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reviewed Early Autumn. August 23, 2012
Early Autumn
Life for society women in the 1920s had its own constraints, the image of "family" was stronger than "self" as was the idea of a woman's freedom.      In "Early …
reviewed White Heat. July 13, 2012
White Heat
P.I. Duke Rogers gets the address for what he's been told is a missing classmate. He gives the address to a new client and the next day learns that the missing classmate was a TV actress and the client, …
reviewed A Passion Denied. December 06, 2011
A Passion Denied
It's the Roaring 20's and Elizabeth, or Lizzie as she goes by now, is all grown up. She has changed her look to accentuate the fact that she is a woman now, not a little girl - bobbed her hair, figure …
reviewed The Book of Lies: A Novel. November 23, 2011
The Book of Lies: A Novel
You know how you see those really bad movies late at night? The ones with little to no plot, horrible acting, mortifying scripts but, you just can't help yourself? You have to watch it. That's …
reviewed The Technologists. November 23, 2011
The Technologists
In April 1868, a number of ships in Boston Harbor have their instruments fail simultaneously, ships crash together, creating panic and great damage. Officials want to turn the investigation to the Harbor …
reviewed Pompeii: A Novel. November 20, 2011
Pompeii: A Novel
In 79 AD a new Aquarius is appointed, Marcus Attilius Primus, after the last Aquarius disappeared.      Unexplained water loss occurs int he cities near Pompeii and the Aquarius is …
reviewed The Alienist. October 30, 2011
The Alienist
In 1896, "New York Times" crime reporter, John Schuyler Moore, is urgently beckoned to the scene of a murder in the lower east side of New York. His friend Dr. Laslo Kreizler a psychologist …
reviewed Not Waving, Drowning. October 28, 2011
Not Waving, Drowning
This is the story of three generations of women in Savannah, Georgia.      Bobbie, from the early 1900s, spent time in the equivalent of the child welfare system. She is now a New …
reviewed The Lost Angel. October 25, 2011
The Lost Angel
Undercover American climatologist Martin Faber is kidnapped by a group calling itself Forces of Popular Defense. The price of his release is the immediate withdrawal of all NATO forces from within 150 …
reviewed The Gilded Shroud. August 30, 2011
The Gilded Shroud
   The Gilded Shroud is a historical romance set in 1789 in England. There is a puzzle-mystery to solve that brings the romantic pair together, but the story reads primarily like a "clean" …
reviewed Across the Wide River. August 15, 2011
Across the Wide River
"Across the Wide River" is a novel for young adults and adults based on an actual family's biography. It's a historical novel (with a romance) that's rich in historical detail and …
reviewed So Big. August 02, 2011
So Big
"So Big" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 and is considered by many to be Edna Ferber's best novel.      The story follows Selina Peake DeJong whose father was a gambler …
reviewed The Secret Scripture. July 07, 2011
The Secret Scripture
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture is the story of Roseanne McNulty, who at around 100 years old has been living in a psychiatric hospital for most of her life. It may not sound like the promising …
Manassas (The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1)
People are mostly content with their lives in Culpepper, Virginia in January 1861. However, Lincoln has been elected and the inhabitants feel that once he is inaugurated, their lives will change. They …
An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery
As we follow the adventures of Bess Crawford, on active duty in WWI, we can see her caring and curiosity and a feeling of duty to the dead.     As the story begins, Bess is helping to …
reviewed Pompeii: City on Fire. May 31, 2011
Pompeii: City on Fire
Pompeii: City on Fire is a well-written, fast-paced Christian historical novel that contained some romance. It's set mainly in Pompeii in 76 AD. I suspect that both men and women would enjoy the story. …
reviewed Louisa and the Missing Heiress. May 27, 2011
Louisa and the Missing Heiress
Louisa and the Missing Heiress is a historical mystery set in 1854 in Boston. The title is misleading since the heiress in question was never really missing, just late to tea parties and then killed. …
Manassas (The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1)
Manassas is the introductory volume of an 8 part Civil War series, built around the Brannon family of Culpeper, VA. Their scion died several years earlier, leaving Will, the eldest of 4 brothers and a …
reviewed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel.... May 04, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I had heard people talking about this book ever since it was published--countless people I know had read it and loved it--so I bought it; but then I found myself passing it by on my TBR (to be read) shelf …
reviewed Mine Is the Night. April 27, 2011
Mine Is the Night
"Mine Is the Night" is a Christian historical (with several romances in it) set in 1746 in Scotland right after the bonny Prince Charlie insurrection was defeated. This is the second and last …
posted a Quick Tip about The Red Badge of Courage. April 12, 2011
The Red Badge of Courage
This is truly a seminal novel of the Civil War that explores what it means to be a coward or a hero. It brings to light the horror of war.
reviewed The Rule of Four. April 07, 2011
The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four is a coming-of-age novel built around a real-life mystery, The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance book that has puzzled scholars and historians for 500 years. As a literary device, …
reviewed The Winter Thief. March 25, 2011
The Winter Thief
   "The Winter Thief" is a historical mystery set in 1888 in Istanbul and in some rural villages along the border with Russia. This book was the third in the series and may spoil events …
posted a Quick Tip about Mr. Timothy. March 22, 2011
Mr. Timothy
A post-Dickensian classic/adventure/thriller that owes much to Charles Dickens' creation of the well-known character, Timothy Cratchitt, but is certainly not derivative in any way. Thoroughly enjoyable! …
reviewed Mr. Timothy. March 22, 2011
Mr. Timothy
Timothy Cratchitt, now fully grown with his crippling childhood infirmity reduced to a limp and a chronic ache in bad weather, is sadly mindful of his financial dependence on his uncle. Somewhat disappointed …
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