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#bookreview~ The Shadow Queen #Historical #histfic @anne_obrien

The Shadow Queen


Anne O'Brien The Shadow Queen is the story of Joan of Kent, a tale of treachery, power-hungry families and legal subterfuges, in which Joan, a woman of considerable charm and beauty, played a central role at the Plantagenet Court. ‘What would enhance the pattern of my life further? One word slid into my mind. A seductive word. A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.’ From her first clandestine marriage Joan of Kent’s reputation was one of scandal and rumour.Her royal blood made her a desirable bride, but her ambition and passion could become a threat to the stability of the Plantagenet dynasty. Joan knew what she must do to survive, the political games to play, the alliances she must make, even if one man will always own her heart.But would her ambitions bring her happiness? A dramatic story of love and loyalty and of the cost of personal ambition, this is the story of the woman who would ultimately seek power as the mother to the ten year old King Richard II,…

#bookreview ~ Billabong Ghost (The Stolen Years Book 2) #histfic

Billabong Ghost (The Stolen Years #2)ByRyn Shell

A lonely and neglected boy creates an imaginary friend-protector not knowing she is a spirit seeking his help to avenge her death.
Another gripping instalment of The Stolen Years Series of historical Australian rural-lit novels by Ryn Shell. Integrated into To Kill for a Ghost is the story of the heroes on the SS Admella shipwreck.

What did I think of the Book?
The past is about to pay a visit to the settlers of Fife Springs, Queensland.
With the most articulate prose, Ryn Shell traverses time as she weaves a story about a neglected seven year-old-boy and what he thinks is his imaginary friend — his protector. But Charlotte is a restless spirit determined to have 'payback' on those who stole her life at the tender age of sixteen.
Billabong Ghost is an incredibly moving, and sometimes disturbing, tale of how a young woman was manipulated by those who were around her and how her death had far reaching consequences across the generations…

#bookreview ~ The Dead Of Winter #Crime #mustread @bilbob20

The Dead Of Winter ByBilly McLaughlin
Sometimes the truth is closer to home than you know…

When little Archie Miller is taken from his cot, the clock is ticking for Detective Kevin Wallace to return the baby to his devastated mother. At first it looks like the act of a teenage girl who just wants attention.

However, Wallace discovers there’s something more sinister at play in this brand-new novel from the writer of ‘Lost Girl’ and ‘In the Wake of Death’.

The small community begin to point the finger in another direction. Anything to divert eyes away from the secrets and the lies that they themselves are caught up in.

What really happened to Archie Miller and what lengths will a parent go to when protecting one of their own?

What did I think of the Book?

This is a nice neighbourhood, things like this don't happen here.
It is every parents worst nightmare. When Dan went into the nursery to check on his baby he found the crib empty. It is now up to the police to piece together all the …

The Du Lac Devil is #free on #Kindle for a Limited Time! #historicalfantasy

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#bookreview ~ Fairy Keeper (World of Aluvia #1) #YA @AmyBearce

Fairy Keeper(World of Aluvia #1) ByAmy Bearce

Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.

Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little siste…

#bookreview ~ Conversation with Tom #Cats #Humour

Conversations with TomByAngela Lockwood

When Jeff and his wife Lisa adopt a kitten named Tom, they have no idea their marriage is in trouble. When the fluffy kitten turns out to be a boisterous cat, hell-bent on destroying furniture, Lisa realises life isn’t turning out the way she’d planned. Tom’s conviction that 4am really is the best time of day, plus her husband’s disastrous business sense, soon drives Lisa into the arms of another man.

Newly single, and at a loss, Jeff turns to his cat for a sympathetic furry ear. The witty and convincingly cat-like character he imagines becomes the friend he so desperately needs. But as his owner agonises about love and life, Tom concerns himself with more important matters, such as soliciting tuna and how to get better acquainted with the neighbour’s rabbit. Although they don’t always understand each other, Jeff and Tom form an unbreakable bond – until a trip to the vet changes everything…

What did I think of the Book?

A must read for Cat Lovers…

#bookreview ~ The Highland Duke (Lords of the Highlands #1) #Romance #HistFic

The Highland Duke(Lords of the Highlands #1)ByAmy Jarecki
She'll put her life on the line for him . . .

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . .

What did I think of the Book?

Can a J…

#bookreview ~ To Kill For Land (The Stolen Years Book 5) #histfic

To Kill For Land(The Stolen Years #5)
By Ryn Shell

Do you crave a good, old-fashioned yarn? 
This novel from the author of To Kill for a Ghost is exactly that: an engrossing story of love and adventure in Australia, complete with gorgeous landscape. That i t is also the best kind of contemporary historical novel – the kind that teaches you something about the real people and events of the time as a bonus. 
Teenage Jarrah and Emily come of age in this novel of crime, betrayal, resilience, love and Australia.
What did I make of the book?

In the Australian outback land is everything — but is it worth killing for?
Jarrah may be young, but he is determined to straddle the two opposing worlds of his heritage. But if he embraces the Aboriginal culture he will lose his most beloved friend, Emily.
There is nothing Emily would not do for Jarrah. She understands his obligations to his heritage, and she knows that the two of them could never be, but she shares his dreams and will do anything to make th…