Book Review – Souvenirs from Kyiv by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Souvenirs from Kyiv is a collection of short stories, each capable of standing alone but taken together they give the reader some understanding of the harrowing experiences of the Ukrainian people during World War 2. The stories are arranged chronologically from 1942 to the war’s end, moving geographically around Ukraine beginning in Kyiv and then … Continue reading Book Review – Souvenirs from Kyiv by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Sisters of Castle Leod by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard’s newly released novel, Sisters of Castle Leod, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The count and Mama, their eyes glued to each other like long-lost lovers, began making their way through the crowd, no doubt assuming … Continue reading Sisters of Castle Leod by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

The Founding by Michael L Ross

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Michael L. Ross’s latest released novel, The Founding, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The Founding is the third and final book in Michael’s series Across the Great Divide. Will and Robert had never done a drive before. Charlie … Continue reading The Founding by Michael L Ross

Her Castilian Heart by Anna Belfrage

Today I’m delighted to be shining a spotlight on Anna Belfrage’s recently released novel, Her Castilian Heart, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Her Castilian Heart is the third in Anna's Castilian series. Blood is not always thicker than water… At times a common bloodline is something of … Continue reading Her Castilian Heart by Anna Belfrage

Putting Words in their Mouths – Writing historical fiction based on real lives

At the Springs, Mount Wellington c.1880 Last month I was invited by the writer, Jean M Roberts to contribute a post about my latest novel to her blog, The Book’s Delight. My post looks at the challenges I faced trying to write accurately and honestly about the characters of my novel and not treat them as … Continue reading Putting Words in their Mouths – Writing historical fiction based on real lives

Book Review – Father by Allan Hudson

Father, by Canadian writer Allan Hudson, is set during World War 2 and follows the experiences of Tanner Hill from 1942 through to his return home after the war. This novella starts with a prologue detailing the arrival of two Hill brothers in Canada in the 1840s and the lives they build for themselves in … Continue reading Book Review – Father by Allan Hudson

Squire’s Hazard by Carolyn Hughes

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Carolyn Hughes’s recently released novel, Squire’s Hazard, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Squire’s Hazard is the fifth in Carolyn’s series the Meonbridge Chronicle set in the Meon Valley, Hampshire in the fourteenth century. The waters of the river … Continue reading Squire’s Hazard by Carolyn Hughes