The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes (Blog Tour: Review)

29405090Title: The Sworn Virgin
Author: Kristopher Dukes
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Historical, Romance
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: August 8, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the blog tour host, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryDukes’s gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future…even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria.

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The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo (Blog Tour & ARC Review)

81barhumhllTitle: The Fire by Night
Author: Teresa Messineo
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Historical, WWII
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: January 17, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Source: Blog Tour Host

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the blog tour host, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.

In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.

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