Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Girl Who Fought Napoleon” by Linda Lafferty

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon is a historical fiction novel by Linda Lafferty about a Russian girl named Nadya who cross-dresses in order to join the army and fight in the Napoleonic war. Nadya’s story is interspersed with point-of-view segments from Tsar Alexander as he struggles with balancing his Enlightenment ideals with the harsher reality that accompaniesRead more

“The Woman in the Photo” by Mary Hogan: Blog Tour

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan is a new historical fiction/contemporary novel that explores the Johnstown Flood.  In the late 1800s, a bunch of rich Pittsburgh industrialists (Carnegie, Frick, etc.) had a private lake in South Fork, PA.  The lake was man-made, held in place by an earthworks dam.  The industrialists did not maintain theRead more

“Marlene” by C.W. Gortner: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Marlene by C.W. Gortner is a biographical novel about Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich.  Marlene grew up in an aristocratic family that had fallen upon hard times, and her mother pressured her into nurturing her musical talent to become a concert violinist.  That was never to happen, and instead Marlene rebelled and used her talent toRead more

New Acquisitions: 9/9/15

  New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. From TLC Book Tours: The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick Otherwise known as “the one that got away.”  I had seem some buzz around this one atRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Inamorata” by Megan Chance

Inamorata by Megan Chance is a blend of historical fiction and fantasy set in 19th century Venice.  Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister Sophie come to Venice to escape scandal in New York.  Joseph is an artist, and he hopes to find a wealthy patron so that he can pursue his passion.  Sophie is Joseph’sRead more

“The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo

In The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a young Chinese woman navigates the boundaries between life and death as she approaches her wedding day. After her mother died, Li Lan’s father neglected her social life, instead choosing to sit in his office and smoke opium.  Now Li Lan nearly eighteen, and her prospects for marriageRead more

“I Am Livia” by Phyllis T. Smith

I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Livia Drusilla, who grew to be one of the most powerful women in ancient Rome.  The story begins as Livia overhears her father plotting to kill Julius Caesar.  In order to cement a political alliance, her father marriesRead more

“Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan

  Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is the story of Fanny van de Grift Osbourne, an adventurous woman who left her cheating husband to go study art in Europe.  While recovering from a family tragedy, Fanny met Robert Louis Stevenson, and the two began a lifelong relationship.  Fanny had a lotRead more

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites is a novel about Agnes Magnusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland.  The story is set after Agnes has received her sentence and must await her execution at Kornsa, a farm that was once her childhood home.  At first, the family who lives there is unsettled by her presence, and Agnes’Read more