The Captive Brides Collection

51qpcEFZZhL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_-2This book makes an appealing gift for those who enjoy an historical romantic escape. An anthology is a great way to read works from a variety of different authors, and since I enjoy historical fiction, I was thankful to receive a copy gifted by one of the authors of ‘The Captive Brides’.

The standout story for me was by Lucy Thompson. Her wit adds sour to sweet. She snatches the title of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and gilds her tale as an icon before we ever start the story. This is bold, but she pulls it off with a humour unashamedly Australian.

This collection is a light hearted glimpse into another era, albeit a mostly unrealistic one. A modern tolerant ethos woven into a time far more heartless makes for a feel good read but doesn’t ring true for that period. Faithful adherence to the everyday foods, literacy standards and social mores would have made this stick to my ribs.


D.J. Blackmore – Folly

Thank you very to Australian author Amanda deed for her words on ‘Folly’. Amanda is the author of numerous books, including her newest novel, ‘Unnoticed’.

Romancing The Rock

Folly coverFrom the Back Cover

It is 1822. The colony bells of Newcastle chime for a wedding but Emma Colchester is uneasy. Her cousin is nowhere to be found. A red satin ribon unearths the truth, and the family face their worst fears. Fingers of blame are pointed too close to home and Emma’s future with Tobias threatens to unravel. The walls of The Folly standing by The Hunter River hold the clue, and Emma risks everything in finding out the truth.

Amanda’s Review

Since reading D.J. Blackmore’s debut novel, Charter to Redemption, three years ago, I have been looking forward to this second instalment, which continues the story of Tobias and Emma and their search for the truth. Who is really buried out at The Folly? Is it truly Gideon Quinn? Tobias and Emma can’t rest until these questions and more are answered.

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Charter to Redemption: D. J. Blackmore book trailer

Britain’s penal colony is as cruel as it is beautiful. With a pledge to marry a man she has never met, Emma learns that appearances are not always as they seem. Tobias Freeman is anything but what his name suggests. As a convict awaiting his majesty’s pleasure, he has no rights, especially when it comes to Emma Colchester. When the unexpected happens, neither Emma nor Tobias bargain on the repercussions.

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