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Personalized Memoirs/Historical Fiction Reviews
The Black Madonna of Derby - I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first began to read The Black Madonna of Derby by Joanna Czechowska. Normally I read mystery, suspense, or science fiction/fantasy. Pleasantly surprised, I discovered that historical fiction, especially if written by Joanna Czechowska, is quite enjoyable.
The Day Before the Berlin Wall - The Day Before the Berlin Wall is an alternate history of espionage during the Cold War. The author is T.H.E. Hill, who served with the Army Security Agency in Berlin during the mid-1970s. During that time in Berlin, there was a legend circulating that we had advance knowledge of the Berlin Wall.
A Knight Like No Other - A Knight Like No Other, by Jocelyn Kelley, proved to be a riveting historical romance. The attempts of the two main characters to hide their romantic feelings for each other were beginning to get old when the story really took off. The story became so interesting that the romantic side of it did not take over the story, but rather complemented it. Concerns about what was going to happen made it almost impossible to put the book down.
Night Glitter - Night Glitter, by Jill Shure, is the sequel to Night Jazz. Both books are easy to follow and kept me captivated the whole way through till the end.
Outlaw - Outlaw, written by Angus Donald, explores the legends and history of Robin Hood, as well as medieval England, through the eyes of one of his “band of merry men”. Alan Dale is now 60 years old and is talking about his times with Robin.
Pursuit of Happiness - Historical novels have never been at the top of my list for choices in reading material, but since I’ve read Pursuit of Happiness by Sheldon Greene, they have moved far up on the list. This intriguing story takes place during the American Revolution.
Scrambled Leggs - Scrambled Leggs, a fictionalized memoir by Sally Franz, is a serious, yet humorous book in which Ms. Franz relates the series of events she went through after being attacked by Acute Transverse Myelitis (ATM).
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