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Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman

Set in 1689 New England, Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman follows Ruth Miner, a young woman accused of Witchcraft after the death of her family. After being ostracized from her community, Ruth sets out on her own to reconnect with childhood friend Owen Townsend for help. Serving as the first mate of… Continue reading Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman

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Review: Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput follows French Huguenot (Protestant) Isabelle Collete as she continually fights for survival in a Catholic country. Opening in La Rochelle, France in 1661, Isabelle and her mother are all that remain of their family. Huguenots are being persecuted, tortured, and killed in the streets. Everyday, Isabelle walks the… Continue reading Review: Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

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Review: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin is a retelling of the last six books for Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid, from Lavinia's point of view. The reader first meets Lavinia as a pre-teen very close to marriageable age. As suitors begin to present themselves for her hand in marriage, and the keys to the kingdom… Continue reading Review: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Update & Upcoming Reviews

I haven't posted as much lately as I'd like, but on the plus side, I'm happy to report that I have been researching for a new project and will hopefully begin writing soon! In the meantime, I still have ARCs coming in. Here are the upcoming ARCs I plan to review for the rest of… Continue reading Update & Upcoming Reviews

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Review: The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

The Highland Witch (entitled Corrag or Witch's Light in some countries) by Susan Fletcher is based on the events of the 1692 Glencoe Massacre of Clan MacDonald, told from the perspective of a outsider named Corrag. The massacre occured after the MacDonald Clan swore their oath (albeit by a forced hand) to King William "too… Continue reading Review: The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

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Review: Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood

Most of us know Homer's famous Iliad and the stories/myths therein. Helen of Troy is perhaps one of the most famous characters in this epic poem--"the face that launched 1000 ships." Despite Helen being a main character, Homer's epic largely focuses on the perspective of the male heroes of the story--like Hektor, Menelaus, and Agamemnon.… Continue reading Review: Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood

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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