Thursday, July 9, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Bottle Caps Candy

Sometimes I think of something retro and it sends me down a trail.  Bottle Caps are like that.  This candy was popular during my childhood.   It came in a packet (exactly like you see below, 1972) and had flat tablets that were shaped like soda bottle caps.  The tablets were flavored like soda pop, too:  grape, orange, cherry, root beer, and cola.  I remember these were sold at the little convenience store near my neighborhood's community swimming pool.   I would ride my bike or walk there with my friends on the way to or from the pool, and we would buy Bottle Caps.  This candy, which I haven't had since childhood, reminds me of summer.  Funny how retro memories work that way.
Do you remember Bottle Caps, or do you have similar candies that spark memories for you like these?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Book Review: The Tide Watchers by Lisa Chaplin

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About The Tide Watchers

• Paperback: 480 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 30, 2015)

In the winter of 1803, one woman stands between Napoleon and the fall of Great Britain. The free-spirited daughter of an English baronet, Lisbeth defies convention by eloping to France. When her husband abandons her, she must find a way to survive and be reunited with her young son, who is in the care of her mother-in-law.

A seasoned spy known as Tidewatcher, Duncan apprenticed under Lisbeth's father and pledged to keep his mentor's pretty daughter safe—a promise complicated by the wily Napoleon Bonaparte. The British believe he is planning an attack, and Duncan is sent to search for signs of invasion on the French coast—where he draws dangerously close to adventurous and unpredictable Lisbeth.

A sensational new invention may shift the tide of a French victory. A brilliant and eccentric American inventor named Robert Fulton has devised a deadly weapon that can decimate an enemy's fleet. To protect English ships, Tidewatcher must gain control of Fulton's invention and cross enemy lines . . . but he cannot do it alone. Left with no other options, he enlists Lisbeth's help in outwitting the American inventor and uncovering Bonaparte's secret plans.

Going undercover for the handsome and duty-bound spy, Lisbeth risks her freedom and her life as she navigates double agents and submarine warfare to outwit the greatest military tactician in history. The only question is . . . who can she trust?
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The Tide Watchers is a fascinating and unique historical novel.  It covers a period that I have not seen featured in any other historical novel (Napoleon's attempted invasion of Great Britain in 1803).  It also deals with espionage and Robert Fulton's plans for a submersible ship.

I would describe this book as rich and dense with historical details.   It is a big, engrossing read, and there are many characters to catch the reader's interest.  I was grateful for the Cast of Characters, Fictional and Historical, at the beginning of the novel, and referred to it frequently during my read.  I found the interweaving of fictional and historical characters very interesting. 

Lisbeth is a strong, intelligent character in a time when strength and intelligence were not necessarily traits that were valued in women.  I admired her determination and empathised with her longing to be reunited with her young son.  I also enjoyed her relationship with Duncan. 

There is a strong ongoing storyline about espionage and trust in The Tide Watchers, and this made it a particularly interesting read.   The novel has a fast pace, and the element of mystery kept me up past my bedtime reading!    

I recommend this novel for fans of historical fiction.  It is a well written, engaging look at a fascinating time in history. 

About Lisa Chaplin

Lisa Chaplin has published twenty contemporary romances under a pseudonym, but the publication of The Tide Watchers marks her mainstream debut. Lisa, her husband, and their three children currently reside in her home country of Australia. Follow Lisa on Twitter.
I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.