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Review! Searching for Gertrude by @dehaggerty



While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey.

Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position working at the consulate in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love.

Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.

How far would you go to find the woman you love?



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This was my first time experiencing a novel written by this author, and it was a memorable one.

I’m a geek when it comes to the greatest generation, and I tend to over-analyze books set in the era.  However, I’m also a true fan of romance.  Haggerty blends the two beautifully, making this a mesmerizing novel that can’t be put down.

The entire story is entrancing, the setting is perfect, and the trials and tribulations our characters endure are believable.  Historical events are a pivotal part of the story, instead of being thrown in as background noise, and they’re intelligently written.  There’s never a lull, and the author puts you in that time and place.  I was hooked from the beginning and just hated to put it down!

Perfect book for fans of Historical Romance, and lovers of the era.

Highly recommend!


*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


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Release Day! LOVE’S COURAGE by Elizabeth Meyette @efmeyette





She had to leave him to save her father.

He had to follow her to save his heart.

Jenny Sutton leaves Williamsburg, Virginia and Andrew Wentworth, the man she loves, and sets sail for British occupied Manhattan to tend to her dying father. Aboard the Destiny, Jonathon Brentwood makes a request of Jenny that will entangle her in the network of spies serving the Patriot cause. With her father already under suspicion, Jenny’s activities must be hidden from the watchful eyes of British troops. But she has caught the eye of British officer Lieutenant Nigel Ashby, who is aware of her sympathies, yet offers her protection through marriage. Only by accepting his proposal will Jenny avoid the hangman’s noose … and lose Andrew forever.

Desperate to join—and protect—Jenny, Andrew Wentworth agrees to deliver messages to Patriot troops on his journey to New York. His route brings him face to face with those suffering under British rule. The fight for independence and his desire to reach Jenny become intertwined.

Arriving in Manhattan, Andrew is arrested as a spy by the British officer coercing Jenny into marriage. She may be saved from the gallows, but will Andrew?

As war rages around them, Jenny and Andrew must find the courage to fight for their new country’s freedom and their own eternal love.



What an exciting novel!

While I’m a fan, this author never ceases to amaze me.  Time after time, she produces a solid story line, with the perfect setting, background, beginning, middle and end.  Intrigue, love, death, and even espionage are perfectly written.  The anticipation kills me, but doesn’t torture me-that’s when you know you’re in the hands of expert.  Sensual situations are pleasant, very tasteful, and very satisfying.  Villains are appropriately placed and perfectly evil.

Everything was spot-on, here.  From the apothecary to the weather, Meyette’s historical knowledge shines beautifully.  The characters are lovely, and I felt their heartbreak, as well as their triumphs. Growing up a few miles behind the Cornwallis House, and raised in an historic town, made me quite familiar with this era.  Reading this novel brought it all back to life again.  I couldn’t put it down!

Such a brilliantly written novel, with a plethora of redeeming qualities! Definitely recommend!

I received this novel in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


**As usual, I must warn of triggers-violence, death, murder, sexual situations, and war are present**




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Author, blogger and believer in dreams-come-true, Elizabeth Meyette fell in love with books as a child when her sister read her Goldilocks and the Three Bears. “She had me at ‘Once upon a time…’,” Elizabeth admits. A native of upstate New York, Elizabeth now lives in West Michigan with her husband Richard. She retired early from teaching to pursue her passion: writing. “Yes, I hear voices in my head and I give them names and call them characters.”

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth—but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew’s soul.

There is a new darkness in the town, too—frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice’s blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he’s become, Alice is desperate to intervene—and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew’s reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.

Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother’s brutal mission—and is drawn into the Hopkins family’s past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils—before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.

Inspired by the real-life story of notorious “Witchfinder General” Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdown’s thrilling debut novel blends spellbinding history with echoes of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for a truly haunting reading experience.




I’ve always been interested in the history of the witch trials and the unbelievable mindset during those times. If the author’s good, and this one is, I get very frustrated with the docile demeanor of the women and the obviously hateful nature of the accusers. Common sense seems to have been lost while the powerful beat down the powerless with fear and intimidation.  All of this drama makes it all too hard to put down!

Underdown has done a wonderful job delivering a well-rounded novel, completed by a surprise ending. The setting is perfect, situations true to times, and plot well-crafted.  I feel it’s quite an imaginatively written story, as there’s not a great deal of information about Matthew Hopkins from a personal standpoint.

I recommend for those interested in the era.


***As with all my reviews, I must warn of possible triggers, violence, and adult situations***

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Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.

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