Monday, July 27, 2015

Review and Giveaway: "The Lady Bornekova" by Sara R. Turnquist

Synopsis:   The red-headed Karin is strong-willed and determined, something she inherited from her father. She tries to keep her true nature a secret to avoid being deemed a traitor by those loyal to the king. Karin and her father butt heads over her duty to her family and the Czech Crown. She is then sequestered to the Royal Viscount’s hunting lodge.

Not aware of everything that is happening, she becomes the target of an individual with murderous intent. Her heart soon becomes entangled though her father intends to wed her to another. The turmoil inside Karin deepens and reflects the turmoil of her homeland, on the brink of the Hussite Wars.

My Thoughts:  The Lady Bornekova is a delightfully entertaining read.  It has a great plot, interesting characters and the just the right touch of romance as well as a unique historical backdrop.  I had never heard of the Hussite Wars prior to this book and after finishing it, had to resort to Google and Wikipedia to learn more.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book set in a country you don't normally see in historical fiction and set in an era that is new to me.  It's so refreshing (and exciting) to read such a good story that is so 'out of the box' in comparison to other works of historical fiction.

Lady Karin Bornekova is the main character of the novel and she was such an intelligent and likable character.  In a time when women weren't allowed to have opinions, she had strong convictions that were outside the mainstream and she was willing to sacrifice everything for those convictions.  I definitely admired her strength and tenacity as she stood up to her father and other people in her life who tried to prevent her thinking and believing the way that she did.

The story had a bit of a mystery to it and while I could easily see who the perpetrator was, I still enjoyed the strange occurrences that seemed to plague Karin.  Even when everything was revealed, I was still a bit shocked by the cause and impetus for all that she had to endure.  Also, there was, what in my mind seemed like, a cliffhanger ending to this story.  It seemed to me like the author might have more to say about Karin's life during the Hussite Wars and I'm very hopeful that she does.  3 stars.

I received a copy of this book from HFBVT in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Sara resides with her family in Middle TN. Though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word has always drawn her to write. An avid reader, she has been, for many years, what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic for short stints in the summer over several years. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in the Czech town of Hradec Kralove.

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  1. I enjoyed your review Denise. This sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  2. Looks like a good book to get some historical info on Czechoslovakia. Have not read any historical fiction in this setting.

  3. There are indeed so many books and so little time. So when a particular book catches my attention, I really want to read it. This book set in the backdrop of historical Czechoslovakia seems one of such books. The idea is so interesting and nouvelle!

  4. I always have mixed feelings about unusually strong female protagonists in historical settings! I love reading about a strong heroine as much as the next person, but sometimes I get tired of our protagonist just happening to be the one woman who defies the conventions of their time.


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