Review: A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan #1) by Julie McElwain

Kendra Donovan has worked hard to become respected in the FBI as one of their youngest agents ever.

She has been working tirelessly on a case that reveals a mole within the FBI itself. She is wounded during the course of duty and once she recovers she is hell bent on revenge for her team.

Unfortunately her quest for revenge is short lived as she falls through a worm hole at a castle in England only to reemerge in the early 19th century…..1815.

After having more or less come to terms with the fact that she some how time travels back to 1815, she realizes her purpose there might be more than just coincidence……maybe she was sent there to stop a serial killer.

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Book Blast: The Duke’s Last Hunt by Rosanne E Lortz

02_The Duke's Last HuntThe Duke’s Last Hunt
by Rosanne E. Lortz

Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
Paperback; 348 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Suspense/Regency

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With her third London season drawing to a close, the shy Eliza Malcolm seems unlikely to find any husband, let alone a titled one. But when the hunting-crazed Duke of Brockenhurst invites the Malcolms to visit Harrowhaven, Eliza�s father jumps at the chance to gain a wealthy son-in-law. Surrounded by quarreling parents, tactless acquaintances, the aloof dowager, and the unsettling duke, Eliza looks for one person kind enough to help her navigate the murky waters of Harrowhaven�s secrets�.

Estranged from his brother the duke, Henry Rowland only planned to visit Harrowhaven for the afternoon, but after meeting his brother�s intended, his designs are overthrown. As misfortune strikes Harrowhaven, Jacob Pevensey is called in to investigate. Henry learns that the only way to safeguard Eliza Malcolm�s happiness is to face the past he has been running from for ten long years.

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Review: On a Desert Shore (John Chase/Penelope Wolfe Regency Mysteries #4) by S. K. Rizzolo

Protecting an heiress should be an easy job for experienced Bow Street Runner John Chase.

But the heiress in question isn’t just any heiress. She is the illegitimate daughter of wealthy merchant Hugo Garrod and his Jamaican slave.

Unlike many illegitimate children of wealthy English merchants, Marina is educated and positioned to marry well in English high society but yet she excludes herself and has essentially failed to integrate as successfully as her father had hoped.

Hugo Garrod seems to think that he has discovered why Marina is acting so strange and isolating herself from English society. Someone has been playing tricks on the young Marina. And those tricks recall her island heritage of Obeah.

Fearful for his daughter, Garrod hires John Chase to determine whether Marina is indeed a victim—or is herself a delusional and malicious trickster.

If it isn’t Marina herself then who would do such a thing to Marina? Could it be her rejected suitor and cousin Ned Honeycutt? His demure sister? Their devoted aunt who acts as the Garrod housekeeper? A clergyman friend?

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Review: The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi by Alyssa Palombo

Oh how I love a great historical romance novel……add in some classical music and you have a wonderfully delightful read!

Adriana d’Amato adores music, except there is one big problem….her father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But do you think that’s going to stop her? Of course not!

She begins sneaking out of her family’s palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair.

Adriana’s father is set on her marrying a wealthy man….and though this suitor has things to love, Adriana’s heart belongs to Vivaldi. Besides the whole marrying another man thing there is a larger problem keeping the two apart…..Vivaldi is a priest which basically makes the relationship forbidden in the church and in society.

Vivaldi and Adriana know that their affair must end when she marries but there will be events that change the path of their lives forever.

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Review: The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #1) by Sally Christie

Four sisters all sharing one king….really?! How does that happen? Well that’s exactly what I wanted to know and that’s why I picked up THE SISTERS OF VERSAILLES.  King Louis XV tends to get skipped over in popular literature because there are just so many other King Louis’ that are way more memorable than him….but come on? Four sisters and you make them all your mistress? That sounds like memorable to me!

After seven years of marriage, it’s becoming obvious that the King is growing tired of his wife. So naturally what do courtiers do? They desperately search for a new woman to warm his bed….preferably one that will help advance their position at court. Well look no further than the five Nesle sisters…..one at a time four of the five girls are thrown in the path of the King to warm his bed.

First, the King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters: sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

This story is stranger than fiction! Which is why this book was so fun to read! While it was a ‘historical fiction’ novel, there was a lot of research done at a non fictional level too and Christie blended the two together flawlessly.

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