Tuesday, December 10, 2019

0 An Encyclopedia of Tolkien by David Day

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien
by David Day
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Canterbury Classics

A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth.

The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

My Thoughts

First, let me describe the beauty of this book, for the picture does not do it justice. An Encyclopedia of Tolkien is bound in soft, brown leather embossed with gold letters and branded with a beautiful Tolkien image. The gilded book edges are in gold with a lovely green ribbon bookmark peeking out from the pages. This hardcover would make any book lover swoon. And we haven't even discussed the content yet.

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World by David Day is a well-researched fountain of information that even Orcs would enjoy. It's everything the title mentions and more. The book begins with a fascinating introduction by the author before continuing on with a dictionary of sources. From A to Z this book covers everything you could think of, including some of the most awesome images I have ever seen. There are charts as well as maps of battles. But my absolute favorite part is the mythology behind the ring. Day gives us a closer look into the stories that inspired Tolkien to create his epic series. 

This book is a treasure. Everything you want to know and more about Tolkien's world is in this book. It's a lovely book that would make a great gift, or you can treat yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

1 Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift @swiftstory @hfvbt

Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift

Publication Date: September 12, 2019
Hachette Book Group
eBook. Paperback, Audiobook; 400 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

London 1666

Elizabeth 'Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her chief passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse-dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the reality of life with Knepp. Her father has betrayed her trust, for Knepp cares only for his horses; he is a tyrant and a bully, and will allow Bird no life of her own.

When Knepp goes away, she grasps her chance and, encouraged by her maidservant Livvy, makes a secret visit to the theatre. Entranced by the music, the glitter and glamour of the surroundings, and the free and outspoken manner of the women on the stage, she falls in love with the theatre and is determined to forge a path of her own as an actress.

But life in the theatre was never going to be straightforward - for a jealous rival wants to spoil her plans, and worse, Knepp forbids it, and Bird must use all her wit and intelligence to change his mind.

Based on events depicted in the famous Diary of Samuel Pepys, Entertaining Mr Pepys brings London in the 17th Century to life. It includes the vibrant characters of the day such as the diarist himself and actress Nell Gwynne, and features a dazzling and gripping finale during the Great Fire Of London.

The third in Deborah Swift's atmospheric trilogy, bringing to life the women in Pepys' Diary. Each novel features a different character and can be read as a stand-alone book.

'A remarkably beguiling read. It transported me to the glitter and filth of seventeenth century London' - Martine Bailey, author of The Almanack

'The fusion of historical facts and fiction is so flawless that it is hard to know where reality ends and fiction begins' - Readers Favourite Review

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Praise for the Pepys Trilogy

'Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines' - The Visitor

'A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail' - Readers Favorite 5*

'Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life… Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined' -Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Deborah Swift is the author of three previous historical novels for adults, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance, all published by Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, as well as the Highway Trilogy for teens (and anyone young at heart!). Her first novel was shortlisted for the Impress prize for new novelists.

She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District – a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.

For more information, please visit Deborah Swift’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

0 Distant Signs by Anne Richter Excerpt and Giveaway

Distant Signs by Anne Richter

Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Neem Tree Press
Hardcover; 240 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Saga

Distant Signs is an intimate portrait of two families spanning three generations amidst turbulent political change, behind and beyond the Berlin Wall. In 1960s East Germany, Margret, a professor's daughter from the city, meets and marries Hans, from a small village in Thuringia. The couple struggle to contend with their different backgrounds, and the emotional scars they bear from childhood in the aftermath of war. As East German history gradually unravels, with collision of the personal and political, their two families' hidden truths are quietly revealed. An exquisitely written novel with strongly etched characters that stay with you long after the book is finished and an authentic portrayal of family life behind the iron curtain based on personal experience of the author who is East German and was 16 years old at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Why do families repeat destructive patterns of behaviour across generations? Should the personal take precedence over the political? Can we rise above our histories and political identities to forge a new understanding of the past and to welcome change?

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1. Margret – 1965 – Communist Cow (pp.12-13): meeting Hans

After work, I was now in the habit of taking an evening stroll through the surrounding area. My eyes quickly grew accustomed to the faint light, so that each time I recognised the contours of the land better, easily discerned the paths, trees, meadows and fences. Shrouded in my coat and woollen scarf I was at one with the winter air, the dormant plants, the sleeping animals, on some days with the snow, luminous against the dark.
One evening, at the edge of a meadow I spotted a man’s silhouette, static and slightly stooped, hands clasped behind his back. He turned to me as I approached.
“The evening air here,” he said by way of greeting, “reminds me of home.”
I recognised the young man’s face; he too worked on the farm.
“Where are you from?” I asked, and he named a village near my boarding school. I told him where I had gone to school and how fondly I remembered my time there. He mumbled in surprise that no one else here knew his village.
We were silent for a moment; then he said, “I learned some of the work when I was a child: harvesting crops and milking goats.”
I nodded, and was surprised to think that he had also noticed me on the farm.
“I’m here to deepen my knowledge before I start my studies,” he continued, and proceeded to tell me that while it was still light on his early autumn walks he had picked plants at the field perimeters and set up a herbarium. “I don’t mind the winter,” he said.
I rubbed my hands together, formed two small hollows and breathed into them. We were not far from the farmyard when he offered me his gloves. I hesitated. Then my hands slipped into the already warm wool.
In the meagre light of the murky farmyard lantern, I noticed he had a slight squint in his left eye and blushed under my gaze. Although he did not come across as very athletic and looked poorly suited to hard farm work, I felt at ease in his presence, precisely because there was nothing boisterous or uncouth about the way he talked and behaved. As we said goodnight he asked me my name.
“Margret,” I told him.
And he told me his – Hans – before adding, “The women in my village don’t have as nice-sounding names as yours.”

About the Author

Anne Richter was born in 1973 in Jena, in the former German Democratic Republic. Her degree in Romance languages and English included study periods in England, Italy and France. In 2011, Anne was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, a highly regarded German-language literary award. Her debut novel, Distant Signs, was published in Germany in 2013. Anne is currently writing her second novel.

Douglas Irving is Scottish. He studied German and Spanish at Aberdeen University. In 2014 he completed a Masters in Translation at Glasgow University. His first translation, Crossing: A Love Story by Anna Seghers was published in 2016 in the US to positive reviews. His translation of Anna Seghers’ last work published in her lifetime, Three Women from Haiti, is set to follow.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

0 Review: Marley by Jon Clinch

Marley by Jon Clinch
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Published October 8th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio

Young Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley are very different in temperament when they meet in the gloomy confines of Professor Drabb’s Academy for Boys, but they form a bond that will endure for the rest of their lives.

My Thoughts

Marley by Jon Clinch is a prequel to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Readers are not entirely sure what exactly Jacob Marley did in his life, but we know it's bad. We know that because when Scrooge is visited by Marley, he is weighed down by heavy chains of his own making. Chains he forged in life. Without knowing exactly who he is and what he's done, we can deduce from Scrooge's life that Marley wasn't a good character. However, there is a redemptive quality to Marley. After all, he does come to Scrooge to warn him that if he doesn't change his ways, he'll end up the same way.
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?"

We know what happens to Scrooge, but what we don't know is how Scrooge got to be Scrooge in the first place, and we don't know exactly what part Marley played in it. Now thanks to Jon Clinch, we do. Clinch mastered the backstory of two classic but complex characters. This story is dark but compelling. Every step that Scrooge takes during this book, you can see him coming closer and closer to the miserly character he is at the beginning of Charles Dickens classic tale. I don't think I'll be able to read A Christmas Carol again without thinking of Marley.

We meet Scrooge and Marley as young lads. From early in their relationship, Marley has a hold over Scrooge. Scrooge is the man who's good with numbers, while Marley is the big picture man. Together they make a good team. If only they used their powers for good. They deal in slave trade and have shady business practices that would make your stomach churn. So many times I wanted to shout at the characters. Scrooge and Marley had a complicated relationship, sometimes friends, sometimes frienemies.

Marley by Jon Clinch is a fantastic prequel. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, which I enthusiastically recommend. Whether you listen to this book on audio or read the hardback, it's definitely one you'll want to add to your tbr. 

*I received a digital copy of this audiobook for review purposes only. It has in no way influenced my opinion.

Friday, October 25, 2019

0 5 nonfiction audiobooks for your consideration

How to Connect: Stories on the Power of Human Connection
by Brian Grazer
Narrated by: Brian Grazer - introduction, Steven Weber
Published September 17, 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio 
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins

"New York Times bestselling author and iconic Hollywood producer Brian Grazer reveals a new secret to forge a happier and more successful life. Through his own personal stories, discover how eye contact—a power available to nearly everyone—can change your life too."

Are you ready for the secret? Let me save you 4 hours and 42 minutes. Make eye contact. Yep, that's it. I didn't think this was a secret, per se. After all, any communications class will tell you how important it is. But it's also no secret that today's society tend to be looking at their phones more than each other, so maybe we need this reminder. Brian Grazer goes on to illustrate his points about eye contact by telling stories (heavy on the name dropping) about his life and how this concept served him well. While the intentions were good, the execution not so much. 

What Set Me Free A True Story of Wrongful Conviction, a Dream Deferred, and a Man Redeemed
by Brian Banks
Narrated by Brian Banks
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Published July 2nd 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio

"Discover the unforgettable and inspiring true story of Brian Banks—a young man who was wrongfully convicted as a teenager and imprisoned for more than five years, only to emerge with his spirit unbroken and determined to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL."

What Set Me Free is an eye-opening memoir about a young man who was failed by the US judicial system. I went through an array of emotions while listening this audiobook, beginning with infuriated and incredulous to inspired and hopeful. Stories like Brian's need to stay in the media to keep issues like this in the forefront of our minds. Our country needs many things, but prison reform needs to be at the top. Too many people are being wrongfully convicted or serving outrageous sentences for minor crimes. I am so sorry that Brian Banks had to go through this, but I am grateful for him to tell his story so that others may not have to suffer as he did. 

Sweat the Technique: The Elements of Writing—Anything
by Rakim
Narrated by: Rakim
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
Published 09-24-19 by  HarperAudio

"Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, Sweat the Technique reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling, and always, the words."

I am fascinated by artists' creative process, and that fascination led me to this book. I have to be completely honest, I didn't know who Rakim was or what his contribution to hip hop was before I began this book. I liked that Sweat the Technique wasn't a typical 'how to' guide. Instead it's part memoir/part writing guide. One thing that struck me while listening was Rakim's absolute confidence he had in himself to see his vision of who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish to fruition. He didn't compromise himself, and that's truly inspiring. I think this book has a little something for everyone, no matter your industry.

And a little bonus. Try not to dance. I dare you.

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Published 10-01-19 by  Simon Schuster Audio

"Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done."

The Book of Gutsy Women seemed to be like a conversation between Hillary and Chelsea that the audience is privileged to sit in on. This book highlights powerful, gutsy women both past and present. I love books like this one. Books that highlight the accomplishments of so many women who didn't make the pages of history, of were given but a single sentence about their contributions. I also love that the book included women of today, who should be highlighted for their achievements in making this world a better place.

Inside Out
by Demi Moore 
Narrated by Demi Moore
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
Published: 09-24-19 by HarperAudio

"Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir."

Inside Out felt like a rebuttal to an argument I wasn't privy to. It felt defensive. It felt a little chaotic at times. I grew up watching Demi on the big screen--Ghost and St. Elmo's Fire among my favorites. I knew very little about her private life before listening to Inside Out. And I kinda wish I could go back to my previous ignorant state.
Demi begins with her childhood. It was terrible. Her parents were terrible. She moved around a lot, she had/has body image issues, and then the book goes on to talk about her feelings of not belonging, her drug and alcohol abuse, her career, her marriages, the roles she took on, and her public image. It seemed if she were trying to justify all her actions. But justify them to whom exactly?
 I don't know.
A lot of what she went through is not uncommon. The impostor syndrome thing is real. So maybe she's trying to say, "I'm just like you." I don't know. But taking responsibility for your choices, owning your choices, good and bad, and not blaming everyone else for your decisions is part of being an adult. I don't think she quite there yet. But hey, we're all learning and growing every day. One thing I thought was really brave was her sharing about her rape at 15. This is a travesty and a situation where 100% blame lay entirely elsewhere. This might be a trigger for some readers, so be warned.

*I received some of these book from publishers in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

0 The Stranger from the Sea and The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham.

The Stranger from the Sea (The Poldark Saga #8)
by Winston Graham

I struggled with reading The Stranger from the Sea now as opposed to after the final season of Poldark aired. But temptation got the better of me. I couldn't wait to read what life after Elizabeth would entail. But to my surprise, this book picks up ten years after The Angry Tide. And while the main characters of the first seven books are still around, it's their children that are brought to the forefront. Jeremy and Clowance are now of age, as is Valentine Warleggan and John Conan Whitworth. It took a minute to get used to this idea, as I love Ross and Demelza, Dwight and Carolyn. However, Graham doesn't disappoint with his epic storytelling. In The Stranger from the Sea, Stephen Carrington makes his way to Nampara where he brings danger and love and temptation to the Poldark estate. This book was not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I especially love that Verity and Jud are very much still in the mix. Graham found a way to keep this epic series alive by exploring the next generation, and I look forward to it.

The Miller's Dancy (The Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham

It feels impossible that I have finished nine books in the Poldark saga. The Stranger from the Sea introduced readers to the Ross and Demelza's adult children embarking on the adventure of life. The Miller's Dance continues with their story. Jeremy and Clowance each nurse a broken heart, while Ross and Demelza have some surprising news. Valentine Warleggan wishes to become better acquainted with the Poldarks, but he's up to something. George finally remarries after all this time. And so much more happens. Three more books to go before I finish this series. I long for it and dread it at the same time. I hope Winston Graham is kind to his characters.

Monday, September 23, 2019

0 Audiobook Review: A Keeper by Graham Norton

A Keeper: A Novel
by Graham Norton
Published August 13th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins


When Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother’s death, she’s focused only on saying goodbye to that dark and dismal part of her life. Her childhood home is packed solid with useless junk, her mother’s presence already fading. But within this mess, she discovers a small stash of letters—and ultimately, the truth.

Forty years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet except for the constant wind that encircles her as she hurries deeper into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.

My Thoughts

Graham Norton emerged onto the literary scene a few years ago with his first mystery novel Holding, which I enjoyed immensely. I too listened to it on audio. Norton has a pleasant voice full of personality that makes for a wonderful narrator for his novels. After I finished Holding, I eagerly waited for his second novel A Keeper.

Once again, Norton explores another small town in Ireland that holds its secrets dear. The chapters are broken up into "Now" and "Before." Before: chronicling Elizabeth Keane as she returns to Ireland after her mother's death to sort her affairs. While looking through memorabilia, Elizabeth discovers letters revealing a part of her mother's past that lay hidden her whole life. Elizabeth embarks on a journey to discover the secrets of her mother's dark past. Then: chronicles a young women's journey to find love and the terror that follows.

Graham Norton knows how to write a novel with unexpected twists and turns. His characters are as complex as his story. He once again delivers a fascinating story about the ins and outs of families and the length they'll go to to protect the ones they love. A Keeper is a thrilling story that will keep you glued to the pages or, in my case, earbuds.

*I received this audiobook from the publisher for review purposes. It in no way influenced my opinions.

Monday, September 9, 2019

0 Audiobook Roundup

This brand-new audio collection from the iconic Pulitzer and Nobel Prize–winning author is a listener’s delight. The two dozen short stories presented here have never been published on audio; these new recordings of classic stories will remind listeners of Ernest Hemingway’s incomparable mastery of the short story form.

John Beford Lloyd was the perfect choice to narrate this short story collection. Fans of Heminway will love it!

Discover the unforgettable and inspiring true story of Brian Banks—a young man who was wrongfully convicted as a teenager and imprisoned for more than five years, only to emerge with his spirit unbroken and determined to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.

This is a powerful memoir about a man who was failed by the judicial system--from his lawyers to the broken prison system system. Everybody needs to listen to/read this book. It will change the way you look at the world.

From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl—a book about the devastating consequences of the slave trade in 19th century England.

I really like Gegory's Tudor novels, but I just couldn't get into A Respectable Trade. The narration was good. I have no complaints there. I just couldn't get into this story. I had a hard time connecting to the characters. Still, fans of Gregory might want to give this a go. Hopefully, they'll have a different experience than I did.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

1 Review and Giveaway: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)
by Tessa Dare
ebook, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 13th 2019 by Avon


They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door. 

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first. 

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. It has in no way influenced my opinion of the book.

My Thoughts

Tessa Dare deals with some tough issues in her latest novel, The Wallflower Wager. But she handles these issues with the care they deserve. The storyline was intriguing. The characters are delightful. Even the supporting characters are great. There's also a scandalous parrot, which I didn't know I needed until now.

Lady Penelope Campion is an animal enthusiast. She rescues the downtrodden beasties to restore them to health. But they're not just animals to her, they're family. How can you not love a character who loves animals so much? But when it's demanded that she get rid of them, she agrees, but only if she can find them loving homes. She enlists the help of her notorious neighbor known as the Duke of Ruin.

Gabriel Duke has bought a house next to the lovely Penelope. After all, living next to the lady has some advantages. The horde of animals not being one of them. He's got a reputation for being a ruthless bastard. However, he's soon under the spell of Penelope and offers to help find good homes for her furry charges. But can she trust him?

The Wallflower Wager is a bit steamer than the other romances I've read this year. So you might want to read this directly under some cool ventilation. The humor in this book was outstanding, especially the delivery scene. Many LOL moments. As I mentioned before, this book deals with some tough issues, but Dare balanced both the romance and the heavier issues well. 

The Wallflower Wager is a great addition to the Girl Meets Duke series. Penelope and Gabriel do not disappoint. 

Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, please fill out the form below. Please read our giveaway rules before entering. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

4 Review and Giveaway: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2)
by Sarah MacLean
ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Avon


The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.

My Thoughts

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. It has in no way influenced my opinions.

Sarah MacClean's latest book, Brazen and the Beast, is a historical romance that will leave fans swooning. Once again, her characters are independent and strong and full of life. Once you pick up this novel, you'll have a hard time putting it down.

Lady Henrietta (Hattie) Sedley is what is called a spinster. However, she declares that this will be The Year of Hattie and sets forth to make her dreams come true. Her main dream is to run her father's shipping business, which is frowned upon because she's a woman. But she has a plan. And that plan doesn't include Whit, king of Covent Garden, also known as the Beast.

Beast had to work his way up from the gutter. He runs a successful business venture that has been compromised, and he thinks Hattie may be the key to finding out who is behind it. Hattie and Beast strike a deal to benefit both of them. However, as their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger of losing everything each holds dear.

The plot, the characters, the romance--basically everything--was on point. Hattie and the Beast's sparring was so much fun to read. Hattie is everything we want in a heroine. I think everybody that reads this book will be behind The Year of Hattie! Also, I loved Nora. I hope she gets her own book.

Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, please fill out the form below. Please read our giveaway rules before entering. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US addresses only.


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