Book review: “A Very Dangerous Woman” by McDonald and Dronfield

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 29, 2015
Book review:  "A Very Dangerous Woman" by McDonald and Dronfield

Moura Budberg (born Maria Zakrevskya in Estonia in the 1890s) was considered the ‘Mata Hari’ of Russia as she counted many infamous men of the early 20th-century as her lovers (including British spy Robert Lockhart, Maxim Gorky, and H.G. Wells), probably spied for both the British and the Russians, and was known to fabricate most aspects […]

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Upcoming events and reviews!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 22, 2015
Upcoming events and reviews!

The Historical Novel Society conference is in Denver this weekend! The U.S. conference takes place only every other year, so it’s really exciting when the date rolls around again. If you plan on attending, please look me up and say hi. Anna Lee Huber, Marci Jefferson, and I will be chairing a panel on Sunday morning […]

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Book review: “The Dublin King…” by John Ashdown-Hill

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 15, 2015
Book review: "The Dublin King..." by John Ashdown-Hill

This is “freelance historian” John Ashdown-Hill’s 2015 account of the 1487 rebellion against the reign of Henry VII by the boy some accounts refer to as Lambert Simnel. The first major threat to the new Tudor dynasty, the Simnel uprising has often been overlooked in favor of the later rebellion by Perkin Warbeck, also referred to as […]

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Book review: “The Sword & Scabbard…” by Allen Woods

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 8, 2015
Book review: "The Sword & Scabbard..." by Allen Woods

The Sword and Scabbard is the name of the tavern run by Nicholas Gray on behalf of the widow, and Nicholas’ sometime lover, Maggie Magowan in 1770 Boston. Nicholas has a secretive past – a man on the run since fleeing the British navy after the accidental murder of an officer – Nicholas works for Maggie […]

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M.K. Tod’s 2015 Historical Fiction Readers’ Survey Results

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer June 3, 2015
M.K. Tod's 2015 Historical Fiction Readers' Survey Results

Over 2,000 participants, male and female, from all over the world…it must be M.K. Tod’s annual historical fiction readers’ survey!   We owe a great debt of gratitude for this survey, which reveals a wealth of information from those who impact historical fiction the most….the readers! I will list some of this year’s highlights below, […]

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Book review: “And Only to Deceive” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 26, 2015
Book review: "And Only to Deceive" by Tasha Alexander

After really enjoying the latest in the Lady Emily mysteries by Tasha Alexander, I decided to go backwards and see where the story all began. This is the first in the Lady Emily Mysteries series, and here we learn of Lady Emily’s first marriage, her budding romance with Colin Hargreaves, and the mystery that first […]

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Book review: “Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales…”

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 18, 2015
Book review: "Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales..."

For anyone who enjoys the English Historical Fiction Authors’ blog as much as I do, this book was a no-brainer. This book is a compilation of past blog posts by authors such as Debra Brown, Nancy Bilyeau, Gillian Bagwell, M.M. Bennetts, Susanna Calkins, and many others, over 50 authors in total. There is simply no […]

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Book review: “Husband and Wife” by Leah Stewart

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 11, 2015
Book review: "Husband and Wife" by Leah Stewart

  This is a little something different from my usual historical fiction reviews. I met Cincinnati author Leah Stewart at the Ohioana Book Festival last month, and I was eager to dive into one of her books. I selected “Husband and Wife” to explore. Sarah Price is a working mom of two, the primary bread […]

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Book review: “A Desperate Fortune” by Susanna Kearsley

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer May 4, 2015
Book review: "A Desperate Fortune" by Susanna Kearsley

Ms. Kearsley returns to tales of Jacobites in exhale with “A Desperate Fortune”. Once again, we see two time periods expertly woven together to form a larger picture, one which chronicles 18th-century Mary Dundas, her unexpected exploits in service to the “king over the sea”, and the diary in cipher that she leaves behind. In […]

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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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