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Review and Giveaway: East India by Colin Falconer

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Today I welcome Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours back to the Book Binder’s Daughter with another great historical fiction novel, East India by Colin Falconer.  Please read my review, learn a bit about the author, enter the giveaway (paper copy for US, e-book for International) and see the full list of blogs on the tour.

Book Synopsis:

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In any other circumstance but shipwreck, rape and murder, a man like Michiel van Texel would never have met a fine lady such as Cornelia Noorstrandt.

He was just a soldier, a sergeant in the Dutch East India company’s army, on his way from Amsterdam to the Indies to fight the Mataram. Such a woman was far above the likes of him.

But both their destinies intertwine far away from Holland, on some god-forsaken islands near the Great Southland. When their great ship, the Utrecht, founders far from home, surviving the Houtman Rocks is the least of their worries.

As they battle to survive and the bravest and the best reveal themselves for what they are, Cornelia’s only hope is a mercenary in a torn coat who shows her that a man is more than just manners and money.

He makes her one promise: ‘Even if God forsakes you, I will find you.’

Described by one critic as ‘Jack and Rose in the seventeenth century’, East India will keep you wondering until the final page.

My Review:

East India is the grown up version of Lord of The Flies.  The Utrecht sets sail from Holland on a seven month voyage to India, laden with gold, silver and other treasures from the Dutch East India Company.  This unlucky ship becomes a place of misery for all of its passengers.  Of its 300 passengers, some are soldiers who are forced to spend most of the voyage below deck in darkness, some are regular Dutch citizens who are on their way to join loved ones in India, and some are the crew that are employed by the East India Company to sail the ship.  The first third of the book describes the wretched conditions of this long voyage when everyone on board experiences sea sickness, cramped quarters, rotten food and stale water.  The ship becomes a volatile atmosphere ripe for a mutiny.

The captain of the ship, Ambroise, keeps falling ill with a fever and his absence gives the mutineers plenty of time for plotting.  This gang of nasty men also knows that the captain has a weak spot and it is Cornelia Noorstrandt, a beautiful noblewoman who is sailing to India to meet her husband.  The fact that the captain and Cornelia have spent a lot of time together on the ship has not escaped anyone’s notice.

Just when they thought their situation couldn’t get any worse, the skipper steers the ship directly into a reef which slowly breaks the ship apart.  The passengers, in a fit of chaos and panic, take rafts to a nearby island where they can only hope and pray that someone will save them.  It is on the island where the “Lord of the Flies” atmosphere breaks out.  The undermerchant, who was the leader of the mutiny while they were still on board the ship, makes himself a sort of tyrannical king of the island and slowly starts to murder some of the other passengers.

The heroes on the island actually turn out to be the soldiers who especially come to the rescue of the women on the island who are being abused and brutalized by the undermerchant and his band of thugs.  I will warn you that there is a fair amount of violence in this book that might not be to everyone’s liking.

The greatest strength of the narrative is the descriptions of what it would have been like to spend months on end in a ship while traveling the rough and dangerous high seas.  Today we take for granted the fact that we can easily board a plane and go from one continent from another in a matter of hours.  Imagine having to sail on a ship in the 17th century under deplorable circumstance.

It was evident Colin Falconer did a lot of research about this famous shipwreck.  If you like historical fiction about ships, sailing, mutinies and shipwreck then this is the book to add to your “to-read” list.


This Giveaway is for one hardcopy book (US only) and one e-book (International).  Winners will be chosen on 9/19 and will be notified via email. There are TWO easy steps to enter:

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Thanks so much to everyone that entered!  The winners are:

E-book: Mary P.

Paperback: Sharon B.

About the Author:

03_Colin FalconerBorn in London, Colin first trialed as a professional football player in England, and was eventually brought to Australia. He went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines. He has published over twenty novels and his work has so far been translated into 23 languages.

He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz.

He currently lives in Barcelona.

For more information please visit Colin Falconer’s website. You can also find him on Facebook or follow on Twitter.


East India Blog Tour Schedule:

Visit the other blogs on this tour-

Monday, July 28
Review at History & Women

Tuesday, July 29
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, July 30
Review at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, August 5
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, August 7
Review at Bibliotica

Monday, August 11
Review at A Library of My Own

Friday, August 15
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, August 18
Review at The Book Binder’s Daughter

Thursday, August 21
Review at Beth’s Book Reviews

Monday, August 25
Review at Casual Readers

Saturday, August 30
Review at Book by Book

Wednesday, September 3
Review at Unshelfish

Tuesday, September 9
Review at The True Book Addict

Wednesday, September 10
Review at A Bookish Affair

Friday, September 19
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past



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Review and Giveaway: Lies Told In Silence by M.K. Tod

Lies Told In Silence Blog Tour

Today I am thrilled to welcome Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours to the Book Binder’s Daughter.  They have put together a great blog tour for the historical fiction novel Lies Told In Silence by M.K. Tod.  You can read my review and win a copy of your very own to enjoy.

My Review:

Lies Told In SilenceHelene Noisette is sixteen years old and living with her well-to-do family in Paris on the eve of World War I.  Helene’s father works at the Department of War Ministry so he is privy to sensitive information as far as national security matters are concerned.  He knows that if a war with Germany breaks out that his family could be in danger, so he moves entire family, including Helene, to country home in the rural town of Beaufort.

M.K. Tod provides the reader with details about the causes that led to so many countries declaring war.  Henri, Helene’s father, works for the government and through his conversations and observations the author creatively gives us an informative and interesting history lesson.

Helene and her family are changed by the war in ways that they never could have imagined.  Mary Tod masterfully depicts the struggles of everyday life in war torn France.  Families and friends are separated, love is put on hold, and ordinary life is greatly altered.  Helene, her mother and grandmother, who are all used to a pampered existence that included servants, shopping and social gatherings are now forced to fend for themselves in the remote town of Beaufort.  As they cook and sew and spend more time together, they have a chance to form stronger relationships that they would not otherwise have forged.  Helene learns over the course of four years in her forced “exile” that she has become a strong, independent woman capable of making her own decisions about her life.

While they are in Beaufort, Helene meets Edward Jamison, a Canadian soldier whose regiment is stationed not far from Beaufort.  When Helen meets him at a small social gathering, her life is changed forever.  Will the war keep these two apart, or will they be able to find their way to each other when the fighting ceases?

Helene’s oldest brother, Guy, is also fighting on the front lines in France.  He is wounded twice in the battles and the descriptions of his illnesses and the hospital conditions bring into vivid focus the horrible consequences that this mechanized and deadly war had on a generation of youth.  This was a very emotional read for me, as I went from feeling sadness, to joy, to anger, to hope all in the span of its 368 pages.  Do yourself a favor and read LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, if not only for the emotional read, but also to gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities of The Great War.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to win a copy for yourself.  Open Internationally.

About the Author:

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M.K. Tod has enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in her early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During her twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, she embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise.

In 2004, she moved to Hong Kong with her husband and no job. To keep busy Mary decided to research her grandfather’s part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand her grandparents’ lives blossomed into a full time occupation as a writer. Her debut novel is UNRAVELLED: Two wars, Two affairs. One Marriage. LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, her second novel, is set in WWI France and tells the story of Helene Noisette who featured in Unravelled. Mary has an active blog – www.awriterofhistory.com – which discusses all aspects of historical fiction and includes author and reader interviews. Additionally, she is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Mary lives in Toronto where she is happily married with two adult children.

Connect with M.K. Tod on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Lies Told in Silence Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule:

Monday, July 28
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Book Blast at Our Wolves Den

Tuesday, July 29
Review at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Book Babe
Book Blast at A Book Geek
Book Blast at Mel’s Shelves

Wednesday, July 30
Review at Bookish
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 31
Book Blast at Royalty Free Fiction

Friday, August 1
Book Blast at Back Porchervations
Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Saturday, August 2
Book Blast at Mythical Books

Monday, August 4
Review & Guest Post at A Bookish Affair
Book Blast at Historical Tapestry

Tuesday, August 5
Book Blast at Layered Pages
Book Blast at Princess of Eboli
Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, August 6
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Thursday, August 7
Review at The Book Binder’s Daughter
Book Blast at Kinx’s Book Nook

Friday, August 8
Book Blast at The Maiden’s Court

Monday, August 11
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Book Blast at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, August 12
Book Blast at Book Nerd
Book Blast at The Bookworm

Wednesday, August 13
Review at The Writing Desk

Thursday, August 14
Book Blast at Words and Peace
Book Blast at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, August 15
Review at Lost in Books
Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer

Sunday, August 17
Book Blast at Brooke Blogs

Monday, August 18
Review at The Librarian Fatale
Review at Historical Fiction Notebook


To win a copy of M.K. Tod’s Lies Told In Silence please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open internationally!  Click here to enter: Rafflecopter Giveaway.

*Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on August 19th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Thanks so much for stopping by on the book tour and thanks to M.K. Tod for a great book.  Historical Fiction Virtual book tours has a lot of other great tours going on right now, so be sure to check out their website.


Filed under Giveaways, Historical Fiction, Literature/Fiction, World War I