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Citadels of Fire by L.K. Hill

Today I am reviewing Citadels of Fire by L. K. Hill.

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Blurb: In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she’s been bound with since birth. Even as a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother’s death when he was a boy was no mere accident, he returned from England to discover what really happened. While there, he gains favor from the Tsar later known as Ivan the Terrible, the most brutal and notorious ruler ever to sit upon the throne of Russia. Ivan allows him to take a servant, and to save Inga from a brutal boyar intent on raping her, Taras requests Inga to stay in his chambers. Up against the social confines of the time, the shadowy conspiracies that cloak their history, and the sexual politics of the Russian Imperial court, Inga and Taras must discover their past, plan for their future, and survive the brutality that permeates life within the four walls that tower over them all, or they may end up like so many citizens of ancient Russia: nothing but flesh and bone mortar for the stones of the Kremlin wall.

My Review: Wow! I was totally absorbed in this book. Love rich historical novels. This one wove such a fascinating tale of Russia in the time of Ivan the terrible. Told from the view point of a young kitchen maid and a half Russian half English noble it moves along at a good pace. I see some reviewers referring to the length of the book but my only complaint is that it ended when it it did. I could have stayed lost in this world for a lot longer I sincerely hope there are follow up books. I highly recommend this book. I give this 5 stars.

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Where Tomorrow Waits by Din Ka

Today I am reviewing Where Tomorrow Waits by Din Ka.

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Blurb: Where Tomorrow Waits unfolds over the haunting landscape of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge war era. Dara, a young girl whom instead of enjoying the carefree life of a teenager, is trapped between the opposing burdens of her mother’s secret affair and her own loyalty to her father.

Soon enough, Dara discovers her mother’s selfish secret is just the beginning of her sufferings as it leads her on a path filled with more lies, betrayal, and molestation. As Dara’s father, Muirye, learns about the consequences behind her mother’s actions, he sets forth to make a sacrifice that would ultimately change Dara’s life forever. But before Dara can learn to accept the changes her father has brought forth into her life, she must first survive the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Dara is left with a heartbreaking choice— risk her life trying to escape to America, a promised land of opportunity, or stay behind and sacrifice everything to search for her father, who might not even be alive. The choice she makes takes her on a haunting journey that spans three decades of guilt, lies, and what if questions. The deep dark twisting truth Dara accidently uncovers, which her mother had been guarding all her life, is something Dara considers far worse than death.
Will Dara ever be able to accept the deep dark twisting truth she has been unknowingly living with all her life, or will death finally grasp her by its fingertips?

My Review: I really feel this should be a must read. The deeply moving and truly horrifying events that take place when you live in a war zone should be felt by everyone. Maybe we would tend to think twice about the value in war. I truly hesitate to say I loved the book seeing how so much sadness was dealt with, however I did think it was delivered in a masterfully way. The way the characters grow  and evolve throughout the book and learn to deal with the tragedies of the past and move beyond them is inspiring. I give this book 5 stars. If you like historical novels this one is for you.

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A Murder in Auschwitz by J.C. Stephenson

Today I am reviewing A Murder in Auschwitz by J.C. Stephenson.

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Blurb:  An SS officer is found standing over the body of a comrade, a smoking pistol still in his hand, a murder in a place of murders. His pleas of innocence force a court martial and he knows that there is only one man in the camp capable of defending him; a Jewish prisoner called Manfred Meyer.

Manfred Meyer is forced to build a defence for him in his court martial. Drawing on his years of experience as a criminal lawyer in Berlin, Meyer must unravel the deceit and interpret the lies that infect the concentration camp and work to have him found not guilty.

Following Meyer and his family through their lives in Berlin, the Nazi rise to power and their inevitable arrest and incarceration in Auschwitz, Meyer will do almost anything to see his wife and children. Almost anything.

Can his abilities as a lawyer interpret the facts of this seemingly impossible case? As a Jew, should he even defend an SS officer? And is he actually guilty of this crime?

But the officer must be found innocent if Meyer is to see his family again.

This story follows Manfred Meyer, from his beginnings as a lawyer in 1930s Berlin after being taken under the wing of the city’s most capable defence lawyer in the most prestigious law firm in Germany, Bauer & Bauer.

Meyer’s confidence and experience build as his cases become more complex and more difficult to defend. His success is widespread and he, his wife Klara and their twin daughters live a comfortable life in the capital.

But Germany is changing. The Nazi Party has come to power and Meyer’s Jewish heritage has become a crime. Life becomes more and more difficult until even in spite of Meyer’s connections he is forced to leave his position as Bauer & Bauer’s pre-eminent lawyer.

Then, one night, the inevitable knock at the door heralds the long train journey to the east and the death camps of Poland for Meyer, his wife and his children.

Split from his family on arrival, Meyer does what he can to survive in a place designed for death. He stays alive with help from the other inmates he has befriended, helping each other through the long days of hard labour, his only wish being that he could see his family again. A forlorn hope until circumstance throws a real chance his way.

My Review: Such a different type of who done it. I absolutely loved it. Set in Germany before the war and during the time of the concentration camps. Told from the view point of a prominent Jewish lawyer, who in spite of his success and friends, ends up being sent to the death camp. Love how his past life was woven in. Cried at the end was hoping for a good one but as with most of the people that ended up at the camps the endings were not happy. Editing needs a little attention so I give this a 4 star. Highly recommend it to anyone.

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Child Of The Mist by Kathleen Morgan

Today I am reviewing Child Of The Mist by Kathleen Morgan.

 

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Blurb: In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.

While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best

My Review: This book was OK nothing stellar but a enjoyable light read. It is very predictable from the beginning. I did find the love, hate, love relationship between the two main characters a little trying and carried on just a little to far. I would have loved a little more historical put into this historical romance. The reader learns almost nothing about this period of the Scottish Highlands. Like I said if you want a light read for those office waiting rooms this Holiday season it is a pretty good choice. I give this 3 stars.

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The Death And Life Of Sherlock Holmes by Grace-Best Page

Today I a reviewing The Death And Life Of Sherlock Holmes by Grace-Best Page.

 

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Blurb: Jackie Bowman, a modern-day American woman, mysteriously time travels to 1891, where she meets Sherlock Holmes at the point of his untimely “death” at the Reichenbach Falls. Disguised as Jack, she and the great detective partner for the next three years travelling, braving dangers, sharing adventures, and facing Holmes’ ultimate challenge: boredom. They depend on each other, they like each other, they get on each other’s nerves.
With humor, drama, and poignancy, “The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes” fills in the details of Holmes’ three-year hiatus and continues beyond his return to Baker St. Discover what made him the man he is, get to know the Baker Street Irregulars, and find the answer to that perennial question: Was he gay? No, sorry about that; rather, did he actually exist?
Whether you’re a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle looking to expand your Sherlockian horizons, someone meeting Holmes for the first time, or you’re simply looking for a good read, this light-hearted adventure will both illuminate and entertain.

My Review: I must admit I kept putting this one back down as I went through my TBR pile. I have never really read any Sherlock Holmes adventures or even watched the movies. The little bit I knew about the subject always seemed kind of dry. Finally I knew I had to get to this book. Well I was pleased to see that it exceeded my expectations. I think the concept of a every day woman going through some type of portal into Sherlock’s world was so original. Now time travel is one thing but time travel into a supposed fictional world is another thing. I loved the way Jack/Jackie would come up with names for Holmes at the drop of a hat. It kept it light and fun. It did tend to drag a little bit here in there but was an enjoyable read I would recommend, even if you are not into Holmes. The ending was a nice touch. I give this 4 stars.

 

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Daughter of the Bamboo Forest by Sheng-Shih Lin

Today I am reviewing Daughter of the Bamboo Forest by Sheng-Shih Lin.

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Blurb: Alone in the bamboo forest, seven-year-old Little Jade, still dressed in red silk after her father’s recent wedding, wonders whether she will ever meet her real mother. DAUGHTER OF THE BAMBOO FOREST is a story set in war-torn, post-revolutionary China during the 1940s. From age seven to twelve, Little Jade longs for the attention of an opium-addicted father and clashes with a desperate, resentful stepmother. The young girl is inadvertently swept by the tides of history, encountering a plague that decimated a village, Catholic nuns in a convent school, and the fabled dragon king along the way.

Review: This is the kind of historical novel I really enjoy. It weaves fascinating facts of China during the 40’s before Communist government cemented it’s power. Told simply from the perspective of a small girl child as she lives in this tumultuous time it was captivating. I found myself crying along with little Jade as she searched for the love and acceptance she so desperately longed for. Loved the ending and would have loved to followed them longer on the journey. It was a little slow at times and had a few minor editing errors If you enjoy a historical novel that makes you want to find out more about a time and place this is for you. Off to research more of this.  It gets a 4 star.

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