Review: The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty

I recently had the pleasure of reading quite a few historic thrillers. It’s kind of a new genre for me but books like The Bookman’s Tale and The Lincoln Myth have piqued my interest and made me want to give the genre a shot .

I have also started reading a lot of spy novels as well, so when The Bone Church came around for review I couldn’t resist the unique combo of spy novel and historic thriller!

Wartime Prague is the stage where our novel is set. A pair of fugitive lovers, Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza, make a bargain with a Catholic cardinal in 1956 to smuggle a woman from Czechoslovakia. The other half of this complex tale is set in German-occupied Prague during WWII.

Magdalena is a Jew while Felix is a gentile. They work underground as resistance or freedom fighters where there is an assassination plot in the works. With the end of WWII and the Nazi party rule in Prague, it seems like life for the Jews as well as the gypsies, will improve. However a new power is ripe to take over the war torn Eastern European country.

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Special Feature: CASCADE by Maryanne O’Hara picked as book of the month

Here is a special feature for my follower on the east coast, especially in the Boston area!

Last year I read and reviewed CASCADE by Maryanne O’Hara and absolutely loved it! I was thrilled to learn that it was selected as the book of the month for The Globe’s Book Club!

Back in June, The Pulitzer-Prize winning Boston Globe announced that it has launched the Globe Book Club, a community forum that will enable book lovers across New England to read a novel together and dig into the book’s theme and origin story, through curated conversations online and at events.

The first title, chosen in a public poll, is ‘Cascade’ by Massachusetts author Maryanne O’Hara.

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Announcement: Winner ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen

And the winner of the giveaway for ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen is…..

Michelle R (Tweeted about giveaway)

The winner will be notified via email.

Thank you to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to the publisher for making this giveaway possible!

Giveaway: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books!

THE BOOKMAN’S TALE is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries!

Thanks to the Publisher, I am ecstatic to be able to offer a copy of THE BOOKMAN’S TALE for your enjoyment! Giveaway is for one paperback copy. See the list of other giveaways for multiple chances to win a copy!

Giveaway runs 7/16/14 to 7/23/14

Winners will be announced 7/24/14.

(how to enter)

On this blog you must leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway.  Your comment MUST include your email so I can contact you….if you do not enter an email in the comments your entry will be void. Winners will be notified by email the day after the giveaway closes and have five days to respond, it not another winner will be chosen. 


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Review: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

The socially awkward Peter Byerly is an antiquarian book collector who might have just made a huge discovery.

Peter might have just discovered a manuscript–possibly a new Shakespearean manuscript–which needless to say would be priceless!

Peter is in a bad spot, he’s just lost his wife nine months prior to the opening of the novel, and he’s really only ever loved two things…..books and Amanda. So now he’s left with only his books.

Living in America, he decides to leave behind his old life and go live in the country cottage in the English countryside that him and Amanda bought before her death.

Living in the cottage makes Peter somewhat of a recluse. But while flipping through some old books/papers, he finds a portrait of a woman that looks a lot like Amanda…..but the problem is, the portrait was painted 100 years before she was even born! Could it possibly be her? What is her connection to the painting?

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