnes and Noble August 1, 2005
Genre: Fiction
Genre: Victorian Literature, England, Detective Novel, Classics Club, Victorian Reading Challenge 2014.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
Rating: 3 Stars for good.
Source: Free copy won from Allie at the The Literary Odyssey in August 2012. She has a new blog: Defining My Moment.

A bio on Wilkie Collins.

From the Victorian Web, on Wilkie Collins.

A famous Yellow Diamond from India is missing. For centuries it had been "set in the forehead" of a Indian moon god, the idol located in a rural area of northwest India. It was stolen, later ended up being found by an English soldier who left it in his will to a woman named Rachel. It is only in her possession a short time and then stolen. Legend and superstition, define the Diamond as being cursed by its possessor. After the Diamond is stolen the story sweeps through with detective work, and later several narrations are included of the evolving of the story.

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Graham Saga Book Blast

Join Anna Belfrage as her beloved time-slip series, The Graham Saga, is featured around the blogosphere from July 28-August 15 with HF Virtual Book Tours and enter to win your own set of  Books 1-6! About The Graham Saga
This is the story of Alex and Matthew, two people who should never have met - not when she was born three hundred years after him.
It all began the day Alex Lind got caught in a thunderstorm. Not your ordinary storm, no this was the mother of all storms, causing a most unusual rift in the fabric of time. Alex was dragged three centuries backwards in time, landing more or less at the feet of a very surprised Matthew Graham.
In a series of books we follow the life and adventures of the expanding Graham family, both in Scotland and in the New World - and let me tell you it is quite an exciting life, at times excessively so in Alex' opinion.
Sometimes people ask me why Alex had to be born in the twentieth century, why not make her a woman born and bred in the seventeenth c…