Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun story this was! Set in the wild west, this follows a young Annie Oakley as she takes a job in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. A murder soon takes place, and Annie has to work to find out what happened.

I really enjoyed that this was a lighter story, really fitting into the cozy mystery genre. It was a fast read that grabbed my attention immediately. The historical setting was described well and gave details that really brought the story to life!

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The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of regency romance, mystery, and situations that will make you laugh!

Constance Haltwhistle is the heroine of this story, and she’s a delightful breath of fresh air. She is full of spunk and energy that just makes you want to know more about her! Constance is supporting her family estate by selling weapons through her “Brass Queen” moniker. When she meets Trusdale, a spy, she finds herself in a hunt for a dangerous scientist trying to create an invisible army.

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The Lobotomist’s Wife by Samantha Greene Woodruff

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I hear the word “lobotomy” my skin crawls a bit. I didn’t really know the history of the procedure, so I was really interested in reading this book! I felt that the research was amazing, and really gave me great insight into this history.

Ruth is a woman working in a man’s world, so already my attention was captured with this one. As she falls in love with Robert, we learn about the new procedure he thinks will revolutionize mental health. As time goes on though, Ruth begins to see concerning behavior and doubts the safety of his actions.

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The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Written in the gritty voice of the Great Depression, this historical fiction draws the reader into the difficult lives of three characters in North Carolina. All three are at the Swallow Hill turpentine camp, and while their backgrounds and stories are different, their lives intersect, and we see friendships and bonds form.

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The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a beautiful historical fiction with a female lead having to pretend to be a man in a country she is unfamiliar with and a family she is meeting for the first time. I really enjoyed how she had to worked to turn herself into a man. It was interesting to read about the issues that she came across and the things that she enjoyed.

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Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a beautiful story that sweeps you up into the lives and times of the characters. We get to see this story through the eyes of three characters.

We have Georgeanna a nurse in the Civil War who is a strong, brave woman working in a male-dominated world. There is Anne-May who is the wife of a plantation owner. She is a frustrating character, but helps show the difference between the people living in the house, and those enslaved on a plantation. The third POV for this book is a woman enslaved on Anne-May’s plantation, and is sold by her.

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Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a wonderful story! This book takes the reader on a journey from France as an exiled young girl across the ocean to Canada to become a Daughter of the King. I loved learning so much about this part of Canadian history! I didn’t know anything about the Filles de Roi until I read this.

The story is filled with emotion as our main character goes through one tragic event after another, and yet she doesn’t give up. Her spirit and determination drive this story from start to finish. I found myself wholly enveloped in the atmosphere. I was with them when the boat was rocking in a storm and when there were attacks from multiple fronts. I just loved it!

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The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was just a haunting, sad, and yet beautiful story. Chamberlain is such an outstanding storyteller, and I have loved each book I have read by her.

The characters are so compelling and impossible to walk away from. Once you start this story, you will need to see it through because there will be so many answers you need!

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Blood and Silver by Vali Benson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was the western I have been waiting for! A young girl doing everything she can to save her mother in a town filled with dangers around every corner.

Carissa is a stand-out character in this story! She is 12-years-old, and she is stronger than anyone can imagine. She finds out that the brothel her mother works at is drugging her mother, and she is not having any of that. She sets out on a journey to help and save her mom.

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Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Captivating, beautiful, and dangerous, Daughters of War is a historical fiction that you won’t be able to put down!

Three sisters living in France in 1944 are living with a German occupation. Hélène, Elise and Florence live together after the loss of their father. The sisters are each living their own lives, and we get to know each one’s personality throughout the story. As the story progresses, we find that each sister has to make decisions and actions that could put everyone at risk.

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Ponce: What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth by Jim Halveron

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ponce is a story told through two different view points. We have Ponce and Juarez giving their perspectives on this adventure. I liked that this is told with moments that made me laugh, and yet, I also took time to consider the statement that opens the book.

“History is written by the winners.”

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The Pickwick Murders by Heather Redmond

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Pickwick Murders is a retelling of the Charles Dickens story, The Pickwick Papers. I haven’t read the original, so this was a new story for me. Set in the early 1800’s, this was a fun historical cozy mystery. I enjoyed the fiancée, Kate in this story. She is a strong female character, and has to use a variety of tools in her belt to figure out what is happening!

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