Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Strangled Queen by Maurice Druon

After Phillip IV succumbs to the Templar's curse, Louis X is crowned. But with his unfaithful wife imprisoned, he is unable to have an heir. With the papacy being split, there is no pope to grant an absolution, Louis le hutin must take matters into his uncle, Charles of Valois' hands. First, Valois must fight Marigny, Phillip IV's Grand Chamberlain for power and the future of France. The battle for Artois rages on, with Countess Mahult still rejecting Robert's claim. Times are perilous in France.
I loved the continuation of this story. It really is awesome. I love sagas, and this one tells the whole story. Very highly recommend!
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen Review and sequel announcement

Adelaide's mother always called her Show White, even though she hated it. But when the fever claims Addie's mother claims her mother, Addie would give anything to hear her mother say it again. The parish priest defiles Addie's mother's funeral, she is bent on revenge. But revenge comes at a high price. A chain of events is set off, and almost nothing can stop it.

Addie's story combines fairy tales with fact based historical fiction. Carefully blending the two creates a beautiful story. Addie is a lovesick teenager, but faces the hardships of the medieval time period. Ivo, her love interest, is an amazing counterpoint to Addie's spontaneous nature. The chemistry between these two is great. I loved how the simple story turned into a really amazing story with consequences for all those that Addie love. The beginning of the story is a bit heavy, but the depressing nature of the story really brings the story into context. I love the twists and turns of the plot.  This retelling of fairy tales really makes for an amazing book.a

Thank you Andrea for providing me for a review copy.

Please tune in on Valentine's Day for the cover reveal for The Countess' Captive!

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Iron King by Maurice Druon

Philip the Fair, King of France, is a man born to rule. His iron hand has built France into a powerful and peaceful nation. To further strengthen France, the errant Knights Templar have been hunted down. Now as their leaders are executed, a curse is uttered. So begins the Accursed Kings series. Phillip's sons are weak and cuckolded, while his iron hearted daughter is married to a weakling king of England who loves his male courtiers. Curses, manipulations and lies surround the throne.
I loved this book. I received The Strangled Queen from the publisher and knew I needed to start at the beginning. This series is amazing. Read it!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb

When Rose leaves Martinique to marry her aunt's lover's son, her life seems full of promise. Quickly abandoned after two children, Rose begins the life of leisure and parties in pre-revolution France. When the blood starts running in the streets, Rose and her children barely survive. When an awkward general offers protection and marriage, Rose, now Josephine, accepts not knowing that she is embarking on a life she never imagined.
This book is one of the first I have read about Josephine, though there are many out there. Josephine seems likeable and relatable. Her life seems almost to fall neatly into sections. She was a remarkable woman who lived a larger than life. Her extravagances were amazing, but underneath it all she seen like any woman who wants love, security and a place to call home.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

Luca Vianello is the heir to one of Venice's most famous gondola makers. When tragedy strikes, Luca flees his home and life and begins a new life as the personal gondolier to the artisan Trevisan. When Luca finds an old family gondola, he begins restoring it with dreams of winning the affections of noble Guiliana.
This touching coming of age novel was very satisfying. Though Luca can be a quiet narrator, he is thoughtful and is very likeable. I enjoyed this book. The historical details are amazing. I wish that the end had been a bit more clearer, but maybe that sets up for a sequel!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

The Fair Maid of Kent had a storied life. After he father is executed, her family lives at the mercy of Queen Eleanor, who had her father executed. She finds friendship with Ned and Bella, her cousins and the Royal Children. Ned vows to make her his queen, but life separates them. When Joan embark on a secret and ill advised love match and marriage, her life is turned upside down. Chronicling Joan's life, this book is never boring.
I loved this book. I had never read much about Joan or Ned. I loved Joan's personality. And though I knew how it ended, it was an amazing journey. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The French Executioner by CC Humphrey

Jean Rombaud is brought to England by Henry VIII to behead his Queen Anne Boleyn. Jean arrives, determined to do his job and collect his reward. Instead, he finds himself drawn to Anne as she remains strong in her final days. He makes a vow to her to bury her six fingered hand in the Loire Valley. But others have plans for the rumored magical hand of the heretic queen.

This book has it all. Fast paced and entertaining, I almost couldn't put it down. I loved all the characters, but especially loved Haakon. This is a great book! Very highly recommended!