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Review: Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams

Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams is the sprawling of tale of Little Bird, or Maryam, a girl taken from her home in West Africa in the 18th century and transported to the Americas where she is forced to carve a new life path. The book is loosely inspired by the author's discovery of a… Continue reading Review: Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams

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Review: The Highlander’s Tale: Alex by Julia Brannan

I couldn't resist returning to the world of the Jacobite Chronicles, this time with The Highlander's Tale: Alex. This book follows Alex as a young boy coming of age with the MacGregor Clan on the banks of Loch Lomond. Hisfather, MacGregor Clan chieftain, teaches him and his brother Duncan the ways of cattle reiving, swordmanship,… Continue reading Review: The Highlander’s Tale: Alex by Julia Brannan

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Review: Tides of Fortunes by Julia Brannan

Book 6 in Julia's Brannan's Jacobite Chronicles, Tides of Fortune, is a worthy conclusion to the epic series. The final installment was engaging, enthralling, compelling, and filled with suspense if Alex and Beth would finally discover the truth and reunite. Alex and Beth, still thinking the other dead, seemingly start new lives--albeit a far cry… Continue reading Review: Tides of Fortunes by Julia Brannan

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Review: Pursuit of Princes by Julia Brannan

Book 5 in Julia's Brannan's Jacobite Chronicles is a harrowing and daunting journey that more than makes up for the misfires of book 4. Pursuit of Princes follows Beth and Alex, thinking the other dead, struggling in the aftermath of the Jacobite defeat at Culloden. While Alex and his clan fulfill their blood oath of… Continue reading Review: Pursuit of Princes by Julia Brannan

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Review: The Storm Breaks by Julia Brannan

The Storm Breaks, book 4 of the Jacobite Chronicles series, follows Alex and Beth MacGregor during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and the events leading up to and including the fateful Battle of Culloden. While book 4 is largely on par with the rest of the series, there are large portions that feel more general, big-picture… Continue reading Review: The Storm Breaks by Julia Brannan

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Review: The Gathering Storm by Julia Brannan

Julia Branna's third book in The Jacobite Chronicles series follows Alex and Beth MacGregor as they settle into the double life of their marriage. In London, they remain Sir Anthony Peters and Lady Elizabeth, while their true selves are known in Scotland as the MacGregor chieftan and his wife. The Gathering Storm sees Alex and… Continue reading Review: The Gathering Storm by Julia Brannan

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Review: The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

Stephanie Dray does it again with this epic gem of a historical fiction novel highlighting three amazing women. The Women of Cheateau Lafayette weaves their lives together; the women bound by the Chateau Chavaniac-Lafayette, the home of American Revolution war hero the Marquis de Lafayette. In the 18th-century, we follow Adrienne de La Fayette (nee… Continue reading Review: The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

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Review: The Mask Revealed by Julia Brannan

  The Mask Revealed by Julia Brannan, book 2 in the Jacobite Chronicles, picks up right where book 1 left off. Beth Cunningham, after uncovering a startling secret, must put the pieces of her life back together within its new context. Soon after, Beth and her new husband journey to Italy and France where they… Continue reading Review: The Mask Revealed by Julia Brannan

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Review: Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan

  If Diana Gabaldon Herself recommends a book series, you listen. Mask of Duplicity, the first in the Jacobite Chronicles Series, is of course right up my alley. Taking place in the years leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, Elizabeth "Beth" Cunningham finds herself at the mercy of her estranged, cruel, military-minded half-brother… Continue reading Review: Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan

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Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner is a quick, entertaining, and pleasant read. If you've been here before, you probably already know I have a soft spot of the 18th century. I'm also interested in herb lore and apothecary methods of the time, so the subject matter checked those boxes. To be honest, for some… Continue reading Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner