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Naked Truth: Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit: A Novel by Carrie Hayes 4*#Review #BookTour @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksTours #CarrieHayes #NakedTruth #HistFic #Equality #Women

From Washington Heights to Washington D.C. comes a true American Herstory. Filled with intrigue, lust, and betrayal, this is the fight for sexual equality.

1868, on the eve of the Gilded Age: Spiritualist TENNESSEE CLAFLIN is smart, sexy, and sometimes clairvoyant. But it’s her sister, VICTORIA WOODHULL, who is going to make history as the first woman to run for President of the United States.

It starts with the seduction of the richest man in America. Next, they’ll take New York City and the suffragist movement by storm, because together, Tennessee and Victoria are a force of nature. Boldly ambitious, they stop at nothing, brushing shoulders with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony, using enough chutzpah to make a lady blush.

That is, until their backstabbing family takes them to court, and their carefully spun lives unravel, out in public and in the press.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story is a blend of fact and storytelling about two sisters in America in the late nineteenth century and how they took on the male-dominated political world. This is feminist history currently popular in literature and other media and is a riveting read.

The sisters are bold, notable, relatable characters. The story woven around them explores their lives and personalities. It shows how they coped with the betrayal and injustices they faced. It is indicative of society’s attitude at the time that is so little is known about them.

Carrie Hayes

Over the years, Carrie has tried a lot of things. She’s sold vacuum cleaners, annuities and sofas. She’s lived at the beach and lived in Europe. She’s taught school and worked in film. For a while, she was an aspiring librarian, but she fell in love and threw her life away instead. Back in the States, she started over, then met an architect who said, “Why don’t you become a kitchen designer?” So, she did. Eventually, she designed interiors, too. And all that time, she was reading. What mattered was having something to read. Slowly, she realized her craving for books sprang from her need to know how things would turn out. Because in real life, you don’t know how things will turn out. But if you write it, you do. Naked Truth or Equality the Forbidden Fruit is her first book.

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Coming Home to Penvennan Cove Linn B Halton 4*#Review @LinnBHalton @Aria_Fiction #Romance #SecondChances #Cornwall #Family #BlogTour #BookReview #ComingHome

Can Kerra’s Cornish hometown offer the fresh start she needs?

When Kerra left the quiet Cornish town of Penvennan Cove for the bright lights of London she didn’t look back. But after the death of her mother, she’s decided it’s time to face her past and return to the place she called home. Her father needs her, and perhaps she needs him more than she’s willing to admit?

Tackling town gossip, home renovations and a flame from her past, it’s not quite smooth sailing for Kerra. Ross is the bad boy she was meant to forget, not a man who still sets her heart aflutter. As he helps bring her dream home to life, they begin to break down the barriers that have been holding them back and in the process learn things about themselves they never thought possible.

As friends old and new come together, the future in Penvennan looks bright.

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I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus Books – Aria Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

It took me a while to immerse myself in this story of coming home, friendship and second chances. Perhaps, because it’s a little different from previous books I’ve read by this author.

As the first book in a series, world-building is a requirement, and the first part of this story does that. It begins with Kerra wrapping up her old life after a successful sale of her website business, and returning to her home village to help her dad. She also wants to try something new, as she recovers from her mother’s death. Life in Penvennan Cove is a surprise for Kerra, whilst the sense of community, gossip and many of the inhabitants are as she remembers them, there are significant changes too.

As I get to know the characters, their lives, and how they connect to Kerra, and each other, this becomes a heartwarming, page-turning read. The characters are diverse and relatable with believable lives and relationships.

Romance features in this story for Kerra and her friends, but although this is an important theme, it’s not the only one. Kerra and Drew renovate their cottages. The details included add authenticity. This story, explores a myriad of human emotion bringing characters to life, and drawing the readers’ empathy. Written from Kerra’s point of view in the first person it gives an intimate insight into her feelings and thoughts.
The Penvennan Cove community has plenty of scope for future stories, and I look forward to future visits.

Linn B. Halton

From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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