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    Book Review: Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

    I’m on a historical fiction kick lately! Perhaps I’m finding stories of female resistance fighters particularly inspiring at the moment, maybe I just need stories with a strong female main character. Either way, Melanie Benjamin’s Mistress of the Ritz ticking all the boxes. All opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. Book Details & Synopsis My Thoughts on Mistress of the Ritz This is my first Melanie Benjamin novel, but it definitely will not be my last! It ticked all the boxes for what I look for in a historical fiction tale. It is beautifully written,…

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    Dragonfly by Leila Meacham – Book Tour Review and Giveaway

    I have been WAITING to share Dragonfly with you. It’s a gorgeous, sweeping historical drama with you and I’m excited to join up with Lone Star Lit to share it, along with a giveaway for a chance to receive one of two signed copies. Read on to find out why I adore this book and enter our giveaway. Full disclosure, I was provided a copy of this gorgeous book by the author and as always, all opinions are my own, and this post may contain affiliate links. DRAGONFLY by LEILA MEACHAM Genre: Historical / WWII / EspionagePublisher: Grand Central Publishing Date of Publication: July 9, 2019Number of Pages: 576 Scroll down…

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    When the Men Were Gone – Book Excerpt & Review

    With thanks to Lone Star Lit, I’m joining in their book blog tour of When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis. I’ve got a lot for you today: an excerpt from this heartfelt and wonderful tale, my review, a book trailer, AND a giveaway for a chance to win your own copy! I give this quick but delightfully wonderful read 4 stars! Many thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book for review purposes. As always, all opinions and typos are my own! WHEN THE MEN WERE GONEbyMARJORIE HERRERA LEWIS Genre: Historical / Biographical / Sports FictionPublisher: William Morrow Date of Publication: October 2,…

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    The Big Inch by Kimberly Fish (Audio Book Tour)

    Today we’re featuring our first audio book tour with Lone Star Book Blog Tours, and it’s especially exciting because the narrator is our own Sydney Young. If you’re a fan of World War II historical fiction, be sure to check out The Big Inch, written by Kimberly Fish. I’ve got a lot to share in today’s tour stop – a guest post by the author PLUS a clip from the audio book, the book trailer and a great giveaway, too! Read on and check it all out! THE BIG INCH Misfits and Millionaires #1 by KIMBERLY FISH Narrated by Sydney Young    Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance / WWII Spies  Publisher:…

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    Lone Star Book Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: The Way of Beauty

    I am so excited to bring you Camille De Maio’s newest book The Way of Beauty with the Lone Star Book Blog Tour. If you’ve read her previous books, you will not be disappointed. This is wonderful for fans of historical fiction AND for fans of authors such as Kristina McMorris or Sarah McCoy. Read on for my thoughts AND enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of this book! (We’re giving away TWO!) THE WAY OF BEAUTY by Camille Di Maio Genre: Historical Fiction / 20th Century / Literary Publisher: Lake Union Press Date of Publication: May 1, 2018 Number of Pages: 384    Scroll…

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    Book Review: The Orphan’s Tale

    I’m always intrigued by fact-based historical fiction and The Orphan’s Tale was inspired by two stories from WWII: that of a German circus who hid Jews among their performers, and one of the Nazis filling rail cars with Jewish babies from their families. One tale heroic, one horrific, both inspired an amazing book. If you haven’t read Pam Jenoff before, you are in for a treat; she is a master at creating characters and stories from factual accounts and histories. Read on for my review of her newest book, The Orphan’s Tale.   The Orphan’s Tale Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada) Genre: General Fiction/Historical Fiction Pub Date 21 Feb 2017 336 pages   Synopsis A powerful novel of…