Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Live for Me by Colin Falconer



The Back Cover:

It should have been boy meets girl. But this is Nazi Germany in 1933, and things like love don’t count for much any more.

Netanel Rosenberg never expected Marie Helder to stand by him. He told her not to, it was too dangerous. She should forget about him.Even when he is the last Jew left in the town, hiding away in secret, still she will not abandon him. Her last words to him, when he is finally discovered: “Whatever happens, don’t give up – live for me.”Through the nightmare of the holocaust, Netanel clings to the promise he made her. But neither he or Marie can imagine what fate has in store for each of them – and what they will have to do to keep their promise to each other.“Once you read Colin Falconer, you’ll want to read everything he has ever written ...” – Crystal Book Reviews: "I’ve never read Colin Falconer before so I had no idea what to expect! Wow!" - Booknerd: Colin Falconer is the author of other thirty crime thrillers and works of historical fiction. His work has been translated into 23 languages around the world.

Review:

For more than a decade, I have been a great fan of Colin Falconer and have read nearly all his books. Of all his books, this one stands out the most. It is perhaps his greatest work. He has penned an indepth, historically accurate, heart wrenching tale of World War II and the holocaust. Much of the story takes place in a concentration camp where his story and descriptions made me experience the terror, hunger, and desperation. Of all novels about this time period I've read, his book was the most engrossing and vividly described in great detail. And of course, there are wonderful characters and a fascinating love story woven within the tale.  

It is one thing to know the facts about the Holocaust, but when I read this novel, Colin Falconer's skill as a writer took me right into the horrors and let me experience, through my emotions, the pain and fear of the Jewish people and all they suffered. I cannot say enough about this novel. Please read it. It will stand in honor of all who lost their lives so that humanity will never forget what happened. Highly recommended!

Beyond the Fall by Diane Scott Lewis



Back Cover Blurb:

Tamara Ledbetter, dumped by her arrogant husband, travels to Cornwall, England, to research her ancestors. A trip first planned with her soon-to-be ex. While in a neglected cemetery, she scrapes two fallen headstones together to read what's beneath, faints, and awakes in 1789. Certain she's caught in a reenactment, she fast discovers she's in the year of the French Revolution, grain riots in England, miners out of work, and she's mistrusted by the young farmer, Colum Polwhele, who's come to her aid.


Can a sassy San Francisco gal survive in this primitive time where women have few rights? Could she fall for Colum, a man active in underhanded dealings that involve stolen grain, or will she struggle to return to her own time before danger stalks them both?

Review:


Before their planned vacation to Cornwall England to research her ancestors, Tamara Ledbetter’s husband suddenly reveals he is in love with another woman. Her world is tossed into upheaval. She decides to take the trip on her own. There, in an ancient cemetery, she examines an old headstone and shifts it to see another hidden behind it. Thus she is transported into the year 1789. After being rejected by her ancestor and evicted from his estate, a handsome young man named Colum Polwhele comes to her rescue and gives her temporary refuge. But Colum is not all he seems. He is involved in some dangerous undertakings. As Tamara becomes embroiled in the turmoil, the bond between her and Colum grows.

Time travel novels are always great fun and this one is no exception. The author has an easy-to-read style and the story unfolds at a quick pace. This story drew me in from the beginning. A dash of mystery, a dash of humor, and a dash of romance and the result is a charming romantic story that engrossed me and made me forget the world around me. Nicely drawn characters and accurate historical details make this a great little read. Diane Scott Lewis is one of my favourite historical romance authors and I follow all her releases. This is a great little novel well told. Very highly recommended!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

On A Stormy Primeval Shore by Diane Scott Lewis



PUBLISHER'S BLURB

In 1784, Englishwoman Amelia Latimer sails to the new colony of New Brunswick in faraway Canada. She’s to marry a man chosen by her soldier father. Amelia is repulsed by her betrothed, refuses to marry, then meets the handsome Acadian trader, Gilbert, a man beneath her in status. 
Gilbert must protect his mother who was attacked by an English soldier. He fights to hold on to their property, to keep it from the Loyalists who have flooded the colony, desperate men chased from the south after the American Revolution. 

In a land fraught with hardship, Amelia and Gilbert struggle to overcome prejudice and political upheaval, while forging a life in a remote country where events seek to destroy their love and lives.

REVIEW BY ANITA

This is one of the Canadian Brides Series  produced by BWL Publishing, a twelve book series of novels about pioneer men and women who journey to Canada to start new lives.

Amelia Latimer arrives in New Brunswick from England in the late 18th Century at the behest of her domineering father who wants to marry her to a soldier. Unfortunately for Amelia she has a mind of her own, a characteristic discouraged in these times of male domination and makes it clear she has no intention of marrying a man she hates.

This is a time when the English and French are fighting over territory in this comparatively new land, and it was considered poor judgement for an English woman to fall in love with an Acadian trader. However Amelia knows her heart and she is determined to defy her father.

Further south, the Americans are fighting their War of Independence and Loyalist soldiers driven from the country enter New Brunswick and threaten Gilbert’s ownership of his property. He also has a mother to protect from prejudice in a land where scraping a living is a challenge for the most determined, and Gilbert is also set on claiming the woman he loves.

The historical details of a military garrison, local prejudice and the hardships of traders forging new lives in a harsh land in this era is well researched and portrayed in colourful detail.

Amelia and Gilbert are well matched and Ms Scott Lewis’ story of courage and a love which prevails, will surely charm all readers.


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Each of the Canadian Historical Brides novels features one of the ten Canadian provinces and two of the novels feature the three Canadian Territories. These novels combine fact and fiction to tell the stories of the immigrant brides and grooms who came to Canada from diverse backgrounds to join in marriage and build the foundation of the free and welcoming country that is Canada.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Murderess by Jennifer Wells


PUBLISHED TODAY BY ARIA FICTION

PUBLISHER’S BLURB

The Murderess is a heart-stopping story of family, love, passion and betrayal set against the backdrop of war-ravaged Britain. Perfect for fans of Lesley Pearse and Dilly Court.
1931: Fifteen year old Kate witnesses her mother Millicent push a stranger from a station platform into the path of an oncoming train. There was no warning, seemingly no reason, and absolutely no remorse.

1940: Exactly nine years later, Kate returns to the station and notices a tramp laying flowers on the exact spot that the murder was committed; the identity of the victim, still remains unknown.

With a country torn apart by war and her family estate and name in tatters, Kate has nothing to lose as she attempts to uncover family secrets that date back to the Great War and solve a mystery that blights her family name.

REVIEW BY ANITA DAVISON

I enjoyed Ms Wells ‘The Liar’ and this novel was equally as well written and compelling. I was intrigued by the different points of view of the characters and at first, I couldn’t tell where the story was going. 

The author left me guessing as to which character I was supposed to feel empathy with. The betrayed Millicent whose only wish was to bear her husband’s child, Kate, who had been lied to for so long that when the secrets started to unravel, as they always do, she was left to make sense of it all.

Or was Rosalie the woman who betrayed and was eventually betrayed the one who deserved pity? Halfway through the story I had a sense of inevitability which played out to a shocking end, but in no way did this detract from the impact of the story.

Ms Wells certainly has a knack for deep and raw emotion that overtakes women whose obsession for motherhood clouds everything else. It can also changes their personalities and in some cases is used as justification for the things they do. In fact I think I enjoyed this story more then her first and look forward to the next.


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