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G885 Book Review of Casanova's Secret wife by Barbara Lynn Davis

Name of Book: Casanova's Secret Wife

Author: Barbara Lynn Davis

ISBN: 978-1-4967-1231-8

Publisher: Kensington

Type of book: 1774, 1756, Casanova, marriage, affair, relationships, taboo, scandal, nunnery, second chances, friendship, frenemy, pregnancy, growth

Year it was published: 2017


Set in eighteenth-century Venice and based on an actual account by Giacomo Casanova—here is a lush tale of desire and risk, offering a little known portrait of the writer as a young man.

Caterina Capreta was an innocent girl of fourteen when she caught the attention of the world’s most infamous chronicler of seduction: Giacomo Casanova. Intoxicated by a fierce love, she wed Casanova in secret. But his shocking betrayal inspired her to commit an act that would mark her forever . . .

Now twenty years later on the island of Murano, the woman in possession of Caterina’s most devastating secret has appeared with a request she cannot refuse: to take in a noble-born girl whose scandalous love aff…

G897 Book Review of the Belle of two arbors by Paul Dimond

Name of Book: The Belle of Two Arbors

Author: Paul Dimond

ISBN: 978-1-943-29021-5

Publisher: Cedar Forge Press

Type of book: Poetry, Robert Frost, Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Ojibwe, 1913-1953, 1970s, slow, philosophical, slice of life, Ted Roethke, Emily Dickinson, Wystan Auden, friends, family, fear of fame, raising family, Marmie

Year it was published: 2017


Born at the turn of the twentieth century in Glen Arbor, near the dunes of Northern Michigan, young Belle is the first child of a gruff stove-works boss and a crippled mother who weaned Belle on the verse of Emily Dickinson. When a natural disaster results in her mother's death and nearly takes the life of her younger brother Pip, Belle creates a fierce, almost ecstatic farewell song. Thus begins her journey to compose a perfect Goodbye to Mama.

At 21, Belle ventures south to Ann Arbor for university, with teenaged Pip in tow. There, she befriends Robert Frost, Ted Roethke and Wystan Auden and finds that her poe…

Svetlana's Dream Conference of Authors and Characters

All true bookworms have their dream list of authors they’d love to meet, but what if you could plan your perfect panel of authors (or even characters) you’d love to hear speak at a conference?

As my long-time readers (thanks everyone!) know, one isn't certain on what review they will find on my blog because one day I might post a contemporary women's fiction title; another day a historical romance, and yet few days later I might go with suspense. However what is consistent on my blog is my focus on historical fiction and a large focus on literature from around the world, in particular from East Asia, with few instances from Southeast Asia, thus my dream conference/panel will be a mix of historical fiction as well as East Asian authors.

One of the moderators for my dream conference will be Margaret George because she has written a variety of biographies that take place from Tudor Era to more obscure and ancient such as a biography of Helen of Troy and her more recent novel Conf…

G893 Book Review of The Secrets of the Abbey by Kathleen C Perrin

Name of Book: The Secrets of the Abbey

Author: Kathleen C Perrin

ISBN: 9780692877975

Publisher: Langon House

Part of a Series: The Watchmen Saga

Type of book: 1500s, Wars of Religion in France, christian themes and messages, prayer, Mount Saint Michel, marriage, knowledge, ancenstry, time travel, protection, memory loss, amnesia, fame and fortune, making decisions

Year it was published: 2017


In the final book (III) of The Watchmen Saga, Katelyn Michaels is distraught when she finds herself back in the United States in modern times after unwillingly leaving a comatose Nicolas behind on Mont Saint Michel in 1429. When a series of remarkable events facilitates her return to the Mount and unveils why Katelyn was called as a Watchman, her fondest hope is to be reunited with Nicolas, regardless of the circumstances.

However, when Nicolas unexpectedly appears with a new mission for Katelyn to help him thwart yet another threat to the Mount, she is devastated to learn that his head …

G892 Book Review of a very French christmas; the Greatest French Holiday Stories of all time by various

Title of the book: a very French christmas; the Greatest French Holiday Stories of all time

Authors: Various

Publisher: New Vessel Press

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-939931-50-4


A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel.

With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas l…

Cover reveal for MY DEAR HAMILTON: A NOVEL OF ELIZA SCHUYLER HAMILTON by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.We’re celebrating Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s Birthday today and you get the gift! Don’t miss the beautiful cover below and a special giveaway, and don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!

About My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton (Coming 4.3.2018):Wife, Widow, and Warrior in Alexander Hamilton’s Quest to Form a More Perfect Union From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Sch…

G881 Book Review of Whirligig by Richard Buxton

Name of Book: Whirligig

Author: Richard Buxton

ISBN: 9780995769304

Publisher: Self published

Type of book: secrets, crush, promise, war, Civil War, England, parliament, union army vs rebel army, 1862-1864, Tennessee, plantation, whirligig

Year it was published: 2017


Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that pulls him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War. Lost in the bloody battlefields of the West, he discovers a second home for his loyalty.

Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that creeps ever closer.

The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider’s odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portr…

August 2017

True east- Raymond Ahrens
SR: August 10th, 2017
FR: August 28th, 2017
Traitors knot- Cryssa Bazos
SR: July 29th, 2017
FR: August 28th, 2017
Path of Lucas-Susan Bellefeuille
SR: August 27th, 2017
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
Whirlgig- Richard Buxton
SR: July 10th, 2017
FR: August 1st, 2017
Blood moon- Ruth Hull Chatlien
SR: August 14th, 2017
Casanova's Secret wife- Barbara Lynn-Davis
SR: August 4th, 2017
FR: August 14th, 2017
The Belle of two arbors- Paul Dimond
SR: July 25th, 2017
FR: August 24th, 2017
The Republic of uzupis- halJi
SR: January 4th 2017
The luster of lost things- Sophie Chen Keller
SR: August 28th, 2017
The secret of the abbey- Kathleen c. Perrin
SR: July 23rd, 2017
FR: August 10th, 2017
The Comet Seekers Helen Sedgwick
SR: January 17th 2017
The Chesapeake Bride- Mariah Stewart
SR: August 24th, 2017
FR: August 31st, 2017
A gentleman in Moscow- amor Towles
SR: June 8th, 2017
A very french christmas-various
SR: Au…