Friday, January 28, 2022
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Publication Date: 2/1/21
Retail Price: $26.99
Page Count: 368
Cover Art: © Matilda Delves / Trevillion
Images; Photos.com / Getty Images; Daniel
Balakov / Getty Images
Book Design: © Shadow Mountain
Design: Heather G. Ward
Art Direction: Richard Erickson
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***
Rumors of revolution in Paris swirl in Marseille, a bustling port city in southern France. Gilles Étienne, a clerk at the local soap factory, thrives on the news. Committed to the cause of equality, liberty, and brotherhood, he and his friends plan to march to Paris to dethrone the monarchy. His plans are halted when he meets Marie-Caroline Daubin, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the factory.
A bourgeoise and a royalist, Marie-Caroline has been called home to Marseille to escape the unrest in Paris. She rebuffs Gilles’s efforts to charm her and boldly expresses her view that violently imposed freedom is not really freedom for all. As Marie-Caroline takes risks to follow her beliefs, Gilles catches her in a dangerous secret that could cost her and her family their lives. As Gilles and Marie-Caroline spend more time together, she questions her initial assumptions about Gilles and realizes that perhaps they have more in common than she thought.
As the spirit of revolution descends on Marseille, people are killed and buildings are ransacked and burned to the ground. Gilles must choose between supporting the political change he believes in and protecting those he loves. And Marie-Caroline must battle between standing up for what she feels is
right and risking her family’s safety. With their lives and their nation in turmoil, both Gilles and Marie Caroline wonder if a révolutionnaire and a royaliste can really be together in a world that forces people to choose sides.
ARLEM HAWKS began making up stories before she could write.
Living all over the western United States and traveling around the
the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they
have to tell. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, with
an emphasis in print journalism, and she lives in Arizona with her
husband three children.
For author interview requests, please contact Callie Hansen at
Purchase Beyond the Lavender Fields HERE: https://amzn.to/3tFcB1d
“With each successive encounter, Gilles has with Marie-Caroline...makes him realize that people, like politics, are full of complexities and nuances. Historical fiction fans will revel in Hawks' (Georgiana's Secret, 2021) refreshingly different, perfectly evoked period setting that seamlessly captures both the drama and danger of revolutionary-era France, while romance readers will appreciate the sweet love story the author expertly threads through the plot.” —BOOKLIST
“The writing was spectacular and transported me to Marseille during the French Revolution.” —ALEX C. “The rich and vivid way that Arlem Hawks presented this story stole my heart.” —RENAE S. “A well-told tale that sweeps you off your feet and through the streets of France.” —TRISTAN R. “Captivating and engaging to the very end.” —JESSICA M.
“Well-researched and rich in historical detail.” —PATRICIA W.
“This one has it all: history, romance, suspense, intrigue. . . . It does not disappoint.” —JULIA D. “A beautiful story! Arlem Hawks has sealed a place on my ‘best authors’ bookshelf!” —JESSICA M.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Return of the Grizzly: Sharing the Range with Yellowstone's Top Predator By Cat Urbigkit: Non-Fiction Book Review
- Title: Return of the Grizzly: Sharing the Range with Yellowstone's Top Predator
- Author: Cat Urbigkit
- Publisher : Skyhorse (January 1, 2019)
- Genre: Non-Fiction, Bear Biology, Bear Conservation
- Hardcover : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1510727477
***I voluntarily reviewed a copy I received for my birthday. All opinions are my own***
Return of the Grizzly tells the story of the successful effort to recover this large carnivore, the policy changes and disputes between bear managers and bear advocates, and for the first time, provides insight to what recovery means for the people who now live with grizzlies across a broad landscape. From cowboys on horseback chased by a charging grizzly, and grizzlies claiming game animals downed by human hunters, to the numerous self-defense killing of grizzlies that occur each year, the manuscript examines increases in conflicts and human fatalities caused by grizzlies in this ecosystem inhabited by humans who live there year-round. Human–bear interactions, grizzly attacks and deaths, avoiding attacks, effects on agriculture, wildlife protesters, the consequences of bear habituation, and more are all covered.
Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning writer and photographer based on a western Wyoming sheep ranch where she receives much inspiration for her work.
She has written and photographed seven non-fiction books for children, as well as five nonfiction titles for adults. A firm believer in the power of the written word, Cat writes for several media outlets and blogs, and honed her writing skills as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade. Cat is also the co-owner and publisher of The Shepherd, a national monthly sheep industry magazine.
Cat is the author of a Wolf Watch news blog, and is a contributing writer to Stephen Bodio's Querencia nature blog. Her photographs of ranch life and wildlife have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and her daily Facebook posts are popular.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Where Her Heart Lies: A Craig Colorado Novel By Carolyn Twede Frank-Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Burke Jones began his life as a nameless orphan, dreaming of one day being a renowned doctor with a home and family to call his own. Sophie Kingston, daughter of an influential East Coast family, was destined to be an important and beloved part of Baltimore Society.
Life has not gone quite as either planned.
Now living in the home of a family friend, Sophie joins the lady on a journey to the tiny town of Hope Springs in Wyoming Territory. It is unlike any place she’s ever known. And the resident doctor is a mystery as well. Burke knows he isn’t the success he’d always imagined he would be, and seeing it through the eyes of this newly arrived Society lady only drives that home.
As Hope Springs begins to weave its magic, Sophie discovers more than she’d ever imagined, in both the town and its doctor. And Burke, who has always guarded his heart, begins to wonder if there might be more to life than he has previously imagined.
Their futures, however, do not lie along the same path or in the same destinations. Fate has once again proven unkind.
Can Hope Springs work yet another miracle?
It's always a beautiful thing to travel back to Hope Springs, Wyoming. This series has the most wonderful, humble, brave, and lively people in its books. I have truly loved every Hope Springs book I've read.
First readers meet the quiet, refined, and sad Sophie who travels to Hope Springs with her older friend, Mrs. Archer who is visiting her family. Soon Sophie meets the reserved local doctor, Burke who hasn't allowed himself to really love anyone because of his tragic past. This sweet romance builds in a great way that any reader will just love. With the help of the friendly people of Hope Springs, Sophie and Burke find a way to meet in the middle and open their hearts.
Honestly, this novella did not feel like a shorter book. It felt so rich and full like a complete novel. This is a particular talent of this author and she does it often and very well.
I loved this book and hope there are many more books to add to this series. Sarah Eden has once again woven her magic and has created a story full of love, awakenings, and romance.
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