The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

The Tuscan ChildThe Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks Lake Union Publishing and netgalley for this ARC.

This past/present novel balances the story perfectly. Loved seeing Tuscany thru Rhys Bowen’s lenses in this story. Learning about her distant father, taking control of her chaotic life, and learning to keep a open mind makes this a quick goodie.

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Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman

Searcher of the Dead (A Bess Ellyott Mystery #1)Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks Crooked Lane Books and netgalley for this ARC.

Very easy to feel camaraderie and respect for the heroine of this murder mystery. Set in the times of religious strife and backstabbing, this novel shines a spotlight behind the scenes so we can see how a smart woman got things done. Can’t wait to read more!

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The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor

The Throne of Caesar (Novels of Ancient Rome)The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks St. Martin’s Press and netgalley for this ARC.

I’ve always jumped at books set in ancient Rome and Saylor’s novels are at the top of their genre. I loved the backstage view of Cleopatra and Caesar, the mularkey, and all the little touches that make this series a favorite even years into its lifespan.

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The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless Book 6)The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and netgalley for this ARC.

This book has a concept that carries over from a previous novel. It’s horrendous but probably really happened back in those days. Anna has to make a choice to forgive or leave. This is one of the best tortured love stories out there today.

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A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator — The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald

A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator -- The Life of Florence GouldA Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator — The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks St. Martin’s Press and netgalley for this ARC.

This book reads like a thrilling historical novel. It should be made into a movie pronto. We can’t condemn those that made bad choices in the past or we’ll never be able to learn from their mistakes.

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