Welcome to the Blog Tour! Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg


    One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her! She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society. Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.

Publication Date: May 28, 2019 Lion Heart Publishing eBook & Paperback; 312 Pages Genre: Fiction/Romance/Historical/American

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My Thoughts:

It’s not often I find or read books about that era between the American Civil War and World War I, so it was a happy surprise that I stumbled into reading Gold Digger:The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.

In Gold Digger, you fall into the life of Lizzie aka Baby Doe. Baby has just been married and is off to Colorado with her new husband in the hopes of striking in big with gold mining. Things don’t go as planned, and Baby Doe finds herself husband- and child-less. What’s worse is the hate many of the townswomen are spewing on her as she fights to take care of herself and forge her own path ahead. In the end, she may find that money isn’t the most important driver in life.

Baby Doe was one of my favorite characters of the many, many books I’ve read, and what’s even cooler is that she’s modeled after a real life woman. She is smart and strong-willed and expects no less from herself than what is expected of men, which is odd for that time period. She’s a dreamer, and unafraid to provide ideas and opinions. Throughout her struggles, she fights to stay true to herself. What an inspiration for women of any age!

If you like what you’ve heard so far, be sure to add Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor to you reading list; it will be available on May 28th.  I’m giving this five stars, and I’m telling you, you don’t want to miss out on this woman’s trials and tribulations!

**Thank you to Rebecca Rosenberg and Netgalley for providing with a copy of this e-book. I’ve voluntarily read this book and the review expresses my own personal opinion.**

Praise for Gold Digger

“Rosenberg’s rollicking Western adventure strikes gold with a gutsy, good-hearted spitfire of a heroine and action aplenty.” —THELMA ADAMS, bestselling author of Bittersweet Brooklyn and The Last Woman Standing “Gold Digger tells the true story of Lizzie ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, a beautiful young woman who in 1878 marries the son of a wealthy miner in order to save her family from penury. Shrewd and stubborn, Lizzie fights back-biting Victorian society, wins and loses vast fortunes, and bests conniving politicians in her larger-than-life story. A twisting tale worthy of Mark Twain, with a big-hearted heroine at the center.” —MARTHA CONWAY, author of The Underground River

About the Author

A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel. Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home. For more information, please visit Rebecca’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, May 15 Review at Pursuing Stacie
Thursday, May 16 Review at Passages to the Past
Friday, May 17 Review at View from the Birdhouse
Monday, May 20 Interview at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, May 21 Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog
Friday, May 24 Feature at Just One More Chapter
Monday, May 27 Review at Orange County Readers
Tuesday, May 28 Excerpt at Kimber Li Review at Diana_bibliophile
Wednesday, May 29 Review at 100 Pages a Day Review at Oh, the Books She Will Read
Thursday, May 30 Review at A Bookish Affair Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Friday, May 31 Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
Monday, June 3 Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, June 4 Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages
Wednesday, June 5 Review at A Book Geek
Thursday, June 6 Review at Comet Readings
Friday, June 7 Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Saturday, June 8 Interview at Comet Readings
Monday, June 10 Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All
Tuesday, June 11 Excerpt at Old Timey Books
Wednesday, June 12 Interview at T’s Stuff Review at Proverbial Reads
Thursday, June 13 Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Saturday, June 15 Review at Suzy Approved Book Reviews
Monday, June 17 Author Spotlight at RW Bookclub
Tuesday, June 18 Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat
Thursday, June 20 Review at A Holland Reads
Monday, June 24 Review at RW Bookclub Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, June 27 Review at Mama’s Reading Corner
Friday, June 28 Review at Coffee and Ink Review at Cover To Cover Cafe

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a copy of Gold Digger, a gold facial mask & soap set, and recipe brochure to five winners. Three winners will receive an ebook of Gold Digger. To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Enter here: Gold Digger

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The House of Hardie

Hey all! It’s been a week here, let me tell you. Tornado warnings and crazy weather multiple days in a row. As interesting as mother nature is, she’s also incredibly destructive. I did, however, see a snapping turtle live and in the flesh of my front yard because of the storms. No idea how this big guy ended up in our yard (we have no ponds or water near our townhouse), but he’s been carefully relocated to a habitat more to his liking.

This week, I’m excited to share The House of Hardie by Anne Melville with you! This is the first of three books that make up the Hardie Family series. It was first published in 1987 and was recently re-published with a gorgeous new title. I’m a sucker for all these re-issue covers from Agora Books, what can I say?

Two families from two classes. Four siblings with four dreams. Fate versus destiny.

Midge and Gordon Hardie have grown up as the children of a wine merchant. But their lot in life, to inherit The House of Hardie, is not what they have in mind. Midge wants more than her mundane life – she craves intrigue and luxury. Gordon wants nothing more than a life of adventure. Meanwhile, Lucy and Archie Yates, the grandchildren of the Marquess of Ross, have everything they could ever need. But they too yearn for different lives. But as the two families meet in Oxford, they find their dreams don’t always come true. At least not in the way they planned. In this dramatic Victorian saga, can love and passion overcome power and ambition?

Overall, I would give this title four stars. I think it’s important that we keep in mind that we are speaking about a book written in the 1980s that’s about a time period of the past. People of different societal classes didn’t marry or interact; everyone fell in line with the expectations of their class for their life. I really appreciated how the author explored the lines of both the classes and genders beginning to blur and be challenged. And while some may find this shallow, it was reality at that time and we can all learn a lot from it. I really found myself disliking Archie in particular in this book. He could use a good smack! But I’m interested to see how he and the others grow in the next two books.

If you’re up for some stubborn female characters, a bit of romance and people pushing societal norms, give The House of Hardie a read. Don’t forget to come back and tell me what you thought!

Thank you to Agora Books who generously provided me with a copy of this lovely book. I have read and reviewed voluntarily.

If You Couldn’t Get Enough…

If you’re like me and couldn’t get enough of Redway Acres a couple of months ago, have no fear! Today is all about the third Redway Acres book, Martha.

As you likely guessed, this book is primarily told of Martha’s point of view. She’s not like her sisters… “big boned” as her mother calls it, with a beautiful but different look. Her family is in financial trouble and, although she is the middle sister, her father seems to view her as their way out; as long as Martha marries well, it will save them from losing their home. People aren’t always who they make themselves out to be in public, however, and Martha has dreams of her own. You’ll have to pick up the book yourself to read more about the bumpy road Martha finds herself heading down!

I have thoroughly been enjoying this series. I can relate to many of the women and am inspired by them, despite this being a work of fiction. Plus some of the romance scenes… phew!

My biggest comment that brought me to a four star rating was that while you’re seeing events from different points of view, this book still rehashes some events from previous books. I like to think about things from different perspectives but on some level, it feels like it’s being rehashed. That’s a big challenge though when you have a series with overlapping time frames and, for the most part, it keeps things moving.

I also felt like the “big reveals” of this book just didn’t quite climax as much as book 2 especially. That’s a slight disadvantage when I read a series… I can’t help but compare the books! Likely not something I would have picked up on had I not been reading these books in order… which I feel comfortable saying is doable. You could likely pick these books up at any part of the series and still have it make sense and fall in love with the characters!

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back every Tuesday for more reviews and articles. Don’t forget to follow me on social media for even more reviews beyond historical fiction!

For Fans of Lisa See

I’ve been eager to write about The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns since finishing it an whole half an hour ago but, as I’m sitting here, I’m having a hard to putting into words how much the book made me feel.

I knew within the first quarter of this book that it was hands down a five-star top-notch book that I needed to share. Naoko is a young Japanese woman at the age where marriage is arranged. But in post-war Japan, things have changed. Although Naoko has a suitor who is not at all what she thought he would be (in a good way), she’s already given her heart to a young American solider whose child she is carrying. Disgraced, she must find her way outside of her family’s home with or without her soldier.

Flash forward to present day America, we meet Tori. She’s a journalist whose beloved father has passed away, but not without his secrets. As she reads a letter, Tori realizes her father’s stories may actually have been him trying to explain to her about his early life. In order to find closure, Tori finds herself traveling across the world for answers.

If you loved books like Memoirs of a Geisha or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, you absolutely MUST read The Woman in the White Kimono. It is one of the most heartfelt, gut-wrenching books I have read. I rarely cry, but I shed a tear several times reading this book. You will cheer, you will cry, you will be completely engulfed in the story and have no idea what is going on around you. I cannot recommend it enough! Get it on your TBR now, because it releases on May 28, 2019!

Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book . I have read and reviewed this book voluntarily and all opinions expressed are my own.

Two Silver Crosses – Blog Tour Edition!

Hello Everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day so far! Today, I’m excited to present to you… Two Silver Crosses! This is a special blog post in that it’s one of the stops for the Two Silver Crosses blog tour! If you’re one of my regular followers, please know how much I appreciate you coming here for historical fiction reviews and if you’re new here, welcome! Feel free to subscribe to my blog on the right-hand side of the page. With that being said, let’s get started!

‘Nobody is to know where we are. You must forget England. That part of your lives is over.’

Twins Ginny and Emily Holborn have everything they could ever need in their Wolverhampton home: a loving family, a garden to play in, and staff waiting to attend to their every need. Until, one summer day in 1926, they disappear without a trace.

Ten years later, bright-eyed solicitor Charlie Commoner is given his first job: track down the still-missing Holborn twins. Dispatched to France, he’s left to unravel a web of infidelity, mystery, and terrifying family secrets.

Let bestselling author Beryl Kingston sweep you away on a journey from London to Paris, through tragedy and triumph in the search for two sisters wearing two silver crosses.

Two Silver Crosses was originally published in 1992.

I’ve read a couple of Beryl’s books, however, I have to say that Two Silver Crosses is easily my favorite. There’s this great balance of mystery, romance, and history that really draws you into the story. The characters really drew me in as well – whether I was getting irritated with Uncle Claud, or wanting to shake some sense into Ginny and Emily’s mother, I had strong feelings towards everyone encountered. I found myself rooting for a couple of the long-distance relationships as well and I am absolutely amazed at how honorable many of the characters were. I also found myself continually reading because I had so many questions that I absolutely needed to have answered in order to understand the true depth of the main issue and the pain it caused. If you’re looking for some deep characters who are looking for answers despite a war brewing with a touch of romance, I highly recommend you try Two Silver Crosses!

A little bit about the beloved author:
Beryl Kingston is the author of 30 novels with over a million copies sold. She has been a writer since she was 7 when she started producing poetry. She was evacuated to Felpham at the start of WWII, igniting an interest in one-time resident poet William Blake which later inspired her novel The Gates of Paradise. She was an English teacher from 1952 until 1985
when she became a full-time writer after her debut novel, Hearts and Farthings, became a bestseller. Kingston continued writing bestsellers for the next 14 years with titles ranging from family sagas to modern stories and historical novels. She currently lives in West Sussex and has three children, five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

A tremendous “Thank You” is owed to Agora Books and Beryl Kingston for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. I have voluntarily read and reviewed this book.

The blog tour continues tomorrow with the release of the new edition of Two Silver Crosses!

Part 2 of the Redway Acres Double Feature!

Welcome back to this weekend’s double feature highlighting the first two books of the Redway Acres series by the wonderful Trish Butler! If you missed Part 1 yesterday, you can get caught up here. Otherwise, let’s get started with Part 2 – Book 2!

Book 2 of the Redway Acres series is titled Redway Acres: Maria and, as you might have guessed, highlights more of Maria’s life at Eastease and beyond. You will, however, still get to check in and catch up with some of our favorite characters and horses from book 1 like Helena, Ackley and Harriet to name a few.

This second book really pulled on my heartstrings and I have therefore awarded it five stars. What happened to give it five stars, you ask? I’m not sure I can do that justice without revealing some key turning points of the book so I highly recommend you head over to Amazon and/or Kindle Unlimited to check it out yourself.

As you may recall, Harriet has a twin named Maria. The book first moves back in time to capture the twins’ younger years, primarily around their 16th birthday. There is a grand ball in honor of their birthday and the event ultimately leads to a marriage. Harker and Ackley are shocked to say the least.

The marriage isn’t the only shocking thing. There are several characters who show their true characters in both a negative and positive manner. For example, Mr. Brooks ends up realizing his love for a woman even after he had met with many families and their daughters with no success. Helena and Ackley have a few bumps in their marriage. And to top it off, there are some events that will shock you to your core.

The twists and turns of this book easily captured my attention and made me feel even more deeply invested in the characters. While there are again some topics and situations that may be triggering for some readers, I wish more people would read these books. I firmly believe it is important even in this day and age that we talk about things that have happened to us, and that others outside the situation know how to react and discuss respectfully. I also find the reactions and discussions to be empowering which is incredibly important.

Again, I’d like to thank Trish Butler for providing me with a copy of Redway Acres: Maria. I’ve voluntarily read this book and the review expresses my own personal opinion.

Redway Acres – A Double Feature!

Hello everyone and welcome to what promises to be an exciting element to your weekend – a historical fiction double feature! While I’ve spent the majority of this week traveling for work, I’ve also been working with author Trish Butler to bring you not one but TWO books of her series between today and tomorrow. Let’s get started!

Redway Acres: Helena is the first book of Trish’s historical romance series. It’s getting a solid four stars from me. In book one, you meet Helena who runs her own horse stable – something that is considered unladylike and unheard of during this time. She’s faced some tough stuff in her life and is raising a child on her own. As you can imagine, she is fierce – she is deliberate and confident in voicing her opinion despite the time period’s expectation that women be more demure. One thing she doesn’t have though is a man to share her life with. Throughout the book, we meet her neighbors and friends and watch as a romance blossoms… or falls apart.

There are a LOT of things I could tell you about this book that I loved. It’s a smooth, heart-warming (and sometimes -breaking) story that I became totally engrossed in. But the biggest thing I appreciated is the author’s handling of situations that arise in the book. I will briefly mention that there are some topics (about sexual situations and treatment of women) that could be triggering for some people. However, the characters handle the situations and topics well in that she are clear in saying this is something that is wrong and unacceptable. They clearly state what is wrong about it and how it should be handled. Those who are in the wrong are receptive and repentant for the most part. Given how society is today, I found this to be incredibly important and empowering.

If you’re looking for a book with some romance, a touch of history, horses, and a strong female lead, this is the series! Check it out on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. I will be filling you all in tomorrow about book two and all I can say right now is, plot twist!

Stay tuned – I’ll see you back here on Sunday!

A huge thank you to Trish Butler for providing me with the first two books of the Redway Acres series. I have voluntarily read this book and the review expresses my own personal opinion.