Review: Lilac Girls

Available April 5th: Lilac Girls ***3.5/5 stars- Really liked it This debut novel explores the female experience of World War II, from New York to Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. Recommended readers: Readers of wartime historical fiction Those interested in the female experience of war Fans of novels based on real people Here’s my Rankings: 3.5/5 for characters 3.5/5 for plot 3.5/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS … Continue reading Review: Lilac Girls

Not Always a Saint by Mary Putney

Available August 25: Not Always a Saint (Lost Lords) ****3.5/5 stars- Liked it to the edge of love- call it a stage I crush. Love is hard when you’re always trying to escape your past. Recommended readers If you are a fan of Mary Jo Putney If you are a fan of English history and if you could use a little more adventure with your historical romance Here’s … Continue reading Not Always a Saint by Mary Putney

Review: Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France: A Novel of The Great War by Jennifer Robson is available now ****3.5/5 stars- Liked it to the edge of love- call it a stage I crush. An English lady takes her chance for love and independence in World War I. Recommended readers If you are a reader of World War I fiction, if you miss Downton Abbey, and if you could use a little … Continue reading Review: Somewhere in France

Available today: The Other Daughter

The Other Daughter: A Novel by Lauren Willig will be available July 21st ***3/5 stars- liked it When nursery governess Rachel Woodley learns that her father is an English Lord who abandoned her mother, she sets out on a dangerous course of redefinition and revenge, with the help of a dashing friend-of-a-friend who may have motives of his own. Recommended readers: If you’re a fan of between-the-wars historical … Continue reading Available today: The Other Daughter

Review: The Color of Secrets

Available April 14th: The Color of Secrets ***2.5/5 stars-it was ok, but something was missing Long buried secrets have a way of finding their way to the surface in this historical novel. Recommended readers: If you like a bit of chic lit in your historical fiction, And If you like that uncovering family secrets thing, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 2.5/5 characters 2.5/5 plot … Continue reading Review: The Color of Secrets

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Available this week: At the Water’s Edge: A Novel *****5/5 stars Another historically compelling, deeply personal novel by Sara Gruen, At the Water’s Edge is a great read. Recommended readers: Book clubs Those who like multiple genres in one book – historical, coming of age, romance and more And if you liked Water for Elephants. Here’s my Rankings: 5/5 characters 5/5 plot 5/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS … Continue reading At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Review: The Sweetness of Forgetting

Available now: The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel ***3.5/5 stars In this classic tale of present meets past, a struggling bakery owner learns that her family’s World War II legacy stretches far beyond her imagining. (Bonus: there’s recipes!) Recommended readers: If you like a bit of chic lit in your historical fiction, If you could use a classic heart warmer, And if you like … Continue reading Review: The Sweetness of Forgetting

Review: The Book Thief

Available now: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak *****5/5 stars Don’t be put off by the young adult category or the experimental format: this one is worth your time. Recommended readers: If you’re open to experimental fiction and alternate formats, If you’re looking for something new and utterly original in Halocaust literature, And if you hope to be completely undone by a book once in … Continue reading Review: The Book Thief

The Laird by Grace Burrowes

Available August 26: The Laird (Captive Hearts) *****3.5/5 stars This Irish-English tale has the makings of a saga. Recommended readers: If you like Scottish romances. If you like historical romances. Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3.5/5 for plot 3.5/5 overall Note: 2/5 some steaminess REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: In her latest Highland romance Grace Burrowes brings us the ultimate heroine – Brenna, who has worked … Continue reading The Laird by Grace Burrowes

The Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs

Available August 26: The Maiden of Ireland *****4/5 stars This Irish-English tale has the makings of a saga. Recommended readers: If you like characters from opposing sides. if you prefer a little more history in your typical romance. Here’s my Rankings: 4/5 for characters 4/5 for plot 4/5 overall Note: 2/5 some steaminess REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: A thoroughly enjoyable read, The Maiden of Ireland … Continue reading The Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs