Debut novels are often overlooked by avid readers because of the wealth of works by well-known authors. This one should not be.
It is 1963, and Beatrix Thompson is reminiscing about the past few decades of her life, particularly when she spent time in America.
“‘Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.’”
Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Dance Tree tells more than it shows.
“Based on actual occurrences during World War II, this is sure to open the eyes of those skeptics who had questions about the pain and tragedy so many suffered, all to protect their progeny
This is not only the story of Amrit Kaur, a princess of Colonial-era India, but even more, it’s the story of author Livia Manera Sambuy’s wide-ranging efforts to learn about Amrit.
“Black's work is leaping ahead in power and energy, and Night Flight to Paris is one of the notable thrillers of the season.”
“WW II’s worldwide impact, V-Day, and the role of women in the workplace are depicted alongside the use of animals for testing, and the thwarted attempt and eventual recall of the first mas
“Haynes is a perceptive writer, and you’ll likely find yourself agreeing with her interpretation of the Medusa myth.”
“an engrossing war story”
“After Sappho is a women’s text in that it is non-linear, non-hierarchical, multi-voiced, innovative, and highly creative and original.”
“Stokes-Chapman’s writing is strong; her story travels a direct line from beginning to end with no distractions or excessive backstory.
The Mitford Affair, an historical novel, begins in July 1932 and follows the aristocratic Mitford family through April 1941, as Britain recovers from World War I and reluctantly plunges in
“a rich tapestry of a book . . .”
“The writing is strong, the suspense well-built and maintained, characters roundly constructed. This is a book to read especially for lovers of historical fiction.”
“Alpsten does an excellent job providing vivid characterization and detail. As a result, Tsarina’s Daughter is an engaging novel that blends fact and fiction . . .”
“the brilliance of Gunty’s writing and thinking expressed so originally and stunningly will keep most people turning every page in this novel of wild imagination, wisdom, and originality.”
Never has an evil woman been portrayed so deliciously as in Susan Angard’s The Persian Glories.
“The era, the landscape, and the people are etched in fine and imaginative detail.
“Winterland is a rich and powerful novel in which Rae Meadows displays her talents and her subtilty as she captures the essence of sport, the power of ambition, and the menacing ha
“The Last Life isn’t an easy read, but it’s a rewarding, thought-provoking one.”
“There’s a lot of entertainment in seeing Eliza apply the methods of a fictional detective to the hazards of her dangerous life.
“does a good job of evoking the post-Civil War era . . .”
“Fowler reports that his literary agent said (with delight), ‘Oh, it’s a Bryant & May book, just without the murder plot!’”
“A tale filled with strong emotion, hope, and determination, this highly thought-provoking story and entertaining.”