Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6)

Philippa Gregory returns to her acclaimed The Cousins’ War series with the sixth installment, The King’s Curse. This novel tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, Henry VIII’s cousin, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon. Picking up years after the previous novel, The White Princess, left off, we find Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, learning of the curse […]

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2)

“The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.” I’ve always been enthralled by Tudor England, even as a child. Growing up in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church, Henry VIII fascinated me, […]

Book Review: The Yard (The Murder Squad #1)

1889, LONDON. JACK THE RIPPER’S REIGN OF TERROR IN FINALLY OVER, BUT A NEW ONE IS JUST BEGINNING. Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant […]

Book Review: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons

“Alexander, were you looking for me?” “All my life.” ― Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simon’s epic and monumental love story of Alexander Belov and Tatiana Metanova begins in The Bronze Horseman and continues to its conclusion in the third book The Summer Garden. Their story begins when Hitler’s armies attack Russia causing Russia […]

Book Review: Legends of the Fall

The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels — Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name — confirmed Jim Harrison’s reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their […]

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)

IT BEGAN WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The second book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy is titled, Shadow of Night. The book picks up where A Discovery of Witches left off with Diana and Matthew traveling back in time to 1590. Hoping to get their hands on the manuscript before its been spelled, the […]

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy Book #1)

“A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.” I tend to gravitate towards E-books as they’re easier to carry around, but one day while hanging out at Barnes & Noble I came across Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. What caught my attention was […]

Book Review: Written In my Own Heart’s Blood ( An Outlander Novel – Book #8)

I’m new to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. In fact, I didn’t begin reading it until I learned Starz was adapting the series for cable. Lots of my friends love the series, but I already have loads of series I’m already reading, and the last thing I wanted was to begin another. Boy, am I glad […]

Book Review: The Space Between (An Outlander Novella, 7.5)

Diana Gabaldon’s novella, The Space Between, takes place between books 7 and 8 in the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. While this story doesn’t feature Jaime and Claire Fraser, it does feature the villainous Comte St. Germaine last seen in the third book, Dragonfly in Amber, […]

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I haven’t been actively participating in the 2014 Historical Fiction Challenge as much as I originally planned, so I was excited when Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House came my way. This novel takes place in the 1700’s, and tells the story of two women, Lavinia and Belle, from the two women’s point of views. Lavinia is […]