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Edward Rutherfurd is undoubtedly the reigning master of the multi-period epic novel. Paris: The Novel showcases his impeccable research and narrative...more
Apr 09, 2013
Nov 01, 2012
The Last Nude
When is a muse an inspiration and when is she a plaything? The distinction is hazy in Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude.

1927 Paris, Rafaela only wants a hun...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
Schroder: A Novel is both heartrending and magnificent. The book is a discerning reflection on fatherhood with contemporary issues that will appeal to...more
Feb 03, 2013
Oct 12, 2012
Winter's Tale
Update to my review after seeing the movie version 2/2014. The movie focuses on the first 180 pages about Peter and Beverly's magical romance. There a...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 02, 2010
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, #4)
A French perfumer is commissioned in the 1800s to recreate a scent formula from Cleopatra’s fragrance factory. It is believed that those who smell the...more
Jan 20, 2012
Dec 16, 2011
In typical and endearing Kearsley style, Mariana combines time travel, romance and history. The setting is Greywethers, a 16th century English house....more
Jun 16, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
The Shadow Queen
I loved this book. It was gripping, informative and well constructed. It is told through the fascinating perspective of Claudette, attendant and confi...more
Apr 09, 2014
Sep 12, 2013
Palisades Park
Look no further than Palisades Park by Alan Brennert for a magical place to spend happy hours of reading. Eddie and Adele Stopka, parents of Toni and...more
Apr 08, 2013
Sep 20, 2012
All Different Kinds of Free
Riveting Historical Drama

The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War approaches. Sound the trumpet for a novel where justice, personal l...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven, #1)
Fantasy is not my usual genre when I reach for a book, but Janalyn Voigt has won me over with DawnSinger, Book One in her Tales of Faeraven series. Da...more
Aug 15, 2012
Nov 10, 2010
The Daring Ladies of Lowell
Alice Barrow leaves home to become a mill girl so that she can send money home to her father and never have to work on a farm again. Quickly she learn...more
Dec 10, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
I Always Loved You
Up front, I'd like to say that I adored Robin Oliveira's debut novel, My Name is Mary Sutter.

I Always Loved You didn't quite pack the same punch. Aspe...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
The Lady's Slipper
A Lady’s Slipper—Innocent Wildflower or Telltale Evidence?

Author Deborah Swift took a summer walk in the woods of the mountain district in England whe...more
Jan 02, 2011
Nov 01, 2010
The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher
I purchased The Frugal Book Promoter 1st Edition in 2004 and scoured it for ideas to promote my debut novel. I used it so much that its pages are worn...more
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Sep 04, 2011
The Goldfinch
Thoughtful, dense and dark. 4 stars not 5, because I felt strongly that the middle could have been edited. This is an exhausting read. My take...we ho...more
Jun 15, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
City of Women
City of Women chronicles the daily life and hard choices faced by women left in Berlin during WWII while the men are away fighting the war. I found if...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Me Before You
What would you do if confined to a wheelchair with no hope for the future? Meet Will Traynor lived a full life prior to a motorcycle accident. He is i...more
Jan 17, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
On June 4, 1661, Issac Newton made a virtually unnoticed arrival as a first year student at Trinity College, Cambridge. Poor and so preoccupied with h...more
Feb 03, 2013
Mar 02, 2012
The Yellow House
Rereading this for March group read - The Novel Ideas. March 2014.

There’s never a dull moment in Patricia Falvey’s debut novel, The Yellow House. Nort...more
Mar 14, 2014
Feb 10, 2011
The Lifeboat
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Survival in a lifeboat may sound like a simple plot line, but it astounds in the hands of debut nov...more
Apr 02, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
A Divided Inheritance
My third encounter with Deborah Swift’s writing, A Divided Inheritance, did not disappoint. In a superb integration of historical fact and plot, Debor...more
Jul 05, 2014
Sep 23, 2013
Soul of a Lion: One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees
"Compassion and Care Protect the Souls of the Needy"

Buddha said, “May all that have life be delivered from suffering.”

Published by National Geographi...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
The Orchardist
Brava, Amanda Coplin, on your debut novel, set in early twentieth century Washington. Ms. Coplin masterfully draws us into the world of William Talmad...more
Jan 18, 2013
Nov 07, 2012
In Calamity's Wake
In Calamity’s Wake is a well-researched historical fiction novel combining pleasurable reading with great depth. I loved this book and appreciated the...more
Sep 17, 2013
May 13, 2013
The Gilded Lily
Formerly released in England to rave reviews, this book is finally available in the US on November 27. Greed, adventure, danger, mystery, and history...more
Nov 25, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
Caleb's Crossing
A Special Niche in Outstanding Historical Fiction

The best historical fiction takes historical fact and pulls us in by creating interest in characters...more
Apr 26, 2013
Feb 13, 2011
The Woman at the Light
I commend Joanna Brady for her captivating debut novel. I had not before read about the outer islands of Key West or of nineteenth century women light...more
Jun 02, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
I am so awestruck by this book that I have few words to describe it, except to say that it will stay with me for years. It was one of the best books I...more
Jan 29, 2011
Oct 17, 2010
The Bastard (Kent Family Chronicles, #1)
John Jakes has a way of engaging you immediately with his characters while immersing you in the historical period. He adds a bit of romance to spice t...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden
After reading David McCullough's Johnstown Flood, a non-fiction account of this disaster, I was intrigued by Ms. Cambor's In Sunlight, in a Beautiful...more
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Mar 19, 2010
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