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Review of Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

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About Tides of Honour

A novel of love, loss, and honour amidst the horrors of war and its aftermath.

It’s 1916, and the last thing Nova Scotian soldier Danny Baker expects to find in war-torn France is the love of his life. Audrey Poulin is alone in the world, and struggling to survive the war in the French countryside. When Audrey and Danny meet and fall in love, it seems like the best version of fate.

But love is only the beginning, as Danny loses a leg in the Battle of the Somme, and returns home to Halifax with Audrey, only to discover that he’s unable to leave the war behind. Danny and Audrey struggle with their new life together, and must face not only their own internal demons, but a catastrophe that will soon rip apart everything they think they know about themselves and each other.

My Thoughts

Such an incredible story, I can’t count the number of times I became teary eyed. Not only is this a story of wartime romance, it also cites a major catastrophic event in Halifax history. I am a history buff but after reading this book I realized how little I know of Canadian history in general, soon to change with a lovely nudge from Graham.

Not a gentle read by any means. The details of the Halifax Explosion alone is affecting. The unbelievable loss and carnage, the mass destruction, the aftermath is a challenge to read, Graham paints a vivid picture of the horrific event. Compelling, heartbreaking yet you won’t be able to tear yourself away. Between WWI details, Danny’s battle memories, random flashbacks along with the Halifax Explosion you find yourself emotionally spent. Graham’s research is outstanding.

I was fond of both Danny and Audrey. I do wish their interaction and reaction to a few incidents was deeper, more authentic. A few scenarios felt far-fetched along with reactions, one in particular stands out. Also actions didn’t always equate with the personalities drawn. At times the narrative felt rushed causing a hiccup in timeline. Graham’s writing more than compensates for my trivial quibbles.

Incredible story of love, forgiveness, acceptance, resilience and family. The in-depth descriptions of Canada and the emotional scars of the characters leave the reader topsy-turvy in their own whirlwind of varying emotions. Truly an unforgettable story.

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I love to write. I really, really do. When my wonderful agent, Jacques de Spoelberch, told me he believed in my writing, then sold my books—first to Berkley (Penguin), then to Simon & Schuster Canada, it was a dream come true. Now that I am writing more and more Canadian Historical Fiction for Simon & Schuster Canada, I am thrilled to be bringing my country’s history back to life.

I have embarked on a journey I never expected to take, having my book published. I had never planned to be an author in the first place, but Fate has a way of stepping in. I’m so glad She did.

“Under the Same Sky” came from a desire – no, a need to read real historical adventure when I’d exhausted the books my favourite authors had created (and I read them all many times!). The characters come to life in my head, take me places I never imagined, teach me every day. They’re not all my best friends, but they are all amazing to me simply because they exist.

It’s kind of funny, writing books. The best stories come from somewhere you’ve never been, and yet you are the expert. You write words that come to you when you’re not thinking, and you make them into something that takes other people away. I love the magic in that.

I look forward to getting to know you.

Published April 2015 by Simon & Schuster Canada

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson

•William Morrow Trade Paperback
•March 1, 2016
•ISBN: 9780062418548

Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War

by Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson

Top voices in historical fiction deliver an intensely moving collection of short stories about loss, longing, and hope in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.

A squadron commander searches for meaning in the tattered photo of a girl he’s never met…

A Belgian rebel hides from the world, only to find herself nursing the enemy…

A young airman marries a stranger to save her honor—and prays to survive long enough to love her…The peace treaty signed on November 11, 1918, may herald the end of the Great War but for its survivors, the smoke is only beginning to clear. Picking up the pieces of shattered lives will take courage, resilience, and trust.

Within crumbled city walls and scarred souls, war’s echoes linger. But when the fighting ceases, renewal begins…and hope takes root in a fall of poppies.

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After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson *Giveaway*

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• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 6, 2015)

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Charlotte Brown is living and working in Liverpool after the end of the Great War, but believes that she is making little difference in the lives of Britain’s poorest citizens. When she returns to the estate where she was once a governess, to celebrate the wedding of her former charge, Lilly, Charlotte realizes that she has never stopped loving Lilly’s brother, Edward, Lord Cumberland. When Edward’s war injuries threaten to destroy his future, Charlotte agrees to help nurse him back to health, even if it means that her heart might be wounded in the process.

Robson’s reminiscent description of post-War England is well done along character development.

Charlotte is an admirable liberal woman – university educated (Oxford graduate) only child of a vicar, nurse, intelligent and fiercely independent, a woman most would emulate. She’s also a people pleaser, a woman wanting to make a greater impact in the world and those around her and this is where Charlotte hits a crossroads of sorts as she discovers the woman she is and her authentic desires. As you learn of Charlotte you discover she is a woman clearly ahead of her time with endless potential.

Robson reveals Charlotte’s layers slowly and the more you learn of this intriguing woman the more you appreciate her quiet cerebral manner. Ambitious – she takes on women’s rights, contributes a weekly column addressing the injustices individuals and families face during wartime. When she reunites with Edward she begins to question herself and her hearts desires. A coming of age story of a thirty something woman finally discovering and admitting her wants and needs in a time where the world is on the cusp of great change.

Robson masterfully address the fragile subject matter of ‘shell shock’ and its lingering presence. The perfect amount of romance combined with Charlotte’s back story creates a charming narrative of an incredibly gifted woman in a difficult period of time.

A satisfying story with accurate depictions of WWI, suffrage, police strikes and the plights of family, affecting account of wartime in general.

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Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

 

Connect with Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, website.

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Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Jennifer Robson’s After the War is Over, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 21 January. Thank you TLC
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The Bootlegger’s Wife by Terri Lee w/ Giveaway

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Published 2014 by Capricorn Publishing House
ISBN13: 9781495202353

Life had been well planned for Frances Durant, but she was fond of saying, “I rarely do what’s expected of me.” In the summer of 1919 she, like the rest of the country, was ready to throw off the gray days of war and laugh again, now that the 1920s were about to come roaring onto the scene and change everything. What she wasn’t ready for was a tall, tanned Marine fresh from the battlefield and ready to take New York City by storm.

I absolutely fell in love with this stunning story. I can’t count the number of times my eyes welled with tears, truly an unforgettable love story.

Francis and Frankie stole my heart. Francis wedged her way into my heart with her personality. Her nickname ‘Spitfire’ couldn’t be more fitting. I adored her loyalty and her ability to love completely especially given her family was anything but loving. Her strength, courage and spirited nature only endear her to the audience. Frankie will sweep you away with his sense of honor and duty, his capacity to love given his heartbreaking story. Two people perfectly matched, a true example of unconditional love, surviving the cruelest fates life delivers, to giving up so much for each other all in the name of love and commitment.

Wonderfully written, fabulous characterization, a touching narrative. Lee is an authoress to keep your eye on, after this deeply sentimental story I can only image her future projects, no doubt a destiny with tremendous promise.

A heart wrenchingly beautiful story of true love. Highly highly recommend reading this tender story, quite memorable.

About Terri Lee
Born and raised in northern California, that part of the country will always have a piece of my heart. My family moved to Missouri in my teenage years and when the love of my life walked through my door at my summer job, that is where my heart truly found its home. As with all good things, when I least expected it. Of course it didn’t hurt that the first thing he did was buy me a chocolate malt. Forty years later I am still married to my High School sweetheart, who has always been my biggest cheerleader in whatever scheme I dream up. And believe me, I’m capable of dreaming up almost anything. We have a golden/lab named (Elizabeth Bennett) Lizzie, who is my muse and my steadfast writing partner. She offers only the kindest critiques. Not to be outdone, our cat, Baby Kitty, is a card carrying terrorist, whose only mission in life is to thwart any goodness that comes my way. I make my home in a small rural town outside of Springfield, MO, the sort of place where the adventures reside only in the stories I spin, which is just the way I like it.

Feel free to contact Terri via her website

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Terri Lee is giving away one digital copy of the book (MOBI) and a $15 Amazon Gift Card. Please leave a comment below stating why this book appeals to you.  Giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. and Canada. The winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. Ends 12/7.

BOOK TOUR: Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod w/ Giveaway

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Publication Date: June 29, 2014
Tod Publishing

Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

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In 1914 Paris half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility.

With knowledge gained from his role at the War Department, Henri Noisette fears that Germany may soon attack Paris. He therefore sends his wife, mother and two younger children to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. By late 1914, instead of a safe haven, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front.

As war unfolds, Henriís daughter, Helene, grows up quickly and in 1917 falls in love with Edward Jamieson, a young Canadian soldier.

The novel examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequence of lies.

Praise for Lies Told in Silence

‘Dramatically depicts the horror and heartbreak of war, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.’ – SHARON KAY PENMAN author of A King’s Ransom

‘An intricate, well-researched novel of life forever changed by WWI yet still sweet with the tender innocence of the age.’ – DONNA RUSSO MORIN author of The King’s Agent

‘M.K. Tod is a powerful new voice in the historical fiction genre.’ – AMY BRUNO Historical fiction blogger at Passages to the Past

‘An absorbing and rewarding historical read .. depicting the ruinous impact of war on human lives across the generations.’ – MARGARET EVANS PORTER author of The Proposal

‘A compelling read right up to its taut page-turning ending.’ – RICHARD LEE founder of the Historical Novel Society

My Thoughts

“Sometimes the heart asks more than life can give” 

 

Lies Told in Silence is a gripping story. I could not put this book down. With every turn of the page I became more emotionally involved.

Tod sets the pace of the narrative through the setting with the looming threat of war, eventually a frightening reality. You witness the Noisette’s lives and others turned upside down. Reading of their losses, forced sacrifices to the unknown is deeply affecting. The angst and fear of pre war as well as the telling eruption of WWI is clearly apparent to the reader through Tod’s powerfully solid prose.

The narrative is moving, forceful and tender. A clear examination of love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequences of lies of a family as well as that of Helene Noisette singularly. The collapse and success of a young woman caught in a savage net of history rips at the readers heartstrings.

Tod delivered on characterzation. Providing just enough insight on the entire Noisette family, we familiarized ourselves with their collective trial and tribulations as well as their individual blessings and contentment.

I absolutely adored this novel with its powerful themes and strong female character at the center, maneuvering her way past vulnerability and loss of control. Tod has gained my undivided interest with this unforgettable story set against a momentous period in history. I look forward to reading Tod’s next showpiece. A must read hands down.

Recommendation: 4.5/5


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About the Author03_M.K. Tod

M.K. Tod has enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in her early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During her twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, she embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise.

In 2004, she moved to Hong Kong with her husband and no job. To keep busy Mary decided to research her grandfatherís part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand her grandparentsí lives blossomed into a full time occupation as a writer. Her debut novel is UNRAVELLED: Two wars, Two affairs. One Marriage. LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, her second novel, is set in WWI France and tells the story of Helene Noisette who featured in Unravelled. Mary has an active blog – www.awriterofhistory.com – which discusses all aspects of historical fiction and includes author and reader interviews. Additionally, she is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Mary lives in Toronto where she is happily married with two adult children.

Connect with M.K. Tod on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Lies Told in Silence Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule

Monday, July 28
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Book Blast at Our Wolves Den

Tuesday, July 29
Review at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Book Babe
Book Blast at A Book Geek
Book Blast at Mel’s Shelves

Wednesday, July 30
Review at Bookish
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 31
Book Blast at Royalty Free Fiction

Friday, August 1
Book Blast at Back Porchervations
Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Saturday, August 2
Book Blast at Mythical Books

Monday, August 4
Review & Guest Post at A Bookish Affair
Book Blast at Historical Tapestry

Tuesday, August 5
Book Blast at Layered Pages
Book Blast at Princess of Eboli
Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, August 6
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Thursday, August 7
Review at The Book Binder’s Daughter
Book Blast at Kinx’s Book Nook

Friday, August 8
Book Blast at The Maiden’s Court

Monday, August 11
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Book Blast at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, August 12
Book Blast at Book Nerd
Book Blast at The Bookworm

Wednesday, August 13
Review at The Writing Desk

Thursday, August 14
Book Blast at Words and Peace
Book Blast at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, August 15
Review at Lost in Books
Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer

Sunday, August 17
Book Blast at Brooke Blogs

Monday, August 18
Review at The Librarian Fatale
Review at Historical Fiction Notebook

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