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New On My Shelf This Week / Mailbox Monday

Please excuse the rather ‘unusual’ nature of my Mailbox Monday post this time. I first featured this author back in 2016, when he stopped by with a great Guest Post to introduce himself and his debut novel The Velvet Prison, the first episode in The Kane Chronicles.

Now, with the release of The Silk Swan, the final part of the trilogy, Sheldon’s representative, the lovely Samantha from ‘Roger Charlie‘, has once again asked if he could visit with a new and updated Guest Post, as the series is re-launched as a complete saga.

Whilst I wait for the Guest Post copy to arrive, I want to share The Silk Swan as my new book of the week, but I have decided to mention all three parts of the trilogy, as they really do need to be read together.

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THE VELVET PRISON‘ – (The Kane Chronicles #1) by SHELDON FRIEDMAN

Cover Image Of The Book 'The Velvet Prison' By The Author Sheldon FriedmanAgainst the pulsating back drop of a New York City in social and economic change, young Travis Kane struggles with his passion to be an artist painter, and the conservative demands of his strict grandfather, Barclay Kane.

His mother, unable to come to terms with tragedy, has taken Travis’s infant sister and abandons him, leaving their house in Gramercy Park, and Travis to be raised by the grandfather he adores.

Travis enters a New York speakeasy, with a unique idea, that will change his life, leading him on an exciting journey, meeting Manhattan’s privileged, studying in art in Paris and, finding his way to Broadway.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Wayne’s mother, seamstress, has a secret, and a passion. Her daughter will become a famous stage actress, and this is her focus.

Lindsay and Travis’s worlds collide. Their lives will never be the same again.

THE SATIN SASH‘ – (The Kane Chronicles #2) by SHELDON FRIEDMAN

Cover Image Of The Book 'The Satin Sash' By Author Sheldon FriedmanAfter the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in 1941, American lives change dramatically.

The Satin Sash continues the breathtaking lives of Travis Kane, Lindsay Wayne and Jean-Paul Renault with all the inherent dangers of the French Resistance, President Roosevelt’s live or die missions, and death defying action when German spies secretly enter the US through it’s ports. A wedding reception and the lives of Travis Kane and his family are thrown into chaos as America enters World War II. 

The Satin Sash is set against the explosive backgrounds of New York, France, London and Ireland. Travis Kane becomes President Roosevelt’s tool in bringing one of the world’s most famous paintings to New York. Racial tensions surface. A famous black activist enters politics and an actress makes choices in the face of heartbreaking tragedy. A public enemy serves his country in wartime and a black artist becomes famous. When a baby is born the future shows promise. 

With tension, suspense and surprising plot twists, we continue to follow the lives of the people we loved in The Velvet Prison

THE SILK SWAN‘ – (The Kane Chronicles #3) by SHELDON FRIEDMAN

Cover Image Of The Book 'The Silk Swan' By Sheldon FriedmanThe Silk Swan continues the exciting adventures and life-styles of Travis Kane, his family and friends after World War II.

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This novel focuses on the coming of age issues of their children, their heartbreaks, tragedies, passions, joys and what it was like to live during the latter part of The Cold War years. 

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New York, London and Paris have never been more exciting and adventurous.

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Filled with romance, suspense, racial tensions, family dynamics, sexual tension and political intrigue, the Kane chronicles will remain in your memory long after you read the final pages.

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MAILBOX MONDAY

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!

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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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2 comments
  • I enjoyed going back and refreshing my memory about this author and his books. Now that it’s complete, I may well put the first on my wish list as you know I do love a good historical fiction novel.

    I wasn’t sure if the covers really grabbed me at first glance, but the more I look at them, the more I like the standard theme with the varied colors.

    Looking forward to the new guest post.

    • Like yourself, I wasn’t overly struck on the choice of cover art, however I do value symmetry in covers when they are part of the same series, so from that perspective having identical artwork in varying colourways, does the job for me, especially given that this is definitely an all American saga of generous proportions!

      It may be some time before I am able to clear enough space to read these three episodes back to back, which would be the ideal scenario, although I did manage a similar exercise a few years ago, when I set our to read Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Kane and Abel’ series, the closest match I could think of to ‘The Kane Chronicles’

      https://www.goodreads.com/series/42280

      That both series have ‘Kane’ in their titles, has not gone unnoticed – coincidence?

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that things are okay with you 🙂

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