Book Review: The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

The premise of The Christie Affair is loosely tied to the very sensational events of 1926 when mystery author Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven day after finding out that her husband was having an affair. The burb reads: Nina de Gramont’s The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder—and a brilliant re-imagination of one […]

Book Review: The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten

I thoroughly enjoyed Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten, so when I saw The Tsarina’s Daughter was available I jumped at the chance to read it. In this novel we are once again transported to the volatile inner workings of the Russian royal court—this time following the story of Elizabeth (daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I). The young Tsarevna […]

Book Review: Little Souls by Sandra Dallas

Little Souls by Sandra Dallas is a historical novel set in Denver, Colorado in 1918. It starts off strong as the main character Lucretia, or Lutie, as she’s called is walking home from her job. She comes across a small crowd gathered around a soldier, watching as the poor man dies from Spanish Flu. Hurrying home, […]

Book Review: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

It’s hard to not compare The Final Revival of Opal & Nev to Daisy Jones and the Six. Both are told in a similar format: through interviewed segments with people at the heart of the events. But Opal and Nev are not Daisy Jones and the Six. Dawnie Walton has done a magnificent job of capturing life and […]

Book Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of those authors who always manages to pull me directly into her stories in a quick manner.  She is a master at world building and setting a tone. In The Four Winds she hooked me on page one. The Four Winds opens with Elsa, a formerly ill girl who has grown […]

Book Review: The Winter Queen (Stolen Empire #4) by Sherry Ficklin

I’m a fan of historical fiction and I LOVE the Stolen Empire series—I can’t get enough of it. I was thrilled when I found out there was going to be another book in the series, and again when I receive a copy of Sherry Ficklin’s latest novella in the series. The Winter Queen is a […]

Book Review: A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

In the Gilded Age you needed two things to get (or stay) ahead in society: money and an established family lineage. A person simply did get by with one or the other. William Vanderbilt and his family are ripe with “new money” but find that the “respectable” social circles of New York City aren’t open […]

Author Spotlight: TJ Turner

 Name: TJ Turner Author of: Lincoln’s Bodyguard; Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln’s Bodyguard From: Yellow Springs, OH   Can you tell me about the first piece you remember writing?  I remember writing a brilliant piece of science fiction, a short story, when I was in about 5th grade (please note the sarcasm here!) I […]

Book Review: Hunger: A Tale of Courage by Donna Jo Napoli

      “Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Lorraine this haunting novel from the award-winning author of Hidden and Hush gives insight and understanding into a little known part of history—the Irish potato famine. It is the autumn of 1846 in Ireland. Lorraine and her brother are waiting for the time to pick the potato crop on their family […]