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Waiting on Wednesday: The Summer Queen

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Hosted by Breaking the Spine.

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

16125281To be released on June 20, 2013 (UK Release)

Eleanor of Aquitaine is a 12th century icon who has fascinated readers for 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive.

This stunning novel introduces an Eleanor that all other writers have missed. Based on the most up-to-date research, it is the first novel to show Eleanor beginning her married life at 13. Barely out of childhood, this gives an entirely new slant to how Eleanor is treated bv those around her. She was often the victim and her first marriage was horribly abusive.

Overflowing with scandal, passion, triumph and tragedy, Eleanor’s legendary story begins when her beloved father dies in the summer of 1137, and she is made to marry the young prince Louis of France. A week after the marriage she becomes a queen and her life will change beyond recognition . . .

I absolutely cannot wait for this book to be released. Eleanor of Aquitaine is my favorite historical fiction EVER. However, the June release is for the UK only. I think the release date for the US won’t be until 2014. So sad! And the cover art will be different for the US release. Once again, I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

HFVBT: Review of Murder as a Fine Art

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Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Mulholland Books
368 Pages, Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

GASLIT LONDO15790878N IS BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IN DAVID MORRELL’S BRILLIANT HISTORICAL THRILLER.

Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English  Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders  identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey’s essay “On Murder  Considered as One of the Fine Arts.” Desperate to clear his name but  crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

In  Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose  lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

Murder as a Fine Art is an amazing psychological thriller set in Victorian London. I was engrossed from the very first page. If you have a week disposition I would not recommend this book. However, if you find murder mysteries an interesting topic for good fiction, then this is the book for you. I have to admit that I’m not quite finished yet. But I will ASAP!

All of the characters are so interesting and incredibly complex. De Quincey’s opium additiction runs through out the book. His struggles are so painful; however, watching his brain work is amazing.

I have always found psychological thrillers so fascinating. I absolutely loved Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and this book is just as good as that. Getting into the mind of a killer is so disturbing; but makes for very good fiction.

I really love the dark side of Victorian London. It is the perfect backdrop for this story. The fog is so claustrophic and you feel so exposed at this same time. You don’t know what will come at you. I found the fog to be almost a character in itself.  It gives the book such an eerie feeling that you can’t shake.

Murder as a Fine Art is a great book and if you have a strong constitution pick it up and give it a try. You will be hooked in no time; I certainly was.

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About the Author:

David Morrell

David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been  living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for  his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful  film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been  writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.

For more information on David Morrell and his novels, please visit the official website.  You can also follow David on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Review: Darcy’s Decision

Darcy’s Decision by Maria Grace (Given Good Principles #1)

Published by Good Principles Publishing

Published in 2012

128 pages

Historical/Austenesque Fiction

Received as a gift from the author

Synopsis:

Six months after his father’s passing, Fitzwilliam Darcy still finds solace in his morning reflections at this parents’ graves. Only in the quiet solitude of the churchyard does he indulge his grief. None but his unlikely mentor recognize the heartache and insecurity plaguing him as he shoulders the enormous burden of being Master of Pemberly.

Not all are pleased with his choice of advisor. Lady Catherine complains Darcy allows him too much influence. Lord Matlock argues, “Who is he to question the God-appointed social order?” But the compassionate wisdeom Darcy finds in his counselor keeps him returning for quidance even though it causes him to doubt everything he has been taught.

In the midst of his struggles to reinvent himself, his school chum, Charles Bingley, arrives. Darcy hopes the visit will offer some respite from the uproar in his life. Instead of relief, Darcy discovers his father’s darkest secret staring him in the face. Pushed to his limits, Darcy must overcome the issues that ruined his father and, with his friends and mentor at his side, restore his tarnished birthright.

 

Maria Grace has written a wonderful prequel in Darcy’s Decision. Her insight into Darcy’s personality and character fits right into Jane Austen’s Darcy. Ms. Grace gave the reader answers to so many questions from Pride and Prejudice (P and P). Is Mr. Darcy really so conceited? Who is George Wickham? What happened to Georgina? All these of these questions were answered with great satisfaction.

As I was reading, I truly believed this is Mr. Darcy. I’ve read several Austenesque novels where the characters in no way resembled Jane Austen’s beloved characters. Here, I’m reading what happened to Darcy before he journeyed to Meryton and I believe it’s very consistent with P and P. It flows very nicely.

George Wickham is still the same nasty character. His opinions of entitlement are still strong as ever. Ms. Grace’s insight into Darcy and Wickham’s relationship is very believable and carries well into P and P. To me, it answered a lot of questions of why Darcy would tolerate Wickham at all.

Darcy’s Decision is a nice introduction into Darcy’s character and life. It is a book to read before you read P and P for the gazillonth time. Next I plan to read The Future Mrs. Darcy (Given Good Principles #2).

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Waiting on Wednesday: Long Live the King

Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
My Waiting on Wednesday:

Long Live the King by Fay Weldon
To be released on May 7, 2013

From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl’s family and his servants at the turn of the twentieth century.
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert’s son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. As Lord Robert and Lady Isobel get caught up in the preparations of the coronation of Edward VII, they debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela. Isobel and Minnie want to take her in; Robert and Arthur do not. While they argue, Adela runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king. With Long Live the King, Fay Weldon continues the magnificent trilogy that began with Habits of the House. As the award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, Weldon brings her deservedly famous wit and insight to this novel of love and desire, morals and manners.

Book Blogger Hop (5): Foreign Country



The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 Luckily, Billy from Coffee Addicted Writer will relaunch the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: What is your favorite book set in a different country than the one you live in?
A: My favorite books are Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Deborah Harkness’ The Discovery of Witches; both take place in England. I would say I’m a HUGE anglophile. Plus, my favorite television show in Downtown Abbey. I’m all about England!




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