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REVIEW~ SWIMMING IN THE MOON by Pamela Schoenealdt…

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062202235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062202239

Book Description*Amazon*

September 3, 2013

Italy, 1905. Fourteen-year-old Lucia and her young mother, Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples, where Teresa soothes their unhappy mistress with song. But volatile tempers force them to flee, exchanging their warm, gilded cage for the cold winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland’s restless immigrant quarters.

With a voice as soaring and varied as her moods, Teresa transforms herself into the Naples Nightingale on the vaudeville circuit. Clever and hardworking, Lucia blossoms in school until her mother’s demons return, fracturing Lucia’s dreams.

Yet Lucia is not alone in her struggle for a better life. All around her, friends and neighbors, new Americans, are demanding decent wages and working conditions. Lucia joins their battle, confronting risks and opportunities that will transform her and her world in ways she never imagined.


SWIMMING IN THE MOON by Pamela Schoenewaldt is an interesting Historical Fiction set in 1905 Italy and Cleveland,Ohio. What an interesting story on immigrant life in the 1900’s. Young Lucia,and her mother must flee the Bay of Naples,in Italy, where they end up in Cleveland,Ohio. Lucia’s mother, Teresa, has a beautiful voice but she also has demons. Teresa becomes the Naples Nightingale and works on the Vandeville circuit. While young Lucia is clever,hardworking,and struggles to fit into her new life in America….but she is not alone in her struggles. “Swimming In The Moon” is a beautifully written story that is the greatest of stories, the love between a mother and daughter. With her attention to details, her vivid descriptions and characters who are alive with passion,you can not go wrong by reading “Swimming In The Moon”. Fast paced story of the struggles of immigrants and the life they wish to create in the new America. A powerful and compelling story!! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and  More


REVIEW~ WILL HE? by Linda Heavner Gerald….



Genre: Christian Suspense/Thriller/Drama

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (February 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424126118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424126118

Book Description(Amazon)

February 4, 2013
Will He? Was the Lombardi family really cursed? Most everyone in the small village of Frascati, Italy, believed it. When Laura visited her home in the beautiful village only minutes away from Rome, her life changed from the protected little rich girl in Newport, Rhode Island. While learning to adjust to a new life, she also learned to respect the father whom she never understood. Frascati also relinquished secrets of her family going back to generations of the famous and infamous male artists. Italy not only charmed Laura but, while there, she learned the real meaning of family and love. Evil was also lurking for her. Much history of the region is discussed as are the restaurants and shopping available in the Eternal City. You will fall in love with the Italian way of life, but agree that home is really where the heart is. The ending will surprise and thrill you. Truly, you will regret to see Will He? end.


WILL HE? by Linda Heavner Gerald is an intriguing inspirational suspense/thriller/drama set in Frascati, Italy and in Newport, Rhode Island with a few other places along the way . Follow the  Lombardi family,especially,Laura on a journey of secrets,family and love. Fast paced but filled with tragic events. While,Laura tries to adjust to a new life,she learns to respect her family,and that evil lurks nears by.”Will He?” is filled with generations of secrets and some that villagers believe the family is cursed. A delightful story which will transport you to the sites and smells of Italy. Well written with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. This author is an author to watch for in the future. You will not be disappointed in “Will He?”. Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Series: The Caselli Family series #5

Source: Received for an honest review from Pump Up Your Book and the author.

  • BN ID: 2940016062570
  • Publisher: Reata Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Caselli Family Series , #5

About the Book:(From the Publicist)

In this world there are men of two kinds.  The one, the knight, is the man possessing only strength and quality of moral character.  He will never ask a lady to compromise her honor for less than a vow, and never, ever will he consider another once he has captured her heart.  A knight keeps his vow, even when it hurts…But a blackguard is a man who…attempts to trick the young ladies into taking him home and caring for him, making them believe their honor can be given away as a mere trifle…The blackguard is to be avoided at all costs, for to settle for someone like him, is to settle for something less than ideal…”

Epic romance, global adventure, ethnic passion, and Christian values inspire this new series. From the beauty of South Dakota’s Black Hills, to the breathtaking shores of Como Lake, Italy, follow the Christ-loving lives of the Casellis. Learn with them, grow with them, be inspired by them.



**Visit for a First Chapter Reveal on 2/18/2013 AND to follow “The Truth Tour”**


THE TRUTH: SALAVATORE’S REVENGE by Ta’ Mara Hanscom is a fascinating mystery/crime/fiction. Book 5 in “The Caselli Family” series,but can be read as a stand alone. This is my first time reading this series or anything by this author,but I had no trouble following the storyline or the plot. It starts in 1968 Ucciardone Prison,in Palermo,Sicilia and continues in 1998 Anchor Marina Dock, Lake Ontario Cape Vincent, New York to Rapid City, South Dakota and ends in 1998 Reata, South Dakota.  With a Silcilian Mafia family,faith,marriage,love,forgiveness,crime,mystery,and hope. The Caselli Family is an intriguing and fascinating family. Fast paced and filled with action you will not wish to miss the story of the Castelli family,their many trials and triumphs. A must read for anyone who enjoys Italy,a Mafia family, Silcilian families,and the turmoil that entails. Received for an honest review from the author and Pump Up Your Book.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book  Addiction Reviews/My Book  Addiction and More


The Bronze and the Brimstone



Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time-Travel

Series:The Verona Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from  the author/publicist.

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558087


What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.

Do they have a future in this past?

ABOUT LORY KAUFMANLorys-pic-for-Bronze-color-2-300x187-1

“I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.” -Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.

To find out more about Lory visit


THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE by Lori S. Kaufman is an interesting Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time Travel/Young Adult. Book #2 of “The Verona Trilogy”,but can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters and a few new ones. See,”The Lens and the Looker”. Three teens are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy,from the 24th century. What a culture shock for these teens. Follow, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,as their journey continues through 14th- century Italy. With danger,a blossoming love interest,a marriage offer, a fast spreading illness,what could go wrong? Plenty and everything….An interesting tale of time-travel,history,a roller coaster of a ride,twists and turns for these teens. In interesting plot with engaging and believable characters. If you enjoy travel,post dystopian,14th century Itlay, you will enjoy this interesting and exciting title. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.



REVIEWED BY:  AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews


A DUKE’S PROMISE by Jamie Carie…review



Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Series: A Forgotten Castles (Book #3)

Source: Received for an  honest review from Net Galley and the publisher.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143367324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673245

Book Description(from Amazon)

Release Date: September 1, 2012 | Series: Forgotten Castles

Award-winning writer Jamie Caries concludes her most epic storyline with a wonderful twist in A Duke’s Promise, the final Forgotten Castles novel.

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen — Italy and the marble caves of Carrara — but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other — a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.


A DUKE’S PROMISE by Jamie Carie is an wonderful historical romance set which begins in England and continues throughout France and Italy. It is book #3 in the “A Forgotten Castles” series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”The Guardian Duke”,and “The Forgiven Duke”. Follow Alex and Gabriel on the conclusion of the “Forgotten Castles” as they navigate from England,to France and Italy on what is supposed to be their honeymoon,but where they actually search for her missing parents. It is fast paced,adventure filled,with twists and turns you will not see coming. While England,Spain,and France all want Alex’s parents(treasure hunters) to discover what they believe to be a mass weapon of destruction,Alex and Gabriel must cross three countries,stay alive and out of harm’s way as they try to save the “Featherstone’s”. This has been an exciting series. It has faith,romance,love,forgiveness,danger,passion,discovery,healing, finding peace and contentment. A must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance,France,Italy,discoveries,and treasure hunting. A true treasure! Ms. Carie pulls her  readers into her stories with engaging characters and intriguing plots. “A Duke’s Promise” is a wonderful conclusion to the fascinating and intriguing story of finding oneself,discovering true love,learning the true nature of one’s parents. Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at the author’s website,B & H Books,and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

THE COURTESAN’S LOVER by Gabrielle Kimm…review…



Genre:Renaissance Italy/historical romance/fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Paperback:528 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (May 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1402265884

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012



“Gets under your skin.”

—Praise for the novels of Gabrielle Kimm

Francesca Felizzi knows she wields an immense power over men. Her patrons see only a carefree courtesan, and they pay handsomely for the privilege of her time. Francesca never saw him coming, the man who cracked her heart open and ruined her for the job. But he’s shown her what a gaudy facade she’s built, and she doesn’t know how to tear it down without taking her beloved daughters with her. The wrong move could plunge all of them into the sort of danger she has dreaded ever since she began her perilous work all those years ago.

An exquisite tale that explores the intricate nature of a mother’s heart. The Courtesan’s Lover draws you close and whispers in your ear. In the tradition of Sarah Dunant and Marina Fiorato, a compelling and vibrant tale from an up-and-coming fresh voice that readers will want to savor.


THE COURTESAN’S LOVER by Gabrielle Kimm is a beautifully written Renaissance Italy,historical. Set in Napoli during the 16th century 1485 to exact. It is the story of a courtesan’s life in Napoli,Italy. Francesca Felizzi,her struggles,the danger she and her children face, lovers she endures,the abuse she suffers,and the love she may finally find after years of abuse and her flight from an abusive protector. Francesca faces maltreatment and disgrace but endures. She would do anything for her children. “The Courtesan’s Lover” is the tale of a mother’s heart and will you captivated while after the last page. A very captivating,and spellbinding story. Ms. Kimm is a wonderful storyteller,drawing the reader into the story. A wonderful read!Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author’s website,Sourcebooks,Inc,and My Book Addiction and More.


HEAT RATING:Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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