Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love {Book Review}

* I received a free ebook of Every Perfect Gift from the Book Look Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

Every Perfect Gift follows the story of Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee.  Sophie has returned to Hickory Ridge, despite the ill treatment that she received there at the time (it is revealed why through the course of the book, but no spoilers!).  Sophie is a strong woman who has returned to the town in order to start publishing the local newspaper, and she is very driven in this goal.  Ethan is building a resort in the mountains for the wealthy, and is intrigued by Sophie.  However, he also has a secret in his past, and the pair’s secrets threaten to tear Sophie and Ethan apart.  

This book is the third in a historical fiction trilogy by Dorothy Love – I did not read the first two books in the series.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a “series” reader and I am usually loathe to jump in the middle, or in this case, the end, of a series without having read the books in order.  However, Every Perfect Gift did stand on its own.  I didn’t feel like I was “missing” anything by not having read the first two books – the plot and characters stand on their own without further background.

I liked Sophie – she was a strong, confident woman who is strongly career-oriented – something that would not have been particularly common in the 1880s.  SO this was enjoyable.  I also thought that Love did a nice job of portraying life in a small town.  The main plot is good, although it does start better and drags a bit as the characters each struggle with their secrets. So, although a bit predictable, the book was overall enjoyable.  Fans of historical romance would likely enjoy this book, and I do plan on reading the other two books in the series.

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Touched By Fire Review + Win a $35 Amazon Giftcard {Book Review & Giveaway}

* I received a free ebook for my review of Touched by Fire, courtesy of Novel Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

Touched by Fire

 

Welcome to the REVIEW EVENT for Chris Datta’s Historical Fiction Novel Touched with Fire! We have a great giveaway at the bottom of the post and hope you enjoy hearing about this fabulous book. But first, the details:

Ellen Craft is Property

In this case, of her half-sister Debra, to whom she was given as a wedding gift. The illegitimate daughter of a Georgia plantation owner and a house slave, she learned to hate her own image, which so closely resembled that of her “father:” the same wiry build, the same blue eyes, and the same pale—indeed, lily-white—skin. Ellen lives a solitary life until she falls, unexpectedly, in love with a dark-skinned slave named William Craft, and together they devise a plan to run North. Ellie will pose as a gentleman planter bound for Philadelphia accompanied by his “boy” Will. They make it as far as Baltimore when Will is turned back, and Ellie has no choice but continue. With no way of knowing if he is dead or alive, she resolves to make a second journey—South again. And so Elijah Craft enlists with the 125th Ohio Volunteers of the Union Army: she will literally fight her way back to her husband. Eli/Ellie’s journey is the story of an extraordinary individual and an abiding love, but also of the corrosive effects of slavery, and of a nation at a watershed moment.

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Author: Christopher Datta

Genre: Historical/Women’s/African American Fiction

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Review:

I thought this was a fairly well written book, although I will say, as a history buff, that this book is very LOOSELY based on the lives of Ellen and William Craft.   The first half of the book is written in an easy-to-read fashion and it goes quickly.  The second half of the book focuses on Ellen/Eli’s time in the war.  I love seeing a novel about the Civil War written from a woman’s perspective – they were such an integral part of that period in history and I feel authors many times marginalize them.  Not so in this case – Ellen’s perspectives, attitudes, and experiences come through loud and clear, and this is something that I really appreciate as a female reader..

As with many Civil War novels, there are many emotions that are brought up while reading, which I think is an excellent quality of any book, but especially of a book like this – it is important to remember our past, even if it is painful to do so.  All in all, I liked the book a lot – it is well written, entertaining, and a quick read.  Please make sure to read the author’s note at the end, where the author has kindly given a true account of Ellen Craft’s life, which I think is important given that there is a lot of fiction inserted into this book.  I definitely recommend it for Civil War buffs and lovers of historical fiction.

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21-Apr My Devotional Thoughts
21-Apr Deal Sharing Aunt
22-Apr Jelly Side Up – Promo Only
22-Apr Our Wolves Den
23-Apr rubina ramesh
23-Apr The Mama Games
24-Apr My Writer’s Cramp 
24-Apr The World As I See It
25-Apr I am indeed
25-Apr Rachel Delane
26-Apr Rick And Eileen Bremner
26-Apr Author Interrupted
27-Apr Anna Tan
27-Apr Pete Waugh
28-Apr Alexa B
28-Apr Michelle Willms

About the Author:

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Born in Washington, DC Chris Datta, Foreign Service officer, has been on numerous battlefields for his job and country. He has seen mass graves, brought war criminals to justice and in this new chapter, Datta brings readers a stunning historical account of the American Civil War with Touched with Fire. His attention to detail is superb, and his experiences abroad have given him ample stories to tell for years to come. His action packed life has taken him across the world from the United States to Liberia and Southern Sudan. Not only serving in active war zones but often battling tropical diseases, Datta has nurtured his fascination with civil conflict by diving into the history books and historical records of America’s past. His research is meticulous, and his attention to detail creates vivid pictures of the past.

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The Midwife’s Revolt {Book Review & Giveaway}

Midwife's RevoltWelcome to the next stop on the review tour for The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard. Thank you to Novel Publicity for providing me a with an e-copy to review!

“A charming, unexpected, and decidedly different view of the Revolutionary War.”
Publishers Weekly

Book Description: The Midwife’s Revolt takes the reader on a journey to the founding days of America. It follows one woman’s path, Lizzie Boylston, from her grieving days of widowhood after Bunker Hill, to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams and midwifery, and finally to her dangerous work as a spy for the Cause. A novel rich in historical detail, The Midwife’s Revolt opens a window onto the real lives of colonial women.

Jodi Daynard’s historical fiction The Midwife’s Revolt has eared a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and praise from libraries, historical associations and is even featured at The Museum of the American Revolution.

“This humorous, exciting and touching story retells the familiar saga of the Revolutionary War in a stunning new way that feels fresh and alive.”
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                                                                 Review: As you may know from reading some of my other posts, I am a bit of historical fiction nut – I am, after all, a certified Social Studies teacher.  Most historical fiction now seems to be tied up in the British craze- don’t get me wrong, I love British history, but my own personal interests stray close to home.  I love America history, and particularly that surrounding the American Revolution.  As a child I traveled to Colonial Williamsburg, and I’ve never looked back since.

Here’s my usual thing with historical fiction – it super irritates me when the author goes seriously astray from the factual occurrences. The Midwife’ Revolt is a history lover’s dream – it is right on point factually, with the fictional story line interwoven. The main character, Lizzie, will have wonderful run-ins with the celebrity hit list of the American Revolution, including an exploration of her friendship with Abigail Adams. Through this relationship, and throughout the book, the author shows the strength not only of Lizzie, but of many women at the time.  Lizzie, to put it succintly, is a tough chick, and that’s great to see in a novel.  The action is nail-biting at times, with questions of whether or not Lizzie will get caught as a spy as she masquerades as a man.  There are definitely elements of a love story as well.

In short, I loved this book, and if you are a history buff, you will too!

 

book cover headAbout the Author: Jodi Daynard is a writer of fiction, essays, and criticism. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Paris Review, Agni, New England Review and in several anthologies. She is the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers (W. W. Norton). Ms. Daynard’s essays have been nominated for several prizes and mentioned in Best American Essays. She has taught writing at Harvard University, M.I.T., and in the MFA program at Emerson College, and served for seven years as Fiction Editor at Boston Review. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The National Women’s Book Association, and the Author’s Guild. The Midwife’s Revolt is her first novel.

Prizes! And now for the best part, the prizes! Because who doesn’t love awesome book themed gifts? Jodi is offering A Kindle Fire to one reader as well as a Artemis Cameo Necklace, an American Flag Folk Art and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. All you have to do is leave a comment and enter the rafflecopter! Of course, there are plenty of other ways to enter to win just by helping spread the word about The Midwife’s Revolt.

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The Tour: Follow along and read more reviews of The Midwife’s Revolt. You can see the full list of participating reviews HERE.