Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun

“‘Perhaps you should think less and pray more.’ I shook my head and dropped back down on the bench. Was even this champion of the Holy Cross now adopting the church’s new attitude toward women? ‘What would you say if I suggested you think less and pray more.’ I asked. ‘But I’m a m-… poet.’Continue reading “Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun”

Review: The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary is a dual timeline historical fiction / mystery story which brings you between modern times and 1790s London. When Caroline arrives in London on her first trip from the US she stumbles upon a group who are mudlarking, which is looking at tidal earth when the Thames has receded for historical artifacts.Continue reading “Review: The Lost Apothecary”

REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander

“… his thoughts, when he shares them, are like little shoots of green grass on a dry prairie. The flowers on the prickly pears that grow among the rocks.” —————————————— I adore stories of the American Prairie and pioneer times. There is such beauty in the untamed land, passion in indigenous stories and strength inContinue reading “REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander”

REVIEW: The Paris Library

“… a library without members is a cemetery of books… Books are like people; without contact, they cease to exist.” ——————————– The Paris Library is really about the American Library in Paris and its unique cast of characters. Odile is passionate about reading and working despite her parent’s wishes as the war reaches France. TheContinue reading “REVIEW: The Paris Library”

Review: Queen of the Conquered

Queen of the Conquered is an unusual tale that lives somewhere between historical fiction and fantasy. It’s a slow building, emotionally fraught, politically complex story. At its heart, Sigourney is a strong woman with a huge history of trauma that defines her behavior throughout the story. She is the only woman of color who hasContinue reading “Review: Queen of the Conquered”

Happy Pub Day & Review: The Last Tiara

Sofiya is a young woman living through war in Russia in 1915, she comes from a family of means close to the royal family who is in the process of being deposed. She volunteers her time with the soldiers coming into the hospital and falls for a man with amnesia from his head injury. InContinue reading “Happy Pub Day & Review: The Last Tiara”

REVIEW: A Mother’s Promise

“Understand: these girls have neither the mental capacity nor the moral fiber with which to manage their lives. Most of them – quite sadly – should have been drowned at birth in a bucket, like so many unwanted kittens.” ———————— This book will break your heart in the same way The Immortal Life of HenriettaContinue reading “REVIEW: A Mother’s Promise”

REVIEW: Dark Tides

Holy time jumps, Batman. Dark Tides picks up with Alinor, Alys and Rob twenty years after we last left them. They have had many changes to their circumstances. Alinor has never recovered from her dunking and Alys is now our strong female lead running both of their businesses. Her two children are adults and tryingContinue reading “REVIEW: Dark Tides”