Historical Fiction

A Piece of the World: A Novel
A Piece of the World: A Novel

Review: A Piece of the World is a fascinating look into the life of Christina Olson, a physically-afflicted woman who becomes a favorite subject of artist Andrew Wyeth, in particular his painting Christina's World. Christina's story is told with compassion and honesty; a woman who wants to be independent, but must rely on others. The story flows beautifully, with heart wrenching detail of Christina's physical challenges, and the longing in her heart to be loved, and to be whole. I could feel Christin... Read more

Fever 1793
Fever 1793

Review: The year is 1793, the capital is Philadelphia, and the country is in its infancy. Mattie helps her mother around the house, and in their coffee house, which is the family business. Suddenly, people begin falling ill, and before long an epidemic of the yellow fever has hit the city. Chaos ensues as Mattie is forced to flee with her grandfather. Mattie struggles to stay alive, in the hopes of being reunited with her mother.

Once again, I am enchanted by a fantastic piece of young adult ... Read more

Threads of Silk
Threads of Silk

Review: Choosing to read this book had to do with my fascination with events that transpired in mid-19th century China (I recently authored one such book myself). As a man of yang, I had to overcome (embrace?) sentiments of yin to make the purchase and read what I expected would appeal mostly to the opposite sex. Surprisingly, it didn't take long for me to get wrapped up in the silky cocoons and intricacies of embroidery (a testimony to the style of writing). Then, new worlds opened. A simple, sensitiv... Read more

Lachlan (Immortal Highlander Book 1) - A Scottish Time Travel Romance
Lachlan (Immortal Highlander Book 1) - A Scottish Time Travel Romance

Review: I enjoyed the story and the characters. There are many intriguing characters and you are not sure what to make of all of them.

You really feel the connection between Kinley and Laclhan from the beginning. They both are scarred by their pasts. Their feelings for each other give them hope for a better future.

This is the first book in the series and left me eager to read the next one to see what is next for all the characters.

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy I received. Read more

A Novel (The Practical Magic Series Book 1) - The Rules of Magic
A Novel (The Practical Magic Series Book 1) - The Rules of Magic

Review: For me, this was just an average book. It is the prequel for Practical Magic, on which the movie by the same name was based. I enjoyed it at the time. It wasn't really a page turner and I probably won't remember it next week. I am not excited to read the next book and will probably just skip it. Read more

Pride and Pleasure
Pride and Pleasure

Review: I know that the principal objective of the book is the romance but there must still be a story. I thought the plot was weak and unbelievable even for a tale set in the olden days. The characters are also too tame, they are sketched as individuals set in their own ways, yet they succumb to each far too quickly. Read more

Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)
Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)

Review: What a great way to start a series! Nic is a very easy character to like, and his adventures were non stop. I couldn't put the book down, it flowed perfectly. I especially loved Caela :-) The way the other used Roman history in her story was very well done. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Read more

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn)
The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn)

Review: A re-telling of "The One Thousand and One Nights" (aka "The Arabian Nights") - LOVE the idea. I wish the execution were a little better.

Ahdieh does a good job of making us readers connect emotionally with the two main characters, Shahrzad and Khalid, which is enough to carry a good part of the story. But the power behind the story comes from two supporting characters - Shiva and Tariq - that we just don't get enough about to make the drama as powerful as it could be.

Shahrzad is f... Read more

Written in My Own Heart's Blood - A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Written in My Own Heart's Blood - A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Review: History, suspense, romance, spiritual insight, and great characters. So many pages, but every page worth your time. After the last television episode of the season, had to get the next book to find out what happens to Clair and Jamie. I'm on my 5th book of the series!! Read more

Love Beyond Time (A Scottish Time Travel Romance) - Book 1 (Morna's Legacy Series)
Love Beyond Time (A Scottish Time Travel Romance) - Book 1 (Morna's Legacy Series)

Review: I love this series. I am actually on book four. I do not know what I am going to read after this! Anxiously waiting for the next one. The characters are so interesting and the time travel is awesome. Love that they are set in Scotland. Read more

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