Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tour Hashtag: #BoneChurchTour

Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Pier’s Court Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction/Thriller/Suspense
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 In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal, a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement, and a gypsy with a risky sex life. As one by one their chances for fleeing the country collapse, the two join a plot to assassinate Hitler’s nefarious Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Josef Goebbels.
But the assassination attempt goes wildly wrong, propelling the lovers in separate directions.
Felix’s destiny is sealed at the Bone Church, a mystical pilgrimage site on the outskirts of Prague, while Magdalena is thrust even deeper into the bowels of a city that betrayed her and a homeland soon to be swallowed by the Soviets. As they emerge from the shadowy fog of World War II, and stagger into the foul haze of the Cold War, Felix and Magdalena must confront the past, and a dangerous, uncertain future.
My Review
Four Stars
Copy received  from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
So, Bone Church.  First, I have to say that yes, I liked this book.  But I also have to say that I had so many questions at the beginning of the story that I was lost for a big chunk of the book.  I am however, happy I stuck with it.  It was a fantastic journey but one that requires patience.
The beginning of the story gave me goosebumps. "Friend" was terrifying to me because my overworked imagination kept coming up with different reasons for  him.

Felix and Magdalena were a mixture of hope, despair, optimism and finally a sad reality.  Their love story was very beautiful but by no means perfect.  I loved how the author interwove the different elements in the story.  There was Felix and Magdalena.  They gave a big heart and soul to the story.  The Infant of Prague was also a key figure in the story.  The author was able to include it's significance and at the same time introduce the history of the Czech Republic/ Czechoslovakia.  The uneasy feeling that began in the story carried all the way through.  The author kept me constantly guessing and wondering what would happen.  The reality of the Bone Church and how it symbolically  provides a full circle moment for the story and the characters, was brilliant.

I've had the honor of traveling to Prague and can attest to the history of this beautiful city and the feeling surrounding it. The uneasy of the Cold War and the uncertainty of the time.  Ultimately,  I was happy and satisfied with The Bone Church and highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys history and reading a book that is like a puzzle.  Slowly the pieces come together and the final production is worth it!

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About the Author

Victoria Dougherty writes fiction, drama, and essays that often revolve around spies, killers, curses and destinies. Her work has been published or profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, International Herald Tribune and elsewhere. Earlier in her career, while living in Prague, she co-founded Black Box Theater, translating, producing and acting in several Czech plays. She lives with her husband and children in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For more information, please visit Victoria Dougherty’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

The Bone Church Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 16
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Interview at Mina’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, June 17
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, June 18
Excerpt at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Thursday, June 19
Guest Post at I’d So Rather Be Reading
Monday, June 23
Review at Based on a True Story
Tuesday, June 24
Review at Bibliotica
Friday, June 27
Review at Back Porchervations
Monday, June 30
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Tuesday, July 1
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, July 2
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, July 3
Review at
Monday, July 7
Review at Library Educated
Thursday, July 10
Excerpt & Spotlight at Books and Benches
Monday, July 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, July 15
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Thursday, July 17
Guest Post at Savvy Verse & Wit
Friday, July 18
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
Monday, July 21
Review at Book Nerd
Tuesday, July 22
Review at The Lit Bitch
Wednesday, July 23
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Thursday, July 24
Review at Mari Reads
Review at bookramblings
Monday, July 28
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Review at Good Friends, Good Books, and a Sleepy Conscience
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry
Tuesday, July 29
Review at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, July 30
Review at Luxury Reading
Thursday, July 31
Review at From the TBR Pile

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