Book Review of We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

Reporter, Elizabeth Balsam, receives a mysterious call from James Rich asking her to meet him for lunch. James has an old camera and some photos that he wants Elizabeth to return to her elderly aunt Nora – an aunt that… Read more

Book Review of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Lale Sokolov is sent to Auschwitz in 1942. Soon after, he’s given the position of tattooist, forced to tattoo his fellow captives. He meets the lovely Gita and promptly falls in love. My brief book synopsis is as deep as… Read more

#BookReview of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls is the retelling of the group of female Polish WWII concentration camp detainees, known as the “Rabbits”, who are forced to undergo horrific medical experiments at the hands of the Nazis. Through three separate narratives, Caroline, Herta and… Read more

Review of The Sons of Brabant by Michael Bolan

The Sons of Brabant by Michael Bolan is a well-crafted and interesting¬ mixture of historical fiction and fantasy. The book’s events are firmly rooted in the real-world setting of 17th Century Europe. Woven into this background is a story about… Read more

Review of A Different Truth by Annette Oppenlander

Andy Olson’s parents have sent him away to Palmer Military Academy. During the turbulent late 1960s, going to a military school definitely has its drawbacks. Protests and negative public opinion about the Vietnam War are at an all-time high. Andy… Read more

Review of The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks

  The Orphan Mother reintroduces Robert Hicks’s The Widow of the South’s Mariah Reddick and Carrie McGavock – a book I have not yet read. In this new book, it’s 1867, the war is over and slaves are slowing trying to… Read more

Review of The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

Remy Galway is a divorced mother, forced to start a new life with her six year old daughter Olivia. Remy rents an old, historic cottage in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. It doesn’t take long for Remy to realize she… Read more

Review of Gold (Wanted: Miss Jane Mutta) by Ryn Shell

This book introduces readers to Miss Jane Mutta, a twenty nine year old “spinster” who studies dentistry at University and aspires to open her own practice. Since she has the misfortune to be living in the mid-1800s Jane finds it… Read more

Review of The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker

The Witch of Napoli is a work of fiction, based on the famous Italian medium Eusapia Palladino. In this fictionalized version of Palladino’s story, Michael Schmicker has created his character Alessandra Poverelli in the lead role. Like Palladino, Alessandra rises… Read more

Review of The Vagabond Vicar by Charlotte Brentwood

William Brook is an ambitious, young clergyman seeking an adventurous life of helping people find their way around the world. Unfortunately, he is assigned a living in a small village where everyone knows everyone’s business, and the mothers are hungry… Read more