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It’s A Mystery

I don’t read a lot of Mystery/Thrillers.  When I ask myself what I want to read, Mystery/Thrillers don’t come up.  However, after reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and Tana French’s In the Woods (loved – review to post soon), I have been wondering why that is.  There is just something about a character who is […]

Tuesday’s Temptation ~ July 13

Despite how wonderful my current reads might be (or, this week, how incredibly disturbing), I really enjoy being able to look over my shelves and drool over the as-of-yet unread goodies. I don’t know about you, but I could spend a half hour or more just touching the spines and, because I have to double […]

#228 ~ The Heretic Queen (mini review)

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran I read Michelle Moran’s first novel, Nefertiti, with my Facebook book club, Historical Fiction Lovers book club.  Nefertiti was our Queen of August.  We all loved the novel so much that we made The Heretic Queen or selection for November.  We all loved it just as much.  This novel […]

#209 ~ The Brother’s Boswell

The Brothers Boswell by Philip Baruth Samuel Johnson and James Boswell are well known literary figures and friends.  James Boswelll’s brother John is less widely known.  It was the combination of a novel about two authors I didn’t know very well combined with an unstable, hidden brother that intrigued me immediately when I was offered […]

A Conversation with C.W. Gortner

Today, C.W. Gortner will be visiting the Historical Fiction Lovers Book Club on Facebook to discuss The Last Queen, our selection for July.  The Last Queen was one of my Top 10 novels last year.   To participate, simply head over to the Event I set up and join in.  Leave comments or ask questions […]

#140 ~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows In this novel, Shaffer and Barrows tell a story of chance encounters and destiny through letters mailed mainly between Juliet Ashton, a British author, and several citizens of Guernsey in the Channel Islands.  Relationships that begin as a fluke when […]

#138 ~ Etta

Etta by Gerald Kolpan I am not typically one for reading Westerns.  The American West has never held my imagination the way it has for so many people.  Still, when Etta was offered as an Early Reader choice on LibraryThing in December, I requested it and was lucky enough to snag it.  I don’t think […]

#135 ~ My Lady of Cleves

My Lady of Cleves: A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes Anne of Cleves was the most unlikely of all of Henry VIII’s wives. She did not especially want to be queen, she was not physically beautiful, and she was rather forced upon him in order to produce an […]

#134 ~ Loving Frank

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan In search of a home of his own, Mr. Edwin Cheney of Chicago convinced his wife Mamah to agree to commissioning a local American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to design and build their family home. Mr. Cheney gained his house, but he couldn’t have known that he would ultimately lose […]

#132 ~ The Conqueror

The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer The Conqueror tells the story of William the Conqueror, from his bastard birth, to his life as the Duke of Normandy, and finally to his triumphant rise to the throne of England. Given the circumstances of William’s life and the political climate of both Normandy and England in the 11th […]