Friday, October 27, 2017

#BookTour, #BookReview and #Giveaway: Loves of Times Past


DESPERATE BRIDE
by A.S. Fenichel
Genre: Historical Romance

Pub Date: 9/26/2017




An unexpected promise . . . an everlasting passion.
An accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused more proposals than any London debutante; her only true love is her music. Dory’s shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for the hand of a nobleman’s daughter. But when her father, the insolvent Lord Flammel, arranges for Dory to marry a lecherous Earl in order to pay off a debt, she runs to Thomas—and proposes marriage to him.
Eloping to Scotland saves Dory from a disastrous fate, but what is for her a mere marriage of convenience proves more passionate—and more complex—than either imagined as rumors, scandal, and buried emotions come to light. And when a vengeful challenge from a drunken and embittered Lord Flammel puts Thomas’s life on the line, will the fragile trust between husband and wife be enough to save them both?
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Book Review:

DESPERATE BRIDE by A.S. Fenichel is the first book by the author that I have read and I enjoyed the story. In this book, we meet Dorothea who is an accomplished musician and loves music. The adventure starts when her father arranges her match with a lecherous Earl. She elopes with Thomas Wheel who has secretly loved her from afar but never hoped for her agreement.

The writing is crisp and engaging and had me engaged throughout. While I loved the story, at some places I didnt like Dorothea and her attitude towards Thomas. He is so dedicated towards her and she seemed a bit too indifferent.

The whole historical vibrancy, colourful characters and the whole feel of the settings added to my enjoyment. I look forward to reading more from the author and give this book 4 stars out of 5.


I received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

A.S. Fenichel adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story. Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey. She now lives in the southwest with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When she is not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history and puttering in her garden.




THE REUNION
by Sara Portman
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub Date: 9/26/2017

An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .
Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancĂ©, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.
Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged.
John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there as well?

Book Review:


I got attracted towards The Reunion because of the blurb which promised an intriguing tale of love, loss and second chances and I wasn't disappointed. This is the first book by Sara Portman that I have read and I enjoyed her writing style. 

The story is fast paced, characters believable and the settings realistic that take you back in time. The fluid writing and well thrown turns had me engaged in the book throughout.

All in all, I enjoyed reading The Reunion by Sara Portman and recommend it to all historical romance lovers. 4 stars out of 5 to it and I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.




I received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Sara Portman is an award winning author of historical and contemporary romance. In addition to being named the 2015 winner in the Historical Category of the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest, Sara has been a finalist and winner in several other writing competitions. A daughter of the Midwest, Sara was born in Illinois, grew up in Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family.





LADY BE GOOD
by Heather Hiestand
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub Date: 9/5/2017

When exiled royalty and espionage combine, expect a romance as bold as the 1920s . . .
Olga Novikov is a princess without a throne. Her fiancĂ© and her family slain in the revolution, she flees Russia and finds herself working as the head of housekeeping at London’s luxurious Grand Russe Hotel. It’s a far cry from the glamour of her former life, but she’s grateful for the job—until a guest forces her to question where her loyalty lies. The charming nobleman challenges her at every turn—and arouses dreams of romance she thought she’d abandoned forever . . .
Douglas “Glass” Childers is living a double life. On the surface, he’s the indolent Viscount Walling, but in truth he’s an intelligence agent searching for a Bolshevik weapons master. The coolly beautiful and headstrong housekeeper is a distraction he doesn’t need—unless she’s the key piece in the puzzle he must solve. Trusting her could be dangerous—but loving her is an undeniable temptation . . .
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Book Review:


Lady Be Good by Heather Hiestand attracted me by the blurb that promised me three of my favourite things in one story: historical romance, espionage and a royal angle. This is my first book by Heather Hiestand and I enjoyed reading it.

This is part of a series and though it can be read as a standalone, I feel readers will understand the characters better if they have read the previous books.

Olga is a strong character and I loved her strength. Douglas is also a vivid character.

The story is fast paced and I sat engrossed throughout. Having read this book, I am eager to read the previous books and look forward to the next one.

4 out of 5 to Lady Be Good by Heather Hiestand, I recommend it to all historical romance lovers.


I received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.



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