Monday, October 17, 2016

G751 When Johnny doesn't come marching home; a compelling human interest story about a 20 year old boy's search for adventure in World War I

Title of the book:When Johnny doesn't come marching home; a compelling human interest story about a 20 year old boy's search for adventure in World War I

Author: Marian Small

Publisher: Friesen Press

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 9781460286760


In 2017, the United States of America will be celebrating the Centennial of World War I. 1st Sergeant JOHN RUSSELL SMALL was a Veteran of that War. This is a true account of his experiences before, during and after the War, as written by his daughter, MARIAN SMALL, who set out at the age of 89 years to tell the story of a 20 year old boy whose love of adventure took him in 1916 to the Texas/Mexican border to join Brigadier-General John J. Pershing in the pursuit of Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit, and then in 1918 to the trenches in France and No Man’s Land.

At her Dad’s death in 1978, Marian inherited his collection of memorabilia which dates back 100 years to the time of his enlistment in the Ohio National Guard in 1916. Included were historic photographs and the original letters that John had written to his parents and to his sweetheart, Mary, (later his wife) as well as a 1918 Diary that he took with him when he was sent over the sea to France. John kept the Diary with him on the many nights when he led his Platoon as they marched for miles in the dark, in rain and mud, to the various trenches in No Man’s Land. Even in the cootie and rat-filled trenches, with the sounds and dangers of the war going on all around him, he continued to write in the Diary and in his letters describing in detail the war as he was witnessing it.

This is a compelling human interest story that recognizes the valor of the doughboys in WWI. Those who returned to the country they loved faced many hardships, including the Great Depression. The war, however, had given them the will to survive and it was through them and their stubbornness, frugality, pride and a firm belief in disciplining their children that a generation was born that, in later years, after a second World War, became know as the greatest generation.

Author Info:
(From pump up your book)

  • When Johnny Doesn’t Come Marching Home is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

Meet the Author

Marian Small was born in Cleveland, Ohio; she has been writing for most of her life. She began her 25 year business career as a secretary, a cashier and manager of a Detroit mortgage company, and as an Operations Manager of a Florida stock-brokerage firm. She moved to Beverly Hills, Calif. with her the 10-year-old son from her first marriage and became the Administrative Assistant to a Vice-President of the Regional Office of the same brokerage firm, which entailed frequent stints within the Wall Street office.  She married again in 1973, at age 46. She and her husband shared a 34-year long marriage before they divorced. After surviving breast cancer and minor strokes, Marian resumed writing at age 86 and has been writing ever since.
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Personal Opinion:

I definitely think the book would be good for young children to teach them about history and to make history far more personal to them because the book contains pictures of articles, of the author's father and the language is simple to use and understand. When my son grows up, this will be something I will show him and tell him about it when the time will come. The story itself is bittersweet and sad at the same time because of how those who deserved our respect and gratefulness don't get it. I do hope that in the future things will change.

This is for Pump Up Your Book

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G754 Book Review of the kept woman by Karin Slaughter

Name of Book: The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter

ISBN: 978-0-06-243021-2

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: Mystery, thriller, drugs, foster houses, secret child, secrets, relationships, mother/daughter, mentors, Georgia, Atlanta, glamour, high life

Year it was published: 2016


Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a searing novel of love, loss, and redemption. A seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller, it marks Karin Slaughter’s triumphant return to her most popular series, sure to please new and diehard fans alike.


While there are quite a lot of characters in the story, main ones would be Angie and Will Trent, a husband-and-wife on paper but not in actions. Angie is presented as extremely ruthless, cold and uncaring by other characters who dared to do the unthinkable, but when its time for her voice to speak, she is best described as survivor and someone who is hotheaded and impulsive and having an extremely tough time in childhood, while Will Trent has his own psychological issues with relationships and life in general and is seeking more familiar.


You never know the person's history


The story is in third person narrative primarily from Angie's and Will's points of view. The story also takes place in Georgia, yes in the infamous city of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Aside from Will and Angie as well as the descriptions of intrigue and that the author seems to know what she is talking about, I have to say that the weaknesses outweighed the positives of the book. I didn't like being thrown into the story, introduced to characters and know very little of their backgrounds or why they are in one another's lives; I also found some of the chapters to be very long which is not a good thing for me because I'm the type that likes to finish chapters before doing something else. Also, in my opinion, despite the thickness of the book, not much psychology of the characters is delved into and introduced.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County Serries and the instant New York TImes bestsellers Cop TOwn and Pretty Girls. There are more than thirty-five million copies of her books in print around the world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia


Although the read was exciting and it definitely kept the reader on the edge of one's seat, my fault with the book is that its part of the series, and I'm a type of person that must read other books before reading the current publication, or at least I must have copies of previous publications prior to this one. The book is #8 of Will Trent series, and its my introduction to him as well as to the author. I also feel as if some things in the novel aren't explained well, and in some cases they tended to be predictable. What is the book's strength are the characters of Angie and Will, because there seemed to be paradoxes when it came to Angie; for Will and others described her one way, but she saw herself in another way, and it makes for a well-rounded character. I think that unless the reader is familiar with the characters and the series, there was frustration for me when it came to figuring out their relationships and the roles they carry in one another's lives. Best book series to compare it to is to Susan Spann's Shinobi Mysteries because although there is more focus on the present, I didn't have the advantage of previous knowledge of characters to help me enjoy the story, which is similar to Shinobi Mysteries.

This is for Pump Up Your Book

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, October 10, 2016

G758 Book Review of wild girls by Erica Abeel

Name of Book: Wild Girls

Author: Erica Abeel

ISBN: 978-1-68003-103-4

Publisher: Texas Review Press

Type of book: 1950s-1990s, marriage, Allen Ginsburg, friendship, unconventional choices, Paris France, university, noveau-rich, old money, homosexuality, hidden secrets, artists, secret crushes, settling for second best, blossoming, stages, cheating

Year it was published: 2016


Three college friends from the 50s blaze their own path in love and work, braving the stifling conventions of the age, and anticipating the social thaw that would arrive ten years later. These “wild girls” pay heavy penalties for living against the grain, but, over the years, rebound and re-set their course, drawing strength from their friendship. The novel follows them from an elite northeastern college, to Paris with Allen Ginsberg, to New York’s avant-garde scene in the early sixties, to a mansion in Newport, to the slopes of Zermatt, to Long Island’s Gold Coast, as it celebrates the nimbleness and vitality of women who defied an entire culture to forge their own journey.

"Wild Girls is a novel about a few women rebels who came of age in the 50s with the Beats in Paris, Allen Ginsberg (when he was still sleeping with girls), and a Yoko Ono-based character in early 60s New York. More importantly, Erica Abeel IS a 'Wild Girl'--she lived the life, these are her friends, and this is an insider's peek into that world."—Kevin Kwan, author of  Crazy Rich Asians

Praise for Abeel's Women Like Us:

 "Smart, snappy, and compulsively readable ...  Written with wit and perception."—Publishers Weekly

 "An old-fashioned good read."—New York Times Book Review


Main characters include Brett, a-what I would guess- an upstart from a Jewish family that has been in America for a generation or so? She is fearless in following her dreams and is multi talented in dancing, writing. For some odd reason, she settles for second best in her life instead of trying to become the best. Most of the book and story is focused on her life in Paris with Allen Ginsburg followed by living with Rinko Park who is reminiscent of Yoko Ono. Julia seems to come from an old moneyed family and although at the start she makes conventional choices by giving up her dreams and living the way society desires her to do so, towards the end she blossoms and breaks out of the mold and makes some shocking and unconventional choices, especially when faced with some ugly truths about her husband. Audrey, I believe, is noveau rich family with a half brother named Bodie. In my opinion there wasn't enough of her in the story. She also makes an uncoventional choice when it comes to love and in the end has to deal with the damage her choice caused her life.


When playtime is over, who will be there to catch you?


The story is in third person narrative from Brett's (girl) Audrey's and Julia's points of view. The two women that the book mostly focused in my opinion are Brett, followed by Julia. The story definitely starts out interestingly with Brett meeting up with Allen Ginsburg then moves on to a character's funeral and then followed by going back to 1954, few years prior to moving to France and from then on moving on to 1990s. In some ways the story is an unconventional Jane Austen because there is social commentary of women's lives, and a myriad of references of what one would call "high-brow" things and literature. I did enjoy learning of the high culture of back then and importance of universities as well as reputations that people from these universities have. (I come from a public university thus, believe it or not, I am clueless when it comes reputations of people from various universities.)

Author Information:
(From the book)

Erica Abeel, author of Wild Girls, is a novelist, journalist, and former dancer, who has published five books, including Women Like Us (A Book of the Month Club Selection), Only When I laugh, I'll Call you Tomorrow and Other Lies between men and women, and Conscience Point. Based in New York and Long Island, she writes about women rebels who dared to live against the grain before the upheavals of the 1960s and shows how their lives unfold over subsequent decades. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Ms, among many other publications and websites. In addition, Abeel reviews films and interviews directors for The Huffington Post and Film Journal International. For more information, visit:


Due to the summary, I honestly thought it would be similar to Autobiography of Us, a book that also begins in 1950s about two good friends and of the pull and tug between dreams and society's expectations. In Autobiography of Us, women gave up their dreams for society's expectations, but in Wild Girls, (really aptly named) the women embrace their dreams, despite the fact that a lot of them will cause raised eyebrows. The stories are reminiscent of 'what if' what if a woman moved to another country? What if a woman stayed with a married lover without giving the ultimatum? A lot of references were a bit misplaced, and I don't think I was able to understand some of the girls' backgrounds in first chapters, but despite those minor quibbles, the story doesn't lose its spirit of freedom, lover and flaunting societal expectations. For me also, I had fun watching the beginnings of what would eventually become rebellion, wars and Beetles. I also liked learning about Allen Ginsburg because the only thing I knew of him is that he had written Howl, beyond that I knew nothing about him.

Given by Felicia Sinusas 

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

G763 Book Review of the tea planter's wife by Dinah Jeffries

Name of Book: The Tea Planter's Wife

Author: Dinah Jeffries

ISBN: 978-0-451-49597-6

Publisher: Crown

Type of book: Ceylon, England, America, tea plantation, 1913, 1925-1934, secrets, Sinhalese, Tamil, workers, wills, first marriages, Great Depression, childhood, manipulation, blackmail

Year it was published: 2015


In this lush, sexy, atmospheric page-turner, a young Englishwoman, 19-year-old Gwendolyn, marries a rich and seductively mysterious widower, Laurence Hooper, after a whirlwind romance in London. When she joins him at his Ceylon tea plantation, she's certain she'll be the perfect wife and, someday, mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbors, and her new sister-in-law, treacherous. Gwen finds herself drawn to a Singhalese man of questionable intentions and worries about the propriety of her husband's connection to an American widow. But most troubling are the terrible secrets in Laurence's past that soon come to light and force Gwen to make a devastating choice. What happened to his first wife? And will the darkness of his past destroy their marriage and Gwen's chance at happiness? Set in rich and exotic 1920s Ceylon, The Tea Planter's Wife is an utterly engrossing, compulsive page-turner that climaxes with more than one heartbreaking twist.


There are quite a few main characters: one is Gwen, a young woman from England who came to settle down in Ceylon. She definitely has a big heart and often tries to see people as people rather than as skin colors. She is very emotional, a little bit unstable and naive. Her husband, Laurence, is older than she by more than ten years. He has previously been married but has secrets of his own that he refuses to share with Gwen. There is also Verity, Laurence's sister who seems only to live to mess things up for Gwen and Laurence. I'll be honest in saying I never liked Verity. Savi Ravasinghee is a talented artist of Ceylonese ancestry who may or may not have done the unthinkable.


Secrets will never be hidden forever


The story is in third person narrative completely from Gwen's point of view. (I should note that Gwen's name is Gwendolyn, a character known as the good witch from the Wizard of Oz.) and right away it starts in 1913 with a mysterious woman taking up the baby and walking away from the house. Then the story picks up twelve years later with Gwen's arrival to Ceylon and focuses on how she establishes herself as mistress of plantation and the burdens and secrets she carries after her children are born. The story and the plot are strong and move the reader along. It's a book of balance where all parts work together to make a great whole.

Author Information:
(From book jacket)

Dinah Jeffries lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and Norfolk terrier. The Tea Planter's Wife spent sixteen weeks on bestseller lists in the UK. It has been published in nineteen countries worldwide.


I love reading books that take place in locales that are not as well known as the typical Europe/North America, and if there is history in the story, well it makes the story very compelling for me. Normally as well, whenever I read a book, I can instantly find comparisons to previous books I've read, but this is the first time I'm feeling stumped as to what book, if any, reminds me of The Tea Planter's Wife? In truth, it's a unique book, and there isn't a book that reminds me of it. The story has equal amounts of tension and realism weaved into the pages, and it seems as if the author has found a perfect balance between details and character development. The characters are very memorable, and it's definitely a unique spin on what happens when a dark skinned child is born to white parents? (Although I hadn't reviewed it, at one point I recall reading The Sacrifice of Tamar by Naomi Ragen and it dealt a little bit with a similar issue.)

This is for Blogging for Books

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

October 2016

Wild girls- Erica Abeel
SR: September 21st 2016
FR: October 5th 2016
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
Roma Amor- Sherry Christie
SR: October 1st 2016
The autobiography of Henry VIII- Margaret George
SR: September 21st 2016
The tea planter's wife- Dinah Jeffries
SR: September 21st 2016
FR: October 1st, 2016
Revenants- Scott Kauffman
SR: August 8th 2016
FR: October 20th 2016
The boy who wanted wings- James Conroyd Martin
SR: October 5th 2016
The claws of the cat - Susan Spann
SR: September 4th 2016
Come Next Spring- Alana White
SR: October 15th 2016
FR: October 21st 2016

Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
The can't-idates; running for president when nobody knows your name- Craig Tomashoff
SR: September 22nd 2016
When Johnny doesn't come marching home- Marion Small
SR: October 5th 2016
FR: October 15th 1016
Paris nights my year at the moulin rouge- Cliff Simon Loren Stephens
SR: October 20th 2016
Mamaleh knows best- Marjorie Ingalls
SR: October 21st 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

G749 Book Review of everlasting lies by Barbara Warren

Name of Book: Everlasting Lies

Author: Barbara Warren

ISBN: 9781460227690

Publisher: FriesenPress

Type of book: India, England, 1900s-1920s, cheating, scandals, marriage of convenience, lovers, WWI, making life, secrets, family life

Year it was published: 2016


The novel is about lying Charles Vernon and promiscuous Edina Vernon in a story that spans the years from when Victoria was Queen to 1920. It describes northern England, the soldier's hardships in the trenches, and life with servants in Imperial India. Relationships explode on the pages of this novel. They are real, hurtful, and explicit. The characters are strong, believable and the dialogue convincing. Because of this, Barbara's first novel is animated and provocative. A real page-turner! Both Edina and Charles are living lies. They hurt other people as well themselves. Will they be able to reconcile and trust each other again? The novel shows the hardships yet opportunities for the brave and strong, both males and females of that time. Shows the major changes in the two main characters Charles and Edina. The ending of the story will leave you begging for more!


Particularly, there are three important characters; that of Charles (Alfie) Alfred Vernon who comes from a big family and makes a decision to try to better his life and go against his father's wishes. He is best described as hotheaded, resourceful, extremely misogynistic towards his wife and children and also a coward. Edina, at first, is naive, blinded by love, sort of a prisoner to the society, but she is also sneaky, resourceful and someone who becomes more cultured. There is also Bill, Edina's friend and lover who is the antithesis to Charles and someone whom many readers will love.


Some human beings cannot remain monogamous


The story is in third person narrative from Charles' and Edina's point of view, although most of the story focuses a lot on Edina. I thought the story might start in the middle and then move on to beginning, but it started in beginning with Charles Vernon and then moved on. While the tone and the characters were engaging, I do have to say that the character of Charles Vernon isn't very fleshed as Edina's was and Charles Vernon felt more of an outline rather than a person. I do have to say good job to the author for doing a good job in creating a hated character that any woman will dislike. I also feel as if the change in the said character is not very believable and after reading how horrible this person was, I had a difficult time reconciling what I knew of the character at the start versus how I saw this character in the end. I also feel as if the scenery in India could use a bit more work because unlike England, it felt an outline.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Meet the Author:

Barbara Warren always has the pedal to the metal. Born in England and educated at a convent, she left school at sixteen and was selling encyclopedias in the roughest part of London at eighteen. She married and emigrated to Canada when she was twenty-three, had three charming daughters, went to university when she was thirty-six and retired from teaching in her mid fifties.

Then she pursued her passion for the arts and for travel. She and her husband rode camels in India, elephants in Nepal and horses in Montana. They hitchhiked in Norway, cycled across Denmark and snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef. Barbara’s paintings grace homes in Canada, USA and Mexico and she designs her own clothes. She spends the winters in Mexico and the summers in the bible belt of southern Alberta.

Her first novel, Everlasting Lies, tells the story of her grandparents’ love affairs with each other and with others. They struggle to survive in the last years of Victorian England and the horrors of WW1 and then start a new life with four children in Imperial India.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Facebook

Buy the Book: Author Website (has links to all retail sites where book is sold)

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Chapters Indigo


Probably like other readers, I have one question to ask: what happens next? Seriously, the author cannot just leave at the most interesting end and not go on further. The writing is both simplistic yet engaging and the reader is hooked to see what happens next to Charles and Edina Vernon. I have to say that out of all the books I've read so far, this definitely is the most unconventional relationship I came across upon. I do feel that towards the end the story does become a bit weak and in relation to certain character maturity unbelievable, especially when the first 75 percent or so of the book is spent as building this character up someone who has earned ire of many women, yet in the last part of the book I am supposed to like this particular character and trust their words and promises?

This is for iRead Book Tours


Sept 12 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews - book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Sept 12 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Sept 12 - FLY HIGH! - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 13 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
Sept 14 - The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 15 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review
Sept 16 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveawy
Sept 19 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
Sept 19 - Lukten av trykksverte - review / giveaway
Sept 20 - Corinne Rodrigues - review / giveaway
Sept 20 - Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian - review / giveaway
Sept 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review 
Sept 21 - Laura's Interests - review / giveaway
Sept 22 - Olio By Marilyn - review / interview / giveaway
Sept 23 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - guest post
Sept 23 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Sept 26 - Readers Muse - review
Sept 27 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
Sept 28 - The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 29 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
TBD       - XoXo Book Blog - book spotlight / giveaway
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

G682 Book Review of The Errant Hours by Kate Innes

Name of Book: The Errant Hours

Author: Kate Innes

ISBN: 978-0-9934837-0-7

Publisher: Mindforest Press

Type of book: 1266, 1284-1285, England, Wales, uprising, King Edward I, journey, travel, being set up, guilty of association, theft, daily life, disguises, monastery, myths, legends

Year it was published: 2015


A headlong journey through the physical and spiritual dangers of Plantagenet Britain, in all its savage pageantry.

Welsh Marches, July 1284 - the uprising in Wales is over, the leader gruesomely executed, the dead are buried. But for Illesa Arrowsmith, the war’s aftermath is just as brutal. When her brother is thrown into the Forester’s prison on false charges, she is left impoverished and alone. All Illesa has left is the secret manuscript entrusted to her – a book so powerful it can save lives, a book so valuable that its discovery could lead to her death.

When the bailiff’s daughter finds it, Illesa decides to run, and break her brother out of jail by whatever means. But the powerful Forester tracks them down, and Illesa must put herself and the book at the mercy of an unscrupulous knight who threatens to reveal all their secrets, one by one.

Inspired by the seductive art of illuminated manuscripts, The Errant Hours draws from the deep well of medieval legend to weave a story of survival and courage, trickery and love.

“Kate Innes’s glorious first novel is a lyrical joy. Up there with the best of Pat Bracewell and Elizabeth Chadwick, it offers utter immersion in an intricate, plausible world. A must read for the autumn.”
Manda Scott


Main characters include Illesa Arrowsmith who is very devoted to her brother and happens to be a healer and often uses her healing powers for good. She is unconventional, isn't afraid of taking risks be it dressing up as a man, or rescuing her brother and so forth. Her brother, Kit, seems to be a never-do-well and enjoys working with his hands. There is also a knight that is loyal and dedicated to her brother and from whom she learns some secrets.


Nothing is hidden forever


The story is in third person narrative from Illesa's point of view. From the first few pages, I was hooked on the story and couldn't wait until I learned how it all tied together.I really couldn't find any faults with the story and really enjoyed reading it. The author feels extremely careful with details and it adds a whole lot to credibility of the story. The last quarter of the book was a bit confusing for me, but other than that, fascinating and unforgettable story.

Author Information:
(From inside the book)

Having lived and worked on three continents, Kate Innes has settled enar Wenlock Edge in England, and it is this beautiful historic landscape that has inspired most of her writing.

Formerly a teacher and museum education officer, Kate now writes fiction and poetry amidst the happy chaos of her three children.


I've studied Medieval Ages when I majored in history (I kept my textbook even) and I have to say that the pictures, the characters, and the setting, it's as the author has secretly built a time machine and traveled there and then spun a story about it. The story feels real and genuine and I'm happy that she is more historical rather than contemporary. I really liked reading it, and found the plot fascinating and wasn't even sure where it would go. I also liked that she included myths behind what people of that time believed in which means that for those who are only getting into historical fiction of Medieval Ages, I would really recommend this be the starting book. A strong unconventional heroine, a fascinating story of discovery, and very imaginative time period of knights, kings, queens and myths and legends.

I won this from Goodreads Firstreads

5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)
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