"Warm and beautiful novel that follows the silk factory "sisterhood" of several young women, brought together by circumstance, as they work to achieve their dreams in in the midst of political and social upheaval in China, circa 1919 -1938."
"Born to a teenaged mother and raised by a nurse who was there when they were delivered, this is the story of the fascinating relationship between conjoined twin girls, who are not eligible for separation surgery. Funny, heartwarming & heartbreaking, but definitely not to be missed."
"Trauma and triumph in an historical setting. Not as well known as her, Forever Amber, this saga is set in post Civil War New York and Montana and follows the lives of many members of an extended family. A 900+ page celebration!"
"From a life that began with cruel rape, torture and betrayl, Artemisia becomes the 1st woman to paint large religious & historical paintings. Some of this story is based on fact, other parts invented by the author...but it all makes you want to learn more about the REAL Artemisia Gentileschi. (You may also want to try Alexandra LaPierre's version - Artemisia) Both books are great!"
"If you loved Women of the Silk you can now learn what happened to Pei after she leaves the silk house for a new life in the Hong Kong home of British ex-patriate Mrs. Finch. All struggle to survive with the onslaught war and the Japanese occupation."
""The Robber Bride" offers us the opportunity to follow the lives of three women friends through three decades and to vicariously experience the plethora of destructive deeds heaped upon each of them by "the villainess" of the piece who systematically befriends and betrays each of them."
"Iris, nearing the end of her life is intent on "setting the record straight" about her life, and that of her sister Laura. This novel within a novel weaves together three amazing stories and the discloses the real secrets of the Chase family"
"Move over Harry Potter and make room for two magicians who begin as teacher and pupil and then become rivels in this epic tale of 19th century England. Anyone who likes fantasy will read this book, or ought to. Worth every minute you spend on its 846 pages. A warm fire and some hot cocoa and cookies would add to the ambiance."
"Lovers of the Gothic romance and heavy, sensual imagery will be handsomely rewarded by this action-filled plot, as a sensitive and loving young boy comes of age while trying to unravel the mysteries associated with the elusive writer Julian Carax."
"Moving from 17th century Haarlem in the Netherlands to 20th century Harlen in NY and linked by a set of diaries presumed to have been written by Hals, this fantastic blending of fact and fiction will capture your imagination."
"If you never heard of Peter Bruegel, your not alone. Before selecting this book from Amazon I was ignorant of this artist, his "politically subversive" works and the life he lives in the Spanish ruled low countries of the 16th century. Historical fiction buffs, this one is a winner!"
"Harvell has given us not only a story of a man consumed by two loves, he has resurrected for his readers a long forgotten piece of opera/church history - the practice of castrating young boys in order to preserve their exquisite and sweetly angelic voices."
"The story takes place over the course of one year and manages to squeeze in every topic from gay marriage and ecological activism (read eco-terrorism if you are more moderate than liberal) to the plight of the both the uninsured and the undocumented."