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Dragonfly in Amber and Outlander, Season Two
Book to Movie News and Reviews / Historical Fiction / Part of a Series

Dragonfly in Amber and Outlander, Season Two

I’ve been binge-reading Book 2 of the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, and also watching the show.  This picture is what my book looks like, which I bought in the mid-90s (!). I’ve always felt a little conflicted about this book.  On the one hand it’s probably Gabaldon’s best STORY in the series, except maybe … Continue reading

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Contemporary Fiction / First Novels / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

I expected lots of melodrama and tear-jerkery from this story about a woman who loses her entire family overnight in a house fire — the night before a wedding, no less.  But that’s not what I got.  Instead, this is a really rich story about two families (three really, but one is much more peripheral).  … Continue reading

Letters for Scarlet by Julie C. Gardner
Contemporary Fiction / New to Me Author / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

Letters for Scarlet by Julie C. Gardner

Letters for Scarlet is a modern-day novel about two friends in their late twenties who haven’t spoken to each other since high school. High school friends Corie and Scarlet have a big falling out senior year, when Cori falls in love with Scarlet’s sort-of boyfriend, Tuck.  Corie and Tuck end up getting married, but she … Continue reading

A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden
First Novels / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

Readers of Anne Perry will enjoy this mystery set in Victorian England.  It’s a mystery that concentrates more on social and historical issues of the time, in this case railroad safety.  The characters are interesting and the story is fast-paced and engaging. Set in the 1870’s, Elizabeth Fraser is returning home from her “Fourth Season” … Continue reading

The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland
Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs / Uncategorized

The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland

If you’re looking for really good historical fiction with a touch of romance, I highly recommend Donna Thorland, who writes about the American Revolution. This is my second book by Thorland; I previously reviewed her Mistress Firebrand. Thorland’s writing stands out to me because it’s so rich in detail, and it focuses on historical settings … Continue reading