The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork – Book Review

The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork Published by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, an imprint of Penguin

In the long, slow days during the summer of 1925, Emily Stewart discovered what to a thirteen year old is an amazing talent: she can crack her ankle in such a way as to throw the sound, a talent best put to use in her twin brother Michael’s room in the middle of the night. Michael, unlike Emily, sees a purpose for this parlor trick beyond making things go bump in the night, and so he gathers a group of local children, telling them stories of the family’s cousin Regina, who died decades earlier as a young

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Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Camilla Morton – Book Review

Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Camilla Morton, illustrated by Christian Lacroix Published by It Books, an imprint of Harper Collins

The first in a new series of fairy tales and fashion, Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty is a gorgeously illustrated book that alternates between the lives of Sleeping Beauty and Christian Lacroix.

I am not much for haute couture and know essentially nothing about Christian Lacroix, but in the name of What’s Old is New and fairy tales, I decided to pick up Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty. The storyline alternates between the lives of Christian Lacroix and Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty’s story is the fairly standard,

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The Blood of a Lamb – Guest Post by Holly Tucker, Author of Blood Work and Giveaway

On a cold night in December 1667, the renegade physician Jean-Baptiste Denis transfused calf’s blood into the arm of a mentally-ill man named Antoine Mauroy. The results were promising: the man survived. But two more transfusions later, each time with more calf’s blood, Mauroy was dead. And Denis was accused of murder.

The circumstances of early animal-to-human transfusions and the dramatic court case that followed Mauroy’s death is the focus of my latest book, Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.

It may seem incredibly strange that the earliest transfusions used animals as donors. But this actually makes good sense, in a way. The first transfusionists were interested in finding the best

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Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon – Book Review

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon Published by Broadway, an imprint of Random House

Locked away in a convent by her father, Princess Margarethe is bored and feels overly sheltered. She knows her father is simply trying to keep her safe, as threat of war looms with the Southern Kingdom, but she longs for freedom, for adventure. Under the sea another princess, her mermaid complement, Lenia longs for adventure as well. She is lured by the promise of new things above the sea. On her birthday, Lenia takes a trip to the surface in the midst of a raging storm and comes across a ship breaking apart. After seeing many men die beneath the waves, she sees the

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Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell – Giveaway

Just under a year ago, I read a beautiful historical novel about the love between Claude Monet and his muse and first wife, Camille. Not only did it tell a beautiful love story and give insight into the life of Claude Monet and his rise to fame, but it also gave me a context I had previously lacked for the Impressionist movement.

My review

Stephanie also wrote a very interesting guest post last year about how to piece together an historical novel.

Stephanie’s guest post

If you are someone who likes to wait for things to come to paperback before buying, now’s your chance!

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I have five copies to giveaway to readers

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