Lone Star Trail

Lone Star Trail

Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin Book Review “Lone Star Trail” by Darlene Franklin, is the first in a series of 6 historical fiction books called the “Texas Trails” series. The books are centered around the Morgan family and the struggles they and the people they meet face in mid-1800s Texas. Very well written, this […]

The Spymistress

The Spymistress

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini Book Review “The Spymistress” by Jennifer Chiaverini is a very well researched historical novel based on the life of civil war heroine Elizabeth Van Lew. Even though she was born to a wealthy slave holding family in Richmond, Virginia, “Lizzie” held very strong Union sympathies and dedicated herself to caring […]

Mrs. Grant & Madame Julie

Mrs. Grant & Madame Julie

Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie by Jennifer Chiaverini Book Review “Mrs. Grant & Madame Julie” by Jennifer Chiaverini is historical fiction based on the life of Mrs. Grant, the wife of Ulysses S. Grant, and her slave Jule. A Missouri belle, Julie Grant rose to the pinnacle of Washington society as First Lady. Unbeknownst to […]

The Trouble with Patience

The Trouble with Patience

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan Book Review “The Trouble with Patience” by Maggie Brendan is a good example of well-written historical fiction. Set in a Montana Gold Rush boom town, the story is filled with lots of good thematic elements you’d expect to find in such a setting. Cowboys, cattle rustlers, romance, and […]

Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged by Eric Metaxas Book Review “Bonhoeffer Abridged” by Eric Metaxas is an amazingly insightful and moving biography. The abridged version makes his story more accessible to the reader who might be overwhelmed by the extremely long original version. I don’t normally pick biographies as my reading material of choice, but this one drew […]

A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott Book Review “A Stitch in Crime”, by Cathy Elliott, is a cozy mystery novel centered around a historical quilt. The main character, Thea, has accepted an assignment to act as co-chairperson for her town’s first quilt show and related activities. To Thea’s dismay, strange things keep happening and […]