January 30, 2024

The Seaborne: The First Book of the Isle Fincara Trilogy

A.G. Rivett’s The Seaborne is speculative fiction about modern-day engineer John Finlay, who leaves a failed business and relationship behind by hiring onto a fishing boat heading into the Atlantic.

When John wakes from an accident he can’t remember, he has been dragged from the sea by fishermen from a small island village, 1,000 years in […]

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January 30, 2024

Elly Robin: Bird in a Gilded Cage

Volume Five of P.D. Quaver’s The Ordeals of Elly Robin series sets teenage piano protégé, Elly Robin, in 1915 Chicago, a city of haves and have nots.

Elly is a quirky, engaging character, a taciturn piano protégé and mechanical whiz-kid who struggles in social contexts but, when asked directly, can give clear and cogent explanations […]

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January 2, 2024

Private Cummings

Author Pete McGinty’s tough-talking but ultimately sweet novel dwells on the challenging life of a gay WWII hero and the young writer whose future he impacts.

The first part of the book describes Henry “Hank” Cummings’ experiences as a private in the Army who discovers love with a fellow soldier. After officers learn of his […]

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December 18, 2023

Jane’s Cure

Jane’s Cure is an absorbing historical novel about midwifery and women’s autonomy—or lack of it—set in coastal New Brunswick in the mid-19th century.

Jane Angier is in jail. She’s a young midwife, accused of helping women end their pregnancies. The narrative alternates between Jane awaiting trial and the events that brought her to this point.

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November 7, 2023

The Price of Glory

Patrick Shannon’s well-researched novel explores the hubris, cruelty, and challenges of Robert La Salle’s expeditions in the American Midwest.

Covering 1672 to 1687, the novel captures the two prongs of La Salle’s great ambition to explore the Mississippi and establish outposts to control trade along the river. Harassed by hostile native tribes, creditors, French politics, […]

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October 17, 2023

Invisible No More: A Historical Novel

Scott Pitoniak and Rick Burton explore the life of Tuskegee Airman and accomplished athlete Wilmeth Sidat-Singh in their historical novel, Invisible No More.

Wilmeth’s intelligence and athleticism make him an intriguing figure to 25-year-old Buffalo sports columnist Breanna Shelton, a black woman who inadvertently hears of him 57 years after his death. She chases down […]

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September 12, 2023

Aila’s Journal: A Tale of Southern Reconstruction

Against the backdrop of the Civil War and its aftermath, Charles M. Clemmons’ Aila’s Journal is a thought-provoking, well-crafted historical novel focusing on the late 19th century racial struggles in the South.

The story centers on the friendship between Aila MacKenzie, a white indentured servant, and Mary Jane Sanders, a black slave, both living on […]

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August 29, 2023

Tangled Branches

William Bailey’s Tangled Branches tries to untangle the twisted knots of centuries of family history “in a small city in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee” and the intertwining threads of slavery and racism. To that end, his colorful, sometimes outrageous chronicle blends passed-down family lore, detailed research, and imaginative reconstruction.

The story begins when the […]

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August 29, 2023

Running on Maybe

Jackson McGarry’s novel Running on Maybe presents a convincing portrait of greed, graft, and the struggle for freedom in early 20th-century Mississippi.

In Peabodyville, Mississippi, Lillian Molyneaux spirals into alcoholism after the death of two of her children. Her rich husband Scanlan exploits his ownership of fertile delta land and the local bank hoping to […]

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August 19, 2023

Flowers of Evil

The first installment in N.L. Holmes’ Hani’s Daughter Mysteries saga—an offshoot of her critically acclaimed Lord Hani series—is set in ancient Egypt (1335 BCE) during the first regnal year of King Tut-ankh-aten.

Neferet, Lord Hani’s youngest daughter and an accomplished physician, opens a medical practice in Waset—the bustling capital of Upper Egypt—with her friend and […]

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