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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Entertaining Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 Publication Date: September 12, 2019 Accent Press UK eBook. Paperback, Audiobook; 400 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction     London 1666 Elizabeth 'Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her chief passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse-dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the reality of life with Knepp. Her father has betrayed her trust, for Knepp cares only for his horses; he is a tyrant and a bully, and will allow Bird no life of her own. When Knepp goes away, she grasps her chance and, encouraged by her maidservant Livvy, makes a secret visit to the theatre. Entranced by the music, the glitter and glamour of the surroundings, and the free and outspoken manner of the women on the stage, she falls in love with the theatre and is determined to forge a path of her own as an actress. But life in the theatre was never going to be straightforward - for a jealous rival wants to spoil her plans, and worse, Knepp forbids it, and Bird must use all her wit and intelligence to change his mind. Based on events depicted in the famous Diary of Samuel Pepys, Entertaining Mr Pepys brings London in the 17th Century to life. It includes the vibrant characters of the day such as the diarist himself and actress Nell Gwynne, and features a dazzling and gripping finale during the Great Fire Of London. The third in Deborah Swift's atmospheric trilogy, bringing to life the women in Pepys' Diary. Each novel features a different character and can be read as a stand-alone book. 

 

MY REVIEW

 I must say I've never read a book quite like this before.
When I seen the title I knew I had to give it a try.
I have had theater experience before but I was in the orchestra part of it. We were doing the background part of it. But, it was still a joy because I still got to hear the people on the stage act out their parts. Although I'm pretty sure that today's theater is a lot different in the 1660's.
I never knew that there was a Great Fire of London. You know, this author writes this scene so well that I could actually hear the roar of the fire as it rages through London and see the people trying to escape with their lives. Reminds me of the Great Chicago fire when Lady O' Learys cow knocked over the lantern.
But I did know of the Plaugue.
People are funny creatures. It's amazing to me that fear can control our emotions that we otherwise wouldn't do. Especially towards someone that is different or has different beliefs.
Fear is the work of Satan. He loves to control what we say and do even if it hurts the other person. Yes, I'm guilty of it as well.
It also amazes me how blind we truly are to God's blessing. How quickly they can disappear in a poof. Just like that. I hate it that it took something disastrous to open people's eyes to make them see in what was before them.
This works even in today's world. Take 9/11 for example. It's a shame that it take something like this to make us all come together for a while and then we go right back to our old selves.
Wake up people and what is before you!! Take each day as it comes and praise God for each new day and last of all dont be greedy!! Count the many blessing He has given you!! For there will come a time when there will be no more!! Jesus is coming. Are you ready? I know I am!!
How cool it would be to see Mr. Pepys collection of original books and diarys!!! He surely must've been a fascinating person!!
I must say I've learned quite a few things while reading this book.
I especially loved the author's note at the end of the story!! I learned a lot out of that as well.
The book was quite entertaining so in thought it was properly named lol!!
My thanks to Virtual tours for a copy of this book and no compensations were received and all opinions are my own!!!!
 


 

Praise for the Pepys Trilogy

 'Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines' - The Visitor 'A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail' - Readers Favorite 5* 'Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life… Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined' -Lancashire Evening Post 

 




About the Author


 Deborah Swift is the author of three previous historical novels for adults, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance, all published by Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, as well as the Highway Trilogy for teens (and anyone young at heart!). Her first novel was shortlisted for the Impress prize for new novelists. She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District – a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. For more information, please visit Deborah Swift’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule 

 

Thursday, September 12 Review at Reading the Past Friday, September 13 Guest Post at The Writing Desk Monday, September 16 Excerpt at The Lit Bitch Tuesday, September 17 Review at Gwendalyn's Books Wednesday, September 18 Review at A Book Geek Thursday, September 19 Review at Hopewell's Public Library of Life Friday, September 20 Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes Monday, September 23 Review & Excerpt at Book Reviews from Canada Tuesday, September 24 Feature at To Read, Or Not to Read Wednesday, September 25 Review at Locks, Hooks and Books Thursday, September 26 Review at Older & Smarter Excerpt at Words and Peace Friday, September 27 Interview at Passages to the Past Monday, September 30 Guest Post at What Is That Book About Tuesday, October 1 Excerpt at Broken Teepee Review at Red Headed Book Lady Wednesday, October 2 Review at Passages to the Past Thursday, October 3 Feature at Coffee and Ink Excerpt at Donna's Book Blog

 

Giveaway

 During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed copy of Entertaining Mr. Pepys! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 3rd. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Paperback giveaway is open internationally. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. Entertaining Mr. Pepys

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