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Happy Release Day to Sally Koslow!

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Publish Date: May 29th, 2018
Format: Hardcover | E-Book
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction/Historical

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The author of the acclaimed international bestseller The Late, Lamented Molly Marx imaginatively brings to life the shocking affair of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his longtime lover, Sheilah Graham, in this dazzling novel of romance, celebrity, and Gatsby-esque self-creation in 1930s Hollywood

In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s star is on the rise, while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Like Scott’s hero Jay Gatsby, Graham has meticulously constructed a life far removed from the poverty of her childhood in London’s slums. And like Gatsby, the onetime guttersnipe learned early how to use her charms to become a hardworking success feted and feared by both the movie studios and their luminaries.

A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed “crazy Zelda,” Fitzgerald fell hard for his “Shielah” (he never learned to spell her name), a shrewd yet soft-hearted woman—both a fool for love and nobody’s fool—who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later. Working from diaries and other primary sources from the time, Sally Koslow revisits their scandalous love affair, bringing Graham and Scott gloriously alive in this compelling page-turner saturated with the color, glitter, magic, and passion of 1930s Hollywood and Sheilah’s dramatic transformation in London.

 

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In Another Side of Paradise (Harper, May 29, 2018), Sally Koslow brings to life the tender yet tumultuous tale of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Hollywood affair with the Gatsby-esque Sheilah Graham, a gossip columnist and scrappy self-invention. After four books rooted in the here and now—including the international bestseller, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and her debut, Little Pink Slips, an insider’s view of the magazine industry (which she knows only too well, but that’s another story)—this is Sally’s first historical novel. She lives in Manhattan but hopes the statute of limitations never ends on bragging that she was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Review: The Summer I Met Jack.

I know I have mentioned before that I am fascinated by the Kennedy family, which is why I am very excited about sharing this book with you today. It’s been one of my most anticipated reads and thus, I am delighted that I am going to get to share how I felt about it today.

It’s also very poignant that today I get to feature a book that features JFK because if he were still alive, today would be his 101st birthday. Isn’t it wild to try and envision him as a little old man, enjoying his grandchildren? Acting as an elder statesman and probably writing more books? I find the idea of it sad because well, it likely never would have happened given his Addison’s Disease.

Right, so Happy Bookday!! to Michelle Gable who penned this absolutely delectable novel. This is my first by her and hopefully, not my last. I always have to fangirl over a well-researched book and this is a book well worth the fangirling over. Let me give you the synopsis and under that, my review.


9781250103246_p0_v4_s550x406New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark – and the child they may have had.

Based on a real story – in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular, the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack.

Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage. And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood, and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack’s inauguration as the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other.

The Summer I Met Jack is based on the fascinating real-life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy but also a baby they may have had together.

Let me begin by quoting Ms. Gable, she wrote a blurb on Goodreads about her research process.

“This book was, by far, the hardest for me to write, and it took the longest (several times over), and required the most amount of research. In writing it, I read over 150 books and thousands of articles (many I had translated from other languages) and pages and pages of partially redacted FBI files. I conducted a few interviews and flew thousands of miles to read articles available only on microfiche. I also had to learn to use microfiche again.

With that being said, it definitely shows. It’s hard to take a known figure and to make them into someone a reader can relate to and I see beyond what history and lore have painted someone as. Taking a Kennedy, of all the figures in the world, and being able to make them seem like someone you know is quite the feat. Now bear in mind that this is all based on a true story. Sure, there is some poetic license taken here and there as it is in all historical fiction. When Alicia Darr meets Jack Kennedy, her world is turned upside down as it happens when you’re in love. Things happen fast and yes, they get engaged. Of course, we know he goes on to marry Jacqueline Bouvier, so it begs the question–what happened?

I think one of my favorite parts was seeing her try to acclimate to the loud, rambunctious Kennedy clan and seeing her hold her own with the patriarch, Joseph. Alicia seems to be the only one unafraid and willing stand up to him. (To a point. He was a bit intimidating.) However, it was Joe who was the reason the engagement ended; he felt her being Jewish would derail Jack’s chances of being President. I found it a bit hypocritical since people judged the family on their being Catholic. (But that’s Joe for you.) He was singularly minded–power, power, power.

Alicia’s love for Jack never seems to fade, which is ironic given that he gave so little. But it didn’t stop her from going on to have relationships with some of Hollywood’s leading men at the time like Gary Cooper and Kirk Douglas, nor that she ended up married three times with a few engagements along the way. Her life was fascinating from the very beginning and it never ceased to be.

“I’ll make my way, somehow. Surviving is what I do best.”

This is an entirely perfect statement for Alicia. She lived an extraordinary life, albeit a sad one. I think if you like historical fiction, this will be a book you enjoy.

As ever, I didn’t include any spoilers, but if you’ve read this, let me know and we can flail together!

I’d give it ★★★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
  •  I would recommend this to a friend.

 

New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, MICHELLE GABLE graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.

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The Revolution of Marina M.

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From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman.

St. Petersburg, New Year’s Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers’ rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina’s own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

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Janet Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, Fitch had decided to become an historian, attracted to its powerful narratives, the scope of events, the colossal personalities, and the potency and breadth of its themes. But when she won a student exchange to Keele University in England, where her passion for Russian history led her, she awoke in the middle of the night on her twenty-first birthday with the revelation she wanted to write fiction. “I wanted to Live, not spend my life in a library. Of course, my conception of being a writer was to wear a cape and have Adventures.” She has acquired a couple of capes since then, and a few adventures. And books.

Her novel PAINT IT BLACK was just made into a feature film directed by Amber Tamblyn, and her upcoming novel, THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. will be published in November.

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Spotlight on The Vineyard!

 I’m so excited to be able to share about Maria Duenas’s new novel, ‘The Vineyard’. It just came out on the 3rd, so I am late, but Happy Book Birthday! I’m including information about this stunning new novel below and I’m hoping to have a review up for you later this week. 

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THE WASHINGTON POST
on Maria Dueñas’ new novel The Vineyard:

“Dueñas demonstrates the same breezy and entertaining style she wields to such great effect in her previous works. She is an author who seems to put story first, more interested in delivering a good old-fashioned yarn than in trying to impress you with literary pyrotechnics.”

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THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TIME IN BETWEEN(now a hit series on Netflix), MARIA DUEÑAS, RETURNS WITH ….

The Vineyard

Library Journal recently called it a “sprawling family saga filled with romance, intrigue, adventure and a bit of melodrama. An entertaining read that will appear to lovers of Isabel Allende’s Zorro,” while BookBub included it in its 15 Books We’re Excited to Read This Fall list, and Southern Living among its “heart-pounding historical novels to read right now!”

Certainly a grand production, The Vineyard by the New York Times bestselling author of The Time In Between, Maria Dueñas landed in stores this week (10/3). Loyal to her unique style, the acclaimed writer brings forth an array of colorful and intriguing characters including “damsels in distress, devious femme fatales, conniving gamblers” (Kirkus), in this magnificent story of ambition, heartbreak, and desire set in 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain. The novel culminates in beautiful Jerez de la Frontera at the height of the sherry wine trade that turned the Andalusian city into a cosmopolitan hub. Elegant, lyrical and atmospheric, The Vineyard will sweep lovers of historical fiction and drama alike just in time for International Sherry Week (Nov. 6-12).

“Dueñas’ sweeping tale of fortunes made and lost abounds with dramatic characters and operatic plot twists […] this sprawling tale will charm fans of historical romance.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Heart wrenching yet uplifting, this beautifully rendered story will linger in readers’ minds”

– RT Book Reviews, four stars

“Dueñas capably reveals the grace of second chances, as Larrea’s hard work overcomes a cruel twist of fate. There is despair; there is betrayal; there is romance and triumph. Dueñas’ many fans as well as readers who appreciate well-researched historical fiction will find The Vineyard appealing.” – Booklist

With the debut of her brilliant first novel, the New York Times bestseller The Time In Between (Atria; 2009), Dueñas was lauded for her descriptive and lyrical narrative and uniquely touching protagonists.  In a starred review, Publishers Weekly declared her “a writer to watch,” while El Mundo in her native Spain said, “Dueñas more than lives up to her title as one of the best contemporary authors today.”  It was critically and commercially acclaimed in the United States, and was also an international success, selling over two million copies worldwide and inspiring a popular Spanish television series (now available on Hulu and Netflix), known in the media as “the Spanish Downton Abbey.”  Her second novel, The Heart Has Its Reasons (Atria; 2012), was also well received and became an international bestseller.

María Dueñas is also a writer who has her finger on the pulse of society, with an innate talent for exploring the more personal and intimate issues in life—issues that no matter who we are and what we’ve accomplished—have affected many of us.  THE VINEYARD is a powerful story of courage in the face of adversity, and of a destiny forever altered by the force of passion.

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Mauro Larrea’s fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away.  Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spain with every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the wife of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family’s legacy. Before long, Larrea finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory.

From the turbulent young Mexican republic to flourishing Havana, and onward to the fertile vineyards of Jerez in the second half of the nineteenth century, María Dueñas’s new novel takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, the New World and the Old.  This story of family intrigue vividly conjures the noise and grit of silver mines, and the earthier lure of ancient vineyards and magnificent cities whose splendor has faded. Using the same resonant voice and skillful narrative style as she did in The Time In Between and The Heart Has Its Reasons, María Dueñas pours heart and soul into THE VINEYARD and creates a vibrant canvas that immerses readers in each locale, and offers a fascinating study in contrasts, contradictions…and second chances.

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duenasmariaMaría Dueñas holds a PhD in English philology. After two decades dedicated to academics, she broke onto the literary scene in 2009 with the publication of the New York Times bestselling novel The Time In Between, followed by The Heart Has Its Reasons in 2012. Both novels became international bestsellers and have been translated into 35 languages. The television adaptation of The Time in Between earned critical and international acclaim. The Vineyard is her third novel and is being simultaneously published in Spanish as La Templanza.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight on: The Sworn Virgin!

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Guys, I’m so excited to have a spotlight for this novel; in the next few weeks, I’ll have a review up too. The premise is different from what I’m used to and features a culture that I admittedly know little about. The premise is down below along with a synopsis and a bit about the author. I hope you’re as excited as I am by the time you get to the bottom of this post! This is Kristopher Dukes’s first novel and I’m absolutely delighted to be hosting her here. I hope you’ll be sure to check out The Sworn Virgin, out now in stores!

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The Sworn Virgin: A Novel by [Dukes, Kristopher]THE SWORN VIRGIN
by Kristopher Dukes is a gripping historical novel based on an ancient Albanian tradition—which is more relevant and timely than ever. In The Sworn Virgin, a desperate young woman swears to remain a virgin her entire life in order to gain control of her body and her future. The Sworn Virgin takes place in a wild world – but how many women today, in international cities, must make micro-denials of their sexuality in exchange for the respect that men take for granted?  

Brilliantly researched for over five years, The Sworn Virgin makes Ottoman Empire-era Albania come to life.  To go back one-hundred years in the Albanian mountains was to go back one-thousand years. Pagan spirits roamed the woodlands. Tribal warfare consumed families. Women could become men.

To swear to remain a virgin one’s entire life was the only way a woman could become an heir of family property, work for a living, or honorably escape an arranged marriage.  After taking this oath, a woman, for all intents and purposes, became a man to her community. She might change her name, cut her hair, and dress like a man. “She” no longer existed, and became referred to as “he.”

But what would happen if a sworn virgin fell in love? Dukes’s novel asks this question, and asks you: Would you sacrifice once-in-a-lifetime love for your independence? For your life?

When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria. Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life—a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. Eleanora can also participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be killed—unless she forsakes her vow, which she has no intention of ever doing.

But when an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life—yet risking her own as she falls in love with him…

Fraught with tension, the overarching theme of gender is eerily reminiscent of today’s conversation of what it means to be a woman, and how much of that is determined by patriarchy’s pressures. As women continue to fight for equality within the political, social, and economic realms, THE SWORN VIRGIN is an empowering reminder of brave women who have stood up and leaned in throughout history. Already gaining praise as a “feminist novel” (RT Book Reviews), Dukes’s novel is a page-turner filled with drama, romance, humor – and at its heart – a woman who, nevertheless, persisted.

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Image may contain: 1 personKRISTOPHER DUKES was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been a nationally published writer since high school. Her work has been featured in the bestselling book series Written in the Dirt and fashion bible WWD, and profiled in VOGUE.fr, NY Times.com, Fast Company, Forbes.com, WWD, and Elle. The Sworn Virgin is her debut novel. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her husband, Matt, and Doberman, Xena.
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Spotlight: The Other Einstein

 

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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955), Einstein-Maric, Mileva (1875-1948)Happy Paperback Release Day! Although this book has been out for awhile, it’s just now a paperback copy. Be sure that you grab yourself a copy, as this is going to be a fascinating read. I know most of us think of Einstein as the man with the wild white hair and blank sort of expression, and E=MC2. It’s easy to forget that he had an interesting life and that he was also married. Twice, actually. This book focuses on his first wife and her contributions, which are generally not looked at as much. A woman physicist wasn’t really heard of; remember, women in college was somewhat uncommon then.

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A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and einstein-470x705worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.

What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.

In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.

A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.

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othereinstein-marie_benedictMarie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of   the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in history and art history and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

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The Tudor Heritage {A Review}

cover116861-mediumI was very much looking forward to this but as with a lot of things lately, I found myself seriously wanting. I could be in a ‘Tudor’ slump; though I did enjoy Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen. I think the tome about Anne Boleyn has soured me slightly to this particular time period. However, I have done my best to be objective.

So, as I said…I was disappointed. I’m a person who likes a smooth narrative; a clear voice even if the story is told from multiple view points. (Like George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ novels. Multiples POV’s, but he is consistent in each one.) The narrative was jumpy–going from the Allgraves family to Queen Elizabeth and to the Earl of Leicester and I was befuddled. I’m not entirely certain the point of the Allgraves family being included. They didn’t really add anything for me.

But back to the inconsistent voice. I guess you can tell that it drives me crazy, haha! I felt

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Me yelling at the change in tones. [Haha!]
like there were three different authors; that’s how different they felt to me. It didn’t help that she would have certain things be long –things that wouldn’t help  the plot along at all and then she’d go from 20th century writing (the book was written in 1977) back into 17th century writing. And it would be long passages too, not just a paragraph or two. Thou hast nary an idea of how confusing it was and I think ye a wonder if ye dinna find this switch to be a trifle on your mindset! God’s teeth!

Was that weird? Yes? Well, that’s what it felt like when I’d turn the page and we’d go from modern lingo to pure 16th century writing.

It was also like the author copied (no pasting–there was not internet!) things verbatim into the book; that she didn’t make the attempt to make it her own or at least modernize Elizabeth’s speeches to be even toned. It made it an unpleasant experience. In fiction, I think that it’s important to keep the tone consistent because it’s easy to lose your reader if you don’t stay with it. I found myself wanting to skip ahead through those sections. It was a short book, 250 pages or so, but I forced myself to stick with it. I figured that maybe I was being sightly dramatic but it was pretty…unusual.

783px-elizabeth_i_of_england_hardwick_1592The author didn’t seem keen to go into description of things either. I like a good description; it helps me to visualise the world I’m supposed to be seeing in my mind’s eye. You know, thinking upon it, if I didn’t already have an idea of what Elizabeth looked like, I would still have no idea. They made mention of her red-gold hair, long thin hands and her ‘dark blue’ eyes, though most agree her eyes were dark brown/black the same as Anne, her mother’s. The only thing I felt was the most described well was Elizabeth’s temper and she was Henry VIII’s clone when it came to that!

Since this is being republished along with the author’s other previous works, I do wonder if she evolved in her style. I’ll have to look and see. There was potential for this book, it just never quite reached it for me.

It never drew me in like I hoped that I would and that is a pity, considering how fascinating the Tudors were. It was very disappointing. I wish I could say more than that; but that is the only way to sum it up.

 

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Rating:

I’d give it ★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  • I would NOT recommend this to a friend.
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(E-Mail)box Monday!

tumblr_oq1sxdeuhz1qelqjto1_500Happy Monday…well, almost Tuesday, actually. I thought it’d be fun to share with you guys the ARC’s (advance reader copies) that I’ve been approved to read. I’m very excited to get into these. They’re all on my kindle and are ready for me to dive into! I can’t wait to read them. I’ve posted the descriptions of each book for you. If you’ve heard about any of these, let me know your thoughts! Are you excited for them? What books are you guys looking forward to?

What are ya’ll reading? Let me know in comments below!

Hope you had a good Monday! xxx

P.S: In light of the weekend’s events, I just wanted to take the time to tell you guys that I love you and if you ever need to talk, I’m here. We should remain vigilant and be mindful of history because those who forget it are doomed to repeat it. Be good to each other! x

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The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of cover111991-mediumtheir family’s three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British, and with the Spanish in Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves are starting to become restless. Her mother wants nothing more than for their South Carolina endeavor to fail so they can go back to England. Soon her family is in danger of losing everything.

Upon hearing how much the French pay for indigo dye, Eliza believes it’s the key to their salvation. But everyone tells her it’s impossible, and no one will share the secret to making it. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds that her only allies are an aging horticulturalist, an older and married gentleman lawyer, and a slave with whom she strikes a dangerous deal: teach her the intricate thousand-year-old secret process of making indigo dye and in return—against the laws of the day—she will teach the slaves to read.

So begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Based on historical documents, including Eliza’s letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Although largely overlooked by historians, the accomplishments of Eliza Lucas influenced the course of US history. When she passed away in 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

This book is set between 1739 and 1744, with romance, intrigue, forbidden friendships, and political and financial threats weaving together to form the story of a remarkable young woman whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl.

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In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history.

“Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .”

As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing

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with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents’ home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country’s most important figures, that she truly comes into her own.

In the new capital, Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings. Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for.

Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again. In the end, it will be Eliza’s indomitable strength that makes her not only Hamilton’s most crucial ally in life, but also his most loyal advocate after his death, determined to preserve his legacy while pursuing her own extraordinary path through the nation they helped shape together.

 

 

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cover116861-mediumThe family behind the Virgin Queen

It is 1559, and Elizabeth Tudor has just succeeded to the throne of England. Beside her are the family who will share the momentous triumphs and setbacks of her reign: the Allgraves. Richard and Margaret Allgrave’s lives and those of their children and grandchildren are destined to be closely bound to that of the queen, though with such power will also come grave personal sacrifice.

This is a tale of kinship, loyalty, heroism and reward, set in the time of Drake, Frobisher and the Armada; of Mary Stuart, sent to her violent death. It is also the story of Elizabeth herself, the woman behind the magnificent facade of velvets, silks and jewels. A woman who passionately loved just one man, but chose to devote her life to her country and its people. Together Elizabeth and the Allgraves created the Tudor Heritage – a nation whose power was to be feared and respected for centuries to come.

Told with Lynda Andrews’ trademark vibrant storytelling panache, The Tudor Heritage will appeal to readers of Phillipa Gregory, Emily Purdy and Anne O’Brien. Reissued nearly 40 years after their original publication, they showcase the emerging talent of a writer who has become one of Britain’s bestselling and most-loved authors.

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cover115011-mediumOn the Feast Day of Bride, 
The Daughter of Ivor, 
Shall come from her mound, 
In the rocks amongst the heather.
I will not touch Ivor’s daughter, 
Nor shall she harm me.

Two extraordinary women come back to full-bodied life. Flora McIvor has been rescued from the pages of Sir Walter Scott, who sent her to a nunnery. Her close friend, the real life Clementina Walkinshaw, was the love of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and mother of his only child. Both are caught up in a tangle of espionage and treachery following the defeat of the 1745 Jacobite Rising in Scotland.