Pamela Mingle, “The Pursuit of Mary Bennet” (William Morrow, 2013)
It seems fair to say that a large proportion of the English-speaking reading public has encountered Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, either on the page or in one of the many adaptations for stage, screen, and television. At… Read More
James Aitcheson, “Sworn Sword” (Sourcebooks, 2014)
The chivalric society of medieval Europe resembled a pyramid, with each man sworn to serve the lord above him in a social hierarchy that reached up to the king. A warrior without a lord had no future, no means of… Read More
Jessica Brockmole, “Letters from Skye” (Ballantine Books, 2013)
In March 1912, a college student at the University of Illinois takes time away from his usual pursuits–painting the dean’s horse blue, climbing dorm walls with a sack of squirrels, reading Huckleberry Finn–to write a letter to a Scottish… Read More
Lee Smith, “Guests on Earth” (Algonquin Books, 2013)
On the night of March 9, 1948, fire consumed the Central Building at the Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Although people at the time recognized that the fire had been set, the local police department never identified the… Read More
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
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