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The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This is another good fantasy novel from the author. The great thing is that this is a stand alone, which is rare to find in fantasy books.

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Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was our September book club choice. This is a slow, quiet story about a young woman’s search to write the biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned.

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The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fantastic second book in this YAFantasy series. This book definitely does not suffer from the notorious “second book slump” and there is little to no “filler” that is typically stuffed into second books.

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Before the Crown by Flora Harding

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is an entertaining historical fiction that imagines the events between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the years before they married.

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A Question of Betrayal (Elena Standish #2) by Anne Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good mystery/thriller set in the years just before WWII. In this book Elena is sent to Northern Italy on her first MI6 mission to rescue a contact that has important information regarding future plans of Nazi Germany. His handler is missing and MI6 needs to get the information, and rescue their contact if possible. Elena is the only one person that can recognize him – because he’s her former lover Aiden Strother, the man that betrayed her, ruined her reputation, and brought shame on her family.

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A Ritchie Boy by Linda Kass

A ritchie boy

3 stars

This is a good historical fiction book about a Jewish man whose family fled Austria for America right after the Nazis took over. He joins the US Army and, along with others that can speak fluent German and French and have special knowledge of Europe, are assigned to an intelligence unit known as “Ritchie Boys”. Continue reading “A Ritchie Boy by Linda Kass”

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

the book of longings

3.5 stars

This was a beautifully written historical fiction about the fictitious marriage of Ana, a young girl raised in a wealthy family, and Jesus. It focuses on the unknown time in Jesus’ life between the age 18 and the time he began his public ministry. Continue reading “The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd”

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

the exiles

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This is a compelling historical fiction about women who were convicted, given harsh sentences, and shipped off to an Australian penal colony. Continue reading “The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline”

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

the kingdom of back

2 stars

Let me first say that I loved Marie Lu’s Legend and Warcross book series. I’ve met her several times at San Diego Comic Con and she’s a total sweetheart. So it pains me to say this. Seriously. But I did not enjoy this YA Historical Fiction about the sister of Wolfgang Mozart. Continue reading “The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu”

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