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The Movement of Crowns (Movement of Crowns Series #1) by Nadine C. Keels: A Book Review

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The Movement of Crowns (Movement of Crown Series #1)
Author: Nadine C. Keels
Genre: Christian, Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 116
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: At the point when kingdoms’ ideas of humanity differ…

     The nation of Diachona is celebrating the twentieth birthday and rite of passage for Constance, the Diachonian king’s daughter and heir. Yet, the pause for festivity doesn’t erase collective doubts about Constance’s aspiration for a place with the men on the National Council, nor does it eliminate fears roused by oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire. Amid increasing rumors of war and personal misgivings about her own future, Constance deems this an inopportune time to be falling in love with one Commander Alexander. Will Providence keep them all through international tensions and the changing of times, or is Diachona watching its territory in vain?

     My Review: In a world…

One Last Letter by Pema Donyo: A Book Review

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One Last Letter
Author: Pema Donyo
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: August 18th, 2014
Pages: 171
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: A romantic hardened by reality… 

     Evelyn Lancaster turned her back on her love for ranch hand Jesse Greenwood when she was sixteen to pursue a career and marry into wealth that could save her father’s struggling ranch. Now twenty-three, she works hard to keep the property afloat, but no suitor has stirred her heart the way Jesse did. After her father falls ill, she needs all the help she can get to keep the ranch running.

A cowboy returning to what he left behind… 

     After making his fortune, a newly wealthy Jesse has returned home to see his younger sister married. Still smarting from Evelyn’s rejection, he finds the tables have turned, and now only his investment could save the ranch that he vowed to never step foot on again. 

     When he agrees to help her …

The Space In Between: A Story About Nina by Diane Eklund-Abolins: A Book Review

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The Space In Between: A Story About Nina
Author: Diane Eklund-Abolins
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: AoE Publishing
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 392
Source: Personal Collection
Synopsis: Between the beginning and the end, there is the space in between.

     “...People had forgotten how to laugh; they did not even smile. When they had to go out, they always chose the shortest path, and they hurried along the streets , keeping their heads down. They did not talk, and they did not ask questions. They were all trying to disappear behind empty expressions. At home they learnt to keep the windows covered and the doors locked…”

     War, revolution and war again. This is the background against which Nina grows up, fleeing her homeland, Latvia, on three separate occasions. With family members tragically caught up in one or other of the terrible conflicts, Nina is thrown between helplessness and a need for normality, or, at least, some kind of control. Although she is surrounded by much hate and vio…

Favorite Daughter, Part One by Paula Margulies: A Book Review

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Favorite Daughter, Part One
Author: Paula Margulies
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: One People Press
Release Date: 2014
Pages: 194
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: A young girl faces a dangerous and changing world...

Set in the time of the Jamestown settlement and the English explorer John Smith, Favorite Daughter, Part One recounts the story of Chief Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas, as she prepares to take her place as one of our nation's earliest leading women. Pocahontas invites readers to experience her native world when strangers appear on the shores near her village. From forging a relationship with the charismatic Smith, to experiencing love for the first time and creating a role for herself in her father’s plans for peace, this young girl takes us on a poignant and harrowing journey through the turbulent events of her life. Eventually betrayed by all of the men she loves, Pocahontas matures into a heroine of treme…

Winner of Favorite Daughter, Part One Giveaway!

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The winner of Favorite Daughter, Part One Giveaway is Anne! Congratulations, Anne! Thanks to all who entered in the giveaway and to all those who are interested in Paula Marguiles and her novel.

Interview with Betty Bolte

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Today I have the pleasure to interview Betty Bolte. She is the author of an anthology of short story collections called Hometown Heroines. These stories tell how average young American girls, whose ages range from 7-20, that live ordinary lives but through different situations and circumstances, they were forced to turn into heroines overnight. Each of these girls are very important to American history, yet sadly, they are very little known. Mrs. Bolte have taken these girls from obscurity, and have shown them in the limelight to give them a true voice that they deserve. I am very happy that she took the time to grant me this interview. I have recently read and reviewed Hometown Heroines, and I look forward to reading her books in the future. This interview is to give some insight about her and her novel. Thank you, Mrs. Bolte. 



1. What inspired you to write this book? 

I was reading Susan B. Anthony Slept Here in the late 1990s and was surprised to see how many young women and girls ha…

Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring & Adventure by Betty Bolte: A Book Review

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Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring & Adventure
Author: Betty Bolte
Genre: Historical Fiction Nonfiction, History, Biography, Short Story Collection
Publisher: Epublishing Works!
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 190
Source: My State Public Library
Synopsis: Did you know that girls and young women made a difference in Americas history? 

During the 1800s, many girls helped America grow bigger and better, yet are missing from many history books. 

Virginia Reed, at 12, survived the trek to California with the Donner Party.

Joanna Troutman, at 17, created the first Texas flag. 

Belle Boyd risked her life to spy for the Rebels during the Civil War. 

Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln that changed the way he faced the nation. 

Kate Shelley, at 15, crawled across a high trestle in a ferocious thunderstorm to stop the next train from falling through a washed-out bridge.

 A young teacher, Minnie Freeman led her 17 students to safety through the blinding snow of the Blizzard of 1888. 

L…

My First Blog Anniversary!

Today is the first year anniversary of my blog. I am really excited! I can't believe one year has gone by so fast! Thanks to you, my readers, this blog has far exceeded my hopes. I have read and reviewed many great books on women in various periods of history, and I hope I have provided enjoyable reviews to you so that you may have been exposed to some of these and read a few yourself. I have also got to interview a few wonderful authors and gained insight from them about their writing and publishing. This is the first year, and I am still learning and growing, and I encourage you to keep coming here to hear about more great books and share my love for women throughout history who are models of strength and resourcefulness. Their inspirational stories teaches us life lessons we can apply in our everyday lives and that anyone can make a difference in our world.

Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare, and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist by Rosemary Tran Lauer and Scott Beller: A Book Review

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Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare, and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist
Authors: Rosemary Tran Lauer and Scott Beller
Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography & Memoir, History
Publisher: Oaklight Publishing
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 256
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Imagine waking up tomorrow in a foreign land with no home, no money, no grasp of the language, no formal education, no friends or family for support, and with two kids under age three depending on you. What would you do? 

Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist tells the inspirational story of Rosemary Tran Lauer, a mother who found the will and a way to survive when faced with this overwhelming scenario. Drawing on her strength, bold resourcefulness, and sense of humor, Rosemary was eventually able to give her family a wealth of opportunities they would…

Promo Blitz: The Roman Mongrel by Mary Bernsen

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The Roman Mongrel – Mary Bernsen Historical Fiction Date Published: July 1, 2014

For Princess Chiomara, freedom from the Romans isn't good enough. She will have her captor's head.
Loosely based on the true story of the war between Rome and Galatia, The Roman Mongrel is focused on the wife of a Galatian chieftain. Princess Chiomara is a feisty noblewoman who carries herself with incredible passion and bravery - even after she is captured by the Roman army.
Captivated by her beauty and unique spirit, the centurion that oversees her care is unable to resist his lust for her. After an opportunity for freedom presents itself, Chiomara faces two options: to flee, or to seek revenge.
The Roman Mongrel is a new adult historical fiction with a rich mix of war and female empowerment, sprinkled with a touch of romance.
About the Author

Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in Punta Gorda with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionatel…

A Woman's Choice By Annie Thomas: A Book Review

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A Woman’s Choice
Author: Annie Thomas
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 353
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis:  It is 1901. Queen Victoria is dead; a new era has begun. And on a cold April morning a young girl stands uncertainly on Liverpool Docks ready to board an emigrant ship that will take her to America and an unknown future. Michael, Luke, and Meg are amongst her fellow travellers, with the common bond that only determination and self-belief will sustain them in their new lives.

     Set in the vibrancy of early twentieth century New York, the story follows Clara and the people she meets on the way, through tenement living and sweatshop labour to success in musical theatre.

     But she discovers that she needs more than wealth and security to make her happy; when the past returns, she makes another choice which changes her life. Then, as the horror of World War One in Europe thr…