#CoverReveal : The Walls We Build by Jules Hayes @JulesHayes6 @rararesources

Hello Readers! It’s the cover reveal day for a historical novel, he Walls We Build by Jules Hayes, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Check out more about this interesting book and the cover in this post.

The Walls We Build by Jules Hayes
Publication Date: 23rd March
Genre: Historical, dual timeline , Family saga, Mystery

Synopsis:

Three friends … 

Growing up together around Winston Churchill’s estate in Westerham, Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow, friendships between the three grow complex, and Frank – now employed as Churchill’s bricklayer – makes choices that will haunt him beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s life too.

Two Secrets …

Shortly after Frank’s death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.

One Hidden Life … 

How much more does Florence dare reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?

Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, reverberating through three generations and nine decades.

For readers of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, Katherine Webb, Lucinda Riley and Juliet West.

“Passion, intrigue and family secrets drive this complex wartime relationship drama. A page turner. I loved it.”  #1 bestselling author, Nicola May

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The Cover….

Pre-order Links:

UK -= https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0855YZ3GG/

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0855YZ3GG/

Author Bio:

Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and a dog. She has a degree in modern history and holds a particular interest in events and characters from the early 20th century. As a former physiotherapist and trainer – old habits die hard – when not writing Jules likes to run. She also loves to watch films, read good novels and is a voracious consumer of non-fiction too, particularly biographies.

Jules is currently working on her second historical novel, another dual timeline story.

Jules also writes contemporary thriller and speculative fiction as JA Corrigan.

Jules Hayes  can be found at:

Website: jules-hayes.com  
Twitter @JulesHayes6  – http://www.twitter.com/JulesHayes6
Facebook Author Page: JulesHayesAuthor – http://www.facebook.com/JulesHayesAuthor
Instagram: JulesHayes6 – http://www.instagram.com/juleshayes6

Writing as JA Corrigan, Jules can be found at: Website: http://www.jacorrigan.com
Twitter: @juliannwriter – http://www.twitter.com/juliannwriter
Facebook Author Page: JA Corrigan – http://www.facebook.com/jacorrigan
Instagram: corriganjulieann  http://www.instagram.com/corriganjulieann

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#BlogTour #Excerpt : The Coronation by Justin Newland #JustinNewland @LoveBooksGroup @matadorbooks

Hello Readers! I’m happy to share a excerpt from The Coronation by Justin Newland as part of blog tour, organized by Love Books Group. Check out the excerpt and book details in this post. 

The Coronation by Justin Newland
Publication Date: December 1st 2019
Genre: Historical fantasy

Synopsis:

It is 1761. Prussia is at war with Russia and Austria. As the Russian army occupies East Prussia, King Frederick the Great and his men fight hard to win back their homeland.

In Ludwigshain, a Junker estate in East Prussia, Countess Marion von Adler celebrates an exceptional harvest. But this is soon requisitioned by Russian troops. When Marion tries to stop them, a Russian Captain strikes her. His Lieutenant, Ian Fermor, defends Marion’s honour, but is stabbed for his insubordination. Abandoned by the Russians, Fermor becomes a divisive figure on the estate.

Close to death, Fermor dreams of the Adler, a numinous eagle entity, whose territory extends across the lands of Northern Europe and which is mysteriously connected to the Enlightenment. What happens next will change the course of human history…

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Excerpt:

This extract is from Chapter 51. It’s from the point of view of Marion, Countess von Adler. With Christoph, her assistant, and Kadow, the coachman, they are searching for Marion’s daughter, Sisi, and for Manfred, a skinner, who they think knows where she is hiding. 

Christoph wore a look of utter bewilderment. His hunchback seemed more accentuated than ever. He asked, “What is this place?”

She read the sign on the lintel above the white door:

“The Chambers for the Furious.

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here.”

“I’d no idea they were like this,” Christoph said.

“They’re possessed by evil spirits,” Kadow murmured. “I don’t know if I can face these demons.”

“Listen, you must; if Sisi is in there, we must get her out. If not, then Manfred must tell us what he knows.” She was not going to turn back.

Neither Christoph nor Kadow made a move.

“Then I’ll go in there,” she snapped.

The white door creaked as she opened it. She ducked under the lintel. As she stepped into the Löbenicht Lunatic Asylum, she was struck by a blinding light. She pulled the muslin scarf further down over her eyes. No difference! All she could see were black spots, pulsing in and out, like she had accidentally looked directly into the sun and been blinded by its piercing incandescence.

“Help me,” she mumbled. “I can’t see.” She felt vulnerable and just when Sisi needed her most.

“Your Excellency, let’s go back to the main hospital,” Christoph suggested.

“No, we carry on,” she insisted. “We find Sisi. We must. Christoph, take my hand, yes, that’s it. Tell me everything you see.”

“Yes, Your Excellency,” he said. “We’re standing in the middle of a long, curved corridor, which gives way to about twenty cells on each side. Thank the Lord, the cell doors are locked.”

“Can we see inside the cells?” she asked.

“We can, they have viewing slits,” Christoph told her.

“Good,” she said. “Check every one.”

She heard a slit pulled across. She assumed Christoph was looking inside a cell.

“Was she in there?” she asked.

“No, she wasn’t in that one.” His voice was tremulous.

What a relief. Or was it? “Are there no staff?” she asked.

“I’ll see if I can find one,” Kadow said.

“And look for Manfred at the same time,” she called after him.

“I will do that, Your Excellency,” Kadow replied and she heard the sound of his footsteps recede into the distance.

This temporary blindness was hugely frustrating. “Christoph, you are my eyes, speak to me.”

“The corridor is dark, gloomy. My, this is a godforsaken place.” His voice was shot with trepidation.

“Manfred may not be here, but we are,” she said. “I am going to find my daughter.”

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About Author:

Justin Newland writes history with a supernatural bent. His novels are The Genes of Isis, an epic fantasy set under Ancient Egyptian skies, and The Old Dragon’s Head, a historical fantasy played out in the shadows of the Great Wall of China. He lives with his partner in Somerset, England.

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#BookReview : The Falconer’s Apprentice by Malve von Hassell @MvonHassell #TheFalconersApprentice

The Falconer’s Apprentice by Malve von Hassell
Publication Date: May 30th 2015
Publisher: namelos publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction / YA
Pages: 224
Stars: ★★★★☆

“That bird should be destroyed!”

Andreas stared at Ethelbert in shock. Blood from an angry-looking gash on the young lord’s cheek dripped onto his embroidered tunic. Andreas clutched the handles of the basket containing the young peregrine. Perhaps this was a dream—

Andreas, an apprentice falconer at Castle Kragenberg, cannot bear the thought of killing the young female falcon and smuggles her out of the castle. Soon he realizes that his own time there has come to an end, and he stows away, with the bird, in the cart of an itinerant trader, Richard of Brugge. So begins a series of adventures that lead him from an obscure castle in northern Germany to the farthest reaches of Frederick von Hohenstaufen’s Holy Roman Empire, following a path dictated by the wily trader’s mysterious mission.

Andreas continues to improve his falconry skills, but he also learns to pay attention to what is happening around him as he travels through areas fraught with political unrest. Eventually, Richard confides in Andreas, and they conspire to free Enzio, the eldest of the emperor’s illegitimate sons, from imprisonment in Bologna.

The Falconer’s Apprentice is a story of adventure and intrigue set in the intense social and political unrest of the Holy Roman Empire in the thirteenth century.

*** Note: I received e-copy this book from Henry from Odyssey Books and PR manager for author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Henry and author. ***

The Falconer’s Apprentice was a historical and cultural adventure of falconer’s apprentice that take place in Holy Roman Empire in the thirteenth Century. The book was about Falconry, trade, life on road through Europe during the period of political unrest, humanity and compassion. A coming of age story of young boy who discovers a path of his life through this travel.

Writing was easy and engaging. It was not flowery and was pretty simple narration of the world and adventure yet it had that attraction that never let me lose a grip on story. The setting of Medieval Europe in 13th century was amazing. It was third person narrative divided in 9 parts, each containing equal number of chapters. Synopsis describes the story perfectly.

First few chapters set the base of the story introducing main character, Andreas, his life at castle Kragenberg in Germany as an orphan boy, working as kitchen boy, in mews as falconer’s apprentice, taking lessons from his uncle. Life was rough for him, he was often bullied by pages and other kids but he loved falcons and was grateful for getting work. His relationship with characters at castle was great. They didn’t show much affection to him but they loved him and helped him as much as they can.

When Count Cuno’s son ordered to destroy Adela,- a female Peregrine, Andreas’ favorite falcon- he stole Adela and planned to move out of castle. He got his opportunity when Richard, the falcon trader, arrived at castle. The next thing he was out on the road in Richard’s cart. When Richard discovered his presence, instead of kicking him out and back to Castle Kragenberg, Richard took him in. I was curious to see what he wanted from Andreas, a free helper or something else.

Andreas was just 14 yrs old when he left castle but he grew a lot in his journey. He was hardworking, passionate, compassionate, and clever.  I didn’t understand why he had doubts about his life, he was good at falconry, he could be a great falconer.  But during the journey he saw and learned many things that changed his perception. He discovered more about himself, life and what he wanted to achieve. As it was third person narrative with less dialogues, I couldn’t read his mind or feeling but I rooted for him.

Richard was great character and stern teacher. At first I found him mysterious and suspicious but he surprised me by teaching Andreas all that he knew and learned from his life of travel- falcons, trade business and trade routes in Europe. When his part in big scheme revealed he surprised me even more by giving choice. This character grew on me and amazed me more than once.

What I loved most about this book was history and plethora of information. Each section in the book started with a piece from Frederick von Hohenstaufen’s book, The Art of Falconry. In each section there was a bit more about Falconry along with Andreas’ experience with all the topics- different species of falcons and who can keep them, how falconer should train falcons, basic principles, how to feed them and treat them, their schedules on travel, how they are captured and how they should be released. It was all fascinating.

The culture, tradition and laws were equally fascinating. I enjoyed stories about Barbarossa, conflicts between Guelphs and Ghibellines, battle between Lomabard League, Frederick II and his son, and tortellini.

There was no romance or brutality. There was a mere mention of attempted rape and social differences between rich and poor but nothing detailed that makes the book perfect for readers of all age. There was no action or drama or anything suspenseful yet I found it gripping and loved reading characters’ journey.

I enjoyed Andreas’s travel and how he evolved by the end of the book. I liked the way it ended and what he decided to do with Adela and with his life.

Why 4 Stars-

I couldn’t know characters, especially Andreas, that deeply. I couldn’t say for sure how characters felt about their situation and about other characters in the book.

Overall, it was interesting historical book with amazing characters and their journey.

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#BlogTour #Spotlight : Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont #Cupidity @lucindalamont7 @NextChapterPB #NextChapterPub @damppebbles #dampebblesblogtours

Hello readers! I totally forgot to change the date later on my calendar and again I’m posting it on different day than I was assigned to. But better late than not posting at all. I’m sharing spotlight as part of blog tour for Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont, organized by damppebbles blog tours. Check out the book details in this post.

Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Next Chapter Publishing in paperback, audio and ebook formats on 18th May 2019.

Book Blurb:

Britain, World War Two. After newly widowed Martha is invited to live with her wealthy confidante, Mae, she finds herself attracted to her husband.

Meanwhile, an escaped convict is targeting women close to Martha’s new home. After several women are murdered, they realize the danger is closer than they could have ever thought.

As Martha’s passion threatens to unravel her friendships, paths cross with devastating consequences.

About Lucinda Lamont:

Lucinda is 31 years old in lives in Hampshire. Born in Aberdeenshire, she spent the early years of her life in a small fishing town before relocating with her mother to the South Coast.

She is the middle child and only girl with four brothers.

Lucinda began her higher education in studying Performing Arts and then began a degree in Law (but dropped out). She is a qualified hairdresser but the arts always drew her back in and she took up an interest in writing which she now plans to continue to make a career out of.
 
Mother of one, a baby boy, she works part time for a Business publication and spends her spare time soaking up the Hampshire countryside and plotting her next stories.

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#BookReview: Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray @MsLornaGray @0neMoreChapter_ #30DaysofBookBlogs

Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour and #30DaysofBookBlogs event for Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray. Many thanks to author for inviting me to be part of this huge event and publisher for providing review copy.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray
Publication Date: December 14th 2019
Publisher: One More Chapter
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Pages: 591
Stars: ★★★★☆

The Cotswolds, Christmastime 1946: A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home to her ageing aunt and uncle. For Lucy – known as Mrs P – and the people who raised her, the books that line the walls of the family publishing business bring comfort and the promise of new beginnings.

But the kind and reserved new editor at the Kershaw and Kathay Book Press is a former prisoner of war, and he has his own shadows to bear. And when the old secrets of a little girl’s abandonment are uncovered within the pages of Robert Underhills’s latest project, Lucy must work quickly if she is to understand the truth behind his frequent trips away.

For a ghost dwells in the record of an orphan girl’s last days. And even as Lucy dares to risk her heart, the grief of her own past seems to be whispering a warning of fresh loss.

There are no white shrouded spectres here, no wailing ghouls. Just the echoes of those who have passed, whispering that history is set to repeat itself.

*** Note: I received e-copy this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and publisher. ***

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets was amazing historical fiction with concoction of mystery, history, romance and ghost. It was about life after war and death of loved ones, tragedy of WWII, loss, grief, setting the soul free of that loss, finding friendship and love, and haunting shadows.

Writing was beautiful, lyrical, and filled with emotion. The setting of Cotswold, in 1946- the time period after WWII and postwar effects in the town and on characters was wonderfully captured. The book was first person narrative from Mrs. P’s POV.

It started with Lucy working at her Uncle’s Kershaw and Kathy Book Press as a secretary, typist, and receptionist after she lost her husband in WWII. First few chapters were about why she left her spiritualist mother, her love for her Uncle George and aunt Mabell who brought her up, her life as widow, settling in the routine of office and her new residence in the attic of the press building, her insecurity on finding reserved new editor, Robert Underhill so close to her uncle, living in their home where she lived all her life.

When Robert and her uncle started acting out of character, she knew they were hiding something. There were gossips roaming around the town about Robert and his frequent disappearance that made her form preconception and doubts until she started working on a manuscript dedicated to an orphan girl.

What was the secret between Robert and Uncle George was revealed pretty soon. But what made the story mysterious and intricate was Orphan girl, Harriet’s story in the Ashbrook mansion. And then there was a mystery of shadowed ghost that came with dark silence in Lucy’s life.

Lucy (Mrs. Lucinda Peuse) aka Mrs. P was most interesting and my favorite character.  She was brave independent soul. Her struggle as a widow, inequality at workplace she felt and society’s probing question about her rank at her uncle’s press rattled her. She was struggling with her husband’s death in war and it affected more than she realized but she faced world and her life bravely. Her love and care for her uncle and aunt was lovely to read. I didn’t appreciate her forgiveness to Dr. Bates at first. I didn’t like that man but he sure gave story a dramatic touch. I didn’t even understand why she would give him a chance and advantage but I was happy when she finally confronted him and cleared his mind. Her development in the story was wonderful. I loved the way she found love, peace and freedom at last.

Robert was caring, responsible and lovely gentleman. He also had his past and secrets. There was this constant fear if he would be staying with Lucy and the press or would leave as all said. It created uncertainty regarding his action and character but in contrary he was so sure and confident person. His development was also nice and I loved the way he supported and understood Lucy.

The bond between Lucy and Robert was great. I loved reading how Lucy’s misconception was cleared as she got to know Robert more during their trips for manuscript’s edits. Conversation between them were well written. They understood each other pretty well. Both had tragic past and they both were struggling with freedom, searching for who they really were and what they want to do. It was amazing to see their relation turning from colleague to friends and then lover. Robert’s idea of proposing was lovely and romantic.

What I loved most was historical aspect and Ashbrook and Harriet’s story. I didn’t know anything about struggle of small publishing press in this era. I was reading all the details with fascination – about the short of papers supplies, how publishing house worked, and editors taking follows ups from author. Jacqueline’s enthusiasm, her stories about Ashbrooks was magnetic. I agreed with Lucy’s thought on those stories. Even though some of it she believed were Jacqueline’s imagination, the message she delivered about legacy and memories were amazing. Diphtheria outbreak at that time was also covered through this story.

It was interesting tale and there was more to it. The old dilapidated mansion of Ashbrook made Lucy confront her own past, loss and grief. She never truly got over her husband’s death. There was that fear and mental damage buried deep that came rushing back when she got invested in Ashbrook and Harriet’s story.

Climax was clever turn in the story. It surprised me. I was curious to see if the ghost was real or not and where it was leading Lucy and Robert. The revelation came soon after climax and it was brilliant. End was good. The conclusion of justice to the person’s name and image and set free to love again and choosing the path that makes person happy was satisfying.

Why 4 Stars-

The book progressed a bit slowly which was not exactly my main issue but around climax it got really complicated. At one point (after climax, of course) I could put a finger on what was the real ghost and then that end made it confusing. It’s a kind of book that needs full concentration which was hardly possible with my daughter around. I advise you read this if there is zero disturbance.

Overall, it was interesting, intricate, and inspirational historical fiction which was both beautiful and poignant.

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Mrs P’s Book of secrets is on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Book-Secrets-Lorna-Gray-ebook/dp/B07SD9X1M6/
The Book Ghost is on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQY6HJ5

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