“Victoria: A Life” by A.N. Wilson

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 24, 2014
"Victoria:  A Life" by A.N. Wilson

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about this monarch, Mr. Wilson offers this fresh perspective. This is a story of Victoria that surprised me – an insecure outsider who never felt at home in her native country (she felt more German, like her mother’s family, than English), she relied on an endless parade […]

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Book review: “The King’s Curse” by Philippa Gregory

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 20, 2014
Book review:  "The King's Curse" by Philippa Gregory

In the last installment of Gregory’s “The Cousins’ War” series, we meet Lady Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville. A Plantagenet and niece to two kings, Margaret’s father and brother were both executed for treason. But now that the Tudors sit on the throne and Margaret’s cousin Elizabeth of York […]

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Book review: “Take Me Home” by Dorothy Garlock

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 17, 2014
Book review:  "Take Me Home" by Dorothy Garlock

This review was originally published by the Historical Novels Review and can be found online here. It’s April 1945 and Olivia Marsten, daughter of the town sheriff in small-town Wisconsin, sees her best friend Billy pacing outside a shop window. Billy is joining the Navy shortly but before he goes, he has an important question to ask her. […]

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Book review: “An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War” by Patrick Taylor

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 13, 2014
Book review:  "An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War" by Patrick Taylor

This review was originally published by the Historical Novels Review and can be found online here. Taylor returns with the ninth installation of his series, one of four that features his hero Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, a beloved local doctor in Ballybucklebo, Ireland. In this edition, the story jumps back and forth from the 1960s, when O’Reilly serves […]

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Book review: “The Winter Crown” by Elizabeth Chadwick

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 10, 2014
Book review:  "The Winter Crown" by Elizabeth Chadwick

The second in Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine series, “The Winter Crown” follows Aleinor from the early days of her marriage to England’s Henry II through the births of their many children to the brink of rebellion. Aleinor completes her wifely and queenly duty by producing the many sons and daughters necessary to fulfill Henry’s dynastic ambitions. […]

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“A Study in Death” by Anna Lee Huber – cover reveal!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 6, 2014
"A Study in Death" by Anna Lee Huber - cover reveal!

                Isn’t this cover gorgeous? I can promise you the mystery will be as suspenseful as the cover promises! A STUDY IN DEATH is the latest installment in the award-winning Lady Darby mystery series by national bestselling author Anna Lee Huber. It will release on July 7th, 2015 […]

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This week: “A Study in Death” cover reveal

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 3, 2014
This week:  "A Study in Death" cover reveal

The cover reveal for “A Study in Death” can be found here later this week (Thursday 11/6)! Please join me and Anna Lee Huber for the first chance to see the cover of the next Lady Darby mysteries, to be released in July 2015.  The review of the previous book in the series, “A Grave Matter”, […]

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Coming in November…

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 30, 2014
Coming in November...

Several book reviews and a cover reveal – lots of books to be thankful for this month! 1) Review of Philippa Gregory’s “The King’s Curse” – the sixth book in the Cousins’ War series. The fifth book, “The White Princess” didn’t garner as much praise as some of the earlier books, so let’s see if Gregory […]

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Book review: “The Summer Queen” by Elizabeth Chadwick

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 27, 2014
Book review:  "The Summer Queen" by Elizabeth Chadwick

The first in Ms. Chadwick’s sweeping trilogy of Eleanor of Aquitaine (known as “Alienor”) begins when her father, Duke of Aquitaine, dies on a pilgrimage and 13 year old Alienor is ordered to wed Louis (eventually Louis VII) of France for her own protection and the continuation of her duchy. A second son who trained to be […]

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Book review: “Madame Tussaud” by Michelle Moran

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 22, 2014
Book review:  "Madame Tussaud" by Michelle Moran

  This 2011 novel by Michelle Moran is a fictionalized biography of Marie Grosholtz, the woman whose wax models of famous individuals in eighteenth century France evolved into the many wax museums throughout the world who still bear her name. The novel begins on the eve of the French revolution as Marie, her “uncle” Phillipe […]

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