Genre: Historical

Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confida..

Posted October 26, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 1 Comment
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante: a wartime thriller

Cool and calm, American Maggie Hope is pleased to be back in her homeland, albeit under terrible circumstances, for Christmas of 1941. She will have the opportunity to visit with the aunt who raised her and share some American foods and traditions with her good friend David, special assistant to Winston Churchill, and John, a long-lost love with whom she has recently been reunited. Moving throughout the elegant locations of Washington, D.C., Maggie runs into […]

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The Apothecary Rose w giveaway

Posted October 20, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 4 Comments
The Apothecary Rose w giveaway

Candace Robb’s Owen Archer mystery series is being reissued as e-books and two new books are being published in the U.S. and Canada. To celebrate, bloggers have been given different books in the series to review on the blog tour, and there is a giveaway for the first three e-books in the series.What a treat for readers of historical mysteries! I received the first book, The Apothecary Rose. In fourteenth-century England, Owen is a former archer […]

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Prince of Prigs

Posted October 11, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 6 Comments
Prince of Prigs

The Real Man Who Inspired this Story My central character is Captain James Hind. Born Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire 1616, died (hung drawn and quartered) 1652, Worcester. In between, he was a butcher’s lad, then a highwayman, next he was a Captain in the Royalist army (apparently heroically so, but no details are recorded), then a highwayman to the point at which this story ends. Subsequently, he visited Charles II in the Hague, who sent him […]

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5 Reasons to Pick Up Little Wo..

Posted September 22, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 9 Comments
5 Reasons to Pick Up Little Woman in Blue

1.   I’ve noticed that the more tabs I’ve added to a book while reading, the more I’ve enjoyed it. I tab interesting words, quotes that seem to be a theme, and things I want to know more about. The colors don’t matter. I tell you this because it’s difficult to see my tabbing impact on an e-reader, but look at Jeannine Atkins’ Little Woman in Blue. The adult years of artist May Alcott Nieriker’s […]

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Sisters of Versailles: Debut H..

Posted September 13, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 7 Comments
Sisters of Versailles: Debut Historical Fiction

With descriptions of ostentatious clothing and food within the opulence of Versailles, The Sisters of Versailles had me interested in the story of the de Mailly-Nesle sisters and their little-known court activities of the 1730s and 1740s before I opened the cover. From an old aristocratic family in economic straits, the Nesle’s were raised with little education in the home of their drunkard father and promiscuous courtier mother. Hortense, the only sister who did not share the bed […]

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Miss Dreamsville & the Lo..

Posted September 7, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 4 Comments
Miss Dreamsville & the Lost Heiress of Collier County

I received Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County  from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not influence my opinions or the content of my review. This review contains affiliate links and is in compliance with FTC guidelines.I read Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society about a year ago, and will confess now that I found it just OK. I requested this second novel from NetGalley because I am […]

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Crowther & Westerman Seri..

Posted August 31, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 6 Comments
Crowther & Westerman Series

Crowther & Westerman Mystery Series by Imogen Robertson historical mystery series | Pamela Dorman Books First published 2009. add on goodreads | purchase on amazon I read the first book in the Crowther & Westerman mystery series, Instruments of Darkness, about a year ago and really enjoyed it. Other books came along for me to read, and I didn’t have a chance to go back until recently when I greatly enjoyed book two, Anatomy of Murder. I wanted […]

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The Other Daughter by Lauren W..

Posted July 20, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 11 Comments
The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

I received The Other Daughter  from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review. This does not influence my opinions or the content of my review. This review contains affiliate links and is in compliance with FTC guidelines. Having read all of the Pink Carnation series, as well as The Ashford Affair, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Lauren Willig’s latest stand-alone novel, The Other Daughter. Once again, not disappointed! The bustling, Bohemian life of London in the 1920s jumps […]

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Mrs. Hudson & the Spirits..

Posted July 12, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 5 Comments
Mrs. Hudson & the Spirits’ Curse

I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This doesn’t affect my opinion or the content of the review. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books, Mrs. Hudson is the detective’s landlady and housekeeper, a woman much put upon by Sherlock’s odd behaviors and hours, not a fan of murder or excitement. In Martin Davies’ series, she is a sleuth herself. The story is told in the first […]

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Friday Clips: Luckiest Girl Al..

Posted July 9, 2015 by Elizabeth in Book Beginnings, Friday 56 / 22 Comments
Friday Clips: Luckiest Girl Alive

Welcome to Book Beginnings and the Friday 56, two memes where we share clips from books: one from the beginning and another on Page 56 or 56% on the e-reader. This is a fun way to try out a book before reading. This week I have Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive that many bloggers were reading a couple of months ago and I won through Goodreads First Reads. 

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