Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Historical Fiction Enticements 7/10

Welcome to our Wednesday feature where you can read the synopses of five historical fiction novels. Heaven only knows how the formatting will come out this week, as Blogger seems to be playing with the Preview feature.


The Prodigal Son
Anna Belfrage

Safely returned from an involuntary stay on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, Matthew Graham finds the Scottish Lowlands torn asunder by religious strife. The government of His Restored Majesty, Charles II, requires all his subjects to swear fealty to him and the Church of England, riding roughshod over any opposition.

Safely returned from an involuntary stay on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, Matthew Graham finds the Scottish Lowlands torn asunder by religious strife. The government of His Restored Majesty, Charles II, requires all his subjects to swear fealty to him and the Church of England, riding roughshod over any opposition.

In Ayrshire, the people close ranks around their evicted ministers, stubbornly clinging to their Presbyterian faith. But disobedience comes at a price – a very steep price - and as neighbours and friends are driven from hearth and home, Alex becomes increasingly more nervous as to what her Matthew is risking by his continued support of the clandestine ministers – foremost amongst them the charismatic Sandy Peden.

Privately, Alex considers Sandy an enervating fanatic and all this religious fervour is totally incomprehensible to her. So when Matthew repeatedly sets his faith and minister before his own safety and therefore per extension her safety and the safety of their children, he puts their marriage under severe strain.

The situation is further complicated by the presence of Ian, the son Matthew was cruelly duped into disowning several years ago. Now Matthew wants Ian back and Alex isn’t entirely sure this is a good thing, watching from a distance as her husband dances round his lost boy.

Things are brought to a head when Matthew yet again places all their lives in the balance to save his dear friend and preacher from the dragoons that chase him over the moor.

How much is Matthew willing to risk? How much will he ultimately lose?

The Prodigal Son is the third in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

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The Conspiracies of Dreams
Sandra Biber Didner

Jews, Christians, Moslems, and Canaanites all share an ancient dream of possessing the land that lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea which they hold sacred.

In 1956 an Egyptian spy, Ishmael al Mohammed, is determined to gain information which will reclaim the infant state of Israel for the displaced Palestinian Arabs. While on an espionage mission posing as an Israeli, he falls passionately in love with a beautiful Jewish actress, Rebecca Silverman. He must decide if he will betray the only person he will ever care for or be true to Islam, Egypt, and his family. A Christian, Danny O’Halloran, dreams of walking the Stations of the Cross and saying Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher while the pagan donkey goddess Pal├ęs dreams of being worshipped again by the original natives of Canaan. Israeli politicians dream of making Israel a nuclear power while Britain and France conspire to regain the Suez Canal, which the President of Egypt nationalized.

Against the backdrop of circumstances leading to the 1956 Suez War between Israel and Egypt a love story which encompasses the forbidden romance of Romeo and Juliet, Delilah’s betrayal of Samson, and the treachery of Britain’s MI6 double agents unfolds as Ishmael and Rebecca’s story spans three millennia of history.

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Hitler's Demons
Helena Schrader

Hitler's demons were those Germans who opposed his diabolical regime on moral grounds. They sought to defend human dignity and restore the rule of law. This novel is a tribute to the brave men and women of Germany's resistance and tells the true story of the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Hitler.

1938: All Germany seems captivated by the pied piper from Austria: Adolf Hitler. Philip Baron von Feldburg, a German officer deeply distressed by the policies of the Nazi government, feels like an irrelevant anachronism. His younger brother is thrilled to be flying the Luftwaffe’s fastest fighter, his sister has married a self-made man with good Nazi connections and is rapidly rising in the world. Soon one Nazi victory follows another. Philip feels increasingly isolated – until he meets Alexandra von Mollwitz. Alexandra is an attractive secretary working at General Staff Headquarters for a certain General Friedrich Olbricht. In Alexandra, Philip finds love and a kindred spirit. Through her he meets a group of senior officers working to overthrow the Nazi regime.

Unknown to Philip, one of the tenants in his apartment building is a young medical student Marianne Moldenauer. Marianne has seen the Warsaw ghetto, and she knows the Nazis are brutal and barbaric. Reacting out of naked humanitarianism, she finds herself drawn into an underworld of illegal activity directed at saving the victims of the racist dictatorship. But the young man she has fallen in love with is an idealistic commissar of the Gestapo. With each day the risk of her two lives coming in conflict grows.

A work of historical fiction, Hitler’s Demons personalizes a major event in world history. The story shows how the Nazi regime invaded the personal lives and warped moral perspective of even ordinary people. Hitler’s Demons helps us to understand what it was like to live in Nazi Germany – or in any immoral dictatorship.

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Earl of my Heart
Victoria Oliveri

Dane Redford Lambourne, now the fourth Earl of Huntsbridge, never thought to live a responsible, noble existence. Spending his nights as a privileged gentleman, carousing and enjoying the company of friends was the only life he ever aspired to until the sudden death of his brother thrust him into a world he never wanted and was not prepared to face.

Lady Nichola Crawford could care less if the fabric of her new evening dress matched her shoes or if any of the men at the upcoming balls even looked in her direction. She would sooner stay in the country and scour her father's library than place herself on the marriage block to be picked at and prodded by the scant handful of ill-deserving men in London.

Could the Rake of Huntsbridge prevail over his past discretions to be deemed worthy of such a pure beauty? Lady Nicola’s family is sure he cannot and is determined to keep them apart at all cost, even if it means risking her life and putting her into the hands of another man who is more dangerous than they could have ever imagined.

A chance meeting at a local confectioner shop may be all it takes to set off sparks between the man who vowed no woman would ever get under his skin and the woman who would do anything to deny the love she felt for the Earl of her heart.

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The Rebels of Cordovia
by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Stories of Robin Hood ~ Inspiration for Historical/Romance

With bits of adventure, humor, mystery, and a tender love story, this tale will entertain anyone who enjoys a sweet romance. The stories of Robin Hood have enchanted readers for years. In our youth, we enjoyed hearing the escapades of Robin Hood and were spellbound by each story and how he cared for the people. How awesome would it be to live during that time period just because of Robin Hood! In The Rebels of Cordovia, a similar story is created but centuries after the legend of Robin Hood. But this time, there are two major groups of rebels fighting for the rights of the people. Daniel, a good-looking rogue, would be the leader of the Freemen. Robin Marie, a young woman, would be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Each leader is an expert archer and swordsman. With bits of adventure and delectable kisses, this tale will entertain anyone who enjoys a sweet romance.

In The Rebels of Cordovia the time period is set in the 1700s. Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Read a sample chapter HERE.


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