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The Nude
This book has the flavor (not the premise) of Girl with a Pearl Earring -- the story explodes when Countess Elspeth Mercer finds herself at the center ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
The Storyteller
This was originally on my "To Read" list and then I pulled it off. It got put back on when our book discussion group decided to read it, and then was ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 24, 2014

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this -- only found it because it is one of our book discussion titles, but so glad I did.

It is a fictio
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
The Kitchen House
A great story from cover to cover -- I don't think there was a slow / dry spot in the whole book.

This, Grissom's debut novel, is really very inventive
Jan 30, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Blue Asylum
This is a story about a plantation wife (Iris Dunleavy), who is sent to an insane asylum on Sanibel Island in Florida because she was not the meek lit ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
Orphan Train
Just finished this book for our upcoming book discussion. Before reading it, I knew very little about it. Now, through this story, as well as research ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

The history in this book is more recent (last roughly 100 years), but still very interesting.

After decades of service a
May 08, 2013
May 13, 2013
The Union Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, #17)
An interesting read, but I do have to admit that I would not have picked this up if our book discussion group was not doing it.

Chiaverini must have do
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
This is one of those books that I never would have picked up except that we're doing it for our book discussion.

A little dry to start, but it quickly
Aug 23, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
Swimming in the Moon: A Novel
In 1905, 14-year old Lucia and her young mother, Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples. Here, they work for a count and cou ...more
May 20, 2014
Jul 24, 2013
The Help
I have been told I'm an idiot! Lots of people love this book, but I just could not get into it (November 2010).

Okay, I finally got through it (Septemb
Sep 22, 2011
Nov 02, 2010
The Scandal of the Season
According to the Author's Note at the beginning of the book, England changed from a Catholic to Protestant country in the 16th century when Henry VIII ...more
Aug 10, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
Coal Black Horse
**spoiler alert** Set during the American Civil War.

I really wanted to read this book ... the summary sounded interesting, the reviews were fantastic
Dec 12, 2012
Aug 31, 2009
The Bottoms
Harry, an elderly man, tells the story of a series of events that occurred in his 11th year, when the mutilated, murdered bodies of black prostitutes ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 06, 2008
A Hatred for Tulips
Great story -- it read like nonfiction! It all starts when a stranger knocks on Joop's door in Amsterdam 60+ years after the end of WWII and says that ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 24, 2007
Where Home Is
This, #3 in the Laramie series, is a charming tale about a woman doctor in the early 1900's. It starts out at the Kansas Medical School, but quickly m ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
This is a riveting read! It was recommended to me by one of my book discussion members and I would highly recommend this for any book discussion group ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 07, 2010
Run with the Horsemen
I had to read this for a book discussion, but great coming of age story for boys. The story is about Porter Osborne and it traces his life from elemen ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 17, 2007
The Dead Travel Fast
Kind of interesting, this book begins in Scotland in the mid-1850's. The story moves somewhat quickly as Theodora Lestrange leaves Scotland for the Ca ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
The Book Thief
Although this may sound strange, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

First, I am a HUGE fan of historical fiction -- this story set during the Holocaust an
Nov 16, 2014
Mar 19, 2013
Crooked River Burning
I loved this story and learned a lot about the history of Cleveland (east vs. west) from reading this book. Winegardner ably weaves together the ficti ...more
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Oct 20, 2007
The Seventh Well: A Novel
A powerful piece of holocaust literature, these stories introduce us to characters from an important era in our history. Fred Wander, a holocaust surv ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 17, 2008
The Coffin Quilt: The Feud Between the Hatfields and the McCoys
I'm going to call this historical fiction -- some libraries have this listed as an adult book, some as teen and some as children, kind of like Harry P ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
This is Anne Frank's story told from the point of view of Peter Van Pels, the 15-year old boy whose family joined the Franks in hiding in the annex in ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Sep 09, 2010
Waiting for Hope
A fantastic read -- Hope Birdwell is such a strong woman and she's had to be all of her life. It was amazing to read about her and see all that she ha ...more
May 09, 2008
May 06, 2008
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little romance interwoven into a story set during the period right before the start of the American ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 11, 2007
Rainbow's End: Explosive Put-in-Bay Thriller with Unexpected Twists
An interesting story by local (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) author, Adamov set in Put-On-Bay, OH. It starts out with Confederate raiders plotting to free priso ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 20, 2007
Cold Mountain
I've found that people either really love this book or they really hate it. I really hated it (too descriptive) and again, we read this for a book dis ...more
Sep 2001
Oct 20, 2007
The Diary of a Young Girl
I first read this when I was in 6th grade. An interesting read from the perspective of a young girl living in hiding during the Holocaust.
Jan 1983
Jan 23, 2008
A Mercy
I tried and tried -- got into it for a few pages, but then lost interest -- could not finish.
Apr 30, 2009
Jul 05, 2008
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