Tour Wrap Up: Joseph Pillitteri’s Courage Between Love and Death Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hello, dear readers! Today is the last day for Joseph Pillitteri's Courage Between Love and Death Blog Tour and I have a few reviews to share with you from the tour. It's also the last day to enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Stephanie from 100 Pages a Day gives the book 5 stars: "This is an in-depth and interesting view of the assassination of President McKinley. The historical facts of McKinley's assassination attempt, operation and death were expertly woven into an exciting fictional story. The development of El's character also let me see how an Irish family living in Buffalo was treated at the time. El's development throughout the story and courage to find love where she wasn't looking was a sweet interlude in an otherwise tragic tale."

LuAnn at Back Porchervations also gave it 5 stars and says: ""I spent most of my time reading Courage Between Love and Death on the edge of my chair. Even thinking about it now raises my heart rate a couple of beats. I've said more than once that I really enjoy historical fiction based on historical fact (such as McKinley's assassination), or a person of historical interest (past Presidents, for example). The facts are fleshed out (even though fictionally) and it makes the events more real to someone only able to read about them more than century later. I definitely want to learn more about the author's other literary adventures!"

Carole's Ramblings says: "The cover was what I caught my eye when I first saw this book. It really drew me in. The story was interesting too. It follows Elspeth and her family who are Irish and trying to make it in New York. Elspeth was an interesting character. I really enjoyed reading and following her. There was a lot of drama at the hospital and in her personal life. It was hard not to like her and want her to get everything and live in peace. I also liked how this really showed how primitive the medical industry was then. In the end, this was a good read."

Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri

Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Fireship Press
eBook & Paperback; 302 Pages

Genre: Historical/Romance/Medical/Political

Elspeth has recently landed a nursing position at the 1901 Pan American Exposition Hospital in Buffalo, New York. This is a big boon for her, but things are not going as expected. She has to navigate mischievous patients, egotistical doctors, rival nurses and prejudices. For an Irish girl with a temper, this is no easy feat. Now President McKinley is coming to visit the Expo and everyone is in an uproar. On the home front, her life is no less hectic as she struggles to put food on the table and look out for her younger siblings.

When the unthinkable happens, it is a turning point, not only for the medical industry and our country’s security, but also for Elspeth personally. With her career and reputation on the line, will she have the courage to overcome the challenges she faces to clear her name and continue to be there for the ones she loves?

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Praise for Courage Between Love and Death

“…Pilliterri deftly weaves together the state of medicine, the social class spectrum and a light love story…the chaos of the surgery on the President and the anxious days till his death provide palpable tension...” —Dr. Jean Richardson, Associate Professor, Emeritus, SUNY Buffalo State College

“…Joseph Pillitteri’s writing is flawless and delightful. The tension builds up very fast and doesn’t slow down until the satisfying conclusion. Courage Between Love and Death is focused, deft, and balanced, and the reader will follow the protagonist through her emotional and psychological turmoil until the very last page. A gripping story with great historical references, it’s an edge of the seat read. Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri is a historical novel that is well-researched and written to great satisfaction.” —Christian Sia, Readers’ Favorite

“Courage Between Love and Death is a well-researched and masterfully crafted historical novel with strong characters and a mesmerizing plot. Apart from developing a very strong conflict, Joseph Pillitteri does a brilliant job in weaving powerful dialogues and intrigue into the story. The reader is transported into an atmospheric world with medical personnel, strong personalities, and a historic event that will remain engraved in the minds of many. There is so much to enjoy in this novel — the drama, the emotional and psychological intensity of the story, the excellent prose and the compelling characters. I was sucked into the narrative from the very first page.” —Romuald Dzemo, Readers’ Favorite

About the Author

While working at Roswell Park Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, NY, Joseph Pillitteri became intrigued by the role Dr. Park played in the surgery of President McKinley at the 1901 Pan American Exposition. It was a pleasure to shape facts and fiction together to tell the story.

Previous works by Pillitteri include When the Giraffe Runs Down (Dial Press), Two Hours on Sunday (Dial Press), The Abortion (Penguin Books), and Life Pulse (Penguin Books).

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, March 29
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, March 30
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Saturday, March 31
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, April 2
Review at Back Porchervations
Feature at Clarissa Reads it All

Tuesday, April 3
Feature at T's Stuff

Wednesday, April 4
Feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Friday, April 6
Review at Cup of Sensibility

Sunday, April 8
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Tuesday, April 10
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, April 12
Feature at Donna's Book Blog

Tuesday, April 17
Feature at A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, April 18
Tour Recap at Passages to the Past


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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