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Gina From Siberia – Jane Bernstein; Charlotte Glynn

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This is an adorable picture book with a heartwarming story. Based on a true story, Gina from Siberia tells the tale of how Gina, a dog and her family emigrated from Siberia to the United States in 1978.

Told from Gina’s perspective, we follow her and her family through their travels, settling into their new home in New York, and the friendship that developed between Gina and her new friend, Victor. The illustrations accompanying this story are detailed and colorful. Overall, a cute and enjoyable read.

  • Pages: 56
  • Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC ( 16 October 2018)

 

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In the Far Pashmina Mountains – Janet MacLeod Trotter

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In the Far Pashmina Mountains is a captivating story that grabbed my attention from the first page. I loved the evocative descriptions of the setting, and I thought the author captured the time period perfectly. Janet has clearly done a great amount of research in writing this book and her work shines through in this well-written historical fiction.

This is my first book by the author and I look forward to reading more from her. I highly recommend to lovers of historical fiction.

  • Pages: 544
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (1 October 2018)

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The Storyteller’s Secret – Sejal Badani

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The Storyteller’s Secret is a captivating story that grabbed my attention from the first page. The characters are well developed and interesting, and I could easily sympathize with them. I loved the evocative descriptions of the setting in this book, and I was easily transported to India. Highly recommend.

  • Pages: 412
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing ( 1 September 2018)
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Oslo Spies – SJ Slagle

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Oslo spies is an engaging historical thriller set in Norway just after WWII. I enjoyed the plot and the story was fast paced. The characters are well developed and likeable. Highly recommend.

  • Pages: 350
  • Publisher: Sinda Slagle (1 September 2018)
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Girls on the Line – Aimie K. Runyan

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Girls on the Line is a beautifully written story that revolves around Ruby Wagner, a telephone operator who applied to serve with the US Army Signal Corps as an army telephone operator after the death of her brother, Francis, a soldier with the Eleventh Engineer Regiment.

I enjoyed this book very much and found it hard to put down. The story flowed so well I devoured it in one sitting. I love the characters and admired the strength and courage of the women who enlisted to serve the Signal Corps as telephone operators during WWI. I love how they supported one another. I came away from this book with a smile seeing as everything worked out pretty well for everyone in the end. I warmed up to Ruby’s mother knowing she meant the best for her daughter.

The author’s note at the end of this book is a must-read—It’s obvious that Aimie did a great amount of research in writing Girls on the Line. The book is full of information and details to draw the reader in.

This is my first book by Aimie K. Runyan and she has become one of my favorite historical fiction writers. I look forward to reading more from her. Highly recommended to lovers of historical fiction.

  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (6 November 2018)
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Those Who Go by Night – Andrew Gaddes

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Set in the 14th century in England, a vicar is found dead in a small village of Bottesford and there are rumours surrounding his death. Some say he died of natural causes, others think he was poisoned. Following the vicar’s death, a beggar is found murdered in St. Mary’s Church and his body draped across the altar. Worried that this incident might lead to a conflict with the Dominican Order, Bishop of Lincoln sends his emissary, Thomas Lester to investigate the murders.

At Bottesford, Thomas meets the Lord of Bottesford Manor, Sir Mortimer de Bray, and his daughter Cecily who is too outspoken for her own good.

Dame Alice, one of the wealthiest women in Ireland and Cecily’s aunt has fled her home in Ireland where she has been accused by the Church of being a witch and is hiding in a little cottage in the village.

Friar Justus from the Dominican Order and the emissary of the Archbishop of Canterbury has been sent to investigate the recent murders in Bottesford. The Friar suspects both murders are connected and there may be sorcery and witchcraft involved in their deaths. Or are there?

I like the author’s style in writing this book. I thought it complemented the story well. The story moved steadily and the twists and turns were well done. The characters are believable and interesting, although some might find the actions of some of the characters outrageous. Yet these quirky characters lend some credibility to the story considering the era in which it was set, where people were superstitious and engaged in pagan practices and all manner of debauchery.

Those Who Go By Night is an interesting blend of mystery and medieval history, debauchery, blackmail, and somewhat tempered by smidgens of romance. The outcome was satisfying and unexpected, and some parts made me chuckle. I’ll be looking forward to the next book if there will be a sequel.

Overall it was an enjoyable story for me, and with the authors strong writing style, I found myself finishing this one sitting. If you like historical fiction set in the Medieval period and steeped in mystery and superstition, you will love this book.

  • Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (13 November 2018)
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The Two-Family House – Lynda Cohen Loigman

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The secret they’ve kept can either bring them together or tear them apart.

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Set in Brooklyn in 1947, this moving story revolves around a closely knit Jewish family living on separate floors of the same house. Abe lives on the top floor with his wife, Helen and four sons while Mort lives downstairs with his wife, Rose and three daughters. The brothers took over their family box manufacturing company after their father passed away. Mort has a cheerful disposition. Abe, on the other hand, comes across as grouchy and hard to please. Despite running the family business together, it has always been Abe’s long-life dream to study mathematics.

Over the years, the wives have forged a close bond and have become sisters by marriage. They happily raise their children together. 

Then, the two women both conceive at the same time. In the midst of a horrible blizzard, Rose and Helen go into labor and their babies are born minutes apart. They make a decision that would change their lives forever.

The story follows the lives of the brothers, their wives, and the children through the years. It shifts between different perspectives and as the story progresses, the reader learns in retrospect that they are privy to the secret the wives shared during the blizzard night. This revelation allows the reader to observe the resentment and bitterness that festered and grew over time as a result of this long-buried secret.

The Two-Family House is a thought-provoking story of love, betrayal and family secrets—how they define us, bind us together, and threaten to tear us apart. This was a very touching and engaging read with well developed and believable characters. I loved the pacing and how the story flowed. It was sad to see how a seemingly innocuous decision could irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved. Even though the reader knew about their long-buried secret from the beginning, the turns and twists that followed were a surprise. The conclusion came as a shock in this compelling story.

I enjoyed this debut novel, and can’t wait to read more from this amazing author. I recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.

  • Pages: 290
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (8 March 2016)