Monday, May 19, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter by Kathy Fischer-Brown

Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter: Book 1, The Serpent’s Tooth trilogy

As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.
Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.

Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.

Publication Date: June 13, 2012
Books We Love Ltd.
Formats: eBook, Paperback

I really surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this book.  The synopsis does not go into great detail with 'this, that and the other thing' that happens in this book, which I gotta say I like. Nothing worse then a scene by scene breakdown and leaving nothing to the imagination.  The beginning of The Serpent's Tooth trilogy this book is full of mystery, suspense, romance, deception and family drama.

Everything 16 year old Anne knew as a child is dashed away one cold winter night. I thought the book was well written, it had me up reading and guessing how this could possible end.  This isn't a typical romance novel, which I am grateful for, instead there is a real and believable story that developed.  Meeting Anne when she was younger there were times that I found her unlikeable and other times I felt pity for her. Though the plot has a fast pace I did find the ending a bit rushed and ended with a major cliffhanger.

Courting the Devil is the 2nd book in this series with The Partisan's Wife the final, all of which are now available.

 Praise for The Serpent’s Tooth

4 Stars “Jane Austen showed us the gentle side of 19th century England; Kathy Fischer-Brown sets her work a century earlier and shows us how envy, revenge, and greed can work to effect long-term changes on one young woman…. The author does a wonderful job of showing all these complications clearly, with apt description, and I could easily see this series as a movie-maybe one day I will. So, if you are a fan of dark gothic themes, enjoy seeing the underbelly of British society and what goes on behind the scenes, as it were, I highly recommend you buy this trilogy.” — Long and Short Reviews

4 ½ Stars “…This is a dark novel that deals with the resentment and anger of a girl who has been misled and cannot seem to get past her grief …. While not a typical romance, this is a fascinating, complex story that I completely enjoyed. It is well written and entertained me with mystery, suspense, scandal, sinister characters and first love.” — Romantic Historical Lovers

Must Read “… the first book in ‘The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy’ [is] a very well written plot filled with romance, suspense and danger. The author’s characters were developed well and believable…. Recommended for all suspenseful historical romance fans.” — My Cozy Corner Reviews

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 About the Author

As a child Kathy wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She also wanted to act on the stage. After receiving an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts and playing the part of starving young artist in New York, she taught theater classes at a small college in the Mid-West before returning home to the East Coast, where over the years, she and her husband raised two kids and an assortment of dogs. During stints in advertising, children’s media publishing, and education reform in the former Soviet Unions, she wrote whenever she could.

Her love of early American history has its roots in family vacations up and down the East Coast visiting old forts and battlefields and places such as Williamsburg, Mystic Sea Port, and Sturbridge Village. During this time, she daydreamed in high school history classes, imagining the everyday people behind all the dates and conflicts and how they lived.

Claiming her best ideas are born of dreams, Kathy has written a number of stories over the years. Her first published novel, Winter Fire, a 1998 Golden Heart finalist in historical romance, was reissued in 2010 by Books We Love, Ltd., which also released Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter, Courting the Devil, and The Partisan’s Wife.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, photography, playing “ball” with the dogs, and rooting on her favorite sports teams.

For more information visit Kathy Fischer-Brown’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, May 5
Review at Caroline Wilson Writes (Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter)
Tuesday, May 13
Guest Post at The Bookworm
Friday, May 16
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective (Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter)
Monday, May 19
Review at Just One More Chapter (Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter)
Tuesday, May 20
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, May 27
Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise (with Louise Turner and Juliet Waldron)
Monday, June 9
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection
Thursday, June 12
Review at Book Nerd (Winter Fire)
Monday, June 17
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter)
Wednesday, June 18
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time (Winter Fire)
Wednesday, June 25
Review at Closed the Cover (Winter Fire)
Monday, June 30
Review at Book Nerd (Courting the Devil)


  1. Thanks for hosting me today, and for your lovely review :-)

  2. Lovely cover! I love early American History. I remember going to Mystic Sea Port and Sturbridge Village when I was a kid, and spending part of my Honeymoon in Williamsburg. :)

  3. What a terrific review, and very well deserved. Thanks for hosting such a fine author as Kathy Fischer-Brown.

  4. Thanks to Ann and Joan for stopping by. I appreciate your support.