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Victoria E. (shespeaksvolumes) - Reviews

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Leatherstocking Ghosts
Leatherstocking Ghosts
Author: Lynda Lee Macken
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/24/2014


Leatherstocking Ghosts was appealing to me because I am from upstate New York. But, readers from everywhere can enjoy these very interesting stories. History and tales about real ghosts make a fine combination. When presented in a book format such as this, on white pages with a clean, black font and charming illustrations along with photographs, the stories are a pleasure to read. This trade size paperback, 84 pages in length, is only one of many fascinating books written by Lynda Lee Macken.


Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 4)
Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 4)
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 108
Review Date: 10/30/2013


Wonderful book. Maisie is such an interesting character. She is very intuitive, a psychologist and a private investigator. A person I would love to meet.

The plot is well thought out and characters well developed. This historical fiction is set in reality so that the reader feels a strong sense of belonging to that place and time.


Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight, Bk 8)
Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight, Bk 8)
Author: Victoria Thompson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 51
Review Date: 10/30/2013


These books are enjoyable historical mysteries with strong characters and interesting plots. Reading just one in this series is not enough. Every book provides insight to the characters' background and their continual development.

Every book is suspenseful and provides accurate detail of the places and characteristics of the time period in which it is set.


The Walnut Tree
The Walnut Tree
Author: Charles Todd
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 4/25/2014


My favorite place is the The Walnut Tree Cottage. This is a place to find peace. There, characters found respite from the gray world of WWI and renewal of their health and inner strength.

The novel begins amongst the beauty and carefree days just prior to the French and English entrance into WWI. Suddenly, as it would be in our real world, characters are called to war. Our leading Lady Elspeth wants very much to help but is restrained by the attitudes of her class and especially her guardian. Still she finds a way. As Elspeth Douglas, she studies nursing, takes a flat in London, where one of her room mates is Bess Crawford. From there she is assigned to field hospitals within earshot of artillery battles where her friends are fighting. Elspeth finds herself among the fighting soldiers several times. On one of these occasions, Peter Gilchrist, a long ago friend, shelters her in the stone rubble of a church.

Within this novel is as surprising turn of events for Elspeth whose fiancé has been taken prisoner by the Germans. While reading, I was as surprised as Elspeth. But, in the author's clever way, this brought us all back to The Walnut Tree Cottage.


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