Sunday, February 8, 2009
Rae Lori is going to be one of the first of my guest blog reviewer for me. She will be reviewing some books that she had previously read but would like to recommend to readers of this blog. This is the second of a couple of reviews that Rae will be posting here on the blog for all to enjoy and you can also visit her own blog to enjoy what she has to say.
* * * *
Zoe by T.A. Ford $ 17.99 (388 Pages) From the moment I saw the cover for Zoe by T.A. Ford, I was entranced. The rich pastel textures reminded me of sweet confections reminiscent of beautiful previous century tapestries. The fact that a beautiful girl with smooth coffee skin instead of the usual porcelain complexion graced the cover made me sit up and take notice along with the laced title. I don't usually read historical romances, mainly because the heroines were of the run of the mill same variety without much difference between them. Thus I couldn't find much interest. I did read historical fiction, like the Feast of July & Legends of the Fall, and many movies that took placed in the previous century that were adapted from books still grace my shelves to this day. However Zoe has helped introduced me to a new love in a genre I hope to find more of in the coming days: IR Historical Romance. And yet it's so much more than that. From the moment we're introduced to Zoe, her sister Marianne and her stepmother Madame we enter a world of rare privilege and high society. Where women's futures are defined by the men they marry. Marianne is set to ride this path as she is to meet with the Count Julián LaRoque de Toulouse as they enter his home. But once the Count sees Zoe, he is entranced by her and sets to make her his. Most of the synopsis is in the back of the book so I won't recount it. I'll share my thoughts on the book instead. In a word, this book is magnificent. A richly described novel that takes you into the depths of the character's turmoil, loves, frustrations and fights as they interact in early 19th century Toulouse, France. Author T.A. Ford takes you on a journey of the self discovery of her title character as she leaves childhood behind and enters womanhood. There were so many beautiful descriptions and wonderful quotes. One in particular stands out: She reached down and pulled up the covers. She understood now that being a woman was not losing her virginity. Being a woman meant understanding her heart. Zoe is definitely a strong independent female character forced to grow up wiser than her years due to the inhumanity she grew up around as a child and that she was reminded of by her stepmother every day. Even through all the atrocities she faces and as she fears the loss of her family and her loves heart, you can't help but love her and keep cheering her on as she struggles to survive a cruel world. Count LaRoque is a complex romance hero that defies mere terms like that of alpha and beta. He lives and breathes right off the pages as he goes from cold hearted womanizer to lovelorn hero within the pages. Once his past is revealed, it all becomes clear. Author T.A. Ford said this book is part factual and part fantasy and I can see where some liberties may have been taken. But overall the book feels like it could have taken place in a very real time not too long ago. The descriptions of the scenery as well the character's dresses and actions made it seem like a period movie played out in my head as I read. I wished all the more that my dreams for directing had already come to light as this would definitely be a story I would be more than eager to adapt for the visual medium of storytelling (with the author's consent and guidance of course ;-)). I can't say enough about Zoe and I can't remember when a book last had me cheering out loud one minute, crying the next, and yelling in surprise the next minute after that. I started reading the book late last night with only the idea of reading one chapter and ended up reading until the sun started rising outside my window. Tonight I finished the second half of the book and haven't remember plowing through a good book in that short amount of time since I was thirteen reading Jurassic Park in three days. This book has definitely made it to my keeper shelf and I can't wait to reread it again later. The book may seem rather costly but do not let that sway you. It is an amazing, entertain and beautiful read that you should definitely check out. Zoe has earned its way as number 1 on my best reads of 2008 list and I can't wait to see what else T.A. Ford has in store for her readers. I hope IR Historical Romances start popping up like Zoe, because if they do, I'll definitely be eating them up like hot cakes!
A highly recommended read.

4 comments:

  1. Zoe sounds like a great book!
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of HOPE..
    http://courageinpatience.blogspot.com
    Ch. 1 is online!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for sharing your favorite book. I'm all about promoting my fellow e-pubbed authors, and I have a list of favorites to choke a horse. Topping the list is Anita Davison, an English author, who has penned the Duking Days Series. I never expected to be swept up in English history and fall so in love with the period and it's colorful characters. Anita performed the most amazing trick of drawing me out of my same old reading pattern. I've always been an historical lover, but always stuck with the old west. That's my passion for writing, too.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Enjoyed your review. And I'm enjoying your site. Found it through Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction, and I shall definitely be following this blog. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks everyone!

    Beth, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The book was wonderful and I just had to spread the news. :-) Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Ginger, that sounds like a wonderful book! I'll have to check that out. :-)

    Sheila, thanks! You should definitely check back because Phoebe's blog is great! Lots of goodies here.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting my Talk About My Favorite Authors blog. Comments written here are much appreciated and I hope that you enjoyed your visit and will be coming back soon.

About Me

My Photo
Phoebe Jordan
I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre.
 
I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books.

I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.
View my complete profile

Labels

A Tale of Shar Series (1) Abby Cooper Psychic Eye Mystery Series (1) Adrianne Brennan (2) Advance Readers Copy Reviews (31) Aisling Grey Series (1) Alexis Duvall (1) Alison Kent (2) Ally Carter (2) Alyson Noël (2) Amanda Ashby (2) Amanda Matetsky (1) Amy Redwood (4) Anastasia Rabiyah (1) Anastasia Steele (1) Angela Cameron (5) Angelis Family Series (4) Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series (3) Ann DeFee (1) Anne Elizabeth (1) Aphra Connolly Death Mystery Series (2) Apple Products (1) April Bostic (3) Argeneau Family Vampire Series (1) Ashen Twilight Series (1) Ashlynn Monroe (2) Ashton Grove Werewolves Series (5) Australian Series (2) Authors (21) Ava Rose Johson (1) BDSM (1) Betty Smith (1) Beverly Barton (1) Bitter Creek Series (1) Black Daggar Brotherhood (3) Blog Talk Radio (18) Blogs (11) Blood and Sex Series (3) Bonnie Dee (1) Book Blogger Appreciation Week (6) Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference (3) Book Challenge (1) Book Expo of America (2) Book Reviews (177) Book Trailers/Videos (6) Books turned to Movies (6) Bragg Saga Series (4) Brenda Joyce (18) Bridgerton Family Series (1) Brody Crossing Series (1) Broken Heart Oklahoma Vampire Series (1) Brotherhood of the Sword Series (5) Bubbles Yablonsky Series (1) Buchanan Family Series (3) C.H. Admirand (2) Cajun Contemporary Series (1) Cameron Sisters Series (1) Captive Hearts Series (1) Cara Summers (4) Casa Dracula Series (3) Cassandra Curtis (1) Catherine Anderson (7) Catherine Coulter (8) Catherine Lanigan (1) Cathy Maxwell (3) Cathy McDavid (1) Cavendish Square Trilogy (1) Cecilia Tan (2) Celestial Lovers Series (2) Celia May Hart (1) Celina Summers (1) Centurion Series (1) Charlaine Harris (9) Charles Towne Belle Series (1) Charline Ratcliff (3) Charlotte Dillion (1) Charlotte Hughes (3) Charlotte McClain (2) Chelsea James (1) Chesapeake Bay Saga Series (1) Chicago Stars Series (1) Christian Grey (1) Christian Romance (3) Christina Dodd (1) Christine Feehan (2) Chrysalis Series (2) Ciar Cullen (1) Circle Trilogy (1) Clare Austin (3) Claudia Dain (1) Comanche Series (1) Contest (12) Coulter Family Series (1) Courtesan Series (1) Courtship Wars (3) CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1) Crossroads Series (3) Crystal Green (6) Crystal Jordan (6) Cynthia Eden (2) Daddy in Progress Series (3) Dakota Johnson (1) Dallas Duet Series (1) Dara England (1) Dark Gate series (1) Dark Hunter Series (1) Dark Moon Series (1) Dark of kNight Series (1) Dark Ones Series (1) Dawn Atkins (1) Dawn Thompson (1) Dead World Series (1) Debbi Rawlins (1) Debbie Macomber (1) Debora Dennis (1) Debra Cown (1) Dee Tenorio (2) Deirdre Martin (1) Demon Princess Chronicles Series (1) Dena Celeste (2) Denise Lynn (1) Desert Secret Series (1) Devil's Duology Series (1) Devyn Quinn (1) Diana Castilleja (1) Diana Holquist (1) Dirk and Steele Series (1) Dolan Brothers Family Series (1) Dollaganger series (1) Dorothy Garlock (8) Drake Family Series (2) Dukes of Wyndham Series (2) E. L. James (3) eBooks (177) Eden Bradley (1) Elizabeth Lowell (2) Elle Amery (6) Emily Bryan (2) Erica Orloff (2) Erotic Horror Romance (1) Eva Gordon (5) Fadó Trilogy (2) Fae Sutherland (4) Federation Series (3) Fever Series (5) Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy (3) Final Prophecy Series (3) Firehouse 59 Series (1) Francesca Cahill Deadly Series (1) Fred the Mermaid Series (3) Friday’s at Luciano’s Series (1) Gabriella Hewitt (2) Gail Roarke (1) Gallagher Girls Series (2) Genella deGrey (2) Gerry Bartlett (4) Ghostwalker Series (1) Glory St. Claire Vampire Series (4) Goddess Fish Promotions (4) Grace Coopersmith (1) Graphic Novels (1) Guest Blog Reviewer (7) Guest Blogger (59) Gwen Hayes (1) Gwen Rowley (1) Gwynne Forster (1) Hailey North (5) Harlequin American Romance Series (10) Harlequin Blaze Series (25) Harlequin Special Releases (1) HarperCollins Publishers (1) Harry Potter Series (1) Highlander Series (9) Historical McKettrick Series (4) Hope Tarr (1) Hot Cops Series (1) Hotel Marchance Series (1) House of Night Series (5) Houston Family Series (1) Immortals After Dark Series (4) Immortals Series (2) Imprint William Morrow (1) IN DEATH Series (2) In The Garden Trilogy (1) Indencent Proposals Series (2) Indie Publishing (1) Inez Kelley (1) Inspirational Romance Series (1) Interview (74) Irish Trilogy Series (1) Irish Western Series (1) Isabo Kelly (1) J.D. Robb (3) J.K. Coi (2) J.K. Rowling (1) J.L. Oiler (1) J.R. Ward (5) Jacquie D'Alessandro (1) Jade Lee (1) Jaid Black (3) Jamie Dornan (1) Jane Austen (1) Jane Feather (2) Janet Chapman (10) Janis Reams Hudson (1) Jasmine Aherne (3) Jax Cassidy (1) Jayne Ann Krentz (2) Jeanne St. James (1) Jeannie Ruesch (1) Jenna Bayley-Burke (3) Jennifer Crusie (1) Jennifer Haymore (1) Jennifer Leeland (1) Jeri Smith-Ready (1) Jess Granger (1) Jessica Andersen (3) Jessica Barksdale Inclán (3) Jessica Brody (1) Jessica Coulter Smith (12) Jessie Colter (1) Joan Johnston (6) Joanne Rendell (1) Jodi Lynn Copeland (1) Johanna Lindsey (1) Joie Cain (1) Joneses Family Series (1) Jordan Summers (1) joy nash (1) Judith McNaught (4) Judy Christenberry (1) Julia London (2) Julia Quinn (4) Julie Garwood (6) Julie James (2) Julie Kimbrell (1) K. Celeste Bryan (1) Kane/Cabot Vampire Series (1) Kara Lennox (3) Karen Anders (3) Karen Erickson (1) Karen Marie Moning (8) Karen Robards (3) Karen Rose Smith (3) Karin Tabke (1) Karoline Barrett (1) Kate Holly Case Series (2) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (7) Kathryn Caskie (3) Kathy Lyons (1) Kathye Quick (3) Katie Alender (1) Katie MacAlister (11) Kazuo Ishiguro (1) KB Alan (1) Keisha Mennefee (1) Kelley Nyrae (2) Kelly Jones Thriller Series (2) Kelly Marcel (1) Kendra Ballantyne - Pet-Sitter Mystery Series (6) Kerrelyn Sparks (8) Keta Diablo (13) Key Trilogy Series (1) Kiki Howell (3) Kim Knox (1) Kimberley Troutte (1) Kinley MacGregor (7) Klaus Brothers Series (2) Kresley Cole (7) L.L. Foster (2) Lara Adrian (1) Laura Bickle (1) Laura Marie Altom (2) Laurell K. Hamilton (6) Lauren Dane (5) Lauren Fraser (2) Lauren Murphy (1) Laurin Wittig (1) League of Sensational Abilities (LSA) Series (2) Legacy Series (1) Leigh Ellwood (1) Leigh Michaels (1) Leslie Wainger (1) Lex Valentine (2) Lilli Feisty (1) Linda Francis Lee (1) Linda Gerber (2) Linda Howard (3) Linda Lael Miller (20) Linda Mooney (1) Linda O. Johnston (6) Linda Palmer (8) Linda Windstead Jones (1) Linore Rose Burkard (2) Lisa Jackson (5) Lisa Lane (6) Lisa M. Campbell (2) Lisa Marie Wilkinson (1) Lisa Whitefern (1) Lissa Matthews (2) Logger Series (1) London Undead Series (1) Lone Star Sisters Series (3) Look Book Series (1) Lorhainne Eckhart (3) Lori Borrill (1) Lori Foster (12) Lori Handeland (3) Lori Perkins (1) Lori Wilde (3) Love at Stake Series (6) Lucinda Betts (1) Lust in Space Series (1) Lust in Translation Miniseries (1) Lynsay Sands (1) M. Jean Pike (2) M.A. Ellis (1) M.G. Braden (2) M.J. Holliday Ghost Hunter Mysteries Series (2) M.L. Lacy (3) MacAlister Series (5) MacBook Pro (2) MacKade Brothers Series (1) Madonna Lacy (3) Maggie Shayne (1) Magic Series (1) Male/Male Erotic Romance (4) Manic Readers Review (10) Margay Leah Justice (2) Marguerite Labbe (1) Maria Murnane (1) Marine Series (1) Mario Puzo (1) Marisa Chenery (3) Marjorie M. Liu (1) Marta Acosta (4) MaryJanice Davidson (4) MaryLu Tyndall (3) McKettrick Series (9) Megan Hart (1) Melissa and Christopher Golliday (2) Men of Mercy Medical Series (2) Men of the West Series (1) Merry Gentry Series (1) Message Boards/Forums (5) Michele Bardsley (2) Michele Dunaway (1) Michelle Gagnon (2) Michelle Lauren (3) Michelle M. Pillow (5) Midnight Breed Series (1) Millie Criswell (1) Minnette Meador (2) Missy Lyons (1) Moira Keith (3) Mojo Sheepshanks Books Series (2) Monère Children of the Moon Series (3) Montana Brides Series (2) Montana To Die Series (2) Morganville Vampires Series (5) Movie (2) Nancy O'Berry (3) Nell Dixon (1) New Books (3) New Moon (1) New Orleans Series (1) Nicole Jordan (5) Nicole Morgan (2) Nightcreatures Series (1) Niki Green (1) Non-Romance (1) NOOKbook (1) NOOKcolor (1) Nora Roberts (22) Norah Hess (1) Northbridge Nuptials Series (5) One True Love Trilogy Series (1) Orphan Train Series (1) P.C. and Kristin Cast (5) Paige Turner Mystery Series (1) Paige Tyler (5) Paige Warren (3) Pamela Clare (1) Pamela Palmer (1) Paradise Series (1) Patricia Sargeant (1) Patti Berg (1) Penguin Publishing Group (1) Penny McCall (1) Penny Watson (3) Perfect Anatomy Series (3) Personal (44) Phoenix Chronicles Series (2) PJ Schnyder (1) Podcast (18) Portia da Costa (2) Promotional (88) Puffin Harbor Series (1) Pump Up Your Book Promotion (5) Quaid Horses Series (1) Quartzton Series (4) Queen Betsy Undead Series (2) R.F. Long (4) R.G. Alexander (2) Rachel Caine (5) Rachel Vincent (1) Rae Lori (5) Raintree Series (1) Rating 3 Open Books (6) Rating 3.5 Open Books (18) Rating 4 Open Books (78) Rating 4.5 Open Books (39) Rating 5 Open Books (6) Ravenous Romance (1) Realms Beyond Series (1) Rebecca J. Vickery (3) Reese Johnson (2) Requested Reviews (117) RG Alexander (1) Rhiannon Leith (2) Rie McGaha (3) Rikki Donovan (1) Rita Gerlach (1) Rita Sawyer (3) Rob Graham (1) Robin Shope (1) Romance Divas Promo (15) Romantic Suspense (1) Romantic Times BOOKlovers Convention (2) Route 66 Series (1) Royle Sisters Trilogy (3) RT BOOKlovers Convention Special (16) Russian Series (1) Saint Georges Series (1) Salamander's Tales Series (1) Sam Taylor-Johnson (1) Sandra Hill (1) Sara Taney Humphreys (2) Sarah Strohmeyer (3) SBC Fighters Series (5) Second Romance Series (2) Secret Lives of Cowboys Series (1) Seeds of Oden (1) Sela Carsen (1) Servant Series (2) Sexy Series (1) Sharon Sala (3) Shayla Black (2) Shelley Munro (3) Sherbrooke Bride Series (2) Sherrilyn Kenyon (4) Shiloh Walker (3) Sign of Seven Trilogy Series (3) Silhouette Nocturne Series (3) Silhouette Special Edition Series (15) Silver Dragons Series (2) Sinclair Brothers Series (1) Sisters of the Lone Star Series (1) Small Town USA Series (1) Song Series (2) Sookie Stackhouse - Southern Vampire Series (8) Soul Screamers Series (1) Stella Bagwell (1) Stephanie Adkins (2) Stephenie Meyer (4) Sunny (4) Susan Andersen (2) Susan Elizabeth Phillips (1) Susan Johnson (1) Susan Mallery (5) Sutherland Brothers Series (1) Sweetbrier Academy Series (2) T.A. Ford (1) T.L. Mitchell (2) Tales of the Darkworld Series (1) Tall Dark and Dangerously Hot Trilogy Series (3) Tamela Quijas (2) Tami Hoag (2) Tanya Michaels (1) Tara S. Nichols (4) Tatiana Caldwell (1) Tawny Taylor (3) Tawny Weber (6) Teresa D'Amario (1) Teresa Medeiros (3) Teresa Southwick (2) Terisa Wilcox (1) The Darkness and the Night Series (3) The de Warenne Dynasty Series (9) The Doomsday Brethren Series (2) The Masters of Time (1) The Scandal Series (1) The State of Parenthood Series (2) The Suds Club (4) Theresa Scott (2) Thursday Thirteen (11) Tori Carrington (2) Tracy Cooper-Posey (3) Triton Experiment Series (1) Twilight Saga (1) Twilight Series (6) Two Showgirls Series (1) Undercover Lovers Miniseries (1) V.C. Andrews (1) Vampire Bite Series (2) Vanessa Jaye (1) Veronica Wolff (3) Victoria Chancellor (1) Victoria Laurie (3) Victoria Pade (5) W. Somerset Maugham (1) Wasteland Series (3) Websites (14) Wendy Ely (4) Widgets (1) Wild Horse Press (22) Winston Family Series (3) Wolf Maiden Chronicles Series (4) Wolf of My Heart Series (1) Writing (3) Writing Romance (10) WVMP Radio Series (1) Young Adult (28)

Total Pageviews

Featured Post

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Poster It was more than year ago that we had heard rumors that there would be a Fifty Shades of Grey movie com...

Blog Archive

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge

Phoebe has read 1 book toward her goal of 180 books.
hide

My Loyal Readers

Social Media Profiles

Amazon ProfileBlogger ProfileFacebook Fan PageGoogle ProfileLinkedIn ProfileMySpacePhoebe Jordan’s PayPal Verified!SkypeTwitterIn the Life of…An Aspiring Romance WriterYahoo! ProfileYouTube Channel

I'm Currently Reading...

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

To Be Read Pile

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

*

Goodreads Updates

TAMFA Podcast

Listen to internet radio with Phoebe Jordan on BlogTalkRadio

FeedBurner

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


Popular Posts

Blogs of Interest