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The Plum Tree
4.02
it was amazing
What a beautiful, moving novel! Christine, a young German woman, falls in love with the handsome, educated son of the wealthy Jewish family she works ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 27, 2012
 
The Shield of Three Lions (Alix of Wanthwaite, #1)
3.86
really liked it
Set at the time of King Richard the Lionheart's reign and the Crusades, this book follows Alix, a young orphaned girl trying to win back her family's ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 16, 2007
 
I'll Give You the Sun
4.14
it was amazing
This was a read-in-one-gulp book, a stay-up-far-too-late book, a forget-to-take-a-breath book. I read with a hand pressed to my heart at some parts, w ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
A superb novel, to be read twice, back-to-back. Once to untangle the characters and secrets from Wein's expertly knotted story; the other to admire th ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
 
The Uncrowned Queen (War of the Roses, #3)
3.90
liked it
Called 'The Beloved' in the UK, this is the last in the trilogy about Anne de Bohun, a fictional character who is the mistress of King Edward IV. The ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 17, 2007
 
Red Winter
4.03
it was amazing
Dan Smith has the beautiful ability to create, with little more than landscape and haunting atmosphere, books crackling with tension. In RED WINTER, h ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
 
Acts of Love
3.53
really liked it

Luke Cameron, a famous Broadway director, finds a box of letter written to his beloved grandmother by her protogee, Jessica Fontaine, who had disappea
...more
Apr 2007
Apr 23, 2007
 
A Foreign Field
3.76
it was amazing

Nine British soldiers are trapped behind the German line after the series of advances and retreats at the beginning of the war that preceded the layin
...more
Jul 2007
Jul 16, 2007
 
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
3.46
liked it

A young Chinese woman comes to London to study English for a year. As she learns the language, she also learns about love and independence. The langua
...more
Jun 2007
Jun 16, 2007
 
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1)
3.75
really liked it

Surprising everyone, Precious Ramotswe took the inheritance from her father's death and opens a ladies' detective agency, the first of its kind in Bot
...more
Mar 2007
Apr 04, 2007
 
Trooper 3809, a private soldier of the third republic
3.00
liked it
Though the introduction to this memoir, published at the end of the 19th century, earnestly claims that it is an exposé of brutality and harsh punishm ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
The Sister Queens
3.97
it was amazing
A touching story of the love between two sisters, set in an era about which I was not familiar. Sophie Perinot brought me deftly into the world of Mar ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2013
 
Stolen Summer
3.96
it was amazing
Touching story about a war journalist and the man waiting for him back at home.

Evan has always taken the most dangerous assignments, covering areas of
...more
not set
Mar 01, 2013
 
Paths of Glory
4.18
it was amazing
A hopeless mission, an obstinate general, three blindsided soldiers. PATHS OF GLORY is a powerful little novel about WWI and the futility of war. Afte ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
 
The Confidant
3.66
it was amazing
After the death of her mother, a Parisian woman finds, amidst the condolence cards, a letter from a man she's never met. It's the first of many--new i ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
 
Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
3.69
really liked it
Though sometimes dense in places, this is a fascinating look at the changing role of the British country house servant from the Middle Ages to the twe ...more
May 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
A War In Words
4.24
it was amazing

What a great book! This book is a selection from letters and diaries from the First World War. The authors have striven to go beyond the usual British
...more
Jun 2007
Jun 25, 2007
 
Changing Places
3.86
liked it

Phillip Swallow is a stodgy, uninspired, and upright British professor. Morris Zapp is an arrogant, flashy, and womanizing American professor. When th
...more
May 2007
Apr 30, 2007
 
The First Casualty
3.83
it was amazing

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a novel as well as I enjoyed this one. Set near the end of the first World War, the book centers around Dougl
...more
Apr 2007
Apr 23, 2007
 
My Father's Glory & My Mother's Castle: Marcel Pagnol's Memories of Childhood
4.25
really liked it
What a charming book! This volume contains two of Marcel Pagnol's memoirs of his idyllic childhood in France, from school in Marseilles to summers spe ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
Polio: An American Story
3.98
it was amazing
Fascinating account of polio in twentieth century America: its rise through increasingly devastating epidemics; the disease's most famous face and adv ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
 
Gone Girl
4.03
really liked it
Well-crafted structure, well-drawn characters, and well-placed reveals make Gone Girl a gripping novel. However, having been pulled so deeply into the ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2013
 
The March to the Marne: The French Army 1871-1914
4.00
liked it
A macro look at the organization and growth (or lack thereof) of the French army in the early decades of the third republic. Porch's examination helps ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
The Great War and the French People
3.50
liked it
Dense examination of the effects of WWI on the French people and their morale, from mobilization in 1914 to the armistice. The book is organized thema ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
 
The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #10)
3.84
really liked it
Told from the points of view of Jane Boleyn (sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn), Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard (fourth and fifth wives of Henry VIII) ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 04, 2007
 
The Man From St. Petersburg
3.84
really liked it

I've read this book a bunch of times (I own a copy), but I still enjoy it each time I read it.

Lord Walden is trying to bring about a British-Russian
...more
Apr 2007
Apr 29, 2007
 
The French Boy
3.00
liked it
Intriguing for the history and the escapades of a young boy growing up in France in the years before the Great War.
not set
Jan 03, 2013
 
If at All Possible, Involve a Cow: The Book of College Pranks
3.92
it was amazing

From the early shenanigans of putting a stuffed raccoon on the pulpit in the college chapel or parking the university president's carriage outside of
...more
Mar 2007
Apr 04, 2007
 
The Sign of the Weeping Virgin
3.52
it was amazing
A young woman goes missing. On the other side of Florence, a painting mysteriously begins weeping. Investigator Guid’Antonio Vespucci, friend of Loren ...more
Mar 18, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
The Knight of Maison-Rouge
3.88
liked it

Set during the French Revolution, this story centres around the imprisoned Marie Antoinette and a ring of royalists led by a shadowy figure calling hi
...more
Jun 2007
Jun 16, 2007
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