Journey Back to Avonlea with ‘Marilla of Green Gables’ [REVIEW]

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Life at Green Gables can be snowy and cold during the long winter months. (Photo courtesy Canva)

For everyone who fell in love with Anne, journey back to Prince Edward Island’s beloved Avonlea, a place of myth and legend, and discover what transpired there long before we ever encountered L.M. Montgomery’s enigmatic orphan. Meet the woman who ultimately adopted Anne, Marilla of Green Gables, in Sarah McCoy’s enchanting new prequel to the classic series.  Read more of this post

‘The Undertaker’s Assistant’: Five Questions for Amanda Skenandore [INTERVIEW]

Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore (Photo courtesy the author, Facebook)

If you’ve been reading along with us for a while, you have probably realized a few things. First, we really enjoy historical fiction that is well written. Second, we love characters that have a unique voice, particularly if they teach us important lessons or help us see life from a different perspective. And finally, New Orleans is one of our favorite places on the planet. In Amanda Skenandore’s latest novel, The Undertaker’s Assistant, she blends all these elements into an unforgettable story about a woman who returns home to build her future, but first she must confront her past. Enjoy!   —J&H Read more of this post

Governess’s Courage Prevails Over the Civil War in Tamera Alexander’s ‘With This Pledge’ [REVIEW]

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Inside the walls of Carnton Plantation, a governess does what she can to face down slavery. (Photo by Rob Shenk, Flickr)

As if being a Southern woman with views of her own weren’t difficult enough, a young governess is forced to take a stand when the Civil War comes knocking at her employer’s doorstep. But will her strength and determination be enough to carry her through the most difficult time of her life? Find out in Tamera Alexander’s breathtaking new historical novel, With this Pledge.  Read more of this post

‘Monticello’ Leaves An Indelible Mark On American Literature [REVIEW]

Monticello

Home isn’t what it used to be when Thomas Jefferson and his daughter, Martha, return to Virginia in Sally Cabot Gunning’s Monticello. (Photo by Robert Kocher, Flickr)

Being the child of a celebrity has never been easy. With so many demands upon the parent’s schedule, culling out time for a family is difficult at best. So what was it like to be the child of one of the most prominent and influential men in U.S. history? Find out in Sally Cabot Gunning’s enlightening new novel, Monticello.  Read more of this post