Blog Tour for THE PEARL THIEF: Inspiration and Fashion

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us on our tour stop for THE PEARL THIEF for Rock Star Book Tours. I (Nancy) read Code Name Verity years ago and the characters and story still remain with me to this day. I can never forgot certain moments from that book, so returning to that character before it CNV began was like a small gift. A slice of life into a memorable character, before she became Verity. We hope you enjoy our post and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post and please make sure to stop by and visit the other tour stops.

About the Book:
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Before Verity . . . there was Julie.

When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.

Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scots Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they’ve grown used to firsthand, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.

Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.

In the prequel to Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this exhilarating coming-of-age story returns to a beloved character just before she learned to fly.

About Elizabeth:

I was born in New York City in 1964, and moved to England when I was 3. I started school there. We lived practically in the shadow of Alderley Edge, the setting for several of Alan Garner's books and for my own first book The Winter Prince; that landscape, and Garner's books, have been a lifelong influence on me.

My father, who worked for the New York City Board of Education for most of his life, was sent to England to do teacher training at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University. He helped organize the Headstart program there. When I was six he was sent to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica for three years to do the same thing in Kingston. I loved Jamaica and became fluent in Jamaican patois (I can't really speak it any more, but I can still understand it); but in 1973 my parents separated, and we ended up back in the USA living with my mother in Harrisburg, PA, where her parents were. When she died in a car accident in 1978, her wonderful parents took us in and raised us.

I went to Yale University, spent a work-study year back in England, and then spent seven years getting a PhD in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While I was there I learned to ring church bells in the English style known as "change ringing", and in 1991 I met my future husband there at a bell ringers' dinner-dance. He is English, and in 1995 I moved to England with him, and then to Scotland in 2000.

We share another unusual interest--flying in small planes. My husband got his private pilot's license in 1993 and I got mine ten years later. Together we have flown in the States from Kalamazoo to New Hampshire; in Kenya we've flown from Nairobi to Malindi, on the coast, and also all over southern England. Alone, most of my flying has been in eastern Scotland.

We have two children.

My Fashion Inspired Post
I have always been a fan of 1930's fashion. It was a time period that reminded me of refined elegance and a beautiful silhouette. I love the use of color and prints and how some looks were very defined while others had a softer more feminine appeal.


The Fashion
During the Time 
of The Pearl Thief

The effects of the Great Depression lended a more conservative approach to the fashion of that of the 1920's.  Much attention was paid to the shoulder, with many different types of sleeves and exaggerated shoulder pads. 

It was also a period when widespread use of man-made fibers (rayon, viscose and nylon) came into play and due to the rationing of material, simple suits and tailored gowns were the rage and fashion took on a definitive shape with the help of the invention of the zipper.

Feminine curves were showcased in the 1930s because of the bias-cut. This design created dresses that draped over a woman's contours. Other famous fashion trends during this time period included the ensemble glam that included matching dresses and/or skirts. Which brings us to accessories and none was more important than gloves. They were an important part of the coordinating ensemble along with the hat, shoes, and scarf and often in striking colors.


Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PEARL THIEF, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
5/1/2017- YA and WineBlogger Post
5/2/2017- Beauty and the BookshelfReview
5/3/2017- The Blonde BookwormReview
5/4/2017- The Autumn BookshelfBlogger Post

Week Two:
5/8/2017- BookloveReview
5/9/2017- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderBlogger Post
5/10/2017- Mundie MomsReview
5/11/2017- YA Books CentralSpotlight


  1. I love mysteries, especially ones with such high stakes and friends as the detectives.

  2. I LOVE this post! You ladies and your fashion are just on point!

  3. Sounds fun and atmospheric! Thank you for the contest!


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