Publisher: Pegasus Books

#BookReview Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke @Kazzese @Pegasus_Books #LeavingCoysHill #KatherineASherbrooke

#BookReview Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke @Kazzese @Pegasus_Books #LeavingCoysHill #KatherineASherbrooke Title: Leaving Coy's Hill

Author: Katherine A. Sherbrooke

Published by: Pegasus Books on May 4, 2021

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: Katherine A. Sherbrooke, Pegasus Books

Book Rating: 10/10

An unforgettable story about the triumphs and travails of a woman unwilling to play by the rules, based on the the remarkable life of pioneering feminist and abolitionist Lucy Stone. 

Born on a farm in 1818, Lucy Stone dreamt of extraordinary things for a girl of her time, like continuing her education beyond the eighth grade and working for the abolitionist cause, and of ordinary things, such as raising a family of her own. But when she learns that the Constitution affords no rights to married women, she declares that she will never marry and dedicates her life to fighting for change.

At a time when it is considered promiscuous for women to speak in public, Lucy risks everything for the anti-slavery movement, her powerful oratory mesmerizing even her most ardent detractors as she rapidly becomes a household name. And when she begins to lecture on the “woman question,” she inspires a young Susan B. Anthony to join the movement. But life as a crusader is a lonely one. 

When Henry Blackwell, a dashing and forward-thinking man, proposes a marriage of equals, Lucy must reconcile her desire for love and children with her public persona and the legal perils of marriage she has long railed against. And when a wrenching controversy pits Stone and Anthony against each other, Lucy makes a decision that will impact her legacy forever.

Based on true events, Leaving Coy’s Hill is a timeless story of women’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment within society’s stubborn constraints. And as an abolitionist and women’s rights activist fighting for the future of a deeply divided country, Lucy Stone’s quest to live a life on her own terms is as relevant as ever. In this “propulsive,” “astonishing,” and “powerful” story, Katherine Sherbrooke brings to life a true American heroine for a new generation.


Review:

Immersive, insightful, and exceptionally inspiring!

Leaving Coy’s Hill is a powerful, alluring, enlightening interpretation that sweeps you away to the American East in the mid-1800s and into the life of Lucy Stone, an independent, intelligent woman ahead of her time who after becoming the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree spent the rest of her life dedicated to organizing, promoting, and advocating for both the anti-slavery and suffragist movements.

The prose is eloquent and expressive. The characters are strong, passionate, and determined. And the plot, using a story within a story, is a fascinating tale of life, love, bravery, strength, loss, loyalty, friendship, motivation, politics, and the early battle for equality and justice in the U.S.

I have to admit that I had never heard of Lucy Stone before I started Leaving Coy’s Hill, but Sherbrooke did such a beautiful job of blending historical facts with captivating, alluring fiction that I was left incredibly intrigued and motivated to learn even more about this iconic woman’s tireless efforts, influence and legacy on abolitionism and women’s rights.

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Thank you to Katherine A. Sherbrooke and Pegasus Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Katherine A. Sherbrooke

Katherine Sherbrooke is the author of Leaving Coy's Hill (May, 2021) Fill the Sky and a family memoir, Finding Home (2011). An alumna of Dartmouth College and Stanford Business School, she wanted to be an author from the time she opened her first book, and lived on books like food and water for a long time. Somewhere along the line, though, she caught the start-up bug and co-founded a Boston based company called Circles. After that wonderful 15 year+ entrepreneurial adventure, she "remembered" her original dream and finally sat down to write. She lives outside Boston with her family.

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#BookReview Storm Cell by Brendan Dubois

#BookReview Storm Cell by Brendan Dubois Title: Storm Cell

Author: Brendan DuBois

Series: Lewis Cole #10

Published by: Pegasus Books on Nov. 22, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 256

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Pegasus Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

In his tenth outing, retired intelligence analyst Lewis Cole faces his most daunting challenge yet: Trying to save his friend Felix Tinios from being sent to death row after a conviction on first degree murder—but Felix refuses to accept Lewis’ assistance.

Felix is being charged for the brutal murder of a local businessman—witnesses place him at the location; the recovered murder weapon belonged to Felix; and his fingerprints are all over the crime scene. It seems to be the proverbial open-and-shut case, but Lewis refuses to believe his friend—even though Felix is a former enforcer for the Boston mob—was responsible.

As he engages in his one-man attempt to free his friend, two FBI agents come to him with disturbing news: they have word that unless Felix is freed from prison in just three days, he will be murdered while in custody. With time running out, the FBI nipping at his heels, and with Felix’s own lawyer refusing to help, Lewis is on his own as he desperately tries to clear his friend’s name before Felix departs prison . . . as a dead man.


Review:

Clever, intriguing, and highly suspenseful!

This is a faced-paced thriller about greed, power, murder, and corruption that definitely brings to mind the idea that ‘money is the root of all evil’.

The characters, especially Lewis, are tenacious, resilient, entertaining, and charismatic. The story is well written. And the plot is a good mix of character-driven drama and multiple twists and turns that keep you thoroughly engaged and captivated from start to finish.

I have to say this was a really enjoyable, exciting read and I highly recommend it.

 

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For more information on Brendan Dubois, visit his website at: brendandubois.com

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Pegasus Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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