Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Ten Commandments, Tonight on ABC!



Since 1973, ABC has been airing the 1956 version of The Ten Commandments every year, with its airing date somewhere between Passover and the Saturday before Easter. The only exception to this was in 1999 when they aired a remake, which was in no way comparable to the classic. Luckily, they switched back to the original the next year. I look forward to watching this movie every year and am always so grateful that ABC continues to broadcast it!

 


The Ten Commandments was produced and directed by great Cecil B. DeMille in 1956, and it quickly became one of the most popular box-office movies of all time. Tracing the steps of Moses, as told in the Book of Exodus, the film vividly brings to life everything from his being sent out on the Nile in a reed basket as an infant, through his life as an Egyptian prince, his exile into the land of Midian followed by his return to deliver the Hebrew slaves, and concluding with the receiving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, Anne Baxter as Queen Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson, and Yvonne DeCarlo, The Ten Commandments is a film that will dazzle the senses on every level.


The Ten Commandments was awarded the 1956 Academy Award for Best Special Effects in addition to receiving nominations for Best Picture, Best Art Direction & Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. This spectacular film will air as an ABC Special Presentation, Saturday April 19th (7:00-11:44 p.m., ET), on The ABC Television Network.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Release! The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn

The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn
Publication date: 1/7/2014
Format: Paperback 464pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"From the national bestselling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit . . . 
As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over—and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander’s thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle. In need of trusted allies, Giulia turns to her sharp-tongued bodyguard, Leonello, and her fiery cook and confidante, Carmelina. 
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance’s most notorious family, Giulia, Leonello, and Carmelina must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power. But as the shadows of murder and corruption rise through the Vatican, they must learn who to trust when every face wears a mask . . ."

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


Wishing everyone an abundance of love, joy and happiness in the new year! 



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Friday, November 15, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Hop!

Since I am extremely blessed to have so many exceptional followers of The Muse in the Fog Book Review, it seems only right that I participate in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy @ I am a Reader not a Writer! To show my gratitude for your constant presence, I am giving away one brand new copy of Tasha Alexander's novel Death in the Floating City AND $15.00 towards a book of your choice at The Book Depository. To enter fill out the form below. The winner will be notified by email.

Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander
Publication date: October 16th 2012 
Format: Hardback 320pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"The Huffington Post calls Tears of Pearl author Tasha Alexander "one to watch—and read" and her new Lady Emily mystery set in Venice proves it! Years ago, Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalized polite society when she eloped to Venice with an Italian count. But now her father-in-law lies murdered, and her husband has vanished. There's no one Emma can turn to for help but Emily, who leaves at once with her husband, the dashing Colin Hargreaves, for Venice. There, her investigations take her from opulent palazzi to slums, libraries, and bordellos. Emily soon realizes that to solve the present day crime, she must first unravel a centuries old puzzle. But the past does not give up its secrets easily, especially when these revelations might threaten the interests of some very powerful people."

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!


Best wishes for a safe and happy Halloween! 


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Finds at the Bookstore: The Assassination of the Archduke by Greg King, Sue Woolmans (Non-Fic)

Happy Friday! I was so ready for the week to be over that I posted my "Friday Finds" on Thursday. But having another one wont hurt, right? I mean, why not add two books instead of one to your TBR mountain! The following is a Historical Non-Fic selection. I've been hearing some great opinions about this one, and I can't wait to read it. 

Publication date: 9/3/2013
Format: Hardcover 432pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, King and Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked World War I 
In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its hear was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife Sophie were humiliated and shunned, yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story, but also led to war and a century of conflict. 
Set against a backdrop of glittering privilege, The Assassination of the Archduke combines royal history, touching romance, and political murder in a moving portrait of the end of an era. One hundred years after the event, it offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations, including Serbian complicity and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence. Events in Sarajevo also doomed the couple’s children to lives of loss, exile, and the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, their plight echoing the horrors unleashed by their parents’ deaths. Challenging a century of myth, The Assassination of the Archduke resonates as a very human story of love destroyed by murder, revolution, and war."

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Friday Finds at the Bookstore: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Publication Date: October 15th 2013
Format: Hardcover 848pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems....
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. 
Eleanor Catton was only 22 when she wrote The Rehearsal, which Adam Ross in the New York Times Book Review praised as "a wildly brilliant and precocious first novel" and Joshua Ferris called "a mesmerizing, labyrinthine, intricately patterned and astonishingly original novel." The Luminaries amply confirms that early promise, and secures Catton's reputation as one of the most dazzling and inventive young writers at work today."

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Book Review: Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith

Review Copy Provided by Publisher
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Format: Paperback, 489 pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV. 
Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore—but her heart belongs to another. Marriage doesn’t stop Jane Shore from flirtation, however, and when the king’s chamberlain and friend, Will Hastings, comes to her husband’s shop, Will knows his King will find her irresistible. 
Edward IV has everything: power, majestic bearing, superior military leadership, a sensual nature, and charisma. And with Jane as his mistress, he also finds true happiness. But when his hedonistic tendencies get in the way of being the strong leader England needs, his life, as well as that of Jane Shore and Will Hastings, hang in the balance. 
This dramatic tale has been an inspiration to poets and playwrights for 500 years, and told through the unique perspective of a woman plucked from obscurity and thrust into a life of notoriety, Royal Mistress is sure to enthrall today’s historical fiction lovers as well."

My Review:

Jane Lambert is unlucky enough to be wed to William Shore, a man the exact opposite of her bright and passionate nature, just when she had finally found love with Thomas Grey. Desperate to be loved and have a family of her own making, Jane sets out to change her fate at any cost, but little does she know where her journey will take her. From a merchant's wife to royal mistress, and from security to persecution, Jane Shore must utilize all her charms and wit in order to adapt with her ever changing circumstances and survive the turbulent times surrounding Edward IV and Richard III's reign.  

There have been a few books released over the past year which focus on Jane Shore, and although they all follow the main events of her life, this particular portrayal of Jane is absolutely fantastic. Anne Easter Smith really brought Jane to life in Royal Mistress by giving her a vivid and multifaceted personality, but most of all, because she created an extremely relatable character. 

One of the greatest aspects of Anne Easter Smith's work is always the obvious amount of historical research that precedes the writing. Not only does Royal Mistress offer an engrossing story, but it also delivers a good history lesson without reading like a textbook. In fact, the lyrical writing flowed with ease, and the occasional point of view from secondary characters ensured a well rounded and plot. 

From beginning to end Royal Mistress is an exceptional novel that shimmers with fine historical detail, making it the perfect book for any fan of historical fiction.   

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Upcoming 2014 Historical Fiction Release! Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart by Marci Jefferson

Publication date: 2/11/2014
Format: Hardcover 336pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"In 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns Frances Stuart and her family to favor. Frances discards threadbare gowns and goes to gilded Fontainebleau Palace, where she soon catches the Sun King’s eye. But Frances is no ordinary court beauty—she has Stuart secrets to keep and her family to protect. King Louis XIV turns vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress. He sends her to England with orders to seduce King Charles II and help him form an alliance with England. The Queen Mother likewise orders Frances to become her son's mistress, in the interest of luring him away from the Protestant mistress he currently keeps. 
Armed in pearls and silk, Frances maneuvers the political turbulence of Whitehall Palace, but still can’t afford to stir a scandal, determined to keep her family from shame. Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him and the two embark on a tenuous relationship. Frances survives the Great Fire, the Great Plague, and the debauchery of the Restoration Court, yet loses her heart to the very king she must control. A startling discovery will leave her with no other choice but to break his heart, while the fate of England hangs in the balance. 
In the tradition of Philippa Gregory, debut author Marci Jefferson brings to life a captivating woman whose beauty, compassion, and intellect impacted a king and a nation."

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Book Review: The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

Publication Date: January 29th 2013 
Format: Hardcover, 340pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in this spellbinding tale of love and magic. 
In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can't quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything."

My Review:

When you have a main character that is mute, it would seem rather difficult to have him/her as the narrator, but Paula Brackston manages to pull it off in a most extraordinary manner. The main character, Morgana, tells her story with great emotion and clarity. There was never a moment of confusion, or any type of disconnect from the narration of the story.

Although the difficult style of narration was flawless, the overall story did have a few issues. First, halfway through the book the momentum of the plot took a steep decline and never recovered. In the beginning the mystery and intrigue surrounding Moragana's past were enough to compel further reading, but it was not enough to sustain a 340 page novel. Also, there were numerous questions that were left unanswered, which was unfortunate because the expectation of having them answered was the reason to continue reading the second half of the novel. 

Even though the second half of this book brought the overall rating down, the first half showed enough of Paula Brackston's talent to pursue reading another one of her novels. 

Also by Paula Brackston:
The Witch's Daughter (Review Coming Soon)
The Midnight Witch (Pub Date: March 2014)

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Released Today! Behind the Shattered Glass: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander

Publication date: 10/15/13
Format: Hardcover 304pp



Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A ruined abbey on a beautiful estate in Derbyshire, a murdered peer, and a most unlikely romance make New York Times bestseller Tasha Alexander’s new novel Behind the Shattered Glass absolutely irresistible
Anglemore Park is the ancestral home of Lady Emily Hargreave’s husband Colin. But the stately calm of country life is destroyed when their neighbor, the Marquess of Montagu, bursts through the French doors from the garden and falls down dead in front of the shocked gathering. But who has a motive for murdering the young aristocrat? The lovely cousin who was threatened by his engagement, the Oxford friend he falsely accused of cheating, the scheming vicar’s daughter he shamelessly seduced or the relative no one knew existed who appears to claim the Montagu title? Who is the mysterious woman seen walking with him moments before he was brutally attacked?

The trail takes readers into the gilded world of a British manor house and below stairs to the servants who know all the secrets. One family’s hidden past and a forbidden passion are the clues to a puzzle only Lady Emily can solve."
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Release! The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure

Publication date: 10/8/2013
Format: Hardcover 384pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A thrilling debut novel of World War II Paris, from an author who's been called "an up and coming Ken Follett." (Booklist) 
In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money — and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist. 
But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right.
Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved."


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Ebook Promotion: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

For a limited time The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent is being offered for $2.99 from the following Ebook retailers:



Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived. 
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution."


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Ebook Promotion: Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal


For a limited time Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal is being offered for $1.99 from the following Ebook retailers:




Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it. 
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history. 
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel."

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What's New Wednesday: A Look at This Month's New Releases! September 2013

My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Format: Hardcover 448pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages.
Axie’s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day. 
In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of “Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint” into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says “trust me.” 
When her services attract outraged headlines, Axie finds herself on a collision course with a crusading official—Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. It will take all of Axie’s cunning and power to outwit him in the fight to preserve her freedom and everything she holds dear. 
Inspired by the true history of an infamous female physician who was once called “the Wickedest Woman in New York,” My Notorious Life is a mys­tery, a family saga, a love story, and an exquisitely detailed portrait of nineteenth-century America. Axie Muldoon’s inimitable voice brings the past alive, and her story haunts and enlightens the present."

Before the Darkness Falls by Eugenia Price
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Format: Reprint, Paperback 560pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Georgia, 1842. In this grand and passionate era of American history, forged by the dreams of extraordinary men and women, the McKay, Browning, and Stiles families find themselves experiencing love, hardship, and pain in the great Southern city of Savannah. The willful Natalie Browning Latimer’s newfound marital bliss has been threatened by a shattering loss, while the ambitious W. H. Stiles becomes wrapped up in a daring political trail that leads his family into the turmoil of Western Europe. Natalie’s brother Jonathan Browning shocks the family by dropping out of Yale to be with the one woman who could never be welcomed into Savannah society. As the families struggle to maintain their deep love for one another, the South struggles to justify its connection to the Union and moves toward succession."


Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Format: Paperback 352pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. 
Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. 
Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen. 
Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home."


To See Your Face Again by Eugenia Price
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Format: Reprint, paperback 512pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Natalie Browning was a spoiled belle of sixteen when she met the man of her dreams aboard the steamship Pulaski.Burke Latimer, only eight years her senior, was a self-made man with no time for a pretty child. Then a night of terror ended the voyage and Burke discovered another Natalie. But the night that brought him love also wreaked disaster on his fortune, and Burke was forced to ask Natalie to wait until he could make a home worthy of her. Life had never denied Natalie before. Her need to be with Burke drove her to follow him to Geogia's back country, hoping to show him she was ready to be his bride. Could she grow up before she lost the love of her life forever? 
With a compelling mix of historical personalities and fictional characters, Eugenia Price paints a vivid portrait of the Old South that has enchanted readers worldwide. This is the second book in the Savannah Quartet, continuing the story of the Browning and Mackay families with the attention to detail, sympathy for humanity, and intimate family history that are Eugenia Price's hallmarks."


The Fountain of St. James Court; 
or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman: A Novel by Sena Jeter Naslund
Publication date: 9/17/2013
Format: Paperback, 448pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Is it a crime to live? To create happiness for yourself through your own work?"
How do writers and painters get their ideas? And what are the hard realities of such seemingly glamorous and romantic lives? In her groundbreaking new novel, New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the transformative power of art, history, and love in the lives of creative women. 
It's midnight on St. James Court, at the heart of which is a beautiful fountain sculpture of Venus rising from the sea. Kathryn Callaghan has just finished the first draft of her novel about renowned painter Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, a survivor of the French Revolution who was hated for her sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Although the manuscript is complete, its author remains haunted by Élisabeth's experiences, which are revealed in Sena Jeter Naslund's ingenious novel-within-a-novel interleaved with the chronicle of a day in the life of Kathryn Callaghan. Despite being separated by time, place, and culture, Kathryn and Élisabeth possess similar gifts and burdens: uncompromising aesthetic codes, fierce pride in their artistic expression, and unwavering love and sacrifice for their children. And before the next midnight rolls around, Kathryn will have confronted personal danger as frightening as the butchery that Élisabeth faced during the Reign of Terror. Each woman will be called upon and tested; each will, like Venus, rise triumphantly above the expectations of her world.
In this, her compelling and intimate ninth book, Sena Jeter Naslund presents the reader with an eye-opening alternate vision of The Artist: not an angry young man but a woman of age and hard-won experience who has created for herself, against enormous odds, a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement."

Confessions of Marie Antoinette: A Novel by Juliet Grey
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Format: Paperback, 464pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A novel for fans of Philippa Gregory and Michelle Moran, Confessions of Marie Antoinette blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the first years of the French Revolution and the final days of the legendary French queen. 
Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril. 
Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains, above all, a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen secretly attempts to arrange her family’s rescue from the clutches of the rebels, she finds that they can neither outrun the dangers encircling them nor escape their shocking fate."


Rising Sun, Falling Shadow by Daniel Kalla
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Format: Paperback 352pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Return to World WAr II Shanghai in Dan Kalla's thrilling historical novel Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, the sequel to The Far Side of the Sky 
It’s 1943 and the Japanese juggernaut has swallowed Shanghai and the rest of eastern China, snaring droves of American and British along with thousands of “stateless” German Jewish refugees. Despite the hostile environs, newlyweds Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Sunny, adjust to life running the city’s only hospital for refugee Jews. 
Bowing to Nazi pressure, the Japanese force twenty thousand Jewish refugees, including the Adlers, to relocate to a one-square-kilometer “Shanghai Ghetto.” Heat, hunger, and tropical diseases are constant threats. But the ghetto also breeds miraculous resilience. Music, theater, sports, and Jewish culture thrive despite what are at times subhuman conditions.  
Navigating subversion and espionage, Nazi treachery and ever-worsening conditions while living under the heel of the Japanese military, the Adlers struggle to keep the hospital open and their family safe and united."


Royal Inheritance by Kate Emerson
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Format: Paperback 368pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making. Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashing Henry perhaps ask Malte to raise a royal love child? The king’s favor, however, brings Audrey constraint as well as opportunity. Though she holds tender feelings for her handsome music tutor, John Harington, the king is pressuring her to marry into the family of treacherous, land-hungry Sir Richard Southwell. Audrey determines to learn the truth about her birth at last. The answer may give her the freedom to give her heart as she chooses . . . or it could ensnare her deeper in an enemy’s ruthless scheme."





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