December 16, 2014 · 8:54 am
In order to show a little appreciation to my faithful readers, I am giving away three different historical fiction novels, all of which are hardcopy versions. The entry is very easy. Just leave me a comment below and let me know which book you are interested in winning and reading! Open to US/Canada only. I will pick a winner of each book at the end of the week. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. Happy Holidays from The Book Binder’s Daughter!
Book #1: Neverhome by Laird Hunt
Constance is a farmer from Indiana who wants to see more of the world outside of her rural farm. She decides that fighting in the Civil War will give her this chance. Her husband Bartholomew would not be a good soldier and so she decides that she will make the sacrifice and march off to war and fight for her country in his place. She puts on the Union uniform, hides her feminine qualities and in this disguise travels down south to the heart of the battleground where she takes on the name of Ash Thompson. Read my full review here
Book #2: Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen
I enjoy stories that are retellings of classics, so I was delighted when I had the chance to review a book that narrated the Romeo and Juliet story from the nurse’s point of view. This story begins with Angelica and her husband Pietro who are peasants living in 14th century Verona. Although they are poor, they love each other dearly and have had a wonderful life raising 6 boys. When the plague claims the lives of all of their children, they think they will never have the chance to rear another. Read my full review here.
Book #3: Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie
We all take for granted the written word, especially in the 21st century when not only are physical books readily available but so are books in electronic form. In Muniz, Germany in the 15th Century an Elder by the name of Gutenberg had a crazy and obsessive idea of finding a way to mass produce books instead of having them laboriously copied by hand through scribes. Peter is one such scribe and is recalled from his scribal duties in Paris at a monastery by his foster father. Peter’s foster father, with whom he has been living since the age of 10, wants Peter to become Gutenberg’s apprentice as Gutenberg works on his new printing press. Fust, Peter’s adoptive father is a merchant who has heavily invested in Gutenberg’s new invention. Read my full review here.
November 5, 2014 · 12:00 am
I received an Advanced Copy of this novel from the publisher. Please read my review and the Q&A with author Holly Payne. Scroll to the bottom of the post to win one of two copies of Damascena: One hardcopy (US/CAN), one e-book (INT).
This book is an eclectic blend of historical fiction, mysticism and fantasy. Damascena is born in a monastery in 13th Century Persia and shortly after her birth her mother disappears and Damascena is raised by a monk named Ivan. The last thing that Ivan wants to do is raise a child, but he gradually becomes possessive over Damascena to the point where he will let very few people interact with her. He will also not tell her anything about her mother or where she came from.
Damascena eventually escapes the monastery and Ivan and, although she is only 12 years old at this point in the story, she lives in a white house at the edge of a town. She is looked after by a mysterious man she calls Shams. Shams shows her the importance of roses, the ways in which to cultivate the roses and the power of protection that they have over Damascena. She learns how to distill roses and collect their oil which seems to have some kind of magical power. People begin to believe that Damascena is a saint and is capable of miracles. Continue reading →
October 18, 2014 · 12:00 am
I am thrilled to welcome France Book Tours back to The Book Binder’s Daughter today with an historical fiction novel set in twelfth century France. Emma, the owner and tour coordinator, does such a great job with all of her tours and it is always a pleasure to work with her. Please visit France Book Tours to see a complete list of current and upcoming tours. I invite you to read a synopsis and my review of The Sharp Hook of Love, enter the giveaway to win your own copy, and stop at the other blogs on this tour.
“To forbid the fruit only sweetens its flavor”
Among the young women of 12th century Paris, Heloise d’Argenteuil stands apart. Extraordinarily educated and quick-witted, she is being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess in the service of God. But with one encounter, her destiny changes forever.
Pierre Abelard, headmaster at the Nôtre Dame Cloister School, is acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers in France. His controversial reputation only adds to his allure, yet despite the legions of women swooning over his poetry and dashing looks, he is captivated by the brilliant Heloise alone. As their relationship blossoms from a meeting of the minds to a forbidden love affair, both Heloise and Abelard must choose between love, duty, and ambition. Continue reading →