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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
it was ok
Disclaimer: This review is based on an ARC edition of the novel I received from NetGalley.

Having never read Chiaverini before, I was free of most expe
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #1)
it was ok
Things that drove me crazy about this book:

1 - The title. Dr. Silkstone is highly regarded in his field and pretty much does his own thing in this boo
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery, #2)
it was ok
Did nobody else see how closely (almost unethically closely) parts of Maggie's story followed that of Sydney's from the TV show Alias? It was enough t ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 30, 2012
Blood Harvest
liked it
I started out enjoying this book - it was all gothic and creepy - and I was excited to get into the "blood harvest". But two things sort of threw me o ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
Beautiful Lies
it was ok
Right. The main character is a selfish, reckless woman who can't understand that her actions have consequences (and not just for herself). She disdain ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Worthy Brown's Daughter
it was ok
I so wanted to like this book more than I did. It has a great premise based on a true story: a man agrees to free his slaves once they help him get se ...more
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications
it was ok
The subtitle of this book promised more than this book offered. There were a few "intriguing dedications" (Ayn Rand's comes to mind), but most of the ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
it was ok
Sounded like an interesting story - young girl from the backwoods of Australia goes on an almost epic search for the Armenian father of her young chil ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
King Hereafter
it was amazing
This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. First, the historical detail is incredible (although there are some who fault her for fusing two real l ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2008
An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford, #4)
liked it
Having read the previous three in the series, I can definitely say that this one is the weakest in the bunch. I always enjoy the historical details - ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
The Light in the Ruins
liked it
While not a page-turner type of thriller, this novel offers suspense in the little things. Although this is only the second Bohjalian book I've read, ...more
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation, #8)
liked it
This was much, MUCH, better than the last couple of Carnation books (I don't even think I really remember those - I must have blocked them out). Jane ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
liked it
I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. I do not necessarily fault the author - she worked well with the materials on hand (how lucky that many in the ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2011
Death Comes to London (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #2)
it was ok
It was a quick read, but not quite as good as the first. The mystery isn't as compelling as is the look at a Season in London, and I couldn't quite bu ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
Little Century
really liked it
I enjoyed this read for many reasons - the characters, including many of the secondaries, were well-drawn, without resorting to stereotypes or extreme ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Madam, Will You Talk?
it was ok
First, what I liked - the descriptions of France (Avignon, Marseilles, etc.) and the actual mystery. The scenery was appealing, and I actually believe ...more
Nov 03, 2010
Nov 03, 2010
With This Ring
it was ok
My grandma was a fan of Emilie Loring's books. They are basically all gentle reads (not religious). All involve a plucky young heroine whose values, s ...more
Jan 1990
May 15, 2008
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding
really liked it
If I hadn't had to read this in order to run a book club discussion for my library, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. I'm what would be referred ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations
liked it
Received this a a present for Christmas from Beth. I'll bet she didn't think I'd actually read it cover to cover! Anyway, it has some humorous and tho ...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
City of God: A Novel of Passion and Wonder in Old New York (Old New York, #3)
liked it
The third book in a New York series, I was glad City of God was better than the previous one. Continuing the story of the Turner and Devrey familie ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Dec 18, 2008
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this from NetGalley.

What fun! I love good historical nonfiction that keeps me turning the pages! This one has so much
Mar 28, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
liked it
The world of obituary writing is slightly larger than I suppose I would have imagined it, had I imagined it at all. Johnson brings to light the differ ...more
Mar 30, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
really liked it
This book, about a young woman in indentured servitude prior to the Revolutionary War, kept me turning pages. Along with a lesson about the climate of ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
The Witch Doctor's Wife (Amanda Brown #1)
it was ok
Not really a mystery (that only occurs in the last 40 pages or so), this book offers good deal of historical information, but not a lot of characteriz ...more
Feb 13, 2010
Nov 22, 2009
In the Land of Long Fingernails: A Gravedigger in the Age of Aquarius
liked it
Perhaps it says a lot that the blurb on the back of this book was by Mary Roach, whose book, Stiff is one of my favorite nonfiction books. I listened ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1)
it was amazing
Dunnett is my favorite historical author for so many reasons. She is not for the casual reader -- the density of her plotlines, characterizations, and ...more
Jan 1997
May 02, 2008
The Cherry Harvest
it was ok
I debated about the rating for this one, but since I thought the ending was both too unrealistic and just didn't fit the rest of the story, I'm going ...more
Oct 07, 2015
Oct 08, 2015
Pacific Glory (World War 2 Navy)
liked it
The battle scenes are well written, but they are basically the entire point of the novel. The characters are a little wooden - Marsh is probably the m ...more
Aug 10, 2015
Aug 10, 2015
Somewhere in France
liked it
This one was much more of a romance than I expected, which meant that much of the plot was dedicated to the relationship aspects than to that of the r ...more
May 04, 2014
Nov 15, 2013
The Ludwig Conspiracy
it was ok
I have to say that I'm mildly disappointed by this latest from Potzcsh. I adore the Hangman's Daughter series, which offers characters to care about, ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
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