Category Archives: America

review: Lincoln and His Boys

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Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells illustrated by P. J. Lynch This children’s chapter book, aimed at ages 8 – 12 years, is an easy read at 96 pages and features beautiful full-page illustrations. It begins in 1859 in the voice of one of Abraham Lincoln’s sons, Willie, who has been allowed to travel with his father on a… 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 »

review: Gone West

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Gone West Book Two of the Doc Holliday Trilogy by Victoria Wilcox The second in Wilcox’s Doc Holliday trilogy, this installment follows the legendary dentist-turned-outlaw from Galveston, Texas to Tombstone, Arizona in a series of adventures. Dr. John Henry Holliday doesn’t court trouble, but it seems to find him in every town, from Texas to Colorado and Kansas to the… Read more »

review: To See Your Face Again

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To See Your Face Again 2nd in the Savannah Quartet by Eugenia Price In this second installment of the Savannah Quartet by Eugenia Price, set more than a decade later, we follow Natalie Browning from a shipwreck in the Atlantic to the wilds of northwest Georgia. Mark and Caroline Browning, Eliza Mackay and her brood, Osmund Kott and many other… Read more »

review: Savannah

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Savannah by Eugenia Price Beginning a sweeping four book saga, Savannah introduces Mark Browning as a surprising protagonist–young, educated, privileged, and who, despite his upbringing and inheritance, is down-to-earth, monetarily savvy and eagerly looking for a place to call home. This he finds when he decides to leave his life in Philadelphia and start over in the city of his… Read more »

review: Work of Art

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Work of Art: Love and Murder in 19th Century New York by Ginger Myrick Del Ryan is a young Irish immigrant eking out a living for herself and her invalid mother by serving as a companion to an aging socialite. She has little in life, but nonetheless is happy with her humble existence, enjoying friendship with her fellow workers and… Read more »

review: But for the Grace of God

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BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD by Ginger Myrick While the American Civil War rages near her isolated Virginia farm, Hannah Deane Carter finds a wounded Confederate soldier collapsed and near death. With the help of her father’s former medical assistant—Jeb, who also happens to be a free black man—she nurses him back to health. They are both hiding secrets… Read more »

review: Roses

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Roses by Leila Meacham Spanning eight decades (1910’s-1980’s) and chronicling three affluent families in a fictional East Texas town, this is an immense and engrossing story that holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. The Tolivers farm cotton; The Warwicks process lumber; and the DuMonts bring the town of Howbutker fine retail goods. The families have a long history… Read more »

review: The Storycatcher

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The Storycatcher by Ann Hite Ann Hite, 2012 Georgia Author of the Year returns us to Black Mountain with her latest novel, The Storycatcher. Shelly Parker finds herself being stalked by the ghost of a woman who disappeared generations before and eventually learns that a storycatcher spirit is trying to unravel a series of events to right wrongs both current… Read more »

review: Shame the Devil by Debra Brenegan

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Shame the Devil by Debra Brenegan Fanny Fern, 19th Century American literary wit and prolific author, spoke out against inequality through her novels, weekly columns and collections. Though not quite a household name, she was one of the first women to demand a pre-nuptial agreement, started the idea that lead to copyright, and sarcastically coined the phrase, “The way to… Read more »