‘The Song of the Jade Lily’ Will Resonate With Readers for Years to Come [REVIEW]

Shanghai

Shanghai holds the secrets to one family’s past in Kirsty Manning’s The Song of the Jade Lily. (Photo by Bouzouke, Flickr)

A tragic past. Long buried family secrets. As one woman searches for the truth, her quest for answers will lead her from Australia to distant Shanghai. What she finds there will change her life forever. Discover the beauty and majesty of Kirsty Manning’s The Song of the Jade Lily. Read more of this post

5 Questions with Two-Time Diamond Reviewed Author James Markert [INTERVIEW]

James Markert

Each week, countless books come across our desks. Over time, we’ve learned to be quite discerning about which titles we share with you, and which we would just as soon brush under the carpet and forget about altogether. It is one of the reasons we introduced our Diamond Reviewed titles in the first place, to make it easier for you to find compelling selections to add to your to-be-read pile. Last summer, we were thrilled to introduce you to author James Markert’s unforgettable fiction, first with What Blooms from Dust, and most recently with Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel. As our very first author to receive two of these distinguished reviews, we wanted to find out a bit more about Markert, his writing style, and his captivating new book. We hope you enjoy the following interview. —J&H Read more of this post

Family Stories Keep Ancestral History Alive for Generations [GUEST POST]

Peter Golden

Journalist, historian and novelist Peter Golden knows what it takes to keep family legends alive. (Photo courtesy Peter Golden)

No one I’ve ever read has been more succinct on the subject of knowing your history than Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman and philosopher who died over two thousand years ago. Read more of this post

Sara Ackerman’s ‘The Lieutenant’s Nurse’ [EXCERPT]

Cadet Nurse

Newly enlisted Army Corps Nurse Eva Cassidy has her reasons for going to Hawaii. (Image courtesy Keijo Knutas/US Cadet Nurse Corps, Flickr)

We love a great wartime story. There always seems to be a fascinating untold chapter that emerges out of the chaos and ignites our imaginations. Perhaps it is the enormity of the situation and all the emotional mountains that arise out of it that keeps us turning pages. Between the constant threat of danger, the impulsive romances, the amazing courage and the debilitating fear that fuels such tales, they are bound to draw us in, right? And Sara Ackerman does just that in her latest novel, The Lieutenant’s Nurse. We hope you enjoy this exclusive excerpt! —J&H Read more of this post

‘Claiming My Place’ is a Sobering and Courageous Account of What it Takes to Survive Intolerant Mankind [REVIEW]

Barbara and Sabina in Munich

Barbara (center) and Sabina with other survivors at the Jewish Relief Center at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, fall 1945. (Photo courtesy Farrar Straus Giroux)

Diamond Review BannerA young woman with a bright future ahead of her finds herself trapped at the epicenter of the Holocaust. Using her wits as her only weapon, she is compelled to make a choice that will become her most closely guarded secret, one that will change the very trajectory of her life. Who is Barbara Reichmann? Find out in the unforgettable true story, Claiming My Place. Read more of this post