1920s

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City of Flickering Light

In City of Flickering Light, readers are introduced to twenty-one-year-old Irene van Beck, a woman who has grown disenchanted with her life as a dancer in a bottom-tier Burlesque show. She knows there's more to life than removing her clothing in front of a different group of men each night, and she' ...

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The Paragon Hotel

Fans of books set in the 1920's will definitely want to pick up The Paragon Hotel, the latest offering from author Lyndsay Faye. It's a big book with a lot going on, but I loved every moment I spent immersed in the story, and I'm eager for the rest of the book world to embrace this fantastic novel. ...

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Island of the Mad

I’ve been a huge fan of the Mary Russell series since The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which came out almost twenty-five years ago. After fourteen books, and five novellas, Mary Russell’s world is well developed, and definitely something I can highly recommend to historical mystery fans. While I en ...

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Love's Serenade

Love’s Serenade is the third book in the Decades series, telling stories of African American men and women throughout the past century. As a second-chance romance, it’s an interesting take on the trope, but overall I was disappointed with the end result. Taking place in late 1920s Harlem, we ...

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The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

What an amuse bouche of a story! In the just ninety pages that comprise The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, Zen Cho builds a larger than life portrayal of Jade Yeo, her motivations and her shortcomings. The powerful message of this story is that love is accepting and love is kind. Even if you make a mist ...

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Spectred Isle

Spectred Isle -  a title playing on words from Shakespeare’s Richard II – is the first book in a new series based around the natural magic of the English Green Man myth and it’s written by K.J. Charles. Do I need to say more? Okay, that was a rhetorical question. In short, it’s a fantastic ...

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Cocoa Beach

Some authors write character based stories, some write plot based ones. Beatriz Williams writes great characters and places them within a gripping plot. Such is the case with her latest novel, Cocoa Beach. Although most of her books are standalones she is able to uniquely link her novels through a s ...

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Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

I truly enjoy historical novels where I’m not only entertained by a well-written story, but I also learn about a part of history of which I had no prior knowledge. So I really appreciated seeing a bibliography at the end of three of the stories in this anthology – a welcome first, because I’m ...

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Lair of Dreams

I have a confession. A reading confession: I don’t like ensemble casts in books. Every so often it works because the story being told is just so darn epic it needs a whole host of heroes and heroines. Think Lord of the Rings. But for the most part I prefer that the story concentrate primarily on j ...

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The Other Daughter

I love heroines who display spirit, backbone and intelligence with ease and elegance. That’s exactly what happened in this novel and I found myself completely enthralled by the story as a result. Rachel Woodley is working as a governess in Paris when the telegram reaches her: “Mrs. Woodley il ...