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Little Tea by Claire Fullerton Blog Tour with Review

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Little Tea
by Claire Fullerton

 

About Little Tea

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Little Tea
Southern Fiction
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (April 28, 2020)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 1645262596
ISBN-13: 978-1645262596
Digital ASIN: B0817J667Y

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Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy

 

One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.

 

For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.

 

As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.

 




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

All-Time Favorite Read

A Top Read of 2020

Little Tea is a beautiful, lyrical read! It’s Southern fiction at its best!!!

It didn’t take me long to realize this book was going to be a gem! The author pulled me in wholeheartedly from the very beginning! The synopsis doesn’t even scratch the surface. It is a story about childhood friends, but it is so much more. Celia returns to her home and friends, Renny and Ava, but the story isn’t about just their friendship. Celia had another best friend growing up, Little Tea. There are some real unresolved issues that revolved around that friendship, and this trip will finally help Celia to make some peace with her tragic past.

I really enjoyed the moments between Celia, Renny and Ava, especially in the form of flashbacks with Celia and her friends. It brought back tender moments for me thinking back on my two childhood friends. I’m still close to them today, and it made me realize they know me in ways no one else does. Fullerton also delves into the issue of racism, and she does it in a way that really made me think. I have to also add that the ending of the book was one of the best endings I have ever come across.

There are writers who just write books, and there are writers that write literature, and Claire Fullerton writes wonderful literature! I felt like I could be sitting with her in a cafe as she tells me this emotional, complicated, and beautiful story of friendship, life, heartbreak, and finally healing. I highly recommend reading Little Tea. One final note: I’m hoping maybe Fullerton will give us a sequel to see how these amazing women are doing!




About Claire Fullerton

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Claire Fullerton hails from Memphis, TN. and now lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a coming of age, Southern family saga set in 1970’s Memphis. Mourning Dove is a five-time award winner, including the Literary Classics Words on Wings for Book of the Year, and the Ippy Award silver medal in regional fiction ( Southeast.) Claire is also the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers’ Favorite award winner that is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire’s first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She is a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral ( because something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral.) Little Tea is Claire’s 4th novel and is set in the Deep South. It is the story of the bonds of female friendship, healing the past, and outdated racial relations. Little Tea is the August selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and on the short list of the Chanticleer Review’s Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary.

Author Links

Website – https//www.clairefullerton.com 

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/cffullerton

Purchase Link – Amazon 

***Also Available on Kindle Unlimited***

 

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Victoria to Vikings by Trisha Hughes Blog Tour with Review

Victoria to Vikings

Victoria to Vikings: The Circle of Blood

by Trisha Hughes

About the Book

At the heart of our present are the stories of our past. In ages gone by, many monarchs died while they were still young. There were battles and diseases and many were simply overthrown. But the days of regal engagement in hand-to-hand combat are over and the line of succession has a good ageing prospect these days.

One of the most famous monarchs in history is Queen Victoria and her passing brought an end to an amazing era. She could be demanding, rude and she frequently fled public duties for the solitude of Scotland. But she loved fiercely and her people loved her fiercely in return. Under her reign, England achieved a greatness it had never known before.

Victoria to Vikings: The Circle of Blood spans from this great queen to another one: Queen Elizabeth II. Ours is the era of the longest living monarch in history and her ancestry is incredible. But walking two steps behind her, stalwart and loyal, stands Prince Philip, the strawberry to her champagne, and with him comes his own amazing Viking heritage.




 

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What an amazing way to spend my time, reading this completely mesmerizing and enthralling book!!!! It is full of history yet told in the form of a story!

“At the heart of our present are the stories of our past. It’s the story of all people, in all places, at all times and because we know that history, we can decide what may happen in the future.”

This book chronicles the reign from Victoria to the beginning reign of Elizabeth II. Yes, there were men who ruled in the meantime, but the bulk of this book is about two incredible women, both in the very beginning of their adulthood. Yet, they became two formidable queens who would change England forever.

I have never read anything quite like this book! I’m a huge fan of history, especially British history. This reads much like a family saga, and it is to a certain extent. There were historical facts that I wasn’t aware of. I enjoyed discovering the path to becoming queen for both Victoria and Elizabeth…I believe that fate had a great deal to do with that.

As I wrote earlier, there are chapters about the men who ruled in between Victoria and Elizabeth, but a huge chunk of the book was given to Victoria. She was a very complex woman, spoiled, moody, but she kept her country’s interests first. The author showed her readers who these women were as individuals, not just simply queens. I came away from this book with massive respect for each of them.

I had not read her book prior to this one, Virgin to Victoria. However, I was only half way through this book, and I downloaded it. I cannot give this book enough praise or stars. Trisha Hughes truly outdid herself. I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.




 

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UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Vikings-Circle-Trisha-Hughes-ebook/dp/B07S8353J1

US – https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Vikings-Circle-Trisha-Hughes-ebook/dp/B07S8353J1

 

Meet the Author

 

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I am an Australian author born in Brisbane, Queensland now living in Hong Kong.  My writing career began 18 years ago with my best-selling autobiography ‘Daughters of Nazareth’ published by Pan MacMillan Australia.  Over the past 8 years, I have been researching and writing a historical fiction trilogy based on British Monarchy throughout the ages beginning with the Vikings. Originally meant to be a single book, as facts accumulated the material gradually filled three books. I call this series my V2V trilogy.

 

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The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley Blog tour with Review

 

The Peacock Bottle

The Peacock Bottle

by Angela Rigley

Synopsis: 

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

The Peacock Bottle is one of those rare novels that swept me up within the pages and didn’t let me escape until the very last page was finished.

It is told in dual timelines with two different narrators. Both women, Daisy and Amelia, tell their stories years apart. It all centers around the home each has spent time in. The connection between the two girls is revealed slowly and beautifully. There is also a bit of mystery in the present.

Amelia is a young woman who is just beginning to find her strength and independence. She has been thrown into a difficult decision that will test her limits. I couldn’t help but admire her. Daisy also shares her bit of tragedy as well. They were both dynamic, multi-leveled characters who really drive the story!

Not only were the characters great! It was very well-written! The way the author describes the home made me feel like I was there myself. I was so invested in the story these two remarkable women had to share. The ending…wow!!!! I highly recommend if you like historical fiction with great characters and a hint of mystery!!!




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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2

US – https://www.amazon.com/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2

 

Author Bio 

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Married to Don, I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, I live in Derbyshire, England, and enjoy researching my family tree (having found ancestors as far back as 1465), reading, gardening, playing Scrabble, meals out and family gatherings. I am the treasurer of my writing club, Eastwood Writers’ Group, and I also write and record Thoughts for the Day for Radio Nottingham. At church I sing in the choir and am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader, a flower arranger and a member of the fundraising team for Cafod, my favourite charity. I have written hymns, although I cannot read music.

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