Book review: “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 29, 2016
Book review: "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren

Botanist Hope Jahren, of the University of Hawaii, wrote this book which is half ode to plants and half memoir. I picked up this book because, as a research scientist myself (pharmacology), I’ve always been fascinated by other female scientists’ life stories. How did they get here? Why? And what drives them forward? It’s no […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “Last Original Wife” by Dorothea B. Frank

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 22, 2016
Book review: "Last Original Wife" by Dorothea B. Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank explores those who stop – nearly 30 years after saying “I do” – to take stock of their lives and do not like what they see. Leslie and Wes have been married over 30 years, have two adult children, and now Wes’ best friends are leaving their first wives to go after […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “Committed: A Love Story” by Elizabeth Gilbert

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 15, 2016
Book review: "Committed: A Love Story" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Anyone who has been divorced understands the skepticism with which a person subsequently views the institution of marriage. It is this apprehension that “Eat, Pray, Love” author Gilbert embraces in her book “Committed”. Gilbert fans will remember “Felipe”, the Brazilian man Gilbert meets in EPL. They embark on a global love affair and make lasting […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “The Girl in the Glass Tower” by Elizabeth Fremantle

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 8, 2016
Book review: "The Girl in the Glass Tower" by Elizabeth Fremantle

As Elizabeth I enters old age with no acknowledged successor, “Bess of Hardwick”, the dowager Countess of Shrewsbury, angles to get her granddaughter, Arbella Stuart in line as the best candidate. Arbella (or Arabella, as there are various spellings of her name) is daughter of Beth’s daughter Elizabeth Cavendish and Charles Stuart, the younger brother of Lord Darnley […]

Read the full post →

Upcoming reviews to finish the summer

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 1, 2016
Upcoming reviews to finish the summer

Coming up on the blog: As we face the last complete month of summer, I wanted to mix it up a little bit with more of my usual historical fiction (because when is that not in season?) but also some more contemporary, beach-appropriate reads, such as Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Committed” and Dorothea Benton Frank’s “The Last […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 25, 2016
Book review: "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Author of “Eat, Pray, Love” Elizabeth Gilbert tackles the creative life here in “Big Magic”. She busts through so many writer misconceptions such as you must be struggling to be an artist, you should be angry and frustrated when your muse doesn’t cooperate, and that you shouldn’t compromise your work in any way, shape or […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “Secret Life of Violet Grant” by B. Williams

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 18, 2016
Book review: "Secret Life of Violet Grant" by B. Williams

In this dual timeline story, Vivian Schuyler is a budding newspaper woman in 1960s New York City. She receives a mysterious locked valise in the mail and discovers the belongings of a great aunt she has never known, Violet Grant. An aspiring physicist in the days of Einstein, Rutherford, and Planck, Violet was an anomaly […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “At the Edge of Summer” by J. Brockmole

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 11, 2016
Book review: "At the Edge of Summer" by J. Brockmole

When Clare Ross’ father dies, she finds herself in the home of family friends, hoping in vain that the artist mother who abandoned her so many years ago will come back to find her. But Clare’s mother never reappears, and Clare is left to fend for herself as an artist and an individual until she meets […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “Valiant Ambition” by N. Philbrick

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 5, 2016
Book review: "Valiant Ambition" by N. Philbrick

Just in time to wrap up the long holiday weekend… Mr. Philbrick dives behind the complex personalities of personages significant and not so significant that played roles in the Revolutionary War, specifically Horatio Gates, Philip Schuyler, politician Joseph Reed, Henry Clinton, John André, and of course, Benedict Arnold. The premise of the book is a […]

Read the full post →

Book review: “A Pressing Engagement” by Anna Lee Huber

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 27, 2016
Book review: "A Pressing Engagement" by Anna Lee Huber

This is Lady Darby book 4.5, a novella, which covers Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage’s final adventures before their wedding day. Kiera grows frustrated by the constant fussing of her sister, Lady Cromarty, who insists that every aspects of the small affair be perfect. So Kiera and Gage spend the time before their nuptials doing what they […]

Read the full post →