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Giveaway: Bristol House by Beverly Swerling

As you might imagine, we get a number of requests for giveaways here at Dear Author and I’ve been pretty selective at we’ve given away here at Dear Author. But, I figured that it is a way for readers to be alerted about new books and we can’t possibly read all the books out there. Plus, giveaways for you guys seems like a cool thing. I’ve had authors want to give away ereaders and other sundries and to not give you guys access to that seems a little selfish. Anyway, that is my way of explaining that there will be MORE GIVEAWAYS.

Today’s giveaway is a little packaged promoting Bristol House by Beverly Swerling on your blog. It is a Tudor England themed giveaway: a Bristol House gift bag, bar of lavender soap, and candy — and of course, a copy of the book.

 Bristol House by Beverly Swerling


In the tradition of Kate Mosse, a swiftly-paced mystery that stretches from modern London to Tudor England

In modern-day London, architectural historian and recovering alcoholic Annie Kendall hopes to turn her life around and restart her career by locating several long-missing pieces of ancient Judaica. Geoff Harris, an investigative reporter, is soon drawn into her quest, both by romantic interest and suspicions about the head of the Shalom Foundation, the organization sponsoring her work. He’s also a dead ringer for the ghost of a monk Annie believes she has seen at the flat she is subletting in Bristol House.

In 1535, Tudor London is a very different city, one in which monks are being executed by Henry VIII and Jews are banished. In this treacherous environment of religious persecution, Dom Justin, a Carthusian monk, and a goldsmith known as the Jew of Holborn must navigate a shadowy world of intrigue involving Thomas Cromwell, Jewish treasure, and sexual secrets. Their struggles shed light on the mysteries Annie and Geoff aim to puzzle out—at their own peril.

This riveting dual-period narrative seamlessly blends a haunting supernatural thriller with vivid historical fiction. Beverly Swerling, widely acclaimed for her City of Dreams series, delivers a bewitching and epic story of a historian and a monk, half a millennium apart, whose destinies are on a collision course.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Darlynne
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 10:54:47

    Monks! Missing ancient Judaica! Tudor England! I’d say this book has it all, including more than a hint of my beloved Mary Luke’s Nonsuch Lure. Thank you, Ms. Swerling and Jane.

  2. Rosario
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 11:46:46

    It does sound really intriguing! Do we know if it’s a romance, or a thriller/historical fiction, as the blurb implies? I’d read it either way, but I do like to go into a book with the right expectations!

  3. Jane
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 11:49:33

    @Rosario: I’ll email the publicist and see if she or the author can answer this.

  4. Sandypo
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 18:16:09

    I love the fact that this book involves Judaica and is set at a time when the Jews were banished from England. Very few people are aware of that, outside of Jews and scholars. I would love to win this giveaway but I will put the book on my TBR list in case I don’t.

    I’m glad you’re going to have more giveaways, Jane!

  5. azteclady
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 20:06:49

    *raising hand* Yes, what Rosario said, please.

  6. Renee G
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 23:54:36

    This book sounds fantastic. I love fiction with a historical twist.

  7. Kaetrin
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 00:52:37

    the Rafflecopter widget thingy isn’t showing up for me.

  8. Penguin Books
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 08:23:00

    Hi Everyone!

    The book is really a mix of romance, thriller, and history. There is a compelling love story between Annie and Geoff; the specter of the monk (the same figure who Annie has been sent to London to research?); and of course, the mystical 16th century narrative that is told alongside Annie’s mystery.

    A thriller/historical fiction with a good dose of romance. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the read!

  9. Beverly Swerling
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 06:32:37

    @Rosario: Sorry, I thought this question was coming as a tweet or I’d have shown up earlier… Viking Penguin is calling BRISTOL HOUSE a Supernatural Thriller. That’s probably as good as anything. It is structured like a thriller: there is a threat and it’s real and dangerous and could create horrific collateral damage. There are codes. There’s a “chase scene.” But there’s also a ghost. And a woman with a lot of emotional baggage. And a man who may be the man, but then again, maybe not… It’s a big book with a lot going on and basically it says all our sins can be forgiven if we learn to forgive ourselves. And I’m so grateful to all of you who like it! Or even like the idea of it. Thank you.

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