Captive Queen by Alison Weir – DNF Book Review

Captive Queen by Alison Weir

Eleanor of Aquitaine is perhaps one of the most interesting queens that England ever had (sorry, Victoria, but I don’t think you hold a candle to Eleanor). She seems to have been the ultimate in smart and sassy 12th century women, unafraid to speak her mind, leave her first husband, or side with her sons in a revolt against her husband, King Henry II of England. So naturally, I was ecstatic when I read that Alison Weir’s new work of fiction would be about her.

Except that this was the most disappointing book I’ve read in a long time. Not necessarily the worst I’ve read, but the most disappointing, because I expect

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – Audiobook Review

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, narrated by Roxana Ortega Published in print by Knopf, an imprint of Random House Published in audio by BBC Audiobooks America

Synopsis:

Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is a series of loosely interconnected story revolving around music industry professional Bennie Salazar and his employee, Sascha.

Thoughts on the story:

I know that wasn’t a very good book synopsis, but it is hard to say much else about “A Visit from the Goon Squad” plot-wise. Really, it is less about plot than about the theme of time – the goon squad – and how it changes everyone eventually. I think that Egan put this

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The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion – Book Review

The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion

Alice knows she is lucky when she is lucky when her father chooses Janyn Perrers for her to wed. Although he is a good deal older than she is, she finds he attractive and he has never been anything but gentle and kind towards her. For awhile, they have a lovely, happy life together, until it becomes clear that he and his family have a dangerous secret involving the Dowager Queen Isabella. When Isabella passes away, Alice ends up under the protection of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, only to become Edward’s long-time mistress, reviled by much of the country.

First of all, let me just do a little

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The Chouans and the Downfall of Napoleon – Guest Post by Catherine Delors, Author of “For the King”

Catherine Delors is the author of “Mistress of the Revolution.” Her latest book, which I recently reviewed, is “For the King.” She’s here today giving more background as to some of the different groups that arose after the French Revolution. In particular, the Chouans, who play a large role is “For the King.” The Chouans On Christmas Eve 1800, a group of Chouans, royalist insurgents, detonated a bomb along Napoléon Bonaparte’s path. This assassination attempt provides the backdrop of my new novel, FOR THE KING. Readers have asked me for more information about them. Why the name Chouans? What drove them to political violence? Were they a major political

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For the King by Catherine Delors – Book Review

For the King by Catherine Delors

It is Christmas Eve of 1800 when Paris is rocked by an explosion that narrowly misses killing First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte. Chief Inspector Roch Michel is called in to investigate. His investigation is not without danger for him and his family, however. Although Roch is convinced that the Chouans – royalists who wished to reinstate the French monarchy – are behind the attack, the Prefect of the police is adamant that the culprits are the Jacobins – a group to which Roch’s father has some ties. Soon it becomes clear that Roch must solve this case or risk his father’s safety, or even his life.

As is probably evident from

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