Quick Book Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Time for a random book review! I’ve read several good books already in 2018, so I’ll start my reviews with the latest from Bernard Cornwell. Cornwell is well known for his Sharpe series as well as Uthred in the Saxon Stories. Though still historical fiction, Fools and Mortals is a bit of a departure from hisContinue reading “Quick Book Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell”

Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman A Book Review

“On the last day of June, in the year when the rest of the world was reeling from the sinking of the Titantic, nineteen-year old Emma Malloy was given two choices: get on the next train to Coal River, Pennsylvania, or be sent to a Brooklyn poorhouse.” First of all–great first sentence. Need to keepContinue reading “Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman A Book Review”

Book Review: “Then Sings My Soul” by Amy K. Sorrells

Nel Stewart hasn’t been home in years when her mother’s sudden death brings her back to Michigan from Arizona. Her father’s deep grief and oncoming dementia causes Nel to stay longer than she originally intended. Together, Nel and Jakob work through their present pain as well as learn to deal with their past griefs. UsingContinue reading “Book Review: “Then Sings My Soul” by Amy K. Sorrells”

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson

In Sacramento in 1853, the gold rush is on and people are coming from all over the country to try their luck. Isabelle runs a hotel and seems to be successfully overcoming a secret in her past, in spite of the loss of her beloved aunt. When a man enters her hotel in search ofContinue reading “Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson”

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Mary Rothschild Patricia Gilmer‘s review Sep 29, 2016  ·  edit really liked it bookshelves: library-book Read from September 23 to 29, 2016   A many layered tale about a painting that a young chef, Annie, buys on a whim from a junk shop in London. Though she is workingContinue reading “The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild”

The Scribe’s Daughter by Stephanie Churchill

The Scribe’s Daughter is listed as a fantasy, but not the type of fairies and dragons. It reads like historical fiction, but the lands and their people are the creation of the author. This book tells the story of 17-year old Kassia, whose mother has died and whose father has been missing for some 3Continue reading “The Scribe’s Daughter by Stephanie Churchill”

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

  I picked up Secrets of a Charmed Life because I have read other books by this author and have always enjoyed them. When I realized it was “another WWII novel”, I almost put it away for another time. Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre, and I have read and enjoyed my share of WWII novels,Continue reading “Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner”

Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers

Leota’s Garden is not the latest by Francine Rivers, but it is new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Leota is an 84 yr old woman, living alone, and estranged from her children. Her daughter, Nora, is very bitter towards her mother and has kept her children from getting to knowContinue reading “Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers”

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Imagine a circus that just appears  in your town one day, is only open at night, and everything is in black and white. Imagine a circus that has so many tents that you will want to come every night to try and see them all. Imagine a circus that smells of caramel and cinnamon, hasContinue reading “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

St. Petersburg, October, 17, 1756 Three people who never leave her room, and who do not know about one another, inform me of what is going on, and will not fail to acquaint me when the crucial moment arrives.–From the letter of Grand Duchess of All the Russias (later Catherine the Great) to Sir Hanbury-Williams,Continue reading “The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak”