Top 5 picks for best books I reviewed this summer

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 28, 2014
Top 5 picks for best books I reviewed this summer

Believe it or not, summer is nearly over. But it’s been a great season of books, so I thought I’d finish up the season with my Top 5 from the summer of 2014. These are listed in no particular order because they are all so different from one another that’s in impossible to rank them, […]

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Book review: “Timebound” by Rysa Walker

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 25, 2014
Book review:  "Timebound" by Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker’s debut novel and the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winner “Timebound” (Chronos Files Book 1) takes readers through a remarkable time-travelling journey that begins when Kate Pierce-Keller meets up with her estranged grandmother who is carrying a strange looking medallion that emits a blue light. The grandmother, Katherine, explains that she’s dying of […]

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Book review: “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 21, 2014
Book review:  "The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness

  Harkness returns for the last installment of the All Souls Trilogy:  “The Book of Life” where Matthew, Diana, and the various witches, vampires, and daemons we have come to know throughout the trilogy return for the final battle. Here, Diana (a witch) and Matthew (a vampire) fight to establish their own scion, a family unit […]

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Book review: “The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent” by Susan Elia MacNeal

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 18, 2014
Book review:  "The Prime Minister's Secret Agent" by Susan Elia MacNeal

  This was originally published on the website of the Historical Novel Society and can be found here. Maggie Hope returns in this fourth installment of MacNeal’s WWII-era mystery series. Code-breaking, lock-picking super-sleuth Maggie is now in Scotland as a trainer for her former espionage school, where she can recover from the physical and emotional […]

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Book review: “An Air of Treason” by P.F. Chisholm

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 14, 2014
Book review:  "An Air of Treason" by P.F. Chisholm

  This review originally appeared on the website of the Historical Novel Society and can be seen here. This, the sixth book in the Sir Robert Carey mystery series, recounts the adventures of amateur sleuth Carey, the youngest son of Henry Carey, Baron Hunsdon, Elizabeth I’s Lord Chamberlain and half-brother. In this tale, Carey is […]

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Book review: “The Romanov Sisters…” by Helen Rappaport

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer August 11, 2014
Book review:  "The Romanov Sisters..." by Helen Rappaport

  They were beautiful, wealthy, and the fascination of royalty-watchers worldwide, but they were also sheltered girls, largely lost to myth after their untimely murder in 1918 by revolutionaries. Rappaport provides a peek behind the screen, a look inside the family life of the Romanovs from the marriage of Alexandra and Nicholas, through the birth of four […]

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Reckless and other animal military heroes

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 31, 2014
Reckless and other animal military heroes

This article originally appeared on the Historical Novel Society website. The link to that site is here. Tom Clavin’s latest book, Reckless – The Racehorse who Became a Marine Corps Hero, details the life of a sorrel mare that played a major role during the “Battle of the Vegas Cities”, a relentless five-day siege in which the […]

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Book review: “Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty” by Elizabeth Norton

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 30, 2014
Book review:  "Margaret Beaufort:  Mother of the Tudor Dynasty" by Elizabeth Norton

Elizabeth Norton, author of many books on England’s queens, royal mistresses, and royal mothers, offers this biography of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and the one, often overlooked person, who ensured the Tudor dynasty. Here, we see Margaret from cradle to grave, with descriptions of the great highs and enormous lows she suffered in the […]

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Books I’ll be taking to the beach

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 22, 2014
Books I'll be taking to the beach

So we’re heading to the beach soon – our very first extremely long car ride with our toddler daughter. I know. I’m holding my breath too. (All you parents out there can send your sympathies my way at any time. Thank you in advance!) Of course we’re packing the car full of DVDs, LeapFrog Pad, books, […]

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Part II, Author interview: Livi Michael, author of “Succession”

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 16, 2014
Part II, Author interview:  Livi Michael, author of "Succession"

I’d like to warmly welcome back author and professor Livi Michael for Part II of her interview on the blog today. Ms. Michael is the author of the newly published “Succession”, a story of Margaret Beaufort and Margaret of Anjou from a distinctly unique perspective. If you would like to ask Ms. Michael any questions, please do so in the […]

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