The Notorious Black Bart 1883: The Journey Back by A.E. Wasserman (review)

After reading a novella by A.E. Wasserman last year, I wanted to read more of this author’s historical fiction and landed on this slim volume that contains, within a frame of it being read by characters from other stories, a “dime novel” of Wells Fargo Detective Hume and his pursuit of the nefarious stage coach … Continue reading The Notorious Black Bart 1883: The Journey Back by A.E. Wasserman (review)

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie (review)

First published in 1957, 4:50 from Paddington is a delightful post-war era English country house mystery that left me guessing until the surprise reveal, making this a perfect first experience reading a Miss Marple Mystery and my first book by Agatha Christie as well. Witnessing a murder on a passing train, Elspeth Miggilicuddy diligently reports … Continue reading 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie (review)

Spotlight+Review: Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden

Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden Publication Date: January 17, 2023 Bethany House Publishers Genre: Historical Romance/Christian Series: The Blackstone Legacy, Book #3 His steel empire has catapulted him to the top of the world, but loving her could cost him everything. Maggie Molinaro survived a hardscrabble childhood in the downtrodden streets of Manhattan to … Continue reading Spotlight+Review: Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, read by Polly Lee (audiobook review)

Kate Albus knocks it out of the park with her debut, A Place to Hang the Moon. Set on the homefront in England during World War II, when children were being evacuated to the country, this story of three orphans in search of their forever home is delightful and heartwarming middle grade fiction that adults … Continue reading A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, read by Polly Lee (audiobook review)

The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz (launch team review)

Set during the time of Jacobite Risings that saw Catholic subjects rebelling against a protestant ruler, the daughter of an English Duke finds herself secreted in a Scottish Laird’s tower in Laura Frantz’s The Rose and The Thistle. As Lady Blythe anxiously awaits word from her father, as he evades capture for his Jacobite leanings, … Continue reading The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz (launch team review)

Fair Mountain Christmas by Heidi Eljarbo (novella review)

“How could a few days at Fair Mountain change a life?” Fair Mountain Christmas, page 76 Lacking inspiration for the Christmas article she has been assigned, Juni takes her dog Leo to the family cabin and begins to immerse herself in memories. Still struggling, the invitation to visit Moose Lodge may provide just what she … Continue reading Fair Mountain Christmas by Heidi Eljarbo (novella review)

Love’s New Beginnings by Penny Zeller (novella review)

Solomon Eliason is having difficulty finding acceptance as the new pastor and an even harder time making an apology to the new schoolteacher, Lydie Beauchamp. She’s shy and soft spoken, and so much prettier than he expected. But as the year moves forward toward Christmas, a friendship of sorts begins to grow and soon the … Continue reading Love’s New Beginnings by Penny Zeller (novella review)