Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: by Love Divided by Elizabeth StJohn

By Love Divided by Elizabeth St. John

Publication Date: October 12, 2017
Falcon Historical
eBook & Paperback; 381 Pages
Series: The Lydiard Chronicles, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction
Royalist Sir Allen Apsley thinks his choice is clear, but when his mother embraces the Puritan cause, and his beloved sister Luce falls in love with John Hutchinson, a Roundhead soldier, his loyalties are tested. Is it family first? Is it country first? As England falls into bloody civil war, Allen must fight for king and country, while Luce embraces Parliament’s radical views and confronts the very core of the family’s beliefs. And when their influential Villiers cousins raise the stakes, Allen and Luce face a devastating challenge. Will war unite or divide them? In the dawn of rebellion, love is the final battleground. Based on surviving memoirs, court papers and letters of Elizabeth St.John’s family, By Love Divided continues the story of Lucy St.John, The Lady of the Tower. This powerfully emotional novel tells of England’s great divide, and the heart-wrenching choices one family faces.
"I am completely blown away by Elizabeth St. John’s follow up novel, By Love Divided. The depth of her characterization, the elegance of her prose (and dialogue) and the masterful way in which she presents the realities of the English Civil War such that we’re bleeding for both sides is nothing short of brilliant. If you want a compelling, exquisitely written story to immerse you in the past, By Love Divided is a must read! I consider it one of my favourite historical reads and it's earned a place on my keeper shelf! 5 plus stars!" -Cryssa Bazos, Author of The Traitor's Knot

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About the Author

Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. To inform her writing, she has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and Castle Fonmon to the Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it's hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth's family still occupy them - in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that's a different story... By Love Divided, Elizabeth's sequel to The Lady of the Tower, follows the fortunes of the St.John family during the English Civil War, and is out now. For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, November 4 
Kick Off at Passages to the Past 
  Sunday, November 5 
  Monday, November 6 
  Thursday, November 9 
Review at Pursuing Stacie 
  Friday, November 10 
Feature at WS Momma Readers Nook 
  Monday, November 13 
Review at Bookish 
  Wednesday, November 15 
Feature at The Lit Bitch 
  Thursday, November 16 
  Friday, November 17 
  Monday, November 20 
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews 
  Tuesday, November 21 
  Thursday, November 23 
Excerpt at T's Stuff 
  Saturday, November 25 
Review & Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit 
  Monday, November 27 
  Tuesday, November 28 
Feature at A Literary Vacation


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of By Love Divided to one lucky winner! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US & UK 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.
  By Love Divided

My Review

By Love Divided is the follow up to The Lady of the Tower. It is, also, my first introduction to Elizabeth St. John's writing. It is set in the 17th century during England's civil war. I found it interesting that the story is based on the author's ancestors. I love reading those type of books base on real people. This book is no exception. I thought it was pretty good. It is emotional and heartbreaking at times, full of adventure that involves Luce and Allen. The historical details were quite vivid that made me feel like I was right there.

I give By Love Divided 4 1/2 stars and recommend it.

This book was given to me by the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting Elizabeth's Blog Tour & your excellent review of By Love Divided.

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