Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blogger Review: A Century Divided by Silvia Hildebrandt

Boy meets boy in 1920s New York City. But can they survive the challenges of an intolerant era? 

The forbidden love between Caleb and Tristan throws them in a tornado of heartbreak and loss — nevertheless they find each other repeatedly as the disasters of the century unfold.

In the Roaring Twenties young farmer’s son Caleb Milton flees his hometown and comes to New York City where he meets the flamboyant salesman Tristan Somersmoore. They begin a passionate affair, but as time goes by, their long term off-and-on relationship is under constant threat. The judgment of society, their own sexual insecurities and the crushing waves of history make it nearly impossible to find happiness. As they experience the Great Depression, the trauma of the Second World War, and the Cold War era, can Caleb and Tristan finally find a place for their love?

"A Century Divided" tells a not-so average family and love story in the likes of Hanya Yanagihara, André Aciman and David Leavitt.

When Caleb Milton leaves his hometown for New York City he meets Tristan Somersmoore, their lives are changed forever.  As they continue to meet throughout their lives, they see the good and the bad.  Will they ever find happiness together?

A Century Divided by Silvia Hildebrandt is another new author and that can be scary for some but as I've said before I find it exhilarating.  I find myself being able to enjoy the story without the expectation the author has to "live upto" because of previous works I've read.  Silvia Hildebrandt is no different and she's definitely made my author-to-watch list.

I loved being able to experience history through the eyes of Caleb and Tristan as they do.  There are times when I expected to look out my front window and find myself staring at a time gone by instead of the same view I've had everyday for over 20 years.  When an author can get you so lost in setting and still make the characters come alive while they worm their way into your heart, you know you have a winner in your hands.  A Century Divided may not make my annual re-read list but I know I'll be revisiting Caleb and Tristan again.


Author Bio:
Silvia Hildebrandt was born in Romania, in the Puszta, to a German father and a Hungarian mother. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, she fled to Germany in 1990, when she was five years old. She studied German literature and history at the elite university of Tübingen and published a short academical text in an anthology about duchess Barbara Gonzaga of Württemberg. Her thesis examined the effeminate King Richard II. of England and Gender as a legitimization of kingship. After giving birth to her two daughters, she started writing her first novel “A Century Divided.” Currently, she is writing her second novel.

Audiobook Tour: The Eagle and the Fox by Nya Rawlyns

Title: The Eagle and the Fox
Author: Nya Rawlyns
Series: Snowy Range Mystery #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense, Contemporary Western, Standalone
Audiobook Release Date: December 28, 2016
Narrator: Nick J Russo
ebook Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Jade Horse Publishing
Cover Design: Dreams2Media

Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family’s spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.

Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.

When violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY, it’s easy to place blame on Petilune's mysterious new boyfriend, Ojibwe teen Kit Golden Eagle. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.

Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…

Author Bio:
Nya Rawlyns writes a variety of genres – suspense/mystery, contemporary western, romance, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, literary fiction and contemporary young adult fantasy.

A lifelong equestrienne, she has competed in dressage and distance riding. She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her daughter, horses, cats, and the hens from hell. She has a family of friends and supporters who provide not just inspiration but absolute belief in her characters and stories.


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