23 August 2019

The Yellow Lantern | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK


Josephine is forced to spy for grave robbers.

Step into True Colors—a new series of historical stories of romance and American crime.

In Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck—Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: August 1, 2019


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


MY REVIEW

Angie Dicken’s addition to the True Colors series delves into the history surrounding mills and grave robbing, and heroine Josephine Clayton winds up at the center of all the drama when she proves not to be as dead as the doctor presumed. With plenty of spying, accidents, and difficult choices, the story unfolds with suspense and intrigue in the pages of The Yellow Lantern.

I enjoyed this trip into history with Dicken. Though I was aware of mill hardships and the prevalence of body snatching, I have read few books that explore such topics. Dicken’s novel kept me fascinated from beginning to end, journeying through it all with Josephine and the various characters she encounters. Readers of historical fiction involving romance and mystery will not want to skip this new release.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she’s a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer’s Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband.


GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

Barbour’s True Colors Crime concept intrigued me from the very beginning. Being the daughter of a doctor and discovering the ties of grave robbing to the early medical profession, I was excited to dive deep into 19th century Massachusetts. Grave robbing around Boston and New York was often employed by doctors desperate for medical advancement. Men and women were both involved in the procuring of bodies for doctors. Finding these accounts led me to take took a look at the current medical remedies of the time—tinctures, elixirs, and herbal concoctions. My heroine was created in the tension of a desire to heal and the desperation of medical pursuits.

Amidst these medical ties to the historical moment of 1824, something was also shifting among women in rural areas of New England. Many women were employed by newly built cotton mills (Lowell Mill was my inspiration for the fictional Gloughton Mill in The Yellow Lantern). These working opportunities for women offered an escape from their home-bound lives and the rare chance for independence. Of course, with such industrial environments, injuries, and sometimes death, would occur. Noting the accounts of these kind of fatalities in historical articles, my research came full circle.

I found three strong threads to weave into my grave-robbing story—desperate doctors in need of research, a doctor’s assistant needing an escape from her village, and a mill, not only offering that escape, but the chance at bodies for the desperate medical community.

My heroine, Josie Clay, found life in the tangle of these threads of mills, medicine, and grave robbing—all playing out within the pages of The Yellow Lantern.


GIVEAWAY


To celebrate her tour, Angie is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of each of the books in the series. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.

TOUR SCHEDULE



5 comments:

  1. This sounds really interesting! I know, from reading The Pink Bonnet, that this author can write well.

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  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway.

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  3. Series sounds good, love the covers.

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover!

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  5. Sounds like a good read.

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