• Book Reviews

    The Glittering Hour: Blog Tour

    Welcome to my stop on The Glittering Hour blog tour!

    This book spans one of my favorite periods in time, especially for novels featuring women.

    Synopsis:

    Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

    Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

    Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

    An unforgettable historical novel about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from award winning author, Iona Grey.

    Review:

    This was a one night read – one sign of a great book for me.

    Told from multiple points of view, I was almost immediately sucked into the story. This is one of my favorite formats because you get to know each character so well.

    There was also a shifting timeline but it felt natural and necessary to tell the story. It also made me more invested – a.k.a. I couldn’t put the book down.

    I knew I would enjoy this book because of the time period but the character development was so well done that I found myself hurting for Alice, the homesick little girl left behind with her grandparents while my heart broke into a million pieces over the reason for Selina’s absence and her attempts to keep her daughter close to her through letters.

    I didn’t expect to become so emotional and my descriptions here won’t do any character any justice. All I will say is that I hope they found peace and happiness in the end.

    This book borders on a 5 star read for me – completely unexpected which is almost even better. My only negative was that the plot slowed a few times more than I would have liked but that’s a personal preference and probably just me dying to know what happened next.

    If you enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Rules of Civility, you will most likely love this book. It would make a wonderful gift for the historical fiction lover in your life!

    About the Author:

    IONA GREY is the author of the award winning Letters to the Lost. She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.

    Amazon

    Barnes & Noble

    Books-a-Million

    Indie Bound

    Powell’s

    Thank you to Thomas Dunn Books for gifting me this copy to read and review. All opinions in my review are my own.

    If you would like to enter to win a copy, head over to my Instagram to enter!

     

  • Book Reviews,  Writing

    Book Review: Gold Digger – The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

    ✂️✂️✂️✂️/5

    I am thrilled to be featuring this book in partnership with @tlcbooktours 

    𝐅𝐮𝐧 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭: there used to be a fancy restaurant named “Baby Doe’s” that looked like a real mine, perched above downtown Dallas. I grew up fascinated by Baby Doe so I thoroughly enjoyed this work of historical fiction featuring the gritty heroine, Lizzy “Baby Doe” Tabor.

    𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬: 1878, Colorado. When Lizzie Doe’s family loses everything in a fire, the twenty-year-old is forced to marry and go west to prospect a gold mine in Colorado, in hopes of sending money home to her parents. Miners, unaccustomed to such delicate beauty, nickname her Baby Doe, after a newborn deer.

    But Baby Doe proves herself tougher than they imagined when she finds herself abandoned, pregnant and running the mine alone. Her pluck gains the admiration of Silver King Horace Tabor, married and twice her age, and running for U.S. Senator. In Tabor, Baby Doe finds devotion and true passion. When scandal and economic ruin threatens Tabor’s life, Baby Doe must make a painful choice. Baby Doe Tabor was a real-life, deeply complex heroine, rising and falling and rising again with beguiling grit and stubborn spirit.

    𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰: Historical fiction can be be hit or miss for me because some of the same stories are told over and over. That’s not the case with 𝑮𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝑫𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒓. Perfectly capturing the grit of the mining west and the larger than life characters, I was drawn in immediately and finished the book in an afternoon.

    A strong female lead character written in a way that highlights both her imperfections as well as her strengths – without making the reader dislike the character isn’t easy to do. Rebecca Rosenberg was able to accomplish this and I finished the book liking Baby Doe even more than I did when I started reading.

    The appearance of other historical figures like Doc Holliday made the book even more enjoyable and lent credibility to the story.

    The writing was excellent and the characters were well developed and realistic. Historical novels about the west in the late 1800’s can be tough to read at times because life was hard and circumstances were often bleak. This book was no exception but the strong characters balanced out the desperation often felt in plots from this time period.

    My one drawback was that I wished the story was drawn out a bit more. This novel was fast-paced for historical fiction but this was more of a personal preference than anything else.

    I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Thank you to TLC Book Tours, the author Rebecca Rosenberg, and Lion Heart Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and feature.

    To enter to win this fantastic Gold Digger giveaway please visit this link. Good luck!

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