LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway
Today I want to share about a current charity and reading opportunity. Instead of spending $5 on a book this week, donate $5 to an LGBTQ charity of your choice, comment at the giveaway page and be entered in a drawing to win a book from a participating donor. The LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway runs through May 1.
I support equality. I read LGBTQ books. I want diversity in books, of all varieties, and I put my time and money behind what I believe.
And now, a review of a recent LGBTQ read:
Daughter of Mystery – Review
Daughter of Mystery delivers:
* female friendship and a slow burn romance
* a rich, historically-inspired fantasy setting
* political intrigue and religious mysteries
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (2014)
Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit the Baron’s fortunes, and even less, his bodyguard. The formidable Barbara is a feared duelist, capable of defending her charges with efficient, deadly force.
Equally perplexing is that she inherited his wealth, Margerit did not inherit the Saveze title, and the new baron eyes the fortunes he lost with open envy. Barbara may be the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed — and the ever deeper layers of intrigue that surround the ill-health of Alpennia’s prince and the divine power from rituals known only as The Mysteries of the Saints.
Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away — for reasons of state and reasons of the heart.
My result: Recommended
Daughter of Mystery is well-written, enjoyable, and hard to classify. It’s a cross genre read that has elements of several genres, but doesn’t fit comfortably into any of them.
The story is set in a fictional European country. Places are invented, but anchored by real world neighbors. Religious mysteries seem vaguely Catholic, but with original Saints, tangible effects, and an internal set of rules and guidelines that works much like a magic system.
* Historical fiction
The class and title system of Alpennia correspond to Medieval life, as do the social expectations of a young debutante entering her one year season of balls and parties. The slower pacing and importance of setting feels like historical fiction. There’s also a great deal of detail put into law and philosophy, which does play an important role in the plot. But this is a fictional world in an unspecified year (as far as I noticed), so history serves as inspiration only.
The love story feels real and moving, but takes a while to take a central role in the plot. (It’s not until 300 pages in that they both acknowledge their feelings for each other.) Daughter of Mystery is immensely satisfying as a romantic relationship that develops naturally out of friendship and circumstance, but don’t expect the romance to be front and center the entire time as in a traditional or category romance.
Daughter of Mystery is a beautiful story of the friendship and eventual love between two women in a detailed, compelling historically-inspired fantasy world. It will appeal to fans of historical fiction, fantasy with religious themes, and historical romance, as well as those looking for LGBT stories.