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The winners are . . .

Congratulations to Teri at Books and Such and to Elli! Both Teri and Elli receive a copy of The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy reviewed here.

The Boleyn Bride

HFVT Blog Tour | Review and Giveaway — An Untitled Lady by Nicky Pentilla

Cover of An Untitled Lady

 “With the light dappling her tousled hair and fancy-tucked dress, she looked far better suited to Regent’s Park than this northern land. She had nothing hard-edged about her, nothing forged or seared strong. How would she survive this new world? His heart ached to help her. His head asked,  how far would you go?

“He should concentrate on his own problems, Nash told himself for the dozenth time this afternoon. … Adding a wife to his roster seemed less than seaworthy.”

~ Nicky Pentilla, An Untitled Lady

Synopsis:

Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work—and a radical leader—Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood.

An earl’s second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can’t make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage.

As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death.

(Synopsis and book cover image provided by Historical Fiction Virtual  Book Tours)

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My Thoughts:

Although the cover indicates “historical romance” and then goes on to distinguish “Georgian & Regency,” it is highly nontraditional in that regard. An Untitled Lady is, in my humble opinion, quite the opposite falling totally into the historical fiction genre with a touch of romance.

The opening line to this book

Nash first saw her as an apparition, a gilt London trinket set down by mistake at a dusty crossroads three miles north of town …

draws the reader in with a hint of possibility of romance, but as the chapters unfold and pages turn, the reader begins to understand that there is more to this novel than romance.

Pentilla develops characters who each have their own issues to deal with and yet as they intersect the fire and heat surging between them defines their strength and courage and the final outcome of their relationships.

Setting plays a large role in the historical aspect of Pentilla’s writing. Finding the plot unfolding in Manchester at the cutting edge of the Industrial Revolution, the writer takes an important historical fact, the Peterloo Massacre, and makes it core to our heroine’s story. The Peterloo Massacre represents the boiling point in a series of conflicts between industry owners and their workers. Pentilla uses this factual bit of English history to meld together the conflicts found in her heroine.

The mesh between characters, setting and fact is seamless, and none of the three detracts from the others. Pentilla is a master in her writing style and her use of words is first-class. Not once was I bored by this work.

My Recommendation: 

Historical fiction lovers, my recommendation is buy or borrow this book, but certainly do not miss the chance to read it. Historical romance lovers, I’m not sure you will be caught up in this one unless you also have a love of the history of the time period and setting.

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Meet the Author:

Author Nicky PentillaNicky Penttila writes stories with adventure and love, and often with ideas and history as well. She enjoys coming up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then she *must* travel there, you know, for research. She lives in Maryland with her reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat. 

She’s chattiest on Twitter, @NickyPenttila, and can also be found at nickypenttila.com and on Facebook.

(Bio and image provided by Historical Fiction Virtual  Book Tours)

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DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK | DISCLAIMER:

Paperback Publication Date: December 20, 2013
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
eBook
ISBN: 9781619375963

I received a copy of An Untitled Lady from the publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions and recommendations expressed are my own.

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HFVT Blog Tour | Review and Giveaway — The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Cover image of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

“An epic novel ….[Epstein] thoughtfully describes the hellish realities of war: the lack of tolerance for, and unwillingness to understand, other cultures; the universal pain of loss and human suffering; the brutality of mankind as lives are torn asunder.”

~ Advance praise from Kirkus Reviews

 

Synopsis:

One summer night in prewar Japan, eleven-year-old Billy Reynolds takes snapshots at his parent’s dinner party. That same evening his father Anton–a prominent American architect–begins a torrid affair with the wife of his master carpenter. A world away in New York, Cameron Richards rides a Ferris Wheel with his sweetheart and dreams about flying a plane. Though seemingly disparate moments, they will all draw together to shape the fate of a young girl caught in the midst of one of WWII’s most horrific events–the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo.

Exquisitely rendered, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment tells the stories of families on both sides of the Pacific: their loves and infidelities, their dreams and losses–and their shared connection to one of the most devastating acts of war in human history.

(Synopsis and book cover image provided by Historical Fiction Virtual  Book Tours)

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My Thoughts:

Initially I struggled to feel comfortable with the slow forward progress in this story. However, once the characters began to align, the plot unfolded a little more, and a variety of interactions between characters arose I was intrigued by developing story line and the author’s detailed research with respect to Tokyo during WWII and the aircraft used in its bombing.

Additionally, Epstein researches so well that the disturbing details of the aftermath of war and its egregious battles and treatments became mental images for me. Epstein is an exceptional crafter of scenes and images.

However, the layering of the impact this world, time and war would have on the girl, Yoshi’s, life becomes overshadowed by random scenes and dialogue and sex scenes that seemed unnecessary to the central theme of the book: the universal experience of loss in war not because we necessarily hate the people our country opposes but because we lack an understanding of who they are and what they stand for, their culture and traditions, and likewise they don’t understand us or our culture and traditions.

Finally, those who suffer the most in war are those who are left to pick up the pieces and carry on. This is where Yoshi is left.

My Recommendation: 

Lovers of historical fiction, especially centered around World War II and particularly Japan, will enjoy this book. If you like to read a story that spotlights a character who has the grit to rise above circumstances, you will enjoyThe Gods of Heavenly Punishment.

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Meet the Author:

Jennifer Cody Epstein, Author

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the international bestseller, The Painter from Shanghai. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Self, Mademoiselle and NBC, and has worked in Hong Kong, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two daughters and an especially needy Springer Spaniel.

http://www.jennifercodyepstein.com/

(Bio and image provided by Historical Fiction Virtual  Book Tours)

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DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK | DISCLAIMER:

Paperback Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paperback: 400 pp
ISBN-13: 9780393347883

I received a copy of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment from the publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions and recommendations expressed are my own.

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The winner is . . .

Congratulations to Rebecca at Love at First Book! Rebecca receives a copy of The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber, interviewed here and the book reviewed here.

If you haven’t yet read Lucy Ann’s amazing story and you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend Klaber’s carefully researched and well written book.

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