4 STAR REVIEW: FACE OF FORTUNE by Colleen Kelly-Eiding

FaceofFortune-REVIEW-FBThe Description

Pursued by soldiers after saving Charlotte from a nobleman who sought to take her by force, James Clarke had plunged into a raging river. He was pulled under by the deadly torrent, leaving Charlotte Pruitt to endure day to day, hoping against hope that her beloved James still lives.

Running a business in an industry on the verge of revolt, Charlotte struggles to protect their child alone, fending off unscrupulous men and always aware that the nightmarish villain Edward Hawkes still stalked her. Dedicating herself to helping Jane Rourke, a weaver in her employ, who was falsely accused of crimes and sentenced to death, Charlotte is offered a way to save her friend. But at a terrible price.

From the dark and gritty streets of Spitalfields, hiding secrets both good and evil, to the haunted moors of Devon, and to the perilous heights of the northern English mountains where Charlotte’s greatest test will come, this epic saga of human kindness, passionate love, and horrifying evil never ceases to enchant… and terrify.

The Review

The Shadows of Rosthwaite: Book Two
Publication Date: August 1, 2019

Face of Fortune is the second book in The Shadow of Rosthwaite series. I look forward to reading the third book, The Spider’s Smile.

The book picks up where the first book, Favoured by Fortune, left off, and we were seamlessly brought into the story. There is still a lot of darkness, along with evil, injuries, death, inappropriate behaviors, affairs, lies, secrets, loving, and love. There are many twists and turns to the story, and while all of it takes place in different parts of England, we are reunited with many of the characters we’ve met before. This is still Charlotte’s and James’s story, but we delve deeper into their relationship and the people whom they deal with as they try to right wrongs. Many characters were hard to like, and as we get to know them better, my stomach was often in knots.

Servants abound and play many roles, as do some of those who work in the silk business with Charlotte. There are beautiful descriptions of the lands, the homes, and other locations where the story is set, and they were easy to visualize. There are also some crude and vile descriptions that often had me stepping away from the book for a few moments. There seem to be several happily ever afters, but there’s also melancholy that overshadows the peace, tranquility, and happiness. The story had some closure but ended too abruptly for me, and the epilogue seems to give a hint of what will happen in the next book in the series. I like the cover of the book.

Ms. Kelly-Eiding writes about a very dark time in history, and while the descriptions were hard for me to stomach, her writing was impeccable, and I look forward to reading the third book in the series.

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About The AuthorColleen Kelly-EidingColleen Kelly-Eiding is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild-American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, and Actors’ Equity. Her husband is an actor, as are their two adult daughters. Theatre, acting, and above all, storytelling, are part of her family’s DNA.

Colleen, was in the first class of women at Kenyon College in Ohio when the school went co-ed. She also studied drama and political science at the University of Manchester in England. She later received an MFA in acting from the University of Minnesota. She has been an actor, director, casting assistant, 3rd-grade teacher, and audiometrist.

Favoured by Fortune and Face of Fortune have been occupying Colleen’s imagination for a quite a long time. After both daughters graduated college, she and husband Paul became empty nesters. The time seemed right for Colleen to bring young Ms. Pruitt, our heroine, to life and let Charlotte tell her story.

During her time in Manchester, Colleen fell in love with the country. When she returned to England to do research for her series, she was beyond elated. She interviewed a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, spent time researching indictment records from the 1760s at the Guild Hall in London, and walked the route that the carts of the condemned travelled from Newgate Prison to the Tyburn Tree. Visiting the tiny village of Rosthwaite, located in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District, where much of the action takes place, helped give context and inspiration to Colleen.

Colleen continues to act for stage and film. She studies sculpting and ceramics. And enjoys traveling to Comic Cons around the world, where her husband is a frequent guest.

Her series of historical novels is titled The Shadows of Rosthwaite. The second book in the series, Face of Fortune, was released on February 1, 2020. Published by Phase Publishing, LLC.




JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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Pursued by soldiers after saving Charlotte from a nobleman who sought to take her by force, James Clarke had plunged into a raging river. He was pulled under by the deadly torrent, leaving Charlotte Pruitt to endure day to day, hoping against hope that...4 STAR REVIEW: FACE OF FORTUNE by Colleen Kelly-Eiding