Category Archives: 20th Century

First Line Friday: 5/26/17

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“Half an hour before Diana Snyder died, she tidied up her desk in the typists’ office of the Cabinet War Rooms.” MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal “London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope…. Read more »

review: Bride of Pendorric

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Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt Nineteen-year-old Favel Farrington has lived most of her life with her parents on the Italian island of Capri. Having spent her younger years at the boarding school her mother attended in England, she never thought she’d go back, but her life is forever changed when Roc Pendorric of Cornwall walks into her father’s art… Read more »

First Line Friday: 5/19/17

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“Rebecca Hoffmann was summoned by the secret police on a rainy Monday in 1961.” EDGE OF ETERNITY by Ken Follett In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous… Read more »

review: A Wilder Rose

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A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series has been a staple in children’s literature for decades, but how many readers know the truth behind its authorship? In A Wilder Rose, Albert takes readers through the years leading up to the stock market crash and through the Great Depression—the years in which… Read more »

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 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 »