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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Book review: “The Other Me” by S. Sarginson

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 16, 2016
Book review: "The Other Me" by S. Sarginson

We meet Klaudia, a previously homeschooled high schooler who now must fit into the very place where her German father works as a janitor. Sheltered, shy, and horribly bullied by many who call her father a Nazi, Klaudia struggles to find her own identity and eventually sheds her name and life as a university student to […]

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Book review: “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 9, 2016
Book review: "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

Juliet Ashton is a writer whose witty columns were published in London throughout the war as a way of lifting everyone’s spirits during the worst of the bombing in World War II. Now that the war is over and England is trying to rebuild, Juliet is at a loss over what to write about next, […]

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Book review: “A Spear of Summer Grass” by D. Raybourn

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 2, 2016
Book review: "A Spear of Summer Grass" by D. Raybourn

Delilah Drummond is notorious for her fast cars, numerous lovers, and societal scandals. When she marries a prince who commits suicide before their divorce, her attorney and mother Mossy believe she must lie low until the media furor dies down. So Delilah escapes to Kenya, to her step-father’s dilapidated farm, where she must adapt to […]

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Book review: “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 25, 2016
Book review: "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks

In this 2008 novel by Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, we are invited to view a fictionalized history of the Sarajevo Haggadah. For those who don’t know, a Haggadah is a Jewish religious text used to oversee the Passover seder. Here, Ms. Brooks dreams up a fictionalized journey for one of the more famous editions. Australian antique […]

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