Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Bracelet

GIVEAWAY

LOVE, DOROTHY
THE BRACELET

The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.

Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift--a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?

As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah's most prominent 19th-century families, "The Bracelet "combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family's tragic past.


My Review:

A fascinating setting and captivating time period blend together to create an unusual mystery. I found the pre-war Southern politics intriguing (though unpalatable). I have definitely read more books with the North's perspective so the historical details of this Southern time period really added to the reading experience.

The story is told exclusively from Celia's point of view which is definitely a switch from the more common hero/heroine viewpoints I'm used to reading. I found I missed that masculine POV, though, and as a result, Sutton felt more like a secondary character to me. I'll admit that is partly our fearless heroine's fault. She's so intent on protecting her family's name and solving the mystery herself she gives Sutton little opportunity to rise up to the hero challenge. And she confides in all the wrong people which set my heart into palpitations a number of times. Such an infuriating minx.

I really enjoyed the mix of history and mystery. Historical details really shone through in the suspense plot and brought an added dimension to my armchair sleuthing. 

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Bracelet please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 22 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

26 comments:

  1. I really like historical fiction with mystery. Another for my TBR list. Thanks for the review and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. So many good books to go on that list! Good luck, Loraine.

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  2. I SO love the cover! Like an old picture.
    And I can´t resist a good sleuthing :)
    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The cover does look like a portrait, doesn't it? Good luck, Janka.

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  3. Yeah I have to admit it probably would be strange not to read the hero's POV since most novels are written that way. Great review!

    sylvesternator(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  4. The mix of history and mystery will make this a very interesting book! Thanks for the chance to win this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It does indeed, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  5. I agree history & mystery make for a great book.. I'd like to find out if she can free herself from her family's tragic past!
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OtC OM

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  6. I am intrigued by this story, especially knowing it was inspired by actual events. Thank you for the chance to win.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It is an intriguing one, that's for sure. Good luck, Britney.

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  7. Please enter me, Kav! I enjoy Love's books! Thanks :)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. This is the first one I have read by her, Nicole, and that's thanks to a recommendation from my Reader's Choice Week. Good luck.

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    2. My favorite of hers is "Beauty For Ashes". It's #2 in her Hickory Ridge series.

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    3. Thanks for the recommend, Nicole. I'll have to check that series out.

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  8. She just looks like she got a something to tell me. Would enjoy reading her story. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. It's great cover shot, isn't it? Really pulls you in. Good luck, Boos Mum.

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  9. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. Hello again. Love this blog. I love this cover and love this kind of book. Also like when you know they are written on real happenings. Please put my name in for a chance to win.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hello again, Maxie. So nice to see a friendly face around here. :-) Good luck.

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  11. Sounds like a good one again. So count me in. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're counted, Becky. Good luck.

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  12. I love historicals and love when a writer really puts alot of research into the historical details of their books. Dorothy is a new author to me. The setting of this books sounds wonderful. Loved your armchair sleuthing comment Kav!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. She's a new author to me too, Maryann, but she's a prolific one so we have a lot of catching up to do. Good luck!

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