Monday, July 15, 2019

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Reviews: The Portrait

The Portrait by Cassandra Austen

Publication Date: December 31, 2018
Apollo Grannus Books
eBook & Paperback; 340 Pages
Genre: Historical/Romance/Suspense
Lady Catherine, banished to the countryside as a useless girl with a lame leg, got her revenge by playing a dangerous game. And now it will ruin her. When the old earl dies, his only child feels no sorrow. The earldom will now revert to the crown and Lady Catherine will continue to live life exactly as she pleases. But when she learns that she is the heir to a secret family title, everything changes. Marriage had once seemed unnecessary and out of the question; now it is the only thing she wants. The two men in her life both need her influence and wealth. Whom shall she choose? The kind but secretive Captain Avebury? Or the notorious Sir Lyle, the handsome smuggler? Both men deal very differently with honor. And when Catherine's secret self-destructs, which man can be trusted to save her? The Portrait is about a strong woman, foolish decisions, trust, and the definition of honor. Fans of Jane Austen's independent women will recognize in Catherine a voice which will not be silenced.

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Review: This book reminded me of why I always loved reading historical romances. My first adult romances that I read back in the 80s were all regency romances or the Zebra bodice rippers. They were always good reads that made the summers go by.

This is like that, but smarter. The characters were well developed and the story was more than engaging. Catherine is the strong female lead character we all love to read about. Oh and a sort of love triangle too.

Its the perfect regency for summer afternoons on a beach chair.

Rating: 4 flowers

About the Author

Cassandra Austen writes historical and contemporary fiction set in both old and New England. She is the author of The Portrait, a historical romance that takes place during the Regency period in England, and Coming Home to Greenleigh, a contemporary New England romance. She lives and works in her 1700s farmhouse in northern New England, but you are welcome to visit her at her virtual home: You can also find Cassandra on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 1 Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Tuesday, July 2 Feature at A Holland Reads Wednesday, July 3 Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads Thursday, July 4 Interview at Passages to the Past Friday, July 5 Review at A Chick Who Reads Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Monday, July 8 Interview at Let Them Read Books Tuesday, July 9 Feature at CelticLady's Reviews Wednesday, July 10 Review at McCombs on Main Thursday, July 11 Feature at What Is That Book About Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit Friday, July 12 Review at Coffee and Ink Review at Book Reviews from Canada Monday, July 15 Review at My Vices and Weaknesses


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two copies of The Portrait! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open internationally. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. The Portrait


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