Spotlight: Being West is Best by Monique Bucheger (with book excerpt + giveaway)

Being West is Best JustRead Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Being West is Best by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Simply West of HeavenTitle: Being West is Best
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #4
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Re-release Date:
2020
Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction

Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses.

Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-father puts in an appearance after a six-year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can. Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”

If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the West’s.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends.

She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works on her website.

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EXCERPT

“Keep telling yourself that. Howie squealed like a pig, and you know you enjoyed freaking all the girls out—including your teacher.” Uncle Jake pointed at Dad. “He’s not as innocent as he’d like you to believe.”

Dad shook his head. “You started the trouble with Howie. He took it out on me because I had the misfortune of being your younger brother.”

“Whatever.” Uncle Jake leaned against the kitchen counter, folding his arms. “I took care of him for you.”

“Except I got detention,” Dad reminded him. “Not you.”

“Really?” Ginnie asked.

Her dad was a stickler for rules. Thinking he would get busted at school amused Ginnie … very much.

“Teachers frown on dead animals in desks.” Dad said, shrugging innocently. “Who knew?”

Ginnie giggled. “Um … everybody?”

“Big deal. I got busted by Uncle Ben.” Uncle Jake lifted his hands to air quote. “I’ll take detention over his ‘creative consequences’ any day.” He rolled his eyes at Aunt Roni. “Our uncle wasn’t big on ‘punishment’, but he had nothing against ‘creative consequences’ for bad behavior. He had a knack for making them hard, or gross, or worse yet, both.”

“Even worse, Daddy gets ideas from him.” Ginnie stopped laughing and speared her dad with a look of disgust. 


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Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott (review)

Book cover: Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott

With vivid descriptions of the wonders of Yellowstone, Regina Scott sets the second of her American Wonders Collection 1886, when the US Calvary was charged with protecting the National Park. Luckily for Lieutenant William Prescott, local hotel owner Kate Tremaine is willing to act as a guide – and a very capable one at that – in exchange for some manual labor making much needed repairs to the Geyser Gateway.

As their attraction grows and the widow’s young son becomes ever more hopeful of a new father, danger threatens the park. From casual vandalism by tourists to intentional harm from poachers, Kate and the soldiers have their work cut out for them. But luckily, there is always the Geyser Gateway’s comfort to fall back on and Alberta’s pies waiting.

With an interesting cast of secondary characters, particularly a set of elderly sisters who make their appearance later in the story, characters and relationships are again center stage – though danger and adventure are never far off, as Kate and Will both have past traumas to face and faith to be renewed.

Recommended for fans of Historical Inspirational Fiction, the grandeur of the American frontier, and strong female characters who ride sidesaddle.


This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher. A positive review was not required and these are my own honest opinions.

Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott (American Wonders Collection #2) | Revell, October 2020 | paperback, 336 pages


About the Book

It is 1886, and the government has given the US Cavalry control of Yellowstone. For widowed hotelier Kate Tremaine, the change is a welcome one. She knows every inch of her wilderness home like the back of her hand and wants to see it protected from poachers and vandals.

Refused a guide by Congress, Lieutenant William Prescott must enlist Kate’s aid to help him navigate the sprawling park and track down the troublemakers. But a secret from his past makes him wary of the tender feelings the capable and comely widow raises in him. As they work together to protect the park and stand firm through injustice and tragedy, they may just find that two wounded hearts can share one powerful love when God is in control.

Spotlight: Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin (excerpt + giveaway)

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Dreaming of TomorrowTitle: Dreaming of Tomorrow
Series: Tomorrow #3
Author:
Michelle De Bruin
Publisher: Scrivenings Press LLC
Release Date:
November 10, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.

Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support.

Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.

Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.

Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle De Bruin

Author Michelle De Bruin writes Christian historical fiction about people who live in rural communities. Michelle lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She provides spiritual services during the week and leads worship on the weekends. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.

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EXCERPT

“How would you like to say goodbye?” He asked in a quiet voice.

Karen considered the question. “Take a walk with me.” There was still one place she wanted to visit with him. A peaceful evening and a spacious garden awaited them. She led him to the door she used when she slipped out to read his letters. A brick path curved around the house to the garden’s gate. Karen opened it and strolled at Logan’s side through hedges of hydrangea, groupings of lilies, butterfly bushes, and a wide variety of late summer flowers. They reached the scrolled iron table and chairs on the far side of the fountain.

“I could marry you tonight.” Logan draped his suit coat over the back of one of the chairs and took her in his arms. “You know that, don’t you?”

“Of course I do.”

“Then we wouldn’t have to part. I could take you with me to Oswell City and begin our life together right now.”

“I’d quit my teaching job and go with you.”

A grin spread across his face in the darkness. “We have a preacher. You’re wearing white. We could make a bouquet from your aunt’s flowers and have a little ceremony right here.”

“Who would be our witnesses?” Karen’s brow wrinkled.

Logan’s gaze moved to the stars overhead. “The moon … and the Lord.” His eyes traveled the darkened sky before returning to her face, and the grin appeared once more.

“Good enough for me, but Julia would never forgive us.”

“Neither would the Ladies Mission Society.” Logan chuckled. “They’re all making big plans for you and me.”

“It sounds like we’d better hold off before you have the entire town in an uproar.” Karen raised a brow to match his teasing mood.

He laughed again, a happy, unfettered sound consistent with his nature and relaxed outlook. “You know I love you.” His tone grew serious.

“I know.” Karen closed her eyes before the tears came.

That kiss she dared to hope for came forth in complete reinforcement of the words he’d just spoken. It ended too soon. A breeze picked up scattering petals from a nearby bush across the moonlit lawn. Logan reached for his jacket and accompanied her inside the house with just enough time left for him to gather his luggage, kiss her once more, and go with Hank to catch the ten o’clock train to Iowa.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Dreaming of Tomorrow and a $20 Amazon gift card!

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Spotlight: Take a Right at the Mistletoe by Barbara Brutt (excerpt + giveaway)

Take a Right at the Mistletoe Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Take a Right at the Mistletoe by Barbara Brutt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Take a Right at the MistletoeTitle: Take a Right at the Mistletoe
Author: Barbara Brutt
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: November 9, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Clean)

Each and every holiday season at Vienna’s Christmas market, Matilda bakes confections for holiday tourists and quirky locals alike. Looking to escape the market drama, she sets her heart on culinary school.

Dylan has come to Vienna and the market to recover from a career-upending mistake and to unearth new inspiration. But when he nitpicks Matilda’s marzipan, she hears fighting words and perhaps the key to her culinary school application. They strike a deal: he’ll taste test and she’ll show him around Vienna. With each new pastry experiment and Viennese adventure, their relationship sweetens.

But their relationship doesn’t seem written into life’s cookbook. Dylan can’t stay in Vienna, and Matilda has to follow her dreams, so it seems some ingredients just don’t belong together. And yet, their hearts have already committed. Will a Christmas filled with marzipan and mistletoe give them both what they want the most?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Brutt

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

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EXCERPT

“You’re going to need a dress!” Tweedle Dee informed me from the bench. 

“And shoes!” Tweedle Dum chimed in as I joined them.

“Don’t forget the jewelry!” Tom thumped his leg with his hand. 

Their voices blended together like a group of off-pitched Christmas carolers. They needed a director to bring them together and maybe an accompanist, too. But they were right. I did need all of those things, and soon.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a pair of socks “So many books, so little time,” a Vienna Skyline Votive Cutout, a $25 Etsy Giftcard, and a signed copy of Teal Paisley Tights!

Take a Right at the Mistletoe JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 16, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Flirtation and Folly by Elizabeth Rasche (review + giveaway)

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Flirtation and Folly
by Elizabeth Rasche

Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing

Series: A Season in London, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance

Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.

In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self–when she is not even sure what that real self is?

Available on Amazon

About the Author

After acquiring a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Elizabeth Rasche taught philosophy in the U.S. and co-taught English in Japan. Now she and her husband live in northwest Arkansas, the “garden of America.” (At least, she has only ever heard Arkansas called so.) She dreams of visiting Surrey (if only to look for Mrs. Elton’s Maple Grove), Bath, and of course, London. When she has a Jane Austen novel in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a cat on her lap, her day is pretty much perfect.

Elizabeth Rasche is the author of The Birthday Parties of Dragons and her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest. Flirtation & Folly is her first historical fiction novel.

Review

Sent to spend a Season in London with the more pragmatic of her two aunts, Marianne Mowbray dreams of the smooth transformation from country miss to darling of the ton – just like the heroines from novels her father would not have approved of. But when her social and marital ambitions meet with setbacks and unexpected changes, Marianne begins to develop a better understanding of herself and others as she navigates through her first Season.

Chock full of interesting characters and abounding with allusions to Jane Austen, the author puts each to superb use while creating a heroine that is uniquely her own. Marianne is a delight, her trials and errors touching and amusing by turn, as she looks deeper at the motivations of those around her.

A highly enjoyable read for those who are (or are not yet) fans of Regencies and a debut not to be missed with a relatable heroine, a polished blend of the familiar and original, and deceptively effortless writing.

This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received and read. A positive review was not required and these are only my own, honest opinions.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, November 10
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, November 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, November 12
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, November 13
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, November 16
Feature at I’m Into Books
Review at Probably at the Library

Tuesday, November 17
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, November 18
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, November 19
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Friday, November 20
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, November 21
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 22
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, November 23
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, November 24
Review at Novels Alive
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of Flirtation and Folly by Elizabeth Rasche! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Lady Margaret’s Escape by Victoria Sportelli review with book excerpt + giveaway

Lady Margaret’s Escape
by Victoria Sportelli

Publication Date: September 24, 2020
Creazzo Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 376 pages

Series: Henry’s Spare Queen, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction

A Desperate Midwife Bargains with a King

After suffering the loss of her first pregnancy, a son and heir to the English throne, Queen Matilda is once again with child. Overjoyed but cautious of another loss, King Henry seeks a skilled midwife to assist his wife throughout her pregnancy and labor. His search leads him to Margaret.

Margaret, once a woman of rank and leisure, has been betrayed by her father and made a common slave. The king’s dire need for a midwife provides her with an enticing opportunity to escape a life of servitude and return to her previous station, but first she must prove her worth and make a bargain with the devil.

King Henry is reluctant to haggle with the midwife, but when Margaret reveals her suspicions of foul play being the cause of the queenís previous loss, his mind is made up. Not only will Margaret attend the queen, her fate with be tied to the queen’s – and that of their unborn babe. Deliver a healthy heir and King Henry will reward Margaret with the return of her rank, social status and wealth. Fail, and her life will be forfeit.

The two women are sent to a secret forest retreat to wait out Queen Matilda’s confinement away from the conspiracies and dangers of court life. Meanwhile, Henry’s brother Robert invades England to seize Henry’s crown and Margaret begins to fear she has allied herself with the wrong ruler.

Will Margaret earn her freedom–or a severed head?

Pick up Lady Margaret’s Escape today and experience the perils of living in medieval England.

Note: This novel includes the death of an infant which may be a trigger for some readers.

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About the Author

Ms. Sportelli, who loves to share her knowledge of English history, has concluded that Henry I was an under-rated king who struggled to keep his throne amid conflicts between Normans and Saxons. She writes of the era in novels featuring Lady Margaret, King Henry and Queen Matilda.

A life-long Anglophile, Ms. Sportelli loves British manners, folklore, customs, history, and humor; she watches every British film, television, show and documentary she can find.

Ms Sportelli has both children and grandchildren. She has taken seven trips to eight western European countries and loves England and Italy the most.

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Excerpt

            A man jolted Margaret awake. He put one hand over her mouth and another on the back of her neck. He pinned her down further with a knee in the small of her back. A hard-edged whisper demanded, “Woman, what do you know of the king’s business?”

            She barely managed to shake her head. From the smell of the man, she knew he was not William. The stranger released her mouth. “Upon my life, I speak to the king—and only to him.”

            The man pulled her to a sitting position and pinned her to the wall with stiff arms. His face was but inches from hers.

            “Your Royal Highness,” Margery whispered in awe as she saw Henry, King of England, in dim firelight and dark shadows of kitchen gear.

            Through the interior arch that led to the sleeping cubby, he saw two lumps under blankets shift. Margery saw the lumps and spotted a sentinel’s back at the kitchen door.

            “Back to bed. Cover your heads,” Margaret hissed. She waited until Cook and Caitlin obeyed. Speaking in a hush, Margaret informed her sovereign lord, “We are now as alone as we can be, Your Royal Highness.”

            “What do you think you know?” Henry answered in the same hush.

            “Your queen is again with child. You seek aid for her.”

            Suddenly furious,Henry shook the girl’s shoulders so hard her head snapped against the wall.

            “How?” he demanded.

            “In the hall. I heard you. You asked about Lord Charles’s Lady Rosamonde. When you learned she was dead, your eyes shifted away from Lord Charles; your shoulders drooped the tiniest bit. You lost interest in the rest of the evening. You thought what you had come for was no longer here.” Margaret, trembling at her own temerity, rushed out her next words. “BUT help is here. All knew the Lady Rosamonde for her skills as a healer. Men wanted her because only she stitched up wounds rather than burn them or amputate. You are whole; you do not need her for that. Norman ladies asked her to help them have healthy babes. Babes lived when she delivered them. You have just lost a babe. The queen—you dare not lose this one too.”

            Theking yanked her shoulders forward and pushed Margaret so hard her head and back slammed against the wall. Trying to refocus her eyes, Margaret blinked hard several times. The king knocked her against the wall again; this time not so hard. Chastened, Margaret looked down.

            “And. . .” Henry asked in a hard voice.

            “I. . .was her assistant. I accompanied her many times. I know her ways and her medicines. Since her death, I have delivered the babes on this estate. Except for a shriveled one that had been dead in the womb for weeks, every babe I have delivered since Lady Rosamonde’s death is still alive.”

            “I know you not,” King Henry rasped out his challenge.

            “Lord Charles does not allow me to leave his lands,” was all she would admit.  “Do you want me to aid you? If so, I have questions, Your Royal Highness.”

            Henry released Margaret and shifted them both so they sat face to face on the sacks. They remained silent for a long moment. Margaret took a deep breath and prayed for her own safety.He can order my death for guessing wrong—or even for guessing aright.

            “Please tell me of your babe,” Margaret began.

            After the Henry answered, she asked him if any had reported the babe’s appearance to him. The king was brief; he had seen his dead son himself. The babe was only four months old, almost alive, and perfect except for dark nails. The depth of the grief Henry had stifled in the telling moved Margaret, but she was afraid to show it.

            “I’m so sorry, Your Royal Highness, but I must ask more. When this happened, did Her Royal Highness, the queen, have a black line under her nails where her skin ends?  Did such a line develop before the babe’s death?”

            Even in the gloomMargaret saw a shock of recognition on her sovereign’s face.

            “Why, yes! I saw it when I held her hands. Several of her ladies commented on it as well.”

            First from Saxon gossip and now from the king’s account, Margaret was cert of what had killed his first-born. As she debated whether to speak further, he took the choice from her.

            “You know something. I command you to tell me.”

            “Sh-h-h! Your Royal Highness!” Margaret hissed. “I am afraid, my king. I am very afraid.”

            Henry took up the girl’s hands and gripped them hard. “I am the King of England. I will protect you. Tell me.”

            But no one will protect me from you if I am wrong. I will be beheaded right here.

            Margaret risked her life when she said,“My King, I fear someone may have poisoned your queen.”

            “Poisoned? How?”

~Review~

What a fabulous work of historical fiction! As Lady Margaret succeeds in making her first escape, she leaves the father who had treated her as a slave, forcing her to work as his chatelaine since the death of her mother. But the stakes are high, as she has pledged to offer her neck on the chopping block if she fails to successfully deliver Queen Matilda’s child, and King Henry has promised three boons should she succeed. And those she convinced to leave with her may suffer the consequences as well.

Ruled by the changing moods and whims of the pregnant and insecure queen, Margaret’s status is constantly in question. Margaret herself vacillates between being in command and being in need of comfort, subject not only to the vagaries of royalty, but the emotional roller coaster of being a fourteen year old with her very life, and the fate of others, depending on her success.

Filled with mundane details as well as those of class and culture, Norman and Saxon relations, and the politics, beliefs and superstitions of the time, this is a history lesson rolled up in a story that keeps the reader glued to the pages. As Lady Margaret fights to survive and regain her status, she must show a maturity beyond her years. While sometimes more childish and occasionally petulant, it is her strength and determination that always shine through.

With an ending that leaves the reader satisfied, Lady Margaret’s Escape is an outstanding work of Young Adult Historical Fiction. And it definitely does it’s job as the first in a series, leaving the reader ready for more, and wondering how the story will continue – and just who is it that gave Lady Margaret that kiss when she had drunk too much wine when dreading turning into a veritable old maid at the age of fifteen?

Highly recommended for those who love a strong female protagonist and enjoy well written and well researched Historical Fiction, with a note that this story includes death (including that of an infant) and is set in a time when girls and women were powerless to refuse men of higher status.

This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received and read. A positive review was not required and these are only my own, honest opinions.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 9
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at Novels Alive

Tuesday, November 10
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, November 11
Feature at I’m Into Books

Thursday, November 12
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, November 13
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Monday, November 16
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Tuesday, November 17
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 18
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, November 19
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, November 20
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Giveaway

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The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear review with book excerpt + giveaway

The Tobacconist’s Wife
by AnneMarie Brear

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Lume Books
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

From the bestselling author of The Slum Angel.

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.

But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.

That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…

Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

The Tobacconist’s Wife is the latest book from AnneMarie Brear, the highly acclaimed author of bestselling The Slum Angel. Perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Amazon UK bestseller and award-winning Australian author, AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, historical research for her novels, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!

For more information please visit AnneMarie Brear’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.

~REVIEW~

This is a melancholy sort of story with Thea Goodson trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive man. With clandestine nighttime deliveries and “special” inventory held in the back of their tobacco shop, Thea is increasingly suspicious of Ernie’s activities.

When a furniture craftsman opens a shop next door, to the embarrassment of his upper class family, it is love at first sight for Adam Fitzwilliam and Thea. But leaving Ernie is not a safe or easy thing, and as the story progresses so does the longing Thea feels for Adam.

While this story starts slowly and continues at a relatively gentle pace, the reader’s perseverance is rewarded when the stakes grow higher as danger and love both grow. With interesting characters and an interesting plot, this is a well researched and well written story set in Victorian England. Though at times a bit difficult (domestic abuse, infidelity), The Tobacconist’s Wife is ultimately a lovely and engrossing story.

This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received and read. A positive review was not required and these are simply my own honest opinions.

Excerpt

Behind the shops were two yards, one each, fenced and gated. The river ran at the end of the yards and he could see across to the bank on the other side. Boats of all shapes and sizes plied the water as busy as any road. From somewhere a siren sounded, ending the day’s shift for the workers.

Aware that he was losing the light, Adam tried the latch on the gate, but it was locked. The fence was high,well over seven feet –for he was six feet tall and he couldn’t see over it. He tried the latch again, to no avail.

‘May I help you?’

Adam spun around at the voice and flushed, as though caught breaking into someone’s house. He stared at the woman as she raised her eyebrows at him, her alluring moss green eyes full of inquiry.

‘I apologise. I wasn’t meaning any harm. That is… I was simply trying to see if the gate was open.’

‘Why? The shop and rooms above are empty.’

‘Yes, I understand that.’

‘No one lives here. Are you looking for someone?’

‘No. I wish to inspect the property, and am doing so with an agent, in the morning, at ten o’clock.’ Good heavens,why was he explaining himself like a child?

She relaxed a little, the stiffness leaving her shoulders and she gave him a tiny smile, a mere lift of the corners of her mouth.

‘I’m Thea Goodson, from the tobacconist’sshop next door.’

‘Adam Fitzwilliam.’ Adam held out his hand for her to shake, and after a slight hesitation she did so.

Her eyes, such a deep green he’d never seen the colour of before, stared at him. She wasn’t a classic beauty, the kind men raved over, but there was something in her face, an alertness, that intrigued him. Her abundant chestnut hair was roughly tied at the back of her head,and she wore a neat plain black skirt and a cream blouse with lace cuffs. In his mother’s world of pure silk, diamonds and pearls, she wouldbe considered plain, but in fact, there was nothing plain about Thea Goodson. Those large green eyes would never allow her to be plain.

In the space of a heartbeat,he noted all that about her. His mind and body responded to her in a way he’d not experienced before. It was as if every one of his senses were on high alert. He wanted to say something witty and clever,or do something that would impress her.

Sucking in a breath, he felt disorientated by his own reaction to this woman. His chest tightened as he gazed at her and he wondered if perhaps he was coming down with something.

‘Thea!’ A man’s voice boomed from the other yard. ‘I need help in here!’

The woman flinched and seemed to shrink into herself. The light went from her eyes.

Adam frowned. Was that her father? His hand reached out, but he quickly dropped it. He could think of nothing to make her stay and talk to him.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, November 12
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink
Review at Probably at the Library

Friday, November 13
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Saturday, November 14
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 15
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Monday, November 16
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, November 17
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, November 18
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Books & Benches

Thursday, November 19
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 2 eBooks of The Tobacconist’s Wife! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Spotlight: The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel Takeover Tour + Giveaway

The Red Canary Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Red CanaryTitle: The Red Canary
Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel
Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Music sparks her world, but can love ignite her heart?

In 1928, soot from the local mills and music from speakeasies linger in the Pittsburgh air. When the manager of The Kelly Club is found dead, nightclub singer Vera Pembroke is thrust into peril. As the only witness to the crime, she’s sentenced to hide away in the Allegheny Forest with a stuffy police sergeant as her guardian.

Sergeant Mick Dinelo harbors a burning hatred for Pittsburgh’s underworld after the devastation it left on his life—and heart. He should be out exposing the culpable gangsters rather than tending to the impetuous woman who defies his every effort to keep her safe.

Mick and Vera must set aside their differences to solve the murder that someone wants to keep buried beneath the soot of Steel City.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rachel scott mcdaniel

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Visit her at rachelmcdaniel.net

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive an autographed copy of The Red Canary and a custom book cozy!

The Red Canary JustRead Takeover Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 12, 2020 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on November 19, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Spotlight: One Way Home by Melanie Campbell with Excerpt + Giveaway

One Way Home Blog + Review Tour
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for One Way Home by Melanie Campbell, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

One Way HomeTitle: One Way Home
Series: Whispers of Grace #2
Author: Melanie Campbell
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: November 1, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Women’s Fiction

She’s hanging by a string—with only one chance left.

A recovering alcoholic and longtime widow, Sharon has struggled to build a new life. She’s made amends with her only daughter, Cassie, who’s been through a treacherous divorce. Cassie’s daughter, Renee, too young to understand her grandmother’s earlier mistakes, has become the light of Sharon’s life.

But Sharon can’t seem to escape from her past. Her mother’s deathbed confession haunts her. Convinced the answer to truly overcoming her addiction lies with her biological father, Sharon sends off a DNA test in the hope of finding him. When the results of the test aren’t as revealing as Sharon anticipates, she and Cassie team up to find the truth.

Meanwhile an old flame shows up. Sharon doesn’t think she can ever love again, but what Johnny offers seems like a dream come true. His charm and kindness shine so bright, Sharon can almost believe he’s changed.

As the search for her father continues to frustrate and tensions escalate with Cassie, Sharon wonders if leaving it all behind for a life with Johnny will save her crumbling heart.

Will the truth set Sharon free? Or it will it be the final blow to her sobriety?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Campbell

Melanie Campbell’s debut novel, One Woman Falling, won the 2020 Oregon Christian Writer’s Cascade Award for contemporary fiction and is a finalist for the Selah Award for first novel. One Way Home, the second novel in her Whispers of Grace series, releases on November 1, 2020.

Melanie wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her family and several spoiled pets.

When not writing, Melanie enjoys exploring Oregon’s beautiful outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and going for drives in the country. In less-than-favorable weather conditions, you will find her enjoying an intriguing book and a strong cup of coffee.

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EXCERPT

I pulled my keys out of the ignition and reached for my purse. I shifted the rearview mirror so I could see my face and wipe away the mascara that was probably all over my cheeks by now. I shifted and glanced up, but I’d angled the mirror too low and it was reflecting my chest, not my face. Instead of smeared mascara and fine lines I saw the shirt I was wearing. The mermaid shirt Renee had given me for Christmas.

My throat ached, and I ran my hand over the mermaid’s silhouette. Because it reminded me of you, Grammy. Me, a mermaid. That was funny, but I didn’t laugh. I sighed and set the mirror at its proper angle. I didn’t know much about mermaids, but I was pretty sure they didn’t go to bars. I rested my head against the seat of my old Buick. I would never win mother of the year, but I still had a fighting chance of being a decent grandma.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of One Way Home and a $25 Amazon gift card!

One Way Home JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 10, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 17, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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