Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: Lord Esterleigh's Daughter by Kathy Fisher-Brown


Kathy Fischer-Brown has writting an intriguing trilogy that she is touring with Goddess Fish Promotions and I was chosen to be able to read and review the first book of the trilogy Lord Esterleigh's Daughter. Check out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift certificate. 


READ THE BLURB

As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.

Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.


Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.


READ THE REVIEW

A word of warning up front:  this book is the first in a true trilogy.  If you go into this book expecting  there to be resolution for you, you will be disappointed. It reminds me of the old cliffhanger movie serials ...not that I'm old enough to remember those, btw!!.... with Penelope Trueblood tied to the railroad tracks or strapped to a rocket. Anne is left in less than an ideal position at the end of the book.

That being said, this is a dark Gothic tale of love, revenge, and scandal. Anne is thrust into a world she's not prepared for and doesn't particularly want. She wants the fantasy of the father who would sweep her away from all the pain of growing up in a village that abuses her for being a bastard, but when he comes it's too little too late.  He's not been off in a far away land--he's been just down the road her whole life--and he only comes to make amends on Anne's mother's deathbed (yet another strike against him).

The characters are well-drawn and three dimensional-- in even the secondary characters you see the author's skill at making them real. There were times I wanted to shake Anne or warn her from following a certain path, but at the same time I yearn for her HEA. 

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, because I want to find out what happens to all these characters and follow the various storylines that Ms. Fisher-Brown has created. 





MEET THE AUTHOR

Authors get their ideas in a variety of ways. For me, it’s mainly from dreams—very cinematic dreams—that stay in my head long after I’ve awakened. Mostly these night flicks are nothing more than a collection of cryptic and often unrelated scenes that need to simmer on the back burner while my muse helps to add seasoning and substance to the mix.

I’ve always loved history. Way back in junior high, my mind would wander from dates, battles and treaties to musings on what it might have been like to live in another time. Family vacations always included visits to Civil War or Revolutionary War battle sites, tours of colonial houses and restored villages, which, even these many years later, serve as inspiration.

Born in New York City, I live in central Connecticut with my long-time husband, a grown-up daughter and two dogs. 2012 was a big year for the family as we welcomed our first grandson into the world.

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Twitter: @KFischerBrown





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19 comments:

  1. I like dark gothic tales, but I'm so terrible with series and am nervous (but appreciate knowing) up front that it is a trilogy. I'm such a tramp--ever unfaithful--when it comes to series. I can never seem to keep up or commit or read things in any sort of order. I'm a book tramp...easily distracted by the next pretty thing that I see or hear about! LOL.

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    1. Catherine, Totally understandable, what with so many books out there.

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  2. I actually prefer series. I guess that makes the opposite of a book tramp. Lol

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    1. Series have their place. But what exactly is the opposite of a book tramp? Kind of like Lady and the Tramp, sharing a bowl of spaghetti?

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  3. Thank you for hosting me today and for your lovely review! And thanks to Goddess Fish for setting everything up.

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  4. Great review, thank you. I love Gothic stories.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Ingeborg. It was nice of you to comment.

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  5. I really enjoy series, and this one sounds really good. I just hate to wait for the next books.

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    1. Hi MomJane. No waiting on this one. The third and final book came out in February. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Oh no! Cliffhangers are the worst ! I'll have to make sure I have all three on hand!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Hi Andra Lyn, It's no worse than watching the last episode of Game of Thrones and having to wait a week... and after that, an entire year! (But I won't go into that :-))

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  7. This sounds really good! thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. You're welcome Marissa. Best of luck in the raffle.

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  8. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, but what I do like is having a complete series & reading them back to back.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. You're in luck then. All three books are available :--) Thanks for posting.

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  9. I read one of those kind of trilogies, where there was such a cliffhanger at the end!!! Wow!! It really was just 'book one.'

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    1. Did you read on, or did the cliffhanger turn you off?

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  10. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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