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Category Archive — book reviews

Just One Year

One summer day in August, Willem met Allyson. Only he didn’t know her as Allyson then. All he knew was that it was a remarkable day. But when events conspire to keep Willem from getting back to Allyson, everything changes. Suddenly, Willem is back home in Amsterdam, the one place he has spent years avoiding […]

The Invention of Wings

On Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday, her mother gives her a gift: ownership of Hetty “Handful” Grimke, one of the family’s slaves. Sarah is uncomfortable with the gift, as she is uncomfortable with slavery. But as a woman in the early half of the 19th century, she has little power or ability to much of anything. […]

Maya Rodale’s Writing Girls

Today, we have People, Us Weekly, TMZ and other tabloids to fulfill our need for salacious gossip. In Regency England, the newspapers took care of that, offering columns about the various activities of the ton – and its many scandals. From 2010 to 2012, romance author Maya Rodale published a tetralogy revolving around her Writing Girls, young women […]