James Forrester, “Sacred Treason” (Sourcebooks, 2012)
London, December 1563. Elizabeth I–Gloriana, the Virgin Queen–has ruled England for five years, but her throne is far from secure. Even though Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister Mary, the idea of a woman sovereign still troubles much of the populace. And… Read More
Carol Strickland, “The Eagle and the Swan” (Erudition Digital, 2013)
In 476 CE, according to the chronology most of us learned in school, the Roman Empire fell and the Dark Ages began. That’s how textbook chronologies work: one day you’re studying the Romans, and next day you’re deep in early… Read More
Yangsze Choo, “The Ghost Bride” (HarperCollins, 2013)
Malaya, 1893. Pan Li Lan, a beautiful eighteen-year-old, has watched her Chinese merchant family decline since the death of her mother from smallpox during Li Lan’s early childhood. Her father lives in isolation and smokes too much opium: bad for… Read More
Virginia Pye, “River of Dust” (Unbridled Books, 2013)
Few possibilities terrify parents more than the kidnapping of a child. Guilt, grief, helplessness, anger, and immobilizing fear mingle to create an emotional stew with a mix of ingredients that varies just enough from person to person to reveal the… Read More
Janet Kastner Olshewsky, “The Snake Fence” (Quaker Bridge Media, 2013)
Sixteen is a difficult age, lodged somewhere between childhood and adulthood. In 1755, young Noble Butler has just finished his apprenticeship as a carpenter, and he wants nothing more than to undertake more advanced training as a cabinetmaker (qualified to… Read More
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