• Search
  • Lost Password?
Sharing our love for authors, and the stories they are inspired to tell.

New On My Shelf This Week

The new book on my shelf this time, arrived after a very welcome and unexpected email from its author and, as always, the lovely people from Netgalley who facilitated the download.

I first ‘met’ Robert Bartram, way back in 2013, following the release of his debut novel ‘Dance The Moon Down’, which was very well received by the blogging community at large and which I enjoyed immensely.

At that time, Robert very kindly sent me copy of an excellent guest post ‘The Ghost In The Typewriter’ and he has agreed to provide a follow up post, which I shall be sharing with you very soon.

You can refresh your memory with my review of ‘Dance The Moon Down’

Share again Robert’s excellent Guest Post ‘The Ghost In The Typewriter’


Cover Image Of 'Whippoorwill' By R.L. BartramBarely fourteen, Ceci Prejean is a tomboy running wild in the hot Louisiana summer. After breaking the nose of a local boy, her father decides to enlist the aid of Hecubah, a beautiful Creole woman, with a secret past, who takes Ceci in hand and turns her into a lady. 

Now, eighteen-year-old Ceci meets and falls passionately in love with a handsome young northerner, Trent Sinclaire. Trent is a cadet at the West Point military academy. He acts as if he knows Ceci. They begin a torrid affair, even as the southern states begin to secede from the Union. 

Only weeks before their wedding, the Confederate army attacks Fort Sumter and the civil war begins. Trent is called to active service in the north, leaving Ceci heartbroken in the south. Swearing vengeance on the union, after the untimely death of her family at the fall of New Orleans, Ceci meets with infamous spy master, Henry Doucet. He initiates her into the shadowy world of espionage. After her failure to avert the catastrophe at Gettysburg, Ceci infiltrates the White House. 

There, she comes face to face with Abraham Lincoln, a man she’s sworn to kill. Forming a reckless alliance with the actor, John Wilkes Booth, she is drawn deeper into the plot to assassinate the President of the United States. A Confederate spy in love with a Union officer, her next decision will determine whether she lives or dies…

Clicking on the book’s title will link you directly with it’s Goodreads listing.

Image Of Author R.L. (Robert) Bartram - Updated December 2017


With Historical Romance as his preferred genre, Robert has continued to write for several years. Many of his short stories have appeared in various national periodicals and magazines.

His debut novel “Dance the Moon Down”, a story of love against adversity during the First World War, gained him considerable critical praise, being voted book of the month by “Wall to Wall books”

His second novel “Whippoorwill” tells of a passionate affair between a young southern woman and a northern man at the beginning of the American Civil War.

He is single and lives and works in Hertfordshire.


Picture of an English red post boxis 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.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

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!

Written by

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'.

View all articles
Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I must admit that the US Civil War isn’t a period in history about which I know very much, only very rudimentary facts from my school days.

      I was also a little surprised that British author Robert Bartram, had set his sights on writing a novel set around events of the time, after so successfully including typically British events from the First World War in his previous novel.

      I shall be reading this book purely at face value for the story it tells, but it would be interesting to have someone with a knowledge of the Civil War, to offer an opinion as to the book’s authenticity.

      I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and Happy Reading in 2018 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I can relate to Ceci having a plan to assassinate Lincoln, in as much as one of my husband’s ancestors was hung for treason for plotting to assassinate the British government of the day, back in 1820, some 40 years before the start of the American Civil War.

      If you are interested in reading, my husband’s ancestor was called James Ings and you will find his name mentioned several times in this documentation …


      As for ‘Whippoorwill’, this sounds like an intriguing story line, with an emotional sub-story and given Robert’s outstanding ratings and reviews for his previous debut novel ‘Dance The Moon Down’, I have every confidence that I shall find this an interesting read.

      Thanks for taking the time to catch up with so many of my posts, I appreciate your support and online friendship 🙂

  • I haven’t read much set in this era and will look forward to your thoughts on the novel. I’m already swamped with review books for the year ahead so I’m not sure I’d get around to this one. But perhaps 🙂 Happy New Year, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      As a Brit, this is an era I know little about, although strangely, my father-in-law used to have a very keen interest in all things to do with the Civil War, but that was before Alzheimer’s took hold and got the better of him.

      I too am swamped with review books as far as the eye can see, with an ever-growing backlog adding to the pile and making things worse.

      I really do have to be very selective with any new books I choose to accept this year, unless a straightforward promotional series of posts can be arranged.

      Have a Very Happy New Year and I hope that you have some great reading to look forward to in 2018 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I too like the cover and the title, although I had to look up ‘Whippoorwill’, despite the fact that I know it was featured a year or so ago, in one of the regular memes in which I take part – My memory is definitely getting worse!

      I checked out the sound of a Whippoolwill, which is a bird exclusive to North America and there is no comparison between that and the Nightjar which should be its English counterpart – they are nothing alike.

      I shall be interested to start reading and see just how this intriguing title fits into the storyline.

      I hope that your Christmas and New Year celebrations were good and that you have plenty of grea books lined up for sharing in 2018 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate reading companion for this book. My own knowledge of this period in US history, is severely limited to what I learned from my history teacher at school and from my father-in-law, who read several books on the US Civil War, although he could only really quantify his interest in the subject down to the fact that he could never understand a war which pitted father against son, brother against brother.

      I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas about this book one day.

      Happy New Year and enjoy your 2018 reading 🙂

  • It’s a period with which I’m fairly familiar and my husband can certainly critique the battle facts (if there are any!). I’m not sure if this really appeals to me or not (again, maybe too much romance?), but I’m open to hearing more about it in the future.

    This has reminded me that his earlier novel is still sitting on the virtual shelf in my Kindle, having been purchased following his guest post. 😀

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m not really sure whether the focus of the story line is indeed the Civil War and its battles, the romance between Ceci and her Union Officer, or perhaps both in equal measure.

      Any war which splits families apart in quite the way that this one did, is sure to provide an emotionally charged story line, without the additional complication of a romantic alliance between the two opposing sides.

      The added espionage take on the story, is also going to add an extra dimension to the book as a whole, which might make it a little less of a romantic read.

      Also, I know that Robert received great acclaim for the way he handled the romantic writing in ‘Dance The Moon Down’, so perhaps reading romance written from a male perspective, may not be as offputting as it might at first appear.

      Robert has written another lovely guest post to accompany the promotional posts for ‘Whippoorwill’, so perhaps you will be inspired to read one or possibly both of the two books this year.

      Have a very happy New Year and I hope that you enjoy some great reading in 2018 🙂

  • I really enjoy stories set in Civil War. This one sounds really good. I hope you enjoy it.
    May you have a year of Happy living and Happy Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      Robert received great acclaim with his previous book, ‘Dance The Moon Down’, a romance combined with the history of the First World War, with one of my online friends and fellow bloggers, writing …

      “A novel bound to appeal to those who love romances, a must-read story for those who adore historical fiction and definitely a read for those who value good storytelling, I can recommend this as a book you won’t want to put down”

      I therefore have great hopes for ‘Whippoorwill’ and hope that Robert will wow the US readers with his combination of history and romance centred around the Civil War, in much the same way.

      I hope that your Christmas and New Year celebrations went well and that you have some great reading planned for 2018 🙂

Written by Yvonne