Six Degrees of Separation:
from How to Do Nothing to The Portrait of Molly Dean

The first Saturday of the month is time to play Six Degrees of Separation. This meme is hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. The aim is to link six books to each other from the starting point, which today is How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell.

Here is the book's description from Goodreads:

This thrilling critique of the forces vying for our attention re-defines what we think of as productivity, shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about our selves and our world.

When the technologies we use every day

Clouds of Love and War by Rachel Billington
Book Review - Blog Tour

Publication Date: 12th July, 2020
Unicorn Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 356 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, World War II

Synopsis

Occasionally panoramic, more often intimate, in Clouds of Love and War author Rachel Billington balances a detailed and highly researched picture of the life of a Second World War Spitfire pilot with the travails and ambitions of a young woman too often on her own. The result is both a gripping story of war and a sensitive story of love, a love that struggles to survive.

Eddie and Eva meet on the eve of

SIX IN SIX - 2020 EDITION!

Here we are in July, which means it's time to participate in this fun meme hosted by Jo @ The Book Jotter.

SIX IN SIX is a meme where the aim is to share in July six books in six categories from the books we have read etc. in the first six months of the year, either using Jo's categories or your own.


Once again I've more or less stuck to the categories I used last year.

What Did You Do in the War Sister? by Dennis J. Turner
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Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Paperback, eBook & Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical

Synopsis

"A powerful story of seldom-sung heroines in humanity's darkest days and a vivid reminder of the power of conscience." -- Edgardo David Holzman, author of Malena

Throughout the occupied territories, Catholic Sisters were active members of The Nazi Resistance.

Based on letters and documents written by Catholic Sisters during WWII, this book tells the remarkable story of these brave and

Storms Gather Between Us by Clare Flynn
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Publication Date: June 17, 2019
Canelo Saga
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Synopsis

Life can change in a single moment...

Living under the watchful eye of her controlling and abusive father, Hannah Dawson’s hopes for freedom and happiness seem a distant dream. Her mother, passive and ashamed of her self-preservation, refuses to challenge her husband. It is the mysterious circumstances of her long-lost Aunt Lizzie’s disappearance in the 1920s that inspires Hannah to seek a better life.

Pestilence by Pamela Taylor
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Print Length: 234 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
ASIN: B08563V87C
ISBN-10: 1684334810
ISBN-13: 9781684334810

Synopsis

At the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred - the eponymous second son - must discover the special destiny foreseen for him by his grandfather. Now, the unthinkable has happened: Alfred’s brother is king. And it isn’t long before everyone’s worst fears are realized. Traditional allegiances are shattered under a style of rule unknown since the grand bargain that formed the kingdom was

The Philosopher's Daughters by Alison Booth
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Publication Date: April 2, 2020
RedDoor Press
Paperback & eBook; 356 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.

London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry

The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
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Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Thomas Nelson
Paperback, eBook, & AudioBook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

Synopsis

A cursed opal, a gnarled family tree, and a sinister woman in a green dress emerge in the aftermath of World War I.

After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the Great War. But when word of his death arrives on Armistice Day, Fleur learns he has left her a sizable family fortune. Refusing to accept the inheritance, she heads to his beloved home

Book Blast: The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance

Synopsis

A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never

The Abolitionist's Daughter by Diane C. McPhail
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Publication Date: April 30, 2019
A John Scognamiglio Book/Kensington
Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis

In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict.

On a Mississippi morning in 1859, Emily Matthews begs her father to save a slave, Nathan, about to be auctioned away from his family. Judge Matthews is an abolitionist who runs an illegal school for his slaves, hoping to

The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne
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Today I'm the next stop on the tour for Anya Silverthorne's debut novel The Baroness of New York. She has kindly provided a guest post in which she explains why one of the minor characters in the novel was created. I always enjoy this type of revelation and hope you enjoy reading about the "birth" of Sophie as much as I did.

The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne
Publication Date: May 1, 2020
Platen Press
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Synopsis

Baroness Adele von Mueller learns the sweetest love is forbidden....

Face of Fortune by Colleen Kelly-Eiding
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Today I'm one of the last stops on the blog tour for Face of Fortune, the second book in The Shadows of Rosthwaite series.

Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Phase Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 405 Pages
Series: The Shadows of Rosthwaite, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Synopsis

Charlotte Pruitt, an auburn-haired beauty whose soul is as wild as the northern mountains she loves, lives day to day, hoping against hope that James Clarke still lives. The love of her life and father of their son had