My top picks for best reads by a fire

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 5, 2016
My top picks for best reads by a fire

The holidays are coming and if you’re anything like me, you think reading by a fire is one of the best treats of the season. (I’m really not a fan of snow.) I’ve read over 60 books this year (a marathon I won’t try to repeat next year), and instead of a “top 10” of the year, […]

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Book review: “The Residence” by K. Andersen Brower

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 28, 2016
Book review: "The Residence" by K. Andersen Brower

Kate Andersen Brower takes a look at the U.S. presidency (the Kennedy administration to the Obamas) from the inside out, by documenting their lives by their residence: the White House. The White House is probably best known for the “West Wing”, Rose Garden, and South Lawn, but it is also the place where presidents and first […]

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Wishing all those in the U.S. a very happy Thanksgiving!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 21, 2016
Wishing all those in the U.S. a very happy Thanksgiving!

Whether your holiday involves lots of hectic family time or plenty of quiet reading time, I’m wishing you and yours a safe and relaxing holiday this week!

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Three years and counting – thank you!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 14, 2016
Three years and counting - thank you!

This month, I’m celebrating the third anniversary of this blog. With over 200 book reviews spanning historical fiction, military history, biographies, and the inspirational, it’s been an amazing journey and I thank you, the readers, for helping it grow. As always, if you have suggestions, requests, or input, I’m happy to receive it. Happy reading, Rebecca

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Book review: “Cleopatra’s Daughter” by Michelle Moran

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 7, 2016
Book review: "Cleopatra's Daughter" by Michelle Moran

Ms. Moran takes us to the aftermath of Cleopatra’s suicide, when her children by Marc Antony, the twins Selene and Alexander, are taken from their homes and sent as trophies to Rome. Always uncertain of their fate, the children must acclimate to a foreign culture, a highly political court, and a Roman slave population that […]

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Book review: “The House on Tradd Street” by Karen White

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 1, 2016
Book review:  "The House on Tradd Street" by Karen White

Melanie Middleton is a single late 30s-something who lives for her real estate job, hates dogs, spurns romance, and is in total control. Ironically enough, she mocks her wealthy clients who wish to sink endless time and money into restoring the historic homes she sells them. All that comes back to haunt her – quite literally […]

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Book review: “Autumn Throne” by Elizabeth Chadwick

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 24, 2016
Book review: "Autumn Throne" by Elizabeth Chadwick

Ms. Chadwick presents her final novel in the Alienor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine series. Alienor, estranged from her husband Henry II after backing their sons in their rebellion against their father, is now a prisoner, kept against her will at the Palace of Sarem. Henry tries to force her to retire from public life and become […]

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Book review: “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 17, 2016
Book review: "Love Warrior" by Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton tells a story of rediscovery, of reconnection, and most importantly of all, of love. Glennon grows up, wonderfully loved by her parents and sisters, and yet convinced that she is lacking. She sends her “representative” out (the other version of her that conceals her true thoughts and feelings) to deal with a […]

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Book review: “Three Sisters, Three Queens” by P. Gregory

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 10, 2016
Book review:  "Three Sisters, Three Queens" by P. Gregory

The Tudor women: Margaret Tudor, Katherine of Aragon who marries into the Tudors, and the youngest child Mary Tudor, are the three sisters of this latest work by Ms. Gregory. Oldest daughter Margaret sees her older brother Arthur marry Katherine of Aragon and die of plague whereupon her younger brother Henry becomes the last male […]

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Book review: “A Brilliant Death” by R. Yocum

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer October 3, 2016
Book review: "A Brilliant Death" by R. Yocum

This review originally appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found here. Mitch Malone and his best friend, Travis, grow up in Brilliant, Ohio, a sleepy blue-collar town nestled along the Ohio River, just west of Wheeling, West Virginia. Unlike most teenage boys, Mitch and Travis spend much of their time on “Project Amanda,” the […]

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