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The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile
it was ok
This book should be subtitled: Isabella Tells You All About Her Reign, because that is what Gortner does--TELLS you what happened. The narrative is fu ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
Venus in Winter
did not like it
I tried, I really did, to get into this book. But after 100 pages, I've given up. I rarely give up on books, but I have two others to review and I jus ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Meet the Malones
liked it
I can't believe I've lived over half my life without ever cracking a "Beany Malone" book!! My public library during my growing up years did not own th ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
The Glory Cloak: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton
really liked it
First half of the book: 5 stars. Second half of the book: 3 stars, so it averages out to 4 stars. The good: I really liked how O'Brien wove historical ...more
Oct 11, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
Song for a Lute
it was amazing
I loved Marguerite Vance's biographies of famous women so much when I was growing up that when I DID grow up, I collected them all--even the ones I di ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
it was amazing
I don't know how I escaped reading Sally Watson's books back in the early 1970s. I devoured all British historical fiction at that time. I guess my li ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
The Virgin Widow
it was amazing
Richard III was SEXY!!! I completely enjoyed this fresh look at a much maligned person from history, no thanks to William Shakespeare. Anne O'Brien is ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
The Princess Present (The Princess Diaries, #6.5)
did not like it
I'm a huge Meg Cabot fan. As you all can tell, I'm currently reading all the Princess Diaries novels in order, and believe me, there's so many other b ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Slow Hand (Hot Cowboy Nights, #1)
it was amazing
I don't usually read contemporary romance, but as a fan of Victoria Vane's DeVere series, I had to see if she could bring the excitement and passion i ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
Kensil Takes Over
liked it
I found this little gem of a teen romance in passing while conducting Dallas history research. In fact Kensil Takes Over takes place in 1960s Dallas, ...more
Jan 02, 2016
Nov 24, 2015
Jane-Emily, and Witches' Children
it was amazing
5 stars for Jane-Emily and 3 stars for Witches' Children.

I wanted to re-read Jane-Emily, (originally published 1969), a favorite of mine when I was 1
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
A Dallas Classic: Lakewood Country Club, 1912-2012
really liked it
Lavish coffee table book published in 2012 to celebrate the centennial of Dallas' Lakewood Country Club. This edition was only available to members of ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Jan 05, 2016
Innocent Wayfaring
it was amazing
It was serendipity when I was 12 years old and found The Innocent Wayfaring on the library shelf on June 23 way back when. The story takes place June ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
Rough Rider (Hot Cowboy Nights, #2)
it was amazing
I thought Slow Hand was great, but Rough Rider is even better! Victoria Vane makes her characters real and relatable. In the early chapters, I was cap ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Nov 21, 2014
The Mistress' House
0 stars.
I wasted my time so you won't have to.
This was my "waiting room" read, a free Kindle download.

Why can't Regency romances be like they used to
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History—without the Fairy-Tale Endings
did not like it
I need to be more careful with my nighttime reading--too many bad dreams after this one. While I realize I had an advance copy, there were so many err ...more
Aug 30, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
A Fool Again (Duchess Quartet, #1.5)
it was ok
Short fluffy brain candy e-book that I read while sitting in the Central Jury Room, waiting and well, waiting. It's a very light Regency historical ro ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
A Wild Night's Bride (The Devil DeVere #1)
it was amazing
I never ever expected to give a 5 star rating to a book which should probably only be sold to adults over 21, but A Wild Night's Bride is well-written ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham
really liked it
Under the North Light is a beautifully packaged biography/catalog of the life and works of married book illustrators Maud and Miska Petersham. Using M ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
The Confession of Katherine Howard
liked it
I'm really on the fence about this one. There is much to admire about it, but also much to dislike. First of all, what I didn't like--another first pe ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Christmas Encyclopedia
liked it
I'm not sure if the author is trying to be comprehensive in the coverage of Christmas topics or is just hitting the high points. This is the 3rd editi ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 01, 2013
Under the Muhlberry Tree
did not like it
I must begin with a disclaimer--I am a huge fan of Linda Muhl. She is a well-respected educator who recently retired after teaching for nearly 30 year ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Princess on the Brink (The Princess Diaries, #8)
really liked it
**spoiler alert** So this is the book about "IT." And I've read other reviews here about this 8th Princess Diaries and how awful that young girls shou ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
The Daughter of Time
really liked it
I first read The Daughter of Time when I was in the 8th grade. I checked it out of the library thinking it was about time travel. Well, it's not liter ...more
Mar 2011
Feb 17, 2011
Clark Gable, in Pictures: Candid Images of the Actor's Life
did not like it
Only a real Clark Gable fan who already knows the story of his life would get anything out of this book. It's basically a collection of photos that th ...more
May 05, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Daddy Long Legs
it was amazing
It's been 100 years since Daddy Long Legs was first published, and 40 years since I first picked up this curious little book at the William Lipscomb E ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Princess in Training (The Princess Diaries, #6)
liked it
**spoiler alert** I liked that this volume in the Princess Diaries series has a lot more school related issues in it: Student Council President electi ...more
May 31, 2010
May 12, 2010
Pearl of China
liked it
I was excited to read Pearl of China, as I knew nothing of Pearl Buck's life as a young girl growing up in China as the daughter of missionaries. The ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
The Sheik Retold
it was amazing
Pure sexy escapism! The original The Sheik, published in 1919 by E.M. Hull, was wildly popular in its day, and the 1921 film made a star of Rudolph Va ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Party Princess (The Princess Diaries, #7)
it was amazing
So this is like the 10th Princess Diaries book I've read and FINALLY Meg hits one out of the park!!! This was just so much fun!! Of course it had 2 of ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
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