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Beauty Among Ruins (Ciesielski)

Beauty Among Ruins (Ciesielski)

A wonderful story of a young woman trying to grow up and find her own way in the world despite the fact that what she wants out of life, isn’t in line with what her parents think she should want, as a young debutante in America. Her story of growth in finding what she wanted, and finding true love was truly enjoyable. I LOVED listening to this. Not only was the story very engaging, but the narrator was excellent!! This…

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My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler (Dray & Kamoie)

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler (Dray & Kamoie)

This is the second book about Eliza Hamilton that I have read, the first being “I, Eliza Hamilton” … both were excellent! Both of these novels are told in the first person by Eliza Hamilton. Whereas “I, Eliza Hamilton” ended soon after Alexander’s death, this novel goes well beyond Alexander’s death and well into Eliza’s later years. This novel made me really feel like I learned about the beginning of our country from Eliza’s perspective. The author’s do admit they…

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The Thief of Blackfriars Lane (Griep)

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane (Griep)

Jackson Forge is a newly minted constable in Victorian London, England on his first day to work when he gets swindled by a lovely woman (Kit Turner) and her young side-kick. Various events lead him to end up having to join forces with Kit Turner to find out where several missing individuals have gone. At the beginning of the novel, the reader is almost given the impression that Jackson is a bit of a bumbling constable, and may not make…

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More Than Words Can Say (Witemeyer)

More Than Words Can Say (Witemeyer)

If you enjoyed Evangaline’s story in “More Than Meets the Eye” you’ll definitely want to read this next installment in the Patchwork Family series to hear Zach’s story! Title: More Than Words Can Say Series: Patchwork Family #2 Author: Karen Witemeyer Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release Date: June 4, 2019 Format: print, ebook, audiobook Pages: 368 After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free. No family entanglements. No disappointing those…

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The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal (Turnbull)

The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal (Turnbull)

Many people have heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman King Edward VIII couldn’t live without and ultimately abdicated the throne for, but few have probably heard the story of the woman he loved before he met Wallis. This novel is a fictionalized story of Lady Thelma {Morgan} Furness — the woman before Wallis. I have always been intrigued by the royal family, and I find history interesting, and the older I get the more I enjoy reading novels that are…

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In Another Time (Cantor)

In Another Time (Cantor)

I loved this book! Max and Hanna’s story was beautiful and sad … and again taught me new tidbits about history that I did not previously know. Title: In Another Time Author: Jillian Cantor Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Harper Perennial Release Date: March 5, 2019 Format: print, ebook, audiobook Pages: 336 A sweeping historical novel that spans Germany, England, and the United States and follows a young couple torn apart by circumstance leading up to World War II—and the family secret…

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The Accidental Empress (Pataki)

The Accidental Empress (Pataki)

Elisabeth “Sisi” accompanies her older sister, who is betrothed to the Emperor, to the Habsburg Court to be her lady-in-waiting. Sisi soon finds herself with a problem … she has fallen in love with the Emperor, and he with her. This is the love story of Sisi and Franz, their early marriage and Sisi’s on-going struggle for control over her marriage, her children, and her life from her mother-in-law. I enjoyed this book, and am currently reading the second book…

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Christian Fiction True Crime??

Christian Fiction True Crime??

Christian Fiction True Crime may sound like an oxymoron, but that’s exactly what this new series, recently added to our collection is. The publisher describes this series as: “Fiction Based on Strange, But True, HistoryTrue, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through unique stories of historical romantic suspense.” There are currently seven books in the series, all telling a different true story from American criminal history. Below are the descriptions of each title as found on Goodreads. I…

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When We Were Young and Brave (Gaynor)

When We Were Young and Brave (Gaynor)

I really enjoyed this story, even though it was really rather sad in many ways, but it also showed the resiliency of people. Hazel Gaynor does an excellent job making you really care about the characters and make you want to know more about the events surrounding the story she has written. I received and read an advance reader’s copy of this title through NetGalley. Title: When We Were Young and Brave Author: Gaynor, Hazel Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: William…

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The Girl from the Train (Joubert)

The Girl from the Train (Joubert)

I really enjoyed this book … another great historical fiction novel where I felt like I learned about history without sitting through a dry lecture. Title: The Girl from the Train Author: Irma Joubert Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: November 3, 2015 Format: print, ebook, audiobook Pages: 379 As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a…

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