Fiction Review: Le French Book – “Tainted Tokay”

This is a book about getting to know the “Cooker’s Guide” clan a little better. We get to know Alexandrine, of whom we’ve heard so much, but met very little. Benjamin has voiced very high opinions of her throughout the series, so putting a character to the name, so to speak, was a nice rounding out of this story world.

Along the same veins, we get a deep dive into the character of Virgile. Previous works have allowed us the perspective of the bright, hard-working assistant, but now the reader learns his passions, and his habits. I came away liking him even more than I already had, and once again wishing I could step into these books and hang out with the characters.

I love Elizabeth, and whenever she enters the scene, you know the story is going to amp up a notch. With her wit, her banter with Benjamin, and her zest for life, she compliments Benjamin as a team, yet also holds her own. You don’t want to cross her, but I feel that once a friend, you would have a friend for life!

Finally, we get to see the sarcastic side of Benjamin! In previous works, he’s always been so careful to maintain the reputation and poise that comes with being such a renowned and requested individual throughout the region. But when faced with a stressful situation, in which he has very little control, he lets loose to do battle with his razor-sharp wit, and it never fails to entertain.

I look forward to the next!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley

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Fiction Review: Roseanna M. White’s “The Reluctant Duchess”

Reluctant Duchess

Are you looking for a work that will challenge you to think deeply about large concepts, while also holding on tight to the coattails of plot, as it dashes along? This is the book for you.

What a great read. The pace is fast, relentless even, but the story is well told – keeping you invested until the very end. I enjoyed the depth of the author’s language, as her characters come alive through her expert writing.

Best though, I loved the deep discussions of faith between the characters – which are much broader than I have found in other books with this setting. You wouldn’t initially expect a mystery love story to leave you lingering over the spiritual points discussed after you finished reading! But how each character relates to their faith, and how they deal with superstitions are integral to the plot, creating a one-of-a-kind read that I absolutely recommend.

I also can’t wait to get to know these characters more! The next book releases in September 2016!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley