C.P. Lesley, “The Swan Princess” (Five Directions Press, 2016)
For more than three centuries after the Mongol conquest of 1240, the rulers of the Golden Horde played a major role in Eurasian politics, both directly and indirectly. One of the states most affected was Russia, where the ruling house… Read More
Ashley E. Sweeney, “Eliza Waite” (She Writes Press, 2016)
Cypress Island, September 1896: a tragedy has left a young widow, mourning her child, living alone in a cabin on this isolated spot near Bellingham Bay in the very new state of Washington. Once a month or so, Eliza Waite… Read More
Hana Samek Norton, “The Serpent’s Crown” (Cuidono Press, 2015)
In the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade, the grip of European knights on the Holy Land has begun to loosen. The Muslim forces under Saladin have won a major victory, and the crusaders have so far forgotten themselves as to… Read More
Lauren Belfer, “And After the Fire” (Harper, 2016)
It’s May 1945, and a pair of American GIs in occupied Germany find themselves at what appears to be an abandoned estate. When they enter, they discover a resident, reduced to burning valuable books for fuel. Within an hour, the… Read More
Kristen Harnisch, “The California Wife” (She Writes Press, 2016)
Sara Thibault and her new husband, Philippe Lemieux, grew up in Vouvray, amid the French vineyards that dot the Loire Valley. But when the phylloxera blight of the 1870s devastates their families business, Philippe decides to try his luck in… Read More
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