**spoiler alert** 1876. Noelle, Colorado is a small mining town dangerously close to turning into a ghost town, unless Reverend Chase Hammond can find**spoiler alert** 1876. Noelle, Colorado is a small mining town dangerously close to turning into a ghost town, unless Reverend Chase Hammond can find a way to lure the railroad. Desperate to save the town, Reverend Hammond hatches a scheme to bring a bunch of mail order brides to the town. But he is given a difficult deadline. Twelve couples have to get married before January 6th or the railroad won't consider coming to Noelle.
"The Partridge" was the first book in the 12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides series. In some ways, Kit Morgan had the thankless task of writing the set up scenes, introducing us to the town and its inhabitants and its situation. Once the brides arrived the book began to become a comedy of errors. Instead of the picture perfect town they were expecting, they arrive in a blizzard and are staying at the local brothel. The local mayor is more interested in finding gold than finding a wife.
The first bride Felicity Partridge is a bit of a firebrand – a suffragette sent off by her parents because she caused too much trouble. She was intended to marry the gold-obsessed mayor, but she finally falls for his friend Reverend Hammond. It's a sweet romance and the two definitely realize that they've both willing to sacrifice a lot for their chosen causes.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I liked it more as the story went along as Hammond and Partridge became acquainted. I'm nervous about some of the brides' stories, given their backgrounds, but hopefully in other writers' hands, it'll be handled well.
(A bit of annoyance/distraction: two of the men introduced have the same sounding names – Charlie Hardt and Chase Hammond. It's obvious who's who and different writers picked their characters, but I could see where it could get confusing.) ...more
Pustules, Pestilence and Pain focus on the ailments of King Henry VIII and the treatments available during the Tudor period. With a "prescription bookPustules, Pestilence and Pain focus on the ailments of King Henry VIII and the treatments available during the Tudor period. With a "prescription book" from Henry's own physicians, the author uses letters and accounts to fill in some of the gaps. He chose only a handful of Henry's many ailments to highlight from smallpox to ulcerated legs. He provides the entry from the Tudor text, and then translates it into modern spelling. Then using modern medical and pharmacology, he explains how those treatments might or might not have worked and how the treatment intersected with Tudor methodology and worldview. Not surprisingly, the ingredients were not always what modern medicine would consider effective or even safe. Treating Henry VIII's swelling legs with a plaster containing three types of lead was particularly horrifying, considering what we know about lead poisoning. The edition also includes footnotes, bibliography, and gorgeous color photographs. It's a short read and fairly technical, but recommended if you're interested in Tudor medicine....more