The Regency (Morland Dynasty 13): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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You aren’t going to believe this, but the era of Napoleon’s iron-grip of Europe isn’t even close to over, that rascal. Having been beaten by England’s navy, the madman decided to go attack Russia, which as we all should know is a bad idea and is going to end badly. … Continue reading

The Victory (Morland Dynasty 12): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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More Napoleonic Era! I thought of grouping at least four of these together, but it simply covers too much personal history in the lives of the Morland family characters. This book really piggybacks onto the one before it, ‘The Emperor’ and much is the same. Unfortunately for Lucy’s marriage to … Continue reading

The Emperor (Morland Dynasty 11): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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The year is 1705 and Napoleon is in full force, charging here and there across Europe with that monstrous combination of arrogance and skill that the man displayed. As a result of the Napoleonic Wars, both England and France are in upheaval as one might well imagine, and the Morland … Continue reading

The Tangled Thread (Morland Dynasty 10): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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The story moves to France for the duration of the French Revolution, a bloody and terrible time in France’s history. We became acquainted with Henri in the last book, a hopeless womanizer who at last meets the love of his life but lost her before her realized it. His daughter, … Continue reading

Out of Egypt: by André Aciman

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Egypt in another world, Alexandria in a time that will never come again. André Aciman lays down an intricate web that covers four generations of a family that truly belongs nowhere, and struggles for identity as cultural and racial worlds collide. The term Jewish diaspora simply means the scattering of … Continue reading

Daughter of the King; Growing up in Gangland: by Sandra Lansky and William Stadiem

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Well well well, I’ve finally read a current book, courtesy of my new library card. I’ve been liking biographies and memoirs lately so I thought the story of an American Princess, raised in secluded luxury oblivious to the dangerous world her gangster father kept from her would be an amazing … Continue reading

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: by Robert A. Heinlein

Last year we found a haul of first edition classic sci-fi books for just a few dollars each at a quaint little bookshop in Flagstaff including ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’. Unfortunately since then, they have been in a decorative little stack on my bookshelf just looking good. I … Continue reading

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I by Nancy Goldstone

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Crumb I forgot that I finished this a long time ago, so this will be short. In 1348 twenty-two year old Joanna, Queen of Naples (part of Italy at the time) and granddaughter of famed ruler Robert the Wise, stood before the Pope to answer the charges of murder in … Continue reading