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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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy 2015!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 22, 2014
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy 2015!

  It’s time for me to sign off for 2014 and to wish you all a healthy, happy, and well-read holiday season! I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends, maybe choose a number of books to add to your 2015 Reading Challenge on Goodreads, and definitely escape to a quiet corner and enjoy a […]

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Book review: “Behind the Shattered Glass” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 18, 2014
Book review:  "Behind the Shattered Glass" by Tasha Alexander

I have a confession to make. I’ve side stepped Ms. Alexander’s books up until now. Many friends have recommended them, and I’ve always passed. As someone who prefers fast-paced thrillers, I presumed the Lady Emily mysteries were on the tame side for me. Until I picked up the audio version of this one….and was completely hooked! Now I […]

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Trends in Historical Fiction

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 15, 2014
Trends in Historical Fiction

Only recently was I able to take a closer look at the results of M.K. Tod’s Historical Fiction Reader’s Survey, assisted by Richard Lee of the Historical Novel Society. The survey was conducted in 2013 and the high-level data were published in January 2014 (follow first link above). Now that she’s had more time to crunch the […]

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Book review: “Day of Fire” by Dray, Perinot, Quinn, et al.

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 11, 2014
Book review:  "Day of Fire" by Dray, Perinot, Quinn, et al.

A senator with a death wish, a reluctant bride, an indebted former soldier, a social outcast with an obsession for horses, a young man stung by unrequited love, a young woman in labor at the worst of times, a whore with the curse of foresight and her scrappy older sisters who fights for survival -what do […]

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