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review: The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtele Giovanna Bellini is just seventeen years old when her hometown of Lucca, Italy is occupied by German soldiers, putting a halt to all diversions and semblances of a normal life for a young lady just out of school. To make good use of her time, and offer services to the war effort, Giovanna agrees to help teach young children with the nuns of her former school. To their horror, the Germans demand use of the school, except a small space in the back to continue their classes. Giovanna, however, soon develops an attraction to one of the officers. Meanwhile, Giorgio Bellini, Giovanna’s brother, joins the partisans—unofficial soldiers aligned with the Allied forces—despite their father’s ties to Mussolini and the…

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review: Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney Victoria ‘Tory’ Mansfield is a gentleman’s daughter in the year 1803. Through an act of bravery she exposes the fact that she has magical powers to the genteel society and finds herself shipped off to Lackland Abbey, where young ‘mages’ are sent to cure them of their unsavory nature. Though the common people of the era find magic useful, the Lords and Ladies maintain that it’s vulgar and thus ostracize anyone claiming the gift. Tory only wants to be cured and return home, but soon realizes the usefulness and her own growing desire of her magical powers. She also finds that she’s not alone–not all the mages of Lackland have the same goal. With the growing threat of war…

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review: 1939: Into the Dark

1939 Into the Dark by Paula Phelan I accepted this book for review with some trepidation, as I do with all books that aren’t in my particular favored eras (Medieval through Victorian), not because I doubt their worth; because I don’t have a lot of knowledge and experience to put into a review. I don’t know why I am so repelled by WWII history – perhaps aversion set in early from reading Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl when I was young. In any case, I usually stay away from fiction based in the early 20th century, but I chose to read this simply because it sounded so interesting and a bit glamorous being set around artists of all backgrounds in New York City….

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