About the Book
Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow's prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.
Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana's life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?
About the Author
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.
Some Fun Background Information About the Book
Jenny: This picture is taken in Vathia, even though the book doesn't take place here. It's just the cool looking town on the hill. It takes place in a small village called Limeni. It's a costal village where the Mavromichalis family lived. They were the most powerful family in the region, (Sparta--now called Mani) and their clan leader was Petros (everyone called him Petrobey, because 'bey' means chief.) Anyway, the people of the area were called the Mani, and they were fierce warriors, really reclusive, and their land was hard to get to, unless you went by sea, and they were masters of the sea--pirates, since there were no natural resources in the area.
Limeni Village, Vathia, Greece
SLB: Do you recognize this picture? That is because Jenny wanted to have it used as part of the cover for the book. And... ta da... her publisher concured...
Isn't it just lovely!!
Jenny: It's sort of a hidden harbor--perfect for hiding ships and all sorts of illegal stuff. Plus, it's beautiful, right? Ok, so you can see a few of the towers in this picture. The Maniots were also famous for their blood feuds or vendettas. If one family declared a blood feud against another, it continued, with the two killing all the males in each other's family until they wiped them out, or until they called a truce. Which never happened--until Petrobey came along. He was great at uniting people and getting them to work together to fight against the real enemy--the Turks. Greece was a part of the Ottoman Empire at this time, even though the Maniots didn't consider themselves to be conquered. The Ottomans couldn't get to them, so they sort of left them alone to kill each other.
Petrobey Mavromichalis was the guy that raised the famous Greek flag that said "victory or death" in the town square of Tsimova. That's the little town about a mile away from Limeni. It's sort of the bigger city to this little villiage, but it's still really small. From there, the Greeks united together and drove the Turks out of the land. And there was a lot more to it, like the Filiki Eteria was a secret group out of Constantinople that secretly worked against the Empire. And the klephts were bandits living in the hills that helped win the war. It's all so interesting, right?
A few more pictures...
These are in Tsimova--now the town is called Areopolis, after Ares, the god of war, because that's where the war began. You can see everything's made of stone, there aren't many trees around, it's super rough living, and the Maniots were really poor. But tough.
Some terminology from the book:
The flag says "nike e thanatos" which means victory or death, which was a big deal, because everyone else in Greece was saying "freedom or death" but the Mani believed they were already free. And the bottom line on the flag says, "tan e epi tas" which is the old Spartan saying that translates to "carrying your shield or on it." Which is what they said to their warriors before they went to battle, like you either return carrying that huge heavy Spartan shield, or or being carried on it. Don't throw it down and run away.
SLB: I just love all this background information about the book!! It was so fun to have Jenny stop by and share about it!! Thanks, Jenny!!
Jennifer Moore’s A Place for Miss Snow is a delightful story that readers will thoroughly enjoy. Filled with just the right combination of adventure and romance, this Greece themed novel is a completely enchanting and enjoyable tale. Jennifer does a great job of bringing to life the stories of her various characters, causing readers to fall in love with them. From page one, all the way to the end, this sweet regency romance is not one that readers will want to put down or miss.
Genre: historical, regency, romance
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: September 1, 2016
Number of pages: 224
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 5 stars
A review copy of this novel was provided by Covenant Communications.
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