Book Reviews, Historical-Fic

Carnegie’s Maid

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Rating: ⭐️

I don’t often rate books 1 star, either because I DNF it long before that or by now I pretty much know what I dislike in books to stay away from it. This book I saw on OverDrive (as always) and I just read the blurb, checked Goodreads for the presence of sexual content (nonexistent) and then borrowed it and read it. It hardly ever goes that way because I usually read 389217148218 reviews beforehand.

I did actually read 92156361523 reviews after that, and I found that none of them mentioned the one thing that I had been thinking about the entire time: this is a very bad, fancier version of Jane Eyre.

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Book Reviews, Historical-Fic

The Lost Girls of Paris

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The beautiful cover presents, unfortunately, a false image of what this book is. The single woman looking out across the city of what I can only assume is Paris, portrays an image of a secure hope. It also makes the woman seem as if she knows exactly what’s going on out there, as if she has everything on the palm on her hand. A hope founded on an unshakable basis of fact. At least… that is what it spoke to me. It spoke security, to me.

And that is one word I would never use to explain this book. This book is based on a wild and desperate hope, a hope sprouting from a desperate gamble. The woman is strong as steel, with a determination and willpower to match it. The question this book poses is: does it make a difference?

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Book Reviews, Historical-Fic

The Prodigal Daughter

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I went into this book thinking it was going to be a usual historical-fiction book, something to do with the war or perhaps the suffragette movement. In all honesty, I don’t even think I read the blurb properly, I just saw my friend gave it 5 stars and recommended it to me, so I found it on Overdrive and borrowed it immediately.

At first I was slightly bored because the story seemed to just be about her father Abel’s life and his business, which I think might have been as a recap for the first book in this series so you don’t have to read the first book (although I would recommend that if you were planning on reading Kane and Abel to read that book first). But then the spotlight shifted to Florentyna.

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Book Reviews, Historical-Fic

Lost Roses

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This is certainly not a light read. Nor a fun one. It is seeped with a tragedy that will touch every one of our hearts in some way – with sorrow, but also with admiration at the strength of people throughout these brutal times, and specifically for this book, the women.

It is clear that the historical aspect of this book was incredibly well-researched and proved to be equally intriguing as one of the reasons I love historical fiction is that we learn so much more about parts of history that we didn’t know about before in perhaps as much detail. It was also very interesting to read the author’s notes at the end of the book and I loved how she drew upon real-life people for her fictional characters, making everything so much more meaningful.

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Book Reviews, Classics, Historical-Fic

Edenbrooke

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Title: Edenbrooke

Author: Julianne Donaldson

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

To say the least, this book was a surprise. I really and genuinely did not expect to enjoy this so much and it kind of has me questioning my reading tastes, because romance?? even if it’s a clean romance…

Because that’s what it is! I, to be completely honest, did not even know this existed in books in the modern day world that are within the romance genre so I was naturally delighted and intrigued when I came across this, and consequently finished it within a day.

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Classics, Historical-Fic, Tags, YA fantasy

The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag

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Historical-Fic, TBRs, YA fantasy

New to my TBR #2

See my first post here. If you know me really well (or not) you probably know that I practically live on Goodreads. It means that I constantly have new books piling onto my TBR, but also because book blogging has introduced me to so many more books! And this post may introduce you to some new ones too 🙂

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