Modern Historical

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Bury What We Cannot Take

Our immigration system is a hot topic in the news lately and it seems like personal accounts of success and failure by people who come to this great land are broadcast by our media on a regular basis. Bury What We Cannot Take is a story of immigration which moves the issue to a historical context; i ...

B+
Lost in the Beehive

In Lost In the Beehive, author Michele Young-Stone introduces readers to teenager Gloria Ricci, a young woman doing the best she can to make her way in a confusing and often unforgiving world. The novel is set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, an era I'm not often drawn to, but Gloria's ...

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A Midnight Feast

After months of watching NASA videos on YouTube of shuttle launches and various spacecrafts and astronaut interviews and the movie Hidden Figures, this sixth book in the Fly Me to the Moon series fell on fertile imagination and I loved it. Former World War II pilot Mitch Dunsford loves his job as ...

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These Healing Hills

I'm a big fan of the TV show Call the Midwife, so, when These Healing Hills became available for review, I figured it would be right up my alley. It's set in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky right after World War II comes to an end, a time and setting I was sure I'd love, and for the most part, ...

B+
Under a Sardinian Sky

Under a Sardinian Sky offers the reader a complete immersion into the Sardinia of the 1950s. Every page makes you feel as if you’re right there experiencing everything, as there is no detail deemed too big or too small to reveal the subtlest nuances of the setting. Joy of family and familial love ...

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Aqua Follies

Liv Rancourt has captured the 1950s’ post-war exuberance, conformity, music and homophobia in a gloriously evocative narrative entitled Aqua Follies. This beautifully told tale stands as a warning to those who yearn for the way things used to be. It seems in our more enlightened times some have fo ...

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The Gossip

The Gossip is the second novella in Jenny Holiday’s ‘80s themed New Adult series, the New Wave Newsroom. It focuses on the staff working at a college newspaper and with a modern historical setting of the 1980s, will bring a wave of nostalgia to readers of a certain age (like myself) with its ref ...

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The Man on Top of the World

The Man on Top of the World is marketed by its publishers as General Fiction/Romance. I should add that it includes m/m, m/f, m/m/f, f/f and m/m/f/f sexual combinations. Considering the amount of sex in this novel, I’m just glad neither of the main characters had a dog. The book also includes what ...

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Sunday Kind of Love

Dorothy Garlock, master of heartwarming heartland-based mid-century romances, returns with her fifty-fifth book, the post-World War II centered Sunday Kind of Love. Gwen Foster is an Indiana girl searching for just the right kind of love.  Home to visit her family in Buckton, this trip will repr ...

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The Siren's Dance

The Siren's Dance is a paranormal romance, unique in its setting and premise. It's the second in the Siren Romance series by Amber Belldene which began with The Siren's Touch. Each story is designed to be read as a standalone but characters from book one appear in book two. It combines Slavic mythol ...