Category: Historical Fiction

Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve enjoyed other Mitch Albom books in the past, but this one wasn’t on my short list until two coworkers recommended it. One coworker highly recommended the audiobook version and I’m so glad that I followed her advice. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard. It’s read by a full cast of talented actors including Mitch Albom himself. Here’s a basic summary of the book: This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar...

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Review: 11/22/63

11/22/63 by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4.5 stars — I’m deducting 0.5 stars because I think it’s unnecessarily long. I have no problems with long books when it’s necessary for the story. I have no idea how to review this book. Reviewing books from authors that I admire, like King and Dickens, is intimidating. I don’t feel like my review will do the book justice, but I’ll do my best. This novel is a wonderful mixture of time travel, historical fiction, mystery, suspense and romance. I’m not a big fan of romance, but it works well...

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Review: Orphan Number Eight

Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade My rating: 2 of 5 stars I stopped at page 100. I loved how it started – her childhood, how she ended up at the orphanage, and her experience there, but then it changed directions and I lost interest. Once the story changed to her adulthood and her nursing career, it got boring. Maybe it got interesting again and I missed it. I don’t know. What I do know is that this wasn’t what I was expecting and it left me feeling disappointed. View all my reviews

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Book Review: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Rating: A special thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with the synopsis the moment I read it, but since I didn’t finish The Museum of Extraordinary Things, I was concerned that I’d be disappointed. I almost didn’t request the ARC, but I’m so glad that I did. I loved everything about this novel! Here’s a brief summary of the novel and none of it is a spoiler. This novel takes place on St. Thomas and Paris in the early 1800’s. It follows the...

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Book Review: Girl at War by Sara Novic

Rating: “Luka, I killed a man. Maybe more than one—who knows what happened when I was just shooting out the window. I could have hit someone else.” “You were defending yourself.” “I’m no better than any of them.” “You were a little kid. You didn’t even know what you were doing.” “No, that’s the thing. When I was shooting—when I shot that guy—I liked it. I knew it was bad and I liked it. I wasn’t sorry.” *   *   * This is a beautifully written debut novel. It has flowing prose, rich characters, and a vivid storyline with a point...

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