Berlin Duet by S W Perry #Review #WW2 #Berlin
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
3d ago
UNITED BY WAR. DIVIDED BY A SECRET. From silent era Hollywood and the nightclubs of pre-war Vienna to the ruins of Soviet Berlin, discover a moving, ambitious story of an enduring love amidst the devastation of war . . . In 1938, English spy Harry Taverner and Jewish photographer Anna Cantrell spend the night dancing at Berlin’s most elegant hotel. Anna is married to another man, the Nazi shadow is rising over Europe and neither expects to ever meet again. But once peace is declared, they reunite in the ruins of Berlin, where Anna is searching for her missing children. With the blockade tighte ..read more
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A Rose in the Blitz by Ann Bennett #CoffeePotBookClub #WW2
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
2w ago
Escape into the dramatic world of London during the Blitz in this sweeping family saga of love, war and betrayal. Northamptonshire: 1980: Wealthy landowner, Hadan Rose, is dying. His daughter, May, rushes to his country estate, Rose Park, with her daughter, Rachel, to nurse him through his final days. In the afternoons, while Hadan sleeps, May tells Rachel about her wartime experiences. In 1940, Three of the four Rose sisters leave Rose Park to serve the war effort. May, the youngest is left behind. But she soon runs away from home to join an ambulance crew in London. She experiences the hor ..read more
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A Splendid Defiance by Stella Riley #CoffeePotBookClub #17thCentury #Extract
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
1M ago
I’m delighted to welcome Stella Riley today with an extract from her English Civil War novel, A Splendid Defiance. Visit from a prince Justin spent the afternoon in the Globe Room at the Reindeer Inn. It was a pleasant room but, as far as Justin was concerned, it might as well have been a coal cellar.  He sat broodingly in a corner and found a sardonic enjoyment in the wary glances accorded him by the other customers. He did not, however, get drunk and this was fortunate because, at just past five o’clock, the door was flung wide to admit the King’s nephew.  Silence engulfed the roo ..read more
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Try before you Trust by Connie Briones #Elizabethan #FemalePoet #HistoricalFiction
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
1M ago
Today I’m highlighting Try Before You Trust, a novel about the fascinating early Elizabethan poet Isabella Whitney. Try Before You Trust: To All Gentlewomen and Other Maids in Love by Constance Briones What if Taylor Swift found herself penning songs about love in Elizabethan England when women were required to be chaste, obedient, and silent? Isabella Whitney, an ambitious and daring eighteen-year-old maidservant turned poet, sets out to do just that. Having risked reputation and virtue by allowing her passions for her employer’s aristocratic nephew to get the better of her, Isabella Whitney ..read more
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The Loose Thread by Liz Harris #WW2 #Review #Jersey
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
1M ago
Anyone who enjoyed my book The Occupation will also enjoy this book by Liz Harris which gives a different and fascinating account of WW2 and how it affected the islanders of Jersey. This is the first in a series of books about three sisters, and Rose, the first in the series is easy to warm to, as she makes the transition from urban life in England to a farm on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her new husband Tom. Working on a farm before the advent of mechanisation is not easy, and through the book we learn more about farming life – the planting and harvesting of the famous Je ..read more
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Dartington Hall – Guest Post by Rosemary Griggs #Devon #Tudor #History #CoffeePotBookClub
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
1M ago
I am delighted to host Rosemary Griggs today to tell us all about Dartington Hall – a place I know well, as I was a student there in the 1970’s! Dartington Hall by Rosemary Griggs Dartington Hall, known for its mellow grey stone walls, stunning gardens, and age-old trees, exudes an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. As I stroll through the grounds that surround the medieval buildings, I always feel a powerful connection to the people who have made this special place their home throughout the ages. Dartington Hall Since ancient times, people have settled in this favoured spot amongst rol ..read more
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Find me in the Stars by Jules Larimore #CoffeePotBookClub Read an Excerpt
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
2M ago
EXCERPT FROM FIND ME IN THE STARS Chapter 4 Flee Like the Mist from the Tempest’s Might – Jehan 26 September 1697 ~ Early Evening Chomérac, France Immediately after sunset, Jehan and his companions moved out again in their usual order, this time on foot, following Massip along the tracks of a rutted farm road toward a river crossing near Le Pouzin. The soft melodies of a nightingale gave Jehan a moment to ponder all that had been revealed while at the farm. It was most impressive, what he had learned. An entire network of people and places existed throughout the realm that were available to ..read more
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A Matter of Time by Judith Arnopp #CoffeePotBookClub #Tudor #Review
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
2M ago
A Matter of Time Henry VIII: The Dying of the Light – The Henrician Chronicle, Book 3 Review This is a superb chronicle of the last years of one of the most famous kings of England. Written entirely from Henry’s perspective, we watch him wrestle with the the killing of his former wives and his subsequent horror at what he has done. We also witness his slow decline from vibrant man to a hulk that is disintegrating before our eyes. The break from Rome  and its effects on the Church are fully explored with the battle between the old and new forms of worship playing out in a way Henry had not ..read more
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I’m on tour for The Shadow Network #CoffeePotBookClub #HistoricalFiction #WW2
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
3M ago
Virtual Book Tour I’m on tour for the next moth visiting various blogs courtesy of the Coffee Pot Book Club! You can find all the links here on their site: https://thecoffeepotbookclub.blogspot.com/2023/12/blog-tour-the-shadow-network-by-deborah-swift.html On the tour you’ll find me talking about these historical aspects of The Shadow Network Hitler’s links to the IRA The Rushen Women’s Internment Camp in the Isle on Man The Aspidistra Radio Transmitter Tom Sefton Delmer and his ‘Black Propaganda Radio Station WW2 Intrusion Operations to fool enemy aircraft As well as my general research in ..read more
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Weaving Mama’s Dress through The Low Road – a blog post by Katharine Quarmby #CoffeePotBookClub
Deborah Swift | Historical Novelist
by Deborah Swift
4M ago
Weaving Mama’s dress through The Low Road  – a writer’s process Katharine Quarmby “The good wife had given me a grey dress, in a soft cotton, and I had hand sewn our favourite flowers around the hem, cornflowers for me, and poppies for George.” This dress, given to the “dear mama” of the main character in The Low Road, Hannah, is woven throughout the novel. It was to have been the dress that her mother had worn to marry her father, George, but before they can wed he dies in an awful industrial accident and so, instead, it is wrapped and kept, and becomes a memory of past happiness. It i ..read more
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