Hello everyone! Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Author Chloe Helton to introduce her new book The Red Pearl. This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chloe Helton will be awarding $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click the tour banner to follow other stops on the tour!
THE RED PEARL
"The Red Pearl is a delight. Meticulously researched, it transports the reader to the inns and backstreets of Boston in 1778. Lucy Finch’s personal tragedy spurs her on to take an active role in the revolutionary war, despite the immense danger it brings to herself, her family and friends. Ms. Helton’s characters are warm, living beings with gifts and flaws. Their relationships are altered — broken or strengthened — by the battles on distant fields and the evil of individuals closer to home." -
Carrie Bedford, Author of Nobilissima.
There’s something peculiar about the small group of men who have begun to frequent The Red Pearl, the tavern that has hosted a variety of Boston’s men since before the Revolutionary War began. In a rebellious city that does not tolerate. Loyalists, men could come here and speak freely without fear of the repercussions -- and Jasper Finch, the tavern-keeper, has always been proud of that.
But now the war is in full force, and Lucy Finch -- the tavern-keeper’s wife -- is growing nervous about The Red Pearl’s most loyal customers. Their clandestine meetings and hushed whispers suggest dark secrets -- secrets which may threaten the safety of Boston, and the future of the war itself.
Lucy struggles to stay loyal to her husband’s wishes while grappling with the surprising truths of America’s war for independence. When a terrible assault makes her ache for revenge, she must make a choice: Will she keep quiet about the explosive secrets she has learned, or will she expose them and risk her marriage and possibly her life?
Set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Revolutionary War, fans of historical fiction will fall in love with Lucy Finch, who faces impossible choices that may change the fate of a nation.
READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE RED PEARL
The Pig’s Head was where we used to meet, me and Sam and Betty and Henry, two couples madly in love with each other and with the revolution. It had been under these dim torchlights, over a round of the bartender Hal’s famously bitter brandy, that it had all come to be.
It was strange that Jonathan had bid me to come here, because as far as I knew he had never been a regular. There were dozens of pubs in Boston, and yet he had brought me to the very one that stirred up so many memories.
When I entered, I did not spot my brother. Usually Jonathan was punctual, and I was a little late, so I expected him to await me at the bar, or one of the tables in the back. Somewhere.
After making another scan to confirm he wasn’t here, I settled onto a rickety chair at an empty table, one where he’d be sure to see me when he came in. There weren’t so many women here; certainly, there were few enough that it wouldn’t be difficult to find me.
“Lucy,” I heard, the voice booming low from behind me. It was not Jonathan. And the familiar hand that grasped my shoulder was not Jonathan’s, either. I did not dare to imagine it was really him, the man whose voice and hands felt just like this. It could not be.
I looked up. “Sam.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chloe Helton is the author of four historical fiction novels, including And the Stars Wept and the Wattpad favorite A Thousand Eyes. Her readers have journeyed with her from the shores of Elizabethan England to the stormy battlefields of the Civil War in search of the often-hidden stories of women who made history.
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