2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: December Reviews


Welcome to the December link page for the 2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I apologize for getting it up late, this month is running away from me! I still can't believe it's the end of the year.

I will be posting the sign up page for the 2020 Hist Fic Reading Challenge later today!

Reading Challenge Instructions...

  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review). A direct link to your Goodreads review is also acceptable
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)
  • Don't forget to look at some of the other links that are present. You never know when you will discover new blogs or books!

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Review & Giveaway: The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton


The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton

Publication Date: October 3, 2019
Aria Fiction
eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


What would you risk to save our best-friend?

As a young girl, Ella never considered that those around her weren’t as they appeared. But when her childhood best-friend shows Ella that you can’t always believe what you see, Ella finds herself thrown into the world of the German Resistance.

On a dark night in 1941, Claudia is taken by the Gestapo, likely never to be seen again, unless Ella can save her. With the help of the man she loves, Ella must undertake her most dangerous mission yet and infiltrate the Nazi Party.

Selling secrets isn’t an easy job. In order to find Claudia, Ella must risk not only her life, but the lives of those she cares about.

Will Ella be able to leave behind the girl of her youth and step into the shoes of another?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The German Midwife and Kate Furnivall.

Available on Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo

Praise for The Girl I Left Behind

‘A gripping historical page-turner about an audacious eighteen-year-old girl in Nazi Germany, who finds herself at the heart of the Reich. It’s a thrilling tale of female friendship, young love, and extraordinary courage, laced with chilling reminders of the fate Ella will face if her treachery is discovered. A powerful debut!’ Gill Paul, USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Wife.

‘A captivating story with a twist of romance threaded throughout,’ Glynis Peters, USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Orphan.

‘A compelling tale of friendship, courage and espionage in a frightening and uncertain world,’ Charlotte Betts, author of The Dressmaker’s Secret.

‘The Girl I Left Behind made me cry and left me wanting more, which to me are signs of a truly wonderful book, one that will stay with me long after I’ve finished reading,’ Lana Kortchik, author of The Story of Us.

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well, Andie Newton just took my heart and tore it in two! The Girl I Left Behind was such an amazing book and Newton floored me with her excellent writing.

Ella is a young girl living with her Aunt in Nuremberg, Germany after her parents' passing. Her parents didn't agree with Hitler's nationalism but her Aunt makes her join the League of German Girls, a female branch of the Hitler Youth. It's there she meets Claudia and they become close friends. Claudia is part of the local resistance group and Ella sometimes helps out. When the danger gets too close her Aunt sends her to Munich. When she hears that Claudia has been arrested she knows she must find her and help - no matter the danger. She infiltrates and goes undercover at a Nazi administrative office where she has access to all kinds of information, which she uses to help her fellow resisters, and to look for the location of Claudia.

The Girl I Left Behind is an excellent read that I don't think I will ever forget. It had all the feels! Andie puts you right in the action and you can't help but be swept up in their lives. I can't wait for more from this author! She is fabulous!


About the Author

Andie is an American writer living in Washington State with her husband and two boys. She writes female-driven WWII historical fiction. Her debut novel, THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND, was published by Aria Fiction in October 2019. THE GIRL FROM VICHY, her second novel with Aria Fiction, will be released in July 2020 with a third untitled novel due to release in 2021. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Washington State University and a Master in Teaching. She would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. Andie does, however, love spending time with her family, trail running, traveling the world, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Andie would love to be a guest at your next book club! You can find discussion questions for her novels on her website www.andienewton.com. You can also find Andie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 2
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, December 5
Review at Passages to the Past

Sunday, December 8
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, December 9
Review at Bookish Bellee

Tuesday, December 10
Feature at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, December 11
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, December 12
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Monday, December 16
Review at Lost_in_a_book_reviewer

Wednesday, December 18
Review at The Lit Bitch

Friday, December 20
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Saturday, December 21
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback back copy of The Girl I Left Behind! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 21st. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The Girl I Left Behind



Interview & Giveaway: Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift

Hello, dear readers! Today on the blog I am super excited to share with you my interview with Author Deborah Swift, who is currently on Blog Tour for her new historical, Entertaining Mr. Pepys.

I recently reviewed this excellent book and you can read my review here.

Hope you enjoy the interview! Be sure to enter our giveaway below to win a copy of the book!


Hello Deborah and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about Entertaining Mr. Pepys!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

I enjoy writing historical fiction with ordinary people as the main characters. This is one of the things that inspired me to write a series of novels around Pepys’s famous diary. He mentions a lot of ordinary women in his diary, and some appear often. I was interested to unpick what lives were like for these real women, against the background of the other major events in the diary such as the Plague and the Great Fire of London. This novel, Entertaining Mr Pepys, is about Mary Elizabeth Knepp, the singer and actress, a woman Pepys has an intense friendship with, and who played at the King’s Theatre alongside Nell Gwynne.

What research did you undertake when writing the series?

Pepys Diary formed the major part of my research. It’s an enormously long document running to more than a million words, but to my relief, it’s also available online. I also used the diaries of his contemporaries such as John Evelyn, and the writings of women such as Aphra Behn. Writing a historical novel like this involved research into specialist areas such ‘types of harness in 17th Century carriages’, ‘theatrical machinery of the Restoration’ and ‘how buildings burn’, and so I used Google and Youtube a lot for that. Then had to delete my browsing history in case people should think me an arsonist! I also read quite a few plays because the book is set in the world of 17th Century theatre.

What would you like readers to take away from reading the series?

They are designed to be entertainments, so I hope people will love them and be entertained! Each of the stories focuses on a different woman, and her struggles to attain a goal, so they are all about the indomitable human spirit. The first book is about how a maid might battle to become independent, the second about how a woman might scheme to build security for herself in terms of property, and the third about how a woman might find a voice in a man’s world. And of course there is always love - the key to their stories, for all the women, is that there is always someone she loves who will be affected by her choices.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Actually it was several scenes - the scenes during the Great fire of London, in which two thirds of the city of London was destroyed. It was such a massive change over such a short space of time, and such a catastrophe, that I wanted to convey the enormity of it to my readers. I also wanted to describe the panic and confusion as people tried to save the things they loved.

What was the first historical novel you read?

It was a copy of Anya Seton’s Katherine lent to me by my mother who was also an avid reader. I can still remember the slightly florid cover, with a woman wearing ermine. It was the story of the love affair between Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, and I remember being lost in it for days. I still find Anya Seton readable – and this is one of the joys of historical fiction – it can be read by several generations, and still be relevant.

So what appeals to you most about historical fiction?

I think the genre can convey lessons learned from the past in an accessible way, and, without sounding too grandiose about it, fiction about the past can be a fierce force for good. The past is fascinating and extraordinary and shows us aspects of the human experience that are extinct, or so strange as to be scarcely believable. It also shows us ourselves, but reflected against a different background.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Writing involves a lot of time at the desk, so I enjoy doing various sorts of physical exercise or working out. My weekly routine consists of Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba and Taiko Drumming. Taiko Drumming is playing big drums with a lot of big movements and physical choreography. I’m part of a performance group of Taiko Drummers, and they perform at festivals and fetes mostly in the summer. It’s noisy, fun and a great way to keep fit.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I’m working on the third book in a WW2 series. The first one is already out, one is in production, and the other I’m researching. It’s set in The Shetland Islands off Scotland in the Second World War. Quite a change from Mr Pepys, but as they say; ‘a change is as good as a rest!’

Entertaining Mr Pepys is published by Accent Press in ebook, paperback & audio.

You can buy the book here mybook.to/EntertainingPepys

Deborah’s website www.deborahswift.com


Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift

Publication Date: September 12, 2019
Hachette Book Group
eBook. Paperback, Audiobook; 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


London 1666

Elizabeth 'Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her chief passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse-dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the reality of life with Knepp. Her father has betrayed her trust, for Knepp cares only for his horses; he is a tyrant and a bully, and will allow Bird no life of her own.

When Knepp goes away, she grasps her chance and, encouraged by her maidservant Livvy, makes a secret visit to the theatre. Entranced by the music, the glitter and glamour of the surroundings, and the free and outspoken manner of the women on the stage, she falls in love with the theatre and is determined to forge a path of her own as an actress.

But life in the theatre was never going to be straightforward - for a jealous rival wants to spoil her plans, and worse, Knepp forbids it, and Bird must use all her wit and intelligence to change his mind.

Based on events depicted in the famous Diary of Samuel Pepys, Entertaining Mr Pepys brings London in the 17th Century to life. It includes the vibrant characters of the day such as the diarist himself and actress Nell Gwynne, and features a dazzling and gripping finale during the Great Fire Of London.

The third in Deborah Swift's atmospheric trilogy, bringing to life the women in Pepys' Diary. Each novel features a different character and can be read as a stand-alone book.

'A remarkably beguiling read. It transported me to the glitter and filth of seventeenth century London' - Martine Bailey, author of The Almanack

'The fusion of historical facts and fiction is so flawless that it is hard to know where reality ends and fiction begins' - Readers Favourite Review

Amazon | Book Depository


Praise for the Pepys Trilogy

'Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines' - The Visitor

'A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail' - Readers Favorite 5*

'Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life… Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined' -Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Deborah Swift is the author of three previous historical novels for adults, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance, all published by Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, as well as the Highway Trilogy for teens (and anyone young at heart!). Her first novel was shortlisted for the Impress prize for new novelists.

She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District – a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.

For more information, please visit Deborah Swift’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, November 21
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Reading the Past

Friday, November 22
Review at Gwendalyn's Books
Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Monday, November 25
Review & Excerpt at Book Reviews from Canada

Tuesday, November 26
Review at A Book Geek

Wednesday, November 27
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Thursday, November 28
Feature at To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, November 29
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Guest Post at What Is That Book About

Monday, December 2
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, December 3
Excerpt at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, December 4
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, December 6
Excerpt at Donna's Book Blog

Monday, December 9
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Tuesday, December 10
Excerpt at Words and Peace

Wednesday, December 11
Review at Hopewell's Public Library of Life

Thursday, December 12
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed copy of Entertaining Mr. Pepys! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Entertaining Mr. Pepys


Review & Giveaway: Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift


Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift

Publication Date: September 12, 2019
Hachette Book Group
eBook. Paperback, Audiobook; 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


London 1666

Elizabeth 'Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her chief passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse-dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the reality of life with Knepp. Her father has betrayed her trust, for Knepp cares only for his horses; he is a tyrant and a bully, and will allow Bird no life of her own.

When Knepp goes away, she grasps her chance and, encouraged by her maidservant Livvy, makes a secret visit to the theatre. Entranced by the music, the glitter and glamour of the surroundings, and the free and outspoken manner of the women on the stage, she falls in love with the theatre and is determined to forge a path of her own as an actress.

But life in the theatre was never going to be straightforward - for a jealous rival wants to spoil her plans, and worse, Knepp forbids it, and Bird must use all her wit and intelligence to change his mind.

Based on events depicted in the famous Diary of Samuel Pepys, Entertaining Mr Pepys brings London in the 17th Century to life. It includes the vibrant characters of the day such as the diarist himself and actress Nell Gwynne, and features a dazzling and gripping finale during the Great Fire Of London.

The third in Deborah Swift's atmospheric trilogy, bringing to life the women in Pepys' Diary. Each novel features a different character and can be read as a stand-alone book.

'A remarkably beguiling read. It transported me to the glitter and filth of seventeenth century London' - Martine Bailey, author of The Almanack

'The fusion of historical facts and fiction is so flawless that it is hard to know where reality ends and fiction begins' - Readers Favourite Review

Amazon | Book Depository


Praise for the Pepys Trilogy

'Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines' - The Visitor

'A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail' - Readers Favorite 5*

'Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life… Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined' -Lancashire Evening Post

Review

Entertaining Mr. Pepys is a page-turning historical set in Restoration London and the third book in Swift's Women of Pepys' Diary series. Though I haven't read the first two books in the series, I didn't feel lost at all. Each book can be read as a stand-alone and features women that were mentioned in the diary of the real Samuel Pepys.

In Entertaining Mr. Pepys we meet Bird, a young woman still living with her father. Her mother is passed and her father remarries. Bird and her step-mother don't get along and while she is desperate to get away from the house, she is unable to bring herself to be excited to marry the man her father has chosen for her, a local businessman named Knepp. Well, I say marry but really they just sold her off like a Christmas Ham. So, Bird's odious father and odious step-mother marry her of to the odious Knepp and wash their hands of her. Poor Bird is strong though and wants to make the most out of her new life, but her new husband only wants her for her dowry and has no plans on trying to make her happy. For a while, she is content and has her friendship with their servant, Livvy, but on a rare evening out they go to the theater and her world suddenly opens up. She has a wonderful singing voice and wants to be on stage. At this time in the theater, more roles for women are opening up so she takes a chance to auditions. Knepp is not thrilled about this to say the least, but it's helping his business so he acquiesces.

At the theater, she meets Pepys and they soon become friends. He is fascinated with her singing and pays for her to perform at his gatherings. I loved the theater scenes - they are always fun! And we get to meet my all-time favorite actress from back then, Nellie Gwynne!

In addition to Bird, Livvy, Knepp, and Pepys we also hear from Pepys' wife, Elizabeth. Her and Bird have much in common as they are both trapped in loveless marriages. I felt awful for these women. To be at the whim of a man and have no legal rights to anything must have been a nightmare. I cannot even imagine. Some of the scenes made me so livid I had to put the book down and decompress a bit :)

I can't wait to go back and read the first two books in the series. While I'm not a fan of Pepys I would love to read about the women in his life.

Swift's writing is phenomenal and the plot gripping and exciting. Highly recommended!

About the Author

Deborah Swift is the author of three previous historical novels for adults, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance, all published by Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, as well as the Highway Trilogy for teens (and anyone young at heart!). Her first novel was shortlisted for the Impress prize for new novelists.

She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District – a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.

For more information, please visit Deborah Swift’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, November 21
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Reading the Past

Friday, November 22
Review at Gwendalyn's Books
Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Monday, November 25
Review & Excerpt at Book Reviews from Canada

Tuesday, November 26
Review at A Book Geek

Wednesday, November 27
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Thursday, November 28
Feature at To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, November 29
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Guest Post at What Is That Book About

Monday, December 2
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, December 3
Excerpt at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, December 4
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, December 6
Excerpt at Donna's Book Blog

Monday, December 9
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Tuesday, December 10
Excerpt at Words and Peace

Wednesday, December 11
Review at Hopewell's Public Library of Life

Thursday, December 12
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed copy of Entertaining Mr. Pepys! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Entertaining Mr. Pepys


Interview & Giveaway: In Sight of the Mountain

Happy Monday, dear readers! Today on the blog I have an interview with Jamie McGillen, who is currently on Blog Tour for In Sight of the Mountain! I hope you enjoy it! Don't forget to enter the giveaway 😀



Hello Jamie and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about In Sight of the Mountain!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

Sure! My day job is teaching English at a local college and I love it. I don’t get a lot of writing time, but I try to steal it when I can. I primarily write fiction and poetry, but I do have a few published essays as well.

What inspired you to write In Sight of the Mountain?

I really wanted to tell the story of a woman in the late nineteenth century who was struggling for agency. It was a really interesting time period in American history, when people just weren’t sure what to think of women. Should we let them help chop down trees and build houses because we don’t have enough men? Should they be able to get a university education, but not be allowed to vote? The logical answers to these questions were starting to emerge, even though it challenged the social norms.

What research did you undertake when writing In Sight of the Mountain?

I spent a lot of time looking through the special collections at the University of Washington. They have so many incredible aspects of history saved—letters, journals, newspapers, photos, etc. I also spent time at the Washington State History museum and the Duwamish Longhouse.

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene to write was the Christmas scene. The first version was crap and I had a good back and forth with my editor about the potential of the scene. After I revised it I realized she was right, and I love that scene now!

What was the most difficult scene to write?

I’ll be a little cryptic here because the real answer contains spoilers. But, I really didn’t want to write a scene that had to do with a confession that comes at the end. I avoided it for a few drafts, but a few of my beta readers told me they really needed to see it to have closure, so I wrote it!

What does your daily writing routine look like?

At this point, there is no routine. I’m just trying to get through the end of fall quarter and give my students as much of myself as I can. I’m going on a writing retreat shortly after Christmas and I’ll have a full 48 hours to write, and I’m super excited about that!

Who are your writing inspirations?

Annie Dillard, always and forever.

What was the first historical novel you read?

I fell in love with the American Girl books when I was about 8 years old. I loved learning the stories of these girls that were set in different time periods. Now, I collect vintage children’s books and I have quite a collection of American Girl books that were printed in the 80s.

What is the last historical novel you read?

Shortly after finishing my book last year, I went to the Washington State book awards (because my editor’s book was nominated). There I met J. Anderson Coates and picked up her book THE MANY REFLECTIONS OF MISS JANE DEMING which is a middle grade historical fiction book set in mid nineteenth century Seattle, so just a couple decades before my story begins. I had a great talk with her about historical research, and I really enjoyed the book. Now I’m getting started on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s THE WATER DANCER.

What are three things people may not know about you?

I’ve traveled to about 30 countries, and I own a family travel blog. I don’t post there often, but many of the articles remain quite popular on Pinterest. And lastly, I don’t really like traveling that much anymore, HA!

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

I’m a homebody and a mother. I like to cuddle with my kids.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I’m working on a sequel to IN SIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN!


In Sight of the Mountain by Jamie McGillen

Publication Date: September 4, 2019
The Evergreen Bookshelf
eBook & Paperback; 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


~ Inspired by the trailblazing women of the 19th Century who dared to summit Mount Rainier ~

In the devastating aftermath of the 1889 Great Seattle Fire, nineteen-year-old Anna Gallagher faces considerable pressure to marry well and soon.

She has two serious suitors: a well-meaning but condescending doctor, and an evasive fisherman who challenges her mind. But Anna has no intention of giving up her freedom to keep house; she has a dream to reach the summit of Mount Rainier.

Despite her family’s disapproval and her own self-doubt, she secretly trains, raises money for supplies, and buys a train ticket to the base of the mountain. If she succeeds in reaching its icy peak, she could pioneer the way for women mountaineers; but it’s a tall task and there’s much at risk—including the heart of a man who just might love her as an equal.

On the journey, Anna will face glaciers, avalanches, and frozen temperatures, all without knowing if she even has a family or a future to return to.

In Sight of the Mountain is a charming coming-of-age story, but it also casts the reader’s gaze upon issues of colonialism, class, and women’s far-too-narrow options.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

Praise

"Focusing on themes of the liberation of women, the American class system and effects of colonialism, this intelligent and heart-warming novel introduces us to Anna Gallagher at the tender age of nineteen... In an epic and gripping work of historical fiction with modern sensibilities, author Jamie McGillen gives you everything you could possibly hope for in this inspiring and dramatic tale... Overall, In Sight of the Mountain is the perfect historical read for fans of pioneering heroes and tales of triumph over discrimination." --K.C. Finn, Reader's Favorite (5 Star Review)

"As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I found it entertaining to try to picture Seattle as a frontier town and see Mount Rainier without its modern trappings. The story begins with the 1889 Seattle fire (a true event) and I was immediately hooked... In all, In Sight of the Mountain is a really great read--compelling, educational, containing complex characters and a well-crafted plot. Recommended for all readers YA and up who enjoy historical fiction. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could." --Donna Gielow McFarland, Reader's Favorite (5 Star Review)

About the Author

Jamie McGillen lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier, and no matter how many times she moves away, it draws her home. Everything about large evergreen trees delights her, except how poky they are, and the sap. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous literary journals, and she teaches English Composition at Highline College. When she's not teaching or cutting strawberries for her starving children, she enjoys writing rhyming poetry, but it's simply not as popular as it used to be. You can find out more about her at www.jamiemcgillen.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 18
Review at The Green Mockingbird

Tuesday, November 19
Review at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, November 21
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, November 22
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, November 25
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, November 26
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, November 27
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Friday, November 29
Guest Post at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Monday, December 2
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, December 5
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Friday, December 6
Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback back copy of In Sight of the Mountain! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

In Sight of the Mountain


Book Blast & Giveaway: The Turncoat Letters by Kelly Lyman


The Turncoat Letters by Kelly Lyman

Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Blue Tulip Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 357 Pages

Series: Rebels of the Revolution, Book #2
Genre: Historical Romance


From Kelly Lyman, comes a duet filled with intrigue, suspense and heat. The adventures bring to life the time of the American Revolution.

The truth always comes out in the end. If you have the courage to discover it.

From the moment Nora Bishop meet Alex Foster, her life was turned upside down. Though their marriage was brought on by necessity, they have found a common ground of honesty, respect, and friendship. She has grown to depend on and love him. And he her.

But both Alex and Nora have their part to play in the war, and those parts could tear their new marriage apart.

Secretly, they meet when they can, but as Nora gets deeper undercover by pretending to be a single woman and a loyalist, Alex is faced with watching other men, specifically the dashing Captain Budley, give his new bride unwanted attention.

Nora must play her part as a single woman. Alex must play his part as a simple acquaintance without showing his jealousy or they’ll both be caught and hung for treason. With their marriage made by necessity and being slowly built on trust, will they survive or will their relationship turn out to be as false as the role Nora plays for the British?

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Kelly Lyman is a dreamer, a planner, and a doer. Her favorite mantra is: "Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention." She writes adult historical romance and YA paranormal/fantasy. She has a degree in education from West Chester University and taught 5th grade before deciding to stay home full time. She loves, loves, loves history and can usually be found daydreaming about people who lived centuries ago...that is, when she's not taking care of her four kids. Traveling to Scotland, England, and Ireland are on her bucket list. Skydiving is not. She's mildly obsessed with mint chocolate chip ice cream, peanut butter M&MS, drinking coffee (cream only), and thinks chips and salsa is a perfectly acceptable dinner option. Her favorite color is green and if she could, she would sit on the beach and read all day long.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, November 25
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Tuesday, November 26
Rose is Reading

Wednesday, November 27
Liberty's Literary Loves

Friday, November 29
The Lit Bitch
Carole's Ramblings
What Is That Book About

Saturday, November 30
Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, December 1
Passages to the Past

Monday, December 2
@ya.its.lit

Tuesday, December 3
Jessica Belmont

Thursday, December 5
Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Books In Their Natural Habitat

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away eBooks of The Petticoat Letters and The Turncoat Letters to one winner! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback 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 suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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