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Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery #4)

Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery, #4)by Carol J. Perry

Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
4.5 Stars

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Spring at Blueberry Bay

Spring at Blueberry Bayby Holly Martin

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published April 7th 2017 by Bookouture
4.5 Stars

Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery #1)

21853681by Ellie Alexander

Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
4.5 Stars

A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery #2)

23014667by Ellie Alexander

Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
5 Stars

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Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery #5)

Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexanderby Ellie Alexander

Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

4.5 Stars

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Bakeshop Mystery Series

Mystery author, Ellie Alexander, is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. She is the author of the best-selling Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press) set in the beautiful southern Oregon town of Ashland.  Stay tuned for A Crime of Passion Fruit coming in June 2017! Click on any of the first five titles to see my review.

Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1) A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2) On Thin Icing (A Bakeshop Mystery, #3) 26114338 29875936 31450828

Red Carpet Catering Mystery Series

Join Penelope Sutherland and her crew from Red Carpet Catering on movie and television sets. Find out what it is like to deal with the people, the community, the interruptions, and the delays. Of course you will also join in the investigations of the various crimes that happen along the way.

Visit the author, Shawn Reilly Simmons at her webpage.

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Murder is the Main Course (Red Carpet Catering Mysteries #4)

Murder is the Main Course (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery #4) by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Published May 2nd 2017 by Henery Press

4.5 Stars

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The Hidden Thread Blog Tour

Title: The Hidden Thread

Author: Liz Trenow

Publication Date: May 1st, 2017

Publication Date: Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9781492637516

 

Summary: The Hidden Thread is a breathtaking novel about the intricate craft of silk and the heartbreak of forbidden love.

When Anna Butterfield’s mother dies, she’s sent to live with her uncle, a silk merchant in London, to make a good match and provide for her father and sister. There, she meets Henri, a French immigrant and apprentice hoping to become a master weaver. But Henri, born into a lower class, becomes embroiled in the silk riots that break out as weavers protest for a fair wage.

My Review: 5 Stars

This was an historical fiction that takes place in 1860. It grabbed me right from the beginning and took me on a roller coaster of emotions as I was reading. It is based on a couple of actual events. The main character, Anna Butterfield, was inspired by Anna Maria Garthwaite who was an English textile designer known for and celebrated for the intricate floral designs she created. The other event in the book is the “silk riots” that took place to fight for an honest wage for the weavers, most of whom were French immigrants. These events did not take place at the same time in history, but they were woven together in a great plot.

Anna Butterfield is a vicar’s daughter from a small town on the coast of England. When her mother dies, her father sends her to live with his sister and her family to be introduced to society. The hope is that she will meet a wealthy man so he can support Anna, her sister and father when he is no longer able to work. When she arrives in Spitalfields, she faints and is rescued by a young frenchman named Henri. Little does she know that this chance encounter will change her life. Her aunt is determined to assist her in making a “good match” and lets her know in no uncertain terms that she is above the french immigrants. It turns out that Henri is a journeyman weaver who is looking to design his masterpiece to be entered into the Company as a Master Weaver. Anna and Henri bump into each other a few times until they realize that they have true feelings for one another. Anna, who is an artist of nature, designs a floral pattern that Henri wants to use for his masterpiece. Of course this courtship/friendship is deemed unacceptable for Anna. Her family are torn apart when they find out. Anna’s aunt has a man in mind for her and he actually proposes, but Anna does not love him. Meanwhile, the weavers are trying to stop the merchants from importing illegal french silk and paying below the accepted rate for their product. This is where the riots come in. One of Henri’s good friends gets caught up in the events and Henri tries to help him and ends up in trouble.

Can Henri and Anna fight back against society? Can they fight back against what is expected of them? Is there anyway that they can be together? Will the weavers get the government to back their demands so they can make an honest living? This book covered so many topics from the period. Racism, romance, wage riots, classism, persecution – religiously, gender, race, status and much more. I was so glad there was a good epilogue so I was not left wondering about these characters when the story ended. If you like historical fiction, pick this book up, it will not disappoint. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

 Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/2oD9jdX

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2o4BGQL

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About the Author: Liz Trenow is a former BBC and newspaper journalist, now working freelance. She is also the author of The Last Telegram.

Connect with Liz: Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

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