Book review: “The Song of Hartgrove Hall” by N. Solomons

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 8, 2016
Book review: "The Song of Hartgrove Hall" by N. Solomons

As World War II ends, Harry and his two older brothers Jack and George return to Hartgrove Hall, their family estate in Dorset, a crumbling manor deteriorating from a lack of funds and the army’s recent occupation. The boys have an intense connection to the place, but its decrepit condition and the lack of resources […]

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Book review: “The Lost Tudor Princess” by Alison Weir

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 1, 2016
Book review: "The Lost Tudor Princess" by Alison Weir

Alison Weir takes on the weighty challenge of bringing Lady Margaret Douglas to life – a woman who played a large part behind the scenes during Elizabeth I’s reign but one for whom history is mostly silent. Lady Margaret Douglas was the great-granddaughter of her namesake Lady Margaret Beaufort, daughter of Margaret Tudor, niece to Henry […]

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Book review: “The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor” by Elizabeth Norton

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 25, 2016
Book review: "The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor" by Elizabeth Norton

After Henry VIII dies, his widow Catherine Parr hastily marries the new king’s youngest uncle, Thomas Seymour. The marriage is suspect from the start as Henry VIII is barely cold in his grave and Catherine and Thomas marry without permission. Yet Thomas proves a canny manipulator and does an end-run around his older brother, the […]

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Book review: “Medicis Daughter” by Sophie Perinot

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 18, 2016
Book review: "Medicis Daughter" by Sophie Perinot

Marguerite of Valois, daughter of Catherine de Médicis and King Henri II of France, is a beautiful princess but one with a particularly domineering mother. Catherine’s authority is so absolute that she commands complete control over all her children, even the reigning King Charles IX. When Margot falls for the dashing Duc de Guise, she is forcibly […]

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Book review: “The Lake House” by Kate Morton

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 11, 2016
Book review: "The Lake House" by Kate Morton

In 1930s Cornwall, the Edevane family lives in a gorgeous, secluded country estate called Loannath (“Lake House”) surrounded by gardens, a wood, and a lake. Three daughters and an 11 month old son, Theo, live a seemingly idyllic life there with their parents. There is the precocious dreamer, Alice, who grows up to become a […]

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Book review: “Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman” by T. Arlen

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 4, 2016
Book review: "Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman" by T. Arlen

This debut novel by Tessa Arlen is here to rescue those impatient for the start of “Downton Abbey”. Each year, Lord and Lady Montford host their summer costume ball. This year, however, a few people end up missing by the next morning, and the hosts’ nephew Teddy (the “dishonorable gentleman” of the title), winds up hanging from a gibbet. […]

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy 2016!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 23, 2015
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy 2016!

Image from: http://www.merrychristmaswishes.org/christmas-wallpaper.html  I wish the very best to all the historical fiction fans out there. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may you have a blessed 2016! Most importantly: happy reading!  

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Book review: “That Silent Night” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 21, 2015
Book review: "That Silent Night" by Tasha Alexander

Lady Emily and her husband Colin have decamped to London to escape their neighbors’ unrelenting holiday festivities, do some shopping, and spend some time together. It is there that they meet their new neighbors. The Leightons are a recently wed couple, but rather than a blushing bride, Mrs. Leighton appears anything but emotionally stable. Lady Emily soon learns the cause […]

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Book review: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by R. Galbraith

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 14, 2015
Book review: "The Cuckoo's Calling" by R. Galbraith

Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling’s pen name) starts the Cormoran Strike series with this novel about the suspicious death of super model Lula Landry. Down-on-his-luck private detective Cormoran Strike is nearly penniless and now homeless after his fiancée Charlotte evicts him from her flat when the brother of one of Cormoran’s childhood friends comes knocking. John […]

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Book review: “The Adventuress” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 7, 2015
Book review: "The Adventuress" by Tasha Alexander

Lady Emily and her husband Colin are in the south of France to celebrate a friend’s engagement when one of the party guests ends up dead in the guest of honor’s room. Suspicious of her friend’s fiancée but without solid evidence, Emily must piece together the evidence as someone is determined to paint Emily as […]

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