In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees

Kelly O’Connor McNees weaves a delightful tale about post-Civil War mail order brides in her sweet novel, In Need of a Good Wife. The book rotates between its three prime characters. Clara's rakish husband abandoned her for another girl after a tragedy. Rowena is a vain but broke, widowed war bride. And Elsa is a devout, older woman of … Continue reading In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees

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The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant is an historical fiction novel taking place in Florence, Italy in the late 1400s, at the close of the Florentine Renaissance. Our main character, fourteen-year-old Alessandra Cecchi, is the daughter of a well-to-do textile merchant. Alessandra is precocious, book-smart and well-read. She’s also a talented artist– staying up … Continue reading The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant