Rags of Time by Michael Ward
Book Review




Thomas Tallant, a young and ambitious Spice Merchant, returns from India to find his city in turmoil.

A bitter struggle is brewing between King Charles I and Parliament, as England slides into civil war. The capital is simmering with dissent. The conflict is ready to boil over.

But Thomas soon has other troubles to contend with. A wealthy merchant, Sir Joseph Venell, is savagely killed; then his partner Sir

The Coronation by Justin Newland
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Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Matador
Format: Paperback & eBook; 299 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy


It is 1761. Prussia is at war with Russia and Austria. As the Russian army occupies East Prussia, King Frederick the Great and his men fight hard to win back their homeland.

In Ludwigshain, a Junker estate in East Prussia, Countess Marion von Adler celebrates an exceptional harvest. But this is soon requisitioned by Russian troops. When Marion tries to stop them, a Russian Captain strikes her. His Lieutenant, Ian Fermor,

She Sees Ghosts by David Fitz-Gerald
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Publication Date: October 29, 2020
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Format: Paperback & eBook; 270 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


A blazing fire killed her family and devoured her home. A vengeful demon haunted her. Ghosts of the Revolutionary War needed help that only she could provide. A young woman languished, desperate to survive, and teetered on the edge of sanity.

Mehitable grew up in a freshly tamed town, carved from the primeval forest. Family, friends, and working at the mercantile filled her days and warmed her heart. For

The Villainous Viscount by Lucinda Elliot
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Publication Date: February 24, 2017
Format: Paperback & eBook; 284 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Satire/Gothic/Romance


An appreciative satire of the cliches of traditional Gothic.

When Clarinda Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Still, she has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation.

The Wolf Banner by Paula Lofting
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Publication Date: August 26th 2020 / Second Edition:
Publisher: Longship Publishing
Series: Sons of the Wolf, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction



"Best battle description ever!"

1056...England lurches towards war as the rebellious Lord Alfgar plots against the indolent King Edward. Sussex thegn, Wulfhere, must defy both his lord, Harold Godwinson, and his bitter enemy, Helghi, to protect his beloved daughter.

Secret Shores by Ella Carey
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Publication Date: December 10th, 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: ebook
Genre: Historical Fiction


From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an utterly gripping and sweeping historical novel about terrible choices and heartbreaking family mysteries. The past holds more secrets than we can ever imagine…

1946. Young, beautiful artist Rebecca survived the devastating war that claimed the lives of so many of the men and women she grew up with. Her friends have returned as empty shells or not at all. But although peace has been declared, Rebecca is still fighting at home.

A Wild Heart by Celeste De Blasis
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Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Series: Wild Swan Trilogy, Book 2
Format: ebook
Genre: Historical Fiction, Family Saga


Alexandria Falconer gazes around the honeyed land of Wild Swan, the extraordinary horse farm she built up from nothing in the border state of Maryland. It has been Alex’s sanctuary through years of turmoil, and she has come of age in this land of opportunity. But the storm clouds of civil war are gathering, and Alex knows she has a choice to make to protect her family and maintain the precarious peace at Wild Swan.

The Brittle Sea by Tom Kane
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Publication Date: 19th June 2020
Publisher: TigerBites
Print Length: 295 pages
Series: The Brittle Saga Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction


The Titanic disaster is the catalyst that sparks a bloody feud between two families in early 20th century America.

Magda Asparov is travelling from her home in the Ukraine to be the chosen bride of American businessman Matthew Turner III. But the ill-fated voyage of the unsinkable ship has far reaching consequences for her and her savior.

Guest Post from Elizabeth St. John, Author of By Love Divided: Researching and writing historical fiction from my family’s letters, diaries and papers.

Publication Date: October 2017
Publisher: Falcon Historical
Series: The Lydiard Chronicles, Book 2
Page Length: 381 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


London, 1630. 

Widowed and destitute, Lucy St.John is fighting for survival and makes a terrible choice to secure a future for her children. Worse still, her daughter Luce rejects the royal court and a wealthy arranged marriage, and falls in love with a charismatic soldier. As England tumbles toward bloody civil war, Luce’s beloved brother Allen chooses to fight

Into the Unbounded Night by Mitchell James Kaplan
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Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Regal House Publishing
Format: Paperback & eBook; 231 Pages
Genre: Literary Historical


When her village in Albion is sacked by the Roman general Vespasian, young Aislin is left without home and family. Determined to exact revenge, she travels to Rome, a sprawling city of wealth, decadence, and power. A “barbarian” in a “civilized” world, Aislin struggles to comprehend Roman ways. From a precarious hand-to-mouth existence on the streets, she becomes the mistress of a wealthy senator, but their child Faolan is born with a disability that renders him

Historical Stories of Betrayal by Judith Arnopp et al
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Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Publisher: Historical Fictioneers
Page Length: 486
Genre: Historical Fiction
Authors: Judith Arnopp, Cryssa Bazos, Anna Belfrage, Derek Birks, Helen Hollick, Amy Maroney, Alison Morton, Charlene Newcomb, Tony Riches, Mercedes Rochelle, Elizabeth St. John, Annie Whitehead


Betrayal, treachery, treason, deceit, perfidy—all names for the calculated violation of trust. And it’s been rife since humans trod the earth.

A promise broken
A mission betrayed

Night Train to Paris by Fliss Chester
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Publication date: November 26th, 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: ebook
Series: Fen Churche Mysteries, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery


Meet Fen Churche, as she steps off the night train with the sun rising over Paris. Cat whisperer, crossword puzzler... accidental detective?

Autumn, 1945. Fen cannot wait to see her beloved godmother Rose, who has invited Fen to stay with her in the city of lights. As she arrives, Fen is dreaming of strolls by the Seine, taking tea at the Eiffel Tower and

Guest Post from Christine Hancock, Author of Bright Helm: The Inspiration Behind the Novel

Publication Date: 15th October 2020
Publisher: Madder Press
Series: The Byrhtnoth Chronicles: Book 4
Genre: Historical Fiction


Separated by anger and unanswered questions, Byrhtnoth and Saewynn are brought together by a tragic death.

Re-united, they set out on an epic voyage to discover the final truth about his father.

The journey takes them far to the north, to Orkney, swathed in the mists of treachery, and to Dublin’s slave markets where Byrhtnoth faces a fateful decision.

Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright
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Publication date: November 19th, 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: ebook
Series: Lady Eleanor Swift Mysteries, Book 4
Genre: Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery


An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!

Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household – not forgetting the biggest bone in the butcher’s shop for her partner in crime

Discovery by Sherry A. Burton
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Publication Date: December 25, 2018
Publisher: Dorry Press
Series: The Orphan Train Saga, Book 1
Print Length: 229 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


While most use their summer breaks for pleasure, third grade teacher Cindy Moore is using her summer vacation to tie up some loose ends concerning her grandmother’s estate. When Cindy enters the storage unit that holds her grandmother’s belongings, she is merely looking for items she can sell to recoup some of the rental fees she’s spent paying for the unit.

Instead, what she finds are secrets her

The Tobacconist's Wife by Anne Marie Brear
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Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Publisher: Lume Books
Format: Paperback & eBook; 244 pages
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian


Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.

But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must

Rhapsody by Mitchell James Kaplan
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Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook; 352 pages
Genre: Biographical/Literary/Historical


One evening in 1924, Katharine “Kay” Swift—the restless but loyal society wife of wealthy banker James Warburg and a serious pianist who longs for recognition—attends a concert. The piece: Rhapsody in Blue. The composer: a brilliant, elusive young musical genius named George Gershwin.

Kay is transfixed, helpless to resist the magnetic pull of George’s talent, charm, and

The Bachelor's Bride by Holly Bush
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Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Publisher: Holly Bush Books
Format: eBook; 244 pages
Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book One
Genre: Romance/America/Victorian


Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…

1868 Elspeth Thompson is the middle daughter in a family with tightly held secrets. While she loves her family, she longs to break out from their overprotective hold, to find herself, to be noticed for who she is

From A Paris Balcony by Ella Carey
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Publication date: 11th November 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Historical Fiction


The small green chest was concealed at the back of her father’s wardrobe. Its hinges were made of brass that must once have shone, but now the surface was roughened and dull. As she opened the lock, there was only one thing inside: a letter, postmarked 1895, Paris.

England, 1895. Louisa West, a young beauty from Boston, looks like she has it all: a handsome husband, she is lady of Ashworth Manor and one day she’ll be a duchess. But in truth, her life is falling apart. Louisa’s

The Queen's Almoner by Tonya Ulynn Brown
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Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Late November Literary
Print Length: 320 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


Sometimes loyalty to the queen comes at a cost.

Thomas Broune is a Reformer and childhood friend of the young queen, Mary Stuart. When Mary embarks on a new life in her estranged homeland of Scotland, Thomas is there to greet her and offer his renewed friendship. But the long-time friends grow closer, and Thomas realizes his innocent friendship has grown into something more.

The Sign of the Blood by Laurence O'Bryan
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Publication date: 22nd November 2018
Publisher: Ardua
Print Length: 469 Pages
Series: A Dangerous Emperor, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction


The first Christian emperor faces ruthless enemies on his journey to power.

Cool mist settles over the legion advancing toward the Persian army. Constantine, the son of an emperor, the Roman officer leading the attack, tells his men to halt - something is wrong. Before long, the battle rages. He frees a slave named Juliana. She is half Persian and half Roman. As they are

The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd
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Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: eBook; 352 Pages
Series: The Cornwall Novels, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Christian


Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.

Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man reduced to

Guest Post: The Inspiration Behind the Novel by Anas Hamshari & Caroline Snodgress, authors of Anke: The Beginning

Publication Date: September 16th 2020
Publisher: Exotic Reads
Page Length: 111 eBook / 170 paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction


Living in the city of Mechelen, just south of once-prosperous Antwerp, in the aftermath of the Thirty Years’ War, Anke Verhaegen, an ambitious nineteen-year-old, is determined to make the most of her life.

When her brother Johan suggests crossing the Atlantic to New Netherland, Anke knows this is her destiny. Together, the two set about attempting to secure passage across the sea. Before long, their plans are in motion, and

Three Monkeys by Len Maynard
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Publication Date: 22nd July 2020
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Series: DCI Jack Callum Mysteries Book 1
Page Length: 270 Pages
Genre: Historical Crime



A girl’s body is found in Hertfordshire.

Her eyes and mouth have been sewn shut. Candle wax has been poured into her ears to seal them.

DCI Jack Callum, policeman and dedicated family man, who cut his teeth walking the

The Potential for Love by Catherine Kullman
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Publication date: 31 March 2020
Publisher: Willow Books
Print Length: 414 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance/Regency Romance/Historical Women’s Fiction



For over six years, Thomas Ferraunt’s thoughts have been of war. Newly returned to England from occupied Paris, he must ask himself what his place is in this new world and what he wants from it. More and more, his thoughts turn to Arabella Malvin, but would Lord Malvin agree to such a mismatch for his

The House by the Lake by Ella Carey
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Publication Date: 20th October, 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: ebook
Page Length:296 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII


The cobbled streets were dark as Isabelle hurried through the shadows, dodging in and out of doorways, constantly looking back. She worried the sound of her loudly thumping heart would give her away, as she peered around a corner. Suddenly, Isabelle was surrounded by Nazi soldiers, their black boots pounding on the pavement, barring her way… 

His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage
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Publication Date: September 28, 2020
Publisher::Matador (paperback) & Timelight Press (ebook)
Page Length: 396 pages (paperback) 335 pages (ebook)
Series: The Castilian Sage, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction


For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale.

Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve.

The Copper Road: Beyond the Promise
by Richard Buxton
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Publication Date: July 26, 2020
Publisher: Ocoee Publishing
Series: Shire's Union #2
Genre: Historical Fiction


Shire is far from home, his old life in Victorian England a fading memory. He’s battled through war-torn America to keep a cherished promise to his childhood companion. Now she’s pushing him away, while the war won’t let him go. Fighting for the Union, Shire must survive the brutal campaign for Atlanta and try to imagine a future without her.

Clara is free from her husband but not from his ghost. After a violent end to an abusive marriage, she struggles to keep her home in

Guest Post : The Inspiration Behind My Novel by Marie Macpherson, Author of The Last Blast of theTrumpet

Publication Date: 24 August 2020
Publisher: Penmore Press
Print Length: 409 Pages
Series: Book 3 of the Knox Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical Fiction


Conflict, Chaos and Corruption in Reformation Scotland.

He wants to reform Scotland, but his enemies will stop at nothing to prevent him.

Scotland 1559: Fiery reformer John Knox returns to a Scotland on the brink of civil war. Victorious, he feels confident of his place leading the reform until the charismatic

A Wild Hope by Celeste De Blasis
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Publication Date: 8th October, 2020


Banished from her uncaring family home for her growing friendship with older neighbor St. John, Alexandria Thaine is unprepared for the new life she encounters with her distant cousins in England’s West Country. She blossoms under the warmth of the Falconers, and as she throws herself into the thrilling danger of the family’s smuggling trade, Alex forms an unbreakable bond with the eldest son, Rane.

But just as Alex begins to imagine a future in

Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey
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Publication Date: 6th October, 2020


The parcel arrived on an ordinary morning in the mailbox of her New York apartment, postmarked Paris. It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a silk ribbon. Little did she know that the old brass key and letter it contained were about to turn her life upside down…

1940, Paris. Life is getting desperate for young Isabelle de Florian. Alone with her best friend in her Paris apartment, Isabelle knows that they must seek safety or die. For months

Six Degrees of Separation: FromThe Turn of the Screw to A Christmas Carol

Once again it's the first Saturday of the month and time for Six Degrees of Separation. This meme is hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. The aim is to link six books to each other from the starting point, which today is The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Here is a bit of the book's description from Goodreads:

... The Turn of the Screw tells of a nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. But is the threat to her

The Road to Ironbark by Kaye Dobbie
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1874, The Victorian Goldfields

In the town of Ironbark, Aurora Scott faces ruin as the railways supplant the Cobb & Co coach line, the lifeline of her hotel. Aurora is no stranger to adversity; the formidable publican has pulled herself from a murky past to build a respectable life in Ironbark. But when bushrangers storm the hotel, taking hostages as leverage for the Starburst Mine's payroll, Aurora has more trouble on her hands than she can handle.

This is no random act, but a complex scheme of revenge. The gang turn on each other. Shots ring out. And when the dust settles, the

Drake - Tudor Corsair by Tony Riches
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Publication date: 5th August 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Preseli Press Ltd.
Print Length: 344 pages
Series: The Elizabethan Series Book 1



Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.

Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and

Shame the Devil by Donna Scott
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Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 420 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


England, 1643. The Civil War has created a great divide between those who support King Charles and those who would rather see his head on the block. Young Scot Colin Blackburne finds himself caught in the middle when he witnesses Parliamentarians murder his mother because of his father’s allegiance to the king. As further punishment, the family is sent to Yorkshire as indentured servants.

Mistreated by his master and tormented by a Parliamentarian soldier, Colin vows to take up

The House on Boundary Street by Tea Cooper
Book Review


In the aftermath of World War I, Sydney is no place for the fainthearted. Sly grog shops thrive, the cocaine trade flourishes and brothels abound. Into this big dark city comes fresh-faced country girl, Dolly Bowman, ready to risk everything in pursuit of her dreams. After all it's the 1920s - time to turn her back on her terrible childhood and search for her future.

Cynthia Burton's life changes irrevocably the day she steps over the threshold of the house on Boundary Street. Determined to survive the only way she can, she breaks into the world of money and matinee idols in order to fulfil a promise she made and now there's no

A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden
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Publication Date: December 17, 2019
William Morrow
Paperback & eBook; 416 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery/Victorian


From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brother’s suspicious death.

A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London’s art world to learn the truth behind her brother’s murder...

A Venomous Love by Chris Karlsen
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Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 340 pages
Series: Bloodstone, Book 3
Genre: Historical/Suspense/Victorian


A veteran, Detective Rudyard Bloodstone has fought a brutal battle and witnessed war horrors that haunt his nightmares. Now one of those horrors has followed him home from Africa.

A vicious predator, the Cape cobra, can kill a man in thirty minutes. A suspect using the snake as a weapon in robberies is terrorizing London.

The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton
by Sophie Schiller
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The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton by Sophie Schiller
Publication Date: July 3, 2020
Tradewinds Publishing
Genre: YA/US Colonial & Revolutionary Period/Historical Fiction


The story of Alexander Hamilton’s lost childhood in the Caribbean — a land of sugar plantations and slavery — where an impoverished orphan must learn to survive despite impossible odds. It is a story of struggle, heartbreak, resilience, and ultimately, triumph.

1765. Alexander Hamilton arrives in St.

The Queen's Devil by Paul Walker
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Publication date: 27 July 2020
Publisher: Sharpe’s Books
Print Length: 274 pages
Series: William Constable Spy Thriller, Book #3
Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Thriller



William Constable, recently married astrologer and mathematician, has settled into routine work as a physician when he is requested to attend two prisoners in the Tower of London. Both are accused of separate acts treason, but their backgrounds

Readers Imbibing Peril XV has Begun

I've seen this challenge pop up every year and promised myself that one year I'd join in. Well, looks like it's this year.

Unlike previous years, there are no hard and fast rules. Just grab a book or as many as you like which fit any of the classifications: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror or Supernatural, and read them during September and October. You can even participate by watching films or television series. It's that easy!

Six Degrees of Separation:
From Rodham to Mariana

The first Saturday of the month is time to play Six Degrees of Separation. This meme is hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. The aim is to link six books to each other from the starting point, which today is Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld.

Here is a bit of the book's description from Goodreads:

From the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?

I haven't read this book and didn't know where to go to from here. So, as last month, I

Gilded Dreams by Donna Russo Morin
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Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Magnum Opus
Paperback & eBook; 495 pages
Series: Newport's Gilded Age, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction


From the bestselling author of GILDED SUMMERS comes a powerful novel of the last eight years of the American Women’s fight for suffrage.

The battle for the vote is on fire in America. The powerful and rich women of Newport, Rhode Island, are not only some of the most involved suffragettes, their wealth - especially that of the indomitable Alva Vanderbilt Belmont

The Hanged Man by Andrée Rushton
Book Review


Castignac, a beautiful farmhouse in the South-West of France, is a shared holiday home for a group of Brits. The shocking death of Ian, one of the group’s members, taints the happy memories of the house and the group decides to try and sell it on. However, another member, Tessa, senses secrets and endeavors to find out more…

The present-day story is interwoven with chapters about the past, and the life story of the Castignac farmer is revealed through flashbacks to the First World War. The hidden history of this farmhouse is brought further into question when Tessa unveils a drawing of a

The Quality of Mercy by Malia Zaidi
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Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Book Baby
Paperback & eBook; 416 pages
Series: The Lady Evelyn Mysteries, Book 5
Genre: Historical Mystery


After years spent away, Lady Evelyn is at long last back in her home city of London and she has returned with a rather controversial plan. The Carlisle Detective Agency is born, and it does not take long for the bodies… ahem, cases, to start piling up. With her friend and assistant Hugh, Evelyn embarks on the quest to solve the crimes. Yet the London she encounters is not the London of her coddled youth, and she is forced to learn that there is

The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James
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Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 276 pages
Genre: Historical Romance


A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman
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Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Kensington Books
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Book 3


In Dianne Freeman's charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister's wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.

London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host or hide any number of secrets. Frances, the

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
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The year is 1883, and in New York City it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and the city in the grip of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Dr Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie – both graduates of the Women’s Medical School – treat the city’s most vulnerable. Even when doing so puts all they’ve worked for in jeopardy . . .

For Anna, her role as a surgeon has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make the unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past

Books with Colours in the Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Girl Reader. A topic is assigned to each Tuesday. For that topic you are encouraged to make a top ten list, putting your own spin on it, if needed. Upcoming topics and more information can be found here.

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday we are asked to list ten books with colours in the titles. Here is my list:

Six Degrees of Separation:
from How to Do Nothing to The Portrait of Molly Dean

The first Saturday of the month is time to play Six Degrees of Separation. This meme is hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. The aim is to link six books to each other from the starting point, which today is How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell.

Here is the book's description from Goodreads:

This thrilling critique of the forces vying for our attention re-defines what we think of as productivity, shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about our selves and our world.

When the technologies we use every day