Elizabeth I: The Novel: by Margaret George

Elizabeth I of England may be one of history’s most written about monarchs, perhaps for the reason that we know so much about her, yet the true woman remains elusive. A great dissembler and brilliant judge of character, Elizabeth was able to portray herself as she wished, hiding the mortal … Continue reading

A Dangerous Inheritance: by Alison Weir

About seven years ago I snatched up my first historical non-fiction book set in Tudor times from a vintage pawn shop on my way home from East Wenatchee, WA. It was about Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir, and although extremely rich in detail and a little tricky to remember … Continue reading

The Dancing Years, Morland Dynasty 33: by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

I’m as happy as England and the rest of the fictional world that WWI is over! Unfortunately, there is aftermath in the form of hunger, strikes, unemployment, and general shell-shock. Nowadays we know what actual shell-shock is, it must have been horrible for the men and women back then to … Continue reading

The Fallen Kings, Morland Dynasty 32: by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

I realized what I was in for at the end of the last book and WWI was still not over, but the end is in sight, and I found myself urging America to hurry up and join the war, since of course we know from history, their numbers turned the … Continue reading

The Red Queen: by Philippa Gregory

‘The Red Queen’ is the second of the Cousin’s war series, I read it after the third, and not before the first (oops) and I liked it better; or, my Libra-esque side is showing as I tip the other way or I’m just getting used to Gregory’s writing again? (This … Continue reading

The Lady of the Rivers: by Philippa Gregory

‘The Lady of the Rivers’ takes place during the Wars of the Roses, also known as the Cousins’ war, when the opposing houses of York and Lancaster fought amongst themselves for the crown. This was a decent book, though fairly unremarkable. I’d call it historical fiction- lite. The main character … Continue reading

Rooftops of Tehran: by Mahbod Seraji

Now this was an amazing novel. I am always intrigued by other cultures, especially ones we have a limited view of without distortion from the media. Seraji himself moved to the United States from Iran when he was 20, shortly before his country was thrown into turmoil and the Shah … Continue reading

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

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