Review: Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England by Catherine Bailey

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Catherine Bailey chronicles the rise and fall of the Fitzwilliam coal mining dynasty in Yorkshire England.

The Fitzwilliam family was at one time, one of the wealthiest families in all of England.

So how does this extensive fortune and massive house end up on the real estate market in 2014 in need of mass repairs?

Well that’s what Bailey decides to find out. What follows is this outstanding narrative about the rise and fall of this aristocratic family, a fortune worth 3 billion pounds by today’s standards, and a family full of salacious scandal, family feuds, and dark secrets.

This book was scandalous and I loved it! I am a huge fan of Bailey’s first biography, The Secret Rooms which I read last year. I love reading about the British aristocracy and royals, because again, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.



Announcement: Winner: Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton

And the winner of the giveaway for Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton is…..

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The winner will be notified via email.

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

Giveaway: Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton

In ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut will become on it’s most notorious rulers. Egypt will prosper under her reign, but at what cost to her personal life?

Her whole life she dreamed of being free and able to make her own choices but a tragic accident changes her life forever. 

Thanks to the HFVBT and the Publisher, I am ecstatic to be able to offer a copy of Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton for your enjoyment! Giveaway is for one paperback copy.

Giveaway runs 5/15/14 to 5/22/14

Winners will be announced 5/23/14.

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Review: Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Stephanie Thornton

Author Stephanie Thornton has an affinity for lost women in ancient history. I had the pleasure or reading her first book about Empress Theodora last year and absolutely loved it.

I was thrilled when I heard about her latest novel, Daughter of the Gods, about one of Egypt’s most notorious female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. 

This time we venture into ancient Egypt where the country has known peace for quite some time. Thutmose reigns and with one surviving son, Thut and two daughters Neferubity and Hatshepsut. 

Neferubity is to marry Thut to ensure the pure blood lines, while Hatshepsut is free to be as wild as her patron goddess, Sekhmet, is. The goddess of war is a fierce as the lion she embodies and Hatshepsut  worships her. 

Hatshepsut  is a skilled hunter and loves racing her chariot through the streets. With few responsibilities, she is free to love as she chooses and do what she likes as it is Neferubity who has the responsibility of carrying on the blood line. 

But when Neferubity dies suddenly, Hatshepsut’s life changes forever. 


Review: The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret by Catherine Bailey

Non-fiction books are often a double edged sword for me. I love that I get the historical information and facts about a period in history or a specific person etc, however often the material is presented in a very scholarly manor and can at times be on the dry side.

However ever once in a while I get a non-fiction book for review that really catches my eye and that was the case with The Secret Rooms but Catherine Bailey.

This book promised a Downton Abbey-esque, real life mystery in the upper echelons of WWI English society…how could I pass it up? This story roped me in almost immediately.


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