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Guest Post: Is Flora Maguire a Suffragist?

A Knightsbridge Scandal is set in London in 1903, and during my research I couldn’t avoid that this was the year Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union.

My knowledge of Suffragettes was restricted to stories of hunger strikes and Glynis John’s singing and wearing a, ‘Votes For Women’ banner in Mary Poppins – well maybe not quite as simplistic as that, but my facts were sketchy.

That the women who gathered in tea rooms planning to deface works of arts and eat vegetarian lunches to change the laws made by big bad government men was only half the story. There were two factions fighting for women’s rights; the Suffragists, or non-militant arm led by Millicent Garret Fawcett who had been campaigning to instigate change in parliament for women forty years before Emmeline Pankhurst threw her first brick through a window. Then there were the Suffragettes; Mrs Pankhurst’s more aggressive splinter group whose WSPU made the cause less acceptable to society and probably put the cause back years.

In the early 20th Century, it wasn’t only women who were denied the vote, but one in three of the male population did not qualify for the ballot either. Young men were happily conscripted to fight Britain’s wars, but had no vote unless they owned property or paid a minimum rent of £10 a year.

In fact ‘Votes For Women’ also fought for ladies who owned property, while those from the lower classes were excluded from their manifesto. The poor and indigent, men as well as women, weren’t seen as worthy of a vote in their own government.

The 1918 Representation of the People Act brought more than five million men over the age of 21 into the electorate without regard to property or class as well as over eight million women over 30; although the majority of these did not qualify for reasons of property ownership. It wasn’t until the 1928 Act that this changed.

So what are Flora Maguire’s views in this area?

Flora is a modern young woman who sees the need for change, but she isn’t the type to break with convention to the extent she’ll vandalise a work of art or chain herself to railings to make her point. I gave her a middle of the road view in that she admired Mrs Garrett Fawcett’s principles as the way forward, but regards Mrs Pankhurst and her radical ideas a step too far. Flora believes this behaviour might well persuade the male population that women were irresponsible, flighty creatures in need of control that the male population have always believed. How could women who chain themselves to railings be trusted with the responsibility of something as important as the vote?

Flora is also keenly aware that had she remained a governess and not married to a solicitor who owned property, she too would have been excluded from any legislation achieved by these women.

In A Knightsbridge Scandal Flora attends a National Union of Women’s Suffrage Society meeting and hears Miss Evelyn Sharp expound the new WSPU formed in Manchester. However like many of the audience, Flora isn’t at all happy with this new group who advocate a campaign of civil disobedience.

Flora therefore becomes a passive Suffragist, believing the whole of society needs to be more equal, not just wealthy, upper class ladies who preside over tea tables in drawing rooms.

I also included a scene where Flora is taken for tea at Prince’s Ice Rink where The Women’s Exhibition hosted by the Women’s Social and Political Union was held six years later in May 1909.

Maybe she’ll even meet her heroine one day.

Millcent Fawcett worked tirelessly until her seventies, but was only 56 when this book is set and living at 2 Gower Street, a house she lived in for almost 65 years. Years where she was involved in international women’s suffrage, the opening up university education to women, raising the age of consent, making horticulture a possible employment for women, criminalising incest, providing homes for middle-class working women, and even for offering a German ‘open-air treatment’ to tuberculosis sufferers.

An excellent Blog which provides varied information and some interesting stories on the Women’s Suffrage Movement is Elizabeth Crawford’s Women and Their Sphere:

Anita Davison

Anita’s earlier novels are set in 17th Century England, with a family saga set in Exeter during the Monmouth Rebellion and a biographical novel about Elizabeth Murray during the English Civil War in Surrey. Her fascination with the revival of cosy mysteries made her turn to the early 1900’s for inspiration where she found Flora Maguire lurking. The series of five novels was taken up for publication by Aria Fiction, a digital imprint of Head of Zeus Publishing.

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About the book

1903 London is bustling and glamourous. With troubling secrets simmering and worrying signs of war Flora Maguire must solve a deadly mystery which leads right to the heart of the corridors of power.

Flora Maguire has escaped the country to enjoy some time in fashionable Knightsbridge, London. Extravagant shops, exuberant theatres and decadent restaurants mean 1903’s London is a thrilling adventure, but there are dark secrets threatening from the continent.

When the body of a London socialite, and leading light of the burgeoning women’s movement, is found outside The Grenadier public house, Flora can’t resist investigating.

Mysterious letters are discovered in the victim’s belongings, strange links to the foreign office and why do the clues keep coming back to the assassination of a Baltic king?

As Flora closes in on the killer, it soon becomes clear she is no longer safe in London, but will her husband Bunny be able to get to her before it’s too late?






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Book Review: Lalin Bonheur by Margaret O. Howard

Title: Lalin Bonheur
Author: Margaret O. Howard
Genre: Paranormal Mystery / Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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When Lalin Bonheur shape shifts, she roams the Vieux Carre as a sleek tuxedo cat to learn the secrets of her city.

But on her debut at a Quadroon Ball in 1830 this octoroon beauty meets and falls in love with French aristocrat, Etienne Legendre. Etienne becomes her protector and he soon learns that his mistress leads a second life as a healer and voudou priestess.

Their story takes a bizarre turn after Lalin’s protector marries. His wife, Minette, dies mysteriously and he is charged with murder. Lalin concocts a zombie potion to assist him in his escape from jail.

The couple sail upriver to hide until they can prove his innocence. But their struggles only become more challenging, when they face the fearsome loup-garou (wolf men of Louisiana) and then a giant bird. Lalin must use her magic to battle these monsters. But it’s what she learns about the vicious feathered creature that brings the story to its climax.

Lalin Bonheur is an extraordinary book. Set in New Orlean in the 1800s, it’s the story of Lalin, an extraordinary woman in an extraordinary era. Lalin is a healer, a voodoo priestess, a girl who can shapeshift and who knows things she shouldn’t know. Lalin meets Etienne Legendre, a French aristocraft who becomes her protector.

When Etienne’s wife dies under mysterious circumstances and he’s charged with murder, Lalin helps him scape from jail. Unfortunately they run from one danger into the next, and Lalin needs to use all the magic she knows to protect them both.

This was an intriguing book, not just because it focuses on a mixed-race relationship, but also because of its focus on voodoo and magic. I’ve always been intrigued by voodoo, and I enjoyed this opportunity to learn more about it.

The writing and storytelling was excellent, and the author managed to describe the historical period well, making me feel as if I’d actually transported back in time to New Orleans in 1830. Fans of magical realism and paranormal mysteries will enjoy this book.

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Book Review: In The Line of Fire by Teofil Tobias Reiss

Title: In The Line of Fire
Author: Teofil Tobias Reiss
Genre: Historical, Biography, Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Live from the trenches

Almost a hundred years have passed since the end of World War I, also known as “The Great War” – the largest and most devastating war the world had known up to that date. It has shifted and shaped human history until today. Millions were killed and hundreds of millions were wounded, orphaned and uprooted, while others were left to live amongst the ruins of a world that will never be the same.

A historical document of unmatched authenticity and strength

Teofil Reiss was an Austro-Hungarian patriot who served as a soldier during WWI. In the trenches, amongst hellish artillery and canon fire, amidst the dying and wounded, Reiss kept a daily diary where he documented his experiences. In a direct and honest manner, Reiss captures and shares the events of the war from a unique perspective, based on his distinct persona as a soldier, a charming ladies’ man and a proud Jew. In a practical and openhearted style, his writing weaves the details of the war as he witnessed it into a fascinating human experience and a moving historical testimony.

A rare report from the frontlines

The original handwritten German diary is presented here in an excellent English translation, together with selected photos and letters from Reiss’ personal archive. The publication also includes an eye-opening epilogue that tells the remarkable story of Reiss’s life after the war, during the Nazis’ rise to power, and until his death in 1942. A fascinating and authentic document, you’ll read it with bated breath.

In The Line of Fire is the English translation of an original, handwritten German diary written during World War I, The Great War, by Teofil Tobias Reiss.

Teofil Reiss was an Austro-Hungarian soldier during the war. His diary tells of life in the trenches, admist the dying and the wounded. It’s direct, straightforward, an unique, raw, brutal perspective on the most devastating war that ever wrecked the earth.

The book is very authentic and raw, and showcases the horrors of daily life in the trenches: being unable to help the sick due to lack of medicine, nearly starving, the horrible illnesses that troubled the soldiers, depression, and so on. It’s a honest view on the tragedy and horrors of war, and well worth the read.


Book Review: Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat

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Author: Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat

Genre: Memoir, Historical

Rating: 4 stars

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Love and remorse in the midst of war

Vittoria Vitale was born to a noble Jewish family in the north of Italy at the very same year that Mussolini met his Jewish lover. With the onset of World War II, her life is carried by a swirl or atrocities, decisions, farewells and remorse that will scar her forever.

A stirring historical drama about the life of a Jewish family during WW II.

This is the story of one unforgettable woman, supporting her husband and children under impossible conditions. It is also the story of a Jewish family who feels safe from war because of its status and wealth, and wakes up to a disasters reality. More than anything, it is the story of the entire Italian Jewish community in face of the Holocaust – a story of disaster, overcoming and eventual immigration to Israel as a part of the Zionist movement.

Behind every successful man stands an insightful woman.

Daly life soaked in historical consequences, family ties and general atmosphere, aromas, sounds and tastes, based on thorough research, interviews and original historical manuscripts. A drama of loss and despair, survival and human triumph with unforgettable characters that stay with you long after the last page.

Vittoria is a remarkable historical novel about Vittoria Vitale, and the struggles one young woman’s family suffers through World War II. Born into a rich Jewish family, they at first feel safe even with the war on their doorstep – but that soon changes as they learn how truly devastating war can be.

The story focuses mostly on the Italian Jewish community ,and how they struggled throughout the war and the Holocaust. It’s also about women, their importance and strength, in particular Vittoria’s strength as she makes unconventional choices, as she goes through great lengths to survive.

The book has a lot of heart, as it’s mostly about family, and love, and how all of that can survive, even in the worst circumstances. Brought me to tears a few times.


Book Review: Occult Paris by Tobias Churton

28688064Title: Occult Paris

Author: Tobias Churton

Genre: Nonfiction, Historical

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

How fin-de-siècle Paris became the locus for the most intense revival of magical practices and doctrines since the Renaissance
• Examines the remarkable lives of occult practitioners Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Jules Doinel, and others
• Reveals how occult activity deeply influenced many well-known cultural movements, such as Symbolism, the Decadents, modern music, and the “psychedelic 60s”
During Paris’s Belle Époque (1871-1914), many cultural movements and artistic styles flourished–Symbolism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Decadents–all of which profoundly shaped modern culture. Inseparable from this cultural advancement was the explosion of occult activity taking place in the City of Light at the same time.
Exploring the magical, artistic, and intellectual world of the Belle Époque, Tobias Churton shows how a wide variety of Theosophists, Rosicrucians, Martinists, Freemasons, Gnostics, and neo-Cathars called fin-de-siècle Paris home. He examines the precise interplay of occultists Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, and founder of the modern Gnostic Church Jules Doinel, along with lesser known figures such as Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Paul Sédir, Charles Barlet, Edmond Bailly, Albert Jounet, Abbé Lacuria, and Lady Caithness. He reveals how the work of many masters of modern culture such as composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, writers Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Baudelaire, and painters Georges Seurat and Alphonse Osbert bear signs of immersion in the esoteric circles that were thriving in Paris at the time. The author demonstrates how the creative hermetic ferment that animated the City of Light in the decades leading up to World War I remains an enduring presence and powerful influence today. Where, he asks, would Aleister Crowley and all the magicians of today be without the Parisian source of so much creativity in this field?
Conveying the living energy of Paris in this richly artistic period of history, Churton brings into full perspective the characters, personalities, and forces that made Paris a global magnet and which allowed later cultural movements, such as the “psychedelic 60s,” to rise from the ashes of post-war Europe.

I’m not convinced I entirely believe what Occult Paris is trying to sell, but I did learn a lot of new elements about this era, Paris’s Belle Epoque from 1871-1914, and I do believe there might be some connection. The book tries to establish how occult activity influenced cultural movements, like Symbolism, the Decadents, Impressionism, Art Nouveau. While I don’t entirely buy it, I think there might be some truth in that.

The author does a good job describing the era, the feel of it, the way the characters are described and brought to life. It’s a special kind of book, and hard to rate – it does make one wonder about things, but it’s not exactly an entertaining read. It makes one question, makes one think and connect dots, and it’s not exactly relaxing reading materials either. It’s definitely not for everyone but it does have a certain mysterious, almost magical feel to it, and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Author Interview The Duke’s Last Hunt

02_The Duke's Last HuntHow long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. A few years after college I began writing my first novel that actually came to completion.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I love historical fiction. Doing research to help create a story is so rewarding for me.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I would love to write science fiction. Probably would end up more sci-fi lite, since I’m not super techy.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The Duke’s Last Hunt is a novel of romantic suspense. When the Duke of Brockenhurst expresses interest in the shy Eliza Malcolm, her family comes to visit his estate in Sussex. Unfortunately, a death in the forest puts a crimp in any burgeoning romances as a Bow Street Runner comes down from London to investigate.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

My favorite character was probably Lady Adele. She is a willful teenage girl without a lot of tact but with a good heart. I loved writing all the inappropriate things she said that embarrassed Eliza Malcolm. I don’t know that I have a least favorite character…I tend to like them all, even the “bad guys.” J

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part was getting the beginning right. My writers’ group really helped me here, giving feedback about how the introductions of the characters appeared to readers.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

My writing routine is: seize the day! I have four boys, ages five and under. I just try to write any spare minute I can.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

I started the book in May, 2015 and finished it in March, 2016, so I guess around 10 months.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I am a high school English teacher by trade, so I tend to write fairly clean prose in my first draft. It only takes me a couple days to go back and do line editing once the first draft is done. I also get feedback from beta readers and my proofreader.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

It is part of a collection of stand-alone novels that all have the same character, Jacob Pevensey, as the investigator. I don’t know how many installments are coming up…I have at least one more planned, and we’ll take it from there.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write! Don’t get bogged down in reading books about how to write. Just do it! The best way to get better is to practice.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The blend of romance and suspense in The Duke’s Last Hunt has something for everyone.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

I would meet Rosemary Sutcliff, Lindsey Davis, and Dorothy Sayers.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

I love Georgette Heyer romances, and I love the mystery behind the romance in Julie Klassen’s books. I wanted to write something similar.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I have a lot of projects I’m trying to choose from at present. I have a medieval trilogy nagging at me to finish, a middle grade non-fiction book, and then, of course, another Regency novel with a murder mystery begging to be written.

The Duke’s Last Hunt
by Rosanne E. Lortz

Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
Paperback; 348 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Suspense/Regency

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With her third London season drawing to a close, the shy Eliza Malcolm seems unlikely to find any husband, let alone a titled one. But when the hunting-crazed Duke of Brockenhurst invites the Malcolms to visit Harrowhaven, Eliza’s father jumps at the chance to gain a wealthy son-in-law. Surrounded by quarreling parents, tactless acquaintances, the aloof dowager, and the unsettling duke, Eliza looks for one person kind enough to help her navigate the murky waters of Harrowhaven’s secrets….

Estranged from his brother the duke, Henry Rowland only planned to visit Harrowhaven for the afternoon, but after meeting his brother’s intended, his designs are overthrown. As misfortune strikes Harrowhaven, Jacob Pevensey is called in to investigate. Henry learns that the only way to safeguard Eliza Malcolm’s happiness is to face the past he has been running from for ten long years.


About the Author03_Author Rosanne E. Lortz

Rosanne E. Lortz (“Rose”) is a history lover, a book addict, a mom to four boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing, she teaches Latin and English composition and works as an editor at Madison Street Publishing.

Rosanne’s works include I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, The Life and Death of Saint Thomas Becket: Type of Paul, Type of Peter, Type of Christ, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors (Vol 1 & 2), To Wed an Heiress, and the upcoming The Duke’s Last Hunt.

For more information please visit Rosanne E. Lortz’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Book Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

8685644Title: Haunting Violet

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.
Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

Haunting Violet is the first historical YA paranormal I’ve read in a while, and I must say, I’ve missed the genre. Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts, and with good reason. Her mother is a famous medium in London, except that…it’s all fake. And her mother has enlisted Violet’s help, and the help of Colin, an orphan she took into her home, to keep up the pretense.

As Violet’s mother gets invited to the estate of Lord Jasper to do a seance, Violet is sucked into a murder mystery of paranormal proportions. A year ago, Rowena, an earl’s daughter, drowned, and now her ghost has chosen to visit Violet, and wants Violet to solve her murder. Along with Colin and her best friend Elizabeth, Violet has to find out who killed the persistent ghost, before the murderer sets eyes on her.

The book has a lot of strong points. Violet is an amazing character. She’s strong, intelligent, and sarcastic when need be, but she also fits perfectly in the time era, and she doesn’t overstep (some books set unrealistic heroines that sound way too contemporary despite the historical setting, but not so here). Colin is a cute and charming love interest. He was always there for Violet, and he really loved her, that was obvious from the start. The romance was another strong part – it wasn’t really sizzling, but it was heartwarming.

The murder mystery was all right. I had my suspicions about the culprit, but I wasn’t entirely sure until I finished the book. The historical setting is well crafted, and Harvey has created a lush, intriguing world. The writing flowed well, and I was entranced by the plot. I also liked Violet’s relationship with her mother – although in a way, I hated how Violet’s mother treated her, it was good to see the author spend a lot of time building this relationship and showing it to the reader. Often, YA characters have barely present parents, so this was a welcome change, even if I didn’t like Violet’s mother at all.

Now, for the downside. The characters didn’t have much personality, and the middle part dragged a little. Violet, Colin, Violet’s mother, and Elizabeth had personality enough, but all the other characters lacked personality traits, and didn’t really stand out.

Despite that, if you’re looking for a good YA historical murder mystery with paranormal elements, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Time on her Hands


I’m hosting the starter day party today for time travel romance “Time on her Hands”. You can win an eBook copy of this book, swag and coins related to Florence, Italy and two pocket watches with a Phoenix on them during the tour for this book. Scroll down to participate!

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About the Book

mj-tl-timeonherhandsTitle: Time on Her Hands

Author: Melissa Jarvis

Genre: Historical Time Travel Romance

A race against time, to save the world.

Derek Massey is the enigmatic head of the time travel agency The Lineage.  He makes the difficult choices, ones that have isolated him from everyone. Sarah James is an experienced Lineage agent, the one others look to for help. She hides her secrets and past well. Only one man has ever caused her to lose her temper.

But when the timeline is betrayed, Sarah will have to work with Derek to solve the biggest anomaly of all, one that threatens to destroy not just the Lineage, but the world itself.  Their journey will take them to the last days of Pompeii and to Renaissance Italy, to a familiar traitor and a pocket watch that could be the key to everything. Sarah and Derek also discover each other’s vulnerabilities, behind the confident agent and the inscrutable leader. Danger ignites the passion between them.

When the truth is finally revealed, both Sarah and Derek’s secrets, about their past, their families and their own feelings will come to light.  Each has to make a terrible decision.  Can a new love stand against years of duty?  Or will one of them choose the ultimate sacrifice?   Only time will tell.

Author Bio

website photoWe all have two sides…Melissa Jarvis is a mild-mannered publicist by day, and action-packed writer by night.  She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and cites Anne McCaffrey, Robert A. Heinlein and Robert Asprin among her influences. Melissa lives in celebrity-friendly Southern California with her husband and son. A native of Texas, you might hear the word “y’all” a lot from her, and watch out, it’s catching.

For over 15 years, she has also worked in the public relations industry, with clients ranging from the Playboy Jazz Festival to the Los Angeles Mission to JVS, as well as indie film directors and comic writers.  She’s won numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America LA Chapter for her efforts.  And she’s survived with most of her mind intact!

When not writing or trying to convince her family to let her have a pet dragon, she loves antiquing, crafting, and of course, reading.



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Book Spotlight: Seeing America

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by Nancy Crocker

Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Medallion Press
Paperback & eBook; 327 Pages

Genre: Historical/Literary Fiction

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Missouri, 1910. John Hartmann is graduating from high school under the critical eye of his father and has no idea what options lie beyond the family farm and his small town.

When Paul Bricken, nineteen and blind, buys a brand-new Ford Model T and suggests John drive him to Yellowstone National Park, John jumps at the chance.

He’s less enthusiastic about inviting Henry Brotherton, who’s loud, crude, and a bigot—but Henry’s available both as a second driver and a tough guy who might be helpful in a tight spot.

As the three young men set off on their tumultuous journey, America is preparing for the fight of the century between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries—and is headed for its biggest racial upheaval since the Civil War.

With Yellowstone drawing ever closer and tensions rising, Paul, John, and Henry will soon learn there is a great deal they didn’t know about the fledgling American Midwest—or about each other.

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“. . . a heartwarming, gut-wrenching story about finding out the meaning of the word ‘home,’ realizing that ‘different’ doesn’t always mean ‘insignificant,’ and finding oneself by getting lost.” —Lisa Senftleben, Library Thing

“With echoes of Twain and Steinbeck, Seeing America is a story for every restless soul who ever wondered what lay over the horizon and conjured the courage to set out in search of it.” —Robert Klose, author Long Live Grover Cleveland

“It’s this kind of steadiness of narrative voice, married to visual detail and deftly crafted characterization, that makes this book sing.” —Rosemary Herbert, Star Tribune

“Crocker’s writing is powerful, witty, and at times quite funny.” —Jessica Stock Books

About the Author03_Nancy Crocker

Nancy Crocker is a Missouri native who started her career as a singer, having performed alongside Loretta Lynn at age thirteen. Her written work has appeared in the American Heritage Anthology, and she is the author of the picture book Betty Lou Blue, published by Dial. Her first novel, Billie Standish Was Here, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and was a Booklist Top 10 Novel for Youth, a Kirkus Editor’s Pick for Best Books for Young Adults, a 2009 TAYSHA Reading List selection, and a New York Library’s Book for the Teen Age selection. She now lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son.


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Book Review: Not A Real War by Paul Longley

9781742845197_FrontTitle: Not A Real War

Author: Paul Longley

Genre: Military / Historical / Biography

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

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This book describes the experiences of the author whilst serving with the Australian Defence Force with the United Nations Mission to Somalia in 1993.

An interesting book about a naval officer who is sent on a peace keeping mission in Somalia, under orders of the UN and the Army forces. Although he’s served in the navy for a long time, he has little experience with the army’s way of doing things. It’s at times an emotional book, at other times also a fun one, showing humor even in dark times. The writing is all right, and it’s a quick read but it does show deeper insight into the Somalian conflict and the author’s experiences during that time.