Wendell Jaffe disappeared five years ago, gone overboard somewhere near Baja where his ketch was found. But his body never surfaced. His death was hard on his family, his sons aged 12 […]
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.
As author Marie Benedict notes, if you look at those famous war photos of husband Winston Churchill (1873-1965) he is ALWAYS alone. It is fascinating to think that his wife Clementine may […]
THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by Stephanie Dray, narrated by Emma Bering (Adrienne)Tavia Gilbert (Beatrice) & Rachel Jacobs (Marthe)
What a book! I am astounded at how author Stephanie Dray took THREE narratives, braided them together, made each of them interesting and made the whole novel comprehensible. Quite a feat of […]
Is David Barney innocent? Six years ago a jury absolved him of the murder of his wife Isabelle, letting him saunter off into the sunset and avail himself of Isabelle’s millions. But […]
No-one is more surprised than myself that I am such a fan of the Kinsey Milhone series. After all, I live in the past, preferring long skirts when spending a day at […]
I had never heard of Kristin Hannah before I read her 2016 masterpiece THE NIGHTINGALE (which won the 2016 Audie for Fiction.) That book was special, as it combines an historical fictional […]
I loved reading this novel, even though a problem emerged towards the end of it (which I’ll get to later.) Who wouldn’t love a story about a young girl (Willa is 18 […]
What a difference a medium makes! I tried to listen to the audio version of this, and couldn’t get into it, which was a great surprise to me as I love Mary […]
The cover to most editions of this novel shows a man and a woman from the waist down, standing barefoot on the sand. The man holds a rough branch for a stick. […]
What an interesting book this was, so moving, so gritty (pun intended) so grim. It is 1920s America in the Texas Panhandle. Protagonist Elsa lives with abusive parents who demean everything she […]
Oh dear, I really feel for author Lucinda Riley. It must be so difficult to be writing under the kind of pressure she is under as she brings her SEVEN SISTERS series […]
I love Jane Thynne’s novels, especially the Clara Vine series set in the Second World War, as this novel is. So it was with a great deal of anticipation that I began […]
Those of you who are familiar with the Norwegian Fairy Tale EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON will recognize many elements of that story, since this novel is essentially a […]
I heard somewhere that author Jeff Wheeler was disappointed that this trio of novels titled THE GRAVE KINGDOM had not sold well. How could that be? Isn’t THE GRAVE KINGDOM about a […]
Personally, I am not a great fan of conspiracy theories, and I tend to disagree in general with Graham Hancock, particularly with his claim that there had to be one Lost Civilization […]
This is the first novel that I’ve read by author Fiona Davis, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE is one of Ms. Davis’ novels about famous […]
Old tales hold power in this latest volume about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway and her friends Cathbad (a Druid), DCI Nelson (a police officer) and Frank Barker (her partner.) What is so […]
What is the TRUE story behind Season One of “Game of Thrones”? Visit your favorite retail store to find out: Please note that the link to Barnes & Noble Nook from the […]