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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Book review: “The Other Daughter” by Lauren Willig

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 20, 2016
Book review: "The Other Daughter" by Lauren Willig

Rachel Woodley is a governess in France when she gets a belated message that her adored mother is dying. She arrives back home, too late, and is left only with the remnants of her mother’s life. As Rachel sorts through pictures and magazine clippings, she comes to realize that her mother had kept a life-altering secret […]

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Book review: “Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage” by H. Brewster

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 13, 2016
Book review: "Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage" by H. Brewster

Mr. Brewster takes us onboard the Titanic and into the lives of the extraordinary individuals who made up some of the passenger list on that fateful voyage. Rather than a simple retelling of the sinking, this goes behind the scenes in particular detail, into the lives and subsequent activities of the passengers who climbed aboard […]

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Book review: “Betrayed” by Lynn Carthage

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 6, 2016
Book review: "Betrayed" by Lynn Carthage

This review originally appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found online here. In the second book in the Arnaud Legacy series, teenagers Phoebe, Miles, and Eleanor follow Phoebe’s family to Versailles, where the teenagers experience sudden periods of time travel, locate an old enemy, and learn the roots of her immortal secrets. […]

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Book review: “The Railwayman’s Wife” by Ashley Hay

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 30, 2016
Book review: "The Railwayman's Wife" by Ashley Hay

This review originally appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found online here. Anikka (Ani) Lachlan is the title character in this novel, which is set after World War II in Thirroul, a coastal town outside of Sydney, Australia. When her husband, Mac, dies in a railroad accident, her grief is all-consuming, and she spends […]

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Book review: “Secrets of a Soprano” by Miranda Neville

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 23, 2016
Book review: "Secrets of a Soprano" by Miranda Neville

“La Davina”, opera singer Teresa Foscari, comes to London to perform in the opera house and take a closer look into her English family tree. Teresa has quite a reputation for scandalous liaisons with the wealthy and powerful and a penchant for breaking china. Very few know, however, that the gossip is all untrue (all manufactured […]

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