Claudia H. Long, “Chains of Silver” (Five Directions Press, 2018)
From the fifteenth through the early eighteenth centuries, the Catholic authorities in Spain and its colonies, including Mexico, took a hard line against the Jewish community. Those who would not convert were banished or killed; officially the community did not… Read More
Gwen C. Katz, “Among the Red Stars” (Harper Teen, 2017)
Valentina (Valka) Koroleva and her cousin Iskra share a dream: to fly in defense of their Soviet motherland against the Nazi forces that have launched a surprise invasion in violation of Hitler’s nonaggression pact with Stalin. So when Valka receives… Read More
Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, “Last Christmas in Paris” (William Morrow, 2017)
When we first meet Thomas Harding in 1968, he is facing what he believes will be his last Christmas and mourning the loss of an unnamed woman who clearly meant a great deal to him. He carries with him bundles… Read More
Octavia Randolph, “Silver Hammer, Golden Cross” (Pyewacket Press, 2017)
Silver Hammer, Golden Cross (Pyewacket Press, 2017) is sixth in the series of the Circle of Ceridwen series. It begins by exploring the friendship of two young heirs, Ceric, of Saxon descent and Hrald, of Danish descent. Although the history… Read More
Barbary Ridley, “When It’s Over” (She Writes Press, 2017)
For some reason, books occasionally arrive in pairs—meaning that out of nowhere a topic that has received little attention convinces two or more writers that it is novel-worthy, and those authors produce their finished products at more or less the… Read More
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