Tag: Books: Book Tour


Review: Time and Regret (+ Excerpt + Giveaway)

Posted 1 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments



Time and Regret
By: M.K. Tod
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of the author as part of the Time and Regret France Book Tours

When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her…

Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.

Exciting, a new novel from M.K. Tod! I read her first two books (see author tag) as part of book blog tours in the past so naturally I jumped at the chance to read her latest novel and take part in this wonderful blog tour today. The premise of this novel is a bit different from her previous two, which particularly piqued my interest. This book was released on 16 August 2016. Included in this post are an excerpt from the book and details on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book!

Thank you to France Book Tours for letting me take part in the book tour for this novel.

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Review: Rodin’s Lover (+ Excerpt + Giveaway)

Posted 19 January, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 14 Comments



Rodin’s Lover
By: Heather Webb
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of Plume/Penguin

A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

I read Heather Webb’s Becoming Josephine (review) last year and absolutely loved it, so I was happy to learn that she was coming out with a new novel this year! I admit, I’m not familiar with many of the women artists of the Belle Epoque period until I started reading historical fiction titles featuring them, so it’s also quite the history lesson for me about this period 🙂

This book will be available on 27 January 2015. Included after the cut is an excerpt from the novel as well as a giveaway for an opportunity to win a copy of the novel!

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Books: Interview with Sherry Jones

Posted 20 October, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments



The Sharp Hook of Love
By: Sherry Jones
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of the publishers as part of The Sharp Hook of Love blog tour by France Book Tours
My review of the novel

“To forbid the fruit only sweetens its flavor”

Among the young women of 12th century Paris, Heloise d’Argenteuil stands apart. Extraordinarily educated and quick-witted, she is being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess in the service of God.

But with one encounter, her destiny changes forever. Pierre Abelard, headmaster at the Nôtre Dame Cloister School, is acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers in France. His controversial reputation only adds to his allure, yet despite the legions of women swooning over his poetry and dashing looks, he is captivated by the brilliant Heloise alone. As their relationship blossoms from a meeting of the minds to a forbidden love affair, both Heloise and Abelard must choose between love, duty, and ambition.

Sherry Jones weaves the lovers’ own words into an evocative account of desire and sacrifice. As intimate as it is erotic, as devastating as it is beautiful, The Sharp Hook of Love is a poignant, tender tribute to one of history’s greatest romances, and to love’s power to transform and endure.

Hello again, everyone! My review of The Sharp Hook of Love (review) has just gone live as part of a book blog tour hosted by France Book Tours. As part of my participation in the tour, I also had the opportunity to ask the author a few questions about the novel and the writing process. So thank you again to France Book Tours and Sherry Jones for taking the time to answer my questions 🙂

  1. What inspired you to write about Abelard and Heloise?
    The most famous love story of all time — and it really happened! As soon as I heard their beautiful, tragic, thousand-year-old tale, I knew I had to write it. If you think reading a great love story is magical — and I do — just try writing one! Only being in love is more rewarding.
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Review: The Sharp Hook of Love + Giveaway

Posted 20 October, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 5 Comments



The Sharp Hook of Love
By: Sherry Jones
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of the publishers as part of The Sharp Hook of Love blog tour by France Book Tours

“To forbid the fruit only sweetens its flavor”

Among the young women of 12th century Paris, Heloise d’Argenteuil stands apart. Extraordinarily educated and quick-witted, she is being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess in the service of God.

But with one encounter, her destiny changes forever. Pierre Abelard, headmaster at the Nôtre Dame Cloister School, is acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers in France. His controversial reputation only adds to his allure, yet despite the legions of women swooning over his poetry and dashing looks, he is captivated by the brilliant Heloise alone. As their relationship blossoms from a meeting of the minds to a forbidden love affair, both Heloise and Abelard must choose between love, duty, and ambition.

Sherry Jones weaves the lovers’ own words into an evocative account of desire and sacrifice. As intimate as it is erotic, as devastating as it is beautiful, The Sharp Hook of Love is a poignant, tender tribute to one of history’s greatest romances, and to love’s power to transform and endure.

I had long heard of Heloise and Abelard and how their love story was one of passion, intellect, and forbidden. We all know of Romeo & Juliet’s tragedy, Tristan and Isole’s story, of Mark Antony and Cleopatra’s affair, but there’s something about Heloise and Abelard’s story that’s intriguing–is it because they were both scholars? Because they were bound for a life of service in the church? I was delighted to learn that their story was brought to life in a historical fiction novel, which also prompted me to finally get around to reading their letters just before reading this book. This novel was released on 7 October 2014.

Thank you to France Book Tours for letting me take part in the book tour for this novel. I am also hosting a giveaway at the end of this review for a chance to win a copy of this novel (open internationally!).

Also, be sure to check out this post for an interview with the author!

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Review: A Paris Apartment (+ Excerpt + Giveaway)

Posted 8 October, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments



A Paris Apartment
By: Michelle Gable
Format/Source: Hardback courtesy of the publishers as part of A Paris Apartment France Book Tours

Bienvenue à Paris!

When April Vogt’s boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist does not hear the words “dust” or “rats” or “decrepit.” She hears Paris. She hears escape.

Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder’s repository. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there’s a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April’s quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It’s about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman.

It’s about discovering two women, actually.

With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan’s private diaries, April tries to uncover the many secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into Marthe’s life, April can’t help but take a deeper look into her own. Having left behind in the States a cheating husband, a family crisis about to erupt, and a career she’s been using as the crutch to simply get by, she feels compelled to sort out her own life too. When the things she left bubbling back home begin to boil over, and Parisian delicacies beyond flaky pâtisseries tempt her better judgment, April knows that both she and Marthe deserve happy finales.

Whether accompanied by croissants or champagne, this delectable debut novel depicts the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the present day with vibrant and stunning allure. Based on historical events, Michelle Gable’s A Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women.

Paris, the Belle Epoque, a story about putting together Marthe’s story from the present day…what more could I ask for in such a novel? This novel was published on 22 April 2014.

Thank you to France Book Tours for letting me take part in the book tour for this novel. Included with this review is an excerpt from the book. At the end of this review is also a giveaway contest for a chance to win a print copy of this novel (open to US/Canada readers only!) as well as a link to an excerpt of the novel.

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