Book Review

‘When Paris Sizzled’ by Mary McAuliffe

STORY: When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Annees folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary… Continue reading ‘When Paris Sizzled’ by Mary McAuliffe

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‘Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy’ by Karen Abbott

STORY: After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the… Continue reading ‘Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy’ by Karen Abbott

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‘Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History’ by Fiona MacDonald

STORY: With the echo of regal church bells set to ring in the ears of royalists and well-wishers worldwide, what better time to take a look at the quirky, odd and downright bizarre circumstances surrounding the weddings of the kings, queens, princes and princesses of Britain. One must leave one's sense of decorum at the… Continue reading ‘Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History’ by Fiona MacDonald

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‘America’s First Daughter’ by Stephanie Dray

STORY: In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy. From her… Continue reading ‘America’s First Daughter’ by Stephanie Dray

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‘Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch’ by Sally Bedell Smith

STORY: From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer… Continue reading ‘Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch’ by Sally Bedell Smith

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‘Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain’ by Michael Farquhar

STORY: Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world’s most engaging royal historians Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have… Continue reading ‘Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain’ by Michael Farquhar

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‘Rose:  My Life in Service to Lady Astor’ by Rosina Harrison

STORY: In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But… Continue reading ‘Rose:  My Life in Service to Lady Astor’ by Rosina Harrison