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Mailbox Monday …. 2nd July 2012

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MAILBOX MONDAY

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

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Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
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Your host for July 2012 is …
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Jennifer, after all, we all like to receive them!
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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I have already featured this book in my ‘New Titles’ pages, but have to admit to only just getting around to doing the PDF download, so technically the book only arrived in my mailbox this week!

This will be the third book that I have been invited to read and review, by author Grace Elliot and I can’t wait to get to it!

I am getting so far behind with everything, it feels as though I am never going to catch up and get on top of things. I am getting some excellent books for review though, so that makes things okay for me, I just hope that authors will be patient when waiting for reviews!!

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‘HOPE’S BETRAYAL’ by GRACE ELLIOT

One wild, winter’s night two worlds collide.
Known for his ruthless efficiency, Captain George Huntley is sent to stamp out smuggling on the south coast of England. On a night raid, the Captain captures a smuggler, but finds his troubles are just beginning when the lad turns out to be a lass, Hope Tyler.
With Hope as bait, the Captain sets a trap to catch the rest of the gang. But in a battle of wills, with his reputation at stake, George Huntley starts to respect feisty, independent Hope. Challenged by her sea-green eyes and stubborn loyalty Huntley now faces a new threat – his growing attraction to a sworn enemy. But a love where either Hope betrays her own kind, or Captain Huntley is court-marshaled, is not an easy destiny to follow.

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This historical romance novel, was gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by its author, Grace Elliot, and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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14 comments
    • Hi Mystica,

      The previous two novels that Grace has written have been most enjoyable, if you are into your historical romances. She really researches her subject thoroughly and is passionate about it, which really shows through in the quality of her writing. I am sure that I shall enjoy this one also.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Kathy,

      That’s the one constant with most historical fiction books, they all seem to have fantastic cover art, which draws your attention to them right away.

      This is the second book in a trilogy and if you look at the two covers, you can tell right away that they ‘fit together’, which indicates to me that some thought has been applied to the process of cover selection.

      I know that a cover doesn’t make the book, but it all adds to the overall ambience of the story.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

  • Sounds interesting. When I read smuggling, it made me think of Daphne DuMaurier. Enjoy your book, Yvonne, and have a wonderful week.

    • Hi Kaye,

      I know what you mean about the Daphne du Maurier and Cornish connection in general. In fact I checked out her books, as I have to admit that I haven’t read them all, and I discovered that ‘Frenchman’s Creek’, is about a woman who disguises herself as a man to join the crew of a pirate ship.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frenchman%27s_Creek_%28novel%29

      I shall have to try and disassociate the connection before I start reading this one, or I shall be getting sidetracked .. LOL !!

      Thanks for adding an extra dimension to the post, your thoughtful comments are appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Grace is probably one of the most proficient exponents of the historical romance novel in the UK, at least as far as I am concerned.

      I enjoy her style of writing and her slightly different twists to a storyline. Her plots are always varied and her characters all with unique personality traits.

      I am looking forward to starting ‘Hope’s Betrayal’ in the near future.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and leave your comments.

  • Thanks for coming by my blog! My shelves are groaning already and now you’ve got an interesting book here – I really enjoy historical fiction! As for The Deception of Livvy Higgs, it’s in the queue. I’ll let you know when I get a review up!

    • Hi Aloi,

      Thanks for the visit and comments, they are always appreciated.

      That would be great, if you could let me know when your review of ‘The Deception Of Livvy Higgs’ is available, but I have still added it to my list anyway, as it sounds such an interesting book.

      You sound as though you are in pretty much the same position as me … Huge TBR shelves that just don’t seem to getting any smaller, reading lists long enough to paper the walls with, and author/publisher review requests in a queuing system because you have so many of them !!!

      GREAT isn’t it?

      If you like historical romance, then ‘Hope’s Betrayal’ is a definite addition to your list. It is the second part of ‘The Huntley Trilogy’, but having read the first part ‘Eulogy’s Secret’, then I should imagine that this one will also work well as a stand alone story.

      https://www.fiction-books.biz/reviews/my-thoughts-about-eulogys-secret-by-grace-elliot/

      Grace is a great voice in the historical romance genre, as she is both passionate about her subject and likes to chat about it on her own blog, never being afraid to join in any comments on reviewer’s sites either.

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks for thinking of me, however I am complete rubbish when it comes to this kind of thing. I can usually think of random things to say about myself, however when it comes to direct questions, or having to think up a whole series of questions for others to answer, then I just tend to dry up. I see that you have passed this link to several other bloggers besides myself, so I think I shall pass on this one if you don’t mind.

      I did take part in a similar post just after I began blogging, where I had to list 20 things about myself, beginning with the words … ‘I am a ..’ Here is a link if you are curious to know more.

      https://www.fiction-books.biz/my-latest-news-and-musings/i-am-a/

      Great to hear from you.

  • Here’s hoping Yvonne continues to enjoy my work. It becomes more and more of a responsibility to produce great stories, with each positive comment. I write for escapism and as an outlet for my love of history – it’s slighlty daunting to think that people pass opinion and have expectations from me now – Wouldn’t have it any other way though.
    all the best,
    Grace x

    • Hi Grace,

      There seems to be two distinct schools of thought among both authors and reviewers, as to whether it is best to stick to writing what you know about, or to branch out and explore new avenues.

      To my mind, neither of those thoughts seem to be great motivators … surely, writing about something you are passionate about, is the key to fulfillment and potential success?

      Grace, your passion for your subject is obvious in everything you write, whether it be in your books, or on your blog and because of that, the words seem to flow freely, making for a much richer reading experience.

      I hope that you don’t become a ‘victim of your own success’, when writing becomes a burden, rather than a release.

      The main thing is to keep enjoying what you do and stop when you don’t!

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