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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

HFVBT presents... THE SPIRITED MRS. PRINGLE by Jillianne Hamilton - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion featuring, you guessed it, a work of Historical Fiction that will amaze, astound, and flabbergast reading audiences for a myriad of reasons.  Ready to take a journey most exciting with ups, downs, and many in-betweens?  GREAT!  Let's get the show started as we zero in on today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

The Spirited Mrs. Pringle
Jillianne Hamilton
Publication Date: June 30, 2021
Tomfoolery Press 

Genre: Historical Fiction 

About the book...

LONDON, 1888.

Upon the death of her husband, self-involved social climber Cora Pringle assumes her recent dalliance with a wealthy gentleman will be her second chance at a happily ever after. That is until her paramour turns out to be a penniless imposter. Despite his betrayal, Cora can’t quite let go of the tug the handsome playwright has on her heart. 

Desperate for an income, Cora becomes a séance-performing spiritualist and gets a taste for celebrity—and it’s so delicious. So what if she can’t actually communicate with the dead? Her eager patrons don’t need to know that. 

Amelia Baxter, an ambitious journalist and suffragist, is discouraged when her editor refuses to let her cover the horrific Jack the Ripper murders. Instead, Amelia pours her frustrations into bringing Cora’s deceptive and manipulative act to an end, even if it means risking her family’s reputation.

“Like the most memorable of its vividly drawn characters, The Spirited Mrs. Pringle is clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining. Perhaps most enjoyable of all is the seemingly endless series of surprises. A string of sometimes astonishing pleasures to the last page.” - Award-Winning Author Leo McKay Jr. 


This is a story told from two very different vantage points, and while they are on opposing sides throughout the novel, in the end...they can truly see eye to eye.

Cora was an ambitious woman.  She built herself up in life with a stable home, a stable husband, a comfortable amount of wealth shared, and a circle of friends that was enough...despite the blasted ladies group never inviting her to join them.  Everything was fine, until it wasn't.  One day, her world was turned in its head, and with the rug very cleanly swept out from under her, she was a ship lost in a storm...but only just.  You see, her heart had found other ports in which to be harbored long before the disastrous event, and while it wasn't exactly perfect, the help granted with a full heart was much more than she could have hoped for at the time.  She finds her footing again, however tenuous, and starts to believe things could be real once again...and sadly, the magic carpet ride she took not so long ago, starts all over again.  How many times can a woman start anew before she throws in the towel?  With Mrs. Pringle there never was a towel to throw in the first place.

Seriously, the way she kept putting on her proverbial big girl pants and got the job done was astounding, especially with the likes of Amelia running about trying to capture her own moment of glory while revealing all the reality behind the magic that people simply wanted to believe.  I mean, Mrs. Pringle wasn't REALLY hurting anyone with her spiritual gests; in fact, some took great solace in the meetings she arranged.  Amelia, however, would have none of it, and despite the challenges she faced, used the life of this woman, the trade she took on out of desperation, to make her own voice heard.  Tit for tat, or something like that, actually pays off for BOTH of them in the end, hence the mention of them seeing eye to eye, but I shan't reveal all because discovering the story behind the magic is half the fun!

Suffice it to say, it's a great read for Historical Fiction fans with characters to love and loathe, and a fascinating look at spiritualists, magicians, and the like of the times.


About the author...

Jillianne Hamilton is the author of three novels and one non-fiction book. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire (2015), was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. The Molly Miranda sequels were published in 2016 and 2017. 

Her lighthearted look at the 16th century, The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, was published in 2018. 

Jillianne has been published in Macleans, the Truro Daily News, the Sackville Tribune-Post, and Career Options Magazine. She also blogs about history at The Lazy Historian. Jill graduated from Journalism at Holland College in Prince Edward Island in 2010. 

She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. 


Blog Tour Schedule 

Monday, August 30
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, August 31

Wednesday, September 1
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, September 2

Friday, September 3

Monday, September 6

Tuesday, September 7
Guest Post at Books & Benches

Wednesday, September 8

Thursday, September 9
Review at Rajiv's Reviews

Friday, September 10

Monday, September 13
Review at A Darn Good Read

Tuesday, September 14
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, September 15

Friday, September 17
Review at Coffee and Ink

Monday, September 20


Enter to win a paperback copy of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle by Jillianne Hamilton! 

The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on September 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter. 


Special thanks to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information about this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now so get spirited away and snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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