Readers Favorite Review by Kayti Nika Raet: Review Rating: 4 stars. Reviewed By Kayti Nika Raet for Readers’ Favorite Transfer Day by Sophie Schiller is aReaders Favorite Review by Kayti Nika Raet: Review Rating: 4 stars. Reviewed By Kayti Nika Raet for Readers’ Favorite Transfer Day by Sophie Schiller is an historical novel set on the Virgin Islands during World War I. Abigail Maduro is a young sixteen-year-old girl who moves from Panama to St. Thomas, one of the islands in the Danish West Indies, after the death of her parents. Forced to move in with an aunt of sour disposition, Abigail tries to make the most out of her new life, befriending Nana Jane, the family's long time nanny, who helps her learn about the history and ways of the island. St. Thomas is gorgeous, but lurking behind the tranquil island ways is a nation teetering on the brink of war. A strategic spot for both the Germans and the Americans, St. Thomas's position strains Denmark's quest for neutrality. In a hot-bed of German spies, Abigail soon finds herself embroiled in an attempted assassination when she finds a bedraggled sailor hiding on the beach. Now Abigail must choose between her safety and doing what is right.
Transfer Day by Sophie Schiller is definitely one of the more unique historical novels that I've read. Until reading Transfer Day, I always thought of the Virgin Islands as American islands and was really intrigued to learn about the rich history the islands possess. Abigail's part was book-ended by chapters set in the modern era, which I really felt the book could do without, but once reading about Abigail and her feisty personality, I quickly forgot about the preceding chapters without her. Transfer Day is primarily an historical novel, but it also has tones of an action adventure spy thriller and is sure to grab fans of the genre. An enjoyable read all round. ...more
Canadian-born E. Paul Bergeron shows his fascination with America's Southwest in this exciting first in a new action-adventure series set in Spanish NCanadian-born E. Paul Bergeron shows his fascination with America's Southwest in this exciting first in a new action-adventure series set in Spanish New Mexico. William MacLeod is part of a fur trapping party deep in New Mexican territory when they are ambushed by Indians. When two of his companions are killed and another severely wounded, MacLeod is forced to abandon the furs and seek help in Taos. A violent confrontation with a band of Apaches pits MacLeod against the tribe's leader, Romero, a brutish thug who has been terrorizing the missions and settlements of New Mexico. When MacLeod arrives at an hacienda owned by a wealthy Spaniard named Don Agustín de Cordero, he makes the acquaintance of Don Agustín's daughter, Maria, a beauty whose education and knowledge of English far exceed women of her social class. But Maria's wealth make her a target for scheming suitors such as Miguel Griego, whose own father doubts his worthiness to marry Maria, "If I were a younger man, I might send your mother to Mexico and take this woman myself. You have done nothing to earn such a treasure." Indeed, Miguel Griego's list of misdeeds include debauchery and human trafficking. When Griego discovers that MacLeod and Maria are romantically involved, he swears vengeance, and MacLeod is forced to abandon his original plans to save the woman he loves. Packed with action, adventure, and richly-drawn characters, In the Shadow of Vargas is a thrilling page-turner with an engaging and suspenseful plot....more