Book review: “Behind the Shattered Glass” by Tasha Alexander

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 18, 2014
Book review:  "Behind the Shattered Glass" by Tasha Alexander

I have a confession to make. I’ve side stepped Ms. Alexander’s books up until now. Many friends have recommended them, and I’ve always passed. As someone who prefers fast-paced thrillers, I presumed the Lady Emily mysteries were on the tame side for me. Until I picked up the audio version of this one….and was completely hooked! Now I […]

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Trends in Historical Fiction

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 15, 2014
Trends in Historical Fiction

Only recently was I able to take a closer look at the results of M.K. Tod’s Historical Fiction Reader’s Survey, assisted by Richard Lee of the Historical Novel Society. The survey was conducted in 2013 and the high-level data were published in January 2014 (follow first link above). Now that she’s had more time to crunch the […]

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Book review: “Day of Fire” by Dray, Perinot, Quinn, et al.

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 11, 2014
Book review:  "Day of Fire" by Dray, Perinot, Quinn, et al.

A senator with a death wish, a reluctant bride, an indebted former soldier, a social outcast with an obsession for horses, a young man stung by unrequited love, a young woman in labor at the worst of times, a whore with the curse of foresight and her scrappy older sisters who fights for survival -what do […]

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Book review: “Isabella: The Warrior Queen” by Kirstin Downey

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 8, 2014
Book review:  "Isabella:  The Warrior Queen" by Kirstin Downey

Kirstin Downey’s biography illuminates this fascinating queen who is known through her various connection to other notable figures, but who rarely receives the spotlight herself. Champion of Granada, defender of the Catholic faith, patron of Christopher Columbus, mother of Catherine (first wife of Henry VIII), instigator of the Spanish Inquisition, Spanish queen, and a devoted […]

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“They Called Her Reckless” by Janet Barrett

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 4, 2014
"They Called Her Reckless" by Janet Barrett

Ms. Barrett provides this humorous, insightful glimpse into the life of Reckless, the only horse to ever to achieve the rank of Marine Corps sergeant. Reckless, discovered on a South Korean race track, became an invaluable partner during the hight of the Korean War. Braving enemy fire, rough terrain, and with heavy cargo on her back, Reckless delivered much […]

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Do you have a 2015 reading goal?

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 1, 2014
Do you have a 2015 reading goal?

A lady surprised me this past May when I attended the Ohioana Book Festival, and she announced that she regularly reads 80+ books a year. Then she asked me what my average was. She left me speechless because in all honesty, I had no idea. I confess, I never had an official number of books […]

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Happy Thanksgiving (to those in the States)…

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving (to those in the States)...

…Or a very happy reading weekend to those who are not!   During a time when we give thanks for all our blessings, friends, and family, I like to add special thanks for all the great books I get to read and review each year, as well as all the authors who take time out of […]

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“Victoria: A Life” by A.N. Wilson

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 24, 2014
"Victoria:  A Life" by A.N. Wilson

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about this monarch, Mr. Wilson offers this fresh perspective. This is a story of Victoria that surprised me – an insecure outsider who never felt at home in her native country (she felt more German, like her mother’s family, than English), she relied on an endless parade […]

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Book review: “The King’s Curse” by Philippa Gregory

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 20, 2014
Book review:  "The King's Curse" by Philippa Gregory

In the last installment of Gregory’s “The Cousins’ War” series, we meet Lady Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville. A Plantagenet and niece to two kings, Margaret’s father and brother were both executed for treason. But now that the Tudors sit on the throne and Margaret’s cousin Elizabeth of York […]

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Book review: “Take Me Home” by Dorothy Garlock

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 17, 2014
Book review:  "Take Me Home" by Dorothy Garlock

This review was originally published by the Historical Novels Review and can be found online here. It’s April 1945 and Olivia Marsten, daughter of the town sheriff in small-town Wisconsin, sees her best friend Billy pacing outside a shop window. Billy is joining the Navy shortly but before he goes, he has an important question to ask her. […]

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