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February 2021 Book Fête and Book of the month giveaway

February 2021
Book Fête

February 2021 Book Fête 
Featuring this month three books available for review at your own pace!
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Alina:
A Song for the Telling,
by Malve von Hassell

Middle Grade historical fiction

Release day:
December 15, 2020
at Serving House Books
343 pages

Review copy available in print

ALINA: A SONG FOR THE TELLING is the coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century who travels to Jerusalem, where she is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder, and finds her voice.
“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.”
Alina’s brother Milos pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He got her querulous tone just right. Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. She could not possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz—impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage. But Alina refuses to accept the life her aunt wants to impose on her.
At the first opportunity she and her brother embark on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to pray for their father’s soul and to escape from their aunt and uncle’s strictures. Their journey east takes them through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem, where Alina is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder.
Forced by a manipulative, powerful lord at court into acting as an informer, Alina tries to protect her wayward brother, while coming to terms with her attraction to a French knight.
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The Last Collection
The Last Collection:
A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel,

by Jeanne Mackin

Historical fiction

 Release day:
June 28, 2019
See more here
352 pages

Review copy available in print or epub

An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this vivid novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American.
Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli (“Schiap”) are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in both their politics and their designs: Chanel’s are classic, elegant, and practical; Schiaparelli’s bold, experimental, and surreal.
Lily Cooper, a recently widowed American teacher, travels to Paris to visit her brother, Charlie, and try to move on from the loss of her husband. On her first day there, Charlie insists on buying her a couture dress for her birthday–a Chanel. Lily reluctantly agrees but wants a Schiaparelli, not a Chanel. Charlie’s girlfriend, Ania, one of the most beautiful and prominent women in Paris, begins wearing Schiap’s designs as well, and soon much of Paris is following in her footsteps.
Schiap takes an interest in Lily and offers the budding artist a job at her shop. Suddenly, Lily finds herself increasingly involved with Schiap and her personal war with Chanel. And as their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights, another war is looming on their doorstep and getting closer every day…

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The Beautiful American
The Beautiful American,
by Jeanne Mackin

Historical fiction

 Release day:
June 3, 2014
See more here
352 pages

Review copy available in print or epub

As recovery from World War II begins, expat American Nora Tours travels from her home in southern France to London in search of her missing daughter. There, she unexpectedly meets up with an old acquaintance, famous model-turned-photographer Lee Miller. Neither has emerged from the war unscathed. Nora is racked with the fear that her efforts to survive under the Vichy regime may have cost her daughter’s life. Lee suffers from what she witnessed as a war correspondent photographing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.

Nora and Lee knew each other in the heady days of late 1920’s Paris: when Nora was giddy with love for her childhood sweetheart, Lee became the celebrated mistress of the artist Man Ray, and Lee’s magnetic beauty drew them all into the glamorous lives of famous artists and their wealthy patrons. But Lee fails to realize that her friendship with Nora is even older, that it goes back to their days as children in Poughkeepsie, New York, when a devastating trauma marked Lee forever.

A novel of freedom and frailty, desire and daring, The Beautiful American portrays the extraordinary relationship between two passionate, unconventional women.

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Landing by Moonlight: tour winners

WE HAVE WINNERS!

Landing by Midnight winners

Sandra won a print copy
Valerie, Diana, and Lynn an ecopy of

Landing by Moonlight

Landing By Moonlight:
A Novel of WWII

(Romantic thriller/Historical novel)

 Release date: October 15, 2019
at Lion’s Paw Publishing

476  pages

Website | Goodreads

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SYNOPSIS

Based on the lives of a small group of American women secret agents working for British intelligence parachuting into France to help the Resistance during WW II.

The year is 1942, and American secret agent Catherine Thornton has no idea whether she will be dropped behind enemy lines in an inflatable raft launched from a submarine or be flung through the moonlit sky from a low-flying British Halifax. Either way, the young embassy wife and erstwhile journalist knows there’s always the chance she’ll be picked off by German sharpshooters, although nothing in her imagination prepares her for the trial-by-fire to come.

Only she understands why she volunteered for such “unwomanly warfare” and the secret reasons she joined a handful of female American spies destined to risk her gilded life on French soil–yet former Vichy diplomat Henri Leblanc, code name Claude Foret, thinks he knows the answers.

As Catherine’s missions grow more harrowing each day, and she fears she’s fallen in love with a captured fellow agent, the German SS begin to close in on the world of Madame “Colette Durand” and her Résistance network embedded in coastal cities along the French Riviera—an exposure that could threaten the Allied victory itself.

And hanging in the air like a half-opened parachute is the life-or-death question: Who is the betrayer and who will be betrayed in this, their finest hour?

Thoroughly engaging” – BOOKLIST

Was recently nominated for the American Library of Paris Annual Book Awards
(for a book published in 2019)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Landing by Moonlight - Ciji WareCiji Ware
is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
of twelve works of historical and contemporary fiction,
two of nonfiction,
and was short-listed for the Willa [Cather] Literary Award
for Historical Fiction in 2012.
A graduate of Harvard University in History,
she is an Emmy-award winning television producer,
a Dupont awardee for investigative journalism,
and an American Bar Association winner
of a Silver Gavel for her magazine work.
For eighteen years, she was a broadcaster and commentator for KABC Radio/TV in Los Angeles.
A recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Alumni Award in 2004,
Ware was the first woman graduate of the university
to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide.
Ware and her husband, Tony Cook, live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Follow  the author on Facebook, Pinterest, and Amazon.
Visit her website

Buy the book:

paperback and ebook available on Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, ibook/Apple, and Kobo.
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Landing by Moonlight: tour quotations

Ciji Ware

is back on tour

March 2-13

with

Landing by Moonlight

Landing By Moonlight:
A Novel of WWII

(Romantic thriller/Historical novel)

 Release date: October 15, 2019
at Lion’s Paw Publishing

476  pages

Website | Goodreads

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SYNOPSIS

Based on the lives of a small group of American women secret agents working for British intelligence parachuting into France to help the Resistance during WW II.

The year is 1942, and American secret agent Catherine Thornton has no idea whether she will be dropped behind enemy lines in an inflatable raft launched from a submarine or be flung through the moonlit sky from a low-flying British Halifax. Either way, the young embassy wife and erstwhile journalist knows there’s always the chance she’ll be picked off by German sharpshooters, although nothing in her imagination prepares her for the trial-by-fire to come.

Only she understands why she volunteered for such “unwomanly warfare” and the secret reasons she joined a handful of female American spies destined to risk her gilded life on French soil–yet former Vichy diplomat Henri Leblanc, code name Claude Foret, thinks he knows the answers.

As Catherine’s missions grow more harrowing each day, and she fears she’s fallen in love with a captured fellow agent, the German SS begin to close in on the world of Madame “Colette Durand” and her Résistance network embedded in coastal cities along the French Riviera—an exposure that could threaten the Allied victory itself.

And hanging in the air like a half-opened parachute is the life-or-death question: Who is the betrayer and who will be betrayed in this, their finest hour?

Thoroughly engaging” – BOOKLIST

Was recently nominated for the American Library of Paris Annual Book Awards
(for a book published in 2019)

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TOUR QUOTATIONS

Library of Clean Reads

It’s a memorable tale, filled with heroic moments and interspersed with sadness and the horrors of an unforgettable war.
It’s clear that Ciji Ware has done her research and deftly interwoven historical figures with true events into her story.
Fans of WWII stories will be left satisfied as they read about men and women who sacrificed everything to help win the war. According to the author’s notes, I was happy to learn that this is the first book in the Spy Sisters Series. I’ll definitely look for the next book, and eagerly anticipate learning more about the women who made a difference during WWII.

Locks, Hooks and Books

Readers need to get ready to hold on their seats because this book is one thrilling ride.
The author did a great job with the historical details that made me feel like I was part of the story.
I am giving Landing by Moonlight a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy World War II era novels. I loved it! I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.

Boys’ Mom Reads!

Author Ciji Ware has crafted a well-researched and thrilling historical fiction novel of WWII. “Landing by Moonlight” has the kind of characters that grow on you and become people that you worry about chapter after chapter.
This story immerses you in the constant danger they had to have been under at all times and made for a tense, and exhilarating, reading experience.
Another aspect of this book I enjoyed were the various settings.
I recommend this book to historical fiction readers, especially those that want a pretty immersive tale. This one so very well done.

I Am, Indeed

There are pieces of actual known history mixed in with the story, allowing a grounding in the reality of the war that spurs and speaks to the tensions and dangers that Colette and others face.
A lovely story and the first I’ve read from this author – it is certain to not be the last.

Books Are Cool

The author creates the wartime atmosphere brilliantly.
This novel is exciting and engrossing. Every character we meet is convincing and rounded, every setting atmospheric, every event carefully choreographed and contributing to such a wonderfully crafted whole.
It’s a book that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it and throws a new perspective on the wartime period.

Denise

Not only was this novel well written, with an exciting plot, the author researched, thoroughly, the time period and the actual settings in various parts of France. By adding real personages and events, that happened, Ciji Ware added to the enjoyment of the novel.
I recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in this time period, and loves spy stories.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Landing by Moonlight - Ciji WareCiji Ware
is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
of twelve works of historical and contemporary fiction,
two of nonfiction,
and was short-listed for the Willa [Cather] Literary Award
for Historical Fiction in 2012.
A graduate of Harvard University in History,
she is an Emmy-award winning television producer,
a Dupont awardee for investigative journalism,
and an American Bar Association winner
of a Silver Gavel for her magazine work.
For eighteen years, she was a broadcaster and commentator for KABC Radio/TV in Los Angeles.
A recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Alumni Award in 2004,
Ware was the first woman graduate of the university
to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide.
Ware and her husband, Tony Cook, live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Follow  the author on Facebook, Pinterest, and Amazon.
Visit her website


Buy the book:

paperback and ebook available on Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, ibook/Apple, and Kobo.

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