Book Review: Enemies United by Barbara Anne Machin

Enemies United

William of Normandy set sail to arrive in England in October 1066 to take the throne and force his right above the Saxon King Harold. Successful in the battle and taking the crown his army of well-trained knights were rewarded with lands.

Mostly of lands that no longer had a Thegn, this is a story of how an elderly ailing Thegn where his lands were gifted to one of William’s most loyal knights Gilbert Bayeux, the struggle and lengths afterwards to protect his grandchild and how the two enemies united to bring peace to Alder-Sea and its villagers along with all of England. The child was disguised as a serf, the knight was intrigued and drawn to the boy’s beautiful lavender blue eyes.

My Review

When William of Normandy takes over King Harold’s throne, he gives land to his most loyal knights, and Gilbert is gifted Alder-Sea. Unlike some of the other knights, he wants to keep peace with the current thegn and his subjects. He quickly wins over the people but Lord George, the thegn, is elderly and dying and he takes measures to protect his grandchild, his only surviving relative.

I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction and Enemies United didn’t disappoint. It was well researched, and the characters were well-developed. As a teenager, Guy has gone through a lot but feels lucky to still have a loving and caring grandfather. Gilbert is refreshing as a conqueror who is considerate and wants to work things out rather than just take things over.

Enemies United is a book of history and romance and is difficult to put down.

Excerpt

  “This way, we will have carried out your grandfather’s wishes. You heard your Lord Gilbert. He intends to place you in some kind of work after they bury George,’ he said sternly, hoping that Guy would understand why he was insisting on the time being now. Godfrey knew if he left it until after the burial that Gilbert would place Guy in some sort of meaningful employment and that he would soon find out their secret, and had he not knelt along with George and Guy and sworn allegiance at Gilbert’s feet? No, he would sooner spirit Guy away than be looked on as a traitor. Godfrey was sure that his new master was a good man. He was torn by his pledge to George and although he liked and respected Gilbert, his loyalty was stronger to George.

The soldiers arrived and carried George to the chapel. Guy and Godfrey followed them to watch that George was laid in state in a caring manner, Guy being careful to whisper, ‘Sleep well, master.’ Godfrey stood and saluted him with his sword. One of the soldiers reported to Gilbert that there had been a suspicion of tears in Godfrey’s eyes as he left the chapel and that the boy Guy was struggling with the Lord George’s death. Strange for a boy so young.”

About the Author

Barbara Anne Machin was born in 1940 and is the youngest of eight children. She is married and has one son, and recently celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary. She has always been interested in writing but has never attempted to publish before. A friend and her husband encouraged Barbara to send her trilogy of stories to a publisher. She writes more for a hobby and has worked all her life and still works part-time.  She has held many managerial positions in large companies and does not like to be idle.

This is Barbara’s sixth book.  She has written “A Beloved Cousin” (2019), “Shadow of Guilt” (2020), “Don’t Look Back” (2020), “The Crime that Never Was” (2020) and “Nowhere to Hide” (2020).

“Enemies United” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This novel is also available to purchase in paperback at:

The book can also be downloaded as an e-book from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Barbara Machin’s literary agent)
Tel. 020 8292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Book Review & Giveaway: The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire

The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire

Publisher:  Chamberlain Publishing House (February 14, 2021)
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy/Romance
ISBN: 978-1792361357
Available in Print and ebook, 310 pages

The Legend is true. The Fear is real.

Under the cruel ministrations of its Queen, the Kingdom of D’Land is in peril. With King Harrison away in foreign lands and neighboring Kingdoms unwilling to intervene, there is no one to protect the people from poverty, harsh punishment, and unreasonable rules of law – except for the Band of Brothers. Struggling with the death of her mother and the legendary Syphon powers she inherited, seventeen year old Dru wants nothing more than to escape her old life and join the motley crew of ruffians, pilfering from the rich to feed the poor and pay their taxes.

She’s able to do just that disguised as a lad, and even when her nature is discovered, nothing changes – except for the way her friend Hawkin treats her. But Dru’s new world is overturned when she and the Brothers seize the treasures of a Prince who threatens to reveal her identity. Together, Dru and her chosen family must find a way to reclaim her destiny and bring balance to the Kingdom. If not, there may be no hope left for anyone.

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Guest Review by Sal

The fabulous first book in a series about a young girl reclaiming her birthright and a long-forgotten secret. ‘The Reclaimed Kingdom,’ by Dana Claire has everything you could possibly want from a thrilling YA story: adventure, romance, legendary fights and evil queens.

The main character, Dru, has a few secrets up her sleeve, one of the biggest being that she is a Syphon. Or, a person with the supernatural ability to syphon off of other people’s emotions and moods. This is a power that has been passed down to her genetically and that Dru has been instructed to keep hidden lest it be used against her.

In the beginning of the book, Dru has fallen in with the Band of Brothers, a group of rowdy but ultimately kind men who, in the tradition of Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor. The gang live in the fictional realm of D’Land, where an evil queen named Ebbigal rules over everyone with an iron fist. Dru hates Ebbigal for reasons that become clear as the story progresses, and those reasons are far closer to home than any of the evil queen’s other subjects can claim.

Dru is fun, plucky and clever enough to banter with the best of them, including the young, dashing Prince Edward (affectionately known as ‘Dodge’). Their dialogue made for some of my favorite parts in the book and really added to the atmosphere of the story. The atmosphere was perfectly done! The setting was fictional, but a take on Medieval life and one that was done beautifully. I don’t think I’ve ever read a modern book with such an accurate Medieval setting.

Dana Claire has really set up something special with this series and I can’t wait to see how it is going to play out in the next books!

Praise for The Reclaimed Kingdom

“Ms. Claire has such a talent for imaginative magic systems. The Syphon in this series has abilities I have not encountered before. The ability to take emotions and how she deals with them are quite intriguing. In this story, Dru makes an interesting heroine with her contrasts of her life as a brigand and thief with her previous life. She is very much a Robin Hood character without falling into the tired tropes that can come with that. The male main characters are so different. Hawkin is intense and unrefined. Dodge is softer and somewhat of a dreamer. They are both fiercely loyal and capable. The progression of their relationships with each other and Dru has made this a fabulous and compelling story.”- Aizlynne, Goodreads

“Well Dana Claire did it again. Another captivating book in her new series that kept me up later than I should because I didn’t want to stop reading. I would tell myself “just one more chapter” before I knew it, I read 3 or 4 more. Dana Claire has a way of bringing her characters to life and the action and suspense adds to the magnetic pull of not wanting to put the book down. Hoping I won’t have to wait too long for the second book of “The Syphon Series” and looking forward to the second book in “The Blood-Light Trilogy”.
I truly enjoy reading these books and submersing myself into the action pack plots with the spice of romance. Thank you Dana Claire for both of your terrific series. Thank you for introducing these characters to me and allowing me to follow their adventures and lives.”-D, Berry, Amazon

“This was such a great book! Dana Claire did a wonderful job developing the characters in this story. The backstory paints such a great visual of the time period and the land where Dru and her Band of Brothers are living. You root for Dru right from the beginning and I looked forward to every twist along the way. I couldn’t wait to finish it. So far, Dana Claire’s books are knocking it out of the park for me…2 for 2!”- Craig Andrews, Amazon

About the Author


Author, Dana Claire, believes that a good story is made through strong character development. When readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives, the readers are there for the long haul backing the characters and their emotions. How cool is it to read a book and think about the characters long after you’ve read the last page? She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a vampire, slay a dragon, or use a time machine, there’s a book for that.

Website: https://danaclairebooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danaclaire143
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanaClaireBooks/

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Fantastic Happy Tales

This is a charming new collection of children’s stories that are educational and entertaining, with fun illustrations. The animals in this series of short stories – from Freddie Fox to Tommy Toad – play a key role in teaching children about their environment and other important life lessons.

Excerpt from the book:

“The hive was busy.  Spring flowers in full bloom and it was time to find the best of the bunch.  “‘Bee’ back before nightfall,” Beatrice called out to her entourage of eager pollen collectors.

“Will do,” they buzzed, hoping to find the best pollen for themselves.

It was midday in the garden of Terry Tortoise and Massie the field mouse, when the sound of buzzing caught their ears.  “Careful,” Massie whispered, not wishing to interrupt their buzz-ness. “They are making honey,” she explained to Terry her latest friend and pupil.

“I see no honey,” he answered, having previously peaked into a hive, “It’s sticky and runny.”

“It’s a long story. I will have to explain later, I have much to do,” she added taking his hand.

About the Author

L. J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. Her career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company.


Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends, the ideas developed and are used in the Hackers Trilogy of novels which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback and Just Deserts. This series has grown, with a further six hacker books, adding Without a Doubt, Doubt Revisited, Informed Decision, Dark Forces, Misconception and Last Resort, which completes the series.  L. J. Greatrex has also written A Penny’s Eye View which is a collection of inter-related short stories.

“Fantastic Happy Tales” by L. J. Greatrex is available from Amazon at:

and in e-book format from Amazon at:

The audiobook version of “Fantastic Happy Tales” will be released soon.

Press/Media Contact Details:

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Enemies United

William of Normandy set sail to arrive in England in October 1066 to take the throne and force his right above the Saxon King Harold. Successful in the battle and taking the crown his army of well-trained knights were rewarded with lands.

Mostly of lands that no longer had a Thegn, this is a story of how an elderly ailing Thegn where his lands were gifted to one of William’s most loyal knights Gilbert Bayeux, the struggle and lengths afterwards to protect his grandchild and how the two enemies united to bring peace to Alder-Sea and its villagers along with all of England. The child was disguised as a serf, the knight was intrigued and drawn to the boy’s beautiful lavender blue eyes.

Excerpt

  “This way, we will have carried out your grandfather’s wishes. You heard your Lord Gilbert. He intends to place you in some kind of work after they bury George,’ he said sternly, hoping that Guy would understand why he was insisting on the time being now. Godfrey knew if he left it until after the burial that Gilbert would place Guy in some sort of meaningful employment and that he would soon find out their secret, and had he not knelt along with George and Guy and sworn allegiance at Gilbert’s feet? No, he would sooner spirit Guy away than be looked on as a traitor. Godfrey was sure that his new master was a good man. He was torn by his pledge to George and although he liked and respected Gilbert, his loyalty was stronger to George.

The soldiers arrived and carried George to the chapel. Guy and Godfrey followed them to watch that George was laid in state in a caring manner, Guy being careful to whisper, ‘Sleep well, master.’ Godfrey stood and saluted him with his sword. One of the soldiers reported to Gilbert that there had been a suspicion of tears in Godfrey’s eyes as he left the chapel and that the boy Guy was struggling with the Lord George’s death. Strange for a boy so young.”

About the Author

Barbara Anne Machin was born in 1940 and is the youngest of eight children. She is married and has one son, and recently celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary. She has always been interested in writing but has never attempted to publish before. A friend and her husband encouraged Barbara to send her trilogy of stories to a publisher. She writes more for a hobby and has worked all her life and still works part-time.  She has held many managerial positions in large companies and does not like to be idle.

This is Barbara’s sixth book.  She has written “A Beloved Cousin” (2019), “Shadow of Guilt” (2020), “Don’t Look Back” (2020), “The Crime that Never Was” (2020) and “Nowhere to Hide” (2020).

“Enemies United” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This novel is also available to purchase in paperback at:

The book can also be downloaded as an e-book from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Barbara Machin’s literary agent)
Tel. 020 8292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Book Review: A Child Lost by Michelle Cox

A Child Lost: Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel by Michelle Cox

Publisher:  She Writes Press (April 28, 2020)
Category: Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Tour dates: Feb-March, 2020
ISBN: 978-1631528361
Available in Print and ebook, 408 pages


Description

A spiritualist, an insane asylum, a lost little girl . . .

When Clive, anxious to distract a depressed Henrietta, begs Sergeant Frank Davis for a case, he is assigned to investigating a seemingly boring affair: a spiritualist woman operating in an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of town who is suspected of robbing people of their valuables. What begins as an open and shut case becomes more complicated, however, when Henrietta—much to Clive’s dismay—begins to believe the spiritualist’s strange ramblings.

Meanwhile, Elsie implores Clive and Henrietta to help her and the object of her budding love, Gunther, locate the whereabouts of one Liesel Klinkhammer, the German woman Gunther has traveled to America to find and the mother of the little girl, Anna, whom he has brought along with him. The search leads them to Dunning Asylum, where they discover some terrible truths about Liesel. When the child, Anna, is herself mistakenly admitted to the asylum after an epileptic fit, Clive and Henrietta return to Dunning to retrieve her. This time, however, Henrietta begins to suspect that something darker may be happening. When Clive doesn’t believe her, she decides to take matters into her own hands . . . with horrifying results.

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Guest Review by Sal

Wow! That’s all I have to say about this stunning novel from Michelle Cox. Take a dash of history, add some intrigue and mystery and splash in some romance and you get ‘A Child Lost,’ the most recent addition to Cox’s ‘Henrietta and Inspector Howard’ series.

What begins as a normal mystery for Clive and his wife Henrietta, develops into something much more sinister, and before the end of the novel, both characters begin to wonder if they will be able to solve this mystery with their safety intact.

But lets back things up to the beginning. This series is set in 1930’s Chicago, a time that we probably all associate with brutal mobsters, a rapidly industrializing city, and a tough life for many normal people.

Clive Howard is a private detective, a past a soldier, who is married to Henrietta, a woman who is his match in cleverness and curiosity. In the previous books in the series, the two have often solved crimes together in fun and interesting ways.  Although I haven’t read the other books in the series, I was able to enjoy this one as the author did an excellent job summarizing everything that you need to know as you go along.

This time, Henrietta and Clive are tasked with solving a mystery about a spiritualist who appears to be stealing from people. However, since Henrietta is in a delicate emotional state because of the recent loss of their unborn child, she quickly gets pulled in by the spiritualist’s routine and Clive begins to regret involving her in this case. Meanwhile, another case that a friend asks them to look into involves a mental institution, dark family secrets and an injustice that has permeated for years.

I recommend this to anyone that loves historical romance with a mystery. I had a great reading experience with this one and I think you will too! Now I have to back track and read all the books in the series! I highly recommend it and give it all 5 stars!

Praise for A Child Lost

“Michelle Cox’s delightful storytelling has a bewitching charm that will keep readers glued to their seats with a perfect blend of absorbing historical facts, intriguing mystery, and thrilling romance.” – Readers Favorite

A Child Lost is undoubtedly a novel that should not be missed—the story is genius, flawlessly written, and wildly entertaining!  A thrilling five stars!” — The Red Headed Book Lover

“Once again, Cox delivers the passion and intrigue of Henrietta and Clive with a story that leaps right off the page. A Child Lost is a true thrill… — Paperback Paris

“…vivid descriptive prose and historical accuracy – Publishers Weekly

““There is not a dull moment in this book. Cox’s characters are so well portrayed in their physical traits, their manner of speech, their actions, their personalities as well as through their dilemmas and moments of joy. Cox sure knows how to create characters that are memorable and distinct.” – Library of Clean Reads

About the Author

Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as Novel Notes of Local Lore, a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. (Her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and many others, so she might be on to something.)

Unbeknownst to most, Cox hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also, marmalade.

Website: http://michellecoxauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michellecoxauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michellecox33
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-cox-ab8700193/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/michelle-cox
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/michelle-cox-610476432

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Review of A Touch of the African Sun by P.H. Newall

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

My Review

A Touch of the African Sun is a saga about a Nazi, von Tabis, a psychopath on a mission to advance himself in the party as well as make himself a wealthy man. He was crazy but charismatic, and those who conspired with him soon regretted it, but he was ruthless and once they were in, there was no going back. Even though his co-conspirators were unsavory, I had to feel sorry for them.

The novel is in three parts. The first part is about von Tabis and how he came to be in Africa and started his many enterprises, including building a small army and setting up restaurant/bar to gain information from the British clientele. What’s really crazy is the Nazi party funded his insane ideas.

The second part of the novel is about other characters who play an important part in eventually trying to take down von Tabis. And the third part is what transpires once everything comes together.

There are a lot of characters in this saga, but I had no trouble keeping up with them. Most of the Germans weren’t very likeable, but they were definitely interesting. I did like Heidi, the secretary that von Tabis “stole” from a co-worker. She had morals and was professional, and she didn’t deserve what happened to her. Some, but not all, of the British characters were more likeable.

I thought A Touch of the African Sun was amazing, and anyone who likes historical fiction will definitely enjoy it.

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A Touch of the African Sun

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

Excerpt from the book:

“The gaunt, pasty sweating body lay quietly in the vast bed. Georgio was alarmed and took the weakening pulse. He realised that nothing short of a miracle could save Jeremy now. The sheets were sodden, but Jeremy’s lips were dry and cracked. Georgio tried lifting his head and helping him to some water, but his lips barely moved. Then suddenly he opened his eyes and gave Georgio a happy smile before again shutting them. He gave a heavy sigh and left this world to join his beloved Cynthia.

Karumba was stunned. He stood there silently, but huge tears coursed down his shiny black cheeks. Georgio lifted the sheet and pulled it over the dead man’s face.

“Where is Straker?” he demanded.

“I will fetch him, bwana,” said Karumba.

 He hurried from the room and across the yard to the manager’s house. He banged on the door, and Straker came bleary eyed to open it, his pyjamas hanging obscenely open in front as he fumbled with a threadbare dressing gown.

“What the bloody ‘ell are you doing waking me at this time of night, eh?”

“It’s Bwana Forbes,” said Karumba tearfully. “He is dead, bwana.”

“A Touch of the African Sun” by P. H. Newall is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Memoirs of a British Bobby

PC155, Les Morris looks back over his time in the police force and how much things have changed over the years, not just in the force itself but in the wider world beyond.

Technology, communication, new laws and legislation have changed policing, almost beyond recognition, and this unique insight reveals much about how the force used to run and the changes that made it into the organisation we recognise today.

These memoirs are based on the personal experiences of a young man making his way through the ranks and those characters and challenges he meets along the way.

The author hopes the book will give anyone interested in joining the police force a real insight into the recent history of this organisation.

Two excerpts from the book:

“One of the first jobs I was given was to investigate the theft of eggs from a broody grouse. I had more success with the next incident, when I was sent to investigate the theft of a bayonet that had been taken from a school house at Wootton. I questioned a few boys and noticed that one of them kept avoiding me and refused to look me in the eye. He was 14 years old and a foster child under the care of one of the teachers. I took him aside to question on his own and he then admitted that he had taken the bayonet. I asked him to accompany me in the car so that he could show me where he had hidden it. We retrieved the bayonet and, after telling him how foolish he had been, I drove him home to his foster parents.  I was convinced that this was his first theft and told his foster parents of my decision not to take things further, but that I would be making a note of the event.  I then returned the bayonet to its rightful owner.” (pgs. 58 – 59)

“A call came through from a police sergeant at Oxford city to assist in the arrest of a murder suspect and I drove straight to Green Road in Kidlington. When the interim detective sergeant from Witney and our detective inspector arrived, I was already at the house. The inspector ordered a search of the premises and instructed the interim detective sergeant to arrest the man and take him to Woodstock Police Station. The necessary paperwork and charge sheet could be completed, as the suspect had admitted the offence. On questioning, the man, who was in his 60s, told us that he lived with his mother, who was in her 90s. She had taken to using her walking stick to lash out at him whenever he got anywhere near her. Finally, he had lost his temper and decided that he could take no more, so killed her by smothering her with a pillow.” (pg. 71)

“Memoirs of a British Bobby:  PC155 – Les Morris” is available in paperback from Amazon at:

www.amazon.co.uk/Memoirs-British-Bobby-PC155-Morris/dp/1786235994

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Christmas Eve Promise by Elyse Douglas

Christmas Eve Promise: Time Travel Novel (Christmas Eve Series, Book 4) by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (September, 2020)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christmas

ISBN:
Available in Print and ebook,  405 pages

Eve and baby Colleen are traveling to Ohio for the Christmas holidays to spend time with Eve’s parents.

After a few days in Ohio, they all plan to fly to Florida in Eve’s father’s private airplane.  Patrick will meet them there after he completes exams for his forensic psychology degree.

Nothing goes as planned.  The day Patrick is to leave for Florida, he receives a shocking telephone call from one of Eve’s cousins.  Sobbing, she tells him a terrible tragedy has occurred.  It stuns him and shakes him to his heart’s core.

His life shattered, Patrick knows he has but one chance:  he must use the time travel lantern to return to the past in order to prevent the current tragedy.

But once again, the time travel lantern has a mind of its own, and Patrick is hurled back to a time where he must confront a strange, unfamiliar world and learn why the lantern transported him there.

When Patrick comes face-to-face with a mysterious, beautiful woman who looks and acts like Eve, and whose name is Eve, Patrick is haunted.

He recalls the promise he and Eve had made to each other on Christmas Eve the previous year—no matter what happens; no matter if they’re separated; no matter what time or place they find themselves in; no matter what obstacles they must face, they will always find each other, help each other, and love each other for all time.

The Christmas Eve Promise is a journey about the enduring promise of hope and the infinite, unbreakable bonds of love.

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Guest Review by Sal

She raised her glass to his. “I want both of us to promise that no matter what happens to us; no matter if we’re separated; no matter what time or place we find ourselves in; no matter what obstacles we face, we will always find each other, help each other and love each other, for all time.”

‘The Christmas Eve Promise’ is the fourth book in the ‘Christmas Eve’ series by the husband and wife writing team known as Elyse Douglas and, in my opinion, the best one yet.
This series, about a married couple who meet via a lantern that allows the user to time travel, has everything I love in a book. Between the romance, the time travel aspect and the mystery, I always end up loving every page of the books in this series, and this one was no different.


This book begins with a promise. On Christmas Eve 2019, Eve asks Patrick to promise that they will always find each other and always love each other, no matter what time period their lantern brings them to. The following Christmas, Eve and their new baby daughter, Colleen go on a trip to visit Eve’s parents in Ohio and then on a flight on her father’s plane. Unfortunately, during the trip they are both killed in a plane crash, along with Eve’s parents. Devastated, Patrick decides to use the lantern to go back in time to rescue them, but, of course, the lantern seems to have a mind of it’s own and it sends him back to 1925 instead.

 In trying to decide what to do next, Patrick accidentally stumbles across a woman who looks and acts exactly like Eve and even has a similar name—Evelyn. Are Eve and Evelyn the same person? Will Patrick be able to save his wife and child? These are questions you’ll have to read the book to find out. And believe me, you won’t regret it. This one captivated me and left me unable to put it down. I hope there are lots more to come in this wonderful series!

Praise Christmas Eve Series by Elyse Douglas

“The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly.
All of the characters are well thought out, and believably written, together with the well-constructed scenery, that has you feeling as if you yourself have just stepped into the past.
The story is unique and moving. It will hold you long after you turn the last page. A perfect Christmas tale of love and hope.”-Whispering Stories

“This book is the perfect vehicle for a movie, and I can only hope that there will be more in the series. This novel is truly as close to perfection as the reader could imagine! 5 Stars!”–My Devotional Thoughts Blog and Reviews

“I enjoyed the new characters, an update on characters from the first book, and the possibility for more books.  If you enjoy time travel-themed novels you will love these books!”–StoreyBook Reviews

“I am most impressed that this book did so well as a stand-alone novel. Kudos to the author! If you are looking for a good Christmas book with time travel, give this a go!”–Carole’s Bookshelves

“I love this whole story, and I especially love Patrick and Eve’s romance and all of the adventures that they go on together. Eve is exactly my kind of character.  I still can’t stop thinking about the feeling that it gave me and the arc that the characters went on. Everyone really developed a lot in this story and it was so rewarding as a long-time reader to watch that happen. It feels like every new book in this series just keeps getting better and better and I love these characters more and more. Every time a new one comes out I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
The Christmas Eve Secret is my favorite in the series so far, but if you have not read the first two books I would recommend doing that as soon as possible! If you enjoy romance, time travel, mystery and great writing, I promise that you won’t regret dipping a toe into this series.”–Cuzinlogic

About the Authors

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.

Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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Book Review: Hamilton’s Choice by Jack Casey

Honor did NOT require Hamilton to accept Burr’s challenge to his fatal duel.

He’d come close to dueling seven times before—twice with Aaron Burr—but always talked his way out. So why, with his political future never more promising, a new home just built and a loving family of eight to support would Alexander Hamilton choose to face Burr’s pistol at ten paces?

In 1804 New England Federalists planned to secede from the union, and they supported Burr in his race for governor so he’d bring New York into their “Northern Confederacy.” Hamilton had retired from politics after his son Philip died in a duel two years before, but he feared this threat to split the union. Against the wishes of his wife, Hamilton worked covertly to defeat Burr, and Burr lost so badly he could never run for public office again. Burr wanted revenge, and believed a duel would restore his stature.

For 215 years historians theorized that Hamilton accepted Burr’s challenge to preserve his honor. But history provides a far deeper motive. Read Hamilton’s Choice to find out why the life of America’s most brilliant founding father ended so tragically.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Historical fiction based on facts is one of my favorite genres. When I saw Hamilton’s Choice, it intrigued me, and I had to read it! I was not disappointed.

Everyone knows that Alexander Hamilton was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel, but there’s so much more to the story. Hamilton’s son, Philip, was killed in a duel just two years before that by a Burr supporter. The incident that caused Philip’s duel is where Hamilton’s Choice begins.

When I hear the word “duel,” I think of two men facing off and one possibly being killed. Jack Casey brings that to life, though, with the thoughts of both men during the duel, and then the heartbreaking aftermath. In fact, I had to stop reading several times after the duel between Hamilton and Burr because I was crying.

The sections between the two duels are about Hamilton’s family life, Burr’s antics and his many failures, and politics. Politics usually bore me but I was fascinated how different some things were, yet how similar politicians were to today. I didn’t know that only real estate owners could vote for New York governor.

I liked the descriptions in this book. They were done so that I could visualize, but they weren’t so long that I tired of them.

The characters are brought back to life in Hamilton’s Choice. They’re well-defined and their struggles are related well. Hamilton’s turmoil while waiting for the duel, trying to figure a way out of it while still keeping his honor, was recounted effectively. He and his son were both so stubborn!

I definitely recommend Hamilton’s Choice. I’m going to have to check out more of Jack Casey’s books.

About the Author

JACK CASEY has handled civil, criminal and constitutional cases in his solo law practice for the last thirty years. He also counseled New York State legislators, and watched as ambitious politicians rose and fell. Casey now brings his insider’s perspective to the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. In “Hamilton’s Choice,” his fifth historical novel, Casey dramatizes the last three years of Hamilton’s life, and advances a new motive for Hamilton to accept Burr’s challenge and attend the fatal duel.

Casey graduated with honors from Yale University and Albany Law School, and has studied literature at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities.

Audiobook Review: River of Light and Shadow by Allen Kent

After mob violence threatens their lives, they flee to the wilderness

During Missouri’s Mormon Wars of the mid-1800s, the Whitlock family seeks to escape mob violence on the state’s western frontier by hiding in the rugged north Missouri wilderness where the Hill Spring Trail crosses the Chariton River. Here, in constant fear of discovery, David Whitlock meets and falls in love with Suzanna Shattuck, the independent and spirited daughter of a nearby settler.

>>Drawn together by love, divided by different worlds

As David and Suzanna struggle with their growing passion for each other and with the differences that separate their families, two other figures move inescapably toward each other and the young couple. In Jefferson City, legislator Jacob Randall champions the cause of Missouri’s outcasts while Sheck Rogers, a self-appointed Mormon hunter, roams the state murdering and mutilating those he suspects of belonging to a church against which the Governor has issued an extermination order.

>>>In this entrancing historical novel of love, fear, courage and redemption, two young lovers seek to find themselves and each other in Missouri’s untamed wilderness.

Their families struggle to survive the politics and passions of one of the nation’s most tumultuous periods. River of Light and Shadow touches the deepest recesses of the heart while provoking, inspiring and teaching in ways that characterize the best historical fiction. 

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve enjoyed historical fiction since I was a young teen and my dad suggested I read Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold. I’ve read quite a bit about early America, but this is the first book I’ve read about the Mormons and what they had to endure before they found their home in Utah.

This is the love story of David and Suzanna and the many obstacles they have to overcome. Luckily, Suzanna’s father is a sensible man, and he gives them his blessing even though he knows that David being a Mormon may cause difficulties.

The characters of David and Suzanna portray innocence and goodness. They make a life for themselves and even though they’re mostly happy where they are, I figured eventually David will feel the need to find a Mormon settlement.

The narrator did a good job. I was able to keep the different characters separate and the timing and pace were good.

I’m looking forward to listening to the second book in the series soon.

About the Author

Allen Kent is the author of the popular “Unit 1” thriller series, the Whitlock Trilogy in historical fiction, and a number of other mysteries and action novels. His books are published in electronic form by Kindle Press and in paperback by AllenPearce Publishers. He lives and writes in rural southwest Missouri.

Kent is a former Air Force pilot and educator who spent four years of his early life living in Iran and England. He has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia – experiences that are often reflected in his writing.
Writing as Kent Farnsworth, Kent has also published two works of non-fiction: “Grassroots School Reform” and “Leadership as Service.”

He and his wife Holly are avid travelers, gardeners, and conservationists, and live in an eco-friendly home near the community of Neosho.

Website: http://www.allenkentbooks.com

Book Review & Giveaway: A Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Publisher:  Rock Yard Books (February 26,  2019)
Category: Historical Fiction, Suspense
Tour dates: March, 2020
ISBN: 978-0578471235
Available in Print and ebook, 247 pages

Place Called Jubilee

Description

Deception, witchcraft, and the secrets of a long-dead former slave churn the life of ambitious young clergyman Coleman Hightower – even as fear, bombings, and riots rock the nation.

Historical novel A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE tells Coleman’s story as he leaves his mountain home and arrives in Washington D.C. in 1961 as the Civil Rights movement explodes across America. Coleman’s plans for a prestigious life are torn apart by his forbidden longing for beautiful and fiery activist Rosalee.

His search for meaning turns into a desperate journey that takes him and the woman of his dreams all the way to Jubilee, Alabama – a place where intrigue, betrayal, and murder combine to make Coleman wonder if he will win Rosalee’s love or even leave the tiny town alive.

Guest Review by Sol A.

An absolutely powerful story about protest, civil rights, religion, love, ancestry and being true to yourself above all else. This book took me on a journey that I was not expecting, but one that I was very happy to be taken on. When I started reading, I thought this would be a straightforward historical fiction about a time in history that I wasn’t very familiar with. Boy, was I wrong.

This book was magical for me, in more ways than one. I found myself unable to put it down throughout and ended up reading it through very quickly and feeling a sense of sadness when it was over.

Without spoiling too much, the gist of the story involves a white pastor-in-training, Father Coleman, who meets and falls in love with a black woman around the time of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. Coleman is torn between his love for the woman, Rosalee, his calling as a pastor and his need to stay impartial in his personal politics. The scope of the story travels from Georgia and Washington D.C. all the way to Alabama as Coleman searches for meaning and seeks out how to follow his own personal truth.

The writing in this novel was breathtaking and so well-researched that I became fully immersed in the story with no need for respite. The fullness of Garrett’s writing was both intimate in its look at the human mind and global in its usage of the American south. At times I forgot that I was reading a book and actually thought that I was watching a movie because the atmosphere was so riveting. I recommend this one very highly to anyone who is interested in well-written historical fiction.

Praise for A Place Called Jubilee

Notable Indie #1 in the Shelf Unbound Magazine 2019 Best Indie Book Awards.

“A very dark time in our history.  Not my usual type of read but could not put it down when I got started. Felt like I was right there in the story. Great read.”-Janice, Goodreads

“Highly Recommend.  Loved this book. I feel I really got to know the characters. Waiting for a sequel.”-LM, Amazon

“I couldn’t put this book down.  I love historical fiction and suspense. This book gave me both. The characters were well developed, the vocabulary was challenging and the descriptive language drew me in.”-CH, Amazon

About the Author

Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Award winning author, Timothy J. Garrett lives with his wife Cynthia in his native northeast Georgia where he spent 16 years working as an E.R. physician and is now a healthcare executive. History and historical fiction are his writing passions though his influences include Southern gothic luminaries like Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.

While Tim has written extensively for the healthcare industry, the award-winning A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE is his first published novel.

Website: http://timothyjgarrett.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drtimjgarrett
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drtimjgarrett

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