Category Archives: 20th Century

First Line Friday: 01/27/17

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“It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.” THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book — a beautiful volume of fairy tales…. Read more »

review: West of the Wall

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West of the Wall by Marcia Preston The year after the Berlin Wall was constructed, Trudy Hulst and her family were divided when her husband, a political activist, made his escape to West Berlin. As a defector’s wife, she found herself in danger of imprisonment and soon followed Rolf over the wall, leaving her one-year-old son in the care of… Read more »

First Line Friday: 01/20/17

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“Caught between green earth and blue sky, only truth kept me sane, but now lies disturb my peace.” THE TRUE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy A poignant and suspenseful retelling of a classic fairy tale set in a war-torn world. In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two… Read more »

review & giveaway: The Chosen Maiden

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The Chosen Maiden by Eva Stachniak Author’s Website COMMENT TO ENTER GIVEAWAY. US/CANADA RESIDENTS ONLY. Chronicling the years 1894 to 1939, this story covers the Russian Revolution, WWI and the years leading up to WWII through the eyes of Bronislava Nijinska, a Polish-born Russian ballet dancer who worked her way up to teaching and choreographing across Europe. Always in the… Read more »

review: One Way or Another

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One Way or Another The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 4 by Annette Laing The conclusion to Annette Laing’s time-travel young adult series (Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When, A Different Day, a Different Destiny, Look Ahead, Look Back) One Way or Another explores racial tensions and class bias in both present day and the early 20th century. Hannah, Alex, and Brandon… Read more »

New Year, New Books!

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To kick off 2017, I ordered myself 4 books that have been on my my wishlist. This year I plan on reading more books I choose to read, rather than orphans from my editing work (the majority of the YA books I reviewed last year), or review requests. What better way to start than by anticipating lovely, new books in… Read more »

First Line Friday: 12/30/16

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Welcome to the initial post of First Line Friday, where I choose a book from my shelf and post the first sentence. I’ve been looking for a regular feature for H-F.com and decided on this one after seeing a Facebook meme about sharing the first line of your current read. Feel free to add first lines of your own in… Read more »

review: Sleeping Above Chaos

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Sleeping Above Chaos by Ann Hite A Black Mountain Novel Set in North Carolina in the 1940’s and 50’s, this ghostly family saga begins and ends with one man’s miserable wrath over an entire town, and those courageous enough to defy him. Paul Allen is an emotionally explosive and controlling reprobate with ties to the KKK and politicians in his… Read more »

Audiobook Pick: A Wilder Rose

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A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert Audiobook narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal book description: “The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines… Read more »

New YA Fiction: The Ship to Nowhere

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The Ship to Nowhere by Rona Arato Book Description: “Rachel Fletcher is nine years old when she, her mother and sister are crammed on board the Exodus, a dilapidated vessel smuggling 4500 refugees of the Holocaust to their biblical homeland, Israel, known as Palestine. Since the end of the war, Rachel has been shuffled between a series of displaced persons… Read more »

review: The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This book is a classic–not historical fiction–but as it’s set in the 1920’s, I thought I would include a review here. Nick Carraway, the narrator of this story, is a businessman from the Midwest who settles in a fictional community on Long Island, New York. There is soon talk about his mysterious and… Read more »

review: The Spirit of Grace

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The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas California, 1942. Sarah Jane Bennett has been locked in an asylum since her mother’s death the year before. Because she doesn’t remember anything from the horrific event, and was found standing over her mother’s body, she remains under suspect to those who do not believe the death to be an accident. Her… Read more »