Review: A Bridge Across the Ocean

Available now: A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner ***3/5 stars-liked it A supernatural historical mystery from the bestselling author of Secrets of a Charmed Life. Recommended readers: fans of the historical and present-day mystery revealed in dueling chapters fans of supernatural mystery Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3/5 for plot 3/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: This plot and character-driven page turner follows the fate … Continue reading Review: A Bridge Across the Ocean

Available Now: Girl in Disguise

Available now: Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister ***3/5 stars-liked it “Someone has to be first…” From the author of The Magician’s Lie, a novel about the first female Pinkerton agent. Recommended readers: If you like a strong female character, and if you like real figures in your historical fiction, this novel is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3/5 for plot 3/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: … Continue reading Available Now: Girl in Disguise

Review: The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

Available now: The Patriots by Sana Krasikov ****4/5 stars-loved it A multi-generational Russian-American-expat saga told in three parts, from pre- soviet Russia to post. Recommended readers: If you are a fan of historical fiction, and a devotee of the bleak Russian novel, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 4/5 for characters 4/5 for plot 4/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: At the heart of the debut … Continue reading Review: The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

Review: No Man’s Land

Available now: No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien ***3/5 stars-liked it Okay, I admit it.  I pick out a book for its evocative, eye catching cover. Recommended readers: If you like historical fiction of the Great War, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3/5 for plot 3/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: No Man’s Land traces the journey of an orphaned boy from impoverished … Continue reading Review: No Man’s Land

An Icelandic Christmas Eve

According to the BBC, Iceland has more books and writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, with the Christmas traditions to prove it. In fact, it is said that one in ten Icelanders will publish a book, and their nod to the Christmas season is complete with a book festival in the days leading up to the holiday for the sole purpose of gift giving (and reading, apparently.) … Continue reading An Icelandic Christmas Eve

Review: Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow is available now *****5/5 stars Amor Towles does it again with prose, plot, and characters who grab hold and won’t let go.  Need a gift this Christmas?  This is it. Recommended readers: Fans of Rules of Civility and Eve in Hollywood Russian history and literature aficionados Anyone who revels in both great writing and great storytelling Here’s my Rankings: 5/5 for characters 5/5 … Continue reading Review: Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow

Coming January 10th: The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Coming in January: The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers ****4/5 stars-loved it A young bride accused of murder must fend for herself and her farm during the Civil War. Recommended readers: If you like letter format novels, and if you like romantic and historical suspense, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 4/5 characters 4/5 plot 4/5 overall 4/5 steaminess, including violence REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:   … Continue reading Coming January 10th: The Second Mrs. Hockaday

November 29th: Heather Graham’s Ondine

Available November 29th: Heather’ Graham’s Ondine ***3/5 stars Recommended readers: fans of romance novels Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3/5 for plot 3/5 overall 3/5 steaminess REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: First published in 1988 under her pen name, Shannon Drake, Ondine is now being re-released as Heather Graham. A play on the mythological tale of a mermaid given life by a man, this Ondine is a … Continue reading November 29th: Heather Graham’s Ondine

Available November 22nd: Victoria

Available November 22nd: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin ***3/5 stars-liked it From the creator of the new PBS series of the same name, a novel of Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne of England. Recommended readers: If you like historical fiction, If you’re an anglophile, and if you like real figures in your historical fiction, this novel is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3/5 for plot 3/5 overall REVIEW … Continue reading Available November 22nd: Victoria

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep ****4/5 stars A fictional portrayal of a man who designed and built the Eiffel Tower Recommended readers: Lovers of Paris Parisian lovers Francophiles Here’s my Rankings: 4/5 for characters 4/5 for plot 4/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: Someday, perhaps, I will be able to resist an enigmatically-titled historical fiction novel with a misty picture of the Eiffel Tower … Continue reading Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep