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Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland

In Mistress Firebrand, author Donna Thorland continues her Renegades of the American Revolution series with a story full of rich history and pulsating romance. America is deep in the throes of its search for independence from Britain in 1777, and to Jennifer Leighton it seems there are turncoats, spies, and dangers at every corner. An aspiring playwright determined to make her way to London and high success on Drury Lane, Jenny is in pursuit of a patron to support her as did her Aunt Frances, known to all as the iconic star of the stage, The Divine Miss Fanny. Together, Jenny and Frances are plotting to catch the attentions of a British general who could be the makings of Jenny’s career. Instead, Jenny finds herself embroiled in trouble, and the only man who can help her is an American-born British soldier, the charming – and, rumor has it, decidedly lethal – Severin Devere. Scorned by his father for his bastard beginnings, Severin has lived his life in a constant attempt to deny the Indian heritage …

Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford

With her latest novel, Cavendon Hall, Barbara Taylor Bradford welcomes readers into a new series chronicling the lives and loves within an English country estate. It’s 1913 and Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, finds his family unraveling in the wake of a tragic attack on his innocent teenage daughter, Lady Daphne. As he and his wife attempt to stop the spread of rumors and vigilantly guard Daphne’s broken spirit, the Inghams know that the only family they can surely put their trust in is the Swanns, a service family whose ancestors have sworn an oath to the Inghams for centuries. Life at Cavendon Hall has only begun to spiral out of control as Charles’s cousin Hugo returns, a successful and charismatic businessman who in his youth was banished from Cavendon to America under mysterious circumstances. While the threat of war looms over the lives of both the Inghams upstairs and the Swanns downstairs, secrets will be revealed, lines will be crossed, and love will be both rekindled and found anew. With Cavendon Hall, …

Review: The Fire by John A. Heldt

Recently graduated from college, twenty-two year-old Kevin Johnson is visiting the small town of Wallace, Idaho with his family when he stumbles across a hidden diary and a cache of early 20th century gold coins in his late grandfather’s home. Kevin’s plans for a quiet summer change drastically when he discovers that the home’s old wood shed is a portal to the 1900s and the treasure was hidden away by his great-great-grandfather Asa Johnson, ancestral patriarch and apparent time-traveler. As Kevin experiments with this newfound contradiction to his years of scientific teachings, he can’t deny the reality that he’s somehow managed to set foot in Wallace circa 1910. Before he can retreat to the familiar mayhem of the twenty-first century, Kevin crosses paths with local schoolteacher Sarah Thompson and finds that he’s unable to stop thinking about the beautiful woman who lived over a century before him. Determined to find her again, Kevin puts his trust in the time portal’s consistency and travels back and forth between the centuries. But as he integrates himself in …

Review: The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria marks the tenth novel in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, documenting the lives and loves of British spies in Napoleonic Europe under the valiant eye of Eloise Kelly, a modern-day American of whose dissertation such spies are the subject. Living temporarily with her boyfriend Colin in his English country house, Selwick Hall, Eloise’s journey through the archives of history and the world of the Pink Carnation bring her to the story of the elusive spy’s second-in-command, Gwendolyn Meadows. Valiantly rigid and masterfully standoffish, Gwen has maintained for herself a life of adventure and independence within the league of the Pink Carnation, brandishing a parasol with a hidden blade and defying a life of commonplace domesticity – just as she had dreamed of doing over the four decades of her life. When the Pink Carnation’s young sister goes missing from her school with a classmate, Gwen is quick on the girls’ trail. With her is the missing classmate’s father, Colonel William Reid, a former member of the East India Company’s …

Review: The Show by John A. Heldt

In 1941 Seattle, young Grace Vandenberg’s life was turned upside down when she discovered that her boyfriend Joel had time-traveled his way into her life directly from the year 2000. Convinced that their futures couldn’t be aligned, Joel left her to return to his century, but Grace, refusing to give up on the power of love, is determined to follow him. In a mind-boggling new era of cell phones and computers Grace settles into a blissful life with Joel, but her now perfect world is shaken anew when a trip to a newly-restored historic theater sends her all the way back to the year 1918. As she witnesses her teenage parents’ first meetings and falls in love with a handsome Army captain, Grace must make sense of the life she’s stumbled into and come to terms with the cold truth: she may never see Joel or the new millennium ever again. In The Show, the direct sequel to his debut The Mine and the third in his Northwest Passage series, John A. Heldt proves himself …

Review: Defiant Heart by Marty Steere

After losing his parents and brother in a tragic accident, young Jon Meyer is left to start over in a small Indiana town. Under the guardianship of a grandmother he’d never before known, Jon’s new life begins at a high school filled with unfamiliar faces. As he struggles with the difficulties of being the new guy in a town unaccustomed to change Jon finds the troubled waters of his life disturbed anew when prejudice begins to take root: Jon is Jewish, and in 1941 under the shroud of World War II, very few people are inclined to make his association. Friendliest and most accepting is Mary Dalhgren, the amiable daughter of the town’s mayor. Mary is bold and intelligent, with a mind and spirit well beyond the simplicity of the town, and her connection with Jon is an instant one. As the two tentatively explore their feelings, they face obstacles in the shape of jealousy, bigotry, and even war. Mary’s father, misguided in his political aspirations, wants his daughter far away from the boy while …

Review: The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

In 1915 Elizabeth Endicott, a spirited young American, arrives with her father in Aleppo, Syria, as part of a Boston-based organization whose mission is to aid the struggling survivors of the harrowing Armenian genocide. Amid the throes of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians are being quietly massacred and, stationed at the American consulate in Aleppo, Elizabeth finds herself a rare witness to the tragic circumstances of a civilization being driven out of its own existence. As Turkish soldiers and gendarmes briefly usher in the barely-living women and children who have survived thus far, Elizabeth and her comrades do their best to administer food and medicine and otherwise preserve the preciously frail lives. During her plight she meets Armen, a young Armenian man spared the swift death so many have suffered by working as an engineer for the Germans. Armen has carried the weight of his share of suffering, however, having lost his wife and daughter to the genocide. As Elizabeth and Armen work to overcome the terrors of the world around them …

Review: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

In 1895 Oscar Wilde was famously imprisoned for engaging in a sexual relationship with another man. News of the artist’s charge and sentence spread like wildfire throughout the world, eliciting gossip and sparking new waves of intolerance. In Red River Pass, a secluded Nevada town, local society’s revolt against Wilde’s indiscretion lands at the doorstep of Mildred Dunlap and her partner, Edra. The women live on the outskirts of town in relative seclusion, for the purpose of harboring their relationship from the judgment of others; Mildred also hopes their distance will protect Edra from an unthinkable past trauma. Mildred has dealt with persecution all her life, but as the gossipmongers feed ravenously on the controversy brought on by Wilde’s conviction she fears her deepest love and greatest secret may be discovered – and ruined. As Mildred and Edra endeavor to fortify the walls that separate themselves from the hatred of the intolerant world, they discover the strength of love and the beauty of unexpected friendship. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a novel encompassing many …