SAM TIME By Donna Balon (Book Review #1693)
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by Jeyran Main
3d ago
“Sam Time” by Donna Balon is a refreshing and imaginative historical time-travel fiction that masterfully intertwines the past and the present. The protagonist, Samantha Hunter, is a compelling character whose journey through time is both enchanting and thought-provoking. As she toggles between her modern life and her vivid dreams set in the Victorian era, readers are treated to a unique and engaging narrative that keeps them on their toes. BUY NOW One of the strengths of “Sam Time” lies in Balon’s meticulous attention to historical detail. The portrayal of the 19th century is not only accura ..read more
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One More Seat at the Round Table: A Novel of Broadway’s Camelot by Susan Dormady Eisenberg (Book Review #1667)
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by Jeyran Main
1M ago
“Love and Limelight: One More Seat at the Round Table – A Theatrical Triumph of Heart and Ambition” Susan Dormady Eisenberg’s enchanting novel, “One More Seat at the Round Table,” offers readers a captivating backstage pass to the tumultuous world of Broadway during the creation of Lerner and Loewe’s iconic musical, Camelot. Set against the backdrop of the 1960 theatrical scene, the novel explores the intertwined lives of feisty drama school graduate Jane Conroy and gifted actor Bryce Christmas, revealing that the most conflicted lovers in Camelot might not be Lancelot and Guenevere after all ..read more
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THE BOY IN THE RAIN by Stephanie Cowell (Book Review #1666)
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by Jeyran Main
1M ago
“The Boy in the Rain: A Poignant Tale of Love and Peril in Edwardian England” Stephanie Cowell’s “The Boy in the Rain” immerses readers in the delicate and perilous world of Edwardian England, where love between two men is fraught with danger and societal taboos. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the novel unfolds the passionate romance between Robbie, a shy art student, and Anton, a mature writer haunted by his past. The narrative is skillfully woven through the lens of societal constraints, weaving a tale of forbidden love in a time when the law harshly condemns homosexual ..read more
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THE ADORED ONE, a novel of Lillian Lorraine & Florenz Ziegfeld by Susanne Dunlap (Book Review #1665)
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by Jeyran Main
1M ago
“The Adored One: A Captivating Tale of Love, Ambition, and Triumph” In Susanne Dunlap’s “The Adored One,” readers are transported to the dazzling world of early 20th-century New York, where the life of young Lillian Lorraine unfolds against the backdrop of Broadway’s golden age. This historical novel delves into the tumultuous journey of a spirited teenager who finds herself entangled with the charismatic Florenz Ziegfeld and faces the challenges of love, fame, and the pursuit of personal freedom. BUY NOW The narrative introduces us to Lillian at the tender age of 14, arriving in the bustling ..read more
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White Slaves: 15 Years a Barbary Slave by Nicholas Kinsey (Book Review #1642)
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by Jeyran Main
2M ago
In this meticulously researched and heart-wrenching historical account, the summer of 1631 is brought vividly to life as Dutch corsair and pirate Murad Reis unleashes terror upon the peaceful fishing village of Baltimore, Ireland. “White Slaves” narrates the harrowing story of 109 men, women, and children who are captured, enduring a 38-day voyage to Algiers, where they face the unspeakable horrors of slavery. BUY NOW At the heart of this gripping narrative is 15-year-old Felix Gunter, who becomes an unwitting protagonist in the voyage’s brutality. As the corsair captain subjects the captives ..read more
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Cat’s Curse by Kelley Heckart (Book Review #1636)
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by Jeyran Main
2M ago
‘Cat’s Curse’ is a paranormal historical romance. This is the first book of the trilogy. Set in Scotland, we witness a love story between a prince and a succubus, Aedan and Cardea. While they can’t be together as the prince cannot touch anyone, and she needs to drink blood to stay alive, you are introduced to a complex yet enjoyable world of possibilities. BUY NOW The series has to be conducted from the beginning. The author provides a solid foundation to a story with many sideline plots that do not all necessarily have closure yet end in a satisfying way. The characters and world-building ar ..read more
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Something from Nothing: A Historical World Without the History By Marie McCurdy
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by Jeyran Main
2M ago
I always feel a pang of envy for historical fiction authors whose chosen setting is a time and place where people kept records. Thusnelda, my heroine and the real wife of the rebel Arminius is mentioned about four times in the historical record. Total. That was the beginning of the research black hole I faced: early Germans had no written language. First, I accepted that we don’t know much of anything. Archaeologists can identify a steel sword in a grave, but conclusions about why it’s in that grave are a guess based largely on biased assumptions. We have no idea why people were buried in cert ..read more
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Carnival Songs by S.V. Brown (Book Review #1620)
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by Jeyran Main
3M ago
‘Carnival Songs’ is a historical fiction set in Torrenceburg with, a complex town and much drama. From the beginning of the story, you immediately feel like sinking into it with a sense of waiting for something to go wrong. BUY NOW I wasn’t a big fan of the cover design and did not feel it did much justice to the content inside. The pace of the story is steady and keeps the reader intrigued. There are dark sides to the story, and at times, humor is added to the content. This created an interesting dynamic to the tale. I also particularly enjoyed how the author focused on ensuring the reading ..read more
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Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters by Cynthia Neale (Book Review #1617)
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by Jeyran Main
3M ago
‘Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters’ is a historical fiction about Catherine Montour and her life, filled with turmoil, perseverance, and bravery. It is a compelling story set in the mid-1700s when Catherine was young and expected to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps as an interpreter for the British colonies. BUY NOW Throughout the book, you gain a better understanding of the Native Americans as Catherine is a descendant of a family that was close to the Indian tribes and missionaries. Catherine’s personality is very relatable and lovable. Her demeanour and how she navigates her lif ..read more
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Find Me In Time: Meeting Columbus by L.T. Caton (Book Review #1615)
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by Jeyran Main
4M ago
‘Find Me In Time: Meeting Columbus’ is a historical fiction and a time travel adventure story. The drama begins when five friends find a magical tree that transports them back to 1492 and introduces them to Columbus, who has conquered the world and is claiming it for the Queen. BUY NOW Even though the book is a children’s story, I found it very interesting to read. I found it wildly entertaining. While you learn about history, culture, and historical events, you also enjoy the children’s dialogue, narrative, and the mannerism of approach towards scenes that take place. What I predominately en ..read more
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