Five Little Indians

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• Like waves on an ocean, inexorable and relentless, this brilliant and devastating book washes over you, forcing an acknowledgement, a look squarely in the eye, of a time when the shattering abuse of First Nations parents, and their innocent and helpless children, was not only prevalent, but systemized as…

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The Boat People

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A gut-wrenching and horrifying look at the atrocity of war, the insidiousness of intolerance, and the frailty of human life, this beautifully-written book is both a compassionate plea and a not-too-gentle reminder of the capriciousness of power. Told from the 3rd person POV perspective of three main protagonists,…

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The Hidden Child

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 An absolutely riveting ride, from start to finish. With its ominous pacing, vivid characterization, and alarmingly-charged plot, the author achieves an intensity of menace and foreboding that never lets up. Dealing with infamous events that took place, for the most part, in the year 1965, situated on and…

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The Wolf Den

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Richly immersive and entirely disturbing, this beautifully written book is destined to fascinate as much as it will horrify readers as unfamiliar up-close with this subject matter and historical time-period, as was this reader. Set in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, in the year AD 74, this…

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Champagne Widows

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 β€œIn victory you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it.” (Napoleon) An engrossing and illuminating look at one of the most fascinating female entrepreneurs to grace the pages of history - Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot - who in the early eighteen hundreds, went on to build Veuve-Clicquot Champagne from…

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The Language of Food

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 β€œWhy should a recipe book not be a thing of beauty?” Perhaps not such an outrageous concept - but in the year 1835, in a town such as Tonbridge, Kent, where poverty, disease and the harshness of scratching out a living can overwhelm much of the populace, while…

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Blind Man’s Labyrinth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What is β€œgoodness” when everyone around you is β€œevil”? With a tone, a message, and a story, that feels remarkably authentic - heartbreaking, bloody, terrifying and poignant - set in an ancient and barbaric time of history, when war, conflict, hate, violence and religious tyranny reign supreme, is there…

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Finding Edith Pinsent

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Who do we fall in love with, and why? A question no-one can really answer, least of all our two main protagonists, whose life stories criss-cross time and generations in this poignant and compelling story. Netta Wilde, a fifty-one year old divorced mother of two, has recently purchased…

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Hitler’s Assassins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Totally engrossing, I had a very hard time putting this book down. A masterful blend of WWII historical fiction, mixed with well-crafted fictional characters, conversations and imagined events - that feels so real it brings this harrowing slice of the past to full technicolor life for the reader. Seamless…

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The Queen of Heaven

⭐⭐⭐1/2 Impeccably researched and historically rich, this book details the troubling story of Lady Isabelle d’Albret Courteault, beginning in the year 1453, as she must manage events in her life that are brutal, intense, and not that uncommon in this turbulent historical context. A mystic with visions and interesting and…

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