Sunday, March 18, 2018

G987 Book Review of The muse of fire by Carol M Cram

Name of Book: The Muse of Fire

Author: Carol M Cram

ISBN: 9780981024141

Publisher: New Arcadia

Type of book: 1808-1810, friendship, theater, family secrets, England, London, Old Price Riots, acting, well-born class vs low born, foundling houses, Mr. Kemble, Mrs. Siddons, daily life, work, calling, fire

Year it was published: 2017


Abandoned at birth, the grandly christened Edward Plantagenet rises from London’s Foundling Hospital to take charge back stage at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, only to be blind-sided when he rescues Grace—a young woman escaping an abusive father.

Grace finds an outlet for her passions as a Shakespearean actress, becoming ensnared by intrigues and setbacks that mar the pathway to stardom she craves.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Old Price Riots of 1809, Grace and Ned find common purpose in a quest that threatens to tear both their worlds apart


Main characters include Grace Johnson and Edward "Ned" Plantagenet. Grace is a well-born young woman who lives with an abusive father and a mother who has passed away. Grace was raised on Shakespeare and has desires and hopes of becoming an actress. Ned, on the other hand, was born in a foundling home and although he makes theater his home, he seems to have little to no desire to becoming an actor but instead is happy being behind the scenes. He is shy and often holds himself back from expressing his emotions towards people close to him. There are other characters such as Ned's friend who is also a foundling and who seems to have divided loyalties when Old Price Riots began as well as the duo of brother and sister actors and a crush. Grace's aunt and her son, Percival are also prominent in the story.


Follow one's dreams


The story is written in third person narrative from Grace's and Ned's points of view. Most of the book is a contrast between well-off, low-class and theater-folk, which is fascinating. There is also a bit of mystery involved about Grace's family history and at one point Ned also becomes involved. There are a lot of heartbreaking aspects of the story, and I imagine that many readers will be surprised by them, such as foundling homes, a view of actresses when now it seems that its a very revered and wanted profession, and there will be explanation and discussion of Old Price Riots and how it affected the theater-folk. I also feel that the story is more focused on characters and their lives in 1809 rather than on plot.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)

About the Author

Carol M. Cram is the author of A Woman of Note (Lake Union Publishing, 2015) and The Towers of Tuscany (Lake Union Publishing 2014). In addition to writing fiction, Carol has enjoyed a great career as an educator, teaching at Capilano University in North Vancouver for over twenty years and authoring forty-plus bestselling textbooks on business communications and software applications for Cengage Learning. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carol is currently focusing as much of her attention as she can spare between walks in the woods on writing historical novels with an arts twist and sharing her Nia practice as a Nia teacher. She and her husband, painter Gregg Simpson, share a life on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, Canada.

For more information, please visit Carol M. Cram’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


When I started to do book tours for HFVBT, Carol M Cram was one of the first authors whose book, Towers of Tuscany I've reviewed on my blog. I found Towers of Tuscany to be charming and not something easily forgotten as well as heartbreaking on so many levels. In The Muse of Fire, Carol M Cram doesn't disappoint either because the theater as well as the politics on the stage and the time period are greatly detailed and the reader learns something new on almost every page. I do imagine that for those who are hoping for an improbable relationship, will be disappointed, but it's far more realistic though. For something of real slice of life it doesn't disappoint, but for readers seeking something more of fantasy, The Muse of Fire will not meet the standards. Oh yes, love the book cover as well.

This is for HFVBT

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 26
Review at Peppermint Ph.D.
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, February 27
Interview at Donna’s Book Blog
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Thursday, March 1
Review at Teaser Addicts Book Blog

Friday, March 2
Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Feature at A Literary Vacation
Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books

Monday, March 5
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, March 8
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, March 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, March 14
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, March 19
Review at Books of a Shy Girl
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, March 20
Review at Clarissa Reads it All

Thursday, March 22
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, March 16, 2018

G984 Book Review of Red Adam's lady by Grace ingram

Name of Book: Red Adam's Lady

Author: Grace Ingram

ISBN: 978-1-61373-967-9

Publisher: Chicago Independent Press

Type of book: Medieval ages, 1173, lord of the manor, daily life, cleaning, power struggles, death, forced marriage, atypical, old king Henry II vs his sons, rebellions, Scots,

Year it was published: 1973, 2018


The fair Lady Julitta has a problem. She is not wealthy. She prizes her virginity. And her liege, whom she despises, is intent on rape.

Red Adam is the lord of Brentborough castle—young, impetuous, scandalous, a twelfth-century hell raiser. On one of his nights of drunken revelry he abducts Julitta. Though she fends him off, keeping her virginity, he has sullied her honor. Then, to the astonishment of all, he marries her.

Red Adam’s Lady is a boisterous, bawdy tale of wild adventure, set against the constant dangers of medieval England. It is a story of civil war and border raids, scheming aristorcrats and brawling villagers, daring escapes across the moors and thundering descents down steep cliffs to the ocean. Its vivid details give the reader a fascinating and realistic view of life in a medieval castle and village. And the love story in it is an unusual one, since Julitta won’t let Adam get closer than the length of her stiletto.

Long out of print though highly acclaimed, Red Adam’s Lady is a true classic of historical fiction along the lines of Anya Seton’s Katherine and Sharon Kay Penman’s Here Be Dragons.


Hands down, my favorite characters are Red Adam and Julitta, although I also liked the villains as well. When we first get introduced to Red Adam, I expected him to be one of the cold rakes who will only seduce Julitta through forced love-making or who thinks he knows better than everyone else. Much to mine surprise, Red Adam has really grown on me; he is chivalrous, cares more for others than himself and dares to back up Julitta in her pursuits. He is also highly intelligent and loyal and while his childhood is a bit tragic, its not as bad as one would expect. My first impression of Julitta is of someone who wants to keep peace at all costs and someone not sure of herself. But as she becomes the mistress, and thanks to Red Adam's encouragement, she really grows into an amazing woman who dares to stand beside her husband in easy and difficult times and who finally sees the value in him. There are other characters but I feel as if they aren't as memorable as Red Adam and Julitta, and a character sheet would have been a bit helpful.


Bad beginnings can have excellent endings


The story is written in third person narrative from Julitta's point of view. Its well written, very exciting, in terms of the events, power struggles between Julitta and Constance, and a fascinating period. I also will mention that in some cases a dictionary might be required because some of the words meant different things than they do now (namely the word slut, which has another meaning aside from the sexual one.) and this story is one that will require a re-read some time soon because first time is not enough. I also feel that the book would have benefited from a character sheet because while I recall and remember many characters, there are some that have tended to escape me, unfortunately.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Grace Ingram was the pseudonym of Doris Sutcliffe Adams (1920-2015). She wrote six novels: Desert Leopard, Price of Blood, Power of Darkness, and No Man's Son under her own name, and Red Adam's Lady and Gilded Spurs under the name Grace Ingram.


From the summary and the book cover, I almost expected for the novel to be a  romance novel similar to modern day ones with little to no focus on anything else. Things that I thought the novel wouldn't be is wild, exciting, attention grabbing sentences and words and a hero and heroine that you just want to be happy together. I also didn't expect so much death, as odd as it sounds. But I got that and much more. In addition to having an engaging and memorable romance, the author introduces the reader to the daily life of 12th century England be it vocabulary, cleaning methods, medicines, or the constant death that stalks the characters. What I also loved are the characters of Adam and Julitta and how the author slowly showed them becoming friends before getting a happily ever after. For a wonderful and awesome read that is both sweet and shows realistic medieval life, this is was a breath-taking read.

This was given to me for an honest review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, March 12, 2018

G969 Book Review of Waking Isabella by Melissa Muldoon

Name of Book: Waking Isabella

Author: Melissa Muldoon

ISBN: 978-0-9976348-2-2

Publisher: MattaPress

Type of book: Italy, dreams, fairy-tale, WWII, 1500s, Medicis, Isabella, paintings, hidden secrets, 2000s, Arezzo, jousting, teams, competition, whimsy

Year it was published: 2017


Waking Isabella is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that, over time, has been lost, erased, or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries. Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s antique trade and the fanfare and pageantry of its medieval jousting festival. While filming a documentary about Isabella de’ Medici—the Renaissance princess who was murdered by her husband—Nora begins to connect with the lives of two remarkable women from the past. Unraveling the stories of Isabella, the daughter of a fifteenth-century Tuscan duke, and Margherita, a young girl trying to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Italy, Nora begins to question the choices that have shaped her own life up to this point. As she does, hidden beauty is awakened deep inside of her, and she discovers the keys to her creativity and happiness. It is a story of love and deceit, forgeries and masterpieces—all held together by the allure and intrigue of a beautiful Tuscan ghost.


Main characters include Nora, an American girl from California who travels to Italy for creating a movie about Isabella Medici. Nora is best described as talented and is at crossroads at what to do. She is also atuned to the spirits of Isabella Medici and Margherita and often witnesses scenes from the past. While at first fearful and uncertain, she plunges head-on to embracing what life gives her. Isabella Medici is from the famous Medici family who gets killed by her husband (end of first chapter, first sentence) She is stuck in an unhappy marriage but is best described as someone who loves life and joy and parties but at the same time she has high expectations from life that end up disappointing her. Margherita is from WWII and is Nora's love interest's grandmother. Margherita is also resourceful and determined when it comes to life. (Pity we don't see her stories continue after WWII) There are other characters such as Luca, Nora's friend Juliette and Marco who happens to be Luca's best friend as well as Carlotta and Carlotta's grandfather, but they are not as well drawn as Nora and the two women who guide her.


Let the past be one's guide


The story is in third person narrative, mostly told from Nora's point of view, although Margherita and Isabella also play roles in the story as they guide Nora in professional and personal life. Like the previous story, this one also has a touch of fairy-tale and whimsy but its a bit more localized than Dreaming Sophia. It also has more focus on specific characters rather than on many characters as in Dreaming Sophia which makes it for an easy and delightful read. I personally would have liked there to be more tidbits about Isabella Medici because she sounds pretty fascinating, but other than that a pretty good read.

Author Information:
(From Italy Book Tours)

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Kobo ~ Barnes & Noble,
Book Depository, Books a Million, IndieBound, Indigo
Add to Goodreads

Meet the Author:

Melissa Muldoon is the Studentessa Matta—the crazy linguist! In Italian, “matta” means “crazy” or “impassioned.” Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence.

Melissa promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog, Studentessa Matta ( Melissa began the Matta blog to improve her command of the language and to connect with other language learners. It has since grown to include a podcast, “Tutti Matti per l’Italiano,” and the Studentessa Matta YouTube channel. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Tours, which she co-leads with Italian partners in Italy.

Waking Isabella is Melissa’s second novel and follows Dreaming Sophia, published in 2016. In this new novel about Italy, the reader is taken on another art history adventure, inspired by Melissa’s experiences living and traveling in Italy, specifically Arezzo, as well as her familiarity with the language and art. For more information about Waking Isabella and links to Melissa’s blogs and social media sites, visit

As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family. She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When she returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming she’d never need it again, but after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing in her life. That “thing” was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event. Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency—a path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in countless ways. Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy with others. When Melissa is not traveling in Italy, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for Waking Isabella and Dreaming Sophia. She also curates the Dreaming Sophia blog and Pinterest site: The Art of Loving Italy. Please visit the Pinterest page for pictures of Arezzo, the Giostra del Saracino, and all the places we go in Italy in both books. Visit for more information about immersion trips to learn the language with Melissa in Italy, as well as the Studentessa Matta blog for practice and tips to learn the Italian language.

Connect with Melissa:Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Youtube

Previously I've read the author's beautiful and whimsical novel Dreaming Sophia a few years ago in 2016, thus I was pretty excited to begin Waking Isabella and seeing if her sophomore novel could match up to her previous one. To my delight I can confirm affirmatively that it can. While the story is localized to Italy, its even further localized to a village named Arezzo and the reader gets to learn fascinating tidbits about Arezzo such as the jousting match, or even the history of the rescue of art by the locals. Similar to the previous book, the main character, Nora, comes to Italy to recover from some shocks in her life and to begin healing herself. Listening to stories of Isabella as well as Margherita, she starts to learn to listen to herself and what she needs the most. In this story, unlike the previous one, the author does include a few historical scenes now and there that take place in different time periods be it WWII when Margherita is introduced, or 1500s when Isabella and Medici family is introduced. For someone who wants to learn more of Italy as well as someone looking for unexpected inspirations, I would highly recommend Waking Isabella as a good place to start.

This is for Italy Book Tours


Feb 19 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Feb 19 - The Book Drealms - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 - Essentially Italian - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 20 - Paulette's Papers - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
​Feb 20 - Just Reviews - review
Feb 21 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 22 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Feb 22 - Elgee Writes - review / giveaway
Feb 22 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 23 - Monica Cesarato - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 26 - Martha's Italy - review
Feb 27 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview / giveaway
March 1 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
March 2 - Jayne’s Books - review
March 3 - Books and Tea - review / author interview / giveaway
March 5 - BookLove - review / guest post / giveaway
March 6 - Two Points of Interest - review / giveaway
March 7 - What Cathy Read Next - review / giveaway
March 8 - Literary Flits - review / giveaway
March 9 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
March 12 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
March 13 - - review / giveaway
March 14 - StoreyBook Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 14 - Italophilia - review
March 15 - Bookworm for Kids - review / giveaway
March 15 - Lovely Loveday - review
March 16 - Books Direct - review / giveaway
March 19 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - review / giveaway
March 20 - JBronder Book Reviews - review / guest post
March 21 - The Pen and Muse - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
March 21 - Tower of Babel (Torre de Babel) - review
March 22 - The Booksnake Etc - review
March 23 - TFaulc Book Reviews - review / author interview
March 23 - Jessica Cassidy - review / giveaway
TBD - A L' Ouest - review
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

E-Reading G996 Walk with Me

Title of the book: Walk with Me

Author: Debra Schoenberger


Publishing Date:  2017



Welcome to my book of weird; pairs of shoes waiting for their owners, a cat for sale in a shop window and chairs on walls. Street photography like you've never seen it before - or have you?

Author Info:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the book:
Amazon ~ iTunes ~ Blurb
Add to Goodreads

Meet the author / photographer:

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.

​Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ​~ Instagram ~ Pinterest
Personal Opinion:

In this photography book I am reminded of a Tolkien quote about the road, (from the movie: "Still round the corner there may wait/ A new road or a secret gate,/And though we pass them by today,/Tomorrow we may come this way/And take the hidden paths that run/ Towards the Moon or to the Sun.") mainly because of the fact that this time the pictures are of things that one may not notice as they get busy with life and errands. The book consists entirely of pictures and they offer hidden worlds of colors, nature and either quirky or breathtaking moments. Interspersed within the pictures is nature be it dog, cat, people, sunsets, etc. I actually liked the natural pictures a lot. For people who love pictures or who want to see something amusing and unifying, I would highly recommend the book.

This is for iRead Book Tours


March 5 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
March 5 - This and That Book Blog - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 5 - What Cathy Read Next - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 6 - Bound 4 Escape - review / author interview / giveaway
March 6 - My Reading Journeys - review / author interview / giveaway
March 7 - Cassidy's Bookshelves - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 7 - Being Tilly's Mummy - review
March 8 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - review / guest post / giveaway
March 8 - Library of Clean Reads - review / author interview / giveaway
March 9 - Bookworm for Kids - review / author interview / giveaway
March 12 - Hall Ways Blog - review / giveaway
March 12 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
March 13 - 30-something Travel - review / author interview / giveaway
March 13 - Literary Flits - review / giveaway
March 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 14 - Always Books - review / author interview / giveaway
March 15 - My Life. One Story at a Time. - review / guest post / giveaway
March 15 - StoreyBook Reviews - review / giveaway
March 16 - One Frugal Girl - review / giveaway
March 19 - Books Direct - review
March 19 - 100 Pages A Day - review / giveaway
March 20 - fundinmental - review / author interview / giveaway
March 21 - Savvy Verse & Wit - review / giveaway
March 22 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review / guest post
March 23 - Jessica Cassidy - review / author interview / giveaway
March 23 - T's Stuff - review / author interview / giveaway
March 23 - Seaside Book Nook - review / giveaway
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

G973 Book Review of The secret life of Mrs London by Rebecca Rosenberg

Name of Book: The secret life of Mrs. London

Author: Rebecca Rosenberg

ISBN: 978-1542048736

Publisher: Lake Union

Type of book: 1915-1917, WWI, Houdini, Jack London, marriage, relationships, muse to artist, gilded cage, performances, story, death, loyalty, finances, family

Year it was published: 2018


San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.

As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.


From Victoria Kelly, MRS. HOUDINI, THE NOVEL

The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a heart-wrenching portrait of a marriage between two people who utterly depend on one another, but ultimately aren't enough for each other. With skillful precision of language, Rosenberg weaves a narrative that defines the complexities of love, passion and art. This is a perceptive, deeply moving novel by a great new talent about a couple who has gone unnoticed in historical fiction until now. Anyone who has ever loved another person will want to read this book.


One of Houdini’s best kept secrets was his affair with Charmian London in 1918. Now Rebecca Rosenberg tells the story using an elegant blend of fact and fiction, creating a Houdini book like no other. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a true peek behind the curtain and a page-turner. –John Cox,

From Malena Watrous, SPARKED, IF YOU FOLLOW ME

The SECRET LIFE of MRS. LONDON is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the marriage of Jack and Charmain London, both fascinating and complicated characters with rich inner lives that Rosenberg conveys in crisp yet poetic prose. This contemporary historical fiction raises questions that are still relevant today about what makes a good marriage, and whether creativity and stability are incompatible. A rich, resonant, deeply satisfying novel sure to delight and leave readers thinking long after they put it down.


Charmian is Jack London's wife, and its a identity she truly takes to heart, being to him whatever he desires her to be. She truly loves him and wants nothing but success for him. I found her to be a complex character and its hard to pigeonhole her into one category. Jack London is best described as an author diva as well as someone who takes advantage of people close to him. (He is not exactly painted in a positive light in this story...) He is fickle, callous, and in a lot of aspects is selfish. Bessie Houdini is also complex although she strives to be simple-minded. She is sweet, honest and in a lot of ways like Charmian, caged by a man's greatness. (I honestly think that Bessie Houdini is perhaps my favorite character in the story.)  Harry Houdini is mystical, intelligent and can also predict Charmian's moves with great accuracy. He is also loyal to his roots and to those he loves. (Writing about them, I just realized how eerily similar Houdini and Jack are...!)


You are more than just one identity


The story is in first person narrative from Charmian's point of view. The story begins with a bang (literally) and doesn't let go of the reader easily until the last few pages. I did want to know what happened to Charmian after the final few pages, but I think the author hinted at it throughout the novel rather than writing an author's note as most authors do to let the readers know what is fiction and what is truth. I also wanted to know what happened to Jack's family in the upcoming years as the Roaring Twenties came onto the scene so to speak. One aspect I wasn't comfortable with were the  Japanese servants employed by the London family because they weren't fully drawn characters and its a bit difficult to believe that one of them spoke in Japanese sayings and riddles all the time. (I recall reading in another book that Japanese who arrived to America picked up English with gusto because they didn't want to be viewed as Chinese were viewed.)

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)

About the Author

A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel.

Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home.

For more information, please visit Rebecca’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

Probably like most of the people, I knew next to nothing about Jack London besides his Call of the Wild story as well as White Fang, which I found to be beautifully written. (In high school, I had to read a short story by him which is about a man trying to be on his own in Alaska without guidance and failing, as I remember it...) Besides him being an escape artist, I also knew next to nothing about Houdini as well. (My friend, G-d rest her soul, once called my son 'little Houdini' because he easily escaped the swaddling blanket as a baby.) For me the book honestly reads as if the author has known all the characters in her lifetime and they are larger than life. Other factors of the story are also very engaging such as the plot, the tight intricate details of Jack's and Charmian's daily life as well as their trip to Hawaii and the vivid characterizations of secondary characters of Bessie and Harry Houdini. All in all, a beautiful and vivid read where the reader won't look at page numbers but instead will devour the novel in a few settings as possible.

This is for HFVBT

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, January 30
Review at A Bookaholic Swede

Wednesday, January 31
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, February 1
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, February 2
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, February 5
Review at Creating Herstory

Tuesday, February 6
Review at Planting Cabbages

Wednesday, February 7
Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, February 8
Interview at Planting Cabbages

Friday, February 9
Review at Bookish

Sunday, February 11
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, February 12
Review at Cup of Sensibility

Tuesday, February 13
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Wednesday, February 14
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Thursday, February 15
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, February 16
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Monday, February 19
Review at Reading the Past

Tuesday, February 20
Review at The Lit Bitch

Friday, February 23
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, February 26
Review at Back Porchervations

Tuesday, February 27
Guest Post at My Reading Corner

Wednesday, February 28
Review & Giveaway at Suzy Approved Book Reviews

Thursday, March 1
Review at What Cathy Read Next

Friday, March 2
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, March 5
Review at Caryn, the Book Whisperer

Tuesday, March 6
Review at Bookish Beck

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Coming Attractions of March 2018...

Awhile back, I learned a valuable lesson: anticipation is far worse than reality. Why? Because anticipation equals time and time equals to creating a mountain out of a molehill. I am proud that I finally got over a certain anxiety and began a book that I built up to epic proportions in my mind. Name of the book? If I will review it in March, you will see for yourself what book it is ;) March will mostly be history month, although a few non-historical reads will make their appearances as well: Also, March will have a lot of old authors coming back to my blog for sophomore debuts: The Muse of Fire by Carol M Cram is one sophomore debut, the previous book being Towers of Tuscany; then Waking Isabella by Melissa Muldoon and her freshman debut was Dreaming Sophia. The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage is more like junior debut, but for a series of The King's Greatest Enemy is a sophomore debut. So stay awhile, become a follower and check out the awesome book tours I have coming up; any of them sound interesting to you? 

Book Tours:

The Secret Life of Mrs. London-Rebecca Rosenberg (March 2nd, 2018)

The Muse of Fire- Carol M Cram (March 5th, 2018)

Waking Isabella-Melissa Muldoon (March 12th, 2018)

Walk with Me by Debra Schoenberger (March 12th, 2018 e-book)

Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper-Ana Brazil (March 16th, 2018)

The Cold Light of Dawn- Anna Belfrage (March 21st, 2018)

The Myths of Safe Pesticides-Andre Leu (March 21st, 2018)

Light of the Northern Dancers (March 21st, 2018 e-book)

Shadow by the Bridge-Suzanne Zewan (March 28th, 2018)

Hopeful Reads...(can change)

The Comet Seekers-Helen Sedgwick

A Gentleman in Moscow-Amor Towles

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old-Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans (translator)

Red Adam's Lady-Grace Igram

Missing Tyler-Tamara Palmer

For Fresh Fiction: 

The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam (e-book)

Spring Forward by Catherine Anderson (e-book)

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd (e-book)

Kings of Broken Things-Theodore Wheeler

The Sworn Virgin-Kristopher Dukes

The Art of Keeping Secrets-Rachael Johns

March 2018

The cold light of dawn- Anna Belfrage
SR: March 9th, 2018
Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper-Ana Brazil
SR: February 27th, 2018
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
House of shadows- Nicola Cornick
SR: February 19th, 2018
FR: March 9th, 2018
The muse of fire - Carol M Cram
SR: February 24th, 2018
FR: March 11th, 2018
Red Adam's lady- Grace Ingram
SR: March 5th, 2018
FR: March 16th, 2018
Waking Isabella- Melissa Muldoon
SR: February 26th, 2018
FR: March 11th, 2018
Missing Tyler- Tamara Palmer
SR: March 16th, 2018
The secret life of mrs. London- Rebecca Rosenberg
SR: February 24th, 2018
FR: March 5th, 2018
Shadow by the bridge-Suzanne Zewan
SR: March 11th, 2018

Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
The myths of safe pesticides- Andre Leu
SR: March 11th, 2018
FR: March 16th, 2018
Poisoning our children; the parent's guide to the myths of safe pesticides-Andre Leu
SR: March 16th, 2018
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