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The American Adventuress by C.W. Gortner

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  The American Adventuress reimagines the story of Jennie Jerome, born into wealth, but not title. She is probably most famous for being the mother of Winston Spencer-Churchill. The story begins in 1866, when after the separation of her parents, she is moved to Europe. In London, she catches the eye of Randolph Spencer-Churchill. Her rebellious nature appeals to him, but not his aristocratic family. The parents on both sides can’t come to an agreement in regards to marriage, but the young couple is firm in their resolve to marry and hatching a plan in secret. The story for the most part explores Jennie’s personal life during her first marriage. In the last part, it briefly involves the career of her oldest son. Winston before becoming a politician gets involved in journalism, reporting on events in different corners of the world, including Cuba, India, and Sudan. The portrayal for most of the part is revealed through dialogue, which is engaging and serves its purpose by propellin

The Invincible Miss Cust by Penny Haw

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  The Invincible Miss Cust reimagines the story of Aleen Cust, the first woman veterinary surgeon of Britain and Ireland. 19th century. Aleen is born in Ireland to an aristocratic English family. Growing up with brothers, she notices the experiences and opportunities that her brother have, but they are denied to her. From childhood, she loves horses, adventure, and competition. When she learns about such position as veterinary surgeon, it becomes her dream. But that is not to be, she is told. That would be a disgrace to family. When her family returns to England, she gets embraced by family whose daughter shares the same passions as Aleen. The difference is her friend is allowed to go hunting and do the training as a nurse. Aleen’s eyes open to a different world where opportunities for women are possible. The compromise is for Aleen to become a nurse, but she quickly discovers that nursing is not for her. She prefers countryside to stifling city hospital walls. And she resents the stif

Gilded Mountain by Kate Manning

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  1907. Sylvie Pelletier is almost seventeen when her family moves to Moonstone in Colorado. Her father works at the Quarrytown where they mine marble. Sylvie is ambitious in writing essays at school, which leads her to getting a job at the local newspaper led by Miss Redmond. Miss Redmond wasn’t welcomed as a journalist anywhere since she was a woman, thus, she started her own newspaper and she is not afraid to confront the Padgett Company. She is bold and tells Sylvie to keep asking questions as she needs a real go-getter. As Sylvie reports on all those accidents in the mountains, she wonders why nothing is being done about it. But money talks, and Sylvie takes a better paid position as a secretary to Mrs. Padgett. They take a field trip to the worker’s camp to write a report and recommendations for improvements for the Padgett Company, where Sylvie’s father works. Mrs. Padgett has a good heart and honestly thinks that her husband cares about her work. But Mr. Padgett just plays alon

The Reindeer Hunters by Lars Mytting

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  The Reindeer Hunters is a sequel to The Bell in the Lake as well as a stand-alone novel, and once again the masterful and spellbinding storytelling illuminates. The roots of both stories go back to the conjoined twin sisters and their legendary tapestries, which were woven in accordance with the ancient Norse tradition and they used the rarest methods of plant-dyeing. There is one specific tapestry that was given to the church after the death of the sisters in 1613, but the tapestry is missing. Pastor Kai Schweigaard feels bad about dismantling the stave church and in the process losing the church’s mystical sister bells. When he came to Butangen, fictional place in Norway, he was about modernization and putting end to the myths. But now, he feels differently. The new church lacks the atmosphere of the stave church. And finding the missing tapestry might bring him redemption, even though it’s woven with pre-Christian patterns, something he tried to eradicate. In 1903, Jehans Hekne is

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

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  Scotland, 17 th century: Isobel Gowdie is four-years-old when her mother teaches her how to make letters with a needle. The letters are supposed to be black, but Isobel sees colors associated with letters, and stitches them according to her vision. When her mother smacks her knuckles, Isobel sees fear in her eyes. Fear, because her mother doesn’t want people to call Isobel crazy. A witch. And here, witches are hanged or burned. One-hundred-forty-years later, Isobel Gamble, descendent of Isobel Gowdie, is conscripted to tambour shop by her mother, a place without colors. But Isobel dreams to be a pattern-maker, which involves colors. She is taught to fear anything that hints at witchcraft. When she meets a man that promises her a sewing room of her own, she accepts his proposal. But that is just a promise. His poor decisions lead to the poorhouse, and later see them bound for America. As they arrive in the New World, Isobel quickly recognizes some opportunities, awakening her dre

Jacqueline in Paris by Ann Mah

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  Jacqueline in Paris reimagines Jacqueline’s junior year abroad, which later turns out to be her favorite year in her life and one of her greatest influences. In August 1949, Jacqueline breaks away from the Vassar College in New York, which felt isolated and constrained. She is making her way to Paris as she craves to experience freedom and what Paris has to offer: experimental theater, modern dance, and love. She boards with de Renty family. Soon after her arrival, she finds out that Madame de Renty with her husband were part of a spy ring during the war. Her husband died in prison and she managed to survive. In north Germany, in the women’s concentration camp of Ravensbruck, where very few survived. Jacqueline has a hard time imagining it as she knows Madame with a gentle voice and dressed in bright colors, but now, she recalls some cries in the morning hours. After the war, the communists become the new enemy. Some start working as spies for the government again. Madame volunteers

Where the Wandering Ends by Yvette Manessis Corporon

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  Corfu Island, 1947. The time period is beautifully breathed into this story from the first pages, when we meet a young girl named Katerina and her father, Laki. She is considered a lucky one; as a provincial girl she receives an education thanks to a new teacher, who has no tolerance for ignorance of such views as provincial girls not receiving education. Former teacher was passionate about expressing his views against the monarchist citizens of Corfu, who were brainwashed in their support of the royal family and deaf to the plight of the poor Greeks. His political views were seen as extreme and he was seen as not fit to be a teacher of their children. Laki is a staunched supporter of the monarchy, but the teacher’s words continue to play in his mind. The Communists were the ones who led the resistance and fought so valiantly against the Germans. That was initially, but now, those who refuse to support the Communist party are being slaughtered. He witnesses his own people turning a