Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Lady Jayne DisappearsLady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a pleasant surprise and as such, is easily recommended for all readers. The Christian Fiction elements are light with no preaching; the character makes mention of God’s plans or her writing being between her and God and says a few prayers. The romance elements are also light; no instant-love, fade-to-black, or heavy petting. I absolutely loved the mystery and historical fiction elements and feel this made the read unique and fresh. The characters all feel unique and well fleshed out, complete with their little flaws. It’s not easy to write a book in first person but Joanna did a fine job with this one. The reader sees and feels everything the character does through a well-crafted and presented story. I was drawn in from the first chapter, loved the little plot threads weaved throughout the story, and feel you will enjoy it as well. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion or recommendation.

Advertisements

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

The Beauty Queen of JerusalemThe Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was a DNF for me and my fellow bookworms. It started out very dry and bounced around, never improving. The characters felt dry and flat with nothing to make them stand out or connect with the reader. The curse didn’t feel like it fit. Overall it read like a very rough draft. We each gave this a try but we all ended up not wanting to read it. We received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Memoirs of a Dead White Chick by Lennox Randon

Memoirs of a Dead White ChickMemoirs of a Dead White Chick by Lennox Randon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found myself intrigued by the premise of the plot and drawn in through the first few chapters. About half to three quarters through I found myself second guessing certain elements. Perhaps this is due to my rather logical way of thinking or perhaps it is due to a few far reaching elements I just couldn’t accept. In any case, the book is well written and entertaining throughout. I feel the majority of readers who enjoy historical fiction or alternate history type books will enjoy this one. I did like how the book reads as though it is the main female character’s viewpoint although I don’t feel I would react the same way in the same situations. Overall I feel this is a good read and one that should generate a long list of happy readers. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

The Marriage of OppositesThe Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is really more of a 3.5 to 3.85 book but since I feel it’s worth more than a flat 3.0 it earns a 4.0. Where it shines is the writing style and beautiful descriptions. I feel like I am there experiencing my surroundings while I read those parts. Where I feel it falls short is in keeping the flow going while developing primary characters. Where so many books start out slow and gain momentum this one starts out with a good pace but ends up mired down by the end. The characters could use a bit more fleshing out to feel more authentic and real although they are not terrible as they are. The story is interesting and is what drew me to the book in the first place. Overall this is a decent read and one I can easily recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's ChildrenThe Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McCoy writes an entwined tale with a good grasp of the written language, the historical time most of this is set in and how to portray emotion eloquently. We love the various threads of plot and story and how they wrap around the main story. This is a very good read and wonderful for those who enjoy historical fiction in a clean fun read. Overall this is a good book I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews

Rupert’s Parchment: Story of Magna Carta by Eileen Cameron

Magna Carta Celebrates 800 Years of Freedom on June 15

Make a difference. It’s what we all want to do. Leave a mark, be remembered, change the future.

The delightful new children’s book, Rupert’s Parchment: Story of Magna Carta by award winning author and historical preservationist Eileen Cameron provides an authentic experience for children to share in the signing of Magna Carta through the eyes of a child who lived during the Middle Ages.

Midwest Book Review says, “… presentation adds life, color and personality to events, emphasizing to a young audience why the historic Magna Carta signing was so important … Add a concluding discussion of principles, casts of characters, a glossary, and an overview of the basic principles of Magna Carta and its amendments and you have a unique treatment that grades 3-6 will relish.”

 

RUPERT’S PARCHMENT, STORY OF MAGNA CARTARUPERT’S PARCHMENT, STORY OF MAGNA CARTA by Eileen Cameron

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well written fictional account of one boy’s experience when the Magna Carta was signed. The prose is flowing and easy to read and understand. I love the colorful art on each page. The story is short with just a bit on each page making it a good choice for finicky readers and younger budding readers. I read this out loud with my son (10) who says it’s a good interesting story and one he would give two thumbs up. My only fuss is in the back with the question/answer section about why the Magna Carta is important to Americans. This is just my fuss since I studied American History. I would suggest teaching our children the facts about our History. Anyway, overall the book is wonderful and we really enjoyed our read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

The World Before UsThe World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a blend of wonderful things and parts that dragged on, detailed descriptions and distracting views. The main part of the plot is intriguing and woven throughout the entire book. The sub-threads feel less cared for, often leaving the sensation of being distracted. The characters while well thought out fall a bit short in the first person delivery. I think at times the reach was too high for the level of Hunter’s writing. The first half of the book feels sluggish. Overall it’s an ok read but could use more polish and editing. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Throne of Darkness (Something Red #3) by Douglas Nicholas

Throne of Darkness (Something Red, #3)Throne of Darkness by Douglas Nicholas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicholas jumps right in to the plot with already established characters. The read is entertaining and full of vivid imagery. I really like the pace of the plot. The characters feel well fleshed out and have good development through the book. It is very difficult to set down once you begin reading. Although this is the third book in a series I enjoyed it immensely without having first read the previous installments. I can easily recommend this for readers of fantasy and historical fiction. Give it a read, it might be your next favorite. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which may or may not mirror your own.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s rare I feel a book is worth all five stars. Hannah writes not just intelligently but with emotion that envelopes the reader and tugs at the heart as well as the mind. The Nightingale is a moving story you won’t soon forget. With a certain eloquence the stories are told that will have you reaching for the tissue box more than once. The characters are rich, layered and well developed, as if they are family you know so well. Hannah hooks the reader on page one and never lets go. Be prepared to spend the better part of day reading. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Khamsin The Devil Wind of the Nile by Inge H. Borg

Khamsin The Devil Wind of the NileKhamsin The Devil Wind of the Nile by Inge H. Borg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent historical fiction book. The writing is well done with a good editing. I like the extra information added for the reader. This helps considerably when reading such in depth novels. I found the characters to be well fleshed out, likable and realistic. It reads like every aspect has been deeply researched and understood prior to beginning this book. The plot is intriguing and has good flow and consistent threads. I can easily recommend this to all readers of historical fiction. I received an evaluation copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.