#BookReview: WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite. It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not Read More …

#BookReview – OUR OWN COUNTRY by Jodi Daynard – Compelling Historical Fiction

A love affair tests a new nation’s revolutionary ideals. In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant’s daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life—until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her. As the chaos of the Revolutionary War tears her family apart, Eliza finds herself drawn to her uncle’s slave, John Watkins. Their love leads to her exile in Braintree, Read More …

#MondayBlogs: My Favorite Fiction Reads of 2015

I read a total of 110 books throughout 2015 – 34 nonfiction and 66 fiction. Today I’m sharing my top 12 fiction reads. These are in no particular order. Sorting my top 12 was challenging enough. Listing them in order of preference is an impossible task, given the uniqueness of genre and the differing preferences of my fickle moods. Best Fiction Reads of 2015 This is dark, twisted, psychological suspense at its finest. Richard Thomas Read More …

#BookReview: MURDER ON THE LAST FRONTIER by Cathy Pegau

There’s many who feel the Alaska Territory is no place for a woman on her own. But Charlotte Brody, suffragette and journalist, has never let public opinion dictate her life choices. She’s come to the frontier town of Cordova, where her brother Michael practices medicine, for the same reason many come to Alaska—to start over. Cordova is gradually getting civilized, but the town is still rougher than Charlotte imagined. And when a local prostitute—one of Read More …

Book Review: THE BRITISH LION by Tony Shumacher – Must Read Historical Fiction

In this crackling alternate history thriller set in the years after World War II—the riveting sequel to The Darkest Hour—London detective John Rossett joins forces with his Nazi boss to save the commander’s kidnapped daughter as the Germans race to make the first atomic bomb. With the end of the war, the victorious Germans now occupy a defeated Great Britain. In London, decorated detective John Henry Rossett, now reporting to the Nazi victors, lies in Read More …

Book Review – CROW HOLLOW by Michael Wallace – Historical Suspense

In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound. Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate Read More …

Book Review: HELEN OF SPARTA by Amalia Carosella

Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Read More …

#MondayBlogs: My Favorite Fiction Books of 2014

I’ve read just over 100 books this year. (102 as of today.) Though I haven’t sorted them out, I think I leaned more heavily into nonfiction reading. I didn’t realize how much so until I sat down to put this post together. But that’s not my point today. I’m sharing some of my favorite fiction reads. Because top 10 lists are boring, and mainly because I’m terrible at conforming, this is my top 9 list. Read More …