Philippa Gregory has done it again, found a compelling, forgotten woman, in the shape of Margaret, Countess of Salisbury, and woven a whole tale around this character. Margaret of Salisbury had an […]
Cynthia Sally Haggard was born and reared in Surrey, England. About 30 years ago she surfaced in the United States, settling in the Mid-Atlantic region as she wound her way through four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer, and novelist.
In June, 2015, Cynthia graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Cambridge MA.
Her first novel, "Thwarted Queen," a frustrating tale (hence the title) of a woman who was nearly crowned Queen of England, was shortlisted for many awards, including the 2012 Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award for debut authors. To date, sales have surpassed 38,000 copies.
Her second novel, "Farewell My Life," a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s and 1930s Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, won a Pinnacle Award for Historical Fiction (2019) and was a Distinguished Favorite for the 2019 New York City Big Book Awards.
“Ah! Here it is!” She picked up Walter Pater’s Renaissance. “Miriam, dear,” I interposed. “Why don’t you sit down and take off your hat? I haven’t heard anything about your journey, or […]
All I knew about Aaron Burr, before I picked up this novel, was that he was the person who shot Alexander Hamilton. Imagine my astonishment to be taken to Pondicherry, India in […]
MY DEAR HAMILTON: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
This was such an interesting novel about a forgotten founding mother. I had no idea that Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was the daughter of a well-respected general, or that she spent her girlhood […]
I thought I was reading historical fiction about an Anglo-Saxon’s journey in the afterlife…(THE SUMMER COUNTRY by Lauren Willig, narrated by Nicola Barber)
I have never heard of Lauren Willig before, so when I picked up THE SUMMER COUNTRY, I honestly thought I was reading a tale about an Anglo-Saxon person’s journey to the afterlife. […]
“Edward, I want you to meet my new friend.” I looked up. A tall youth with dark auburn hair and fierce blue eyes stood beside her. “Robert Allan Nicol at your service, […]
Barbara Ehrenreich’s DANCING IN THE STREETS is both a celebration of dancing and a condemnation of the authorities who are trying to prevent large groups of people from running amok in the […]
Barbara Ehrenreich’s BLOOD RITES is an investigation into the origins of war. Drawing parallels between ancient religions with their blood-soaked rituals, and the fact that for thousands of years a small band […]
Author Suzanne Collins mentions that the idea for THE HUNGER GAMES came from channel surfing between reality TV games and the Iraq war. While the reality game show element is really obvious, […]
But Miriam’s condition persisted. When I pressed her, she reluctantly complained of burning sensations down there. Every summer she visited Edinburgh to “take the air,” as we told all of our acquaintances. […]
I don’t think anyone would describe Frank McCourt’s ANGELA’S ASHES, his account of growing up poor and starving in Ireland, as funny. Nevertheless, the many tragedies in his story are leavened by […]
Curtis Sittenfeld’s AMERICAN WIFE is the fictionalized story of Laura Bush. It is entertaining, funny and tragic, and shows off Ms. Sittenfeld’s pitch perfect voice for both Charlie Blackwell (the George Bush […]
Mr. Locke is an apt name for her “guardian”…(THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow, narrated by January LaVoy)
How wonderful to read something so imaginative! I loved the voice of naughty (temerarious) January Scaller, who at 7 had precociously worked out how to annoy everyone. Her mischievous side really drew […]
This story is based upon the research of Sheila Rowbotham. For more details about the life of Miriam Daniell and Robert Nicol, see her book “Rebel Crossings.” Bristol, England September 1889 I […]
WHITE OLEANDER is the kind of novel that agents still talk about, over twenty years after it was published in 1999. As I was curious to see what they were talking about, […]
SHE SAID is the highly disturbing account of the activities of Harvey Weinstein, and Brett Kavanaugh. It tells how Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey investigated the rumors about Harvey Weinstein to produce […]
A VINTAGE AFFAIR is the story of a friendship that ended in tragedy. Or rather, two friendships that ended in tragedy, both causing a tremendous amount of survivor guilt to both women […]
My scribe sighed as she sat in one of those moon-backed chairs. “It’s not so simple.” She stroked Pandora’s orange fur as if she were a real cat. We have to think […]