Tuesday, December 11, 2018

From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines (Blog Tour with a giveaway!)

From Ash and StoneFrom Ash and Stone by Julie Daines
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description:  Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. The identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.

My thoughts: I love Julie Daines writing. I jump at every opportunity to read one of her books. This book was no exception.

From Ash and Stone is set during the time of King Henry VIII. The border between England and Scotland is not solid. Raiders came and stole Lady Margaret Gray's life and home six years before the beginning of this book. She has come to seek vengeance against those responsible for the death of her family.

The book has an interesting twist. Margaret is able to see the thoughts and intentions of those she touches. She thinks of it as a curse, but it is a blessing in disguise.

I loved this book. I loved the characters, the setting, the time period. Margaret seems to attract those who need her. She has some good friends, she spent so much time alone that it is nice to see her cared for. The book has a dark side, there are evil men who steal and murder. Politics of the time are a big part of the book. I always find it fascinating to have historical situations in a novel. It makes it more interesting and the time comes to life for me.

This is a great book. It has non-graphic violence.

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Julie Daines
About the Author:  Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

Julie is an award-winning and best-selling author, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award. 

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