Category Archives: Reviews

review: Bride of a Distant Isle

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Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd Daughters of Hampshire My review for Mist of Midnight (HNR) A Lady in Disguise (coming 2017) Annabel Ashton of Highcliffe Hall had grown up knowing of her mother’s shameful and alarming condition, which ended with an early death at an asylum. At only four years of age, Annabel lost her mother, and… Read more »

review: Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel

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Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel by JoAnn Spears In Spears’ previous novel, Six of One: A Tudor Riff, modern day historian Catherine “Dolly” Rolly traveled to an astral plane where she met the wives of Henry VIII and learned their stories from the source. This time Dolly returns and is met by the later generation Tudors, including Elizabeth I,… Read more »

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: Diary of a Provincial Lady

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Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield The Provincial Lady, whose name is never mentioned, lives in Devon, England in the early 1930’s. This is her diary, which spans almost a year–from November 1929 to October 1930. She spends her time mostly with social obligations, such as the Women’s Institute and neighborhood fetes and fundraisers. Her household consists… 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: The Magician’s Elephant

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The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo In this whimsical children’s chapter book, ten-year-old Peter Augustus Duchene is an orphan living with an old soldier who is trying to prepare him for a military career. Peter, however, is not inclined to the brutality of war, and dreams of finding the sister he was separated from years before. When he happens upon… Read more »

review: The Unthinkable Triangle

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The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes This Pride & Prejudice variation imagines a scenario in which Colonel Fitzwilliam proposes to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford before Mr. Darcy has the chance to do so himself. Based primarily on his ensuing anguish, there are also chapters in the perspective of both (Richard) Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth. As a veteran Austen variation reader, I… Read more »

review: The Other Mr. Darcy

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The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview “I have spent such a long time trying to be a lady. But am I really one? Or is it only a mask that I wear, to cover up my awareness that I am not?” The character of Caroline Bingley has been redeemed in this highly readable, if somewhat fanciful, Austen continuation. The… Read more »

review: The Sisters of Versailles

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The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie Amazon / GoodReads / Author Website Early in the reign of France’s Louis XV–before the infamous Madame de Pompadour and the hated Madame du Barry–a series of sisters captured the young King’s heart. Of the five Nesle sisters, all but one became mistress to Louis the Well-Beloved. This sister is the only one… Read more »

review: Watch the Lady

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Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle Penelope Devereux, daughter of Lettice Knollys, the woman Queen Elizabeth I called the “She-Wolf” for marrying the royal favorite, is pitted against the Essex faction’s rival, Robert Cecil, in this panoramic Tudor narrative. Penelope, beautiful, level-headed and witty, makes a perfect waiting lady and voice for the out-of-favor Devereux family, though it is her… Read more »

review: Charlotte Collins

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Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton Mr. Collins has suddenly passed away in an unfortunate riding accident, leaving Charlotte a widow in her mid-30’s. She invites her sister, Miss Maria Lucas, to live with her and use her as chaperone on outings within their group of acquaintances. Both Charlotte and Maria end up with two interested gentlemen—though Charlotte has made it… Read more »