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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Book review: “A Curious Beginning” by Deanna Raybourn

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 18, 2016
Book review: "A Curious Beginning" by Deanna Raybourn

In this first installment of the Veronica Speedwell mystery series, we meet Veronica, a foundling raised by two elderly aunts, the last of which has recently died, leaving her alone in the world. A passionate naturalist with an enthusiasm for butterflies, Veronica has traveled the globe in search of prized specimens and steamy romantic entanglements, according to her […]

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Book review: “How to be a Tudor” by Ruth Goodman

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 11, 2016
Book review: "How to be a Tudor" by Ruth Goodman

An insider’s look into the daily life of someone living in the Tudor period. This volume is a writer’s dream research volume come to life. Focusing not only on the wealthy (which is what most research texts do), this book goes into every day details of those from every corner of society, much of which corrects many […]

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Book review: “Little Century” by Anna Keesey

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 4, 2016
Book review: "Little Century" by Anna Keesey

Esther Chambers’ mother passes away and so she makes the journey from Chicago to the ranching lands of Century, Oregon. A distant cousin, Ferris Pickett, meets her and asks her to homestead a piece of land he hopes to one day add to his thriving cattle operation. Only 18, Esther doesn’t meet the qualifications for homesteading, […]

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Book review: “Vatican Princess” by C.W. Gortner

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 28, 2016
Book review: "Vatican Princess" by C.W. Gortner

When you’re a Borgia, nothing comes before la famiglia! Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of the man who became Pope Alexander VI, came from an infamous family and by all accounts, lived a turbulent life in a family that would do anything – including rape, incest, deceit, and murder – to get what they wanted. Lucrezia was one of […]

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Book review: “The Distant Hours” by Kate Morton

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 21, 2016
Book review: "The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton

A letter arrives on the doorstep of Edie’s mother, 50 years after it was sent. The letter deeply wounds her mother, Edie can tell, but her mother brushes it off and refuses to speak about it. Edie and her mother were never close, so she sets out to uncover the past her mother is so […]

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