Book Review: The Popish Midwife, by Annelisa Christensen

The Popish MidwifeThe Popish Midwife by Annelisa Christensen

  • Print Length: 454 pages
  • Publisher: The Conrad Press (July 14, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Book Review: Brooklyn On Fire by Lawrence H. Levy





LAWRENCE H. LEVY is a highly regarded film and TV writer who is a Writers Guild Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows such as Family Ties, Saved by the Bell, Roseanne, and SeinfeldBrooklyn on Fire is his second novel.




Rating ****

Brooklyn on Fire is a fun book filled with history, famous names and corruption. There is also Mary Handley, and she is a delightful character. She is  based off of a real person that Mr. Levy brings vividly  back to life with his telling of her sleuthing abilities.   She has so much intellect and personal strength. She is a joy to read about.  Mary is an officer with the Brooklyn Police Department and she has goals of becoming a detective. This is a new concept at this time. This is the second book about Mary Handley by Lawrence H. Levy.

When Mary is presented with a twenty year old mystery she sets about to determine exactly what happened. When more murders come to light, they all seem connected to this one family.  The truth is very well hidden and the facts are very confusing. Of course it all makes sense after a while, but it is a fun story of the olden days of New York.

I liked Mary’s relationship with George. They are a feisty pair and it kept it fun.

There are many different crimes going on at the same time. It kind of felt like the story slowed in the middle. The pace then picked up momentum and I was again interested and curious as to how it was all going to pan out.

For history buffs it is going to be a fun and  enlightening read. For mystery buffs it has plenty of angles to keep us guessing.

I was glad to see some of the impressive names involved such as the Vanderbilts and the Rockerfellers.

I am glad I held on through the middle. I liked how Lawrence H. Levy writes history.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was glad I chose this book to read. It was a good choice for me as I love both history and mysteries.

This book is available as a paperback and in Kindle format  on Amazon.

Book Review: Scandal by Amanda Quick

ScandalScandal by Amanda Quick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As much as I love Amanda Quick, I never reviewed this book after reading it. It was a very good story. With the new book out by Amanda Quick, I am remembering all the great books I have read by her so far. In case you have not read her historical suspense books you can learn more about them and maybe find one or two you can’t resist. They are fabulous.

I really pulled for the main characters and enjoyed the interaction with the pirates. Emily Faringdon corresponds with Simon Traherne, The Earl of Blade while he was and she becomes really enamored with him. She believes that they are meant to be together, that it was metaphysical connection. He has archaeological aspirations and she does as well. This is not really encouraged at this point in time, so she just appreciated him as a pen pal.

At times Emily was endearing and other times aggravating, but I loved her all the same. She knew what she felt and she pursued it.There was an incident in her past that forbade her to marry.

That Blade was not very nice to her is an understatement. He was cold and very rude and hurtful with his words. There was a hidden side to him that he feared being discovered. He was likable and even lovable, but he was too protective of his secret.

She might be a little naive but she was bright. Sometimes I wanted her to just plow into the Earl of Blade. He deserved it. I loved this book. I found it sweet and charming.

I felt the hope from Emily and I watched closely for Blade to crumble. The others in the story made it even more well rounded. I mean who doesn’t like a few ex-pirates? They made it bearable while she was unsure. This story also shows the strictness of the times. Scandal was just another win in my opinion for Amanda Quick.

This book is available in Hardback, Paperback and on Kindle at The AudioBook is also available from Audible at a discounted price as a companion piece. or freestanding at

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Book Review: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and SouthNorth and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I found it a hard read because it is written as a narrative and as such it had so many details. I loved all the details. The dialect of the Higgin’s family was so alive with personality. I found it hard to read, but made the book even more perfect.

Mr. John Thornton in the book was just so emotional and seeing his heart open on the pages made me love him all the more. He was a good man and had such a way about him that sometimes came across as hard, but we could see his heart.

Margaret Hale was such a great character. She endured all the changes and battled her way through her own emotions and her own heart. I was afraid she was going to lose her chances as she tossed them about almost care-freely. She was young and out of her element so perhaps she had some excuses.

This book had so much emotion and heart, I was fairly shaking at the end. I had just recently found the BBC Mini series and had fallen in love with the characters and reading made me understand and love them even more.

I learned so much from this book about many different subjects, I learned about unions and how each side sees issues like strikes. I learned how strict the times were on a young woman and how easily it was to slip. I got so much out of this book. It is now a favorite of mine.

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