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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Book review: “Love’s Fortune” by Laura Frantz

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 4, 2015
Book review: "Love's Fortune" by Laura Frantz

  This review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found here. Rowena Ballantyne, nicknamed “Wren,” has been raised in Kentucky by her widowed father, far removed from his affluent family. When Wren’s father is asked to return home, Wren is thrust into the entirely new world of 1850s Pittsburgh, where she rubs elbows […]

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Book review: “With Every Breath” by Elizabeth Camden

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer March 2, 2015
Book review: "With Every Breath" by Elizabeth Camden

  This review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found here. In Washington, DC, in 1891, when Kate Livingston is asked to apply for a hospital position, she jumps at the chance, even if the position is located in an experimental tuberculosis clinic. When she arrives, Kate discovers the clinic is operated by […]

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Book review: “The Settling Earth” by Rebecca Burns & Shelly Davies

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 23, 2015
Book review:  "The Settling Earth" by Rebecca Burns & Shelly Davies

This review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found here. Here, Ms. Burns presents a collection of short stories, each one featuring a British émigré that must grapple with the harsh realities of a new life in the foreign world of colonial New Zealand. Each story provides the next link in […]

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Book review: “Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis…” by Caroline Moorehead

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 16, 2015
Book review: "Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis..." by Caroline Moorehead

The secrets of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon are revealed in this account of the small French mountain town that served as a refuge for Jews during World War II. Hiding people in farms, woods, and private homes, the town was responsible for the salvation of thousands of Jews, many of whose parents had been sent off to concentration camps. […]

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