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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Petronella Oortman is a naive 18 year old girl who enters a marriage of convenience with a wealthy trader, Johannes Brandt.  The year is 1687 and the setting is Amsterdam.  The book reads very easily, as Nella must adjust to … Continue reading

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The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James

In 19th century high society, much is expected of young ladies and there are few choices for women in general.  They are expected to marry and typically acquiesce to their parent’s wishes.  But American Isabel Archer has a different notion.  … Continue reading

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Gone For Soldiers by Jeff Shaara

Gone for Soldiers is a novel about the Mexican American War.  Many of the main players on the American side went on to serve with distinction in the US Civil War, and this battle experience helped prepare them for that. … Continue reading

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The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Set in Milwaukee, a chef (Lou – short for Louella), falls in love with a restaurant reviewer (Al).  Neither knows what each other does for a living, and to make matters worse, Al wrote such a terrible review of Lou’s … Continue reading

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

I’m going to say from the start that The Radium Girls is going on my list of all-time favorites.  This haunting story will stay with me forever.  This work of non-fiction is reminiscent of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks combined a gut-wrenching story … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

I think Philippa Gregory often gets a bad rap in historical fiction circles.  I admit she’s not a purist, but she doesn’t often venture outside the realm of real possibility, either. The Queen’s Fool is a good example of a well-written … Continue reading

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I can’t recall if I have read this novel before, but as I was reading it this time, my memory brought back the whole story (I’m sure I’ve seen a film version) – so no surprises for me. Dickens is … Continue reading

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