Category Archives: Historical Fiction

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce – a Book Review

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, a woman by the name of Belle Gunness, a Norwegian immigrant born Brynhild Paulsdatter Storset, quietly terrorized Chicago and La Porte, Indiana. It is now thought Gunness may have been responsible for the … Continue reading

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The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell – a Book Review

Daniel Woodrell is a local Ozarks author who originally hails from my city of Springfield, Missouri. He writes predominantly crime fiction in the subgenre of country noir that is set in the Missouri Ozarks. You might be most familiar with … Continue reading

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The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz – A Book Review

The Reincarnationist Papers is quite the surprising and worthwhile read from Indiana-based author, D. Eric Maikranz. From his bio on goodreads, it seems Maikranz has lived more than a typical lifetime of experiences as well, and that’s probably what contributed … Continue reading

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – a Book Review

“Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.” – Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing Homegoing is a celebration of the complexity of legacy. One woman, two daughters, and the 14 separate stories … Continue reading

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The Willow Wren by Philipp Schott – a Book Review

Philipp Schott is a small animal vet and the author of two prior books, The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice and How to Examine a Wolverine: More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian. This is his first novel, and … Continue reading

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Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende – A Book Review

In 2020, I felt like I saw Isabel Allende popping up everywhere. She stays relevant by having a presence in pop culture, making guest appearances in major television shows like Jane the Virgin, in which she confronted her own real … Continue reading

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The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner – Book Review

At first glance, I could tell this book was right up my alley. Badass women, trips down deep back corridors of the darkened streets of historic London, and a bit of a mystery to sweeten the pot. As for the … Continue reading

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – A Book Review

I’ve always loved classics, but I gravitate more toward 19th century British lit, and authors like Vonnegut often have been relegated to the “I know I should read it and I’ll get to it eventually” pile. We all have one … Continue reading

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – Book Review

I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this book, which is what led me to it as a choice. I’m certainly glad I picked it up, because there’s a lot to appreciate, especially for my reading tastes. As a reader, … Continue reading

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Book Beginnings on Friday – #bookishmemes #bookbeginnings

I’ve been slow to jump on the Bookish memes bandwagon having just revived my blog, but I find them to be so incredibly helpful as a way to connect with the blogging community. I love this community and the support … Continue reading

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