MY PRE-RELEASE REVIEW of
Whitehall Episode 13:
by Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Madeleine Robins, Barbara Samuel, Sarah Smith
Women’s Fiction, History
Pub Date 31 Aug 2016
She who would be queen must win the love of a king—and a country.
Welcome to Whitehall, where the true history of Catherine of Braganza and her marriage to King Charles II of England is brought to life with all its sensual scandal and political intrigue. Venture back in time to a place where the games of royals affect the lives of all.
This serial will unfold across 13 episodes and is presented by Serial Box Publishing.
Episode 13: “Safe Harbor”
It’s curtain call at the Theatre Royal in the season finale of Whitehall, an episodic royal tale full of true history and sensual intrigue, new from Serial Box Publishing.
Catherine makes a splash as she returns to society with a special performance at Charles’ Theatre Royal. The season’s long journey finds all its players glittering in their finest (some, scandalously so) as the lights go up climactic season finale of Whitehall!
This episode is brought to you by Liz Duffy Adams and Delia Sherman, who very much hope you enjoyed your stay in Whitehall this season.
“Subtle and lusty, exquisite and dangerous…pure pleasure.”
– Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye and the Downton Abbey recaps for The New York Times
“Deftly balances the pleasures of glamour and intrigue with insight into these fascinating people, most of all Queen Catherine.”
– Gordon Dahlquist, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
–Doris Egan, writer on TV’s “Reign” and “House”
“Compulsively readable and thoroughly addictive.”
– Megan Chance, author of Inamorata
“Fans of everything from Dorothy Dunnett to Hilary Mantel will love this witty mix of sex, scandal and intrigue.”
– Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and creator of “Tremontaine”
This being a serial you need to read all of the offerings in order to grasp the full effect, As a standalone for this reader having not read the previous twelve episodes it was like taking a scene out of context in a play. It still was an enjoyable and quick read but you want so much more.
Being familiar with the time and place in history does help the reader grasp what is taking place though.
I would give this episode a 4.5 star rating.
I received this as a digital ARC courtesy of the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review
The Irish Duchess
Regency Nobles Series, Book 4
by Patricia Rice
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Since his youth, Neville Perceval, the very proper English Duke of Anglesey, has struggled to save his family’s bankrupt estate. Now supporting the Irish cause in Parliament, he must marry wealth and influence to succeed.
Hot-headed Fiona MacDermot, the granddaughter of an Irish earl, has her own plan to free her people from the English: provide jobs for the starving villagers. When the funds raised to buy the looms are stolen, Fiona wants to suspect the despised duke, except he’s been nearly beaten to death defending her cause.
As Fiona and Neville go toe-to-toe, they reluctantly realize they must set aside their differences to find the real villain, but neither suspect lust and love to redefine their plans or force a choice between life and death.
THE REGENCY NOBLES SERIES, in order
The English Heiress
The Irish Duchess
ABOUT PATRICIA RICE:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart, has two children and is a firm believer in happily-ever-after. Her emotionally-charged romances have won numerous awards. A native of Kentucky and New York, and a past resident of North Carolina and Missouri, Patricia Rice currently resides in Southern California. Visit her website at www.patriciarice.com
A Gothic Romance
Reluctant Heroes Book 1
by Lily Silver
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Elizabeth is a survivor. Betrayed, kidnapped and left for dead, she awakens on a ship bound for the Indies, in the bed of a stranger claiming to be her husband. As she recovers from her ordeal, the gift of the seer emerges; the ability to see and speak with the dead. A descendant of druids, Elizabeth knows she must hide her strange gifts as her new husband could claim she’s insane and commit her to a madhouse. Can she trust this Dark Hero her grandmother conjured from the Gothic romances Elizabeth once devoured?
Donovan survived betrayal, imprisonment and torture. Deception and subterfuge are the weapons used to keep people at a distance. Donovan’s penchant for deception and disguises may be his undoing when his bride awakens after her rescue and doesn’t recognize him. As he struggles to rekindle their love, he fears he may be locked in a prison of a different kind; a loveless marriage to a woman who fears him and cannot abide his touch.
The Reluctant Heroes Series: Bold Men, Independent Women; finding true love was never in their plans!
Book One: Dark Hero, A Gothic Romance
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The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe
Pub Date: Sep 27, 2005
For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary….
Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a “runner” who’s fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra´kon, it’s Kit’s duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman.
Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the dra´kon. But she didn’t expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe’s most valuable jewel–the Langford Diamond–as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling–half dra´kon, half mortal–and an outcast in both worlds. She’d always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she’d once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?
From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the dra´kon, Rue knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she’s made the kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot resist….In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.
From the Hardcover edition.
This is a not to be missed series. I was hooked from book #1 and purchased the whole series in hardback. They are definite KEEPERS!
August 30th, 2016
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The Worthingtons Book 2