Category Archives: 20th Century

Threads of War (Kickstarter Campaign)

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Please consider backing this author’s campaign for the publication of the second installment of Threads of War. Backers will receive e-book copies of the book(s), mentions and signed materials at various levels of pledges. Information and links below. Threads of War I by Jeremy Strozer Amazon Kindle Link Purchase from Author’s Website BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Threads of The War collects and… Read more »

review: War in My Town

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War in My Town by E. Graziani Bruna Pucci is an eleven-year-old girl living in a small village in northern Tuscany, Italy. The story opens in 1940 with Bruna’s everyday life–going to school during her final year, doing chores and enjoying spending time with her mother, six siblings and neighborhood friends–and takes readers through the end of World War II…. Read more »

review: Going Over by Beth Kephart

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Going Over by Beth Kephart Ada Piekarz is a 15-year-old daycare worker by day and graffiti artist by night. She lives in 1980’s Berlin, near the wall that separates the East from the West. She’s on the West side–the free side–while her boyfriend, Stefan, resides with his grandmother on the East side. For as long as she can remember, she… Read more »

review: Twelve Minutes to Midnight

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight First in a Triology Shadows of the Silver Screen, The Black Crow Conspiracy by Christopher Edge London, England 1899. Penelope Tredwell is the orphaned thirteen-year-old owner of the magazine The Penny Dreadful, in which she writes under the wildly popular pen name Montgomery Flinch. This story takes readers to Bedlam, London’s institution for the mentally ill,… Read more »

review: Courage & Defiance

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Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson “Only a drop in the ocean, that’s what they say. Well now, the ocean consists of drops.” – Mogens Fog An emotionally affecting story based on a collection of survivors’ memoirs, this WWII account focuses on the resistance efforts in Denmark during the five years… Read more »

review: The Time of the Hunter’s Moon

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The Time of the Hunter’s Moon by Victoria Holt Cordelia Grant, an English student at an exclusive finishing school in Switzerland, is enjoying her final term and looking forward to going home to her beloved aunt Patty and working as a schoolmistress. Cordelia and her friends decide to go on one last adventure together after hearing the local legend set… Read more »

author interview: Robert Stephen Parry on The Hours Before

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Author Interview: ROBERT STEPHEN PARRY The Hours Before begins with an interesting character perspective. Can you explain why you chose this path for the introduction? Perhaps one of the easiest mistakes we can make in life (and the more successful, wealthy or comfortable one becomes the easier it is to make it) is to assume that humility and modesty are… Read more »

review: Gone with the Windsors

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Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham Written by a Wallis Simpson friend in diary format, Gone with the Windsors is not unlike the popular British series Bridget Jones’ Diary, except Maybell is a bit more old-fashioned and reserved than Miss Jones. The socialite’s life includes planning parties, shopping for the perfect outfit and trying to meet the elite and… Read more »

author interview: Margaret Wurtele

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“A young Italian woman risks her life to defy the injustice surrounding her in Margaret Wurtele’s The Golden Hour, a touching novel of forbidden love in war-torn Italy… It is autumn 1943 when German forces invade the peaceful vineyards and olive groves of Giovanna Bellini’s village in Tuscany. At first, the seventeen-year-old finds herself fascinated by the dashing Nazi officers…. Read more »

review: The Hours Before

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The Hours Before By Robert Stephen Parry Set during the Belle Époque era, The Hours Before is the story of Deborah Peters, a once-celebrated clairvoyant turned dejected society matron, who is bent on revenge and readying herself for a final assignation with her adversary. Readers take a backward look at the events leading up to the protagonist’s current wretched state,… Read more »

book club guide: The Shadow Queen

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• Note: Book Club Guides contain spoilers! Do not proceed unless you’ve read the book. THE SHADOW QUEEN BY REBECCA DEAN Book Club Guide 1. Wallis is depicted as a perfectionist from a very early age. What other qualities shaped her into an intriguing woman? 2. Wallis’s ailment is ingeniously portrayed and supports the handful of historic comments from herself… Read more »

review: Page from a Tennessee Journal

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Page from a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard Tennessee, 1913. Annalaura Wells is struggling to feed her four children after her husband takes their money and leaves without a word. Months pass as the family desperately tries to work their sharecropped tobacco farm. A bad harvest, combined with less hands to work the land bring trouble when the landowner,… Read more »