Friday, July 5, 2013

The Rebels of Cordovia: Review and Giveaway

"The little country of Cordovia was in the hands of a tyrant who cared very little about the people."
~The Rebels of Cordovia (prologue), Linda Weaver Clarke

Inspired by the adventures of Robin Hood but set in the 1700s, The Rebels Of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke is new fiction by this prolific author.  Published in 2013, it's a story about the struggle of young people--rebels--against the tyranny and oppression of the despotic King Rupert.  The book centers around two attractive main characters, Robin Marie, the leader of Robin's Rebels, and Daniel, the leader of the Freemen.  Both Robin and Daniel want to help the people of Cordovia.  Although they lead different rebel groups, they share many of the same beliefs, and value essential freedoms.

Author Linda Weaver Clarke told me that her sense of patriotism and deep love for America also inspired her to write The Rebels of Cordovia. The patriots who fought for our freedom influenced the author to create the rebels in this story.  In this book, Robin is a strong female protagonist, a dark-haired beauty and rebel leader whose father, Andrew, secretly taught her to defend herself while she was growing up, telling her that she would someday fight for the rights of others.  From her father, Robin has learned how to be a skillful archer, how to fight with a sword, and to how ride bareback.  Daniel, a handsome, green-eyed rouge, leads his group with skill and aplomb.  Both leaders are compelled to fight for important rights such as freedom of speech and equality.  Daniel realizes that if their groups unite, they will become stronger, but he needs to convince Robin. 

Once I started reading The Rebels of Cordovia, I greatly looked forward to my time with this book, because the author is a truly terrific storyteller.  She brings the characters to life through their mannerisms and conversations with each other.  Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful.  In fact, this aspect of the story was the strongest draw for me. (Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?)  I thought that Robin and Daniel sounded perfect for each other, and I enjoyed the steady development of their relationship.  Suitable for young adults and adults, this charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it.  The Rebels of Cordovia is another wonderful book by Linda Weaver Clarke! 

Fabulous news!  The author is generously offering a giveaway for The Rebels of Cordovia to one randomly chosen reader.  This book giveaway is international (U.S., print or ebook; other countries, ebook edition).

  • To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment.
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Enter by 5 PM PDT on Monday, July 15.  One winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, July 16.  Good luck!

Special thanks to Linda Weaver Clarke for sending me her new book and for offering this giveaway.

25 comments:

  1. thanks for the giveaway, I have never read anything by this author and am intrigued.
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  2. Hearing lots of good things about this. As I love the story of Robin Hood and his merry men I'll be sure to check this one out.

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  3. Thanks for your review. I think love stories set in the past might be more romantic. Interesting question. I'll think about that some more.

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  4. This sounds like such a fun book based on a great classic with a new twist.

    Congratulations, Linda!

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  5. This book sounds fascinating. Thanks for the great review. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Interesting and intriguing book feature. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Oops! I wanted to comment but made a mistake. Okay, here I go again. I loved your review, Susan. You are one of my favorite reviewers. You always bring out the fun parts of a story. Thanks for an awesome review!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I thought of this as a love story, above all else. :)

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    2. Thank you, Linda! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I enjoyed every minute I spent with it.

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  8. Linda, what a fantastic idea for a story. And I love the time era, and the Rohin Hood-related idea.

    Throw my name in the pot for a print copy of "The Rebels of Cordovia" (since I don't have an e-reader.)
    landtbeth@yahoo.com

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  9. This sounds like an interesting story and would love to read it. I also just joined your blog. Thanks for the chance of this giveaway.
    Nancy at jluebke@frontier.com

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  10. Suko: What a wonderful review, well written and stays on the subject as all reviews should. I mentioned to Linda comments via email to her when I couldn't find a place to comment here or maybe it was on her blog. I see I can comment here. Linda is a great story teller and I must add her book or books to my reader list.

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    1. Larry, thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words. Linda is a great storyteller!

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  11. Though I will bow out of the giveaway,( I am so far behind in my reading!), this does sound good. I have a great interest in American Revolutionary era and the influences here are interesting.

    This is also making me think about how Thomas Jefferson himself looked back at some of the old English myths to formulate his revolutionary philosophy.

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  12. Great review - this sounds like a very interesting book. I love Robin Hood and the Revolutionary War so the inspirations are intriguing.

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  13. I do enjoy good characterization and storytelling! This sounds like a good one!

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  14. This book seems to be a real pleasure to read !

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  15. I really enjoyed your review. It sounds like a book I would like.

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  16. I loved this book! So full of excitement and romance. Congratulations on the book release and thanks for the giveaways!

    Maycee Greene (Premium SEO - Seattle)

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  17. This is one of many of your great books. Keep up he awesome work.

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  18. Congratulations, Pat. I'm so happy that you won this ebook. I hope you enjoy it very much. And thanks to you, Susan, for reviewing my book. As always, your review was exceptional.

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    1. Thank you very much, Linda! Your book was a joy to read!

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  19. Glad you enjoyed The Rebels of Cordovia! I'm reading it now myself.

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