Monthly Archives: January 2016

Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys

During the close of WWII, Europeans were frantically trying to get out of the way of the advancing Russian troops.  Rape, pillage, torture.  Masses were making their way north to the Baltic Sea to board the evacuation ships.  A former … Continue reading

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Front Lines – Michael Grant

What if women were included in the armed forces during World War II?  This is the premise behind this vivid portrayal of army life during WWII.  The first part of the book focuses on several women and what led them … Continue reading

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Arcadia – Iain Pears

Henry Lytten, an Oxford don, is writing a fantasy novel. As he writes, his gentle pastoral world emerges. Meanwhile a few hundred years in the future, Angela Meerson has discovered a portal to another world and uses it. Thus, the … Continue reading

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The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia – C.W. Gortner

Small pieces of paper fluttered down on the people massed in the piazza before the Sistine Chapel.  Twelve-year-old Lucrezia heard her aunt read one aloud “We have for our Pope, Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia of Valencia, known as Alexander Sixth”. Lucrezia … Continue reading

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The Impostor Queen – Sarah Fine

A careful balance of ice and fire magic has protected the Kupari people for generations through the queen, who reigns until the magic kills her.  Upon the queen’s death, the girl in training becomes the new queen when all of … Continue reading

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Midnight in Broad Daylight – Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

The Fukuharas were living a comfortable, middle class life in a small town near Seattle even though Katsuja and Kinu, who were born in Japan, were denied the opportunity to become American citizens and denied the opportunity to own property in … Continue reading

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Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

Etta comes from a line of time travelers.  But she doesn’t know it.  She was raised by her somewhat aloof and eccentric mother.  Etta is a violin prodigy and on the night of a major debut, during her solo, a … Continue reading

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The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas – Alison Weir

Lady Margaret Douglas was the daughter of a queen, a granddaughter of a king, the niece of a king (Henry XIII), the mother of a king, the grandmother of a king. She was an important Tudor, a royal Tudor, a … Continue reading

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The Children’s Home – Charles Lambert

Morgan has been grotesquely disfigured in an accident and has become a recluse, heir to a fortune but never leaving his estate. Cared for by his housekeeper, Engel, his doctor is his only friend and his only link to the … Continue reading

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