Genre: Historical Fiction

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

This book is an October tradition for me. I love book traditions.  As a kid, I knew the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but I had never read the book until Audible gave it away to its subscribers in 2014.  It’s about a scrawny school teacher who falls in love with the wealthy Katrina Von Tassel and begin to woo her – even though she is already being courted by Brom, one of the rowdy boys of the town.    Fortunately for Brom, Crane is run out of town by the apparition of the Headless Horseman. Tom Mison’s […]

Posted October 15, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

  I simply LOVED this book. Ruby Red was such a lot of fun.  Gwyneth Shepard’s family has too many secrets.  One of these is that her cousin, Charlotte, has inherited the time travel gene and she must keep an eye to see if Charlotte gets dizzy and, very importantly, draw a chalk circle where she disappears.  Only, it isn’t Charlotte who disappears – it’s Gwyneth!  Completely uninitiated, poor Gwennie is thrust into her family’s grand conspiracy theory, and has to decide who to trust, and who is trying to kill her. This audiobook was one of the ones I […]

Posted August 15, 2017 in Reviews // 14 Comments //
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

  After reading The Red Queen, I put off reading The Lady of the Rivers because I was so bored with the Cousins’ War.  Not Gregory’s writing… just the war itself told over again through different eyes.  This was not that part of the story and Jacquetta, surprisingly, is not that kind of girl. Characters ❤︎ I really liked Jacquetta.  She is kinder and more genuine than the other women in Gergory’s novels.  Margaret, on the other hand, has the same childishness as women like Anne Boleyn.  Both women’s stories were interesting.  I especially loved the beginning of the book.  Joan of Arc!  Totally unexpected. […]

Posted July 30, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  The Night Circus is an immediate favorite. This book has been on my TBR since November 2011, two months after it released.  I am kicking myself SO HARD because it took me six years to get around to it.  It is magical, breathtaking, intriguing.  It is hands-down the most beautiful romance I’ve ever read.  This could be a very long review as I extol endless praises upon this story.  Ye have been warned. Characters ❤︎ Celia.  Marco.  Horace.  Alexander.  Bailey.  Poppet.  Widget.  Isobel.  Tara.  Lainie. Chandresh.  Friedrick.  Ethan.  Tante Padva.  Tsukiko.  Everyone.  Everyone, everyone, everyone.  Every single character in […]

Posted July 14, 2017 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Mongomery

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Mongomery

  This book is so charming that it left me smiling even when I wasn’t reading it. Anne of Green Gables is a classic I watched growing up, then read as an adult.  While the miniseries from the early 1980s is fantastic, the book is even better because it has so many more of Anne’s little adventures to share.  It took me years to pick it up, not because I was avoiding it, but because I hadn’t really thought about it.  I’m so glad I did because Anne Shirley is my new bosom friend. Anne is the sweetest child you […]

Posted April 6, 2017 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

  I’ve always been fascinated by the 1920s and intrigued by the Fitzgeralds in particular, but this was a the first piece of writing I’ve every picked up related to them (other than, like everyone else, The Great Gatsby). I snagged this book on Audible last May and well, here we are. I loved it. I want to start with the narrator.  In many of my reviews, the narrator is a last-minute thought. Not here.  Jenna Lamia is excellent.  Her reading is smooth and rich.  Her accents shift beautifully.  There is a smattering of French in this book: her pronunciation is […]

Posted February 1, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //