2018 WHEN Are You Reading? @SamAnnElizabeth ‘s Challenge – Completed

Way back in January I decided to try this challenge run by Sam Ann Elizabeth 

The complete challenge was to include at least 12 books, one from each of the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
  • 1500-1599
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

I wasn’t sure if I read widely enough across the timeline, but today my results surprised me. In sections where I’ve read a high volume of books, I’ve chosen a selection of books. Book titles have links to my reviews.

Pre 1500s

Athena’s Champion by David Hair and Cath Mayo – Greek mythology

Brethren by Robyn Young – Knights Templar

Smile Of The Wolf by Tim Leach – Set in Iceland

The Greenest Branch by J.K. Adams – Set in Germany and features Benedictine abbess Hildegard

The Heart Of The Conqueror by G. Lawrence – About William the Conqueror

Daughter Of War by S .J .A. Turney – Knights Templar



The Golden Lynx by C.P. Lesley – Set in Russia


Flood by Ann Swinfen – Set in England’s Fenlands

The Green Phoenix by Alice Poon – Set in China


The Earl And The Enchantress by Paulette Golden – Historical romance

Whales And Strange Stars by Kathy Sharp – Set in Kent


The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett – YA tale of emigration

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath – Historical romance

From Governess To Countess by Marguerite Kaye – Historical romance

The Dressmaker’s Secret by Charlotte Betts – Features Princess Caroline Of Brunswick

Winds Of Time by Lilly Gayle – Historical romance set in Texas

My Antonia by Willa Cather – Classic American historical fiction set in Nebraska


The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull – Featuring early women aviators

Call Of The Canyon by Zane Grey – Set in Arizona

The Captain And The Calvalry Trooper by Catherine Curzon – M/M romance set during WW1


Trusting The Currents by Lynnda Pollio – Set in small town America, with a spiritual theme.

The Madonna Of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (begins in 1923) Set in Italy


A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton – Family saga set in London during WW2

Never Say Goodbye by Hilary Green – A resistance-themed WW2 drama


Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (begins in 1962) Set in southern Georgia

Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton – Set in Memphis


Nightfall Berlin by Jack Grimwood – A cold war thriller

Dear Comrade Novak by Silvia Hildebrant – Set in Romania during the revolution

Lucky Star by Holly Curtis – Coming of age story

2000- present

Connectedness by Sandra Danby (begins in 2009) – Story featuring adoption

Lush by Gabrielle Fernie – A true story soaked in gin

The Woman At Number 24 by Juliet Ashton – Set in Notting Hill


Amendments by Hannah Lynn – Set in futuristic Britain

The Afterlife Of Alice Watkins by Matilda Scotney – Mild scifi

If you’d like to join in with the challenge for 2019 check out Sam’s blog post here.

Rosie’s #Bookreview HistFic #Romance The Earl And The Enchantress by @PaullettGolden

The Earl and The Enchantress (The Enchantresses, #1)The Earl and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden

4 stars

The Earl And The Enchantress is a historical romance set during 1790 and takes place in England.

The book opens with an introduction to Lizbeth Trethow, an unwilling attendee at a ball. She escapes her aunt’s matchmaking attempts by slipping off to the library. But she’s not alone; Sebastian Roddam is also avoiding the ball. The couple find themselves debating authors; Lizbeth is thrilled to find a well-read opponent, while Sebastian is surprised by Lizbeth’s vast knowledge. He is unaccustomed to meeting aristocratic women so knowledgeable.

When his cousin courts her sister, Sebastian and Lizbeth look forward to chaperoning the couple and strengthening their friendship. Neither is looking for a marriage partner; Lizbeth refuses to become any husband’s possession, while Sebastian feels unworthy of love. But they have much to connect them; when the season ends, and all society leaves London, they actually miss each other.

The second part of the book takes place near the Scottish borders. Lizbeth’s sister, now married,  sends a plea asking Lizbeth to visit her in Northumberland, a place not far from Sebastian’s own residence. Lizbeth is excited, hoping to meet him again. Will the pair ever be destined to be more than just friends?

I particularly enjoyed the northern setting of this book and Sebastian’s renovated castle. The minor King Arthur plot was also a lovely touch, and the descriptions of the library fulfilled my book-loving dream. The storyline fits the genre well, and I would describe the romance as having a medium level of heat. This is book one of a series, with book two due to be published in 2019.

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Book description

Not all scars can be healed with a kiss.

Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam, harbors a family secret so dark he has forsaken marriage to hide the past. When fate introduces him to Lizbeth, he believes he has met his perfect match—a woman with whom he can share passion without commitment.

Lizbeth Trethow risks everything to follow her heart until Sebastian’s past returns to haunt them. Desperate to hide the blood on his hands, he sabotages their happiness. Everything depends on Lizbeth unraveling the truth and turning this villain into a hero.

This is the love story of Lizbeth and Sebastian as they battle metaphoric ghosts born of murder and enlightenment to be together.

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