Book review: “The Settling Earth” by Rebecca Burns & Shelly Davies

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 23, 2015
Book review:  "The Settling Earth" by Rebecca Burns & Shelly Davies

This review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found here. Here, Ms. Burns presents a collection of short stories, each one featuring a British émigré that must grapple with the harsh realities of a new life in the foreign world of colonial New Zealand. Each story provides the next link in […]

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Book review: “Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis…” by Caroline Moorehead

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 16, 2015
Book review: "Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis..." by Caroline Moorehead

The secrets of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon are revealed in this account of the small French mountain town that served as a refuge for Jews during World War II. Hiding people in farms, woods, and private homes, the town was responsible for the salvation of thousands of Jews, many of whose parents had been sent off to concentration camps. […]

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Book review: “Black Diamonds” by Catherine Bailey

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 9, 2015
Book review:  "Black Diamonds" by Catherine Bailey

In a tale very reminiscent of Downton Abbey, readers will get an inside look into a real-life twentieth century noble family in southern Yorkshire, the Fitzwilliams. Owners of Wentworth House, the largest privately owned home in the U.K., the Fitzwilliam family obtained its wealth primarily through the coal and mineral royalties mined from the surrounding property. […]

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Book review: “The Counterfeit Heiress” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 2, 2015
Book review:  "The Counterfeit Heiress" by Tasha Alexander

Lady Emily and her husband Colin return in this ninth installment of the Lady Emily mystery series. At the Devonshires’ 1897 costume ball, Lady Emily is mistaken for someone else in an Artemis costume, a woman who is posing as the elusive heiress Estella Lamar. (Real photographs from this historic event were taken and examples […]

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Book review: “Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham” by Tony Riches

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 26, 2015
Book review: "Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham" by Tony Riches

An encrypted diary found hundreds of years later tells the life of Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester. Mistress and then wife of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, uncle to Henry VI and presumed heir to the unmarried monarch, Eleanor’s ambitions grow as she gets closer to the crown. But Eleanor’s husband has powerful political enemies, namely Cardinal […]

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Book review: “Rebellion: History of England from James I…” by Peter Ackroyd

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 19, 2015
Book review:  "Rebellion:  History of England from James I..." by Peter Ackroyd

Mr. Ackroyd continues his “History of England” series with this book, which describes the accession of the first Stuart monarch James VI and I after the death of the last Tudor, Elizabeth I. James unites the kingdoms of Scotland and England, but as a man more prone to scholarship than leadership, James has a difficult […]

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Congratulations Buckeyes – National Champs!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 13, 2015
Congratulations Buckeyes - National Champs!

I know, I  know. This is a blog that reviews books. But if you missed the game last night, you missed heart pounding adventure and a roller coaster ride – the conclusion of a story that held deep disappointments and soaring highs. The kind of thrills we look for in books was found on a football field last […]

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Book review: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” by Karen Abbott

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 12, 2015
Book review:  "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott

“Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” tells the incredible stories of four women, two Confederates and two Union supporters, who risked their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, to conduct espionage during the Civil War. Each woman took on many or all of the labels included in the title at one point or another during […]

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Book review: “Blood Tide” by Holly Stacey

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 8, 2015
Book review:  "Blood Tide" by Holly Stacey

Holly Stacey sends us on a journey to a Caribbean plantation where a slave, Amber, and her mother work on a sugar cane plantation. Amber toils in the fields and occasionally helps her mother, the plantation’s healing woman. When the old master dies, his son, a cruel man bent on having Amber for his own, takes […]

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Book review: “Royal Mistress” by Anne Easter Smith

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 5, 2015
Book review:  "Royal Mistress" by Anne Easter Smith

Anne Easter Smith focuses this Wars of the Roses tale on Edward IV’s mistress, Jane Shore. Born “Elizabeth Lambert” to a London silk merchant and his wife, Jane’s beauty and wit catches the attention of many powerful men despite her marriage to cloth merchant (mercer) William Shore. Jane’s many admirers include Tom Grey (Marquess of Dorset […]

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