The English Agent


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The English Agent (Christopher Marlowe Mystery #2)The English Agent by Phillip DePoy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a Tudor nut. I love anything Elizabethan. That includes anything to do with Queen Elizabeth’s famous spymaster, Frances Walsingham. Walsingham has an eclectic group of spies that tell him everything so it is plausible that he would recruit the notorious rogue and want-to-be playwright, Charles Marlowe.

Philip DePoy is a wonderful writer. He weaves a complex mixture of playwright quotes, historical figures, and duplicitous characters. I would lose myself in his words and come up for breath to find I had read fifty pages without a break in the action.

My only issue with the book was that I was clueless as to who done it. So when the mystery was solved it seemed as if it was wrapped up too quickly. Kinda’ how I’m ending this review.

I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.


The Mapmaker’s Children


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The Mapmaker's ChildrenThe Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Category: Historical Fiction
Setting: West Virginia
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About this book:

I’m not sure how but this book got lost in my To Be Read (TBR) pile after winning a Goodreads (GR) giveaway. I have usually put GR books at the top of my pile as they are books that I have sought out for my personal reading. Whatever the reason, I thank my book fairy (usually my husband) for finding this misplaced gem.
The Mapmaker’s Children hit all the right notes for me. I hereby name it my favorite book I have read this year (and the last few years, too.) I laughed out loud in all the right places, smiled to myself when it was sweet, and cried more than once with emotions a little too large to even attempt to hold in.

Split between Civil War era and present day, readers are ushered into the world of two women trying to find themselves in a world that seems crazy at times. While society may seem to demand they each follow a predetermined path, both Sarah in 1860’s and Eden in 2014 have to learn to forge their own way. I hope that I can say they same when I look back in my golden years.

What made me love this book is that both women were real; with flaws and ambitions that both helped and hindered them. Their lives were not free of tragedy nor were they lacking joy.

I could probably use this very generic review on a dozen different books but I find myself tight lipped with details. If I explain some of the story, I fear I will rob you of its joy of reading. A sin I never wish to commit. I will keep it brief but strong in my recommendation this is a book I could read twice and walk away with different insights into my own life. If you’ve put it aside for later, dig this out of your TBR pile. You won’t be disappointed. I was truly delighted and couldn’t put it down. Enjoy!

I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.

The Twentieth Wife


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The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #1)The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love books that transport me back in time. Add in an exotic foreign land and I’m hooked. The Twentieth Wife (The Taj Mahal Trilogy, Book One) enchanted me from the first page. This book is an interesting education about the power of love.

Women still have a long way to go yet to achieving full equality with men. However, it would be too easy to look at The Twentieth Wife as only an example of our historic inequality. I hope perceptive readers will see that there is so much more in this history of how one woman loved one man.

For example, it also shows us that there is more than one way to achieve power. Even in the 16th century a few women played a critical role in foreign-policy, world economics, and how to run a country. They should be remembered as our heroes. For it is with their history that we learned that women have always been strong enough to achieve their goals. Certainly, history will remember Mehrunnisa for her beauty. However, Indu Sundaresan has shown us that this classically graceful woman was strong in her values, her love for one man, and her ambitions.

I’m looking forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy as Sundaresan is an amazing storyteller. She brings historical figures alive as well as their culture. While my circumstances prevent me from traveling to India, Sundaresan successfully transported me there and gave me a look into the country’s history unlike any other tour guide could.

The other Taj Mahal Trilogy books are:
– The Feast of Roses, Book Two
– Shadow Princess, Book Three