Monday, June 17, 2013

The Portrait Blog Tour and Giveaway

About the book:

England 1812 Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision. Throughout the campaigns, Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason dictates one course, his heart another.

My Review

Edward Thurston is severely wounded during a battle.  Because of his injuries, he has been sent home, no longer a soldier.  Now being in charge of the household, he has to deal with his unruly brother, however, Edward has great patience.  He has decided to end his engagement with Lady Jennifer, not wanting her to have pity on him, and free her of the bethothal that was prearranged before he went to battle.  He feels like he is doing the right thing by her.

Edward and Lady Jennifer agree to be friends.  However, their paths cross more than frequently throughout the story.  Their lives are intertwined with their brothers being best friends at Oxford., causing more chaos than actual study.

Edward, even though quite strong, still suffers from nightmares about war.  Lady Jennifer not once pities him.  Edward is quite the teaser, however Lady Jennifer seems to be able to dish it right back at him. Neither Edward or Jennifer wishes to ever marry, however, fondness seems to grow between them, however they both don't realize it.

I Loved this story...It was a romantic read, about Edward giving up his love because he feels that its the right thing, even though Lady Jennifer is the one that helped him through the toughest part of his life.  I loved the Innocent bantering back and forth between the two.  They are both strong characters with strong personalities.  The story was refreshing, being cast back into the 1800's where you would think life would be more simple, however that's totally not the case.  If you love historic reads, this is the one for you.

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About the author:

Hazel Statham lives in England and has been writing on and off since she was fifteen. Initially she was influenced by Austen, the Brontes, and Sabatini but when Hazel turned seventeen, Georgette Heyer opened up the romance and elegance of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She immediately knew she had found her eras and wanted nothing more than to re-create them in her work. Hazel lives with her husband, Terry, and a beautiful Labrador named Mollie.

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To be in with a chance of winning a H/B copy of Consequence or a small item of jewellery. (e.g. pearl earrings) please leave a comment below with your email addie ANY comment you make during the tour on ANY post counts as an entry into the giveaway! The giveaway ends 30 June and a random commenter will be picked, emailed and announced on the Dilly Dally PR site. GOOD-LUCK!

The Tour

June 11:

Book Spotlight & Excerpt @ Storey Book Reviews
Review, Guest Post & Excerpt @ Heart Breaking Reviews
June 12:
Author Interview, Spotlight & Excerpt @ Clean Romance Reviews
June 13:

Book Spotlight & Excerpt @ Celticladys Reviews

June 14:
Book Spotlight @ Fantasy Books
Review, Spotlight, Top 5 Post @ Deal Sharing Aunt
June 15:
Review & Spotlight @ Toodles Book Club
June 16:
Guest Post, Spotlight & Excerpt @ The Book Divas Club
June 17:
June 18:
Review & Guest Post @ My Devotional Thoughts
June 19:
Book Spotlight & Excerpt @ Word to Dreams
June 20:

Review & Spotlight @ Recent Reads


  1. this looks like a fun book for the summer! thanks for sharing!
    Melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

  2. Many thanks for such a lovely review. It is very much appreciated.

  3. Wishing you tons of success, Hazel. The book sounds like a great read.

    1. Many thanks, Melanie and Kathy. I hope my readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

  4. I'm always looking for the next romantic read. THE PORTRAIT is on my reading list now.