Book review: “Splendour Falls” by Susanna Kearsley

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 14, 2014
Book review:  "Splendour Falls" by Susanna Kearsley

Kearsley’s “Splendour Falls” (published in the U.S. in 2012, the work was originally published abroad during the late 1990s) is centered around the medieval castle of Chinon (France), the site where King John of England rescued his queen, Isabella of Angouleme, from rebels who were keeping the castle under siege in 1203. In the present, […]

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Exploring German Village, Columbus, OH

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 7, 2014
Exploring German Village, Columbus, OH

Welcome to German Village, a National Register Historic District nestled just south of downtown Columbus, OH. Between the mid-19th century and the early 20th century, German immigrants flocked to this neck of Columbus, eventually becoming one third of Columbus’ population by 1865. While exploring GV over the weekend, I uncovered an area full of history, […]

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Book review: “The Chalice” by Nancy Bilyeau

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 3, 2014
Book review:  "The Chalice" by Nancy Bilyeau

The sequel to Bilyeau’s 2012 book “The Crown”, Sister Joanna Stafford returns for another installment of mystery, intrigue, Dartford Priory has been suppressed by Cromwell and the king, so now the novices and sisters of the former priory must make their own way in the world. Several of the sisters, including Joanna and Brother Edmund, […]

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On a trip “beyond the pale”

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 31, 2014
On a trip "beyond the pale"

Although not as common as it once was, the phrase “beyond the pale” (meaning beyond the bounds of propriety, improper, shocking, unacceptable by societal standards, exceeding what is considered “normal”) has a rich history that I discovered only recently while researching a book set in late fifteenth century Ireland and England. Unfortunately the phrase has […]

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Book review: “The Crown” by Nancy Bilyeau

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 27, 2014
Book review:  "The Crown" by Nancy Bilyeau

Sister Joanna Stafford, a novice from Dartford Priory, arrives in Smithfield to witness the execution of her cousin, Lady Margaret Bulmer, a convicted traitor who is burned for inciting a religious rebellion in the north against Henry VIII. Joanna has broken the priory’s rules of enclosure to be there, but she flouts the rules for […]

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Book review: “The Princes in the Tower” by Alison Weir

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 24, 2014
Book review:  "The Princes in the Tower" by Alison Weir

Weir’s 2011 book takes an extensive look into a 500-year-old, unsolved mystery. Who actually murdered the Princes in the Tower (the two sons of Edward IV), and what happened to their bodies? The questions seem relatively straightforward but remain remarkably elusive after hundreds of years of speculation, accusation, intrigue, and spin. Weir uses well-documented, contemporary […]

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Book review: “Six Months Later” by Natalie D. Richards

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 19, 2014
Book review:  "Six Months Later" by Natalie D. Richards

  What – not historical fiction? I thought I’d mix it up a little and do a YA review. I met the author Natalie D. Richards at a Columbus-area writers’ meeting and after hearing her speak, I had to pick up a copy of “Six Months Later”. Chloe Spinnaker is an indifferent high schooler. With […]

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Book review: “A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate” by Susanna Calkins

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 17, 2014
Book review:  "A Murder at Rosamund's Gate" by Susanna Calkins

Calkins’ debut novel, “A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate” introduces Lucy Campion, serving girl to a London magistrate in 1665. Intellectually curious, trustworthy, and well educated for her position, Lucy happily serves her master who takes an interest in her keen mind and opinions. The household is an unusually pleasant place for both the servants and […]

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Book review: “The Ways of Mud and Bone” by Carrie Ann Lahain

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 12, 2014
Book review:  "The Ways of Mud and Bone" by Carrie Ann Lahain

Lahain’s story follows the Goodson sisters, Meryl and Claire, and their cousin Nora following the death of Nora’s fiancé in France during WWI. For reasons that are not fully explained, all three girls sign up to be part of an overseas nursing unit. Meryl and Claire’s father, Dr. Goodson, is the local physician who begins […]

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Have you seen any “trolls” on Amazon and Goodreads lately?

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 10, 2014
Have you seen any "trolls" on Amazon and Goodreads lately?

Have you noticed something disturbing on Amazon and Goodreads lately? If you are an avid reader and/or book reviewer, like myself, you have probably noticed a growing trend. Unfortunately, they are not hard to find. Individuals posing as serious reviewers post scathing reviews of books, sometimes long before the books are even published or available, […]

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