Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Ever-Growing TBR Pile 9/28/2013

Isabella: Braveheart of FranceSpotted on fellow author Lisa J. Yarde's FB feed and the title and cover immediately nabbed my attention. I've also read this author before. Isabella: Braveheart of France by Colin Falconer. This book just screams strong n sexy. It's on my wishlist.


She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.

12 year old Isabella, a French princess marries the King of England - only to discover he has a terrible secret. Ten long years later she is in utter despair - does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death - or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?

Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight - but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage - and England apart.

Who is Piers Gaveston - and why is his presence in the king’s court about to plunge England into civil war?

The young queen believes in the love songs of the troubadours and her own exalted destiny - but she finds reality very different. As she grows to a woman in the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, she must decide between her husband, her children, even her life - and one breath-taking gamble that will change the course of history.

This is the story of Isabella, the only woman ever to invade England - and win.



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Spotted and nabbed on Amazon Vine, Churchill's Angels by Ruby Jackson.

Churchill’s AngelsThe first in a series of books featuring four young women whose lives will be forever changed by WWII. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn.

It is 1939 and in the town of Dartford, Grace, Sally and twins Daisy and Rose, are determined to do their bit when war is declared. Grace, desperate to get away from her sad home life, signs up for the Land Army. Sally’s dream of stage school is thwarted by the war, but she finds hope in an unexpected place.


For the twins, nothing has prepared them for the shock of the blitz and the nightly raids on their hometown. Rose signs on at the local munitions factory, but with her brothers away fighting, Daisy is needed at home in her father’s greengrocer shop.


When she unwittingly trespasses on a wealthy estate and meets the aristocratic flying ace, Adair, Daisy initially dismisses him as a ‘toff’. But they become friends and Adair encourages Daisy to indulge her passion for aeroplanes. Could Daisy’s dream of being a pilot be closer than she thinks? And in these uncertain times, a girl would have to be crazy to fall in love, wouldn’t she?



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The ScribeA Netgalley hopeful. I found it on NG and am hoping it's good. The Scribe by Antonio Garrido.

The year is 799, and King Charlemagne awaits coronation as the Holy Roman emperor. But in the town of W├╝rzburg, the young, willful Theresa dreams only of following in the footsteps of her scholarly father—a quiet man who taught her the forbidden pleasures of reading and writing. Though it was unthinkable for a medieval woman to pursue a career as a craftsperson, headstrong Theresa convinces the parchment-makers’ guild to test her. If she passes, it means access to her beloved manuscripts and nothing less than true independence. But as she treats the skins before an audience of jeering workmen, unimaginable tragedy strikes—tearing apart Theresa’s family and setting in motion a cascade of mysteries that Theresa must solve if she hopes to stay alive and save her family.

A fugitive in the wilderness, Theresa is forced to rely on her bravery, her uncommon education, and the compassion of strangers. When she encounters Alcuin of York, a wise and influential monk with close ties to Charlemagne, she believes her luck might have finally changed. But the biggest secret lies between Charlemagne and her father. Theresa moves ever closer to the truth, bent on reuniting with her beloved father, only to discover that her family’s troubles are inextricably entwined with nothing less than the fate of an empire.



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2014 is coming...just three months away, and that means I'm already watching for Choc Lit's 2014 releases. The following three hit my wishlist (besides Courtenay's, of course):


The Highwayman's DaughterThe Highwayman's Daughter by Henriette GylandHounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations.So when his stagecoach is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a gentleman of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin Rupert s wager by tracking her down first.But as Jack and the highwaywoman enter into a swashbuckling game of cat and mouse, uncovering an intricate web of fiercely guarded family secrets, the last thing Jack expects to have stolen is his heart.

Follow a StarFollow a Star by Christine StovellMay Starling s had enough of her demanding career and even more demanding ex. Responding to a crew-wanted ad, she follows her dreams of escape only to find herself at sea with red-haired Bill Blythe.Bill warns May that close-quartered living can create a boiling pot of emotions, but even May is surprised by the heat building up inside the vintage wooden boat. And when May and Bill tie up at Watling's Boatyard in Little Spitmarsh, May's determined to test her new-found feelings on dry land. But May s dream of escaping her former life is in danger of being swept away when several unwelcome blasts from the past follow her ashore, all seemingly hell-bent on reminding her that it s never that easy to clear the decks.

Romancing the SoulRomancing the Soul by Sarah Tranter. Rachael Jones hasn't exactly chosen an average career path. She s a past-life regressionist and is now hoping to help her clients find their Soul Mates through reconnecting them with their past lives.But despite her best intentions, there are problems. Rachael made the mistake of regressing her best friend, Susie Morris, who has since been haunted by events that occurred in her past life.When Susie meets Hollywood actor, George Silbury in unlikely circumstances, she is completely unprepared for her reactions. There s an intense mutual attraction that neither can explain nor ignore Can George help Susie to overcome the sense of desolation she feels as the result of her past life regression or will history s habit of repeating itself ruin all chances of her finding happiness?After the success of her debut paranormal novel, Sarah moves into mainstream contemporary with a twist - past life regression!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for mentioning all of these! They look fantastic. I'm especially interested in The Scribe, not only for its intriguing female character but because almost nobody writes about that era.

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    1. I'm so glad this helped someone! LOL. Makes my day. :) Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Thank you so much for spotting 'Follow a Star' - I really appreciate it. (Loving Sarah and Henri's covers too!)

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