About the Book
It is 1906, and sixteen-year-old Stella's life in Durliosy, Poland, is bleak. Her only hope of surviving is to travel to America, a land of freedom and opportunity, and reunite with her brother in Baltimore. There she'll find new challenges, and perhaps, if she can put her painful past behind her, a new chance for love and lasting happiness.
Release date: February 13, 2018
Genre: historical fiction, drama
Publisher: Sweetwater Books a division of Cedar Fort
Number of pages: TBD
Why am I looking forward to this book?
Ever since I saw the cover of this book, I was drawn to it. Not only because this book has a cool cover, but I have enjoyed several of Heather's other books and so I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this one! Watch for a review and author interview coming in February!
About the Book
Lady Anne Fitzroy, daughter of an ambassador to the Austrian court, returns to England after her father is murdered. Soon, rumors circulate that he committed an act of treason leading to the deaths of thousands of Austrian soldiers. Well known for her close assistance to her father, Anne is pressed by more than one zealot to divulge what she knows about his supposedly traitorous designs. One of these men is Nicholas Beckett, the Earl of de Rothesay, who holds Anne's father responsible for the betrayal of his brother to the French as a spy. Lord de Rothesay's fierce effort to prove Anne's father's guilt is matched only by her passionate determination to prove her father's innocence. De Rothesay's prejudice draws her deep resentment and catapults them into a scrimmage of accusation and mistrust. But eventually, with Anne facing charges as an accomplice to treason, she and de Rothesay must join forces in a pact to uncover the truth about her father. Their joint search carries them into the arms of danger and into a change of heart toward each other that neither dared imagine. Can Anne's enemy become so much more than her friend?
About the Author
Wanda Luce developed a passion for English historical fiction that blossomed in her girlhood as she devoured the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickenson, Georgette Heyer, Pamela Aidan, and others. Wanda’s debut regency romance, Lydia, was published by Walnut Springs Press in 2011.
Wanda graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in German literature. She currently lives in Bountiful, Utah, with her husband, Darrell, and their dog, Watson—alias Mr. Piddles. Wanda is the mother of two loving sons, Jonathan and David. An avid traveler she lived in Germany for over a year, exploring castles and strolling down cobblestone streets.
Author Wanda Luce has written a new exciting and thrilling historical regency romance with a bit of adventure that readers will absolutely love. From page one, readers will fall in love with the characters and the excitement of the story. There is much anticipation, anxiety, excitement, and twists and turns throughout the story to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not only is Luce an excellent storyteller, but she causes readers to become invested in her characters and their stories, wanting to know what happens next. This is a sweet historical, clean romance that readers will not want to miss.
Genre: historical, regency, clean romance
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Publication date: November 1, 2017
Number of pages: 278
A review copy of this book was provided by Walnut Springs Press. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
Category: Adult Fiction, 560 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release date: January 2018
Content Rating: G (For general audience. Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking.)
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.
It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.
From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.
Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.
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About the Author
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Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.
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"I can't believe she did this to me again." Abigail Pressman stared at the computer screen in disbelief.
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– Romance is in the Air –
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– February 2018 –
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About the Book
#1 Bestselling Author in Regency Romance!
One morning, along the wild Dorset coast, Sir Bertie is bewitched by Lady Catherine Redmayne. Smugglers intervene, and soon her life is in danger. Of course, Bertie feels compelled to protect her, but initially, Catherine believes him to be the menace. It doesn’t help that she is heartbroken and the subject of a scandal.
First, Bertie must convince Catherine of his innocence, then uncover the real threat. Will she yield her injured heart to him? Several forces are at work to separate them, and, after all, he is only an ordinary baronet and she is a marquess’s daughter.
About the Author
G.G. Vandagriff is the author of twenty-four books and is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author. The Last Waltz, the first novel in her 20th Century Historical Romance Series won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel in 2009. There are now two more books in that series—Exile and Defiance.
Nine of her novels are Regency romances, compared by critics to the witty novels of Georgette Heyer. She has also written a lively genealogical mystery series featuring Briggie and Alex, two whacky widows, as sleuths. Other genres she writes in include Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Suspense.
GG graduated from Stanford and received her master’s degree from George Washington University. She worked as an associate editor at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, an assistant treasurer in the Harvard Treasurer’s office, a bond analyst at Fidelity Investments, and an international banker for Continental Illinois National Bank (later acquired by Bank of America).
She and her husband David are the parents of three children and six grandchildren, her greatest joys in life. Her favorite novel? Jane Eyre. She also loves Florence, Sundance Resort, The Voice, hot chocolate, lilacs, and dachshunds.
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Not an Ordinary Baronet, book three in the Three Gentleman of London series, by G.G. Vandagriff is an excellent regency romance that readers will absolutely fall in love with. From page one, Vandagriff captures the attention of readers with her excellent and charming characters, as well as her captivating and thrilling story; readers will especially enjoy the beautiful and sweet romance. Readers will not want to put down this exciting and delightfully sweet romance in the novel too. This is a story that readers, especially lovers of regency and sweet romance, will want to get their hands on immediately!
Series: Three Gentleman of London
Genre: historical, regency, romance
Publication date: January 9, 2018
Number of pages: 183
A review copy of this book was provided by Min Reads and Reviews. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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Today's book hangover is...
A Dangerous Affection
by Wanda Luce.
The first book I read by Wanda Luce was In the Wilds of Devon. It was a fabulous historical, regency romance novel that I thoroghly enjoyed and could not put down. A Dangerous Affection is no different. This historical regency romance is filled with adventure and romance that will keep you on the edge of your toes; wanting more and not wanting to put the book down until the very end!
The Trustworthy Groom by Cami Checketts Hailey Knight has two choices: fall prey to a predator who is out to own her and destroy her football team, or marry a man she’s just met. True, her fake husband can make her quiver with a touch, gets her jokes, and is patience personified, but she knows better than anyone how quickly charm can turn ugly. Brady Giles has dealt with a sweetheart stalker for two years and has no hope of shaking the annoyance. He steps in to rescue the beautiful and feisty Hailey Knight from a leering idiot and somehow ends up engaged to her. The marriage is supposed to help them both out of sticky situations, but instead turns into a media hailstorm with lies and attacks coming from all sides. When Hailey falls in love with her fake husband and danger lurks around every corner, she knows it’s time to run, but Brady has never given up on an impossible battle. Excerpt Hailey’s brain scrambled for an out, any out. She put on a fake smile and said, “You don’t know how much I wish I could have dinner with you tonight, but you must not have heard … I’m recently engaged.” She kept a straight face when she wanted to gasp in shock. Where had that come from, and who was she going to claim she was engaged to? William released her hair and actually took a step back, the scowl on his face ruining all his supposed good looks. “You are?” His eyes strayed to her left hand. She clasped it with her right to hide her naked finger. “To whom?” A dark-haired man appeared at her table. Hailey dealt with burly football players every day of her life, but this guy’s shape still gave her pause. He was probably around six three and two hundred and fifty pounds. Every inch was muscle, not bodybuilder muscle but lean and functional and covered by smooth, tanned skin. He definitely had some Italian heritage in him as dark and good-looking as he was. Hailey had a strict policy of not checking out her own team’s football players, but she knew every single one of them. This guy wasn’t on her roster. “Excuse me.” The man’s deep voice washed over her as his dark eyes looked at her with concern then flashed to William with annoyance. “Do you need some help?” Yes, yes she did. Hailey grasped his arm and cuddled into his side, wrapping her other arm around his waist. “Thank you for coming to check on me, sweetheart.” His body tightened at the way she was trying to manhandle him, impossible to really do as she was almost a foot shorter and less than half his bodyweight, but she needed help, and she needed it now. The solution was so clear. William would back off if she were engaged. He would have to. Then there would be no repercussions on her football team and no coercion to date, and especially not to stay the night with, the slime ball VP. “Um, sure … anything for you, honey.” The man wrapped his arm around her shoulder, and Hailey had never felt so safe as he gently pulled her close. Safety and reassurance were amazing and unexpected feelings to have at the moment, especially after the fear of William clogging her throat mere seconds ago and the fact that she naturally shied away from well-built men. The emotion of it all made her weak, and she found herself leaning against his muscular chest. The dark-haired guy glanced down at her and winked. Ooh, he was quick too. She ticked off his positive qualities in her mind—not one of her football brothers, handsome with strong facial features, brown eyes framed with dark lashes, and smart. She might even give this guy a date to prove they were engaged. “This is my fiancé,” she said to William, inclining her chin with pride. The man kind of started, but he stayed close to her side as he released her from his hold and stuck his hand out to William. “Brady Giles. Pleasure to meet you …” Brady Giles? Oh, crap, he was one of her players! He’d recently transferred from New England. He was one of the top cornerbacks in the nation, and they were extremely blessed to get him, but the Brady Giles she’d seen from the sidelines had long, dark wavy hair and a full beard. This guy with the cropped hair and clean shaven model-gorgeous face was a Brady Giles she’d never expected—sharp and way too appealing. What had she done? $50 Release Day Giveaway Ends 1/29/18 a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the Book
Anna has one chance for survival-and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.
It's 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she'll do anything to keep her safe-a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.
Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.
Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.
About the Author
Best-selling novelist Liz Tolsma is the author of several World War II novels and prairie romance novellas. She also works as a freelance editor. She lives in a semirural area of Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters. Her son serves with the US Marines. All of their chidlren came to them through international adoption. Her other passions include walking, gardening, camping, and reading.
Find out more about Liz at http://www.liztolsma.com.
Author Liz Tolsma’s The Melody of the Soul is an inspiring and powerful story of the relationship between the Jews and Nazis and how difficult it could be. It is of the struggle of being a Jew or Christian Jew and going into hiding; about a Nazi soldier who is stuck doing things he doesn’t want to do and doesn’t believe is right. It’s about the struggles of life, but the hope of life as well; and especially of unexpected friendship and romance between completely different people from completely different backgrounds. This novel connects readers with the characters in a way that they will not soon be forgotten. Readers will fall head first into this novel, its history, and the engaging characters, and not want to put it down. This is a story that readers of WWII history will not want to miss!
Genre: historical, Christian, WWII
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Publication date: January 16, 2018
Number of pages: 320
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via LitFuse. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for?
Release date: February 6, 2018
Genre: historical, Christian
Publisher: Bethany House
Number of pages: 400
Why am I looking forward to this book?
After reading Jocelyn Green's The Mark of a King, I was hooked. Not only is historical fiction my favorite genre to read, discovering Jocelyn's work was a highlight of my reading for 2017!! It was definitely a memorable and inspiring read and was definitely one of my top favorite reads of 2017!
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