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The Chalice (Joanna Stafford, #2)
3.88
Nancy Bilyeau's debut novel The Crown was one of my top reads of last year so I was excited to get my hands on the follow up The Chalice. I was not di...more
Apr 28, 2013
Sep 15, 2012
 
The Forest Laird: A Tale of William Wallace
3.83
This book starts out by introducing William Wallace and his cousin Jamie as small boys when their home is attacked by English soldiers who brutally mu...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)
3.54
Eva Stachniak has a smoothly flowing writing style that pulls you right into the story and she leaves no stone unturned for immersing the reader in th...more
Jan 2012
Jun 02, 2011
 
Glow
3.65
3.5

Although a little complex with the multiple time periods and narratives, Glow is an engrossing novel which convincingly captures the essence of the...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
The Orphanmaster
3.31
2.5

The Orphanmaster attracted me because it promised a feisty female heroine, the setting of New Amsterdam (back when New York wasn't even New York y...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope, #2)
3.84
Before I read this one I was hoping to grab the first in the series, Mr. Churchill's Secretary and read that first. Unfortunately, time constraints an...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
 
Spartacus: The Gladiator (Spartacus, #1)
4.03
I am probably one of the few people where this novel is my first foray into the legend of Spartacus. I haven't watched the Kirk Douglas movie or the T...more
May 30, 2012
May 24, 2012
 
Wentworth Hall
2.88
I just resolved to give YA novels a chance this year so when I was offered the chance to review Wentworth Hall, I decided to give it a go. Though I ha...more
May 08, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
The Magnificent Ambersons
3.74
Before being offered the chance to read The Magnificent Ambersons for a book tour, to me it was just a book on my rather long "prize winning books tha...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
 
The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile
3.87
History remembers Isabella as the woman who united Spain, drove out the Jews, and sanctioned the monstrosity that was the Spanish Inquisition. It must...more
Jul 2012
Nov 18, 2011
 
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I
4.08
Elizabeth I is undoubtedly one of my favorite people in history to read about so I am always ready to dive into a historical fiction novel which offer...more
Apr 04, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
 
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
3.87
3.5

I have lately become interested in novels focusing on this era and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment delivers a very personal look at how World War I...more
Jun 10, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
 
The Aviator's Wife
3.86
Having really loved The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, I was very excited to read The Aviator's Wife. Aviator's Wife tells the story of Anne Morrow...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jul 25, 2012
 
The Ambassador's Daughter
3.50
The war is at an end and Margot Rosenthal, daughter to the Ambassador of Germany sent to represent the country as part of its delegation at the Treaty...more
Mar 21, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
 
A Spear of Summer Grass (A Spear of Summer Grass, #1)
3.84
I am a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series so I was really looking forward to reading A Spear of Summer Grass. Saucy, witty, free spirit D...more
May 17, 2013
Nov 21, 2012
 
Wilderness
3.94
If you want the super short version of this review, here it is: This book is all kinds of awesome. Buy it! Now for the extended version.

Abel Truman ha...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
 
Spartacus: Rebellion (Spartacus, #2)
4.26
How fitting that on Memorial Day this combat veteran gets to review a book about one of the greatest military tacticians to ever take on the Roman Arm...more
May 28, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
 
The Dragon's Harp (Era Of Dragons: The Lost Tales Of Gwenhwyfar)
4.25
3.5

I have always been a huge fan of Arthurian Legend and although I have run across some really wonderful tellings of the story as a whole (Bernard Co...more
Apr 06, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
A Hundred Flowers
3.72
3.5

There are two things I've been wanting to do for awhile. One is read more historical fiction novels set during the days of Mao Zedong's Communist C...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
3.35
3.5

I read Janice Cooke Newman's Mary: Mrs. A Lincoln a couple of years ago and found Mary Todd Lincoln to be such a fascinating character. When I saw...more
Jan 07, 2013
Sep 15, 2012
 
Equal of the Sun
3.66
3.5

1500's Iran is not a time period I read a lot about and having enjoyed Amirrezvani's previous novel The Blood of Flowers, I was really looking forw...more
Jun 23, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
The Queen's Pleasure
3.75
"Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.”- Niccolo Machiavelli

I can think of no othe...more
Jun 03, 2012
May 24, 2012
 
The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
3.96
As I have said before I love the Tudors but I have mostly read about Elizabeth and Henry VIII with a few books about Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard...more
Jun 10, 2012
Nov 18, 2011
 
Jasmine Nights
3.38
3.5

Saba Tarcan wants nothing more than to see the world and knows her voice is her ticket to doing so even if it draws the ire of her strict Turkish f...more
May 18, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
The Painted Girls
3.61
Beautifully written and heartfelt, The Painted Girls pulls back the curtain of the Paris Opera and allows us to peer into the lives of the girls who o...more
Jan 02, 2013
Sep 15, 2012
 
The Orchid House
3.73
In the beginning of the novel we meet Julia who is living a despondent existence due to some as yet unnamed tragedy that she suffered. Her sister trie...more
Jan 08, 2012
Oct 23, 2011
 
The Ruins of Lace
3.32
3.5

When I picked up The Ruins of Lace it was because I was in desperate need of a break from historical fiction novels focused on royals. This novel w...more
Oct 06, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
The Book of Madness and Cures
2.90
Gabriella Mondini shares the same passion for medicine and the cataloguing of diseases and cures as her father. That is why it was heartbreaking for h...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
Fever
3.65
Many of us have heard the name Typhoid Mary without giving much thought to the actual person she was. In Fever Keane does a fine job of giving us a gl...more
Mar 12, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
 
Like Chaff in the Wind (The Graham Saga #2)
3.97
When I first started reading Like Chaff in the Wind, I was worried it would be a little too much like the much loved Outlander series given that both...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
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