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Dear Jane by Allie Cresswell Blog Tour with Review

5 May

Dear Jane

Dear Jane

by Allie Cresswell

Synopsis:

The final instalment of the Highbury trilogy, Dear Jane recounts events hinted at but never actually described in Jane Austen’s Emma; the formative childhood years of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, their meeting in Weymouth and the agony of their secret engagement.


Orphaned Jane seems likely to be brought up in parochial Highbury until adoption by her papa’s old friend Colonel Campbell opens to her all the excitement and opportunities of London. Frank Weston is also transplanted from Highbury, adopted as heir to the wealthy Churchills and taken to their drear and inhospitable Yorkshire estate. Readers of Emma will be familiar with the conclusion of Jane and Frank’s story, but Dear Jane pulls back the veil which Jane Austen drew over its remainder.




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Dear Jane is the final book in the Highbury trilogy, and it might just be my favorite!

This is Jane Fairfax’s and Frank Churchill’s journey to their HEA and what a journey it is!!!! Both Jane and Frank are being raised by people who aren’t their parents. I loved that Cresswell began their stories when they were just children. I felt like I really got to know them before they met each other. It was a romance but also somewhat of a family saga which really drew me into their story.

I love the way Cresswell writes…yes, this is based on Emma, but as always, she makes it her very own. In other words, she doesn’t take away from Jane Austen, but she weaves her own magic!

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you really need to give this series a try! I don’t think you will be disappointed. If you are like me, you will find yourself right there with all the characters yourself!!!




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Author Bio –

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Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

Dear Jane is her ninth novel.

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The Inheritance by Anne Allen Blog Tour with Review

12 Apr

 

The Inheritance

by Anne Allen

Synopsis

1862 Young widow Eugénie faces an uncertain future in Guernsey when her husband dies at sea. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, exiled on the island and living in his voluptuous house only yards away from Eugénie. Their meeting changes her life and she begins working for him as a copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, born in Guernsey, now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she listened to Aunt Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the father of her child? Tess doubts it, but inheriting the house allows her to make a fresh start in her beloved island.

Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

There is nothing I like better than a great historical fiction novel, and this one didn’t disappoint. And…the icing on the cake is that it’s based on a the talented Victor Hugo! I couldn’t get enough of this book!

The novel is told by two different narrators and in two time periods. Eugenie is from France, but she finds herself all alone in England after losing her husband in a tragic accident. If that wasn’t bad enough, she suffers another tragedy when she is assisted by Victor Hugo himself and his mistress, Juliette Drouet. Little did she know that this would change the course of her life and her descendants.

Tess is a doctor who was born in Guernsey but lives in Exeter after her parents moved her when she and her brother were just children. She is very successful, but she is questioning the direction of her life. When she learns she has inherited her great aunt’s home on Guernsey after her death, she returns and like Eugenie, her life will change course as well.

Both women are strong and didn’t really realize their strength until life forces them to. Both of them just enthralled me. I was just amazed by them. I loved getting to know them.

Of course, what made this book so special as well was the secondary characters, such as Victor Hugo, Juliette, Jack, and even to a certain extent, Doris. In addition, the storyline itself with the secrets and mystery  just kept my attention from beginning to end. Anne Allen combined all these elements seamlessly to give her readers one heck of a read!!!!




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About Anne Allen

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Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in April 2019.

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The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley Blog tour with Review

5 Apr

 

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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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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The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway (Win a signed copy of The Cornish Lady, a box of Cornish Fudge and some bookmarks (Open Internationally)

19 Mar

 

The Cornish Lady

The Cornish Lady

by Nicola Pryce

Synopsis

Cornwall:1796

Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.

When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?




Christie’s Review

4 STARS

The Cornish Lady was an enjoyable historical fiction/romance with hints of mystery and intrigue!

Angelica is preparing to spend her summer in high society and a possible marriage to a lord, but sometimes she doesn’t feel like she really fits in. She is independent and educated. Needless to say, she is a woman way ahead of her time.

Her brother unexpectedly arrives home, and she is shocked at his appearance. She knows something sinister is going on, especially when she sees the man who is with him. This is where the mystery begins. She meets Henry Trevelyan, who comes to her rescue when she finds herself in a very dangerous situation. As the two grow closer, she begins developing strong feelings for him. Yet, he may be the biggest mystery of all. The two of them are great together and are evenly matched. He respects her and not many men at the time would.

The book is well-written. The cast of characters is quite lengthy, but a guide is at the front of the book to help you. The settings were gorgeous, and the author described them so well that I could picture myself there with the characters. If you like historical fiction/romance, give this one a try!




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Author Bio 

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Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.

The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.


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The Uncompromising Lord Flint (The King’s Elite Book 2) by Virginia Heath Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway (Win 2 x e-copies of The Uncompromising Lord Flint (Open INT)

13 Jan

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The Uncompromising Lord Flint

by Virginia Heath

Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!

Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?



Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

The Uncompromising Lord Flint is a great addition to an already great series!!!! It is the story of romance between two very unlikely people.

Lady Jessamine is a prisoner who is accused of treason and is on her way back to England to face them. Flint is the man who in charge of bringing her back. All the evidence points to her guilt, but things aren’t always how they appear as Flint will soon discover.

One of my favorite things about Virginia Heath are her characters, and I loved both Jessamine and Flint. Both are fiery and have been burned in the past, so they have some trust issues. However, they can’t stop the attraction that they feel towards one another. Both will do what they can to fight it, but thankfully, they won’t succeed on that point.

Heath always creates a female lead that is strong, intelligent, and beautiful in a time period in which women weren’t seen more than a possession by men. Jessamine is no different…she isn’t only a survivor but a fighter! Flint, like other male leads in Heath’s novels, respect the women they love and treat them as partners. I have come to love that about her writing.

The storyline is full of adventure and romance that sizzles with chemistry. The setting for this one is a bit different. Much of it is on a ship and not in places like grand homes or ballrooms. That makes it unique. I also have come to appreciate the way in which Heath gives readers both POVs, but it isn’t done in alternating chapters. She is one of those rare writers who can flawlessly seam that into the storyline itself.

If you are looking for a romance with fiery characters, sizzling chemistry, and grand adventure, look no further than this book!

 

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Author Bio

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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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The Other Miss Bates (The second book in the Highbury Trilogy, inspired by Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’) by Allie Cresswell Blog Tour with Review

12 Dec

The Other Miss Bates

 

The Other Miss Bates

by Allie Cresswell

 

Synopsis:

Jane Bates has left Highbury to become the companion of the invalid widow Mrs Sealy in Brighton. Life in the new, fashionable seaside resort is exciting indeed. A wide circle of interesting acquaintance and a rich tapestry of new experiences – balls at the Assembly rooms, carriage rides and promenades on the Steyne – make her new life all Jane had hoped for.

While Jane’s sister Hetty can be a tiresome conversationalist she proves to be a surprisingly good correspondent and Jane is kept minutely up-to-date with developments in Highbury, particularly the tragic news from Donwell Abbey.

When handsome Lieutenant Weston returns to Brighton Jane expects their attachment to pick up where it left off in Highbury the previous Christmas, but the determined Miss Louisa Churchill, newly arrived with her brother and sister-in-law from Enscombe in Yorkshire, seems to have a different plan in mind.




 

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

The Other Miss Bates is the second book in the Highbury Trilogy. It is just as delightful and charming as the first book. In this book, Jane is now in Brighton as a companion to Mrs. Sealy. Some new characters enter the fray, but we still get to catch up with old ones.

I love the way the book is written, and as with the first book, some of my favorite portions are the letters Jane writes home. Cresswell gives readers a deeper insight into Jane, such as her dreams and desires. I have so enjoyed watching her mature and change. The other characters that are introduced are also well-developed as well.

I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen, and I have been since reading her for the very first time in high school. I like to get my hands on anything that has to do with her as she is still one of my very favorite writers. For my fellow Austen lovers, Cresswell doesn’t change the plot of Emma, yet this book, like the first one, is unique and original. She gives us a minor character, Jane Bates, in Emma, and gives her a book and voice of her own. I think this idea is brilliant as well as Cresswell’s writing. If you are a fan of Austen like me, you really need to read this series. I have adored both books in the series, and I’m looking forward to the next one. She did a fabulous job of setting readers up for the third book in the epilogue!




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Author Bio 

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Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

The Other Miss Bates is her eighth novel and the second in the Highbury series

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Rejecting the Rogue (The Restitution League Series #1) by Riley Cole Release Blitz

13 Nov

Today we are celebrating the release of the first book in THE RESTITUTION LEAGUE Series by Riley Cole. This series includes REJECTING THE ROGUE (now live!) and SEDUCING THE SCIENTIST (coming November 20). Check out the buy links for each book below.

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—Meet the Restitution League—
They’re thieves. They’re rogues. They’re well-armed for adventure.

The crew of the Restitution League fights injustice while wrestling with love and desire and the occasional throwing knife.

One blazing romance at a time…

REJECTING THE ROGUE by Riley Cole – Available Now!

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Synopsis:

Thieves make the best rogues. And the worst heartbreakers.

Philomena Sweet, Victorian London’s finest safecracker, knows it better than most. The worst rogue of them all, dashing jewel thief Spencer Crane, smashed hers long ago.

And now he’s back, fleeing danger from their past. Danger he won’t survive without her help.

She’d love to refuse, but she can’t leave him for dead.

Spencer Crane would sooner steal costume jewelry than ask talented, wickedly bright Meena Sweet for help.

But revenge stalks them both. He needs her artistry. She needs his skills.

Neither needs the desire that sparks to life between them.

While they dodge criminals, carriages, and the occasional flying cabbage, who will protect these two notorious thieves from each other?

 

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COMING SOON!

SEDUCING THE SCIENTIST by Riley Cole – Releasing November 20

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Synopsis:

A woman who disdains love collides with a man who lives for passion. Explosions ensue.

Ada Templeton believes in science. She believes in chemical reactions and experimentation and old-fashioned common sense. She’s far too clever to be seduced by a rake like Edison Sweet.

Con artist, liar, self-taught inventor, Edison Sweet, uses his hard won skills to help others. When he’s not saving unfortunates swindled by Victorian London’s criminal classes, he loves women. A great many woman.

Over Ada’s objections, Edison agrees to guard her latest invention from a mastermind willing to kill for it. He never expected to be intrigued by the lovely widow whose body he finds as exciting as her mind.

Their chemistry is impossible to ignore.

And impossible to trust.

Stalked by a brilliant killer, will they concoct a formula powerful enough to mend two broken hearts, or will love elude these two stubborn inventors?

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

Riley has a long fascination with all things Victorian. She loves the peculiar mix of science, mysticism and innovation that collided in the Victorian Era.

To say nothing of bustles. Bustles and elaborate hats and parasols. Parasols for rain. Parasols for sun. And parasols that morph into swords…of course.

Sadly, Riley has little use for umbrellas in the dry foothills of the Eastern Sierra, but she consoles herself with forest hikes and dips in cool mountain lakes. Besides—no matter where one resides—a proper cuppa never comes amiss.

If you enjoy a little high adventure—and a lot of desire—with your historical romance, delve into Riley’s version of late Victorian London.

Thieves, rogues, and love await…

For more information about Riley, please visit her website, “like” Riley on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. Sign up for Riley’s newsletter to be notified about upcoming releases. She’s loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at riley@rileycole.com.

Riley’s Jack’s House releases include Rejecting the Rogue and Seducing the Scientist from the Restitution League Series.

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