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Orphan Train
Here is a solid-three-star story about, as the title would indicate, the orphan trains that took orphans from large big east cities to the Midwest whe ...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
The Bungalow
More like 2.5 stars--but I'm not in the rounding up kind of way with this one. I finished this book and read a majority of it on a plane ride from Den ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
The Cove
This book starts out (like three pages in) with a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) agent finding a skull in a well in the 1950s. The well is in a cove ...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
When We Were Strangers
I remember moving across the country with the "luxuries" of modern communication to keep me in contact with my family and a companion I knew would be ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
The Shoemaker's Wife
This is a good (but not great) story about two immigrants from the same northern area of Italy (props to my italian northerners! hey there!) who meet ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
Between Shades of Gray
I have seen a lot of comparisons in this book to The Book Thief--which I remember reading a very long time ago--but I just didn't find it as engaging ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
I am not an avid reader of ghost stories. In fact, I try to avoid them. I got scared while reading Jane Eyre--so please use this if you need a gauge f ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
This was more of a 3.5 stars for me.

The bones of this book are in my very favorite and cherished gothic classic, Jane Eyre. Its a very transparent re
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Song of Achilles
I would give this book more somewhere in between 3-4 stars but I'm not rounding up because I'm 39 weeks; 6 days pregnant and if mama ain't happy, ain' ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
I have heard about Georgette Heyer now from a number of people--first being intrigued by her from an article on NPR. Apparently she is the modern quee ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
A Northern Light
Based on the the actual events that inspired Theodor Dreiser's An American Tragedy --this book is written as a parallel narrative of Mattie Gokey who ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
The Sea Captain's Wife
Azuba is the wife of a sea captain (as the title would imply). While he is at sea, she lives in a town based in the Bay of Fundy (Nova Scotia & Ne ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Northern Borders
Austen Kittredge is sent to live with his Granfather and Grandmother on their farm in Vermont after his mother dies and his father feels he cannot tak ...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
The Winter Rose (The Tea Rose, #2)
This books reads like the movie "Far and Away" watches (with Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman--you know the one, right?). Its not great literature. I'm ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
A Reliable Wife
I debated about whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars but ultimately landed on 3 because I liked the ending. The story resolves around a wealthy Wisc ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Three Souls
This is a fictional novel that explores many concepts: the political atmosphere of pre-revolutionary China; the role of women (wives, daughters, mothe ...more
May 04, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Letters from Skye
More like 3.5 stars but I'm being generous because I am a generous person and my heart has grown a little larger after reading this book.

I did not kn
Aug 19, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
The House at Tyneford
4.5 Stars

I am not sure how I heard about this book--a couple reviewers noted that people had been describing it as an "if you like Downton Abbey...."
Mar 08, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
The Snow Child
This is the first book I've read on my kindle that has made me truly regret not owning a copy that I can covet and share. In hardcover. Its that good. ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
The Kitchen House
A captain on a ship taking takes on the custody of Lavinia, a girl orphaned while en route from Ireland to America. She becomes an indentured servant ...more
Oct 15, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
The Baker's Daughter
I'd actually rate this 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book but there were a few semi-"what the" plot moments that won't let me give it 4 stars. This ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Dec 12, 2011
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
June Elba has an uncle Finn in Manhattan who she absolutely loves. He gets her like no one else and she is most happy; most content with him and only ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
I'm going to sound like every other review out there, but for the sake of the plot for those who are interested, I cannot really reveal anything other ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
May & Pearl are sisters from a wealthy family in Shanghai who misfortune falls so, and are "sold" into marriages to two brothers who live in Ameri ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Life After Life
The beginning of this book took me a bit to get into--but after I spent a dedicated thirty minutes to it without distraction, I was hooked.

I found mys
Apr 14, 2014
Dec 29, 2012
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
Epic historical fiction taking place over the span of about twenty years in the Arizona Territories told through the diaries of Sarah Prine. This book ...more
Dec 24, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Silence for the Dead
This is my third book by this author and I have yet to be disappointed by her stories. They're so unique and fun and scary....and perhaps a little pre ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Here be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1)
A very good (albeit very dense) historical novel about 13th century Wales. This one took me awhile to read and, while I enjoyed it, I'm in no hurry to ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Rules of Civility
More like 3.5 stars.

This is a very well-written books. The characters are lovely (especially Tinker Grey and Katey Kontent...but maybe I am just ende
May 10, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A female author in post WWII London develops a written relationship through letters with a literary society on the island of Guernsey, occupied by the ...more
Dec 22, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
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