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Circling the Sun
3.92
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I have not read The Paris Wife and I had never heard of Beryl Markham, the main character in this book. She was definitely ...more
Dec 26, 2015
Aug 26, 2015
 
The Chalice (Joanna Stafford, #2)
3.84
really liked it
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
 
Glow
3.60
liked it
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
 
31 Bond Street
3.40
really liked it
It is a cold January day in 1857 New York when dentist Dr. Harvey Burdell is found viciously murdered in his home at 31 Bond Street . The brutality of ...more
Jun 02, 2010
May 31, 2010
 
The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli
3.82
really liked it
I am a sucker for a historical fiction novel that centers around artists so this book immediately caught my eye. In reading through this novel, I disc ...more
Sep 04, 2017
Jun 04, 2016
 
The Forest Laird: A Tale of William Wallace
3.88
really liked it
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)
3.57
liked it
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
 
The Sister Queens
3.97
really liked it
There is so much I want to say about this book that I don't even know where to start. I loved the story of these two sisters-Marguerite the firstborn ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Jul 03, 2011
 
The Orphanmaster
3.31
it was ok
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
 
Enchantments
3.22
liked it
Enchantments is an imaginative and markedly different take on the story of the murder of the Mad Monk Rasputin and the downfall of the Romanov family. ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
The Black Isle
3.42
liked it
The Black Isle caught my interest because of the setting of Asia during WWII and the promise of a good ghost story. The book is totally not what I was ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Nov 18, 2011
 
Spartacus: The Gladiator (Spartacus, #1)
4.03
really liked it
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
 
The Painted Girls
3.61
really liked it
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
 
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery, #2)
3.87
really liked it
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
 
How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (W/Disk))
4.45
really liked it
Really useful book that walks you through everything step by step. If the information you're looking for isn't contained in the book they point you to ...more
Mar 21, 2016
Mar 19, 2016
 
Wentworth Hall
2.88
liked it
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 Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon, #1)
3.83
really liked it
Really liked this one. I have the second one and can't wait to dive in!
Jun 20, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
 
The Magnificent Ambersons
3.75
really liked it
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
 
Fever
3.65
liked it
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
 
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I
4.05
really liked it
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
3.82
liked it
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
3.87
really liked it
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
3.56
liked it
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
3.83
really liked it
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
3.89
really liked it
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.

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Jul 28, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
 
Spartacus: Rebellion (Spartacus, #2)
4.27
really liked it
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)
4.21
liked it
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
3.74
liked it
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
3.42
liked it
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
3.70
liked it
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
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