Book review and giveaway: Monet and Oscar

Monet and Oscar

Monet & Oscar:
The Essence of Light
by Joe Byrd
Giverny Books
Published on 5/1/2021
300 pages
Historical Fiction


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France Book Tours recently hosted a webinar featuring four authors of historical fiction who focused on French artists: Art in fiction: Four artists, four authors. Monet & Oscar was one of the four books featured, and I’m happy to review it today. Click to continue reading

Spotlight and Giveaway: Island on Fire

Sophie Schiller

is back

on Tour

May 18-31


Island on Fire


Island On Fire

(historical fiction)

Release date: March 1st, 2018
272 pages



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In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, is unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past with whom she forms an unlikely attachment.

During the journey, the committee discovers that Mount Pelée is on the verge of eruption. When they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can the lovers escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?


Island on Fire_Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller
was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time
to exotic and far-flung locations.
Kirkus Reviews called her
“an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”.
Her novel, Island on Fire,
is a historical novel about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century,
the eruption of Mount Pelee on Martinique.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Book Review and giveaway: The Secret of the Abbey

Kathleen C. Perrin

on tour

August 14-25, 2017

the secret-of-the-abbey cover


The Secret of the Abbey

(historical fiction)

Release date: June 3, 2017
Self-published at Langon House

565 pages

ISBN: 978-0692877975

Website | Goodreads



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I have previously presented you the first two volumes in this series, The Keys of the Watchmen and The Sword of the Maiden, and now time has come for the third and final book: The Secret of the Abbey. As many of you know, lots of readers are participating this week in Bout of Books 20. Yesterday challenge was to rewrite the synopsis of the book from the perspective of a character. So this is the synopsis I’m going to use for this book, not the official one.
The book is a YA historical fiction/fantasy/time travel, so I tried to write it from the point of view of young Katelyn and her modern style of talking:

Wow, life is getting hectic here! Believe it or not, I was sent back twice in time, to 15th France, and I even married to a young man called Nicolas! AS for me, Katelyn, I’m actually just an American teen, just turning 18, and I have had already so much life experience. I was actually asked to organize the defense of Mont Saint Michel against British soldiers!

It turned out okay, by a miracle of grace. I was relieved to come back to my modern time, I don’t starve here and people smell better, for the most part, BUT my betrothed had to stay behind, plus he was very much injured and in the coma.
So I can’t wait to find a way to get back to him! I really miss him.
AND I just learned I inherited a house in France, AND my English teacher submitted one of my essays to a publisher, and it was accepted! So I’m suddenly getting big bucks and an excuse to go back to France, to discover my house, which is where? On Mont Saint Michel of course!
I have the feeling I’ll be able to meet my love again. I will probably be asked to go help the inhabitants of the island again, but I wonder in what time period, and if I’ll be able to go with Nicolas.

Thank God I can take with me some modern devices that will be super useful I am sure, like a stun gun, a headlight, and stuff like that. I just need to be sure I have enough batteries or some rechargeable ones through the sun, as of course they didn’t have electricity back then. Easy to forget, and that would be a disaster if I were relying only on my iphone!
I’m really eager to know what will happen next, and why really I was entrusted with those special missions, and what this big secret is behind it all.

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