World War I

B-
The Golden Hour

In The Golden Hour, author Beatriz Williams tells the interconnected stories of two women, decades apart, whose lives are irrevocably changed by their deep and abiding love for the men of the Winthrop family. For Lulu, a journalist desperate to uncover the truth about the apparent death of the man s ...

A-
City of Secrets

I don't usually gravitate toward historical mysteries, not because that I dislike them exactly, but the few I’ve read have left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied. Still, when I first heard about Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series with its con artist heroine, I decided to give it a try. Fortu ...

A
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 ...

B-
Not by Sight

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin is the story of WWI suffragette Grace Mabry and agent for the crown Jack Benningham. Grace crashes a high society masquerade ball as Pandora and from her box she withdraws white feathers to give to the rich young men who are dancing while her brother fights in the trench ...

C+
Secrets of Nanreath Hall

For the longest time, Susanna Kearsley, Lauren Willig and Susan Meissner were the only authors I regularly encountered who wrote dual timeline  novels. However, they seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. I love this device, so I'm certainly not complaining. In fact, I was quite eager to read Secre ...

C-
Stay a Little Longer

In 2007 Nina Berman won the World Press Photo competition with the wedding portrait of Ty Ziegal and his bride Renee Kline. You can see the winning portrait here. There is another, more romantic portrait here. Be Warned, these pics have some aspects that make them a bit different from your average ...

C+
Silent Surrender

C+ looks like such a tepid grade. In fact, my reactions to Silent Surrender were extremely strong. Some parts of it I loved; others annoyed the heck out of me. It is 1917, and Liana Wycliffe is a second-rate stage actress. She belongs to a theater company that is in Paris during World ...

A
A Countess Below Stairs

Countess Below Stairs was the first Eva Ibbotson romance I ever read, and I've been an avid fan ever since. Why? Because her stories are so vivid. In Countess Below Stairs, Anna, a White Russian in exile goes to work as a housemaid in a beautiful mansion called Meersham. The owner is titled, a young ...

A-
Sweeter Than Wine

"Oh, no," I thought, when I got a copy of the uncorrected proofs for Sweeter than Wine. "Here's a book that wasn't good enough to be accepted by one of the mainstream publishers, and I have to slog through it." I have rarely been more delighted to revise my initial impression. This is a marvelous st ...