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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Book review: “Sophia” by Anita Anand

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 9, 2015
Book review:  "Sophia" by Anita Anand

Ms. Anand tells the little known story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the Maharajah Duleep Singh and goddaughter of Queen Victoria. She grew up in the height of luxury at Elveden Hall, only to see her family’s fortunes take a turn for the worst when her father abandoned his family and gambled away their fortune. […]

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Susanna Kearsley is coming to Central OH in April!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 5, 2015
Susanna Kearsley is coming to Central OH in April!

One of my very favorite authors is coming to Central OH next month, so I wanted to be sure to spread the word. Susanna Kearsley, author of the soon-to-be-released “A Desperate Fortune” will be coming to Westerville on April 15th! Ms. Kearsley is an amazing author, and if you haven’t read any of her books […]

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