Book review: “Time’s Mirror” by Rysa Walker

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 27, 2015
Book review: "Time's Mirror" by Rysa Walker

This is story # 2.5, a novella, in the excellent YA series CHRONOS FILES by Rysa Walker. Here, you see things from the opposite perspective, that of Prudence Pierce, sister to Deborah and aunt to Kate (the heroine of the early books). This is the story of how Pru got sucked into her father’s scheme of […]

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Book review: “The Second Empress” by Michelle Moran

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 20, 2015
Book review: "The Second Empress" by Michelle Moran

The great-niece of Queen Marie Antoinette, Maria Lucia of Austria, becomes Napoleon’s unwilling second wife in Michelle Moran’s look into this second empress of France. Maria Lucia is Austrian, of the celebrated Hapsburg line, and Napoleon wants a wife of royal blood to give him the heir Josephine has long denied him. Now Marie Louise, […]

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Book review: “Watch the Lady” by Elizabeth Fremantle

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 13, 2015
Book review: "Watch the Lady" by Elizabeth Fremantle

Penelope Rich Blount, Countess of Devonshire (nee Devereux) is the main subject of Ms. Fremantle’s latest Elizabethan court novel. Sister of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite the Earl of Essex and probably the muse for Sir Philip Sidney’s poetry, Penelope was quite an independent, resourceful, and defiant woman for her time. Trapped in a loveless marriage to Lord Rich, […]

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HNS 2015 – Denver update

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer July 6, 2015
HNS 2015 - Denver update

So I returned last week from the Historical Novel Society’s 2015 North American Conference in Denver. (The conference program can be found here.) With keynote speakers Diana Gabaldon, Karen Cushman, and C.C. Humphreys (Mr. Humphreys’ keynote address can be found here), a book signing with over 100 authors, numerous panels, a costume contest, networking, and indie […]

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Book review: “A Very Dangerous Woman” by McDonald and Dronfield

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 29, 2015
Book review:  "A Very Dangerous Woman" by McDonald and Dronfield

Moura Budberg (born Maria Zakrevskya in Estonia in the 1890s) was considered the ‘Mata Hari’ of Russia as she counted many infamous men of the early 20th-century as her lovers (including British spy Robert Lockhart, Maxim Gorky, and H.G. Wells), probably spied for both the British and the Russians, and was known to fabricate most aspects […]

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Upcoming events and reviews!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 22, 2015
Upcoming events and reviews!

The Historical Novel Society conference is in Denver this weekend! The U.S. conference takes place only every other year, so it’s really exciting when the date rolls around again. If you plan on attending, please look me up and say hi. Anna Lee Huber, Marci Jefferson, and I will be chairing a panel on Sunday morning […]

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Book review: “The Dublin King…” by John Ashdown-Hill

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 15, 2015
Book review: "The Dublin King..." by John Ashdown-Hill

This is “freelance historian” John Ashdown-Hill’s 2015 account of the 1487 rebellion against the reign of Henry VII by the boy some accounts refer to as Lambert Simnel. The first major threat to the new Tudor dynasty, the Simnel uprising has often been overlooked in favor of the later rebellion by Perkin Warbeck, also referred to as […]

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Book review: “The Sword & Scabbard…” by Allen Woods

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 8, 2015
Book review: "The Sword & Scabbard..." by Allen Woods

The Sword and Scabbard is the name of the tavern run by Nicholas Gray on behalf of the widow, and Nicholas’ sometime lover, Maggie Magowan in 1770 Boston. Nicholas has a secretive past – a man on the run since fleeing the British navy after the accidental murder of an officer – Nicholas works for Maggie […]

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M.K. Tod’s 2015 Historical Fiction Readers’ Survey Results

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 3, 2015
M.K. Tod's 2015 Historical Fiction Readers' Survey Results

Over 2,000 participants, male and female, from all over the world…it must be M.K. Tod’s annual historical fiction readers’ survey!   We owe a great debt of gratitude for this survey, which reveals a wealth of information from those who impact historical fiction the most….the readers! I will list some of this year’s highlights below, […]

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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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