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02_Confederado Do Norte_CoverPublication Date: July 7, 2014
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook; 310p
ASIN: B00LMN5OMI

Genre: Historical Fiction

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After surviving war, young Mary Catherine is torn from her home and thrust into a strange new life when her family decamps for Brazil rather than live with the terms of Reconstruction. Shortly after arrival in Brazil, she is orphaned, leaving only maternal uncle Nathan to care for her. He hates Mary Catherine, blaming her for his beloved sister’s death following a childish mistake. He is also a man with an incredible secret that he will go to great lengths to protect. When the opportunity for Nathan to be rid of her arises, Mary Catherine faces either forced marriage to an unsuitable man or flight into the wilderness containing jaguars and enclaves of people with much to hide. Mary Catherine chooses escape.

Finding refuge among strangers who become her surrogate parents, she matures into a beauty who marries the scion of a wealthy Portuguese family. At last, Mary Catherine has happiness and security until civil unrest brings armed intruders with whom she has an inexplicable connection. When the thugs murder her husband for failing to meet their demands, she directs them to her uncle and his secret in order to save herself and her in-laws. With the danger passed, however, her husband’s family demands that she is arrested for complicity in her husband’s murder. Innocent and betrayed by family for a second time, Mary Catherine must now fight for survival.

Mary Catherine is rescued from the gallows by friends, but cannot remain in Brazil. She boards a ship bound for New York with little money and without a home to return to, a family to welcome her, or a nation from which to claim citizenship. Her father never took the loyalty oath required of all former Confederates in order to have their citizenship restored. Once again, she must recreate herself in order to survive.

In old age, Mary Catherine is still haunted by the long ago events for which she feels responsible. After a lifetime trying to forget, she seeks peace, understanding, and the ability to forgive through writing her story, Confederado do Norte.

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About the Author

I have been in love with the past for as long as I can remember. Anything with a history, whether shabby or majestic,03_Linda Bennett Pennell_Author recent or ancient, instantly draws me in. I suppose it comes from being part of a large extended family that spanned several generations. Long summer afternoons on my grandmother’s porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and poignant. Of course being set in the American South, those stories were also peopled by some very interesting characters, some of whom have found their way into my work.

As for my venture in writing, it has allowed me to reinvent myself. We humans are truly multifaceted creatures, but unfortunately we tend to sort and categorize each other into neat, easily understood packages that rarely reveal the whole person. Perhaps you, too, want to step out of the box in which you find yourself. I encourage you to look at the possibilities and imagine. Be filled with childlike wonder in your mental wanderings. Envision what might be, not simply what is. Let us never forget, all good fiction begins when someone says to her or himself, “Let’s pretend.”

I reside in the Houston area with one sweet husband and one adorable German Shorthaired Pointer who is quite certain she’s a little girl.

Favorite quote regarding my professional passion: “History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.” Voltaire

For more information please visit Linda Bennett Pennell’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Review:

It’s always fun for me to read a book about a more obscure period with locales one doesn’t generally get to read about. It is equally as fascinating and becomes a diamond in the rough; you are enchanted and charmed by it. I enjoyed that and I enjoyed the family saga. It spans from the end of the Civil War–Reconstruction era–to the beginning of the Second World War. It is a long life and not without a great, detailed and delightful story. Mary Catherine recounts her life from childhood to her old age.

Hers is a life full of intrigue, heartbreaks, joy and sorrow…it is a full life that will take you on a journey right along with her. I admit that I had trouble at first settling into it as the dialogue was a bit challenging for me, but once I got used to the author’s style, I was good to go. I took my time reading this one because I really wanted to get enveloped into such a fascinating read. I had no idea that some Southerners chose to move to Brazil–at the invitation of their government–instead of endure the humiliation of Reconstruction.

I felt truly sorry for Mary Catherine; there was so many sorrows she endured but I was always in awe of how she endured…and I think that was inspiring as people tend to view hard times as a permanent thing and dwell on it; Mary continued to push through and survive. She was certainly full of gumption and heart.

4 out of 5! 


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Blast Off! It's Letters to Kezia's book blast!

9781491755365_COVER.inddPublication Date: January 14, 2015
iUniverse
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 208

Series: Book Two, The Puritan Chronicles
Genre: Historical Fiction

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It is 1693 in Hereford, Connecticut, when Mary Case, the spinster daughter of a Puritan minister, finds herself hopelessly smitten by the roguish thief, Daniel Eames. Betrothed to a man she does not like or love, she is soon compelled to help Daniel escape from jail. Suddenly, she finds herself on the run, not only accused of being Daniel’s accomplice, but also of murder.

The fugitive pair soon finds solace-and a mutual attraction-among the escapee’s Algonquin friends until two men from Daniel’s dark past hunt them down. After Mary is captured and returned home to await trial, a tragedy takes the life of her younger sister, revealing a dark secret Mary’s father has kept for months. But just as Mary learns she is pregnant, she makes a horrifying discovery about Daniel that changes everything and prompts her to develop an unlikely bond with his mother, Rebecca, who soon saves Mary from a shocking fate. It is not until years later that her daughter, Kezia, finally learns the truth about her biological father and family.

Letters to Kezia shares a courageous woman’s journey through a Puritan life and beyond as she struggles with adversity and betrayal, and discovers that loyalty can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

Praise for Letters to Kezia

“In the tradition of author Peni Jo Renner’s gripping debut novel, Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames, Letters to Kezia recounts the tale of courageous, compassionate, and relatable Mary, whose connection to Rebecca and her family is unforeseen and profound. The reader is captivated at the very first page, as Letters to Kezia is a story of forbidden love, deep family secrets, intrigue, murder, and atonement. Another beautifully written triumph for this author, whose immense gift for story-telling transports the reader into each scene so deftly, one can almost smell the wood smoke and hear the crackling of the fire in the hearth.” – Kelly Z. Conrad, award-winning author of Shaman

“Peni Jo Renner enthralled readers with Puritan Witch, the ordeal of Rebecca Eames, who was condemned to hang from Salem’s gallows as a witch. Now the Eames saga continues as Peni uses her special brand of witchery to bring Mary Case and Daniel Eames to vivid life, and shows us just how much a young woman will risk for love. Letters to Kezia is a poignant, true-life tale from colonial New England’s heartland which will captivate you, and keep you guessing until the end.” -JoAnn Butler, author of Rebel Puritan and The Reputed Wife

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About the Author03_Author Peni Jo Renner

PENI JO RENNER is the author of the IPPY award-winning novel, Puritan Witch: the Redemption of Rebecca Eames. Originally from North Dakota, Peni now lives with her husband in Maryland where she is currently researching for the third book in the Puritan Chronicles series.

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Cover Reveal: The Druid Knight Tales.

Join author Ruth A. Casie on her Cover Reveal for The Druid Knight Tales: A Short Story, from February 23-March 13, and enter to win an eBook of the first book in the Druid Knight Series, Knight of Runes.

01_The Druid Knight TalesPublication Date: February 23, 2015
Publisher: Timeless Scribes Publishing, LLC
eBook; 57 pages
ISBN: 0986246425

Series: The Druid Knight Series
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Romance

She would give her last breath for him. He would give up everything to guard her well and love her more.

Maximilian, the druid Grand Master, was given a year to find his soul mate. On the final day, the sacred mistletoe has shriveled and died—proclaiming his failure. He must do what no other Grand Master has done before and journey to meet with the Ancestors formally relinquish his title.

Ellyn of Brodgar has the gift of healing. But each use of her magick, through a kiss, depletes her energy and brings her closer to death. Time is running out as she searches for a way to continue saving lives—especially her own.

Max and Ellyn are tossed into the Otherworld together—a place filled with magick and wonder, it’s also fraught with danger, traps, and death. They have only until the third sunset to find the Ancestors, or be lost to the world forever. The domineering druid must work with the stubborn healer, not only for survival, but for the promise of the future—a future together.

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Penetrating blue-gray eyes stared out from the cocoon of dark wool that enrobed the woman. The cheeks on her porcelain-white face appeared tinged with a splash of pink. Her natural berry-red lips were turned up in a welcoming smile. “Grand Master.” She dipped a well-executed curtsy.

Fendrel’s healer was much different than the old crone he had anticipated. This woman was regal and beautiful. The gleam in her eyes was calm and comforting. He had a strange sensation, which made no sense at all, that he had known her for a long time. At ease with her, he allowed himself to relax and returned her open smile with one of his own.

“This is Ellyn of Brodgar,” said Fendrel. “She has been our healer for the last year. Our situation was grave. It was her healing skills that kept us alive. I would like you to accept her into our clan.”

The knuckles on Ellyn’s hand turned white from grasping her staff firmly. Her head whipped around at Fendrel.

Max observed, fascinated the elder was oblivious to the daggers the woman’s eyes flung at him. So, Fendrel hadn’t told her of his plan and if Max wasn’t mistaken, she wasn’t pleased.

“Thank you, Fendrel,” said Ellyn. “Your request is a great honor. I will be your healer for as long as I am with you.” She turned to Max, her face serene. Her iron grip on the staff relaxed.

Fendrel sputtered.

“You are welcome into Fendrel’s clan for as long as you see fit to stay with us,” said Max. He was certain he saved Fendrel from getting his head bashed with the staff the woman carried. “Brodgar is in the Orkneys. You are far from home.”

“I go where I am needed.” Her voice was soft—her tone evasive.

Max gave her a benign smile. She was tall and graceful. Loose tendrils of curls softened her face. Dark lashes swept down against her cheekbone. She gazed at him with bright, intelligent eyes. The hairs on the back of his neck stood up. He sensed her trying to press in on his mind and blocked her attempt so fast she winced in pain. He’d made his point. She would not try that again.

“If you will excuse me.” She turned to leave. “I would like to look in on Dimia and the baby to make certain they’re settled in for the night,” she said to the new father.

“Of course, Ellyn. I will see you back to camp.” Fendrel approached the two men. “Thank you, Grand Master. Doward. We will see you tomorrow.” He and Ellyn went back down the small rise.

“Interesting girl,” remarked Doward after they were gone. “You didn’t have to be rough on her. She was only curious.” Doward chuckled.
Max stared after her.

She wasn’t at all what she seemed.

Titles in The Druid Knight Series

Knight of Runes – Available Now!
Knight of Rapture – Coming March 30, 2015
Knight of Redemption – Coming Fall, 2015

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About the Author03_Ruth A Casie

Ruth A Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances. No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation. Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical time travel romance novels.

When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross stitch. Together with her husband Paul, they enjoy ballroom dancing and, with New York City close by, going to the theater. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren. They all thrive on spending time together. It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world.

Ruth is a Trustee and on the Executive Board of Shelter Our Sister (SOS) in New Jersey. SOS is Bergen County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence. She frequently speaks at various functions around Bergen County on behalf of the Shelter.

For more information visit Ruth A. Casie’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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The Accidental Empress {Review}

I seldom seem to read anything lately that isn’t for a book tour or some such and I wanted to correct that. I do enjoy reading things that aren’t on the tour. So I found that this month, there was a very large gap inbetween tours I’m booked on as a host and so, one sleepless evening, I finally began this book, which was written by Allison Pataki. If her last name sounds familiar, it’s because her father is former New York Governor, George Pataki.

I read this in two nights–I like to read in bed on my kindle–and it proved to be a very good choice, I enjoyed this book very much as you’ll read below. In the next few days, I’ll be posting more and some of the goofy stuff I used to post too. I know some of you aren’t too fond of some of the pictures I posted, but there were those who liked it. I’ll never please all of you, so…I’m trying. It also didn’t help that I was in a ‘blogger slump’. So, here is a review for you and I hope you will go and read it; it’s just been released, so congratulations to Ms. Pataki! ❤

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I have to admit, Sisi (Empress Elisabeth) is one of my favorite historical figures and there are very few things to read about her. I had tried ‘The Fortune Hunter’ but I found Sisi to be a bastardized version who wasn’t at all like the woman herself. You can imagine then, that I would be hesitant to try another book featuring Sisi as the main character. Having read Ms. Pataki’s debut, ‘The Traitor’s Wife’s, I decided, “what the hell? Let me try this one.

I am very glad that I did.

Beginning when Sisi is a fifteen year old Duchess of Bavaria and merely accompanying her sister, Helene, and their mother to meet Emperor Franz Joseph. Helene was supposed to have married the Emperor but he was taken with her beautiful and vivacious younger sister. From there, we watch as Elisabeth struggles in Vienna where she is viewed as an outsider and her life is essentially made a living hell by her mother in law Sophie and by the submissiveness of Franz to his mother’s will.

It is fascinating to see Sisi find her way and to finally become the legendary Queen we know her to be. We see her heartbreak, her triumphs, her joys and sorrow. Hers is a life that never seems to cease being an emotional roller coaster. It is understandable why she would suffer moments of melancholy. Her children are taken from her and raised by Sophie, Franz never sides with her, she is spied upon and there is the loss of Sophie and the coldness from Gisela. (Daughter number two.) I definitely felt for Sisi. There were very few she could trust or confide in.

I really enjoyed how Sisi came into her own more towards the end of the book and I am hoping there will be a continuation/book two because I feel we’ve only just begun–there is more adventure and intrigue ahead. Furthermore, I enjoyed the flow of the book, the wonderful descriptions from Bavaria to Vienna to Budapest and the other beautiful locales. Minor details aren’t even forgotten, such as what foods they ate to the tiny details on one of Sisi’s many gowns. The mention of national costumes, flags, music and dancing truly draw you in even more.

I highly recommend this book to those curious about Sisi, the Hapsburgs or just enjoy a well written and researched historical fiction novel. 🙂

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I wander lonely in this world,
Delight and life long time averted,
No confidant to share my inner self,
A matching soul never revealed.

The Fairytale Keeper {Review}

I don’t know about you guys but I love fairy tales. I suppose one could say I’m too old for them at 28, but then a book like this comes along…and it’s a series? Forget that–I’m all in!

02_The Fairytale Keeper_CoverRe-Release Date: February 1, 2015
Scarlet Primrose Press
Formats: eBook; Paperback
Pages: 262

Series: Book One, Fairytale Keeper
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling

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Adelaide’s mother, Katrina, was the finest storyteller in all of Airsbach, a borough in the great city of Cologne, but she left one story untold, that of her daughter, that of Snow White. Snow White was a pet name Adelaide’s mother had given her. It was a name Adelaide hated, until now. Now, she would give anything to hear her mother say it once more.

A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without last rites and the dead are dumped in a vast pit outside the city walls. In an effort to save Katrina’s soul, Adelaide’s father obtains a secret funeral for his wife by bribing the parish priest, Father Soren.

Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, pushing Adelaide toward vengeance. When Adelaide realizes that the corruption in Cologne reaches far beyond Soren, the cost of settling scores quickly escalates. Avenging the mother she lost may cost Adelaide everything she has left: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.

Seamlessly weaving historical events and Grimm’s fairy tales into a tale of corruption and devotion, The Fairytale Keeper, leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins. The novel paints Medieval Cologne accurately and vividly. The story develops a set of dynamic characters, casting the famous villains, heroes, and damsels of Grimm’s fairy tales into believable medieval lives. Though historically set, The Fairytale Keeper brims with timeless themes of love, loyalty, and the struggle for justice.

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Praise for The Fairytale Keeper

“A…resonant tale set late in the 13th century… with unexpected plot twists. An engaging story of revenge.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“Great historical fiction. Strong emotion injected into almost every page.” –Amazon Vine Reviewer

“…a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction… The Fairytale Keeper is a story of corruption.” -Copperfield Historical Fiction Review

“The story that Cefalo weaves is intriguing and leaves you hanging on, wanting more.” -Hooked to Books Book Review Blog

“…it doesn’t feel like any retelling. Because it’s not. The Fairytale Keeper is its own unique story…very entertaining, containing a strong female role, a sweet romance, and much more.” -Lulu The Bookworm Book Review Blog

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About the Author01_Andrea Cefalo_Author

Besides being the award-winning author of The Fairytale Keeper series, Andrea Cefalo is a self-proclaimed medievalist, hopeless bookworm, and social media junkie. She graduated with honors from Winthrop University in 2007 where she studied Medieval art history and children’s literature. The next three books in The Fairytale Keeper series—The Countess’ Captive, The Baseborn Lady, and The Traitor’s Target—will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina—ever perched before her trusty laptop—with her husband and their two border collies.

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I honestly don’t know where to begin with this. I absolutely loved this book and instead of just giving everything away, I’m going to tell you why. Simply put, Andrea writes one hell of a good story. She takes a fairy tale, adds real historic flourishes and makes an entirely new story out of it all. It’s really amazing how she takes ‘Snow White’ and makes her entirely magical in a new (and not a Disney) way. No, these are based on Grimm fairy tales, which as we all know are not the sugar coated ones that Disney presents us. (I like those too but Grimm…well, they’re awesome!)

Based in Cologne in the late 13th century, Adelaide, who is called Snow White by her mother, who sadly passes away very early on. The church is extremely corrupt and has no interest in delivering last rites or funeral masses for those who have died from the rampant fever. Adelaide’s father, who is a cobbler, bribes Father Soren to preform a funeral. However, it doesn’t go well and in the end, Adelaide is embittered and determined to seeks vengeance, which is going to take her places. It may well cost her everything…will she do it?

Considering the time period, Adelaide is an unusual young woman in that she refuses to be docile and settle into a life that would be pressed on her. She’s naive, however and doesn’t know much about the world surrounding her. It’s a bit of a rude awakening, however, when she discovers how corrupt things are and how some accept it as it is. With that naivete, intelligence and that burning desire for vengeance, she is excellent and fully developed character who you’ll definitely find yourself rooting for.

Each character is well developed, actually, and by the book’s end you feel as though they are a family and you’ll have varying emotions towards each character. I love how each role of people was explained and how I was made to feel that I was part of the action and even the humdrum everyday activities. I think you’ll very much enjoy the book if you like fantasy, historical fiction, fairy tales…you really can lose yourself when reading it.

I can’t say enough about it…stay tuned because next month I’ll be reviewing the next book in the series: The Countess’ Captive.

My rating:
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  • Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on March 13th.
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Heir to A Prophecy {Review}

Please join Mercedes Rochelle as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual book Tours for Heir to a Prophecy, December 8-30.

02_Heir to a Prophecy CoverPublication Date: December 12, 2014
Top Hat Books
Paperback; 418p
ISBN: 978-1-78279-754-8

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Shakespeare’s Witches tell Banquo, “Thou Shalt ‘Get Kings Though Thou Be None”. Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? What Kings? As Shakespeare’s audience apparently knew, Banquo was the ancestor of the royal Stewart line. But the road to kingship had a most inauspicious beginning, and we follow Fleance into exile and death, bestowing the Witches’ prophecy on his illegitimate son Walter. Born in Wales and raised in disgrace, Walter’s efforts to understand Banquo’s murder and honor his lineage take him on a long and treacherous journey through England and France before facing his destiny in Scotland.

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About the Author03_Mercedes Rochelle Author

Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they built themselves.

For more information please visit Mercedes Rochelle’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

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I’ve often been told that my enjoyment of Shakespeare is unusual. You know that one kid in English class, who is absolutely fascinated by the story and enjoys the acting it out? Yeah, that was me. That’s why Mercedes Rochelle’s ‘Heir to a Prophecy’ called out to me. I was afraid that since she was including members of the royal Stewart family (who you likely know for Mary, Queen of Scots  but she doesn’t come for another few hundred years.)

The author was able to strike a wonderful balance between the fiction and mixing in real life events such as the Battle of Hastings, the uprisings in Northern England…the 11th century is equally as fascinating as any other period of time, but it seems most tend to focus on the Tudors and later Stewarts (even I am guilty). Our narrator, Walter, is a good one and a fleshed out, well balanced character. His voice is strong and he leads us through the story with great ease and keeps you wanting for more. We know why he does certain things, his reasons and we are made to understand. Seldom are we made privy to those pieces of a character.

His is a life that is full of intrigues and fascinating people and I really enjoyed being part of it for the time I was.

My rating:

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Libby Morgan: {Review}

03_Libby Morgan Reunion CoverPublication Date: September 7, 2014

Formats: eBook, Paperback

Pages: 283

ASIN: B00O35L1MO

Series: American Heritage Quilt Series

Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

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Coming from a long line of seamstresses, Libby has yet to sew anything more than the rudimentary button or hem, but on a visit to Connecticut she learns more than just how to sew patchwork. Set in 1855 New England and London, this tender story, Libby Morgan: Reunion, follows tenacious Elizabeth (Libby) Jane Morgan through her thirteenth summer of new adventures at home and abroad. She is given a birthday gift of sewing tools and fabric, as well as old family letters to use as templates for making her first quilt. Her decision to first read the letters results in questions that only her Grandmother Morgan’s stories can answer—stories of true love, horrible loss and family connections to London nobles. Her keen eye and inquisitive nature draws her family into a mysterious investigation that tests their faith, challenges their ability to forgive, and results in a resurrection and reunion of lost hearts.
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About the Author02_Leah Zieber Author

Leah A. Zieber is a quilt historian and quilt maker from Temecula, California, specializing in American quilt history and reproduction quilts from the nineteenth century. Her quilts have been exhibited across the country in quilt shows, museums and historical societies and were most recently published in Stars: A Study of 19th Century Star Quilts. Leah has worked closely with Southern California collectors, cataloging, managing, and independently researching their textile collections. Her own collection of antique quilts and related textile items spans one hundred and eighty five years, and she shares her knowledge of American quilt history using her collection in lectures and workshops. Libby Morgan: Reunion is her debut novel and the first in her American Heritage Quilt Series.

For more information please visit Leah Zieber’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Originally, this review was due in December and so to the author, I beg a thousand apologies for my lateness. There really is no excuse for it.

Young Adult fiction isn’t my particular favorite genre of things; I usually find myself wanting to smack the characters or cry because there is yet another love triangle. (Seriously, I’m over those.) But this book reminded me of Ann Rinaldi’s quilting series of books and for me, that was a welcoming feeling. I couldn’t get enough of Ms. Rinaldi’s books years ago and I have a similar passion now for Ms. Zieber’s books.

Our lead character, Libby Morgan, is thirteen but she is surprisingly mature for those thirteen years and it’s pleasant to see. Of course, she does make a mistake, however, she learns from it and that is even more pleasure. I enjoyed reading about her making this quilt and using old letters for a template–though it would have pained me to use old letters for such a reason!–however, paper is hard to come by during the time and they were quite alright to use.

Libby reads them and grows curious, which I think is very relatable and I enjoyed that too. When I was her age and just a little older, I began to ask questions about my family and about things that weren’t discussed. Like with Libby, I did get answers and everything came full circle for me.  I think this is a book that would resound with younger and older (do I have to place myself there?) readers and will inspire an interest in the period, the quilting and of course in family. this is also a faith based series, however, it is not in any way at all overbearing. In fact, I would have scarce recognized that until I saw it mentioned on Goodreads.

I enjoyed the quilting and was particularly appreciative of the Glossary in the back explaining the textile terms and the like; it was fun to see one as I so rarely come upon them now. Ah, the “joy” of being an adult! Hah.

I highly recommend this to everyone. It’s a feel-good book and excellently written. My compliments to the author! For a debut novel, this was fantastic!

My rating:

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