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Historical Fiction

A Well-Behaved Woman
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Well-Behaved Woman

A Well-Behaved Woman, A Novel of the Vanderbilts. A novel of Alva Vanderbilt’s twenty-year marriage in the Gilded Age. It is tempting, sometimes, for a

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Orphan Train
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Orphan Train

Orphan Train – From 1859 to 1929, America’s answer for what to do with orphans and indigent children. Beginning in 1854 and continuing for seventy-five

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The Winter Soldier
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier – An outstanding WWI novel. Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier joins a substantial list of novels written to commemorate the centennial anniversary

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The Mystery of Agatha Christie
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie One historical event, two points of view.   Marie Benedict’s novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, demonstrates for the reader

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All the Light We Cannot See
Fiction
Ann Ronald

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner Four years ago I reviewed Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome for “Bookin’ with

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The Forgotten Room
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room as remembered by three romance novelists. When three gifted romance writers decide to write a single novel, The Forgotten Room, together, the

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Courting Mr. Lincoln
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln, two points of view. The double entendre of Louis Bayard’s title, Courting Mr. Lincoln, immediately alerts the reader to the duality of

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The Wednesday Sisters
Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Wednesday Sisters

THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS Okay, gentlemen, step back; The Wednesday Sisters, by its title alone, would suggest that it is written solely for the female reader.

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The Book of Lost Friends
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Book of Lost Friends

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS Lisa Wingate’s The Book of Lost Friends is a historical novel firmly grounded in historic poignancy and pain. For many

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Russian Winter
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Russian Winter

RUSSIAN WINTER Years and years ago, I was served a roasted onion. I’ve never forgotten the crisp softness as I peeled away the layers, the

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The Fencing Master
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Fencing Master

THE FENCING MASTER   Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte and his translator, Margaret Jull Costa, have created a novel that may best be described as a

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The Underground Railroad
African American Writers
Sunny Solomon

The Underground Railroad

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Is it true that Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad “traces the terrible wounds of slavery,” as Michael Schaub wrote

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Single Spy

A SINGLE SPY Writing A Single Spy, William Christie turns a historical footnote into a complicated novel of international intrigue.  That footnote, found in Professor

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