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(Review) The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

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Blog Tour Schedule:Wednesday, March 15
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview at T’s Stuff
Thursday, March 16
Review at Leeanna.me
Review at The Lit Bitch
Friday, March 17
Review at To Read, Or Not to Read
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Saturday, March 18
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Spotlight at Books, Dreams, Life
Sunday, March 19
Spotlight at Passages to the…

(Review) Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

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Publication Date: 1998, copyright 1966
Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company
Genre: Fiction, West Indies, British
Edition: Paperback
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: Very Good

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I was intrigued by this book before I ever began reading the first page. I am a Jane Eyre fan. I've read this book a few times. I've read a few other books by Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. Jean Rhys took the story of Jane Eyre, and shifted the focus to the first wife of Rochester who was considered the mad woman hidden away. He called her Bertha. Her name was Antoinette. In the story Jane Eyre, Jane is the protagonist. We feel empathy for Jane. We want the best outcome for Jane. However, Antoinette has a story too. And Rochester is not all he seems to Jane.
The story is in three parts. In the first part, Antoinette is the voice. In part two, Richard is the voice. In part three, Antoinette is the narrator again.
The second half of the book is filled with criticism of the story, letters written b…

(Review) A Ring of Truth, A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel, #2 by Michelle Cox

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Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: She Writes Press, SparkPoint Studio, LLC
Genre: Fiction
Edition: Paperback, Advanced Reader Copy
Pages: 313 printed pages
Source: Free copy from SparkPoint Studio, LLC
Rating: Good

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Book #1, A Girl Like You

Henrietta Von Harmon, age 19, and Inspector Clive Howard, age 36, are newly engaged. Clive is a Chicago detective. The time period is the 1930s. The main theme of the book is the couple meeting each other's families and coming to terms with their polar differences. In addition, a minor mystery over a ring is introduced in the story, and family secrets are exposed in the Von Harmon family.
I consider the story to be a family saga and less of a mystery or focus on Clive's detective work.
His detective work is brought out in a few scenes. At the end of the story, a significant surprise brings excitement before its conclusion.

A Ring of Truth is a book that holds stories behind the main story. It is apparent from the opening pa…