Sunday, August 24, 2014

I Shall be Near You by Erin LIndsay McCabe

I Shall Be Near You  by Erin Lindsay McCabe

This is a superb historical fiction account of the civil war.  This story has a cast of interesting and complex characters.  The main character is a woman who disguises herself as a man to join her husband in the Union army.  It details historical fact while weaving in emotionally charged circumstances that she finds herself in.  She faces moral dilemnas such as like having to shoot another human being to save another, bringing water to a dying Confederate soldier, having mercy on a spy, lying about who she is to stay with the man she loves.  There is adventure, intrigue, romance and selflessness portrayed throughout this tale.  It is a definite, without a doubt a 5 star book!

I received this book free from booklook and was not required to write a favorable review.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliott

Prelude for a Lord
By Camille Elliott
If you like Jane Austen books you will love this book.  The courtly manners and honorable ways of wooing will remind you of Austen characters.  The story is woven around a young woman who has a treasured violin.  The problem is that it is considered unseemly for women to play violins and there is a sinister character trying to steal this instrument.  The mystery surrounding the violin is not solved till the very end of the book and the author keeps you guessing at every turn. 
This book kept my attention but I felt that the plot could have moved a little faster.  This however, did not stop me from being intrigued by the charm of the heroine and her dilemma.
I received this book from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.