04 May 2011

Romance in the Colonies!



Fire Dragon's Angel
Fire Dragon's Angel by Barbara Blythe

Book review by Diana Flowers

Barbara Blythe weaves a beautifully written tale of love, hidden passions, and adventure in her new novel, Fire Dragon's Angel.

Latimer Kirkleigh, moves from his home in England, to settle in Virginia, a wild new land, fraught with hostile natives, disease, and wild animals. It is also a land of hope and promise, and Latimer determines to make his home there, transporting corn and tobacco to the London markets. When Latimer's sister is killed, he is left to care for his three year old niece, which necessitates his return to England to marry a woman to help him with the child. Ceressa Quarles is shocked to see Latimer again at a ball given by her godfather. It has been seven long years and Ceressa realizes her childhood crush on Latimer has turned into true love for this man who behaves so rude and arrogant. When a tragedy occurs, Ceressa must flee her English home, and accepts Latimer's proposal of marriage. However, Ceressa finds she can handle her new responsibilities, the untamed land, and even the natives, better than her new husband's cold indifference.

Ceressa's beauty and bravery win the admiration of her husband, but can he ever love her the way she does him? And when Latimer decides to send her back to England, will she go? Sparks and tension fly high between these two strong-willed characters, but can they ever find love and stability when all odds are seemingly against them? Can they overcome the obstacles in this savage new land as well as the ones in their own hearts? To colonial era lovers everywhere, this is a must read! Beautifully written, Barbara!!


This book is available as an e-book and as a print version book.

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Diana Flowers is an avid reader from SC. She loves gardening and the beach. Married thirty-eight years, she and her husband have a grown son and daughter, and three grandkids. Diana is an influencer for several authors and especially enjoys Christian historical fiction!

50 comments:

  1. Thank you, Carrie, for posting my review! Hoping to see some colonial lovers show up. Love reading all the comments...

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  2. Diana, You and Carrie make a great team - you write 'em and she posts 'em;) I think the cover is stunning on this one! And fit the book so well. I've only read the first 3 chapters on Kindle but hope to download the remainder. Great to see another author in this beloved time period, one sadly neglected till lately! Thanks so much for this great review. I'd love to know what the catalyst was for Barbara in writing in this time period. Bless you all!

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  3. Thank you, Laura. I'm hoping to see some other colonial lovers over here (writers and fans), as well. Carrie does such a wonderful job posting these covers!

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  4. I'm a colonial lover too :-) Who's next?
    Good review for CC, Diana!!

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  5. Okay, that was a personal (Diana) joke which I'm not going to explain. LOL

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  6. Thanks Diana for the great review. Barbara lives here in Hampton Roads. She is a very busy lady, works full time and also helps take care of her elderly mother who is ill.

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  7. Hey, Marian! That is what we call here in America "an inside" joke. LOL I know you are a colonial lover, don't you wish the publishers would send you more colonial era books? I appreciate Barbara's book even more now since Carrie has shared a little of her life with us. How DOES she find time to write such a splendid novel? I have alot of admiration for someone like that, and I hope she sells tons of books.

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  8. An intriguing review, a beautiful cover, and a favorite story line set in a vibrant era of endless fascination. Irresistible : )

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  9. Wow, Diana thanks for another great review. I am so hoping to win this amazing book. I love to get lost in a spellbinding story and this one sounds like it fits the bill. tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  10. Thank you, Teresa, for your kind words. I am so blessed to have a precious friend like Carrie, who will allow me to share my reviews on her blog. She's awesome! And double-blessed to have you in my life as well, Teresa. *Teresa is the worship leader at my church along with her hubby, and does a fantastic work for the Lord!*

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  11. Virginia, thank you for coming by. You certainly have a lovely way with words...you must be a writer.;-)

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  12. What a striking cover design! I'd have to pick this one up off a shelf. Great review, thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  13. Great interview. That is wonderful that you and your hubby have been married 38 years. My hubby and I will be celebrating 48 years this Sunday. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. Thank you, Pegg and Jo. Good to see you both here! Early Happy Anniversary, Jo!! Wow...48 years...wonderful!

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  15. CARRIE AND DIANA -- GREAT REVIEW!!! LOVE the cover and the premise -- VERY appealing!!

    And, Diana, hope all is well and you are feeling great, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  16. Julie!! So great to hear from you, my dear friend! Thank you for your kind words. I'm looking forward to that next book of yours! I've still got A Hope Undaunted on display in my sitting room; not every book gets that honor.:-) Hope everything is going well with you, and still covet your prayers.

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  17. Thanks again, Julie, for helping me with the messed up link problem!

    Hey everybody, I have gotten ahold of our author BARBARA BLYTHE!!!! YAY! I spoke with her at work. She should be coming by sometime tonight to visit and comment!

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  18. Hi Carrie and Barbara--

    Wow! Beautiful cover & great review! Glad to see your a new member of the colonial group, Barbara. (Thanks again Carrie for getting this group underway--it's a joy!) Work it,girls!:)

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  19. Yay!! I can't wait to hear from Barbara! Thanks for the compliments, Pat...the review I can take credit for, the cover?...unfortunately not.;-)

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  20. This sounds like a wonderful tale and I can't wait to read it!

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  21. Pat and Carla you colonial gals, great to see you here and cannot wait for BB to show up, hopefully tonight! Diana, I wish I could take responsibility for that gorgeous cover, too! Great review and a lovely reviewer!

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  22. Aw, and an even lovelier hostess! Thank you, Carrie.

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  23. Diana -
    Thanks for the wonderful review and the interest it has generated for my book. Your efforts and those of Carrie are truly appreciated. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my book!

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  24. Laura -
    I hope you have an opportunity to read all of Fire Dragon's Angel. I'm a native Virginian and love Virginia history. In 7yh grade I wrote a history paper about a girl who came over as an indentured servant. I never forgot the story. Latimer and Ceressa evolved from that.

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  25. Marian B -

    Thanks for the comments on the review by Diana Flowers. Hope you have an opportunity to read the book.

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  26. Virginia C -
    Thank you for the great response to Diana's review of my book. Good luck in the drawing.

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  27. Teresa M -

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on Diana's review of my book. Good luck with the drawing. I hope you will have an opportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel.

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  28. Pegg -

    I was very happy when the publisher gave me my first look at the cover. As I told Carrie, the cover often inspires me to buy a book. Good luck in the drawing.

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  29. So glad Barbara made it over after a long day at work to visit with us. Thanks for your book, your story, and sharing with us!

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  30. Jo -
    Congratulations on the wedding anniversary. What a true romance in this day and time. Good luck in the drawing. Hope you have an opportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel.

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  31. Julie -
    Thanks for your comments concerning Diana's review of my book. I hope you have an opoportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel. I appreciate your interest and encouragement.

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  32. Pat -

    Thanks for your great comments and welcome to the group. I hope you have an opportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel.

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  33. Carla -
    Thanks for reading Diana's review of Fire Dragon's Angel. Good luck in the drawing. I hope you will enjoy the book.

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  34. Hi, Barbara!

    I am also a native Virginian with a great abiding love and deep sense of pride for my wonderful home state : )

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  35. Carrie -

    Once more thanks for your efforts and those of Diana. Your interest and support have generated so much interest, and I appreciate all of the time you spend keeping me updated.

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  36. Barbara, it's so nice to "meet" you. I so enjoyed reading the book and writing the review, and I really appreciate Carrie for allowing me to share it on her blog. I know you are an extremely busy lady, but am wondering what is in your future "book-wise"? God bless!

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  37. Congratulations Pegg Thomas! You won Diana's copy of Fire Dragon's Angel by Barbara Blythe! Have a blessed Mother's Day weekend everyone! And congrats again to Barbara, who is a sweet daughter to her own mother and for giving birth to this new colonial book for us.

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  38. Congrats Pegg! I hope you enjoy Fire Dragon's Angel. Thanks to all for your kind comments and a special thanks to Carrie for sharing my review. Happy Mothers Day everyone!

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  39. Would love to read this book Carrie, Sounds wonderful!
    Blessings.....Joy
    ibjoy1953{at]yahoo[dot]com

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  40. Joy, I got mine on Kindle. Pegg won a copy of Barbara's book. Lucky Pegg won a few weeks back, too! Joy was my 60th blog follower and has won a box of Virginia authors' books. Joy is a fellow Virginia, too, which is neat!

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  41. I have never read any by this author!!! I would love to! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  42. Virginia C -

    What a great state we live in! The sea, the mountains and so rich in history. I live in Chesapeake (Hampton Roads) in a little section called Deep Creek right next to the Dismal Swamp, complete with bears. Thanks for the warm welcome.

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  43. Diana -
    Once more - thanks for your comments and the wonderful review. I have recently submitted another novel set in colonial North Carolina (1718)to the publisher of Fire Dragon's Angel. I'm waiting for a response. Have a great Mother's Day!

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  44. Hi Pegg -
    Congratulations on winning a copy of Fire Dragon's Angel. Hope you enjoy reading it. Happy Mother's Day.

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  45. Hello Joy -

    I hope you have an opportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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  46. Martha -

    Fire Dragon's Angel is my first published novel. My dream is that this will be the first of many. I hope you have an opportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel. Happy Mother's Day.

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  47. Carrie -
    I just wanted to thank you again. It's so exciting to see others' comments about my book. Hope your Mother's Day is great

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  48. Wonderful review, Diana! The story sounds quite intriguing, and the cover is lovely indeed!

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  49. J. M. -
    Thanks for the comments on Diana's review. I hope you have an opportunity to read Fire Dragon's Angel.

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  50. A fantastic review!
    I would love to read "Fire Dragon's Angel"
    Have a great day everybody.
    wdesirees[at]yahoo[dot]com

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