Wickwythe Hall Review

 
WICKWYTHE HALL
by
Judithe Little
Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Date of Publication: September 30, 2017
Number of Pages: 324

*Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist*
*2018 Reader Views Readers’ Choice Award for Historical Fiction*
*Winner of the Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction*

 

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May 1940. The Germans invade France and the course of three lives is upended. Annelle LeMaire is a French refugee desperate to contact her Legionnaire brothers. Mabry Springs, American wife of a wealthy Brit, is struggling to come to terms with a troubled marriage and imminent German invasion. And Reid Carr, American representative of French champagne house Pol Roger, brings more than champagne to Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Their paths entwine when Churchill and his entourage take refuge at Wickwythe Hall, the Springs’ country estate hidden from the full moon and German bombers beneath a shroud of trees. There, as secrets and unexpected liaisons unfold, Annelle, Mabry, and Reid are forever bound by the tragedy they share.
Part Downton Abbey, part Darkest Hour, Wickwythe Hall was inspired by an actual confrontation between the British and French navies in July 1940 and is a story of love, loyalty, and heartrending choices.

PRAISE FOR WICKWYTHE HALL:

“…a riveting and enlightening mix of history and fiction that puts a human face on the costs of war…engaging…”  — Foreword Reviews

“Little’s characterization of Churchill is so well done. She makes his personality and presence so real. Mabry was a character to be admired for her decisions and actions. A good read with a satisfying ending.”   — Historical Novels Review

“Judithe Little tackles war and masterfully boils it down to personal moral dilemmas. Beautifully written and rich with atmosphere…Wickwythe Hall is a stellar achievement.”  — Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise

“…an emotional and touching story about the lives of three people during World War II, at the time of Hitler’s invasion of France in 1940. Inspired by real people, places and events in history, this whirlwind novel will no doubt leave an imprint on your heart long after you finish reading.”  — Reader Views

“If you love history, beautifully rendered characters, and stories that will tug at your heart, add Wickwythe Hall to your list.”  — Book Perfume
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Judithe Little grew up in Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After studying at the Institute of European Studies and the Institut Catholique in Paris, France, and interning at the U.S. Department of State, she earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and a Dillard Fellow. She lives with her husband, three teenagers, and three dogs in Houston, Texas, where she’s at work on her next historical novel set in France.  
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Wickwythe Hall was one of the best adult historical fiction books that I have ever read without an overwhelming love story. I enjoyed the complexity or the characters and mystery of the plot from beginning to end. In some historical fiction novels, it is easy to know where the plot is heading because of the historical events that the novel surrounds, however, this was a piece of history I knew little to nothing about, so it was easier to get swept up in the story without anticipating certain historical events. This story switches between the points of view of three of the main characters in this story, but the chapters flow together nicely and the story is easier to follow because of the different points of view. The story ends with a happy ending with all loose strings wrapped up nicely. I love when books have a happy ending and leave me feeling hopeful and satisfied.

Annelle LeMaire is one of the main characters in this novel and she flees from France desperate to find her brothers. I loved her story best of the 3 main characters because her character was so complex and realistically flawed, yet she was so strong through all her troubles and never gave up hope for the fate of her two brothers. Mabry Springs is the wife of the man who owns Wickwythe Hall in which the majority of this book takes place. She is an American living in Britain in a marriage that seems to be unraveling around multiple miscarriages. Mabry is also a strong female character and is resilient in her hope for a better future. I wasn’t sure how Mabry’s future would end up throughout this novel but I LOVED the way the author concluded Mabry’s struggles.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction or WWII novels. A fantastic 5 star read from me!

 

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Killing in C Sharp Review

KILLING IN C SHARP
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 3 
by
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: March 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 288

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She saved Carraigfaire—but can she save her friends? Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago. This ghost’s wrath spares no one—not Gethsemane’s students, Inspector Niall O’Reilly, fellow teacher Frankie Grennan, or a group of ghost hunters descended on Dunmullach to capture proof ghosts exist. Proof Gethsemane has to quash to keep Eamon, her resident ghost and friend, from becoming an internet sensation. As if a spiteful specter wasn’t bad enough, a crooked music reviewer turns up dead in the opera house orchestra pit, a famous composer is arrested for the crime, and Gethsemane must team up with a notorious true-crime author to clear his name. If she doesn’t, friends will die, a ghost she cares about will never know peace, and she’ll star in a final act gruesome enough for any opera.

PRAISE FOR THE GETHSEMANE BROWN MYSTERY SERIES:

Book 1, Murder in G Major
Winner of the 2017 Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel
2016 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel
Suspense magazine “Best of 2016” selection in Debut Novel category
Book 2, Death in D Minor
Runner-Up, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Mystery/Suspense
Short List, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Series
Book 3, Killing in C Sharp
Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly, January 29, 2018
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A writer since childhood, I put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016. Book two, Death in D Minor, released July 11, 2017. Book three, Killing in C Sharp, comes out March 6, 2018. Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts.
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Gethsemane Brown is back in Killing in C Sharp! Gethsemane Brown is a musician and music teacher for a rowdy boys’ orchestra, but she is witty and always seems to find trouble. Or perhaps, trouble always seems to find her. Either way, she seems to always end up in the most crazy of circumstances and they usually involve murder and ghosts. She is a lovable character especially for fans of leading ladies who are funny, sharp, and can stand on their own without a man. I thoroughly enjoyed this character and her cast of friends in this novel. In this installment of the series, a vengeful ghost is summoned during an opera that was written by Gethsemane’s friend. When the first born sons start turning up ill and dead, Gethsemane starts investigating ways to get rid of the vengeful ghost and the reasons behind some murders happening within the town. Gethsemane keeps us laughing the whole time with her quirkiness and her relationship with her best ghost buddy and roommate, Eamon.
This is the third in the Gethsemane Brown Series, but any of these books could stand alone, although if possible, I would recommend you read in order as I seemed to be missing some of the back story with this read since I hadn’t gotten a chance to read the first two novels. Overall, I loved this book and gave it 4.5 stars, but rounded down to 4 on Goodreads. There were moments in the book where random characters seemed to appear out of nowhere which distracted me from the story line which is the only reason why I couldn’t give this novel a perfect 5. This of course, could seem this way because I did not read the previous novels, which is another reason why I would recommend starting with book one.  I would recommend this book to fans of the TV series Supernatural who will enjoy the back story line of the ghost hunters TV show which reminded me of the lovable Ghostfacers on Supernatural. I would also recommend this series to fans of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, because I feel like the characters of Gethsemane and Stephanie really reflect each other in so many ways.

 

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Beneath the Surface Book Tour – Top Five

BENEATH THE SURFACE
Dive Team Investigations
Book One
by
Lynn H. Blackburn
Genre: Suspense / Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 352

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Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. This gripping tale from award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn will capture readers from the first page and won’t let them go until the final, heart-pounding scene.
After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina, to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present.
Homicide investigator Ryan Parker finds fulfillment in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all. 

PRAISE FOR BENEATH THE SURFACE:

“With this book, author Lynn Blackburn has moved from the status of an upcoming author to watch and cemented herself as an author to note. Her exceptional storytelling skills shine as she weaves an intricate plot, populated with characters we care deeply about. Another up-all-night-because-I-can’t-put-down-the-book read.”
Edie Melson, award-winning author, blogger, and director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
Beneath the Surface is a swoon-worthy romantic suspense that packs a punch from page one. The nonstop action will keep you guessing until the end.”
Rachel Dylan, author of the Atlanta Justice series
“Just when you think you can relax, Blackburn brings you back to the edge of your seat in this riveting, high-tension suspense story.”
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5. Cookies – I make a mean chocolate chip and toffee cookie and I love to send batches
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4. Chicken and dumplings – my mom’s recipe. Always a favorite. Southern comfort food
at its finest.
3. Roast, potatoes, carrots, onions – a Sunday tradition in the Weston household.
2. Omelets with bacon, sautéed onions, feta, maybe some fresh tomato. Yum!
1. “Better than anything” cake – Ryan’s favorite. And who can resist chocolate, caramel,
toffee and whipped cream?

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.
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LEAVE TOMORROW:

My Ride to the 

Bottom of the World

by

Dirk Weisiger

  

Genre: Memoir / Travel / Inspiration

Date of Publication: October 27, 2017

Number of Pages: 232

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After building a successful business, Dirk Weisiger was ready for something new. But he wasn’t sure what. Maybe a motorcycle adventure, I’ve never done that! 

What followed was a fourteen-month, solo motorcycle journey from Austin, Texas to Ushuaia, Argentina, filled with unexpected adventures, surprises, and lessons about life and travel.  

In this book, you’ll not only enjoy Dirk’s adventure and insights, but find inspiration for your own journey.

(A portion of proceeds from this book help sponsor children at the Colegio Bautista El Calvario private school in Managua, Nicaragua.) 

PRAISE FOR LEAVE TOMORROW:

I may not ride a motorcycle to the bottom of the world, but my soul comes alive when I hear about people smashing fear and following their dreams. This book will truly inspire you.

–Abigail Irene Fisher, traveler and speaker

 

Leave Tomorrow is a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking read. If you are looking for a blend of humanity, culture, scary moments with a medicine man, military police, attempts at extortion, and unexpected challenges–along with insightful observations and humor, this book will definitely spark your imagination to “live your own movie.”  

–Steve Scott, business coach and author of Wings to Fly

 

This inspiring and entertaining book is just the tonic needed to get you up out of your chair and ready to “Leave Tomorrow.”

–Julie Mundy, Guidebook Author and Travel Blogger, Australia

 

For everyone thinking of a new adventure, a new life, or even a new venture: DO IT.

–Jim Rogers, bestselling author of Investment Biker and Street Smarts 

This is not the first book I’ve read on riding to Ushuaia, but it is probably the most enjoyable. Dirk writes about his experiences in an upbeat manner, taking each experience and each day in perspective.

–Muriel Farrington, Ambassador, BMW Motorcycles of America

 

 

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Dirk Weisiger is a travel trekker, trick roper, and storyteller. He’s the author of the new book, Leave Tomorrow: My Ride to the Bottom of the World. Dirk has always enjoyed speaking to groups, spinning tales, ropes, and offering lessons he’s learned in adventures of life and business. He’s traveled to five continents and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Most of all Dirk loves people and believes that making new friends is the best part of travel.

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