Book review: “And Only to Deceive” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 26, 2015
Book review: "And Only to Deceive" by Tasha Alexander

After really enjoying the latest in the Lady Emily mysteries by Tasha Alexander, I decided to go backwards and see where the story all began. This is the first in the Lady Emily Mysteries series, and here we learn of Lady Emily’s first marriage, her budding romance with Colin Hargreaves, and the mystery that first […]

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Book review: “Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales…”

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 18, 2015
Book review: "Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales..."

For anyone who enjoys the English Historical Fiction Authors’ blog as much as I do, this book was a no-brainer. This book is a compilation of past blog posts by authors such as Debra Brown, Nancy Bilyeau, Gillian Bagwell, M.M. Bennetts, Susanna Calkins, and many others, over 50 authors in total. There is simply no […]

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Book review: “Husband and Wife” by Leah Stewart

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 11, 2015
Book review: "Husband and Wife" by Leah Stewart

  This is a little something different from my usual historical fiction reviews. I met Cincinnati author Leah Stewart at the Ohioana Book Festival last month, and I was eager to dive into one of her books. I selected “Husband and Wife” to explore. Sarah Price is a working mom of two, the primary bread […]

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Book review: “A Desperate Fortune” by Susanna Kearsley

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 4, 2015
Book review: "A Desperate Fortune" by Susanna Kearsley

Ms. Kearsley returns to tales of Jacobites in exhale with “A Desperate Fortune”. Once again, we see two time periods expertly woven together to form a larger picture, one which chronicles 18th-century Mary Dundas, her unexpected exploits in service to the “king over the sea”, and the diary in cipher that she leaves behind. In […]

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Books so good, I re-read them annually

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 27, 2015
Books so good, I re-read them annually

Every avid reader has them:  books they’ve enjoyed so much over the years, that they re-read them on a regular basis! Here are only three of the books I put on repeat play: The first will come as a surprise to no one. I first read Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” over 20 years ago, and it’s […]

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Book review: “The Tapestry” by Nancy Bilyeau

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 20, 2015
Book review:  "The Tapestry" by Nancy Bilyeau

Author of “The Crown” and “The Chalice“, Nancy Bilyeau completes the trilogy of former Dominican novice Joanna Stafford with “The Tapestry”. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, Joanna lives a quiet life in Dartford, south of London, where she makes a living weaving tapestries. Unfortunately her skill as a weaver has come […]

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Historical Novel Society Great Lakes Chapter, Cincinnati meeting

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 16, 2015
Historical Novel Society Great Lakes Chapter, Cincinnati meeting

Last weekend we spent an amazing day enjoying Cincinnati. Special thanks to John Kachuba who was our host! We met at the Mercantile Library on Walnut Street, visited the Taft Art Museum, and finished at Arnold’s, a 150-year old bar and grill complete with a bathtub once used to make bathtub gin. Now we’re ready […]

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Author interview: Margaret Porter

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 14, 2015
Author interview:  Margaret Porter

I’d like to welcome Margaret Porter, author of “A Pledge of Better Times”, to the blog today! **”A Pledge of Better Times” releases today!** My review of the novel was posted here yesterday, so check that out for a synopsis and overview. 1) Auspicium melioris aevior a “pledge of better times” is the Beauclerk family motto […]

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Book review: “A Pledge of Better Times” by Margaret Porter

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 13, 2015
Book review:  "A Pledge of Better Times" by Margaret Porter

One a deceased king’s bastard, the other the only legitimate daughter of an impoverished earl and his philandering countess, this seventeenth century Charles and Diana love story is happily more cheerful than the modern day version. When Charles II dies, one of his bastard sons, Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans, faces an uncertain future. […]

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Book review: “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 6, 2015
Book review:  "Dead Wake" by Erik Larson

On May 7, 1915, one of England’s premiere ocean liners, the Lusitania, en route from New York to Liverpool met its end off the coast of Ireland when U-boat 20 sent a torpedo into its hull, killing over one thousand people, over one hundred of those Americans. Most remember this as the precipitating event that finally pulled […]

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