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Dawnlands

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This book really just took me for a ride. I loved the build up, the character development, and the writing. I would definitely read more from this author because Philippa Gregory is a legend.
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So this is the third book in what I thought was a trilogy, until I read the cliffhanger last chapter. It definitely moves faster than the first book in the series, "Tidelands"; at the same time it feels less cohesive, with multiple storylines and enough characters that I'd have liked a family tree, especially as I've not read the second book in the series. I rather enjoyed the myriad plots, and much of the writing is pristine. When the character Rowan describes windmills as imprisoning the wind, it evokes not just the setting but also that particular character's mindset.

That said, Rowan was one of the issues I have with the book. An Indigenous American, she teeters dangerously close into "noble savage" territory. A few other characters are little more than cartoons. If "Tidelands" is character- and setting-driven, "Dawnlands" is plot-driven; don't expect serious character development. And it's incomprehensible to me why certain characters fall in love quicker than the time it takes to make instant ramen. But the book kept me entertained, and perhaps I'll read the sequel.

Thank you, NetGalley and Atria, for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Best read of 2022. Dawnlands is a continuation of Phillipa Gregory’s (Fairmile #3) series. If you haven’t gotten to this, get on it! It’s a page turner and there is no ultimate low (to sink to) if you’ll do anything to rise to the top…as demonstrated by the best villain character in a book! Despite the fact that the book is historical fiction, you will find details that really did happen in history…such as starving pheasants being “allowed the privilege” to view the King & Queen while dining. No wonder this era can write such cut-throat believable stories.
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I was provided a free advanced copy of this book by @netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
This is the third in The Fairmile series. It continues to follow the Reekie family and their many exploits. Again set many years after the second book, we learn more about the next generation of the family. With a new Catholic King on the throne Livia makes her way into the Queen's court. But she will still impose her ideas and wishes on the Reekie family as contention rises between the English people and the royal family. Ned is back in England and fighting for freedom once again. I felt the ending definitely let it open for another book in the series!
When I was offered this book I didn't realize the publication date was so soon, AND it was the third in a series! 🤦🏻‍♀️ So I quickly got the audiobooks for the first two and then started on this one, but they are all long, so I am pretty late on this review. I definitely enjoyed the whole series so far. I'm pretty invested in this family now and look forward to more in the future, hopefully!
If you like historical fiction, and family dramas, this is definitely for you! 
#Dawnlands #NetGalley
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Fantastic! Philippa Gregory doesn't disappoint as she continues the story of the Reekie family. Fans of the previous volumes will see their favorites return and appreciate the addition of new, and equally memorable characters. Gregory interweaves the great themes of the day - the fight for the English crown, battles for religious supremacy, and growth of slavery and decimation of the indigenous peoples abroad - seamlessly into the story at the center of her book. The Reekies, Ferrymans, and Averys don't disappoint with their private passions, aspirations, and willingness to lose all to get - or keep - what they want.
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This was my least favorite in this series. It picks up 15 years after the last book, Dark Tide, but never gives an update of what happened in that time. There was too much politics for me and I skimmed that and the battle descriptions. Ned is sentenced to death but Rowan, his Indian friend, rescues him and takes his place as a slave in Barbados. I found Rowan interesting but somehow it just didn't work for me with all the intrigue happening in England. Livia makes another appearance and I thought we were done with her. I am appalled at all the things that she does and the other characters know about it but still fall for her lies. There was a lot of back and forth between what Ned was doing for the insurrection, Livia at the palace and Alys at the reef. If there is another book in the series I'll probably skip it.

Thank you to Netgalley and Atria for providing me with a digital copy.
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I want to thank NetGalley for providing me Dawnlands for my honest review.

I didn’t realize this was part of a series and I had trouble following the story.  However, I write down the characters names and who they are and it makes it easier to figure out who is who and why.  I love the historical fiction by this author as she has the ability to detail the characters lives in the story.

This book takes place in England during 1685-1688, when King Charles dies and his brother takes the thrown James II, but he papist.  The people are rebelling and want to bring back Protestant rule., the end of the Stuarts.
The story explores such categories as old loves, family power, slaves,  family drama and an American Indian.  
The story evolves around a family who run an import and export business on the wharf and travel to Barbados and set up a warehouse for sales.  The issue of slaves, sugar, rum and wealthy people are explored in detail.

Aside from all the interaction between families there is one individual Livia, aka Nobildonna.. She is the confidant of the queen Mary.  She plays the villain and plots the course of peoples lives but only to serve her own cause. 

I totally enjoy the books written by Gregory but they are long and complex. It is not the quick read at over 500 pages.  However, if you enjoy fictional History about England there is no better writer in my opinion.    I will have to read the other two books before this one in the Fairmire series.  Enjoy!
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** Book is presented as third in printed column of the Collinwood Observer, along with other versions, one of which is the Euclid Observer, a paper which will come out in the month of December and will be free to readers in and around Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs. While the local news changes in the area my column remains the same.  There are hundreds of pick up areas and stand alone paper boxes where readers will get a copy. 

Tea Time With A Good Book
Only in December We Substitute With Hot Chocolate ;)
By Jeneane Vanderhoof

With so many great  recommendations to close out the year, I wanted to keep them short and plentiful, for under the tree as a gift or a read for yourself on those silent, chilly nights wrapped in a blanket under the twinkling lights.

The Circus Train is a coming of age tale in a mystical, rich, circus, during World War II. It is a tale of strength, courage, love but most of all, endurance, perseverance and overcoming insurmountable, seemingly unwinnable odds. Next, for science fiction/ fantasy fans we turn to the writings of Nathan Traverse in A Fractured Infinity. Hayes Figueiredo, an unsuccessful movie maker, brought to the envisioner, a machine that can't be explained; not where it came from, how it works, even what it does. A complex, metaverse tale that wraps around your mind, not once, or twice but over and over and back to wrap again! 

For fans of historical fiction, Philipia Gregory wraps up her series with the long awaited finale to the Fairmire Series with Dawnland. Livia is well, Livia, up to her old schemes. This time, however, her plans may well include royalty, up to, and including, the heir to the English throne. You won't want to miss this masterpiece. And those who want a writer with a strong pen when it comes to looking toward the Lord for strength, there is The Finding of Miss. Fairfield by Grace Hitchcock. Finally, for mystery lovers there is Coached Red Handed by Victoria Laurie. When Cat's client is murdered after a session in which she provided coaching advice she can't help but feel devastated, intent to catch who done it. An instant, new, favorite of mine!

For the Christmas book every reader must have this season, The Naughty or Nice Clause by Kate Callaghan. When Llyas dead father's toy factory is saved from bankruptcy, to appease her co-CEO Mr. Mason Klaus, she must travel to his family's magical wonderland for twelve days. A romance that will knock your stockings off their chimney hooks! Just don't let Santa catch you with this book, you may end up on his naughty list!

To all my readers, Please go to the online version of this article for a longer review, it's provided with more books for yourself and gifts for the holiday reader of all types and genres! Also, my Goodreads page, Jeneane Vanderhoof. 

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!
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Dawnlands is a multi-POV historical fiction novel that takes place in  1680’s London and Barbados. This is Book three in the Fairmile series, picking up about 15 years after the second book, Dark Tides, left off. 

I  was  plunked right back into history and the story of the Reike family; it was like I had never left. The story is so lush and sweeping that it is worth every one of the 512 pages. 

As I’ve mentioned before, I think the genius in Philippa Gregory’s writing is that she provides such rich detail swirled amongst the fascinating lives of her characters. The same is true with Dawnlands.

I was fully on board until the ending; I don’t know what to make of it! I wanted more of a resolution for some characters and I really wanted one character to get their comeuppance!

I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy richly detailed historical fiction with interesting characters.
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Continue the story. Well researched installment of this historical story. I’d love it in an audiobook, as well
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Philippa Gregory never disappoints and this book, Dawnlands, is no different.  Where she excels at writing about life inside the castles and palaces, this book takes us outside the palace walls and follows the life of one family just trying to survive and scratch out a living. This is the 3rd book in the series and I recommend starting at book one. Each book cuts off at a pivotal place in history and in the lives of this family so be sure you have all three books available to read in order. My only "dislike" about this particular book is that it also ends very abruptly and leaves many questions unanswered so I'm going to assume another book is on the way.  I try to not read series books until I have them all at hand so I'm a bit disappointed that there was no warning about this being the middle of a series. So, reader beware. Other than that one issue, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in British and American history, royalty, love stories, family drama, Indian relations, and this particular book even focused a bit on the sugar and slave trade in Barbados. Very well researched and delivered so that the book is entertaining as well as informative. 

I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley.com in exchange for my honest opinion and that is what I've given here.
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Philippa Gregory always delivers a good story. I didn't read the others in this particular series but I do feel that this one can stand alone.

My favorite character was definitely the strong and spirited Native American girl Rowan, who was dressing as a boy slave to ensure safe passage. 

The storyline kept me engaged throughout and I am compelled to go back and read the others in the series.

I usually read historical romance fiction but Philippa Gregory remains the only historical writer outside of that who has kept me riveted by well developed characters, rich descriptions and wonderful storytelling. I loved the Boleyn series and I thoroughly enjoyed jumping into this series.
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I have loved everything Phillippa Gregory has written and this one is no exception.  I loved the writing and the main characters and I could not put the book down!
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Review will be posted on 11/18/22

If you are read the first two books in the Fairmile series, hopefully you remember where it left off, because readers jump right in at the start of Dawnlands. It's right after the Glorious Revolution and England is at a crossroads. Catholic James II is King, but many families are still divided as some want Charles II's son on the throne. Then there's Livia, who is still plotting, and Alinor who finds herself in the middle of it. Ned Ferryman, Alinor's brother, is coming back home to England, but not without drama. Coming home with him is Rowan, whom Ned saved from the clutches of slavery, and to top it off, Ned wants to join the Rebel Army much to Alinor's dismay. Philippa Gregory weaves many plot lines in Dawnlands, but they all weave together to form a bigger picture; fans of her Fairmile series won't be disappointed.

Alinor is a character I always look forward to revisiting in Dawnlands. She is tough, smart, and dedicated to her family. I enjoy reading about her family and her relationship with her son, Rob, who wants to avoid the upcoming war, but slowly he is finding himself more and more intertwined. There are many different points of view in Dawnlands, and while this was definitely interesting, all of these characters and story lines were difficult to keep straight at least for the first half of the novel. Also, I had a hard time remembering the last book, Dark Tides, as it was two years ago that I read it, so I desperately needed a recap. Once I got a refresher, I appreciated the story a bit more, so with that said, Dawnlands is most definitely not a stand-alone novel and the series should be read in order.

My favorite aspect of Dawnlands is Gregory's ability to bring to life a time and place long forgotten. Whether we are at Windsor Palace, a dark street in London, or even Barbados, she brings it to life expertly and I wouldn't expect anything less from Gregory, who is one of the best historical authors of our time. Also, interestingly enough, I have never read a historical novel that took place in Barbados, so that was especially compelling even though at times it was hard to read about what was going on there as it was colonized. 

So, if you are a fan of the Fairmile series, I don't think you will be disappointed. While I didn't like this novel as much as the other novels in the series, it was still a solid addition to a compelling multi-generational saga. Let me know in the comments below if Dawnlands is on your TBR list and if you are a fan of the Fairmile series or Philippa Gregory.
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I didn't realize "Dawnlands" was the third novel in a series, but picked up optimistically. This is also my first encounter with Philippa Gregory's writing.

"Dawnlands" is told from a series of alternating perspectives set in the 1860s, opening with Ned Ferryman rescuing Rowan, a girl from the Pokanoket tribe, from slavery before they return back to England. Livia, the sneaky and devious confidante to the queen, makes her presence known. The final storyline is covers Ailnor as well as her children Rob and Alys; Rob gets entwined in Ned's storyline as he tries to save the two from death and deportation.

I appreciated the historical context in this novel, as well as the focus on the enslavement of Native American people, which isn't frequently discussed about this period in time. Gregory's writing was complex and varied, and I appreciated the shifts in tone and style as she went between different character's perspectives. While I hadn't read any of the previous novels, I felt that it wasn't too difficult to catch up on the plot, although the additional context would have been helpful, I'm sure, in understanding the characters and situations.
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The 3rd installment in the Fairmile series, this well written book continues with the life of Alinor Reekie and her family. Stretching from England to Barbados and back, through slavery and the end of the Stuart reign in England. With many of the characters from the previous books, this well written historical fiction promises to continue with the ending of this book...
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I finished the final book in Philippa Gregory's Fairmile series this week. "Dawnlands" released last week and unfortunately fell flat for me. 3⭐

The previous books focused on Alinor and her children as they tried to raise their social status in mid-1600s England. This book was more about her brother Ned's journey as a soldier. The stories of Alinor's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were also important, including several marriage proposals and a friendship with the Queen. The book spans several continents again and raises themes of what it means to be free and who has the right to rule over others.

I enjoyed Ned's story the most, which surprised me because that was not the case in the last book. I thought he really understood love and sacrifice the best, out of all the characters.

Gregory's books tend to be dense and usually I love that. However, this one felt fairly slow to me. Above all else, I was disappointed in the ending and felt like it needed an epilogue (or even another book!) to wrap up several characters' arcs.

⚠️ slavery, torture, gruesome war deaths
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A triumphant historical fiction novel, with all the elements of a great fairy tale.

Phillipa Gregory never fails to give us a captivating story, and a delicious set of characters. At the heart of this book is not just the heroes and heroines - but a delectable villainess we can all despise equally. As with many of her novels, the heroes have a seemingly endless set of circumstances that trump each previous one in its kindness. But the Livia, the Nobildonna di Picci, is quite possibly the worst villain in a book I've seen. And, without spoilers, there is truly nothing she won't do to serve her own cause.

This book is an impressive entangling of the storylines of various characters, all with rich and vibrant back stories and varying degrees of morality. It is a smorgasbord of cultures and religious beliefs, and always, lying in wait, the catalyst for evil, It is a story of strong women, weak women, and mean who are driven by their desires and their faith.

Honestly, I couldn't help but smile throughout this well-written, well-plotted novel. Always a delight to read a Gregory novel.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and I was anticipating the third book in her Fairmile series. We are now in the 1680's of English history and another civil war. Once again we meet with Ned Ferryman, returned from America with a young Pokanoket servant, Rowan. Ailnor, her son Rob, her daughter, Alys and their offspring are also on the dividing lines of the events brewing in the country. In addition to the nation's history, we have the exploration of marriage alliances, old loves, slavery, and the power of family.

The more books I read in this series, the more I like it. I even shed a few tears in this one. This should surprise no one who reads my reviews. I am a crier by nature. I loved the addition of Alys' granddaughters- Mia and Gabriella and Ned's servant, Rowan. This was a page turner and only my report cards kept me from finishing this historical fiction in one mighty swoop. It would be an absolute delight to have a mini-series about this family. I do love them so much!


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Publication Date 08/11/22
Goodreads Review 16/11/22
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I have not read any of this authors previous books and did not realize that Dawnlands was part of a book series! That said, I do still feel like this book worked as a standalone novel. I was able to follow along with the story with little confusion. I love a good period piece and this book did that well! I now need to go back and read the previous books from this series!
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