BOOK REVIEW/BLOG TOUR: A Pivotal Right by K.A. Servian

Publication Date: August 15, 2018
Paperback & eBook
Series: Shaking the Tree, Book #2
Genre: Historical/Romance/Victorian


Florence struggled for breath as she stared into the face of a ghost. "Jack?"

Twenty years after being forced apart Jack and Florence have been offered a second chance at love. But can they find their way back to each other through all the misunderstandings, guilt and pain?

And what of their daughter, Viola? Her plan to become a doctor is based on the belief she has inherited her gift her medicine from Emile, the man she believed was her father. How will she reconcile her future with the discovery that she is Jack's child?

My Thoughts

Florence, Lady Beaufort returns to New Zealand after twenty years to visit family. She is accompanied by her daughter, Viola, and her estate manager’s daughter, Matilda.

Viola is an independent thinker, like her mother. With ambitions to become a doctor, marriage is not part of her plans. Matilda, on the other hand, is set on finding a wealthy husband; a scheme which has traumatic consequences for Viola.

For Florence, the discovery that a man she thought had been dead for twenty years is still alive threatens to expose her secrets. One in particular will cause Viola heartache and to reassess her medical calling.

The story is set in New Zealand during the early 1860s, at a time of the Maori Wars, although this is only mentioned in reference to Florence's nephew, the offspring of her brother's interracial marriage. The 1860s also saw women campaigning for the vote, a cause which Florence supports. None of these events are explored in depth, but perhaps will be in future novels.

A Pivotal Right is an engrossing read. Aware that this was the second book of a series, I was prepared to not know all the circumstances of Florence and Jack’s past relationship. However, there is enough revealed through various plot devices to make sense of the current story and tempt those, like me, who have not read the first book, to do so.

I'm so invested in the lives of these characters that I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

A Pivotal Right is available from Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

About the Author

As a life-long creative, Kathy gained qualifications in fashion design, applied design to fabric and jewelry making and enjoyed a twenty-year-plus career in the fashion and applied arts industries as a pattern maker, designer and owner of her own clothing and jewelry labels.

She then discovered a love of teaching and began passing on the skills accumulated over the years: design, pattern-making, sewing, Art Clay Silver, screen-printing and machine embroidery to name a few.

Creative writing started as a self-dare to see if she had the chops to write a manuscript. Writing quickly became an obsession and Kathy's first novel, Peak Hill, which was developed from the original manuscript, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016.

Kathy now squeezes full-time study for an advanced diploma in creative writing in around working on her novels, knocking out the occasional short story, teaching part-time and being a wife and mother.

For more information please visit K.A. Servian’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Sign up for K.A. Servian’s newsletter to receive news and updates.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 22: Feature at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 23: Excerpt at Donna's Book Blog
Thursday, October 25: Feature at What Is That Book About
Monday, October 29: Review at Pursuing Stacie
Friday, November 2: Review at Locks, Hooks and Books and excerpt at Introvert Booklover
Sunday, November 4: Excerpt at T's Stuff
Monday, November 5: Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, November 6: Review at What Cathy Read Next
Thursday, November 8: Review at A Darn Good Read
Friday, November 9: Guest Post at Jathan & Heather
Monday, November 12: Feature at Maiden of the Pages
Friday, November 16: Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Monday, November 19: Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Tuesday, November 20: Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Giveaway (US only)

During the Blog Tour 10 eBooks of The Moral Compass, the first book in the Shaking the Tree series, will be given away! Please enter via the Gleam form here.

Giveaway Rules
– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


  1. 1860s New Zealand is a place I've never read a book about. This does sound very interesting to me. Thanks!

    1. I don't often read books set in New Zealand so this appealed to me. I must find time to read the first book in the series.