Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History [Guest Post]

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What type of woman do you think makes the most impact? (Photo courtesy Canva)

There is a large debate about the origins of the quote “well-behaved women seldom make history” and more specifically who said it first. Was it Anne Boleyn? Marilyn Monroe? Eleanor Roosevelt? Or Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in a 1976 academic paper? Whoever the history books select, the truth of the statement cannot be denied. Read more of this post

Victims of Abuse Find A Second Chance at Life in Alena Dillon’s ‘Mercy House’ [REVIEW]

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A Brooklyn nun will do whatever it takes to protect the women she shelters in Alena Dillon’s debut novel, Mercy House. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She lives by a strict moral code and has a strong sense of justice. The people in her charge are like family and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. But she’s not a cop. She doesn’t even work in the justice system. Instead, she’s a nun who won’t take flack from anyone. Welcome to Mercy House. Read more of this post

‘Far Away Bird’: Six Questions for Douglas A. Burton [INTERVIEW]

Douglas A. Burton

Douglas A. Burton is a man fascinated by the role heroes and heroines play in our culture. Now he’s written a book about one of his favorites.

We don’t always advertise it as such, but we love a good hero story. Whether we’re watching the latest incarnation of Superman or Spider-Man or reading about more mortal heroes like Atticus Finch or Jack Reacher (although let’s face it, they kind of have their own brand of super powers), we love to have someone to cheer for. That’s one of the reasons we recently chatted with Douglas A. Burton, author of Far Away Bird, a novel based on one woman who made a big splash in history quite a long time ago. We hope you enjoy our interview as much as we did! —J&H Read more of this post

Secrets Abound in Jess Montgomery’s Second Novel, ‘The Hollows’ [REVIEW]

Railroad tracks in tunnel

An old woman meets her demise when she follows old tracks through the Appalachian hills. (Photo by Canva)

A new murder. An old asylum. And the women who will do their best to dig up the truth behind a frightening myth. Return to Kinship, Ohio in Jess Montgomery’s follow-up tale to her dazzling debut.
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Two Women Prove Their Mettle in Jess Montgomery’s ‘The Widows’ [REVIEW]

Coal mine

One of Ohio’s old coal mining facilities located in the Glouster area in northern Athens County. (Photo courtesy Southeast Ohio History Center)

One man. Two women. A lifetime of secrets. Step back in time nearly a century to a small town where nothing is what it seems and everyone is suspect. Meet Jess Montgomery’s The Widows.
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