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The King's General
I read this long ago, when I was a teenager, so do not remember many details of the plot, except that it involved a very unusual love story between a...more
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Jan 10, 2009
The American Boy
I loved this book.

I've read many of the reviews, and while I agree with some of the criticisms (more on that later) I was so thoroughly caught up in t...more
Nov 04, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
A Future Arrived (Passing Bells, #3)
I loved The Passing Bells (first book of the Trilogy) but Phillip Rock just phoned this last one in.
Jan 2013
Jun 23, 2012
The Civil War Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Well written (I can see why people speculated that it was ghosted by Mark Twain), clear, surprisingly thoughtful and even philosophical at times. Kept...more
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Sep 03, 2008
Lucifer's Shadow
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Historical mysteries, especially a combination of a present day mystery mirroring a history from the past, are my favo...more
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May 26, 2009
An Inconvenient Wife
Three stars because I could stand to read it. Definitely would not have read it just for itself, but it covers a period of history that I'm writing ab...more
Sep 27, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
First, a disclaimer: I bought this book in recorded version from, and it wasn't until the end that I realized it had been much too short a...more
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Sep 17, 2008
The Stranger's Child
I read “The strangers child” for several reasons: it has a historical angle (the story starts in 1913), it takes place in England, it was long listed...more
Sep 28, 2012
Aug 20, 2011
The American Heiress
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book well enough, and thought the descriptions of the travails of a rich yet naïve American heiress who marries an En...more
May 28, 2013
Jun 05, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
While there was a fascinating wealth of micro-details about the social/political/emotional scene in Berlin in the years leading up to World War II, th...more
Mar 14, 2012
May 22, 2011
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
I am in awe of writers who can create a vast array of characters, each with their own distinctive stories, voices and personalities. Tolstoy is one of...more
May 06, 2012
Dec 08, 2008
The Invisible Bridge
There were times when I thought this would get 4 stars, but finally I felt that 3 was more honest. It's really 3 1/2, but that's not an option. I felt...more
Nov 08, 2011
Jun 16, 2010
So Cold the River
It is testimony to how much I enjoyed this that I saved listening to it (on audible) for whenever I had to go through the excruciating torment of stat...more
Aug 16, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
Winnie's War
Although this book is putatively about the great influenza epidemic that swept America and Europe during and after World War I, it is in fact a tale...more
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Apr 15, 2009
The Scandal of the Season
I give this three stars because the author really nailed the language of the 18th century, at least from what I can tell of Fanny Burney and Henry Fie...more
May 21, 2010
Sep 07, 2008
War That Killed Achilles, The: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
Though not quite as thorough as I would have liked -- never having read The Iliad except in children's book form, I was looking for a soup-to-nuts co...more
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Oct 18, 2009
The Historian
I give kudos to Kostova for having put in the hard work to write this door-stopper of a book, but I have to admit that it was a slog to read. There wa...more
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Apr 24, 2009
River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy, #2)
**spoiler alert** Like many others, I could not wait to get my hands on the "Sea of Poppies" sequel, and was quite disappointed to meet up, not with t...more
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May 24, 2012
Rabble in Arms
Rabble in Arms takes place during the American Revolution and tells the story of the American retreat from Quebec, following their trouncing by the Br...more
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Nov 26, 2008
The Eight (The Eight #1)
I bought this book because the combination of history, suspense and mysticism seemed promising, and because I'm writing a book which partly takes plac...more
Mar 24, 2009
Nov 18, 2008
A Reliable Wife
Really, what a pretentious book. I started it, almost gave up – then came a great scene with a runaway horse and a wounded man and I was hooked into g...more
Dec 10, 2011
Jun 18, 2009
Frenchman's Creek
I wanted to read this because of the many other du Mauriers I've enjoyed, but this one was a real bomb -- nothing more than a harlequin romance with n...more
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Jul 27, 2009
Lord Vanity
This was my first book by Samuel Schellabarger, I came upon it by chance and, being a fan of historical fiction, read it. I found it to be a little ol...more
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Aug 24, 2008
The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1)
This is not a "great" book, but as is clear from my five stars I really loved it. It is about three young men in England right before World War I, an...more
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May 22, 2009
Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6)
I read this book as research because I am writing a book with a mystery that takes place in that era and I thought it would be entertaining to find o...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
The Unvanquished
Not everyone will like this portrait of George Washington as a tortured, insecure, and oh, not-overly-brilliant military leader; but I loved it becaus...more
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Aug 29, 2008
Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #3)
High marks for characterization, historical detail and feeling, a strong and sympathetic detective with the most interesting sidekick in mystery ficti...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages
I decided to read this book because I am writing a novel that takes place during the hundred years war in France. I found it to be long, slow, and yet...more
Dec 06, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
Gone with the Wind
What struck me all the many years ago when I read this book was how well written it was for a bestselling historical, not to mention psychologically a...more
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Aug 24, 2008
The Winds of War (The Henry Family, #1)
Herman Wouk (at least the younger Herman Wouk) is probably one of the favorite guilty pleasures. And this book, along with its sequel, War and Remembe...more
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Aug 29, 2008
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