Book Tour~ Christmastime 1939 ~ By Linda Mahkovec
Lillian Hapsey is a widow and a mother to two sons, Thomas and Gabriel Hapsey. Christmas is nearing and Lillian has no Christmas spirit, her worries are consuming her and clouding her happiness. She is trying very hard for her boys to not notice and not ruin Christmas for them.
Lillian was feeling stuck at her job until one day when Mrs. Cultrain was speaking with and realized Lillian had a talent for drawing. Mrs. Cultran worked with Lillian in the Houseware department and she had an idea to use Lillian to create drawings of the merchandise in a Christmas scenery and leave the drawings throughout the store.
This is exactly what Lillian needed, she needed to believe in herself again, she needed to know that she was going to be ok and provide for her sons. This little step from Mrs. Cultrain gave Lillian a new perspective on life, something to be hopeful for and a reason to be happy and celebrate one of the happiest times of the year.
This book is the prequel to The Christmastime Series. I had never read a book so short but yet had a great and complete story behind it. Linda Mahkovec takes us right back to what Christmas in Brooklyn was like, being a New York girl myself, I could vividly see all her detail in the book.
This is a great book for historical fiction lovers and just lovers of Christmas. It reminded me how simply life was, and how little it took to make everyone happy, something I think we all forget to oft today.
I was gifted a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
Book Tour~ Rough Passage To London ~ By Robin Lloyd
Elisha Ely Morgan a young farm boy who does not have an easy life, his home life is ruled by his father who does not have the best of tempers to live by. Ely has two older brothers, both of whom have left the home and pursued a life on the sea in the merchant marines. One day a letter is received advising the Morgan family that Abraham one of the Morgan boys was lost at sea and is presumed to be dead. The news is devastating and causes young Ely to realize the time has also come for him to leave home, not to just search for his brother but to escape living with his father.
Ely took all the money he had and spent it all on becoming a sailor on a ship traveling from New York to London. The life of a sailor is not easy but Ely takes to it quickly learning how to survive life at sea. All the while following cryptic messages on wether his brother is alive or not. Ely is determined to not just find his brother but to succeed in his career. He eagerly makes his way to climbing the ranks and becoming captain. Throughout his journey he experiences many life adventures such as finding romance, facing a mutiny, meeting the Queen and becoming friends with Charles Dickens.
If you are a historical fiction fan and love stories based on the high seas then this book is for you.
This was Robin Lloyds first book to be published and was released in paperback back in October 2018. Robin’s writing and research for the book is wonderful, you can feel the passion he put into this book as you embark on the journey with him.
I am honored that I was able to be a part of this book tour. You can purchase a copy on amazon.com. The opinion of this book is my own, I was gifted a copy of the book for my honest opinion.
Book Tour ~ Master Of HIs Fate (Book 1) ~ By Barbara Taylor Bradford
Set in Victorian England we are introduced to James Falconer and Alexis Malvern.
James Falconer~ young and ambitious has a goal to rise to be Prince Merchant and to own his own marketplace. His work does not go unnoticed he soon catches the eye of Henry Malvern, one of the richest men in the trading business.
Alexis Malvern~ the only child of Henry Malvern and heir to his business. Alexis is strong minded knows she does not want to marry, she feels most men want her for her wealth. She focuses her attention on running the family business and on Haven House.
James and Alexis lives intertwine and they start to collaborate on a project together, but that is not all that seems to be happening between them…
The book is descriptive in details, Historical fiction lovers will be swept away in the decor, clothing and scenery detailed in the book. This was my first time reading one of Ms.Bradford’s books and I was not disappointed, I am looking forward to book two in the series.
I am honored that I was able to be a part of this book tour. You can purchase a copy on amazon.com
Book Tour~ Sophie Last Seen ~ By Marlene Adelstein
Jesse Albright’s daughter disappeared six years ago at the shopping mall, in that time her marriage started to fall apart which led to a divorce. Jesse became very obsessed with collecting things with a connection or reminded her of her daughter Sophie, so obsessed she began hoarding.
Sophie was 10 years old and a lover of birds; birds seemed to keep Sophie calm considering she had some behavior issues. Jesse spends a lot of time going through Sophie’s bird journals, it is another way to keep Sophie close to her. Star was Sophie’s best friend, she too has not been able to move on or just forget about Sophie. Jesse runs into Star and they start to work together to unravel clues that may lead them to Sophie’s disappearance.
The books reads at a good pace and kept me wanting to get to the next page; written with vivid detail this is a must read for suspense lovers. I was gifted a copy of the book for my honest opinion. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Book Tour~ Husbands And Other Sharp Objects~ By Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Marcy Hammer is separated from her husband Harvey after 30 years of marriage; Marcy has discovered Harvey had an affair with a young model and is now having a baby with her. She is also the mother three adult children; Elisabeth, Amanda and Ben.
Marcy’s daughter Amanda is getting married and Marcy is helping her plan the upcoming big day and dealing with Amanda being a Bridezilla…
Marcy is finding herself and starting her life outside of being a wife and mother. She has a career and has a boyfriend Jon. Jon wants their relationship to be more serious. Oh and she still has not filed for divorce… Harvey wants them to get back together..
This book is the second book from , Lift and Separate is the first book where Marcy and family are introduced. The book was laugh out loud funny and light hearted. I was very honored that I was asked to read this book in exchange for a review. The book can be purchased at Amazon.com.
The Haunting of Dylan Klaypool~ Whispers In Black Willow ~ By James Alan Ross
Dylan Klaypool has just moved to the town of Black Willow to live with her grandmother Catherine; Dylan has a dark past and seems to think the key to her past lies in paranormal investigations and ghost hunting. Dylan is a junior in high school and is having a hard time making friends; until she meets Mitch.
Mitch seems to have the same interests as Dylan in the paranormal. Dylan discovers this a boarded up house, she feels drawn to it; she picks up feelings and sounds when she is near it. While searching the house Dylan is contacted by a ghost, which leaves her wanting to know what happened in the house; she and Mitch then begin to uncover just what took place there.
This was my first experience reading a book of this genre and I was not disappointed. Jame’s writing is done very well and detailed. You are down completely into the storyline and characters. This is the first book in the series; The Haunting Of Dylan Klaypool~ Shadow Summoner is the second book that will be released. I was honored to be gifted a copy of the book for my honest opinion.
Lovely Little Things~Maureen Joyce Connolly
Claire Rawlings, mother of two girls and a medical resident is driving to work when she starts to feel ill; the next thing she knows she has to pull over at a gas station and go to the restroom. Her daughters are asleep in the back and she does not want to wake them. She rushes to the bathroom and the next she she remembers is waking up from passing out from her illness. Upon exiting she realizes not only is her car missing but so are her daughters; a mother’s worse nightmare…
Jay White a Native American drifter has the gift of extra sensory perception and is able to provide the authorities with some crucial evidence on who has take Claire’s daughters. This book had me biting my nails as a mother wanting this children to be found ASAP. Maureen has written this story so well that you cannot put it down until you have answers. This is Maureen’s debut novel and I cannot wait to see what she has next for us.
Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours to for allowing me to be a part of this book tour.
Bittersweet Brooklyn~ By Thelma Adams
Bittersweet Brooklyn is a story of a the story of Thelma Lorber and her Jewish Jamily. Thelma Thelma has two older brothers and her sister Annie, who became the one to make the decisions after the loss of their father. Their mother to distraught after their father’s death to take charge. Annie was nothing but cruel and abusive. Thelma’s brother Abie Lorber was a notorious gangster.
The story take you through what mob life was like durning the depression between the Italian and Jewish mobs. This book was exactly what I thought it would, dark, dysfunctional and keeps you wanting more. The characters are complex and Thelma Adams brought this tory to life in this book, you will feel like you are right there living it with them.
When We Left Cuba~By Chanel Cleeton
Sugar heiress Beatriz Perez wants to return to Cuba more than anything. She and her family have been exiled to Florida after the Cuban Revolution. Her father in Cuba was wealthy and had a sugar plantation, in America her tries to rebuild the family wealth. Beatriz has a lot of anger due to the murder of her twin brother and from being forced to leave Cuba; so when the CIA asks her to become a spy to report on Castro she does not pass up the opportunity.
Beatriz becomes torn as what she wants for her life; she has let her heart lead her in the direction of being the mistress of an engaged US senator; and she is seeing first hand working with the CIA just how corrupt things really are.This book is written with so much passion and detail, I hope as you read this book; you feel like I did, as though I was right there living it.
Chanel Cleeton did not disappoint me at all, I fell madly in love with Next Year In Havana and I was right back there with this book. This must be added to every historical fiction fan’s TBR pile. If you have not read Next Year In Havana add both of these to your TBR ASAP. I want to personally thank Chanel Cleeton for allowing me to be a part of this book tour. It was an honor to read your work and I look forward to your next book.
The Object Of Your Affection~ By Falguni Kothari
Paris and Naira we college best friends until a misunderstanding tore them apart. Years later reuniting at a wedding brings them back into each others lives.
Paris~is an attorney and lives in New York City, with her very handsome and wealthy husband Neal. Paris has made it very clear she does not want to have children; Neal wants a family, Paris agrees to one child via a surrogate.
Naira~ lives in Mumbai and is now a very young widow; she is invited to a wedding that brings her back to the United States. Paris and Naira run into each other at the wedding; where Paris has the idea that she has found the perfect person to be her surrogate.
I loved this book so much, Falguni Kothari draws you into each character and takes you on their journey with them. I truly hope there is a sequel to this book in the making.
Trouble The Water~ By Jacqueline Friedland
Abigail Milton was from a middle class British family, the family has now come to find themselves in debt. Abby’s parents decide to ease a bit of the burden financial by sending her to America to live with their friend Douglas Elling. Douglas Elling is a widower who lives in Charleston, South Carolina; he runs a shipping company and is an abolitionist, which has made him a bit of a loner in the South.
Douglas does not help Abby acclimate to her new home, he instead leaves that to the governess that lives in his mansion. Abby, although grateful for Douglas taking her in, she does not like him; until one day when she overhears he is trying to help free the slaves. This gives Abby a new perspective on Douglas and changes her feelings about him.
Trouble The Water is the debut novel by Jacqueline Friedland, if you love historical fiction please pick this one up.