Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Second Husband by Kate White

What could have caused the police to re-open the cold murder case of Emma's husband?  She was cleared as a suspect back then.

Did she marry again too soon afterward his passing?

Emma knows she had wished something would happen to her mostly abusive husband, but no one must know that.  She did a pretty good job of faking her sorrow when he died.

Now that she was married to a successful man and a success herself, what could possibly have made them re-open the case? 

Does Emma know something she doesn’t want the investigators to know?  Or does someone else know something that she isn’t aware of?

Who can she trust to know her true feelings?

But is there really anything else to tell?

Who is the person behind the murder?  There are many characters it could be.

Those are the questions that make readers of THE SECOND HUSBAND curious and turning the pages.

Ms. White keeps you guessing and wondering who the murderer is in this marvelous, twisty, hard-to-put-down gem. 5/5

This book was given to me as a PDF by Wunderkind-PR for an honest review.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Spotlight of Rebecca of Salerno by Esther Erman

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REBECCA OF SALERNO
ESTHER ERMAN
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF CORRINE PRITCHETT | PUBLICIST AND DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST.
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Historical mystery picks up where Ivanhoe left off 200 years ago.
 
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A unique extension of a literary classic, author Esther Erman has blended historical romance and mystery in her new novel, Rebecca of Salerno: A Novel of Rogue Crusaders, a Jewish Female Physician, and a Murder.

Inspired by the 1820 novel Ivanhoe, which introduced us to the legend of Robin Hood through the side character of Locksley, Erman highlights Rebecca from the novel.

Rebecca shines with adventure and female empowerment as a beautiful, brilliant, and brave jewish woman, who after falling deeply in love with a man she couldn’t marry, vowed to stay single and have a career as a healer.

At the time, none of this was normal for a jewish woman.

(She Writes Press, August 2, 2022) 


PRAISE FOR REBECCA OF SALERNO:

 

With grace and verve, Esther Erman revives the character of Rebecca of Ivanhoe fame, bringing that valiant and resourceful heroine to Salerno. Trained as a physician in this medieval oasis of tolerance and learning, Rebecca hopes to leave her memories of England behind. However, embroiled in an attempt save a rabbi falsely accused of murdering a Crusader, she once again learns how expendable her fellow Jews are when faced with antisemitic sentiment.”– Michelle Cameron, award-winning author of The Fruit of Her Hands and Beyond the Ghetto Gates

“In Rebecca of Salerno, Erman creates a rich historical tapestry rife with fascinating characters and an intriguing, page-turning story. Readers will be dazzled by the descriptions of life and school in medieval Salerno and fall in love with the smart, passionate Rebecca as she pursues her dreams—and justice—in this satisfying mystery.”– Hannah Jayne, Best Selling Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly and The Girl in the Headlines

“Ms Erman writes a compelling story of a passionate Jewish heroine solving a murder mystery in the brutal setting of the Crusades. The depth of her knowledge of the customs and language of this period is unsurpassed. A book to be read with relish by lovers of historical fiction.”– Neil Kaplan, Author - Acquiring Polish Citizenship by Descent

“...The reader discovers a strong, brave woman who, while pursuing a path to become a healer in the face of great odds, holds on tenaciously to basic Jewish values like the pursuit of justice. How her values are tested is a constant theme in the narrative. We are privy not only to Rebecca’s actions and words but to her thoughts and inner struggles as well. This is a compelling story.”– Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, author of Torah Of Reconciliation and Letters Home: A Jewish Chaplain's Vietnam Memoir

“Rebecca of Salerno gives voice to one of literature’s overlooked heroines, the courageous, intelligent, big-hearted Rebecca of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.  In telling Rebecca’s story, Esther Erman deftly weaves a wealth of historical detail about the lives of Jewish women in medieval Europe into a gripping, fast-paced tale of vengeance, love, and healing… Erman’s masterful achievement left me feeling moved and inspired.”– Professor Juliet Shields, Dept. of Humanities, Northumbria University, author of Nation and Migration

“...Erman has produced a superb work of historical fiction. It is everything the genre begs for: romance, intrigue, and a captivating mystery…Rebecca of Salerno is not only an enjoyable read, it is a history lesson for Jews and gentiles alike.”– Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, Free-lance author

ABOUT REBECCA OF SALERNO:

Broken-hearted after fleeing England and her ill-fated love for the Christian knight Ivanhoe, Rebecca discovers the medical school in Salerno, where Jews, Christians, and Moslems—men and women—can study together. 

Still in thrall to Ivanhoe, she resists traditional and societal demands on women to wed and bear children, instead building her life as a physician. 

But the dawn of the thirteenth century brought political changes that threatened the security of Jewish life in the Kingdom of Sicily.

When a rabbi is falsely accused of murdering a crusader, Rebecca and Rafael, the man who loves her, throw themselves into pursuing justice and protecting their community.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Like her heroine, Rebecca, Esther Erman was a refugee. A naturalized citizen, she early developed a passion for language, which led to her earning a doctorate in language education, writing her dissertation about the Yiddish language, and working with international students on many levels.

A multi-published author, Esther now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. 

When they’re not traveling—especially to be with family in other parts of the US and in England—she loves to bake, quilt, and add to her monumental book collection. 

Find out more about them at www.EstherErman.com. 

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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/27/2022


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I hope you had a great reading week.
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:
 
THE CODE BREAKERS by Sara Ackerman - review will be on August 2.
 
Interesting look into the codebreakers in Hawaii during WWII.
 
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THE SECRET KEEPER by Siobhan Curham - review will be on August 1.
 
An excellent history lesson, but it did drag at times.
 
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SUGAR AND SALT by Susan Wiggs - review will be on July 29.
 
Oh so good as always!!
 
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THE LIBRARIAN SPY by Madeleine Martin - review will be on July 27.
 
Another fabulous read by Ms. Martin.
 
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THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Karen Cleveland - review will be on July 26.
 
Not a favorite...didn't like the espionage aspect.
 
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THE LITTLEST LIBRARY by Poppy Alexander - review will be on July 19.
 
The sweetest book ever...don't miss it.   LOVED the characters and the story line.
 
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THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD by Liz Alterman - review will be on July 12.
 
A good one.  
 
 
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THE LOST SUMMERS OF NEWPORT by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
- review is in the book's title.
 
Another one you won't want to miss if you are fans of the Three W's.

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A DRESS OF VIOLET TAFFETA by Tessa Arlen - review will be on July 11.
 
Interesting...fashion fans will enjoy this book. It is based on a real woman.  I do have to say it dragged on a bit.
 
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FIRST BORN by Will Dean - review will be on July 8.
 
Tense, twisty, and good.
 
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THE HIDDEN ONE by Linda Castillo - review will be on July 7.
 
Very good mystery...this was the first book I had read by this author.
 
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THE FINALISTS by David Bell - review will be on July 6.
 
I usually love David Bell's books, but this one fell a bit short for me.  
 
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MISS ALDRIDGE REGRETS by Louise Hare - review will be on July 5.
 
I enjoyed this book. 
 
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THE GERMAN WIFE by Kelly Rimmer - review will be on July 1.
 
EXCELLENT read...historical fiction fans may learn something new.  I did. 

And that gorgeous cover.
 
 
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 LITTLE SISTER by Gytha Lodge - review will be on June 30.
 
Those readers who “really” enjoy guessing will not want to miss this twisty, creative read.
 
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THE SECOND HUSBAND by Kate White - review will be on June 27.
 
Very, very good...if you like Kate White's books, don't miss this one.
 
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THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS by Jane Beer - review is in the book's title.
 
A lovely, lovely read....fashion and a mystery to solve.
 

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THE LIES I TELL by Julie Clark - review is in the book's title.
 
This is GOOD!!
 
 
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Book Currently Reading:
 
THE MAGIC OF LEMON DROP PIE by Rachel Linden - review will be on August 5.
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Books Up Next:

YOU'RE INVITED by Amanda Jayatissa - review will be on August 8.
 
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THE ORPHANS OF MERSEA HOUSE by Marty Wingate - review will be on August 9.
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THE WAR LIBRARIAN by Addison Armstrong - review will be on August 10.
 
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STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin - review will be on August 11.
 
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LONG GONE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 12.
 
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THE FORGOTTEN COTTAGE by Courtney Ellis - review will be on August 13.
 
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THE BLAME GAME by Sandie Jones - review will be on August 16.
 
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 THE LOST TICKET by Freya Sampson - review will be on August 30.
 
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THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK by Ellen Marie Wiseman - review will be on August 31. 
 
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TWO QUESTIONS by Danielle Murray - review will be on September 1.
 
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THE THREAD COLLECTORS by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman - review will be on September 2.
 
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THE OPERA SISTER by Marianne Monson - review will be on September 6.
 
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ALL DRESSED UP by Jilly Gagnon - review will be on September 7.
 
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THE WAYS WE HIDE by Kristina McMorris - review will be on Septembewr 9.
 
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 AN AFFAIR OF SPIES by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 13.
 
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THE WINTER ORPHANS by Kristin Beck - review will be on September 14.
 
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THE BOOK HATERS' BOOK CLUB by Gretchen Anthony - review will be on September 15.
 
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THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT by Lynda Cohen Loigman - review will be on September 20.
 
Gorgeous Cover!!
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THE CATCH by Alison Fairbrother - review will be on September 21.
 
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THE FORGOTTEN GIRL by Daco Auffenorde - review will be on September 30.
 
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DIRTY MARTINI by Daco S. Auffenorde - review will be in October - no date specified yet.

 
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HESTER by Laurie Lico Albanese - review will be on October 4.
 
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MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan - review will be on October 5.
 
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THE NIGHT SHIP by Jess Kidd - review will be on October 6.
 
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THE CRADLES OF THE REICH by Jennifer Coburn - review will be on October 11.
 
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THAT SUMMER IN BERLIN by Lecia Cornwall - review will be on October 12.
 
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UNDER A VEILED MOON by Karen Odden - review will be on October 13.
 
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SHE'S MISSING by K. E. Heaton - review will be on October 14.
 
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BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME by Jacqueline Bublitz - review will be on November 1.
 
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THE PRISONER by B. A. Paris - review will be on November 2.
 
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THE PERSONAL ASSISTANT by Kimberly Belle - review will be on November 29.
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THE WIDOW by Kaira Rouda - review will be on November 15.

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KILLER STORY by Matt Witten - review will be January 17, 2023.
 
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