First Book of 2016

2016 First Book

I decided to make Jodi Thomas’ new Ransom Canyon series book my First Book of the year. She’s one of my favorite authors and I knew I couldn’t go wrong starting 2016 with her book. Thanks to Sheila for hosting this meme. Click the link and check out other readers’ first books.

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Description: On a dirt road marked by haunting secrets, three strangers caught at life’s crossroads must decide what to sacrifice to protect their own agendas…and what they’re each willing to risk for love.

If there’s any place that can convince Angela Harold to stop running, it’s Ransom Canyon. And if there’s any man who can reveal desires more deeply hidden than her every fear, it’s Wilkes Wagner. Beneath the rancher’s honorable exterior is something that just might keep her safe…or unwittingly put her in danger’s path.

With his dreams of leaving this small Texas town swallowed up by hard, dusty reality, all Wilkes has to show for his life is the Devil’s Fork Ranch. Though not one to let false hope seduce him, he can’t deny the quiet and cautious beauty who slips into his world and changes everything.

Lauren Brigman finally has freedom at her fingertips. All she needs is Lucas Reyes’s attention—a look, a touch, some sign that she’s more to him than a girl he rescued one dangerous night. But now it’s her turn to rescue someone, and the life-altering decision may cost her more than a chance with Lucas.

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I plan to finish reading Rustler’s Moon later today and look forward to author Jodi Thomas’ guest post early next month. Happy New Year!

Spotlight on: The Lie And The Lady by Kate Noble plus a giveaway of Book #1

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Truth be told, The Lie and the Lady “is nothing less than brilliant” (Starred Booklist)

 

  • THE LIE AND THE LADY
  • Kate Noble
  • 2nd in the Winner Takes All series
  • Pocket Books
  • December 29, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781476749396
  • $7.99

“With her usual witty writing and exquisite flair for characterization, Noble offers readers the second, splendid book in her Winner Takes All series. The effortless manner in which she wrote The Lie and the Lady as a separate love story while at the same time gracefully connecting it to The Game and the Governess (2014) and cleverly hinting at what is to come in the series is nothing less than brilliant.”

Booklist Starred Review


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John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he swapped identities with his friend the Earl of Ashby. He didn’t wager on winning the fiery Countess of Churzy’s heart with his lies, or on falling for her in return. Publicly humiliated when she learned of the betrayal, the impoverished countess fled, and John thought Leticia was lost to him forever…until fate brings her practically to his doorstep. Can he regain her trust—and her heart—this time as himself?

Determined to make a new life for herself, Letty knows she must avoid Turner—and his maddening kisses—in order to survive. But some things are too intoxicating to be denied. If she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?

The Game and the Governess was dubbed a “winning novel, complete with rich characters and a multi-dimensional plotline” by Publishers Weekly (starred review), a “delicious treat” by Bookpage, “Immensely entertaining and eminently satisfying” by Booklist (starred review), and RT Reviews (four star HOT) promised “charming characters will sweep readers away into the story”.  Second in the captivating Winner Takes All series, THE LIE AND THE LADY is “nothing less than brilliant” (Booklist starred review) and will reward readers as the perfect literary escape.

 


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Kate Noble is the national bestselling author of The Game and the Governess and the critically acclaimed, RITA Award-nominated Blue Raven series. Under the name Kate Rorick, she writes for television, as well as novels based on the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, for which she is also a writer and producer. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit katenoble.com@NobleRorickfacebook.com/katenoblewriter.


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Sunday Post

I received a couple of books in my mailbox last week amid all the Christmas festivities. I hope you all had a good week and (perhaps) received books or bookstore gift cards. My family no longer tries to guess if I’ve read a book or not so it’s not an issue. I love to receive gift cards though :)

A relative loaned me her copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Honestly, I’ve read so many reviews for it that I feel like I’ve read it. I’ll give it a try to see if I can come up with some good hints for simplifying. We’ve been working on our basement for the past few months.

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

a taste of heaven (short novel)  What We Find (4:5:16)

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A Kristan Higgins book seemed like a great way to wind up the year:

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I’m looking forward to enjoying the next two weeks celebrating Christmas with family and friends. Look for my 2015 Favorite Books post on Tuesday. If I receive any books this week I’ll write a Sunday Post. Otherwise, I’ll be back on January 1st with my First Book of 2016. I wish a Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.

Book arrivals:  

No new books last week.

Last week on Bookfan:

  • Review:  Patterns of Change by Terri DuLong
  • Review:  The Last Chance Christmas Ball (anthology)

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Currently reading:

With my review commitments caught up I’m reading a book that’s been on my Kindle for a while.

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The Last Chance Christmas Ball

  • the last chance Christmas ball (9:29)Title:  The Last Chance Christmas Ball
  • Authors:  Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Anne Gracie, Susan King, Cara Elliott, Nicola Cornick
  • Genre:  Christmas Anthology
  • Pages:  320
  • Published:  September 2015 – Kensington
  • Source:  Publisher/NetGalley

Description:  Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…

A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart. There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds far more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidays…

My take:  In my opinion this is the perfect kind of book to read during the busy holiday season – especially if you enjoy historical romances and anthologies. I enjoyed each story (although some more than others). The nice thing about an anthology is that it gives me a chance to sample authors I haven’t read before. That was the case for almost every author in this book.

I liked the premise of celebrating the 50th Christmas Ball hosted by the Dowager Countess of Holbourne Hall. She’s invited many of her godchildren who seem to be in need of a match (even though they don’t think so). I especially enjoyed the stories involving the Dowager’s grandchildren.

If you’re looking for a book to cozy up to the fire with this month I’d suggest you grab a copy of The Last Chance Christmas Ball. I’m glad I had a chance to read it.

Patterns of Change by Terri DuLong

  • patterns of change (11:24 Lyrical Press)Title:  Patterns of Change
  • Author:  Terri DuLong
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Pages:  304
  • Published:  November 2015 – Lyrical Press
  • Source:  Publisher/NetGalley

Description:  New York Times bestselling author Terri DuLong turns a new page in breezy Ormond Beach, Florida, where a woman looking for a fresh start discovers her dreams coming true in ways she never imagined…

Chloe Radcliffe was ready to shake the dust of Cedar Key off her feet and sink her toes into the warm sands of Ormond Beach with her soon-to-be husband. But when tragedy struck, she found herself alone, unraveled—and unsure where she belonged…

A series of vivid dreams of a Victorian house with a beautiful fish pond convince Chloe to take a leap of faith and rent a condo in Ormond Beach. There, she makes fast friends with a group of knitters and the owner of a tea shop, who also happens to have a house nearly identical to the one in Chloe’s dreams—and she’s willing to rent her the property. Just as Chloe begins casting on her grand plans for the home, her tangled past comes back to haunt her—but her dreams and newfound friends just might point her toward the love she’s been missing all along…  (publisher)

My take:  I’ve read a few of Terri DuLong’s Cedar Key series so I knew I’d want to read her novel set on the east coast of Florida. Patterns of Change is about Chloe who leaves Cedar Key for Ormond Beach and a new chapter in her life. I had to admire the guts it took to make such a change at age 52 but circumstances in Cedar Key made it easy for her to leave.

What Chloe didn’t know was what or who would be waiting for her in Ormond Beach. She certainly landed on her feet and was welcomed into the community by some of the pillars. A person couldn’t ask for more – perhaps it was because she was open to change and her personality reflected that. There were a few times when I wondered how someone could be so fortunate to have things work out the way they did for Chloe but I guess that’s how life can be sometimes.

I liked that the author continued the knitting theme from the previous series. I enjoy knitting and was pleased to see a pattern for a beautiful shawl included with the novel. I’d recommend Patterns of Change to fans of the author, knitting and novels about women’s friendship.

Sunday Post

Where did last week go?! Thankfully I’m feeling caught up in all things blog related and most things Christmas related.

2016 First BookI signed up for Sheila’s First Book of the Year – 2016.  I did it last year and enjoyed being part of the meme and seeing what everyone was reading at the start of the new year. My first book is by one of my favorite authors. I’ll post about it on January 1st. I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun.

 

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop  the christmas pearl kindle:audible  Angels Burning (Jan. 2016)

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Spotlight/US Giveaway: Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato

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About the book:

Hidden in the language of Shakespeare’s comedy are several clues to an intriguing tale. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick had a previous love affair that ended bitterly. But how did they meet? Why did they part? And what brought them together again?

Fiorato begins with nineteen-year-old Beatrice as she first meets Benedick at her uncle’s court in Sicily. Both quick with words and independent, they resist the sparks that fly with each interaction. Misunderstandings and politics on the island make their parting tumultuous, and they go their different ways to follow a path that has been laid out for them. With marriage far from either of their minds, Fiorato explains the feelings that change a strong-willed couple’s point of view into the happy ending of Much Ado About Nothing.


About the Author:

Marina Fiorato_ CREDIT Ian PickardMARINA FIORATO is half-Venetian and has worked as an illustrator, an actress, and a film reviewer, and designed tour visuals for rock bands including U2 and the Rolling Stones. Her historical fiction includes The Daughter of Siena, The Botticelli Secret, and her debut novel, The Glassblower of Murano, which was an international bestseller. She was married on the Grand Canal in Venice, and now lives in London with her family.

Author photo:  Ian Pickard


Trade Reviews:

“Fiorato is a clever, attentive author, weaving Shakespearean phrases and clues to the Bard’s other works into her highly detailed and imaginative world. Fans of historical fiction, Gregory Maguire’s retellings of classic tales, and Geraldine Brooks’ March (2005) will appreciate Fiorato’s devotion to one of classic literature’s feistiest and most enjoyable couples. Full of passion, intrigue, and wit, Beatrice and Benedick is a delight.” –Booklist, starred review

 

“Beatrice and Benedick begin their ‘merry war’ in this impressive prequel…Fiorato re-creates Shakespeare’s Renaissance as if she’s embellishing one of his scripts with copious stage directions and footnotes, from the setting to the props… a lively origin story in which all the world’s a stage… and the suspense is high as the lovers walk a tightrope between truth and trope.” –Kirkus Reviews

 

“A good choice for fans of the Bard, most historical fiction readers and some romance lovers.” –Library Journal 


 

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Sunday Post

It’s been a while since I wrote a Sunday post. I’m starting to feel better but I had to feature several spotlight/giveaway posts for books the past six weeks because I just couldn’t concentrate on reading. Luckily I also had a few reviews scheduled in advance when I got sick. I look forward to getting back into my reading habit. Thanks for continuing to visit Bookfan.

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

Christmas on candy cane lane (icicle falls #8)  every valley

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If Only In My Dreams 11:30  The Seafront Tearoom (12:1)  the immortals

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Guest Post/Giveaway (US/CA): Tori Eversmann author of The Immortals

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You Had Me at Hello

Our greatest gastronomic experience to date happened in a remote, medieval village called San Gusmè just north of Siena in the Chianti mountains of Tuscany. It is here that the most delicious meals at an osteria called Sira e Remino are lovingly prepared. We literally stumbled across this isolated slice of heaven several years ago after getting lost looking for a winery. The tiny San Gusmè boasts not one but two churches, an octogenarian enologist who also produces olive oil from his groves and, our beloved restaurant within its walled hillside spot.

After parking down below the walled village, our hungry group ‐‐ my mother, step‐ father, husband, daughter and I ‐‐ climbed up the cobblestoned main road, under the arches into the hamlet’s center and onto a narrow walkway where we spotted a sign that read: osteria. Perfetto, as the Italians say. Not sure exactly what would meet us on the other side, we reluctantly walked in. A fragrant cheese case, metal platters topped with thin slices of salamis, and garlic stems hanging from the ceiling greeted us. Within moments we were met and seated in the rustic dining room by a man who was Sylvester Stallone’s doppelganger, who by the way, spoke no English only to be matched by our severely limited pocket dictionary Italian. There were paper placemats and green paper napkins set on the tables and murals of Siena’s famous Il Palio horse race painted on the walls. The menu, also all in Italian, was quaint with it’s handwritten words and lovely drawing of a cinghiale (wild boar) in the corner. I recognized a whopping two words: vino and carpaccio. Sly Stallone’s twin smiled at us while we pointed and nodded at the menu, especially the word vino. We truly had no idea what we ordered but trusted that Sly decided on dishes typical of the Tuscan tradition.

Giggling at ourselves for the morning’s predicament of getting lost and then finding this ancient village, we settled in and waited for our meal while we sipped on the carafe of red wine that Signor Stallone instantaneously put on the table. Soon, the first (of what was four) courses arrived. Our mouths watered as Mr. Stallone placed two round platters arranged with assorted cured meats, briny olives, pungent cheeses, spreads, various just‐picked‐out‐of‐the‐garden veggies, pork cheek, and the reddest, ripest tomatoes on crostini before us. The first savory bites we took caused us to blissfully pause; however, we instinctively knew that bites two, three, and four would be unbelievably better than the first. On and on we ate, practically in silence, with many “hmmmms” and “you have to try this!” as we shared food and slurped the house red wine to wash it down. We couldn’t wait for the next course. Fortunately for us, pici caccio e pepe (a tubular black pepper and parmesan spaghetti) and papardelle al cinghiale (wide noodles with wild boar sauce) didn’t fail us, nor did the third course of grilled tenderloin Chianti style or the grand finale: tartufo gelato we somehow managed to squeeze into our replete bellies.

We’ve now been to Sira e Remino a handful of times and it never fails to delight. We’ve dragged other family members and friends across the Atlantic and forced them to go with us to San Gusmè so they, too, can share in its charming isolation and a first rate meal at Sira e Remino. We even convinced some German bicyclists to go and ended up seeing them there each time we went back, too.

On the other hand, we’ve also followed the herd and fallen into the trap of, “You must go to Over‐Priced‐But‐Its‐Worth‐It new restaurant. It’s so fabulous. You’re a foodie, you’ll love it.” In anticipation of an enjoyable meal, we hire a babysitter, get dressed up and excited to finally patronize the newest, chic, farm to table, we make our own everything, small batch bourbon, exclusive wine list establishment that everyone has raved about only to wait twenty minutes for our table (even though I made a reservation), be seated near the drafty door at a table where a Liliputian and his date could barely stretch out, and then wait another fifteen minutes while several servers waltz by us in a flurry as if we’re invisible and all we want is for someone to acknowledge that we’ve just trudged across the desert and seriously need a drink. The initial few moments have set the stage for a failed experience that we seriously contemplate getting up and walking out, but we don’t because, “we don’t want to be that person.” When the flat champagne and melted ice in the bourbon does finally arrive delivered by a server who seems to wish he was someplace other than here waiting on us, we know, no matter how much we don’t want to abandon the ship, that sometimes the rats have it right. Jump over now and swim to shore. Don’t give it another moment of your precious time.

Reading a book can prove to be a similar sense as the dining out experience. A cover might not be what you would have chosen, but the inside flap description gives you hope. You crack the first few pages and if you’re like me, read the dedication and wonder who the heck Oran is and why was he important to the author, and then flip the page to the words: Chapter One. It is here that the author has his or her last chance to hook the reader. If the first few sentences fail readers, unlike my husband and me who give bad restaurants a chance, the book is closed and casually tossed aside like the rats jumping off the Titantic. The beginning is it. No matter how many clever plot twists and turns or prosaic words or complicated, developed characters the author has in store down the road, the reader may never care to know. There will be no chance to indulge in the finale; the tartufo gelato after three huge courses of Tuscan dishes. Life is too short to read a book that doesn’t hook you at Hello. Carpe Diem!


tori eversmannAbout Tori Eversmann:

Tori Eversmann, wife of retired First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, the soldier who inspired the lead character in the book and movie Black Hawk Down, lives in West Palm Beach with their daughter, two black Labradors – Maybellene and Pamuk, and two cats – Genghis and Gatto.

More info can be found here– including why she wrote THE IMMORTALS.


About THE IMMORTALS:

Say the words “Army wife,” and what often comes to mind is the image of a teary-eyed woman running to hug her returning combat soldier-husband or a caricature based on a slickly produced reality TV show. The Immortals is different. This stunning first novel full of emotion addresses the truth of the female predicament — the unsung heroes who are left behind on the homefront of war. We experience the love and challenges between husband and wife, we feel the closeness of mother and daughter, and we bond with the most unlikely of women. When we first meet Calli Coleman, a classically trained musician from a well-connected Baltimore family, it is the summer of 2005 and the United States has been at war in Iraq for two years. She has been uprooted from the hometown she adores and abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York outside of Fort Drum. Naïve to all things military, Calli has no idea what’s in store for her when Luke’s infantry unit deploys to the Iraq War to an area CNN dubs “The Triangle of Death”. Left back in New York with their three-year-old daughter Audrey, black Labrador Satchmo, and a fat cat named Charlemagne, Calli has a steep learning curve as she tumbles into a complicated social hierarchy where she finds her well-heeled childhood does her more harm than good. Desperately missing her friends and family and amid the impertinent Army wives, unlikely friendships evolve with Josie, Rachel, and Daphne. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, and certainly unlike her dynamic, jet-setting best friend Eula, these women will nonetheless come together for courage, support, and to embark upon the deeply emotional roller coaster ride of being an Army wife.

With only letters and email as their communication, Calli knows very little about Luke’s mission in Iraq. Through their letters we get a beautiful picture of their love for each other and what it means to serve our Nation but Luke cannot share much about the confidential assignment. The news on the radio and television is never good. Calli dreads the phone ringing to tell her of more soldiers being blown up by IEDs or killed by gunfire and she fears “The Trifecta” – the casualty assistance officer, rear-detachment office, and chaplain – will be sitting in her driveway waiting to tell her the worst news she can imagine. In Luke’s absence, Calli, alone with her daughter, learns that if anything is worth fighting for, it’s the unpredictable new friendships that will sustain her through loneliness and the ever-present specter of widowhood. At the end Calli will find herself on an unexpected course full of epiphanies about herself and her marriage.

The Immortals is an emotional examination of marriage, friendship, war, and death. Tori Eversmann, through her distinctive voice that comes from her own time as an Army wife, has given us an unforgettable story.


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  • THE IMMORTALS cover: 2 Muddy Labs
  • Author photo: Michael I. Price.
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Review/US Giveaway: The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene

  • The Seafront Tearoom (12:1)Title:  The Seafront Tearoom
  • Author:  Vanessa Greene
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Pages:  368
  • Published:  December 2015 – Berkley
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  The first rule of afternoon tea: never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship…

The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and  journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want to see her favorite sanctuary overrun by tourists, and begs Charlie to seek out other options. She offers her help, as a “tea obsessive,” and so does French au pair Séraphine Moreau, whose upbringing makes her a connoisseur of everything sweet and indulgent.

Together the three women will scour the countryside for quaint hideaways and hidden gems, sharing along the way their secrets, disappointments, and dreams – and discovering that friendship, like tea, takes time to steep. But learning too that once you open your heart, the possibilities are endless.   (publisher)

My take: The Seafront Tearoom is a novel of friendship between three young women who meet when one is assigned to write an article about tearooms in the area of Scarborough. Each woman has a bit of drama going on that the others will become her support in getting through.

Charlotte the writer is in a bit of a pickle in that her sister really needs her help but she needs to get the magazine article in by deadline. Kat, single mom to toddler Leo, is a tea aficionado. Her dilemma is that Leo’s absentee father is trying to restart their relationship much to her dismay. Sérephine is an au pair who has a secret that she doesn’t feel can be shared with her loved ones. So there’s the drama.

I thought this novel was a nice, easy read that showed how people can help each other through difficult circumstances even when they’ve just met. There were a couple of surprising plot turns near the end that some readers might find too convenient. I just went with it. It was the right novel at the right time, you know? Included at the end are a few recipes and a reader’s discussion guide.

Recommended to fans of women’s fiction, novels with a British setting, and tea :)


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If Only In My Dreams by Mariah Stewart

  • If Only In My Dreams 11:30Title:  If Only In My Dreams
  • Author:  Mariah Stewart
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Christmas
  • Pages:  112
  • Published:  November 30, 2015 – Pocket Star Ebooks
  • *Originally published as part of Upon A Midnight Clear anthology 1998 – Pocket books
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

My take:  If Only In My Dreams is a heart-warming Christmas novella about two people whose lives were changed by a misunderstanding. And now, twelve years later, will Cale and Quinn get a chance to set things straight?

Also featured in the story are Cale’s two young sons and Quinn’s family who are gathering to celebrate the holiday at their parents’ home. It’s time to reminisce and look forward to new beginnings.

Mariah Stewart wrote a sweet Christmas tale that’s filled with the charm of the season and even a little magic. I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of the author and a Christmas romance.


About the Author:

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories.  A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens.  Visit her website at www.mariahstewart.com, and like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart.


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Spotlight/US Giveaway: Médicis Daughter by Sophie Peridot

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Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot’s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war. Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family.

Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot’s heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother’s schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot’s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.

Médicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming-of-age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history. (publisher)

Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

by Sophie Perinot

Published by St. Martin’s Press

on sale December 1, 2015

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About the author: Sophie Perinot is the author of The Sister Queens. A former attorney, Perinot is now a full-time writer. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her three children, three cats, one dog and one husband.


Praise for Médicis Daughter:

“A riveting page-turner skillfully blending illicit liaisons and political chicanery.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This is Renaissance France meets Game of Thrones: dark, sumptuous historical fiction that coils religious strife, court intrigue, passionate love, family hatred, and betrayed innocence like a nest of poisonous snakes… highly recommended.” – Kate Quinn, national bestselling author of The Lion and the Rose

“The riveting story of a 16th century French princess caught in the throes of royal intrigue and religious war… An absolutely gripping read!” – Michelle Moran, bestselling author of The Rebel Queen


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