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Cleophas and Elizabeth Visit Easter Sunrise Service

We have a tradition in our church of having Biblical characters visit our Easter sunrise service in the park. This year Cleophas and his wife, Elizabeth, from Emmaus told us about their encounter with the resurrected Christ. First Person Drama, written by Pastor Bob DeGray and performed by John Bauer and Zion Early. Based on […]

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Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2017 in General, Historical fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

“Freedom would not be handed to us like a gift. Freedom had to be fought for and taken.” This third and final book in Ms. Anderson’s Seeds of America trilogy wraps up the story of Curzon and Isabel, the black teens who have weathered the vicissitudes of the American revolution and of slavery, freedom, and […]

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2017 in Adult Fiction, Australia, Historical fiction, Literary fiction |

Movies and books don’t usually make me cry. Even as I’ve become more emotional and easily moved in my old age, I still rarely cry in response to a fictional narrative. After all, it’s fiction, didn’t really happen. Well, trigger warning, The Light Between Oceans made me bawl. In my bed at 1:00 in the […]

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Demelza by Winston Graham

Posted by Sherry on 1/26/2017 in Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction |

I’m spending my Thursdays here on the blog in the eighteenth century, 1700’s. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in Mr. Graham’s Poldark series, even though I knew what was going to happen since I have already watched seasons one and two of the TV series, Poldark. These are such good stories. I think […]

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Timeline of Middle Grade Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 1/7/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Historical fiction, History |

1242: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions, William, an oblate who is half-Saracen and half French, and Jacob, a Jewish boy with […]

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Christmas in Canterbury, England, 1067

Posted by Sherry on 12/7/2016 in Children's Fiction, England, Historical fiction |

Juliana, the protagonist of the novel The Striped Ships by Eloise McGraw, is exiled from her comfortable home in Winchester by the coming of the Norman invaders to Saxon England. On the morning after St. Nicholas’ Day, she is sleeping in the priory almshouse when she is awakened by bells: “She was awakened by St. […]

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Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Posted by Sherry on 9/14/2016 in Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction, Romance |

Winston Mawdsley Graham was twentieth century British novelist best known for his series of Poldark novels, set in the late eighteenth century, just after end of the American Revolution or War for Independence. The series takes place in Cornwall, and the protagonist and eponymous hero is a former soldier in the British army in America […]

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The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

Posted by Sherry on 8/9/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Historical fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine. (2016) The Mystery of the Jeweled Moth by Katherine Woodfine. (2016) The Mystery of the Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine. (February, 2017) Around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, Sophie Taylor-Cavendish is the recently orphaned fifteen year old daughter of a military man […]

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The Chequer Board by Nevil Shute

Posted by Sherry on 7/24/2016 in 1947, Adult Fiction, Around the World, Burma, Historical fiction, World War II |

I have had this book on my TBR list for a few years, but I haven’t been able to find a copy anywhere, not in my big city library system, not at the local used bookstores. So when I found a copy at the Blooms’ little bookstore, I was delighted. Britisher Nevil Shute (Norway) is […]

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Behold Your Queen! by Gladys Malvern

Posted by Sherry on 7/20/2016 in Historical fiction |

Behold Your Queen! is a fictionalized version of the book of Esther from the Bible. The novel is by Gladys Malvern, a popular writer of what we would now call “Young Adult fiction”. Back in the 1940’s and 50’s it was called teen fiction or just children’s fiction for older children. Many of her books […]

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