Book review: “Enchantress of Numbers” by J. Chiaverini

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer February 5, 2018
Book review: "Enchantress of Numbers" by J. Chiaverini

Augusta Ada Byron had a tumultuous childhood as her mother fled with Ada to the safety of her parents’ home only weeks after her birth. Ada’s father, the famous poet Lord Byron, was never to see his daughter again. Ada would grow up traveling from rented home to rented home with her mother, a woman […]

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Book review: “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by A. Patchett

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 29, 2018
Book review: "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" by A. Patchett

Recently recommended by Reese Witherspoon for her virtual book club, I picked this one up hesitantly, despite it being on Reese’s “must read” list. I have never read one of Ms. Patchett’s works of fiction, but I thought maybe this collection of essays would be a way to dip my toe in the water. What […]

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Book review: “Royal Sisters” by Anne Edwards

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 22, 2018
Book review:  "Royal Sisters" by Anne Edwards

Two princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, were yanked from relative obscurity into the world spotlight when their uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated his throne and their father became Gorge VI. The close knit family (“we four”, as the king called them) were to undergo enormous challenges, not least of which were roles that the king and his […]

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Book review: “I Was Anastasia” by Ariel Lawhon

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 15, 2018
Book review: "I Was Anastasia" by Ariel Lawhon

In 1920 Berlin, a young woman attempts to end her life by throwing herself off a bridge. She is sent first to a hospital and then to an asylum where she refuses to provide any background information or give her name. It’s there that someone first “recognizes” her as Grand Duchess Tatiana, a daughter of […]

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Book review: “I, Eliza Hamilton” by Susan H. Scott

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer January 8, 2018
Book review: "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan H. Scott

On the back of the popular Broadway musical, here is a tale of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, wife of American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Eliza is the daughter of a wealthy and prominent Revolutionary War general who catches the eye of one of General Washington’s spirited aide-de-camps. Alexander Hamilton is […]

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy reading!

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer December 24, 2017
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy reading!

Things have been exceptionally busy as I finish up 2017, so forgive the drop in posted book reviews lately. I’m resting up and preparing to hit the ground running in January. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some good book gifts to give to a loved one this year, here is my top 5 list from […]

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Book review: “A Secret History of Witches” by Louisa Morgan

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 27, 2017
Book review:  "A Secret History of Witches" by Louisa Morgan

Louisa Morgan follows several generations of Orchière (Orchard) women from France to Cornwall to Wales and London. From the early 1800s to WWII, each Orchière mother faces the difficult tasks of telling their headstrong daughter about their secret, magical inheritance of witchcraft. Whether in Catholic France or Anglican England, the Orchière women are never safe from […]

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Book review: “Red Notice” by Bill Browder

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 20, 2017
Book review: "Red Notice" by Bill Browder

William Browder was born in the U.S. and attended Stanford business school but decided to explore investing in Russian entities not long after the Soviet Union collapsed. Privatization of businesses was occurring and Browder found that many of the companies were vastly undervalued as compared to their earnings. He started the Hermitage Investment Group to […]

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Book review: “The Woman Who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 13, 2017
Book review: "The Woman Who Smashed Codes" by Jason Fagone

Elizabeth Smith Friedman, the wife of fellow cryptanalyst William Friedman, is a largely unknown figure whose contributions to America’s code breaking efforts in World Wars I and II have been mostly lost to history. Here, Mr. Fagone attempts to correct the historical record and give this woman the credit she most certainly deserves. A Shakespeare enthusiast, young […]

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by W. Isaacson

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer November 6, 2017
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by W. Isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s look into the life of Benjamin Franklin explores the usual well known highlights but dips into other, lesser known areas of the great man’s life. From his first steps into Philadelphia when he was a poor, bedraggled young man, to his inventions, writings, and printshop, all the way to the dinner tables of […]

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