Books so good, I re-read them annually

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 27, 2015
Books so good, I re-read them annually

Every avid reader has them:  books they’ve enjoyed so much over the years, that they re-read them on a regular basis! Here are only three of the books I put on repeat play: The first will come as a surprise to no one. I first read Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” over 20 years ago, and it’s […]

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Book review: “The Tapestry” by Nancy Bilyeau

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 20, 2015
Book review:  "The Tapestry" by Nancy Bilyeau

Author of “The Crown” and “The Chalice“, Nancy Bilyeau completes the trilogy of former Dominican novice Joanna Stafford with “The Tapestry”. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, Joanna lives a quiet life in Dartford, south of London, where she makes a living weaving tapestries. Unfortunately her skill as a weaver has come […]

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Historical Novel Society Great Lakes Chapter, Cincinnati meeting

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 16, 2015
Historical Novel Society Great Lakes Chapter, Cincinnati meeting

Last weekend we spent an amazing day enjoying Cincinnati. Special thanks to John Kachuba who was our host! We met at the Mercantile Library on Walnut Street, visited the Taft Art Museum, and finished at Arnold’s, a 150-year old bar and grill complete with a bathtub once used to make bathtub gin. Now we’re ready […]

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Author interview: Margaret Porter

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 14, 2015
Author interview:  Margaret Porter

I’d like to welcome Margaret Porter, author of “A Pledge of Better Times”, to the blog today! **”A Pledge of Better Times” releases today!** My review of the novel was posted here yesterday, so check that out for a synopsis and overview. 1) Auspicium melioris aevior a “pledge of better times” is the Beauclerk family motto […]

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Book review: “A Pledge of Better Times” by Margaret Porter

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 13, 2015
Book review:  "A Pledge of Better Times" by Margaret Porter

One a deceased king’s bastard, the other the only legitimate daughter of an impoverished earl and his philandering countess, this seventeenth century Charles and Diana love story is happily more cheerful than the modern day version. When Charles II dies, one of his bastard sons, Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans, faces an uncertain future. […]

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Book review: “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer April 6, 2015
Book review:  "Dead Wake" by Erik Larson

On May 7, 1915, one of England’s premiere ocean liners, the Lusitania, en route from New York to Liverpool met its end off the coast of Ireland when U-boat 20 sent a torpedo into its hull, killing over one thousand people, over one hundred of those Americans. Most remember this as the precipitating event that finally pulled […]

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Book review: “Rebel Queen” by Michelle Moran

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 30, 2015
Book review: "Rebel Queen" by Michelle Moran

“We can help pave the roads of those around us, but we can’t choose their direction.”  I thought this quote best represented Sita, the main character in Michelle Moran’s “Rebel Queen”. Sita is a poor village girl whose father has grand aspirations for his oldest daughter. A former soldier who fought for the British in Burma, […]

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Book review: “The Marriage Game” by Alison Weir

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 23, 2015
Book review:  "The Marriage Game" by Alison Weir

Alison Weir follows her novel “The Lady Elizabeth” with “The Marriage Game”, a story that details Elizabeth I’s precarious negotiations on the European marriage market spanning roughly 25 years. The true love of Elizabeth’s life, her childhood friend Robert Dudley, is a married man whose wife Amy sickens and then mysteriously dies. Elizabeth bounces between French, Spanish, […]

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Thinking spring with new reads…

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 16, 2015
Thinking spring with new reads...

New season, new books to look forward to. Here’s what I’m reading to celebrate spring! Join me for new reviews, interviews, and more as we banish winter for another year.   Alison Weir tackles the romance between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley.     Nancy Bilyeau’s third in the Joanna Stafford series. This series has become an absolute favorite […]

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Book review: “Lady of the Eternal City” by Kate Quinn

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 12, 2015
Book review: "Lady of the Eternal City" by Kate Quinn

The fourth book in the “Empress of Rome” series, Kate Quinn delivers a tale of love, loyalty, betrayal, ambition, and the moral uncertainty that resides within one’s soul in “Lady of the Eternal City”. Ms. Quinn spins her narrative through the eyes of several characters, each of whom provides a different perspective:  Vix the barbarian soldier; Sabina, Vix’s childhood love […]

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