Thursday, September 30, 2021

October TBR

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Today's Prompt: OCTOBER TBR

 

What does YOUR October look like?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Spotlight of The Duchess by Wendy Holden


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THE DUCHESS

WENDY HOLDEN
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Bestselling author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious royal scandals of the 20th century and offers a fresh perspective on Wallis Simpson, the villainized woman that the public blamed for King Edward VIII renouncing his kingdom.

Few royal scandals have ended a King's reign, but that's exactly what happened in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.

She became one of the most divisive women ever linked to the royal family and has been villainized by the press for almost a hundred years. 

But is it possible that she served as an escape route for a monarch who never wanted to rule? Wendy Holden humanizes Wallis and presents an authentic, nuanced portrayal of the complicated, funny and smart woman she was.

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THE DUCHESS by Wendy Holden

Berkley Trade Paperback Original; September 28, 2021

Historical Fiction

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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF DANIELLE KEIR OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
 
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ABOUT THE DUCHESS:

It was a love so strong, a king renounced his kingdom—all for that woman. Or was she just an escape route for a monarch who never wanted to rule? Bestselling author Wendy Holden takes an intimate look at one of the most notorious scandals of the 20th century.
 
1928. A middle-aged foreigner comes to London with average looks, no money and no connections. Wallis’s first months in the city are lonely, dull and depressing. With no friends of her own she follows the glamorous set in magazines and goes to watch society weddings. Her stuffy husband Ernest’s idea of fun, meanwhile, is touring historic monuments.
 
When an unexpected encounter leads to a house party with the Prince of Wales, Wallis’s star begins to rise. Her secret weapon is her American pep and honesty. For the prince she is a breath of fresh air. As her friendship with him grows, their relationship deepens into love. Wallis is plunged into a world of unimaginable luxury and privilege, enjoying weekends together at his private palace on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
 
Wallis knows the fun and excitement can’t last. The prince will have to marry and she will return to Ernest. The sudden death of George V seems to make this inevitable; the Prince of Wales is now King Edward VIII. When, to her shock and amazement, he refuses to give her up--or recognize that they are facing impossible odds--herr fairy tale becomes a nightmare. The royal family close ranks to shut her out and Ernest gives an ultimatum.
 
Wallis finds herself trapped when Edward insists on abdicating his throne. She can’t escape the overwhelming public outrage and villainized, she becomes the woman everyone blames—the face of the most dramatic royal scandal of the twentieth century.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

PHOTO AND AUTHOR INFORMATION TAKEN FROM AMAZON

Wendy Holden is a British novelist of comedies of manners. She's authored ten Sunday Times top ten bestsellers and has sold over three million copies worldwide. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Woman At The Front by Lecia Cornwall


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THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT
LECIA CORNWALL
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Acclaimed author Lecia Cornwall is adored by readers for her sexy and totally captivating historical romance novels. 
 
Now, Cornwall makes her women’s fiction debut at Berkley with another historical tale, THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT, a WWI-set historical fiction about a female doctor who sets out to break society’s expectations and to save lives on the battlefield at a time when women rarely held roles outside the home.

THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT is perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, and for readers of Kate Quinn. Cornwall, who lives in Canada, was inspired to write THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT by her own family history during WWI. A trip to France to visit the grave of her late uncle lost on the battlefield informed her research.

If there’s ever a time to celebrate the remarkable healthcare professionals in our world, it’s now ―and THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT is a reminder to appreciate their service.

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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF TARA O'CONNOR | PUBLICIST AT BERKLEY, AN IMPRINT OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE.
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ABOUT THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT:

Eleanor Atherton has dreamed her entire life of one day becoming a doctor, much to the dismay of her parents. After all, it’s 1917, there’s a war on, and an upper class young woman should really be settling down and getting married―not graduating from medical school. But the knowledge that soldiers are wounded and dying every day, and male doctors are being called to the front to tend to them, leaves Eleanor even more eager to practice medicine in her hometown.

No one seems to take Eleanor seriously as a medical professional―but as an unexpected twist of fate would have it, Eleanor is asked by a family friend to go to the battlefields in France and serve as private doctor for an injured soldier. It’s just the chance she needs to lend a hand and serve her duty.

 
The battlefields are bloody, and death is everywhere. Eleanor soon discovers that medics are in short supply. It’s a chance to prove herself as a doctor – and also to show her numerous critics, including her family, the male doctors at the front, and the very patients she aims to serve―that a woman deserves an equal place in medicine.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

PHOTO AND AUTHOR INFORMATION TAKEN FROM AMAZON

Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate lab, and one very patient husband. 

She's hard at work on her next book. 

Come visit Lecia at www.leciacornwall.com, or drop her a line at leciacornwall@shaw.ca.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Spotlight of House of Glass Hearts by Leila Siddiqui

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HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS
LEILA SIDDIQUI
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF JODIE HOCKENSMITH OF JH PUBLIC RELATIONS.
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Leila Siddiqui’s ambitious debut novel takes readers into an event from history that is little-known to western audiences – the Partition of India and Pakistan following WWII.
 
Seamlessly blending the experience of a modern teen from an immigrant family with a lesser-known myth and a forgotten piece of WWII history, HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS explores how the horrors of the past continue to shape the lives of South Asians around the world and heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in YA fiction. 
 
HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS (Yali Books; September 30, 2021)
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PRAISE FOR HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS:

A BuzzFeed Best Book of September 2021!

“This stunning debut is sure to entertain.” BuzzFeed

A genre-bending debut that highlights the intergenerational echoes of pivotal historical events.” Kirkus Reviews
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ABOUT HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS:

While both Pakistan and India celebrate the August 15th anniversary as their Independence Day every year, the truth of what happened on that day in 1947 is much more complicated.
 
It was one of the largest migrations in human history - a violent and historic event where tens of millions of Hindus and Muslims had to crossover to Pakistan if they were Muslim, or to India if they were Hindu or Sikh.
 
The death toll has been estimated to be between 200,000 to two million people, but the event itself is shrouded in mystery in our western culture.
 
Siddiqui, who was born and raised in the United States, grew up understanding and celebrating her Pakistani roots, but with little idea that her family’s origins were actually in Kanpur, in present-day India, or that her grandparents were among those who had been forced to flee their homeland with whatever belongings they could carry, to set up a new life in the newly created nation of Pakistan.
 
Siddiqui wrote about Pakistan’s Independence Day for the Daily News recently - see it HERE and she drew on her fascinating family history to create HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS.

The book tells the story of Maera, a teenager, living in America, whose brother went missing during a family trip to Karachi ten years ago.

Maera lives with her mother, and her brother’s disappearance, along with her parents’ subsequent divorce is one of the subjects they don’t discuss, ever.

But then Maera’s grandfather dies in Pakistan, and a mysterious greenhouse, one that Maera recognizes as her his, magically appears overnight in the family’s backyard.

Maera becomes convinced that the greenhouse is the key to unlocking her family’s secrets – and perhaps recovering her long-lost brother.

Part magical realism, part horror, part history, HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS is told in two intertwined narratives.
 
The first, a quest featuring Maera and her friends attempting to discover the mysteries of the greenhouse, and the second, unraveling the story of Maera’s grandfather – known to her as a bitter, angry old man – and the night he was forced to flee India with his teenage love, a night that would alter the entire course of his family’s history.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

PHOTO CREDIT:  PAUL CLARKE

Leila Siddiqui is a Chicago-born Texan who calls New York home. She currently works in publishing in the marketing department. 

She is a horror film devotee and when not writing spends her time fawning over her very floofy cat. 

She lives with her partner in Queens, and House of Glass Hearts is her first novel. 

Find her on Twitter @leilawrites or online at www.LeilaSiddiqui.com.

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Mailbox Monday - 9/27/2021

 

 

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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Warning:  Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

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Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.

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Here is a shout out to the administrators:


Velvet @ vvb32reads

Serena @ Savvy Verse and Wit

Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf

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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.

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I hope you had a good mailbox.

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On Monday, September 20, I received:

1.  THE GIRL IN THE TRIANGLE by Joyana Peters, courtesy of the author, Amaryllis Press, and NetGalley.


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On Tuesday, September 21, I received:

1.  THE NIGHT SHIFT by Alex Finlay, courtesy of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.

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On Wednesday, September 22, I received:

1.  THE CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS by Rebecca Rosenberg, courtesy of the author.

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On Thursday, September 22, I received:

1.  THE LONDON HOUSE by Katherine Reay, courtesy of Harper Muse and the author.

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On Saturday, September 25, I received:

1.  LAST SEEN ALIVE by Joanna Schaffhausen, courtesy of Kayla Janas of St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books.

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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 9/27/2021

   
http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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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 SECOND MARRIAGE by Jess Ryder - review will be on November 6.
 
Ohhhhh...so good.  
 
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ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS by Wanda M. Morris - review will be on November 5.
 
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 THE TALLY STICK by Carl Nixon- review will be on November 3.
 
Very well written but a disturbing read.
 
 
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THE PILOT'S DAUGHTER by Meredith Jaeger - review will be on November 2.
 
A MUST read....fantastic!!
 
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A LETTER FROM NANA ROSE by Kristin Harper - review will be on October 27.
 
A sweet read.
 
 
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THE LAST CHECKMATE by Gabriella Saab - review will be on October 20.
 
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THE HIDDEN CHILD by Louise Fein - review will be on October 19.
 
 
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THE GIRL ON THE PLATFORM by Ellie Midwood - review will be on October 14.
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THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR by Tara Laskowski - review will be on October 12.
 
  
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THE FAULT BETWEEN US by Bette Lee Crosby - review will be on October 7.
 
Another splendid book by Bette.
 
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HIS LOVING WIFE by Miranda Smith - review will be on October 4.
 
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NO ONE WILL MISS HER by Kat Rosenfield - review will be on October 11.
 
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THREE SISTERS by Heather Morris - review will be on October 5.
 
Heartwrenching but very good.
 
 
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THE STOLEN LADY by Laura Morelli - review is in the book's title.
 
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BETTER TO TRUST by Heather Frimmer - review is in the book's title.
 
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THE KEEPER OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Barbara Davis - review will be on October 1.
 
Do NOT miss reading this gem.
 
 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE LONDON HOUSE by Katherine Reay - review will be on November 18.
 
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Books Up Next:
 

THE NEW WIFE by Sue Watson - review will be on November 22.
 
 
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NANNY DEAREST by Flora Collins - review will be on November 23.
 
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HELLO, TRANSCRIBER by Hannah Morrissey - review will be on November 30.
 
 
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THE GIRL IN THE TRIANGLE by Joyana Peters - review will be on December 1.
 
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MATILDA WINDSOR IS COMING HOME by Anne Goodwin - review will be on December 8.
 
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CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS by Rebecca Rosenberg - review will be on December 23.
 
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THE REPLACEMENT WIFE by Darby Kane - review will be on December 27.
 
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MY DARLING HUSBAND by Kimberly Bell - review will be on December 28.
 
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THE SORORITY MURDER by Allison Brennan - review will be on December 29.
 
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THE MAID by Nita Prose - review will be on January 4, 2022. 

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RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins - review will be on January 5, 2022.

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THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET by Diane Chamberlain - review will be on January 11, 2022.

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SOMEBODY'S HOME by Kaira Rouda - review will be on January 18, 2022.
 
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LAST SEEN ALIVE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on January 25, 2022.
 
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THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR by Nina de Gramont - review will be here on February 1, 2022.
 
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THE NEXT SHIP HOME by Heather Webb - review will be on February 8, 2022.
 
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SECRETS OF OUR HOUSE by Rea Frey - review will be on February 9.
 
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UNMISSING by Minka Kent - review will be on February 15.
 
 
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THIS MIGHT HURT by Stephanie Wrobel - review will be on February 22.
 
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THE NIGHT SHIFT by Alex Finlay - review will be on March 1.
 
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THE GOLDEN COUPLE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkannen - review will be on March 8.
 
 
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UNDER THE GOLDEN SUN by Jenny Ashcroft - review will be on March 15, 2022.
 
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THE YOUNGER WIFE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 5, 2022.
 
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LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird - review will be on April 12.

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LITTLE SOULS by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 26, 2022.
 
 
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