I had never heard of this author before and was rather put off by the title (which is so plain, unprovocative, and common), but you cannot judge a book by its title! […]
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.
Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is placed under house arrest in 1922, because the Bolsheviks cannot decide if his pre-war poem is seditious enough to warrant the firing squad or exile to Siberia. […]
This tale of murder and mysterious disappearances begins when Ruth Galloway’s excavates some bones in a tunnel below the Guildhall in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. Ruth originally thinks the bones are medieval, but […]
Yet another enjoyable volume from Elly Griffiths, this time following the trio we have come to love & know, i.e. Cathbad, Ruth & DCI Nelson. We are in Walsingham Norfolk, at the […]
For some strange reason I was unable to get the audio/Audible version of this volume either on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, even though it is clear that an Audio version did exist, at […]
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN delineates the life of a young girl between the ages of 11 and 17, who grew up in an impoverished family in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn […]
Indeed, Mr. Clayton was surrounded by five elegant women, who simpered at his remarks as they played with their fans. I thought of Mr. Clayton, his kisses and his promises, and I […]
Although this novel opens with a horrifying image, it is not filled with violence. Instead it is a braided narrative about two women, mother and daughter, and they ways in which they […]
Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that THWARTED QUEEN won a Gold Medal IPPY Award for her Audiobook version! Lady Cecylee is so very surprised. Don’t those disembodied voices make you […]
What a book! Usually when one reads a volume in which there are three main female characters, it gets very girly, very silly and very superficial very quickly. This does not. Osla […]
He clamped his mouth over mine. “You’re all right now, my love. It always hurts the first time—.” He couldn’t say more, because he was gasping for air, his face hardening into […]
THE OUTCAST DEAD is set in Norwich, at Norwich Castle where many were hanged in the past. Forensic Archaeologist Ruth Galloway is excavating a grave pit of criminals, when she discovers a […]
Before I talk about this highly enjoyable volume, I would like to warn whoever is reading this that DYING FALL is NUMBER FIVE in the Ruth Galloway series. The only site that […]
This is a wonderful novel for Halloween! It opens on Halloween, when Ruth Galloway has been called in to open the coffin of a 14-century bishop, who is an ancestor of the […]
I made a low curtsey and turned to go. “One more thing, my dear.” He put his hand on my arm. “Call me John.” “John,” I breathed. “Yes indeed,” and he kissed […]
This book is a braided narrative alternating between the present day (1996) and the past. Dr. Hanna Heath is an Australian conservator come to Sarajevo to restore the Sarajevo Haggadah, a most […]
The Nightingale is the book that made Kristin Hannah famous. Prior to its publication in February 2015, Ms. Hannah had already been a prolific author, writing 21 novels at the rate of […]
I admit that I was very puzzled by this book. At the beginning, it sounded like a set of linked short stories. Oh well, I said to myself, the author clearly loves […]