Until November 19th, I’m running a giveaway of 5 copies of ‘Art & Grace’ via LibraryThing’s Member Giveaway scheme. You can sign up for the chance to receive a paperback copy of the book if you are resident in US, UK, Canada, France or Germany. In return, I would be really appreciative of a review of the book on Amazon and elsewhere. Here’s the link to the Giveaway page – ‘Art & Grace’ is towards the bottom of the list, in amongst other print books on offer:
Many thanks to Nicola of Bronte Babe Blog, for her very full review of ‘Art & Grace.’ I’ve been blessed with two wonderfully literary reviews of the book this weekend, both of which were of great interest to me to read. Sometimes, writing, you lose sight of the influence of other books and authors, so it’s always fascinating to see what readers pick up on. Although Nicola talks of the influence of the Brontes (which, from my point of view, is most obviously there in A&G in that, like ‘Jane Eyre’, it’s a first-person narrative) her reference to Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ is very perceptive. I think of Bess and Adam’s relationship as having a redemptive quality, reminiscent of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth’s. I do appreciate this very thoughtful review from Bronte Babe Blog.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading a short, Brontë inspired story, Brizecombe Hall by Catherine E. Chapman. You can read my review of it by clicking here. Shortly afterwards I was delighted to be contacted by the author herself, who very kindly offered me a copy of her latest novel, Art and Grace, to read and review. I accepted the offer, but due to the slightly crazy year that I’ve had, it’s taken me a long time to read and review the novel and I can only apologise for this delay. So let’s get down to business.
Art and Grace is a Regency Romance, set in Bristol, and later, the Somerset countryside. During our correspondence, Chapman informed me that although the novel was not directly related to the Brontës ‘writings, it was inspired their works, and I can certainly see a few nods to their…
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Reviews, it seems, are like buses; I’m delighted to report I’ve received two in one day today! One was posted on Amazon.com and the other was on AvidBards’ website:
My thanks to Scheherazade for her very thorough and considered review of ‘Art & Grace.’ I really do appreciate when a reviewer takes such care over commenting on one of my books. I also love the photo in their post – the book resting on the ledge of a very Regency-looking window!
Thank you, Scheherazade and Zahrah, for featuring ‘Art & Grace’ on AvidBards!
Many thanks to Elodie for her very thoughtful review of ‘Art & Grace.’
Elodie’s comments about the relationship between the sisters being of greater significance than the romantic plot lines in the book are of interest to me as ‘Art & Grace’ is a novel that I keep chopping and changing the generic categorisations for. It’s not a generic Regency romance but, since the romance is a very significant part of the story, I alternate between Historical Romance, Historical Fiction and Women’s Fiction in categorising the book. What I think best describes it is the label, ‘Women’s Romantic Historical Fiction’ but that’s not a categorisation on Amazon! And, as fellow authors will know, Amazon requires two categories (a primary and secondary one). I have yet to settle for good on two of my three possibles!
Here’s a link to the review on Elodie’s Facebook site:
Anyway, for anybody who’s interested in reading a work of Women’s Romantic Historical Fiction, ‘Art & Grace’ is on Kindle Countdown until 23rd October, so is only 99c and 99p on Amazon .com and UK. Elsewhere it is the equivalent of $2.99 USD. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited on .com, UK and in various other countries. And it is available in print from Amazon, Book Depository and various other retailers.
Many thanks to Julie of Bookshelf Adventures, for her very thoughtful review of ‘Art & Grace.’
The book is available digitally and in print from Amazon and is still free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
I’m running a Kindle Countdown deal for ‘Art & Grace,’ from 22nd to 29th August. During that period the book will be 99c / 99p, rather than its usual price of $2.99.
“This is not your normal Regency novel; it’s something different. Well-written, with plenty to love throughout, it’s a story that will have you hooked,” (Bibliophile Ramblings).
Many thanks to Siobhan for her very considered review of ‘Art & Grace’: