Wednesday, 31 July 2019

#BookReview — A Phoenix Rising (The House of the Red Duke, #1) by Vivienne Brereton #HistoricalFiction #Tudors

A Phoenix Rising
(The House of the Red Duke, #1)
By Vivienne Brereton

“If I have anything to do with it, we Howards will live forever.”
Thomas Howard Charismatic head of one of the most powerful Houses in Tudor England. An indomitable old man approaching eighty: soldier, courtier, politician, a ‘phoenix’ rising from the ashes. After a calamitous period of disgrace, the Howards, renowned for their good looks and charm, are once more riding high at the court of Henry VIII.

Set against the backdrop of the extraordinary 1520 ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’, it is a tale of ambition, love, and intrigue, with Thomas at the centre of this intricate tapestry

Will Thomas’s bold vow be fulfilled? Danger stalks the corridors of the royal courts of Europe. Uneasy lies the head beneath a crown. Every other ruler - a fickle bedfellow…or sworn enemy.

The action takes place in England, Scotland, and France. On either side of the Narrow Sea, four young lives are interwoven, partly unaware of each other, and certainly oblivious to what Dame Fortune has in store for them.

“Nicolas de La Barre laid his lute to one side, hardly bothering to stifle a yawn of boredom. Nevertheless, he couldn’t escape the fact he’d agreed to take on a new wife….”

Explosive family secrets are concealed behind the ancient walls of castles in three lands. But…

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”

“Red Duke...a Field of Red. A future generation of Howards on the throne of England. Me in charge of a country. And now a Field of Gold.”

Thomas Howard should have paid more attention to what the old witch, Mairghread, had foreseen all those years ago. But her words had seemed so far-fetched. So implausible. And yet, everything she predicted is coming true.

Thomas has lived through the reign of six kings — he has served four of them. He was an old man now, older than most. Nearing full four scores was an achievement in this troubled time. And yet, the young King Henry has entrusted him to look after his kingdom while he travels to France to strengthen the friendship between himself and Francis I at the Camp du Drap d’Or — Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Thomas had vowed long ago that he would restore the Howard’s fortunes, and he has. ButDame Fortune is a fickle mistress. Thomas knows that the Wheel of Fortune could bring you unimaginable wealth and power. But with a single turn, you could find yourself in a cell in the Tower of London. However, such things did not deter him. Thomas was determined that The House of Howard would become the most prominent and influential Houses in England second only to The House of Tudor.

From the rugged Cornish Coast, the comfort of Stirling Castle, the delight of Ardres Castle, and the splendour of Thomas Wolsey's Hampton Court Palace, A Phoenix Rising (The House of the Red Duke, #1) by Vivienne Brereton is the sweeping saga of four rival European courts and the people who helped to shape them.

For a debut novel, A Phoenix Rising (The House of the Red Duke, #1), is an absolute triumph and one Vivienne Brereton has the right to be justly proud of. Not only does Brereton write with incredible energy and imagination, while staying true to the documented history, she also has a keen eye for what is entertaining. Kudos, Ms Brereton.

Brereton deserves the highest of praise for her mesmerising narrative and her authentic historical detailing. Penned in the first person, Brereton has explored over twenty years of British and European history. It is a tale told for the most part from the perspective of Thomas Howard — 2nd Duke of Norfolk. Brereton lets her readers glimpse into a world that is filled with danger and intrigue. But it is also a story of personal triumph, as well as desperate and unforgettable heartbreak. A Phoenix Rising (The House of the Red Duke, #1) is a novel that is next to impossible to put down. It is also one that is going to be very difficult to forget.

A Phoenix Rising is a historical fiction lover’s delight. They are all here, within the pages of this remarkable book — The House of Tudor, The House of Stewart, The House of Habsburg, The House of Valois, The House of Stafford, The House of Bullens (Boleyn), and of course The House of Howard. And like chess pieces upon a board, they all must play their part. Titles and wealth are theirs for the taking for those who are of course brave enough to reach for it.

There is a huge cast of characters in this book, and although I would say I know this period of history reasonably well, I did fear that I was going to have trouble keeping up with who was who. There are a few time-slips as well, so this is a novel that demands your complete attention. Saying that however, there is a rhythm to this story, an almost musical quality, that is incredibly hypnotic. The characters are so distinctive that my fears were soon laid to rest. Before I knew it, I found myself completely immersed in this wonderful world that Brereton has penned.

I adored Brereton's characterisation of Thomas Howard. He is this wily old soldier come diplomat who knows only too well how to play this medieval game of thrones. I certainly enjoyed his attempts to outwit Thomas Wolsey — or the Snake, as Thomas calls him in this book! The scenes with Wolsey are certainly memorable, as is Thomas realisation that he and Wolsey have more in common than either would care to admit!

As I have stated, it is not just Thomas Howard’s life we glimpse. Brereton has been incredibly ambitious and told her story from several perspectives, and because it spans two decades, some of the narratives are told through the eyes of children. These children grow up within the pages of this book. As a reader, we get to watch them mature. By doing this, we can have a seemingly intimate knowledge of why they turned out as this did. I thought this worked incredibly well. I particularly enjoyed reading Nicolas story, as well as his rival and "brother" Tristan.

I cannot praise this book enough. It was absolute fabulous. If you are looking for your next Tudor fix then check out A Phoenix Rising (The House of the Red Duke, #1) by Vivienne Brereton.

I Highly Recommend.

Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

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Vivienne Brereton

I’ve always loved the Tudor period, from a very early age, have a degree in medieval history. I’ve lived in six different countries in my life and soaked up the history in each one. I now live in France which made writing about three different countries and cultures easier for me. I’ve always worked with words wherever I’ve lived: teaching, editing, writing. 

I’m married with three sons so plenty of scope for Nicolas and Tristan! Anne Boleyn was the only character I found slightly elusive. All the others were so vivid, I had no problem getting into their heads. Of the kings, James was my favourite and after all my reading I hope I did him justice. All were brilliant men. Renaissance men, so cultured. What would they make of ours today? Harry could easily pass for Henry’s naughty little brother. Not sure Charles would make the grade. 

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

#BookReview — The Adventures of Mountain Ma'am by Juliana Rew #HistoricalFantasy

The Adventures of Mountain Ma'am
By Juliana Rew

Struggling to survive in the treacherous Colorado Rockies, Callie Dawson never expected to find a friend - let alone a partner. But when she befriends the wild wolf Sina, Callie learns she has a destiny intertwined with the future of the American West. She is the Mountain Ma'am!

Together with Sina and her soulmate Johnny, Callie leads the Laramide Nation, a loose coalition of humans and animals dedicated to protecting the land and all who live there. Battling crooked interests, feuding animals, and evil magical forces, Callie and the Laramide Nation protect Leadville and work to ensure that Sina's endangered descendants will always have a home in their native habitat.

"You are of the mountains. You are the Mountain Ma'am..."

Callie Dawson had always been a free spirit, which was perhaps why she had rushed into marriage with the handsome and charismatic Harry. However, there was another side to Harry. He was controlling, cruel and violent. Callie had no choice but to flee into the mountains.

Alone in the Colorado Rockies, Callie has plenty of time to reflect upon her life and her choices. Her first mistake was marrying Harry. Her second one was running away to such a harsh and unforgiving place. How was she going to survive in a land that is as savage as it is beautiful?

Help comes at the least likely of moments and in the form of a wolf. Callie thought she must be losing her mind when she heard the wolf speak. Things like that didn't happen. Animals do not talk. But this one did.

Callie's eyes are opened to a world that she never knew existed. Now she must decide if she is to fulfil her destiny and become The Mountain Ma'am — the protector of the Laramide Nation.

What a charming and delightful book. Split into eight short stories The Adventures of Mountain Ma'am by Juliana Rew is the perfect escapism for a quick coffee break.

I was intrigued as to why Rew decided to write this book not as a complete full-length novel but as a short story cycle. Initially, I did have some concerns that Rew would not be able to pull this off as at times the language she used was rather simplistic. However, with each tale, I learnt more about the heroine and the world that the story is set in. This careful use of word-building made this book refreshingly charming.

The heroine of this tale is Callie. Callie is a strong-willed heroine, who is incredibly pragmatic and accepting of the strange paranormal world that she finds herself in. In each short tale, we learn a little more about her, which makes this collection into something resembling a journey of discovery. There is a cast of supporting characters, my favourite being Johnny, that helps to drive the narrative forward.

There is a heavy dose of the paranormal in this little book, from talking wolves, arguing woodpeckers, and a fairy King, which kept me turning those pages.

If you are looking for a quick yet charming read, then look no further than The Adventures of Mountain Ma'am.

I Recommend.

Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

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Juliana Rew

Juliana Rew is a former science and technical writer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and has won over a dozen technical writing competitions. She also writes science fiction and is chief editor and publisher of Third Flatiron Anthologies, a quarterly science fiction and fantasy publication available via Third Flatiron is an Affiliate Member of SFWA.

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#BookReview — Bright Axe: The Byrhtnoth Chronicles Book 2 by Christine Hancock #HistoricalFiction

Bright Axe
The Byrhtnoth Chronicles Book 2
By Christine Hancock

AD 947: Byrhtnoth has received his father’s sword. But his hall is burnt and the sword stolen. Learning that his father still lives, he swears a solemn vow to find him.

Torn between his quest and duty to Lord Athelstan of East Anglia, friends are hurt when an old enemy unexpectedly reappears. Despised by his best friend for his failure, he is sent deep into Northumbria, to Bebbanburg.

Winter closes in and wolves prowl the hills. Who is the mysterious woman he encounters there? She offers him news of his father – and more.

Will Byrhtnoth remain with her, or return home to discover the fate of the friends he abandoned?

Or should he continue the quest for his father?

“Yesterday I lost a sword and was given another, the one I had longed for. It was my father’s sword, kept from me until I became a man…”

But, now the sword is lost and finding his father feels like an unattainable dream. Thegn Byrhtnoth has responsibilities. His people need him, more now than ever and Ealdorman Athelstan demands his loyalty. However, the vow he made to a dying man lies heavy within his soul. He must find his father. He must discover the truth.

It is hard being a slave, even more so when you are in love with someone who can never be yours. Saewynn longs for the freedom not only to love but to control her destiny. She is no good at cooking, nor does she enjoy other womanly pursuits. She wants to become a warrior — a Shield Maiden. All Saewynn has to do is convince the object of her adoration that it would be a good idea to train her in the art of warfare. If Byrhtnoth says no, then Saewynn does not know what she will do.

With war upon the horizon and his enemy closing ranks, Byrhtnoth must prepare for battle. Thoughts of his father will have to wait. However, during his time away, Byrhtnoth encounters a beautiful yet mysterious lady who claims to have news of his father. However, he must be cautious, for although the lady is a slave, men fear her.

From a terrible fire in Essex to the cold and unforgiving terrain of Bebbanburg in Northumbria, Bright Axe: The Byrhtnoth Chronicles Book 2 by Christine Hancock is a gripping account of war, betrayal, loss and love.

Hancock has plucked her hero, Byrhtnoth, out of obscurity and breathed new life into a man in which very little is known about, other than the fact that he was a 10th-century Saxon Ealdorman of Essex and he died at The Battle of Maldon. I thought her depiction of this seemingly forgotten 10th Century hero was fabulous. He is a protagonist that a reader can really get behind. Byrhtnoth is kind and generous, and seemingly blind to what is staring him in the face! Byrhtnoth is a flawed character, and he makes mistakes which I think made him all the more human in the telling.

The other protagonist in this beautiful tale is Saewynn. I adored her. She is such a brave young woman who finds herself in a very precarious situation. It is pride that tears Saewynn and Byrhtnoth apart, which leads to some very dire consequences for Saewynn. At times Saewynn’s plight made for very difficult reading, but it was Saewynn’s emotional reaction to the events after they had happened where Hancock really showed what an excellent storyteller she is. Brilliantly written and totally absorbing. Kudos, Ms Hancock.

There are several antagonists in this story, and they are, as expected, vile and cruel. However, the most despicable of them has to be Egbert. His actions are as deplorable as they are vicious. Egbert’s portrayal was very chilling indeed, and yet it drove this story forward. There were times when I did not want to read on for fear of what he was going to do next, but at the same time, I needed to know. Talk about compulsive reading!

There is one other character I would like to mention, and that is Wulfstan. I found myself torn between Byrhtnoth and Wulfstan. I wanted both of these wonderful characters to get what they deserved. Wulfstan is the constant in Byrhtnoth’s life. He is also unwittingly Byrhtnoth’s conscience. When Wulfstan rebukes him, Byrhtnoth listens and takes stock of what Wulfstan says. I loved Wulfstan. He really helped to give this book depth. Superbly written and masterfully portrayed.

Although the narrative sometimes came across as very modern, this did not take anything away from the story itself. Hancock has presented her readers with an authentic historical backdrop, and the hours of research that Hancock has dedicated to this book certainly shines through. I have not read book 1 in The Byrhtnoth Chronicles, but this did not hamper my enjoyment of Bright Axe at all. This book works very well as a stand-alone. However, I now want to go back and read Book 1!

If you fancy dipping your toes into the Dark Ages, then Bright Axe: The Byrhtnoth Chronicles: Book 2 may just be the book for you.

I Highly Recommend.

Review by Mary Ann Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

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Christine Hancock

I was born in Essex and moved to Rugby, Warwickshire when I married. I have a husband, two sons and two lovely grandchildren.

I am a long-term family historian, leader of the local history group and town guide.

I had never thought of becoming an author – I just wanted to write about some of my ancestors. In 2013 I joined a writing class. The class turned out to be about writing fiction. Before I knew it, I was writing a novel.

Byrhtnoth was a real warrior who died in the 991 Battle of Maldon, made famous by the Anglo-Saxon poem of that name. Growing up in Essex, I visited Maldon often, and attended the 1000 year anniversary of the battle in 1991.
I wanted to find out what made Byrhtnoth such a famous warrior.

I finished the book but found it had become a series – how long, I have yet to find out.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Book Review — Like Chaff in the Wind (The Graham Saga Book #2) by Anna Belfrage #HistoricalRomance #TimeTrave

Like Chaff in the Wind
(The Graham Saga Book #2)
By Anna Belfrage

Matthew Graham committed the mistake of his life when he cut off his brother's nose. In revenge, Luke Graham has Matthew abducted and transported to the colony of Virginia to be sold as indentured labour. Matthew arrives in Virginia in May 1661 and any hope he had of finding someone willing to listen to his story of unlawful abduction is quickly extinguished. If anything, Matthew's insistence that he is an innocent man leads him to being singled out for the heaviest tasks. Insufficient food, gruelling days and the humid heat combine to wear him down. With a sinking feeling, he realises no one has ever survived their seven years of service on the plantation Suffolk Rose. Fortunately for Matthew, he has a remarkable wife. Alex Graham has no intention of letting her husband suffer and die. So she sets off from Scotland on a perilous journey to bring her husband home. Alex is plagued by nightmares in which Matthew is reduced to a wheezing wreck by his tormentors. Sailing to Virginia, she prays for a miracle to carry her swiftly to his side. But fate has other plans, and what should have been a two month crossing turns into a year long adventure - from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Will Alex find Matthew in time? Will she be able to pay the price of setting him free? Like Chaff in the Wind continues on from The Rip in the Veil, taking Alex and Matthew's love story to a new continent.

“This was the work of his hell-spawn of a brother and now, oh dearest Lord, now there was no one there to protect his wife and son...”

Matthew Graham took his brother’s nose. He should have taken his life. Luke will not stop until Matthew is dead, and all that belongs to Matthew is his. Once again, Matthew finds himself in chains because of his brother, only this time it was going to be worse for his destination was Virginia. His brother had known, by God, he had known, that no one survived seven years of indentured servitude at the Suffolk Rose Plantation, but what Luke had not countered on was that Matthew had a reason to live. Matthew would be damned if he died in a foreign country away from all of those he loved.

But even the most courageous of hearts can be broken — just as a body can be broken. With a crushed spirit, Matthew’s only hope is that his hot-headed wife will try to rescue him. Unfortunately, Alexandra is back in Scotland and has no idea what has happened to him.

Alexandra (Alex) Graham had not travelled through time and sacrificed everything familiar, including her son, to become a widow. She will find her beloved Matthew. All he has to do is stay alive.

From a dreary icy January in Edinburgh to the relentless heat of a Virginia summer, Like Chaff in the Wind (The Graham Saga Book #2) by Anna Belfrage is the compelling adventure of one woman’s fight to free her man and bring him home.

Like Chaff in the Wind had me gripped from the opening sentence to the very last full stop. Belfrage writes not only with tremendous verse but also with a keen eye for what is entertaining. There was not a dull moment in this book. The action kept on coming, and this kept those pages turning long into the night.

Belfrage deserves the highest of praise for her mesmerising narrative and her authentic historical detailing. Belfrage tackles the somewhat controversial issue of what it was like to be an indentured servant in the 17th century. Often overshadowed by the horrors of the African Slave Trade, an indentured servant was often involuntarily forced to provide free labour for a fixed amount of time. However, for most indentured servants, it was a life sentence. If they survive the crossing, they then had to acclimatise to a very foreign climate. They also had to contend with tropical diseases, and on top of all of this, they had to perform back-breaking work on very little nourishment. The colour of their skin did not make them exempt from cruel floggings. Belfrage has painted a harrowing picture of what life was like for an indentured servant in the 17th century. The authenticity of Matthew’s plight was so real it was almost tangible. Belfrage has obviously spent long hours researching the conditions that the indentured servants were forced to live in as well as what was expected of them. The plantation owners thought nothing of working them to death. Belfrage demonstrated this total lack of humanity through Matthew’s situation. As a reader, I wept for him.

Alexandra is in a time that is so very different from the era she was born in. The 17thcentury is a difficult place to navigate for a very modern woman. Nevertheless, Alex does whatever it takes to find her man and bring him home. Belfrage has given us a very strong and incredibly brave heroine in Alex. Alex’s tenacity and her sharp wit made this story totally irresistible and next to impossible to put down. There were times when Alex’s recklessness and total disregard for the time she was in made for some cliff-hanging, fingernail biting tension, but this all added to the appeal of this book.

Belfrage balances the two very different time frames — the 17th century and 21st century — with a great deal of skill and diligence. By showing what Alex’s family was experiencing in the 21st century gave this story not only depth but brilliance. Alex has left a seven-year-old son behind, and it was his story that really pulled at my heartstrings.

Like Chaff in the Wind is a real treat for lovers of time-travel fiction. I cannot wait to get my hands on book #3 of this fabulously enthralling series.

I Highly Recommend.

Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

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Anna Belfrage

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.  She has recently released the first in a new series, The Wanderer. This time, she steps out of her normal historical context and A Torch in His Heart is with a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense with paranormal and time-slip ingredients.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, or herAmazon page.

Friday, 12 July 2019

#BookReview — A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga #1) by Anna Belfrage #TimeTravel #HistoricalFiction

A Rip in the Veil
(The Graham Saga #1)
By Anna Belfrage

On a muggy August day in 2002 Alex Lind disappears without a trace. On an equally stifling August day in 1658, Matthew Graham finds her on an empty Scottish moor. Life will never be the same for Alex – or for Matthew.

Due to a series of rare occurrences, Alexandra Lind is thrown three centuries backwards in time. She lands at the feet of Matthew Graham – an escaped convict making his way home to Scotland in this the year of our Lord, 1658.

Matthew doesn’t quite know what to make of this concussed and injured woman who has seemingly fallen from the skies- what is she, a witch?

Alex gawks at this tall, gaunt man with hazel eyes, dressed in what to her mostly looks like rags. At first she thinks he might be some sort of hermit, an oddball, but she quickly realises the odd one out is she, not he.

Catapulted from a life of modern comfort, Alex grapples with this new existence, further complicated by the dawning realization that someone from her time has followed her here – and not exactly to extend a helping hand.

Potential compensation for this brutal shift in fate comes in the shape of Matthew – a man she should never have met, not when she was born three centuries after him. But for all that Matthew quickly proves himself a willing and most capable protector he comes with baggage of his own, and on occasion it seems his past will see him killed. At times Alex finds it all excessively exciting, longing for the structured life she used to have.

How will she ever get back? And more importantly, does she want to?

“Something impossible and incomprehensible had happened to her — but it had happened…”

Her car, her phone, all electrical devices had stopped working. Curious, some might say. And then the pain had come, and the thunder…

Never had Matthew Graham been in such a storm, but the worst seemed to be over, and he could ill afford to waste any more time. If they caught him, they would kill him, for such was the fate of an escaped convict. If they caught him, they would kill him, for such was the fate of an escaped convict. It was the birds that had made him pause, and then he had heard a woman scream.

It was impossible. A fantasy. A myth. You could not go back. You could not go forward. There was only the here and now. So, there must be a rational explanation. All Alexandra Lind had to do was find her car, and she could carry on with her journey. She could not afford to miss the meeting. But… There was no car. No road. There was just a tall, scruffy man who looked like he had not seen a good meal in years.

Matthew was scandalised by what Alexandra was wearing, but he knew when a lass needed help, and despite his long years in prison, he was not a heartless hardened criminal. Not yet, anyway.

If it were not for Matthew, Alexandra would have died outside on the moor. But Matthew was on the run, and Alexandra was utterly out of her depth. When she had closed her eyes, it had been 2002, and now she had somehow travelled back in time to 1658. Things like this didn’t happen to her. They didn’t happen to anyone.

Unbeknownst to Alexandra, slipping through time was to be the least of her concerns…

From the compelling narrative to the highly appealing characters, A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga #1) by Anna Belfrage is an enthralling story, layered in history, romance and with just the right dash of magic that keep a reader turning those pages all night long.

Above everything else, A Rip in the Veil is a love story. The romance between Matthew and Alexandra is a slow simmering build as one would expect. Alexandra has a lot to figure out, and she takes her time to do so. Alexandra had a life, a family and because of this, she struggles with her feelings for Matthew and yet, she is also pragmatic enough to understand that she is probably not going to see her family again and that she has to make the best of it. It does, of course, help to be attracted to her rescuer! There was something about Matthew. It was as if his soul called to hers. Matthew is wary of becoming too attached to the woman from the future. He is nursing a broken heart, and he is reluctant to let down his guard, fearing he would be hurt again. At times, this made him appear selfish and arrogant, but I think Alexandra was wise enough to understand that it would take time for him to trust her fully. I thought the love story was beautiful and very lovely to behold. Belfrage has taken two very broken souls and made them whole again. Fabulous storytelling. 

I have to talk about the paranormal sub-plot in this book. I thought the darker, very magical, element of the narrative made this story just a little different to other time-travel novels. Within the pages of this remarkable book, there is, of course, the romance, but there is also a blood-feud, a witch, and the subsequent witch hunt, as well as an inquisitor from the Spanish Inquisition! What more can you ask for?

Through the sub-plot, Belfrage introduces her antagonists. Luke, Matthew’s brother, is a man who is crippled by bitterness and jealousy. He is a really dangerous character who will go to any lengths to destroy his brother and anyone and everything that his brother loves. Luke was very easy to despise. He is cruel and heartless. His despicable behaviour quickly vanquished any sympathy I may have had for him. Another of the antagonists that is certainly worthy of note is the inquisitor, Hector. Hector’s relationship with Alexandra’s mother is complicated and filled with blood, pain and death, which ended in a curse. I could have felt a level of sympathy for Hector if his desperation did not drive him to do such awful and dreadful things. The antagonists certainly helped to drive the story forward.

The narrative of this story and the authentic historical detailing made this book almost effortless to read. The pages flew by as did the time — wonderful storytelling by a very talented author.

If you are looking for your next Scottish time-travel romance, then look no further than A Rip in the Veil. I cannot wait to find out what happens next in Book #2 of The Graham Saga.

I Highly Recommend.

Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

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A Rip in the Veil

Anna Belfrage

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.  She has recently released the first in a new series, The Wanderer. This time, she steps out of her normal historical context and A Torch in His Heart is with a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense with paranormal and time-slip ingredients.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, or herAmazon page.

#BookReview — The Potential For Love by Catherine Kullmann #RegencyRomance

The Potential For Love By Catherine Kullmann When Arabella Malvin sees the figure of an officer silhouetted against the sun, for ...