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The Winter Palace (Catherine #1) by Eva Stachniak

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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Bantam

Summary:  Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in...

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Book Review: Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

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Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: William Morrow

Summary:   Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war...

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Book Review: The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George

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The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Berkley Books

Summary:   Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman or child.

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Book Review: The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

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The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Riverhead Books


Summary:   From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall,...

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Book Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Summary:  In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was...

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