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(Review) Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance by Amy Licence

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Publication Date: March 30, 2016
Publisher: Amberley
Genre: Nonfiction, Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, British History, British Monarchy
Pages: 304
Source: I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link for more information at the publisher: Amberley.

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Website for Amy Licence.
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Links for further information:
Edward IV, Luminarium 
Elizabeth Woodville, Luminarium 
Edward IV, English Monarchs
Edward V, Britannica 
Edward V, BBC History
Edward V, Medieval Life and Times

Summary:
Edward of York became king in 1461. He chose a bride who had been married before and had two sons. Her name was Elizabeth Woodville. Edward's marriage to Elizabeth was done in secret. The Earl of Warwick had hoped Edward would marry for political reasons. Edward made a defiant decision independent from Warwick.
The focus on Edward and Elizabeth's courtship and marriage has been portrayed in books and films. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory is …

(Review) The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

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Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Women's fiction, family secrets, mystery
Pages: 400
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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Summary:
"Hetty" Harriet Deveraux inherits an ancestral home, Muirlan House, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She had already quit her magazine job. She left a controlling boyfriend behind in London. She needed to get away, to think and plan afresh. The Muirlan House is in ruins. Hetty had planned to renovate the home. She does not have experience in renovation work. Meanwhile, bones have been found near the home. They have not been identified.
The story moves back and forth from 1910, a brief 1945, and 2010. The characters in the 1910 period, are the painter, Theo Blake, and his new wife, Beatrice. The modern period is Hetty.

My Thoughts:
What attracted me to the story is the background of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. This is a remote area, cell coverage and Internet are unavailable. It is an a…

(Review) The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

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Publication Date: 2003, originally written in 1610-11
Publisher: Spark Publishing
Genre: Shakespeare play
Pages: 224
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 3 stars for good

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For more information:
The entire play online @ Shakespeare.
Folger Library







I am slowly making my way through all of William Shakespeare's plays. By far, Macbeth is my favorite. I also love Hamlet and Julius Caesar. In addition, I have read Romeo and Juliet and Othello. I've also read the comedy Love's Labour's Lost.

Summary:
Prospero was the duke of Milan. He is the father of Miranda. Prospero's brother betrayed him, and Prospero and Miranda left the country. They traveled by boat to an island. Prospero uses magic arts. Prospero has a spirit who serves him. The spirit's name is Ariel. Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand, who is the son of the king of Naples. They are both naive and impetuous.

My Thoughts:
It helps to have a modern translation alongside the original words. However, the original…

(Review) In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

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Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Genre: Fiction, Holocaust, Self-reflection
Pages: 272
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 3 stars for good

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Peter Matthiessen died in 2014. This book was published shortly after his passing.
For more information about Matthiessen: Wikipedia article from the New York Times, article from NPR; a book review from the New York Times.

Summary:
Clements Olin is a professor of slavic literature. He has traveled from the east coast of America to Poland. He becomes apart of a group who are visiting Auschwitz. Olin is a Zen Buddhist. He is a strong observer of the people who are in the group. Olin had family who was murdered at Auschwitz. While at Auschwitz, Olin is able to understand tangibly what the Nazi's did at Auschwitz. Olin and the people in the group wrestle with pronounced feelings of anger, bitterness, rage, and sadness.
In Paradise, is a philosophical approach to Auschwitz's affect on humanity.

My Thoughts:
In Paradise is a th…

(Review) Come Next Spring by Alana White

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Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Republished for 25th anniversary edition
Copyright 1990, 2002
Publisher: Open Road Media
Genre: Young adult fiction, coming of age story
Pages: 178
Source: I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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Link for the book tour: Come Next Spring


Author:
Alana White is the author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. Her most recent publications are the adult historical mystery novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, set at the height of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, Italy, and Come Next Spring, a coming of age novel set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in the 1940s. She is also the author of a biography of Sacagawea, Sacagawea: Westward With Lewis and Clark. She is a longtime member of the Historical Novel Society and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Nashville, TN. Alana welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Pleas…

Review) Unrelenting: Love and Resistance in Pre-War Germany, Based on a True Story, World War II Trilogy, Book 1 by Marion Kummerow

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Publication Date: July 13, 2016
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Historical fiction, based on a true story
Pages: 210
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

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Summary:
1932, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Wilhem "Q" Quedlin is a chemical engineer and inventor. Science is his world. Early in the story he is accused of industrial espionage. He is interrogated by the Nazis. The job he loved releases him from employment. He becomes determined to make a difference for his nation. He believes the ruling power must be brought to justice.
Hilde Dremmer works in an office. She is a serious girl, and an independent minded girl.
She makes a point to study the current politics of Germany.
A chance meeting brings Q and Hilde together. Their union brings joy, but it also brings a determination triumph over evil.

My Thoughts:
I ordered the paperback copy of the book. When the book arrived, I was disappointed at the small size. The story is 210 pages. Ho…